Posted on Apr, 22. 2014 Category in my closet Tags
Sometimes when we are taking pictures outside, our friends from other businesses around the neighborhood come out and say hi. This is Aaron, the bar manager at Lot 2, my favorite restaurant in Omaha. Whenever I have guests from out of town or I’m hosting a get-together, I always make a reservation there because they have the best service. Knowledgable and kind servers, wonderful drinks, and the chef Joel always comes out to say hi and make sure everyone is having an amazing time. I order the same thing every time–their beautiful roasted chicken, house-made frites, and a bourbon malt. Of course there are great options on their small, carefully planned menu for more adventurous eaters as well as vegans/vegetarians. Foodie delight.
Here’s our new Moffitt dress from Spanish design company Kling, my current favorite designer we carry at Hello Holiday. We just finalized our order for Fall/Winter, and we’re getting SO much from them because it’s all so good. I wanted it all. I like the drop waist, the center-cut plaid, and the flared skirt. The color blocking (pattern blocking?) on the bodice is cool too. Got back zip and a little stretch too. (Side zips suck, they mess up your hairdo.)
I think I’m going to do the smart thing and save the money rather than try to open another new office right now. Better to hold out for the right opportunity than try to wedge another financial commitment into my life right now. But when I find the place, I’ll take it!!
P.S. My book is already in its second printing! Have you gotten one yet? If so, it’d help me out a lot if you could leave a review for it on Amazon! I also want to see pictures of it in your local bookstores–Barnes and Noble should have them for sure.
Posted on Apr, 20. 2014 Category in the studio Tags
When I finish this order I will have made:
184 embroidered felt flowers
248 posie flowers
60 pom flowers
149 embroidered felt leaves
for an estimated total of 379 hours of work (the majority of which was done between Alice’s bedtime and when she wakes up.)
It’s the biggest order I’ve ever had, and now that I’m without help it’s been a huge challenge to meet the deadlines. But as I’ve stitched each flower, cut out each petal, and watched literally everything on Netflix, I find myself wanting to make this work a real gig again.
Related: There’s a “for rent” sign in the courtyard that’s been taunting me for a while now–I’m so tempted to get the apartment next door to me (identical to mine) to serve as a new studio space. To finally have a place for my shelves, my fabric, my paint, buttons, sewing machines, beautiful work tables–all of which is piled up in my first husband’s basement currently. My work hasn’t had a home since CAMP, the coworking space I founded in 2010 and closed in 2012. However, I have this tendency to blow my earned income on new projects expecting them to pay off, rather than ever save anything, which is why I’m where I am now. Foolish entrepreneur brain.
So tempted. So wanting to make again. So wanting to leave projects out instead of putting them away every day for Airbnb guests/dinner/living. Wondering if I did it, would it pay off? Would I be happy to have the space? Or would it become another bill, another thing keeping me in a hamster wheel of stalled career progress, another thing I have gotten in too deep with, as I tend to do.
Note: This order also used over 20 yards of felt, all sourced from Wool Felt Central at Prairie Point Junction in Cozad, Nebraska.
Posted on Apr, 16. 2014 Category in my closet Tags
I got back late last night from a one-week trip to Tulum, a beautiful city in the Mayan Riviera a few hours south of Cancun. It was full of white sandy beaches, ancient Mayan temples and pyramids, and happily scarce wi-fi and electricity that let me focus on relaxation and…you know. Myself. What mom wants. Hadn’t been prioritizing that lately as much as I need to, and when I spoke on stage at Pioneer Nation a few weeks ago about burnout, I had my Tulum Trip in the front of my mind the entire time. How wonderful it was to take a break in a faraway place where nobody needed me. I’m a very very very lucky woman to have had the opportunity to take off like that. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing (though I seem to collect experiences like that).
Pictures from Tulum are coming of course (and I posted a lot on Instagram!), but what about pictures of this adorable new Jane Dress from San Francisco-based designer Dear Creatures? Can I just do that first?
AND these shoes from Seychelles are so beloved by me that I own them in two colorways and they serve as bookends when I’m not wearing them because I love to look at them so much. I’m also proud that we have the last case of these shoes in the world, so if you want ‘em, you have to grab ‘em fast from Hello Holiday before you can only find them used on eBay! These kicks are sure to receive vintage shoe status in my closet and I look forward to Alice borrowing them in 15 years (unless refusing glamour is part of her teen rebellion). They’re also 20% off till Saturday at midnight!