As always….most of the parks we go to have a LOT of dogs. Which means….Maya is lost to me.
Yup, that’s a DIFFERENT dog… 😉 hahahaha. ME..attempting to enthusiastically call her back to ME…the dog won. I messed up an entire series of shots because I wasn’t in the right spot, so they are all blurry… still love this one though! Oh, and yes, That sign was in ALL of our shots… 😦
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))
I’ve been on a faux fur kick this past year. This summer I posted the Lion Tote – golden faux fur with dark accents. The latest creation – the Faux Fox. Faux fur, light camel colored felt sides and top closed with a zipper, and dark handles.
Making this purse was not easy. I had a vision, found the materials, and got started. The design part was easy, the construction and assembly pretty hard.. You have to think about things like what seams carry weight, overall architecture and construction.. For a while it was a very frustrating “try as you go” DIY project, several ‘start overs’, pricked fingers, but I finally got a good prototype out of it.. and I will say, this purse gets a ton of compliments!
I haven’t (yet) created a *real* pattern for this purse (that would take a little more patience and a lot more time!) but I did get some tips from this awesome DIY faux fur collar to clutch pattern which I found on Pinterest. What would we do without Pinterest!
Thanks Lauren for the fabulous photos. Despite doing a fashion/food/design blog together, we rarely see each other, but had a chance to get together on Veteran’s day for an hour or less in a park – and the kids and weather all cooperated brilliantly so we were able to get a few bonus shots!
I recently made this “Lion Tote”, a large faux fur purse for my sister because she loves everything fur. She picked the fabric, I cut two squares, sewed them together, added a faux leather panel for the bottom and a faux leather panel, lined with faux suede, for the strap. It took some wrestling with the very furry fabric and I almost broke my sewing machine.. but good news, the purse and I both came out each in one piece!
I rarely do fashion posts (I’m a little camera shy and it’s just so much easier to take food pics), but before I sent this piece off to my sis, I had to get some shots of it!
I thought the purse would pair well with a white cotton summer dress and sandals or boots, but it would go equally well with darker fall tones.
Dress: Sheer cotton sleeveless dress from GAP (purchased a few years ago). If you love to thrift shop but don’t have much time to go and search in stores or you don’t have Lauren’s amazing good luck or thrifting super powers.. https://www.thredup.com is a great online thrift store that you can browse from the comfort of your home. 🙂
I love wearing white jeans in the fall/winter! Wearing them near a muddy cuddly toddler maaaaay not have been the best choice, but thank goodness for stain remover 😉
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite parks to go to. It’s so pretty, and Maya ran around for an hour-WIN!Dying over this next one one… She’s actually eating a bowl of grapes 🙂 So in love with these boots that I scored from Zulily’s blow out sale! They still have some in different colors, if you search for Link Boots! I just want to eat her up… She kept running down the hill and tackling me with a hug.
I’ve been dying to shoot in “good light”, but it’s so hard in the fall. Maya takes her nap between 3-6, so it’s dark when she wakes up. We usually go for a long walk with my parents in the morning or Maya has preschool twice a week, so morning shoots are usually out. This morning, my parents were out of town, and it was a gorgeous fall morning! So, we put off the morning walk and went to the park! No time for showers though, but hey…I can only fit in so many things haha.
I’m pretty sure it’s obvious, but I am so obsessed with stripes! The “don’t wear horizontal stripes” is for sure a rule to break. Everyone can! Little hints of it peeking out of layering…LOVE!!! I’m also a bit obsessed with the faux fur trend, but have only really had the nerve to try it out on Maya (my little fashion guinea pig :})See the below expression? That would be me awkwardly trying to talk to a neighbor that came out while the self timer was going off. Hey, I have a limited window of Maya snacking in the wagon. I’ve got to keep this moving! 🙂 He eventually went back inside… And THIS is why I am so thankful I’m doing this blog. Are you kidding me with that smile? LOVE HER! In her hand is a doll from LinaMarieDolls. They are SO CUTE (sorry, I didn’t get a better picture of the doll, but getting Maya to “show me the doll” wasn’t exactly working. I won it in a cut throat auction, and have never been so glad to spend more than retail price on anything! 🙂 It’s all for a good cause, right? She has SO many other cute creations!! I foresee our house being overrun by them… 🙂 I see so many other bloggers talking about “reality” vs “blogging reality”. I admit. I’m only posting pictures that look good. Where me and Maya look happy. Duh. Honestly, I’m so lucky. Maya really is a happy kid, but I HAD to put these in here. These are SO going to be my teenage years… This is such a blogger pose below… And remember this sweater in red? YES, I found it in another thrift store in cream. Same “too big” size! This one was $1.50. SCORE!! Now, back to reality. “I’m jumping!!” Lastly. Wow, I’m rambling a LOT in this post. I’m not sure if any of you care about coats, but I’m thinking with the crazy weather in the US, the answer is yes?! I LOVE vintage coats. They are a fraction of the cost, look totally current (most designers base their looks on vintage coats), and nobody else will have them (WIN!!). All around SCORE as far as I’m concerned!! I haven’t really blogged much about outerwear, but I thought I might at the end for those that care. Pretty sure I got this coat for less than $20. It’s been a while… On me…