The idea of ‘taking stock’ comes from one of my favorite blogs: A Pretty Penny (and she borrowed it from Sydney who borrowed it from Pip). While a lot of people like to take stock at the beginning or end of months, sometimes it’s good to refocus mid month. Here’s what’s happening now:
Making: lots and lots of bathing suits for a special summer fashion show!
Cooking: as little as possible. Hello, bean salad season
Drinking: tea, tea, and more tea
Reading: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. OMG- it’s fabulous
Playing: Mason Jennings Minnesota
Enjoying: waking up to the morning sun
Waiting: for the busy summer to start.
Loving: the humidity during my beach vacay last week
Marveling: at the sunrise. every. morning.
Needing: to start running again
Smelling: the fresh cut peonies in bloom!
Wearing: white jeans. I started wearing them everyday starting in February with oversized grey sweaters and I can’t stop…they go with everything!
Following: the trends- I just got a lob (hair pictures to follow!)
Noticing: the affect of the weather on people’s moods (luckily it’s good!)
Knowing: that I need to get organized (again)
Thinking: about caftans, my unofficial uniform of the summer
Feeling: sad about the closing of Piperlime
Bookmarking: travel websites
Opening: birthday presents and bottles of champagne!!
During my nightly (ok, and morning-ly?) perusing of Pinterest, I ran across this hat from Anthropologie and I fell in love immediately. As someone who loves to sit on the beach and not talk to anyone for great lengths of time this is PERFECT. Less perfect? The $435 price tag. So I did what any good crafty person would do and I made my own. Here’s how you can make one too in only 2 steps:
Step one: Gather your supplies.
You need: a sunhat (mine was on clearance at Walmart for $2!!), craft glue, scissors, a pencil or pen, and about 2-3 yards of black sequins.
Step 2: Write it out and glue it down
Depending on how comfortable you are with your spelling/handwriting you can pencil an outline on the hat, or just use the glue to write out your words. The pencil wasn’t really showing up on my hat, so I just applied the glue one word at a time. After you draw the glue out, place the sequin strand on top.
That’s it!! This whole DIY took me about 15-20 minutes (and most of that was spent looking for my supplies)
Trying my new hat out! It would also be funny to create one that reads ‘tourist at work’.
My hat is going to be absolutely perfect to wear with my new swimsuit during my upcoming beach trip. Sunscreen is a most also.
I’m really happy with the way this turned out. It was incredibly easy to make and I actually like it more than the original. DIY success.
It’s 3am and I’m wide awake. It took me a solid 2 hours lying in bed awake to realize what the culprit of my insomnia was: the can of coke I had at 7pm. Have I ever mentioned that I’m dreadfully affected by caffeine? I mean, it’s truly a drug to me. Coke is my guilty pleasure and I drink about one can a month. Only one can and it has to be real, non-diet, come in a red and silver can kind of Coke. When you indulge this infrequently you take no substitutes.
At any rate, this seems like the perfect time to bring up a company that I love: Reformation. Reformation is a sassy women’s clothing label that makes limited collections with completely sustainable materials and processes. Several months ago I was thinking about my own label and had the idea to focus more on one (or two) of a kind designer fashions made from remnant fabrics (high quality fabric that bigger designers can’t use because there’s not enough of it for a huge collection) and sold at reasonable prices. Lo and behold, I started getting Reformation emails a month after my decision and I freaked out: “OMG- I knew someone else had to be doing this! This concept is too good to be brand new. That is so awesome!”
If you haven’t heard of Reformation, you have to check it out. Because of the limited size collections (there are often only one of each size) there is a new selection all the time. Here are some of my current favs:
One of the things I admire most about Reformation is their marketing. Somehow I got on an email list (?) and I wouldn’t have even noticed one more email in my inbox if it weren’t for the alarming subject line. Yeah, I think alarming is the correct word. ‘Catchy’ isn’t strong enough. While I don’t remember that first email’s subject, the newest one I received today had “GET ON THE SCALE” as the subject. Talk about get your attention. Other subjects have been “FIANCE RHYMES WITH BEYONCE” and “NICE CURTAINS, GIRL”. Maybe it’s the attention grabbing subject lines or maybe it’s the fact that every email is a beautifully shot new ‘theme’ but I can’t help but click and see what’s happening. As someone who receives a lot of emails a day (with 75% of them being ‘newsletters’ like this) that’s saying a lot.
