As I mentioned in my last post, I have sort of been trying to figure out what I ‘d like to do with the blog since I went on a bit of a hiatus to finish school. Well, I would like to invite you all to begin following my new blog adventures over at calliemakes.wordpress.com…As some of you may have noticed from following Polka Dots and Leopard Spots, I wear quite a few things that I make myself. And that will be what Callie Makes is more about. Because, truthfully, that is what I AM about. I make things. I LOVE to make things. Literally (as cliche as it sounds) since I can remember. Mostly clothing, yes…but I’ll give anything a shot, really.
So, for now…I am going to put down PDLS for a rest and focus a bit more on what I would call my niche-sewing and making. Because it is what I love to do and what I would like to share with you.
Yes, here I am writing after a long few months. I do not have anything visual to share with you today, but I do want to share some words.
This past May, I was finally able to put a check-mark next to “Get Master’s degree” on the never-ending “to-accomplish” list. What an accomplishment it was, too. I can happily say that I am a Master of Art, with a concentration in Fashion (the history of, in my case). A two-year program that FLEW by where I met some great friends that will surely be lifelong relationships. It was the biggest ass-kicker in the world, but welllllll worth all the hard work. I learned not only about my area of interest more deeply I also learned a lot on a personal level. Graduate school taught me about myself and my capabilities. There is really no reason why ALL of us cannot accomplish absolutely any goal we set for ourselves. A goal is worthy if you have that will to see it through. As the old adage goes, where there’s a will there’s a way. Truthfully, I had always thought about going to graduate school as a ‘some day’ goal, that was until my awesome friend gave me the push I needed to go forth and make that ‘some day’ goal turn into a ‘today’ goal. After all, there is no time like the present because truthfully, it’s the only time we know we have.
I’ve been distant from the blog because I am at a cross-roads, where new life chapters are being written and I am figuring out what I’d like to do both personally and professionally. Where I fit in, and where my work will fit in to the world. So, as I dig through the mushy process of self-discovery, more or less, I am working toward deciding what the world needs from me and what I have to share with it. And for now, I will be posting differently and occasionally because PDLS is in a stage of evolution along with me.
The Meaning of Life is to Find your Gift. The Purpose of Life is to Give it Away.
Happy late St. Patrick’s day! I admit, I think I subconsciously wore green for the holiday. Until a few hours into my day, I didn’t actually realize I had put on this green pleated skirt to honor St. Patty’s. And the wind made for an interesting photo-taking experience.
I found this vintage mint green skirt at a thrift store for 99 cents! It has most definitely been one of my best (and most versatile) thrift store finds. The leather jacket is from Victoria’s Secret online and the shoes are about 7 years old so I don’t remember where I found them.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m sure ready for Spring to get here. Inevitably, the weather warm-up means challenging wardrobe decisions. It sometimes takes a lot of effort to resist the urge to dress in anything that says “It’s warm outside!” I am a natural freeze baby, so I am one of those people that carries a sweater in my purse at all times…even when it’s an 85 degree July day (air conditioning, people!) My cool blood temp is probably also what reminds me to still wear long sleeves, closed toed shoes, or layers when the weather starts to break in the Spring because I know that if I get too warm-weather excited, I’ll regret it within the next couple days when I wake up with an “I told you so” cold.
Above, I put together what I would consider to be a pre-Spring appropriate outfit. It brings out those expected petal shades, but the long sleeves, jeans, and booties still keep in the heat for when the sun goes down and the air turns cool again.
A Crocus flower that is about to bloom means Spring is on its way! :)
Just a quick blogfit post today. I had been looking around for a faux leather pencil skirt as a more contemporary basic (it’s an edgier black pencil skirt!) and I finally found one I liked enough from ASOS that more or less just what I had in mind. I also found the basic black turtleneck from ASOS, a wardrobe staple that needed replacing in my closet.
Blue suede pumps are by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s (No longer available)
Blue and white prints and designs have always been very striking to me. There are such interesting backgrounds associated with blue and white motifs among various cultures. Chinoiserie and Delftware derived from the Netherlands, for example. My mom has always had a wonderful collection of Delftware, (a lot of which came from Colonial Williamsburg) so that is very likely one reason I am drawn to blue and white prints…it’s apparently ingrained.
So, I made this dress over the summer with the intention of wearing it to a wedding but opted for a different one. I wanted to wait until the winter to do a blog post with this dress because I thought the blue and white print would probably stand out way better with a snowy white background.
Lately, I’ve been visiting the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe. The holidays and the months following always make me realize how much stuff I have and how much of it I probably don’t need, which in turn ignites a major purge of said stuff. Of course a lot of that stuff includes clothing, shoes, and accessories. I think for a lot of people, it can get to a point where getting dressed in the morning is more of a chore because you are overwhelmed with choices instead of faced with simple, stylish decisions. Honestly, that may be why a capsule wardrobe sounds the most appealing to me…ease. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE styling and putting things together, but I also very much appreciate simplicity and well-made pieces with great design elements.
Above are some of the pieces I consider to be staples in a wardrobe, most of which I have variations of myself and are often items I continue to go back to. I’d say it’s a good start to building a great capsule wardrobe.
Just another quick post today of the lovely Statue of Liberty. We took a quick jaunt to NYC this weekend for some research purposes and decided to take one day to walk along Battery Park for this great view.