Ohmigosh, you guys, babies take up so much time. Waaah. Never getting anything done ever again. Although … I have been getting something pretty major done, and it’s magnificent. I can’t wait to tell you about it! But I’m a little superstitious about sharing really amazing stuff before it’s a done deal, so we’ll talk about that later. Just know: IT’S AMAZING.
It’s not another baby.
I’ve also been working on the next collection – another reason for lots of excitement around here. We did the photo shoot last week, and … YES. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such truly talented people. Take a look at these super fun behind-the-scenes shots that I took:
Pretty! I mean, these are just MY photos – wait until you see Billy Rood’s amazing photography! I was really inspired by the ’60s for this collection, and we went for a sort of late-60s/early-70s saturated tone for this campaign. I love it SO MUCH. Doesn’t Danielle look like a french movie star? Also, balloons are way more fun than I ever remember them being as a kid. Go get yourself some.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the full reveal, which will happen soon - I can’t wait to show you these dresses!
[Model: Danielle Maddox; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]
Yay, it’s Friday!
I have no idea why I continue to get excited about weekends, ’cause I still end up working through them all of the time. I should be more excited about Wednesdays, because that’s usually when I get my break, but then I’m always going to the doctor. P.S. I totally forgot to tell you that I passed that glucose test I was forever complaining about, so … CAKE!
Anyway, I’m rushing, but I couldn’t wait to show you this:
Wait until you see the rest of it. There will be lace. There will be chiffon scarves. And there will be love hangovers. Guaranteed.
Holy smokes, there is a LOT going on right now, my sweet friends. In exciting news, I just signed the lease for a larger studio in my current building – it’s got exposed brick and hardwood floors AND it’s on the first floor. NOT the fourth floor. No more dragging fabric up and down four flights of stairs for me! In annoying news, I did my three-hour glucose test yesterday and almost passed out while ordering lunch soon afterwards and have been groggy and sore and dehydrated ever since. Obviously that’s a great test for pregnant ladies. *foghorn*
In ohmigod-look-at-this news … this is what I’ve been working on the last couple of days:
I KNOW. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is not being able to try this on myself. It’s soooo preeetttyyyy. The lace is really incredible – it’s vintage, French, insanely soft and the most amazing peachy blush. I’m dying. Just wait until you see the rest of it. Cardiac arrests all around, I swear.
Hey guys! Sorry for the light posting this week. I’ve been working on/finishing up this dress for a super sweet (and gorgeous) bride:
And it is MAGNIFICENT.
More surprises to come with this one – like that lace in the skirt making an appearance in the bodice. Just wait. Seriously, you guys. I’m dying over here.
She’s picking it up tomorrow and there’s still some work to do, so I gots to go. But seriously, ohmigod, THIS DRESS!
Sooo … we had our big ultrasound over the weekend. (!!!) You know, the one where you find out if you’re having a boy or a girl (if you’re into that sort of thing, which, DUH. I could not wait). And then we came home (after celebrating and stuff) and I immediately mocked up the baby’s room in Photoshop. What do you think we’re having?
Eeeee! This is obviously very bare-bones, but the main feature will be the awesome walls. I’m imagining the same color we’ve got in the living room (and guest room, but that’s going away) in a softer shade – right now I’m thinking White Peach by Behr. And then I want to stencil over it, but do just an outline of the stencil, in GOLD. Like this genius. Love that so much. I’m considering the Monroe Twisted Cord stencil from Stencil Boss, as pictured here, but I’m undecided at the moment. I like that it’s not too girly, but it’s maybe not big enough – it’s definitely smaller than I have it here in the mock-up. I need to play around a bit.
I won’t be able to get my hands on this room until July, so this is all very preliminary – I’m sure I’ll change my mind before then. But it’s super fun in the meantime – planning a room that’s nothing but happy and sweet and fun. Soft, but still bright and contrast-y (if a room can be all of those things at once). I can’t wait to get started. And then I can’t wait to put a little person in here.
Oh man, there is some good stuff happening around here lately.
And this is the just the muslin, you guys. In the stupidest polyester fabric ever. Wait until we make it in silk. Dyyyiiiing.
This gorgeous, vintage, french chantilly lace will be used in another amazing gown. And yes, it’s peach. And yes, hearts will break. Mine already has, and all I did was buy the lace.
This other amazing, embroidered, french lace will be used in an Edwardian/early ‘twenties-style gown. I mean … YES.
And these are just the very tips of one very incredible iceberg. I have so many more GREAT things to show you. 2013, baby!
Also, literally … baby.
Hey look – I have a new website.
Which will include this soon:
I have to photograph everything first, but I’m pretty excited! I’ve tried this before, but always felt like things were a bit too clunky. Same goes for the old website. I want my whole life to be as clean and effortless as possible now, and I’m streamlining everything in my path. I’m also adding some special touches to the shopping process – like pretty little packages tied up in bows and fancy certificates of authentication – so you can brag to everyone that your goods are certifiably fancy. And I’ve added links directly to images on Pinterest, so you can now pin your favorite styles (something my web hosting service doesn’t provide automatically – weird). Anyway, I hope you like the new updates and you’ll tell all of your friends when the shop opens up! I’ll keep you updated as the goods roll out. xoxo
If you’d like a little glimpse into my psyche, this is a classic example of how my brain works …
I was sitting here at the dining room table, returning emails, going through fabric orders, doing necessary things, when I looked up and thought:
“You know, I have half a quart of the paint I want to use in this room sitting in the pantry …”
A) This took less than an hour, so it’s not that big of a deal.
B) This also required pretty much all of the energy I have for the day, so I’ll have to live with it like this for a while.
C) I don’t think I should paint above the picture rail on my own, so I’ll have to wait for someone else to help with that. Who knows when that will happen.
D) I don’t care about any of those other things, because I LOVE IT.
E) That lamp just died in my dining room’s arms tonight. It looks so good in here.
*ack! For the first time ever, I hit “publish” when I meant to click “preview.” Whooooops.*
I just put together my ‘to-do’ list for the week and I’m already hating my Friday self for not getting nearly enough done. Like, I just don’t even know that this list is possible. And I’m really missing all of the energy I used to have. My body just can’t keep up at the moment, and my brain could not care less. I am at once completely frustrated and totally at peace. So figure that one out.
Today I must devote entirely to TAXES, and you know how much I love that. I’m super proud of myself for finally figuring out Quick Books, and that should be really great this time next year, but in the meantime …. ehhh. I am determined to focus and finish that up today – please send me all of your extra energy and concentration.
As for the rest of the week …
I’ve got lots of fabric to order, patterns to make, muslins to sew, photographs to take and lots and lots of sketching to do. Of which I’ve already done a considerable amount …
… for all of the complaining I do, it’s been a VERY good year so far. Not all of these ended up as the final choice either, so imagine how much fun those are going to be. I’ve got some very stylish brides this year!