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Year In Review: 2011

As usual, I didn't get through much of anything I said I'd do this year (seen in this post). All the things I did manage to do are crossed off.


crafty stuff
  1. complete at least 10 knitted items by December
  2. learn to properly use the knitting machine I bought in 2008
  3. knit something wearable besides an accessory
  4. knit through my yarn stash seen here
  5. make something man-friendly that isn't a scarf or fingerless gloves
  6. re-learn crochet
  7. sew more often using my fabric stash (it's HUGE)
  8. hand sketch more often and add to my portfolio
  9. visit more art exhibits
  10. blog more...period
general stuff
  1. land a permanent, fulltime design position
  2. travel outside of the Tri-State area when I can
  3. stay away from the scissors and let my hair grow back to BSL (bra strap length)
  4. get my driver's permit
  5. socialize more often
  6. ♥ be happy & enjoy life ♥
Wow... Guess that means I'll just roll these over into 2012 and not make a new list. LOL. What are your goals for 2012 or will you just enjoy the year as it happens?

Ending The Year Well Rested

Hey party people! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but you know how crazy-busy life gets around the holidays.

I've been on vacation in Pittsburgh for the past week meeting/visiting my boyfriend's parents and boy have I definitely caught up on rest & relaxation! I've relaxed so much that I haven't even acted like a proper tourist taking photos of everything. It's been a little hard for me to not think about work or all the things I could be making during this time. The mindset of an overachiever *sigh*. I am very much ready to get back to work at the start of the New Year.

Be safe and enjoy :)


Burnout *sigh*

See her face? That's how I've been feeling lately -_-. Between work, personal stress and too many side projects, there's just waaay too much going on. Luckily, I've gotten rid of the stress by not communicating with the people who were causing it. (Best thing to do, by the way.)

I have a better grip on work-life, so hopefully I'll make more time to blog. Hopefully....

Project Runway Season 9

And the winner is....Anya!!!

While I think Anya herself is absolutely adorable and I commend her efforts in all the challenges, I'm still not so sure it was fair to announce her the winner. I mean, her collection wasn't exactly difficult to make seeing as she had nothing but dresses and one bathing suit. What happened to the amazing trousers she made during the show? Why not make a version as shorts to keep with the Caribbean theme? It is pretty cool that she taught herself to sew a few months before the audition process, though. Not many people have that kind of drive to do that.

photos from MyLifetime.com

the return of ThreadBanger

Yay!!! Corrine, you've been greatly missed, but...umm...where's Rob??



For those of you who don't know what ThreadBanger is, it is an online community of awesomeness for people that love DIY. Basically, a bunch of crafty folks. Check out their YouTube channel when you get a chance.

7 Things About KikiStar: Stylish Blogger Award

Ohmigosh, I can't believe it! *sniff, sniff. dabs eyes with tissue* First, I'd like to thank The Academy for even nominating me...

Oops...different award speech. Haha! I would like to thank Marie from MerelyMarie for awarding me one of her 15 Most Stylish Bloggers. I just wish that I had read her email when she sent it back in June. (Sorry, girl!) Little things like this excite me because it's hard keeping up with a blog when you work 11 hours a day for 3-5 days. Appreciation and hugs to everyone that visits my blog. ^_^

The rules of the award are to:
  • Thank & link back to the person that awarded you this award
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
  • Contact these bloggers & tell them about the award

7 Things About Me:
#7. I have a slight case of OCD
...but only at work. LOL. I cannot under any circumstances have paper all over my desk or leave for the day without clearing it. If I'm away from my desk more than 20 minutes and come back to a mess, talk about anxiety attack!

#6. Caffeine is my drug of choice
It's horrible, I know, but I literally cannot function an entire day if I don't have a can of Coke by 1:30. I managed to go 3 days once without cola and by day 4, I was a mess! Has anyone given up caffeine successfully? Please share how you got through it!

#5. TV takes up a lot of my time
How I manage to get things done is beyond me. Between PIX 11, HBO, VH1, Showtime, Bravo and Lifetime (I'm sure I'm forgetting the other channels I tune into), I could watch TV all day. Granted I wouldn't be able to pay bills, but you get my point. This is where the DVR and HBO Go come in handy. Thanks FIOS!!

#4. I may be on A&E's Hoarders one day
This brings me back to #7. My work space has to be tidy, but my apartment at the moment is clutter-city. Fabric and bags of yarn shoved in the corner. Clothes spilling out of my walk-in closet. A mess!! In my defense, I do live in a studio with only one closet...

#3. Fashion is my destiny
I've been making clothes since I was 3 years old. My mom wasn't too happy at first since I'd make Barbie clothes out of rolls of pastel colored toilet tissue (remember those?). Then I moved onto cutting up my uniform tights. LOL. Now I use yards of fabric (and yarn) like a "normal" person.

#2. Too many ideas and not enough time!
There's so much I want to do and it gets so overwhelming that I end up procrastinating to the point that I run out of time. Does that make sense? For 2012, I think I need to find better ways to complete projects or focus on one at a time. Any ideas on this are greatly appreciated!

