Hi all! Today marks the first guest post of many to come from Stephanie of Teal Annie, and we thought we’d start things off right with a Frilling Fashionista post! What I love about Stephanie is that she knows who she is, and she owns it and rocks it! Her personality comes out through her style, and we just can’t get enough! Get ready to be totally FRILLED by her creativity. Also, don’t forget that it’s not too late to enter the Teal Annie giveaway!
Hello! My name is Stephanie Dugard, and I’m here to tell you a little bit about myself, my love for finding old/vintage items, and how I’ve learned about my personal style.
Fringe Harvest Moon Tee: LuneVintage / Boots: Urban Outfitters
Finding my own unique sense of style has been a creative process. I can see how it has developed and changed over the years. While in middle school and high school, I began venturing out and wearing crazy outfits and pretty much anything that was different and would distinguish me from someone else. I then became very interested in vintage clothes and thrift shopping.
I have a few go-to pieces that I wear every day or every other day. I will literally wear something until it is unable to be worn…until it rips or falls apart.
My go-to item at the moment are these jean shorts and band tee. I wore the shorts all summer and now can pair them with black, grey, or wine colored tights for the fall/winter. I CAN’T STOP WEARING THEM. They will one day soon fall apart, and then I will have a new go-to piece..and that’s the way I like it!
Vintage Band tee: thrifted / necklace: crystal moon from Teal Annie / Shorts: American Eagle / Tights: Target
I mostly shop for clothes at thrift stores or my sister’s closet. I tend to make 2-3 more expensive, quality purchases a season on staple items I really, really want. For the fall, I splurged on these boots from Urban, a screen printed pullover from Blackbirdtees on Etsy, and some tights from Gap.
Horse graphic top: H&M / skirt: F21 / bag: thrifted / shoes: Keds / Jewelry: Teal Annie
I’ve been able to blend my love of vintage and thrifted items, my learnings from experiments with repurposing old clothing, and what I’ve seen in fashion through the years into my own unique individual style. At this time, I would describe my style as Vintage Fun with a flare of Boho Rocker.
dress: upcycled from thrifted “school teacher” dress / shoes: Keds / Necklace: Teal Annie
dress: Vintage 70s / Necklace: Teal Annie / Record: my fave – Johnny Cash
Recently I found myself standing in front of my closet, unable to get dressed, actually uttering the clichéd words “I have nothing to wear.” False. I definitely have something to wear. Many things to wear. My closet is full of clothes, my dresser drawers are bulging. “I have nothing to wear” is simply a cop out. What I meant is “I don’t feel inspired by my wardrobe.” Uninspired and too lazy to sort through it and find some new direction.
Designer and environmentalist Lanni Lantto believes the idea of dressing beautifully to express yourself can be in harmony with the concept of decreasing your consumerism and environmental impact. Lanni started her line (re) with the goal of creating original, unique pieces of fashion from pre-existing materials. She says “By using pre-existing materials and creatively salvaged fabrics, I breathe new life into fashion otherwise destined for the landfill. After all, the most eco-friendly fabrics are those that already exist.” This statement struck me because even in those moments where I truly feel like I can’t pull an outfit together, there are aspects of certain items that I really do love. I don’t always want to spend my money on new clothes but I can’t figure out how to make the clothes I own work for me.
Eco-consultation is one of the services offered by (re). Available to her clients all over the world via Skype, Lanni works as a personal stylist who can reimagine your wardrobe in an eco-friendly way. She uses three main categories to help decide which clothes need to be 1) donated/resold through consignment, 2) what will be kept, and 3) what can be redesigned.
When Lanni came over to help me with my closet situation, she spent the first few minutes talking with me about my lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. She was probably also getting a feel for how difficult it would be to get me to part with items that I didn’t need anymore. Was I going to be a free spirit ready to purge excess baggage? Or a borderline hoarder who ascribes sentimental value to each pair of underwear I own? Spoiler alert: I’m a natural at purging and have tendencies to over-sentimentalize things. So how did it go?
