Sunday, September 18, 2011

Red Dust

 My lovely roommate had three rolls of film to shoot by Monday and Georgia just got hit with it's first cold front of the season so we decided to go adventuring. And when I say adventuring, I really mean it. This wasn't just the usual cruise around downtown and stop where the light seems good, this was some serious stuff. We packed up our gear and hit I-17 south with the windows down and a fall playlist blaring through the car's speakers. We drove until the smell of the city was gone and the scenery changed from industry to pastures and forests. She got her homework done and I found some super rad locations. I completely fell in love with this abandoned white house and a field with telephone poles that seem to go on forever. I can't wait to go back with a model for a shoot of my own!

This amazing weather we've been having is getting me so excited for fall and winter and everything that comes with the seasons. Especially the clothes. So, with that said here's some looks I've been loving and a few pieces I've specifically had my eye on for awhile now. 

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Fringe and studs, could it get any better? This jacket is made by Novella Royale, a company based out of LA that's all about not creating waste from new materials but using leather from vintage jackets. Each piece they create is handmade and one of a kind. This jacket really can't get any better. 

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 A fur jacket just isn't practical living in Georgia, it gets chilly but not terribly cold. A fur vest though, that's perfect. 
One of these is definitely at the top of my wish list this season. 

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A velvet blazer, you can't get much cooler than that. And especially in this color. 
One Teaspoon hit it out of the park with this piece. 

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All the maxi dresses I have right now have been for summer so they're strapless or have really thin straps. I absolutely love the idea on a long sleeve maxi dress. Especially this one, I love the bell sleeves and paired with a nude slip underneath the crochet is still sexy even though you're totally covered up. This piece is all sold out online but Planet Blue does an amazing job of getting more once they sell through. You can even get a notification sent to your email as soon as it's back in stock! 

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I'm so excited to bring out the knits and the tights. I love this knit tunic and the way it was styled here. I think this outfit is perfect for the transition to cooler weather. 

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I'm in need of a new leather jacket and I've been on the hunt for quite awhile now. I think this one is going to be the one. The silhouette is slim and flattering. I absolutely love the lining and all the small details. I'm a total sucker for epaulets.  

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And last but certainly not least is wide brim hats, I can never get enough. 
And this one has studs. Such a dreamy combo. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to Where the Peaches Grow

I'm officially back in Savannah. Even though it's for an undecided amount of time I'm happy to be back. I'm excited to see how these next few months play out and even more excited about what's to come with the start of this upcoming year.

The night before heading back I got together with a good friend to take some pictures. It was a pretty spur of the moment idea and being in Southwest Florida we naturally decided to go to beach. The sunset wasn't much and we got there a little late but we had so much fun anyways. Here's a couple shots. 

It was super good to see you J Dang, as always.

And now, like I promised, a little insight into making dyed cut offs..
 All you really need is a couple hours, some patience, and about 15 bucks. 

The first step in the process is to find a pair of high waisted jeans. Goodwills and Salvation Armies are full of them, and they're generally only five dollars, you just have to have the patience to dig a little. There's hundreds of brands out there but a few that seem to work the best are Levi and Jordache. I highly highly recommend trying them on, sizing between brands tends to be different and sizing has changed over the years, so don't get upset if the jeans that fit you best are marked two sizes bigger than what you usually wear. 

Once you get home with your jeans use a pair of fabric scissors to cut them to shorts. I usually give them about a two and a half inch inseam, enough room to fray the bottom without your butt cheeks hanging out. I also usually cut them at a slight angle, making the inseam about a quarter of an inch longer than the outside edge of the shorts. 

Next thing you'll need is an x-acto knife. I use the ones with the snap-off blades that come all the way out of the knife, I'm probably not describing them very well so here's where you can find them. Once you've got that, completely remove the blade from the knife and just scratch scratch scratch your little heart out. This is where the patience factor comes in again, the more time you spend thinning the denim to make the tears the happier you'll be later.

Once you've got your shorts all torn up it's time to bleach them. It's hard for the dye to really take to the denim and for the color to be exactly what's shown on it's packaging without the shorts being bleached first. So just let them sit in a little bleach to take them
from this, 

to this.

The shorts I was wearing in the last post were just made with bleach, no dye involved, but you can take them up a notch with a little dye. The possibilities are endless with these and that what makes them so much fun. 

Once your shorts turn white make sure you rinse them thoroughly before you try to dye them. Rit dye is my personal favorite. There's ton of colors and you can even mix colors to get exactly the shade you want. You can get Rit dye at JoAnn's Fabric or most any other craft store. Then just follow the dying instructions stated on the packaging and you're all set. 

 To get more of an ombre affect rather than just a solid dip dye you can lower the shorts into the dye a little at a time. About 15 minutes per "level". While the shorts are in each "level" I like to splash a little dye higher than the water line to make the transition more fluid. 

Then just wash them and they're ready to wear. Also, wash these babies by themselves for the first couple times so they don't bleed onto anything else! 

This song alway puts me in such a good mood, it's the best while making these. Enjoy! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hello Lovelies! I'm sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days. I know making excuses is a terrible thing, but I'm about to do it. I'm blaming my absence entirely on this boy. In the best possible way of course.. 

 Summer classes came to an end last week and as soon as I was done with my last final I literally ran to my car and drove eight hours south. Straight to our hometown and straight to his arms. I couldn't be happier spending this break with him before he packs up and heads to Cali at the end of the month. I've only got a week here in Naples and we've been making the absolute most of it.

By the way, I redid the ombre in my hair last night, I was missing it. I did it myself this time and I actually like it better than when I got it done at the salon. You can kind of see it in the picture below put I'll post better ones tomorrow!

We're planning on going thrifting tomorrow and I'm super excited. I'm going to show you how to make the shorts I'm wearing in these pictures, I've gotten a lot of questions about them on facebook and it's really easy to do!

For now though, I'm off to continue making the most of my time here. Cuddles, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and a movie sound just perfect.