September 21, 2011
"In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers."
An awesome missions statement. So awesome that other companies are copying them. Bobs by Skechers is ultimately the same. Skechers partnered up with Soles 4 Souls and is promising two pairs of shoes donated for everyone one sold.
"SKECHERS USA, Inc. a global leader in the footwear industry and the Number 2 footwear brand in the United States*, today announced that for every pair of BOBS alpagarta shoes sold, the Company will donate two pairs of BOBS shoes to children in need through the Soles4Souls shoe charity organization."
Although I felt kind of crummy about Skechers totally copying the idea, the ultimate point of this is that now there are two great companies that are donating shoes to children that really need them.
So okay, I bought the pair of Bobs shoes from Famous Footwear after doing some research on them. They're super comfortable, and glittery, and look EXACTLY THE SAME. I kind of wish they looked a little different. Then I wouldn't feel like I was the one copying Toms. Oh well. (pssst - the Bobs were half the price)
Posted at 2:53 PM
September 18, 2011
|Coffee Studio coffee at hand--ready for the day!|
|Kawtar and I are now forever drawn to things that look like junk. The more the better! Treasure hunters!|
|So many amazing pieces! What a collection!|
Moccasins: Minnetonka Moccasin
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Shirt/Cardigan/Pants: Target (sigh)
Boots: Charlotte Russe
Purse: Dooney and Bourke
|We saw cows on our drive home...cows.|
The suburbs were really refreshing. I can't believe how used to the anxiety the city gives me! It was calming, there was always parking, and people were really friendly. (Although, I will admit, most Chicagoan are super nice!) They remind me of Maine, the quiet family life, open space, overall peacefulness. I think this is going to become a frequent thing!
Posted at 7:14 PM
September 15, 2011
|Skirt was upcycled - it was originally below the knee.|
Blouse, Skirt, Purse, Belt, Bracelets: Vintage
Boots, Cardigan, Socks: Target
I've also been working on listing and photographing things for the Etsy shop all day!
Well, I guess I need to stock up on some yoga pants and sweat shirts. Sigh.
Posted at 9:06 PM
September 13, 2011
Today I had an afternoon sitting job, and I thought, why not look cute! It was way too hot to wear any form of pants or sweater so I threw this on. I found this dress while thrifting a few weeks back. Originally it went way past my knees, but I chopped it up to make it more modern. The only problem was when shortening the dress, I failed to measure it correctly and I cut it about an inch too short - so now I have to hand hem it.
I was taking these pictures and Ismail had to jump in... not really sure why. I don't really know if he understands why I take so many outfit pictures. (check it out -- this dress has pockets!)
I just listed this necklace...but I'm really debating on keeping it. It's just so cute and unique!
Necklace: Zzouzi Vintage
A lot of the time I'll find a dress that has an amazing print on it, or a great silhouette, or color (like this one!) and I don't buy it because it falls under the bad 80's/90's category in my mind but I found some simple tricks to modernize the look:
The easiest one is to shorten the dress/skirt. Even if you aren't an expert sewer, just buy some stitch witchery and iron that hem up. Make sure you measure it correctly (remember measure twice, cut once!). tip on measuring: If its a circle skirt measure from the base of the skirt up how many inches you want it shortened.
Next - Remove the shoulder pads! Simple! Easy! Voila!
You can also remove the sleeves - Often, even if you remove the shoulder pads on a dress, the shoulder spacing will be so far out it still makes you seem broad shouldered. Simply make your dress sleeveless by carefully removing the sleeves from the shoulder seam using a seam ripper (or small scissors). Turn the dress inside out, and at the shoulder seam cut the thread that is surged on there carefully and hand stitch it back in place.
But the easiest way to transform a look is to just simply add a belt! The 80's were full of drop waist dresses that work so well for many people (not me), so whenever I encounter a drop waist dress, I just add a belt and make it a blousy top! (Okay, this dress is really not the best example because the waistline isn't that low - but give it a try with a real drop waist - it makes a really cute mini dress!)
Posted at 9:32 PM
September 6, 2011
Well folks, this is where the magic happens-- vintage and handmade creation magic that is. Ok, so not much has changed but I actually just redid this to include that large table that you see to the right. I realized that my small desk was not large enough for me to sew and did not have enough space for me to spread my supplies out. I longed for a corner table, but since I have that silly heater in the corner, I had to find another solution. The long table also doubles as a table for craft and vintage fairs! It folds up and fold in half with a handle! They've seriously thought of everything.
What I'm most excited about is the Babar et Les Balloons Water color poster that is in front of my desk. When I was a kid I loved Babar and my mom used to always read me his stories. I scored this large scale water colored poster at the thrift store the other day. I knew it was the just the thing I needed to replace those records. (Although the records will probably end up on another wall).
Posted at 10:01 PM