Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sweetheart


Happy Sunday my dears.  I had the craziest and most eventful weekend ever, capped off with me dropping my camera AND my iPhone getting run over in the middle of South Street in Philadelphia. Yea, both of those happened. What was going on with me you might ask? Distractions from the worries of life I guess, but I feel silly even writing it. I have air in my lungs, my loved ones are healthy and a roof over my head. What is more important? Nothing. It's hard to remember that sometimes, but it's true.

I ALSO have this adorable dress which I'm in love with right now.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interlude


This is only going to be a one-picture kind of post. I know it's bit of a departure, but I just wanted to share this look with you guys because I'm really proud of it. I made this entire 2-piece set from scratch. Just me, my sewing machine and patterns I made by hand for the lining and the shell. It took me a little while and my seam-ripper saw a lot of action. But I did it.

It's not perfect - my skills as a seamstress aren't where I want them to be yet, which was honestly why I didn't take more photos tonight - but I still feel extremely proud. Because I remember not too long ago when I first sat down at my sewing machine and I actually cried in frustration. Multiple times. I mess up constantly, but I keep going.

I love the process of creating and I also love having the small clothing line I debuted last fall. In that process, I sketched and was hands on, but did not do the construction myself. Going forward, my work will probably land somewhere in the middle. I can't say for sure I want to be making every piece I do, but I can say I absolutely WILL KNOW how to do it and get to a point where I know I COULD do it all myself if I needed. I also can't say anything definitively about the future because I'm still figuring it out for myself. But I hear and appreciate your feedback, so it's always welcome.

For now, I'll be celebrating this little accomplishment and looking toward the future.

** Just fyi, as I go, these pieces will not be for sale unless otherwise stated. I am in the process of learning and am practicing on myself and my friends. At this point however, I won't release anything until I feel it's up to certain standards. **

Hope you're having a great week!

Skirt Set: Made by me (yay!)
Shoes: Anna Michelle
Bag: Michael Kors

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Festival Style



With Coachella just around the corner, I've been seriously inspired by Festival style lately.

Dominated by easy 70's styles and a boho-chic vibe, Festival style has become super popular lately and can be seen almost everywhere.

Like most girls, I'm currently OBSESSED with everything Forever 21 is doing right now. Especially their swimsuit game. Honestly, no one is doing it better right now and that says a lot.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Springing Forward, Flashing Back



Happy Tuesday everyone. I know we are all so ready for spring to ACTUALLY be here on the East Coast. Little by little I'm seeing more people wear skirts and trench coats and flats and all of those fabulous pieces of clothing that signal warmer days, the return of greenery and that overall feeling that the dark days of winter are done.

This outfit also reminds me of a grown up version of my old school uniforms. It brought back a ton of memories. I actually wore it a few weeks ago when we had that first warm weather day, but I am only getting the chance to share it now.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My feature in Canada's DARE Magazine


I'm so excited to share the new spring issue of Canada's Dare Magazine featuring me and some of my favorite clothes for the Spring season.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Lane Bryant/Isabel Toledo Fashion Show


Last night was the runway debut of the Isabel Toledo collection for Lane Bryant and it was such a fabulous night. The fashion was just stunning and it was so great to be part of such an electric night.

Many of my friends worked the runway and looked beautiful in the pieces. Isabel has designed for huge celebrities and made the famous coat and dress set that Michelle Obama wore during the president's first inauguration. To see her designing true high fashion for an affordable plus line is just such a great moment.

You can shop some of the Isabel Toledo looks in store and at LaneBryant.com.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Styling for Custom Plus



I am SO excited to tell you guys about my latest project styling for the awesome custom T-shirt company, Custom Plus, for their spring campaign.

I've long been a fan of Custom Plus and have worn their stuff tons of times and even done their campaign as a model (which you can see here if you're interested). I love that they cater to sizes 0-5X so there truly is something for everyone.

But with there more recent collections, they are going to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL so I was so excited when the founder Grisel Paula asked me to come on board to style their latest shoot.