laura’s jean jacket diy

i, laura, have had this crazy jean jacket idea for a few months now, but it wasn’t until may when i finally had time to get started! i slowly acquired patches from etsy, thrift stores, local stores (like patina and i like you) and random chinese websites hahah! i bought an oversized, rather basic jean jacket from forever 21 (similar here) and put it together 2 weeks ago! i love it because it’s much more personalized than one i could find at the store. i also look forward to filling it with more patches over time!

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hope everyone is enjoying the longest day of the year!!!

portrait photography

i, jane, have been loving my new camera and got a special opportunity to photograph lucy, annie, and kenzie today. i have gathered my favorite photography tips for photographing people and outfits.

one: get to know your model. know what makes them feel good in front of the camera. in kenzie’s case, we mastered the forced, but perfect, laugh.

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two: (editing tip) use black and white edits for the right photos. personally, photos with very dark objects, such as the wall to left, and very light objects, such as kenzie’s white shirt, make for the best black and white edits.

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three: experiment with different backgrounds. some colors show up best in front of simpler backgrounds (see below), rather than a busy green space or bright colored wall, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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…. but sometimes, the bright wall can work so, so well.

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four: find the little details. every freckle, fly-away hair, and eyelash adds to the big picture… don’t miss them !

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five: find the best pose for your models. we are big fans of hands in pockets.

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six: use props ! nothing is more fun than a big red lollipop or fun colored drink against a colorful summer outfit.

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seven: try that bold idea- like an all sky background…

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thank you lucy, annie, and kenzie !!

 

 

summer tunes + links

from new releases to old throwbacks- here are the songs we’re playing this summer:

supercut//lorde

two high//moon taxi

nights with you//mø

plot twist//sigrid

first time//kygo & ellie goulding

suset lover//petit biscuit

solo dance//martin jensen

the sound of sunshine//michael franti & spearhead

glorious//macklemore & skylar grey

… and some fun summer themed links:

manrepeller.com is practicing wearing a swimsuit all day here

brit + co has outfit ideas for every summer occasion here

rookie mag has summer patterns for your phone and computer screens here

studio diy made a la croix can cake here

taza put together a post with her favorite summer shoes here

happy summer !!

#summerwithjaneandlaura

 

an interview with sonelle couture

as part of an upcoming summer long project we are doing with showroom mpls, we got the chance to interview fashion designer and custom dress maker sonelle of sonelle couture. we had the best conversation about her fashion journey and style inspiration. enjoy !

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where did your background in fashion begin? i learned to sew when i was 12 or 13 and went on from there. i then studied fashion design at the university of minnesota and graduated in 2006.

what do you enjoy most about your profession? i love doing bridal expos, leather bridal gowns, and custom work and alterations.

how do you advertise your business? i’ve found that word of mouth is most successful for promoting my work.

where do you find inspiration? i’ll play off other designers, look through fashion magazines, or use nature, music videos, and old movies as inspiration.

what is fashion to you? fashion is a way of expressing yourself, expressing your personality, an art form, and it can change depending on your mood.

who are your style icons? carolina herrera, karl lagerfeld, ellie saab, and sometimes chanel when they are not overboard with the jewelry.

how would you describe your style? old hollywood influenced.

what is your go-to look? i love pencil skirts; i think they look good on everyone. i also love jeans, specifically pencil jeans, and a jacket for a more casual look.

do you prefer retail or custom work? i prefer custom work because i like the personal aspect and being a part of someone’s important event.

what bumps in the road have you faced in this industry? branding and marketing is especially hard for me, and making a living off of something you love doing can also be difficult.

how long does it take you to create a piece? typically 10-16 hours for a normal piece, but bridal gowns take me much longer.

what advice would you give to young, aspiring designers? learn the business side of the career too, and work really hard.

what was fashion design school like? you need to go into it knowing how to sew. they teach you about different fabrics, the structure of fabrics, how to recognize different fabrics, and how clothing is made. they teach you the difference between natural fibers and man made fibers and how to keep safety in mind when choosing fabric.

what was your favorite class? my favorite class was my “fashion illustration” class because i love to draw; the final project was a fashion show.

how has the industry developed since the time you were in school? the use of technology within this industry has really increased. for example, when cameras in phones became more common, it made my work a lot easier. i was able to send sketches via text and could do more long distance communication.

how do you stay up to date on the latest trends? i look through magazines, watch fashion shows, stay tuned during fashion week, and observe the way people around me dress. i notice different trends in different geological areas too.

what have you noticed about fashion in the minneapolis area? people here dress casual, are more conservative when it comes to formal wear, and like everyday clothes with a little spice.

where do you like to shop when you don’t design your own clothes? i like to shop at banana republic and opitz. i will walk through the racks and feel for unique fabrics and colors.

how long have you been in showroomtwo years, and i love it. everyone here is very supportive of each other.

