Wardrobe Architect: Week 7

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Week 7 of Wardrobe Architect focuses on prints. You can probably guess that of all prints, plaid is my favorite. Most of the shirts and a couple of skirts and dresses in my closet are plaid. In the past I’ve even had plaid shoes. Why such a love affair? I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s a holdover from my mid-nineties grunge days, or summers of Girl Scout camp. I like plaids because they tend to combine the colors that comprise the foundation of my wardrobe (like greys and navies), with colors that I like to wear but not go overboard on (like mint and red). The neutrals tempers the bolder colors and provide a lot of visual interest with the pattern.  I also like how versatile plaids can be, rich, cozy, and wooly for winter, as well as light and breezy for spring and summer. I just can’t get enough plaid, period.

When it comes to prints that I wear, I go for the geometric and stay away from abstracts, florals, and whimsy. Interspersed with the plaid shirts you’ll find some polka dots, pinstripes, and a some herringbone tweed. If you open my t-shirt drawer it’s stripes on stripes. But then you go check out my craft closet and realize that what I’m wearing, isn’t necessarily what I’m buying. I have quite a few prints lingering in there that I bought with the intention of making shirts or skirts out of, only to get them home and realize they’re mostly a little too whimsical for me. I’m definitely going to be more mindful with my fabric purchases this year, just like I have become with my yarn stash. For a while I kept buying pink yarn, even though I hardly ever wear pink (it’s not really my color).

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I’ve updated my Wardrobe Architect board over on Pinterest with some of my favorite prints. In the process I fell down the rabbit hole over on Spoonflower. So many great stripes! I’m really inspired to start making my wardrobe as I get my body back into shape. How do you feel about prints? Are you plaid and stripe crazy like me, or maybe a little more floral and fanciful?

Hope you had a great weekend.

xo, S.

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Friday Favorites

P1020776This was a big kitchen week. Jams and chutneys, grilled chickens, pies, and one night where I just couldn’t take being in the kitchen and we ordered Chinese. Now that the weekend is here I’m totally behind on things like cleaning and laundry, but eating is way more important than those things. Especially eating pie. I hope your weekend is full of cool weather and delicious things.

As a lover of all things plaid, this post was right up my alley.

I think we could DIY this for our entryway, we are in desperate need of a landing zone.

I’m loving the longer skirt lengths featured on the spring runways at NYFW, this is one of my favorite looks from Creatures of the Wind.

We are having these for Sunday breakfast….maybe Saturday. I’m not sure how long I can wait really.

I’m totally in apple mode right now. I want to make this and this and this!

Brooklyn Tweed released their fall pattern collection and I want to make EVERYTHING. Especially this hat and this sweater.

xo, S.