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.
A little bit ago (aka: longer than I would like to admit) a good friend texted me this picture with a message along the lines of ‘bought a vintage blanket…do you think we could make this with it??’
Sometime in February I got my hands on the blanket, but not before her dog had a chance to snack on it. Consequently, there was a nice sized hole right in the middle of the stripe pattern. Although the hole presented a design challenge, the dog had the last laugh, because it ended up with a nice matching coat to sport alongside my friend.
Unfortunately, I started taking pictures of the process AFTER I cut up the blanket, so I don’t have any pics of the original blanket as a whole (or, as whole as it could be after a dog attacked it). The blanket was vintage wool and had been repaired several times, hence the weird pink patches. I kind of liked the pink patches, so I did what I could to keep them in the design.
Here’s a little bit of the process:
Due to the hole, the striped area couldn’t be any wider than you see it here. I had to insert side panels because without them, it was feeling a
little bitlot like a straight jacket.
The wool of this blanket was pretty heavy, so finishing the ends without making them look bulky was definitely a challenge (I had to use a heavy duty leather needle just to sew the seams together). I ended up using some scraps from the blue stripe to create an edging. It ended up looking a little crafty and moderately homeless…but in the best way possible.
On the mannequin before I finished all the edging.
A few messy studio selfies were totally needed. I just happened to be wearing jeans and one of my husband’s button down oxfords that day and I actually really liked the outfit as a whole. I’d roll up the jeans a touch and add my brown Simple tennis shoes and totally wear this while doing errands around town.
I would love to be able to get all the previous owners of this blanket together to see it now. How many great stories would come from that?? (I’m mentally filing that idea under ‘future creative projects’)
I had a super narrow strip of fabric left over…which was just enough to make a dog coat (kind of). Because it really doesn’t get better than having a matching cape for your dog too. (side note: in case you’re wondering how this thing stays on…these pics are before I added D rings to the straps.
If the weather stays warm like it has been the last few days, the cape may be set aside until the Fall (which, good news! capes are totally a hot item this coming Fall). Or…if you’re lucky, you might just get to see a fabulous Instagram of my friend and her pooch all decked out. We’ll see. :)
So, in case you’re wondering…yes…I did finally give up sulking about the cold weather and force myself to look at the Fall shows. What I found were some trends that have been enjoying the spotlight for a while (can we say…fur?) and others that were just getting out of the gate. WWD listed several Fall 2015 trends including: capes, fur, anoraks, and folksy looks.
Two trends I am particularly fond of are the 70’s revival and, as this WWD article dubs it, car-wash chic. If you’re like me and are eager to get a head start on looking like a car wash (or diva queen, whichever works best for you) you’re in luck. With Fall being a lot like Spring with all the erratic weather and layering opportunities, there’s no better time than to jump on these trends than now.
Trend: 70’s Revival
The Runway Inspo: Gucci
Sheer blouses, bright colors, and relaxed looks hit the runway for Gucci.
To translate this outfit into something a little more wearable, try keeping a bold color for the top or bottom rather than both. A cropped version of the trouser in a crisp linen pairs perfectly with a sheer blouse for spring weather. Shop it: Trouser, blouse
The Runway Inspo: Chloe
Chloe parades neckties and makes sure everyone knows that corduroy isn’t just a bear. Absolutely loving this blush color.
The Runway Inspo: Jonathan Saunders
Pure colors and subtle prints balance hardworking black bell bottoms at Jonathan Saunders.
Start with a colorful jacket, add a printed blouse, and finish off the look with a sleek pair of denim trousers in a bell bottom style. Budget friendly tip: splurge on nice denim- you’ll wear it from now until next winter. Save money on the brighter pieces that are more memorable. Shop it: Jacket, Blouse, bell bottom
The Trend: “Car-wash Chic”
The Runway Inspo: Rosetta Getty
This simple, yet alluring piece can only leave you wondering…is it culottes? a skirt? a dress? Car wash panels? Whatever it is, I like it.
A black skirt with a slit gives the same impression as multiple panels. Not only does this sweater look impossibly cozy, but you can always pull up the shoulders if it gets a bitty nippy out. Shop it: Skirt, Top
The Runway Inspo: Guy Laroche
If you didn’t understand the whole ‘car wash’ thing you might after seeing this number.
The Runway Inspo: Ryan Lo
This is a pretty funky outfit, and if you’re looking for something bold (but maybe not too eye catching) try the combo below.
