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~Friend Friday~
I’m surrounded by so many lovely, talented people that I just have to share their latest work with you guys! One day my dream is to make enough money to be able to directly support all of my independent artist, crafter and designer friends (which would of course mean I’d have an amazing wardrobe and decor), but for now I can at least help spread the word about their most recent creative endeavors! ♡

Messy Pink - Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Hair Clip/Pin

These brooches are already amazing when you first see them, but guess what? Messy Pink sews all of the sequins on by hand! They’re so beautiful I can’t stop looking at them! You can find these at her Etsy shop. ♡

Zambicandy - Halloween Pony Shirts

I’ve been following Zambicandy and her art for years now, and am always amazed by how diverse yet equally lovely her technique is, both in medium and drawing styles. Her latest shirt design is the one above, which I think is the perfect combination of ponies, halloween and pastels. ♡ She’s taking preorders at her Storenvy shop in sizes Small-3XL  , and each shirt comes with a matching button and Halloween goodies/candy. :]
Zambi’s currently looking for people to help promote her new design in exchange for art (example drawing here), so head over and say hi to her if you’re interested! She’s going to be drawing a picture of me and Toast and I’m super excited (though I would have posted about her regardless)! ♡

Creature of Habit - Sailor Moon Bracelet Chain

If you want to instantly feel like I fairy, princess or mermaid, I suggest you go and visit my friend Vanessa’s Etsy shop immediately. I know I’ve posted her designs before, but she just came out with this enchantingly delicate moon slave bracelet design. I think wearing this would make you feel like a Moon Princess 24/7~

Tickled Shop - Planet Girl Skirt / Mint Chain Necklace

Last but not least is Tickled Shop, a brand new store opened by my friend Moonbabes, featuring clothing and accessories that will make anyone feel kawaii as can be (my current favorites are the Planet Girl Skirt and Pastel Chain Necklaces)! Today is their grand opening and they’re celebrating with 15% with code GRANDOPEN15, valid until the end of the day. The entire shop is already super cute and pretty affordable, and I’m super excited to see what they have in store for the future.
I’m so glad I’m able to share my friends’ work with you guys - they’re too amazing to just keep to myself! Do you have a favorite piece out of these (I wouldn’t be able to decide!)?

~Friend Friday~

I’m surrounded by so many lovely, talented people that I just have to share their latest work with you guys! One day my dream is to make enough money to be able to directly support all of my independent artist, crafter and designer friends (which would of course mean I’d have an amazing wardrobe and decor), but for now I can at least help spread the word about their most recent creative endeavors! 

Messy Pink - Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Hair Clip/Pin

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These brooches are already amazing when you first see them, but guess what? Messy Pink sews all of the sequins on by hand! They’re so beautiful I can’t stop looking at them! You can find these at her Etsy shop

Zambicandy - Halloween Pony Shirts

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I’ve been following Zambicandy and her art for years now, and am always amazed by how diverse yet equally lovely her technique is, both in medium and drawing styles. Her latest shirt design is the one above, which I think is the perfect combination of ponies, halloween and pastels. ♡ She’s taking preorders at her Storenvy shop in sizes Small-3XL  , and each shirt comes with a matching button and Halloween goodies/candy. :]

Zambi’s currently looking for people to help promote her new design in exchange for art (example drawing here), so head over and say hi to her if you’re interested! She’s going to be drawing a picture of me and Toast and I’m super excited (though I would have posted about her regardless)! 

Creature of Habit - Sailor Moon Bracelet Chain

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If you want to instantly feel like I fairy, princess or mermaid, I suggest you go and visit my friend Vanessa’s Etsy shop immediately. I know I’ve posted her designs before, but she just came out with this enchantingly delicate moon slave bracelet design. I think wearing this would make you feel like a Moon Princess 24/7~

Tickled Shop - Planet Girl Skirt / Mint Chain Necklace

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Last but not least is Tickled Shop, a brand new store opened by my friend Moonbabes, featuring clothing and accessories that will make anyone feel kawaii as can be (my current favorites are the Planet Girl Skirt and Pastel Chain Necklaces)! Today is their grand opening and they’re celebrating with 15% with code GRANDOPEN15, valid until the end of the day. The entire shop is already super cute and pretty affordable, and I’m super excited to see what they have in store for the future.

