Christmas gifts for kids

Christmas gifts for kids

Here’s the rest of my guide for christmas gifts for kids. Hopefully there’s a price point for every pocket! I wish they made all of these in adult sizes! I’d be happy with that for sure! And once again, fair isle sweaters for the win!

You can see the rest of our guides here:

Holiday decorations gift guide
Christmas gifts for women
Christmas gifts for kids

Stay tuned for more:

Christmas gifts for men
Stocking Stuffers
Christmas gifts for crafters
Design books

Christmas gifts for men

Christmas Gifts for Men

If you’re looking for more Christma gift suggestions, I got you. Here’s my complete list for Christmas gifts for men. Let me know if there’s something you think is crucial to add to the list!

Acrylic everything please

My husband is also a color lover and informed many of these selections. He especially loves acrylic anything so I included a tic tac toe set and those hysterical pills. Ha! In fact, I just stumbled upon this shop, which has a ton of acrylic products in bright colors, which is definitely his jam.

Also, did you see those beard lights? You stick them in your beard and they light up. Come on!

That’s not it, we have more gift guides for you!

Christmas gifts for women
Christmas gifts for kids
Holiday decorations
Christmas Gifts for men

Let me know if there’s a specific gift guide you’d like to see. I’m happy to add in more. Stay tuned for stocking stuffers, design books, and Christmas gifts for the crafter! 

Rainbow Product Gift Guide

Apart from the fact that it’s a lot of fun, I have a really good reason to share my favorite rainbow products! Color is the place to start when you’re putting together a design.

Brittany holding colorful paper in a rainbow dress.

Sometimes when you’re designing a space or an outfit, there are simply too many options. Have you ever felt that? You look through your drawers or your closet and you see a whole range of things you like, but putting them together in a cohesive way is where the trouble starts.

Well, I propose a solution (and maybe just a life motto in general!): look to color! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by options, take a step back and really think about what colors you want to use in your design, your room or your outfit. If you get a good color scheme, the rest can fall into place. See? Even Jasper gets it! #JasperLinesThingsUp

color match your toys to the rainbow with sidewalk chalk

Color is also a great place to begin looking for gifts, so consider this a rainbow gift guide, too. Got a wedding coming up? You can’t go wrong with something gorgeous in the happy couple’s favorite color. Birthday? Same. I’ve found that I’m a better, more creative gift-giver when I consider color.

And I attest to this! Whenever we start a project or DIY, we start with a color palette. It makes the rest of the decisions so much easier. So without further ado, a guide of my favorite rainbow products and items in all hues!

Red

Red is a bright color with lots of impact.

Pink

Look, I know that pink isn’t traditionally part of that ROYGBIV rainbow we all memorized. But let’s be honest–it deserves a spot alongside the rest. Like, do you really think that the color indigo holds more cultural cache than pink?? Yeah, right. Here are my favorite pink gifts.

Orange

Orange you glad that warm hues are in? I sure am!

Yellow

All these yellow products are so cheerful and lovely. From books to decor to roller skates, we’ve got your gift-giving back.

Green

One day I’ll write a whole blog post about why I believe that green counts as a neutral (it’s everywhere in nature!) but for now just check out these gorgeous green gifts.

Blue

There are so many gorgeous tints, shades, and hues of blue that I have a (not so) secret theory that everyone loves blue. Look at these and just try to deny it.

Violet

Violet is such a regal color. I also think of lilacs, lavender, violets (duh), crocuses, and all kinds of lovely flowers. These are sure to bring that calm, cozy energy to your space.

Rainbow

You didn’t think I could just go through the individual colors and leave out rainbow, multicolored things, did you? No way. It’s not a rainbow product gift guide without a section dedicated to all things rainbow. And who knew that there were so many lovely rainbow mugs, right?

Of course, don’t forget my book, Craft the Rainbow which you can find in our shop here.

Craft the Rainbow book on a table with a brass hand-shaped lamp against a striped wall.

