July 2016 archive

It’s Time to Shop Style in Doses

Months of planning, prepping and sewing until my fingers were sore all led up to the launch of Style in Doses on July 7.

I am so excited to have a new outlet to share my passion for style as a form of self-expression. I’ve spent over six years documenting the evolution of my own personal style. In that time, I’ve learned how style has the power to transform, from building self-confidence to shifting your perspective.

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When you look your best, you feel your best. And the energy that starts building when you put on a killer outfit in the morning can carry you through the entire day.

With Style in Doses, I hope to help others find their own blend of style, confidence and self-expression even in the tiny details.

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Whether it’s a stylish laptop case you’re proud to pull out during an important meeting or a cute headband that elevates your just-rolled-out-of-bed hair so you’re not afraid of who you’ll run into at the coffee shop on Saturday morning, I want to help you carefully curate things that feel like you in all aspects of your work and life.

The summer line is in the shop now, featuring cheery patterns, blue and pink hues, and lace and leather accents. A few of my favorites include a creamy tweed foldover clutch with hints of pink and navy threads and a gold zipper, a floral laptop sleeve that goes just about everywhere with me, and an iPad sleeve adorned with quotes from Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

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I’d love for you to explore the shop and let me know what your favorites are! A giveaway may be in the works soon. 😉

Making Space to Create

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When I decided to get serious about making my little dream of a handmade shop a reality, I quickly realized that the first thing I needed to do was assess my creative space. I’ve always had a dedicated craft space, whether it was my mom’s sewing table or the desk in my college apartment that way never used for actual homework.

Even though I already had a space set up, I can sometimes be a spastic crafter — one day working on a sewing project, the next a scrapbook, and the next whatever DIY project I had found on Pinterest.

To avoid becoming overwhelmed by all my ideas and to dos, my space first had to be inviting and inspiring. I wanted sitting down at my sewing table to feel like a treat and not a chore. And so, my first step towards launching my shop was building a space conducive to creating.

It was time to clear away the clutter, the remnants of crafts gone by.

I boxed up the materials and supplies that weren’t going to be essential for the products I had in mind and enlisted my handymom’s help to hang a shelf and rod for tools above my desk.

Making physical space to start a new creative venture also gave me the mental space for the ideas to start flowing. It was so easy to look at my collection of fabrics and see everything coming together. A tailored space allowed my mind to hone in on product development without getting distracted by all the other pretty things.

All that being said, as important as a physical space can be to the creative process, starting a new project does not require a shopping spree to fill a room with the perfect trendy furniture and the best organizational systems. I would have loved to cover a wall with white pegboard or invest in the white Ikea shelves I’m always drooling over. Instead, I made use of things I already had.

The time will come when I’ll be able to splurge on a beautiful craft room that matches my brand perfectly. For now, I am relishing in the space. (more…)