Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sometimes I Make Things!

My best friend got married last weekend, and rather than sticking to tradition and going off some boring ol' registry, I decided to make her a special wedding gift instead. I had some beautiful Amy Butler fabric I had been DYING to use, and it all happened to be in my BFF's favorite shade... PINK.

I flipped through one of my favorite sewing books, In Stitches by Amy Butler, and found an adorable retro apron pattern that was just SEW stylish, and just so Liz.

Here is Amy's creation in the book:

And here is MY finished apron:

I just love the towel holder, which totally comes in handy when you're making messy meals. Red velvet cupcakes anyone??

If I were making this apron for myself (or for someone with a bold personality), I might switch it up and use the louder border material for the center... But my BFF is a little more on the conservative side.

Bows can never be too big, and the nice thing about this one is that it's long enough to wrap around and tie in the front. Sew cute!

The pocket was my favorite part, because this is where I made things really personal...

I printed 9 of my favorite recipes on cute coordinating note cards with adorable scalloped edges like these...

All in all, I absolutely loved the outcome, and I can't wait to make more for other dear friends.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Sklar...

May you live happily ever after!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Grey: The New Black

Now that spring is FINALLY peeking it's little head out from under the clouds and dead leaves of winter, I can finally say goodbye to the gloomy black clothes that have taken up the majority of my closet for months now.

Grey is quite possibly the best transition color for spring, and it's definitely the prettiest shade to flaunt... in the shade... or not.

I am amidst tons of fresh new items that are screaming spring in this wonderful hue. I'm just loving this little grey frock by Knitted Dove. It can be worn with a ballet flat or sandal, or dressed up with a wedge or platform for a night out.

I think it's about time to hang up my big black satchel, and replace it with a heather grey bag like this one from Sabina New York. It's still versatile enough to work with almost every piece in my wardrobe, yet it's not so dark and dreary.

Even my fingernails have made the HAPPY transition from black to grey. I love this shade, Over the Taupe, by OPI. My jewelry though, well... not quite yet.

Boots have always been my go to shoe for winter, but I also love to sport them with sundresses, skirts and rompers in spring. These comfortable suede slip ons by Urban Outfitters brand BDG (a gift from a dear friend) are a perfect transition from my black motorcycle boots.

As I sit here and type this I can barely believe the snow has started to fall again!!!! It's okay though... I have faith that the sun will come out tomorrow, but GREY days will be here to stay.

All photos taken on my iPhone


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Naughty N' Nice

Fendi must have had Mother Goose on the brain in designing these breathtaking high-heel sandals, because they are the epitome of what little girls are made of; Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.

Stripper and Angel collide creating a perfect pump for Spring. The blush suede and tulle add sweet feminine flair, yet the massive perspex platform and the sky high wooden heel bring major edge and sex appeal. Thank you Fendi for keepin' it street.

Sugar and spice and everything nice
that's what little girls are made of
Sunshine and rainbowsand ribbons for hair bows
that's what little girls are made of
Tea parties, lacesand baby doll faces
that's what little girls are made of
- Mother Goose

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pretty in Prints

I'm all about attention grabbing style... standing out in the crowd and stopping traffic. My personal opinion is if you truly identify with the fashion world, then you are probably an individual who doesn't play it safe. Who the hell said "safety first" applied in the magical world of fashion anyway?

Not everyone will love your fashion forward style, but I can assure you, it beats blending in.

I'm loving BOLD prints for spring... Not just sporadically pieced with a neutral outfit to add pop, but pieced together to create an eye-popping look.

Be your own pallete, and have fun with your creations!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Trendspotting: The DON'T that's now a DO.

What used to be considered one of the biggest fashion faux pas is now my favorite feminine look of the season. Yes, that's right, I admit it... I am TOTALLY crushing on SOCKS + SANDALS. Many thanks to NYFW for introducing this look on the spring runways.

If you're a little hesitant to rock the socks, no worries, just start with baby steps in your sandals. Opt for legwear that matches your shoe, or stick with simple prints and neutral tones.

Pair this adorable look with a springy sundress, sexy short shorts, or even a rolled up boyfriend jean, and it's guaranteed to create a knock-your-socks-off effect.

Photo Credit: Burberry


Monday, March 1, 2010

Rock the Runaways' Style

Long before Joan Jett's infectious "I love Rock and Roll" was heard pumping out of jukeboxes and boom boxes galore, Jett was part of a little band called The Runaways. Starting in just their teens, and touring with famous musicians like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick and The Ramones, The Runaways' iconic style helped put them on the map.

Embodying eccentric 70's fashion at it's finest, The Runaways really pushed the envelope. They turned sexy negligee into fashionable daywear, made psychedelic sky-high platforms and leather separates look subtle and safe, and exchanged flower power for bad ass rock-n-roll edge.

The Runaways- 1977

Lucky for all fashionistas living on the fashion forward edge, The Runaways is now a movie, which just made it's big premiere at Sundance. Actress Kristen Stewart, who has notable steal-worthy style, plays Joan Jett, and mini-fashionista in training, Dakota Fanning, co-stars in the film. I cannot wait to endure 105 minutes of fresh iconic style. I just know Kristen will hold it down and keep it street!

It's 1975 and they're about to explode...

With the Rock Redux trend already in full swing, it's not hard to rock this look with pieces you probably already have in your closet. Leggings, uber-high platforms, glitter tops, aviator shades, leather jackets, studded accessories, high waisted denim and blood red lips = the prescription for hard core.