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Why "Craft and Couture"?
I played around with a lot of fun blog names, and Craft and Couture seemed like the perfect one for me. Craft is an art or skill in making something. Couture refers to custom made or high fashion. This blog is all about how I craft my own personal style - seen through my design and DIY projects, shopping finds, and styling my home and wardrobe. I'm not an expert in fashion - or anything for that matter. I simply enjoy dressing up and have a passion for design.
There are a million other fashion and design blogs out there, why start your own?
This blog is a way for me to document my passions and its something my daughter can read down the road. I find it really fun and it's been a great creative outlet for me. I also enjoy connecting with other people that share the same interests.
How would you describe your personal style?
Generally speaking, my style is somewhat classic or traditional with an easy modern twist. I'd call it minimalist and functional with a touch of glam.
When it comes to clothes, it is constantly evolving and experimental. I wear a lot of black. I'm drawn to things that are elegant and sophisticated in a simple way. Practicality and comfort are always a must. You'll find me in skinny trousers, relaxed tops and flats on most days. I rarely do prints - unless it is graphic (like stripes) or bold (modern florals).
In terms of interiors, I would pretty much describe it the same way. I love classic architectural details mixed with contemporary elements. Our home is filled with lots of neutral tones and a mix of mid-century modern and California casual-chic. I like combining thrift store or bargain finds with high end pieces in both my home and closet.
Where do you shop?
I really enjoy the mix- the old and the new, the affordable and the luxury items. I'm currently working on a post on where I shop for home decor, so stay tuned for that. While I enjoy and appreciate certain luxury goods, I really am a die hard bargain hunter. Not everything has to cost an arm and a leg to look great. I definitely spend more on accessories like purses and shoes, which tend to last longer and get the most use. Clothing on the other hand, I would rather save on. Things that can potentially shrink, fade, or not fit me don't get a big chunk from the budget. My closet is filled with pieces mostly from Zara, HM, GAP, Old Navy and J.Crew. Once in a while I will treat myself to something fancy. However, I typically purchase any designer clothing on sale or from Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Off 5th and other designer outlets. My vintage purses and accessories are from dealers in Paris or local consignment shops.
Who takes your photos?
Most event photos are taken by professional photographers. My outfit shots are taken by my hubby, a friend and everything else is usually taken by me with a tripod.
What made you think of creating a Chanel purse costume for your daughter? What other costumes have you made?
Read about Natalie's Chanel costume here , her Birkin costume here, and the cupcake here.
Are you still designing weddings and parties?
At the moment my main focus is on our family life and this blog. However, I do take on select projects depending on the specifics. Please visit my business site and send me a message using the online form for inquiries.