Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Maternity closet clean-out

It's that time again to clean out my closet and this time it's maternity wear. Keep in mind I'm 5'10" so many items will need to be altered which can done at your local dry cleaner or tailor.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DIY Neoprene crop top and pencil skirt

I had my daughter 30 days ago and I'm officially over the moon happy to be able to work with structured fabric and patterns again and give jersey a much needed break.  So what better way to indulge than with my beloved neoprene.

If there is one fabric that will completely transform any pattern, it has to be neoprene.  I have worked with this fantastic fabric in the past so I know how it responds.  But this neoprene from adds a more interesting textural spin with it's net like overlay and is absolutely perfect!

This crop top was made using Vogue V8840 view A also seen here here here and here with the following alterations:

-Removed 13" from length
-Removed center seam
-Added 1" to the height of the neck
-Added 2" to the length of the sleeve
-Removed darts
-Added a 15" zipper down the back

This pencil skirt was made using a self drafted pattern I previously made with instructions here. Changes made to this pattern:

-Added a 3 1/2" waist band
-Added a 4" hem band

Top & Skirt- DIY
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat
Clutch- Fendi

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY Jacquard Full Skirt

With the change in seasons I have been drawn to more elaborate and embellished fabrics like this amazing Carolina Herrera jacquard that is simply the most gorgeous fabric EVER! and much more impressive in person.  My original thought for this fabric was a dress but because it's such a bold print, I thought it may be a bit overwhelming so I stuck with a skirt and a top which I plan to pair with a pencil skirt down the road.  One note on this fabric is that the turquoise threads are very fragile and prone to snags so be cautious.

The skirt was made using Butterick B5285 view B with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 5.5" to the length
-Used inverted pleats instead of box pleats
-Added a 2" waistband
-Added a 9" invisible zipper to the back waist

Shirt-Theyskens Theory
Heels: Shutz

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

My Baby Story

I'm going to start by saying there is probably no other woman on this earth as scared as me to give birth.  I'm not a huge fan of the unknown and this experience has been completely new, foreign and unknown to me.  I'm a big wimp when it comes to pain and discomfort so I just knew I was in for a treat.  There were so many stories my friends with kids told me to prepare myself, but I at times felt like my experience was completely different.  I would often ask my husband why are women such liars.

I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks which I knew something was off, I was experiencing a lot of fatigue and my pre-workout energy drink was suddenly making me nauseous which was lasting all day.  Then ABSOLUTE ELATION! the notification was made.  My first few months was pretty miserable with 24 hour a day nausea I thought would never go away.  After month number three it was much more bearable but I still dealt with every day sickness but thank goodness no vomiting which simply became a way of life.  After the first three months, I resumed my workout routine which became my life saver, It gave me more energy, helped keep my nausea at bay at least while I was working out and overall made me feel much better. I can honestly say I had a trouble free pregnancy with very little swelling which would happen periodically but only in my right ankle.  I craved LOTS of fruit, cereal and yogurt and a nightly dose of ice cream :).  I didn't obsess over my weight and was sometime concerned I wasn't gaining enough.  When It was all said and done, I gained a total of 24lbs which I was told was the average.  When I hit the 8th month milestone is when I truly started to look and feel pregnant and as much as I loved breathing life into this beautiful little girl, I was tired of being pregnant and wanted my pre-pregnancy energy back.  With weeks left to go, I often received questions about braxton hicks, contractions and aches and pains which is when I felt most lost because I wasn't experiencing what I thought contractions and braxton hicks should feel like.  My only sensation was pressure that I contributed to her getting bigger.  So the waiting game began!

Labor and delivery
I had no clue what to look for,  I watched Birth Day and Maternity Ward religiously which was my only barometer.  In my mind, I would be out in public and become doubled over in pain from contractions.  What really happened was a lot more zen.  Friday night I spent the entire night sewing and finishing my DIY diaper bag then finally going to bed about 11 pm.  It was like any other evening with no idications of what was to come.

6:30 am the following morning, I was awake and laying on the sofa having cramps that felt more like I needed to use the bathroom (I know TMI) I finally got up at 6:45 to use the bathroom and once I entered the bathroom, out comes a small puddle of fluid, I took a another step and out comes additional fluid instantly I knew my water just broke.  I called my husband and told him my water broke and he thought I was joking because I joked with him about my water breaking on a daily basis, but considering the time and the fact I was still sort of sleep he knew I was serious.  He instantly said lets go in a nervous voice which was surprising because I was very calm.  Now if I can give anyone advice, please make sure your hospital bag is ready and at the door.  But because this is my first baby and this was four days before my due date and generally first timers go well beyond their due date I thought I had plenty of time NOPE!

