I am 3+ weeks into this isolation thing and pretty sure at this point I am corona free. Week 1 of social distancing saw me driving 2000 miles for a work trip where I was essentially alone except for a few food, gas, and restroom breaks. Made record time getting to my various destinations too, since the highways weren’t crowded at all. And while I feel very fortunate to be able to work remotely week 2 & 3 have convinced me I am less busy when I work from my office then when I work from home.
If I put aside the fears, disappointments, and uncertainty that accompany this pandemic I am actually enjoying having more time to garden, cook, read, and spend time with my family. I have also been spending a LOT of time on the web (which I am grateful has enough bandwidth to support what seems like the entire country watching ‘Tiger King’ at the same time). Here are a few things that have kept me from going a stir-crazy over the last week. Here’s hoping one or two will do the same for you…
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Spend some time virtually strolling in these beautiful gardens– my garden doesn’t come close
Summer officially begins on Friday, which means it’s travel time for me! I’ve got three weekend trips planned and I hope to get away with bringing nothing more than an overnight bag for each. Mix-and-match outfits, some lip gloss, and a good book are about all I need – besides a loved one or two – to enjoy my time away…
My second adventure is taking me to Denver to spend time with two of my favorite peeps, where we’ll tune in and turn on at the Dead & Co show, followed by a day enjoying Mother Nature at Garden of the Gods. Since my flight doesn’t leave til late Monday night I am going to play solo tourist and check out some art and some books at the Denver Art Museum and the Tattered Cover Bookstore…
Finally, at some point before Labor Day I’m going to make it to Charleston for a long weekend. I’d like to spend the time exploring the architecture and cemeteries through walking tours, drop in at SCAD, get some tan time in at Folly Beach, and visit the basket ladies at Charleston City Market…
How about you? Any travel plans for the summer? Do you like to visit new places when you go on holiday or do you stick with the tried-and-true spots that make you feel nostalgically happy? Drop me a line…..I’d love to know.
This weekend I celebrated another birthday. I’ve never been a big party kind of person and prefer a more intimate day spent with those I love, sharing some laughter and a tasty home-cooked meal followed by the sweetest store-bought birthday cake I can find. One personal birthday tradition I have kept for many years is to wear something special to remind myself of how much I love clothes and dressing for an occasion (previous birthday outfits hereand here).
My husband, who knows I’ve developed a bit of pinball obsession, surprised me with a trip to an area arcade I had no idea existed. Best gift ever! We were the first customers of the day and had our choice of hundreds of machines, all in great working condition. We lost track of the time and finally called it quits when our wrists hurt so baldy we couldn’t play anymore. In keeping with my birthday outfit philosophy, and having an inkling of where we might be going, I dressed accordingly.
I’ve already shown you how to re-createsomebold floral and bright looksfrom the Spring 2018 runways. Clever me – today I’m combining those trends to show you a few more ‘bright patterned’ looks that would all be super easy to make. In terms of sewing expertise, the off-the-shoulder top and pants require at least moderate skills, being the only garments made from more than rectangles and straight sewing lines. Add a fun pair of kicks and you will be ready for anything from shopping with your friends to dancing under the stars with your boo!
Last week I re-created a few Spring 2018 bold floral looks (here). Next up – the brights! You really can’t go wrong with a bright piece of fashion regardless of season. I say this as a women who has never met a black garment she didn’t like, or buy.
Each dress would be fairly easy to make but would require minor pattern changes prior to cutting to achieve optimal effect. The orange linen midi wrap dress needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased to make the belt. The blue dress requires no pattern alteration but does need extra fabric, cut on the bias, to create the neck band, tie, and horn tassels. Like the orange warp midi, the hot pink gown also needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased for the neck scarf. During assembly, make sure to allow for that sexy front (or side) slit. All you need to finish off these dresses are a pair of statement earrings, a luxe lipstick, and a pair of jeweled sandals or ankle-wrap heels to stand out in a black-clad crowd!
