photos by Kimberly Chau Photography
I’ve never been a morning person. In fact, I actually got a B instead of an A in my first period English class senior year because I was late so many times. All of this to say that if I can get away with getting dressed as quickly and effortlessly as possible, I will (this may or may not include going out in public with uncombed hair).
This is also another reason why I keep to DIY’s instead of being a fashion blogger, so when Pickwick & Weller asked me to share a peek into my daily routine, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. We also happen to have a few key things in common like believing in the power of good coffee, an empty notebook, and in looking casual but well tailored. And by well tailored I mean that I hopefully have no coffee stains on my t-shirt that day.
Contrary to popular belief, Sugar & Cloth isn’t my full-time job. I actually work at Smilebooth here in Houston by day and then double as a self-proclaimed DIY magician by night. Having a blog filled with weekly DIY’s and recipes is an insane amount of work.
I usually spend at least eight hours or more per post, and that adds up pretty quickly when you’re doing that several times a week on top of a day job, which is exactly why I can’t even think of holding conversations before I’ve had my coffee in the mornings (preferably with coffee art hearts). Catalina and Blacksmith are two of my favorite coffee spots in Houston.
I usually try to get a game plan for my day in the mornings whether that means planning out DIY’s or sourcing materials and replying to emails (which I’m terrible at). I always do better with lists, otherwise I just end up getting super overwhelmed and slightly teary eyed by the end of the week. Evernote and Google calendar are my best friends!
In case you’ve ever wondered how a lot of the tutorial photos you’ve seen here on Sugar & Cloth are done, here it is! A simple piece of white board from the Ikea as-is section, a window with lots of natural light, and clothes fit for a lot of crouching down and possible glitter contact. Hence the reason Pickwick & Weller was the perfect fit, not to mention who wouldn’t love t-shirts from a company owned by Ashton Kutcher and named after Charles Dickens’ first novel?
photos by Kimberly Chau Photography | this post is sponsored by Pickwick & Weller
I know we’ve been on the topic of Christmas and giving lately, but more importantly are gifts that we can choose to give ourselves everyday, like the gift of self worth. I watched this real beauty sketches video by Dove a few days ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s kind of heart wrenching to think that so many women don’t see what others see in them, but I can’t say that I’m one of the 4% of women that claim to consider themselves beautiful, either…
It’s funny how we can meet new people and find them so captivating and beautiful in their own, imperfect skin yet we still don’t think to give ourselves the same forgiveness. I think for me the hardest thing is to not compare myself when we live in a society that screams all of the wrong definitions of what beauty is. It’s not in how little clothing a woman wears, or if she has the perfect shape or measurements. To me, it’s much more about how she makes others feel about themselves, or how genuine her smile is.
What do you think of this video? What will it take to bring the right mentality back to women, or how to teach young girls to embrace themselves?
As much as I love unique handmade items, I love supporting people and their cause even more. So when Hedvig introduced me to her site, Far & Wide Collective, that features artisans in post-conflict countries to allow them fair trade support, I was all about it! Not to mention everything is beautiful, I mean, how could you go wrong?
Here are a few of my favorites–
1 placemats, $29 // 2 patterned striped basket, $59 // 3 small ceramic bowl, $15 // 4 evil eye clutch, $245 // 5 walnut coasters, $15 // 6 scarves, $45
I’m always on the look out for simple and inexpensive ways to revamp items I already own once I wear out their traditional look. It’s just an added bonus when the finished outcome of a revamp makes it look even more expensive than it really is, like DIY leather strapped tote bag which only cost me $15 in materials!
Chelsea from Lovely Indeed sent me this darling tote a few months ago, and I’ve been using it for everything. It was just a matter of time before it earned it’s leather straps, here’s how:
- Small rivet starter kit
- Leather punch
- Leather for straps (bought mine precut at Tandy leather, similar here)
First, cut the existing straps off your bag as close to the trim as you can. Then measure and cut two 22inch leather pieces to use as straps. The width is up to you as far as comfort, mine are cut a 1/2 inch thick.
Once you have the desired placement of your straps, use the leather punch to punch through the straps and tote bag. I made two holes for two rivets on each side for added support, but it’s up to you.
Next, insert rivets in the holes you previously made according to the instructions on your kit.
If you want to make a closure strap, measure and cut a piece of leather that is 1inch wider than the desired with of your closure strap, and insert a rivet on each side.
This way it’s snug enough to keep the strap closed.
Cut a piece of leather that’s about 6 or 7 inches long to use as a strap (making sure it’s long enough to safely rest where you placed the enclosure piece).
Making sure the leather is facing wrong side-up, use a rivet to to attached the leather strap.
Fold the strap over and under the enclosure, and you’re finished!