+ - - - - - - Little wild horse slot canyon – distressed jeans

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This little slot canyon was our one day trip to check out how our kids did in slot canyons. And let me tell you….kids LOVE them. They are scary and interesting and cool. They thought they were parkour masters and rock climbing experts by the end. Not much complaining.

I was wearing my distressed jeans…you can check them out here! 

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+ - - - - - - DIY very EASY dress to jumpsuit or romper refashion

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Watch: Daniel Wellington

Make this jumpsuit from almost any dress or cut the legs short and make it into a romper perfect for Summer! As I was sewing this together I was shocked with how easy this was. And if you are lucky enough to find a dress that already has a zipper then its literally going to take you less than a half hour! Can’t wait to make a romper sometime very soon.

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+ - - - - - - DIY triple ruffle top from dress refashion video

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One of the funnest refashions yet! Super easy!

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+ - - - - - - super easy DIY Jean pants to Jean skirt refashion video

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Shoes: forever21 // top: similar, similar // skirt: DIY, or similar, similar, similar // sunglasses: Ray ban 

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+ - - - - - - DIY Star-embroidered sneakers//no-sew video

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Inspiration taken from the runway….stars, stars, stars! Gold, silver, on your clothes and my favorite…. on sneakers!

Famous Footwear is challenging everyone to stepforward by championing their confidence to be their best self. For me, everyday is a mini stepforward towards a career and being a better mother. Honestly, the second I hit 30, aka when I stopped my year long blog hiatus, was the second I dropped 70% of my doubt, insecurities, the things that held me back mentally from reaching my goals. For years and years that I blogged, I earned nothing while working 60 hour weeks, I often compared myself to others which didn’t help, I didn’t think I was good enough, I couldn’t focus on being a mother, often stressed and upset, my life didn’t “look perfect” because I didn’t have the funds or energy, even though I blogged for years, I still didn’t know the ins and outs, tips and tricks of it all. I was being left behind. Hence the year long, much needed, hiatus. I wanted to focus on being a mom and not being stressed. It was supposed to last about a month but it lasted a year. A year of reevaluating, pondering, growing, focusing on family, sewing for the fun of it – my thoughts/feelings/actions started to switch. I had more confidence, less self-doubt and the Gusto to start it all back up again and this time let it be fun with feelings of excitement and motivation towards my goals in life. This time around blogging/sewing/building a brand has helped me be a better mother! Which I thought was crazy. I’ve done a big overall stepforward with more self confidence in my career and as a mother.

 

Thank you to Famous Footwear  for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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+ - - - - - - My first runway show – as a designer


This was my first time I have ever designed something outside of my DIYs and definitely  outside of my comfort zone (read next paragraph!). I was given the year 1999 to design for and instantly the things that popped into my head were PINK, stars, glitter, Spice girls, buns and all those fun preteen things I loved. So hence, I designed a modernized baby spice ballerina…which was me…1999… 6th and 7th grade. The sweater was actually refashioned from 2 sweaters to make an asymmetrical twisted feel with a side asian inspired (thank you 1999) tie. The dress is a very sheer skin tone pink (1o yards of it!) with hand sewn silver star sequins – yes quite the nod to the innocent tween days. I was going to go full sheer dress…..but didn’t have the guts and threw together this sweater. If I had known about all the black mesh, pasties, bondage incorporated into other designs, I would have been a little more fearless. But, ehhhh, it was my first design to be seen on a runway. In the end I was happy with it, It portrayed what was 1999 was to me. But, I  would definitely do things differently the next time around. I wouldn’t hold back.

I’m not going to lie to you guys….I feel way way vulnerable posting this. I’m not sure why exactly, but I’m nervous. Maybe because I’m worried about being judged or whatnot but honestly I’m just its over and I probably wouldn’t change anything because this experience has taught me so many things. 1. Don’t hold back – don’t let the fear of what others are designing or others are thinking to affect you. I stuck with the pink and the girly despite knowing that this even is more on the edgy side. Because thats me. But I did cover up the dress because I wanted to feel safe. Which I shouldn’t have done, but at least I felt comfortable and happy with what I made. 2. Don’t let designing take over your life! Don’t agonize over designs day in and day out because you think it won’t be good enough. Just stick with what you like and what you originally thought through. I’m sure there are people out there that are going to judge but I don’t care. I just checked this off my bucket list and now I can, if I want, I can do another with more confidence without holding back!

p.s. can you spot my refashioned top? Check it out HERE!
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^^baby spice anyone? buns forever!
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^^Tall girl with long hair = straightening hair standing up! tall girl problems? I wouldn’t know.;)
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^^Colours of the world, Spice up your life, Every boy and every girl, Spice up your life – anyone remember 1999 feelin’ it?
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^^last minute tweeks
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^^quick pic before showtime!
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^^backstage
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