Now that I’m 27 and can no longer fit into the jeans I wore in high school (hello, hips!), I’ve been on a mission to fill my wardrobe with American-made jeans. I absolutely want my dollars to count toward ethically-sourced cotton and fair-wage practices, but I’m not going to pay couture pricing. Some companies really jack up their prices unnecessarily. After a little bit of hunting, I found 10 pairs of jeans made in the USA priced under $100.
I have long been a fan of polka dots, but I think this outfit really captures my polka fever. We’ve also been a little bit polka dot crazy at work, but I can’t tell you why just yet; it’s a secret! ;)
Speaking of work, I think my multicolored Timex Weekender SLip-Thru with a white strap goes pretty well with this outfit, yeah? Especially when I throw on my Yellow-So-Cute Coat from ModCloth. They don’t have it for sale anymore, but here’s a similar peacoat that’s a bit more suited to the season.
How perfect is this yellow bow belt? Hand’s down my favorite belt.
Oh and here’s me walking away from the super nice yellow car in our parking lot (no idea what kind), Dave chasing me with his iPhone and pretending to be the paparazzi. (We have fun!)
2. Eden Scarf via FashionABLE. I love FashionABLE’s scarves and their mission to create sustainable businesses in Africa. For that, this fall accessory is a win-win.
3. Skinny Skinny Jeans via Madewell. I just bought a pair of these from Uptown Consignment — brand new! — for $18. They are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned. They will be well worn this season.
4. Madden Girl Elsiee boots via Zappos. I love cognac-colored boots. If I didn’t just buy a pair earlier this year, these would be all mine.
5. Chai Tea via Simpson & Vail. As soon as it starts falling below 60 degrees in the morning, I make my own chai tea lattes before work with Simpson & Vale’s chai tea mix, soy milk, and a little bit of agave nectar. (I’ve also made an iced version.)
Guys. Sewing machines are apparently SEW important (I had to) they’ve got two days dedicated to them. One is June 13th and the other is tomorrow! The first US sewing machine patent was issued to Elias Howe Jr. on September 10, 1846. Jury’s out as to why June 13th is significant. I’m celebrating by breaking out my sewing machine and tackling a few beginner projects. Here are 15 to inspire:
1. Field Poppy Pouch via For the Makers — this tutorial uses a needle + thread, but I used my sewing machine to sew the sides. It was the first non-test project I completed on my sewing machine, so I had to include it.
3. Felt Coasters via Whimseybox. I do have a lot of felt lying around…
4. Felt iPad Sleeve via Cheryl Style. These would make great gifts for friends with tablets! Make them smaller, and you’ve got an iPhone sleeve.
5. Tea Bags via A Beautiful Mess. I made these — along with teacup candles — for Jordan’s wedding shower, remember?
6. Envelope Pillow Cover via I Heart Stitching. Pillow covers are an easy way to switch up your living room or bedroom style.
7. Heart Herbal Sachets via CraftyPod. How cute is this little herbal sachet? Fill them with lavender and chamomile and place them under your pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping. You can also store them in your dresser to make your clothes smell lovely.
8. Circle Garland via Natty By Design. Use a big craft circle punch to cut out a bunch of colorful circles and string them all together with your sewing machine. Easy!
9. Brigitte Scarf via Tilly and the Buttons. This adorable head scarf is from Tilly Walnes book, Love at First Stitch, filled with lots of fun clothing and accessory sewing tutorials.
10. Simple Cotton Top via A Beautiful Mess. I love how summery and breezy this top is!
11. How to Hem Your Jeans via Brit + Co. Hemming jeans is Sewing Machine 101, and comes in handy for shorties like me.
12. Maxi Skirt / Dress via Delia Creates. Delia calls this the “Versa Skirt” because it’s so versatile. I usually have a hard time finding maxi skirts that I’m not tripping all over (though I suppose knowing how to hem would be helpful there, too!)
13. Paper Bag Skirt via Simple Simon and Company. This has got to be the cutest elastic waist skirt ever!
14. Color Inserts via BurdaStyle. Add a pop of color to a blazer, pair of jeans, or any other article of clothing. BurdaStyle is a great resource for seamstresses of all levels.
15. Bow Belt via Tilly and the Buttons. I couldn’t resist including this bow belt! I want to make these in every color imaginable.
Orange you glad it’s Friday? I sure am. I’ve had a hectic week, and I’m ready for the weekend. And I’m obsessed with these capris! You’ve seen me wear them with a loud lime green tank, but this peasant top tones them down a bit.
And here’s another one of my lazy long hair tricks: leave it damp, spray it with a little homemade sea salt hairspray, twist a few strands back and lock them into place with a bobby pin. Adds a touch of Renaissance, especially with the peasant top.