Thursday, October 08, 2015

DIY whipped butter

Having a child has made me truly think about my food and what's in it.  I decide to make all Chandler's food because I couldn't wrap my brain around how a can of chicken and rice sitting on a shelf in a grocery store for months could ever be healthy for my baby.  I need my chicken to have a shelf life of three days and that shelf needs to be in my refrigerator.

That took me to thinking about foods we eat everyday starting with the milk expiring after only 5-7 days in my refrigerator, cream cheese going bad after 1week and the list goes on.

I'm making an attempt to do what I can with growing my own vegetables, making my beloved mozzarella and jam and a few other things.  Not only is it safer and healthier but it's so much fresher and will last many weeks longer, the taste is incredibly better and it's cheaper so for me it's a no brainer.

So enters the easiest, lightest, creamiest whipped butter EVER!


1qt heavy whipping cream
3/4 tsp salt

Kitchen tools
Kitchenaid- or any high powered mixer
Several towels-gets messy


 Add the cream and salt to the mixer and drape the towels over the mixer.  Using the paddle, mix on high.  (the towels are VERY necessary during several stages, this mix makes a mess)

Continue to whip on high...........

The cream will first turn into a whipped cream then will begin to separate

After continued mixing, the cream will be the consistency of churned butter.  If you prefer churned butter, you can stop at this stage.  If that is the case, you will have a delightful buttermilk in addition to the butter.  Using a strainer, strain the butter over a bowl removing the butter milk.  Press the remaining buttermilk out of the butter and form into a ball.  Run the ball of butter over cold water until the water runs clear.  You can refrigerate the buttermilk in an airtight container for two weeks.

To continue with whipped butter, mix until all the liquid is removed and the butter is the consistency of frosting.  The total mixing time is 25-30 minutes.

The end result is a soft and fluffy whipped butter with an amazingly pure taste.


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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

DIY a whole lot of plaid

I am the biggest fan of plaid on the planet! when shopping at Mood NY last month, I was looking for a few particular fabrics which plaid wasn't one of them.  Once I spotted this I had to have it.  It's a one way minimal stretch fabric that would work perfectly in many applications.  If your unable to pop in the store check out the selection of plaids here online.

I've made many plaid looks over the last couple of years but never made a full on plaid look.  I wanted to break it up a little showing a tad bit of skin so it wasn't so overwhelming.  The great thing about this look is each piece would work perfect as separates.

The top was made using my beloved Vogue V8840 with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 19" the the pattern length
-Added 29" side slits
-Removed the front seam
-Added a 22" invisible zipper down the back
-Faced the front and the back and lined the upper bodice with silk charmeuse
-Added 8" to the length of the bottom sleeve

The pants were made using McCalls M6404 view A with the following pattern alterations:

-Removed the knee inserts and welt pockets
-Removed 3" from the length
-Added 9" invisible zippers at the ankle
-Added a 3" waist band and a side invisible zipper

Booties-Manolo Blahnik
Belt-Roland Mouret

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Big announcement...........................

I'm super excited to announce I'm joining McCall's patterns as their newest licensed pattern designer under the McCall Brand.

This is truly a dream! since making my first skirt in May 2012, I have spent countless hours at the fabric store and online shopping the McCall line of patterns, so working with them as a designer for my own line of patterns is absolutely incredible.

My objective with the patterns I'm going to design is to provide sleek fashion forward designs with minimal pattern pieces making the sewing process easy for new sewers and a cake walk for experienced sewers.  My goal is to take the fear out of sewing with patterns proving if you have a desire you can do it.

Within the next few weeks, I will be coming up with my initial designs and would really like to know if you could design the perfect pattern what would it be? What do you feel is missing from today's patterns? What's holding you back from jumping into this sewing adventure?

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DIY high waist pants and cropped high low top

With the weather getting cooler and cooler in the evenings, I'm completely in heaven.  I absolutely live for fall and the fabulous fall fashions.

I looked in my closet and noticed I had only one pair of wide leg pants, which I happen to love by the way and unfortunately they seemed to fit quite different post baby.  Not quite sure what that's all about, probably the extra width of my hips which despite working out was probably inevitable.

So I knew a new pair of wide legs were in my future.

This fabric from is a must have when making pants that require movement.  It feels amazing, super comfortable and looks very luxe.

The pattern used for these pants was the same pattern I used for these plaid pants, which was from one of my favorite pairs of jeans I ripped up with a few changes:

-Removed the fly
-Added a 4" waist band
-Added a 9" side zipper
-Added 3" to the length

The top was made using a self drafted top which I'm in the process of making available to you for free download. (FYI time management)

Heels-Jimmy Choo
Clutch- Bottega Venetta

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

DIY Slouchy pants and off the shoulder top

With fall right around the corner and cooler mornings, I can't help but think about a fall wardrobe.  These drop crotch pants and off the shoulder top provide a great balance of sporty and sexy.  In addition to the perfect fall colors, the comfort level with this look is unbeatable.

The top was made using a cotton sateen by Theory.  This color is sold out but another great color is available here at  This is a great rich feeling fabric that would also make a fantastic fitted dress due to the weight and slight stretch.  The green fabric on the sleeve bottom was fabric I had in my stash.