#1. My iPhone is my everything
That sounds drastic but it's true. I cannot go anywhere without my iPhone. Mainly because I refuse to walk around NYC without music in my ears. It prevents weirdos from speaking to me....sometimes. LOL.

My 15 Stylish Bloggers (not all recently discovered):


Mens T-Shirt Recon

Last week, I cut up a men's tee to wear to work. We all in the design department wore men's stuff to work that day for a sales meeting. (I actually work at a young men's fashion company now, in case you were wondering.)
Before:

After:

I have about 3 yards of gold lame in my stash from like 10 years ago that I've never used (surprise, surprise). Since the graphic on the front is gold foil, it was perfect to braid up with some scraps to keep the shirt from falling off my shoulders.And this is the back detail. Another fabric scrap wrapped and hand sewn in place.It was really quick to do, but has a nice effect to it. Casual in the front, party in the back!

Bag O' Goodies

Can you guess what's in this bag?


A few weeks ago, a friend who shall be known as Blondie (she's a riot so click the link and follow her), gave me this bag filled with:
I really do have great friends. She was cleaning out her office and they didn't need these fabrics so I inherited them. Of course she'll get a free garment out of this. I'm insanely excited about the blue fabric on the left side. It has multiple animal prints in it. I'm already working on a shorts pattern for it, so another post will have a close up.

Happy Independence Day!

Hope you all enjoyed your July 4th weekend.
Want to knit this? Find the pattern here.

DIY: Beaded Necklace

I love this! It's adorable and if you do-it-yourself, super affordable.

I'd definitely do this with orange fabric & gold beads or bright green fabric & yellow beads for a more summery feel. Go to P.S.-I Made This for more info.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

The Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is beyond words. If you love art (and obviously, fashion) it is definitely a must see. My favorite part is the "Romantic Gothic" room. It's really dark with these beautifully aged mirrors all over and has a very Edgar Allen Poe/Tim Burton feel to it. Dark, beautiful and slightly creepy at the same time. The exhibit now runs until August 7th, so hurry up and see it!




Kiki Goes Red!

A few weeks ago, on May 21st, I colored the front portion of my hair red. I used Loreal HiColor in Red. It's formulated for dark hair so there's no need to bleach beforehand. It hi-lifts & deposits color in one step, which is great for me since my hair is relaxed. Although the box clearly says to use volume 20 if the hair is relaxed, I used 40. In the past volume 20 didn't allow the color to show well. Now let me just say this: please don't do what I did! Not only should I have used volume 20 developer, but I also should have waited at least another week because I just did a relaxer touch-up the week before. Luckily, I keep up with my moisture & protein balance every week. My hair reacts positively with more protein. I'm soooo happy that it worked and my hair didn't fall out.

This week I wore it curled.

Spring-cleaning Gone Wrong

(Of course this post is about a month late, but better late than never right? Right?!)

I decided to clean my walk-in closet in the beginning of May because it was just way too messy and I still had winter clothes hanging up. Kind of hard to get dressed for 75+ degree weather when you have super bulky sweaters in your face. Then I moved onto my yarn bin, partially because I found yarn in my closet that I wasn't aware of in the first place. This is what happened:


There were more but I don't want to scare you with all the acrylic. LOL. These are really old.....I'm talking 5-7 years ago. Why I still have them, I'm not sure. But I do know that all of this acrylic will come in handy when I want to practice new knitting techniques or try my own patterns. Luckily I was able to fit it all in my yarn bin at the end of the day.

DIY Zipper-back Dress

I like when I randomly find really great DIY tutorials. (Well, not so random here because I follow Outi at Outsapop.com where she posted about this.) Anywho, my love of all this backless will never end. The fact that I have a huge tattoo on my back doesn't help either. LOL.


Click here for instructions at www.iamvintagelover.com.

Let's be real for a second: not everyone can wear this without feeling naked or exposing some not-so-flattering areas, but this is a great idea for a T-shirt.

180 Stitches, 48 Rows

This is a perfect example of how much I procrastinate. Back in August 2010, I mentioned knitting the Ha'Penny Loop Cowl here. It is now April 2011 and this is how much I've accomplished with this project:

33 rows done *sigh*. Everyday it stares at me from the "unfinished knits" basket I have next to the sofa. (Yes, it watches me!) I think I got so used to knitting with Classic Elite's Cascade yarn that anything thinner makes me lose a lot of motivation and focus. I miss that instant gratification of starting a project and being finished in less than 3 hours. Must...practice....patience.

celestial wedges

There's not much I can say about these wedges except that they're just awesome. Created by Alexandra Sophie from Belfort, France. Click the link below for her Etsy shop.

Unique nebula galaxy shoes, wedges heels handpainted by Kustom Kix

A pair of very unique shoes hand-painted by KUSTOM KIX.

100% hand painted shoes using Acrylic paint on black faux suede. The entire shoe has been finished off in a layer of flexible matt varnish for durability, to withstand all weather conditions.