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New Team Outfits (and discount codes)!

Our New Team Outfits

We are SO excited to be sharing our new team outfits with you! It’s been a long time coming, since all the outfits were sewn by hand here in the studio. Carrie took charge of this project, with help from Sophie, Jane, and our interns (more formal introductions to come)!

Custom Spoonflower Fabric

We’ve wanted to make team outfits for a long time, and releasing our own custom fabrics with Spoonflower just seemed like the perfect opportunity. Our designer, Garet, worked long and hard on the designs for the release of our debut Casetify collection last fall. Of course, those designs were too wonderful not to use again! So we got to work turning phone case patterns into fabric and wallpaper. We added quite a few exclusively fabric and wallpaper options, and eventually our custom Spoonflower fabrics were born. Here are the choices we went with for our outfits:

Brittany: 

Peach and Yellow 1” Stripe 

Jane:

Olive 1” Checkers, Lilac 1” Checkers. Jane took things one step further and instead of just one pattern for her outfit, she did half and half!

Jenny:

Olive .5” Checkers

Carrie:

Lilac .5” Checkers

Sophie:

Retro Florals 3”

Garet:

Garet was originally going to make her own outfit, too! Sadly, with all the crazy projects she had going, she wasn’t able to finish in time. So for the shoot she’s wearing a lovely linen dress she bought instead.

Amazing Pattern Companies

Since pattern drafting is so time-consuming, we weren’t able to make our own patterns for our team outfits. But we did find patterns for our outfits at some amazing companies! For tutorials on each of our outfits, purchase the specific pattern to see how it’s done. My favorite thing about buying patterns? You can make as many clothes as you want from just one pattern! Definitely worth the investment.

Friday Pattern Company

We are thrilled with the patterns we chose from Friday Pattern Company! We went to them for the Patina Blouse and Davenport Dress. But don’t stop there! Feel free to peruse the site for your favorite patterns–there are so many beautiful options to choose from. Oh, and they’re offering a discount code to Lars readers, so head over to get 10% off with LARS10!

Birgitta Helmersson

I have to talk about Birgitta Helmersson for a minute. Not only are these patterns amazing and beautiful, they’re zero waste! That means no scraps to go in the landfill. You don’t even have to print out a physical pattern. Instead, count on detailed instructions and visuals to help you map out the cuts of each pattern. For the month of July, use the code SEWJULY for a discount on Birgitta Helmersson’s beautiful and environmentally-friendly patterns!

Merchant and Mills

A company based in Great Britain, we are obsessed with Merchant and Mills’ patterns. We chose to use two of their trouser patterns: the 101 Trouser and Eve Trouser. 

Here’s the complete list of our team’s pattern choices:

Brittany:

Birgitta Helmersson ZW Gather Dress

Jane:

Top: Friday Pattern Company Patina Blouse

Trousers: Merchant and Mills 101 Trouser

Jenny:

Top: Friday Pattern Company Patina Blouse

Trousers: Merchant and Mills Eve Trouser

Carrie:

Top: Friday Pattern Company Patina Blouse

Trousers: Merchant and Mills 101 Trouser

Sophie:

Friday Pattern Company Davenport Dress

Meet Our Team

And now, here’s a little introduction to each member of the House that Lars Built Team!

Brittany

If you want a full introduction, you can go to this page! But long story short, Brittany is art director and founder of The House that Lars Built. She is the heart and soul of the Lars team!

Jane

Jane has been working at Lars for almost 5 years now! She is the photographer/videographer & manage the studio and online Lars Shop. Jane loves design and living an artful life. That includes collecting beautiful things, interior design and fashion.

Garet

Garet started out as an intern and is now our graphic designer. Yep, you got it–she designed all our amazing fabric! She works fully remotely in South Carolina (soon to be North!) and is such a great part of our team. She loves all things creative, but especially sewing, illustration, and designing things for The House that Lars Built!

