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Tie Dye Friday

In DIY on April 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I want to post about the Provo Fashion Week shows SO BAD but I don’t have any pictures to include yet. They are coming soon and so is the post. Promise!

In other news, we had a tragic incident a few weeks ago. While doing laundry I decided not to check Lucas’ pants pockets because I know he hates carrying things in his pockets and figured there wouldn’t be anything to take out. Thanks to this decision, I washed a tube of chap stick along with our dark colored clothes and consequently ruined 5 or 6 wardrobe items. It was a sad moment.

Instead of throwing the ruined clothes away we decided to bleach tie dye them. After all, what do we have to lose? Our friend Josh came over and we had a bleaching party!

Pinterest helped us understand our tie dye pattern options and we went from there. I scrunched my dress into a straight line and rubber banded it in various spots, Josh pleated his shirt diagonally into a straight line then evenly banded it and Lucas had two shirts, one where he banded random little chucks of the entire shirt and the other he scrunched into a line like my dress. We bought a small bag of rubber bands (100 pieces!) for only 89 cents and the bleach was $1.98, both at the grocery store.

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After the rubber bands are securely placed where you want them, soak the whole item in a sink or large bowl with a solution that is roughly 40% water 60% bleach. The stronger the bleach concentration is, the more distinct your pattern will be. This also goes for time: the longer you leave your shirt/whatever in the solution the more distinct your pattern will be. I didn’t want a super distinct pattern on my dress so I only kept it in the solution for about 5 minutes. Leave your piece in the solution for 5 to 10 minutes (your choice) then rinse it, still with the rubber bands in place.

Remove the rubber bands and rinse it again. Then wash and dry it for your finished product!

This all happened Friday night and I had planned to do laundry the next day so we let our clothes hang dry over night outside and I washed/dried them in the morning.

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Josh’s shirt is the blue one. The yellow shirt is one of Lucas’ and there is no pattern on it at all. This is because he put the rubber bands on it rather loosely. IMG_1556_1

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I wore my dress to church today. It looks better in person than it does in this crappy phone picture : )

Bring it on April

In Fashion, Life on April 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

March has been a little stressful (and by little I mean substantially) because I’ve been trying to prepare for everything that is happening in April… namely, the Provo Fashion Week (an event my friend Janay and I are putting together – only 3 days away!), final exams, final projects, graduation, moving out/packing, deep cleaning the apartment, trying to find an apartment in Portland, applying and interviewing for jobs in Portland, etc.

I think I’ve hit my threshold for stress because starting yesterday, I’ve moved on. Instead of feeling stress, I am just happy. There are so many wonderful things happening this month that I am BEYOND EXCITED for! Last night I couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about all the major milestones that are coming up in the next three weeks and how exciting life is. This sounds cheesy, I’m sure, but I’m co-founding the first ever Provo Fashion Week, graduating from college, moving from Provo after living here for 5 years, and could potentially secure my first after-college job before April is over.

Also, Lucas has been gone since Thursday morning for a research conference in Chicago so I have had what feels like a 72 hour long date with my sewing machine. The productivity on dresses for the fashion show, and getting 750 event programs printed has helped me feel more prepared for the first major event this month. Can’t wait for Lucas to get home tonight! Living alone in a basement apartment is creepy and anything but fun.

Fun fact about the show: Want to know my favorite part so far? This beautiful 8 ft x 8 ft photo-op backdrop with our logo and hashtag all over it. Just look at it! Our custom hand stamps are pretty cool too : )

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Since Janay and I both drive Carollas, we had to be creative in order to get the backdrop to the venue. Thankfully I keep a few yoga mats in my car, which served as great grippy covers for the massive cardboard tube we had to rope to the roof of the car. Janay rode with her arm out the window to make sure the tube stayed in place. She said it was a workout. Good thing the trip was only a few miles long.

Haha I am grateful for funny experiences like this when we have to do something semi-hillbilly to solve a problem. Makes for great pictures and even better stories.

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Lucas and I are excited for all of April’s adventures and have started planning for May’s to-do list as well. When we leave Utah we are going to drive south and stop at a few of the beautiful national parks and a week later we are going to spend a while exploring the east coast. Two trips we’ve always wanted to take but haven’t had the time for!

I still have one more dress to make before tomorrow so I have to get back to my sewing machine. In just a few days I’ll post photos of the actual fashion show!!

GAP Fashion Show

In Fashion, Life on March 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

One of my jobs right now is an event coordinator for the local Gap store. I LOVE it. Not only is the employee discount great, but coordinating store events is really fun. We (myself and three other event girls) have put on some fun events in the last little while, the biggest of which happened on Saturday.

Our fashion show included 40+ local celebrities modeling the new line of spring Gap clothes inside the mall, near our store. Most of the models were local fashion bloggers or mommy bloggers, but we also had people from two different BYU vocal groups. All of the pictures below are thanks to the wonderful JessaKae.

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Wall created with loads of Gap bags. It was my boss’ idea. Brilliant, right?

During the show we had to local food vendors selling treats inside the store, “Awful Waffle” with crepes and “Slurp” with sugar cookies and custom sodas.

The kids were the cutest on the runway so I chose to include mostly pictures of them. Everyone looked great, the little guys are just more entertaining.

Gap at the University Mall in Orem, UT

Gap at the University Mall in Orem, UT

Gap at the University Mall in Orem, UT

Gap at the University Mall in Orem, UT

Gap at the University Mall in Orem, UT

Also, this guy (a vocalist in the BYU group Beyond Measure) did an awesome spin/jump/kick at the end of the runway. Pretty impressive, definitely unexpected.

At the end of the day my feet were tired but my heart was happy. I love events, especially runway centered events. Also, Handsome was there with me nearly all day being helpful and extremely patient. He videoed the whole show! He’s the best. As soon as I can edit the clips together I’ll post it.

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