Mondaze With Madeline: ALL CHOKED UP

Man, I cannot stop vibing on chokers. I think I bought about twenty in the year 2012, and truth be told, expected the obsession to be more of a flash-in-the-pan than a long-standing wardrobe necessity, but here we are: fresh in a new year, and most of my 2013 credit card activity can be attributed to the quest for the ideal choker.

Here are some of my favorite inspo pics of babely chicks wearing chokers galore:

Our List: The Best Fashion Tumblrs

1. Fashionistha

2. Beatle Bob and Boots

3. Chanel Bags and Cigarette Drags

4. The Bearon

5. Vogue

6. Glamour and Beauty

7. Style Survival Guide

8. Ashtrays, Clothes, Dragqueens & Glitter

9. Elle Magazine

10. Sydney Street Style

Get more from the best fashion bloggers.


Looking to make an upgrade after watching our My Room Makeover series? 

You’ll find endless ideas in fashion blogger Nicolette Maison’s adorable Brooklyn apartment—it (totally) lives up to her Cher Horowitz/Wednesday Addams style (as if!). 

We’re obsessed with her bold bookshelf and lovely makeshift mantle. 

Click here to go on the full tour >> 

Blogger We Love: Northern Cottage.

Searching for delicious comfort food? Look no further than Northern Cottage. With tasty recipes like Best Roast Beef and BBQ Pork Sandwiches, you’ll find savory recipes you’ll love.

1) Favorite ingredient: Butter -oh lovely butter.In moderation, it really does makeeverything better, doesn’t it?

2) Must-have kitchen accessory: A good (and pretty) set of mixing bowls. We use them everyday and making everything from Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge and Crepes to whipping up yummy desserts like Tropical Slush Cake.

3) Biggest Cooking Inspiration: Both of my parents. My dad was the official soup and stew guy and my mom made well, pretty much everything else. I have so many memories of great family dinners! When I use those recipes for my own family today it makes them extra special.

4) Dish you’re most proud of: I’m usually a throw stuff together kinda cook (shh, don’t tell anyone, I don’t usually measure exactly). We all know with baking that it’s more important to do so. So I’m thrilled that my Chocolate Chip Scones turned out so great. They are light and fluffy and have just the right amount of outside crispness to hold it all together. 

5) Salty or sweet: Oh, this is a hard one. I adore sweets and love that little hint of salt with so many great recipes to give it that extra bling. One of our favorites is this go-to fast and easy S'mores Croissants recipe.

6) Favorite person to cook for: I love to cook for people who love to eat but especially my little family. When I see them satisfied and hear them lick and their lips and say ‘mmm-yum!’ - that makes my day! One of our family favorites is Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms.

7) Recipe You’d Recommend: So many fabulous recipes but I’d have to say Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie is definitely a great weeknight dinner. 

8) Your go-to dinner dish: This sentimental Best Roast Beef recipe is pure comfort food and oh so easy. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Blogger LUV: Grunge Flannel

No matter how you rock it, the vibe is always the same. The flannel is always edgy, always tough, and always reminiscent of the 90’s- a much simpler time when grunge wasn’t just a look, it was a lifestyle (sigh). The flannel is one staple that screams, “Bring me back,” and we are not reluctant to let it have its way. On top or on bottom, we’re totally mad for plaid. 

Dylana Suarez of Color Me Nana, looking classically killer in simple black and red with a touch of flannel!

Joselin Reyes of Le Pretty Stellar, rocking a floor length flannel maxi. Pretty never looked so tuff! 

Sea Goldwilson of Lights Drive my Soul, brushing of the winter chill in this flannel’d out ensemble. 

Jayne Min of Stop It Right Now, looking effortless and edgy rocking a flannel field-trip-style!

Bloggers We Love: An Interview with the Wonderful Corina of Cocorrina

Today we are sharing with you a fun Q&A with the wonderful Corina of the fun and inspiring blog about graphic design, fashion, home decor, and handmade jewely, Cocorrina. We asked Corina everything from how she got into graphic design to how she gets her inspiration, and of course what her favorite Crane & Canopy bedding is! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out her amazing blog here!

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Welcome to Crane & Canopy.  We absolutely love reading your blog.  How did you start blogging?  Why the namesake, Cocorrina?

It’s really lovely of you to have me here! I started blogging around 4 years ago, when I found myself staying home after a surgery. I had studied interior architecture, but never actually felt a passion about it. So that was the period when I had lots of time to spend on the internet, and starting a blog felt like a good idea to see what I could do, and how to spread my skills. 

