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Monday, February 6, 2017

Summer Wardrobe Plans

Happy February to all! My heavens January flew right by didn't it? You may be wondering at the pre-maturity of the title seeing as it is just barely February. However, I am very much in the throws of planning and creating my summer wardrobe. All in my pre-baby size. While I feel this is quite a risk to take, it's one I am 100% taking. Allowing for minor adjustments such as enlarging the bust size and opting for not too heavily tailored styles.

When I originally sat down to sketch out my wardrobe, I drew up lots of separates. I had visions of pants and shorts all matched with cute tops. And while I am not entirely abandoning this plan, I am adding to it. Recently my husband and I ventured into downtown Asheville to catch a showing of La La Land. The film was absolutely stunning! Being Jazz music lovers, musical theatre performers, and old movie buffs the movie was just our cup of tea :) Needless to say, Emma Stone's wardrobe greatly inspired me to add some dresses to my wardrobe. Honestly, I haven't sewn myself a good staple dress in years. Far too long!

One of the elements I enjoyed most about Emma Stone's wardrobe was that her dresses had a vintage feel and nostalgia to them without being over the top costumey looking. Some flowy breathable dresses will certainly be making an appearance in my closet this summer.

My practical reasons for this choice being we live in the Carolinas. Every single year summer rolls around, salutations are made to 100 plus degree weather not including the humidity index. Also no fuss dresses sound fantastic to throw on while taking care of a newborn! I can imagine I won't have nearly the amount of time to get ready as I do now.

Without further adieu, here are my sewing plans.

Separates: 

View 1 of the Colette Zinnia skirt. I have some incredibly soft, light wash denim waiting to be used for this!

The Rita pleated shorts from Wearing History. Made from a rayon challis I have in my stash




I am so excited about View 3 of the Sencha blouse! I picked up this pattern in Seattle, WA at District Fabrics along with some lovely cream and yellow polka dot fabric for the intent of this project. I am 90% done with this blouse! YAY :) From talking to other mothers, the overwhelming advice is this. After you have a baby, there will be hardly any extra time for activities such as sewing. Thus, I am attempting to get a head start. Time will tell if this is a genius idea or just..not.... haha 




 Dresses
View A of this Butterick pattern. 
I am planning to sew this a size larger than I usually would and I figure I can do that! because it has these fabulous giant ties that can easily adjust the size and shape of the bodice as my body changes. 

I would love to make this dress in a very free flowing drape-able fabric. Perhaps in a deep pink or lavender? I usually do not gravitate towards these colors, however my skin tone is summer. And this year, I am trying to use fabrics within my my color wheel.. Also, to break out of my normal wardrobe choices. 



This halter dress will be made using a deep green crepe. My plans being that this dress can easily transfer from summer into fall.

Can we all take a moment to realize how awesome and beautiful halter top dresses are?? Specifically those styles from the 1940's and 1950's. I am just not a fan of modern halter top styles. My rule of thumb with a halter dress or top is this... If you have an open back to a dress, one must have a high front. Simple as that!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter.

Is anyone else out there planning their spring/summer wardrobe? 
Comment below and let me know!

Olivia











Sunday, January 15, 2017

A New Normal

Happy Sunday to everyone!

It seems there was a quick preview of winter last week, (Bonjour snow! :) Sadly it has left. Currently, we are enjoying 50 degree days here in the mountains. These bounces back and forth in the weather make for quite the interesting wardrobe. Not even factoring in the fact I am not able to fit into any of my old clothes anymore. Today marks my first maternity outfit post. Yay! I have had quite the time as of late trying to find clothing. First off, can we talk about the fact that a lot of maternity clothes are awful? I never truly realized it until I had to start shopping for some. Honestly, that combined with the constant body changes right now, I don't want to even get dressed in real clothes half of the time.

 I have majorly struggled with the weight gain aspect of pregnancy, to be honest. I am eating incredibly well though, having successfully cut out almost all sugar, bread, and dairy. None the less, my body has been consistently packing on the pounds. ALL OVER. My legs, back, hips, arms etc. You name it. As someone who is obsessive about their weight, this has led to many a meltdown already. Honestly, my self-confidence is at the lowest it has ever been which is difficult. It's a bad downward spiral of feeling selfish for feeling upset about gaining weight...over and over and over again. Slowly but surely I am working through it.
That being said, I could not be happier about being pregnant! My husband and I are truly thrilled and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new little girl. It gets more real with every day. This past week I have felt movement which is truly the most incredible thing.



I have reached 21 weeks which is past the halfway point. Yikes! May 24th will be here before I know it. Although due dates are hardly ever 100% correct, it's a date we are planning everything around. And I can't wait to share some tiny adorable sewing projects being worked on in the sewing room. 






