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!!!

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!

 

LA for a few days

hope everyone is having a good wednesday! i am in the final push until spring break, while jane is already on her way to tokyo (more on that soon)!

i visited my sister in LA last weekend and ran into some cool stuff:

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a sprinkles cupcake atm right on usc’s campus!
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we ran into a cool art exhibit in the arts district

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enjoyed some smaller designer sales in beautiful art district buildings! check out that ceiling in the reflection of the mirror. 
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some happy balloons over a farmers market
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i fell in love with poketo!
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i mean seriously, this is too cool

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gotta love this funky place

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shirt is an old urban crop top and forever 21 jean skirt (here is it in the lighter wash)
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can’t beat that brick

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thank you, bella for having us and abby for being my travel buddy!

bildungsroman project

this is a post we have been looking forward to share for weeks. a friend of ours, jack cordero, has recently started his own blog. we always get excited to connect with other bloggers and writers. however, we were especially excited to hear the awesome project jack has planned for his blog: the bildungsroman project.

bildungsroman is a term usually associated with novels; specifically, novels that deal with one’s formative years.

…and what’s a more formative time than one’s teenage years ?! jack has interviewed thirteen smart, creative, and interesting millennial teenagers to get their thoughts on a wide range of subjects from religion to relationships to drugs to art. the questions he asked each of them can be found here in his introductory post.

so far, jack has posted about religion here and the problems our world faces today here.

readers can expect a new post weekly.

congrats to jack, and we cannot wait to read more (and hope you do too).

happy second birthday to us!

today marks two years of distinctive style! having this blog together has challenged and inspired us to delve deeper into what we love most: style, photography, and creative writing. we have so much planned for the future and are happy with our past.

in honor of our birthday, we made our favorite red velvet cupcake/cake recipe.

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thank you for following along!!

the jean guide

hey, friends! hope everyone is having a very merry holidays. we have both been enjoying some time off to hang out with family and friends.

we wanted to share with you different pairs of jeans from around the web that we think are great!

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the going out jean
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the saturday jean 
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the everyday jean
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the vacation jean
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the sports game jean
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the casual lunch jean
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the relaxed sunday jean

 

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the destroyed jean
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the festival goer jean

jen gotch of ban.do!!

we first found out about jen gotch through blogger bri emery of designlovefest. later we followed jen on instagram and quickly became obsessed. jen gotch is the woman behind ban.do! for those of you who have not yet been blessed with the pleasure of hearing about ban.do, it is a gorgeous, spunky gift and fashion accessory shop. you need to check it out!!  not only is jen a social media queen, but her snapchat (username: jengotch) stories are the funniest thing. seriously, you need to follow her. also, go look through jen’s website as it is officially the coolest and most creative personal website we have ever seen.

jen has also become a very well known photographer. we love her defaced polaroids (below) and her photostrips (more on her cool website):

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and now here’s some of the cute stuff we love over at ban.do:

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pink fanny pack
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are these not the cutest thank you cards ever?
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the confetti floats around in this phone case…so cool!
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obsessed with these “i am very busy” socks
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super fun party cups!
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funky red nails earrings!
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love this keychain.… ban.do is the coolest 
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“pink skies up ahead” t-shirt is a must have too

also, check out jen’s interview with forbes … they mention that jen wears roller skates around the office and we are thinking, hmm can we work there?!

fall kicks

happy weekends, friends!!

here’s what we love for shoes this fall:

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loving these orange adidas
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find these suede short boots here
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such a classic, cool shoe
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super fun shoe from steve madden  
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love the tie detail on these free people clogs
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we love this color and the classic style of these clogs
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so obsessed with these, they are also very cute in navy 
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love the western vibe of these boots
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such a bold color!!! absolutely love these. 

have a great weekend, everyone! get out side, enjoy the fall colors, and read a good book.

jane is officially a superhuman

today, our very own jane finished her first ever marathon!!! running 26.2 miles is something that takes both an incredible amount of dedication and strength (not that i, laura, would know hahah). i am so very proud of jane for having goals and not letting the busyness of life and sports, and a foot injury, get in the way. i felt truly inspired seeing her smiling at mile 8! i feel so blessed to know this awesome, creative, strong girl and to share a corner of the internet together.

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IMG_3643.jpgjane, way to go. i am so proud of you.