Monday, March 30, 2015

"Snake Farm" ...It Just Sounds Nasty

Dress from Dillards/ Free People top

I just can't help myself.  I passed up on these booties one day at Belk, but I couldn't do it a second time.  At least it wasn't the $900 Old Gringo's I REALLY wanted.  HA!  Also, I can't help singing "Snake Farm" all day long when I wear these.  I saw If Birds Could Fly do a cover of this Ray Wylie Hubbard song in Asheville a while back. You should give them a listen.  I went from thinking "Who is this Virginia chick in a Gretchen Wilson photo tee?" to completely in a trance watching them perform.  The cover they did included clever use of the tambourine and I just couldn't find a video to do it justice.
But I'll save you some searching and give you a link to one of my favorite videos I could find of them.... 

(I wish I could embed the video, I really do.... I wouldn't let me).

One more for good measure: Good Timing Woman - If Birds Could Fly

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

KUT Style for the Southeast

I had admired the denim washes from KUT from the Kloth in various department stores, but I didn't really consider them worth a try until my boss got some in her Stitchfix box (what is Stitchfix?).  As someone who had been buying western jeans to find something that fits in the waist AND the hips, I was intrigued by her new denim find.  Next time I was in Nordstrom, I tried on the Diana Stretch Skinny and found them to be worth all the praise.... well-anchored at the waist, nice coverage in the rises but not too high, and the perfect amount of stretch.  As someone who works on fitting clothes for a living, I am very excited to announce that I will be representing KUT from the Kloth as their southeastern style muse... a brand that fits my body and my lifestyle.

 Necklace from Altar'd State/ KUT from the Kloth top/ Lace tank from Virtue - Asheville, NC/ KUT from the Kloth denim

Handmade Bracelet - Vidalia Vogue Etsy
Topaz, Moonstone, & Aquamarine statement ring from Enter The Earth - Asheville, NC

Lane "Sweet Caroline" boots

Keep a look-out on my Soulstitches blog Facebook page for the official introductory post from KUT from the Blog later this week!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Handmade & Homegrown

This clutch was a gem I found at the Vintage Handmade Market in Charlotte a month or two ago.  The muslin salt sack originates from the 1940's, while the striped fabric is from the 1960's.  It was proudly made in the great state of North Carolina by Hawks & Doves.  Check out their Etsy page!

 Sanctuary shirt jacket / John & Jenn sweater

 Free People pants/ Sam Edelman booties/ Angel Court necklace 

Also, I'm going to go ahead and spill the beans by saying that Soulstitches blog gained a partnership this past week :) Hope to be announcing who it is very shortly!!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015: The Year of Mr. & Mrs. Thompson

Do most of my posts start with the statement "better late than never"? Cause I feel like they do.  This post has been a long time coming, but after I had already waited so long after our engagement shoot session I figured I might as well wait til 2015.  

Where: Asheville, NC
Hair & Makeup: @beautybycort

I set myself up for having a lot of anxiety about this photo shoot by writing this article on What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos before I was engaged.... long before.  I felt like I was dressing for Summer and he was dressing for Fall, but I think (I hope) the colors we chose made us look cohesive.
And I was happy to take my own advice on bringing a prop.... the dog & the bouquet I made in a hurry.

Also, I tried to narrow it down to 5 for the post, but I just couldn't.

 Him: Levi's Shirt/Wrangler Jeans/Lucchese boots

 Her: Dress & Bracelet from Anthropologie/ Frye booties/ Necklace from Vidalia Vogue on Etsy

My hair! Did Cortney do a beautiful job, or what?!  Waylon and Austin look handsome, as always.

Both Frye booties I wore in this shoot are ones I picked from this very lucky occurrence.

 Him: J. Crew vest/ DL 1961 shirt/ Lucchese boots/ Belt buckle from Waylon Jennings Merch Co.
Her: Dress & Bracelet from Anthropologie/ Frye booties/ Necklace from Elementality - Asheville, NC

 This is might be my favorite.

No, this one is definitely my favorite.  My version of American Gothic was executed beautifully.
Thanks for running the pitchfork out in a hurry and being a stand-in stylist [requesting Austin to roll up his jeans for this last one], Mom!

We were using truck headlights for light at this point.

That's all she wrote, folks! Thanks for being interested in this special, special moment in my life.   God has truly blessed me with my forever friend.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Behind The Scenes

Today I had the opportunity to take a tour of a local studio and see what kind of work goes into a Belk print ad.  Pictures taken at this studio go through quite a process: from here, to India, to Lancaster, PA and back with only TWO DAYS for turnover. Our guide stated that when they first took Belk as a client, they had 14 days to go through that process but technologies have changed and demand has increased for e-commerce which has whittled down the turn time.

I thought this wall was hilarious... where models come to grab their hair extensions in the morning.

I have seen the outcome of this KitchenAid set-up a bazillion times... and here it is getting shot!

