Category: What I Heart Now

What i Heart (Or Admire): White (Or Grey) Hair

White and grey hair. It’s not something I want to do – I like my red hair – but it’s something I came to admire it through dun, dun, dun… sewing! My red taffeta dress was coming along nicely. I researched the fabric, bought the right supplies, and started sewing just as the textbooks and blogs told me to. My backstitches were perfect and my stitches were straight. Then I started pressing. Oh no! My seams would not lie flat! When I first pressed them open, they folded back and laid as flat as a pancake, but shortly after, they started to “close.” I pressed them one more time and the same thing happened. I stepped back, not daring to overwork the silk taffeta, and walked to my contemplating spot – my kitchen counter (contemplating spot? You know, that spot everyone has in their apartment or house where they ruminate – a bed, the living room, a toilet!). I flipped though a magazine and came across an article about women embracing their grey hair. Leave your hair its natural hue was the message. We all look the best as we are – unchanged – and we grow into what we’re supposed to be. “Just leave the seams as they are, let them be,” is what I thought, “the stitches need to marinate just like chicken.” And that’s what I did. I hung my work in progress on my dress form and went to bed. The next morning, I gave the seam allowances one more light pressing, and five minutes after, they were still flat. Yes! I don’t know if this trick works for you but this it does for me. I didn’t learn it from a textbook – I learned it by pressing too many seams. I press once, then…

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What i Heart Now: Mustard Yellow, Cobalt Blue, and Springtime

My color palette has become more neutral over the years – I gravitate towards cream, grey, or any other pastel color more and more – but the weather this past weekend put me into a colorful mood, both in terms of my state of mind and my state of wardrobe. I spent Saturday without a coat or a jacket and it felt so good to give my arms a breath of fresh air. I went to bed that night without socks and it was so refreshing. It’s simple, and warm, pleasures like bare feet and sleeveless tops that make me stray from the norm in all areas of my life – food, movie choices, evening plans, and my wardrobe. I have an upcoming trip and as I plan my outfits for the four day vacation (yes, I plan what I will wear), mustard yellow and cobalt blue is a combination I’m looking for. 1. Printmaker Blouse 2. Flowerbed Clutch 3. Super 120 Pencil Skirt 4. Flax Pumps

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What i Heart Now: Bodysuits

Amy beat me to the punch when she posted about bodysuits in her series Lingerie Friday’s but it just meant that great minds think alike. Or maybe it meant that great minds think a lot about lingerie. Considering the fact that my eight month anniversary sewing lingerie is coming up, it’s an obvious progression that my mind wandered to bodysuits. It wandered but it quickly got stuck because like many of you, body suits are questionable. How do you wear them? What do you wear them with? Are they outerwear or inner wear? How are VPL’s (visible p**** lines) and flat chests avoided? And the issue of going to the bathroom. Eek… let’s not go there. But I want to like bodysuits. I really, really do. They have a connotation of being only over seductive and I’ve been trying to prove that thinking wrong. I believe that just like any trend, bodysuits can be luxe as well as everyday, if worn correctly. The history of the bodysuit is just as interesting as its mode of wearing, mostly because it has crossed into many categories of clothing. The exact moment or era bodysuits were born is difficult to pinpoint but it’s a safe to say, at least for the purpose of this post – a history lesson on fashion, that their life began as activewear. The French acrobat Jules Leotard wore a two piece, body-hugging garment (this is where the term leotard comes from) and ballerinas have been wearing them since the nineteenth century (look at a Degas painting). Since then, bodysuits have been worn as loungewear, activewear, innerwear, and outerwear. In the 1950s, Claire McCardell became famous for being the anti-Dior, making sportswear and everyday wear popular, and one of her favorite silhouettes was the leotard. In the 1980s, Donna Karen launched her simple…

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What i Heart Now: Something Charming

{Juliet} O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet. {Romeo} [Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this? {Maddie} Oh hush you two! I had to start today’s post with a little humor. It’s been a little heavy on this blog the past couple of days. Regardless of my relationship status – single, taken, or in an open relationship – I like Valentine’s Day. There’s a whiff in the air this time of year that puts a swag in my step and smile on my face. A feeling of… how do I write this… spending Saturday night (solo or with a partner) at a swanky but quaint restaurant and ordering scallops and red wine. I might even raise my pinky while sipping the crimson juice. I didn’t do exactly that for today, Valentine’s Day, but I did indulge last weekend with two of the above purchases – number one and two (and I’m not referring to bodily functions. Yuck!). One item I forgot to put in the bag from myself to myself was a box of chocolates. Polka dots, golden charm key chains, and chocolates. Today is a good day. 1. Control Yourself Polka Dot Slip 2. Traveler Keychain 3. Fox Needlepoint Loafer 4. Les Nereides Ballerina Bracelet

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What i Heart Now: Lipstick

“Come here and give me a kiss!” those old farts used to say to me. Cheek pinching ensued soon after. “Yuck!” was my remark to those wrinkly folks, wiping my cheek of that chalky, nasty lip junk that was never colored inside the lines, pun intended. That’s what I used to think of lipstick. Then the Wall Street Journal published an article where the author had a shocking experience. Looking through a year’s worth of photos, she chose four that she liked. Four. Her resolution after looking at the photos and realizing (but accepting) that she was aging was to slather on some lipstick for future photo ops. I read the article the day I photographed “How i Wore It: Comfy and Cozy.” “Hmmm…” I thought, “let me try this out.” So, I walked three blocks to CVS, picked a sultry dark brown shade, and started snapping. Editing Looking at the photos, I liked what I saw. The author was right – lipstick is a quick way to look put together, just like my Kate Spade watch and clutch. The author even gave tips and tricks, courtesy of makeup artist April Greaves (who she is, I have no idea, but she sounds important), on application so that when I’m a wrinkly prune sixty years from now, I can give those little tots lots of smooches without maring my appearance or their emotions.

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