Mexican Falsa Blanket Throw Pillows by Stephanie Foster

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This was a pretty easy -and affordable -project! 

We adore our chaise lounge couch, but the original pillows left a little to be desired. My boyfriend was especially not fond of the purple colors. 

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So I set out to find something a little more our style. 

I have no problem doing some basic sewing so knew that I wanted to make some pillowcases for the existing pillows. I found the PERFECT fabric at Pendleton - for just $84 - way out of our price range.  

Since I live in LA, I decided to take advantage of the local offerings and make a trip down to Olvera Street where I commonly buy Mexican Falsa Blankets which are perfect for beach days and picnics. At a price of $10-$12 each, I knew this would be a more affordable option. 

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I picked out two Falsa Blankets in colors that would work with my room for just $24.  

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From there, it's just a matter of measuring your pillows and making a basic pillowcase. 

This fabric is REALLY stretchy so here are some tips:

  • Cut one long panel and cut to size. For example, if your pillow form is 20x20", cut a panel that is 20" wide. I used a 6" overlap in the back for mine so cut my panel 46"long (20"front + 20"back +  6"overlap). Due to stretch, it's not necessary to add a seam allowance. 
  • Make sure that the stripe or whatever detail you want to highlight on the front of your pillow is in the center of your panel. Ex: for a 46" panel, measure 23" from the center of the stripe you want in the center. 
  • USE ZIG ZAG stitching and fold over hemming techniques to prevent fraying and unraveling.
  • Dont get anxiety about stitching in a straight line or making a mistake. The fabric is EXTREMELY stretchy and forgiving
  • Using the fringe from the ends will require a 3 panel pillowcase construction. Use zig zag to edge the raw fabric edge, fold over twice (like a pants hem) and sew down using straight stitching. Sew the right side of this panel to the wrong side of your panel with the fringe so that right sides of both panels are facing out. Complete as normal. 
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IKEA Nordli Nightstand Hack by Stephanie Foster

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We ended up purchasing the IKEA Nordli bed frame and Nightstands for our new apartment. We loved the simple design, but upon getting it home it was a little TOO simple. 

Before

Before

I loved the wood front look, but unlike Hemnes, the drawer fronts of Nordli appeared to be just laminate covered particle board - sanding to reveal beautiful wood grain wasn't an option.

I started researching sticky back wood veneer but found that most veneers came in large sheets (way more than I needed) and ranged from $50+ (way more than I wanted to spend). 

That's when I found the 12x12" sheets of sticky backed real wood veneer - Barc Wood made by ARC Crafts.  

Since it's made for crafts and scrap booking, I wasn't sure if the veneer was thick enough to work for my project, but at an almost $40 price difference between the Barc Wood and the larger wood veneer sheets, I decided to give it a shot. 

Now that I had the veneer picked out, it was time to choose hardware. The drawer was functional without a drawer pull, but I wanted something to break up the space. I decided to splurge on a pair of leather pulls from Anthropologie. 

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Assembly was pretty easy! The drawer front just requires two plastic screw grips to be loosened with a flat head screwdriver. Once the drawer front was off, we measured and drilled a hole for the drawer pull in the center. [Note, depending on what type of hardware you choose to use, make sure that your screws don't interfere with the shelf inside the nighstand]

Barc Wood trimmed and applied using adhesive backing to both drawer fronts. Polyurethane coats drying. 

Barc Wood trimmed and applied using adhesive backing to both drawer fronts. Polyurethane coats drying. 

I picked this tiny can up at Home Depot for under $5

I picked this tiny can up at Home Depot for under $5

To apply the veneer you just peel off the back, position, and stick onto the drawer front. Use a rubber eraser to smooth out any air bubbles. Place the drawer front side down and use an x-acto knife to trim the excess from the sides. Finish by rubbing a few coats of polyurethane on with a rag. Let dry and use a small Phillips head screwdriver to poke a hole through the veneer for the hardware. Put on the hardware, put the drawer front back on, and you're done!  

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DIY Driftwood Lamps - Ikea Hack by Stephanie Foster

We just moved into a new place and after giving up all of my lamps in the move from Minneapolis to LA (who has moving room for lampshades?) I have been on the hunt for months for a set of bedside lamps that were relaxed and gender-neutral.

Since all of our nightstands and bedframe are both white IKEA, I wanted to find some lamps with a little character. To be honest, it's been about 10 years since I've purchased lamps and the lamps I did have were a hodge-podge of clearance items purchased over the years. I was pretty surprised to find out that the type of lamp I was looking for ranged from $80-$200 or more!

Finally I came across my inspiration that led to this project - some beautiful Driftwood lamps. I loved the organic feel, but at $200 a piece there was no way a set of these was making their way into our place. 

Gold Resin Driftwood Lamp from Horchow

Gold Resin Driftwood Lamp from Horchow

Driftwood Lamp from Etsy Seller MarzaShop 

Driftwood Lamp from Etsy Seller MarzaShop 

I decided to take matters into my own hands and was able to make these beautiful driftwood lamps for only $28 each! 

Supplies:

  • Pencil
  • Gardening Shears
  • Jab or Hack Saw

Let's get started...

Start by taking the lamp out of the box. Remove the sticker from the bottom of the lamp socket where the switch is.

Untie the willow bundle. DO NOT CUT THE TWINE. You will use this to tie the willow bundles back together around the lamp base.

Cut each willow branch to the bottom of the threading on the socket. Mark with your pencil and use either the gardening shears or saw to cut. Continue along the length of the branch. Some of the willow branches may be especially twisty which you might not want in your lamp, you can snip or cut off these sections you don't wish to use.

Measure and cut to the bottom of the threading on the lamp socket. 

Measure and cut to the bottom of the threading on the lamp socket. 

Once you have cut the willow branches to  size, screw on the lamp base and begin gathering the branches in a bundle around the lamp column. It is really helpful to have another person there to help you hold the branches in shape as you are assembling them around the lamp column, although if you are doing it alone you can also use string or yarn to hold the pieces together as you work. Place some of the thinner pieces from the top of the willow branch in front of the light switch and trim to size.

Once you have gathered the willow branches in a bundle and you're satisfied, have your helper tie the twine from the willow branch bundles around the lamp column in two places (or if completing alone, tie with the twine and then snip and remove the string/yarn). Fill in any empty spots with trimmings as desired.

Now just put on the lamp shade and VOLIA! Your very own DIY Driftwood lamp for only $28!


Prestige Indonesia September 2014 by Stephanie Foster

In July, I worked on a celebrity feature for Prestige Indonesia's September 2014 Issue. I assisted the US Fashion Editor, Alexa Rangroummith Green, and Photographer, Mitchell McCormack. This was a lot of fun for me because there was a really fabulous selection of clothes and accessories on this shoot. I was also really excited to get to do a women's published editorial spread. Laura Ramsey was an absolute doll to work with and I loved the little touches she brought to the look (a super cool pair or Noor Feres spike earrings).


Behind the Scenes...

Behind the scenes in Diane Von Furstenberg.

I steamed all of these!

Totally awesome accessories collection including pieces by John Hardy, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, and Rebecca Minkoff.