I’m so glad I’m able to share my friends’ work with you guys - they’re too amazing to just keep to myself! Do you have a favorite piece out of these (I wouldn’t be able to decide!)?


Question:

Why did you cut your hair off?? I like it, though!!!!!
Anonymous

To be honest, I was going through some rough stuff and thought it’d make me feel better. Cutting or dyeing my hair and bangs in the past always made me feel better and made me feel renewed after tough situations. But I didn’t realize how attached I’d become to my long, pastel fairy hair and ended up feeling worse than ever.

But my friends helped me fix it up a bit, and I’ve decided to just try and enjoy it since it will be the last time I’ll *ever* have short hair in my life (so far as I can see, haha). Now I’m just trying to see what I can do with it and how I can work my short hair with my everyday look. :] And thank you!


Inspiration Monday: Valfré
This weekend I stopped by Valfré’s pop-up shop at JapanLA and got to see her lovely prints and clothing in person. If you haven’t seen her work before, I included a couple of my favorites below. There’s just something about her colorful, carefree and sometimes cynical illustrations that really enchants me. ♡



Sometimes she draws her characters with star freckles (like the on the unicorn above), so they had free star freckle face painting at the pop-up shop that evening. I didn’t have enough time to stay and get my own - the wait list was pretty long because who wouldn’t want star freckles - so I drew some on myself after I left~ 
I’ve come to the conclusion that I need star freckles forever now.
The star freckles made me feel so happy and so naturally right that I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of webcam selfies. So here is some face spam! ♡






So in conclusion, Valfré’s artwork is inspiring-ly awesome and her star freckles make me feel pretty. ♡
You can find Valfré on Facebook, her Webshop (with prints, clothing and accessories), and on Tumblr ♡ ♡ ♡

Inspiration Monday: Valfré

This weekend I stopped by Valfré’s pop-up shop at JapanLA and got to see her lovely prints and clothing in person. If you haven’t seen her work before, I included a couple of my favorites below. There’s just something about her colorful, carefree and sometimes cynical illustrations that really enchants me. 

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Sometimes she draws her characters with star freckles (like the on the unicorn above), so they had free star freckle face painting at the pop-up shop that evening. I didn’t have enough time to stay and get my own - the wait list was pretty long because who wouldn’t want star freckles - so I drew some on myself after I left~

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need star freckles forever now.

The star freckles made me feel so happy and so naturally right that I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of webcam selfies. So here is some face spam! 

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So in conclusion, Valfré’s artwork is inspiring-ly awesome and her star freckles make me feel pretty. 

You can find Valfré on Facebook, her Webshop (with prints, clothing and accessories), and on Tumblr ♡ ♡ 


Reblog: Why its not cool to copy.
I very rarely reblog, but this is important. I can’t stand to watch Forever 21 hurt yet another designer, let alone Knickerocker.
knickerocker:

So once again, I’m compelled to write something that I’ve actually been thinking about for a while, but was really brought to my attention last night.
At about 1am my time, my old assistant sent me an email with this photo to show me that Forever21 had stolen my designs and are selling them in their stores for £3.50 ($5-$6).

This really sucks on all levels and I’m actually quiet upset about it. The thing with designs, especially clothing is that its really hard, if not impossible to patent/ copywriter and further more, being a small, independent, handmade designer, I just couldn’t afford to do this anyway.And yes, I’ve seen various underwear designers copy aspects of my animal undies - there is a company out there who are printing on American Apparel undies and have the face and ears on the front. They do have the added bonus of being friends with a bunch of alt models with large social media followings, but they did at least have their own perspective of sorts on my idea and just the other day, I saw that a shop on Etsy was selling underwear with ears but no face. Good for these two companies, this is how trends work, I get it. But Forever21, have just blatantly ripped me off rather than putting their own twist on a trend.
I am a small indie designer, and everything is handmade - last year during the holidays, my Etsy shop became incredibly busy, so much so, I was able to employ 4 other people. This was really awesome and I payed well above the min wage, even though after I did my taxes, I didn’t actually make that much money, however, I  would of just felt super crappy if I’d payed low wages or no wages. I’m pretty sure Forever21 don’t feel the same. Also, some people say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Its not. Right now, I’m looking into having my designs ethically manufactured, I want to offer a lower price point and I’d love to do wholesale, Forever 21 stealing my designs will probably have some affect on my ability to do this.But back to copying. I see it all the time on Etsy, just because you think you can make something cheaper than another designer, doesn’t mean you should. Who knows how many harness bra’s there are on Etsy right now. Its craziness. There is plenty of room for everyone, but have your own point of view, do something new, something different, something more. This is the key to being successful, if you have something new and awesome to say, people will listen.Again, thank you for listening to me. I hope in someway, I can get Forever21’s attention and perhaps  they’ll remove my ripped of designs from their stores.You can buy the originals here  - www.knickerocker.etsy.com

