• Blog Business,  Life

    Reflections on A Decade of Inconsistent Blogging

    When I was a kid I considered myself a writer. I was a lover of words. I used to read the dictionary for fun and I’d collect words and hang them around my room, sounding them out until they felt right in my mouth and putting the definition in my own words so that I knew I knew what it meant. Story-craft was my hobby and I’d fill notebooks and binders full of my own characters and observations about my little kid world. I only have a fraction left of what I wrote back then, but I remember it all so vividly and I loved it all. I thought that…

  • Design Studio

    Workdrobe | Part 2

    What do you do when your expectations and reality refuse to meet? Well. I don’t know but I keep trying to make it come true. Enter my Workdrobe. I had high hopes and then my time and finances were taken over by variables far, far outside of my control.  Eight months later I still need clothes suitable for work. Also, I think I don’t need as much as I thought I did. I feel that four pairs of pants , three dresses, and some blouses and sweaters (that I already own) will be more than enough. I’ve been surviving wearing a simple black ponte knit dress and some white sandals.…

  • Beauty,  Hair,  Hair Rehab

    Hair Rehab: Fall 2018 Under Wig

    I couldn’t take it no mo and the budget this month won’t allow me to get a new Mommy wig so I dug into the dark abyss of my closet and pulled out what I loving refer to as my Vulcan church lady kpop boy band wig. It’s all those things at one time and because of it it’s glorious. It’s not quite the look I’m going for right now but it’s free and better than what I have been doing lately which…just take my word for it was not cute. Even  though I’ve had this wig for several years I rarely wear it, but I’ll be sure to look up…

  • Design Studio,  Fabric Stash,  Featured Posts

    Design Studio | Butterick B6296 – Pyjamas

    I haven’t had a proper set of pyjamas since I was a young child. At some point during high school or college my sister bought me a sleep set with Happy Bunny on it. It wasn’t my style despite my adoration for that sardonic little leporine cartoon, but the gift was thoughtful and I wore them. Sure there were sleep pants here and there, but no proper pyjamas. This all changes very soon with a sew up of Butterick’s B6296 by Lisette. These are your standard baggy fit classic pyjamas complete with piping and patch pockets on the shirt and faced pockets on the pants. I predict that this will…

  • Design Studio,  Featured Posts

    Design Studio | Projects In Process and On Hold

    Everything I was working on since this Spring I put on hold. Except for three totally random garment projects and few pillow forms and covers I haven’t done much sewing. Partly due to my lack of time but mostly due to a lack of funds. I will share those projects that I did complete with you in later posts, but they really aren’t a priority for me right now. The seasons have cycled through as they tend to do and my desire to sew warm weather clothing has diminished (no matter how much I’d like to see the project come to fruition) so here’s what I’m going to do: 1.…

  • Beauty,  Featured Posts,  Hair,  Hair Rehab

    Hair Rehab: Check-In September 2018

    If I said I was stunned by how well my hair is doing it wouldn’t be enough. I’m so excited about what I’ve got going on atop my cranium. I had length check photos for you from June and September showing my hair pressed, but they are all being held hostage by my defunct hard drive which is sitting comfortably in storage in my attic. And since I’ve already flat ironed my hair once this past month -and my follicles are slowly reverting back to coil status – I’m not doing it again until December. Suffice it to say my hair comes down fully to the six mark and grazes the…

  • Uncategorized

    Blog Updates | Fall 2018

    Regular posting will return soon but here are some things you should know:   I’m broke! I don’t have very much discretionary money or time so many of the things I’d like to do and blog about I simply can’t do the way I’d like when I’d like. Things are starting to look up though. I’ve gone through a period of bad shit happening one thing right after the other so I’m a little battle weary. The loss of my main computer and camera two weeks ago was the latest bad thing. You’ll see updates but they won’t be the quality I’d like them to be but at least they’ll…

  • Life,  Soul Candy

    Soul Candy 015: Obstacles

    “What you need, above all else, is a love for your subject, whatever it is. You’ve got to be so deeply in love with your subject that when curve balls are thrown, when hurdles are put in place, you’ve got the energy to overcome them.” Neil deGrasse Tyson   This week was a lesson in curve balls. I’ve gotten better at handling the bumps in the road but sometimes I get laid flat out. After this whole year feeling like an uphill climb and things recently starting to improve… I don’t think the universe is out to get me but it sure feels like it. Luckily, I’m in a better…

  • Style

    Athleisure: Are We Still Doing This?

    One of my good friends asked me the other day if dressing like you’re about to go to the gym but really you’re going to brunch is still a thing and I really didn’t have an answer. Dress has become so casual in the USA™ that wearing a simple pair of chinos and a jacket is considered very dressy in a lot of places; certainly so here in the deep south of Louisiana. I told her no one would probably look at her twice if she headed  out in leggings and a hoodie for bottomless mimosas, but that I didn’t much care for the look as a part of everyday…

  • Life,  Soul Candy

    Soul Candy 014 | You’re An Artist Claire!

    “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent van Gogh I’ve been heading towards this realization for a long time, but it was only this weekend it struck me that I can and will consider myself an artist. I’ve been hesitant to call myself that my whole creative life. The reasons why  are hard for me to articulate because as I roll them over on the page they just are so silly; so foolish. For a long time I felt that a person had to…