Monday, September 1, 2014

Silhouette Skirt-aka "The Nightmare Stag Skirt"

So here is the skirt I made for Ciarra. I also made a duplicate for myself. The skirt is a ladylike midi-box pleat design. When we saw the fabric the first time, we just sort of got "sucked" into the print. We thought it was unique and interesting. The stag is what popped out to us the most, and both of us were reminded of Will Graham's "Nightmare Stag" from the TV show 'Hannibal'.
 You can wear this skirt with just about any solid color on the top, despite the ornateness of the print. I think it would look great with red, orange, electric blue, or even a deep green.
Photo's by John Stebbins:







                      Sweater: Victoria's Secret (no longer available) Shoes: Saige by Leila Stone

Can you believe it is September 1st?? WOW! Summer just flew by! I look forward to the autumn season as always. I will be so excited when I can wear my sweaters again. It is still a bit too warm here for that.

I will be putting together some pants soon, which will most likely be a part of my first collection. I also will be working on several designs for the premiere collection this week.
Time for me to get back to work! Stay tuned for more projects and updates...
Until next post,
Amy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Featured Project on Burdastyle, done with skirt, and mood boards for my first official collection, and home improvement...

Hello all,
Yesterday (it's still up today as well) the Lemonade and Bento box dresses were featured projects on the BurdaStyle website.


If you like to sew, and you have not been to the BurdaStyle website, I suggest you check it out. I adore it. We have a great community, with the most amazing people. It's nice to visit a social type website where the community supports each other...and they hail from all over the world! The more I visit BurdaStyle, the more I cant wait to visit Europe. I really like the people! They are so interesting.

On another note, I have finished Ciarra's "nightmare stag" skirt. I bet you are wondering why I am calling it that (LOL) well, if you watch Hannibal, you will get it, especially after seeing the print... It has a stags head in it. I really do need to come up with a better title for the skirt...It's what I'm calling it for now, because it makes Ciarra and I laugh. (I bet Will Graham doesn't find it funny though! LOL)
Nightmare stag from Hannibal



I have also started putting together my mood board and concepts for my first collection. I love this stage of the process because you get to unload all those ideas in your head, and put them out before your eyes. I love pulling the colors from all the images as well. For this collection I need to have "back up colors" just in case I can't find a particular shade of fabric I pick out. It's not like I have mills at my disposal yet, where I can just snap my fingers and say "bring me this tweed with these specific colors" I will be hunting and sourcing fabrics after I pick colors, and sketch my first round of designs. Sometimes people like to pick fabrics first, and then design around them...I don't. I like to be more versatile, and ready for anything. When you design you have to be flexible, and also know when to put a design to bed. I think I have my theme nailed down, now I just need to get to work printing images, and arranging things.
Examples of mood boards on google image search

Ciarra is also collaborating with me on my collection! She is my second pair of eyes (you need them!) and she is helping with the editing process, and even some of the sewing. My husband is also helping with pattern grading, and technical stuff.
So I guess you can say that this is a family thing...

I was also super excited to see that our work in progress got a shout out on twitter from Better homes and Gardens Real Estate. 

Here is the room so far. John just pulled the tarps off the furniture, and Soren quickly came in to make himself at home! LOL. We have to paint the outlet covers still. I can't wait to finally decorate the place, and hang art on the walls.

Before and after....MUCH BETTER!!! As you can see on the top photo there is a  thick textured wall paper there...Yeah...We hate wallpaper even more now than we did before. It's a major pain in the butt to get it all off..especially if it is as thick as this kind was!

The room is so much more soothing now. I like how bright it gets in the afternoon as well!


So check back here soon to see the pictures of the skirt I made for Ciarra. I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for boots and sweater weather! I am getting tired of wearing sandals. I guess some people like to wear them all the time, but I'm just not that kind of person. I will also be posting up all about my styling philosophy, and my personal "Do's and Don't's" when it comes to fashion. 
This reminds me of our family room window, and looking into our backyard.

I love autumn rain!
Until next post,
Have a great day!
Amy

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lemonade and Bento Box dresses

Here are two sundresses I recently made for my daughter and I. They are both the same style of dress, but two different prints...


Ciarra's Bento Box sundress....
Ciarra picked this print out. She loves it. She makes Sushi all the time in our house, so we thought it was appropriate! LOL

Ciarra's shoes: Wild Diva
Ciarra's Clutch : Target

My Lemonade dress....

