Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barre Class with Lucy Activewear






Thanks to Lucy Activewear for these amazing new flexibility leggings! They are a modern take on the traditional dance pant. These along with their perfect core style are my new must-haves. I'll surely be stocking up on them. They are unbelievably comfortable, not too thin or too thick and they suck you in and shape your legs like nothing else. I wore them all day running errands (styled with flat booties and an over sized jacket), and took them straight into the studio.

To celebrate Avant-Barre's new studio, we invited a  handful of SF's bloggers and editors for a fun night at the Barre with some sips and a trial class with Nini. I'm anticipating a painful start to my morning tomorrow because every muscle in my body has been thoroughly worked and stretched! Ever since I was little, exercise has been a big part of my daily routine - swimming, walking, biking, cheer leading....ballet. I've continued trying to be active and eat well throughout the years. Once I reached my late twenties however, I realized that my body was changing and what used to work for me, didn't cut it anymore. I'm now finding that I need to push extra hard and challenge my body in different ways. In an ideal week, I mix up a hilly 4-mile power walk session with barre workouts and once in a while, a trip to Bikram yoga. Again, that would be an ideal week. Life gets in the way sometimes. I constantly have to remind myself that I can say no to certain things so that I can make time for me. Nothing is more important than my family's health and happiness. By taking care of myself, I am better able to give them 100% of my time and love. So I'm going to learn how to better say no - those dirty dishes can wait until my workout is over. Thanks to Avant-Barre, I'm inspired to get back on track with my fitness goals and looking forward to making more of a conscious effort to get back into my best shape. If you're looking for an effective, modern workout that sculpts long and lean dancer bodies, this is the one for you.  Read on for a chance to try it for free!


More photos from the Avant Barre Bash from photographer JJ Casas:


Don't forget about our giveaway! If you live in the SF Bay Area and want a chance to try out this awesome workout with the most fun and fab group of instructors........We are giving one lucky reader two free weeks of classes at Avant-Barre. All you need to do is:

1. Follow @craftandcouture and @avantbarre on Instagram and Twitter. 
2. Like the photo tagged with #candcbarregiveaway.
3. Repost or share the image on Instagram and Twitter.

The winner will randomly be chosen and announced on September 30. 

** Special thanks to JJ Casas of 845a Photography for snapping a few photos of me!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Spaces: Avant Barre



Snapshots of one of the projects I worked on this year! My friend and founder of Avant Barre, Nini Gueco hired me to help her pull their new San Francisco studio together. I came on board to help with the finishing touches-  we nailed down paint colors, sourced some furniture, lighting and decor and pulled everything together all within 2-3 weeks. Because of the quick turnaround time, we turned to West Elm (chairs, pendants, chandelier, bench), CB2 and Ikea. They wanted their studio to reflect their brand. To effectively communicate their message and personality, I focused on subtle, practical details that can make a big impact on the over-all look. The design and construction of the West Elm chairs (repurposed, since they are actually for outdoor use) emphasize grace, strength and movement. Also, the outdoor fabric makes it ideal for high traffic areas (aka it can stand up to post-workout lounging sessions). The mobile chandelier gives off lots of energy and balance. Neutral wall colors provide a relaxing yet stimulating environment with the contrasts between light and dark. Natural accents help soften up the modern-industrial look and make the space as cozy and inviting as it is invigorating.


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Now it's time to share some of this Barre love with you! If you live in the SF Bay Area and want a chance to try out this awesome workout........We are giving one lucky reader two free weeks of classes at Avant-Barre. All you need to do is:

1. Follow @craftandcouture and @avantbarre on Instagram and Twitter. 
2. Like the photo tagged with #candcbarregiveaway.
3. Repost or share the image on Instagram and Twitter.

The winner will randomly be chosen and announced on September 30. 

Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Featured: Modern Citizen

Extremely thrilled to be featured on Modern Citizen's blog The Compass. I stumbled upon this brand a while back and have been obsessed with their line. Their collections are full of effortless and modern closet staples - right up my alley. Check out the feature here.

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Style File: Labor Day Weekend x ICU Eyewear


Enjoyed a great long weekend! On Sunday we celebrated Natalie's 6th birthday with an intimate but fun-filled fete. Despite the shorter guest list - I am still beat from all the prep work and festivities! Exactly the reason why we only throw her a party every other year. I also feel like it's great for her to know that birthdays can be celebrated in many different ways. 

Now that summer (SF's hottest so far) is coming to a close, I am excited to finally bring coats and boots back into my wardrobe mix. I recently stopped by Forever 21 on a whim - searching for some random party favors in their $5 bins and came across a few amazing deals. Grabbed this classic shift dress and a few hats. I'm loving the ease and simplicity of this LBD, which can effortlessly transition into each season or from day to night. Planning to wear this paired with ankle or over-the-knee boots and layered with a camel coat or some oversized knits. For now, I'll take what I can from this heat and pair it with sandals or these birks. 