Carrie

Carrie started as an intern and is now the Editorial and Content Manager at Lars. She manages the blog content and makes most of our projects. She loves the mountains, running, hiking, backpacking and all things outdoors. Piano, art and sewing are all favorite hobbies, too. It’s been almost a year since Carrie started here at Lars and she’s loving it!

Jenny

Jenny is the Brand Manager here at Lars — she handles communication with brands, product development, project management and marketing! She has been at Lars for 7 months. In her spare time she loves to ski, climb, run, surf, read and tuft!

Sophie

Sophie is our studio assistant here at Lars. She’s been here since last fall and helps everything run smoothly in the studio. That means organizing and helping with all kinds of projects and crafts. Sophie loves Las Vegas, warm weather, and is such a fun and bubbly person to have a round!

Hannah (not pictured) 

Hannah is our other studio assistant who just started a few weeks ago. We already love her! She’s amazing at crafting, sewing and all things creative and is so fun to have around.

More Inspiration

Loved our new outfits and want to see more sewing projects? We’ve got you covered. Have you seen our Sewing Basics series yet? Check out weeks one, two, three, and four and stay tuned for the last two weeks soon! Interested in some projects to apply what you’re learning in our sewing basics series? Check out these past sewing projects: Easter outfits, Casetify inspired projects, shaped throw pillows, Mother’s Day apron, quilted shower curtain, quilted face mask, rainbow buttons, reusable lunch sack, and DIY beeswax wraps.

Summer Craft Kits

During Little Lars Summer Camp we’ve made a DIY Charcuterie board, rounded up easy crafts for kids, and shown you our favorite templates and printables from the shop, and now we have limited edition summer craft kits for kids and adults alike!

Little Lars art kit on a yellow background

 You know the feeling of losing steam for a craft session because all the prep felt like chores? Ugh. We do, too. When you have a great project in mind, the last thing you want to have to do is run all over town looking for the right supplies! Enter our summer craft kits, which we will ship right to you so you can jump in to crafting.

Kids Craft Kit

With our limited edition Kids Craft Kit, your kiddo will be well on their way to making masterpieces.

Little Lars art kit, including a red tote, a paint palette, paintbrushes, colored pencils, a sketchbook with a sticker, an eraser, and an apron on a yellow background

The kit includes:

  • a kid-sized apron
  • a sketchbook
  • colored pencils
  • paintbrushes
  • a paint palette
  • an eraser
  • a little artist tote to keep everything in

Run, don’t walk to buy this kids craft kit in our shop here, because supplies are limited! We’re so excited to see what your kiddos create with this kit.

Little Lars art kit on a yellow background

And know what would complement the kit perfectly? Our Great Artists course!

In the Great Artists course you can learn about 6 incredible artists and make work inspired by them. If you’re looking for a summer school or homeschool curriculum (or just something creative and fun to do with your kids!) look no further. You can find it on The School that Lars Built here and read more about it on this blog post. Right now you can use discount code CAMPLARS25 for 25% off the six-artist bundle, so don’t wait to bring your kid’s (and your!) art knowledge to new heights.

colored pencils and an eraser on a yellow background

Beaded Fruit Earring Craft Kit

At The House that Lars Built we’re firm believers that crafts aren’t only for kids, and this should come as no surprise to any of our readers. So, in true Lars fashion (and trust me, this is a fashion you won’t want to miss) we’re releasing a beaded fruit earring kit! We truly can’t get enough of this project, and we wanted to make it as accessible and easy as possible.

DIY Fruit EarringsDIY Fruit Earrings

Choose between a pineapple, an apple, and an orange–you really can’t go wrong. Make just one for yourself or buy a 3-pack, then get your friends together for a crafting party and complete the set. If you do this with your friends it will be like a cute friendship charm in the form of a summer craft kit! A bonding activity and a memento? Yes, please!

