April Design Inspiration

My April design inspiration is more abstract than usual, with only a few certain ideas: strong lines, texture and the color blue, yet again. I love the idea of dresses/tunics over pants for transitional dressing, so I am exploring this by playing with proportions. Stay tuned for the final product!
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Spring Cravings: White Everything

It looks like I am swopping out black for white this season, are you surprised? At the moment, I can’t get enough white in my life, between the white blooms on the flowering trees and the overwhelming amount of white apparel available in stores at the moment, it makes me want my entire black wardrobe duplicated in white. While that would be my dream come true, it isn’t likely, so I set my eyes on a few new white pieces for the season. Since they’re white they are considered basics right? (5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge is harder than I thought)!

I took this photo on our street yesterday and then did some shopping. I tried on these two white gems at Zara, the crisp white poplin top is cropped and voluminous, a must have staple for this season. You’ve heard me go on and on about my search for the perfect white jeans, well I think I found them! It has taken me so long because I was always going for white skinny jeans, when all along, white distressed boyfriend jeans were my secret soul mate.

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COS Pop-up in NY

Unfortunately we have to wait until Fall for the permanent COS shop to open in New York, but until then the goodies at their Pop-up shop at Opening Ceremony will tide me over. I stopped in to view the collection this morning in search of must have basics, and I was in luck -the bulk of the collection came in neutral or near neutral colors. The biggest draw for me are COS’s fabric qualities, and their no-fuss, simple silhouettes. I feel like most of their clothes could be unisex, I ended up trying on part of the men’s collection as well and buying a knit long sleeve sweater with a collar… I’m wearing it here. The other two pieces I bought were from the women’s collection and included a perfect white button down shirt and a new bikini.

I only buy a new swimsuit once every 3 or 4 years and I only go to the beach a few times every summer, so I consider the swimsuit an accessory (therefore it won’t count towards my 5 Piece French Wardrobe).  This is the first time I’ve moved away from my go to bandeau silhouette. I couldn’t pass up the sophisticated navy piqué fabric with triangle top and the bottoms with slightly more coverage. It is a bit of a grown up swimsuit, but let’s face it, I’ll be 30 next year so it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m still debating on whether or not to have the bottoms altered to sit slightly lower on my hips. The boyfriend votes yes, but I have some time before swimsuit season sets in to make that decision. I love the idea of wearing the top under sheer shirts this summer.

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 Last season, the COS pop-up sold out over the weekend, so try to stop by today for the best selection.

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Overcoming My Aversion to Blue When it Comes to Jeans

We had laundry day earlier this week and with all of my black laundry packed up to go to the laundromat, I threw on a pair of blue skinny jeans. When I emerged from the bedroom my boyfriend and I agreed that blue jeans didn’t look right on me anymore.

Why? Well, over the past few years I’ve slowly and unconsciously moved away from wearing blue jeans and moved towards wearing almost exclusively, black denim. I’m at the point where I keep my blue jeans at the bottom of my drawer and get aggravated that they take precious real estate away from my black and grey jeans. I can’t remember the last time I wore blue jeans, so that should give you a good idea of how long it’s been.

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In an effort to lighten things up for Spring, I pulled a little inspiration to help influence my blue jean wearing ways. As I scoured my Made Ya Look board, where I stockpile loads of aspirational looks, blue jeans were hard to find. Enter the lovey lady above, wearing a perfectly structured jacket, simple white tee and minimal accessories with her blue hued denim. This is the look that might throw me back into the blue jean pool, here’s hoping!

How do you wear your blue jeans?

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Belated March Design Inspiration

I know we are a few days into April already, but of course I waited until the very last minute to make my March garments for Project de., so I apologize for the delay. My March designs (yes, I made two this month) came out of necessity – figuring out what to wear to a wedding last weekend. When I say last minute, I am not exaggerating, I was still sewing the day of the wedding.

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I am always jealous of men when getting dressed to attend a wedding, no matter what the occasion, a suit will always do. So I took this idea and translated it to womenswear, designing separates for the event in lieu of a dress. Inspired by clean, deliberate lines, the idea of tie back aprons and the contrast between shadow and light led me to the most classic of color schemes, black and ivory…. I know, shocker! If you follow me on instagram, then you already got a sneak peek of how I wore my designs to the wedding. Tomorrow I will show you how versatile these separates are, so stay tuned!

 

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