This was one of my favorite accessories, the Kate Spade piano clutch. Couldn't resist taking a pic with it!

One of my favorite dresses by Sandro, Paris.

This is what behind the scenes looks like!

The "Fancier" accessories table.


DAMAN Style Premiere Issue Fall/Winter 2014/2015 by Stephanie Foster

This was a great shoot both in the studio and in DTLA with the completely awesome Ryan Burns. I assisted US Fashion Editor, Alexa Rangroummith Green, and Photographer Mitchell McCormack in this shoot for the VERY FIRST DAMAN Style magazine! I had a lot of fun on this shoot, Ryan was so easy to work with and we had a great afternoon of shooting on-location Downtown!


Behind the Scenes...

Alexa making some last minute adjustments...

Alexa making some last minute adjustments...

Look! No shoes! If it's not in the picture, don't put it on!

Look! No shoes! If it's not in the picture, don't put it on!

One disadvantage of Men's Fashion is that there are 3-5 pieces for every look. Good thing I had Fiatte to help me!

One disadvantage of Men's Fashion is that there are 3-5 pieces for every look. Good thing I had Fiatte to help me!

Ultra fab Dolce and Gabbana silk patterned smoking jacket.

Ultra fab Dolce and Gabbana silk patterned smoking jacket.

Parking lot base, on-location DTLA.

Parking lot base, on-location DTLA.

Since this was just a shot of the jacket and shirt, Ryan wore his New Balance tennis shoes. 

Since this was just a shot of the jacket and shirt, Ryan wore his New Balance tennis shoes. 

Selfie time for Fiatte and me!

Selfie time for Fiatte and me!

Ryan and Mitchell after the shoot. Somewhere my picture of me with Ryan got lost on someone's phone and I never got it :( Oh well, this pic captures the essence of how great he was to work with!

Ryan and Mitchell after the shoot. Somewhere my picture of me with Ryan got lost on someone's phone and I never got it :( Oh well, this pic captures the essence of how great he was to work with!

The Stylist's Kit by Stephanie Foster

The Stylist Kit in the far foreground on-location.

The Stylist Kit in the far foreground on-location.

The Stylist's Kit is your most important possession on a shoot. Keep it well stocked and never leave it behind.

The stylist kit is crucial for on-location shoots. But, what to put in this elusive bag, you may wonder. Well, never-fear! Below is a list of everything you will need to make the perfect Stylist Kit and Mini Kit!

THE KIT BASICS

  • Gardening or Tool Tote Bag
    Ok, you may be thinking, does it really NEED to be this kind of bag? YES, IT DOES.
    Think about how many items you're going to need to organize and keep straight, these bags have pockets all around the outside which work perfectly for your lint rollers and shoehorns. They are also durable and stand upright on their own which is helpful when running over to the steamer and tripping over it. If you buy a good bag once, it will last you-make the investment.
  • Small Crossbody Bag
    'What? I need TWO bags?', you may be thinking. But yes, you need two bags. Think about shooting on-location and hiking up a big hill to get that perfect scenic overlook. Once the photographer starts taking photos, you realize that the clasp of the necklace isn't tight enough and you need a safety pin! BUT, because your full-sized Stylist Kit is so heavy, you left it back at the car. Well, after you run down and up that hill and have to clumsily adjust the necklace with slippery sweaty hands all while gasping and panting for breath in the model's ear, you may think twice about needing that Mini Kit. Just sayin', it could happen. Get a mini-kit and fill it with the most important items from the list below (safety pins, mini scissors, needle and thread, clips, etc). Leave the full-size kit in the car and bask in the hands-free freedom that is...The Mini Kit. 

THE MEAT & POTATOES

  • Pop Up Privacy Tent and Small Tarp for 'Floor'
  • Extra Garment Bags
  • My Little Steamer GoMini Hand Steamer
  • Extra Hangers
  • Shoe Horn
  • Shoe Heel Cushions
  • Shoe Insole Cushion
  • Shoe Arch Pads
  • BandAid Blister 
  • Moleskin Sheet
  • Body Glide
  • Photography Clips and Clamps of Various Sizes
  • Hair Clips
  • Chip Clips
  • Traditional Clothes Pins
  • Lint Rollers and Extra Sticky Sheets
  • Lint Brush
  • Lint Shaver
  • Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes
  • Wet Wipes Hand Sanitizer Cloths
  • Liquid Hand Sanitizer
  • Downy Wrinkle Reducer
  • Febreze
  • Safety Pins of Various Sizes
  • Seam Ripper
  • Small Sewing Kit (needle, threads, small scissors, straight pins, needle threader)
  • Nail Clipper
  • Tide Pen
  • Fashion Tape
  • Regular Scotch Tape
  • Packaging Tape (to protect shoe bottoms from scuffs)
  • Full Sized Scissors
  • Small Stapler
  • Paper Clips
  • Rubber Bands
  • Permanent Markers
  • Pens
  • Small Notebook
  • Masking Tape (to label outfits on outside of garment bags or label water bottles)
  • Tagging Gun and extra attachments
  • Coupon (Tag) Organizer
  • Washcloth
  • Disposable Thongs
  • Pantyhose (a little rubbing also takes deodorant off clothing)
  • Socks
  • Men's Ties
  • White and Black T-Shirts to Fit Model (s)
  • Tie Clips
  • Collar Stays
  • Hair Elastics
  • First Aid Kit (Painkillers, All-Day Allergy, Immodium, Antacid Tablets, Bandaids, Antibiotic Ointment)
  • Toiletry Kit (mouth wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss)
  • Gum
  • Granola Bar
  • Small Water Bottles
  • Entire Jewelry Selection being used for the shoot

Is there anything you like to include in your Stylist Kit that I forgot? Leave a comment below!

Old Town Pasadena Shopping by Stephanie Foster

Macarons from 'Lette Macarons, Pasadena. Flavors from Left: Citron (Lemon), Framboise (Raspberry), Thé Earl Grey (Earl Grey Tea), Caramel Salé (Salted Caramel), Violet Cassis, Rose. YUM!!!

Macarons from 'Lette Macarons, Pasadena. Flavors from Left: Citron (Lemon), Framboise (Raspberry), Thé Earl Grey (Earl Grey Tea), Caramel Salé (Salted Caramel), Violet Cassis, Rose. YUM!!!

I wanted to do a bit of thrifting here in California. I had been to the Goodwill Pasadena and The Salvation Army Pasadena and didn't find a single item. I decided to do a bit of research (#1 #2) before my next excursion and decided to go to Crossroads Trading Co. on Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena since it was close to me. I decided to go check it out and explore the area and pick up a few new items to put on the blog. 

Crossroads, Pasadena, CA.

Crossroads, Pasadena, CA.

Ok, so this website was right in saying Crossroads Trading Co. is a lot like Buffalo Exchange. There are a few new items there, but it's mostly gently used clothing. It is higher priced than a traditional thrift store, but not as expensive (in my opinion) as Buffalo Exchange. I got a few pieces here and even liked a few more in the dressing rooms I chose not to buy (but took photos for you all nonetheless).

One thing I really liked about this place is that right when you walk in, there is a 'Staff Picks' rack. So the staff, who has to look at all the clothes when they come in, basically does all the digging for you and takes out the best pieces! 

