A CASE OF THE BLUES WITH INKS + THREAD

Yesterday  Maggie of Inks+Thread hosted a shibori dying class at Crabtree farms. I had the pleasure getting on board and honestly I think I am addicted. Never mind that my hands and finger nails are still blue and probably will be for days! She taught us how the indigo works and some tradition Japanese patterns to play with. Of course being the rebel I am I couldn’t follow directions, so I combined two the styles together to get a ‘bubbles’ or ‘rain drop’ effect.

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How cute is Maggie to package up each of your scarves! She even used indigo dyed thread to tie them with.

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She decorated the table with flower arrangements she made and brought along tools for us to use. You may not be able to tell but the carton the rubber bands is in is actually ceramic! WHAT! Tooooooo cute!

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Golden rod is the Kentucky state flower. Kentucky is my favorite state.

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When you first pull the scarf out of the dye it is actually a yellow green and then it oxidizes and turns that rich blue. You can dip fabrics multiple times to make it darker and darker.

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I got a little crazy and smashed stones between the boards to get this fun speckled effect.

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These boots were a gift from my aunt 2 years ago for Christmas but after one wear they got really dingy. Let’s get real they were light grey and I let a friend wear them dancing to Alan Gold’s! Really fun night… but the poor shoes didn’t make it! Now they are amazing BLUE boots! I am still waiting for them to dry but I have a feeling they are going to be my favorite piece for fall.

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I got this little dress at Target probably 5 years ago. It was cream and Lord knows I LOVE A RUFFLE BUTT. Goodness what I wouldn’t do to fit in GAP kids. Sadly the cream washed me out pretty bad and I had a pretty noticeable coffee stain down the front. I couldn’t bare to part with it since ruffle butts are so hard to find in adult clothing. With a few dips in the indigo this dress has easily another 5 years left in her!  I dipped the bottom ruffle a few extra times to make it especially dark and I couldn’t be happier with it.

 

I wore it out last night to Wine Over Water and it was still damp!

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This is actually this tops third life. It was originally a white tunic that after a few years had a big stain on the belly… so… obviously I cut it in to a CROP TOP. Duh. Well light colored clothing never fares long with me. My boobs love the catch my coffee when it drips through the whole in my chin. Now a rich blue I am wearing this top today with a high waisted floral skirt, short red combat boots and a wool panama hat. The perfect transition from Summer to Fall.

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Oh man! This dressed I bought at F21 a few years back when I decided I didn’t have enough nice dressy dresses that I could just throw on. As it happens I don’t really love wearing white dresses because I always feel like it makes me the guest of honor. The downfall of being a wedding photographer. So I Free People’d the hell out of this bad boy! I can’t wait to wear it with some heeled booties, an over sized drape-y cardigan and 2 million necklaces.

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My final rebirth is my favorite Anthropologie top! Same story again white in color and stained. It’s been on a hanger on the back of bedroom door for weeks trying to decide if I trash my favorite go to dressy top or pay to have it dry cleaned and hope for the best!

The Inks+Thread Shibori Workshop was a huge hit…  I am thrilled with all of my new clothes! Thank you Maggie for being such a doll and putting together such a fun day for us! Check out Inks+Thread to find out when the next one is.

xoxo

JAiME

Maggie Pate - Loved hanging with you this weekend!! You’re post is awesome.

Paula Cash - I love all of it! (I remember trying to help you get the stain out of one of those tops)
GREAT job Jaime!

GIVEAWAY! >>> COWGIRL TREASURES

Okay, so I have to tell you it physically hurts me to give these boots away. I love them. I love the wonderful colors, the amazing pattern, perfect stitching, the little heel and the way they cut off at the ankle. These are party boots. Happy feet boots.

They are a size 8 or 8.5! Just a tiny bit too small for me!

I picked up these wild guys at the St. Elmo Bazaar hosted by Collective Clothing.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to work with the girl I purchased them from on a commercial shoot! Turns out Amelia has a booth at the Knitting Mill on the North Shore! More treasures… yes please!

HERE IS HOW TO WIN!

-Simply comment on the post below

-I will use Random.org to select a winner on Monday September 30th!  IMG_7441 IMG_7442 IMG_7444 IMG_7445 IMG_7448 IMG_7457

Good luck!

xoxo

JAiME

jessicamarie - Awesome!! Let me know what I need to do! jessicafryar@aol.com.

jaimesmialek - Jessica, YOU ARE OUR WINNER!!!!

Jonlyn R. Linville - J’adore!

gracehumbles - Sure do want these babies!!!

gracehumbles - Ooooo I sure do want a chance to win these guys!

