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September 21, 2012

Cheers to the Freakin’ Weeken’

Drink to that yea-uh yea-uh! I hate Rhianna but I’m a sucker for that stupid song!

Now I don’t want to do anything else on the weekend but sew! And I’ve got my eye on a few projects that are supposed to be EASY! I have a wonderfully crafty co-worker, Chickerbp! I love that name, don’t you? She graciously bestowed upon me a copy of Sewing in a Straight Line: An amazingly resourceful and fun book full of really cool projects that can all be sewn in a straight line and without any tissue paper nightmare patterns. I read the whole thing cover to cover when I got home from work and I really think I can do this. In fact, a few months back, I made the one hour skirt from this book through an online tutorial. It stunk royally, but that was a sewing lifetime ago!

One of the projects that intrigues me is a shirred maxi dress. I did not know what shirred meant three days ago but I do now and I’m shirred I can do this! The weather has started to change so a maxi skirt may not be necessary but I can throw a sweater over it and I would love to have one of these. I like the idea of walking around in ONE giant piece of fabric! I have never worked with elastic thread but I’m looking forward to it! I will head over to Joann’s tomorrow and get thee started on what I hope is a successful crafty weekend! Bottoms UP!

September 18, 2012

At Laaaasstt…..

Birds sing sweet songs, the blue sky seems bluer, fireworks light up the sky and I made a skirt! Not without complications of course, but hells to the yes! So let’s waste no more time and share the details. Here is the skirt I plan to make: It’s  a knock off  inspired by a JCrew skirt. Cute! LOVE JCrew, don’t love the prices.

Friday 4pm: Our studio closes up shop two and a half hours early for the weekend. A sign that maybe I’m supposed to make a beeline for Ikea and grab some fabric before all of the southeast visits the store on the weekend.

Friday 5:30pm: Ikea fabric is purchased. Two black and white fabrics, contrasting in pattern. Traffic sucks, this better be worth it!

Friday 7pm: Fabric is washed and ready to go.

Friday 9pm: Made dinner of red beans and rice, french bread and a great bottle of wine that my brother brought over.

Friday 11:42pm: In bed and getting some rest for what could potentially be a long and dangerous road ahead.

And it’s Saturday. I’ve got plans to spend the day with my brother, who is in town on business, and we are off to visit the Center for Puppetry Arts to see some Muppets and Fraggles, you know, touristy things you do in your own city. But that’s not until 1pm so I think I’ll try to get a head start. This was one of those patterns that requires no pattern, just your measurements. I pulled out a skirt that is a good length for reference and started with that. Easy Peasy, Pumpkin Pie! I cut the four pockets and two rectangle skirt pieces and I’m feeling good.

I get those pocket edges sewn on like nobody’s business and then BAM! What is deceiving about the photo above is that the right sides of the pockets are NOT together! So I get out that seam ripper and try again. It’s 12:45 and my brother will be at my place in 15 minutes. I’ll rip seams until we leave. I thought I had learned in grad school that it doesn’t pay to get ahead!

Go to the puppet center. We see Big Bird and some other creepy puppets but all I can think about is this skirt. I return home a few hours later and put the pockets right sides together and sew. All the while, I’m following the visuals provided on the website and realize my layout doesn’t quite look like the layout in the picture. What have I done wrong now! DARNIT! I’m supposed to sew two pockets to each side of the skirt instead of all four pocket pieces to one side. How did I miss that! I think I assumed a pocket consisted of two pieces. Get out the seam ripper!

At this point, my confidence is shattered. I’m home alone, on the verge of tears of rage and too embarrassed to look at anyone especially my cats, who have witnessed this maddening mess. I’m so glad I didn’t purchase that Vika ikea desk system! I do not deserve it.

I’m not a quitter. Forging ahead even if this POS looks terrible. I’m going for it.

