As if writing a first blog post wasn’t challenging enough, I decided it would also be fun to take a one day road trip somewhere I’ve never been before to have nice photos for my first post. Oh…and I wanted to make a new custom dress for the occasion (more on the dress in a bit). With dress in tow…well actually, with new dress on, I dragged my photographer along on a one day road trip up the scenic Central Coast to Hearst Castle. My photographer for this trip also happened to be my Mum…who also happens to have zero experience shooting on a Canon. As you can see, this is a top notch production right here.
Now about the dress and why I wanted to start this blog. I knew the weather in San Simeon was going to be perfect that week (I mean, 80 degrees in February…c’mon!). So the day before my trip I decided to make a spaghetti strap, wrap style, midi dress out of a white cotton eyelet. Although I think this midi length on me would work best with heels, I kept the look casual by dressing it down with sandals since I was unsure of how much walking I would be doing. One of the many reasons why I LOVE custom clothing is that feeling — that feeling that you get when clothing fits exactly the way it’s supposed to. You stand a little taller, you smile a little wider, and in that moment everything feels just right. In essence, I believe that clothing that is made well AND fits well has an overall positive effect on your confidence.
Recently I was reading a book by Richard Branson – The Virgin Way: If It’s Not Fun, It’s Not Worth Doing – and he mentions something in the book which I liked, “any business leader worthy of their paycheque should, at every possible opportunity, be playing the role of a consumer of their own company’s goods and services.” By creating this blog, I plan to show you how I play the role of consumer of my own goods and services. With a 15” difference between my waist and hip measurements, I have some experience with not finding ready-to-wear items that fit perfectly so I want to show you custom items I make for myself, style ready-to-wear items with custom items I make, find well made ready-to-wear items with the best fit, and finally I would also like to do positive comparisons of how one item looks on various body shapes. Eventually, I would like to interview the everyday women that inspire me in my life (and make them their own custom dress), but I’m getting ahead of myself. Clothing should be working for us to create our own personal style, we shouldn’t be going to extremes to change ourselves to fit it.
A little background: when my Mum isn’t taking fuzzy pictures of me in my dresses, she is a super-super-duper talented draper that has made some very notable costumes for film and tv. She also helps me in my own business making custom bridal and special occasion dresses. Along with making custom bridal, I own and design swimsuit cover-ups for my own etsy shop named lozasun. So although I may just be winging my first blog post, one thing I do know is custom apparel. I hope to share more with you soon. Please let me know what pieces you have difficulty finding and I would love to try and see if I can create solutions for you!