Now I need to work on resisting the urge to buy everything cranberry colored and/or cutting slits in all my skirts. What can I say. It’s hard out here for a fashionista.
What’s your favorite Fall 2015 trend you saw hit the runways? I’d love to hear.
I admit, I’m not a big mushroom fan. Whenever I tell people that, they collectively make confused faces and one brave soul will make a comment along the lines of, “…but, but…you’re a vegan.” Yes, and if it surprises you that not all vegans love mushrooms, you may also be surprised to find out that not all gay people have a weird affinity toward rainbows and the color purple. Just think about it.
The reason I stopped eating meat to begin with was because the texture was so revolting. To me, mushrooms have that same chewy, meaty sort of texture that I try to avoid. To incorporate mushrooms into my diet, I usually chop them so finely that you can’t really tell they’re mushrooms or puree them into a paste for ravioli. It wasn’t until a week or two ago that I discovered a way to make mushrooms that I can actually tolerate (although some chopping is involved still).
It all began when I substituted mushrooms for tofu in my usual fried tofu recipe. I like tofu, but I try to limit processed foods as much as possible and I decided to see if mushrooms would be a good substitute. I chopped the mushrooms and then lightly pan fried them twice over adding soy sauce and nutritional yeast the second time. It’s so easy, and yet. so. amazing. I’ve literally eaten mushrooms this way in about two meals a week since then.
Don’t be thrown off by the soy sauce addition. Just because the mushrooms are prepared in soy sauce doesn’t mean they have to be added to only Asian dishes. The soy sauce adds a nice salty flavored and I’ve added these mushrooms to: tacos, pasta, sandwiches, home fries, and stir fries to name a few.
Last night, I made mushrooms to add to a veggie lentil dish I whipped up. Here are the pictures I took along the way:
These were my mushrooms of choice. Portabellas are high in vitamin D, which is not only good for you, but it’s a handy little nutrient that helps keep the winter blues and SAD away.
Chopped mushrooms getting fried lightly on high in extra virgin olive oil. You’ll notice that the sides will begin to get crispy. And, sorry, your stove top will get a little messy in the process.
This is right after adding the soy sauce. I usually put in several tablespoons, although I never actually measure. I don’t have a picture of the completed shrooms (sorry, I was hungry and they were delicious) but they should fully absorb any liquids and by crispy around the outsides. When they are just about finished, add several tablespoons of nutritional yeast and stir (nut yeast + soy sauce gives an almost cheesy flavoring).
My partners in crime. As long as your kitchen has these…thou shalt not want.
I know this sounds crazy, but these are even super delicious in mashed potatoes. Start by making a half or quarter container of mushrooms to test it out. Then slowly add them into different meals. Who knows, you may get someone who hates mushrooms to not only eat them, but enjoy them.
In case you haven’t noticed (or you live in Miami) it’s cold. My phone is reading 1 degree. And that doesn’t even count the wind chill or ‘real feel’. Granted, it is 7am, but something tells me that the temps aren’t going to exactly soar today (that something is specifically a high of 4 degrees in the forecast for today).
As fashion week in New York wraps up, I’ve noticed that I’ve had particular trouble following the shows this time. It’s been really hard getting amped up for Fall clothes when all I want to do is shed my winter clothes and put on something 80 degree worthy. However, seeing as it is only February and I live on the same latitude of Chicago…I’m not putting away my winter clothes anytime soon.
Speaking of winter clothes, I’ve started to notice a pattern in my clothing choices since I’ve been living above the Mason Dixon line. It breaks down something like this:
- October- Fall clothes are exciting again. For one month I get to experiment with new Fall fashions and enjoy new trends.
- November-December- It’s getting colder. Fall clothes are morphing into winter clothes and trends are adjusting (read: I can no longer walk around with my coat over my shoulders…that thing is getting buttoned up).
- January- (More) knits start working their way into the wardrobe, post holidays.
- February- Knits have completely taken over. You have resorted to leaving the house in men’s cashmere sweaters and fleece lined leggings just to stay warm. Muumuus of solid chunky knits are worn no matter how ‘fashionable’ they may or may not be. If you live in Boston, you’ve probably resorted to just wearing straight up blankets around (hint: wool plaid blankets look the best).
