Saturday, October 9, 2010

internship love.

Sneak peak
Every friday morning I ride my bike over to the Colette Patterns studio, located in a sun drenched industrial warehouse that has been converted into spacious creative space for local businesses. Today was only my second week as Sarai's blog intern, but I already feel so inspired by this experience! I spent six hours at the studio, organizing the prettiest collection of vintage notions, discussing plans for future blog posts, and sewing up a storm. Psst...the photo above is a sneak peak! :) :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bookworm.

One of my goals for September was to get back into the habit of reading. Thanks to some great suggestions from friends I quickly fell back in love with it! Alex and I schedule regular library dates and tonight we're meeting up to check out a few new books. Got any recommendations? Here's what I read last month:
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
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The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
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A pale view of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

double polka dots

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A couple shots from a recent photo shoot I did for Anja's blog. I'm not a big fan of straw boater hats (on me, anyway) but this one had a double bow detail that perfectly suited this double polka dot outfit. It's obvious with this shoot that the more I model for Anja, the more natural the photos appear. I sincerely dig hangin' with that lady and doing such cool work! 
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(Styled & photographed by Anja)

Monday, October 4, 2010

DIY: Host a clothing swap!

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This past weekend I hosted my very first Naked Lady party! For those of you who have never heard this term, a Naked Lady party is just a fancy name for a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are perfect for cleaning out a clogged closet, sprucing up your wardrobe, and partaking in much needed girl talk. You never know what kind of clothes you'll end up with, and afterwards I found myself playing dress up all night! I adore playing hostess and always try to keep things as stress free and inexpensive as possible. Here are a couple tips on hosting your very own Naked Lady party: 


The Company
No boys are allowed at Naked Lady parties, and there's something really, really awesome about gatherings where all the attendees are ladies. Conversation was constantly buzzing as each woman got to know each other, and continued well after the actual swap was over. Everyone was so sweet and friendly! If you want to have a great group of gals at your party, make sure to let everyone know it's perfectly cool to invite friends, too! A mix of gals keeps things interesting and the clothing piles are full of variety.


The Spread
I always dig in to food at parties, so prepping drinks and snacks was very rewarding. I wanted to make sure snacks were easy to prepare and a breeze to clean up, so I opted to utilize my CSA produce and only spent an additional $20 on booze and chips. Plus, it only took about thirty minutes to get everything chopped up and ready to eat! There's nothing better than mimosas on a sunny Saturday afternoon...they are delicious, cheap, and a little goes a long way. Of course, a few ladies brought along the wine and other snacks, which was very thoughtful! 


Champagne and orange juice = Mimosas 
Red wine
White wine
Celery sticks with peanut butter
Pita chips and hummus
Salsa and guacamole 
Cherry tomatos galore
Delicious kale chips
Sliced peaches and apples


The Goods
Nearly everyone arrived with a bag full of colorful garments, but we resisted the urge to dive right in until about ten ladies were present. Once we'd all mingled and had a few mimosas, we each sorted our bags into categories around the living room and studio. There were a generous amount of blouses, bottoms, jackets, sweaters, dresses, swimsuits, and accessories to choose from, and each lady found something lovely to take home! The left overs were donated, but not until they'd been picked through several times. :)


Ta-da! I'm definitely going to host another clothing swap in the future, and next time I'll be sure to shoot a few photos for ya'll. Have you ever attended a swap? What unexpected treasures did you come away with?