Yesterday it felt like -31° C, but I'm day dreaming about much warmer weather...
I always find this time of year hard, but this winter has been particularly difficult. We can't see past the snow banks to pull out of our driveway, temperatures seem to hover around -20° C, the side walks are so icy and lumpy and hard to walk on, the roads have deep grooves in the packed down snow that make it hard to drive... it feels like it's been snowing since December 1st! At first, the excessive snow was a bit of a novelty, even for this seasoned Canadian, but now it's just depressing...
I am really itching to get back out into my garden. In the meantime, I've been making frequent trips to the florist up the road to buy fresh flowers for in my house. The smell alone is just so uplifting!
I've also been using these flowers as props for the photos of my new items! I am really excited about these pieces. I've gone back to basics with this collection. The first thing I need to mention is that this collection is huge. I get tired of sewing the same things and using the same fabrics, so I've got a huge variety for myself to work with. Secondly, I wanted to be able to mix and match a lot of these pieces. Third, I did a lot of thinking about what Ohhh Lulu meant to me when I started it back in 2010. I remember clearly, sitting in Dan's cramped, wood-panelled living room, and telling him how I pictured Ohhh Lulu. The thing that I wanted Ohhh Lulu to capture is how beautiful you can feel when you are wearing the simplest garments that show off your natural shape. I don't know about you, but there are days when I roll out of bed and my hair is a glorious mess, and the sun hits me at just the right angle, and I'm just wearing a simple tank top and panties, and I feel like the most beautiful person in the world! That is what I want to capture, that relaxed and natural state of beauty. Something I struggle with in my personal life as well as in my "designer" life is doing what I want to do as opposed to what I think other people want me to do. I kind of feel like I veered off course a bit... not that I am not happy with what I've done, but I feel like these pieces are really "me." I made a point of just makings things I like and that I want to wear (and that I am frequently wearing!).
One thing I do whenever I design a new collection is think of a loose theme... often a place or an era and how that makes me feel. Capturing a mood or a feeling through my lingerie is something that is important to me, and I hope comes through in my designs! I've been thinking a lot about morning and the sky, and how that is my favourite time of day. One of my favourite memories is from my honeymoon. We camped for a week, and got up bright and early each morning. We would walk down to the lake and sit on the dock, listening to loons and watching the sun rise. Then, we would do the same in the evening and watch the sun go down. If you haven't stopped to watch a sunrise and sunset, you need to do it ASAP because it is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.
|Inspiration: Untitled Photo by Angela d'Avignon, Clouds via Pinterest, Flowers via Pinterest, Sky at Dusk via Pinterest, Beach via Tumblr. As for the lingerie, you can find it in my shop!|
I've been slowly posting new items in my Etsy Shop. I have to say, I am personally wearing a lot of these pieces day to day. I have a couple of new styles, with my favourite being the longline bralettes, like the one show below in midnight blue velvet.
|Midnight Velvet Lingerie Set|
I also am doing triangle bras (yes, the bra below is a hack of my Brigette Triangle Bra Pattern, and showing you how to do this is on my To Do List!). I'm a fairly busty lady, and I have to say, I've been wearing nothing but the long line, triangle, and cross-over wrap bra for the last few months. I try to put on an underwire bra and I just can't make it through the day. I get quite a few messages asking if I do underwire bras, and the answer is, "no, and I don't plan to." First of all, there are plenty of nice underwire bras out there in a variety of price points points and styles. If you disagree, just hop over to Figleaves and try to tell me you can't find something you like! But most of all, I really like the shape that a soft bra gives. Most people are used to the super round, bowling ball shape that foam push-up bras give, and while that is all fine and good and has it's place, there is also a place for a comfortable bra that feels like you're wearing nothing at all. I have to say, the natural shape and curve of the bust, waist, and hip is just so pretty... why not show it off? A soft bra provides a bit of support while still showing off your natural curves. One thing I will say is if you have exclusively worn underwired, padded bras your whole life like I had, switching to a soft bra does feel strange (kind of like you're half naked), but for me, it's hard to go back to the bowling ball boob look.
|Tropical Floral Lingerie Set|
|Black Satin Basics|
|Black Satin Basics|