Besides skinny jeans or leggings, what does one wear with these? I'm picturing a lightweight sweater tucked into a pencil skirt worn under a trench.....and maybe some black herringbone tights. Would you rock these?

Portfolio Stuff: Sleepwear CADs

CAD = Computer Aided Design, in case you were wondering. these were done in Adobe Illustrator CS3. all silhouettes, prints & graphics done by me. ^_^ (click images to enlarge)



These are meant for juniors or tweens to wear. The colors used are from Pantone's Spring 2011 color palette (it's free!!). Most of the ideas are from T-shirts or tanks I've seen online, like the dress. It was a cropped top with long sleeves, while the striped short was actually a Victoria's Secret thong. LOL! You can literally get inspiration from any where, it just depends on how you use it.

Rest In Peace, Elizabeth Taylor

I found some really gorgeous photos of a younger Liz Taylor.



I'm Sketching...

hey guys & gals. I haven't been posting much because on working on a new portfolio. felt like I needed to add new hand-sketches and graphics to my book. I'll post some of the stuff when I'm done, but here's a peek at an old black & white sketch:

March is National Craft Month

What better time to celebrate all things crafting? So make some extra time to work on a craft project this month. Here are some tips to get your started:

Just do it! ─ Sometimes starting is the hardest part. Crafting is something you do for yourself- find the time to get back to something you love.

Give yourself permission to make mistakes. ─ Can’t replicate the projects you see in store displays and magazines? So what! Sometimes mistakes create the best results.

Get inspired. ─ For project ideas in all craft types and for all skill and age levels, check out all of the great craft projects on craftplace.org. Sort by step-by-step projects to see projects with instructions or inspirations to see finished projects that will jump-start your creativity. Local craft stores are also a great source of inspiration- find a store near you by visiting the store locator.

Get involved. ─ Crafting doesn’t have to be something you do alone. Be part of something:
  • Take a class- try something new or brush up on old skills. Take a friend and share the experience.
  • Volunteer to share your crafting expertise- work with local scouting troops, nursing homes, your local library, after school programs or community centers.
  • Join a crafting club, quilting guild or attend a crop. Can’t find a local group? Start your own! Contact your local craft store if you need help spreading the word and getting started.
  • Connect with kids- Children of all ages love to craft. Use National Craft Month to get in on the fun with your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews!
  • Teach someone. ─ Use National Craft Month as an excuse to teach your friends to knit, your son or daughter to quilt, or your neighbor to scrapbook. Maybe they’ll take the time to teach you something new in the future.
Have fun. ─ More than anything else, National Craft Month is all about having fun doing something you love. Celebrate National Craft Month and rediscover the joy that crafting can bring to your life.
(originally posted on Hobby.org)

HSN has tons of things for sale to get you crafting in no time. find more ways to start crafting here: How to Make the Most of National Craft Month | Overstock.com

Gossip Girl knit: Episode 417

I saw this episode twice just to stare at the wide lace cardigan Serena wore in the beginning. love, love, LOVE!!!

screen shot from Gossip Girl Style Guide

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Sweater - Putty
Open face sweater wrap features cable knit detailing, long sleeves, extended sides, and ties at waist. Available in other colors. 100% Cotton.
it retails for $350 at Madison LA. too bad it's already sold out.

Happy Valentine's Day

image from Droolicious

crochet (not knit) hearts but cute nonetheless. have a lovely Valentine's Day

Fluff: the cowl

tah-dah! first finished object of 2011:


the pattern is "Marshmellow Fluff" by Sarah Kraly. since I haven't yet made a cowl (neckwarmer) for myself, this was a great project to get my knitting mojo back. I stopped knitting last month when a pair of gloves I was working on went haywire. in other words I messed up and didn't realize it until 14 rows later. (>_<)

the yarn is Cascade Magnum in colorway 4007, the same yarn used for this cowl. the above photos are more true to color than the close-up below. love this yarn and would use it more often if it weren't $22 per hank. if only I could find it in bulk on eBay...*sigh*.


new year, new goals

I finally sat down and thought of the things I'd want to accomplish this year. usually I don't do this, which is probably why I don't get much done outside of work. on top of being a professional procrastinator.... so here's my list, in no particular order:

crafty stuff
  1. complete at least 10 knitted items by December
  2. learn to properly use the knitting machine I bought in 2008
  3. knit something wearable besides an accessory
  4. knit through my yarn stash seen here
  5. make something man-friendly that isn't a scarf or fingerless gloves
  6. re-learn crochet
  7. sew more often using my fabric stash (it's HUGE)
  8. hand sketch more often and add to my portfolio
  9. visit more art exhibits
  10. blog more...period
general stuff
  1. land a permanent, fulltime design position
  2. travel outside of the Tri-State area when I can
  3. stay away from the scissors and let my hair grow back to BSL (bra strap length)
  4. get my driver's permit
  5. socialize more often
  6. ♥ be happy & enjoy life ♥

there are things I've probably forgotten, but I'll add them later. what are your goals for this new year?

Happy New Year!!


2011 is the start of a new year, in a new decade. take the last 10 years as lessons to make the next 10 better. cheers!