Do What You Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!

Things are o’ cookin’ around these parts. Last week was a complete whirlwind. I interviewed for a job that I didn’t know I wanted until it became a real possibility. Back in December, at my Hubby’s encouragement, I applied for a creative management job on the whim. It sounded like a great opportunity, but after waiting a month with no word, it was business as usual–until they scheduled me for an interview last Tuesday.

Do What You Love - The Clothes We Wear - Silk Red Snakeskin Bow Blouse, Navy Skirt

Do What You Love - The Clothes We Wear - Silk Red Snakeskin Bow Blouse, Navy Skirt, Black Suede Platform Pumps, Chevron Tights

Red (Kinda, Sorta) Snakeskin Print Bow Blouse, Thrifted
Navy Skirt, Thrifted
Black Velvet Jacket, Vintage Thrifted
Belt, Vintage Thrifted
Chevron Tights, Target
Black Suede Pumps, Jessica Simpson via Marshall’s
Jewelry – Ring, Thrifted; Earrings, Target


The interview went well because the very next morning, they called to schedule a second Interview, to meet the team on Friday. They also had candidates complete a design assignment (which is based on a typical project). Things went very well both meetings and I’m excited with the results of my design project, yet I have no idea whether this will work out. Everyone I’ve met has been great and the kind of people I would truly enjoy working with. It’s one of those opportunities that seems so right in every possible way and if I say anything about it, it’ll escape. All I know is that I did my very best–and that is all that can be done. I started 2012 with eyes-wide-open and it’s shaping up to be a terrific year.

Do what you love.

This is resonating with me today more than ever.

I’ve worked tremendously hard to grow my career and it’s become ever clearer where it needs to go. If this doesn’t work out, I’ll at least be one giant leap closer, in the right direction!

Waste not another minute. Get out there this week and do something you really enjoy–whether it be for work or play.

Linked up to Bloggers Do it Better, Red; Monday Mingle.

February Love

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‘Tis Friday!

I’m a touch bit tired today, as it was quite a productive week/month as I diligently roll out new plans for my design business, which include expanding my services to include both consulting and web design. I’ve acquired a new Client, a Fine Beer and Spirits Importer located in Texas. Starting out as a consultant to develop solutions for refreshing the brands in their portfolio to make them more marketable in the U.S. It’s a nice change of pace! I’m used to handling all aspects of design from start to finish and it feels very good to be hired as an expert; to constructively analyze other people’s work. Requires a different kind of energy, yet still challenging. What? You wanna pay me for my brain? Sign. me. up.

Clothes We Wear - Winter - Red Sweater - Black Pants - Gray Oxfords - Gray Moto Jacket

Gray Moto Jacket – Marshall’s
Black Denims – Paige, via Nordstrom Rack
Red Sweater – gift from Aunt
Gray Oxfords – F21
Leaf Buckle Belt – Thrifted $1
Jewelry – all Thrifted
Foot Stool – Ikea

Part of the plans for first quarter is to get up my official portfolio website, but Client work comes first. Meanwhile, I already have two Client websites in development! I haven’t ever talked much about my work here and it’s time I do since it’s a very big part of my life! So now you know more about why I disappeared end of last year! I was focused on strategies to make this year better for business.

Are you excited for the weekend? I sure am! It’s the first one, since the start of 2012, without any major commitments. Maybe I can finally tackle my office area and closet. We need to desperately purge. I also have a couple refashion projects: make a trench sleeveless and take in the legs of a couple of denim pants. What will you be doing? Whatever it is, make it good.

You Have What It Takes

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Anatomy of Clothes No. 5 - Winter Scarf, Denim, Boots, Orange - You Have What it Takes

I really love the idea of wearing clothes in unexpected ways! Transforming them into new items yields the same euphoric feeling I get when I go shopping–only I’m saving money (by not impulse buying) and learning to love my closet! What’s not to like about this? Here is another installment of Anatomy of Clothes. Today, I’ve included a short 30 second music video (still-photography) to show the process of how I turned a sweater into a scarf. View it below.