Check out my adventure below!

Starting out with a mirror outfit selfie at Crossroads. #LivingCliché. Details: Tank - Heartbreaker, Uptown, Minneapolis Shorts with Skirt Overlay- Forever 21 Bag- Marc By Marc Jacobs, Barneys NY Outlet Sandals- Target Necklace and Aviator Sunglasses- Love21

Starting out with a mirror outfit selfie at Crossroads. #LivingCliché.

Details:
Tank - Heartbreaker, Uptown, Minneapolis
Shorts with Skirt Overlay- Forever 21
Bag- Marc By Marc Jacobs, Barneys NY Outlet
Sandals- Target
Necklace and Aviator Sunglasses- Love21

Ok, so I didn't buy either of these pieces but they are both super trendy and on-point which I think was a good representation of the selection in this shop. The top was still kind of pricey at $10.50 and the shorts were $10 as well which for some reason I consider more reasonable. #FlawedLogic  I probably would have bought the shorts but they were just a little TOO short for my liking. 

Ok, so I didn't buy either of these pieces but they are both super trendy and on-point which I think was a good representation of the selection in this shop. The top was still kind of pricey at $10.50 and the shorts were $10 as well which for some reason I consider more reasonable. #FlawedLogic  I probably would have bought the shorts but they were just a little TOO short for my liking. 

This is the same pair of shorts as pictured above with this cool hi-low tank. I probably would have gotten the tank as I thought the price was reasonable enough at $8, but I fell in love with the two other pieces instead. :)

This is the same pair of shorts as pictured above with this cool hi-low tank. I probably would have gotten the tank as I thought the price was reasonable enough at $8, but I fell in love with the two other pieces instead. :)

This is one of the items that I took home. They actually had quite a few of them but I liked this one best. It was not the best price for 'thrifting' at $8.50, but I felt like it was a good basic and I would wear it a lot this summer so it was worth the $2-$4 more than I might pay at a regular thrift store.

This is one of the items that I took home. They actually had quite a few of them but I liked this one best. It was not the best price for 'thrifting' at $8.50, but I felt like it was a good basic and I would wear it a lot this summer so it was worth the $2-$4 more than I might pay at a regular thrift store.

Styling of the Cropped Tie-Front Sleeveless Chambray Top from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena. $8.50. Details: Tank Dress- H&M Basics Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack

Styling of the Cropped Tie-Front Sleeveless Chambray Top from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena. $8.50.

Details:
Tank Dress- H&M Basics
Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack

This little baby is the Pièce de résistance of my day. It was a bit of a 'splurge' at $13.50 but it's Guess, and it does something AMAZING when I put it on. Very Carrie Bradshaw. 

This little baby is the Pièce de résistance of my day. It was a bit of a 'splurge' at $13.50 but it's Guess, and it does something AMAZING when I put it on. Very Carrie Bradshaw. 

Styling of the Hi-Lo Guess Dress from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena, CA. $13.50 Details: Motorcycle Jacket- Target via Minneapolis Salvation Army Target Basement Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack Shoes- Nine West via Opitz Outlet, St. Louis Park, MN

Styling of the Hi-Lo Guess Dress from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena, CA. $13.50

Details:
Motorcycle Jacket- Target via Minneapolis Salvation Army Target Basement
Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack
Shoes- Nine West via Opitz Outlet, St. Louis Park, MN

After purchasing the amazing dress and chambray, I went back out to Colorado Blvd. and went down to Sushi Stop. I'll admit, I was skeptical about this place, since the sign on it looks like it was changed from Game Stop, but when I saw that everything was $2.75, this budget conscious girl decided go get her sushi fix.

I had the salmon avocado roll which was DELICIOUS. spicy tuna roll - average, tuna sushi nigiri (a bit more 'Expensive' at $4 but worth it. And since I always ask for these cut in half so I can get a REASONABLE mouthful of rice and fish, I actually get 4 mini pieces instead of 2 huge ones),  and a $2.75 happy hour Sapporo. Total bill came to $13.40 which is not bad at all!

I then headed down Colorado to go to Urban Outfitters. I was glad I did, because I've been feeling homesick recently and walking into the store made me feel JUST like I was at home shopping in Uptown Minneapolis. I wasn't planning on buying anything at Urban, but they were having my favorite thing of all time- 50% off all sale. So, I basically HAD to, right? I cruised the clearance racks for a bit and found three pieces I had to leave with. And then, $35 later,  I decided I had to quit shopping!!! :) See the pieces below! 

This super cute shirt was marked $4.99 on clearance with an additional 50% off, making it just $2.50. TOTALLY worth it because while it looks like your usual Toile, check out the detail below.

This super cute shirt was marked $4.99 on clearance with an additional 50% off, making it just $2.50. TOTALLY worth it because while it looks like your usual Toile, check out the detail below.

Unicorns, Balloons, Rainbows, Cats on Swings, Dolphins, Dogs! HAPPY OVERLOAD!!!!!!!!!!!

Unicorns, Balloons, Rainbows, Cats on Swings, Dolphins, Dogs! HAPPY OVERLOAD!!!!!!!!!!!

These caged bralette/crop tops have been all the rage since Brandy Melville came out with one. Final price on this one was a mere $10, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

These caged bralette/crop tops have been all the rage since Brandy Melville came out with one. Final price on this one was a mere $10, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Awww. It's a match made in heaven. My new $10 caged top from Urban Outfitters with my old $7.50 'trippy' halter dress. I call it my 'trippy' dress because that is what the tag said when I bought it! Haha, Oh, Urban. Details: Boots- Nordstrom Rack  

Awww. It's a match made in heaven. My new $10 caged top from Urban Outfitters with my old $7.50 'trippy' halter dress. I call it my 'trippy' dress because that is what the tag said when I bought it! Haha, Oh, Urban.

Details:
Boots- Nordstrom Rack

 

IN LOVE WITH THIS TOP. It is like Pocahontas and a comfy Urban Outfitters tee had a baby and made this. It was a BIG SPLURGE for me at $20, but I excitedly went home and wore it the very next night, so, worth it, right? Plus, the details are DIVINE. 

IN LOVE WITH THIS TOP. It is like Pocahontas and a comfy Urban Outfitters tee had a baby and made this. It was a BIG SPLURGE for me at $20, but I excitedly went home and wore it the very next night, so, worth it, right? Plus, the details are DIVINE. 

Here's a styling of the top. It is low cut in the back and the sides so I wear this bralette from F21 ($5.80) to make it a bit more modest. Details: Shorts- Target Boots- Nordstrom Rack

Here's a styling of the top. It is low cut in the back and the sides so I wear this bralette from F21 ($5.80) to make it a bit more modest.

Details:
Shorts- Target
Boots- Nordstrom Rack

On the way back to the car from Urban, I got distracted by 'Lette, the most beautiful macaron shop. And, since I am a huge sucker for macarons, I promptly went inside to check it out. They have boxes of 2 or 6. And, of course I had to get 6 since i couldn't choose between their flavors. They were all delicious as you'd expect, but I think my favorites were the Earl Grey Tea and the Violet Cassis. At $11 for 6, it was definitely not in my budget, but I haven't had a real macaron since Laduree over a year ago so I felt like I deserved the treat!

