Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Green with Envy

Wow! I am blown away by how many likes I've been receiving in the first 24 hours of posting a Facebook page to make it easier to follow this blog - so thank you! If you haven't yet, and want to keep up-to-date on my posts like here and you'll be a gem in my book :) Ps. I'm waiting to hear from Allison Christians to see who won her photo shoot, and who's the lucky person getting a turban headband.

I am gearing up for a vacation week starting on Saturday that's going to bring me to a week-long cottaging family reunion celebration, followed by my first trip to the big city - New York City! So as you can imagine, there is quite a bit of packing to be done. Especially since these two trips, one right after the other, have vastly different dress codes. I'll be packing comfy layers for the cottage, and easy pieces that can be paired with some fun statement accessories or jackets for the city. And don't get me started on shoes... there are too many shoes to pack. Packing, I think at least, is something everyone struggles with - having too little or having too much, or not quite being prepared. So be on the look out for my packing list in the next couple days.

On to the outfit! Let me tell you how ecstatic I was when I found this skirt. There are a lot of different lengths of skirts, from mini, to midi, to maxi - but I have to admit that the midi is my absolute favorite. Being taller and a more curvy physique these skirts help draw attention to your strengths. You want the skirt to hit at your natural waist, which is a few inches below the smallest part of your torso, and then they are especially flattering paired with a little heel. This helps elongate the bottom half of your legs, and make the skirt look even more fantastic! You may not have noticed my favorite part of the skirt... but there is a double slit as well, which makes it feel more youthful and fun. I paired it with a form-fitting top that I made myself and cut-out thick heels from Cat Footwear (they have great boots!)

Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Top: Made by me
Shoes: Cat Footwear
Photography by Allison Christians Photography

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY: Turban Headband and GIVEAWAY!

 During the summer, an easy way to keep myself cool and hair off my face are headbands. I love the look of the turban headband that's in style these days, because it adds some nice shape without over-taking your head:) Also, headbands are SUPER easy to make and customize for your own interests - so I'm sure there will be plenty of more headband DIY's on the blog in the future.

But, good news - I'm sharing the love, because I want to introduce you to someone pretty awesome, my sister,  Allison Christians. She is the lovely lady who makes me look good in a lot of these pictures because she is an amazingly talented photographer. And to show my appreciation for her, if you go to her Facebook page here, and like her page and comment on her giveaway post, you can win a personalized one-of-a-kind turban headband from me delivered to you! If you're in the correct area, you could also win a photography session from her - which is an even cooler prize:)

But... if you don't end up winning it though, you can follow my 
DIY instructions below to make your own ;)

Two contrasting printed fabrics - you don't need much, could be scraps! It's best to use a soft jersey, or a lightweight synthetic to keep the band from becoming to bulky
1 skinny hair tie


  Match the right sides together or one pattern to the other pattern and sew sides down, leaving ends open.
Turn inside out and fold and iron down the raw edges that you left open.
Sew "A" end to "B" end - the, looping "C" and "D" through the loop you made by sewing "A" and "B" together, sew "C" and "D" together.
This should create a knot type appearance.
Lastly, fold and sew the two ends of the band over around the hair tie to make one big circle, and finish your headband!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TBT: My First Photo Shoot

I can't believe that this shoot was almost five years ago! Looking through these photos has been a great reminder to me for a couple reasons. First, you should always, always, always push yourself to do what you want to do. It took some motivating from lots of friends to convince me to do this shoot, but in the end, I had to make it happen - I had to organize, gather props, set up hair, and find the location. It took a lot of work, and while it didn't just land in my lap - I did have a lot of resources and friends around me who were eager to help. I think that's the case for most people - friends and family want to see you succeed, and they will do what they can to help you get there - so don't be afraid to ask! Second, it's amazing to see how far you've come in such a short period of time like five years. While we can often get stuck in having things not happen right away or easily (a year or even a month can seem like a really long time!) its a good reminder to be patient. Because things will change - and when you look back, the time it took to get there seems short and insignificant.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Styling Boyfriend Jeans: Casual


For the longest time I kept looking through Pinterest, and style blogs, amazed at how effortlessly chic all these women looked in boyfriend jeans. For awhile I was under the false impression that it worked for them because they were tall and skinny, and that these kind of jeans would not look good on a curvier body frame, but I was SO WRONG.  This summer,  I finally found a pair that I love, and I can't stop wearing them. So over the next few weeks, be on the look out for ways to style your boyfriend jeans, without looking like a shapeless boy.