I love citrus prints. I think they are happy looking.  This is the perfect dress to wear to an end of summer picnic or BBQ.


Dress: Made by me!
Earrings :Modcloth
Shoes and Clutch: JustFab



I have just one more thing to do on the skirts I made, again one for Ciarra, and one for me. After that I am on to trousers, and blazers.

I also have been working on my line. I have a lot of sourcing to do yet. It takes up a lot of time, but if it's worth doing...it's worth doing right!

Stay tuned for pictures of the skirts I made...

Until next post,
Amy



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Done with dresses, on to skirts and pants, and changes to this blog.


Hello everyone,
I hope you are all well, and having a great week. As you may have noticed I have been M.I.A when it comes to blogging, and the truth is, I just haven't had a lot of extra time on my hands to sit at the computer and come up with new and exciting things to write. I have been busy with classes, fixing up our house, and planning out business stuff. It is a slow but steady process, and very tiring. At night the last thing I want to do is look at a computer.
I have completed my lemonade dress, as well as Ciarra's bento box dress, and now I am on to making two skirts...both the same fabric, one for me, and one for Ciarra. The fabric print is pretty unique and we love it. I am also going to be making several pairs of trousers, and some skinny jeans.
I am really "coming into my own" now in figuring out what my particular fashion and designing style is. It is really interesting to see how my tastes have changed over the years, and I would describe myself as more of a "clean and classic modern." This will be reflected in my product line.

I have almost completed my workspace. The only things that are left to do is paint my desk white, cut the mirror for the antique frame we have, and hang some pictures. My husband is also working on his MBA, so his time is limited as well. I still don't know how in the heck I am going to fit everything into my schedule once everything is up and running...I totally get why people hire assistants now. I could so use one.
Here are a couple of snap shots I took recently with my iphone of things going on around the homestead....

My son snuggling under my fall quilt. It was actually pretty chilly the other morning! When there are no thunderstorms in sight, the temps seem to plummet. I can feel the fall in the air!

Picture of progress on the family room. John has painted a bit more on the beams now, and we are going to be white washing the brick with the same color on the upper walls (Benjamin Moore Muslin) I am so loving how it looks! painting all that trim is so utterly time consuming. We haven't even started on the entry yet.
I am also going to be changing the look of my blog. I feel it is really not me anymore. I want things to look more simple and clean. Eventually we will be completely designing a whole new concept, not just using blogger templates.

I need to get back to work, but before that I need to scarf down some lunch.
Stay tuned for pictures of the dresses I made...
Until next post,
Amy

Friday, July 25, 2014

These boots are made for....looking good!

I am in total boot mode lately. I can't stop thinking about fall fashion, making trousers, and of course...BOOTS!
Here are some of my favorite boot looks as of late...



From Just Fab

I love these. They fit great. Again from JustFab
I want this whole outfit
I have the bag and shoes...just need a blouse! I would wear with trousers though.
And these are all from my Fashion Love 2 board on Pinterest...



Victoria again in her lace up boots!

I love these outfits, and of course the boots.
Wow...these look like the same colors and patterns I used for a collection of mine in school! How weird.

Very cool

These are so neat

Lacy goodness

Love


All of these bootie/boot pics are available on my Fashion Love 2 Pinterest board. Info is located there.

And here are some of my booties. All of my tall boots are in my closet still in boxes. I need to make boot stands for them!

Some of these you might recognize from past blog posts.

While I am not rushing summer or anything like that, I do look forward to the season change, and getting to wear all that fashion! I miss dressing in layers, and the utter sophistication that fall brings with it. I also adore all the colors, sights and smells that come along with the season...



Who doesn't love autumn??!!


Until Next Post,
Amy

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Current Workout routine and my favorite Yoga...

Good Morning...
I awoke to a rather wet and stormy morning....
Raining, and thundering!
Because of this, I did not go out on a walk or run this morning, but instead opted to do my favorite Yoga routine.
I love the Ali Macgraw workout. Not only is it beautifully shot, the flow of this Yoga is just right for my taste. You can download it yourself on iTunes. That is what I did. I used to have this on VHS, then DVD, but now I have it on my ipad, so I can do it anywhere. I now do this workout in my bedroom in the morning on an empty stomach. Here is a sample of what the workout looks like...

After I am done with my Yoga, I will drink a nice tall glass of lemon water. This flushes out the body, and it great for your skin.

