Chiaki Creates

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Lately, according to my phone

Chiaki Creates - Instagram 76 chiakicreates.comReading and snacking on ume & shiso rice crackers with peanuts and soy milk amazake.
My new tunic dress makes me very happy.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 77 chiakicreates.comThe most gorgeous retro flower dress which has now been turned into a skirt.
Got a lovely surprise from Bridgeen in the post and it put a huge smile on my face.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 78 chiakicreates.comStarted my new part-time job at Family Tree in Exmouth Market.
Late lunch/early dinner at the café down the road. They put The Doors on when I walked in!Chiaki Creates - Instagram 79 chiakicreates.comSorted out the mess that the hairdresser made & went to a picnic in my new maxi dress.
A reminder from my mum and a marvellous book that I’ve been spending a lot of time with.


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Delightful little things

Chiaki Creates - Sneak Peek of Secret Project chiakicreates.com­­A list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

Over the last week and a half, I’ve been feeling like I’ve lost my mojo. I had my trademark bob ruined by a hairdresser and I just haven’t been feeling it since. I figured that this is the perfect time to write a list that will help me regain focus on the good things in my life.

○ Looking forward to my weekend getaway with my dear friend Bridgeen.

○ Working on my new line of products (partly inspired by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon).

○ Deciding that I’m a woman who wears psychedelic and floral maxi dresses.

○ Stumbling across a Sistema salad lunch box in the cornershop for less than half of the RRP.

○ Loving my part-time job in Family Tree.

○ Reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on my bed for hours and hours.

○ Working on a couple of very exciting secret projects with lovely people.

○ Buying a ticket to the National Theatre Live’s encore broadcast of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature in October.

○ Having quiche with three different salads for late lunch/early dinner in the local café.

○ Ordering Japanese literature late at night.

○ Re-watching A Bit of Fry and Laurie for the kazillionth time.

○ Seeing my beloved Conor Oberst live again with my dear friend Laura.

○ Cooking super yummy Ottolenghi recipes.

○ Spending a lot of time with Jim Morrison’s poems.

○ Receiving a card that says “DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY” from my mum.

○ Going to a matinée of Venus in Fur in the local cinema.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


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Currently creating: Psychedelic vintage fabric bag with circular handles

Groovy Psychedelic Vintage Fabric Bag by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comA long time ago I bought a psychedelic vintage 60s shift dress on Etsy. Sadly, it was a bit on the snug side but I love the fabric so much that I decided to sew a bag out of it. You might remember the rising sun bag and the Scandinavian apple bag that I made last year. This time I made the bag a lot bigger so that it can easily fit a folder, sketchpad or magazine. I’m so pleased with how it turned out that I’ve been using it every day since I made it 2 weeks ago.

I used lightweight sew-in interfacing as I was out of medium weight and I lined it with bright green cotton fabric. Like my other bags, it has a mobile pocket inside it.


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July goals

Chiaki Creates - July Goals chiakicreates.com○ Start my new part-time job at Family Tree today.

○ See my beloved Conor Oberst live again.

○ Visit the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern.

○ Keep working on my new line of products.

○ Bake loads of macarons with my housemates.

○ Get better at focusing on doing one thing at a time.

○ See Derren Brown live.

○ Resist the urge to completely change my hair.

○ Start snacking healthier.

○ Make myself a new purse out of retro mod flower fabric.


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The timeless fashion of Grace of Monaco

Disclosure: I was gifted two cinema tickets to Grace of Monaco by Glitzy Secrets but all words, apart from one quote, are my own.Grace of MonacoGrace of Monaco (2014) is an American French film which speculates on the story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly during a dispute between her husband Prince Rainer III and France’s then President Charles De Gaulle over tax laws in the early 60s. In the film, the dispute prompts the princess to turn down an offer by Alfred Hitchcock to return to acting. The film is directed by Olivier Dahan who is best known for the award-winning Édith Piaf biopic, La Vie en Rose (2007).Grace of Monaco 6The focus of this review will be on the film’s fantastic costume design by Gigi Lepage rather than the story. Frankly, it’s much more interesting. I’m sad to say that I found the film uninspiring. It doesn’t seem sure of what it wants to be. It’s a bit camp but not enough to be labelled camp. To me, it felt mostly like a farce. My guess is that most of the film’s storyline is fictional. After all, Grace Kelly’s children say that the film is historically inaccurate. This is but one of the reasons why the film is mired in controversy.Grace of Monaco 3I found it odd that Hitchcock is portrayed as such an endearing man. As you all know, I absolutely adore Hitchcock but I reckon this portrayal of him is pretty far from the truth. Also, he never went after Grace Kelly for Marnie (1964). She came to him and the real reason she didn’t do the film in the end is quite different from the reason the film gives you. Another thing that struck me as odd was the casting of Tim Roth, one of my favourite actors, as the prince. He did a great job making the film come across as farcical. And although Nicole Kidman didn’t convince me that she was Grace Kelly, her performance was flawless as always.Grace of Monaco 4When I think of Grace Kelly, I think of Hitchcock’s fantastic Rear Window (1954). I think about how graceful she was and how her hair was always immaculate. But above all, I think of her impeccable sense of style. But back to the film. It’s beautifully shot – every single frame is gorgeous. It really is a glamorous melodramatic fairy tale in every sense.

