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Wear to Where? Fashion & Sewing Tour: Touring Your City

city touringSo there I was, hanging out on Facebook, when I saw this call for participants in an intriguing-sounding blog tour. The fabulous Katy McKinley of Wild & Wanderful and Angelica Ross of Gardening in High Heels came up with the idea to have a series of posts written by sewists and fashion bloggers dedicated to suggestions of outfits to wear to a variety of events and in a variety of situations. Naturally, I *had* to sign up for the tour – even if it meant I’d be modeling clothes a day before I hit 35 weeks pregnant.   Continue reading

Prayers For Paris

I have no words for what happened in Paris tonight, just an unbelieveable sadness for the French people, all people, and for the families and friends of those who were lost. 

Love, prayers, and peace to all tonight.

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Badgley Mischka Holiday Collection at Rent the Runway

*This is a sponsored post with affiliate links, however, all opinions in this post are my own.*

DSC_0357Anyone who has been paying attention to this blog for a little while knows that I have a “slight” Badgley Mischka obsession. I still want to make the James Bond type dress from last year’s Vogue winter and holiday release. I’m in love with that black and white dress with the cascade, the only thing that’s stopped me thus far is a baby bump. :) You’ll also recall the fun I had last year on my birthday when my husband took me out for a lovely dinner and I dressed up in a LOVELY IGIGI dress and earrings by Slate and Willow.  

Well, Rent The Runway has just released the Badgley Mischka Exclusive Holiday Capsule Collection, and there are many dresses that I would love LOVE to wear once I’m done being pregnant…which should be sometime before the New Year (hahah!). In case you’re not familiar with the services, Rent The Runway is a great way to try those designer dresses, outfits, and accessories you’re lusting after without the total monetary commitment of forking out hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars for something you’re going to wear one time. If I’d been able to travel to Dallas several weeks ago (pregnancy) to the awards gala being hosted by Equanimity Magazine in honor of raising money for the J.B. Dondolo charity (please help our water campaign),  it would have been the perfect time for me to rent a dress! Most dresses come in sizes 2-22W, making it so that even those of us women who have some extra fluff about can enjoy wearing designer styles. I should also mention that they have great photographs of women who have rented the particular dress or clothing item so you can get an idea of what the garment looks like when worn.

Here are a few of my favorites from the new collection that run in plus sizes – since you know, momma fluff!

How lovely would this Merlot Sequin Sheath be at that fancy holiday party or fundraiser? It’s so festive! I’d pair it with some black heels (maybe even a bootie), some dangle earrings, and a French twist, and I’d be ready to go!

Badgley Mischka Merlot Sequin Sheath

I LOVE (LOVE!) how elegant the Tilly Gown is. I mean, you put this on, and you have instant diva! If we were going anywhere special this New Years Eve, and I wasn’t staying in to nurse a newborn, this is the gown I’d rent. You can’t go wrong with sapphire sequins.

Badgley Mischka Tilly Gown

This stunning dress goes up to a size 16, so please be aware of that, but if you’re looking for an alternative to sequins and flash, it’s a great little statement dress for your less formal affairs.  Plus, the Bettina dress is so much fun!

Badgley Mischka Bettina Dress

I’m personally not much of a jumpsuit person, but I know lots of people are. The Pippa Jumpsuit is charming – with sequins on top and pleated pants. How fun would it be to pair this jumpsuit with a pop of color in your handbag and shoes? I’m all for adding color for a splash of fun. 

Badgley Mischka Pippa Jumpsuit

Here’s another just-released dress that is available in sizes 0-16. 6It’s the classic sheath dress. This style of dress is very flattering on fluffier figures with a lot of curves. It’s short and cheeky – just right for a New Years Eve party with your special someone. 

Badgley Mischka Bonnie Sheath

Nothing brings classic Hollywood elegance to an occasion like a classy floor-length red dress. The Keera gown looks absolutely stunning on the women who submitted their photographs and reviews. This dress has “Powerful, sexy woman” written all over it. I love it.