Thanks for reading about my shopping experience in Old Town! If there's anything more you'd like to know please leave a comment below! :) Happy Shopping!

Coachella 2014 by Stephanie Foster

I waited until just 9 days before Coachella to order a last minute ticket for weekend 2 from StubHub. I had some friends from Minnesota who were flying in to go and figured, as long as I was in California, I may as well tag along. I was especially excited to plan some outfits as this is one of the big spring fashion events. Outfits are planned weeks and months and advance. Kimonos purchased or made. Fringe attached to everything. There are some elements of modern bohemian style that are associated only with Coachella. I had limited time (and budget) to play with, so I hit up the Pasadena Forever 21 to stock up on some new pieces to fill the gaps with what I had brought to California from my closet at home in Minnesota. 

budget and parameters: $100 at Forever 21 in 1 hour

Woven Textile Shorts - Forever 21 $15.80
I loved these shorts. They remind me of a mexican blanket or the seat covers my dad had in his pick-up truck growing up. I thought this would be perfect for day 1 because the shorts have pockets I could stick tent stakes and such in when setting up camp. The Corona, just 'cause...vacation!

From My Closet:
Straw Fedora Hat - Target $13
Mossimo Boyfriend V-Neck Tee - Target $9
Sandals - Target $15

Palazzo Pants - Forever 21 $19.80 I fell in love with these pants and knew I must have them. The print is like the inside of a cathedral in Europe. These were by far my favorite (but also most-expensive) purchase. However, it is also the purchase I see myself wearing the most in the future. From My Closet: Swim Bandeau - Forever 21 $11 Top - Free People $44 {Opitz Outlet} Shoes - TOMS $40

Palazzo Pants - Forever 21 $19.80
I fell in love with these pants and knew I must have them. The print is like the inside of a cathedral in Europe. These were by far my favorite (but also most-expensive) purchase. However, it is also the purchase I see myself wearing the most in the future.

From My Closet:
Swim Bandeau - Forever 21 $11
Top - Free People $44 {Opitz Outlet}
Shoes - TOMS $40

Chiffon Maxi Skort - Forever 21 $13.80 For $14, how could I pass this up? It has two thigh high slits in the front and is made out of airy chiffon. If that weren't enough, instead of a built-in miniskirt slip lining, there are built in SHORTS. Oh, a skort has never looked so fine. From My Closet: Crochet Top - Heartbreaker Stores $24 Mossimo Tank - Target $9 Shoes - TOMS $40

Chiffon Maxi Skort - Forever 21 $13.80
For $14, how could I pass this up? It has two thigh high slits in the front and is made out of airy chiffon. If that weren't enough, instead of a built-in miniskirt slip lining, there are built in SHORTS. Oh, a skort has never looked so fine.

From My Closet:
Crochet Top - Heartbreaker Stores $24
Mossimo Tank - Target $9
Shoes - TOMS $40

Printed Shorts - Forever 21 $11.80 These were so very comfortable and I really liked the print on them which kind of looks like rustic arrows. I thought these would pair well with the fringed ivory kimono in my closet and fit into my overall 'Pajama Chic' theme for the weekend. From My Closet: Kimono - PacSun $12 {Clearance} Mossimo Tank - Target $9 Tassle Necklace - Target $16 Sandals - Target $15 Bag - Deb's Coffee Cafe, Sommerset, WI $8

Printed Shorts - Forever 21 $11.80
These were so very comfortable and I really liked the print on them which kind of looks like rustic arrows. I thought these would pair well with the fringed ivory kimono in my closet and fit into my overall 'Pajama Chic' theme for the weekend.

From My Closet:
Kimono - PacSun $12 {Clearance}
Mossimo Tank - Target $9
Tassle Necklace - Target $16
Sandals - Target $15
Bag - Deb's Coffee Cafe, Sommerset, WI $8

I met up with the crew in Santa Monica on the pier. These people are incredible and I was so blessed to be able to go to such a great festival with them.

Coachella Valley Music Festival, 2014, Weekend 2 

In one of the 'stores' around the festival grounds. Trying on a hat, the sun is brutal and the heat is intense. P

Pano while listening to The Head and The Heart

Pano while listening to The Head and The Heart

Oh your typical #Coachella #Girl pic in the mirror field art installation. However, you will note this is not the shoe that I had selected for this outfit. Unfortunately, the sandals chaffed the bottoms of my feet so much that I had to wear the TOMS out of necessity. This is why it is always best to be a boot-girl in the desert. 

Oh your typical #Coachella #Girl pic in the mirror field art installation. However, you will note this is not the shoe that I had selected for this outfit. Unfortunately, the sandals chaffed the bottoms of my feet so much that I had to wear the TOMS out of necessity. This is why it is always best to be a boot-girl in the desert. 

Tie Dye Headband - Forever 21 $3.80 I ended up needing this simple thing more than I could ever explain...my bangs were a hot mess (literally). Essentials. All I did during the day was move this Nike yoga mat around the campsite following the shade cast by the canopy we had purchased. If I go again, I don't think I can camp. The heat and sun are oppressive. Even in April.

Tie Dye Headband - Forever 21 $3.80
I ended up needing this simple thing more than I could ever explain...my bangs were a hot mess (literally).

Essentials. All I did during the day was move this Nike yoga mat around the campsite following the shade cast by the canopy we had purchased. If I go again, I don't think I can camp. The heat and sun are oppressive. Even in April.

Aztec Fanny Pack - Forever 21 $12.80 Yes, Ok. The idea of the fanny pack seems totally cliche. But It was so nice not to have to worry about lugging around a purse that it didn't even matter. The convenience, the ease.....it almost makes me want to just wear a fanny pack all the time! But I wont.....or will I?

Aztec Fanny Pack - Forever 21 $12.80
Yes, Ok. The idea of the fanny pack seems totally cliche. But It was so nice not to have to worry about lugging around a purse that it didn't even matter. The convenience, the ease.....it almost makes me want to just wear a fanny pack all the time! But I wont.....or will I?

One of my favorite parts about Coachella is seeing all of the cool fashion inspiration that everyone brings to the table.

One of my favorite parts about Coachella is seeing all of the cool fashion inspiration that everyone brings to the table.

Very surreal.

Very surreal.

The Ferris Wheel at night.

The Ferris Wheel at night.

Day 3, or "The Day The Astronaut Had A Smiley Face" or "The Best Accessory is Water".

Day 3, or "The Day The Astronaut Had A Smiley Face" or "The Best Accessory is Water".

Cute parasol accessories

WATERMELON <3 
ANYTHING FOR WATER

Bye Coachella!

budget $100

  • Woven Textile Shorts - $15.80
  • Palazzo Pants - $19.80
  • Chiffon Maxi Skort - $13.80
  • Printed Shorts - $11.80
  • Tie Dye Headband - $3.80
  • Aztec Fanny Pack - $12.80
  • CA Sales Tax (9%) - $7

amount spent $84.80

Came in under-budget with some fun, trendy items to mix with my wardrobe staples!