DIY Fruit Earrings

The beaded fruit earring craft kit comes with:

  • red, orange, or yellow seed beads
  • green teardrop-shaped beads
  • wooden beads as an armature for your wrapped, colorful beads
  • thread
  • metal headpins
  • jewelry glue
  • earring hooks
  • written instructions and a video tutorial

DIY Fruit Earrings

You’ll need to provide needle-nose pliers and a tiny bit of hot glue, but all the crucial pieces of this beaded summer craft kit will show up on your doorstep, ready to go! You can buy this kit in our shop here.

DIY Fruit Earrings

I’m excited to see your creations! Show us with #CampLars and #LarsMakes. Happy crafting!

 

Easter Outfits 2022

Our Custom Fabric

First of all, let’s talk about our custom fabric! Designed by our talented designer, Garet, these repeat patterns lean fully into the florals that are so appropriate for this season. Stay tuned for the official release of our phone cases featuring many of the same patterns and much more! Consider this Easter outfits project an Easter egg for what is to come–it’s going to be GOOD.

Fabric Choices for the Easter Outfits

For the Easter outfits, we decided to go with our Secret Garden print for Brittany’s dress, Block Print in Cream for Felix’s jumpsuit, Block Print in Daffodil for Jasper’s, and Block Print in Periwinkle for Paul’s tie. Since we didn’t have much time before Easter, we took a major gamble and ordered the full amount of fabric before ordering a sample first. To our delight, the fabric was even more beautiful in person than we’d hoped!

Here’s the low down on each outfit:

TIP: Don’t forget to pre-wash your fabric!

Brittany’s Dress

Oo la la, this dress turned out absolutely fabulous! We adored the combination of that secret garden print and the flowy tiers of the dress. I mean, what more could you ask for from an Easter dress than pretty florals and a pattern that’s whimsical enough to make you feel like you’ve been transported to the set of Pride and Prejudice? It’s so lovely it makes me want to sew five more! I could honestly gush all day about that secret garden print. The colors blend in such a lovely way at a distance, and up close the details are stunning. Garet really outdid herself on this one!

For the pattern, we went with Friday Pattern Company’s Wilder Gown. It paired perfectly with the secret garden print. The result was honestly jaw-dropping–so beautiful!

How to make your own version of Brittany’s Easter dress

  1. Start by heading over to our Spoonflower design shop and ordering our Secret Garden print! Follow the guidelines on the dress pattern for yardage requirements. We’d recommend a light cotton poplin for this breezy piece.
  2. Next, purchase and download the Wilder Gown PDF (or purchase the print version, if you prefer. We chose the PDF because we could instantly download and get sewing).
  3. Now all you have to do is print and assemble your pattern, following the instructions on the pattern.
  4. Just follow the step by step instructions on the pattern to make your dress and you’re done!

Paul’s Tie

Paul’s Easter outfit was simple: a tie. He loves skinny ties, so that’s what we went with! It’s surprising how easy it is to make, and looks so classy when it’s done. To make it even easier on you, we have a PDF tie pattern you can use. We loved that periwinkle blue block print pattern. It’s delicate and refined while still having that touch of masculinity when in tie form! Here are the steps to making your husband his own Easter tie:

How to make your own version of Paul’s Easter tie

Prepping the fabric and pattern

  1. First, download the template for our tie, found here.
  2. Next, follow the instructions included in the PDF and make your tie!

Jasper and Felix’s Jumpsuits

Last on our list of Easter outfits were Jasper and Felix’s jumpsuits. We used this lovely Etsy pattern! It was clear Jasper’s outfit needed to be at least a little bold, so we went with a beautiful golden color. For Felix’s, we chose a more delicate cream and periwinkle. The subtle block print was the perfect little detail for both the boys’ outfits. Words cannot describe how adorable these two boys look in their new Easter outfits!

How to make your own version of Jasper and Felix’s Easter outfits

  1. Download this Etsy pattern.
  2. Print out the PDF and follow the instructions for assembly. (Don’t forget the buttons or snaps! We used buttons).
  3. Done!

