WhatIWore: I FOUND MY FAVORITE JEANS! These were missing since our initial move three months ago and I’ve been hoping they’d turn up! I’m so glad they did. I bought these a couple years ago from J.Crew (and Madewell has a kind of similar style) and I repeated an outfit from this spring.
I’ve also decided I’m going to take another stab at tightening up the thigh of the pair I just made. I ordered some really beautiful cone denim online for a second pair and if I tweak my current version just a little bit I think they’ll be perfect. Also considering doing a skinny leg vs. another flare (they are a medium wash denim). Any thoughts?
When: August 15, 2017
Shades: Karen Walker Super Duper
Kimono Style Jacket: Anthropologie
Jeans: Point Sur (J.Crew) - these are kind of close
Slides: Rockport, a gift from a previous partnership
Where: Bookstore, errands with the kids
Can a fresh tube of lipstick really make you feel like a new woman? Last Friday morning, I decided to see for myself when I went into the newly opened Ulta Beauty store at our local mall. I had chatted with their PR reps prior and knew I’d be meeting with someone to help me achieve an easy, mom-with-little-spare-time look. I really didn’t know what to expect. Would I get a full tutorial on how to make this work or just a quick promo of best selling products?
I also want you to know that although this is not a sponsored post, a rep for Ulta Beauty set up my appointment and also sent me a gift card that covered a portion of my purchase. Many thanks to them for the invite and the gift and to my inlaws for watching the kids so I could be alone for the morning!
If you saw my Instastories from last week, you know I’m thrilled with the result. Simply put - I feel lovely. I feel beautiful even, which isn’t something I really ever think to myself. So yes, fresh red lip inspired a mother load of confidence.
Here’s how I got there…
After introducing myself to the manager, she told me that Gigi from the MAC department would be helping me out. I told her about my lifestyle - I’m a mom that has very little time to get ready and I wanted to feel polished but not too done up. I told her I usually just do some light foundation or BB cream, my brows, mascara and maybe something on my lips.
Everything she used on me was really easy to apply and the whole sit down was around 40 minutes and that was with instructions and a few interruptions (it was the morning of their grand opening and the store was crowded). I think she did a really good job - not just with putting the makeup on and selecting the right colors, but she explained what each step was for but it never felt salesy. Things like “You can apply this with your fingers instead of a brush” or “use the eyebrow pencil like this and brush backwards with the spoolie.” You won’t be surprised to hear my favorite part of the whole look is the lip color. I’ve worn a lot of bold lipsticks in the past but not that regularly since Bea was born. This shade is actually what Gigi was wearing and I loved it on her and love it on me too! It makes my smile look so bright! It’s MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Dance with Me incase you’re interested! I also liked the feel of the foundation and brow pencil, so I bought those too. Additionally, I got a mini sample size of MAC lipstick in Chili which I wore in yesterday’s post and also really like!
Having a little time to myself and updating a few products into my makeup routine has really made me look forward to getting ready in the morning. It’s something just for me, which I don’t do a lot of these days. There’s something about a woman who wears red lipstick. It’s says - Look at me! I’m confident!! And that’s exactly how I feel about myself.
In this post I’m wearing: MAC Next to Nothing Face Color - Tinted Cream in Medium, MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Dance with Me along with my own makeup (Covergirl Waterproof Mascara and NARS Blush)
WhatIWore: I know I know, you might be thinking, dang girl, didn’t you wear dark flares in last week’s outfit post and the answer is yes. But these are different! They’re different because I made them! Myself! I’m so on this 70s kick right now and I couldn’t fit the ultra high rise I wanted available in my budget so I thought, what the heck? Let’s do this. Felix was also on a visit to his grandparents house and Adam had Bea all morning so I managed to get them done in one sitting (I had cut them out the night before).
I’m still trying to figure out the right kind of top to wear to show off the waist - paired with my chest it’s a bit of a proportional challenge. But as I said earlier this summer, I’m not going to let these tatas stop me from wearing things I like! For this outfit I picked one of my cotton eyelet tops which was enhanced by layering over the dark denim.
When: August 13, 2017
Shades: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’
Lipstick: MAC Chlii
Necklace: Global Gifts (little store here in Bloomington)
Blouse: American Eagle (from many years ago)
High Rise Flare Jean: Self Made (Pattern McCalls 7547 - read more below if you’d like details!
Where: BBQ with the inlaws
Now some fit and sewing notes on the jeans! I love the ultra high rise - it’s about 12.5″ - higher than anything I’ve seen online. To carry on with that retro look, I used a traditional gold thread on a 11.5 oz dark 100% cotton denim that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics. Remember my old living room couch that I reupholstered (and then became my headboard?) I used the same denim there too! I thought I had leftover in storage but couldn’t find it and wanted to make use of my free weekend so just went and bought more. I bought 2 ¼ yards but I could have easily gotten away with under two (on 60″ wide fabric).
I first made a muslin mock up and determined I needed to size down (I ended up cutting a 10) and take in the knee to create more of a flare. I didn’t do a second muslin because I was just too excited to get rolling.
It took me a little under six hours from start to finish and I think would have gone smoother if I a) didn’t have bobbin tension issues on my machine b) didn’t run out of thread or have to rewind my bobbin three times and c) have to rip out and reinsert the lapped zipper. On the zipper I decided to switch to a matching navy thread instead of the gold so both sides would be more symmetrical.
After I had the jeans hemmed and complete I took some of Adam’s rough grain sandpaper, sat down and brushed where the natural whiskers of the jeans would be. I also brushed down the top of my thighs, the pocket and hem edges. Did you know most denim starts out this color and through a process of abrasion and chemical treatments it becomes the colors you see at the store! I hope this pair eventually has a worn in but dark denim look.
Fun Fact: I used to work in the apparel industry and got to see first hand how these processes are done when I traveled to our factories overseas!
My final takeaway - these are a good start! Next time I know I want to fit the thigh a little closer, especially if I work in 100% cotton. They stretched out a little too fast for my liking but I also don’t like looking stuffed into my jeans so I need to find the right in between fit. Alterations aren’t my strong suit, so if any of you reading this have some good tips on getting that back leg under the butt area (technical term) right, please help a sister out! Now that I’ve had a practice pair, I think I’ll probably buy some nice denim online and make another version but with different style front and back pockets. I also have yardage in a gorgeous rusty brown that will look sooo 70s (and I think I could knock out over the course of a couple evenings after the kids are in bed). All in all - I’m pleased!
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