Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Eggplant

In the summer eggplant is most definitely my black.  I don't follow the traditional dark is for winter, light is for summer fashion philosophy I simply go with my gut.



Dress- Zara
Heels- Christian Louboutin
Clutch- JJ. Winters
Accessories- YSL/AV MAX

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Monday, July 30, 2012

High Waisted

I am completely in love with high-waisted skirts but have yet to find a pattern I like so I used Vogue V8773, added a high waist band, lining and shortened the length.  I made it too small and had to add an additional panel which required me to add an exposed zipper, and I made it a bit too short which I can't do much about about it  now.  Other than that I feel with a little practice I will get better.  I used a  silk twill fabric that feels amazing and lined the skirt with satin. Pairing it with my husbands shirt gives it a bit more shape.



Skirt- DIY
Shirt- Calvin Klein (belongs to husband)
Heels- Gucci  (found here)
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bad hair day

When I'm having a horrible hair day and really don't feel like putting on full-out makeup, I always need to re-think my wardrobe options.   A hat and bright lipstick will always do the job!



Dress- ZARA
Belt-Theory
Heels- Proenza Schouler
Hat- Village Hat Shop
Bag- Cleo & Patek

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Leather Clutch

While browsing Netflix, I came across a reality series called All On The Line which highlights struggling designers and their journey to get their brand in major department stores.  While viewing, it brought to light the fact we as consumers are severely overpaying for fashion, something I already knew but had no idea the extent of the pillaging.  The bulk of the cost is manufacturing which a line producing a whole collection will incur a hefty bill which in addition to a nice profit margin is passed to the consumer.  After the show, I wanted to see If I could attempt to make a higher end item for pennies on the dollar.  The first thing that came to mind was my love of clutches and exotic skins.  Doing research for a DIY clutch online only resulted in lots of either cloth clutches or faux leather envelope clutches which would not cut it.  Annoyed, I sketched out a few designs resembling chicken scratch, made a pattern, ordered leather hides and python hides, visited a leather factory for bag making supplies and started sewing.  The bag I'm showing today is a python print leather with a silk lining.  I so look forward to carrying this.













Tools needed:
Leather 22.5 inches long and 14 inches wide
scissors
color pencil
ruler
Canvas (used for structure) 22.5 inches long and 14 inches wide
Silk fabric 22.5 inches long and 14 inches wide
6 pieces of 8.5x11 paper
Tape
Pens
Rotary cutter
Hand sewing punch
Needle
Sewing machine or waxed thread if hand sewing
Wooden Mallet






Either use a very large piece of construction paper or tape together 6 pieces of 8.5 x 11




Using a acto L shaped ruler measure on your pattern 18" long and 14" wide and 4.5" long for the flap and cut out the pattern.




Pin the leather to the pattern and cut out.  Using the same pattern, do the same for the canvas and the lining.





Sew the canvas and the lining together on the wrong side of the fabric, trim close to the stitching then turn right side out.





Line the canvas, lining and leather up together, fold them at 9" leaving a 4.5" flap.  Sew the canvas and lining to the leather.




Using the rotary cutter, trim the edges to the stitching.




Using the mallet, beat the stitches until flat and blended.



Using excess leather, create a bias on the flap to conceal raw edge and create a lip.



Due to leather being difficult to penetrate with a needle, use the sewing punch to punch holes in the leather and slip stitch for a neat closure.













Slip Stitch the bias to the lining under the flap to conceal the raw edges and create a seamless front flap.






What's not shown in the images is a inside pocket made with the silk fabric.



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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Cups

I am what you would call a junk food fiend.  I struggle daily with my massive sweet tooth.  A question I ponder always is should I eat this bread pudding or salad? What helps me curb this obsession is to make the dessert myself.  I know that probably sounds crazy but once I'm done I'm pretty satisfied due to the fact I have tasted throughout the process, so as long as I send the treats with my husband to his office I'm pretty safe. So I didn't feel too bad when whipping these peanut butter cups up.
Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup raspberry chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup peanut butter
4 Tbs peanut butter chocolate chips
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 tbls flour
1/4 tsp salt



 Instructions:

Heat butter until melted, whisk in sugar until dissolved.  Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter and cream cheese.  Whisk in vanilla and let sit and cool completely.

Place mini cupcake liners in a pan.  Melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips making sure you do not overheat.  Drop 1/2 tsp of chocolate into each liner, then using a pastry brush to brush chocolate up the sides of the liner.  Place the liners in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Whisk the powdered sugar, salt, 4 tbs of chocolate chips and flour into the cooled peanut butter mix.  Put the mix into the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.

Remove the liners and the peanut butter mix from the freezer, place tsp of mix into the chocolate cups and flatten slightly with a spoon.  Place back into the freezer for 15 minutes.  Melt the remainder chocolate chips then cover each cup with chocolate, smoothing with a spoon.  Freeze again for 15-20 minutes.

Voila!

keep the cups stored in the refrigerator

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Twisted goto

My easiest goto item has to be black pencil skirts.  I have a closet filled with them and whenever I'm in a last minute crunch to find something to wear, you can guarantee I will throw one on.

I have also been doing a little bag "designing" lately which I will show later this week.  Pictured below is a leather and python clutch that I'm totally in love with.

Skirt- Emporio Armani
Top- DKNY
Heels- Lanvin
Clutch- DIY

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oh Givenchy!

Givenchy has the best fitting most comfortable skirts ever.  Skirts tend to ride-up or twist on me for some odd reason but this skirt knows it's place.

Top DIY- using Vogue pattern 8815 with a few alterations (additional layer of pleats and a more defined arm)
Skirt- Givenchy
Clutch- Vintage Fendi
Heels- Alexander Wang

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Perfect Sangria

Decided to spend my Monday afternoon whipping up Sangria and throwing a few things on the grill.  When the mercury reaches 90, there's nothing better than shutting down the kitchen, retreating to the basement, firing up the grill and sipping on some sangria.    


Menu:
Turkey chops
Corn on the cob
Vege packs
Chicken sausage kabobs
Sangria



1 cup brandy
3 cups red wine
1 cup cream soda
3/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar
1 nectarine 1 orange 1 lemon 1 peach 1 plum 1 cup strawberries

1 pkg smoked tequila lime chicken sausage
yellow peppers
onion
kabob sticks
 
Turkey chops
rosemary
garlic powder
seasoned salt
pepper
olive oil
cumin powder


mushrooms
carrots
onion
yellow peppers
green peppers
crushed mint
oregano
salt
pepper
garlic
soy sauce
Corn on the cob
butter
smoked paprika
basil
parsley
garlic
salt
pepper


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Friday, July 13, 2012

To DIY or Not

I have been on an insane  sewing kick lately and wanted to see If my construction quality was improving.  What better way to do that than to have my husband guess which cost more.  We compared my Tibi skirt worn here which was $285 with this skirt made with an altered Butterick pattern B5285  which when I saw the fabric, reminded me of Roberto Cavalli where he will infuse animal print into a floral print.  He immediately said the print skirt.  Not sure if I believe him, he may have seen a piece of fabric on the floor and wanted to make me feel good :) but I'll roll with that answer because at $15.00 to make, how can you go wrong.

Skirt- DIY
Top- Theyskens Theory
Belt- Roland Mouret
Heels- Jimmy Choo
Accessories- Rivka Friedman ring/AV Max bangles/Loft necklace/Vintage Fendi watch/cuff Jose and Maria Barrera

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