From now on, I am going to try my best to never shop at Forever 21 ever again. 
It was easy for me to boycott Urban Outfitters and their high prices when I found out they were ripping designs off of independent Etsy sellers. I always knew that Forever 21 did similar things, but avoided thinking about it because I’m not rich and their prices are really affordable. But now this is different. They’re blatantly ripping off the designs of my former boss, Knickerocker. This is just disgusting. I know just how hard she works at designing, sewing, packing and shipping the undies she creates. For a long time, this is what paid her mortgage. And Forever 21, with its endless resources, just simply copied her designs and is sell them off as their own.
Knickerocker Original Panda Face Panties
Forever 21 Rip-off/Stolen Panda Panties
I know it’s the nature of the fashion industry - there’s almost no way to copyright designs, and it’s virtually impossible to go after anyone who steals them. While it’s true that name/original brands and mass produced knock-offs target completely different audiences, it doesn’t mean that there is no damage done to the original brand when it’s being copied. 
In its quest to produce affordable, mass produced versions of these panties, Forever21 could have struck a deal with Knickerocker to use her designs. In this situation I feel like Forever21 would not have lost a significant amount of profit, and Knickerocker would have benefited in profit on intellectual property, as well as exposure for her work. 
Also now, if Knickerocker ever plans to have her designs manufactured herself to create a more affordable product (as is pretty common with businesses that start off as handmade), it will have already been done and spread around the market by knock-off Forever 21 versions, which will also hurt her business.
This isn’t right. So as my own way to to go up against this, I am avoiding shopping at Forever 21 from now on.
Please reblog and help spread the word ♡

Reblog: Why its not cool to copy.

I very rarely reblog, but this is important. I can’t stand to watch Forever 21 hurt yet another designer, let alone Knickerocker.

knickerocker:

So once again, I’m compelled to write something that I’ve actually been thinking about for a while, but was really brought to my attention last night.


At about 1am my time, my old assistant sent me an email with this photo to show me that Forever21 had stolen my designs and are selling them in their stores for £3.50 ($5-$6).

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This really sucks on all levels and I’m actually quiet upset about it. The thing with designs, especially clothing is that its really hard, if not impossible to patent/ copywriter and further more, being a small, independent, handmade designer, I just couldn’t afford to do this anyway.

And yes, I’ve seen various underwear designers copy aspects of my animal undies - there is a company out there who are printing on American Apparel undies and have the face and ears on the front. They do have the added bonus of being friends with a bunch of alt models with large social media followings, but they did at least have their own perspective of sorts on my idea and just the other day, I saw that a shop on Etsy was selling underwear with ears but no face. Good for these two companies, this is how trends work, I get it. But Forever21, have just blatantly ripped me off rather than putting their own twist on a trend.

I am a small indie designer, and everything is handmade - last year during the holidays, my Etsy shop became incredibly busy, so much so, I was able to employ 4 other people. This was really awesome and I payed well above the min wage, even though after I did my taxes, I didn’t actually make that much money, however, I  would of just felt super crappy if I’d payed low wages or no wages. I’m pretty sure Forever21 don’t feel the same. Also, some people say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Its not. Right now, I’m looking into having my designs ethically manufactured, I want to offer a lower price point and I’d love to do wholesale, Forever 21 stealing my designs will probably have some affect on my ability to do this.