I think Lanni and I were both surprised at my willingness to let go of clothes that weren’t working for me anymore. I have a lot of clothes that I still love in theory but haven’t worn since the early 2000’s. I also have clothes that I don’t love but that I never got rid of simply because they were of good quality or had been expensive. I do try to do an annual assessment of my wardrobe to get rid of items that aren’t worn, but when doing this task on my own I always find excuses to keep more things than I need.
With Lanni guiding me, I was forced to be a bit more honest. She asked gentle but blunt questions about pieces that I wavered on. “When was the last time you wore this? When was the last time before that? Do you feel this flatters you? Do you have another piece that serves a similar purpose in your wardrobe that you like bettr?” In the end, I had three garbage bags worth of clothes to donate to charity. This was much more than I had ever been able to part with in one session before. Besides being accountable to Lanni about the reality of my wardrobe, I also felt more relaxed about donating things because I knew Lanni would be helping me re-work what I currently had in the closet.
There were two pieces in particular that I felt resisant to donating simply because they were expensive and hardly worn. A J.Crew bridesmaids dress and a long GAP peacoat were both set aside to be consigned, in hopes that a profit from those items would give me a little money to buy items that might fill in the gaps of my now smaller wardrobe.
When deciding what to get rid of, Lanni made me feel extremely comfortable about how much she was “letting” me keep by explaining that I could have different categories within my overall wardrobe. She advises clients to have a base wardrobe that is combined with a summer and winter wardrobe during the appropriate season. She also allowed me to have a pile for professional clothes and yoga/exercise clothes. I had no excuse to cling to things unnecessarily because the “rules” for keeping clothes were so reasonable.
When we were finished taking out the clothes that would be donated, Lanni helped me organize my closet so that when getting dressed I would be able to easily access the type of piece of I was looking for. Cardigans/cover-ups together, underlayers together, dresses together, etc. This seems so logical, but before that day my closet literally had no rhyme or reason.
The most exciting part of an eco-consulation with Lanni is the chance to get her help in reinventing pieces of your collection of clothes that you love too much to part with but don’t use as they are.
Lanni focused two dresses that I love, one for comfort and one for fanciness, but rarely wear. She took a shirt and a skirt from my ‘donate’ pile and showed me how some elements from those pieces could be combined with the dresses to create new looks.
A comfy gray jersey dress that I found a little too plain to wear regularly was transformed with the flowers from an old skirt into a funky, fun piece. My fussy, metallic dress (the time of strapless is over for me, I think) became more wearable and softer when the lace details from a long forgotten top were dyed to match and then used to create straps.
Under the “re-design” header Lanni also designates the subcategories of “self-mend” and “have tailored.” A beloved tunic with a tear and a favorite dress with loose straps were both easy fixes after Lanni gave me a basic tutorial on how to sew them myself. A comfortable sweater dress with a pattern that I adore was rarely worn because I found it a little too boxy. The look will be much more flattering after my tailor adds a few back darts.
The concept behind (re) and Lanni’s eco-consultation service combines the natural desire to express oneself through personal style with the responsibility we have to consider the way our lifestyle impacts our environment. This service can be provided to fashionistas all over the globe who already possess good taste and most of their wardrobe basics but need a fresh perspective to expand their options.
Want to win a FREE eco-consultation with Lanni? This package is valued at $120 and will give one YouFrillMe reader the chance to reinvent their wardrobe in an eco-friendly and budget conscious way! To enter you comment on this blog, and ‘like’ (re) and YouFrillMe on facebook.
–Lane from The Traveling Circus
Here’s another peek at our beloved nursery. When you live in a rental, the details become all the more important. Since I can’t change the bones of the place, I need heartfelt details to make it feel like a home.
Here’s where we sit and rock. My mom sewed the pillow of the same green and white polka dot fabric as the headboard. The tablecloth is the same fabric as the curtains. I’m not into matchy-matchy where fabric is concerned, but my mom convinced me to pull these fabrics in again to make the room more cohesive.
I picked up the vintage Raggedy Ann plate at a thrift shop for 50 cents.
I was inspired by Ashley Ann to make the tissue poms, but made the idea my own with the addition of Japanese rice paper lanterns and the bright color scheme.
The prints are digital illustrations by Erin Zamrzla, which I snagged at the 2010 Renegade Craft Fair here in SF.
The ottoman was needlepointed by my grandmother.