I rip out a second set of seams and fix this again. I guess after you hit rock bottom all you can do is go up so from here on out, things are looking better. And then it happens! I see a light, a bright shining luxurious light, in the form of a pocket! It is the most glorious thing! I attempted a pocket a while back and it wasn’t like this! Oh so beautiful. I can’t stop testing it out.

And it just keeps getting better and better! Fabric aligning, folds working, pressing seams and then the elastic. Well, that didn’t go as well as planned, I guess I didn’t fold over enough of the waist band and now the elastic won’t fit through. Don’t know if this is bad protocol or not, but I’m cutting the elastic down. whatever, it’s fine. I am the one who has to wear this thing!

And now it’s time for fit. Fit is hard. I’m on the short side: 4’11” just an inch taller than a legal “Little Person” so fitting is a little tricky. What I like about this pattern is  the sides lay flat so it’s not too poofy! After fighting with the elastic a little I go for it. Quick sew down the seams, finish up all your access threads and…VOILA!

What I love about this is that it feels very knock off Kate Spade inspired! Who is all about dots right now. In fact it’s her pattern of the month! Can you believe this! Moi! Finishing a pattern that I can actually wear! It’s bold and sturdy and I can’t tell the back from the front but as the great Buddy the Elf once said, “I’m in love, I’m in love and I Don’t Care Who Knows It!” –

September 10, 2012

A Girl, A Sewing Machine, and an Idea!

It’s been 9 months since I last posted. Did I have a kid?  Don’t be silly! I’ve been working two jobs to support a shopping habit and now I’m a girl walking around with a cool Coach Willis bag in Vermillion, a chic on the cheap wardrobe and a fried head of pink, purple and blue hair! Life is grand! I set out a year ago to get rid of the pre-teen wardrobe I had been sporting since, well, my pre-teens. It’s been an amazing journey and I have the blog and wardrobe to prove it. I’ve slowed down a bit and try to only make a purchase when I HAVE to have something, like this polka dot top from Urban Outfitters that I added to my collection last week. I plan on wearing it with a blazer, skinny jeans and my pink patent Jem and Holograms looking heels. Cute for work and date night with my husband.

I’ve also found that I gravitate towards more unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. Who doesn’t want to pick out their own fabrics and feel totally unique in wardrobe choices. I would like to have a little more say in what my clothes look like and there is no one to do that other than myself! So, I have decided to take up a sewing challenge.

I don’t sew, no one in my family sews and I’m not patient so I’m the perfect candidate for this new challenge! 

Actually, I took a sewing class when I was maybe 12 and I was Terrible, with a capital T. I made a pair of floral bellbottoms and my instructor had to finish them for me since I was taking too long and the class had been over for a half hour. I was the only girl who didn’t get to make a scrunchy with my left over fabric and elastic. Sympathy, please! While girls were sewing Barbie clothes and taking apart their dresses and putting them back together, I was listening to the Beatles on my parent’s record player and running around outside playing kickball with the big kids. I kick myself now for not being a more motivated twelve year old. However, had I forced myself to sew, we would not be sitting here with this wonderful blog!!! whooo hooo, I win!

Sooooo, I purchased a sewing machine about a year ago with high hopes and dreams to teach myself sewing. I have made many failed attempts at clothes, however, I have made a pillow and a car owl. (yes, car owl, an owl that sits next to me in my car. He’s my wingman!)

But it’s time to get serious. I have purchased a few books to teach me fashion sewing, which I have failed at and I even purchased a few patterns at Joann and Hobby Lobby, which I have also failed at. Do you see a pattern? And I don’t mean sewing? But it’s time to get serious and start making some dang clothes!

I purchased a pattern from ebay a few months back that I LOVE and this dress is the incentive and grand prize if I make a few successful garments first. It’s a Vogue Alice + Olivia pattern. I dream big my friends! I have a spring wedding to attend in 2013 and I like to believe that I can make this for that wedding.

