Sewcialize: on Barbie and why I sew

I recently listened to the first episode of the Sew and Tell podcast: Deadly Under 36 Inches. The ladies hosting the podcast referenced an article on Sew News all about Barbie and how she has influenced so many different sewists. I went in search of the article because those people and I had something in common, Barbie influenced our sewing and love of fashion, whether directly or indirectly.

I was less than 5 when I got my first Barbie doll. I don’t remember if it was a Christmas or birthday present but I know that it started an obsession. By the time I was no longer interested in Barbie, I had accumulated in excess of two dozen Barbie dolls not including Ken and all of her friends like Skipper. I had Barbie’s dream house; and my Barbie had a red 2-door convertible, Wrangler, Vespa, and minivan with 3 rows of seats. When the MyScene dolls came out I had to have them too.


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Product Review: Immortelle Beauty Candles

Let me open this review by introducing myself as someone who is terrified of open flames. TERRIFIED. When I as a toddler in NYC with my mother, there was a high rise on fire and I saw with my two little eyes, people jumping from their apartments flailing through the dark night sky on fire. Can you imagine the nightmares that I suffered through after that? But to this day, more than 2 decades later, I still have yet to light a flame myself, ever. I stay as far away from open flames as humanly possible. Thank goodness for electric stoves. Up to 4 months ago, you would have never found me burning a candle. So to be able to write this review means that I have come a very long way.

I continuously sing praises of Immortelle Beauty products – the Esscentials skincare line is unrivaled by anything else I have tried (read that review here). The scrub, shave, butter is my go to for date nights and is sometimes a part of my self-care ritual. Kathryn also ensures that her customer service is unrivaled by any other Caribbean brand (which truly isn’t hard) but she also goes beyond some foreign brands as well. Read More

2019’s resolutions – yoga, more water, and juicing

I like to consider myself somewhat of a healthy eater. I am lucky enough to live in a household that cooks multiple healthy meals a day – not a lot of deep fried food but lots of veges and a good mix of carbs and protein.

BUT!

I don’t say no to my sweets and treats. I’ll eat cake and cookies for breakfast, cheesecake is yummy, I don’t say no to Cadbury chocolate, and I like condensed milk by the teaspoon. You name it, I’ll eat it shamelessly. Plus, despite healthy food being cooked in my house sometimes I don’t feel to eat meat, or rice, or… whatever it is on the dining table.

I have been super lucky (I was going to use #blessed here but I hate the way people use that word) to be born into a family that has really good genes when it comes to weight and metabolism. Let’s not talk about the genes that govern our eyesight though. But this has meant that I can look fit or slim and trim without putting in much work.

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2018…

Depending on how long you’ve been around here, you’d have noticed that things have gotten a bit lime-y. Cushnie, a Jamaican born designer, had a shade of lime/chartreuse on her SS19 catwalk and I fell in love. It was the jumpsuit, which I originally thought was a dress, on the left that stole my heart. I couldn’t figure out if it was the silhouette or the color that captivated me and I am still not sure. I was so taken that I’ve bought fabric and had my fingernails painted in shades very similar.

Last year I wrote that 2017 was a doozy. 2018 just dragged on. There were certain things that didn’t necessarily get any better but there were small wins through out the year that kept me moving.

I started this blog back in 2012 for my parents and family to keep up with my journey through architecture school. As time passed it has evolved into what it is today and at some point I realized I wanted to use it as a platform to showcase Caribbean designers. I’ve networked and created some connections that I think could benefit designers and creatives, and 2018 saw me attempting to put them to use. I tried working with a local designer to get her work into a regional magazine and it was a disaster. In the first quarter of the year I was already disenchanted with the type of customer service I got out of Guyanese and Caribbean designers that I was trying to give my money to. I was frustrated  to the point of me questioning why I even thought this collaboration would be a good idea. She had a bad attitude and I felt “some type of way” introducing her to whoever would be reading the magazine if this was an inkling of how she would behave and deal with new clients. It fell through and the fashion editor suggested writing a piece about me, this blog, and the dresses I’d been making. That is actually how I scored the feature in the 2018 issue of The Moda Mag. If you haven’t read it as yet, you can check it out here.

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Crazy Rich Asians, the movie

from slate.com

I have been waiting on this movie to make it’s debut since I read the first novel a few years ago and liked it! I googled the novel right as I was done and found out that they would be making a movie and ever since then it’s just been one big waiting game for me.

The movie did not disappoint me. I am the type of person that reads books and then goes to see the movies like The Twilight series. Although, I do not like any of the Harry Potter movies as they leave out way too much detail. The reason why movies tend to leave out details is because it would make them a 12 hour ordeal but I enjoyed reading Crazy Rich Asians so much that I was prepared to sit for 12 hours to watch the movie. Yes, 12 hours is an exaggeration. Read More