Thursday, November 26, 2015


First off- Happy Thanksgiving!! I know I've plowed right into Christmas on the blog, but I do want to say how much I love this day. I am so grateful for my family and I am so grateful that I am able to run this blog while staying at home and raising my boys. And thank you to all of YOU for supporting me! I truly appreciate every comment and kind word, I wish I could thank you all individually!

Today for Modern Girls Christmas week, I'm sharing a gold sequin holiday dress I made, using all the skills that you will learn in our intermediate online sewing course. Merrick shared the darling shift dress she made with the same tutorial yesterday. These dresses are SO versatile! All it takes is the knowledge of how to create a base pattern for a shift dress custom to your body, and that is exactly what we walk you through in our Intermediate Course. Once you have you pattern and the skills to sew it all together, this dress can carry you through any holiday. All you need is the perfect fabric!


We are nearing the end of our Modern Girls Christmas week and that means we are so close to our Black Friday sale on The Modern Girl's Guide To Sewing! It has been so fun sharing all our holiday looks (you can see the others herehere, and here)

Our Black Friday Modern Girls sale starts TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT PST and will run THROUGH CYBER MONDAY. Both our Beginner and Intermediate courses will be 30% OFF! Now is your change to grab these courses. You can watch the videos as many times as you need and they never expire! You get the best bang for your buck by purchasing both courses at once, and can take as long as you need to get through them. I will be posting more details about the sale over on my Instagram and at Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015



Family Christmas cards are one of my absolute favorite things to design and send out each year. I know it can be stressful planning outfits and getting 'the perfect shot', but I am always so happy to have that stage in our life documented beautifully. It makes all the hard work worth it! 

2015 brought a lot of changes for our family- the biggest change being the birth of our baby Eli. What better time to change things up with Christmas cards, than after adding a new member to your family! Adding a new baby to the family is exciting and new and unexpected, and I wanted our card to reflect that. I've loved out traditional family pictures from past years (you can see some herehere, here, and here), but this year I wanted to think outside the box a bit.

I designed our card around the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Instead of a pretty setting, I opted to take them in a studio. I originally had the boys holding baby Eli, but I liked it better with Garrett holding him, kind of like Santa is holding the best present of all! I really wanted to run with the theme, and I'm so happy with they turned out! I designed our cards using Shutterfly. They have such beautiful metallic card options, and I love the simple modern design of this one.

I listed 3 tips on how to make your Christmas Cards unique and memorable below...

  • Think outside the box: There is no rule that says your cards must include beautiful scenery and matching outfits. Don't get me wrong. I love scenery and matching outfits. But maybe try taking pictures in your kitchen baking Christmas cookies, or reading "The Night Before Christmas" all snuggled up in bed. Or go with a theme like I did. I worried a bit that a theme would be cheesy. But if you are going to do a theme, you must commit to it 100% for the concept to really work. Why not break the mold one year?
  • Add visual interest: If you are going with a theme for your cards, bringing in props can really help elevate the look of it. If you do choose to shoot in a studio, make sure your props are big and bright and will really pop. Taking your pictures outside? Try pulling a piece of furniture outside to sit on, have the kids hold wreaths or balloons, etc. Props add a finishing touch to themed cards. 
  • Go with a candid: If you aren't quite ready to sway from the typical family photo, try selecting one of the candid shots where your two-year-old is pulling a crazy face while everyone else is cracking up.  As tempting as it is to want one with everyone looking and smiling, it's the candid shots where personalities shine through. And seeing everyones individual personalities is what gives your card it's own personality. 

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Share and celebrate your family update. Shop Shutterfly for personalized holiday cards that are unique, meaningful and that are just the way you want.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Merrick and I have been busy gearing up for our Modern Girls Guide to Sewing Black Friday SALE happening this weekend (stay tuned!), and leading up to the sale, we wanted to show you some fun festive pieces of clothing you will be able to sew after taking our online sewing course! 

During our Halloween Week, we showed you 4 different costumes that you can make using the skills you learn in our online sewing course. Throughout this week, we will be showing you 4 festive holiday looks you will be able to make after taking our courses. In our Beginner Course, we walk you through every step you need to know to make a simple elastic waistband skirt. 

Merrick showed off a gorgeous gold sequin elastic waistband skirt over on her blog yesterday. Today I'm showing the same kind of elastic waistband skirt out of this beautiful merlot lace....

Don't miss Wednesday and Thursday's posts where we show you holiday versions of the dress you learn how to make in our Intermediate Course

If you've been dying to learn to sew, now is your chance! Both of our courses will be ON SALE this week for Black Friday through Cyber Monday over on! We want to give you enough fair warning to spread the word to everyone who has your name for Christmas. It might even be helpful to just mark the sale on your husband's calendar for him ;)

Monday, November 23, 2015


photography by Kendra Maarse 

This season I am in love with this beautiful cherry red. I can't get enough of it! I usually shy away from this much red, but it feels so festive right now. Today I'm so excited to be teaming up with Zappos and Stuart Weitzman to help them debut their new limited edition exclusive Concourse Red "Heist" pump. This pump was created specially for Virgin America flight attendants, with comfort at the top of their design list. I must admit, I was shocked at how comfortable this pump is! I wore these pumps this past weekend to church and carted around my 50 lb carseat, 50 lb diaper bag, and 14 lb baby and they were easy to wear and walk in. I'm used to grinning and bearing it sometimes just to wear beautiful shoes, but I didn't have to sacrifice comfort with these ones!

Aside from the impeccable design (perfect heal height- tall enough to elongate your legs without being too tall) and comfortable latex insert, with each pair sold on, Virgin America will donate $20 to the American Heart Association up to $25,000. This shoe not only has your back, it gives back too. Something that we are all looking to do around the holidays! 

in collaboration with Zappos and Stuart Weitzman
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