Friday, December 19, 2014

Feature Friday: All That Plaid

Starting today, every Friday will feature a "fun facts" entry highlighting a different item, fabric, or tools used in garment construction. Today's blog post focuses on plaid!

Plaid is an American/Canadian word used to describe tartan, a pattern consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colors in woven cloth. It is derived from Scotland, being that Scottish kilts are mostly plaid. 

However, the word "plaid" in Scotland actually means a tartan slung over the shoulder, or a blanket kept on a bed. So if you are ever looking for a plaid print in Scotland, make sure you say tartan - or they may give you a blanket!

According to aesthetic, plaid first made its mark on fashion in the late 17th century as a signature in Scottish society. It eventually became a symbol of rebellion against England which resulted in it being banned for four decades.Wearing plaid after the Scottish rebellion in 1746 was forbidden. Plaid still holds as a symbol against society in general.

The 1960's brought plaid in skirts and shirts for women. It was used a lot for service and labor-orientated jobs as well. Outdoor men, like lumberjacks, became synonymous with red flannel plaid shirts. (Think the "Brawny" paper towels guy!)

The 1990's saw a huge increase of popularity for the patterned print as well. Commonly associated with the grunge decade, members of rock bands sported the plaid nearly all the time! Not all plaid popularity in the 90's was grunge associated though, it was still popular in jackets and skirts for women - think of the movie Clueless!

How many plaid prints are in your closet?


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Most Popular Colors in Fashion this Winter Season

Have you noticed a lot more of certain color garments at the store this year? I have too. I visited the website, We Connect Fashion, and got a list of the top 10 colors this winter season.

Are you ready? Here goes!

Color 1: Crimson

"Crimson sets a darker mood for the season with deeper casts of red, offering the most dramatic take on red this season."

Color 2: Cranberry

Cranberry presents a warm and bright cast of red, which serves as a lighter alternative to wine.

Color 3: Teal

"Set to blue-green undertones, teal adds diversity to a line-up of jewel colors."

Color 4: Orchid

Set to either purple or blue undertones, vibrant casts of orchid become the purple hue of the season.

Color 5: Honey Mustard

"Honey mustard is the most season-appropriate yellow hue with golden casts."

Color 6: Blood Orange
"Although orange isn't quite as powerful as its been in recent seasons, the major expression this season becomes a bright, saturated blood orange with red undertones. Featured especially in New York and London collections, the hue remains a must on head-to-toe looks and is often leveraged with sport reference."

Color 7: Cobalt

"Cobalt pushes forward as a seasonal must-have across all major runway cities. The bright and sometimes electric jolt of color has proven to be a commercial hit that remains relevant."

Color 8: Toffee

"Although not a widespread base color, toffee offers variation from camel tones with golden brown undertones."

Color 9: Dusty Rose

"Dusty rose offers a more subdued alternative to pastel shades."

Color 10: Peachy Nude
"Warm casts of peachy nude move forward from last season, becoming an easy-to-wear soft neutral."

What do you think about the results? I personally own every color except orchid. The specific shades of blue and purple surprised me on the list! 

Source: F/W 14/15 Women's Color Seasonal Guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Christmas is only 20 days away; how did that happen?? If you're like me, you probably still have a lot of shopping to do. Some people it's so easy to shop for. Others? It can be a challenge. Sometimes you just need something unique, an item that stands out, and is also one of a kind.

Here are some great gifts we offer here at the studio:


A scarf is something that never goes out of style. It's a great fashion accessory and a cozy comfort. We have several different colors, fabrics, and styles for your choosing.

This scarf is made from 100% silk, we also have knitted scarves as well & ones with pockets!


Much like a scarf, these will never go out of style and can do wonders for an outfit. This featured scarf can either be worn as a wrap or scarf. We also have a matching skirt, if you want to wear a set!

We have a variety of styles and lengths to choose from. We also have unisex ponchos in green & white and orange & blue!


Do you have a dinner party coming up? Or do you know someone who is having one? These Christmas-themed Martini glasses are perfect for the occasion!

We also have Christmas napkins and Christmas aprons too!

Newlywed Gifts

Know a couple having a winter wedding? Unsure of what to get them? We have numerous bridal gifts at the studio. A "Just Married" apron, Mr. & Mrs. Towels, Duffle bags,  Custom Mugs, and more.

Other Gifts

We also have beautiful blouses, shrugs, jackets, sweaters, and dresses!

Custom- Made Gifts

Aside from our existing items in the studio, we also do custom-made projects like pillows, quilts, jackets, and more. If you have a great idea in mind for the perfect gift, give us a call and we can make it for you!