And there it is! I plan on attempting a garment or two a month to help prepare me for my Spring Sewing Olympics, 2013, Atlanta. I have a few patterns on my radar but here’s the other twist. I have no sewing space. If I do sew something, it is spread out across 2 to 3 rooms of our small condo. I’m in the process of organizing and finding the right space to sew in. I have a sewing machine but it sits next to two computers, a printer and a wobbly desk. Stay tuned as I share this scary and exciting experience as I attempt to create a truly unique wardrobe. And! If all else fails, I can still shop!

January 23, 2012

When Worlds Collide

If you read my About section, you’ll see that I’m an animator by day and a wanna-be fashionista all the time. I spend a good 9 hours sitting in front of my computer and it’s my responsibility as an animator and a human being, to always be on the lookout for inspiration. I scour the web each and every day for color palettes, fashion finds, new and interesting stories and animations, anything that will inspire creativity, new ideas and, well, to pass the time. Lately by luck or just a more tuned in state of mind,  I have found plenty of luxury brands turning to animation to tell their unique stories. I thought I would do a round up of some of my latest finds and share them with you!

It’s not often that animation and fashion mix but when they do, I am happiest.

Diane von Furstenberg

Kate Spade

Jason Wu

January 18, 2012

Reading Between the Lines

As we all know I have a Kate Spade obsession. I love her so much and am slowly planning on making my first big KS handbag purchase hopefully in the next few months. It’s like buying a computer. The minute you purchase it, a new and better model comes out immediately, so I’m trying to wait for the Spring collection to come out, or I’m procrastinating.

However, while I wait around, I thought I’d have a little fun with Mrs. Spade! One of the things the brand does so well, is create the image of a truly witty and playful woman. The girl you love to hate! She has everything but you secretly, or openly, admit you want to be her. Each KS item comes with a whimsy little glimpse of what life is like for those that covet her things. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite descriptions, and then edited them a little. Absolutely no disrespect to Kate or her brand. You only make fun of those that you truly love!

Kate says: Treat your friend to lunch! Why not, right? It gives you an opportunity to show off your sensational Kate Spade New York Daycation Lacey.

Reading between the lines: Treat your friend to lunch! Are you kidding? I just missed a credit card payment to buy this wallet and now it is stuffed underneath a ton of receipts and an old lipstick at the bottom of my knock off Kate Spade bag!

See where I’m going with this? 😀

Kate says: Hailing a cab on a cold day has never been easier! Just raise your Kate Spade New York Taxi Mittens to the air and watch those drivers line up for you.

Reading between the lines: You can wave those cabs good-bye as you raise your expensive Kate Spade New York Taxi Mittens and start hoofing it down the cold smelly streets of New York City.

Kate says: With the Kate Spade New York City Lights Umbrella, take the scenic route to your destination in glorious style.

Reading between the lines: With the Kate Spade New York City Lights Umbrella, taking the scenic route means walking, since I paid $75 for an umbrella instead of putting that money towards a 50 ride metro card. And did I mention that I’m soaked?

Kate says: You may have a hard time pronouncing the name of this lovely Kate Spade New York cosmetic case, but at least you’ll know where your lipstick and other essentials are!

Reading between the lines: You may have a hard time avoiding debt collectors each month when you are walking around Central Park wearing a sandwich board that says, “supercalifragilbroke”, but at least you’ll know where your lipstick is!

And there you have it!

Like I said, you only make fun of what you truly love, and at this rate, I am deep in throes of passion for all things Kate Spade!

January 17, 2012

What Would Kate Spade Do?

I’m sitting at my desk plowing through the latest Harper’s Bazaar even though I have a huge client deadline due in an hour. It’s cold and grey outside on this wintry January, but I need to know what new shades of polish I need for the perfect springtime manicure! The soundtrack of Amelie swirls through my headphones. I take a sip of my double mocha latte extra shot of espresso, and I take a bite of my double fudge cream cheese filled cupcake that my assistant brought in. I reach into my Kate Spade Grove Court poppy red bag and pull out my…

…Wait a minute, this isn’t my life. Let me rephrase.