Cocorrina, is a combination of my name Corina and nickname Coco. The two “rr”s came after I discovered that the domain name with one r was already taken. 

What is a fun fact that’s currently not on your “about” page? 

I seriously need to update that one really soon! There are so many! Ok, if I had to mention one, it would be that I’m completely obsessed with any kind of creams. If that’s a hand cream, hair cream, anything. I’ve got tons of them and can’t stop expanding my outrageous collection. My favourite moment of the day would be after showering, sitting on the couch and putting on body lotions, hand creams, and foot creams. I’m a little freak about them. 

Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.

Minimal, warm, rustic. I know it’s impossible for those to combine, but my husband and I have completely opposite styles and we’re both really strong willed. So our house basically has both. 

How did you get into graphic design? What has been one of your favorite projects?

In my first year of studying interior design, we had a graphic design course. That was exactly when I discovered that this is what I was good at. Although it did take me a few years, I finally took things in my own hands and took some online software lessons. 

What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

Definitely the importance of staying creative daily. Inspiration can come from lots of random factors, but having a blog and having to create mini graphic projects for it daily has given me the ability to expand my style. I’ve also discovered that the more I create, the easier I get inspired and the more ideas I get. 

Where do you find inspiration? How do you come up with your designs?

Well, besides blogging itself as I already said, anything that had to do with nature, like a walk by the lake in our house, sitting in the forest, or hearing the birds. When it comes to music, I’m really eccentric and can get inspired by all kinds of genres. As long as it gives me goose bumps in an emotional way, like happiness or even terror.

The designs sometimes simply pop up in my mind, colours, shapes and concepts, and others I start from zero, and simply build around a simple element or text, and experiment with colours and textures. 

What is your favorite find/thing in your house that really make it feel like your home?

Oh boy, the easiest! I’d say the couch. It’s warm, with hairy throw pillows and throws. It could be the fact that I spend time on it only when I’m done with my work and relaxing, which is really rare, and as a result my couch creates a truly precious warm feeling for me.

And of course, what’s your favorite Crane & Canopy bedding?

It’s so hard to choose just a few! I’m obsessed with all the bedding, I swear I could never have enough. After lots of thinking, I concluded to The Hayes Nova Grey and Soft White, The Vista Lilac and The Linden Black Border. I can keep going on and on :) 

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Blogger We Love: Lauren Brennan of Lauren’s Latest.

1) Favorite ingredient: Butter. Or cheese.

2) Must-have kitchen accessory: My Microplane. I use it everyday!

3) Biggest Cooking Inspiration: Everything around me is cooking inspiration! Restaurants, grocery shopping, magazines, Pinterest, other food blogs, looking in my own fridge… honestly. I’m always looking for new recipe ideas so I’m constantly on the look out.

4) Dish you’re most proud of: My Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll knock-off recipe. I spent a long time trying to get it right, so when I finally did, it was an amazing feeling!

5) Salty or sweet: Both. Together preferably. Like in these Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies.

6) Favorite person to cook for: My husband. He will eat ANYTHING!

7) Recipe You’d Recommend: Spaghetti with Best Ever Bolognese.

8) Your go-to dinner dish: Pasta. Always pasta! You can throw anything into it and still have it taste delicious! This Summer Veggie Pasta Primavera is a recent favorite at my house. 

Stop It Right Now.

Cuteness? Style? Sense of humor? Check, check, and double check. Jayne, from Stop It Right Nowhas won over our hearts here at Wasteland and earned our upmost respect in the blogosphere. Check out our interview with the lovely lady below and see what she has to say about life, music, her personal style, and more.  

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1) Who or where do you look to for inspiration?

Real life people and street style.

2) If you could raid anyone’s closet from any era EVER, who would it be and why?

Even though it doesn’t align with my own personal style, I like the 50’s when everything was so proper. The concept of always presenting a nice image of yourself seems strangely appealing. The structure of being dressed appropriately for different situations and times of the day. So maybe anyone from that era.

3) Favorite blogs besides your own?

I’m really into at the moment.

4) What’s your earliest fashion memory?

Fighting my mom to let me dress myself for D.A.R.E day in the fourth grade. I really wanted to wear yellow socks.

5) Weirdest comment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

Things along the lines of “I want to be you” or wanting to be like me when they grow up. The internet makes everything spectacular and grandiose. I’m just a totally regular person.

