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Since I am on a new apartment hunt, I’ve decided what could be better than to do my blogpost on bedroom décor! One of the most important things I’m looking for and forward to in a new apartment is an awesome bedroom!
If I could have it my way, my bedroom would be spacious, with a nice size closet, and bright! This time around I want to do it right and decorate my bedroom with fun bright colors and prints, cool pictures, inspiring quotes, nice big mirrors, and unique accents.
I’ve recently been working on our Pinterest and tumblr accounts here at Blowfish, so I’ve gotten quite a bit of great ideas! I’m feeling generous today, so I’ll share with you guys!
Images via Pinterest.
Decorative Pillows are a must! Plus I love feathers and the color combo!
Images via Pinterest.
They say area rugs make a room appear larger! This one is pretty awesome, the design is really cool!
Images via Pinterest.
An accent chair is great for visitors, if you want to cuddle up with a good book, or just as an added splash of personality to your bedroom!
Images via Pinterest.
If painting isn’t an option, art work and pictures are the next best thing, maybe even better! I want my room to have a positive vibe, so I plan on having a lot of inspirational wall art!
Images via Pinterest.
Plants and flowers not only look good, but they smell good, too! I look forward to spicing up my new room with some pottery and plants!
Images via Pinterest.
New Bedding is always exciting! I can’t wait to shop for a new bedspread!
Images via Pinterest.
What a good idea this is! I’m definitely going to try this out on my bed!
What do you guys think of my bedroom inspirations, could you see these things in your bedroom?! I know I’m not the only one moving into a new apartment or on the quest to decorate the perfect bedroom, so share some of your ideas with me!
Yes you read correctly, I said SPAM juice! No I don't mean canned lucheon meat, I'm talking about my favorite juice recipe since I got a juicer this pass Holiday season! SPAM stands for strawberry, pineapple, apple & mint. My favorite ingredient in this juice would hands down have to be the mint, it's enough to be refreshing and not too much where I feel like I'm drinking toothpaste or gum.
Do you guys like to juice? What are your favorite recipes?
Lately, most of my days have been spent in doors because of the chilly Georgia weather we've been experiencing. While wrapped in a my favorite bulky sweater, I love grabbing my sketchpad letting inspiration take me on a wild goose chase. For example, the other day I got lost in my sketchpad by drawing an old recliner. Yes, a recliner. Nothing special about it. It's one that has been sitting in my in-laws basement, yet there was something so liberating as I sketched out the outline of its dark red corduroy covering and colored in the shadows falling across all the indents of the cushions. After I finished the drawing - which was rather rough for the most part as I haven't sketched in a rather long time (aside from the constant doodling I like to do when I take notes or journal) - I extended my sketch pad in front of me and put my pencil down in satisfaction. The arms were a little misshapen and the shadowing could be a little cleaner, but I was happy with my crooked red chair. Not necessarily from the drawing itself but the freedom that came with drawing...for the sake of drawing. No restrictions. No holding back. Running a handmade shop and creating art for a living is a dream come true, but sometimes it's nice to just be and do something creative outside of that. For me that creativity on that particular cold, rainy day had to do with a pencil and a blank sheet of paper. I call it the liberation of inspiration even if it has to do with a drawing of a crooked red chair.
We're back with another photo contest!! We understand that is still winter for many of our friends, (some of you even have snow on the ground) but we know that means you must be even more excited for spring to come & melt the cold away! Our spring styles have been rolling in over the last couple of weeks and we just can't wait to start outfitting them for the warmer weather that is coming!
We are loving our colorful new flats like the DAISY, our QUTE oxfords, and all of our new sandals are perfect for spring!! We are excited to pair them with some high-lo skirts, maxi dresses, jean shorts & flowy blouses.
What new trends and styles are you looking forward to sporting this spring? Upload a pic of your favorite spring 'look' here (be creative! it doesn't have to be an outfit...) & you will be entered to win 2 FREE PAIRS OF SHOES from our Spring Collection! You can enter as many times as you'd like between now and Sunday, 3/17 at 11:59pm PST. Get your friends to vote for you on Facebook for an even better chance at winning!!
Good luck! We will announce 3 winners at 3pm PST on 3/18, so stay tuned!
