20 Sep

Guest Post: A Little Fashion Inspiration By Meg

Meg is an old friend, and I’m so excited to share her talent with you all!  This girl can sew like there’s no tomorrow!  Check her out over at Made By Meg

———————————————————————————————————————

Hello everyone! I’m Meg from MadeByMeg, my own little sewing blog. I’m no fashion expert, but I do love to sew, and that means that when I’m shopping I notice every little detail of how a garment is made. This also means that I’m easily bored by the cute and simple—once you’re paying attention to the make and style, you notice the same looks in store after store, and on person after person. So in my book, my favorite clothes are the ones with a twist. They may be constructed in an unusual way, have a little extra detail, or come in an awesome print.

My newest obsession is the modern take on the blouse. Deconstructed, with cutouts or with draping, I love the way the stiff collar and button placket contrasts with the rest of the shirt. Of course, getting unique detail is one reason I sew—I can add my own little twist to classic patterns. But just for you, I have compiled a list of my favorite blouse looks, my own sewn versions, and how you can shop the style.

The Drapey Blouse: I love the soft, flowy look of this top. The buttons and sleeves keep it classic and clean cut.

Inspiration:

{via}

My Version:

{via}

For Sale:

{via}

{via}

The Ruffled Blouse: This blouse is business in the front and party in the back. The surprise ruffles add a fun detail.

Inspiration:

{via}

My Version:

{via}

For Sale:

{via}

The Printed Blouse: Even the most classic shape is more fun in a cool print. Of course, prints can be loud, floral, graphic, and much more, but for my blouse I took inspiration from the nerds.

Inspiration:

{via}

My Version:

{via}

For Sale:

{via}

The Cutout Blouse: This is the office blouse’s sexy cousin. Probably more suited for a night out than the office, this blouse is the classy way to show a little skin.

Inspiration:

{via}

My Version, adapted as a dress:

{via}

For Sale:

{via}

The Pussybow Blouse: First popularized by the UK’s Margaret Thatcher, this blouse has been making a comeback recently, most notably in Georgia May Jagger’s take on the fashionable prime minister for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

Inspiration:

{via}

My Version, adapted as a dress:

{via}

For Sale:

{via}

I could go on and on with my blouse inspiration, but now it’s your turn. Do you own any unique pieces that really make your wardrobe pop? Share the details with us in the comments. And for more blouse inspiration, head on over to MadeByMeg.

5 Nov

The Luxury of Less

Hello again, KC here from Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.  I have a confession.  I am a pack-rat.  Not quite a hoarder, but I often find sentimental value in the silliest things and can’t throw anything out.  Here are a few design principles that I always have to remind myself of in order to practice the luxury of less.

1.  Edit your space- Keep what you love and get rid of the rest.  It may be painful, but your home will seem less cluttered.

{via}

2. Organization is key- Make sure all items in your home either have a purpose, or a distinct “home” within your space.

{via}

3. Dual Purpose Furniture- If you live in a small space, it helps if that ottoman also functions as a coffee table.

{via}

4. Space Planning- 2 tips that I swear by: (1) keep seating arrangements pulled away from the walls, (2) use furniture with exposed legs

{via}

5.  Fake it ’till you make it- If your budget is small, buy the highest quality piece you can afford and fake the rest.  There are hundreds of DIY tutorials online about headboards, custom beds, or tables.

{via}

6. Use color and patterns- Colors and patterns are inviting and display the personality of the owner.

{via}

Do you have any interior design tips you swear by?  Any trends right now you can’t live without? Thanks again for having me!

4 Nov

Rethink the sweatpant

Hello lovely readers of {blending beautiful}!  KC here from Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.  You may remember me from my post about decorating with color earlier this year, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to guest blog for Kim while she is on her exciting New York adventure.

Now that we are into November and days are getting shorter, I can no longer exercise outdoors after work since it gets dark so early.  That means, it’s off to the gym I go.  But who gets motivated to go to the gym?  The only way I can pull myself off the couch and get moving is if I have killer work-out wear.  Even though I still have my favorite junior high PE sweatpants, doesn’t mean I should wear them in public.  Here are some of my favorite athletic ensembles.  Who says sweatpants can’t be chic?

For those of you who watch Project Runway, you know all about Heidi Klum for New Balance.  These pieces may not be suitable for intense workouts , but you will look damn good afterwards.

Stella McCartney for Adidas offers more workout appropriate attire for runners.  I’m loving these shorts.

For lounging and snuggling during the cold winter months, Anthropologie is my standby.

Thanks for having me!  I’ll be back tomorrow for some interior design inspiration!

What do you think of these workout alternatives?  Would you wear these pieces or stick with your tried and true?  What gets you motivated to work out at the gym?


2 Jul

Guest Post: Pop of Color

Hello lovely readers of {blending beautiful}!  KC here from Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.  I am thrilled and honored to be sharing with you some interior design tips about decorating with color.  I have realized that all of my larger pieces of furniture are neutrals, from my duvet cover to my couch, everything is a shade of white, beige, or birch wood.  I am moving apartments soon and have been on the hunt to find bright home decor to liven things up.  Unfortunately, painting the walls of my new place is not an option.  But, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks, and I am constantly drawn to the boring and blah.  I stumbled upon these photos that I thought were quite inspiring.  Each room is full of neutrals, but one key color is used as a pop of color.  I love this idea, and will be using orange as my “pop of color” in my bedroom, and a yellow/navy combo in the living room.

{via}

{via}

{via}

{via}

{via}

Below is my inspiration board for my new bedroom.  My duvet cover is white, and I am currently searching for a white Parsons desk, but I think these gray and orange accents will add dimension and depth to the room.

How do you use color to decorate?  Would you paint an existing piece of furniture, or buy a new piece to add color?  Have any DIY projects to share?

Thank you so much for having me at {blending beautiful}!  Hopefully these lux rooms have inspired you like they have me.  And I hope to “see” you soon over at Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal.