Serena Kuhl – Resin Queen

When I first stumbled across Serena Kuhl on the Sara is in love with…. blogspot I was amazed I had never seen her stuff before. I’ve already written posts on how much I adore resin and make jewellery out of it myself, but this woman is unreal!

Serena makes rings, bangles, cuffs, studs, soap dishes and more out of resin and each piece is unique and fabulous. They are real statement pieces and I am just in love!

Her urchin jewellery looks like it has come straight out of the ocean and her crystals look like they have been tweaked from a unicorn’s cave. All of it is mystical, brightly coloured and very bold. There are not many companies that make HUGE rings and cuffs so she is a rare treat and I for one will be adding to my Serena Kuhl collection very, very soon.

I was lucky enough to be sent one of her crystal rings. It is purple, turquoise and has loads of glitter in layers. The process is not an easy one and takes Serena days of dedication to perfect. The finished product, however, proves just how much effort goes into this jewellery and just how passionate this lady is about her art.

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I absolutely can’t wait to wear this ring out and am sure it will get lots of compliments. It will go with so many of my clothes. I am also sure I will be writing more about this fabulous designer in future posts.

To get your hands on some of Serena’s stunning jewellery then go to her Etsy shop or look at her portfolio on Facebook

Thank you, Serena!

My reasons to love resin……

Since I was a child I have been obsessed with jewellery. There wasn’t a time when I didn’t have a necklace or bracelet on.

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It was inevitable, then, that a well accessorised child would grow up to be a well accessorised woman! I started making my own to compliment my outfits when I was a teenager. I kept seeing things in the shop and thinking “I could make that” so I set to it. After years of experimenting with dodgy glues that ruined the design or just not getting the right technique, I stumbled across resin. I used crystal resin for the first time a few years ago and have been a fan ever since.

It is a tricky, messy substance to use, but the results can be amazing. In all honesty, I’m still experimenting now, but I have made some items I’m pretty proud of. Bangles and rings are my specialty and these are my favourite items of jewellery to wear. It is also quite fun to mix the resin as it is a bit like a scientific experiment with two parts resin to one part hardener. Once the resin is mixed up you can add glitter, beads……anything really and put it in a mould of your choice to harden for 24hrs. I bought my rubber moulds off Etsy and they are not perfect, but still give decent results and, because they are rubber, you can turn out your jewellery much more easily than hard moulds I have used in the past. You can even use rubber ice trays as they are available in fun shapes and are far cheaper than proper resin moulds.

The trick with resin is to be patient (something I’m not good at!) If you take it out to early it will fall apart or warp. The longer you can leave it, the better. This is hard to do when the moulds are not see-through and you have no idea what the finished product will look like. That’s another exciting bit about resin. Each piece is unique and you never know what you’re going to get next.

Here’s what I made yesterday:

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The square one came about by chance. I placed extra resin in a tealight holder and then moulded it into a square when it was still a bit soft. It has taken a slightly warped effect that works (on this piece) because it looks like a stone rather than plastic.

Let me know what you think or if you have any good resin techniques that you think need to be shared.

Light and love, people. Mimi Cat xox

Pom pom heaven!

It hasn’t escaped my notice that pom poms are seriously IN right now! I remember making them ad nauseam as a child and not knowing what exactly to do with my finished products. Now I know. With serious insomnia occurring at the moment, I decided to use my time wisely and get crafty. Having bought a pom pom headband from ASOS for about £10 I realised I was missing a trick by not making my own. I have a craft box that is fit to bursting, enough glitter to make a unicorns lair look naff and plenty of ideas. Where headbands ended, rings began and here is just the start of, what I hope, will be pom pom heaven! Please excuse my less than glamorous self. Blame the aforementioned insomnia!

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I’ll post more as I create, but I feel very happy at that start! Let me know if anyone wants any pom pom action and I’ll make you your very own.

Light and love, people. Mimi Cat xox

Living life in hues of pastel……

I’ve been a massive fan of pastel shades for a while now and decided to take my passion that little bit further and get lavender hair. Yes, I am taking the advice of my last post and being a bit more unicorn!

My wonderful friend is a hairdresser and he has been a miracle worker getting my bright red (dyed) hair to silvery/lavender in only two sessions. I’m absolutely in love with it so went out and bought a few accessories to match!

