Utopiast, I do love it as much as you do.

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Hello All! I’ve recently discovered an up-and-coming web shop mixing crisp and minimalistic designs in easy-to-wear fashion, modern handmade jewelry, streamlined decor & interior and uncomplicated beauty products made from carefully selected designers throughout southern and eastern Europe.

‘UTOPIAST’

Since discovering their Instagram page, I’ve admired their quality photos and versatile appeal!

Below I’m featuring their gorgeous easy to wrap ‘snake ring’ and both their black stone notebook’ and ‘white stone notebook’ which are perfect for my every day look, monochromatic style and practical use.  I love my new products and I appreciate all the kind people behind utopiast!

 

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Vintage to Lux, Bar Cart Re-Do

Hello Everyone! After a long over due space upgrade on my blog, I’m able to get back to posting again. Although it won’t always be as often as I did a couple of years ago…but probably just enough to keep up-to-date my digital diary. Admittedly I’ve been obsessing over Instagram and sometimes posting up to four photos a day. YIKES! Have you been following my obsession and took note of the name change? Anyways, if you haven’t you can check it out here.

Today, I would like to share my bar cart update! The brass was looking a little outdated with my current tastes. Where the style around our flat was void of anything resembling gold or having been adorned with gold accents.

I began looking at that lifeless bar cart as a dull piece of furniture which lacked the cohesiveness I’ve been trying to settle comfortably with. Eventually I became so fed with it that I ended up storing it away in our buildings cave, en francais. Out of sight and out of mind right? Wrong! Although this bar cart was out of sight, it was never far from the back of my mind. I love the functionality and the overall look in which it presented, just not entirely in its originality. All this piece needed was a minor update that would harmonise a modern and glamorised look to our flat.

Using two bottles of basic black matt spray paint with primer all ready mixed in, this DIY project can be a simple task for anyone. If you decide to try it, I hope you’ll love the black matt look as much I do!

Before in Brassiness

Before in brass.

For smooth surface, be sure to strip away dirt&debris

For a smoother surface, be sure to strip away dirt&debris.

Be sure to overlap the tape overlap so that paint can't won't reach the glass.

Be sure to overlap the tape overlap so that paint can’t won’t reach the glass.

Using flexible painters tape, I covered up the black glass.

Using flexible painters tape, I covered up the black glass.

My 1st coat. I intended to tape the wheels but I found that even though I was using flexible painters tape, keeping the round edges in line was too difficult.

My 1st coat. I intended to tape the wheels but I found that even though I was using flexible painters tape, keeping the round edges in line was too difficult.

I've worked every angle..

Spraying at every angle.

Second coat of paint and not regretting the to paint the rubber wheels.

Second coat of paint and not regretting the to paint the rubber wheels.

Time for a dry! I let the cart air-dry for about 2 hours before bringing it inside.

Time for a dry! I let the cart air-dry for about 2 hours before bringing it inside.

All finished! I displayed a modest collection of alcohol for this photo. it looks nothing like that today!

All finished! I displayed a modest collection of alcohol for this photo. it looks nothing like that today!

 

 

Current Style Favorites

I just wanted to share some of my current favorite ready to wear items in which I’ve worn out these days.

The black phantom bag is my second Celine purse. I can’t get enough of Celine’s beautiful and streamlined styles. But owning 2 is good enough for now and especially after patine her hefty price tags! But have you seen her 2014 Fall collection? Oh wow! I’m eyeing the belt bag  from that collection here!

The Kooples? Think edgy and chic rolled into one. The weather has been conducive for hat-wearing and best suited for me because I don’t like carrying umbrellas. So I think the hat is the perfect compromise for both protection and style. I’m slowly corroborating more off their fashions to hang in my wardrobe. With sales current in Paris until the 29th of July, I’m expecting prices too keep dropping before fall fashions take shift. IKKS and Sandro…please!

My crime leather tennis shoes are perfect for school and walking around Paris while looking casually chic. I bought them at a boutique in my neighborhood in search of a comfortable walking shoe that also looks stylish and are worn with, let’s say a blazer or cropped jacket and for a more dressier look.

How about the over-the-top rhinestone necklace from Zara? I know its huge! Its costume. But I make it work. At least I think the necklace works for dressing anything up! I love it! When I lived in Sicily in 2012, I thought Zara was my clothing heaven. Because whilst in California, the only Zara around was in Los Angeles and so I had to order Zara online. Soooo, kinda making Zara’s clothing brand unique. I don’t know about now. You’ll have to tell me. In Europe? BIG! In Paris? There’s a Zara in every arrondissement! I usually stick with basics especially since I’ve noticed they lowered their tariff for quality and make.

Just me Jeni

Just me Jeni