7.31.2017

In & Around The House

When I'm in the house, I don't like to wear much.  And with my walls mainly made up of windows facing East, by 7am, my apartment can get up to 90 degrees if the a/c isn't already programmed to start running.  So I keep things minimal, light and breezy when indoors.

I've been living in jumpsuits lately and I'd been searching for a style of jumpsuit to wear when lounging and also when sprinting off to pick up takeout across the street.  I'm tired of changing for those tiny uneventful things.  But I also want to look great wherever I go (yes, even to CVS) so I decided to make a "house-friendly" jumpsuit to also wear outside the house - when those daily to-do's drag me out into the day.

It ended up being a light but draping chambray.  In stripes.  And a deep v. *heart eyes*
It looked so fabulous (almost old Hollywood) that I decided to sell it in my shop and treat it as a beach coverup.  I don't wear it as such but it certainly would be fabulous at the beach or around the pool.  

Of course I already have a few jumpsuits.  One can go either sporty or cozy.  And the other is perfect for long outings and shopping days.  For me though, this particular jumpsuit was made to be something feminine and modern to wear indoors during the Summer months and then slip on some mules and trot down the street for a quick 2-for-1 cupcake deal.

I have to admit, I am such a fan of how it turned out!!  It's quite a gem to my Summer capsule and I'm sure it will pop up again next Summer.  Anyway, I hope you like it too!  It goes so well with a white turban.  Which, I'm suddenly all about these days.  So regal!  But that's a topic for another time :)

I hope Monday is finding you bright eyed and ready -  if this is an insanely busy week for you, that makes two of us...  You can do it!
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7.24.2017

Deep Blue Sea

I'd been waiting forever it seemed, for the right occasion this Summer to wear one of my most prized pieces in The Tiny Closet Shop:  The Weekender!

Deep blue sea silk maxiness.  Mmmm!

Your gal has not gotten out lately.  At all.  So an invite to Issa Rae's yacht party was a blissful, fabulous break from the norm.  And what better occasion than a yacht party on the sunniest day of the year to wear.... this gorgeous maxi, double-slit dress?!
A lot of people are nervous to wear silk in the Summer months.  This, ladies, is the lightest, breeziest maxi I own.  The hunt for the perfect silk in this design was painstaking.  The original Weekender maxi was made of tri-acetate and I felt it needed an upgrade from its debut.  The new Weekender is now a luxurious 100% natural piece.  I needed to find something light as a feather.  Virtually weightless.  And finally, I also needed to find the perfect hue of baltic blue.  I am pleased with the outcome.
The party was filled with amazing new faces in entertainment.  People who are actively changing up the game (finally!!) in Hollywood and media.  And people I'm proud to have seen coming from miles away.  It's their time now.  And I hope it lasts forever.   I thought I wouldn't know anyone there but when I arrived, I realized L.A. is super small.  

For being a total introvert, I seem to know a LOT of extroverts...
It was a wonderful day off. Plenty easy and literally breezy.  Oh, and all of my jewelry was from Haiti Chai and Amarilo.  So now it's back to the grind of late nights, early mornings and the humming of sewing machines and a/c.  Speaking of which...

There's some exciting things going on at the shop currently!!  New Summer arrivals to wear into the balmy warm evenings aaaaand a SUPER SALE going on too!  Up to 75% off and all for you.
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7.20.2017

Accessorizing w/ 2 Rivers

Earlier this month 2 Rivers Shop showed me their new bag and accessories line from Western Kenya. Leather goods, all handmade in small batches, working with small leather producers, I felt a bit of a kinship with this small business.  Allowing women in the area (Rift Valley) to build craft and artist skills to make beautiful bags and accessories, this particular small business is on the philanthropic side of things.  Plus, I appreciate also the relevance of their simple rustic style of their line.

So naturally, I was happy to share a few 2 Rivers items with you!
I am a creature of habit when it comes to my daily belongings.  Items that get me through the day with my diverse schedule is definitely a handsome sturdy bag first!  One that I haven't had in a while.  In fact, I've been making due with a gorgeous Dooney & Bourke bucket bag but my day-to-day is wearing it down and it's just not meant for pure utility.
Anyway, what I'm getting at is this bag that was sent, The Kampala Purse, is!  It is totally up to the task of my long fabric runs, my need to carry everything with me at all times including 2 pairs of scissors, a book and always some Kombucha...and more.