 

Styling Lifestyle Photoshoot with StephanieHynesPhotography for L.A. Models by Stephanie Foster

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to do my first official styling gig only a few weeks after arriving in L.A. with über talented St. Paul girl Stephanie Hynes Photography for a lifestyle photoshoot to add to the L.A. Models portfolio for the lovely Rubina.

The goal of this shoot was to be fun and fresh. We wanted outdoor upbeat images of blowing bubbles, hula hooping in the backyard, and other fun party like activities.

I went shopping to find some fun, colorful, and youthful pieces. Since all of the clothing would need to be returned after the shoot, I had to choose my stores wisely. Forever21, for example, will only accept returns for store credit.

I shopped at Ross, OldNavy, Nordstrom Rack, and Target and had no problem returning everything after the shoot. Hiding the tags was a bit of an adventure, but worked out in the end!

Follow my experience below! :)

See the final shots of my styling on my stylist portfolio page here!

This is a fun top I picked up at Ross for $14. We ended up not using it but I liked it because of the bright color and subtle print. My plan was to fold the bottom under to make a crop top for the model to wear with jean shorts and a bright and fun statement necklace! The necklace is from OldNavy and was $20. Jean shorts are mine and are also OldNavy.

This is a fun top I picked up at Ross for $14. We ended up not using it but I liked it because of the bright color and subtle print. My plan was to fold the bottom under to make a crop top for the model to wear with jean shorts and a bright and fun statement necklace! The necklace is from OldNavy and was $20. Jean shorts are mine and are also OldNavy.

This is a fun dress that I found at OldNavy on sale for $20. You can't really tell in this photo, but the color is super bright and fun. This was actually one of my favorite Crayola Crayon colors back in the day and the shade is 'Jungle Green'. The jewelry is also from OldNavy and was around $8-$20 per piece. The denim jacket is OldNavy as well for $30. While I love the look of the bright white against the green in real life, I discovered at the shoot that it didn't photograph well. The white was just TOO white and affected the light balance in the photo. Lesson learned. :) We did not end up using this dress or jewelry in the shoot, but we did take a few photos with the jacket.

This is a fun dress that I found at OldNavy on sale for $20. You can't really tell in this photo, but the color is super bright and fun. This was actually one of my favorite Crayola Crayon colors back in the day and the shade is 'Jungle Green'. The jewelry is also from OldNavy and was around $8-$20 per piece. The denim jacket is OldNavy as well for $30. While I love the look of the bright white against the green in real life, I discovered at the shoot that it didn't photograph well. The white was just TOO white and affected the light balance in the photo. Lesson learned. :) We did not end up using this dress or jewelry in the shoot, but we did take a few photos with the jacket.

This dress is from OldNavy and was used in the shoot along with the cropped jean jacket. The dress and jacket were $30 each and the necklace was from Target for $20. I LOVE this dress and the look. Once we got to the shoot, I realized that the statement necklace was a little chunky for the sweetness of the dress. I have a vintage gold locket from my grandmother that would have been more delicate and completed the look, but we were on location and I didn't bring my entire jewelry folio. Lesson learned- always bring all the jewelry when shooting on location.

This dress is from OldNavy and was used in the shoot along with the cropped jean jacket. The dress and jacket were $30 each and the necklace was from Target for $20. I LOVE this dress and the look. Once we got to the shoot, I realized that the statement necklace was a little chunky for the sweetness of the dress. I have a vintage gold locket from my grandmother that would have been more delicate and completed the look, but we were on location and I didn't bring my entire jewelry folio. Lesson learned- always bring all the jewelry when shooting on location.

This dress is my own and was bought a few years ago at Nordstrom Rack for only $10 and we did use this in the shoot. I thought this would be a good idea because we had discussed taking some photos with the model eating a Popsicle in the backyard. This at least is a piece I can wash since I own it and wouldn't have to worry about it being stained or spilled on. We didn't end up doing the Popsicle photos, but this dress looked great on our model! The jean jacket is from OldNavy for $30 and we did a few shots with it but it was so bright white it just didn't photograph well. Lesson learned. ;)

This dress is my own and was bought a few years ago at Nordstrom Rack for only $10 and we did use this in the shoot. I thought this would be a good idea because we had discussed taking some photos with the model eating a Popsicle in the backyard. This at least is a piece I can wash since I own it and wouldn't have to worry about it being stained or spilled on. We didn't end up doing the Popsicle photos, but this dress looked great on our model! The jean jacket is from OldNavy for $30 and we did a few shots with it but it was so bright white it just didn't photograph well. Lesson learned. ;)

These are the first few outfits that I picked up. I sent these over to the photographer who said she wanted a few things that were edgier, more global inspired, and youthful. When I went shopping originally I wasn't sure how edgy I could be. I had ruled out crop tops and the like, but once I got the green light on that, it was back to the drawing board....or Target ;)

Target had a great line of global printed pieces that I knew would be perfect for this shoot. So I ended up picking up a TON of these to have on hand. I really liked having the flexibility to dress the model in different outfits once I got to the shoot. It was helpful to have many choices and not have only a few in case they didn't work out. I ended up picking up both the romper and the sundress shown here but we didn't photograph either piece. 

Target had a great line of global printed pieces that I knew would be perfect for this shoot. So I ended up picking up a TON of these to have on hand. I really liked having the flexibility to dress the model in different outfits once I got to the shoot. It was helpful to have many choices and not have only a few in case they didn't work out. I ended up picking up both the romper and the sundress shown here but we didn't photograph either piece. 

This crop top did end up being photographed from Target and I think the price was around $18. The only size that was left at Target was an XS which was too small so I had to safety pin the model into it at the shoot. I was also a little displeased with the placing of the bust since it was a bit small. But the shots turned out OK. We had the model bring her own denim shorts and shoes since those are harder to fit. Luckily she had some great items to choose from on the day of the shoot! Shorts are mine from OldNavy.

This crop top did end up being photographed from Target and I think the price was around $18. The only size that was left at Target was an XS which was too small so I had to safety pin the model into it at the shoot. I was also a little displeased with the placing of the bust since it was a bit small. But the shots turned out OK. We had the model bring her own denim shorts and shoes since those are harder to fit. Luckily she had some great items to choose from on the day of the shoot! Shorts are mine from OldNavy.

Once I got the green light on crop tops, I knew this sheer top would be PERFECT for the hula hoop shots. I picked up a plain bandeau for her to wear with it. We photographed this with the hula hoop and it looked amazing! :) The top and bandeau are from Target, shorts are mine from OldNavy.

Once I got the green light on crop tops, I knew this sheer top would be PERFECT for the hula hoop shots. I picked up a plain bandeau for her to wear with it. We photographed this with the hula hoop and it looked amazing! :) The top and bandeau are from Target, shorts are mine from OldNavy.

This outfit was possibly one of my favorites from the shoot. It's a simple crop top and skater skirt both from Target in the same collection. The bright colors looked amazing in the photoshoot! :) TargetDoesItAgain!

This outfit was possibly one of my favorites from the shoot. It's a simple crop top and skater skirt both from Target in the same collection. The bright colors looked amazing in the photoshoot! :) TargetDoesItAgain!

