Design Studio | Vogue Patterns V9053 | 001

I fell in love with this admittedly cheap but stunning chiffon back when Hancock Fabrics was still a thing not this Michael's buy out that is but a shadow of it's former self. It was on the clearance table and I bought all that was left of it, something between 7 and 8 yards. It has bold vertical stripes and is slightly sheer. I knew I wanted to do a maxi dress with it but kept not making the time for it. I came across the V9053 from Vogue  when I went sewing pattern crazy a few months ago and suddenly half my work was done for me. I’ll be making enough changes to this pattern that it will be more like a cousin to the original although still a very easy sew up.

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Dare180 | Barbara Corcoran

Recently I’ve been giving my library card quite the workout. I’ve been checking out books across many subjects but lately I’ve been reading a lot more on business, negotiating, and marketing. I really feel I could use some help when it comes to self promotion and there is one person that I’ve known of for a long time that gets it right.

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Workdrobe | Part 1

For the first month and a half of this year I could be found wearing the same black cowl neck sweater and grey pants every. damn. day. I didn't care about my "fashionista" rep being ruined or if people were beginning to worry about my sanity. All I know is that the last thing I wanted to think about in the morning is what to wear to work and I was comfortable and presentable.

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Hair Rehab: Wash Day

One of the things that turned my hair care life onto a new path paved with the promises of fewer tangles and a quicker more thorough cleanse was washing my hair in sections. Not just any sections but two stranded twisted sections. I call them celies and they are the best things I’ve done for my hair in the last nearly two years.

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Hair Rehab: Check In January 2018 ( No Length Check)

I really thought I was going to straighten my hair, whip out the length check t-shirt, and log me celebrating reaching the number 5 mark. However, I decided that my hair could use a longer break from styling and manipulation. Partly because 1.) I don’t feel like straightening it and 2.) because I really don’t feel like straightening it. That’s the beauty of being in full control of your hair care and not letting your hair care control you.

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PIH Showdown: Week 2

Overall the tone is starting to even, especially the darker patches at my cheek bones; and the darker spots are beginning to fade but are still quite noticeable. I noticed that on the few days I’ve worn foundation that they were very easy to cover which is a sign to me that the pigment staining isn’t very deep.

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Sewing Goals for 2018

I may come to regret this post but my ultimate hope is that sharing my plans here with you will help me stick to them. I’ve got plans that are already listed on the design studio page, but I have so many more in the pipeline that I’m beginning to wonder if I’m biting off more than I can chew. I’m going through what is can be best described as a personal style metamorphosis, but the worst and probably most accurate way to describe it is as a personal style cry for help.

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Soul Candy 005 | Happy Birthday to Me!

Though we just had a global new year birthdays are your own personal new year. This past year was a time when I decided to start working concertedly to protect my peace and only do and surround myself with people and things who: are truly meaningful to me, add to my joy, and help keep me grounded. It hasn't always been easy but I finally have come to a place where I have no shame in putting myself and my sanity above everything else.

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Book Review: Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers

This is the book that I should have had when I was in design school. Technically a textbook this book was developed and written by two women, Julie Cole and Sharon Czachor, who teach professionally at Harper College in Illinois. What makes this book better than any instructional sewing book that I’ve come across so far (and I’ve read dozens) is that it takes into account not just the how but the why. It discusses pattern development and helps guide the reader to picking the best technique for the job at hand. This may seem obvious which is probably why it is too often omitted from most sewing books, especially for those geared towards the casual sewist.

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Happier Underarms: A Beauty Routine

It may seem strange to some that I have a whole beauty routine solely for the skin on my underarms, but those who know what it’s like to have aggravated, irritated, mean looking underarms that get splotchy, red, or hyperpigmented will understand where I’m coming from. Over the years I’ve developed a routine that keeps my sensitive skin happy and as calm as possible.

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