I immediately began to get my bag together and was clueless as to what to bring simply because my brain was on overload, so I tossed everything I didn't need in my bag, needless to say I left items I needed including my camera I never leave home without.  After feeding our cats and dog and making arrangements to have a friend come in check on them, we were out the door.  At this point it's 7:15 which will tell you how fast we were moving.  Once my water broke I began to experience contractions which felt like menstrual cramps that were coming and going.  While in route to the hospital, I started using the app Full Term to start tracking the contractions which at this point were 5-6 minutes apart, uncomfortable but not very painful.  I was starving and mad I didn't eat and only had a granola bar in my purse and scarfed that down still surprisingly calm.  I knew I was going to meet my little girl that day.

We arrived at the hospital, checked in and I was examined to make sure my water had indeed broken.  I was really excited to see my obgyn was the doc on call that day and was already at the hospital.  At this point my contractions were about 2-3 minutes apart and getting stronger.  I was 1cm dilated and 75% effaced when my doctor said the unthinkable.......I'm going to start you on pitocin (WTF) I couldn't understand why?!?! my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, my water has only been broken for two hours and I'm progressing! I'm thinking NO lets just play this out.  I was so afraid of the P word because of all the horror stories I heard about induced labor and the pain you experience is 10x worst than naturally letting it happen.  But I was told being only 1cm dilated I needed assistance.

I was finally moved into my labor and delivery room and at this point it's 9:30.  My contractions have now become painful and still about 2-3 minutes apart.  At around 10:30 I was given the dreaded pitocin! All I'm going to say is almost instantly I was experiencing pain that was excruciating with no brakes in between.  I tried to focus on the end result but with pain like that it was a challenge.  After about an hour I couldn't take it any longer and was given an epidural.  I was then checked to see how I had progressed in that hour and a half and was happy to find out I was 7cm and 100% effaced.  I labored until 2:30 when I was told it was time to push.  The great thing about an epidural is it completely takes the pain away, the downside is when it's time to push you have no sensation and have to be told when your having a contraction and when to push.  I pushed for 25 minutes and out came the most amazing little 6lb 14.4 oz 19" angel.  Chandler Marie Revis

Contributions and tips
What I can say contributed to my seamless pregnancy, labor and delivery was being active and working out prior to pregnancy and maintaining a fitness routine during my pregnancy up until the day before giving birth.  I had very few lazy sofa days so not staying active for me wasn't an option.  I made an effort to eat for energy and health with two daily smoothies consisting of fruit, spinach and chia seeds.  Daily bowl of raisin bran or chex, yogurt and during the end of my pregnancy a friend of mine turned me on to a true energy booster which is chicken liver.  Most people may be grossed out but the crazy thing is liver was my favorite food as a child so this was a cake walk for me.  Because I don't eat red meat or pork products, I deal with low iron so this chicken liver was definitely a welcome treat for me which was a dinner and lunch staple at least three times per week.  The last few months of pregnancy I drank red raspberry leaf tea daily which I was told helps thin the cervix, not sure how true it is for everyone but it seemed to work for me.  Like most women we are concerned about the dreaded stretch marks and I was completely prepared to get them lasered away, yeah I know kinda vein but my bathing suit days aren't over yet.  All the research done on stretch marks clearly maintain if your mom had them, you will have them.  Despite what I thought was the inevitable, from the moment I discovered I was pregnant I slathered my belly daily with bio-oil in the morning and castor oil and coconut oil at night. I also believe because the 25lbs I added was gradual it helped avoid any sudden skin stretching which also helps avoid stretch marks.

It's hard to wrap my brain around the fact I am now a mother.  I'm responsible for raising this innocent baby into a responsible, honest, kind and loving woman in a world that's not so kind and loving.  It's a job I'm very aware of and taking more serious than any job I could ever have.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

DIY Leather, crepe and viscose shift dress

I am more excited than most with the change in temps.  It's starting to get chilly out which means lots of leather and wool.  I normally visit my local leather factory but with Mood selling leather online and me being in my last weeks of pregnancy, this has been a lifesaver.

This dress was made using this uber soft lambskin leather from, this Italian black suiting, and this cotton viscose mesh by Theory purchased earlier this year which appears to be out of stock but can be found by Mood when using Item #302918.

