Monthly Archives: February 2012

An ode to my favorite go to outfit

So with my camera lost I am trying to be creative about what I am posting without posting the same sort of posts. This week I will mostly be posting borrowed photos and/or some little graphics I have been doing up. Busy putting final touches on my new Boho series for my Etsy shop and can’t wait to share it with you mid March!

Here is a little photo montage based off of my favorite outfit. Once my camera shows up again I will take an actual photo of my stunning self in this excellent curation of style and elegance.

all photos are linked back to their original source.

 

On top, a vintage patterned button up, my actual favorite shirt is navy and covered in ducks, a colorful vintage wool paisley scarf, with a chunky ivory cardy. On bottom, a suede leather skirt over muted gray tights and slouchy fringe boots. Accessorized with gold bangles, a knitted cuff, and various pieces of homemade jewelry and ribbon. Everything but my boots are thrifted, and I don’t actually have those goregeous boots from Minnetonka, my boots are from Target around 2008.

Random fashion quirk: I love to mix shades of brown in the same outfit.

Background noise.

Over on My girl Thursday’s blog this morning she and Elicia from LoveElicia asked what crafters/bloggers around the bloggespher like “hearing” in the background while they are crafting or blogging or doing their thing. Do you watch TV or listen to music, craft with you kids playing, at the doctors office?

First off I craft everywhere. I have found it is best for me to take something to work on anywhere I go. Otherwise I fall into boredom and loose my mind. I am also kind of uncomfortable reading books in public, odd I know. I don’t mind knitting, making a friendship bracelet, drawing, or just scribbling in my ideas journal instead.

At home, how I feel that day really reflects what I listen to or watch in the back ground while I am crafting. But most part, I am a watcher. Especially when I am power crafting and pushing through some ordered pieces for my Etsy, as there is so much sewing involved in what I do I like to have some distraction somedays. Other days I like total silence and get into the rhythm of the refrigerator buzzing.

I like to watch family dramas and rom coms. That’s right, that’s my mindless television. I like to be able to follow the plot and get to know the characters without having to watch their every move. Todays advertisements super annoy me, so we don’t have cable and I often stream or watch on Netflix.

While I am blogging its a slightly different story. I’ll usually put on my favorite playlist, something fun and up beat like Blondie or classic Madonna or a brand new album from a band I’ve just heard about. But I also really enjoy listening to supposed “oldies” when I am blogging because it’s comforting and familiar to me. I listen to a lot of Elvis, The Beatles, Yes, The B52’s, The Monkey’s, Pink Floyd. Pretty much everything my parents played in the car when we went on road trips, that way I still have opportunities to belt out the chorus. As belting is key to my blogging experience.

I stream a lot of my music through Grooveshark, but I also have quite an extensive music library that I have built up trading music with people over the years. That’s my favorite way to find new to me music, though lately the internet has become my friend in this venture.

Though sometimes I just like listening to the CBC 1. The talk radio channel. It’s so good.

What’s your noise of choice?

Sunday Sew You #1

It’s a beautiful and sunny Sunday. James and I are just about to head out to do some thrift shopping as there is a 50% sale at Value Village tomorrow and we are part of their rewards plan so you get to go in a day early.

Heres a little refashion I found to share with you to make your afternoon brighter, what with us all pining for spring and all. You can simply click on the pic or anyone of the links below to be taken to the blog.

This little tutorial for this draw string cami is from a fantastic little blog, Sew knit Me. She doesn’t post all too often, but when she does you can be sure it’s going to be a lovely and stylish refashion or a super incredible complete build from scratch like her pretty floral corduroy bog in this pic.

Friday Tutorial Round Up

All this going out and volunteering has really given me the time to take a look at my lack luster wardrobe. My closet used to be full of awesome items, but I have either lost or misplaced things while moving around in the last few years.

This weeks tutorial round up is all about repurposing your wardrobe and there are some real goodies in the mix. I do hope you find these inspirational and enjoyable. Remember you can simply click on the photograph to be taken to the tutorial or right click to open in another window.