Dress: Target
Belt: Gift from my sister in law
Bag: Antique find!
Shoes: Cole Haan





I must sign off for now as tons of housework calls my name. I hope everyone is having a lovely winter!

Olivia 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Years! And a 2016 Recap


Hello! My it has been far too long... It seems that 2017 has officially come. Which to me is unreal in every aspect. Christmas flew by without so much as a wink, as did time with family. Living a couple hours away from one's family may not seem like a terrible hike, but life is busy for everyone. Meaning seeing my and Ethan's family is a precious commodity these days.

2016 held so much. It turned out to be a year where such an extraordinary amount of things came to pass that it felt as if two years worth of events and activities were shoved into one.

Here in a brief bullet point list are some main events that happened!



  • January 2, 2016, Ethan and I got married! 
  • We moved to a small temporary house
  • We moved to Alaska for the fishing season
  • We moved back to NC 
  • We couch surfed from family to family while we searched for a place to live 
  • We moved to the mountains 
  • I got a job working for Brooks Brothers
  • We left to Scotland for a week (we decided we would do this during Alaska ) 
  • We truly settle into our new rental house. Yay!
  • Ethan and I host Thanksgiving dinner (An accomplishment I am putting on here, because if you have ever cooked Thanksgiving dinner by yourself.... well, you understand;) 
  • Christmas time! Ethan and I get to tell our families that we will indeed be welcoming a little girl into the world! The due date being May 24, 2017. 



This catches us up to present day. Currently, a series of decisions need to be made that all have quite the domino effect upon each other. While I have never been a person who dislikes change or making decisions, I find myself wanting to fall asleep and wake up to find everything rosy and perfect. Haha, if only real life were that easy! P.S. Ethan and I are thinking about possibly moving again.... Which sounds like such an overwhelming prospect. However, it is one of those decisions mentioned above that need to be made. Truly beginning to feel like a nomad...

Here a some of my favorite photos from this past year. (In absolutely no particular order)

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Getting ready photos! 
Left to right: My best friend Heidi, me, then my sisters Caroline and Casey. We are all quite silly and dramatic... If you can't tell :) 

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Father daughter dance


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The scenery and weather never ceased to amaze me in Alaska! 



Enjoying some time in Washington state after Alaska!





Scotland... I can only ever hope to return someday! Hopefully for months of exploration instead of a week. 
North Carolina apples=the best 


I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and Advent season. 













Tuesday, November 15, 2016

OOTD: Autumn in North Carolina

My, that title sounds strange without New York at the end doesn't it? I apologize for radio silence and a complete lack of regular posting. When I started this blog I had these beautiful intentions of posting no less than three times a week. However, then you start work. Your days off are spent catching up on laundry, housework, and make-a-head meals. Don't get me wrong. I love it! I truly love taking care of a house and being a wife. It's just that I'm still learning the ropes of it all and it occupies almost all of my time.

I have not even had the privilege to sit down and spend some quality time with my darling  Bernina. Save for mandatory mending. If you do not already know, I work part time for Brooks Brothers as a supervisor. And the holiday hours that come along with working retail will soon set in creating even longer days. Thankfully, my husband and I share one weekday off from work that is the same. We have enjoyed using this day to explore the new territory we now call home. The mountains of North Carolina have so much to offer! Apple and vegetable stands on every corner it seems, not to mention homemade apple cider donuts. :)

As a side note. Western North Carolina is in an extreme drought right now. Wildfires are roaring and burning thousands of acres. The fire truly is just down the road from us and we may have to possibly evacuate. Prayers for rain and safety for the community would be so greatly appreciated! One of my friends passed in a devastating mountain fire early this year and my heart feels so heavy even thinking about it.



Onto some slightly happier subjects though! 




I do have to say, this is my absolute favorite winter staple. Hello luxurious fur collar :) I have such memories associated with it as well. I had the pleasure of wearing it for the run of It's a Wonderful Life where I played Violet Peterson. 
SO much fun you all. I cannot wait to audition for a professional theatre near where I live. I miss acting and signing tremendously. 




Now, for these next photos I have decided to entitle them "Why on earth not?" 

Because sometimes you ditch your lovely heeled oxfords and go wading in frigid water...It called to me. I adore exploring and what fun is admiring a beautiful creek from the sidelines right? I am pleased to say I only walked out with one injury from this particular traipse through the water. 





This is the face you make when you step on then proceed to slide down worlds most slime coverer rock. 


Apples! I have been making loads of applesauce lately. And while I do not have a specific recipe I will say this. A touch (or more) of a good bourbon in the mixture as it's boiling and reducing gives an incredible flavor! 


I hope everyone has been enjoying their autumn season. 

