Tales of the Traveling Hats

My days as a costumer may be over, but one thing from my past career still matters to me: What’s on my head. I’m not necessarily talking about my hair. On National Hat Day, what’s on my mind is the art and craft of millinery. Why hatmaking? For me, hats provide a sense of nostalgia and a chance to travel back to years gone by. Seeing Kate Middleton with a fascinator or Audrey Hepburn’s wide-brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s instills a sense of romanticism in me. The more I travel, the more I find myself looking for hats. Where exactly have I discovered these sophisticated and whimsical accessories? Follow me as I journey back through former travels and see where I’ve found and worn hats!

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Fashion and Pantone 2018

One of my favorite things in fashion and design has arrived: Pantone’s Color of the Year. For 2018, the company selected Ultra Violet because of its attachment to mystical and spiritual qualities as well as for its unconventional tone and artistic characteristics. This color is known for being a forward-thinking one. Pantone selected Ultra Violet for its sense of mindfulness and inspiration for communities. Sounds like something we could use a little more of in today’s world, doesn’t it? In Marketplace‘s recent podcast, design journalist Kassia St. Clair brought to light, even more reasons for me to admire this color. For one, it has been linked to many civil rights movements, and St. Clair sees it as a blend of red and blue. This combination emphasizes the need for more unified messaging and viewpoints in a world where we are politically divided. I’m already in admiration of this powerful and deeply moving shade of violet, and as it turns out, some of my favorite fashion brands are as well. Ten Thousand Villages, Studio 189, and We Are Thought also happen to be fans of this Pantone Color of the Year–not too shabby Ultra Violet! Continue Reading ›

My Wardrobe Inventory

The time has come for the inventory I’m least looking forward to: my wardrobe. Why exactly am I dreading it? Because I love clothes. I love fashion. I love style. I also have many items I hold onto, thinking I’ll have the opportunity to wear them. But it’s time to face the music, or my closet, rather. Although I do my best to purchase used and make sure I wear all of my items by rotating through them, I know that this will be the area that needs the most work. Plus, it doesn’t help that I like to make my own clothing and accessories and made a few items over the summer in order to complete my craft and sewing projects. But, nevertheless, I must persist. Continue Reading ›

No Sew Accessories

Even though I’m encouraging everyone to learn how to sew during this month’s affirmation, I also understand that not everyone likes to sew or wants to sew. Not being able to sew doesn’t mean you can’t make your own accessories or take on projects from time to time. If you don’t sew, there are plenty of ways to make items for your wardrobe! As I found in my Pinterest searches for upcycling clothing, there are also many tutorials for how to make your own accessories without using a sewing needle. If you’re looking for a few ways to refresh your accessories, consider a few of my projects below. Continue Reading ›

Chinese New Year 2017 Inspiration

Last year during Chinese New Year, I was frantically looking for jobs, hoping I would land some luck at employment or a new career pathway. Jumping ahead to 2017, I’m finding I got that luck, but in a way I didn’t expect. To celebrate this year, I’ve decided to let the bigger picture take a back seat and enjoy this Chinese New Year in a different way. Chinese New Year has many traditions to maintain good fortune and honor the New Year, and as it turns out, there are plenty of products from fashion companies that see this importance. Below is a collection of a few fashion accessories and toys that are a great match for the Year of the Rooster: Continue Reading ›