The last time I wore a denim, olive and orange combination was in the Fall for a Pumpkin Patch outing. In fact, this is the same sweater that I’ve since altered, by cutting off the turtleneck. Instead of a v-neck sweater worn in Anatomy No. 4, it’s a crew neck. This technique really works! You have what it takes and it’s right there in your closet. I also find that many infinity scarves are super bulky and that’s not always practical. A light sweater or cardigan is the perfect size.

Now onto the layers of this outfit. It’s very simple. A sleeveless top over denim shirt (or any combo you choose). The color blocked trend is still going strong and I’m a huge fan of the contrasting sleeves style. If you’re like me, with no budget to purchase a new trendy item, do-it-yourself! Easy. Peasy.


Denim Shirt – Thrifted

Green Sleeveless Top – Target
Coat – Buffalo Exchange
Gray Denims – Buffalo Exchange
Leather Boots – Jessica Simpson
Orange Sweater (as Scarf) – Vintage, Gift (self-altered, see it here)
Earrings, Necklace, Ring – F21, Vintage, Vintage

Linked-Up with Monday Mingle and ABC’s of Style.

Anatomy No. 4: Wear a Sweater as Scarf

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Five Easy Steps to transform any sweater into a scarf. The idea came to me on an afternoon when I desperately wanted an infinity scarf in gray to finish my outfit, but had no such thing. About to settle for a gray sweater instead, as I was pulling it over my head, a light bulb went off. Isn’t an infinity scarf basically a loop of material? Thinking fast, I took a second look at my sweater and starting playing with it. Twisting, turning, tucking, knotting and Voila, finished in minutes! Anyone can achieve this look right now with items in their closet, ‘less you don’t wear clothes.

Anatomy of Clothes No. 4 - How to Wear a Sweater as Scarf

Anatomy of Clothes No. 4 - How to wear a sweater as scarf

1. Flip the sweater upside down, so the bottom is up and the front faces you. This is done so that the label remains hidden.

2. Create an opening to pull over your head, by gathering the material from the neck and bottom of the sweater–should be on the side facing you. You’ll start to see a draping effect. I like to roll the gathered material to keep it tidy on the back of my neck.

Anatomy of Clothes No. 4 - How to wear sweater as scarf

3. Once it’s around your neck, fluff the front to get the look you want and then pull the sleeves up so it sits nicely around the outer part of the drape.

Anatomy of Clothes No. 4 - How to wear a sweater as scarf

4. Twist each sleeve and make a knot behind your neck. Tuck it under, nice and neat. I like to pull the ends of the sleeves to the front, over my collar bone and tuck. This helps it stay put, too.

5. Fluff some more to finish the look.

Anatomy of Clothes No. 4 - How to wear a sweater as scarf

Other Tips To Achieve This Look

>>Choose a light-weight sweater with a wide neck, big enough to easily fit over your head. A v-neck work great, but cardigans, do too–just button it up and follow the same steps for draping.

>>This look can be worn year round! Experiment with long sleeve tops, chunkier knits, and even silky blouses. I’ll show you these alternatives in future posts.

>>Works best on non-collared necklines.

Is this something you’ll try? I’d love to see how you wear it. Share your links or tell me about it in the comments. Tell your friends and let’s start a movement!

>> Update Mar 2012: Check out my video tutorial here. Thank you! <<

Anatomy of Clothes 4 - How to wear a sweater as scarf

Knit Cardigan – Gift from Mother-in-Law.
Pale Pink Dress – Gap, Thrifted. $5
Black Moto Jacket – Flying Tomato, Buffalo Exchange
Yellow Sweater – J. Crew
Leather Boots – Aldo
Gray Tights – Hue. Doubled up for winter warmth.
Earrings, Necklace, Ring – F21, Vintage, Thrifted

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