When I am not doing my yoga in the mornings, I am running or walking around my neighborhood, or performing HITT on my treadmill.
Usually late mornings, or in the afternoons, I am lifting weights. Here is my current workout. I always switch up my routine every couple of months, so I am always on the lookout for new ideas, besides my own. I really like my current training routine. It's a nice change. This comes from Muscle and Fitness Hers....

The Transformation Workout Plan

This Team Bombshell sample workout combines specific cardio and weight-lifting drills for serious body-sculpting results

The Transformation Workout Plan
Ready to jumpstart your own body transformation? Try this sample workout from Shannon Dey, M.S.,  founder and CEO of Bombshell Fitness [2], a competitive training and coaching group for female athletes.
If this expert-grade routine seems intense, that’s because it is. But if you want to sculpt, tone, and firm your entire body—including those pesky trouble spots—this is your ultimate blueprint. Designed for an intermediate athlete, the following plan is inspired by the programs Dey creates for her Figure and Bikini competition clients.
Dey points out that it will take at least three weeks of consistent nutrition and training to get increase the metabolism enough to see results, so it’s very important to practice patience, be consistent, and stay positive.
This week-by-week training plan switches up the workouts you perform to prevent plateauing and help challenge your body to its maximum potential.



MONTH 1
Week 1: Workout 1 [3] + Daily Cardio
Week 2: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 3: Workout 3 [5]+ Daily Cardio
Week 4: Workout 1 [3]+ Daily Cardio
MONTH 2
Week 5: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 6: Workout 3 [5] + Daily Cardio
Week 7: Workout 3 [5] + Daily Cardio
Week 8: Workout 1 [3] + Daily Cardio
MONTH 3
Week 9: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 10: Workout 3 [5] + Daily Cardio
Week 11: Workout 2 [4] + Daily Cardio
Week 12: Workout 1 [3] + Daily Cardio
As with most fitness plans, prescriptions may need to be tailored to your specific needs and goals. Always consult a physician before beginning any fitness or weight loss program.
CARDIO
These cardio workouts are intended to be tough. If you cannot complete your entire cardio session in the beginning, do not get discouraged. Push yourself a bit further each day until you can do the entire session at the pace listed. It may take a few weeks of building endurance to be able to complete the entire session.  You know you are working at the right level if you are not able to talk on the phone, or read a book, Dey says.
MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY AM
Warm-up: 5-minute treadmill walk
Treadmill Intervals: Complete the rotation below seven times for a total of 35 minutes. If the speed becomes too easy, increase the rate.
1 minute: Incline 5, speed 4.5
2 minute: Incline 5, speed 5.0
3 minutes: Incline 1, speed 5.5
Track Sprints: Complete six 50-yard sprints with 30-second jogs in between
TUESDAY/THURSDAY AM
Warm-up: 5-minute stationary bike or treadmill walk
Bike Intervals: Complete the rotation below six times for a total of 45-50 minutes.
1 minute: Level 5, rpm of 110
1 minute: Level 7, rpm of 90
1 minute: Level 9, rpm of 80
2 minutes: Level 11, rpm of 70
15 wide high jumps
15 pop squats
15 switch lunges on each leg
20 high knee runs on each leg
WEIGHT TRAINING
Only do one weight training session per day. Dey recommends breaking up the weight training and cardio sessions for morning and night. However, if you must do your both sessions at the same time, complete the weight training first. All the moves listed here are designed to be performed quickly, but with good form. Each weight training session should take no more than 45 minutes to an hour. 
