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WHAT’S DOING VOL. 11

Hope you’ve had a marvelous week. In an attempt to counteract the effects of sitting in front of a computer 10 hours day, I started doing the 7 minute workout on my lunch break. Correction: I did the 7 minute workout once and couldn’t lift my hands over my head for 2 days afterward. I think that means it’s working? Enough about my painfully (literally) out of shape bod. Let’s look at stuff.

INSPIRE

You probably already knew that Sally of Charity Shop Chic is a refashion legend. This pattern hack of her Martini pattern took my breath away.

These leather and ponte leggings from Lily Sage & Co. made me REALLY regret not scoring some leather when I had the chance in NY.

I have so much respect for people who throw themselves into epic sewing challenges for things they probably won’t wear every day. Dixie DIY has been working on an Edwardian costume and her beautiful period underthings take a kind of patience that leaves me in awe.

Rochelle’s adorable western Archer was accessorized with actual real life cats, and I laughed really hard.

I was so excited to see Hanne’s XYT dress hack! I was so torn about what back option to choose for mine, and I think hers looks awesome.

Really loved Deer & Doe’s new pattern. I love a shirt that covers the butt for maximum leggings time, and the faintly equestrian vibe makes me want to wear it with jodhpurs and riding boots.

BLOG & BIZ

Love Lola just wrote a great post on using Search Engine Optimization for maximizing your Google traffic.

Sarah Berkes makes lovely things on her handmade blog, but I’m really loving her branding posts too. If you’re thinking at all about this stuff for your small business, I highly suggest checking out her introduction to branding, creating a mood, and logo design.

WATCH

Who else watched Troop Beverly Hills a million times when they were a kid? How about this breakdown of every outfit Shelley Long wore in the movie? In a word: YES.

I saw one of the best sci-fi movies ever this week: Snowpiercer. It’s by a great Korean director named Bong Joon-Ho and it’s his first English release. Hardly any CGI, the whole thing takes place on a train hurtling through a post-apocalypse frozen earth, with a stratified class system under revolt. So smart, beautiful, scary, funny. I loved it so much and haven’t stopped thinking about it. It’s not on Netflix but is streaming on Amazon here.

EAT

I haven’t had a chance to makes these yet but they come highly recommend. If you are also obsessed with salt and vinegar chips, these salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas might make you feel a little better about pigging out.

USE

I finally got a bunch of sewing tools I’ve been needing over the last week. I know sewing as a habit can get expensive but I don’t know why I waited so long to buy beeswax for handsewing and a wood clapper to get the best pressed seams ever.

  • I do love those posts – they are perfect for my Sunday morning breakfast (today with the rain pouring down, and lit candles. Summer really is gone). The link to Love Lola is a bit off though, if you would like to look at it again? (Who doesn’t want to be friends with Google?)

  • Woah, Sally’s Martini hack is amazing! How’d I miss that? I thought for sure I was following her blog! Hmmm, time to refollow, I guess!

  • rolaroid

    Is it just me or does the link to the chickpeas leads to a film on IMDB? Would love to try that recipe!

  • I love Rochelle’s archer with cats too! So cute and those shoes!!
    PS: My body aches from just reading that workout – good for you for doing it!

  • Thanks so much for including my blog posts in your roundup! I’m excited to hear Snowpiercer is good—it sounds amazing! Definitely going to be downloading it.

  • Beeswax is the best for hand sewing- glad you got some! It makes such a big difference!

  • I really liked the Deer&Doe new pattern as well and even tho I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend any more money of patterns and stuff until the middle of September, I still ended up buying it. I have NO self control.

  • I love those leather leggings! That would be both comfy and chic to work in! Not as fun as going back to NYC, but you could try Cuir Boilard at 185 Louvain (next to Chabanel) for real leather… 😉

  • LaraGa

    I’ve made salt and vinegar chick peas before and can vouch for their amazingness. My family was totally blown away by them! I am also loving the new Deer and Doe pattern, and may treat myself to it even though I won’t be sewing it up for a while. Pregnancy has killed my (selfish) sewing mojo. Well, it’s killed my sewing mojo period.

    • Yarg. Hard to sew for a body that’s in flux!

  • Nancy

    finally i have found someone else who loves troop beverly hills! i have lately been 100% obsessed with listening to jenny lewis and when i recently found out that SHE was hannah nefflin, my world pretty much imploded–best day ever.
    also, i didnt know deer and doe had a new pattern– love it!

    • I know, that Jenny Lewis revelation was a real kicker!

  • Hehe! Glad you appreciate my cat accessorizing! These posts always make me ashamed of all the sewing blogs I don’t know about yet lol AWESOME STUFF! I really need to get a clapper, I hear they’re magical!

    • Oh, and I need that new Bruyère pattern! I actually have two pairs of vintage Jodhpurs that would look awesome with it…

  • Oh my gosh, the same thing happened to me when I started the 7 minute app! But I promise, the soreness stops after a week and you see improvements really quickly, so it’s super motivating.

    I have yet to see Snowpiercer (thinking I need to do this tonight!), but one of my favorite films is Joon-ho Bong’s “Mother”. It was streaming on Netflix at one point, but I’m not sure if it is anymore. I highly recommend it!

    • Just watched Snowpiercer over the weekend, and I see why you can’t stop thinking of it! The last half…just wow! So many incredible reveals, and I loved Curtis’s monologue before the last car. I think I’m already going to rewatch tonight!

      • “Babies are delicious”, AAAHHMG! So glad you liked it. I would totally rewatch it today. My favourite scene was when they open one of the doors and there is just a bunch of masked monsters holding machetes. Shivers.

        I watched Mother with the bf (he’s a huge fan), but…… I fell asleep half way through. I was exhausted that night. I need to go back to it. We’ve kind of watched all his films the last week or so. The Host was great, and I would have liked Memories of Murder much more if I wasn’t just really tired of creepy movies about women being assaulted and murdered in horrifying ways.

        • Yes, I LOVED it. Fun, beautiful, challenging films like this are my favorites! We go to a film festival every year called Fantastic Fest and this movie would have fit in perfectly.

          Definitely finish Mother! The end is so great, and the last scene is perfection. Oh, and I love the Host too! Joon-ho Bong can DEFINITELY do an ending. I always underestimate his films at the beginning and think they seem sort of typical or oddly paced, but then as they progress, you start seeing all that brilliance.

          I haven’t seen Memories of Murder, so I’ll need to check that out. I also really want to see the triptych film called Tokyo!, directed by Joon-ho Bong, Michel Gondry (of Eternal Sunshine fame, although my fave is his new Mood Indigo), and Leos Carax (if you haven’t seen Holy Motors, which is streaming on Netflix, WATCH IT NOW).