This particular office housed commercial photographers, stylists, digital marketing program managers, and a couple other interesting titles that I can't remember specifically.  Before today, I would say I had a pretty narrow view of what a "stylist" was.  My definition would be someone who dresses models in a way that is creative and thought-provoking way for a photo shoot, commercial, TV, etc...... or, hello... Stacy and Clinton!  But today I got a glimpse of how far styling can range.  Some stylists were stacking fuzzy slippers for a holiday ad, some were clamping jackets on models to better fit their less-than-average frame, some were steaming and shaping felt hats, some were sticky-rolling samples, some were ironing men's shirts and trying to re-fold them to the perfect rectangle dimensions.... and I assume there are home stylists that we didn't see in action.  According to one of the stylists we met, the more range in their position, the better.  I do firmly believe that creating creates creativity and it's an ongoing cycle.  Maybe the same philosophy works for them?  As for those stylists shaping felt hats (for one, have you ever TRIED to shape a felt hat?), if it comes in more color way, they have to near-perfect shape all of them, and then place them exactly the same in front of the camera.  I thought back to how I always assumed that Victoria's Secret must edit the color ways on all those bikinis...but now, I don't know?

Fun Fact: While a lot of product is shot in this studio, photographers fly to NYC to shoot Cynthia for Cynthia Rowley, Eileen Fisher, Free People,  Crown & Ivy, and MADE for Cam Newton.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Urban Outfitters in Herald Square

I brag on Dick Hayne, CEO of URBN Inc., every chance I get but he has really outdone himself this time! The newest Urban Outfitters located at Broadway and W 35th Street in the famous Macy's Herald Square is taking the lifestyle brand to a new level. It opened in June, but I just got to see it with my own eyes on a recent trip to NYC.  I wish we could have seen it in the daylight and not at the end of a very long day so I could have taken better pictures, but I'll try to scratch the surface of awesomeness anyway.

(That exciting moment when you get real light spots in a photo... Not added while editing).

There are "trend shops" set up throughout the store... This particular one housed tons of vintage treasures from retro prom dresses to a 90's Alan Jackson photo tee.

Of course they had their normal offering of jewelry, but in addition, there were lots of nicer vintage pieces too displayed throughout the store.

They have a vinyl shop with over 400 titles!! But it think it was the Pendleton record players that really got my heart rate up.

They have a beauty department with a a full-service hair salon and full-time barber.
As a little girl I was a sucker for glitter polish... I never really grew out of that.

Tortoise & Blonde have their own set up, offering eyewear around the $50 price range.  Not that surprising for T&B because I think they've had an ongoing relationship with UO and a history of in-store pop-up shops.

Recently launched activewear line, Without Walls, had a nice spread of space all to itself. A quirky camping scene and tents that protruded from the walls set off the active ambiance.

A huuuuugggee shoe department... Not a couple shelves on the wall... A full-on shoe department.

Tons of unique options in the home department for customizing your space. 

I'm not positive how many square feet the store was, but according to Business Insider, URBN will be experimenting with larger store size with Free People in the near future. I know that the average store visit for their garden brand, Terrain, is about 2-3 hours and they're looking to keep the customer entertained for that same amount of time here. Job well done. Here are all the things I didn't even get to take pictures of:
-Photo booth and photo printing station for your Instagram photos
-the Bikestock vending machine for all your bike repair needs
-it's own coffee shop
-a souvenir shop featuring a Philadelphia-favorite, Three Potato Four
-a book and paper goods department

Oh geez. You'll just have to see it for yourself!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

10 Fun + Easy Gifts for Your Recently Engaged Friend(s)

Recently, a friend at work had friends coming into town on their way back from Asheville, NC where they had just gotten engaged.  She wanted to make their one-night visit special and celebrate their new commitment, but was obviously a little limited on time.  She said "You just got engaged... what are some good gifts I can pick up after work?" 
Which inspired this post...

10 Fun + Easy Gifts for Your Recently Engaged Friend(s)

1. A fun card
If you're lucky enough to live in Asheville, you've got the perfect place for a cute &/or hilarious card for any event....Whist on Haywood Road.

2. A ring dish
Again, Whist has a great selection, but this cute little guy is from Anthropologie.

3. A bridal magazine to get the collection started
There are too many great bridal magazines out there to name... some that cater to DIY ideas, regional,  niche, etc. but The Knot is a great place to start.

4. For the bride who will readily admit that Bey is a Queen, the Feyoncé tank

5. Cold feet socks by Groom Socks via Etsy
Whether it's her or him, they're bound to experience that moment of doubt.
Forever? Are you sure? 

6. Ikat monogram letters from Anthropologie
Find a letter that represents the last name they'll soon share.

7. Don'ts for Husbands & Wives from Paper Source
Mini books that contain entertaining advice for a happy marriage.

8. Share a Coke
Take advantage of the times... how easy is that?

9. A nice smelling candle is always a crowd pleaser.
Duncan & York of Asheville has/had my personal favorite--Produce candles:

10. Last but not least, for the animal lovers, the I Do Too bandana

Cheers to love and friendship!