Sharon Wilcox - Great colors in just my size! These boots put a smile on my face.

livestronggirl - Would love to win these! The colors are fabulous together.

livestronggirl - Those are fabulous!! Love the colors together and would love to have them!

Helen Harrison - They’re so cuuutteeeee. Xoxoxox

amandasprague - These remind me of an awesome belt I had as a kid.

Paula Cash - I love these! I will put an insole in and they will be perfect!

Jamie kowalski - Pick me!

carolized - Oh, hell yes! I can rock those boots!

Kate Hoffmann - I. die. love those! #fingerscrossed

Julia murray - I WANT THEM SO BAD

Sabitha - !!!! It took ma heart <3 <3 <3 don't </3 break it !!

meliswanson - Those shoes are amazing! So many beautiful colors.

Melissa S. - Those are gorgeous! So many wonderful colors.

jessicamarie - gimme.

janette wall - These are amazing, too bad they aren’t your size!

Lindsey Strickler - Oh girl, this Colorado Diva needs some of that joy out here!

jaimesmialek - 8.5

Mary Kathryn - What size are these? Super cute.

MY CORNER OF THE WORLD

I believe there is something truly wonderful about having a place, a spot, a room that is mine and only mine. It looks the way I want it to look and feels like home every time I am there.  I wake up every morning with 5 pillows, 2 down comforters and little Milton curled around me. I look up an all I can see is white. It takes me a minute to orient myself and then I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for my place.

I have been dreaming of an all white room for years and clothing storage has always been a problem for me. I remember being a sophomore in high school when my dad built me my first custom closet. Two racks with shelves on top of them and tons of shoe shelves. It was awesome! Then… of course… I grew out of it and I have never fit in a closet quiet the same.

Now I am finally at a point in my life where I can give myself this dream closet. I have realized just how important a home base is to me. When my room is clean and organized I feel like I can take on the world! No joke!

So here is my room. Well my closet… Actually my walk in closet with a bed in it!

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These clothing racks are made out of galvanized pipe and weigh 70 lbs each! When I ordered them I thought it would provide soooo much space to hang my clothes. Then they arrived and my clothes didn’t fit! Rather than adding a pole half way up for more storage I opted to do a big purge. Probably my largest cleanse to date! Now my collection consists of only things I really love. To read my theory on being a treasure collector check out my bio page.

IMG_6567IMG_6592IMG_6558 Another favorite piece of mine is my dresser. I bought it at America’s Thrift 5 years ago for $25! Its been a total gem in my home ever since. It was teal up until last year… on my first attempted at an all white room (which failed) I painted it white. I love the gold handles and wooden top.

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I am not sure you can tell here but my clothes are actually sorted by type and then color. Katelynd would get so frustrated with me if she tried to hang anything up. It’s just one of those things! EVERY thing has a very specific place. I love know where every article of clothing is and love to have it on hand when I dream up an outfit.

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Oh man! JEWELRY!!!  My biggest weakness and by far greatest waste money. I absolutely love accessorizing but get to a point in everyday when I hate for it to be touching me. This always results in the ripping off of my arm party and slinging of my cocktail rings… never to be seen again.

It’s a real problem.

However having a nice place to store all of the shiny goodness really helps me keep track of it all. I ordered antlers on eBay and simply painted them white.

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Milton loves his new room!

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My rug is a skin from Argentina that I picked up at yard sale here in St. Elmo.

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Today I am wearing a hand dyed shibori top made by Maggie of Inks+Thread, a crystal and leather necklace made by Holly, a French market bag, feather ring from Fredonia, skirt from target and boots from F21.

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So there it is, my little niche that I have carved out in this very big world. Do you have a happy place? Or a very particular way of organizing that makes you feel good? Milton and I would love to hear about it!

xoxo

JAiME

Danielle Walker - This is lovely. Mine looks like an unorganized explosion. But at least all the chaos is full of awesome. Thanks for the good ideas Jaime! Perhaps I will finally scale down…

BASICS DONE BETTER

The t-shirt is a wardrobe staple with serious breadth.

Striped, graphic, band shirts, vintage…the really soft one you stole from that idiot ex-boyfriend. We’ve all got em! Maybe the biggest draw is that the t-shirt is a piece that brings with it SO many options, with a myriad of ways to style it up. We’ve worn them since childhood, and we’ll likely wear them till we die.

As much as I love a good tee, I often don’t feel great in them. Something about the cut being less than flattering… Perhaps this is why I fell so hard for this cute little t-shirt dress number. This simple dress took the quintessential piece of timeless fashion to a whole new level.

