Thursday, June 22, 2017

Modifying a Rick Owens Dress

RO abito gown c21

RO dress alterations
Helmut Lang knit jacket; Rick Owens Lilies dress; Baccarat ring; BCBGeneration shoes
As RO hems run excessively long, I had my seamstress use the excess to add a panel to cover the neckline, with a small slit in the back of the neck to get in and out. Believe me, I prefer the original but it is just not applicable to my life. By some fluke of luck, this dress was at a price too good to pass up, so I made it work! This case was a relatively minor alteration, in the past I have completely changed sizes and silhouettes. I find I am happier with the results of alterations when I know exactly what needs to be done.

Have you ever modified a design to better suit you?

ph: c21

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Packing for Jordan

After 2 trips with questionable packing decisions, I promised myself that my next trip I would pack sensibly versus with my whimsy. I’ve now accepted traveling is a break in my daily routine, so aesthetic compromises must be made. Not to mention that I travel carry-on only, so traveling light is a must. I’m proud of myself when I don’t have to run out shopping before a trip. Butttt…. I still get the itch for something new “just because” for travel. I know logically this has proven to lead to over packing useless things and duplication in my wardrobe when so much of what I wear is already similar.

For Jordan, I’m giving myself a pat on the back for packing sensibly and all with existing items in my closet. Packing required very honest editing to streamline my suitcase, which meant passing on items that I usually bring along:

Travel Pieces
travel items that didn't make the cut

- Alexander McQueen x Samsonite trolley: limited space that requires packing "just so"

- Lesportsac Medium Travel Tote: perfect for air travel but I didn’t want to have to pack a 2nd day bag

- Rick Owens DRKSHDW druid hoodie: retiring this for travel. Too bulky and doesn’t keep me warm

- Calypso x Target makeup train case: too bulky when filled

- Tablet: Horrible battery life and I spend international flights watching movies anyway

So what did I pack?

Jordan Travel 2017
travel items that made the cut


 - Bric's olive carry-on: Roomy with outer pockets. That said, I do sacrifice weight for space, so must avoid the temptation to over pack.

- Kenneth Cole black cross-body camera bag: I’ve had this baby for 11 years now and she has traveled all over with me.

- H&M black patent geometric clutch: this is technically a makeup bag, but I like it as a clutch


- BCBGeneration olive anorak: matches the Bric's and fits into the outer pocket. Lightweight but still warm enough for the cooler desert evenings.

- Ejona Maci black asymmetric sweatshirt

- O'Neil black zip up hoodie rash guard: didn't end up swimming but doubles as a jacket

- F21 black crochet sleeve duster


- Gap Factory black boat neck cotton sweater

- RO DRKSHDW black asymmetric draped tunic

- Old Navy black high neck tank

- Kingsley olive "guitar tree" graphic tee

- Target heather grey waffle long sleeve tee

- All Saints black merino ribbed sweater

- F21 black cami: didn't wear but handy to have


- Banana Republic black slouchy pants: very easy to hand wash and hang dry!

- Zara black slouchy pants

- Old Navy black active leggings: didn't end up swimming but double as sleepwear


- Asics black sneakers

- Del Toro black velvet slippers

- cheapo Chinese slipper: didn't use but handy to have.


- Urban Outfitters olive keffiyeh scarf

- white ceramic watch: bezel came off in the short period of adjusting the time after landing and meeting my driver. Maybe I banged it on something when getting my luggage out of the overhead bin. :/ This is the 2nd or 3rd time I've had to replace the bezel.

- Gucci sunglasses

That is my functional and hopefully chic travel style. I'm happy I was able to sneak in one Rick Owens piece. Morocco taught me that sh!t very literally does happen so a 2nd pair of shoes is a must. Plus it's nice to change out of sneakers after a long day. There was one night where I felt I had run out of nice clothes that I wished I had packed a black maxi dress. For arrivals, I wore the BCBGen olive anorak, Gap black sweater, BR slouchy pants, and Asic sneakers. For departing, BCBGen olive anorak, All Saints black merino sweater, BR pants, and Del Toro black slippers. It amazes and horrifies me when I see people in stiletto heels and going barefoot through airport security. I can understand having to look a certain way upon arriving or leaving, but I would be in flats as soon as I'm in the airport. It reminds me of funny paparazzi pictures of Kim KW in full glam black out shades, fur, and heels and then later pictures show her barefoot in socks through the airport. So human just like the rest of us.

Beauty-wise I could have edited further. There was no need to pack most of the makeup and brushes I brought. But I am no beauty guru so my collection is minuscule so not a huge loss as far as space.

If you're still reading, thank you! I enjoy reading other people's packing methods. What are your packing strategies and essentials? What in-flight movies do you watch?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jordan - May 2017

Jordan 1
Brazen Serpent, Mount Nebo

Jordan 2
The Treasury, Petra

Jordan 3
The Treasury, Petra 

 Jordan 4
The Urn Tomb, Petra

Jordan 5

Jordan 6
Wadi Rum 

The last destination on my bucket list and a needed resurgence of life. I don't know what the future holds, but all I can think is making as many good memories as I can. Inshallah, I hope to return to Jordan and a belated Ramadan Mubarak. :)