What do you think our our fresh new Easter outfits?! Are you going to join the fun and make your own? Even after Easter’s come and gone these would all still make perfect spring and summer outfits. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

More Inspiration

Loved this post on our Easter outfits? You’ll probably love this other Easter content. Try these Easter Activities for Kids, or our roundup of Easter Crafts. Our Ukrainian Easter Coloring Pages are another great way to keep kids busy this spring. Also see our Nesting Easter Eggs for the sweetest little Easter decoration. And don’t forget about our DIY Easter Basket and our Easter Basket Choose Your Own Adventure!

Red white and blue outfit inspo

It looks like life is starting again. To tell the truth, it’s caught me off guard! I have finally become comfortable isolating. Bras have become irrelevant and I’m mastering the art of the video call. Now that it looks like I have to put on real clothing and makeup again, and I’m getting nervous.

I know my nerves are silly – after all, fashion is a way to express yourself. Regardless of what you’re wearing, it should feel like you. I’m thinking a red white and blue outfit will be just the thing to get me excited about fashion again without adding stress. There is some semblance of a dress code, there’s a simple place to start: Color!

Red White and Blue Outfit Brainstorming

The vintage-kick back vibe of Independence Day fashion is so familiar it feels like breathing. But somehow it’s still refreshing! Put a new spin on an old favorite outfit. Or, go all out and invest in some statement pieces.

To me, Fourth of July fashion looks like old Levis, maybe cutoffs. On top is that red flag tee from Old Navy, big sunglasses and a swimsuit underneath. Oh! And your new DIYed tie-dye bandana, worn milk-maid style. That piece is essential.

Truthfully, I love that classic red white and blue outfit. But I have worn exactly that same thing each year since I was four. It’s time to spice it up. Remember my glam aspirations? At the moment, I’m thinking that I’ll pair my blue gingham maxi with something I have yet to find on top (maybe a swimsuit…) and red lips. It’s all about that red white and blue outfit color combo. 

We at Lars have put our heads together (metaphorically, don’t worry, still social distancing) to brainstorm the perfect red white and blue outfit for the Lars girl! If you’re feeling risky, dare pairing red white and blue adjacent colors together, like hot pink, teal, and white. If you’re feeling classic, you’ll look fabulous in denim, a white button down, a neckerchief, sunnies, and red lips. 

No matter how you’re dressed, remember to have fun with it. Enjoy celebrating!

PS: You can never go wrong with red lips.

Great Independence Day pieces

We are all for going ALL OUT for every holiday, but when looking for a specific holiday color scheme, it is still possible to buy pieces you will want to wear all season long! Like this red and white gingham headband – just image wearing that to picnics all summer! According to Vogue, linen is the “fabric du jour” and this tiered linen dress is what our puff-sleeve dreams are made of. Now that we all agreed to wear white past Labor Day, white wide legs pants like these are more of a staple piece than ever before. Pockets, an old fashioned collar, a unique shade of red, and EMBROIDERED EYELETS? I must be describing my dream summer dress! And this is just the beginning of all of the items I love for the 4th of July this year, explore the links below to see them all!

 

Retro Florals Backdrop

Floral Backdrops from the Archives

We love our floral backdrops! This isn’t the first time we’ve dabbled in a floral backdrop. Remember our peonies, hibiscus/tropical leaves, daisies, tulips and poppies? Well, we though it was high time to revisit backdrops, this time in the form of my favorite phone case of all time: Retro Florals!

retro floral case

Retro Florals Backdrop

The best thing about this backdrop, besides being absolutely adorable, is that it’s incredibly quick and easy. It’s the perfect backdrop for a spring birthday, baby or bridal shower, or just because you’re in need of some extra color. Just grab your cricut maker (or a pair of scissors), some paper and something to stick it to the wall and you’re all set!

