Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's Sweater Weather!

Even though it was in the mid 80's today here in Colorado, it's always sweater weather! Our nights are getting cooler, and our mornings start off chilly, so why not cover up with a classic cardigan? I added a bunch more cardigans today, and have a few more in the pipeline, so keep checking my Etsy store to see if I can help you update your Fall wardrobe.

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's a Cardi Party

I went to Catholic School quite a few years, and say what you will about the lovely plaid uni's, sometimes it was great having a uniform. You don't have to think about what you're wearing each morning. It's already been decided for you.

I find that having a "uniform" these days (as a mom, etc...) makes getting dressed in the morning much easier. My fall uniform pretty much consists of jeans, tanks and a cardigan with either ballet flats or boots.

Jeans and tanks are pretty simple, but you can have a lot of fun with cardigans. So in my quest to find "fun" cardigans, I decided to make a few and share them with all of you in Etsy world. I took vintage/thrift cardi's and embellished them with a variety of appliques: beads, ruffles, rosettes, vintage appliques -- creating a unique look for each.

So if you need to update your "uniform", or just want a sweet little sweater to wear, check out my Etsy site (click on the pics in the upper right margin). I also added a few more aprons too. And you can be sure that there will be more sweaters to come!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Little Black Dress

It's not exactly little, but it's divine. Check out the pink ruffle at the hem. This comes from Issac Mizrahi's collection. Fashion Week in NYC is almost over :(
The strange thing is that all of the featured fashions are from the Spring '10 lines. I need to go back to February's Fashion Week to inspire me some fashion for Fall '09!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fashion Week

It's Fashion Week in NYC. If only...

But I do get my fix by looking at www.style.com on a daily basis. They cover every single fashion show (most of them, at least) and post photos and reviews of each collection.

Above is a look from Badgley Mischka. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I love this look. I love the mix of tailored and girly. Sure she forgot her top. And sure -- there really is no place that the majority of women would/could wear this to. But I love the concept and I think it could easily translate into a wearable option.

More to come from Fashion Week...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vogue TV Viewing

I currently have three "must watch" TV shows in my repertoire, and it's funny, they all involve fashion (ok, two definitely do, and one just has amazing clothes).

I've watched this show from the start, mainly because it takes place in an advertising agency, and my "former life" involved advertising. But I've continued to watch the show because:
a) it's AMAZING -- it really is. You have to tune in to a couple of episodes to really appreciate it.
b) the era and the fashion are just so chic -- or at least they make it look like it was. Mad Men is set in the early 60's in Manhattan and the clothes are just too much. Men in suits (and hats), women in gorgeous dresses and pumps -- all the time! Reminds me of another favorite show of mine: "I Love Lucy".

I know we're in a time where "business casual" is the rule, but I love any excuse -- ANY -- just to dress up and put on some jewels.


PR, to me, is the be-all, end-all of reality competition shows. And it has the awards to prove it. It usually wins the Emmy for best reality show.

The competition is fun, "fierce", and so creative. I know, some of the outfits look kinda crazy, but it's pretty incredible what these folks can come up with.

I love the judges (Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and several "guest" judges -- ranging from actresses to top fashion designers). I looooove Tim Gunn. What a nice guy -- don't you just want to be friends with him?

A new season is currently underway and I never get tired of it. There's always new people, new personalities, new fabrics, new ideas and amazing fashion.

Famous celeb fashion stylist Rachel Zoe just started her second season of her reality show, which follows the life of her fast-paced styling business, along with her associates Brad and Taylor, and hubby Rodger.

Sure it seems superficial and dramatic at times, but who cares!? Where else do you get a front row seat to fashion week, the best fashion designers in the world and Red Carpet moments. This show is just eye candy upon eye candy.

On that note, I think the next movie on my list is going to be "The September Issue." It's all about Anna Wintour and Vogue magazine and a behind-the-scenes look at how that machine works. I'll let you know how that one is, but I've got a feeling I'm going to love it....

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fab Finds

Once you've been a participant or shopper at an open-air market, it's really hard to buy at regular retail shops. The majority of my latest purchases (personal, home, gifts...) have been divided among my fellow Etsy artists, my fellow outdoor market vendors -- and, of course -- thrift stores. That fun hobby requires its own separate post!

One of my latest "deals of the day" was this pair of iron wall sconces. The color, the shape, the size -- all perfection. But the best part: the price. Five dollars for the pair! It was one of those "I don't know where I'm going to put them but for that price I have to have them" moments.

Also from the same great vendor at the Sweet William Market last Saturday -- this mirror!
Pefectly patina'd and super heavy duty, it looks like it was made from an old cabinet door. I'm happy to report that all three of these pieces have a found a home -- side by side -- in my front entry hall.

I can see why 5280 Magazine named the Sweet William Market the best place to shop for home accessories. All that for 15 bucks! Vintage charm, one-of-a-kind style, amazing price. You can't buy that at any Pottery Barn.