6) What are three things you’d save in a fire that you can’t live without?

My family, my computer, and old photos.

7) What’s on your “recently played” list on iTunes?

Wanda Jackson, Murder City Devils, and Operation Ivy.

8) Was there ever a time in your life you should have had the “fashion police” called? If so, what were you wearing?

You mean all four years of college? After all my life being a hardcore tomboy I suddenly grew two inches, dropped weight and discovered makeup. I really experimented and embraced being a girl. Lots of stretchy things.

9) Favorite and least favorite trend right now? 

I don’t like trends period. I like people who do their own thing regardless of what’s popular at the moment.

10) Tell us something about yourself that most people would be surprised to hear?

I’m really boring.

11) Why Wasteland?

Vintage + New = a one stop shop.
GET THE LOOK: A Calming Bedroom Roundup by Jessica of Coco and Mingo

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We love this fresh room roundup put together by Jessica of the beautiful and inspiring blog Coco and Mingo.  Jessica started her blog as a means to express her creativity, as well as a place to collect, curate, and share everything she finds beautiful. She currently works on hand lettering and design projects from her small yet cozy Brooklyn apartment.

Jessica chose the Linden White duvet, gray embroidered sheets, and gray cable knit throw blanket because she loves a neutral color palette in her bedroom, and has been obsessed with grey and white lately. She loves this mix of white sheets, pillowcases, and duvet, and would mix in a throw blanket and some decorative throw pillows. We love how calming and fresh this bedroom feels. It is a serene escape from anyone’s hectic lifestyle.

Get the look: bordered duvet cover/ wallpaper/ throw blanket/ bed frame/ wall art/ planter/ grey scalloped sheets/ table lamp

Blogger We Love: Julie Chiou of Table for Two.

Julie Chiou is a self-proclaimed foodie and the creator of Table for Two, her blog that’s chock-full of tasty recipes. With dishes from a “Holidays” theme to “Take-Out, Fake-Out”, she’s sure to have a recipe you’ll love.

1) Must-have kitchen accessory: It’s a tie between my stand mixer and my food processor. I can make a huge batch of cookies, frosting, or whipped cream in my stand mixer in no time. With my food processor, I make a lot of pestos, sauces, soups, and even dough. I would say without those two items, my kitchen would be a whole lot messier!

2) Favorite ingredient: Salt. I love how versatile it is. You can add it to savory foods to bring out and enhance the flavors or you can add it to sweets to cut the sweetness as well as give the dish a sweet-salty effect.

3) Biggest Cooking Inspiration: My mom. I was always in the kitchen with her, learning every step of the way and watching her come up with the most unique recipes. We rarely ever ate out because she made sure we had a home cooked meal every night. It really reinforced eating at the family table together and also really helped with a nutritious and healthy lifestyle.

4) Dish you’re most proud of: I’m most proud of my most recent pasta creation, the Roasted Red Pepper Pesto with Goat Cheese Pasta. It was one of those dishes that you couldn’t help but eat the entire thing. It’s fairly healthy too! There’s no cream or butter!

5) Salty or sweet: Ahh, this is a toughie! Ideally, I’d love to choose both because I love a good salty-sweet dessert such as my Nutella and Salted Caramel Pie, but if I had to choose just one, I’d say sweet.

6) Favorite person to cook for: My fiance! He’s so easy to cook for because he loves everything and isn’t picky!

7) Recipe You’d Recommend: Absolutely love these Peanut Butter Truffles. They’re so easy to make and even more delicious! They’re great to bring and to have at baby showers (any kind of shower, really), potlucks, and any get-together with friends and family. They’re definitely a crowd pleaser.

8) Your go-to dinner dish: For this time of the year (summertime), I love roasting vegetables and making pasta dishes with them or fresh pestos and sauces.

Blogger LUV: Let's Get Leggy

This week we feature one of our favorite closet essentials, the legging!  Dress it up or grunge it down, the legging is the perfect “in-between” when you’re not quite feeling the skirt or jeans! It is no secret leggings are #trending…HARD. From cosmic prints to the perfect pleather, we give these leggings an A+.

Britney Nason of Disarming Darling in ravishingly red crushed velvet.

Izumi Bogan of Hybrid Hunter keeping it classic in pleather leggings and high tops. 

Chanelle Laurence of The Penelope Times rocking some totally trippy cosmic leggings from Wasteland!

Madeline Pendleton of Jean Griege also killing it in cosmic prints.