6 Things You Should Know

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Participating in this blog link-up thing today because Rylee nominated me and if that isn't the biggest compliment ever, I don't know what is! ha so here we go you guys..
1. spill. what's your guilty pleasure? 
Lately diet soda. Guys I hate myself for this! I have never been into diet soda or soda in general until like the past month. But those darn Frescas at Brick Oven have got me hooked. Also Tinder, We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus (not the music video, yuck), and sleeping in big t-shirts with no pants on. hahaha you know we all do it. 

2. hurry, take a quick piccy of your outfit today! name your favorite thing about what you're wearing or give us a little note about your personal style and what it means to you. 

Oh look at me trying to be all nonchalant or something. haha I'm cringing at myself, but this is what I wore today and this dress holds a special place in my heart because it was one of the first dresses I made that I actually liked how it turned out.
3. any beauty secrets you're currently loving? 
Ok so you know how you use that eyelash curler thing before you put on mascara? Well I recently figured out that if you heat it up first using your blow dryer (or straightener, or whatever's plugged in) then it will work a million times better. And this matters because properly curled eyelashes look SO much longer. I have been asked if I have fake eyelashes so many times lately and I swear it's because of this.
4. who has been the most inspiring person for you? why? 
I'm going to switch this question up a little bit because I cannot decide between my brother and my parents so instead I am going to say 5 bloggers that inspire me. I figured other bloggers would be more interested in reading that anyways. 
+ Grace. You know how there are those blogs where you just get so excited to get an update from? That is Grace's blog for me, this girl is amazing. Her photography is amazing, she's a pre-med/down to earth/model-look-alike all wrapped up into one and she had the most amazing wedding dress ever. 
Barefoot Blonde. Amber is completely gorgeous, I think that part can go left unsaid. But she also responds to every. single. comment left on her blog! Or most of them at least. Guys her blog is huge, that takes a lot of time and dedication and I just think it's really cool. Shows that she's aware of her readers. 
Rylee Blake. No it's not because of this award, she was already definitely on my list of top 10 favorite blogs. Why? Because she's so freaking real. Reading her blog is like talking to your best friend, it's awesome and so refreshing. I also love that she always has a "share the love" kind of attitude. If she knows something, she's going to share it. She doesn't keep all her amazing blog design knowledge to herself and I really appreciate that.   
Cirque Du Bebe. Ok this girl, loove everything she makes. Sophie has a definite eye for design and her Tania Culottes make me seriously consider making some of my own. (Something I never thought I would say. But hey I said that with skinny jeans too so I guess that's not saying much.)  

5. favorite song off the top of your head. don't think about it. just go (and provide a link if you can)! 
Royals by Lorde thanks to the lovely CasiDee

6. what's a personal trial that you've had to overcome? 
I have a really hard time letting people into my life. I get scared so I put on a front, push people away, pretend to be real, you know the deal. This obviously sucks but I'm working on it and feel like I've gotten a bit better maybe? A little bit? I don't know, probably not. I really want to though, because I know rejection hurts but missing out entirely seems like it would be way worse. 
Well not to end on such a negative note like that. Sorry about that you guys, but here are the lovely ladies that I'm wanting to get to know better. 
Questions (feel free to pick and choose)..
1. Inspired by this post, what are some of your biggest social media pet peeves? 
2. If someone gave you $100 today, how would you spend it? (Let's just say you can't save it or use it towards bills.)
3. Go into your history and make a list of all the things you've Googled in the past 24 hours. Yes EVERYTHING, this will be fun for some of you. (Like me who googles embarrassing things like who Chase Crawford's current girlfriend is. haha but that's what makes this question fun.) 
4. What is a current trend that you just don't get? 
5. What are you currently celebrating? Can be anything- big or small. 
6. What are 3 things that you had to learn the hard way?

P.S. This is totally open to anyone who wants participate! Just leave a link down below because I don't want to miss out on your answers. :)

Giveaway Winner and Other Things..

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The winner of the two Japanese sewing patterns books is ...