I sent the new pieces over to the photographer who was very excited about them! Finally I was on the right track!

I packed the following in my bag for the shoot:

-Hangers
-Small Sewing Kit - Needle and Thread
-All Different Sizes of Safety Pins
-Clothes Pins and Chip Clips to pin clothing tighter
-My Little Steamer *BEST THING EVER*
-ALL of my own jewelry and accessories, just in case!

SHOOT DAY! All of the outfits hung up and ready to be steamed on location!

SHOOT DAY!
All of the outfits hung up and ready to be steamed on location!

Afterthoughts: Invest in a portable garment rack. Thankfully, Stephanie Hynes had one for me to use! Also, bring more hangers than you think you'll need.

Stephanie Hynes shooting Rubina! Styling by ME! :) Target Top, Model's Jean Shorts and Sandals.

Stephanie Hynes shooting Rubina! Styling by ME! :)
Target Top, Model's Jean Shorts and Sandals.

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Afterthoughts: The bustier was an XS as it was the only one at Target and I am not entirely pleased with the fit. It looks ok in the photo, but in the future, I would put the model in something that fits better. It didn't fit her bust properly and I had to safety pin her into it. 

Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Afterthoughts: The white jean jacket is a great idea in theory but doesn't photograph well. In the future, I will likely stay away from bright whites like this unless we have proper studio lighting.

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Afterthoughts: This necklace is my own and is from OldNavy. It is too long on the model. In retrospect, I should have pinned it a bit tighter using a safety pin.

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Afterthoughts: This was not the necklace I had planned for this outfit. I think I was planning on using the chunky blue statement necklace from OldNavy. But on the model, it was just too much. This necklace is actually a DIY vintage skeleton key on a silver chain from Target and is my own. I luckily happened to be wearing it at the shoot as I left my entire jewelry case at location #1. In the future, I will ALWAYS bring all jewelry and accessories to the alternate locations because sometimes those need to be switched last minute.

Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling and Photograph by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Afterthoughts: While this necklace looked great with the dress in theory, it is too chunky in the photograph. I have a perfect vintage gold locket from my Grandmother that I had left in my jewelry case at location #1 that would have made this look a lot more delicate. Lesson learned, ALWAYS bring all the jewelry when changing locations. We had to reuse the key necklace from the outfit above and I would have preferred the gold locket with the pink floral.

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Afterthoughts: This would have been way better with a delicate gold necklace. 

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes. Model Rubina from LA Models. Styling by ME! :)

Photograph by Stephanie Hynes.

Model Rubina from LA Models.

Styling by ME! :)

Well, there you have it! I was able to return all the pieces with no issues and it was a GREAT experience for me to add to my portfolio. Obviously there are a few things I will do differently/better next time, but I am so thankful to Stephanie Hynes Photography for giving me this opportunity!



SMFStyle Road Trips The USA - Plains to Mountains by Stephanie Foster

This is the first of a 4 part blog post about my trip from Minneapolis, MN to Los Angeles, CA in my 2008 Honda Civic.

These posts are not really fashion inspired but I had a lot of requests from my Instagram followers to see the trip photos so I decided to post them here.

This post covers the leg from Minneapolis, MN to Watertown, SD to Estes Park, CO to Denver, CO and back to Estes Park. 

Enjoy!

Let's start out with a pre-trip selfie, shall we? Minneapolis style in flannel. :)

Let's start out with a pre-trip selfie, shall we? Minneapolis style in flannel. :)

Of course I had to get a photo of my lovely Minneapolis skyline before leaving. I love this town to death but am excited for new adventures!

Of course I had to get a photo of my lovely Minneapolis skyline before leaving. I love this town to death but am excited for new adventures!

Snow is just starting to melt in Minneapolis when I left. It was time to break out my KAMIK rainboots but wasn't quite warm enough to ditch my wool winter jacket.

Snow is just starting to melt in Minneapolis when I left. It was time to break out my KAMIK rainboots but wasn't quite warm enough to ditch my wool winter jacket.

The last photo of me in Minneapolis with my car and ready to roll. Taken by my love Mandy LeMew. Rockin' my Jolly Green Giant tights, Target flannel, H&M dress, Kamik Galoshes, and Target wool southwest coat.

The last photo of me in Minneapolis with my car and ready to roll. Taken by my love Mandy LeMew. Rockin' my Jolly Green Giant tights, Target flannel, H&M dress, Kamik Galoshes, and Target wool southwest coat.

En route to South Dakota! Caught some sweet light in Western MN. Just gorgeous. I love the colors here. MN HWY 7.

En route to South Dakota! Caught some sweet light in Western MN. Just gorgeous. I love the colors here. MN HWY 7.

Here's state #2 of the journey! SOUTH DAKOTA! Great Faces, Great Places. 

Here's state #2 of the journey! SOUTH DAKOTA! Great Faces, Great Places. 

Drove underneath a giant black foreboding cloud. Sunset on the other side. Day and Night in the same picture. South Dakota HWY 212.

Drove underneath a giant black foreboding cloud. Sunset on the other side. Day and Night in the same picture. South Dakota HWY 212.

DAY #2. South Dakota. Heading south in the early morning on I-29.

DAY #2. South Dakota. Heading south in the early morning on I-29.

Windmill Farm and Giant Skies, South Dakota I-29S.

Windmill Farm and Giant Skies, South Dakota I-29S.

State #3. IOWA.

State #3. IOWA.

State #4 - NEBRASKA

State #4 - NEBRASKA

Thanks for the warm welcome, Nebraska! ;) 

Thanks for the warm welcome, Nebraska! ;) 

So much is going on in Nebraska! Look, there is some water! Amazing!

So much is going on in Nebraska! Look, there is some water! Amazing!

This is the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument along I-80 in Nebraska. This is about the most exciting thing that happens in Nebraska.

This is the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument along I-80 in Nebraska. This is about the most exciting thing that happens in Nebraska.

Time to stop and get out of the car. After seeing signs along I-80 for the Stagecoach Gift Shop, I decided this was a good place to go! And boy, am I glad I did....there were some real gems in there! 

Time to stop and get out of the car. After seeing signs along I-80 for the Stagecoach Gift Shop, I decided this was a good place to go! And boy, am I glad I did....there were some real gems in there! 

Trying on novelty glasses in the Stagecoach Gift Shop. These are the gems my Snapchat friends got to enjoy during my trip!

Trying on novelty glasses in the Stagecoach Gift Shop. These are the gems my Snapchat friends got to enjoy during my trip!

Seriously? I'm not really sure what is going on here. Only in Nebraska. Please note rat babies in his lap.

Seriously? I'm not really sure what is going on here. Only in Nebraska.

Please note rat babies in his lap.

The finest in Nebraska T-Shirt Fashion. I would have absolutely bought one of these if they had sizes smaller than Mens Large. 

The finest in Nebraska T-Shirt Fashion. I would have absolutely bought one of these if they had sizes smaller than Mens Large. 

There is something very desolate, but very beautiful about this scene. NEBRASKA.

There is something very desolate, but very beautiful about this scene. NEBRASKA.

Karma Graffiti, Nebraska.

