Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Style Obsessed!...Victoria Beckham

I have to admit that I am obsessed with Victoria Beckham's style. I totally love her clothing line, and the fact that she wears it herself. She always looks so put together no matter what. I recently read her book from cover to cover on our drive down to the Florida Keys. I was done reading it in just a couple of hours. I loved it...

"That Extra half inch" There are some great tips and style advice in this book. I swear, I would get along so well with this woman! 
Here are some images of Victoria's Street Style...First up...Victoria in trousers and pants....

UM...HELLO...These are like the pants I made! Now I know I want to flare them out just a tad for sure...I am loving these...

She always looks FAB in jeans!

OMG...YES!!! I WANT A PAIR!!!

I would totally wear this

Cute and classy!

Love those Chloe Jeans



LOVE!


I so love this 1970's style outfit...I would wear this any day!
And here she is in skirts and dresses...
YES! LOVE THE COLOR!

I want this outfit so bad!

Nice

It's orange...so you know I love this

BOHO!! YEAH!!!


So classic

I want those boots!!

I love it!


Great shot! I love the wind blowing her scarf

Reminds me of my summer sunshine dress from the front...

YES..love!

So cute

I am not sure how I feel about this dress yet....This was recently taken.


Omg..yes. This is so awesome.

I love this.
So who do you find to be a style icon?? Who's style inspires you??? I would love to hear what you think!! Please leave a comment below.

Until next post,
Amy

Monday, July 21, 2014

What I'm working on, and workspace updates...

I am almost finished putting my workspace together (I need to hang pictures and the window treatment) So I thought I would start to lay out a few things, and get ready to sew some pants and dresses.
The trouser pattern I created while in school
While going through all of my fabrics, I ended up throwing away a lot of scraps. I saved the bigger stuff which could be used to make accessories and possibly a top, skirt, or shorts. Then there were my grandmother's old fabrics...
In them was the Corduroy seen above. This is something that I once hated, but now I am liking...a lot. I particularly love a good corduroy flare pant, wide leg, or even skinny jeans. Of course I wouldn't think of wearing these in the summer, but this fall and winter...you bet!! I love this burgundy color too...in fact I would say I am obsessed! The other colors I love are rust, plum, forest green and olive. I was so excited to see that I actually had enough fabric here to make a pair of pants...and that it was in one of my favorite fall colors no less! Thanks Gina (my grandmother's nick name pronounced gin-nah) I am sure she is smiling down on me right now. :-)
Here are some cords that I love. All images are from my Fashion Love 2 board on Pinterest...
SO LOVING THIS....

This is like the color of my fabric!!

YES

Cool vintage pic! Love those flares!

And I want to make some blazers too with other fabric I have...always a classic!


WOW...leopard and skinny cords! Cool.

Again...so loving the color.

The pants pattern that I am using is the one I made for school. I will be making modifications to it, by adding a bit of flare at the bottoms of the pant legs. I only have 1-1/2 yards of the burgundy "Gina" fabric, so I need to make it work. I also have a little matching velvet in the same color! I have even been thinking of making a matching top with it, or use it to make sleeves on a matching jacket. We shall see if I have enough.
My Denim trousers that I made for class. I am going to add some belt loops to them. They are a nice straight leg, but I want to have a little more flare at the bottom for the cords...

Classic trousers...
But I want the cords I am making to be more this shape...
Exactly what I want.




The other projects I will be working on are my daughter's sushi sundress, and my lemon sundress. Here are the fabrics I will be using for that...


I need to run over to Joann and get a zippers and treads for my projects. I have not been in there in a while, so this should be interesting!

I hope to look for some black picture frames this week as well for some vintage fashion images I will be hanging on my walls. I also need to cut the mirror for my awesome vintage oval frame! My hubby painted it black, and it looks fantastic!

Stay tuned for the big reveal in the near future here, and also my pants and dresses!!

Until next post,
Amy


Monday, July 14, 2014

Fall Fashion, Family Fun, and Food!

