Monday, January 31, 2011

I'VE MOVED!

If you haven't already heard, I've changed urls. My new blog is at: www.emptyyourcloset.tumblr.com


Also, be sure to check out my new online magazine, rivyrse, for a new perspective on fashion, art, and the idiosyncrasies of everyday life.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Same Blog, New Closet

Hello, my lovely readers-





I've decided to relocate. My new url is: www.emptyyourcloset.tumblr.com. I will no longer be posting on this site, so to continue to get "fashion. elevated." follow the link above.

Salaam

Monday, January 17, 2011

My First Sewing Project: COMPLETED!




It wasn't supposed to take this long, but then again, maybe it was. Nonetheless, I've made my first dress and it turned out pretty good. The fabric is this awesome deep Emerald Italian linen that I was able to talk down a couple dollars, and drapes beautifully. To bring it to life, I've accessorized it with a vintage braided rope belt, breaking up the volume. I've got the bug, and too many ideas to count...

Monday, January 10, 2011

To All My Neighbors, You Got Much Flava



I don't think it's safe to pledge allegiance to one region as far as the art of dressing is concerned. As someone who's lived on both coasts, I can honestly say that tackiness knows no bounds, even in the big city. I may be overzealous in calling it an 'art', but when it comes to style, sometimes visual aesthetics give the impression of an astute and innate attention to detail, like this look I came across recently on the illustrious Lookbook. 'Only in California' describes this simply unassuming, yet grabbing outfit that proves to be deft in assembly, given the overall uncomplicatedness of it all.

The slouchy, relaxed silhouette, contrasting richness of textures, and pithy baubles communicate something that doesn't merely rely on the surface. To be filed under 'Inspiration board'.




Saturday, December 25, 2010

My First Sewing Project


So in an effort to pull as far away from commercially manufactured clothing as possible, I am finally taking the time to learn how to sew...on my own. Having grown up with a mother to whom sewing is like second nature, I've become familiar with the mainstay Simplicity and Butterick-type patterns, and wasn't all too fond of the painfully trendy, hackneyed styles. Which is why I was so excited to come across this awesomely retro, Muslim-friendly pattern, circa 1975, at the Brooklyn General Store this weekend. Being a novice, I don't harbor the skills to make my own patterns just yet, so finding one that so perfectly suits my tastes was an exciting relief.


Although I'm finding it to be a little more complicated than I had anticipated, I'm looking forward to the process and seeing the end result, whether good or bad. Updates to come!