Vogue & Braids

Apparently, I can still be surprised.
I kind of expected this cover.

Though I am still SO PLEASED.

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But this video.

SURPRISED!

I can’t even get into the painful, beautiful, complex, disheartening, encouraging, ever-changing THING that is the relationship between black women and their hair.

It’s too much.

I will give Vogue an A+ for respecting and including this (clearly joyful!) part of Lupita’s life with the Vogue masses.

And for these insanely beautiful photos.

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 Photographed by Mikael Jansson

All images from Vogue.com

Mixed, Matched, Modded & Mashed Up

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Nettie + Raven Shorts

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6a43d1567be44313aa96e1d27797e01cJust a Tank + Starter Skirt

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aa3544e5b9e6b48b5490caf26c6a270cCoco Tee + Paula Pleat Skirt

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a9ed44230a0d1519808acb27233c9512Coco + Raven Shorts

61c1cd3ebbdfe1ef29aad60b5d563faeCami Dress + Giselle Dress

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a23b866afbc2521fc123f2fa08e20c2dVictoria Blazer + Birgitte Tee

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b12f465fd21b15e42e7c069e2118b78eEmpire Waist Blouse + Giselle Dress

9fccc4cc4d0c3bf17445d637ec5d4d5aDandelion Top + Starter Skirt

8df160110253a814d111b22e524bd63fVictoria Blazer + Starter Skirt

I really love these combos!! BUT I am most excited that I figured out an easy way to get that denim jumpsuit!! I’m in vacation sewing mode and that soooo needs to be in my weekender bag!

Don’t forget, you to add your Indie Love entries to THIS post!!

RTW Sexy :: Reese : Beckham : Wang

Gaultier, McQueen and Toledo make gorgeous, amazing, show-stopping pieces. But the ones I love the most are not necessarily wearable for my life or personality.

This post is all about wearable, everyday, work appropriate, accessible-to-all-most sexy.
The kind of thing I’d wear AND feel comfortable in.

You know?

Reese : Beckham : Wang

All three designers make that kind of wearable magic.

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear SexyTracy Reese: Leggy, colored, cropped, knit.

 Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Victoria BeckhamVB: Leather, short, texture, flippy.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

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Ready To Wear Sexy

Isabel Toledo : Fashion From the Inside Out

“I really love the technique of sewing more than anything else…the seamstress is the one who knows fashion from the inside! That’s the art form really, not fashion design, but the technique of how it’s done.”
Isabel Toledo

I’m not sure how I first discovered Isabel Toledo. Maybe it was when the FLOTUS wore her designs. Maybe it was when I saw her shoe collection at Payless. Whatever threw me into her path, I’m grateful. I  find her, and her relationship with her husband, Ruben, kind of fascinating. Though, perhaps at first glance, her clothes don’t scream SEXY. To me, there is something about the cut and fabric and the way Ruben draws it all that is so, so sexy to me. Maybe it’s an understated way of expressing sexiness, but it is no less effective.

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Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Genius

So continues my exploration into all things sexy. Any undertaking of which MUST include pieces by one Alexander McQueen.
McQueen was undeniably a genius. A tragic genius. One too sensitive for this world.I don’t proclaim to know much about him beyond that. But one only need look at his work, his quotes, examine his aesthetic to determine that much about him.

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

: Construction : Demolition : Silhouette : Cutting : Erotic : Power : Fear : Perverse : Sexuality :

Divergent Interests: Intimates

Intimates

Thanks in part to Beyonce’s very sexy new videos and Ohh Lulu’s new pattern shop, I’ve had lingerie on the brain. This board is filled with many things too complex and delicate for my slapdash sewing style, but it’s something to build towards while it’s too cold and wet to make and wear new dresses.

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I’ve, so far, resisted buying supplies and patterns. Though I have been looking. Orange Lingerie has a great list of NYC resources that is very tempting. And the price is so right on the Ohh Lulu patterns.

Little pretty things are so tempting!

Divergent Interests: Metal:Ceramic: Wood

Jewels

This new interest is the stuff of daydreams. I have zero skill with jewelry making and the investment in real silver smithing or wood carving tools is too much to contemplate. But, Pinboards are for dreamers.

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And wishlists and library books, too. Lots of reading up on the subject, and filling fantasy shopping carts. But a realistic acknowledgement of my abilities (and budget and time and space and spreading my DIY interests too thin) is checking my “Buy Now” trigger finger.

Any secret talents among my readership? Jewelry makers? Wood carver? Sculptor?

Movies & Style: Volver

I posted my to watch or not to watch, Volver, dilemma on Instagram, too. Opinions, universally, skewed towards WATCH IT, NOW!! So, I watched it.

And I’m in love….
with the colors, with Penelope Cruz (again, I LOVE her in Woman On Top), and with the knitwear.
So lush. All three.

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MV5BMTUyMjYyNzQ1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTgwODk2._V1_SX640_SY720_It seems that I’ve channeled parts of the color scheme, recently (foreshadowing?). I’m done, all but thumb, on this first mitt. Maybe a Raimnuda inspired cardi in the future? (1,2,3)9af72426718611e3a5e7128a49ca55a1_8My Basquait themed nails continue (there’s an different iteration on them, now!)

And a couple new lip colors joined the crew.

I definitely want more color, this winter. With layers to stay warm.

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And to watch more of the films on my list. Volver’s parental theme is a sensitive one for me. I can get extremely emotional watching anything, but mother-daughter-multi-generational story lines always get to me.

If you’ve seen Volver, what did you think?

A Scoop & Artful Grooming

I looooooove sewing with knits!!!
After working on my Coppelia muslin (it was PERFECT….until I pressed the neckline and now it’s all crumpled at the back neck :( ) I wanted something super quick to work on.
Enter, Skirt as a Top’s, Scoop Tee.

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It’s, essentially, the most awesome little white tee in my wardrobe! I took in the side seams just a bit (right where my body naturally curves in between my boob area and belly) an excess of fabric there really bugs me. I followed the directions exactly with the exception of the hem, which I just serged and left un-hemmed. That collar is one of my best efforts. A great staple. So super simple. And QUICK!

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I could use half a dozen. They’re the perfect thing to cover the waist/hips on those slightly low rise pants days and clingy in the right spots, while skimming in others. Which is partially down to this mystery fabric, which I dug out of a bin in the Garment District. I have it in two more colors. The edges DO NOT CURL. Amazing!

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This burst of sewing came from a fit of creative inspiration courtesy of one Jean-Michel. I was inspired to add a little Basquiat flair to my life and did so in the form of a King Pleasure mani!

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The red polish, with the perfect name (I Red a Good Book!!!) and that little white crown brought a smile to my face, all day.

And last night, I added even more red to my life when I finally swapped out the buttons on this thrifted cashmere cardi.

I put my little handmade pin on it to complete the art theme!