Valentino Fall ’16 Couture Favorites 

With a royal nod to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this Elizabeth-era -inspired collection effortlessly floated down the runway with delicate necklines of lace, pearls and lots of metallic gold and bronze detailing. The sheer lace was completely breathtaking against the skin of the models, showing off their silhouettes yet still making a statement all by itself.
Here are my favorite looks from the Valentino show that are going to inspire my next collection of paintings! Metallic is literally everything right now.  

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Roberto Cavalli, You’ve Stolen My Heart.

If Cavalli didn’t already make you swoon over the flowy yellow dress that Bey wore while reclaiming her power smashing cars with her baseball bat, he surely will now with his resort 2017 collection. Florals, leather, fringe, fur, off the shoulder cuts, trailing ribbons and long hair parted down the center definitely gives a nod towards celebrating the 70s. We know our festival chic attire isn’t going out of style soon.

Here are my top pics!

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An ode to the 70s: Chunky heels, bright colors & patterns, fringe, fur and effortlessly tousled hair, a beautiful combination of haute couture and comfort.

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Easy, flow-y, summer dresses that need no accessorizing to make a statement. These silk dresses are cinched, ruffled and made to hang off of the model’s frame effortlessly. These dresses make a statement, but WE are certainly wearing the dresses and they are not wearing us. I feel like any girl could pull off a gorgeous summer RC dress.

The long hair that’s parted down the middle doesn’t take much effort to style, and the fringe finishes off these looks with a great bohemian 70s vibe.

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Boho meets the Kendall Jenner choker trend. Can’t lie, Kendall slays with her gorgeous silk & lace chokers on the red carpet. Pair your choker with a poncho and some easy denim and you’re festival ready — without looking slutty!

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This was my all time favorite look from the collection! *Swoon*

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Here we can see that sheer black silks, lace and fabrics that are paired with florals is a HUGE trend setter right now that isn’t going anywhere. We’ve seen it in Dior, D&G, Chanel, Balmain, Lanvin, and now Cavalli. Cheeky sheer dresses, slips and lingerie are seen everywhere and I love how Cavalli paired it with florals, bead work, chokers, pant suits and 70s hair.

These dresses could easily be worn at a red carpet event, but I love that the hair was barely touched to dress down the look. I personally love it when a beautiful dress is worn in combination with untouched, tousled hair. It’s the *perfect* contradiction in achieving that “Blake Lively” effortless beauty (seriously, she’s notoriously known for pairing aan undone ponytail with a Chanel dress on the red carpet, and I’m obsessed with it). Undone hair takes the “prom” out of black tie attire.

Organize Your Paints!

Here’s a fun crafty project I did this morning that I wanted to share with you! I’m incredibly visual (duh, I’m an artist), so I wanted to create something that had both beauty and function. I have to have a neat space with (sometimes chaotic) organization of my art supplies, and I like to see absolutely everything at the tip of my fingers. I like to see exactly all the colored pencils I have in front of me, all of my chalk pastels and the color options, and as shown below, I like to see all of my paints. When I artfully display/organize my supplies in places where I can fully see my options, I tend to get more creative!

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Materials:

  • Large wooden slab, board, or if you want to get creative, try driftwood or a cool piece of wood you found while you were out hiking! Anything that can take a nail hammered into it.
  • A small hammer
  • Nails (as many as you need)
  • Clips for the tubes of paint that don’t have holes in them (ex: Liquitex vs. Golden)
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler (if you’re OCD like I am)
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Step 1: Lay out all of your paints flat on the board, and mark with a sharpie where you want to drive your nails in! Use a ruler to get exact measurements if you want everything to be even.
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Hammer your nails on the sharpie marks that you made, and hang your paint!
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For the tubes of paint that don’t have holes at the top, simply use a binder clip, clip the top and hang it off the nail. 

If you’re feeling extra fancy while hanging your tubes of paint, color code them! Not only will it be a great organization tool for your acrylic/oil paints, but it will look like a beautiful piece of art (especially if you want it on the wall!).

If you do this, be sure to post a photo on Instagram and tag me in it so I can see it (@roya_so_artsy)!

Happy crafting and stay artsy! XO

Top Picks: Dior Resort ’17

ortPuffed sleeves, ruffles, florals, coat dresses, Sheer fabrics & drawstrings sinched at the waste, pastel blues, camel hues, chunky lace-up heeled booties, patent ankle boots and sequins were some of my favorite details from Dior’s show in London.

D&G Pajama Party? Yes plz. 


Florals, silk, lace, sheer material and soft material are on the menu for D&G’s PJ party. Everything I personally love and am inspired by in a nutshell. Dolce will forever be my favorite brand/designer.