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Faux Fur Cuff
Design of the Week
Release your inner wild child with the edgy beauty of this look-at-me cuff. Customize the Emerald Cut Flat Backs in Graphite edged with new Crystal Velvet Brown Pearls by adding frayed fur, and create a glam-grunge feel that’s perfect for tough-luxe looks.
TIP Cut two strips of fur and sew them down the middle to make sure the fur is pointing in the right direction on each side of the cuff.
Crystal Beauty Academy
by Swarovski Create Your Style
On October 2nd we launched the Swarovski Create Your Style Crystal Beauty Academy! The goal of Crystal Beauty Academy is to enhance education, product knowledge & application techniques while building brand recognition and creating a loyal community in the beauty industry. To do this we will create a team of authorized educators & certified nail artists to teach the Beauty Academy programs and promote the use of Swarovski crystals in the beauty industry.
And we are well on our way to achieving success with the Crystal Beauty Academy! We have already certified 29 Authorized Educators, (22 in the U.S., 5 in Mexico & 1 in Canada & 1 in Brazil), have 18 confirmed workshops for 2018 and several more in the pipeline. These workshops will be held throughout North America and will be facilitated by our Educators. We have also been receiving requests from all over the world and hope to be able to make this a global program in the near future!
We ❤ Valentine’s Day!
Start planning now
What we do know is that the oldest Valentine card still in existence (it’s exhibited in London’s British Library) was sent in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. By the mid-18th century, the practice of exchanging small handwritten greetings and gifts between friends and lovers had caught on, and by 1900, printed cards had appeared.
We DIY enthusiasts have always embraced every opportunity to mark a special occasion with something we have created, and for Valentine’s Day, it’s particularly in keeping with the very personal spirit of the occasion. There aren’t many better ways you can show how much someone means to you than with a gift that has taken thought, time, and careful handcrafting. So start planning now: give your day a touch of Swarovski sparkle by creating something small with magical sparkle; decorate the house with love tokens; show your friends how much you value them (it isn’t exclusively for lovers); and cook up some special heart-shaped treats to serve on the day. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Faux Fur Vase
Design of the Week
Winter nudges even the most minimalist of us toward coziness. Introduce some welcoming hygge into your home with faux-fur accents that give a touch of inviting opulence. This vase and candleholder set is a lovely mix of softness and sparkle, with faux fur embellished with 70s-style beaded flowers that are layered and stitched together.
TIP Don’t forget to move the fur handle down when the candle is lit!
Trend of the Month
We’ve gone crazy for faux fur, and it’s easy to see why—there’s something cocooning about its touch-me texture that feels like a hug. It also fits right in with the current craze for all things hygge (Danish for “cozy and charming”), which means that faux fur is now seen in home décor as well as coats, jackets and accessories. And with Gucci recently joining the legion of brands that have opted out of using real fur—including Armani, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger—it looks less like a craze, and more like it’s here to stay.
Of course, not all fun furs are made equal; the type we love has that seductive, silky-soft, liquid feel—it’s made from modacrylic and acrylic polymers. Lightweight and springy, with an irresistible fluffiness, it comes in all sorts of colors from pastel to peppy and dusty to dark, and it can be beautifully embellished, as this month’s projects show.
Take a tip from Prada’s faux fur belts and make a crystal-strewn one of your own, or a bag that’s even more unique than Alexander McQueen’s or Oscar de la Renta’s. You could also create something rock-‘n’-roll, such as our fluffy-but-fierce cuff, and wait for the comments. Alternatively, try your hand at a simple decorative vase and candleholder to introduce some hygge into your home. Time to enjoy all the fun of the fur, but without the guilt!
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