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What We Want : We have been good ~

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It’s finally here, after hours of preparation, (and for some stressing out what to get for your love ones and friends): the end of the year holidays. We hoped that some of you have already checked off your holiday wishlist from our daily giveaway! ( 7 more days of gifts to go! ) And of course, like everybody else, the BurdaStyle team also has something on our wishlist to what we really want for these magical weeks.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 24 Win a Gütermann Thread Box!

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Welcome to day 24 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Gütermann Thread Box. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Saturday, December 25th to be entered to win!

Inspired By: The Sleek Minimalism of Celine

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Simple lines, easy shapes, neutral colors – at first take minimalism doesn’t exactly sound like the most exciting movement in fashion. However, in the hands of Phoebe Philo, new minimalism has exploded into a look and lifestyle that’s hard to ignore. Fresh off receiving the 2010 title of British Designer of the Year, I thought it appropriate to take a look at Philo’s work for the house of Celine that has spawned a worldwide club of dedicated followers (otherwise known as the Philophiles) and how you can achieve that sleek look with BurdaStyle patterns and projects.

BurdaStyle Holiday Cooking Party

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This year, our co-founder Nora surprised the BurdaStyle team with a secret holiday outing. Were we going ice skating? Paint balling? Bowling? Let’s just say she had the whole gang in suspense, speculating the possibilities throughout the entire subway ride to our mystery locale. Only one clue was given: we were all heading to Brooklyn. And indeed we did, to The Brooklyn Kitchen for a private group cooking class!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 23 Win a Clover Prize Package!

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Welcome to day 23 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an awesome prize package from Clover. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 24th to be entered to win!

Vintage in Detail: Dorset Buttons

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Thread wound Dorset buttons date back to the mid-18h century when dorset button making was a booming cottage industry for families, prison inmates and orphans throughout southern England. John Ashton’s button machine put the whole lot of them out of work in 1851 but the machine-made button still has nothing on these beauties!

Dorset buttons are easy to make and they add a ton of old school flair to your winter coats, vests, dresses and blouses. Here’s how you do it:

Featured Member: Laura Bolčina

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I come from Slovenia, Central Europe.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 22 Win a One-Year Subscription to burda style magazine!

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Welcome to day 22 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a One-Year Subscription to burda style magazine! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Thursday, December 23rd to be entered to win!

Last Day to Submit: Handmade Holiday Contest Presented by ModCloth x BurdaStyle

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We hope you’re narrowing down that shopping list because the holidays are officially upon us. You have one more day to post your handmade accessories to our Handmade Holiday Contest Presented by ModCloth x BurdaStyle, for the chance to snag yourself a $100 gift certificate to ModCloth! Check out the original blog post for full contest rules and if you haven’t started working on that gift yet, head over to ModCloth’s Handmade and DIY Section to get inspired and get sewing!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 21 Win the Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer!

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Welcome to day 21 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win the Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer!
Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Wednesday, December 22nd to be entered to win!

Upcycling and Reclaiming Fashion

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Are you a recessionista, an upcycler, a vintage seeker, a recycler or reclaimer of fashion? The current economic atmosphere has led many artists, crafters and designers to cut corners and get creative by using reusing existing resources. This trend has it’s merits of course, but do you think it will last?

The picture above features some silk from the body of gorgeous work by Resurrection Rags and the amazing work of young designer Rachael Cassar.

Perfect Gifts for the DIY'er in Your Life

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With less than a week of holiday shopping left it’s easy to panic finding gifts for the rest of the people left on your list. But if you have a sewer, this list (or this one, or even this one just for crafters) can help you find the perfect present for all the DIYer’s in your life.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 20 Win HUSQVARNA VIKING® Sewing Machine!

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Welcome to day 20 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HICLASS™ E20 from HUSQVARNA VIKING®! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 27th (that’s a full week) to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 19 Win Fiskars Fabric Scissor Set!

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Welcome to day 19 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a fabric scissor set from Fiskars!
Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 20th to be entered to win!

Designers Sketch Dream Dresses for the Future Princess Kate

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Many a female heart was broken the day it was announced that Prince William had finally proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Now that the majority of us have come to terms with the fact that we are indeed not in the running to be British royalty, we can focus our attention on what Ms. Middleton will be wearing when she weds her Prince. WWD asked designers ranging from Vera Wang and Karl Lagerfeld to Jason Wu and Frida Gianinni to sketch their dream dresses for the new Princess. Who do you think should outfit Kate on her wedding day?

Sketches from Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka and Ralph Rucci

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