WIP Wednesday – Beach Robe

I have been sewing a lot lately. It is so rewarding to start with some fabric and a couple of hours later have something fun to wear.

I thought it might be fun to share some “works in progress” with a new series, WIP Wednesday. Many of you have shared that you enjoy sewing or you want to learn, too. Feel free to share what you are working on as we go.

My main project is the Sophie Swimsuit from Closet Case Patterns. I bought the on-line course and I’m through Lesson 7. I have found it to be really good, clear instruction and I’m learning so much.

The pattern is the most complicated pattern I’ve ever sewn so I’m doing it a lesson per week and in between steps, sewing easier things. I like that instant gratification.

Currently, I just finished my first Beach Robe. I’ve had that in my head for over a year and the final product is better than I imagined. I’m so happy with it.

Also, trying out different versions of our new Wander Wrap. I’ve made a few prototypes and have hired my local sewist to make a round of them for the website.

There are a couple of things in-the-works that have dropped on the priority list because they are more Springy. I’ll pick those back up when we get closer to warmer temps. One is a skirt in a camel print that I can’t wait to wear. So stinking fun.

I also just got some pretty lawn cotton in a berry pink to make Reese a new Cover-Up. Going to try to whip that together this week now that I’ve finished my robe. The color is so great.

I try to finish projects. I usually have 2-3 things in the works, but I’m pretty good about finishing things before I start too many. My goals for the near future are to get really good at swimwear so I can have an amazing swimwear collection. Also, I plan to be living in Summer skirts in the warmer months so I need a few of those.

Follow along with my WIP Wednesday Series to see how I do.

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Love is in the Air – Got Yours?

‘Tis the season for hearts and chocolates and those you love. Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I love it for the pops of pink and red in the midst of the often dreary winter months.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be wearing my heart hat on repeat until Valentine’s Day. It’s a fun excuse to spread love wherever I go.

Our denim heart apron is almost sold out so grab one soon if you want it for Valentine’s Day.

I’ve already seen several of you around town wearing your heart hats. You’re making the world a brighter place. Thank you!

#1 On My 2019 (Ridiculous) Wish List

There is always some crazy expensive, unnecessary item on my fashion wish list. This year it is the craziest yet.

Yes, sneakers! I guess with my commitment to athleisure recently, it’s not a huge surprise, but these might be a bit much.

If I get a pair or two of these, I may never dress up again.

I need to set a big goal and these can be my reward for reaching it. Someone. Anyone. Help me justify a pair of these. Somethings tells me I won’t be able to stop at just one pair.

Oh wait just a minute… I have a birthday in just a few short weeks.

Forced to Learn

Horrors! My fave – and super easy – app for fixing up my pictures for the Gram, etc went away. Oooohhhh nnnoooo! What do they say “necessity is the mother of invention”? I finally had to figure out presets I see so much about.

It took me most of Friday, but I downloaded two preset packs, one from Creative Market and one from Alexa Jean Fitness.

I had to put them in Lightroom in my computer and move them to my Lightroom Mobile on my phone because I do most everything from my phone. Next level pros do it on their computers always, but… not me.

I Googled how to do it which has never failed me in any category from troubleshooting my sewing machine to figuring out common core math. I tried a few things and none seemed to work. Then all of a sudden all my presets were on both my computer and phone’s Lightroom.

Really not sure how I finally got them where I needed them but 2019 is the year of precets for SMIJ. I haven’t found my signature precets yet, but I’m having fun figuring it out.

What have you been forced to learn lately?

Welcome Back, Football Season

Ahhh, football returns. Looking forward to Playoff and Bowl Season. There are still a few tailgate meals we haven’t checked off the list, for one thing.

Good luck to your team!

5th Sundays with SMIJ

I am getting so excited for 2019. We have fun, new SMIJ coming out and big plans for you. We have always given back at SMIJ, but just recently we’ve started to formalize and plan ahead to ensure we’re making a bigger impact. You’ve probably seen our Hurricane Relief efforts with Deals or Steals lately.

