Our latest project that we presented yesterday. We had to create a company and present it with moodboards, colorcards, trend research, production, company structure etc. This is our high fashion company Bolboretas (meaning butterflies in Galician), based in Paris holding three lines; Haute Couture, Pret-a-Porter, and Lingerie & Accessories.

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Royal Wedding

I´m not a big fan of either monarchy or romance but yesterdays wedding left me in some sort of romantic haze that I´m still recovering from. The dress , the prince, the big church, the carriage ride, I think the fairy tale-loving six-year old girl in me had a small awakening and for a moment there I wanted a big fat royal wedding too.

Beautiful wedding gown from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. French Chantilly lace (silk) and English Cluny lace (silk and cotton) in the bodice, skirt and underskirt, then the skirt made of ivory and white satin gazar. The dress was supposed to symbolize a flower opening. The vintage halo tiara from Cartier, made in 1936, borrowed from Queen Elizabeth, who got it as a gift for her 18th birthday.

Painting the roses…resin

Making use of my Sant Jordi roses (yes, I got two, wohoo, people do love me…!) by playing with a little epoxy resin. Since I´m a big fan of contrasts and combining completely different elements to create something interesting, being introduced to epoxy resin about six months ago was like christmas to yours truly. The possibility of taking something soft and fragile and turn it rock solid just opened up this whole new world of exciting ideas. Today I´ve been making a little rose bowl with some of the petals and the leaves from the roses. The other rose I just left as it is and dipped the whole flower in the resin.

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Luscious Venom – a knitwear collection

Me and my crappy illustration skills…

Working on finishing the illustrations for my knitwear presentation next week. I´m actually getting a little bored with this collection now, I´m feeling ready to move on to new projects like my womenswear fetish collection and the accessories collection we´re doing with the same theme.

The book I´m using to improve my illustration technique, written by my illustration teacher:

Sant Jordi

La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as el dia de la rosa (The Day of the Rose) or el dia del llibre (The Day of the Book) is a Catalan holiday held on 23 April, with similarities to Valentine’s Day and some unique twists that reflect the antiquity of the celebrations. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones. Historically, men gave women roses, and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion—”a rose for love and a book forever.” In modern times, the mutual exchange of books is also customary. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent tradition originating in 1923, when a bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to commemorate the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616.

In Barcelona’s most visited street, La Rambla, and all over Catalonia, thousands of stands of roses and makeshift bookstalls are hastily set up for the occasion. By the end of the day, some four million roses and 800,000 books will have been purchased. Most women will carry a rose in hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion.

Source (as much as it pains the academic in me): Wikipedia

Things I miss about Sweden

* Regular milk and cream that goes bad after a week (none of this UHT treated crap that tastes yuck and can stay in your refridgerator for 6 months and still be ok to drink).

* Organic Gevalia coffee.

* Being able to buy organic food in regular supermarkets at reasonable prices.

* Food variety in supermarkets. Here it´s the exact same small selection of products no matter how big or small the supermarket is. If it´s a big supermarket they just have more of everything. Like an entire aisle of tuna…

* Being able to make phone calls and text at reasonable prices. I mean 30 cent for a textmessage, or 18 cent/minute for a phonecall…really?

* Being able to use as much hot water and electricity as I want without getting a ridiculous bill at the end of the month.

* Being able to go inside during winter and not feeling like I´m still outside.

* Being able to afford my own apartment.

* Yoghurt candy.

* Regular cocoa powder! Where do you buy regular cocoa powder that doesn´t have a bunch of sugar and additives and crap mixed with it????

Big fat lies

Let´s start the week off with a little lesson on fat including the much misunderstood saturated fats. Fat is an essential nutrient for our bodies, meaning the cells in your body need it to function properly. There´s alot of talk about your brain needing carbohydrates but the fact is your brain needs fat and a little bit of glucose which can be converted in your liver from fat and protein. (I know at least my brain works a lot better without alot of carboyhydrates messing up my blood sugar levels, making me tired and unfocused.) Fat is also needed for the uptake of vitamins A, D, E and K, which are important for you eye sight, your skeleton, your skin and mucous membranes among other things.
And last but not least fat does not make you fat, anymore than sugar makes you sweet or greens make you green.

There´s one type of fat that should be avoided though, the industrial transfats:

Some interesting info on the making of margarine, that is recommended as a “healthier substitute” for natural butter:

Hydrogenation: This is the process that turns polyunsaturates, normally liquid at room temperature, into fats that are solid at room temperature—margarine and shortening. To produce them, manufacturers begin with the cheapest oils—soy, corn, cottonseed or canola, already rancid from the extraction process—and mix them with tiny metal particles—usually nickel oxide. The oil with its nickel catalyst is then subjected to hydrogen gas in a high-pressure, high-temperature reactor. Next, soap-like emulsifiers and starch are squeezed into the mixture to give it a better consistency; the oil is yet again subjected to high temperatures when it is steam-cleaned. This removes its unpleasant odor. Margarine’s natural color, an unappetizing grey, is removed by bleach. Dyes and strong flavors must then be added to make it resemble butter. Finally, the mixture is compressed and packaged in blocks or tubs and sold as a health food.

Partially hydrogenated margarines and shortenings are even worse for you than the highly refined vegetable oils from which they are made because of chemical changes that occur during the hydrogenation process. Under high temperatures, the nickel catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to change position on the fatty acid chain. Before hydrogenation, pairs of hydrogen atoms occur together on the chain, causing the chain to bend slightly and creating a concentration of electrons at the site of the double bond. This is called the cis formation, the configuration most commonly found in nature. With hydrogenation, one hydrogen atom of the pair is moved to the other side so that the molecule straightens. This is called the trans formation, rarely found in nature. Most of these man-made trans fats are toxins to the body, but unfortunately your digestive system does not recognize them as such. Instead of being eliminated, trans fats are incorporated into cell membranes as if they were cis fats—your cells actually become partially hydrogenated! Once in place, trans fatty acids with their misplaced hydrogen atoms wreak havoc in cell metabolism because chemical reactions can only take place when electrons in the cell membranes are in certain arrangements or patterns, which the hydrogenation process has disturbed.

Happy roses

How amazing aren´t these flowers! They´re called happy roses and they´re not photshopped but actual flowers dyed with a special technique where the stem is placed in water and absorbs different substances which changes the color of the petals. I think they´re so pretty and just looking at them really does make you happy!

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