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sonelle’s istagram: @sonelle.couture 

sonelle’s facebook: here

thank you sonelle for letting us interview you –

you are amazing.

steal the style: bold earrings

we have been loving the new bold earring trend! it is perfect for summer, affordable, and easy for everyone to pull off!!

the inspiration:

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shop the look:

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find this fun option here!
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how cute! here!
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shop this oversized stud here!
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a different take on the regular hoop here!
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now that’s a summer color- right here!
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so glammed up! find it here
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versatile color- here!
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love the shape! here!
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gotta love the summer yellow! here!
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loving the combo of shapes, right here!
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really fun mix of pom poms and tassels- here!
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love the shapes and colors! find them here.
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love this color- here!
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i just got these and love them! a super fun alternative to just your regular hoop – here!

 

new cameras

both of us just recently got new cameras, and we love them !

laura wanted a compact, travel-friendly, high quality camera, so she got a sony nex 5t. i, jane, wanted a very versatile camera with many functions and options for various lenses, so i got a canon rebel t6i.

we are both big fans of our new purchases and highly recommend them.

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we are excited to be able to expand our photography skills and options. stay tuned for some great posts coming this week !

we wear culture by google

the other day, i (laura) came across a very interesting segment on style, fashion, and culture by google! there are some really cool exclusive video’s from different museums all over the world, including the metropolitan museum of art, museo salvatore ferragamo, kyoto costume institute, and others that showcase different designers, style icons, traditional dressings, and conservation tactics. seriously, everyone needs to check this out! it is so cool. i feel like i can’t fully sum it up- there is just so much in this segment!!!

one of my favorite parts of the segment is the piece on all different fashion icons and designers that have changed the way we view style and fashion today. Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 1.53.16 PM.png

another really cool part highlights the fashion forward movements/groups that have made a big difference in this world.

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there’s also a diverse section on the making of different cultural/traditional fashion pieces that is worth checking out.

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i hope you find this as interesting as i did! thank you, google for such a cool read!!

 

summer outfit + local events

today, i (jane) am featuring some new summer finds and great summer events around the minneapolis area.

my floral embroidered shirt is from h&m. ripped light wash jeans from urban outfitters. these amazing bamboo brand shoes that were on sale at francesca’s for only $9.98 !! the best deals there can only be found in-store but the online sale section has some great options too.

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as laura and i prepare to move out east in just a few short months, we want to take full advantage of everything our beloved city has to offer. so here is what is happening around mpls this summer:

music and movies at the lake harriet band shell

minneapolis farmers market

first ave lineup

basilica block party 2017

stone arch bridge festival 2017

minneapolis aquatennial 2017

crave’s rooftop movie mondays

 

happy summer !

daily summer posts coming your way & lake harriet!

hi, all! sorry for our lack of posts, we have been busy with graduation and sooo many grad parties! hope everyone is well.

we wanted to let you know that we plan on doing daily posts this summer, like last summer, and that we have so much fun coming! we have been busy coordinating with different companies and brainstorming fun ways to work with them.

i, laura, wanted to share some photos of lake harriet (in minneapolis) that i took the other night! for those of you that haven’t gone and that live in the area, i would definitely recommend that you come enjoy the lake soon! it’s a great place to run, walk, fish, swim, paddle board, enjoy concerts, and eat at too!

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the bandshell holds movies, concerts, and other events in the summer

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this is the rose garden, a beautiful, large park-like space with a bunch of flowers and fountains. it’s right across the lake on the east side. 
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love the colors

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m is for marist! (my college, if you missed our announcements a few weeks ago)

thanks for reading! see you tomorrow!

happy thurs!

it’s almost the weekend! i, laura, plan on soaking up some sun, running around lake harriet, and catching up on some sleep.

i recently read the best book called isn’t it pretty to think so by jake miller that i would totally recommend!! it’s kind of a bildungsroman that also features great imagery and unique thoughts that cause you to question life as you know it. i could not put it down!

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i’ve also been enjoying abstract: the art of design on netflix. it’s a very tastefully done documentary series where each episode features a different artist in very diverse fields of art. it is seriously inspiring, interesting, and amazing- check it out!

as for songs, i’ve been listening to the following: bound to you// jocelyn alice, love// kendrick lamar, how i want ya// hudson thames, doing good// milky chance, wicked// mansionz, and shot down// khalid.

also! i turned 18 a couple days ago. 17 was a great year for me, full of tough decisions and personal growth. 17 brought me fun concerts: broods, rock the garden, børns, trips to new york, naples, miami, and LA, college decisions, late nights of studying, experimenting with writing & photography, memories with family and friends, and a greater understanding of who i am. i am excited for the future and feel very content with the past- every day really does matter and i hope to make them all count as an 18 year old.

thanks for reading! take care & find some sunshine!