again

Ok I’m gonna talk about Mad Men again. Bear with me! I’ve been rewatching all of the episodes while I’ve been sewing away like a mad woman (couldn’t help it) on a project I hope to share with you soon. But Peggy caught my eye in this particular look in season 2.

I really like the lines on this dress, and I thought it made her seem pretty and mature, which is great, since in this episode she makes a big career move. So I got this dress in my head and got into my closet and came up with this.

This is actually three pieces, not like her dress. I have this gray T shirt with lace on the front. I put that underneath a black tube top and wore a black skirt. It’s tricky, because it looks like it could be a dress, but it’s just what I already have in my closet. Then I topped it off, well, bottomed it off, with black tights and pumps. I especially love it with bright nails and a red lip. 

mad men, obvs

I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men lately, probably along with the rest of you since it finally came back this past weekend. I’ve also been catching up on Netflix on some old episodes, and, as usual, the incredible style on the show caught my eye. The beautiful outfits worn at the Sterling Cooper offices were bright, colorful, classic, and polished all at the same time. So, in honor of the style and story phenomenon, some work outfit ideas based on the show with some little modern twists. 

For this look, the purple dress steals the show. But instead of wearing your scarf on your neck, like Joan and Betty, why not tie it to your handbag?

And what if you wore your pearls on your wrist instead of your neck? And carried clutch instead of a traditional handbag?

The kinds of dresses that have classic lines and beautiful colors and patterns never go out of style. But playing with accessories can be an easy, fun way to update the look.

Here we go! Loosened things up, added a jacket for warmth in the theater and threw on some flats. Much more relaxed and comfortable. Also put my hair up because is there any better feeling than pulling your hair back at the end of the day? Ok I’m off to the Hunger Games! Have a great night!

Real time day to night part 1: here’s my office look. Green skirt, striped shirt, floral scarf. Check back later today to see how I take this look to the movies. Can you guess what I’m going to see?

sunshine

It’s brutal to be inside working when the sun has finally come out after a long winter. The sun is shining, and you just now it’s gorgeous out and you want so badly to spend some time outside of your dark, dreary apartment and office that you spent so many months in. So how to bring that sunshine inside when you can’t be out in it? Maybe in your outfit.

My work environment is fairly formal, but if I went the casual route, I’d don some bright jeans and a neutral top.

And if I applied that color scheme to a more formal look, here’s how I might wear it.

And at the end of the long work week, I hope you do get that time outside. At a very happy happy hour.  

peek

Been working away this past weekend and I am very tired and blaming that mostly on the fact I’ve been trying to kick being sick and only a little bit on St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a little snippet of what’s been happening on my sewing table. 

Can’t wait to share more soon! Happy Monday, guys. (Is there such a thing?)

effie!

For the past two days, you guys have been voting on what bag to make next. Thank you so much for your support and for making the difficult decision for me! I’m thrilled to announce the next tote bag in Rae’s Days production will be….

A design inspired by Effie from the Hunger Games! I’m so excited you guys liked it and wanted to see it become a real thing. This concludes Rae’s Days’ March Madness, thanks for participating and making it a really fun few weeks! 

I’ll get started on this bag oh so soon, and, trust me, you’ll be the first to see the final product.  

vote

Hi! I’m asking for your help. I’ve sketched a few ideas I’ve been tossing around, and I’d love you to let me know which you’d like to see come to life. I’d like to make these designs into bags, like the tote bags and zipper bags you’ve seen already. But I’m not the best sketcher. Usually the things in my head are a lot cuter than what I can get into paper. For reference, here’s the actual harry potter-inspired tote bag next to the sketch:

 

And it’s even better in person, because you can see the contrasting stitching better. So I’m gonna need you to trust me a little bit. I’ll show you the idea, explain a little bit about it, and, if you would, submit your vote at the bottom!

I’ll start with a few ideas inspired by the Hunger Games:

This hairstyle is a signature of who else but Katniss Everdeen. I haven’t tried this yet, but I think I might be able to actually braid the felt, which could be cool. The green background is because the forest is kind of her thing. I think a red or orange would be a pretty lining and would also represent the girl on fire. 

This is inspired by everyones favorite stylist, Cinna. Here, his gold (I know it looks orange, go with it) eyeliner is represented on a brown (like his hair) background. This bag would have a zipper and be smaller than the tote bags.

This pink hair and lips represents another Hunger Games favorite, Effie. They have some crazy, big style at the Capitol, and she wears it well. I think a yellow lining would look nice with the pink and blue. 

This green bowler hat is actually a Harry Potter throwback. Can you remember what your favorite minister of magic Cornelius Fudge wore? It was this, a lime green bowler hat. Background and lining would be black. 

And this reminds me of a certain Anna. One who likes big sunglasses and has a bob haircut and who prefers wearing print dresses. She also happens to be a powerful business woman. I like the way yellow looks with the blue background, and would likely have the same color blue lining as well. 

So, which would you like to see become a reality? Click through to vote, and if you have any ideas or comments, comment them!

Thanks for helping me choose!