POP UP ART GALLERY FASHIONISTAS DTLA

This weekend, my RELish By Arielle collection of accessories and fashion illustrations were showcased in a pop-up art gallery in downtown Los Angeles. I’m so thankful to have been able to share the evening with some really great friends who came out to support. Pictured above (right to left) are the uber-talented singer/fashionista, Carol Gang, fashionsta, Dani Song, and Dani’s fabulous sister, Aimee Song, of the incredible blog, Song of Style.I had so much fun selling RELish By Arielle accessories like these one-of-a-kind "RELish Your Charms" bracelets sold in pillow boxes.  Above, some gallery-goers showcase their new RELish rings.Above, some gallery-goers showcase their new RELish rings.  I also had so much fun selling other RELish By Arielle accessories like these one-of-a-kind “RELish Your Charms” bracelets (above, bottom right) sold in individual pillow boxes. I am so lucky to have the most amazing, supportive boyfriend, Phil Galanty, who comes out to support me no matter what.  I am so lucky to have the most amazing, supportive boyfriend, Phil Galanty, who comes out to support me no matter what. He helped me showcase numerous RELish Fashion Illustrations. I’ve included some of my favorite pieces here:RELish By Arielle Fashion Illustration from last night's pop-up galleryRELish By Arielle Fashion IllustrationRELish By Arielle Fashion IllustrationRELish By Arielle Fashion Illustration

A VAGRANT HAPPENING

I’m excited to be a featured artist this weekend in a Downtown Los Angeles art show called “A Vagrancy Happening.” It will be a pop-up Art Gallery Extravaganza for the Award Winning LA-based theater company, ‘The Vagrancy.’

If you are LA-based and are looking for something fun to do Saturday night (and if you love wine and cheese bars), come and join us. I will be selling a huge collection of framed RELish By Arielle original fashion illustrations, as well as tons of original accessories. Entry is “pay what you can.” The event runs from 6pm-10pm.

Event Address:
Factory Place Artist’s Lofts
1308 Factory Place, Downtown, LA
Loft 111

SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013

AWOLNATION is amazing and I feel so lucky that I was able to create RELish bracelets for the band to sell on tour!
AWOLNATION is amazing and I feel so lucky that I was able to create RELish bracelets for the band to sell on tour! RELish By Arielle AWOLNATION Bracelets
Excited to see AWOLNATION, Street Drump Corps and Linkin Park
Excited to see AWOLNATION, Street Drump Corps and Linkin Park
Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION killing it at SSMF.
Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION killing it at SSMF.
Great artwork at SSMF
Talls and Smalls at SSMF.  Loving my Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini
Talls and Smalls at SSMF. Loving my Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini

Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini

RELish Arm Swag: I wore Alex and Ani bracelets paired with my latest hand-made studded friendship bracelet.
RELish Arm Swag: I wore Alex and Ani bracelets paired with my latest hand-made studded friendship bracelet.
Black and white style at SSMF in my ray bans.
Black and white selfie at SSMF.

This weekend was Sunset Music Festival (SSMF) here in Los Angeles. I’ve never been before but this year I couldn’t wait to go and see AWOLNATION and Linkin Park perform live. I was also especially excited to see Danny Deleon, the drummer from our band, Autumn Twilights, perform with Street Drum Corps in the festival. All of the bands rocked it!

D.I.Y. STUDDED FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

Studded D.I.Y. Friendship BraceletsFriendship bracelets are generally made up of a bunch of knots tied in different patterns. Once you nail the main “stitch,” which I will describe below, the possibilities for your own friendship bracelet heaven are endless.

To create a bracelet like the ones shown above, you will need some embroidery thread which is also sometimes referred to as floss. Prism is a brand I love to use because this company provides so many great colors. You will also need measuring tape, scotch tape, a safety pin and a pair of scissors.

Embroidery FlossI used the following 6 colors: indigo, pink, turquoise, yellow, green and white.  Of course, you can choose any colors you want.

Once you have your embroidery thread in hand, measure out about 80 inches of each color. The longer the strands, the longer your bracelet can ultimately be but I’ve found this is a great length for most wrists.

Next, gather all of your colors together side by side and fold all of them in half so that all of the ends of the different colors of thread line up at the bottom. You will now essentially have two strands of each color in your hand and you will be holding a loop up top. Go ahead and tie a knot at this loop to keep all of the strand in place.

From here, tape your knot to a hard surface in front of you–like a coffee table (that’s what usually works for me). You can also put a safety pin through the knot and pin it to a surface that will help to keep the strands in place.

Each knot you are about to make is made up of you looping one strand of thread around the strand next to it and pulling the end of the first strand through it twice. I call it the “double knot stitch.” Here is an example of how the stitch itself looks:This double knot stitch is utilized throughout the whole friendship bracelet process. For my bracelet, I used “V” shapes and “Diamond” shapes. To make the “V” shapes, I split my threads in half–one group of the six colors on one side–and the second group of the six colors on the other.

From there, I would knot each color inward using the double knot stitch above until I reached the middle. Once both sides meet, I would then knot the last two strands in the middle (which should be the same colors) together, forming a “V” shape. Here is a diagram that is a big help when you’re first learning:

The “Diamond Designs” which you can begin to see further down my bracelet are a bit trickier. To help you out with these, I’m loving the following tutorial by Stripes and Sequins. Don’t be nervous to mess up your stitches. You can always take out stitches that didn’t go your way with a safety pin or needle.

Once your bracelet is at the desired length, simply tie a knot at the end. If you want to go ahead and add studs like I did for some extra edge, now is the time. I used six-sided studs this time around but there are tons of studs out there! Here are some others I’m inspired by which you can purchase on Etsy.Once you’re done, tie your bracelet around your wrist and knot it in place. Pair it with your favorite bangles. I am loving bangles by Alex and Ani because there are hundreds of personalized styles to choose from. I’m also loving amazing rocker chic bracelets by Rebecca Minkoff. Enjoy!

Here’s How My Bracelet Turned Out:

RELISH AWOLNATION BRACELETS AVAILABLE NOW

We are excited to announce that RELish By Arielle AWOLNATION charm bracelets are now available online thanks to Red Bull Records. If you ‘blame it on the A.D.D’ and even if you don’t, be one of the first to rock this. After listening to AWOLNATION’s hit song, SAIL, that has now sold over 2-million copies, become a fan and help us to make a SALE!

Each wrap-bracelet is custom-made with black leather and gold charms. Each charm features a different AWOLNATION symbol–from the famous spaceman to the anchor–and everything in between. One size fits all.

Bracelets are available for purchase at:
shop.bompa.com/awolnation/awolnation/awolnation-charm-bracelet.html

For all things AWOLNATION, check them out at: http://awolnationmusic.com/