I feel like I've been given this reminder a lot lately. Maybe it's time I become a little less hesitant. Risking can be terrifying...or courageous and so worth it. I'm hoping for a braver self + watching where that takes me.
This weekend, it'll be a hodgepodge of designing + friends + a solo dance party + hopefully an ecstatic amount of love.
Much of my work is based on custom orders for clients who want something exclusive to their hopes + vision, particularly for brides. And this is where I step in. So when I recently got a request from a bride on the East Coast to recreate the headpiece (but in blush pink) that Carrie wore to a wedding in the movie, Sex and the City 2, I was up for the job. (Disclaimer: Don't hate, but I am not a Sex and the City watcher, so I had to spend an unusually exorbitant amount of time googling this + related images to get me in the loop.)
To reinvent this, I sourced embroidered lace, hand dyed it naturally ( with strawberries!), and sewed the layers together to create the crown shape.
It was a real pleasure working with this client + bride-to-be (I've actually been pretty damn lucky with the brides I've worked with... no bridezillas, ever.) This gal was enthusiastic, relaxed, and gave me creative freedom with this piece... making me one happy girl.
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With Memorial Day + the mad rush into Summer right around the corner, I thought this nifty Lemonade DIY would be the perfect introduction. What a great idea for a party or to have out when a few friends stop by. Drink up!
This weekend a friend is in town from Denmark, so we'll be hanging with him and hopefully grabbing a yummy meal at one of my favorite restaurants. On the side, I'll be finishing up this next batch of orders and then will allow myself a little bit of time to sit on the patio, under the sunshine, with a cup of tea, a book, and the dog beside me.
Have a sweet one, friends.
I like to wear dresses (a lot). But I have friends who never do, except for really special occasions or maybe first dates. So that got me thinking... if you were going on a first date and wanted to wear a dress,which one of these would you choose?
I think I'd try on 5, then jump to 6, and then end up walking out the door wearing 3 at the last minute (and save 6 for date two.). I'm normally not one to spend more than 10 minutes getting ready for anything, but first dates were a different story altogether.
These days, I like to pretend that everyday is a first date- choosing any of the above + adding my own swing to them. But the husband really just prefers me in dickies and a t- shirt- no frills. Go figure.
This weekend I'll be in project mode, as friend Steph calls it, mixing it up between orders (including a really unusually awesome custom bridal headpiece... more on that later.) and finalizing details for the Fall/Winter designs. I think I'll also take Mars the Dog for a nice walk up to the Rose Garden + people (and dog) watch.
But, for now, for the mothers + mother figures of both humans and non-human animals, alike... I wish you a love fest from those around you on Mother's Day + beyond.
She's so wonderful. Have you seen Parks and Recreation? I'm re-watching the earlier seasons and I'm constantly chuckling. She's a great woman, that one. (AND she's from my home state of Massachusetts... what's not to love?)
Sometimes I wonder if my friends + family would just rather I not get their children gifts because nine times out of ten I'll buy something educational or art oriented or (mostly just) a toy not requiring batteries or remote control. I dig the wooden ones with natural dyes + paints. Besides, there's also just such a sense of nostalgia in wooden toys and I can't break my love for them. Here are some neat ones I found here + there.
My favorite toys as a child were chalk boards, juicy markers, and things with buttons. Oh, and my Strawberry Shortcake doll that blew strawberry kisses. And a Big Wheel. Okay, and forts.
What were yours?
This weekend, I'll be finishing up on some custom orders. But I'll also be encouraging myself to play hooky + take a drive down the coast to visit with friends. The sunshine is kind of dancing today. I like that.
Have you noticed the insane variety of stylin' outfits floating around? I'm a picker and chooser- which means I don't typically aim to recreate an exact outfit I see, but certain parts of them might woo me. In this more delicate version of a tomboy, for example, I really like the blouse + dark cuffed jeans + the red lipstick. So then, for my own personal aesthetic, I'd likely switch out the shoes + purse + jewelry. But I thought it might be fun to lay out a recreation of this outfit so you can pick and choose for yourself. What catches your eye?
New + Pricey...
Vintage + A Happier Wallet...
I'm thinking of making this into a blog series... switching it up with a totally different outfit each week. Let's see if I can get my act together for this.