But back to copying. I see it all the time on Etsy, just because you think you can make something cheaper than another designer, doesn’t mean you should. Who knows how many harness bra’s there are on Etsy right now. Its craziness. There is plenty of room for everyone, but have your own point of view, do something new, something different, something more. This is the key to being successful, if you have something new and awesome to say, people will listen.

Again, thank you for listening to me. I hope in someway, I can get Forever21’s attention and perhaps  they’ll remove my ripped of designs from their stores.

You can buy the originals here  - www.knickerocker.etsy.com

From now on, I am going to try my best to never shop at Forever 21 ever again. 

It was easy for me to boycott Urban Outfitters and their high prices when I found out they were ripping designs off of independent Etsy sellers. I always knew that Forever 21 did similar things, but avoided thinking about it because I’m not rich and their prices are really affordable. But now this is different. They’re blatantly ripping off the designs of my former boss, Knickerocker. This is just disgusting. I know just how hard she works at designing, sewing, packing and shipping the undies she creates. For a long time, this is what paid her mortgage. And Forever 21, with its endless resources, just simply copied her designs and is sell them off as their own.

Knickerocker Original Panda Face Panties

Forever 21 Rip-off/Stolen Panda Panties

I know it’s the nature of the fashion industry - there’s almost no way to copyright designs, and it’s virtually impossible to go after anyone who steals them. While it’s true that name/original brands and mass produced knock-offs target completely different audiences, it doesn’t mean that there is no damage done to the original brand when it’s being copied. 

In its quest to produce affordable, mass produced versions of these panties, Forever21 could have struck a deal with Knickerocker to use her designs. In this situation I feel like Forever21 would not have lost a significant amount of profit, and Knickerocker would have benefited in profit on intellectual property, as well as exposure for her work. 

Also now, if Knickerocker ever plans to have her designs manufactured herself to create a more affordable product (as is pretty common with businesses that start off as handmade), it will have already been done and spread around the market by knock-off Forever 21 versions, which will also hurt her business.

This isn’t right. So as my own way to to go up against this, I am avoiding shopping at Forever 21 from now on.

Please reblog and help spread the word ♡


Outfit: Three Foxes and a Cat
This Labor Day I opted for an easy outfit, since I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this weekend. This Knickerocker dress is literally the comfiest dress I’ve ever owned. 

As many of you may know, I used to work for Knickerocker. Earlier this year Nichola moved back to the UK, so of course I don’t work for her anymore. She is absolutely one of the best people I could’ve asked as a boss and now a friend (which is one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to remove the banner on the side of my blog). ♥



It was such luck that I got to sew designs that I enjoyed looking at all day as a job. If you haven’t checked out her shop yet, you definitely should! Her newest collection of donuts, cupcakes and sweets is probably the most adorable thing in the world (this Donut Mesh Bra is my absolute favorite).
The socks I’m wearing were also a gift from Nichola from one of her trips back to the UK. Too. Cute.

And below you can watch me coax Toast into the photo shoot!

He’s not actually as alarmed as he looks in the photo, haha. ♥


Hope you had a good weekend! I’m gonna go relax more and hopefully sleep off the rest of this cold. ♥

Outfit: Three Foxes and a Cat

This Labor Day I opted for an easy outfit, since I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this weekend. This Knickerocker dress is literally the comfiest dress I’ve ever owned. 

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As many of you may know, I used to work for Knickerocker. Earlier this year Nichola moved back to the UK, so of course I don’t work for her anymore. She is absolutely one of the best people I could’ve asked as a boss and now a friend (which is one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to remove the banner on the side of my blog). 

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It was such luck that I got to sew designs that I enjoyed looking at all day as a job. If you haven’t checked out her shop yet, you definitely should! Her newest collection of donuts, cupcakes and sweets is probably the most adorable thing in the world (this Donut Mesh Bra is my absolute favorite).

The socks I’m wearing were also a gift from Nichola from one of her trips back to the UK. Too. Cute.

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And below you can watch me coax Toast into the photo shoot!

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He’s not actually as alarmed as he looks in the photo, haha. 

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Hope you had a good weekend! I’m gonna go relax more and hopefully sleep off the rest of this cold.