Plus it's just absolutely gorgeous to look at and I even like the beaded tassel.
This little leather Zanzibar makeup bag along side the Kampala Purse is a beauty as well.  My current makeup bag was last minute purchase at Target some years ago.  I have no clue where I want to put my makeup.  I don't have a lot so I was almost fine with just getting a ziplock bag and calling it a day, ha! 

But after receiving this piece, I feel real fancy.
It's handsome like I prefer my accessories to be (not much for frilly) and it does it's job without creating an eyesore.  It's a gorgeous piece that I now like to see in my bathroom or in my bag.
I haven't had wallet in almost 10 years!  And I'm notorious for holding up lines across America looking for my I.D., my debit car, my other debit card, my membership card.  My bag is just a "everything bin" that I throw my essentials in and leave the painful digging and searching for my future self to worry about.

Long story short, I thought it'd be a good idea to try out their Masai Ladies' Wallet.  I still only use it for holding business cards that I receive throughout the week and my checkbook when I'm picking up orders.  It's a gem for that - but after a decade of not having a wallet, I'm just not used to the organization, blahhh.  I'm easing into it.
I don't like being on my phone at all.  And after receiving this book, The Book of Questions (totally my personality!!) I prefer to peruse that instead of drone out on Instagram.  And now, thanks to this tank of a bag, I can take my book with me wherever!  Basically Ubers.
 I am relieved and so thankful for being able to have this awesome, beautifully made handbag.  It will surely be with me for years to come and I think it will age beautifully as well.  Check out 2 Rivers Shop and take a look at their pieces for women and men!  And while you're at it, visit them on their Instagram page too.  They're just getting started and I wish them lots of luck!

*THIS JUST IN*
All Tiny Closet readers: get a discount on this gorgeous leather bag using this code: CAF0105 at checkout!
Enjoy :)
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7.17.2017

Everyday Styling with Bralettes

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I received the included bralettes as compensation.


As someone who works from home, I feel like I’m home all the time.  And though I miss having the need to dress up for people at the office, night club, restaurant, and all the other fun odd jobs I’ve had to dress for throughout the years, I have actually delighted in mastering my home office uniform.  It aint’ fancy but it’s feminine, comfortable and operational to my very physical daily to-do’s. Of course, I definitely go through phases of uniforms, this tee and harem pant ensemble, a duo of bandeau and leggings, and some sloppy denims with a feminine tee, which is all centered around the different tasks and phases of my work. And what I’ve noticed lately this Summer is I’ve been living in bra tops!
Not just bra tops under my outfits - but I’ve been finding myself styling them with my outfits. And I’ve been doing it so routinely, bra tops have become a part of my current work uniform. So when Kohl’s contacted me to feature a few of their bralettes to style for daily wear, I immediately jumped on board.

Because it’s so easy! After picking out 3 bralettes from the Kohl’s website, I had a lot of fun weaving them into the pieces I wear everyday for work.
Instead of wearing a robe over my tanks and bra tops, I obviously feel more professional wearing a loose button up. So it felt natural to wear this cozy white Maidenform bralette with my denim button up and yoga pants.
And on days when I have model fittings, I like a slightly dressier look. Upgrading to a draped silk top, a black Candies lace bralette and vintage jeans is always simple and easy.
For Summer, I pull out the cut offs and like pairing them with feminine toppers.  This wrap top and an olive Candies bralette works perfectly for errands out, as well as indoor tasks.

Comfortable, versatile and easy to pop on for a fun quickie ensemble! And when I’m not working, I’ll be sporting these bralettes to the beach, get togethers with friends and even date night with my guy - who, by the way, loves my bra tops too. Ha!


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7.09.2017

Candy Striping

As part of my bday festivities, Theo got tickets to check out The Ice Cream Museum.

It was pretty cute.
 He had to get the tickets 3 months in advance!  Everybody needs to calm down.