Karma Graffiti, Nebraska.

Gross Roadside Bathroom Selfie. Nebraska.

Gross Roadside Bathroom Selfie. Nebraska.

Finally! State #5 - COLORADO! I love this state.

Finally! State #5 - COLORADO! I love this state.

The most amazing thing was approaching the Rocky Mountains from a great distance and seeing them appear on the horizon. I was so blessed to get this beautiful sunset along with it. COLORADO.

The most amazing thing was approaching the Rocky Mountains from a great distance and seeing them appear on the horizon. I was so blessed to get this beautiful sunset along with it. COLORADO.

And another of the amazing sunset at the end of a 14 hour drive. Just beautiful.

And another of the amazing sunset at the end of a 14 hour drive. Just beautiful.

Woke up in Estes Park, Colorado at my home away from home (my sister's house). I love this view from the guest bedroom window of Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Woke up in Estes Park, Colorado at my home away from home (my sister's house). I love this view from the guest bedroom window of Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

The always majestic Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The always majestic Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

This is my favorite breakfast in all of America. AZHB - Arizona Hashbrowns, Mountain Home Cafe, Estes Park, CO.  Definitely worth the 14 hour drive!

This is my favorite breakfast in all of America. AZHB - Arizona Hashbrowns, Mountain Home Cafe, Estes Park, CO. 

Definitely worth the 14 hour drive!

En route to Denver for a night to see some friends! Had to snap a roadside pic with the mountains in the background- so amazing!

En route to Denver for a night to see some friends! Had to snap a roadside pic with the mountains in the background- so amazing!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Denver, CO. This is taken near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I love how you can see the mountains and the skyline behind me!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Denver, CO. This is taken near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I love how you can see the mountains and the skyline behind me!

This is Hall Ranch, Colorado on my way back to Estes Park. I love the color striation in the rock!

This is Hall Ranch, Colorado on my way back to Estes Park. I love the color striation in the rock!

The Front Range. I love these mountains.

The Front Range. I love these mountains.

In the canyon. Winter makes its exit.

In the canyon. Winter makes its exit.

Back in Estes Park. Elk are everywhere in this town and they definitely aren't afraid of humans! Never approach a wild animal though! This was taken from my car, but this elk was workin' it for the camera!

Back in Estes Park. Elk are everywhere in this town and they definitely aren't afraid of humans! Never approach a wild animal though! This was taken from my car, but this elk was workin' it for the camera!

Last day in Estes Park, my home away from home. <3

Last day in Estes Park, my home away from home. <3

Leaving Colorado. Somewhere around Vail Pass.

Leaving Colorado. Somewhere around Vail Pass.

Colorado Road Trip OOTD
Plaid Flannel - OldNavy
The Beatles Vintage Tee - Wal Mart
MIA Boots - Nordstrom Rack


TMNT Muscle Tee Refashion by Stephanie Foster

TMNT Muscle Tee Refashion

TMNT Muscle Tee Refashion

This project was inspired by THIS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Muscle Tee (below) spotted at Forever21.

Forever 21 TMNT Muscle Tee Inspiration

Forever 21 TMNT Muscle Tee Inspiration

Ok, Ok....So I know the F21 version is only $9.80 which is reasonable, until I found this tee on mega clearance at Target in the Boys Section (size XL)

BEFORE

BEFORE

I picked it up for only a couple of bucks and decided it should be super easy to refashion this into a muscle tee!

I started by chopping off the arms which was easy but once I put it on, I realized the boxy cut designed for boys made the arm holes super gapy...

Finished muscle tee with darts

Finished muscle tee with darts

Yes, I should have gotten a photo of what the gaping arm holes looked like, but alas, I didn't so you will have to use your imagination.

I decided it was time for me to delve into the world of DARTS. A terrifying new territory for me but I figured now was as good a time as any!

Darting was nowhere near as difficult as I had built it up to be in my mind! I just folded over some of the excess fabric while wearing the tee, pinned it, and sewed!

Sewing Darts

Sewing Darts

The darts did exactly what I wanted them to and made the tee lay much better on the body!

Darts Doin' Their Thing

Darts Doin' Their Thing

And here's the finished product! Not bad for a couple of bucks and about 15 min of time!

Finished Muscle Tee with Jean Jacket

Finished Muscle Tee with Jean Jacket

Anthropologie Inspired Shrug Sweater by Stephanie Foster

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Four years after starting this project, I have finally finished this Anthropologie Inspired Shrug Sweater (pattern by Peony Knits).

One of the reasons this took me so long is because the first time I finished it, I made it way too short. It took me about 3 years to finally get the motivation to fix it. If you look in the above photo you can see the trace of the original hem that I had to rip out and recast to add more length.

The most complicated part of this for me was learning the Yarn Over stitch which took a bit until I was able to master it. I've explained in easy terms how to do it below!

Overall, this was a fun project and I'm pretty happy with the results!

It's hard for me to estimate total time this took to make since I did it over such an extended period of time (extreme procrastinator), but I'd say it takes maybe 10 hours of work depending on how fast you knit.

I've included the pattern for this below along with some of my edits. 

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Materials:

-4-5 skiens of Mirasol Sulka yarn (60% merino, 20% alpaca, 20% silk)

-US Size 10.5 circular needle (30")

-US Size 10.5 straight needles (optional)

-Scissors

-Yarn Needle

-4 Stitch/Place Markers (I just used little loops made from a different color yarn. You slip this over your needle before the next stitch)

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Instructions:

Neckline

Cast On 49 stitches. Knit in 1x1 rib for 2" to create neckline.

Row1: start and end with Knit stitch. Row2: start and end with Purl stitch. Etc....

Raglan Increases
Body will be separated into 5 sections using your 4 Stitch/Place Markers (PM): Left Front, Left Sleeve, Back, Right Sleeve, Right Front.

To complete the Yarn Over (YO) stitch, you will just wrap the working yarn around your right needle counter clockwise before beginning the next stitch. Don't try to make this harder than it is. There is no stitch, it's just wrapping the working yarn around the right needle. This is what makes the cute little holes in the raglan.

Row 1 (Wrong Side): k2, p6, yo, pm, p1, yo, p7, yo, pm, p1, yo, p15, yo, pm, p1, yo, p7, yo, pm, p1, yo, p6, k2 (57 stitches total, 8 have been increased)

Row 2 and all Right Side rows (looking at stockinette pattern): Knit all stitches

Row 3 and all Wrong Side rows k2, *p to next marker, yo, sl marker (move place marker from one needle to the other), p1, yo*
repeat from * 3 more times, p until last 2 st, k2

Continue raglan increases until the sleeve measures the circumference of your upper arm. 

End with Right Side row.

Splitting Sleeves and Body

Wrong Side: k2, p to 1st marker, move all st from 1st to 2nd marker onto scrap yarn (right sleeve).
P to 3rd marker. Move all st from 3rd to 4th marker onto another piece of scrap yarn (left sleeve).
P to last 2 st, k2.

Right Side: Knit all stitches

Continue in stockinette stitch with K2 at both edges the row until you think that the body is long enough. (The original pattern called for 4 more rows but I found this was WAY too short which is why I had to rip it out and start over- be careful here! This fits shorter in the back than in the front and you want to make sure it's long enough to meet the top of the back of your dresses.)