Here are some our favorite pics so far:
Shayna and I are getting super stoked to fly to NYC on Friday night. I grew up in CT, so I'm quite familiar with the city that never sleeps, but it will be Shayna's first time visiting!!! I can't wait to show her around, as much as our time will allow.
We are going to be attending LuLu*s NYFW Style Studio blogger party in Chelsea at 404 NYC! The event is based around following the LuLu*s style map throughout the evening, on your way to finding your personal style. Find out more details about the event and how you can attend, just click here.
At Blowfish, we think personal style is just another form of self expression, so we can't wait to see all the outfits, meet all the guests, and show everyone our new styles from Spring and Fall '13 collections! We will be giving out fun goodie bags to all who stop by our table, and hosting a super fun I SPY campaign, so even our fans at home can enter to win a free pair of shoes! We will be announcing 25 winners on 2/11/13, and you could be one of them.
Here are the details on how to enter:
Aside from making sure to follow us this weekend in NYC at #nyfwbfstyle, we could also really use your help in deciding what to wear! Shayna and I each picked our favorite shoe from the Spring '13 collection to wear and styled up 2 outfits each. Look below and comment with which outfit you think we should rock at LuLu*s NYFW Style Studio (updates at #nyfwstylestudio) on 2/9 at 404NYC.
Lindsey styled up the ILLI wedges with a orange skinnies & an oversized top for her first look. For her second look, she paired the ILLI with a mauve colored high low skirt, grey tights, and gold accessories. Which is your favorite, #1 or #2? Comment below!
Shayna styled up the quite smoking slipper with a black high-low dress and chambray top in her first look. In her second look, she paired the flats with knee socks, leather shorts and a white studded blouse. What's your favorite, #1 or #2? Comment below!
Help us decide what to wear this weekend in NYC for LuLu*s #NYFWSTYLESTUDIO event by commenting below! Follow us for updates all weekend at #NYFWBFSTYLE and enter to win our I SPY contest with #BFSTYLEFIND!
We'll have a full review when we return next week, so stay tuned!
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Hello everyone! My name is Valentina Duracinsky and I'm proud to say I'm this month's Blowfish It Girl!
I recently started writing some guest posts for the Blowfish blog and I will be doing it more often this new year.
You can read my interview here, but in a nutshell, I am a musician who loves to travel. I'll be spending the next eight months in Europe, mostly in Paris, writing songs… and I'll be sharing my adventures with you!
(this picture is from last summer… my dad and I discovered a lovely place. I can't wait to discover more hidden places in the wonderful city!)
Here is a video of me singing a Lisa Hannigan song:
I hope you enjoy it. I'll be back soon with quelques photos de la belle ville de Paris!
Last Friday was Have Fun at Work Day! We all ordered up our favorite new spring style and played dress up at work in our new shoes! Usually by the time Friday rolls around, the energy to pick out nice outfits is lacking and we revert to jeans and tshirts, but we were also excited about our shoes that we dressed up! It made the day go by much faster, and now we all have new shoes and pictures! It was so much fun bonding with the ladies and hearing from our designers about what they are working on for fall!
Take a look at some of the pictures we took below! (More coming soon!)
Did you do anything fun at work last Friday? What new Spring styles are you crushing on? Check out all the new spring styles here.
Hello, friends! It's Ilene of Much Love, illy and today I wanted to chit-chat about that holiday that has been haunting us at every aisle of nearly every store we walk into. No, not Halloween but I think when it comes to decorations for both holidays, people get just as excited! In just a little while, our world (whether online or off) will be exploding with little itty bitty red hearts and all sorts of mushiness when the calendar flips to February 14th. And whether or not you are single or with someone special, I still think that Valentine's Day can be a blast celebrating in more ways than one. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite ways I love to celebrate the holiday of love!
pucker up with some red lipstick. So last year, I had not touched a tube of lipstick since Jr.High. This year is a different story - I cannot stop collecting lipstick of all colors and brands, and recently I have been obsessed with any shade of red! In this photo I'm wearing Park from Radiant Cosmetics, one of my daily favorites, but I am also partial to Revlon's Candy Apple and Nars Heatwave.