My first boyfriend jeans style look is a more casual look. Paired with a brightly printed tee -  that is more fitted, gives you some body shape in the top. I like to pair my boyfriend jeans' outfits with chunky necklaces to give a more feminine appeal to the look as well. Typically, I like to wear wedges or heels with my boyfriend jeans to elongate your legs in a straighter/looser fit jean, but I really liked these ballet flats and since their nude they can easily blend in with the outfit.

There's a couple DIY posts coming from this outfit as well. Be on the lookout for a how-to on my color-blocking tote, and color-blocking bracelet!

Tee: J-crew
Necklace: Goodwill
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flats

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pineapple Days | Fashion DIY

As evidenced by my previous blog inspiration post, I have been recently inspired by the delectable freshness of fruit. When I saw this fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. I wanted to add a little bit of glam to the shirt, and maybe you can't see it, but I selected about ten pineapples to outline in gold sequins. Doing this, really dressed up the shirt, and made it feel a little more mature. (It also made me love sequins so much more, and made me realize just how easily they can be used!)
Keep scrolling to see how to DIY your own Pineapple Days T-Shirt.

1. 1 yd of knit/jersey fabric
2. Sequins
3. 2 yds of bias tape
1. Sew side seams, shoulder seams, and arm sleeves right-sides together. 
2. Turn sleeves right side out, and match arm sleeve to side-seam of shirt, pin together and sew armhole to sleeve.
3. The easiest and cleanest way to finish rounded edges like arm and neck holes is with bias tape.
4. Finish bottom hem by folding over twice to cover raw edges.
5. Select the pineapples, or fruit, or print you wish to sequin-ify, mark them with pins so you know where you will be sewing, and begin hand sewing them on.
Yes, I can be a little sassy in my pineapple tee.

Photography: Allison Christians Photography
Jeans: Joe's - Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Naturalizers

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Fruit DIY Inspiration

One of my favorite parts about summer is the abundance of fruit. Fruit salads at family barbeques, strawberries and blueberries are in season, ice cream and pies with fruit.... fruit everywhere. It is the juiciest and sweetest time of the season for fruit, but lately I have been seeing fruit in other places other than the farmer's market. Ironic fruit prints are on the runway, sidewalks, and in window displays. It's a fun way to bring bright colors into your wardrobe, in big or small prints, depending on how daring you are.  The fruit I've been seeing has been inspiring me to find the perfect fabric for my own deliciously inspired DIY style project. Be on the lookout for it next!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Window of Opportunity: Refashion DIY

A few weeks ago I was able to visit one of my favorite Michigan lake side towns with my mom. The main reason I suggested visiting this particular town was because of a little antique store I had been to a few years ago, and had always wanted to go back. I wanted to go back, because in one stuffed corner there are stacks of rubber-maids filled with antique trims, fabrics, laces, and much much more. And guess what.
Look closely...


Yup. That ^ = That v 

Hanging on a rack of old notions and draperies was this old set of kitchen window curtains. Weird,  I know, I'm wearing curtains. But I loved the pattern and the crocheted detailings - it reminded me of something I would see in Anthropolgie (A DIY store heaven), and I thought there was some potential in those old drapes. Call me Sister Maria Von Trapp, but I think she was on to something.

Check out the pattern I used below to transform this into skirt.

Like the photography you see here? Yeah, me too - this lady knows how to make me look good. Check out Allison Christians Photography - I don't think you'll be disappointed, there's usually way to many cute babies on her blog.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going to Market | Salutations Shirt DIY

Discovering new and beautiful places in my city has been a goal of mine since moving back. So it was great to finally be able to check out the downtown market that I had heard so much about. While it's no Pike Place Market.... there was still an abundance of fresh fruit, vegi's, and blueberry donuts!
After picking up some groceries at the market, we headed across the highway to a big old warehouse building that hosts multiple, amazing, antique stores. I found some great things there that hopefully you will be able to see in future diy posts.
Since I like to think that I'm still "new" to this city, I thought that this t-shirt diy would be a great casual outfit for my day at the market. It makes me look friendlier, right? Check out my supply checklist and instructions below on how to make your own "salutations shirt"

Supplies Checklist:
  •  plain white tee
  • sequin ribbon - separate sequins are fine too if you're up for the extra time sewing them down!
  • matching thread
  • hand sewing needle
  • print out of salutations desired
Instructions: Before beginning to sew, cut out the word you want to use and pin it to your shirt in the place you desire it to be. After pinning, lightly outline in pencil so you see a faint line to follow when you're sewing your sequins down.