Badgley Mischka Keera Gown

Sometimes, I think that it would be fun to just get a gown like this and wear it around the house for a day. I mean, how princess/queen-like would that be? To be honest, I got the idea from the episode of Friends where Monica dresses up in a wedding dress and does the dishes. Too much fun!

If you’d like to Rent The Runway or any of these dresses exclusively available from Rent The Runway, I’ve got some great news for you! You can get 20% off your first order at Rent the Runway when you sign up now.  What’s your favorite dress from the collection? Share in the comments below. 


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Dandelions n’ Dungarees Easy A-Line Skirt

Dandelions n' Dungarees Easy A-Line SkirtThere are only 7 1/2 weeks until my due date. That means I have a lot to do. I’m hoping to share some information about Kansas wineries that I’ve learned while researching. Yes, there are wineries in Kansas! I’m looking forward to learning more about them when I can enjoy wine again. In the meantime, I’ve been sewing a lot. In fact, I have another big announcement you should stay tuned for at the end of this post. Meanwhile, I’m here to talk about my newest addiction: Sewing the Easy A-Line Skirt by Dandelions n’ Dungarees. This is a really simple pattern – and it’s a great girls’ sewing pattern for beginners. I made THREE of these, and I have plans to make two more for my girl – one with a teal corduroy and one with a purple with white polka dots cotton. These are going to be great with tights underneath as we roll into fall. Continue reading

Dream a Big Dream…

DSC_0493I just spent the last little while crying.

Perhaps that’s too personal to admit; perhaps it’s pregnancy hormones; perhaps it’s just extreme frustration at the gap between where things are and where I really really want things to be. I’m inclined to think that my statement is a combination of all three. 

You see, I’ve always been a dreamer. I’m not one to dream small dreams. I’m not even one to dream medium-sized happy to be there dreams. Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates Men’s Henley T-Shirt

Patterns for Pirates Men's Henley PDFA lot of the sewing I do is for Little Miss or myself, but it’s nice to make something up for the Teenager and for Wining Husband from time to time, too. Actually, my honey-do list for my husband is quite long, and I’d better get on that. Add this shirt to that list – but I have everything ready to go for it! The Patterns for Pirates Men’s Henley T-Shirt pictured to the left is the one I made as a pattern tester for my teenager. If you’ve ever sewn for a teenager, then you know that it’s sometimes quite the adventure.  Continue reading

On Being Willing to Be Wrong

On Willing to Be Wrong - Wining Wife(TM)It’s political season, and this season gets me thinking about a lot of things. Namely, how unwilling people are to be wrong. We don’t want to be wrong about our political choices, our religious beliefs, even the careers we choose or people we surround ourselves with. Sometimes, though, we are wrong. And some of us, rather than admit it, we continue to beat down the same old words, the same old paths, without really giving it much more thought than that. Instead of saying “I was wrong, I know better now,” many of us instead say “I know I’m right, I’ve always been right, I will always be right,” and we dig in our heels.  Continue reading

Mandy K Designs Knock Offs and Costume Hacks Tour: Alice in Wonderland Dress – Part I: The Dress

tourBlog TourI was inspired by Mandy K. Designs’ English Rose dress to create an Alice in Wonderland Halloween costume for Little Miss. I really can’t wait to share it with you, and I apologize sincerely for the delay in getting the pictures and the write-up of it up. I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, Little Miss is refusing to sleep at night, and I still have client work to take care of. All of that makes for a lot of excuses, but suffice it to say, I’ve been beyond exhausted lately.  Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates’ Grandpa Cardi & Cpt. Mack’s Cardis

Who doesn’t love a good cardigan? I know I’m a big fan, and I wear them a lot of the year. When Judy Hale at Patterns for Pirates did a tester call for a cardigan pattern for women and children, I was really excited and had to sign right up. I had some more of the houndstooth fabric left from when I made the Phresh Jeggings, and I figured it would make a great cardigan for my little gal – and – one for myself. This was an easy pattern to stitch up, and the fabric I worked with (from Hancock Fabrics) was amazing. I’ve found myself addicted to their knits, actually. They sew up really nice and feel great. Plus, I’ve found the customer service at our local Hancock Fabrics to be above and beyond what I’ve experienced in the past at fabric store chains. Continue reading

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