The pants were made using this olive twill from  This fabric is great for medium weight pants.  It's extremely soft with a slight sheen and uber comfortable.

The top was made with a self drafted pattern available here with the following alterations:

-Added 9" to the length of the sleeve
-Added a 6" color block at the sleeve
-Added two rows of .25" elastic around the neck and sleeves
-Removed the straps option

The pants were made with a self drafted pattern that will be available on my next week.

Heels- Schutz

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sewpreneur Tip: How to Grow a Following

A couple of months ago I was part of the Bernina sewpreneur series where I discussed how to grow a following.  Here's a look at the video.


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Friday, August 14, 2015

DIY Off the shoulder top and midi with free pattern download

Many years ago Pier 1 Imports the international home goods store sold clothes, not sure if many (anyone) remembers that, but I can recall my mother coming in the house with a bag filled with strange looking clothes.  As I tore through the bag dreading the day my young self had to wear these embroidered and embellished getups, I came across a savior in the form of an off the shoulder cropped top.  This was my introductory into off the shoulder, and I've been sold ever since.

When deciding to make an off the shoulder top, I wanted a very crisp fabric which will make for a timeless piece.  I decided on a solid white cotton from item #301847. Unfortunately it sold out, but here are great shirting alternatives.

The skirt was made using this beautiful lightweight cotton jacquard fabric which is simply sublime.  It's crisp, bright white and perfect.

The pattern used for this top was one I self drafted and available to download free here.

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

Added 10" to the length
Used pleats instead of box pleats
Reduced the width of the waist band by 1/2"

Top worn tied in a bow in the back

Top- DIY Download pattern here
Shades- Stella McCartney
Heels- TopShop

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Friday, July 31, 2015

My Ulta skincare refresh

A few times a year I feel like I need a skincare refresh! With a busy schedule, a 10 month old, starting a new business, summer events and intense heat your skin definitely takes a hit.  My solution is bi-weekly at home facials.
I've compiled a few of my summer refresh fav's from Ulta to help you with your own summer skincare refresh.

Step 1 cleanse-  Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Step 2 exfoliate/Mask- Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

Step 3 serum- Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

Step 4 moisturizer- Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer

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DIY Caftan mini

The caftan has been my fall back look for the past 18 months or so, it was my comfy goto while pregnant and my functional, comfy and fashionable post pregnancy look as well.  One thing that's undeniable is the fact the caftan is versatile and with a few alterations, can take you from day to evening with ease.  With my busy schedule, versatility and comfort is key.

The fabric used for this dress is Mood Fabrics navy matte jersey.

This caftan was made with the same pattern I used here, vintage Simplicity 5900 with the following alterations:

-Removed 25" from the length of the pattern
-Removed the zipper and neck collar
-Cut a 10" neckline
-Sew the batwing sides closer to the body for a more fitted look

In staying with my need for versatility, style and comfort, I have to mention these caged heels by Iylia.  Most of us are guilty of sacrificing comfort for fashion, but with Iylia that's not necessary.  This is truly a heel to be worn all day! Try them for yourself here  and use code BEAUTEJADORE at checkout for 30% off.

Caftan mini-DIY
Heels- Iylia available here

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

DIY open back pencil dress

I left the "traditional" workforce a couple of years ago but these dresses, minus the open back bring me back to that time.  Whenever I now have the opportunity to wear one, I couldn't be happier.  This is my interpretation of modest. :)

This dress was made using this Donna Karan double face crepe from ,  The navy blue color is perfect and so dark it's almost black.  It sews and cuts nicely and has a nice amount of stretch which make it super comfy.  It's lined in this gorgeous silk charmeuse which makes this dress feel luxurious.

The pattern used for this dress was this vintage McCall's pattern 3673  which I altered with a high waist pencil skirt, 12" zipper, 1.5" to the sleeves and a  5" back slit, instead of the button back midi skirt.  As you can see I absolutely love vintage patterns and feel they represent my style more so than the new patterns so thank god for Etsy.

side note- backless bra found here

Dress- DIY Vintage McCall's 3673
Heels- Schutz

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

DIY silk shirt dress

I'm one of those people that have never been a big casual dresser, but since becoming a mom casual in a necessity.  Shirt dresses are the perfect addition which work perfect with heels as well as flats.

This fabric from is absolutely perfect.  It's a stretch silk from Theory that is a must! It cuts, irons and sews with ease and the wrinkles simply fall out.  Another great benefit of this fabric is it's ability to not stain when wet.  I was caught in a down pour but pleasantly surprised when hung to dry, not a single sign of water damage.

The pattern used for this dress was McCalls M6520  view D with the following alterations:

-3" added to the pattern back length
-Cut off the top of the back of the pattern at the arm pit. Place the top portion of the pattern on the fold of the fabric and place the bottom half 3 inches from the fold.  (this will give you enough fabric to allow you to make the inverted pleat on the bottom half of the back of the dress)- (To make the inverted pleat) match up the ends of the top back fabric to the bottom back fabric. With the excess material in the middle, create the inverted pleat.  Top stitch the pleat
-Added 3" to the length of the sleeves
-Added two seams to the sleeves
-Added a pleated pocket to the front of the dress
-Added a pleated shoulder

Dress- DIY
Heels- Jimmy Choo
Bangle- AV Max

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