But I was pretty excited.  I mean, an ice cream museum?!  Come one.  And my indifference for the color pink became blissfully whimsical and femmy when it was surrounding me head toe as soon as I walked inside.
 I think I wore the perfect outfit for it too.  Baby blue railroad striped jumpsuit and gold shimmery sandals like the foil on a chocolate bar.  

Everything (including myself) just looked so sugary and yummy!
  We got to see where they grow mint for their chocolate mint ice cream.  The soil had cocoa shavings in it... so as the mint grows, it's naturally infused with cocoa.

!!!

Not gonna lie, I briefly considered tasting the dirt.
Theo and I don't like to plan anything.  We almost always fly by the seat of our pants.  But I had to hand to him, he had set up a pretty cute day-date for us.  I didn't even plan to take photos either but he brought the camera so why not?

This jumpsuit is still being sampled but I'm crossing my fingers that I can make it available before Summer runs cold.  You can check it out here when I wore it with some handsome brown leather mules and red lips.  It's been one of my uniforms this Summer and definitely part of my amazing Summer capsule.

And in other news, I hooked up with an awesome bag company earlier this Summer.  Can't wait to share with you this week so come back on Thursday to peep it!

And a sunny sweet good Monday to you!
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6.29.2017

Comfortable Enough To Sleep In

I so love this maxi.  And my obsession with the entire spectrum of yellow and orange doesn't seem to be letting up so I'm allowing myself to fully marinate and experiment with all the citrusy, fiery, sunsety golden colors I can find. 
Last Fall, this marigold maxi dress started it all.  It was inspired by the vibrance of the season and the joyfulness of Thanksgiving dinner festivities.  Anyway, I find I wear it more indoors than outside nowadays.  Especially for lounging.  With a crisp beverage of some sort... yes, no we're getting somewhere.
 The thing is, I usually only wear clothing that's comfy enough to fall asleep in.  My daily work is so physical and rarely sedentary so lounging is everything to me and my wardrobe must fit the lifestyle.  For both work and leisure.

This dress has certainly turned into lounging leisure wear.  And I'm okay with that because it's gorgeous and wearing it makes my laziness look regal and luxe.  A dress that makes you look like a butterfly even when you feel like a slug.  I'll take it!

I actually just re-released this design for Summer in a deep lapis blue.  Check it out in the shop!

Is it me or is this week flyyyying by?
Hope you are enjoying yours!
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6.26.2017

A Tee Story

Last Summer, I played a lot with jersey blends and knits.  I've spent the last 5 years or so learning how to wear them, sew them, design with them and also make them look like other materials.

This Summer it seems I'm moving in the opposite direction, working with woven fabrics (non-stretch) and trying to make them look more like jersey.  Like this chambray challis waterfall top.  I got the limpest, lightest chambray I could find and tried to make a fun tee top. 
 I tested it out on my way to Grand Central Market to get some Pad Thai.  It's a fabulous top but didn't really come out looking like jersey.  I was very pleased with how it turned out though because it ended up looking much better in a different style direction from what I'd taken.

2 days later, I lost the damn thing.

I've actually never mentioned this before but I lose clothes kind of a lot.  I set them down when I go places, have a good time, and they get stolen.  It used to happen so much that whenever I went to a nightclub, I'd bring 2 pairs of shoes because by the end of the night, I knew one pair would be gone....Don't ask.

Anyway, so if you ever see something on the blog that I rave about and then you never see it again, chances are someone else liked it too.  Oh well.
In this case, this top wasn't bought at a store somewhere, it was an original that took me weeks to design and put together soooo, I was pretty hurt when it happened.

Because of that, even though the design was a first draft, I released this piece in the store last month anyway.  As a secret tribute to my stolen first try.
I had such a fantastic day the day I took these.  I was so proud of my work so I wanted to celebrate and go out.  We never go to Grand Central Market on a Saturday as it becomes a major (obnoxious) tourist trap on the weekends but it was a blast that day.  We were so pleasantly surprised and we got some great shots of this piece in action that ended up being used on the shop site.
So this lost piece certainly did have a silver lining.  For those interested, it's still available in my shop!

And speaking of The Tiny Closet Shop, I just released two new items today, some head on over and check them out!

Enjoy your Monday :) :)   

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