Most of these sessions include supersets, which means the exercises and their repetitions listed should be performed back-to-back, without rest.  As an example, the following superset of 2 x 15 leg extensions and 2 x 15 leg curls would be performed by completing 15 leg extensions and 15 legs curls back to back, resting, and then performing 15 of both exercises again for a total of two repetitions or “reps.”
Workout 1
MONDAY: LEGS
Superset:
2 x 15 leg extension
2 x 15 leg curl
Superset:
4 x 20 wide leg press
4 x 20 shoulder-width smith machine squat
Superset:
4 x 15 leg extensions
4 x 15 narrow stance hack squat
Superset:
4 x 15 leg curls
4 x 15 stiff legs
TUESDAY: SHOULDERS/CHEST/TRIPCS
Superset:
4 x 12 side lateral raise
4 x 15 one arm dumbbell shoulder press
4 x 15 rear lateral raise
5 x 15 incline press
Superset:
4 x 15 pushdowns
4 x 12 bench dips
WEDNESDAY: BACK/BICEPS
5 x 12 wide-grip pulldowns
Superset:
4 x 15 cg cable row
4 x 20 hyper extensions
Superset:
5 x 15 preacher curls
5 x 12 incline dumbbell curls
THURSDAY: PLYOMETRICS
Superset:
2 x 20 leg extensions
2 x 20 leg curls
Do the following exercises four times in a circuit without resting between moves.  Rest 1 minute between rounds.
Superset:
10 wide high jumps
*Tip: Jump as high as possible and hold for 5 seconds in a deep squat after each jump.
15 switch lunges on each leg
10 step-up jumps on bench on each leg
15 reverse lunges on each leg
10 gallop squats on each leg
FRIDAY: BUTT/SHOULDERS/BACK
4 x 10 shoulder press 
4 x 10 wide-grip pull downs
Superset:
4x 15 each leg butt machine
4 x 15 good mornings
5 x 10 high bench step ups
WORKOUT 2
MONDAY: QUADS
Superset:
4 x 12 leg extensions
4x 12 weighted reverse barbell lunge
Superset:
4 x 15 dumbbell narrow squats
4 x 12 shoulder-width hack squat
TUESDAY: SHOULDERS/TRICEPS
Superset:
4 x 12 side lateral raise
4 x 12 seated barbell press
4 x 12 high rope pull for rear delts
Superset:
4 x 15 pushdowns
4 x 15 overhead press
4 x 12 bench dips
WEDNESDAY: BACK/BICEPS
6 x 12 wide-grip pulldowns
Superset:
4 x 15 cable row
4 x 15 one-arm dumbbell row
Superset:
5 x 12 incline dumbbell curl
5 x 15 seated dumbbell curl
THURSDAYHAMSTRINGS
Superset:
5 x 15 leg curls
5 x 15 weighted step up on bench
Superset:
5 x 12 seated leg curl
5 x 15 stiff leg
5 x 15 sumo dumbbell squat – rest 30 sec between sets
FRIDAYBUTT/CHEST
Superset:
4 x 15 incline fly
4 x 10 incline press
Superset:
4 x 15 butt machine
4 x 15 stability ball butt raise
Superset:
4 x 15 sumo squats with weight
4 x 15 cable butt kick backs
Workout 3
MONDAY: QUADS
Superset:
4 x 15 leg extensions
4 x 10 narrow dumbbell squats
Superset:
4 x 20 shoulder width leg press
4  x 15 switch (jump) lunge
4 x 15 narrow-stance smith machine squats
TUESDAYSHOULDERS/TRIPCES
Superset:
4 x 10 barbell shoulder press
4 x 10 wide-grip barbell raise over your head
4 x 10 rear lateral raise
6 x 8 side lateral raise – rest 20 seconds between sets
Superset:
3 x 15 rope pushdowns
3 x 10 dumbbell nose crushers
3 x 15 dumbbell kick backs
WEDNESDAYBACK/BICEPS
Superset:
4 x 8 wide-grip pull downs
4 x 8 close-grip seated cable row
Superset:
4 x 12 reverse-grip (palms up) barbell row
4 x 12 assisted pull-ups
5 x 15 hyperextensions
Superset:
4 x 8 preacher curls
4 x 12 seated dumbbell curl
4 x 15 incline dumbbell culs
THURSDAYHAMSTRINGS
Superset:
4 x 15 leg curls 
4 x 12 leg press
Superset:
5 x 12 seated leg curls
5 x 12 stiff legs
FRIDAY: CHEST/BUTT
Superset:
5 x 12 flat fly
5 x 12 incline cheer press
Superset:
5 x 15 wide smith machine squat
5 x 12 bosu ball squat
Superset:
4 x 20 hyperextensions
4 x 15 butt machine

After I hit the weights I drink a post workout supplement and take amino acids. I then usually follow this with a meal. If I can't get the meal fast enough, I will drink some whey protein isolate.
I forgot to mention that pre-workout I usually drink a pre-workout supplement, or just some green tea.

It is so important to me to stay healthy and fit. This reduces time spent in doctor's offices, and a great side effect is that you look amazing in clothes or naked!! ;-)

What sort of workouts do you take part in?? What is your favorite??

Until next post,
Amy