Spring is almost here, which means I am ready to switch out my warmest sweaters and coats with light, fresh summertime dresses and getting the itch to re-create some of my favorite Spring 2018 runway looks.
Each spring and fall I feature ways to re-create the top runway looks (past recreations can be found here, here,here and here) through sewing and some accessory purchases. Some of the hottest trends this spring include boldly colored graphic prints, checks, sorbet and pastel colors (especially lavender), fringe, and florals (my favorite trend of all).
I plan on making at least one version of the Vanessa Bruno gown for the summer. Not only is this a garment that could hide all flaws, it would also be the perfect garment for a beginner sewer to attempt. Honestly, it would probably take someone longer to pin snd cut the pattern than to sew it.
The Cushnie et Ochs and Alice & Olivia recreations require a bit more sewing skill but would be well worth the effort to make. How cool would that Cushnie et Ochs dress and a moto jacket look paired together? Or mixing a floral moto jacket with faded jeans, a tank top, and strappy heels for a rocking night out on the town? The possibilities are only limited by your creativity, personal style, and flowers of choice!
I just celebrated another birthday and had a really great time. Since the date fell on a Friday – yeah Capricorns! – I turned my day into a 72-hour celebration instead.
My actual birthday was spent receiving calls from my loved ones who each sang me ‘Happy Birthday’. On the way home from work I took a detour to see ‘I, Tonya’ (which was fantastic). I came home to some snail mail cards and a beautiful bouquet from my son and his girlfriend. Funny story there – unbeknownst to my son, the florist was his 3rd grade teacher who was thrilled one of her students was sending flowers to his momma. My day ended with the perfect gift from my husband – a SpaFindergift card (Tiba NUhere I come).
And Sunday? Well, Sunday was football playoff day and my team – the Philadelphia Eagles – romped their way to a Super Bowl berth! I’ve been waiting a long time for my Iggles to have a season like this and they have not disappointed me (or the rest of their fans) yet. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the next year of my life…
Part of my deep dive into ‘all things Andy’ led me to the legend ofStudio 54. Opened in 1977, the club quickly became world-famous for its celebrity guests, hedonistic atmosphere, and flagrant drug use. The club served as a second home to Warhol and his stable of Polaroid ‘one-name’ celebrities like Liz, Mick, Elton, Dali, Bowie, Liza, Truman and Jackie. Big stars to be sure, but to my way of thinking no one was more beautiful and happening than 54’s three ‘it’ girls: Bianca, Jerry and Diane.
To this day I still think these women remain as beautiful, intelligent and relevant as they appeared back in the day. Bianca was the exotic one, married to the King of Rock and always holding court at a VIP table. Diane was the sly bohemian, running her dress empire by day and surrounded by powerfully rich men at night. Jerry was the wild-spirited Texan never far from a bottle of bubbly or fun.
I can’t think of a modern day equivalent to Studio 54, but if such a club existed I can easily picture Bianca regally sitting there while Diane discusses business and art with the Davos set and Jerry flirts and laughs the night away, all while wearing the following…
Each season I feature ways to re-create my favorite runway looks (my 2016 recreations can be found here,here and here). Some of the hot trends for Fall 2017 include fringe, checked fabrics, velvets, midi length skirts and dresses, broad shoulders and the color grey – all featured above. After countless hours spent viewing the shows from New York, Milan, London and Paris I keep coming back to the fashions created by Lela Rose, Victoria Beckham, Christian Siriano, Isabel Marant and Michael Kors.
Any of the ‘3 Midi’s’ pictured above (all from Michael Kors Fall 2017 collection) would be easy to sew and flattering to almost everyone. Of course, some basic pattern alteration would be required (either by extending hemlines and/or altering the skirt side seam angles) but anyone with moderate sewing skills could easily make the changes before cutting out the pattern. After you’ve finished the garment accessorize as you see fit and you’ll be ready to rock fall…