I have been making sure to look at as many fall collections as I can lately, and pinning them to my "Fashion Love 2" board on Pinterest. There are so many images that I have been pinning, that I figured it would be much easier to point everyone in the direction to the board itself, and that way they can follow it. I am adding new things every day.  
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE AMAZING STUFF AND TO FOLLOW MY BOARD
I am liking some of the colors I am seeing lately in the collections. I love the greens and plum reds. I also like the use of faux fur and the rusty oranges of course. If you follow this blog, then you know how I feel about the autumn season in general, and my orange color!

Speaking of fall fashion...I have already started adding some new footwear to my collection for my fall wardrobe. Here are two pair of boots I bought on sale. The white ones are for wearing around the house to keep my tootsies warm! I have a much bigger house now, and with wood flooring. I am sure in the mornings I will be chilly! The burgundy colored boots are to wear with jeans and skirts. The color is spot on for what I have been seeing on the runways. Both pairs are from JustFab. Here is the link to the JustFab blog, which also has a link in which to shop!
You might recognize the white boots, as I have a pair in pink as well, and have worn them for pics on this blog.
I am still working on organizing my office. We did a whole bunch of painting this weekend, and this coming weekend we will be painting my computer desk white. After that happens, then all that is left to do is hang pictures/buy frames and cut the mirror for an antique mirror frame I have. I will then be able to post up pics of my completed work room (with the exception of the french doors. That is something that will come a little later)

This past weekend we took another bike ride on the Powhatan creek trail. It is so close by that we can ride during the week after John gets home from work. Here are a few pictures I took of that...
Getting out of the car. There was some weather starting to come in.

Start of the trail


Stopping to take a sip of water in the corn field.

Getting ready to cross a bridge

pausing at the GreenSprings portion of the trail to sip water and watch a large family of deer eat dinner.


My little man stopping so I could take a pic!

Zooming along the trail behind Soren. I took this holding my phone while going fast! LOL

Back to the car again...you can see that rain cloud coming!


We also had a yummy comfort dinner when we got home. There is a dish I have been making ever since I got married (19 years ago on the 28th!) I found the recipe in a Martha Stewart cook book (back when Martha still did her show from her home on Turkey Hill! I loved her show back then and never missed an episode. I miss it)  It is pasta with caramelized onions and bitter greens! YUMMY!! One of the best comfort dishes ever in my mind. Not only is it delicious, it is inexpensive to make. Here is the recipe! I use Kale and what ever greens I have on hand when I make it. 
SO YUMMY! I sprinkle mine with Pecorino Romano cheese!

Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Bitter Greens

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PHOTOGRAPHY:
Martha Stewart Living, October/November 1993http://www.marthastewart.com/338492/pasta-with-caramelized-onions-and-bitter
  • Serves4

Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 medium onions, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 4 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade) or water
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 1 pound fettuccine
    • 1 head chicory (curly endive), mustard greens, kale, or arugula, washed, with tough ribs removed and leaves torn into pieces

Directions

  1. Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sugar and cook, stirring once or twice, until well browned, about 10 minutes. Turn heat to low; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove half the onions and set aside. Add broth or water to the pan and bring to a boil. Cook over high heat, scraping bottom of pan, for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until a little underdone, and drain. Add to broth; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add greens; cook, covered, until wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in additional tablespoon of butter, if desired. Divide among 4 shallow bowls, garnish with reserved onions, and serve.
I adore this recipe!! It is the best! You can't go wrong with this one. It is really excellent on a chilly day in autumn or winter. Curl up with a big bowl of this pasta next to a fire, with a nice glass of wine! PERFECTION!!


I hope you will give the pasta recipe a try. I have a bunch of other recipes that are family classics in my house, that I have been making for years. I need to post more of them! One I need to make is my "Lemon Tea Loaf". I used to make this all the time and have it with tea in the afternoons on my porch! 

Do you have a classic family recipe that you make?? If so, please share all about it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

Until next post,
Amy