The pattern used for this dress was this Butterick B5948 shirt pattern view D also seen here. The following alterations were made for this dress:

-Added 6" to the length of the pattern
-Added a 2" viscose band to the hem
-Added a V-neck viscose insert
-Added a 9" zipper to the neck back
-Added a 1" neck binding
-Added 1" to the height of the neck
-Added 3" to sleeve of view C

Dress- DIY
Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch- Fendi

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

DIY Houndstooth Peplum Top

It's gotten to the point where my belly has completely taken over.  Most of my tops now have a bit of belly sticking out below which is so not cute and many others are simply getting way too tight.  I then remembered my trusty Vogue V8815 which have made many alteration appearances here here here and here.

Thinking about what fabric would be perfect, into my head popped this gorgeous rose and white mini houndstooth fabric from  This fabric is a 2-way stretch that sews perfectly and doesn't wrinkle easily.  It is definitely one to add to your stash!

The following pattern alterations were made:

-Removed 4" from the bodice front and back
-Cut the back on the fold and eliminate the back zipper
-Created a faced deep V-neck
-Cut two pieces for the front bodice
-Added a 9" side zipper
-Faced the back neck
-Added a 15"x54" peplum

Jeans-Citizens of Humanity
Heels- CL

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

People Stylewatch X Ryka Training Shoe Giveaway


Being a fan of fitness I am no stranger to sneakers, so when Ryka sent me a pair of training shoes to try out, I fell in love.  The Women's Flextra Training Shoe has great traction and is extremely comfortable.  Ryka designs shoes for women by women which explains why this shoe hugs the foot unlike no other.

In an effort to share the love, I'm giving away a pair of Ryka running shoes in partnership with People Stylewatch.

Winner will be selected September 18th via FB, Instagram and Twitter.  Winner must contact me at within 24 hours or runner-up will be selected
Choose between silver/grey/pink or black/blue/pink, include your size and your shipping address.

Enter by: leaving a comment with your name.  A winner will be selected by


Good Luck

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Ruffle Hem Jersey Dress

Jersey dresses have been my saving grace these last few weeks of pregnancy, not only are they extremely comfortable but they can also be made into pretty much every pregnancy fashion style humanly possible.  I vowed I would not resort to stretch pants and long tshirts and I've managed to stay true to my vow I made 9 months ago.  I day dream about all the amazing clothes I plan to make after my baby is born.

This dress was made with this jersey fabric from .  It's a medium/heavy weight 2-way stretch fabric perfect for dresses and tops.  This fabric sews and irons very well.

The pattern used for this dress was the same pattern used here and here, which is this burdastyle downloadable pattern.

The following pattern alterations were made:

-Removed the sleeves
-Added a 2" band to the neck which connects the front to the back
-Added a 5" wide ruffle to the hem
-Added a 9" invisible zipper to the back of the neck

Heels:Miu Miu

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Perfect Jersey Dress

Coming down the home stretch of pregnancy I am in love with uber comfy fabrics ie: anything with stretch! and nothing helps camouflage this huge belly better than an awesome print.  This gorgeous Italian jersey from has the perfect amount of stretch and is absolutely beautiful.  Unlike most jersey fabrics, it's very easy to sew and iron.

This dress was made with this downloadable Burdastyle pattern previously seen here which is the perfect pregnancy dress.  This dress was cut the exact same size as my pre-pregnancy weight which will make this the perfect post pregnancy option.  The following alterations were made:

-Removed 13.5" from the length of the sleeves
-Added 6" to the length of the dress
-Removed the zipper option from under the sleeve
-Removed the button option from the back of the neck
-Added a 9" invisible zipper to the back of the neck

Dress: DIY
Clutch: Bottega Venetta
Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti
Cuff: Lanvin
Bangle: AV Max

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Crepe and Suede Mini

When I opened my email and saw that had began selling suede and leather, I was over the moon excited.  If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting the NY location, the suede and leather section is phenomenal and filled with unique beautiful suede and leather.

Because I absolutely love working with suede and leather I knew I immediately wanted to incorporate it into a mini dress and this suede from was the perfect weight and color to do just that.  The crepe used was this ivory wool crepe from which is perfect for every season.

The pattern used for this dress was Vogue V8840 which is a shirt pattern I have altered many times seen hereherehere and here.  The following alterations were made to this pattern:

-Added 8.5" to the length
-Removed 2" of the length then re-attached to create a band
-Added a 1.5" suede band around the sleeves
-Added a 1/2" suede band around the neck
-Added a 9" invisible zipper at the back of the neck

With 5 weeks to go, this dress will be a perfect post partum option.

Dress: DIY
Heels: Elizabeth & James
Necklace: Vintage and YSL
Bracelet: DIY
Clutch: DIY

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