aaaaaannnddddd….. done!// remix #29 & #30

As promised earlier, I’m back with my final two remixes for this 30 for 30 winter challenge! I am sooo happy to be done! Not so much because I’m sick of my items like I was last time, but I’m sick of having to wear a photo worthy outfit every day! I work at home people! Part of the joy of that is NOT having to get dressed everyday if I don’t want to. Some days, when it’s just me in my studio sewing, sorting, tagging, or me hauling around my stacks of clothes in my car, I need my sweatpants. Nuf said.

And how about this is the last post for this challenge and I’m introducing a new item?! This shirt was unfortunately lost under a pile of clothing in my laundry room for the first half of the challenge and I totally forgot about it. It’s one of my favorite thrift store finds though so I’m happy that I was able to work it into the challenge, even if just this one time. There were actually several pieces that I only wore once this go round… most of my sweaters weren’t too well suited for the 70 degree weather we had the past few weeks, and apparently I really didn’t need 7 pairs of shoes.

It’s funny, photography wise I’m not nearly as proud of my pics this round as I was in the fall. Maybe it’s because I have a fancy new camera and tripod now so I expected better pictures, whereas before with my old Kodak and plant-stand-turned-tripod, I was just amazed that the pics came out at all. I had a few favorites this time, but not many. Maybe it’s also because I had loads more free time in the fall so I played around with backgrounds, lighting, poses etc. I’ve been so busy lately that I’m surprised I didn’t take all of my shots posed in front of the old Ford truck (which coincidently sits at the edge of my driveway, about 20 feet from my studio door).

All complaining aside, I do have to say that this remix challenge definitely felt more like an extension of my own true personal style. Last time, 80% of my items came from Target. This time, the only ones that I bought there were the shoes; everything else I got either from thrift stores or second-hand shops. A huge majority was also vintage. There isn’t a single outfit in this remix that I wouldn’t wear again, not were there any that I didn’t feel absolutely comfortable in. If I can take anything away from Remixing, it’s knowing that when I don’t feel like myself in an outfit, it’s time to take it off and keep trying until I do. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how fashionable or stylish I look if I can’t look in the mirror and see myself staring back.



hibernation (& other necessary evils)// remix #26, #27, #28

Well I’m back, and I’m still alive! I can now proudly say that I have participated in my first Fainting Goat fashion show and I have also launched my first seasonal collection for The Fainting Goat, two items on my to do list for this year! Since both lines (the formal wear collection & the Spring collection) include restyled vintage pieces sewn by moi, I can also check that ambition off the list! I know I’ve been light on the blogging lately, but now that those two huge projects are past the work hump, I’ll be back to posting this week. Even though I haven’t been posting them, I have been taking pictures of my last few 30 for 30 remixes. I’ll be sharing three looks in this post, with the last two coming later today (when I figure out where I saved them on my computer).

The show was on Saturday and Sunday was the day I had scheduled an Etsy showcase, so I had to have about 20 new items added to the show by then. After finalizing the lineup at 11:52pm Saturday night, I officially went into hibernation mode. With the help of a heavy sleep aid, I went to bed and woke up around 2:30pm the next day. After a long bubble bath, I went back to bed for the remainder of the day, finally getting up for real around noon on Monday. After a few hours of cleaning my house, unpacking my car from the show, straightening up my studio and napping, by the end of the day I felt rested, regrouped and ready to start working on my next big projects today.

This week my main focus is setting up my showroom at Main St. Antiques. My parents run the shop and have been very helpful in launching (and re-launching) The Fainting Goat. This week I’ll be working to get my new room set up and transformed from an empty room with wood walls to a space that evokes the fun & whimsical vibe of The Fainting Goat. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

I’ll also be working this week on getting more of my spring collection photographed and listed on Etsy. Now that the show is over, I’ll be listing some of the restyled vintage dresses on there as well. I’m not super happy with how the first round of photos came out but since I was short on time I had to make do with what I had. Hopefully the second round will be more in line with what I envisioned.

The show. It went great! The girls who modeled for us were so amazing. Not only were they beautiful, they had the best attitudes ever! The name of the show was True Beauty, and they each truly embodied that. To see pictures from the show, head over to our Facebook page (and Like us while you’re there!), I’ve shared a few there.

Time to get up and get going! Lets all go have a great day and I’ll meet you back here tonight for my last two remixes, k? 🙂

the day that broke the shop girl’s back// remix #25

Since it was a lovely 70 degrees out today, I decide to wear the lightest item in my remix possible. With these sleeves up, this dress was perfect. When I was deciding which belt to wear with it, I remembered that I actually had the tie that it came with, so I wore it. I think this is the first time I’ve done that. So I guess I’m remixing it by wearing it the way it came… how about that!

I decided also to stay on the pavement of my driveway while taking these pics. I’m exhausted and just couldn’t handle walking around the sort dirt in these stiletto heels. It was a good thing too, because while I was posing for a pic I suddenly had shooting pains go up my back. Not the kind you get when you know you did something wrong, but more subtle, like a slight tremor of ache. I have not been very good to my body lately, lots of staring at a computer or hunched over a sewing machine, not to mention hauling around racks of clothing. I noticed when editing the pictures I took earlier this week for my spring collection that I could use a serious spine adjustment. Either that or a few weeks of some Bikram classes and a nice long massage. For now though I’ll have to settle for a nice little bubble bath… then back to work for me.

yesterday’s clothes// remix #24

I could also title this post “the outfit that wouldn’t post.” I tried posting it while I was at Starbuck’s working this morning, thinking that I could save time uploading the pics while I had a faster internet connection, but it kept stalling out. It wouldn’t post yesterday because I was too busy painting, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, distressing, and staining my new clothes rack lovingly built by my wonderful father. I needed a few racks for my new “shop,” and since I had a few metal poles left over from our last place he offered to build me a stand out of some extra wood he had handy. I jokingly sent him this picture a few days later of an awesome one I found on Etsy:

It had already sold, and was in Philadelphia, so no way for me to get that one (unless I moved to Philly… I hear it’s always sunny there…) but I thought it would be funny to send it to him along with my order and anticipated delivery date. Again, I was totally joking, but he built it anyway! Here’s the finished product:

Incredible, right? He’s making me another one, but we both wizened up and decided to used old porch posts for it (already painted, naturally distressed, and partially assembled). I’ll share pics of it when I finish setting up my space next week.

So in all honesty, I didn’t wear this outfit too long. For one, the sweater was way too hot for the 70 degree temps we’ve had here. Two, I changed into my painting clothes for what I thought would be an hour or two and wound up wearing them (and painting) all afternoon. Still, it’s a remix, so it counts. 🙂

Got to run now and get back to sewing. I’ve still got several formal dresses to finish up before the big fashion show on Saturday (more about that later). Hopefully I’ll be able to get back and share today’s outfit later tonight, but if not, there’s always tomorrow, right?

storms a comin’// Remix #23

Today, I spent all day (and I do mean ALL day) in my studio taking pictures for my Etsy shop. So what else would I want to do after 5 hours of photographing myself but get dressed and go take more pictures. The weather man said it was supposed to storm bad today and it’s just now starting to roll in. When I took these shots though, it was that perfect time right before the storm hits. When the sky is cloudy but still bright. When the wind is strong yet still hot with humidity.

So what do you think of the new hair color? Bright and awesome, you say? I KNOW! I love it, too!

The thunder and lightning is rolling in now, so I think I’m going to log of and disconnect for a while, just to be safe. Have a great evening friends!