My must-have accessory regardless of season will always be sunnies. This pair, thanks to ICU eyewear is the perfect addition to my collection. They've got on-trend styles that won't break the bank!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Thanks for dropping by!

DRESS:  FOREVER 21  |   HAT:  FOREVER 21   |  BACKPACK:  MANSUR GAVRIEL X BARNEY'S  |   WATCH: LARSSON JENNINGS  |  SUNGLASSES:  THANKS TO ICU EYEWEAR  |  SANDALS: BIRKENSTOCK

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Featured: Refinery29

Many thanks to Refinery29 for including me in their list of bloggers to follow in SF! Totally floored and grateful for the amount of support you have all been sending me throughout the years. So honored to be named alongside so many fab blogger buddies including Kate and Crystalin!

Their must-see post was this one. Funny it was one of those days I was running out and had 3 seconds to snap that outfit with my tripod and cam - I almost didn't get to publish it! When I started this blog I was aiming for honest every day fashion. What you see is what I really wear on a daily basis - nothing styled or planned out for a post's sake. I am so thrilled that this has been well-received and celebrated! Thank you so much once again for all the love!

See the full feature here.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Style File: Special Occasion


There's really something special about having something made just for you (like my dress by Vania, here). The next best thing is buying something that feels totally made just for you. 

We spent the weekend in Carmel celebrating our dear friends Terry and Justin's wedding weekend. It was such a perfect celebration - gorgeous couple, lovely ceremony (our first experience at a Jewish wedding!), the reception was filled with stunning DIY details, and the food was just too good (chicken wing bar, s'mores by the fire!). With the craziness of the home improvements, work, traveling, and life, I'm thankful I had this dress to turn to in my closet (packed away in one of a million boxes, to be precise). I typically shop for special occasion or wedding guest attire throughout the year - picking up unique or bargain finds throughout my travels or at designer discount sales. There's nothing worse than figuring out what to wear in the last minute - the thought stresses me out. I was lucky enough to score this blush (a fave "neutral")  dress on sale during my trip to Manila earlier this year for my best friend's wedding. Harlan + Holden is my favorite RTW local brand. Their styles are effortless, modern, and relaxed. Just my style. I'm always on the lookout for pieces I'm comfortable in, something timeless, and most importantly something flexible. This one comes with a sheer inner camisole, which I decided not to wear to create that edgier look. The roomier fit and camisole option means I can possibly wear this in case I am ever pregnant again.

If you haven't noticed, I rarely show much skin. I've always been more comfortable in styles that are a little bit more covered up.  There are times I make a tiny exception. Because of the long length, the 3/4 sleeves, and the fact I am not blessed with DD's, the plunging V did not feel vulgar. I felt amazing - excuse the Angelina Jolie leg pop. 

Full disclosure: my fashion tape was a dud, and I suffered an allergic reaction to it. My advice is to give your entire look a test run at home, fashion tape and all. Despite this minor disaster and having to wear my hubby's coat 50% of the time, I loved being in this dress and I'm glad we had my phone to document the good 30 minutes the tape held up!


Thanks for dropping by!

DRESS:  HARLAN+HOLDEN   |   HEELS:  ZARA (almost 3 years old, such a great buy)  |   
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Featured: Preview Magazine


So thrilled to be featured in the August issue of Preview Magazine as a "Blogger To Follow Now"! For those of you that haven't heard of it, Preview is the Philippine's local version of the fashion style bible. It's a complete honor and I'm so humbled to be mentioned. A couple of months ago, Preview editor Lyca Puno got in touch with me and sent over some questions for a possible feature. I had assumed it would be a tiny write-up alongside other fashionistas. This totally caught me off guard, seeing a full on article just on Craft and Couture!

This blog is a hobby I really enjoy. It's something I'm truly passionate about and has been such a great creative outlet. I can't lie, most of the time I am working on a post, I think "does anyone read this?". Hmm, probably not. But that's ok! This blog is more for me than anything else. It's a way for me to mentally escape from chores, to-do lists, and everyday life. It's kept me busy and inspired and I think we all need some form of that in our lives. 

I don't post that often. I could actually be the worst in terms of posting frequency, but I post not out of necessity. I post when I can, and if I have something to share. It feels great knowing that despite the sporadic posting and my paired down style, I've been recognized as worthy of following!

There's a lot of work that goes into this. Lots of late nights on top of my day job, family duties, and life in general. It warms my heart knowing that it's appreciated and considered a good place to find inspiration. I just want to thank you so much for dropping by, all the support and kind words throughout the years! 


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