wearing my heart on my...tote bag. I have been eyeing this organic tote bag with leather straps from Fluffy Co for over a year now. It would be the perfect bag to carry all year long and not just on Valentine's Day!
rocking out in some red. Bring out that hot red dress you've been dying to wear - just like this darling Queen of Hearts red dress with the sexy and playful back from Kintage! Doesn't it just scream fun?!
sending out Valentine's Day cards. I still love sending out Valentine's Day cards (like this one from Julie Ann Art)! As much as I love social media and technology, nothing screams more love than a handwritten note.
last but not least, sassing up your Valentine's Day outfit with Blowfish Shoes! Seriously, my India shoes from Blowfish have been my go-to shoes every winter long. They are comfortable but you can rock them with every outfit imaginable - including your Valentine's Day assemble!
Hello lovelies! I’ll be appearing on the blog from time to time… you might remember me from here and if not then have a read! I run ecommerce and marketing here at Blowfish Shoes, I have a tumblr here but we thought every now and then you may want to hear from me… so ‘ello luvs!
So some of you know I’m a born and bred Londoner, I moved to the US almost 5 years ago to work for Blowfish. Even to this day everyone at the office mimics my accent… and some people still struggle to understand my accent if I speak well fast! (They don’t know I do it on purpose to make myself giggle. Well they know now! Hehe)
I was pondering about what to write for my first blog post for you guys, and I thought, since some of you love all things English, I’d write about the top 5 things I miss about home.
1. THE TUBE! Living in LA means driving and I love my car, but I do love the tube even more, quick, reliable, I can get from A to B in about 20mins from my flat in London.
Here are some snaps from when I was home a few months ago:
Tube instagrams from my trip in August 2012
2. FISH & CHIPS! The real kind, not the pretend kind, the chippy kind. (Chippy/Chippie is UK slang for a chip shop, or a place that sells fish and chips!) Doused in salt and vinegar. Oh man I’m drooling.
Taken at Rock and Sole Plaice in London, #yumnation Check them out here.
3. FOOTBALL! Or as you guys may like to call it (Soccer) everyone is mainly into American Football here, as well as basketball, and there are a small amount of people into soccer but boy I miss watching games on TV. The time difference, and just generally being miles away from home makes it hard to keep up. (Go ARSENAL!!!!!! <3) Luckily LA has a good soccer following because of Beckham at Galaxy, so I get a little taste of home if I go to their games, which I did manage to this past summer.
Taken at Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
4. T O P S H O P! Wow. How I took Topshop for granted when I was at home. I totally miss shopping in Europe. Luckily there have been some GREAT developments in our fun world. Online shopping has shaped the way we shop and almost every brand has a website that ships internationally. Your own style can be developed anywhere you are. I miss walking into the huge Flagship shop in Oxford Street though, but luckily I can shop online www.topshop.com
5. Everyone understanding me all the time and not having to think before I speak! Hahahaha! It’s not a big deal, and of course I totally respect Americans have their own words for things! I have found my own lingo changing…
Trash / garbage
(I used to say rubbish!)
(Line up, or stand in line)
(I still say fizzy drinks to mean anything carbonated, if I say “soda” I feel very Americanized!)
(I NEVER EVER SAID DUDE. This is a result of California living)
Bits & Bobs (This is an English phrase)
(I said this to Shayna once in the office, it’s English for “stuff” and she was so baffled she just laughed her head off.. teehee)
That’s all from me this month! Cheers guys, be chatting to ya all soon!
- K xoxo
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s time for us to give thanks! Here at Blowfish we are thankful for shoes, fashion, fall, tacos, pie and most of all, our lovely customers!!! We thought, what better way to celebrate the holiday then finding out what all of you are thankful for this year! Hence why we are launching another Instagram contest! We want you to take a picture of what you are thankful for and to show our thanks, we are going to be giving away winner’s choice pair of shoes and bullet necklaces by JAKIMAC!
All you have to do is share a picture on Instagram with #BFTHANKS. We will be giving away prizes all week, so be creative and extra points for liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Pinterest! Remember, to submit your photos before November 23rd at 12am PST.
Now go on, and start snappin’ some pics for your chance to win! And have the happiest of Thanksgivings!