Do have an opinion on the Reformation? From business practices to design aesthetics there sure is enough to talk about. I personally am inspired and my creative boundaries are pushed. How does Reformation affect you? I want to hear it.
If you start getting heart palpitations when I say the word, ‘Sunday’ then you might just be a die hard Lilly Pulitzer fan. Or you have a really great pastor.
If you’re not a Lilly Pulitzer fan, here’s the basic information you need to know:
Who: Lilly Pulitzer for Target.
What: Now you can buy one of Lilly’s signature Palm Beach inspired printed frocks for a fraction of normal prices.
Where: Select Target stores and online at Target.com
When: This Sunday, April 19th! Most stores open at 8am. I believe the you will be able to shop online as early as 12-2am on Sunday morning.
Bonus points to Target for having the coolest ad campaign for this collection. Visit Target.com and click on the pink (duh) button that says ‘experience the party’. You’ll be instantly transported to Lilly Land and every time you circle the room something new and different will be happening (so cool).
While I would like to have everything, I don’t necessarily need to pull another Peter Pilotto for Target shopping spree (not to say, though, that I haven’t already warned my husband). Here are my top picks from this collection.
Look closely: there are huge pineapples on this YELLOW SILK KIMONO.
Nothing says Lilly like pink and green. I love they way they styled this scarf as a sarong in the lookbook.
Classic Lilly print + signature colors + flattering silhouette = there’s a reason why people love Lilly.
When I was in high school I had a very similar Lilly top to this. It was my first Lilly piece and I treated it like it was Chanel Couture.
If there is one item I am leaving the store with…it’s this.
Let us not forget the bathing suits!!! This screen shot shows you all you need to know: cute bathing suits in figure flattering cuts
I grew up in a resort town in the South, so I was exposed to Lilly from a decently young age. I remember scrimping and saving to buy my very first Lilly piece when I was in high school. It was a shirt on sale and it was adorable. I used it several times specifically to sneak into one of the local resorts. I remember wearing tailored white capris with my blue and white urchin top and casually walking into the resort with my nose in the air. I figured, that if I looked the part (and I did) that nobody would stop me and ask what room I was in…or realize I was just a random local kid trying to take advantage of the resort’s pool. Needless to say, it worked.
Do you have a Lilly story? I’d love to hear it. Until then, happy shopping!!
Who doesn’t love a feel good commercial? We all know of Dove’s past campaigns of women’s empowerment and they’re back at it again with a new video complete with hashtag. As part of the #choosebeautiful campaign, women have to choose whether to enter malls through the ‘Beautiful’ door or the ‘Average’ door. A considerable number of women choose the ‘average’ door- and there’s really no surprise there. I mean, I’ve seen the other Dove ads. It’s not like there’s going to be some crazy plot twist highlighted by suspenseful orchestra music.
The thing that did catch me off guard- the fact that I started crying halfway through the video. I’m not a crier. Tragic things happen and I’m like your parents when you were a child and did something naughty- very, very disappointed and saddened. But I don’t usually cry. I think the part that got me, was when I saw friends, moms, and loved ones pulling the people they are with through the beautiful door and away from the average door. Sometimes we are the only people who don’t recognize how beautiful, intelligent, creative, and wonderful we really are.
When I started my image company last year, one of my main goals was to make sure that people knew my intentions. I wasn’t out to tell people that they dressed like slobs, needed to adhere to a certain weight, and weren’t fashionable enough. My goal was, and still is, helping people to the very best versions of themselves. We all have qualities about ourselves that we love and that we hate. I help you accept the ones you think are subpar (spoiler- they’re usually not as bad as you think they are) and then help you highlight the attributes you love. It’s not about criticism, it’s about encouragement and instilling confidence.
You don’t have to be an image consultant to get on board with the #choosebeautiful campaign. You don’t have to even like fashion, beauty products, or anything else image related. What’s one of the biggest things you can do, in my opinion? Pay someone a genuine compliment. Whether it’s a coworker or complete stranger, we all loved to be told that we are smart, beautiful, and successful. So today, #choosebeautiful and not only strive to see yourself that way, but try to help someone else see themselves as beautiful too, both inside and out.
