Month: June 2016

My Favorite Girls Night Movies

Summer days are meant for staying up late and enjoying your friends and family as much as possible!  One of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening is by watching one of my favorite girly movies, making snacks, and cuddling up on the couch with loved ones for a fun time!  Last year, I shared my favorite summer vacation musicals, so this year, I thought I would share my favorite girl’s night movies….so here we go! Pride and Prejudice – 1995  While I adore the Kiera Knightly version, there is nothing better than being taken away by the BBC version with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.  Just make sure that you can set aside 6 hours…but trust me, it’s worth it! You Were Never Lovelier – 1942  This very fun musical is a wonderful blend of dancing, singing, comedy, misunderstanding and Hollywood glamour! Ever After – 1998   One of my absolute favorites, this sweet take on Cinderella is fun not only because of the characters, but because of the gowns as well! Becoming Jane – …

The Gowns that have Inspired My Sewing…

I have been sewing since I was a little girl and dabbled in the usual assortment of projects that new sewers try.  A few handbags, a dress or two, and perhaps a little quilting.  But there comes a time in every sewer’s journey when they begin to discover their particular niche.  While they still may sew a variety of things, they often find one particular style, or area, or system that is their most favorite.  And that is the beautiful thing about sewing.  Sewing is one of those rare hobbies that can be truly for enjoyment while still offering a wonderful service.  It will always be a needed talent and one that should be carefully and lovingly cultivated. I went on my own little journey of sewing during my summer vacations of college.  This was of course in the days before Pinterest and my access to historical fashion was limited, but I was able to Google a lot of the various images.  Through this process, I began finding gowns that spoke to me and continue to inspire …

A Salute to Women’s Pants

I am so grateful that I am able to wear pants.  There, I’ve said it and I meant it.  I find myself most comfortable in pants, and while I will slip on a dress every once in a while, I still prefer pants.  Different lengths, widths, patterns, and fabric all add to the variety that these garments can bring to your wardrobe.  So it is only fitting to take a little journey back to see, not only the start, but the evolution women’s pants have undergone since the early 1900’s. 1910’s Mostly meant for outdoor work, these adorable overalls look comfy yet very feminine. 1920’s The 1920’s saw women’s pants widen to create a faux skirt look.  Roomy, comfy, and very “sailor-esque”, these pants will see a rebirth in the 70’s. 1930’s Still very wide, women’s pants continued to be worn in casual environments and were created in more light, flowy fabrics. 1940’s More tailored, tapered, and refined, pants during the 1940’s continued to grow in popularity and were worn by both Hollywood and the average …

Visiting Your Local Farmers Market

There is a feeling of “coming home” emerging in many parts of the country.  What do I mean by that?  I mean that there is this overwhelming urge to go back to the simpler things in life, appreciate good, hard work, and try to make our environment a little bit healthier and happier.  I like to call this “coming home.”  I have noticed it expand where I live, as people begin shopping in more local stores, embracing small backyard subsistence farming, and doing their best to get everyone they know involved. An early 1900’s Farmers Market And one place where you will find a large population of such like-minded people is at the Farmers Market.  It is a joyous gathering of local crafters, farmers, florists, bakers, butchers, and other such folks who bring their preciously created wares to share with others.  Of course the idea of a farmers market has been around since Ancient Egypt, and has happily transplanted itself into other areas and cultures with growing enthusiasm. Two women in the 1940’s wheeling around …

The Lipstick of Summer: Coral

I have exactly one tube of coral lipstick.  I wear it maybe once or twice a summer and only on occasions when I am feeling bold or adventurous.  I am not sure where the hesitation comes from, but I find coral to be a brighter color to wear than red.  Sometimes I feel the need to talk myself up to slathering on a layer….a problem I never have when it comes to wearing hot pink? But apart from my own oddities, coral truly is the happiest of colors to wear during the summer months.  It speaks of sun, health, and (in my case) courage!  But just like many colors, not every shade of coral works on every skin shade.  You have to play around a bit to find that perfect blend which adds to your overall glow… not the other way around. To help you on your search, I have found four lovely shades of coral in differing color tones, finishes, and prices!  I hope they encourage you (as they have me) to embrace this happy, …

The June Bride

One of my favorite songs from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (which also happens to be one of my favorite movies) is the song “June Bride.”  It is extremely catchy and can pop into my head at random times…even when I haven’t watched the movie  in months!  If you haven’t seen/heard of this musical before, than close out this post and go find yourself a copy!!!  You won’t regret it! 🙂 In the meantime, feel free to click the link below to watch the song! June Bride And while getting married in June is not as common today (as I am a May bride), I still thought it would be fun to take a little look back at the do’s and don’ts of bridal wear! One of my good friends is getting married, and watching her go through the fun of finding a wedding dress makes me feel just as excited as if it were for my own wedding (well, almost!)  She finally found a dress through Alfred Angelo after much debate and what seemed like …

A 1950’s Sleeveless Jacket or Sleeveless Dress

This little number is part coat, part dress, and part chic! This is a very simple design which can easily include sleeves, a collar, or a fun belt as seen in the picture above.  The other fun thing about this pattern is that it is fully lined!  How luxurious! 🙂 Materials Needed 1 1/2 yard each of outer fabric and lining 6 large buttons Pattern Guide Front – Cut 2 from both fabrics but cut lining shorter that outer fabric A, B – 1/4 of neck plus 3″ B, C – Shoulder length plus 2″ E, D – 1/4 of bust plus 3″ C, D – Armhole Curve Back (Cut on fold) Cut 1 of each fabric A, B – 1/4 of neck plus 1″ B, C – Shoulder length E, D – 1/4 of bust plus 2-3″ C, D – Armhole Curve To show you how to create this pattern, I have added a video outlining each step.   Sorry about the wavy lines in the video….I’m still new to the whole movie making thing! 🙂 …

Creating a Summer Arrangement

During Memorial weekend I was inspired to create a new centerpiece for my kitchen table.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but I felt that I needed something sweet and colorful.  I visited my local Michael’s craft store and was delighted to find a great sale on silk flowers…so I picked up anything that I thought would look nice.  However, the one thing I couldn’t figure out was what vase to use.  Well, next door to our Michael’s was a Pier 1, and after some very fun browsing, I found two glasses that I thought could work.  A list of the some of the tools and supplies I used are listed below. So I took everything I purchased, including a bottle of clear gel for the bottom of the vase, and laid it all out! I debated what was the best vase (as I found some more around my house) to use for quite a while until I settled on the two clear tumblers I purchased at Pier I.  Since I wanted to use …