In 2019, we are going to host 5th Sundays with SMIJ. I love the idea of Sunday Dinners. I do know I definitely can’t pull off a fabulous Sunday Dinner every week. But… I think I can 4 times per year! We are going to host these 4 times in 2019 (first one is March 31). The goal will be to gather, enjoy community, see friends, make new friends, introduce people and enjoy each other. This is NOT a shopping event. There will be an opportunity to contribute to the current cause, but it will be something small and optional like an inexpensive game or a t-shirt whose proceeds go to charity.

Stay tuned…

Give Bangles • 100 Ideas in 100 Days | 63 Shopping Days Til Christmas • SMIJ Gift Guide • Idea #38

Several years ago I came across this local brand and immediately fell in love.  I wear their bangles all the time, including this really fun one I got for October (below).  These are made in the Tampa Bay area of Florida by many local residents employed by the designer at Bourbon & Boweties.  They have a great local brand story and it’s been fun to watch them grow.

These bangles are on my Holiday Gift Guide because there is a bangle for everyone.  They make them in beautiful stones and colors.  In addition, they make them for Game Day looks, some that celebrate a hobby or a place, some with shotgun shells and the list goes on.  They keep coming up with new designs, too. 

I wear mine with so many outfits, but they really look so great at the beach so they are winners in my book. The price points are very reasonable, starting at around $30.  They are stunning enough to stand alone or you can get several and create a statement-making stack for someone.  This is a fun Southern brand that offers timeless pieces made in the U.S.A..  I could go on and on about how much I love mine.  Shop them here.

Made in the U.S.A.

Give Happy Feet • 100 Ideas in 100 Days | 64 Shopping Days Til Christmas • SMIJ Gift Guide • Idea #37

I love this idea! My friend, Danielle, shared this idea after her husband got this gift. It’s a sock subscription! So clever. I think this could be a fun gift for your dads, husbands and employees. No one likes to buy socks, but adding a little fun to your feet is always fun. If you have these to your team or employees, you would add some fun for the entire year. Every time someone wears a new pair of socks, they share them and have a little joy. I think this could be a fun way to contribute to employee morale, but I’m kind of a nerd that way.

I started researching the best companies to subscribe to and came across a list on Men’s Health. I decided to start there. Well, much to my joy, one of their Top 6 is right here in Atlanta, Sock Fancy.

I like Sock Fancy because they have lots of options. You can do men’s or women’s in a variety of style choices and length and subscription choices.

And, they even have one they’ve partnered on with King of Pops. We can never pass up a KOP Cart.

Shop the options here. I just love this idea and starting at just $33 for the shortest subscription, the price point is great. You can give 1-3 pairs per month for 3-12 months. Go as crazy as you’d like.

Give a gift that keeps on giving.

Give Resort Chic • 100 Ideas in 100 Days | 68 Shopping Days Til Christmas • SMIJ Gift Guide • Idea #33

We all know that the beach is always a good idea. And, the moment Christmas is over, most of us start dreaming of our next beach trip.

Many of the things on our Gift Guide are beachy and today we’re continuing that with our very own Cover-Ups as great Christmas gifts. They are One Size Fits All (Sizes 2-12), flattering on all body types and ages, locally made and come in the best prints and colors. These will be enjoyed on the beach or lake for years to come. Shop all the colors here.

This Time It’s For Real

So, how did you feel about your first Game Day outfit? Hopefully, since it was Labor Day Weekend, it involved a bathing suit in your team colors and a Game Day hat or Tiger scarf.

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But, if not, that’s ok. There is still time. As for many of the teams that played that first weekend, this was pretty much just warm up for the season. Now, it’s time to get serious about those Game Day looks. There are only a handful of Game Days and this beautiful season passes by way too fast. The looks run from casual to dressy, hot weather to cold weather. Such a fun time of year for outfit planning. So, get to it! 5 days until the next Game Day!

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