All these handmade details make the nursery our favorite room in the house. Hope you enjoyed the peek.
We love our nursery. What I especially love about it are all the handmade details in it that are unique and special. I have posted about the nursery before, but I wanted to share some of our darling details. You should know, my mom did ALL of the sewing, and most of the manual labor of putting the room together (with help from my aunt) since I was
lazy 36 week pregnant at the time. I art-directed; she implemented.
By far my favorite item in the room is the quilt of 1940’s vintage reproduction fabric, lovingly hand-pieced especially for Baby B by my mom. We covered the plywood headboard with batting and green polka dot fabric.
She also sewed the curtains, which are patterned with a whimsical cityscape that feels like you’re looking at the pages of a storybook.
The prints were a serendipitous discovery. My mom had spotted a trio of framed vintage prints of illustrated nursery rhymes, and picked them up for a song at an estate sale. When we took them out to paint the frames yellow, we discovered these limited edition vintage bird lithographs by J. Gould and W. Hart, hidden behind the nursery rhymes. Turns out they’re worth more than a song. We had some lengthy discussion about whether to hang the nursery rhymes or the bird prints, and in the end, the richly-colored birds won out.
I made the crochet heart bunting.
The bookshelf holds our collection of handmade baby quilts, children’s books, and toys. I made the bird painting in 2006. The crochet octopus is by Dorklandia. Er, pretend you can’t see the thermostat.
Some of the quilts were my baby quilts made by my great aunt, others were made more recently and given to us by friends and family.
This hand-embroidered bunny is one I originally saw on Bleubird, and it turns out she got hers at a little boutique not far from where we live. I had to have one.
We love our wooden blocks from House Industries. They’re made of sustainable wood and non-toxic inks.
And what children’s book collection is complete without a Wizard of Oz pop-up book?
As I mentioned last week, June 29th was Jordan’s and my 8th wedding anniversary. Since we were apart, we sent each other i-phone images to celebrate the day. Here are the lovely sweet nothings he sent me.
Happy Friday, Friends!
We are gearing up for a fun day visiting Point Reyes with friends tomorrow. I am packing a picnic; I dearly love packing picnics. I love thinking through all the little details of the meal. This time I’ve brainstormed a collection of cold salads, some nice wine, and our friends are bringing some lovely fruit and bread. Oh, I hope the weather will be nice!
Here are some FRILLING things I found this week:
I wish this were my bedroom. I adore all that fresh white and bright accents:
This desktop calendar is lovely.
Awesome family photo.
I’m loving this papaya color for spring… It may be my favorite color for this season.
Signs of spring
It’s the one year anniversary of one of my favorite fun blogs.
Inspired by geometrics.
Aren’t these placemats darling? (via decor8)
Have a lovely weekend!
Hello Friends! Happy Wednesday!
It’s a chilly, rainy day here in SF, and I’m drinking tea and Baby and I are staying cozy in our cozy sitting spot. I’m a firm believer that every home should have one. Everybody should have one. A favorite place to sit and ponder, read, de-stress, snuggle up into. Everyone needs a cozy sitting spot, preferably one that is both comfortable and lovely to look at, or if not exactly lovely, then at least makes us happy to see.
Essential ingredients for a cozy sitting spot are: 1) a comfy chair, 2) nice light for reading, 3) some pretty artwork, textiles, or artifacts, and 4) a cuppa tea and 5) a soft blanket never hurt.
My current favorite cozy sitting spot in my home is in the nursery. It’s where Baby and I sit and rock, nurse, cuddle, and read books. Have a look.
Here I have one of a pair of super-comfy petite swivel-rocking-chairs that I own. The nearby table usually has everything I might need at the ready: a book, a toy, a burp cloth, a q-tip (the only time I ever think to clean Baby’s ears is when she’s nursing), a kleenex, etc. The window and lantern provide nice light. And my grandmother’s needlepoint ottoman gives me a place to prop up my feet. The colorful and cheerful nursery has become our favorite room in the house.
(photos by the lovely Haley Durak of Polka Dot Photography)
We’d love to see your cozy-pretty-frilling-sitting spot. Email a photo to youfrillme (at)gmail(dot)com and we’ll post some of our favorites in an upcoming post.