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I keep my hair all lavender and lovely by using Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo. It’s bright purple in colour and can stain things so use it with caution, but it takes out any brassiness from the hair and adds a lavender touch to it. It also smells like fudge so it is a winner with me! I love all of the products in the Fudge range and have previously mentioned the high shine spray for keeping certain styles in check. You can pick them up from your local salon or on Amazon (Note – it doesn’t come with a free purple Jesus, but he’s so sparkly and purple he had to be included!)

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Now, I don’t often go into Primark, but I have to say they do a pretty mean pastel collection at the moment. I picked up this jumper for £7. Can’t say fairer than that!

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I also have yet to get round to posting about my love of Etsy, but here is just a little example of why it is one of my favourite places to shop – these rings from I’m Your Present are very cute and the whole set came to £7. I think I’ll wear them all at once as I can’t decide on my favourite!

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Finally, my pom pom headband came from ASOS (another firm favourite of mine). It was £10 and comes in different colours. I will do my hair properly to wear it in future, but couldn’t wait to show you my outfit today. Lipstick is from my absolute favourite cosmetic company – Lime Crime and is a shade called ‘Chinchilla’. Not your every day lipstick, maybe, but I find a way to include it 😉

Light and love, people. Mimi Cat xox

Janoski for Nike……

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Stefan Janoski  is an American professional Imageskateboarder, artist, writer, and musician. His signature Nike SB trainers are generally quite tame, but then he launched these!

I’m not ordinarily a fan of neon colours. As a child of the 80s I feel I’ve had my day-glo days and feel no real need to revisit them, but there’s just something about these Janoski’s I love!

The tiger stripes compliment the neon colours perfectly and make them seem less ‘in your face’. They go with a surprising amount of clothes (I know I say this a lot and maybe they just go with my wardrobe because it is full of crazy colours and styles, but I think even the tamer trainer wearer will find them easy to style). I opted for the black laces to start with, but they also come with neon yellow ones. Maybe I’ll rock these out come summer!

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Although I love how these trainers look, they hurt like hell to wear. Apparently Janoski’s are really tight as standard (I’ve been assured they will give with time), but they pinch a lot and should be worn in in short bursts at first. Don’t be tempted to go a size up just so they fit more comfortably. They will then  give too much and become loose.

If you fancy giving them a go then check out the Welcome Skate store site for these and many more. The staff are really helpful and know their stuff too!

My event planner alter ego….

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My whole life I have been organised, creative and a lot  teensy bit mad. From setting up jewellery shops and a mini cafe at home, when I was little, to organising huge events of over 5K people, being an event planner has always been in my blood.

I think the key to organising great events is to always think outside the box. There’s literally nothing you can think up that can’t be created. Obviously bearing the budget in mind is important, however, being creative and a great talker saves money and adds to the charm of an amazing event planner too.

The events I’m most proud of are the ones for charity. When Burlesque was “in fashion” in the early noughties, everyone wanted dancers at their events and I became a bit of a Burlesque event coordinator. As a former dancer myself I had a great black book of contacts and, as a journalist, I knew the best people to get coverage, event spaces and freebies to auction off from. We raised thousands of pounds for various charities across the UK and appeared in various publications. I was also so impressed by the beauty of the event spaces we secured…..an old cinema being my absolute favourite!

I wanted to branch out further though and, more recently, started to help out with wedding planning. A close friend of mine asked me to scan my eye over dresses, cakes etc. and I fell in love with it and realised that I’m very perceptive when it comes to other people’s tastes and advising them accordingly. It seems strange that I only realised it at that point, as I’ve been a stylist for years and one of my shoots was featured in Vogue Italia (Photo credit –  the amazing Xanthe Hutchinson).

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When my sister got engaged I knew it would be my chance to help her shine on her big day.

I don’t think I realised how well connected I was until I started talking to my sister about her wedding. I’ve always mixed with like-minded people, but it came as a surprise to me that I had so many amazing, talented people at my fingertips to help with my event organisation. From bakers of extraordinary cakes (Gorgeous Georgie) to photographers and bands, the list was getting all the big ticks.

The big thing that made me realise how much I loved event planning was the fact that my sister and I are so different that I think she was surprised that I knew her tastes so well. I started with a Pinterest board and then talked her through other ideas such as DIY bunting, polaroid cameras etc. I was even bang on the money with regards to the hen doo (a vintage affair with absolutely NO penis paraphernalia!)

The wedding isn’t until May and I’m sure I’ll be blogging more about it as I go along, but I’m so grateful to my nearest and dearest for believing in me and encouraging me to go for what I love and was born to do – embracing my differences in order to be irreplaceable and having amazing fun along the way.

Light and love, people. Mimi Cat xox