I haven’t talked much about my custom brides this year – definitely NOT because I’m not completely in love with them and their amazing dresses, but because I’m no longer a one-woman-show. And while that makes me infinitely better adjusted, with room to fill my days with other things that make me crazy and busy, it means it’s no longer just me and a dress until the wee-hours. And so when I do get my hands on the dresses, and they’re being fitted onto their adorable owners, I get all wrapped up in the moment and forget to document. Well, I remembered earlier this week, and ohmigod. But first, a peek at the sketch I did for this gorgeous bride, Rachel …
Rachel is getting married outside at a rustic, indie location and when we first met, and I heard about the wedding, all I could picture was this tall, elegant woman gliding around in the sunshine, draped in chiffon and loose florals. Woodland GODDESS. And when she said she was going to go bold with color, I could have kissed her on the mouth.
Yes. A million times yes.
And what color do you think she chose?
Hint: I couldn’t help myself, and posted this in color on Instagram. Aren’t you dying to see it in all of its glory? And don’t you want to hug that little girl in the mirror??
I can’t wait to show you this stunner when all of the draping is in place. Total, TOTAL show stopper.
This is a super busy time for me (when am I not saying that?) because I’m in the throes of designing and stitching together the new collection. And. Holy. Smokes. I love it so much, I can barely stand it. I’m so not kidding. Here’s a sneak peek:
I totally shouldn’t even be showing that, but I’m so dang excited, I can’t help myself. There is a lace/shimmer/ribbon/chiffon love fest happening over here, with me in the center of it all, and I’m so completely overwhelmed by my own excitement. This is what designing a collection should feel like – it’s just an absolute joy every time I get my hands on these materials, and it doesn’t bother me at all that I have only a few short weeks to get everything together for the photoshoot. I want to spend ALL of my time sewing – I just can’t wait to see everything come to life, and I can’t wait to share everything with you. And I’m so super thrilled that it’s going to happen on a RUNWAY.
That’s right! I’m showing all of the gorgeous new stuff in the Blush Bridal Fashion Show APRIL 27th at a gorgeous new event space in Chicago. I mean … this is some pretty fancy stuff, you guys. I do not exaggerate. Champagne, sweets, bridal gowns by some of the best Chicago bridal designers, all at Chez – a new, and completely amazing, event space:
I mean … YES. Obviously. And tickets just went on sale! I really. really. really. REALLY want you guys to come out for this. First, I want to see your cute faces, and second, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE NEW COLLECTION. With all of the drama of a runway show, you know? And duh, this will be so much fun. Early Bird tickets just went on sale, so you can save some cash if you buy now (and if you really want to throw down, grab yourself a VIP ticket, get more-than-a-little tipsy on champagne and come backstage and get a big ol’ hug and kiss from yours-truly).
Space is limited – please order right away!
And tell them Veronica Sheaffer sent you. *wink*
Do you remember the ‘Before’ shot of our kitchen?
My eyes! My EYES!
Well. It’s getting better …
At least, it’s starting to look clean anyway. It’s inevitable that a kitchen is going to acquire some grease. And some dust will gather in that grease. But there is nothing grosser than scrubbing someone else’s dusty grease accumulation. *gag*
So far, we have:
- ripped out the upper cabinets
- primed the lower cabinets
- replaced the countertops
- replaced the sink
- replaced the faucet
- patched and primed the wall
- installed cabinets against the other wall (not pictured)
- removed the cabinets going into the dining room and replaced them with one tall pantry cabinet
And now we have to actually make the space look NICE and FANCY. One thing I can’t wait to do is get the floating shelf in place. That will go the full length of the wall above the sink, and I’ll store our everyday dishes there, freeing up some much-needed space elsewhere.
Then all of the cabinets need to be painted, and quite frankly, after getting them primed, I’m now completely convinced I need to replace the doors entirely. I hate that extra bit of trim on them – they’re too fussy.
The fancy stuff will come in with the gold hardware and super modern brass light fixtures. I’m also toying with some different backsplashes, but still undecided as of yet. I’m thinking something “mirrored”.
The whole thing has been super DIY, which I don’t mind, but I’m so ready for this project to be DONE. I just want a clean, uncluttered kitchen already. My goal is to have it all finished by spring, so that I can then focus my attention on the porch. If only the baby was more patient on painting days. I’m wishing so hard for a “let’s finish your torn-up kitchen!” contest. And that I actually won contests.
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.