Tag Archives: clothes

We’re Back!

After a much too long hiatus – we are back! And just in time for our favorite season – fall! To kick start our return, we thought we’d show you some inspiration for the upcoming months.

 Braid

Green Nails

Tulle

Black

Foliage

Pumpkin Bread

Prep

Red Lips

Chunky Knits

Coffee in Large Mug

Cones & Candles

Nerdy Glasses

Memorial Weekend sales list!

Three cheers for long weekends, the start of summer, and new additions to your closet. Here’s a list of just a sample of the sales that are happening over the next few days.

And *please* take time to remember what this holiday is truly about.

Summer Style: The Beach Tunic

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I find myself constantly browsing pages and pages of cute new bathing suits and cover ups. I have gone on many beach vacations throughout my life and recently went through some of my old swimwear (some of which was probably was still from high school and well past its expiration date). Therefore, I’m in need of some new suits and cover ups. I love the look of a light tunic that you can pair with a bottom or wear solo. I have been lusting after the Tory Burch tunic for quite some time but unfortunately don’t feel like my current budget can allocate to a $300 cover up (but hopefully someday!). In the mean time, I’ve found some more wallet-friendly alternatives. Wear these on their own to the beach or pool and then throw on some cut-off shorts and strappy sandals when grabbing a bite to eat.

  1. J.Crew Whisper Gauze Beachcomber Tunic
  2. Billabong Fringe Beach Cover-Up
  3. Madewell Lowtide Tunic
  4. J.Crew Feather Paisley Tunic
  5. The Webster for Target Cotton Jacquard Tunic

What’s your favorite type of beach cover up?

Handmade Wardrobe

During my last semester of graduate school I got a sewing machine (which was a wonderful distraction while I was trying not to panic about entering the real world). I have always been a crafty person, growing up with lots of markers, rubber stamps, and other projects (Hannah and I each had official drafting tables that we dubbed our “art tables”) so it was only natural to work in a new medium. I have been knitting for over half my life – it was only a matter of time before adding more textile crafts to my repertoire. My sewing now mostly consists of quilts (you can check out my craft-focused blog here) but I have recently started sewing clothes. Nowadays, so many of the styles that I’m drawn to are fairly simple silhouettes featuring fun prints and bright colors. Why not try making my own clothes? I don’t expect to revolutionize the classic DVF wrap dress, but I think I can handle a simple tank or an a-line skirt.

Armed with lots of inspiration (just search for “handmade clothing” on Flickr), some great resources for instructions (thanks Etsy and YouTube!) and a tight budget, I decided to have a go at garment sewing. I purchased this pattern which came in PDF form (you print the pattern pieces and tape them together), purchased 2.5 yards of fabric (this beautiful flower print voile is by my favorite fabric designer, Anna Maria Horner), and in one afternoon, I made a top that is now in my usual clothing rotation! Hannah bought me this book and it was a great guide – it’ll definitely be my go-to as I learn new techniques.

Do you have a sewing machine, or access to one? If yes, I highly recommend getting acquainted with the wonderful world of garment sewing! One of the best resources I’ve found is the online mecca of tutorials and patterns, Burda Style. It’s a great community with how-to’s, patterns (and reviews) and much more. These are not your grandma’s sewing patterns! There are tons of options, including trendy tunics, cute sun dresses, and even bags.

Here are a few fabrics that I love and think would be perfect for clothes (a simple tank or a sweet skirt, perhaps?) All fabrics can be found on one of my go-to online shops, Hawthorne Threads.

Washi Tape in Beige (Washi by Rashida Coleman Hale)

Starcomb in Silver (Parson Gray by David Butler)

Rivera in Blue (Maya by Leah Duncan)

Mara - Blue (Maasai Mara by Dear Stella House Designer)