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Custom Lingerie and The Heart Behind It

November 12th, 2014

I have this old book, one of my favorites from years ago, way before I even considered venturing into lingerie design.  Imagine the late 1800s, the girl in the story is married, but didn’t have a mother who had made her any lingerie for her to save in her “Hope Chest” to take with her […]


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I have this old book, one of my favorites from years ago, way before I even considered venturing into lingerie design.  Imagine the late 1800s, the girl in the story is married, but didn’t have a mother who had made her any lingerie for her to save in her “Hope Chest” to take with her into her marriage.  When her closest friend realized this, she spent hours and hours hand making something special for her dear friend, to bless her and give her something that she could cherish for the rest of her marriage.  The idea of “custom lingerie” isn’t a new one, but that also doesn’t mean it’s something outdated and ancient.  It is a long history of the people who know you best, and hold you dearest, pouring hours and hours of their time and love into a beautiful work of art, something for you to carry with you into your marriage and to truly cherish.  It was their way of praying you into marriage, and blessing you when you got there.  I LOVE this idea!  I love that it makes lingerie into something more than just beautiful lace and silk, and more than just flipping through hangers at Victoria’s Secret to find the piece you like most, and buying it with the simple swipe of a credit card.  Working with a client to create custom lingerie for them is the building of a dear relationship.  It’s the chance to sit down and share coffee and dream and chat and get to know each other, to see their heart and hear their story and find their style, and create something just for them.

I know the word custom can be overwhelming, and while one of my favorite things to do is to sit down and create an entire honeymoon collection for one of my brides, custom can also be much simpler than that.  A silk robe in a beautiful hand chosen print, or even a beautiful print exclusively created for you.  A silk and lace slip designed to go under your dress for the next wedding you’re invited to.  A bra created to fit underneath that dress you just can’t find anything for.  A gorgeous set for your next little vacation away.  There are so many fun options!  At it’s heart, custom is simply saying yes to trusting someone with hearing a little of your heart, and knowing some of your story, and letting them take the time to bless you with something beautiful, completely and only for you, that you can cherish forever.

I LOVE being able to offer something handmade and custom designed, that is relational at its heart, and not simply transactional,  and I love being part of an amazing community of artists who have chosen to do the same!  I’ll be starting a new blog series soon featuring some of the incredible artists who are out there, creating the same atmosphere in their own fields, and I’m SO excited!!  But for now, thank you so much for letting me share a little of my heart behind why I do this with you!  The idea of “praying someone into marriage, and blessing them when they get there” speaks straight to my heart, and all of the reasons why I do what I do!

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Let’s share a cup of coffee and dream together, I’d love to hear your heart!

xoxo

K

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Bohemian Romance, A Styled Shoot in Rome, Georgia

November 11th, 2014

Earlier this Fall I had the pleasure of attending the annual Pursuit 31 conference down in Rome, Georgia.  It was full of photographers and really, all kinds of amazing artists, and while it was amazingly faith centered and a break away from the busyness and stress of work, they offered incredible breakout sessions that were […]

 

Earlier this Fall I had the pleasure of attending the annual Pursuit 31 conference down in Rome, Georgia.  It was full of photographers and really, all kinds of amazing artists, and while it was amazingly faith centered and a break away from the busyness and stress of work, they offered incredible breakout sessions that were professionally based, and centered on the various industry concentrations the attendees specialize in.  So, when I found out a few months prior to the conference that they were planning a styled shoot for photographer training, I got in touch with some of the ladies planning it and offered to design a dress for the shoot!  The theme was bohemian and romantic, and they were envisioning bright colors, a teepee, and a floral headband!  What could be more fun?!  So I sent off a few sketches, we decided on our favorite and the journey towards creating their dress began!!  We worked with a model that I didn’t actually meet until I handed her the dress the day of the shoot, (usually I have a couple fittings with my brides, this was the first time I delivered something with no fittings) and the dress fit PERFECTLY!!  It was so much fun working with the girls doing the shoots, and listening to Katelyn and Mary teach the attendees all their little secrets!  The model was gorgeous and it was incredibly beautiful watching the smile on her husband’s face every time he looked at her and seeing how much he loves her!

So here’s a few pictures from some of the amazing photographers involved in the shoot, I’m so excited about all the wonderful ladies I met and the incredible friendships that came out of this shoot, and from the whole conference.  There’s just something so sweet about the beautiful collaborations that happen with the wonderful people in this industry!  It was an amazing time away, I hope you enjoy the beautiful images and are inspired as much as I was!

xoxo

K

p.s. I’ll be selling the dress as a sample a little later on, let me know if you know anyone who’s interested!

2014-11-10_0052 I LOVE working with brides on custom gowns, and the process always starts with a sketch suite, so here’s a peek at some of the sketches I sent down to the ladies planning the shoot, as we worked towards finding the perfect gown for the shoot!

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These gorgeous images are thanks to Justin & Mary Marantz, incredibly talented New England & destination wedding photographers, and one of the photographers leading the teaching during the styled shoot.

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These beautiful images below are thanks to Rachel May Photography, an amazing Virginia and destination wedding photographer, and a sweet new friend!

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And one of my favorites by the talented Ashley, of V.A. Photography!

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(That gorgeous shot of the floral crown up top is also from her!)

Didn’t the photographers do an incredible job!  It was so much fun watching them teach, and learn, and be part of this amazing community, and I’m thrilled I got to be involved!!

