Category: Inspiration

Diary Fashion Inspiration

Current Mood: Mod

March 15, 2015

After getting rid of cable tv two years ago, I began watching more tv out of the UK because of how much of it was available on Hulu and YouTube. It was an easy move from watching British tv to listening to more British musicians. Music influences fashion and my personal fashion is no exception. 1960’s inspired mod fashion comes and goes in men’s fashion fairly often (you can always find at least one male musician inspired by the early Beatles looks) but it is much less likely to appear in women’s fashion.

Despite the lack of 60’s inspired fashion for women being common, I’ve felt the pull to dress more mod and this music is the reason.

Miles Kane.

And the project by Miles Kane and Alex Turner: The Last Shadow Puppets

How could you watch this era of Franz Ferdinand performances and not want to wear a color blocked mod silhouetted look?

I want to fill my wardrobe with simple dresses with mod silhouettes and dresses with mod color blocking. The green/blue tartan fabric laying on the floor in my sewing room is waiting to be made into a mod dress with lovely white collar and cuffs.

Oh yeah, and then there is the bit about watching Jean-Luc Godard films. If I watch enough 60’s French cinema I’ll remember all the French I learned in high school but since forgot, right?



July 26, 2014

Sometimes the answers to the basic life questions are the hardest to answer. Sometimes the answers are hard to give because the person asking will not understand your answer. They want or expect a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and if you try to explain your ‘maybe’ they tell you to grow up and do what you are supposed to do.

Most people make the same decisions in life and end up in roughly the same place as the others who choose to make the same line of life decisions.  They can answer the yes/no questions with a yes or a no.  The thing that the people asking the question don’t want to think about or ask is whether those expected choices make you, everyone, or anyone happy. They are simply expected because they are expected.

We all have the same number of hours in the day.  What we do with those hours can have a huge impact on what what happens with our lives right now and with our future.

There is a saying that pops up often when talking with entrepreneurs about making sacrifices now to have a brighter future. We constantly make decisions about how to spend our time. When we make decisions to spend our time in the “non standard” ways we end up in a position where we have to answer those “easy” life questions with not so easy answers.  “Why aren’t you dating?” is a tricky question to answer when you spend all of your time working on a project you love and don’t see much gain from putting the project down to date someone who won’t make you feel as great as seeing your project become a success. Not many people understand that perspective.

It’s not that I don’t want to date, my decisions are based on what I value right now.  Do I love watching movies, yep. When was the last time I watched a movie? That’s a hard question to answer.  I enjoy watching movies and they can be beautiful and inspiring but I would rather spend those 2 hours working on building my projects.

Recently, I watched a documentary on Hulu called The Startup Kids (I was working on a knitting project while watching the documentary, by the way).  It was a common thread with the people they interviewed that the successful startups were built on long periods of time when they would wake up, get to work, stopping only to eat and go to bed. A few people mention losing boyfriends/girlfriends in the middle of building their startups and while they don’t seem happy about this fact, they could have made the decision to focus less on the startup and work more on the relationship (but didn’t).

The majority of people follow the same path, some of us just choose a different path.  Different does not mean bad or wrong but that is something not everyone understands.


A Quick Fashion Reminder

February 13, 2014

Fashion is a huge business and should be taken seriously.  It is also supposed to be fun.


Have fun with what you wear and don’t take it too seriously.


Be serious about the business side and don’t let responsibilities slip.



March 30, 2013

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Prada.  What a delightful 3 part series!


Swedish Handcraft

October 6, 2012

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A few weeks ago I visited my grandparent’s place to celebrate my grandfather’s birthday.  My family is full of creative people that are always working on some creative project.  Because of this we have a deep appreciation for non-fiction books. Each of us are continually building our personal libraries and borrowing books from one another.  I skimmed my grandmother’s bookshelves and used all the will-power I could find to limit myself to borrow only 3 books from her at this time.  

I am working on a knitting project using 2 colors of yarn.  This book offered more than a few motifs to use as points of inspiration.  What started as one project where I needed a bit of inspiration has turned into “I need to use that motif on a project, and that one, and that one…”