Switch to 1x1 rib for 2" or however long you want the ribbing at the bottom to be (I made mine about 3"). 
Remember if doing 1x1 rib with an odd # of stitches (I had 93 at this point) you will begin with and end with a K1 stitch in row 1 and odd rows and begin with and end with a P1 stitch in row 2 and even rows.

Cast off all stitches.

Sleeves:

Pick up all stitches one sleeve at a time from the scrap yarn. I used 10.5 straight needles for this part.

Work back and forth in 1x1 rib for 5 rows (or 2", whichever you prefer).

Cast off all stitches

Seam ribbing on sleeves.

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THAT'S IT! Pretty easy, huh?

Below are some style shots of this little sweater in action!

The thing I love about this pattern is you could very easily make this into a full sweater by continuing the stitches on the sleeves and body.  

It is also super cute inside out (reverse stockinette) as well. That is actually how the pattern was originally written but I changed it because stockinette makes more sense to me when I'm knitting than thinking in reverse.

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If anyone makes one of these be sure to share your thoughts and photos of the finished results!

 

 


 

 

Peter Pilotto for Target by Stephanie Foster

First of all, I'm VERY excited to launch the SMFStyle blog! I started SMFSTYLE on Instagram as a lookbook of personal style and fashion inspiration. I've had such an awesome time doing the Instagram account that I've decided to do an actual fashion blog as well! What better way to bring the best parts of Instagram to the DotCom than with a collection feature - the Peter Pilotto for Target collection!

Two Sundays ago, my friend Ericka called me before noon. Now, in my world, this time of day is reserved only for emergency phone calls, which, as I came to discover, this was:

“Have you gone to Target yet? Did you check out the new Peter Pilotto collection? You should probably wake up and go, right away - before it’s all gone!”

I, of course, ran immediately to my computer to research what exactly I would be missing out on if I didn't change out of my pajama pants and run out the door. As soon as I saw the bright colors and prints, I knew this was something I had to check out. Later that afternoon, I journeyed to the nearest Target store to find the display picked through, leaving only a few size 2 and 16 skirts and one lonely graphic tank top in my size.

Returning home defeated with the graphic tank and vowing to be smarter, I went online and discovered that the Roseville Target store seemed to still have most of their shipment. One of the really wonderful parts about living in Minneapolis, where Target has their headquarters, is that there are probably a dozen Target stores in the metro area making it easy to visit multiple stores in one day. [This is both a blessing and a curse.]

Thankfully, Target store #2 was well stocked with the object of my desire. I took home some of my favorites and have styled them below-enjoy!

[Photography by the lovely and talented Miss Kerri Ann. Visit her Etsy shop Kerri'd Away for the cutest artwork and cards! She's my babe.]

Peter Pilotto for Target Black and White Slip On Shoes - $29.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Black and White Slip On Shoes - $29.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Black and White Slip On Shoes - $29.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Black and White Slip On Shoes - $29.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Outfit 1 Featuring the Floral Check Sweatshirt and Slip On Shoes

I styled these pieces with Old Navy cutoff jean shorts from my closet. 

The shoes are very cute and pretty comfy but I was a little disappointed to find that the graphic is just screen-printed on top of the canvas, up close it looks a little cheap. I definitely like them but the price ($29.99) seems a little much for what you're actually getting. They also do not come in half-sizes so that's another consideration. 

Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt - $29.99

Outfit 2 Featuring the Floral Check Sweatshirt

I styled this with a pair of grey Old Navy Sweatheart Jeans, Patent White Charlotte Russe Pumps, and a Target Mossimo Moto Jacket.

The sweatshirt is nice and soft on the inside but has a stiff papery quality on the outside which I'm sure will improve after a trip through the wash. I love the combination of prints in this so much I styled it two different ways!

Peter Pilotto for Target Netting Print Jacket - $59.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Netting Print Jacket - $59.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Netting Print Jacket (detail) - $59.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Netting Print Jacket (detail) - $59.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Netting Print Jacket - $59.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Netting Print Jacket - $59.99

Outfit 3 Featuring the Netting Print Jacket

I styled this with a basic $12 H&M tank dress, black leggings, and my Nine West boots which I was THRILLED to discover match the lapel on this jacket perfectly.

This jacket is probably my favorite piece from the collection. It's a bit snug on me since the only size left was an XS but still looks good anyway. The material is the same as some of the other pieces from the collection (skirts and shorts) but seems much richer and more luxurious on this piece. I adore the mix of colors, the china blue pattern, and the cut!

Peter Pilotto for Target Midkini Top - $22.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Geo Print Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Midkini Top - $22.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Geo Print Skirt - $34.99

Outfit 4 Featuring the Midkini Top and Geo Print Skirt

I styled this with Converse Chuck Taylor LowTops and an Old Navy denim jacket.

Ok, so this is a bikini top, I know. I kind of love it. I am not the bare midriff type of girl, but the cut and shape of this top are amazing! Of course I tried on the matching bikini bottoms but passed in hope of finding a vintage-cut black high waisted swim bottom online to wear it with.

The skirt is super fun with a cool mix of black and white prints. I LOVE the fact that it has pockets and the print mix is still laid back enough to wear to work! You could pair this with any color top and it would look amazing!

Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Blouse - $34.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Geo Print Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Blouse - $34.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Geo Print Skirt - $34.99

Candid Shot :P Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Blouse - $34.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Geo Print Skirt - $34.99

Candid Shot :P

Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Blouse - $34.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Geo Print Skirt - $34.99

Outfit 5 Featuring the Floral Blouse and Geo Print Skirt

I styled this with my Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes.

This top is actually pretty awesome. The sleeves are made of white and black lace which not only LOOKS cool, it keeps you cool- literally. It was pretty hot and humid in the greenhouse the day we did the photoshoot and this blouse felt so light and wonderful! Definitely something that you could wear to work although I would probably wear a solid bottom for work-maybe a black skinny Audrey Hepburn pant.

Peter Pilotto for Target Micro Beam Tank - $24.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Micro Beam Tank - $24.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Micro Beam Tank - $24.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Micro Beam Tank - $24.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Micro Beam Tank - $24.99 Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Skirt - $34.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Micro Beam Tank - $24.99
Peter Pilotto for Target Red Floral Skirt - $34.99

Outfit 6 Featuring the Micro Beam Tank and Red Floral Skirt

I styled this with my Target Mossimo Moto Jacket and Target Platform Booties

This tank is the only item I was able to find on day 1 of the collection launch. The cut is a little narrow in the shoulders which makes it hard to wear a regular bra unless you want your straps showing but I do like the print and the material is nice and flowy in a generous sort of way ;)

The skirt is the same cut as the Geo Print skirt above but has a little bit different pattern incorporating the red floral seen earlier in the blouse. I like this one, but if I had to choose one, I would probably choose the black and white Geo Print since it would be more versatile.

Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt -$29.99

Peter Pilotto for Target Floral Check Sweatshirt -$29.99

That's all Folks!

 

 

 

 

Photography by Miss Kerri Ann of Kerri'd Away