Every time I start to develop a rhythm around updating my blog, life happens!! For example, we have over a foot of snow here in Cleveland with more on its way…and if you write a style blog or know anything about the process of writing one, then you know how truly unstylish bundling for this much snow, truly is! And don’t even get me started on taking pictures in all this!
Aside from weather, I’ve been traveling around (not the best timing with Linus). Last week Joe and I were both in Chicago – each for our jobs. I spent the week catching up with my coworkers, and sitting through a lot of meetings..which was good considering working from home can be a little lonely. Also, I after months of discussions I can finally announce that Joe and I are moving back to Chicago! It was something we both knew was inevitable; however I guess neither of us anticipated it being so quick after I moved from there lol. Nevertheless, I am excited about being back in the city. Not so much the idea of downsizing or getting a smaller closet, but as Tim Gunn would say, “it’s a make it work moment”!
Aside from looking for new homes, working my day job, and the terrible weather, there really isn’t too much going on. I appreciate the patience from my lovely readers and I hope to get some outfits back up on the blog soon!
I’ve always been a huge sports fan and this weekend was no exception, as Joe and I were invited to a Fox Sports event in Columbus. I always find sporting events challenging to dress for, as I never want to be too dressed up, but I still want to look cute and fashionable. In this case, the two events we were invited to involved being outside, in the cold and snow, followed up by being in Nationwide Arena to watch NHL Skills Challenge as part of the NHL AllStar Weekend.
High heels were immediately removed from the occasion (I almost never wear heels to a sporting event) and I found these over the knee boots on sale at Target Friday night and figured they would be a perfect blend between comfort and stylish (if you haven’t downloaded the Cartwheel app – stop reading my blog and go download it right now! – It saved me 40% off these boots that were already 30% off!!). I paried the shoes with a flannel button down for two reasons…flannel is everywhere right now and its warm, then I threw on a sweater cardigan as a request from one of my readers. Sweater cardigans are the best…stay tuned for a future post on how versatile the sweater cardigan truly is!
So the event was a blast! We got to sit in a suite and watch some of hockey’s biggest names let loose and have a little fun on the ice. We followed up the night with a dueling piano bar called The Big Bang. I love love love piano bars! Some of the patrons got a little rowdy, but multiple laughs (and Videos) and the outfit was still holding up perfectly!
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1/4 Yard of Faux Fur Fabric (I purchased more of a felt medium weight fabric from Joann’s)
1/4 Yard of Lining (I purchased a medium weight cotton from Joann’s)
Interfacing (Medium weight package of 3 yards at Joann’s)
14in Industrial Zipper (Purchased at Joann’s)
Matching Thread (Already own – you can get at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s etc.)
I am so excited to share this blog with you all…mainly because I am thrilled with how my clutch turned out, but also because it is Friday night and if you are anything like me, then you need something to do tonight 🙂 If you’ve read some of my past blogs, then you know that inserting zippers makes me cringe. If zippers aren’t your thing either, it’s okay – just PRESS ON! This clutch is super easy and gave me the confidence I needed to keep sewing with zippers 🙂
In the picture above you will see my rotary cutter and little quilters cutting board. Both of these were gifts from my sweet Momma for Christmas and they could not be more perfect!! I’d been stalking the idea of getting a rotary cutter, but for whatever reason I never did. After using this once, I am kicking myself for all the sewing I did without it. Moral of the story..if you have not invested in a rotary cutter, DO.SO.NOW! The one above is less than $10 and can be found just about anywhere.
To start the project, I made a trip to Joann’s Fabrics (one of my favorite places on Earth!). I browsed through the faux fur aisle, before settling on this dalmatian/cow print that was more of a felt fabric than faux fur but it was still heavy enough to work for this particular project. I also picked up the red cotton lining that was stiff enough to help the clutch hold shape and the interfacing (I usually find this around the aisle that has the fabric glue). Lastly, I grabbed a 14 in industrial zipper and headed home.
The first thing I did was cut all of my fabric. I cut my faux fur fabric to roughly 10 inches (height of the clutch) and 14 inches (Length of the clutch). I cut my lining to these same measurements, and cut my interfacing to 9×13 (I allowed for 1/2 seams). Then I used my iron and the directions on the interfacing package to adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of my faux fur fabric (See picture below).
Next I started pinning the faux fur fabric to the top of the zipper, by folding over 1/2 inch of the top of the fabric (maybe less) and then pinning directly to the zipper. After I pinned both sides of the zipper with the faux fur, I pinned both sides of the zipper with the lining. To do this, I folded over the top of the lining fabric with 1/2 inch (maybe less) and pinned under the zipper. After this, you are ready to sew straight seams that will attach your zipper. It should look something like below.
Attachinng the zipper wasn’t that bad now was it??! Next you are ready to finish the bag…this is the part where I got too excited to take pictures so use your imagination. Fold over your fabric so that both of the right sides of the fabric are touching (see image below). Pin the three non stitched sides of clutch together and sew straight seams all the way around the fabric. Cut the bottom corners (opposite side of the zipper) at an angle (this will help the edges look sharp when you flip the bag right side out).
Now unzip the zipper, flip you bag right side out and VIOLA…a beautiful clutch!! I fill mine with all the latest beauty goodies, my cell phone and credit cards and I’m out the door!
The snow is never-ending right now. This week was the first glimpse of the blacktop I had seen in weeks, only to be immediately covered yet again with more snow. Nevertheless, I am really tired of wearing flats and braved the slippery sidewalks in my heels (spare boots in the car for emergencies of course :))
Aside from being fed up with flats, I am entirely over coats right now too. Bet you couldn’t guess that this Southern gal does not like Northern winters? Anyway, I also braved the day without a coat, because I couldn’t bear to cover up this adorable outfit with a heavy duty and ultra-boring black coat. Speaking of bear, I love animal print (shocking huh?)! Cheetah, snakeskin, alligator, cow…you name it, I want it (as long as it’s fake of course!!) and I found this vest in the back of my closet. This vest is so perfect you can pair it with a basic black skirt, or some jeans and you’re practically out the door.
For good measure, I added a statement lip from Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick collection (they are AH-MAZING) and this DIY Clutch which I made over the weekend (DIY blog coming soon!).
PS. There’s nothing like writing a blog to point out the fact that you need you hair colored, your nails done and some self-tanner STAT! Is it summer yet?
It’s a gross day here in Cleveland…the snow is beginning to melt, which has left dirt, mud, and water EVERYWHERE! On these days, flats are a must. I’m not taking any chances on ruining a good pair of heels 🙂 OH and say hello to my sweet little monster Ronaldo…nothing he loves more than having his picture taken so I can guarantee you will see a lot more of him around here. And if you just can’t wait to see more of his adorable mug, just check out my Instagram!
Now, let’s talk fashion. I know a lot of people prefer not to mix brown and black, but I have become quite fond of the pair in recent years. I’m not talking about dark brown though; as that is something you will only see sporadically on this blog…dark brown is not kind to this face! This lovely camel color though….I just can’t get enough! So much so that the bag, the shoes and the sweater have all been purchased in the last month. Can you say shopping addiction?
If you haven’t already, invest in a pair of black jeans. I often wondered why someone would buy black jeans when you can wear leggings, but these jeans have paid for themselves ten times over as you can see in the pictures (they’re obviously very worn and not at pitch black due to lots of washing).
I wanted to add a little color to spruce up my day and to match my gloves (you’ll see these beauties in a future post), so I added this simple pink button down that ties in the brown and black for those non-believers.