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07 Sep Inspiration

Last year I was searching for retailers carrying Amy Butler’s fabrics and came across a business that continuously inspires me. The shop is LaRoque in Columbia, SC and is owned by the young and talented dress designer, Annabelle LaRoque.  Six months after learning to sew she left her corporate job to sew and design clothes. I finally visited her store yesterday which overflowed with Annabelle's terrific sense of style. [caption id="attachment_58" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="LaRoque skirt and wrap top"][/caption] LaRoque’s clothes are just great and Annabelle's perseverance is paying off with her wholesale line now available in dozens of stores throughout the Southeast....

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07 Sep Redo II

This cute skirt has been in my oldest daughter’s closet for four years. She also moved away from home four years ago. I didn’t get rid of it because it belongs to one of her friends who now lives 500 miles away.  I believe it’s safe to say the skirt has been abandoned….. The skirt is a size 12 and I am a size 4. Since it has a side zipper and no waistband, it should be easy to alter by adjusting one side.  The only problem is there is a hole on the front of the skirt…… [caption id="attachment_48" align="alignnone" width="270"...

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05 Sep DÉJÀ VU

Do any of you still have your maternity clothes? I wore Laura Ashley dresses throughout my pregnancies. This is one that I wore during the first half of my pregnancy before I became huge. [caption id="attachment_36" align="alignnone" width="144" caption="Laura Ashley circa 1988"][/caption] Modifying Amy Butler's Barcelona skirt pattern, I turned the dress into an A-line skirt and brought it to the beach for Labor Day weekend.  A new skirt – free.    Speaking of Amy Butler, I simply adore her. I love Amy's fabrics,  books, home and her easy life philosophy illustrated through her products. Visit the inspiration page on her website for dozens of creative...

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31 Aug HERE GOES……………..

We women who enjoy clothes and can usually justify a new purchase, and I have had lots of reasons to shop during the past year. Whether is was my best friend’s daughter’s wedding or my daughter’s best friend’s wedding I was buying a Milly dress here, a Lilly  dress there and then came the Valentino.  How I have loved my first Valentino dress! Did I mention I have two daughters?  Shopping, shopping, shopping...

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