Enjoy the video!
It’s only fitting that we should talk about “your Sunday best” with it being the day before Easter. If you grew up in church, you probably remember the exciting (or agonizing- depending on your interest in clothing) hunt for the perfect Easter outfit. As I remember it, there were lots of pastel colors and white, not to mention a healthy amount of bows, ribbons, and general poofiness.
To this day I still like to dress up for Easter. Although I don’t overdose on bows anymore, I do still like to wear white and, of course, a hat. Hats are one of my favorite aspects of Southern dressing and I wear them whenever possible and especially to church. This year I’m going to soften the girliness of this grown up tutu skirt with a men’s chambray shirt and fitted blazer. I’ll also probably wear a pearl necklace of some sort.
Blazer- Gap, Shirt- Men’s J.Crew, Skirt- Buchanan (see link above), Heels- TJMaxx, Hat- I’ve literally had this for so long, I don’t even remember where it came from.
Sadly, wearing our Sunday best is becoming a thing of the past; something reserved for major holidays. Remember the time everyone dressed up for church every Sunday? I’m sure there were mixed motives for always looking your best in church (like wanting to just show off), but what it ultimately started with and comes down to is showing respect (in this case, to God). That’s how things work right? You take the extra effort and resources to look your best as a way of showing respect to someone or something else. Think about why you dress up to funerals, weddings, and when you meet important people.
The rise of the non-traditional church* and the general decline of formality in our culture have helped us forget that there is a strong psychological link between how we present ourselves and our thoughts and actions. When you dress up for a certain occasion, you spend more time and effort than usual to prepare yourselves for a certain encounter. That effects you’re your attitude as you go towards that encounter. We wouldn’t show up to a wedding in sweatpants and t-shirt, so why would you show up to see God looking less than your best?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “God will still love me whether I dress up or not”. True. He’ll also still love you if you decide to kill someone, slander his name, and then start a church of Satan. Here’s the cool thing about God: he didn’t have to do anything that he did for us. That’s why the death of Jesus was such a big deal, because God could have easily have said, “let them deal with their own evil, I’m not helping them get out of their mess.” But, he didn’t…and that’s how we know he really loves us. We don’t have to look nice for church, but we do anyhow, because we want to show respect and love to the one that loves us.
Happy Easter Everyone!!
*Many non-traditional church’s boast a ‘come as you are’ wardrobe expectation that I have mixed feelings about. On one hand it is truly fabulous, because it has led people to God that wouldn’t have been otherwise. Nobody should be judged for what they wear to church. This isn’t about you and everyone else in the church…it’s about you and God. While it’s nice that people can feel comfortable wearing their jeans and sweatpants to church, I can’t help but feel that they lose the psychological side effect of respect that dressing a certain way provides. The solution? Wear something a step up from your usual. If you wear sweatpants all the time, maybe upgrade to jeans. If you are a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, maybe try on a blazer or a button down shirt with your jeans. You don’t have to go all out or compromise who you are; upgrading your look even just slightly will still send the message, ‘you are the God of the universe and I respect that” and it will still cause a positive effect on your attitude and mindset.
Y’all. I love a good sack dress. There’s nothing better than wearing a sack…except maybe wearing two sacks at one time. The jury is still out on that one. Either way, I’m going to take a moment to humble brag. I made pretty much the most awesome sack dress the other week. Yes, in case you are wondering, that is what I’ve been doing instead of blogging. My apologies. Kind of.
So what makes this sack dress better than all the others? Well, for one, it has ties. That’s right…so, if you don’t actually want to wear a sack, you don’t have to. I’m talking sack to sexy in 30 seconds (or…however long it takes you to tie a knot). Pictures weren’t really doing justice, so I decided to whip out the video camera once more. I didn’t receive any vicious threats the first and second time that happened when I made a Kentucky Derby hat and then promptly turned it into a wreath, so I figured I was safe to try again. I have to say, this one is pretty much up there with Spielberg and Scorsese. With that said, if you don’t see anything when you start the video, put it into full screen mode (do that by clicking on the square icon right of the youtube logo on the bottom of the video screen). Youtube is not playing well with me today.
Have fun watching yours truly model the Tricia dress in three different way. Shop this dress and others here.