Wow, it’s September already! I’m sad to see August go. Do you feel the same way? Just before my surgery in July, Todd and I took a couple of days to move out of our beloved studio space in Brooklyn. This is the space where our business has been located for the last eight years or so, and it holds so many memories for our family. So many designs brought to life, so much of our time and energy, so many photo shoots–including many with S as she grew up. Our lease ended on August 31, so it’s been on my mind all week.
It only made sense to move out. We had been subletting the space to a friend for the past year, but when he decided not to renew it was much easier to leave than to find someone else who wanted it. All the same, it was bittersweet to leave. When we locked the door for the last time I was careful not to turn around and look back. It would have been too hard, and the moving guys were in a hurry. Still, we have our memories. And lots of photos. These were taken by Katherine Slingluff for Where Women Create a couple of years ago. I’m grateful we have them. I loved those windows.
But here’s the good news: we just celebrated living in Madrid for one full year! We’re so excited for year two. I feel like we’ve really hit our stride here, and this year we’re all going to become fluent. Or at least really close to fully fluent. I’ve been working hard.
It’s back-to-school time! I know I’m not alone when it comes to love for new school supplies, right? These cute notebooks are inspiring me to cover a few lab notebooks with decorative paper and labels.
Such beautiful colors and textures in this box of pastels.
Here’s a grown-up popsicle idea for those of you who are obsessed with them, like me: chai tea ombre. (I think I use our popsicle molds more than S does!)
Are you on-board with the culottes trend yet? I see so many European women wearing them and looking wonderful. It’s such an elegant look–like a midi-length skirt. I wear my Liesl + Co Girl Friday Culottes so much, I’ve considered making a pair in faux leather like this. (I have a black leather pencil skirt that’s still a much-worn staple in my wardrobe after more than ten years, so why not?)
Thank you for your extremely enthusiastic response to our Lisette for Butterick B6385 coat pattern! Here is some styling inspiration for the style if you’re considering making it. I have an idea for my coat that I’ll tell you about soon. I’m still working out the details.
- My pulse quickened and I think I may have gasped when I saw some of the stills from this new Amazon Prime series. The Collection launches today, and it looks spectacularly inspiring! It takes place in post-war France and features a haute couture story line. If it’s available to watch in Spain (I can’t seem to get clarification whether it’s a US or UK series) you know where you’ll find me this weekend.
- The rich colors and textures of this photo shoot from Harper’s Bazaar UK took place in a Bloomsbury farmhouse, and the colors and textures of the clothing and the interiors are luscious.
- We’ve been enjoying President Obama’s summer playlists. Dare we to hope for a fall, winter, and spring playlist as well? He certainly knows his music.
- In case you missed it, Anne’s darling pom pom skirt tutorial would be a fun weekend sewing project.
- A very brief history of Halston.
- Lately I feel like I’ve been abandoning more books than I’ve finished. I think it’s time to pick better books! I’m taking inspiration from Rory Gilmore’s reading list and returning to the classics. There are quite a few on this list I haven’t read yet. (I keep track of my reading on GoodReads if you want to join me.)
- Here’s a topic I’ve never given much thought: the history of the embroidered patch. Who knew?
- An unknown botanical library in the Bronx that holds many visually stunning treasures. And how wonderful that many of the books are being digitized so people all over the world can appreciate them! Still, I’d really like to visit and see some of these books in person.
- Disappearing storefronts of New York. Madrid has so many of these old-style shops, and I really do love them.
- Fall. Plaid. Tartan. They’re synonymous, yes? The royal family certainly wears them well, as demonstrated in this slide show.
I’ll be back on Monday with an easy tutorial for you featuring one of our Liesl + Co patterns. You might be surprised when you see it. In the meantime, have a great weekend!