Saturday, September 27

The Finest D I Y Wedding Dress Ever!

Story found on Good Morning America
Chi Kreneta crocheted her own wedding dress over a 50-minute/day, 5-month commute!  She's an architect that learned to crochet from her grandmother and has put the skill to exceptional use, wouldn't you say?

Just for kicks I Googled vintage crocheted wedding dresses and found this on eBay.  French Victorian gown of Irish crocheted Lace for around $10K.
vintage Irish Lace

If you are inclined to make your own vintage inspired version - here you go. . .

Ladylike 50s:
PDF pattern here

For the Disco bride!

pattern on Etsy

And how about this 60s-ish mini for a beach wedding?
It's found on Crochet Rising which has collected a bunch of links for DIY crocheted wedding dresses.

Saturday, September 20

Happy Birthday Sophia!

Today is Sophia Loren's birthday and since she is my all time favorite actress I'm sharing these:

Happy Birthday fabulous Virgo lady!

Thursday, July 24

The Perfect Sneakers for Fall/Winter 2014

There are so many kooky versions of the sneaker, or trainer, or running shoe, whatever you want to call it, out for fall I thought I'd drop my favorites on you just for kicks.  

First of all, I always think it's weird when uber designers issue a version of something like a sneaker and then sell them for $2K.  There's something wildly disingenuous about it.  Cute and trend setting, but…off, and not in a brilliant way off.   Sneaker snobbery has already gone far enough, sez me.   Cue Marc by Marc Jacobs and Chanel, in that order below:

Look for knock offs galore at any mall in America and probably Chez Target:-)

All trashing aside - here are ones I LOVE:
1st of all, as a California girl I will forever be devoted to my beloved Vans.  And when they collaborated with Star Wars this year I was ecstatic.   Even a Mom like me can pull these bad boys off with a little skirt + leather jacket or jeans + T...
Oh Han Solo and Boba… do I love thee?

Nothin' and I mean nothin' beats the classic Slip-on

And… in the leather category - how about these darlings?
They come in white too - perfect for end of summer transitions.  I just discovered the blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blond Salad and she has super cool shoes!  The slippers with a winking eye are to die, but these = = =  FAB, period.
The Lana - also in white

the Drew - also in white.

Friday, July 18

Swooning in a Big Way - Martin Margiela F/W Couture '14

Time for another Maison Martin Margiela post!  I am always blown away by MMM first from an aesthetic perspective and secondly because their long-standing philosophy has been to up cycle or repurpose fabrics.  This new collection uses bits of antique garments and their own samples to stunning effect.  Also incorporated are mid century "Japanese Souvenir" Bomber Jackets sourced from around the globe.  You know how much I love a good patchwork…..
Skirt is patchwork of embroidery samples and took 80 hrs. to make! 

Again, embroidery samples and the cashmere coat is patched together samples from trade shows.
Part of the bomber jacket is from 1945 and the skirt is constructed of embroider samples in metal
Part of the bodice is from antique - 1870! - french embroideries acquired at auction.

Here's the runway video too. 

Monday, June 9

Summer Music Festival Schedule! COMPLETE!

This has got to be the most comprehensive summer music festival list - evah!   JamBase has them all.

Anyone up for Founder's Fest - A Celebration of Beer & Music in Grand Rapids, MI, my old stomping grounds;  who knew?  Or maybe Bluegrass & Beer in Keystone, CO, another stomping ground?

Suds & 'Grass (a ha ha ha) not your scene (mine either)?  How about Groovelink Family Funktion - just the name alone makes me want to get down.   Perhaps, For the Funk of It Music Festival in Belden, CA, with bands like Mojo Green, Groovincible and Big Sticky Mess!   

Surely you can find a fest you can attend.  And when you do - don't forget to wear a special one-of-a-kind Jag & Nevie summer tube or for cool, high mountain festival evenings - a poncho!  

Tube Tops & Halters Here 

Ponchos/Capes Here

We will even make an extra special CUSTOM ORDER poncho out of your own beloved concert t-shirts if you need one.  Just email or purchase immediately on Etsy and send over 6-8 shirts - DONE!

Tuesday, May 20

20 More EASY Eco Tips

I just saw this article on 20 Ways to be more Eco Friendly from Style Caster.
Easy Peasy!  I like that:-)

My favorite one is how to avoid those plastic stir sticks when you buy a coffee to go - put sugar and (SOY - you don't really use COW do you?!) creamer in the bottom first and when the coffee goes in it's already stirred!

Friday, April 25

What IS Slow Fashion Anyway?

Slow Fashion Forward is an innovative consortium of women dedicated to advancing the Slow Fashion movement with a variety of consultancy services.  I found their cute illustrations and simple explanation of the movement's values be worth sharing.  So link up here to see exactly what Slow Fashion means.

I think most importantly, as they write, Slow Fashion is about:
#10 Practicing Consciousness
This means making decisions based
on personal passions, a connection
to others and the environment, and
the willingness to act responsibly.
Within the Slow Fashion movement,
many people love what they do,
and aspire to make a difference in the
world in a creative and innovative way.""

Side note:  On their FB page Slow Fashion Forward shared the Senior Design Project from Germany, a group that brings skilled senior citizens together with young, aspiring designers to share their talents.  Don'tcha love it?

photo from Senior Design Project FB page