This lovely dress, made by Sarah of JaynSarah, is made from a skirt! She even tells you to how you can make her necklace.

I love making quick skirts with elastic waist bands and over on A Pair and a Spare Geneva shows you a little down of how she made this lovely silk maxi, she also links to her full tutorial for the same skirt in black sheer. You could of course use any fabric that drapes well. I made a similar skirt this week from a table cloth.

Lizzie from Cotton and Curls, a fantastic blog where she show you how to resize everything, shows you how to get loose and add a pretty fabric panel to a tight fitting tee. Isn’t that just darling?

Elsie over at a beautiful mess has come out with another stunning outfit make over this week with this horse printed dress tutorial.

The lovely Chantilly over at My girl Thursday always has fantastic ideas when it comes to repurposing your wardrobe and your home. Here she shows you how to add a little love to those old holy jeans.

I hope you have a beautiful and fun filled weekend. I am about to have to go run errands in this ridiculous unexpected snow.

Improv is the best

This week has really been amazing so far. I really plunged head on into my challenge to get out of the house and meet people. 

Back in January, anxious to get involved and to stop spending my days home alone (I am a hermit if you hadn’t noticed,) I started perusing local blogs and community websites trying to find a theater group to get involved in and I came across the Kingston Improv Games website. It seemed like a promising place to inquire about local theatrics because as it turns out it is a regional competition for high school Improv teams. I decided I would ask on their facebook page about something for young adults, and alas no, there was no information to be had…Still time moved on and we fast forward to Monday, this week. I just happened to see in my news feed, oh you know because I did ‘Like’ them on ol’ facebook, that the Improv Games were tomorrow, as in Tuesday. I took a leap and asked if they needed any last-minute volunteers and they totally did.

So I showed up, and I went back last night, and I will be going back tonight and tomorrow, and Saturday for the finals. Yay! I am no longer a hermit, but wait. All these months of hermitdom means nothing but the comfies have come out of the closet.

I can honestly say that I have probably spent the majority of my time since and leading up to Christmas in my pajamas. So much so that my Mother in law got me p.j.s for Christmas because I told her I needed a new pair.

So I have jumped out of the box and I am having so much fun wearing people clothes again and get this, when I wake up I am so excited about my day it’s ridiculous. I  literally dance around the apartment like a crazy person. I know my downstairs neighbors definitely hate me now if they didn’t before. I am also singing in the shower again and full of so many creative ideas that I can’t write them down fast enough. I have DIY’d up a storm slowly changing everything I own into something slightly different that I own.

The only bad news in this is…My camera has disappeared. Just packed up and left on Saturday. I simply took out the batteries to charge them and haven’t been able to find it since. And yall, my apartment is small. So while I have no photo evidence of me stepping out of my box and back into the world. I now have this. I am so happy to have finally just done it. Just gone through with it and stepped out that door. For too long I let winter and being new to town be an excuse for not getting out there and just talking to people. Grant it with this group I probably look the youngest, but am actually the oldest. But they are so much fun and so loving, and accepting of one another, and most of all they have truly created a supportive environment with no pressure. I think it has something to do with being Canadian. They are kind of a super ‘race’ when it comes to kindness and understanding. Really, I grew up in the harsh south and everyday I am amazed up here.

My only hope this little self-experiment is that I can get even more involved in my community. One new friend even suggested volunteering to coach a team sport for young kids. Which honestly had never crossed my mind. I’d never given myself the support to do something like that, but when she said it, it was like for the first time, I allowed myself, to say “You could totally do that, you don’t have to be the authority on sports to do that.” I have made up excuses for too long and now it’s really time to get out there and have an active role in my own life!

Thanks for your ear,
Hillery

5 ways crafting has helped me become a stronger woman

3 things I Love Sunday

Organization:

 From Martha Stewart
 A drawer full of tea cups and beautiful jewelry is my kind of drawer.

Kisses: 

 from  our wedding
One of my favorites from our bridal shoot with Asapsia

This dress:
From Anna Sui’s Fall 2012 Collection.
okay okay, and the tights, and maybe the jacket. And definitely that all of the models were smiling!