This week really seemed to fly by and tonight is Halloween! The boys have been anxiously awaiting its arrival all month, and we’re looking forward to some trick-or-treating and a relaxing weekend. Here are some things that caught my eye this week.
Photographs by Thurston Hopkins, a British photojournalist who died this week at the age of 101.
Design Crush’s profile of fascinating paintings by Kristin Vesgard.
A second glance at Texas Roller Derby.
Destination: Delivery and the birth of a baby!
This local man is legally registered to vote, yet can’t, because of Texas’ voter ID law. That is voter fraud.
Jon Stewart interviewed Senator Wendy Davis this week.
Today is the last day to vote early in the Texas elections. Tuesday is Election Day!
More high schools are cutting short their football seasons, due to injury and lack of interest.
Have a happy Halloween and a wonderful weekend!
I shared Alabama Chanin’s gorgeous designs with you in a recent Style USA post, and ever since then, I’ve been a little obsessed. Something about the deconstructed, almost antique look of her clothing is inspiring to me, and I’ve spent way too much time on her site lately. Many of the pieces are well beyond my price range, but Chanin also shares her patterns in DIY kits you can purchase and sew by hand yourself. Some of those kits are on the higher side, too, but she provides everything needed to complete an entire outfit that, when finished, is one-of-a-kind and made by you.
Now, I’m no seamstress, but I can sew a button and mend the occasional tear. I decided to purchase one of Chanin’s books, mostly as inspiration, but I’m hoping to try some of her projects, too. Once (or if) I get the hang of it, I might decide to tackle an actual DIY kit. I think the challenge would be fun, and I love the idea of creating something so beautiful that comes from a designer I admire.
My mom is a quilter and lover of textiles, and I guess some of her interests are beginning to rub off on me, too. She’s excited and supportive of my new-found interest, and she encouraged me to order a piece of clothing, as an investment and also to see how the process works. Since Alabama Chanin is a leader in the slow clothing movement, items aren’t sewn until an order is placed, so I’ll have to wait a few weeks to receive my top, shown above, and a cardigan from the basics line.
I’m intrigued and inspired by this entire process, and I can’t wait to learn more as I try my hand at some of the sewing techniques. A pop-up shop will also be open in Austin for the next few months, beginning November 6th, so I’m definitely planning a trip to see the line in person.
I’ve written about Smithville before, and it’s one of my family’s favorite day trip destinations. We hadn’t visited in quite a while, so we drove out Sunday morning to have lunch, play at the train park, and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes, getting out of my regular surroundings does my heart so much good, and I love taking the back roads and enjoying the scenery.
Smithville is just incredibly picturesque, no matter the season, and its small-town vibe is comforting and familiar, too. We visit enough to know our way around, and there’s always something that seems to draw me back.
We have no family ties to the tiny town and there’s nothing really calling us to go, but we find ourselves there every so often, and it’s always a refreshing trip. Do you have a place you love to visit?