August 18, 2014

Steep Your Sleeve - Starbucks Cup Holders eco-friendly art

 Starbucks cup holders hand stitched embroidery art, emphasizing the Teavana and Oprah's Steep Your Soul campaign in an eco-friendly way.

  This post presents an eco-friendly hand stitched embroidery project I just completed. I've collected a few cup holders from Starbucks, that promote Teavana and Oprah's campaign called Steep Your Soul. I am a big fan of the Oprah Chai, by the way, and had a numerous iced variations of it during this summer. But my goal was to emphasize the quotes typed on the Starbucks sleeve in my own way - incorporating embroidery techniques. My favorite quote is definitely the one saying "The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want". Gives you some food for thought, isn't it?! For me, this quote is exactly the one that reflects our life at the moment - building our new life at the new place and in the new status. Now, I spend my own personal "steep time" with these sleeves on my reusable Starbucks cup (little step, big difference). Hope these will inspire you to live better and a little more conscientious, both about your soul and the environment. 

Los Angeles based lifestyle blogger TLV Birdie performed Starbucks cup holders hand stitched embroidery art, emphasizing the Teavana and Oprah's Steep Your Soul campaign in an eco-friendly way.

Los Angeles based lifestyle blogger TLV Birdie performed Starbucks cup holders hand stitched embroidery art, emphasizing the Teavana and Oprah's Steep Your Soul campaign in an eco-friendly way.

Embroidery art on Teavana & Oprah quotes Starbucks cup sleeves performed by Los Angeles based lifestyle blogger and artist TLV Birdie

Embroidery art on Teavana & Oprah quotes Starbucks cup sleeves performed by Los Angeles based lifestyle blogger and artist TLV Birdie

Embroidery art on Teavana & Oprah quotes Starbucks cup sleeves performed by Los Angeles based lifestyle blogger and artist TLV Birdie

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August 17, 2014

My simple outfit the other day #1

  I just thought to share on the blog some simple outfits I've incorporated into my simple living the last week. You know I've been talking a lot about consistency as a key of blogging (and instagramming) success. And it is pretty much obvious to note that outfit posts and pictures on social media receive a lot more exposure and interest from my followers. I mean, from you. Sometimes I don't have a mood for showing off my face (we all have these days, aren't we?), but I learn to overcome it and show some personal presence. I decide to do it simple : there's no special outfit preparations or complicated scenery behind these pictures, it's just about me living my life. These pictures always go to my Instagram first, as a naturally elaborated habit. And now I thought to post a few from the last week with some comments of what I did and what I wore here, on the blog.

Los Angeles based fashion blogger wear vintage paisley print skirt with bohemian accents outfit

  #1. Adventures of vintage skirt in Hollywood. So sorry you can't see the paisley print of this silk vintage skirt closer, it's really magnificent! It is one of my latest vintage finds that fits perfectly into my basic yet bohemian closet. That day we went to the Dilated Peoples concert at Amoeba Hollywood (you know, you do these things for love, Yossi likes them a lot), and Amoeba music store has these amazing graffiti walls I am in love with. My simple outfit that day : basic gray Zara t-shirt / vintage skirt / ZeroUV* sunglasses / Forever21 ankle boots .

Los Angeles based lifestyle blogger wears khaki pants, crochet kimono and golden boots as a basic simple living outfit

  #2. Movies night out. It's still a really hot summer in Los Angeles, and the only two reasons I wear long pants are or chilly evenings walks, or going to the cinema ( they usually turn the AC to the fullest). We went to see the new Ninja Turtles, and I must say it is another sort of pleasure to watch movies in Hollywood. Like you feel it's all been made here and you're kind of closer to the creation itself. I am not sure I can describe this feeling well, but I'm slowly getting used to see filming productions here and there around our neighborhood every week. My simple outfit that day : basic black Zara t-shirt / United Colors of Benetton khaki pants / Pull&Bear crochet cardigan / Anthropology golden boots / Forever21 golden feathers necklace.

Los Angeles based style blogger TLV Birdie wears peasant top, macrame sandals and denim cut-off shorts as a classic example of summer california inspired outfit

  3. They should call it pLeasant top. This peasant top is definitely my best buy of the summer. It has crochet detail, light ruffles and open shoulders. I already wore it countless times with almost every pair of denim cut-offs, as it's a real pleasure to feel the breeze on my skin, as well as stay chic and alive in the summer heat. My simple outfit that day : Forever21 peasant top / Gap denim shorts / Urban Outfitters macrame sandals with tassels / vintage bag. 

Los Angeles based style blogger wears summer look of floral shirt and breezy top with lace details for a bike ride

  4. Summer bike riding. We had a great time yesterday morning on our bike riding date with Yossi. I love spending time like this, just two of us, our bikes and the city. We rode to Silverlake to satisfy my crave for tiramisu from the Casbah Cafe. They have some really good desserts and pastries, their coffee is quite strong (which is good) and to cool down I would suggest you to go for the unsweetened iced chai latte (my favorite). My simple outfit that day : Mango top / Forever21 floral shorts with lace trim and sunglasses / Nine West bag (old).  More of my bike-related pictures you can see by the #vanillabikestories tag on Instagram.

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August 14, 2014

Santa Monica easy ride

Bike ride with style in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

 I can count all the times we got to the ocean this summer on the fingers of one hand, but actually it made me cherish these precious moments even more. We took our bikes and drove all the way to Santa Monica for a date with sun, sand, ocean and cali vibe before the summer ends. Ocean always calms me and gives an energy boost. And riding bikes on the boardwalk with my beloved one is the favorite summer activity. I've opened a special tag for my vanilla bike adventures on Instagram - #vanillabikestories , make sure to check it out for more pictures.

Santa Monica boardwalk image, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica beach, Los Angeles, California

Summer bike ride with style, Californian vibe

Summer bike ride with californian style vibe, Santa Monica LA

bird prints on sand, California image

california style vibe, Los Angeles style blogger

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