Congratulations girl! They will be sent out shortly. 
As for the rest of you guys, go listen to the new song by Jack Johnson (!), and then go listen to this one. Also this pin deserves a mention, and this blog-button generating website does too. (Makes it so easy!) After you make a button let me know because I'm wanting to create a favorite blogs tab. (Sorry for all these links by the way, and random/scatterbrained ones at that. ha I'm stuck at the Denver airport for another two freaking hours and have way too much time on my hands.)  

Last thing, I know Bloglovin' is the big talk right now with Google Reader going away, but I have another recommendation for the blogs that you just LOVE and want to be immediately notified of. Blogtrottr, it's actually on my Chrome toolbar because I use it so much. ha you just put the link of the blog and your e-mail address and that's it. Immediate gratification. This actually can be a problem for people like me who have waay too many favorite blogs and as a result end up spending like two hours checking their e-mail each day. ha but it's worth it. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sewn : Black Floral Dress (+ Giveaway!)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I have a giveaway for you guys today! Two sewing pattern books are up for grabs, 

       Feminine Wardrobe | Stylish Dress Book

I was given a pair of my own to review (high 5 to the lovely people at Laurence King Publishing for being awesome and doing this by the way) and so I decided to make the Sleeveless Buttoned Empire Bodice dress from the Stylish Dress book.  (Try and say that 10x fast. haha)

K mine's quite a bit different than the original. The shorter length- well that was partly a mistake. I didn't mean to make it as short as I did, I'm just ridiculous and didn't take into account the fact that I'm like 8 inches taller than the average Japanese girl. (These patterns came from Japan, I'm not just randomly singling them out or something. ha) so my dress ended up being a really awkward length and I had to adjust it.

Then I also added sleeves and tapered in the bodice a little bit.

You can't even tell but there is a placket and fabric-covered buttons in there somewhere. The fabric camouflages it too well. Speaking of, I got it from Joann's! When does that ever even happen. I swear I usually have the worst luck with that place. You can buy it here and hey look, it's even 50% off. Of course that happens after I've finished the dress.

You guys are going to die over the styling of these books though. Soo pretty and ethereal. It's not often that you get proper styling for sewing patterns (not saying names but uhh.. haha) but these pictures are perfect. 

Some of the patterns aren't entirely my style but I do like how my dress turned out and I think with some adjustments, most of the rest of the patterns could be pretty wearable. (And not just for the cute, little 5 foot Japanese girls who can pull off wearing dresses 5 sizes too big. ha I wish!)
These books are good for beginners PS, because the patterns are simple. Aside from the placket, all my dress consisted of really was sewing up the pieces together.

Alright guys, now to the fun part. One person is going to win a copy of each! 
One entry: by leaving a comment on this post. You can say whatever you'd like, tell me about what you're currently loving, what the best part of your day was, what the last nice thing
someone said to you was, anything goes.
Bonus entry: if you blog/tweet/FB post/get down on all fours and beg... you know the deal. haha no but sharing it does count as one extra entry. Just leave the link in a separate comment!

The winner will be announced next Sunday (June 23) and contacted via e-mail soon after. Only open to US readers by the way, sorry to my foreign friends. I love you guys, I just don't love your shipping prices. 
 Good luck!

Sewn : White Brocade Skirt

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Shirt: Gap, Shoes: Madewell

Inspired by this lovely skirt, I decided to make a similar one using Melissa Esplin's box-pleat skirt tutorial.

She literally posted this the DAY I was starting on this skirt so that made my life about 10x easier. I like to think that it's because we're on the same page but well, it's Melissa Esplin, so let's not get carried away here. haha I was really thankful for the tutorial though. (Thanks Melissa!)

The brocade is from Mood Fabrics (of course. Are you guys sick of hearing that yet?) This is actually technically the wrong side of it, but the right side was more golden colored and I'm all goldened out for the time being. (Pretty sure that's not a word but whatever. :)

The closer is an invisible side zipper. I love this part about the skirt, I always get so happy when I use an invisible zipper and it actually works out. ha I don't have an invisible zipper foot so I always prepare for the worst I guess, and plus my mom doesn't even know how to use them! Mind blown. I thought she knew how to do everything. So of course everything she doesn't know how to do automatically brings the intimidating/difficulty factor up for me by about 100 points. 
But it worked and now I have a feeling I am going to be wearing this skirt all the time this Summer. (Yay!)

Linking up to Sunday Style over at Plane Pretty!

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