Fashion Thoughts for Today

With the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend (and the unofficial start of summer), I am really feeling the color palettes  that are available in stores right now.  It just adds to the whole summer time vibe.  Now, I’ll admit, I’ve never really been a big color person in the past but there is something about the vibrant colors now available that I am really feeling.  I love it!!  Granted it does take me back to the 80’s and Junior High School for a second (Tears for Fears anyone) but that’s ok….  It’s the modern twist on it that makes it great.  So, yes,  I have absolutely gone color crazy.  And there is nothing that can make you feel more like summer than the great yellows, bright pinks and the other cool colors practically everywhere right now.

So, even if you haven’t gone color block crazy, now is the perfect time to add some color to your wardrobe.  There are so many options.  A good choice is to start with a basic accessory, like a statement necklace or belt or a purse or shoes.  Start with that accessory and build from there.  And don’t be afraid to mix colors that typically would not go together – that’s the point.  Pinks with yellows.  Funky blues with pinks.  It’s the contrast that makes it great.  And even if your not quite ready for that — take a basic color, like black or white and add the pop of color to that.  In no time, you’ll be a pro.  Gosh, I’ve got bright yellow skirts, orange pants, hot pink dresses.  Add another color to them via an accessory and you’ve got it!

I have a mild example above….  more primary color mixing but I think you get the point.  (And please excuse my photo sharing and taking ability — I’m still figuring out the best way to share my ideas in a way that translates well).  I’ll share more of my thoughts (and examples) on color blocking for the summer in future blogs.  Good Luck!  (And more to come on my blazer project — hopefully in my next post).

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My First Jacket Design Project

So, I have decided to venture out on something entirely new… Entirely different than my 9-5 day job (ummm.. I’m in IT). I’m not sure how it is going to work out but I’ve just made a decision to have some fun with it and see how it goes! I mean that’s what life is about, right?

I’ve always loved fashion in some form or the other. As long as I can remember, I have loved shopping. I mean loved it. When I was a little girl, shopping was an every weekend adventure with my Mom. I’ve always been fascinated with purses and shoes and cool, different clothes. And I would love for the chance to get a purse from my Mom that she no longer wanted! I would get so excited. As I got older, I began (as everyone does) to get more comfortable with my own sense of style. Shopping became my therapy (still is). And I started to realize that people were asking ME to help them with their fashion choices as well! It’s taken some years (gosh, I’m 38) but I am completely comfortable now with my fashion style and my eye for it. In fact, I love it! Its my way of expressing me! I see it as an extension of who I am and my personality! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I know everything about fashion but I do think I’ve got a pretty good eye for it.

I’ve been trying to figure out for years, how I could take my passion for fashion and make it into something bigger, something more, something that I can do every day and love. I’ve considered becoming a buyer, a personal shopper, a fashion consultant. I’ve thought about it all but I’ve just never been sure how to really get into it… Now, in the meantime, what I have been doing is modifying some of my own clothes – blazers in fact – customizing them because I couldn’t find them exactly how I liked them. I’ve modified several and have gotten lots of compliments on them. And THAT’S when it hit me… What if I design my own clothes?

So, I am going to give it a try. It’s my special project. I’m starting with a custom blazer. And I am so excited about it. I’m still unsure. I really don’t know what I’m doing! And I don’t know where it will go. But I have to try. I plan to journal my project along the way. I have an initial design and fabrics (I’ll share more in my next post – this one is a little long) and now I am just trying to figure out how to make my designs come to life! Wish me luck!

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