Design Spotlight {Solve Sundsbo Photography}

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Ahhhh…..fashion editorials. When they’re well done, they’re perfect little stories, woven together by a string of beautiful & imaginative photographs. One of my absolute favorite fashion photographers is Norwegian native Solve Sundsbo. His work is incredibly colorful, creative, and full of drama, movement and fantasy!

Solve regularly works for international fashion brands such as Hermes & Gucci, and his resume includes editorials for every major fashion magazine in the world. I believe that he deserves every one of his accolades – his creative talent and vision continually breathes fresh life into the genre of fashion photography. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

I hope you have a fun & colorful weekend, Lovelies! See you back here on Monday.

XO

{Images via artandcommerce.com}

Happy 1-Year {Keep having Fun!}

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie Sure Shot. On index fingers – Essie Where’s my Chauffeur. Glitter coat – American Apparel Supernova.}

Today’s a special day, Lovelies! One year ago exactly, I uploaded my very first post to Missrenaissance.com!! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. I’ve loved every minute of it, and I can’t thank you all enough for reading and supporting this blog. It’s my baby and I have so many plans for the future. Above all, I love that I get to share all of the fun ideas & projects that float around in my mind right here – with all of you. Here’s to the future, and to keeping it fun (like the crazy manicure above!)

XO

Holiday Gift Guide {Part 1}

{1.Glitter Hair Ties  2.Glitter Stickers  3.Wrap Bracelet  4.Gold-Leafed Bowl  5.Sequin Clutch  6.Gilded Print}

The Holidays are getting so close….and with them comes the annual hunt for gifts. I love giving gifts, so for the next few weeks I’ll put together a weekly gift guide with some of my favorite things on the Internet.

This week, I’ll start with a few of my glam Etsy favorites (as we all know, my love for metallics & glitter has no limits.) I love handmade things, and Etsy is still the place for finding bespoke, hand-crafted gifts that are fun, creative, and affordable. Any of these pieces would be perfect for a girly white elephant gift exchange or for that fun girlfriend in your life!

XO

{All images via Etsy.com}

It’s DIY Time {Ombre Candles}

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{Get all of your tools ready before you start your candle-making adventure! I used this candle-making kit. P.S. the glitter was not used in this project, although you could most definitely add a sprinkling of glitter to the tops of your candles while they’re almost dry!}

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{In a double boiler, melt the wax to 185 degrees F. Take off the stove, add your desired amount of color/scent, and let the wax cool to 125 degrees F…}

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{…then pour the wax into your candle containers (vintage tea cups in my case). Make sure to fill them all the way to the top, the candles will be extra pretty that way!}

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{Wait 5 minutes, then insert the wicks into your candle while the wax is still liquid.}

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{If necessary, place a wooden stick/toothpick on the rim of your candle to hold the wick in place & keep it centered. Remove the stick/toothpick after a few minutes (before the wax starts to dry) to avoid leaving a mark in the wax!}

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{Voila! After about 1-2 hours of drying, your candles will be ready to use.}

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{To create the perfect Ombre Effect, heat several batches of wax with different amounts of dye in each batch. In my case, I heated & poured 5 separate batches of wax. I added 7 drops of red/pink dye to my 1st batch of wax, 5 drops to the 2nd, 3 drops to the 3rd, 1 drop to the 4th, and no dye to the 5th.}

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{This candle adds a perfect touch of vintage & girly whimsy to my coffee table!}

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Who’s ready for a fun DIY just in time for the Holidays?! I’ve seen this type of DIY floating around the internet in a few different variations, and have been dying to put my own spin on it.

On a recent Flea Market outing I came across this adorable set of vintage tea cups. The intricate pattern & gold accents drew me in immediately (and so did the low price tag!) I knew I probably wouldn’t use the cups for actual tea-drinking….which meant the perfect time for attempting my Ombre Candle DIY had arrived. I bought a soy candle starter kit online (your local craft store might have these kits as well), and as you can see, the project was a success! Candle-making is pretty simple, as long as you work carefully and follow instructions.

These cuties will make great little Holiday gifts for friends & loved ones. They smell delicious, (I chose a scent combo of orange & Holiday spruce, but vanilla or a floral scent would be nice, too) and look unexpected & glam on a coffee table or lined up as a center piece for a dinner party. If you don’t have vintage cups on hand, you could use mason jars, simple glass votive holders, or even old jam jars for this. The possibilities really are endless.

I hope you give it a try…homemade gifts (even if they’re just for yourself) are always special!

XO

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

One Skirt, Two Ways {Part 2}

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{Skirt – Milly (sold out, but check out this one), Blouse – J.Crew, Jacket – Smythe (old), Boots – Alaia (snatched up at 50% off via Luxury Garage Sale), Gloves – J.Crew, Sunglasses – Celine, Tights – Ann Taylor.}

Last week’s rendition of this skirt was a more mild-weather appropriate option (for those of you who are lucky enough to live in warm climates, I so envy you right now!) For the rest of us, Winter has arrived and we need a few extra layers to make it through the next months. Soooo, here’s my cold-weather option for this skirt. The dotted tights and mixed patterns keep it interesting & fresh. I’ll just throw a mid-length coat on top (and maybe a set of ear muffs for extra cold days) and I’m ready to head out for a fun Winter evening!

XO

Weekly Color Inspiration {Graphic Neon}

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{On all fingers – RGB Stone, Neon accents – China Glaze Celtic Sun, Gold glitter accents – Butter London West End Wonderland.}

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends, family, good food and some time to relax. I’m still stuck in a bit of a food coma this morning thanks to a fantastically huge dinner last night!!

Remember my talented new friend Astrowifey? I visited her for another manicure the other day and her creative & immaculate work still blows my mind. I came to her with a few ideas of what I wanted, and she managed to combine them and make my manicure modern, funky, geometric (which I love right now), glittery (which I love even more) and fun! I smile every time I look at my nails these days.

XO

Currently Baking {Orange Amaretti}

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes a wave of cooking/baking nostalgia for many of us! Do you have a favorite cake/cookie/pie/tart that always reminds you of the Holiday Season?? I’d love to hear about it!

In the meantime, let me introduce you to one of my childhood favorites – reinvented. As a kid growing up in Germany, we often vacationed in Italy during school breaks (it’s just a short drive away, afterall!) Italians love their almonds!! The traditional “Amaretti” cookie is a staple in Italy with its sweet & fragrant almond flavor and that crackly crust (hiding a deliciously chewy center.) I truly could eat these cookies by the handful! Most Americans tend to favor peanuts or pecans when baking cookies, but trust me – giving this intense almond flavor a chance will open new, delicious horizons for you!

This recipe is an easy & naturally gluten free version of the Italian staple. The addition of fresh orange zest gives the cookie a little brightness in flavor. Feel free to omit the orange zest or use lemon/lime instead. I really, really hope you try this recipe for yourself! It’s such a simple way to bring a little of the “Old World” into your house, and people are easily won over by the surprisingly new flavor.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you back here on Friday.

XO

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

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