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Sunday Drives: Weekend in Ithaca

Sam and I had the loveliest weekend away in Ithaca this past weekend and I wanted to share some of it with you. We stayed in the loveliest AirBnB right in the heart of downtown Ithaca. I wish we took more pictures in the apartment we stayed in but I had a few camera issues on Saturday. 

Sunday Drives: Eastman Museum Bulb Show

Hi Guys. This weekend Sam and I went to see the show of dutch bulbs at the Eastman Museum on its last day of exhibition. The Eastman house is a sweet Rochester Gem that I always overlook, but full of spring flowers it made me happier than a clam to waltz around all day and wander in and out of the recreated historical rooms. 

Beauty as Self Care: My Current Routine.

I mentioned in a post during summer that I was feeling pretty blah about my appearance lately. My hair was unreasonable and unruly, by skin was dull and itchy, and i just wasn't excited to get up and look pretty in the morning. I discovered a couple of holy grail products that helped me deal with these issues instead of living in itchy skin grumpy town. I thought I’d share these with you incase you’re looking to boost your inner and outer radiance. 

Last Minute Galentines Gift: Reusable Makeup Pads

Last Year my good friend Stephanie of Fired Figments made me one of her classic dragon mugs in my favorite color (pink, duh) for Galentines Day and I did nothing. Let me tell you I looked like a DICK. So here's my suggestion to my seamstresses in the house for a quick sew that every gal can appreciate: no-waste reusable makeup pads. They may not be mosaic portraits made from the recipient's favorite soda, but they're do the trick. 

2018 Maker Resolutions

We've all seen everybody's Make 9 on instagram by now. I've even got one or two of mine out of the way already. But there are bigger things than a few specific patterns I want to pursue and learn in 2018. I've compiled a list of new creative things to explore in the new year, and I figured I'd share it with you to keep me accountable and help me along with your tips and tricks. 

Ready-to-Wear Bloggers Who Influence My Sewing Style

It sometimes feels like i've been reading style blogs ever since the birth of the internet. This is not true, I mostly played the Sims in the birth of the internet, but I remember very specifically the heart filling feeling of discovering my first fashion and DIY blogs when I was 14 and 15, and realizing that "fashion" is more than what my mom told me looked nice on me. I even started my own unbelievably terrible style blog when I was 16, which i hope no one ever looks at besides me for laughs. Every time I tried to start a ready-to-wear style blog I personally found it difficult and uninspiring, unlike the small home I feel I've found here with sewing and weird junk I think too hard about. But just because I can't handle a "style blog" doesn't mean I still don't consume them like cheesy chips. Today I thought I'd share some of the ready-to-wear style blogs that inspire my personal sewing, and hope you'll share some of yours too! 

New Home Studio Tour

I finally am moved out of the Hungerford and into the new studio space in our house. I've made a few things in the space, but I think the true moment of new beginnings came when Sam installed my AC all of 2 hours ago. Speaking of which: what the heck? it's 90 degrees here in rochester today. I'm so sweaty I may just straight up melt into my own carpet. 

Sewing Fundamentals: Things I Actually Need to Add to My Wardrobe Instead of More Party Dresses

I started sewing because I wanted to make party dresses. This is a sad fact, reflecting on it now. I definitely have a different lifestyle and necessity for my sewing these days. I started as a kid in a candy store, shoveling sugary treats into my mouth, screaming with my mouth full out of pure joy. Now i'm realizing that you can't live off of candy, and it's not reasonable to only make party dresses. Especially if i'm prone to jeans and a cute tee most days at work. So here's my list of wearable garments I hope to (need to!) make in the near future.

Sonnenberg Picnics: Butterick B6318

I planned a picnic for Sam and I at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua on sunday and I decided it was the perfect time to sport my newest make: B6318. I've been admittedly avoiding those "big 4" patterns as an attempt to support indie makers and movers and shakers, but when I saw this dress start to pop up on instagram I knew it was a must-make. 

Needles and Thread in my Head: How Sewing Helped Me Find a Home in my Body

Sewing was a skill I learned when I was young and kept in my back pocket for many years. I would pull out my sewing machine like a party trick, occasionally making pillows and small accessories like zipper bags. I had the knowledge and the ability to sew garments, bestowed upon me by my grandmother when I was young. However, I didn’t find a necessity in sewing until I got fat. 

Sunday Drives: May 21st, 2017

This past weekend was Sam and I's six monthaversary. If you follow me on instagram, you know i'm well aware that celebrating any anniversary under a year feels naive and trivial, but honestly every day with Sam feels special enough to celebrate.

Sunday Drives: March 19th, 2017

Today was just the loveliest day with my favorite person. We started with late brunch at Joe Bean, which was having an event that involved tasting many different brunch options and sipping on a lot of different beers and drinks. I had my first sprobomb, which has been a long time coming. 

Sunday Drives: January 15th, 2017

Sam and I have taken to spending Sundays getting breakfast and coffee and driving around, exploring the city of Rochester. One of my resolutions for the new year was to take better mementos of small things and to take more pictures, so I figured posting them here would be a good idea. 

Winter Necessities

After my last reflective post, I figured right now would be a good time to do a little reflecting on some lighter subject matter. Included in this post is the makeup and skincare products that I've been using all winter and enjoying very much. I've found that in the past month my skin has been clearer, and I've had more time and energy to put into applying makeup, which I always treat as a ritual of self care. 

June Favorites

Okay! This is more to keep track of my own life than to suggest other people buy things in order to contribute to a capitalist society, but if you wan't to pick up any of these things, they probably won't disappoint you.