I’m sitting at my desk plowing through emails trying to figure out how I’m going to reach that deadline in an hour. It’s cold and grey outside on this wintry January, with no sign of the sun or warm air in sight! The soundtrack of the presentation that’s due is seething through my headphones. I take a sip of the crappy coffee that I made and I’m already feeling empty from that mushroom and zucchini egg white omelet that I made in the dark this morning. And above all that, I only wish I could reach into any sort of Kate Spade bag but I can’t bring myself to purchase one for fear that I may unleash a KS purchasing monster!

Kate Spade, the woman, the brand, the goddess! Whoever or whatever she is exudes the classic ideal, perfectly put-together woman. The woman that I want to be! The woman who eats massive cupcakes all day without gaining an inch, who wears heels to work everyday and then continues to parade around classy cocktail joints in them at night! She probably doesn’t sleep but never needs the tiniest bit of under eye concealer. Ahhhh, I’m in love.

I don’t know where my obsession with her began but it was only until recent that I signed up for every KS sale alert, blog, website, instagram feed anything that is Kate! I dream about owning everything of hers and living the life that the KS girl lives! Colorfully

And each and every day as I get ready in the morning and try and choose what to wear, how to carry myself around co-workers and peers, I ask myself, “What Would Kate Spade Do?”

If I have one fashion resolution for 2012 it’s to Live Colorfully a la Kate Spade! (and blog more!)

October 1, 2011

The ABCs of NYC

New York City and Fashion go together like peanut butter and jelly! Like Princess Kate and William! Red Beans ‘n’ Rice!! I have been meaning to share my New York experience and I apologize for the long delay. In fact, I have started this post numerous times at a loss for words on how to describe the lifestyle of New Yorkers, but I think I have finally figured out a way to put it all together. I’ve broken down a few key observations that I’d like to share.

1. New York women are unafraid to experiment. You want to wear a pair of green tights and pair it with orange shoes, a motorcycle jacket and a short dress? Go for it. No one cares. The pace of the city is overwhelmingly fast so unless you are a visitor like me, there’s no time to stop and stare.

2. Shop unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Fortunately for New Yorkers there are hundreds of street markets, resale boutiques, thrift shops and sample sales (We walked right into a Michael Kors sample sale on the street!!) to fill 100 closets on any given day. You know how you can often spot someone wearing a top from Ann Taylor or Banana? Well, I think New York women make the effort to find the only top in the world that exists and add it to their wardrobe.

3. Fashion should be effortless. I don’t know how they managed to do it but everything looked effortless. If I eventually walked out the door in a loose fitting sweater, skinny jeans and riding boots, complete with a newsboy hat and layers of gold necklaces, I probably would look like I’m going to a Halloween party. I just can’t think like that.

My trip to New York was a real eye-opener for me fashion-wise. I realized that I need to be unafraid. Not concerned with with what people may or may not say and if something feels right, go for it!

In another note, I had a rough fashion week. I eventually wore that Saints shirt I’ve been meaning to leave for Sundays this past Tuesday, I wore a lot of grey and my nails were not perfectly polished. I feel like New York had this strange effect on me, where I was so exposed to a world that I’m very unfamiliar with. Maybe I’m not cut out for the cutting edge. I like to believe that I have it in me to be this savvy fashionista, but seeing some real fashionistas, and fashionistas who aren’t even trying, sort of crushed my spirit about this whole thing.

To get myself out of that slump, I headed out on this gorgeous cool sunny day for a little retail therapy over to one of Atlanta’s exciting outdoor shopping experiences: Atlantic Station. It’s really just an outdoor mall, but it’s lovely and never crowded. I’m so happy to share with you, my latest purchase! I walked right into a super shoe sale at Dillard’s and look what I got for $15!!!! Who doesn’t need a pair of hot pink pumps. I may not be ready for the Big Apple, but I’m always available for a Big Sale!

