Friday, October 28, 2011

Ohio - CocoRosie

Reading about chez Chanel. Prepping another dress for sewing and waiting for the landlord to comeback so I can get my sewing machine. and oh yeah, Tony Parker just moved in on the next block.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

my first dress

I am back with the needle and thread again, determined now to finish a garment. I´ve realized I think I am more interested in making the clothes than wearing them for fashion. So, hopefully one day this will take me somewhere. Most times when I´ve put down a dream or a goal in writing it has come true. Here´s to hoping one day I will come back to this post and think that I can´t believe it started here.....

Here´s my first work in progress. I bought this tissue last year and in the encouraging words of Tim Gunn ¨Make it Work¨. So when you´ve given up or think that the idea´s a dud, don´t give up and do the best with what you´re given.

It started when I went into the store Nice Things (Yes, that´s the actual name), and fell in love with all the vintage looking dresses, sweaters, dresses, accessories. I wanted everything but couldn´t afford hardly anything (at least without some buyer´s remorse). My problem is I love fashion but I will never pay designer prices. The average price of a dress was about 75 Euros. Not too bad because it is quality Catalan design but still most of the pieces didn´t have more than 3 seams.
That´s when I was looking through the catalog back at home that I though, why can´t I make this myself for like 20% of the price?
So, I picked this simple dress on the left, I already had the pattern and some fabric I bought last year. I´ll try making one and see how it goes.....

The first fitting, not too bad. Pretty close to the Nice Things dress.  Needs some shaping up and work on the sleeves. In the meantime I´ll cinch it with a belt and try to find some different fabrics.

website of the day

I was looking for help with my french anatomy today and I stumbled across this website. I like the disection of the gummy bear.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on."

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, RIP

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011

Self-Portraits in Segovia

We´ve just arrived back in Lyon, but I wanted to share a few pictures from my outings in & outside of  Segovia today.
I´m practicing my shooting technique using the self-timer. Finding places to situate the camera was sometimes tricky and sometimes the photos turned out better than I planned.

I hiked to the outside of the town to get a good view of the Alcazar castle that I visited on Monday.

This is the view from the Vera Cruz Templar church.

Consecrated in 1208, Vera Cruz was built by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the True Cross. It  has a unique 12-sided exterior with a tower on the south side that is patterned on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, It is thus not really a parish church or even a monastic church, but primarily a shrine. The relic is now housed in the nearby village church at Zamarramala.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Me and My Shadow

Ruins of El convento de San Agustín, destroyed in 1912

The Aquaduct

Enjoying a patio lunch solo with gazpacho soup topped with fresh pepper, cucumber, and tomato.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Segovia Specialities


Panche, tastes like a créme brulée cupcake. deliciousness.

Segovia, Alcazar castle

This Roman-originated castle was the inspiration for Walt Disneys princess' homes.

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Sunday rowing at Parque del Retiro

Madrid, we meet again

Saturday outside the  Puerta de Toledo,  a prominent Madrid landmark signifying the old enterance to the city from the city of Toledo.

Roger gets a haircut. I think I like this one mainly because of the TX licence plate.