As I mentioned in my last post, I have sort of been trying to figure out what I ‘d like to do with the blog since I went on a bit of a hiatus to finish school. Well, I would like to invite you all to begin following my new blog adventures over at calliemakes.wordpress.com…As some of you may have noticed from following Polka Dots and Leopard Spots, I wear quite a few things that I make myself. And that will be what Callie Makes is more about. Because, truthfully, that is what I AM about. I make things. I LOVE to make things. Literally (as cliche as it sounds) since I can remember. Mostly clothing, yes…but I’ll give anything a shot, really.
So, for now…I am going to put down PDLS for a rest and focus a bit more on what I would call my niche-sewing and making. Because it is what I love to do and what I would like to share with you.
Yes, here I am writing after a long few months. I do not have anything visual to share with you today, but I do want to share some words.
This past May, I was finally able to put a check-mark next to “Get Master’s degree” on the never-ending “to-accomplish” list. What an accomplishment it was, too. I can happily say that I am a Master of Art, with a concentration in Fashion (the history of, in my case). A two-year program that FLEW by where I met some great friends that will surely be lifelong relationships. It was the biggest ass-kicker in the world, but welllllll worth all the hard work. I learned not only about my area of interest more deeply I also learned a lot on a personal level. Graduate school taught me about myself and my capabilities. There is really no reason why ALL of us cannot accomplish absolutely any goal we set for ourselves. A goal is worthy if you have that will to see it through. As the old adage goes, where there’s a will there’s a way. Truthfully, I had always thought about going to graduate school as a ‘some day’ goal, that was until my awesome friend gave me the push I needed to go forth and make that ‘some day’ goal turn into a ‘today’ goal. After all, there is no time like the present because truthfully, it’s the only time we know we have.
I’ve been distant from the blog because I am at a cross-roads, where new life chapters are being written and I am figuring out what I’d like to do both personally and professionally. Where I fit in, and where my work will fit in to the world. So, as I dig through the mushy process of self-discovery, more or less, I am working toward deciding what the world needs from me and what I have to share with it. And for now, I will be posting differently and occasionally because PDLS is in a stage of evolution along with me.
The Meaning of Life is to Find your Gift. The Purpose of Life is to Give it Away.
Happy late St. Patrick’s day! I admit, I think I subconsciously wore green for the holiday. Until a few hours into my day, I didn’t actually realize I had put on this green pleated skirt to honor St. Patty’s. And the wind made for an interesting photo-taking experience.
I found this vintage mint green skirt at a thrift store for 99 cents! It has most definitely been one of my best (and most versatile) thrift store finds. The leather jacket is from Victoria’s Secret online and the shoes are about 7 years old so I don’t remember where I found them.
Just a quick blogfit post today. I had been looking around for a faux leather pencil skirt as a more contemporary basic (it’s an edgier black pencil skirt!) and I finally found one I liked enough from ASOS that more or less just what I had in mind. I also found the basic black turtleneck from ASOS, a wardrobe staple that needed replacing in my closet.
Blue suede pumps are by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s (No longer available)
Blue and white prints and designs have always been very striking to me. There are such interesting backgrounds associated with blue and white motifs among various cultures. Chinoiserie and Delftware derived from the Netherlands, for example. My mom has always had a wonderful collection of Delftware, (a lot of which came from Colonial Williamsburg) so that is very likely one reason I am drawn to blue and white prints…it’s apparently ingrained.
So, I made this dress over the summer with the intention of wearing it to a wedding but opted for a different one. I wanted to wait until the winter to do a blog post with this dress because I thought the blue and white print would probably stand out way better with a snowy white background.
Ohio’s nature offers some really great backdrops for blog photos, especially since we have a National Park fairly close to Cleveland. The other day we took a stroll down the Towpath at Boston Mills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (#CVNP). The Towpath follows the path of the Erie Canal and follows along the Cuyahoga River. Today, there are 35 numbered locks from Akron to Cleveland, although there were many more functional locks in the 1800’s. If you’re intrigued, there is much more information available online about the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.
It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.
Wearing Jessica Simpson black top and booties (similar), Big Star jeans,( similar), Velvet shrug and necklace made by me, Scarf from a market in London, Calvin Klein coat, (similar).
If you’re ever touring CVNP, stop by Boston Mills along the Towpath, there is a Visitor Center and the Boston Store where you can take a pit stop for a snack or two. :d
Thinking back to this time last year, we had already gotten a very snowy experience. So, it’s pretty typically Cleveland that this year it’s been pretty warm throughout November. I realize I mention weather a lot on my blog…but really, the weather determines what I wear every day. That is often how I decide what to put on on a daily basis. I’m a natural freeze baby, so warmth and comfort level are on the top of my list when I’m deciding what’s appropriate to pull out of my closet every day. And with Cleveland’s wish-washy climate, dressing for the weather can often be a bit of a challenge. That’s when I really start to depend on my jackets and blazers as additive layers, they help turn up the notch on an otherwise un-involved ensemble, but also serve their utilitarian purpose.
(Don’t mind my, Sun-in-my-eyes, I’m-about-to-sneeze-face).
I had gotten this blazer from H&M a few years ago and it was totally basic. I also had a dress in the same color that had this awesome shoulder detail but I always thought that the shoulders were a bit too heavy for the knit dress…so I deconstructed the dress, took off these awesome beaded epaulletes and reapplied them to each shoulder of the simple jacket. The blazer definitely makes a much more appropriate home for the appliques.
Just a blogfit for this Sunday’s post! A faux leopard fur jacket had been on my list of “vintage items to find” for quite a while, and I actually found this one months ago at a little shop and only just decided to finally buy the thing. I kept thinking about it (which always means…”BUY it”) and luckily it was still around when I went back looking for it.
Vintage faux leopard fur jacket; H&M skinnies; Bed Stu booties, similar; ‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s (N/A); Black/white jacket from Charlotte Russe (N/A); Belt- Old Navy Men’s department; Chanel Button necklace–AWESOME Christmas gift a couple years ago :)
Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post. I thought, ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.” This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s. Pretty awesome, right? I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it. I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.
And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening. Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.
The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.
Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.
It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.
Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.
I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Just wanted to share a picture of my costume this year– I went as the Dior New Look girl from the 1947 ad. I must admit, it was one of my favorite costumes to date. And the best part is, it only cost me 99 cents for my basket hat…everything else I already had in my (or my sister’s ;) ) closet!