Gigi Lepage was inspired by the fashion spirit of the 60s so Nicole Kidman’s outfits are not historically correct, though Lepage did use photos of Grace Kelly as inspiration for specific scenes. Everything Nicole Kidman wore in the film was stunning but the one thing that made most of an impression on me and my housemate was the eyewear. She wore some rather gorgeous cat eye glasses.Grace of Monaco 2I love the fact that Kidman’s custom made wardrobe is mainly from the Parisian fashion houses that dressed the princess herself. The list is quite impressive:

“The house of Christian Dior reproduced two magnificent women’s suits designed by Marc Bohan, then artistic director of Dior. Chanel collaborated with us in recreating a suit ensemble. Hermes helped us for her scarves as well as Kelly handbag archives. For shoes, we contacted Salvatore Ferragamo & Jimmy Choo. All her gloves were made exclusively by Maison Fabre. Alexandre Barthet, son of Jean Barthet who was the princess’s milliner designed the hats & lastly, Philippine Pinton, granddaughter of François Pinton, Grace of Monaco’s eyewear designer, designed the eyewear for us. Lastly, Swarovski came on board for the realisation of the crystal ball gown.” – Gigi Lepage

If you’re into vintage fashion, I highly recommend you watch it just for the costume design.


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Outfit: Satellite of Love

♫ The Velvet Underground – Satellite of Love ♫Chiaki Creates - Outfit Satellite of Love chiakicreates.comChiaki Creates - Outfit Satellite of Love 2 chiakicreates.comKimono dress // vintage
Top // Forever 21
Clog sandals // Swedish Hasbeens for H&M

It’s been pretty hectic over here lately. My housemates and I are hosting a Werewolf night on Saturday so today we’re planning what food and cakes we’re going to make. I haven’t been able to get much work done over the last couple of days because we’ve had builders in doing some work in just about every room in the house. At the moment I’m behind on all my creative projects but hopefully I will be back on track by the end of this week.

It completely slipped my mind to post this last week. This kimono dress has quickly become one of my favourite things to wear. I stumbled across it in a vintage shop while my dear friend Bridgeen and I were wandering around Camden trying to avoid getting soaked in the rain. It’s lightweight, flowy and the pattern is gorgeous.

I’m looking forward to finally watching The Canyons tonight and I can’t wait to see my friend Rika tomorrow. She’s one of my favourite creative women to hang out with. Life is so good right now. I’m in love with life and everyone I meet. I don’t want the butterflies in my stomach to ever disappear!


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Lately, according to my phone

Chiaki Creates - Instagram 69 chiakicreates.comTook a lovely long stroll on Hampstead Heath one afternoon with my friend Laura.
We also had tea and super yummy vanilla & berry Swiss roll.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 70 chiakicreates.comBought The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt because 3 people in this house want to read it.
This cutie confused yoga time with cuddle time.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 71 chiakicreates.comHad one last cuppa and a very lovely chat with my dear Kat before she moved to Tokyo.
Everything leafy and a delicious spinach, avocado, basil, sesame and shoot salad.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 72 chiakicreates.comSomeone slept through a whole day.
Blueberries & cinnamon cardamom oats with Swedish vaniljvisp after a long workday.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 73 chiakicreates.comMade a crochet bag which will be added to my Etsy shop very soon.
A huge bowl of quinoa, sautéed courgettes & spinach with avocado & fresh basil dressing.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 74 chiakicreates.comGot this gorgeous Dolly Days teacup in the post one morning.
This round cushion and loads more happy cushions will soon be added to my Etsy shop.Chiaki Creates - Instagram 75 chiakicreates.comThis hand-painted rainbow necklace was sent off to a new home.
A day of bubble tea, hirata buns, Japan Centre, Tiger & wandering around Soho with Laura.

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