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What We Wore: Un-Bling Bling

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Bejeweled, Bedecked, Bedazzled!

Well… not really. While the BurdaStyle crew loves a little bling (I can’t believe I’m still saying that word in almost-2011), as usual we put our own unique spin to the standard diamond and silver variety. We opt for the crafty, the practical, the one-of-a-kind pieces that is a truer reflection of our personality than some grandiose idea of what wealth looks like…whatever that is.

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest, slightly bling-less, accessories we’ve been wearing lately:

Martha Stewart's Holiday Craft Sale

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If you’re in New York this Saturday, December 4th stop by the Martha Stewart offices in the Starrett-Lehigh building on 26th street between 11th and 13th avenues to get a start on your holiday shopping and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. From 12-6 pm come pick up one-of-a-kind, handmade items from amazing artisans and crafters, meet the Martha Stewart staffers and maybe get inspired to make some of your own gift projects for the holiday season!

Secrets of Neapolitan Tailoring

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Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary on Neapolitan tailoring by the creative group, Kid Dandy. I don’t know which is more beautiful: the stunning shots of Naples or the perfectly tailored suits!

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Meet Stitch magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Tricia Waddell + Free Satin Clutch Tutorial Download

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Bringing a decidedly stylish and modern edge to traditional sewing and craft, Stitch Magazine has carved a niche for itself as one of the premier biannual publications for contemporary sewing. Full of projects, resources, tips and ideas, Stitch is a great guide for any sewer, no matter whether they’ve been at it for years or are just starting out. We sat down with Stitch Editor-in-Chief Tricia Waddell to get the scoop on her favorite crafts, inspirations and what’s next for the future of Stitch.

What We Wore: Earthy-Chic Shoes

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Nestled in little offices in Midtown, New York, amid three-piece suits, khakis and wool skirts, lies the BurdaStyle crew, a bunch of bouncy creative types who love to sew, crochet and discuss cooking recipes. We’re certainly a unique bunch, to say the least, and it shows in our style.

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OptiTex Offering Free CAD Pattern Making Webinar

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For those of you using or interested in using the OptiTex CAD software, they are offering a free webinar this Tuesday, November 23rd at 2pm EST. Even if you don’t use the software to draft your patterns, trainer Julia Shaw will be demonstrating general pattern making techniques in real time that you can use with or without the software. The webinar is free but you must register is advance. For more information on this and future OptiTex webinars check out Fashion Incubator and to learn more about OptiTex software head over to their website.

Lanvin for H&M

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Ladies…hold on to your wallets. Lanvin for H&M launches in select stores this weekend and in the worlds of fashion blog darling Bryan Boy, “It’s going to be a bloodbath”. What do you think about Alber’s collection for the high-street chain? Will you be camped outside your local H&M waiting to get your hands on an affordable Lanvin frock?

BurdaStyle <3's Pendleton

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A few weeks ago, we reached out to one of our favorite wool companies, Pendleton to see if they would provide us with some of their amazing fabrics to do some great projects with. Today our mailbox was full of yards and yards of wonderful wool!

Join ELLE and Swarovski for a Night with Designer Rodrigo Otazu

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This Tuesday join ELLE Magazine and Swarovski at their amazing CRYSTALLIZED concept store in New York for an event celebrating the work of jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu. From 6-8:30 PM you can browse some of Otazu’s amazing pieces and purchase special items available for one night only during the event. Also take advantage of discounts on all New York designer collections and waltz home with your very own gift bag full of fun Swarovski baubles. Make sure you get your name on the list for this event by sending your RSVP to rsvp.NY[at]crystallized[dot]com or stop by the store and register in person:

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Creative Fuel: Check Out BurdaStyle's Inspiration Page!

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Have you heard? BurdaStyle is on Tumblr! Check it daily for new inspirational images caught in our net. Take a look and get hooked! Do you have an inspirational Tumblr page? We want to follow you!

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Check out these gems…

Empowering Women and Fair Trade with Proxy Apparel and BurdaStyle

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The brainchild of HeatherJean MacNeil, Proxy Apparel was founded with the mission of creating sustainable fashion while empowering women through sweat-shop free and fair trade labor practices. MacNeil’s company now works with worker-owned cooperatives in Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua, crafting cool, socially responsible apparel and accessories and helping the women in those areas to expand their businesses and strengthen their communities.

Free Designer Patterns from ShowStudio

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John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Antony Price, Junya Wantanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto – Seven Designer Patterns Available

Patterns are available for free download for either a home printer or copy shop printing. It looks like these designs were released as part of a competition from 2009, but luckily for you they’re still available for download!

If you’re up for a challenge, try out these avante garde designs. It’s sure cheaper than buying a designer piece from the store!

A preview of the Alexander McQueen pattern…

BurdaStyle at International Houston Quilt Market

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Last week BurdaStyle’s indomitable partnership manager, Carol, packed her bags and headed to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival and Market. 50,000 people were in attendance for the week-long event showcasing amazing talent from around the Quilting industry, including Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Michael Miller and our friends at Westminster Fabrics and BERNINA. We were excited to be a part of such a huge creative event and get a first hand look at all the beautiful and inspiring things happening in quilting!

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