How to Make a Retro Florals Backdrop

  1. First, download the Retro Florals Backdrop template found here.
  2. Next, upload your template into the cricut design space. If you don’t have a cricut maker, you can just print the template out and use scissors to cut them out.
  3. Now all you have to do is get cutting! Cut out as many as you need to fill your wall, in a variety of colors. If you’re stumped on colors, you can use our photos (and phone case!) as a guide.
  4. To stick them to the wall, use either tape that won’t remove the paint or poster putty. Tip: We would recommend putting the design on the wall as you go. That way you can keep track of what colors you need to cut out next.
  5. When you’re happy with the amount of retro florals you’ve added to your wall, you can stand back and admire. You’re done!

Casetify-Inspired Fabrics

The fun doesn’t stop with this backdrop. You may have noticed the dress we made out of custom retro florals fabric! Well, we have a whole host of other fabrics for you to choose from that are largely inspired by our Casetify collections. Click here to peruse the options!

More Inspiration

Need more colorful crafts to fill your home this spring? You’ll probably love our new papier-mâché vase! Interested in more paper flower projects? Head to this post, where we’ve compiled all of our paper flower tutorials. Wanting to start a garden of real flowers this year? Head over to Lars’ Gardening Essentials for some tips!

BLOOM Inspired Style

BLOOM Lifestyle Photos

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the BLOOM lifestyle shoot:

We had to work in a quilted jacket somehow. I’m in love with this one!

The floral embroidery on that blue dress is just exquisite! I knew we needed it as soon as I saw it.

I’m loving the retro vibes of this shot.

Don’t you just love those pink pom poms paired with the pink phone?

Those tiny purple and blue flowers? Are you kidding me?! So gorgeous.

Secret garden fabric paired with secret garden phone case? A match made in heaven, especially with that lovely gold bracelet.

BLOOM Inspired Style

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Don’t you just love the idea of a wardrobe refresh to match your new phone case? Here are all the beautiful blouses and dresses we used:

And here are the BLOOM inspired accessories:

More Inspiration

Make sure to check out this post featuring our newest Casetify collection! And if you haven’t seen it yet, head over to our Casetify honest review to see how these phone cases have held up for team Lars! Also, check out our first Casetify collection here. Love our phone case designs? You’ll probably be interested in our Casetify inspired crafts, like these nesting Easter eggs, or our painted mini pumpkins.

Alma Thomas: Black History Month Kickoff

Who Is Alma Thomas?

Alma Thomas

Back in 2020, we dedicated a blog post to Alma Thomas, which you can read here. Long story short, she was an amazingly talented black artist, famous for her mosaic-like technique for painting. Her story is amazing, and we’d recommend reading the unabridged version in our blog post here.

What Does the Course Include?

For a complete list and the link to the Alma Thomas class itself, click here. If you’d like, you can also purchase the full course here, which gives you access to courses featuring six different historical artists, including Alma Thomas, Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, and Michelangelo. Don’t forget to use the code ALMA50 for a 50% discount on the Alma Thomas course! It’s available for the entire month of February.

Inspired By Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas was a genius when it came to color. Want to be inspired by her in what you wear, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are some clothing items to get you started, as well as some accessories, if you’re not quite bold enough to wear all the colors of the rainbow in one statement piece. Adding a small pop of color can really transform an outfit.

Here are a few crafts you can make in honor of black history month and Alma Thomas:

Heirloom Plush Dolls

These Heirloom Plush Dolls are a fun way to decorate and remember that it’s black history month. They’re a jazzy, creative twist on our Family Heirloom Ornaments.

Alma Thomas Paper Dolls

Alma Thomas Paper Dolls are another interactive way to celebrate black history month. They’re a great way to teach your kids about black history while crafting at the same time!

Other Black Creatives

We hope you’ll treat this month as a learning opportunity and be inspired by the black creatives all around you. Alma Thomas is a great icon, but there are other ways to get involved during black history month as well.

