Wednesday, January 9, 2013

And I'm back

A new computer + a new monitor = totally amazing blog posts! Partly due to laziness, partly due to the hectic holidays and overtime, this blog and my readers ( you do exist, right?!) have gone far too long without updates.
A week into the new year, I'm renewed and ready to share the things that make me happy and are inspiring with you!
Happy New Year!
P.S. This post is being sent my phone! Ain't technology grand! ;)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Weekend Project: The Printed Sweater

 
 
 
I've been on the hunt for items to complete my rendition of what I named Kate Spade's nerdy and clever look. Unfortunately, it seems like everyone else in the world is in love with tweed skirts and cardigans because they cannot be found in the thrift stores I went to. And, for the moment, the likely-hood of me spending $78 on a printed sweater is a little slim.

My solution? I decided to make a printed sweater! You read correctly.  Read on for how you can make one for yourself too!
 


 

Supplies:
  • Cardigan Sweater
  • 1/4 yard of fabric in your chosen print (I used quilting cotton, but any type will do)
  • scissors 
  • tissue paper
  • a fabric marking pencil, pen, soap, chalk, marker (I could only find a pencil for the pictures)
  • a marker (not pictured)
  • thread that matches your fabric
  • pins
  • a needle
  • a table
 
1. Create a pattern of the front panel of the cardigan.  Lay out your sweater on the table. Place the tissue paper over the front of your sweater. Trace with a marker the shape of your sweater's front side.
This pattern is needed so we can cut pieces from the fabric that will fit the sweater.
I only traced one side of my sweater to save time and because I decided to mirror the pattern on the printed fabric.
 
 
2.  Cut out your pattern.
Tip: When you cut out your pattern, I recommend cutting a little bit bigger than the pattern you traced to leave room for seams and just in case your tracing was not accurate. A 1/4 inch allowance should be fine.

3. Lay out your printed fabric (front side down) on the table. Place the pattern on the printed fabric.
 
 
4. Pin the pattern to to your fabric.
 
 
5. Trace the pattern on the fabric with your fabric marking tool of choice.
 
 
6. Remove the pins and repeat steps 3 through 6, this time flip the pattern so that your tracing a piece for the opposite side.
 
 
7. With your scissors cut out your pieces from the fabric.
 
 
8. Lay out your sweater on the table. Place one front panel of fabric on the front of your sweater.  My table has very little traction, so I placed a towel on the table for traction. 
 
 
9. Before you pin your fabric to your sweater, fold the edges of the fabric so that any future fraying will not ruin the look of your sweater or the durability.
Tip: It may be easier to use an iron to secure your folded seams. I personally, pinned my seams as I pinned the fabric to the sweater.
 
10. Pin the fabric to your sweater.
 
11. Sew the fabric to your sweater.
 
12. Repeat steps 8-11 for the opposite side of the sweater.
13. Presto! You have a printed sweater that is uniquely yours.
Looking nerdy and clever in my sweater.
 
There are so many great variations of this sweater that can occur. Replace the printed cotton and use silk or satin. Or you could replace the printed cotton with lace, leather or, if you want, faux fur. This little project has many options that could lead to a design that is completely yours.  
 


Adios October!

Where did October go? The month came and went so quickly. On a happy note, Halloween festivities, parties and Sunday brunches filled our weekends, making Seattle feel more like home. Since Halloween was just only yesterday, here's a quick photo spread of the Halloweeny things that we did this past October.
 
We (Ben and I) went to the Undead Prom at the EMP (Experience Music Project). Ben loves zombies. I love getting dressed up. There was a fortune teller, photo booth, hair and make up teams from my favorite salon, Vain, and a bar (of which I enjoyed a lot). We both had an amazing time! 

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I didn't want to buy an expensive prom dress or costume to wear, so I decided to make my own. I went to the thrift store and purchased a shirt and tie for Ben and this dress, for $8.00, for myself.

I turned the dress from this:

 
 
To this:
With the help of my trusty scissors and some purple ribbon, this little dress was just too cute to get bloody in. But where's the fun in that?
Pre-prom photos with matching corsage and boutonniere. Making mom and dad proud.
 
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 As I mentioned from a previous post, I have been working alot lately. Halloween has been on my mind since the beginning of October, but unfortunately, putting aside time to decorate do crafts for my favorite holiday was not possible this year. It was last minute, but I was able to decorate my cubicle.