I am heading to the West Coast next week to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Los Angeles. I’ll also be heading to a conference with my husband, at the Culver Studios. Whew jet-setting to the opposite coast to see how the California girls like to dress. Hmmm…We’ll see! Should be interesting to say the least!

September 27, 2011

New York State of Mind

I have been away for the past few days but wanted to check in and say hello. I spent the last few days roaming the streets of New York City. I have a ton to report to you but I need a New York minute to process the experience. In the meantime, enjoy some non-fashion related pics of the Big Apple.

September 22, 2011

It’s Not A Sprint

Have you ever heard the expression, “Old habits die hard?” or “Slow and steady wins the race”? Well, in my fearless attempt to dress a little better and this week’s challenge of wearing a pair of heels, I am listening to these brilliant words of wisdom. I did not wear heels today, but my favorite pair of Steve Madden Kingdom flats in cognac. I even put on that new Saints shirt again this morning, but had I worn it today, I might not have written a post and would be seeking a hiding place over the next few days. Only yesterday I bragged how unchallenging the ability to wear heels was only to be met with a comfortable pair of flats on this overcast and rainy Thursday. I feel like I did a terrible thing and let myself and the challenge down. But then again, only three months ago, I was a mess of cheap logo tees, ripped jeans and $2 Old Navy flip flops. I was whining a few posts ago that Cost Per Wear was silly and that expensive things were just that, expensive. Part of the growth is recognizing the problem and while I could have opted for some of my cheaper teenage-style clothes, I still managed to put together a nice outfit of tailored jeans, a structured top from Anthropologie, a bit of makeup and my hair straightened and pulled back into a sleek ponytail.

I also know that I probably won’t be wearing the heels tomorrow, but on a more upbeat note, I am heading to New York City this weekend for a fun trip to visit my sister-in-law and her husband and to do some major field reporting of true New Yorker style! Holy Moly!! I cannot wait. What is it about New Yorkers and their effortless urban chicn style? I just finished packing and tried to look as toned down as possible in my wardrobe choices. I have the same feeling when I went to Cannes a few years back. I shopped at JCrew prior to the trip and purchased a wardrobe that I hoped wouldn’t scream American. It didn’t scream American but it did scream librarian next to the fab high fashion ‘drobes of the French Riviera locals. I’m hoping I have a little more sense this time around. Expect a full report and hopefully a bunch of Instagrams of New York street style at its finest.

While I may not have followed through on today or tomorrow’s heels challenge(I will be walking through some of the largest airports), please note that my suitcase is packed with heels, flats, skinny jeans, a fab scarf and hopefully I will blend in and not feel so librarian this time around.

September 21, 2011

The LBD of shoes

It’s Wednesday and I’ve made it through three fairly painless days of heel-wearing to work. I honestly didn’t expect this to be quite so simple. (Which I am sure now means I will take a nice good tumble tomorrow!) I rebounded from my wedges yesterday and wore my go-to black heels from BCBG. I honestly do not know how long I have had these but I have worn them to numerous weddings, gallery openings and probably a holiday or two. They are my most comfortable pair of heels ever! In fact, when I had to do a few pick up shots today from yesterday’s photo shoot, I did not even care that I was going to walk around our studio setting up lights in them. I really do love the feeling I get when I walk around in my heels and I’m feeling less and less self conscious about making THE LOUDEST NOISE walking through our studio. It’s like ‘Hey! I’m walking around! In heels!’

I did not do you honor of taking a photo of myself today. My photographer is MIA for the evening but I’ll try and get one up tomorrow. I did photograph the shoes and put together a quick little graphic. I will say this, while I do love the heels, it is really hard for me to put them together with jeans. I know I need to get over that, it just feels like I’m dressed for the opera. (Or how I would dress for the opera) I felt like my trousers were so dressy with the heel that I toned it down with a basic Gap tank. I guarantee you, a year ago, I would have worn this with flip flops, which I still love cute flip flops paired with wide-legged trousers. I love the look of having no feet. Weird I know and this blog is therapy for that. Happy Wednesday