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Theme of the Month: “Summer Breeze”






TREND

Here comes the sun! Choose your summer look from a whole raft of chill-out options: “pretty prairie,” “urban sporty,” “cool traveller”—it’s up to you. But when you’re heading for the sand and surf, only one look will do: From sexy swimwear and summery nail art to breezy bags and boho jewelry, this year it’s all about rocking a ’70s seaside vibe. Nothing is cuter than crochet, so release your inner Brigitte Bardot and be a beach babe in a retro-inspired crochet bikini glammed up with a touch of crystal sparkle. Team it with a tote that holds everything you need for a day of sun and swimming, and personalize it with a funky nautical decoration accented with crystals that sings “seaside.” Don’t forget your nails—get a mani to match the mood in delicious ice-cream shades. Time to get wet ‘n’ wild!

TECHNIQUES

Sewing: This super-easy method of decorating your clothes and accessories gives you endless creative possibilities. Just attach your preferred Swarovski crystals by hand or standard sewing machine to any material you like. In addition to beads and pearls, sew-on stones are perfect for applying to fabric, too.
Ironing: Swarovski’s smart Hotfix technology makes crystals easy to apply using an ordinary ironing press or conventional iron—Flat Backs Hotfix and Transfers are particularly well suited to this method. Make sure the sole plate has no steam holes or the water vapor could spoil the result. Once it’s heated, the glue on the reverse of the crystals binds to the surface of the fabric:
• Place your item on a flat surface, then set your iron to a moderate 120ºC–170ºC / 250ºC–340ºF, or between one and two points, or the silk/wool setting.
• Tuck in a piece of thick paper to protect it from indentation marks caused by pressing down on the crystals.
• Turn the item inside out and press the iron directly onto the transfer without moving it.
• Let it cool and then carefully remove the transfer paper.

SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special theme.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Summer Breeze” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Bikini Colorful Polka ...

  • Basket Beach Time

  • Necklace Gone to the B...

  • Nail Design Summer Breeze

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