Books, Movies and Shows

In this post, we compiled a list of black-authored books to read that are both eye-opening and engaging. It’s a great place to start if you have a goal to be more informed about black history this month. Bonus: if you’re more of a screens person, that same post also includes some really great movies and shows by black creatives.

If you’re not familiar with many black creatives, here‘s a list we complied a while back with some of our favorites. You can also check out this post, where you can learn how to make your own heirloom ornaments featuring your favorite black creatives.

Interviews

If you’re interested in getting to know some different artists of color, this post is for you. We compiled a list of interviews with some of our favorite artists of color. We loved getting to know them and what they do!

Black-Owned Businesses

Here are some amazing products we love from black designers. This is a great way to support black makers.

Happy Black History Month! We’d love to know: what are you doing in honor of Black History Month?

 

Harry Styles Valentines

Harry Styles Valentines

We are ecstatic about these Harry Styles valentines. The best part is, they’re available in our shop! That means all you have to do is download, print and cut, and they’re ready to go. Oh and we wouldn’t leave you hanging without a candy option to pair with it. Fill up a little bag with sour patch watermelons and you’re all set for a Harry Styles-inspired Valentine’s Day. Be my watermelon sugar?

Harry Styles-Inspired Style

We couldn’t dedicate this post to Harry Styles without mentioning his style. I mean, come on. Harry Styles fan or not, he has undeniably good style. Those sweaters? Amazing pattern combos? Sunglasses? We’re sold. His style features iconic neons, bold color blocking and prints, plaids, a little feminine touch with the shoes and jewelry, and don’t forget those sweater vests. Oh, and did I mention those sunglasses? Transparent, bold colors and eccentric shapes are enough to leave any fangirl drooling. Thank you, Harry!

If you’re looking for a little something inspired by Harry this Valentine’s Day, we have just the thing. Here’s a great place to start:

Oh, and if you want to knit that iconic Harry Styles cardigan, JW Anderson released the knitting pattern. I mean, can you imagine???!?!?!?!!

Here’s some yarn for you to choose from:

Harry Styles Merch

Don’t worry, if you’re lacking a little Harry Styles merch to go with your valentines, step right this way. Here are some options that will leave onlookers without a doubt that you’re a true fan:

Wishing you all a very happy Harry Styles-inspired Valentine’s Day!

More Inspiration

Loved this post featuring our Harry Styles valentines and want to see more? Check out our other Valentine’s Day content! You can craft to your heart’s content with these lovely DIY valentines. Speaking of valentines, check out this post and our shop for endless options of adorable printable valentines. Need a box to put your valentines in? Our DIY painted valentine box is a spectacular option that doubles as a tissue box when you’re done with valentines. Oh, and if you’re looking for gifts for that special someone, you’ll definitely want to check out our Valentine’s Day gift guides for men and women. And here are some great Valentine’s Day activities!

What Iris Apfel Can Teach Us

Iris Apfel June Book Club Artwork

Who Is Iris Apfel?

Iris Apfel is one of the most iconic women in the history of fashion. This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned her! Here’s another post where we share some of our musings about Iris. Self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet,” Iris Apfel started as an interior designer with an innate interest in fashion. She really became known when her noteworthy wardrobe made its way into an exhibition at the Met. From there, her career as a fashion icon blossomed.

She didn’t stop there! At age 98, she signed a modeling contract with IMG, blowing all former female model stereotypes out of the water. She even came out with her own sunglasses line a few days before her 100th birthday! From interior design, to transforming the definition of modeling, to her eclectic and show-stopping style, to simply living a full life, Iris Apfel can teach us so much.

Embracing Maximalism in an Age of Minimalism

We are living in an age of minimalism. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always against minimalism. When done correctly it can be lovely. The problem is that it’s become an overwhelming default that squashes so many opportunities for creative expression. If you’re interested more of my thoughts on neutrals and default colors, read this post. Anyway, I’m not here today to focus on minimalism. I’m here to talk about Iris Apfel, who is an example of totally owning gorgeous maximalism. Iris Apfel can teach us so. much. Here’s how she can help us embrace maximalism when minimalism is so overwhelmingly present.