 
Isn't it cute? I think something is better than nothing. Especially in a place where you spend at least 7 hours a day.
 
I hope your October and Halloween was just as awesome as mine!
 

Monday, October 22, 2012

My Sunday's Bestest

I'm sorry for not posting sooner. My day job has been requiring a little more extra attention lately. In other words: overtime and late nights. I'm not complaining though! I'm very,very, grateful to have a stable job and work for a great company with amazing people. And the overtime does mean a little bit extra money to put towards things on my wish list.
 
Here are three things that I think are the best right now:
These super adorable and colorful house shoes will keep your feet and winter blues away.                                                        
These uber soft and bright ombre throws are perfect for snuggling and napping on the couch.
From West Elm,  Sunset Throws
Want something comforting, warm and healthy? My favorite is this recipe Chili Taco Soup from Skinny Taste.
Do you see a theme with these favorites? I think my subconscious is telling me it's time for a day wrapped in blankets on the couch. *Le Sigh* Someday soon...very soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Crushing Hard on the Animal Sweater

 I'm sure that this is not really that new of a trend, but I can't stop thinking about sweaters that have an animal on them. They have a youthful feel to them, but seem so sophisticated when paired with the tweed skirts, thick tights and a chunky shoe. I think they give off an edgy, but relaxed attitude when paired with dark skinny jeans or leather skinny leggings and black booties. The idea!

Oh Animal Sweater, I think it may be puppy love..

Burberry 2012
Kate Spade in Burberry via
 
 
 
1. Owl Sweater Dress from Asos 2. Samantha Sweater from Tori Burch 3.Hound Sweater from Burberry 4.Owl Sweater from Burberry  5. Joie "Elouisa" Sweater at Nordstroms 6.Sly Fox Sweater from ModCloth
 Are you feeling the love here too?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Anatomy of Style: Nerdy and Clever

You'll find with my blog that I'm a bargain shopper. I love hunting down a deal.  Designer goods are wonderful. They have impectable quality, detail, and workmanship that make it worth the price. Designer collections also provide alot of inspiration. I love Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs, but for me, spending $300 on a dress would be a nice a luxury, although impractical. I could take that same $300 and get shoes, a dress, a couple things for the apartment, and lunch.  

I will still show high end goods, but more as a way to support my vision or as a point of inspiration. For example,  I may include a $400 sweater on a inspiration board or wish list, but don't lose faith in me, I'm actively looking for $30.00 version or a way to make my own.

I'm in love with this Nerdy and Clever look I'd like to attempt this fall/winter. I enjoy creating vision boards for looks or ideas that I'm having. For me vision boards are like shopping/to do lists but made prettier with pictures!
 


1. Hipster Frame - Claire's 2. Rhinestoned Pyramid Stud - Forever21 3. Peter Pan Collar Top -Target 4. Tweed Skirt - Macys 5. Bow Hair Clip - Forever21 6. Rhinestoned Ball Bracelet - Forever21 7. Chevron Cardingan - Nordstroms        8. Dotted Tights - Macys


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Style Inspiration: Nerdy and Clever

It might be because Autumn is here or it might be because September still reminds me of going back to school, but I am just loving the sexy bookish nerd look.
 
A few weeks ago, I was thinking about what will inspire my Fall fashion picks and the first thing that came to mind was the school-girl look. But not Britney Spears school girl, I was thinking more like college bookish nerd. The sexy and smart librarian like..
 
Mary in Party Girl, played by Parker Posey
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Or Jeanette Miller, (the one in purple, for those who never watched the cartoon) of the Chippettes, from Alvin and The Chipmunks:
 
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 One afternoon, I decided to walk into the Kate Spade New York store downtown for a little window shopping dream time. I picked up the following brochure and just fell further in love with my fall fashion inspiration and with Kate Spade.


My favorite from this photo: The dark jeans, orange handbag, and Garance Doré print. via
Isn't this a cute shoot? I love the pink barrete in the nerdy brunette's hair. via

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This photo is my favorite. ♥ the outfit that the girl with glasses is wearing and the jeweled Peter Pan collar on the lbd. via

Doesn't this look just make you excited for Fall and wearing sweaters? Do you have a style inspiration for Fall?