• Made by Me 001 // Baby Blue Jumpsuit

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    On a whim I pulled out my sewing machine the other night and started playing around with a thrifted size 12 dress. I wanted to make a jumpsuit, but I didn’t think it would turn out so I didn’t even take “before” pictures of the dress. I stayed up sewing until 3:00am that night, and my jumpsuit actually didn’t turn out so bad. I absolutely love it, it’s literally the most comfortable thing ever, and I have already worn it twice this week.

    I used every scrap of the dress for the jumpsuit, and the belt is made from strips of tiny scraps that I spliced together and braided. The original dress had slits up the sides which I kept for the jumpsuit, but at some point I may decide to tapper the legs a little for a simpler, more streamlined look. This was actually a pretty simple project; I cut the dress to make a top and took in the sides. I formed the pants using the bottom part of the dress, tracing a pair of pajama pants and then I sewed two pieces together and added a belt.

    Exercising my creativity felt amazing, and I can’t describe how fabulous it feels to design and assemble a article of clothing and then USE (and love) it. Jumpsuits are a statement, so I paired it with lowkey sneakers and simple stud earrings, which were locally made by a small business. This project was so much fun and left me with a craving  to create;  it is so refreshing (even when it happens at 3:00am) and energizes me and I am determined to prioritize it this summer.

    Cioa bella!

     

     

     

  • Bells On Her Sleeves

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    Huge sleeves continue to sweep the fashion world and that makes me happy; I love the drama of romantic bell sleeves  and how they can easily complete any outfit. Bell sleeves are appropriate for casual and fancy events and it’s easy to use one bell sleeve blouse for a variety of occasions. This  blouse belongs to my Mom and here I styled it pretty casually, with jeans and sneakers, and it would also go perfectly with a pencil skirt and heels for church.

    Bell sleeves are a statement, so when it comes to styling them, especially if they are out of your comfort zone, keep the rest of your outfit simple and jewelry to a minimum. In this outfit I chose a simple choker, although when in doubt pearls are always a safe and classic choice. Cioa Bella!

     

  • Two Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

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    Well, it’s been a little while since I shared here so today I’m super excited today to share two Thanksgiving outfit ideas! My family typically spends Thanksgiving with my Dad’s family and after Mass in the morning we spend the day at my Grandparents, hanging out, hopefully helping in the kitchen a little bit,and of course eating so I want an outfit that is cute but  most importantly comfortable.

           

    My first outfit (and the one that I’m pretty positive I’ll actually be wearing;) is simply a basic swing dress and booties. I’ll probably add a plaid fleece scarf and maybe tights, but it is a perfect outfit. The dress is soft and 100% comfortable but the overall outfit looks appropriate to go from Mass in the morning right to dinner time!

         

    On to outfit number 2, tunic + jeans + booties! Pretty much a no fail combination #classic and perfect for any fall day, Thanksgiving not excluded. The fall colors from my blouse and booties make it especially Thanksgiving appropriate and not to brag or anything, but this entire outfit is thrifted. 🙂

    What will you be wearing for Thanksgiving? Which of these two combinations would you choose? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Retro Polka Dots

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    Last Sunday I was looking to switch up my Mass outfit a little so I started searching through my Mom’s closet and discovered this lovely little skirt. It fit, and I loved the length so much, it’s a departure from my typical knee length skirt, which fits right in with my last post where I talked about embracing a “diverse” wardrobe. 😉 Midi skirts are timeless and elegant and actually quite flattering as they create long lines which elongate your legs. Pair them with heels and a simple blouse and pearls and you have a fabulous, classy outfit in the blink of an eye. Basically what I’m telling you is that you need a midi skirt so buy one as soon as you are done reading this post, no ifs or buts. 🙂

     

  • Golden Hour and Goldenrods + Tip for Expanding Your Wardrobe

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    The number one tip that I can give for multiplying your wardrobe is to search for unique pieces that are just a step outside of your comfort zone. I have found that all of my favorite clothes are the ones that are different, whether in color, shape, or style and this “diversity” is part of what makes my wardrobe look full and complete. Yes, I do own what some consider “a TON of clothes” (and those who remind me of this often accompany that statement with a dramatic eye roll hahaha), but my in reality my closet is far from being limited to one style or one color or one anything. It is a medley ranging from my most prized piece, the orange dress my Grandmother wore as a junior in high school to, to my most worn piece, dark wash skinny jeans, to my craziest buy, neon pink sandals, to my go-to classic LBD and this variety serves as an illusion to the actual size of my wardrobe because every outfit looks different.

    Here’s a personal example: a couple years ago I spent one summer in an awesome brand of cool catholic tee shirts. I loved the company and I loved the message on the shirts…. but rotating four or five tee shirts of the same cut and similar color scheme with two pairs of Bermuda shorts just made me feel like I was wearing the same outfit every single day! No fun. Or another example: that same year, I began shopping at Goodwill. *cue all the confetti* But rather than maxing out the plethora of awesome clothes there, I stuck with selecting basic cardigans, basic A-line skirts and super basic solid colored dresses. It took me a long time to figure out why I felt like I was wearing the exact. same. outfit. every single Sunday, summer and winter, despite having lots of clothes!! My goodwill obsession has only gotten worse (or should I say better? ;)) and with it my closet is expanding, but I never feel like I am repeating outfits because I have variety in more ways than just lots of clothes. Bottom line: experiment with different styles and colors to enjoy a wonderful wardrobe that you will love!

    When I put this outfit and location together I intended for it to be more bohemian, but it turned out with more of a country flair, and while I am so not a country girl, I love how the photos turned out. My friend Annabelle took them, and after we were done we hung out in the gorgeous field just talking and laughing until after it got dark which was so much fun. To get back to her house we had to walk through the dark woods and I may or may not have confused her neighbor’s peacocks for a wild animal…..

    Never take yourself too seriously 😛

    Have a wonderful day!  You are beautiful and you are so so loved!