It boasts all the perks of the tee: comfort, wearability, ease of care…but it packs it all with a punch. It lends a bit of edge. Let’s get real… I am such a sucker for a key-hole or cut-out in basically any article of clothing, so the front cut-outs on this dress really sold me. They add just enough intrigue to such basic piece. More than anything I love that it can stand on it’s own. The dress doesn’t need a bunch of dressing up, so to speak, with accessories, or layering of other pieces.

Check it out, all by its self!

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T-shirt dress- F21, Sunnies- Dollar store steal, Toms black booties, Locally made earrings-Homegrown Silver and Stone and Cohen’s Hat- F21

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When I wear this dress, I feel great. I feel like it looks good. And when we look good, we feel good. And when we feel good, not a damn thing can stop us.

Keep it good, ladies.

Lindsey

ROSE TINT YOUR WORLD ON AND OFF THE CLOCK

One of the hardest parts about growing up is remembering to dress honestly. Between office dress codes and fashion trends and wanting to fit in to this new adult life I suddenly have, I find myself googling “what to wear to a baby shower” or “fashion etiquette for weddings”, or clicking straight to the “wear to work” section on clothing websites. As much as I love when I manage to get put together like a badass professional lady in the morning or come bouncing in to brunch in a snappy little sundress, I still feel sometimes like I’m playing dress up. It can be fun to pull off, but that’s not always enough to be really fulfilling.

So here’s my own little declaration of independence, my guide for how to work the personal into the professional, to maintain your girlhood even as a grownup. It’s my ode to leather and lace, to the dreamers who offer their lips to wolves with red roses, to death and the maiden, to putting on your very own private cabaret. The two outfits I’ve put together in this post show you can dress for work without leaving your boudoir behind.IMG_4383IMG_4397IMG_4388IMG_4400IMG_4390IMG_4396IMG_4399

Work Outfit: Skirt from Target, blouse from the SWIAW Clothing Swap, outlet mall shoes, grandmother’s pearls

One is made up of all my favorite treasures from the top drawer in my dresser, where fantasy still reigns over practicality. It’s what I wear for absinthe and Tennyson and dancing with my crushes in the living room– Lord Byron and Mr. Rochester and Robert Smith, of course. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be who the Pixies were thinking of when they asked “Is she weird, is she white, is she promised to the night?”

My favorite book of all time is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. One of the passages I remember best is when hero Jonathan Harker is trapped in a pit with three vampire women who “had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips.” He confesses in a letter that “I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips.” As soon as I read it at age fourteen, I knew I wanted to be one of them. I knew I wanted to be Morgan le Fey, not Guinevere, and that the ladies to party with were literary bad girls like Lilith, Cristabel, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Lamia, and Mata Hari.

In medieval and Victorian literature, in fin de siècle paintings and classic silent movies, in comic books and album covers, it’s always the vamps who catch my eye. Did you ever notice that Maleficent really rocked her own sense of style in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty? Girlfriend could own a cape and head piece. She had that really awesome cocktail ring to flash around while summoning her pet crow. Aurora needed a pack of bickering fairies to pick out her outfits.  Give me Stevie Nicks’ top hat any day over a practical nude pump. No matter how old I get, I still just want to be Rhiannon.

It’s fun to play different roles, and it’s gratifying sometimes to fit in, to prove I can do this whole adult thing. Still, simply getting along can make it harder to stay young, to set your inner Belladonna free. That’s where this trusty go-to work outfit comes in handy, it’s type A and romantic all at once. It’s perfect for days when I need to really need to get my grownup on, but want to undo an extra button after five. Work a little lace into straight laced style. Bring boudoir satin into the board room. Follow the rules, but like any good bad girl, know where to bend and break them.  IMG_4401 IMG_4421 IMG_4410 IMG_4420 IMG_4413    IMG_4418    IMG_4422 IMG_4417

Rhiannon Outfit: Slip from Free People, corset from a comic book convention, red lace wrap was a gift, glitter platforms from Free People, top hat from Zombi Candi Boutique

At the office, simply be a more subtle version of your after hours self. If anything a little subversion makes you more creative than when you can go all out. It’s fun to play with an established norm– just look at how designers come back to menswear for women season after season, or reinvent floral prints. Sometimes you need to be an adult, and sometimes you need to declare who you really are in your heart of hearts. Sometimes you can do both at the exact same time. Like Eudora Welty said, “All true daring comes from within.” At every opportunity, dress honestly, not appropriately.

Vive la vie boehm,

Meghan