Dance with Me

I think the funniest thing about life sometimes is when you find someone who is just as in tune with a passion in their soul as you are. With every step you take towards creating something great or monumental, there are always people who create with you along those stepping stones. They are slaves to their trade and love every moment of it.

I hold a passion in my heart for designing and run with any moment that allows me to share that passion with other people.

Today I had the honor of collaborating with a photographer who found her passion only but a year ago, yet has already been published in multiple magazines, one of them to include our very own: Vogue. Yes indeed, and I also had an opportunity to learn from her about her artistic drive to continually succeed in the area she is passionate about.

Here is but a slight preview of the magic that took place between the fabulous Carol Billy-Roberts and I  in the depths of the forest today.

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And here is are a few bonus shots of other locations we experimented with

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May we always dance in life’s purest pursuits

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Don’t Step On my Blue Suede Shoes

You know … its OnE thing to thrift… and its Another to repurpose!

My sister has had these shoes now for a good decade.

She couldn’t wear them because they always required Advil as an added accessory….

HowEveR…. She couldn’t part with them because of their brilliant color and statement added to any outfit she chose to wear.

Now that the cobalt blue is indefinitely “back” for this years trends… who can honestly say goodbye???

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Since her move to Miami, she has also been more artistically evolved and wanted to make her favorite pair of shoes…. Her Favorite once more. In the background you can see one of her original paintings, and it indeed reflects that of the Miami Heat,

Alas, she set voyage on this mission to Alter these blue suede shoes with a bit of a Midas touch….Hmmmmm

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Tell me what you think of her artistic facelift for the shoes!


Sweet Mother of Pearl

I would like to just take a moment to give an Ode to the greatest friend a girl can have. Always there. Always reliable… Forever faithful.

That is, Ladies and Gentlemen… Chocolate covered strawberries.

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To Get you through this upcoming Hump Day… Remember one thing.

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Any day is good if it begins with chocolate 🙂

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Have your dose!

-Maktub


4 Need to Know Things about picking a Good Thrift no one Mentions

One of my biggest traditions with my mother is to go thrift shopping. This included anywhere from Goodwill to Burlington, TJMaxx and the ever famous Stein Mart. Ever since I was young, I had adults asking me, “hunny, where did you get your outfit?” and I would respond with one of the previously mentioned stores above, and it would always follow with an Astounded look.

One good thing for me is that I never grew out of that habit of finding a good thrift! Here are 4 things to note while thrift shopping that no one ever mentions and can repay you and your wardrobe back in the end with long term investment pieces:

Texture/ Fabric:  Try to pick fabrics that have a better longevity of life. After all, a garment’s soul is created from its fabric choice. A huge teller of weather an item can stand the test of time is the fabric. Most times wool or tweed fabrics can outlast even the most severe ice ages and decades of usage. You can tell right away because of how rugged the two are that they were made to last. One down side to the thickness of these fabrics is the fact that it can also harbor an array of smells that are tough to get rid of. Be Aware! For lighter fabrics, look for textiles that originated from filament fibers. Filament fibers meaning, longer, silkier fibers. The length of the fibers give the fabric its strength to be able to with stand ware and tear and come out on top of the rest!

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Hardware: A good teller of an ancient statement piece is the hardware on a jacket, blazer or even accessories. If the buttons that finish off a blazer, still can catch your eye in a Goodwill store 20 years past its time … chances are they can still make a statement today. Sometimes I find myself buying thrifts just because of the findings on a jacket. If the blazer costs $3.00, most times the value resonates with the detailed buttons or cross-pin that is hard to come by these days. Take the buttons off and repurpose them if you can! Hardware brings the heavy hitter statements everyone will ask about.

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wkh105_3ff_lg  Seams: Even garments made from some of the best fabrics in the world cannot withstand wear and tear if they don’t have the proper seams. Coming from someone who was a tailor for four years, I have seen some of the most beautiful gowns and silks unravel apart because they didn’t have the right surging to hold the edges together! It incredibly disheartening. Make sure to check the thread is not rotting or deteriorating before you buy. If it is, be willing to invest in a little fix me up and bring it to a tailor, or maybe even learn how to use a needle and thread for a project or two. It will pay dividends in the end for your thrifting!

Tailoring: For me, the KEY to the best thrift of all, is having the ability to Tailor your garments. I once was offered an interview with a company that was to be set on a Thursday. I have always had such a hard time finding business clothes to fit my petite arms. On my Tuesday shopping venture to the thrift store I happened to stumble upon almost new business and professional ware I would have otherwise, never found.orangedress_beforeafter I bought a few shirts for $2 a piece and immediately went home and tailored them to fit. I was in shock with how much better they looked than any shirt I had just purchased from Macy’s and Target. I received so many compliments on my professional look that I began tailoring all of my thrift finds to fit like a glove. Thrifting isn’t just for the vintage, its for everything! And with tailoring, people will begin to assume you spent hundreds on your wardrobe. Its an amazing thing really.

-Maktub


Eternal Style is Internal Style

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Style comes from knowing who you are and knowing what you want to be in the world.

DSC_0330Every time you dress, you assert your identity. With style, you tell the world your story. In that way, style affords you the opportunities to think about your appearance as a quality of your creative character. never let it waiver. As much as you are a being, your fashion should translate through to who you are and where you are going.

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Everyone has what is takes to discover themselves through the colorful palette that is fashion.

-Maktub


True Beauty

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
-Audrey Hepburn

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