What Iris Apfel Can Teach Us

Don’t Fear Patterns and Colors!

I remember buying clothes with my mom as a kid. She’d always offer up the same advice: “pick something that will go with everything!” There’s a myth that’s been circulating for many years that neutral solids match better than colors and patterns. My mom’s not alone. Many people stick almost solely to neutrals, not because they don’t like color or pattern, but because they feel intimidated. Which is totally understandable! Neutrals are, admittedly, easy.

But are they satisfying? Iris Apfel sure shows us that there are many, many examples of bold color and pattern combinations that look exquisite together. They’re less common because it’s intimidating to jump into so much color and pattern, but maybe that’s what makes them so wonderful. So to those wanting to incorporate more patterns and colors into their lives but feeling intimidated, remember that Iris would tell you to go for it! You can do it, just be confident in those bold choices and don’t let others dissuade you. As Iris would say, “When you don’t dress like everyone else then you don’t have to think like everyone else.”

The Bolder the Better

Speaking of bold choices, is anything every really too much for Iris Apfel? Probably not. She teaches us that, rather than airing on the side of caution when it comes to your wardrobe, go big or go home! She would probably put it just that candidly, too.

She’s the perfect example of really diving into colors and patterns and showing us that bolder really is better, in her case. After all, she did say, “color can raise the dead.” When you own bold patterns and colors like Iris Apfel, they are striking, completely show-stopping, and do much more than any combination of neutrals could to. So be all in! The key is to be decisive and intentional. A half-hearted effort just doesn’t produce the Iris Apfel effect.

Mix and Match!

Another one of my mom’s common statements was something along the lines of “don’t wear multiple patterns together, they don’t go.” Well Iris Apfel would most likely say the exact opposite: Why opt for a neutral that goes with everything when you can go for a wild, wacky combo? And who says multiple patterns can’t compliment each other exquisitely?

Rather than always going for black because it will match everything in your wardrobe, try branching out. Unlikely combinations can sometimes be best.

Speaking of unlikely combinations, don’t fear mixing high and low fashions. Iris Apfel was famous for shamelessly mixing designer brands with flea market finds, and patterns, colors and textures of all different eras. The eclectic mix became her signature, and she knowingly broke all rules and conventions. Isn’t the saying something like “learn the rules so you can break them?”

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Don’t let me finish out this list of what Iris Apfel can teach us without including accessories. Iris’s iconic glasses, boas, and bold bangles with forever be remembered. Nothing is too thick, chunky, or big for her. Accessories can do wonders for an outfit that feels like it needs a little something to be complete.

And again, Iris Apfel audaciously merged antiquity with modernity with striking success.

Dress for Yourself, Not to be Stared At

Above all, fashion is and should be very personal. It’s all about you, or it should be. As Iris says, “I don’t dress to be stared at, I dress for myself.” Iris has us convinced that fashion should be fun, and it’s the most fun when it feels true to YOU. Ultimately, “The important thing is to be comfortable so you can get on with your life.”

In the Shop

If you’re looking for something to remind you of Iris Apfel, check out our shop! Nothing helps with inspiration like seeing Iris Apfel’s face every time you open your book and see this bookmark. Or looking up at the wall by your desk and seeing this print! If you’re wanting to prep for the holiday season early this year, we’d recommend this Iris Apfel ornament.

More Inspiration

Loved this post on what Iris Apfel can teach us and want to be inspired by other amazing women? Check out our Becoming series, where we highlight female creatives and how they became who they are! You can also be inspired by these in the mood for posts, where we draw style and design inspiration from artists, creatives, and things we love throughout history.

One last note before you go: Iris Apfel has collaborated with H&M to release a new collection this spring 2022–STAY TUNED! I’m positive we’ll have more to say where that came from.