Originally, I had planned to fill my sketchbook with designs before I started attempting to draft patterns. But, well, let’s just say I got impatient and jumped ahead a little. (Sidenote: Impatience and procrastination are my dueling downfalls.) I had fairly good reasoning for it, I think. My imagination was coming up with ideas I could never create a pattern for, so I figured I’d better get started on the basics so I could get better.
Anyway, I spent the day (well, a good chunk of it) creating a pattern and sewing a muslin. First attempt = 60% success.
Recently my sister asked me to put together a week’s worth of outfits using basic pieces so she could have a better idea of what to look for when she went shopping. We talked about what her style was, what she’d like it to be, what stores she loved, her work-appropriate attire, etc, and I went to town. First I thought of a few pieces I knew she would need and built from there. Before I knew it I had 14 items of clothing and had put together 33 outfits!
For starters, here’s my collection using Polyvore. Over the next several days I’m going to post a few variations I came up with. I had way too much fun doing this. Now I want to be a personal shopper! Every girl’s gotta dream!!
Wardrobe basics for a classic style:
Every year around this time I start getting the New Year’s bug. No, it’s not the latest terrifying, everyone’s-gonna-catch-it-and-die super flu. It’s just a feeling I get that makes me want to revamp something in my life. To change something for the better. Frankly, I’m awful at resolutions. I have yet to really stick to a single NYE resolution I’ve ever set. But I definitely get the itch to make some changes in my life. And it seems like one of them is going to be to fully set up my office. I finally cleaned it (a big step for me), and now I’m dying to paint it. But I need help.
I’m no good at picking paint colors. The color I picked for my living room didn’t turn out the way I thought it would at all, even though I painted a swatch on my wall. So I’m a little gun shy. Right now, I’m trying to decide between a turquoisey/tealy color and a rich, medium grey color.
The coloring is a bit off in these photos. The rest of the room will have white trim and shelving. And I’ll likely go for yellow accents. I think I’m leaning toward the grey, but that blue/green is one of my favorite colors, too. I just don’t want to be overwhelmed with color and end up hating it. Am I just being a wuss? Is the blue vibrant and fun, or is the grey chic and modern? Please. Help!
It’s almost crunch time! Hopefully most of you have your Christmas shopping done. Or at least nearly done. Now all that’s left is to wrap it all up. I know growing up my mom would stay up all hours of the night in a gift-wrapping fury. Wrapping gifts is actually one of my favorite things to do. My husband may think wrapping it in newspaper or, even worse, the plastic bag he brought it home in, will suffice. But I love adding interest to gifts. Even a less-expensive gift can be really special if properly packaged. It just shows you care enough to take a little extra time.
Here’s a few ideas I’ve fallen in love with.
One of the things I’m most looking forward to in 2012 is the opening of the new City Creek Center opening in March. In addition to several exciting stores, Utah is getting its first Tiffany & Co. jewelry store. The Tiffany & Co. store will be opening on March 21, 2012 and will have everything from the traditional men’s and women’s jewelry as well as pieces for the home, like china, crystals, baby and accessories.
I know diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’ve got my eye on the Tiffany Locks bracelet. Definitely wouldn’t mind finding that hanging from my Christmas tree this year.
If you need to do some last minute shopping for the holidays, you can shop at www.tiffany.com during the holidays for yourself or for gifts for family and friends. Check out some holiday gift ideas here: http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/CategoryBrowse.aspx?cid=717143&mcat=148207&hppromo=THPC84
(Tiffany & Co. contacted me to help spread the word about their first store coming to Utah and I was happy to oblige, because who doesn’t love Tiffany?! They’ll be sending me more updates as March approaches, so stay tuned if you love Tiffany & Co., too.)
I’m selling eternity scarves (cowls) crocheted by yours truly so I can save up and buy a big girl DSLR camera. They’re $30 a piece. I only have a few colors right now, but if you’re interested in a specific color, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a bunch of colors to choose from.
And to make up for the shameless self plug above, enjoy this Christmas picture. Most of the apparel girls and our poor, outnumbered boss.
I signed up for a couple classes t the community college. Fashion Illustration and Pattern Drafting Essentials. I’m ridiculously excited. I’ve been wanting to take some of the fashion design classes at SLCC for a while now. I start next month. Woo!
I’ve been completely obSESSed lately with bright red nails and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect shade. I’m very picky about it, too. I didn’t want one that was too orange or too purple or too pink. I just wanted a true, deep, bright red color. And I think I’ve found it.
It’s called “Forever Yummy” by Essie. I know, cheesy name. But look at that red. It’s practically perfect! And perfect for the season. This red will definitely be on my hands and feet through the New Year. And let’s face it, nothing makes toes a little more bearable like bright red nail polish, right?
What nail polish are you obsessed about right now? Any new colors or trends you love?