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Loving what you do

29 Jan

Hi there! Me again… Remember how I was telling you in my last post that I had been working on a cute apron with mittens! Well… drumroll please!! Here you have it!photo

100% handmade for my friend and boss Ana, who likes to spend time cooking (not like me, that use every occasion to escape entering this weird place called “kitchen”; I must admit that I do cook now and then, basically because we need to eat in this house, but NOT because it relaxes me, like many of my friends say. Nope, what relaxes me is shopping, sewing, traveling, reading, but NOT cooking. But that’s a good subject for another post).

As I was saying, I decided to craft this apron for her because it was her B-day last week and I thought this would be a perfect gift. It turns out she loved it! But you know what, this is not really the story I was going to tell you…

The real story behind this is that in spite of working on this project the ENTIRE day on Saturday, AND half of Sunday, it didn’t feel at all like I was “obliged” to do it, or that I was “working”. Actually, the days passed by so quickly and I didn’t need to eat (which is good, I need to lose weight. AGAIN), did not need to drink (I ended up dehydrated by the end of the week-end…) and totally ignored my husband the entire time (he used this alone time to watch some football games. Go figure!)

I guess what I am trying to say is that when you do what you love, no matter how much work/hours/effort you put into it, it doesn’t really feel like “work”. It feels good, fulfilling, meaningful… It feels like you leave something behind, like what you do actually matters… There is something tangible that other people can see, touch, feel, use, and THAT my friends is what I call BLISS. It’s LIFE, in it’s truest form and it’s healthy, and useful to others, and as I said before… MEANINGFUL.

I really believe we should all find that SOMETHING that we love to do and try to do it as much as possible. Our happiness depends on it, our health (physical and mental) as well. And when we find that something that really makes us happy, we need to figure out how to monetize it (if we can…). Because being able to find the THING that makes you happy doing every day and actually making it to pay the bills is the real essence of what life should be like. No obligations, just doing it because you love it. What can be more fulfilling?

What do YOU love to do? Did you find that something already? I hope you did.

HL1982

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Show me your closet

10 Jan

I know Amaya from the fashion school that we attended together last year and she always struck me as super chic, stylish and cool. That’s why it did not surprise me when she made her entrepreneurial debut with this really great project called Show Me Your Closet , that basically helps you find those really unique garments or accessories that will make you feel special and add a vintage touch to your every day ensembles. But not only that. If you have items that you don’t need anymore, they will help you sell them as well. Think of it as a really big closet that you will have at your disposal to browse and find the perfect item for you.

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The difference between this store and any other out there is that they provide a 100% personalized service, being able to meet you (if you live in Madrid) and personally check out the quality of the items you would like to sell, guaranteeing a high level of confidence for their customers. One of the reasons why I have never bought old stuff from the Internet (at places like Ebay and such) is basically due to the fact that I normally do not trust the products to be in good enough state. Show Me Your Closet makes sure that the items sold on their we site meet the highest standards so that you can feel stress free.

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Another feature that I really like about this store is the minimalistic design of their web page which, in my opinion, always works best. I think that it helps maximizing the lovely design of the cloths and reflects the spirit of the products presented in a very honest and straight forward way.

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And last, but not least, I absolutely love the stories behind the clothes… Every item has its unique story of how, when or where it was bought and I just find them fascinating!! Don’t know if I ever mentioned it but I am quite a romantic freak and I love to imagine a super soapy story behind all things vintage… Oh, and I also love romantic comedies. But that’s another story that maybe we’ll get to one of these days.

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So let me tell you the story of my new vintage bag purchased at Show me Your Closet (if you love this bag and want to buy it really bad but you see that it says “sold out” online, it’s because I have it!!! My treasure!!!). Amaya told me that she bought the bag last summer at a vintage flea market outside of Paris and that she found an unexpected treasure inside it… an old tie pin with the shape of a boat that must have belonged to its previous owner. The story would not be complete if I didn’t tell you that my friend has a thing for boats and even has a paper boat tattoo… So it seems that some things have a way of finding you even if you don’t really look for them. And that’s how my new bag found me!! I am thinking of so many ways of wearing it that I can’t wait to use it!!

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So remember, if you want to find a wonderful closet full of the most beautiful treasures, visit http://www.showmeyourcloset.bigcartel.com and you will definitely find something that is just right for you!

Hope you enjoy it!

