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Advanced Geometry

After a brief hiatus, FOLKLORE is back on the grid and ready to craft in the Windy City. So… let’s get to it!

If you recall, I made a simple triangle bag back in January and it was instant love. With a fold here and a seam there, I turned a single piece of fabric into a large, utilitarian bag that was perfect for toting around my belongings. Loved my creation so much that I decided to sew another one before we moved in March. This time around, I made things a little more complicated.

Pattern Side 1Et voila! Advanced Geometry, if you will.

In an effort to use up some of my fabric stash before the big move, I created a patchwork of springy prints and paired it with a delicate cream and denim floral to tie it all together. It’s a really sturdy piece and totally reversible – bonus points! I can’t wait to take this bag out for chilly mornings at farmers’ markets and sunny afternoons spent thrift shopping.Pattern Side 2

Why, those are some nice seams! I have to say, those sun-washed hues are very much in line with Pantone’s Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report.lining

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Flowers! Sort of.

It’s officially Autumn! I celebrated by wrapping up in a grey infinity scarf (a gift from Berlin) and indulging in delicious coffee and some much-need R&R. How have you spent your first days of Fall?

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Of course, yesterday wasn’t the beginning of my favorite season without a little crafting. Looking to spruce up our tiny kitchen table, I fashioned a small autumnal bouquet of dusty purple and ecru mums, a green gerber daisy, and a few orange ranunculuses (ranunculi?). The mason jar and grosgrain ribbon give it all a homespun feel.

Unapologetically fake and a tad gloomy, I think this arrangement will be perfect for October – which is rapidly approaching by the way!close bowjar lightson with candles mercury glass


May I take a moment to express my feelings for mercury glass? We bought 12 of these assorted votive holders for our wedding last year, and I cannot get enough of them! The crackled effect of the glass is beautiful enough for special occasions and spooky enough for All Hallow’s Eve.

It’s not too soon to start decorating… right?

Introducing: The Florence

As a recently transplanted Chicagoan, I discovered (much to my dismay) that Tennessee springs are hot and humid. There was a week of pleasant weather – think sunny and mid 60s – before it started pushing 80 degrees. In April. My work wardrobe was in desperate need of flexibility and a dash of fun, so I DIYed myself an army of cotton skirts. Some are in kitchy prints, others are in vibrant solids. All of them are comfortable and give me a range of options during the work week and beyond.

Without further ado, I introduce to you…
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Floral FlorenceThe Florence is simply a full skirt with an elastic waistband. Topped off with pockets, this retro-style skirt has a tendency to prompt sartorial imagination and inspire the occasional urge to twirl about. It sits at the natural waist and falls to an inch or two above my knees. So far, I’ve made three skirts in this style and I love them all.

This particular Florence (named for current girl crush, songstress Florence Welch) is a bold floral cotton in my go-to spring/summer hues of blue and green. I wear it often with a chambray button down and ballet flats, or sandals and a simple t-shirt for more casual days. Today, I’ve chosen to pair it with an emerald sleeveless blouse and sandy-toned leather accessories.Floral Florence Styled1. Emerald sleeveless blouse (Joe Fresh, $24)
2. Tan & metallic ankle strap sandals (BC Footwear, $50)
3. Gold leather belt (J. Crew)
4. Tan leather shoulder bag (Coach, vintage)

I will be putting together a DIY tutorial for the Florence sometime this week, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go forth and be fashionable.