Gifting and receiving: Shiho Masuda, Japanese gift wrap guru

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When we first came across Shiho Masuda's YouTube tutorials on Japanese gift wrapping techniques – from how to wrap a t-shirt without a box to how to wrap a gift in under a minute – our inner OCD selves immediately took a liking to the geometric angles and razor-sharp pleats from Shiho's techniques that would elevate the act of gift wrapping to a product akin to a work of art. Since for most of us, wrapping is often an afterthought in the act of gifting, we chatted to Shiho as part of our newly-launched Gifting and Receiving series about how growing up in Japan and the...

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39 tips to master the art of gift giving

BRIKA's best DIY gifting inspiration

It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that gifting is the bread and butter at BRIKA. From paper goods and accessories to jewelry and gifts for little ones, we take pride in the fact that our curated assortment of well-crafted goods is a go-to source for gifting for all occasions; from birthdays and holiday celebrations to baby showers and engagement parties (and that's just scratching the surface!). As such, it only makes sense that we've picked up a tip or two to ensure that giving gifts is a no-stress affair, and with a little planning, it can – and should – be fun. Behold,...

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Have a Well-Crafted Week: July 10, 2016

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“We must sit with the footage of these incidents, which fill in what our imagination would write otherwise, and wonder if one of these horrifying videos will ever result in change. So far they have not.” – Jezebel writer Kara Brown in her piece, “Am I Going to Write About Murdered Black People Forever?” Demi Adejuyigbe’s anecdote on being told to dress nicer by his parents is a powerful metaphor for the shield of whiteness in America. Graphic designers, meet your new best friend: the Shazam of fonts. A helpful guideline to ensure picnicking is a no-stress affair. An investigation...

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The art of playing with food: Q+A with Ida Frosk

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Most people enjoy food and art, but what happens when you combine the two? Just ask Norway-based Ida Frosk, who has succeeded in making all of our culinary creation dreams come true with her book Eat Your Art Out. Part practical guide and part visual feast, Eat Your Art Out serves up a serious dose of inspiration while promoting healthy eating. From Little Red Riding Hood vignettes to recreating famous works of art, Ida’s book is chock-full of creative ideas that will whet the appetite of adults and kids alike. On a recent trip to Norway, BRIKA Co-Founder Jen Lee...

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BRIKA DIY: 3 simple-as-can-be summer updos to try tomorrow


Simple, no-fuss and off-the-neck is the name of the game when it comes to summer updos that are elevated beyond the classic messy bun and high ponytail. Keep cool in the heat with these three effortless looks that can each be pulled off in under five minutes flat. Try these tomorrow!    The twisted top-do This dead-easy ‘do is a sophisticated and pretty twist (pun intended!) on the classic top bun. What you’ll need: 3 hair elastics Bobby pins Hairspray Directions: 1. Tie brushed hair in a high ponytail. Split the pony in half with your fingers. 2. Divide one half of...

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