Category: What I Heart Now

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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    Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds? Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues? Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling? (Excerpt from Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s)   I’m no where near ‘getting the reds,’ I’m not even at a blue stage, but nineteen degree mornings and nightimes spent bundled up in boho chic attire (laymen terms: too many layers) chips away at even the chirpiest individuals. I noticed this last weekend when out of all the movies on Netflix, I wanted to watch Water for Elephants. The plot is not light or comical, the movie is considered a drama, but the scenery and costumes are. Clowns, bright colors, ferris wheels, and all the other things associated with carnivals warrant any and all kinds of smiles. It’s the things in life that we don’t have that we want and in the midst of winter – all I want is some summer time fun. Give me six months and ninety degree days though and I’ll be blogging about wanting the wintertime blues. Weird the way our minds work, right?   1.  Circus Clown Necklace 2. Carousel Horse Necklace 3. Ferris Wheel Necklace 4. Conjoined Twins Necklace

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What I Heart Now: Hoodies

Not because of the chilly temperatures but because of their history. That’s why I am liking hoodies lately. I recently read an article about the history of the three piece garb students when they do something I never did – graduate. The cap, the gown, and the hood – those are the three parts graduands wear when they supposedly become ‘learned.’ This costume never provoke a thought that was more than a simple sentence – such a piece of clothing could not warrant a compound sentence. “That polyester piece of junk…” was as far as it got. But the article I read offered up good bits of information about hoodies, enough to make me interested. The hood as well as the cap and gown has its origins in the medieval times, when it was the de rigueur choice for daily attire. Most people wore a tunic, which was considered an undergarment, and a heavy and long cloak over this and either the tunic or the cloak had a hood attached. Also, during this time, which was approximately 1200s, universities were just beginning and the students who traveled great distances to sit at the feet of a sagistic teacher were expected to dress in a sober and refined way – cap, gown, and hood. Lastly, in 1222, the Archbishop of Cantebury ordered this dress – the cap, gown, and hood – to be worn by all clerics in England in order to bring them in line with the rest of Catholic Europe. Briefly put, the cap, gown, and hood was hot shit. The hood’s history isn’t super interesting – I’ll admit that – but knowing the history behind something makes me, and I hope you, think twice about it. It’s like once you discover what a cover stitch is and the…

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What i Heart Now: Thimbles

Is there someone in your life who receives the same gift from you every year? Or maybe it’s the other way around – do you ask for the same gift from a friend or a family member every year? For Christmas, Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or just for the sake of building a collection, that person or you receives the same present on every occasion. That person in my life is Kathy King and that present in my life is thimbles. The first winter after I moved to Philly, Kathy invited me to Stag n’ Doe, a series of Wednesday’s in the suburb of Chestnut Hill where boutiques and shops along Germantown Ave stay open late for holiday shoppers and shopping.  The town may be small but locals as well as locals of surrounding towns turn out in hoards. One such shop on the ave was a community/consignment shop that deep in the back, past the popular items such as vintage purses and shoes, was a collection of thimbles. Old and new, the shop stocked every thimble imaginable. Dupont, Herber Hoover, Singer, Barbie, butterlies – every thimble imaginable. Although Kathy and I had only been friends for a short while, approximately six months, she knew about my obsession with sewing. She didn’t share my affinity towards the hobby as a whole but she did share an affinity towards thimbles. She actually had a growing collection. We left the store with neither of us not purchasing anything but I went back a week later to buy her one more thimble to add to her collection. Every Christmas since then, I have added one more thimble to her collection. So, with Christmas coming up, thimbles are what I’m hearting right now.  

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What I Heart Now: Flower Crowns

Hanging on the walls of my apartment are a wedding dress, a fur coat, a beaded crop top, a beaded tunic, a pair of wingtip shoes, and several hats (click here and here to see). I don’t foresee myself ever wearing these clothes and accessories but I think they are beautifully crafted and in great condition. As much thought, preparation, and labor was put into their making so why can’t they be displayed the same as a painting? Why should they hide in my closet and smushed in between my daily wear? I regard flower crowns the same as the clothes and accessories that hang on my walls – as art pieces. I like flowers crowns but to be honest, I don’t like them enough to wear one in my daily routine. Unless the flowers were very small, I would just feel silly. A little too 60s and a tad too hippy, I just don’t think I could wear it a full day. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be inspiration and it doesn’t mean that they can’t be a weekend DIY project. Also, that doesn’t mean it can’t be the subject of a How I Wore It Post (let’s see if I CAN make it work, eh?)

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