Have a lovely evening
Olivia 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

OOTD: Sweater Days

As I sit here typing and sipping my coffee, I feel more at peace about life that ever before. My husband and I are all settled into our little mountain home. I have begun working for Brooks Brothers as a supervisor and it has been the most incredible experience so far! If I am being honest with my self I have never truly loved going to work...ever. I have found a home working for this company though, and the best part is the hours! I can still keep house and cook full meals and find plenty of time to sew and knit with the hours I work. 

 Also, getting to dress up every day for the store? Yay! 


This is a view I am daily treated to. The mountains of North Carolina have such a peace and wildness about them. 
If I may quote Cora Munro... for to me, her words capture how I feel about living with such beauty surrounding. 
"It is more deeply stirring to my blood than any imagining could possibly have been."

Needless to say, I want to stay here forever. Words I never thought I would say! My entire life I have wanted to move no less than once a year. To explore and travel. And while I know we may not live here forever. We have both decided if we had to pick a place to settle down for good, this would be it. 



Also, I have dyed my hair.. Once again ;) 
This time however, I had it professionally done! It makes a large difference, let me tell you. 
I dyed it for my Claire Fraser cosplay this year. If you follow me on Instagram, I have posted some photos of the costume in the works! 





Sweater: Banana Republic
Belt: Banana Republic
Boots: Frye
Jeans: ASOS
Bracelet: Alex & Ani


Also taking a moment to thank my dearest who takes wonderful pictures for me. He happens to be quite the dapper dresser himself. :) 



Have a wonderful day!

Olivia 











Saturday, September 10, 2016

How to Functionally Wear Vintage While Traveling: Summer Edition


Hello dear readers,

I have done lots of traveling through the years and in a varying degree of dress. For me, car trips are all about the comfy clothes. Leggings, long tunic style shirts and squishy soft socks. Flying, though? Oh, heaven forbid I ever step foot on a plane in any type of dress such as I described above. I absolutely disapprove of the casual state of clothing that people have adopted while flying. Every time I go through security I am blinded by Hello Kitty PJ pants and sports team sweat pants. What’s running through my head at this time? “Stop all of the madness!” In nothing short of a Shakespeare style drama voice.





Over the course of many years, I have adopted a bit of a specific flying style. Vintage flair with modern practicality and minimalistic jewelry. It’s a bit of direct formula now that I think of it. While I have traveled in heels before (Strappy 4-inch stilettos to be exact) I do not suggest it. I also walked 3 miles in said heels one fateful night in Manhattan. It hurt so terribly I actually considered going barefoot in the city. Which if you have ever looked down while walking on Broadway, you truly would have to be on the brink of insanity to even consider that.
While footwear can be a bit of a kryptonite for me. I have to sigh, set looks aside and quietly resign myself to donning comfortable flats for air travel. I thank myself at the end of the day every time, though. 





Shirt: T.J. Maxx 
Belt: Thrifted
Scarf: Thrifted
Bag: A gift from my father :) It is his old briefcase he used to carry to work. I have used it as my purse for many years now! 

A note about The Linden Lady Palazzo pants. I first made these pants to accompany a very specific 1930's style outfit. And I honestly put them in my closet wondering how I was going to wear/style them again. Um.... I am not kidding when I say I currently live in these pants now! I decided to don them for our two days of flying, travel, sleeping in the airport. You know all that jazz and fun stuff. I then proceeded to wear them in Seattle, WA where Ethan and I  stopped to visit for two days. I changed briefly out of them once to wear a circle skirt outfit but jumped right back in them when we arrived back at our hostel! They have only left my person to take a wash these last weeks and I am starting to sew my second pair soon! 

Am I getting a little over zealous when in my mind I am planning to sew two different pairs for every season? 

Some travel essentials you guys :) A pattern to read through, some organic dark chocolate, and my knitting. If you have never tried Green and Black's Dark Chocolate before, go get some! 

Outerwear: This is a bit tricky and seems to be determined by the destination. However, I always travel with my trench coat. It is lightly lined but if I get chilly, keeps me warm just fine. Not to mention, I feel a little bit fabulous in it ;) 


Hats: I love wearing hats with outfits. It can really give a fun element! And while I have worn hats for flying the only warning I have to say is just make sure you keep track of it! I have nearly lost a treasured head covering many times before. Usually from needing to take it off during security and being in a rush etc... 

Jewelry: While flying I usually keep it simple to no jewelry. I am not a huge jewelry person anyway, but I seem to stick with hoop earrings and long chain style necklace for travel. Very easy removal for security. 

Are you noticing a theme here? Security seems to dictate most of my fashion choices for flying haha. 




So long Alaska, you certainly were grand! 

And I believe that's all for today. Currently, I am planning to do a travel edition for every season! Fall is up next.

Blessings and have a wonderful day,

Olivia