Apron for the chef

October 24, 2013

As much as my mom cooks in the kitchen, I never understood why she never wore an apron. I broke her non-apron habits today by making her one for her bday out of left over material scraps. Collecting fabric over the years helped out in the long run bc I spent zero dollars on making this item. One of a kind and made with love ๐Ÿ™‚

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Haven’t been able to share my work on here for a while, but here is the 2 days work I accomplished with the help of my AJ crew. NY x LA x SF ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Since Memorial Day is coming up, window displays are featuring a USA theme to remember the veterans who died while serving in the United States.

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Macy’s woman’s building, San Francisco

Great game with Disney Pixars Monsters Sulley & Mike Wazowski! Watch Monsters University on June 21!

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Fun Fact Friday

May 17, 2013

Fashion was born in the 12th century.
All started with cloth wrapped around the human form with natural falls called draping.

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Later on tailoring became more of the structure for the human form by focusing on different parts of the body called patterns. These are more form fitting to the body.

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Now a days, fashion designers like to use tailoring as a base but use draping as an extra detailing.

Resources: 101 things I learned in fashion school (Cabrera & Frederick)

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This window display (I believe) is a modern day take on the 1920’s era relating to the 2013 film that was just released of The Great Gatsby.

I have yet to see the movie, but here’s a little fashion history I read about the 1920’s to help me prep for the movie.

The movie is set in 1922 after WW1 when men and women were questioning the American Dream. Changes in social behavior especially with the younger women at the time were called “flapper” girls and felt free to do whatever they wanted where as before the war, women were more reserved and “lady-like”. Short skirts, no stockings, shorter hair, an unfitted waist and and red lips were common during this time. Pearl drop earrings, fur neck pieces, Art Deco influenced pendants and scarves were popular. For men: tuxedo, business suits, polo coats and Oxford shoes were common (suit and tie eh?!).

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Art Deco brought in geometric forms as artistic expression. Egyptian motifs and art movements such a cubism and expressionism were visible in his designs.

Coco Chanel was a strong designer of French Couture. She started off with a small shop where she made casual knit jackets and pull overs that were comfortable and practical. She began designing for film stars as a way of spreading the word about her talent through social media.

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I think I’m ready for the movie! Here’s the trailer if you need a refresher. I’ve heard a little bit of the soundtrack and I already love it!

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Reference
โ€ขTortora and Eubank, 2010

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Ever wondered what those annoying little balls of fuzzies are at the surface of your sweater?

This is because of PILLING.

Why?
When you wash and wear your cotton, polyester and nylon sweaters, the fabric tends to lose its fibers due to the abrasion, or the rubbing against other material. Parts of the clothes on your body that may get the most PILLING are the thighs, rear, collar and wrists- this is because the fabric on these parts of your body have the most movement against other objects. For example, your jeans rub against the seat of an office chair or a fabric covered classroom chair and this will create pilling over time.

How to avoid this?
1. Turn your clothes inside out
2. Use a gentle detergent
3. Use a delicate cycle
4. Avoid rubbing fabric on fabric
5. Air dry
6. Hand wash your clothes

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I was going through some of my old pictures and came across this picture of these two lovebirds a.k.a. my parents back in 1969. This photo was taken in San Francisco at Pier 39. My mom had just moved to Daly City, California from the Philippines in 1967 and my dad soon followed two years after in 1969 Because he was interested in winning her heart. (Which he did!)

Dad-
Wearing a black Suit with a maroon tie and tie clip. I can’t help but compliment on his choice of argyle socks!

Mom-
Wearing a yellow two-piece suit, Flats and a grey purse which she handed down to me.

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I love looking at new window displays because you’ll always discover something knew happening in the area or you’ll learn information you never knew before or it might just catch your eye.

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This window display was a Mother’s Day themed display with pastel floral colors for spring that just got me thinking about what I want to do with my mom for Mother’s Day.

It’s coming up quick! One thing I always keep in mind is that parents appreciate the simple things. You don’t always have to spend $$ to make your mother happy. Here are a few thing you can do with a smaller budget. First think of what makes your mother happy and then go from there:

Here’s what MY mom would appreciate:

1. Arts and crafts- my mother and I have a love for crafts and we are also very resourceful. For example, I once used a placemat I bought at target (on sale) to make a one of a kind spring floral clutch similar to the one here.

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2. Green thumb- one of my mothers hobbies is to plant in the garden. One time we used the empty toilet paper rolls as a plant pot to plant our new seeds!

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3. Home-cooked- my mom LOVES to bake.. Even my friends know it (cause they love it too!) I saw on “the talk” a really good recipe for earl gray lavender cupcakes that I want to try and I know my mom will love it too! She’s always looks for new ideas or inventing her own or altering a recipe to make it better.

As long as you and your mother have a great time bonding, it’s a Mother’s Day treat for not only her, but yourself as well!