HL1982

In love…

9 Jan

Yes. I admit I am in love with a pair of sneakers… It’s shallow, but it’s so me nowadays. These are the ones, from Isabel Marant.

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Cute, right? I guess a bit over-exposed but still really cool. Who would have thought that I, miss old-school meets geeky class president, that just 3 years ago had a closet full of plain old Zara jerseys with buttons (in every color available, so I could match them with appropriate office pants), would some day turn into this weird fashion lover wannabe that would even consider wearing ANY type of sneakers!! More so wedged sneakers!!

But anyway, here I am,  transformed into this white (and slightly overweight, permanently on a diet) swan that craves to achieve some level of coolness… The tragedy of this situation? My husband hates these shoes!!!! It seems that these are, in fact, a Man Repeller item!! Oh, Leandra, how right you were !!! You are definitely a visionary in this field, as I couldn’t get him to “approve” my getting even the lamest Blanco cheap copy of the IS shoes…

However, in my quest for the most perfect and coolest pair of sneakers, I finally bumped into these ones from Bimba y Lola and Eureka!!!!! My hubby loved them as well!! They are comfy, colorful and cheerful and I just loved them from the first moment I first laid eyes on them…

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So, am I a Man Repeller as Leandra? Hmmmm… NO, ’cause I care too much about my man’s opinion on what I wear! BUT, I have to say that most of the times the compromises that we mutually reach regarding our selection of garments are quite satisfactory (although they normally imply a high dosage of patience and long conversations).

So, here I am at the end of my Isabel Marant crush, just like those hot and passionate summer love stories that you always remember throughout your grown up life. But instead, I have welcomed a more thoughtful and mature relationship with my new Bimbas 🙂

HL1982

Butterflies are hot!!

3 Jan

Hi everyone!! So, as I am on holidays right now (thank G.O.D, I really needed a break!) I am catching up on my sewing skills and I am trying to get some projects done that I had pending. One of the things that I needed to do for my new sewing machine was a nice cover, as it didn’t come with one.

I must say that since starting with this hobby of mine, I am discovering a world of possibilities in terms of the things that one can do for oneself and I am especially enjoying the wonderful world of FABRICS!! I discovered some really cool and old-school shops right in the center of Madrid where they sell the most amazing, vintage fabrics! I am really excited and I wish I could spend the entire day just browsing in these stores and finding wonderful treasures. The cool thing is that they sell fabric patches as well, and those are really cheap, great for patchwork or for small DIYs.

So, as I was saying, I needed a new cover for my sewing mating and… here it is!!!

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Love this butterflies patterns and the texture is also really nice. Very natural and vintage…

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Here is the final product!!! I quite like it (taking into account that I’m just starting with this, it’s not that bad, don’t you think???)

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And, by the way, butterflies are quite cool – take a look at this personalized mannequin that a company called Manikiss is developing. I absolutely love them!!! The price is about 150 € and this is the only reason why I don’t have one already!! 383333_287405738026671_1032759208_n

Well, I hope you liked this post and I will keep you in the loop of the next projects (I really need to take advantage of the holidays!!!!).

Thanks for reading!

HL1982

Upcycling memories

1 Jan

Hi everyone! Sorry for not being very active lately but I promise that it is all going to change this year!! So here is my big news: Santa brought me a sewing machine this year!! A huge dream of mine since quite some time ago so I’m really excited to show it to you…

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One of the things that I was planning to use it for was my Grandma’s vintage dress. In a few days it is going to be 3 years since she died and I never got to wear her dress because it was too large for me, so I decided that my first DIY project was going to be dedicated to her.

I wasn’t sure wether to try to adapt the dress to my size or to totally transform it into something else, but finally I decided to use it for various things, so that I could be reminded of my Grandma with each garment I put on.

The first project has been a success, in my opinion… I took the collar of the dress and added it to a simple white blouse I bought from Massimo Dutti a few weeks ago. Here is the result:

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As you can see, I also added some elbow patches …

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Handmade is not perfect, but for me, that’s really the beauty of it. It is not mass made, it is unique in its imperfection, and it is truly heartfelt. I really love the result and I can’t wait to wear my new vintage blouse 🙂

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As the dress was quite big, I still have a lot of fabric left to use in other projects, so I’ll show you the new things that I make as I go along.

Thanks for reading and keep safe!

HL1982