Straw hats, market bags, and bandanas- is there anything more summer? I’ve been on the hunt for a modern bandana for our upcoming trip to Japan and couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. There are some gorgeous ones out there, but excuse me for not wanting to pay $50 for essentially a sweat mopper. And then I saw this linen napkin on clearance from West Elm.
When planning a wedding look I was really drawn to this picture from a Carolina Herrera bridal show, but really wanted a hairstyle that 1) worked with a veil 2) I could do on my own, naturally curly hair.
For anyone who’s been keeping up with my life, you may have seen that I got married! April 29th, Michael & I got married in our hometown of Jacksonville, FL (and then briskly moved to Chicago & Gainesville respectively haha…).
Confession- I hate jeans. Hate, hate, hate it. Maybe it’s because I started exploring fashion at the height of the low rise and constantly had to battle keeping them up, but my style today is very loose dresses. My secret for looking pulled together even while wearing what my friends fondly call ‘pillowcase’ dresses? Statement pieces!
A crazy bold lip or cutout boots, bam! Instant cohesive and comfort. But because it’s summer and I now live in Florida, I’m looking to big earrings for heat friendly pieces. These six swinging summer statement earrings are what I’ll be wearing all season long.
1.Cities in Dustis one of my favorite Chicago jewelry designers. They’re at every maker’s fair with new collections, but this piece is my favorite.
2. Anthropologie’s summer lineup has me doing double takes. It’s leaning more modern than boho and I’m for it!
3. 90% of my jewelry collection is Madewellat this point. Seriously, look at the etched middle fringe.
4. These hold a special place in my heart- they were my reception earrings at my wedding! Online pics don’t do it justice.
5. Featured Etsy maker, Umya, is a self taught metalsmith with an amazing eye for shapes and details. Even the hooks on these earrings have detail!
6. In the same era of the low rise jean, Forever21 was the OG in statement pieces. Brave the mall (or better yet online) for big, simple shapes that you won’t be afraid to lose on vacation.
Sometimes I buy things not knowing what project it’s going to be but just knowing deep down it’ll be good. Like today’s post. This beautiful blue pillowcase from IKEA caught my eye 1) the color 2) the yellow $7 tag 3) I was convinced this was linen.
I was running to check out thinking I scored the jackpot on essentially a 20×40 piece of linen for $7! And then I read 100% ‘ramie’. What the heck is that?
Ramie is the perfect linen substitute. It has the same properties as linen and then some! It’s naturally bacteria and mold resistant which makes it the perfect material for a bread bag. Rachael Arnold of Raven Fea has me convinced of its magic.
And if your house/apartment is a carb loving one like mine, you need a bread bag. Linen and ramie keep your bread fresher longer and maintains that nice crunchy crust.
You’ll Need ramie/linen pillowcase (I used this guy)
fusing tape and/or sewing supplies
By starting out with a pillowcase, most of the sewing is already taken care of! Just a few snips, folds, and threading the cord, and you have your own bread bag.
Measure out your bag size. I wanted to make sure round and baguette loaves would both fit so I just laid my loaves on top, but here are some standard bread sizes: Baguettes 11×17 Boules (round loaves) 12×12 Sandwich loaves 15×12
Step 2 Cut off the extra fabric from the zipper side. Taking a seam ripper, let out cut either side to be folded over for the string casing.
Step 3 Iron ~.25″ of the top of the pillowcase down, folding from the outside/good side in to the interior/bad side. Iron and fold again for ~1″ (this is the clearance for the string) so the raw edge is enclosed in the double fold. Kinda like the Mother’s Day tea towel wrap. Apply thin strips of hem tape to the new lip and iron according to the instructions.
If you prefer sewing, go ahead and topstitch this down. So far the fusing tape has held up for me in the wash, but I made extra sure to follow the instructions!
Step 4 Thread your fabric string through! You can make your own using the cast off pillowcase extras and sewing down the raw edges. I just used the white fabric ribbon that came off a BHLDN bag ;).
When picking a cord, make sure to use a fabric based string. You need to be able to draw the bag tightly shut to keep your bread fresh.