So, yeah. Clearly you can see what we’ve come to. Maybe that’s why it was so refreshing to see Tommy Ton’s pictures of street styles from this fashion week in New York and see that even the classiest fashionistas resort to whatever when it gets cold. Here are a couple of my favorites (all photo creds go to the awesome Tommy Ton and Style.com):
If you think this is a joke, it is not. This is my life. See this selfie I took yesterday (pre-finding this pic) for proof.
The minute I find a fabulous knit fabric, I am making this dress…and not taking it off until May.
Weird sweaters get you through the winter.
How to look chic whilst freezing your derriere off: Exhibit A.
Fur and felt are your friends (because it’s good to through some non knits in there every once in a while).
I should really do a whole post on ‘the eyes of fashion week’…because it’s so freaking cold that all you can see on most of these gals faces. Putting on makeup for cold temps is an art to itself (if you don’t believe me, go outside in the blustering snow with normal makeup on and tell you don’t look like a rabid raccoon within 5 minutes).
So, while the ice caps work on freezing themselves back over and you work on not dying (I’m looking at you New England) have a great hump day and stay warm!!
Who says you have to be five to get a Valentine? Here are five (modern, adult) Valentine’s from some of the biggest icons from past and present. Enjoy.
I particularly love the picture of Rihanna throwing mad shade. Which makes me wonder, which holiday does the most shade get thrown around? At any rate, I digress. Here’s to hoping your Valentine’s Day is full of happy glances and lots of chocolate.
I don’t know why wallpaper is so alluring to me, but I just can’t get enough. I’m not going to lie…I have no personal wallpaper pictures to show. Not only do I rent, but I have super tall ceilings and, quite honestly, wallpapering 17 feet (or whatever) is a little more than I want to do knowing that in a year or two I’ll have to take it down (I’d be using temporary wallpaper).
Now that we’ve established my hypocrisy, let’s move on. If you follow me on pinterest and happen to be roving around the pinterestsphere at 6 am this morning, I apologize. I was on a major wallpaper pinning spree and I probably flooded your pin feed without making any room for funny anecdotes, inspirational quotes, and fluffy kittens. My bad. If you missed that, you can check out some of my pins, which are on my ‘home sweet home’ board. All the pictures below can be found on that board, and thus, I have not provided direct links.
There are so many great wallpapers out there and such a wide variety. No matter what your taste is, there is a wallpaper for you. (And if you can’t find one, there are lots of sites that allow you to make your own). I’ve separated them into three categories: modern, traditional, kitsch.
These are your contemporary wallpapers that somehow manage to work beautifully with your west elm filled house.
Grey chevron is like, the. thing. now.
This baby is so hip.
This is great when you’re having dreary weather. I envision it in London townhouse.
Watercolor is really popular right now. I happen to love the brushstroke look of this wallpaper.
Just because you have more of a traditional style, doesn’t mean you get to miss out on all the fun. These updated patterns and sophisticated textures are particularly elegant.
Not quite a chevron person, but you’re still on the grey boat? These classic stripes are simple yet stately.
This dark navy blue grass cloth is obsession worthy. Grass cloth adds a nice, subtle texture to the walls when you want something but a print is too much.
Flora, yes. But this isn’t your momma’s ivy.
This is the new crop of flat out fun wallpaper. I don’t know how you could do anything but smile with these in your house. With that said, they are definitely pretty taste specific (that’s my tactful way of saying, ‘people either really like it or they hate it’).
Want the feel of a mural in your home, but can’t afford an artist? Cue wallpaper: now bringing us affordable murals.
The concept of having a photograph mural as wallpaper could go horribly wrong. Here’s an example of it going in the opposite direction.
Kitschy paper usually shines the best in powder rooms and children’s spaces. Case in point..the cool zebras above.
And, of course, we need to take a moment for my personal favorite: William Morris Wallpaper. If you don’t know who William Morris is, say a rosary (or whatever you do) and read this. To me, his work has the loudness and uniqueness of the kitschy column, but still plays really well with the traditional group. I totally plan on covering every inch of my one day home in William Morris wallpaper. A little too much? Let’s just say it’s very taste specific to me. :)
I don’t believe this was a William Morris original design, but it has the same feel.
Can you believe these were designed in the late 1880’s?
How much fun would this be in a bedroom?
We have an incredible array of wallpaper to choose from nowadays, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t fit your taste. Remember, all wallpaper isn’t meant to live on for decades and decades (think of that horrible border in your grandma’s guest bathroom that needs to go), so if you’re on the edge…just do it. The most you have to lose is some time and money (which is not nearly as bad, as say, your life).