 

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Niagara Falls & Lewiston, NY | A Family Adventure!

November 10th, 2014

This past weekend was AMAZING! We roadtripped up to Niagara Falls, and had a wonderful little family getaway!  I shared here about the start of some of our adventures, but we hadn’t seen the Falls yet and I hadn’t pulled out my camera, so here are all the pictures!!  We saw the falls on a […]


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This past weekend was AMAZING! We roadtripped up to Niagara Falls, and had a wonderful little family getaway!  I shared here about the start of some of our adventures, but we hadn’t seen the Falls yet and I hadn’t pulled out my camera, so here are all the pictures!!  We saw the falls on a gorgeous fall morning, (the leaf colors up there are INCREDIBLE!!) and then we went back late at night to see it all lit up! Oh man was it beautiful!  And then yesterday morning before leaving, we got the car all packed up and drove about 10 minutes to get to the border of Lake Ontario, the skyline of Toronto, and Old Fort Niagara, the old French fort built to protect France’s interests back when this area was “New France”.  Then we went back to the Falls for one more peek, and a chance to walk out onto the observation deck to see a view of both the American and Horseshoe Falls at the same time!

The kids did incredible on the drive home, we only had to stop once to feed them and once to feed us (at Krispy Kreme!), and made it back home in time for some wonderful friends to cook us dinner (we traded dinner for donuts, who would pass that offer up?!) Here’s some pictures from our adventure, enjoy!

p.s. Yes, I’ve already told Guillaume that he must take me back, our hotel experience at the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa was seriously incredible and I’m a little excited about the day we get to go back just the two of us for a little vacation without the babies!


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Look at the colors!!  And this adorable Main Street! I fell in love!
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2014-11-10_0011Yes we forgot our passports, but my phone seemed to think we had crossed into Canada…

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One of my favorites!  That’s our hotel all blurred out in the background…
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The Underground Railroad Memorial we could see from our hotel window
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The Barton Lewis hotel, and those GORGEOUS leaves!  And gorgeous little benches you could sit on and stare across the river at Canada!  So peaceful2014-11-10_00182014-11-10_00192014-11-10_0020

If you look really really hard, you can see the Toronto skyline…2014-11-10_00212014-11-10_00222014-11-10_00232014-11-10_00242014-11-10_0025

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Family Getaway

November 8th, 2014

I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something  about hotel living that makes life seem more peaceful and relaxing, even in the midst of a crazy busy season!  We’re way up north this weekend, just outside of Niagara Falls, and staring at Canada across the river from our hotel window in Lewiston (seriously, […]


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I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something  about hotel living that makes life seem more peaceful and relaxing, even in the midst of a crazy busy season!  We’re way up north this weekend, just outside of Niagara Falls, and staring at Canada across the river from our hotel window in Lewiston (seriously, my phone keeps telling me I’ve gone international and will be paying extra fees!).  My husband had a paper accepted at a conference up here (can we say super proud wife?!) and I’ve been begging him to take me to the falls since we got married, so here we are!  We packed up the kids, a ton of food, a bag of toys, about half of our winter gear, and all of my patternmaking supplies, and started the drive!  The only thing we forgot was our passports so I guess we won’t be venturing into Canada this time around… just means he’ll have to bring me back!
He’s been spending the days at the conference, while I’ve been able to enjoy the hotel with the kids (there’s a fireplace in our room for me and the kids are experiencing a tv in the bedroom for the first time!), work during naptimes and take bundled up chilly walks around this gorgeous little town when they wake up.  We’re right on the riverfront and when we went out to explore yesterday morning,  I discovered that we were standing on the spot that marked the end of the Underground Railroad!! What?!  This is where the escaped slaves crossed the river in tiny wooden rowboats to make it to freedom in Canada!  I had chills and had to take a moment to catch my breath!  (I don’t know if we’re going to homeschool our kids or not, but this was one of those moments that made me stop and think, I wish I could sit right here and teach my babies about the civil war, and human rights, and freedom, and the list goes on and on… too bad they’re barely two and six months… yet another reason to come back!)
I had a lovely afternoon yesterday browsing through an old bookshop filled with the most gorgeous books, owned by an old man who just wanted someone to listen to what he had to share.  I’m telling you friends, take the time to browse through old shops run by people who have seen the world and have stories to tell, and then ask them to share those stories with you and really listen, they’ll change your perspective and open your eyes!  And it’ll completely bless them in the process, they just want someone to listen!  I bought myself a couple amazing vintage etiquette and housekeeping books!  Ahhhh so excited!! I have a total weakness for all things vintage when it comes to the kitchen and home.  I can’t wait to dig into them and find all the little gems, like the secret recipe for getting rid of bed bugs and restoring the pile to old velvet!  Who knew?!  Yes I’m a bit of an “Emily Post’s Etiquette” nerd!
We’re off to see the Falls today and I’m ridiculously excited, like little girl giddy!!  I can’t wait to share pictures soon from our adventures, but what I truly wanted to share this morning was this, take the time in this busy season to say yes to making memories and being intentional about how you’re spending your time.  It’ll all pass by in an instant and suddenly it’ll be January and you’ll think where did the time go?!  Take the time to take a walk and see the colors with someone you love, to bake cookies with your babies, to read a book by candlelight.  Take a moment and take a deep breath and be thankful and grateful, and relax.  Choose to say yes to the people you love, instead of, “wait just a minute, I don’t have time just yet…”
Xoxo
K