Friday, March 28, 2014

Lake Tahoe Outfit

It's all ready time for Week 2 over at Project Run and Play and its "the Spring Break" Challenge...
Favorite vacation spot or dream spot...... mmmmm there is so many to choose from. Growing up in South Africa we are definitely beach people.. South Africa is blessed with miles and miles of beautiful coast line. When we moved to Iowa 9 years ago we were sooooo far from any coast and thought we would miss the beach terribly and yes in the beginning we did but then we started going to Brainerd lake and started to fall in love with the lakes of the Mid-West. When we moved to Upstate NY we were fortunate enough to enjoy Lake Placid and last year after we moved to the Bay area we visited Lake Tahoe for the first time. I did not expect the beauty of it. The water is Beautiful, the trees are beautiful and it is so peaceful..... There is just something about sitting next to the lake with a glass of wine and enjoying the beauty and Peace of Nature.My son goes to a Christian School and we only have Spring break at the end of April to celebrate Easter . After taking pictures of Bella I was about ready to get in the car and go on vacation:)There was no question about what I would use as inspiration and hence the Lake Tahoe outfit was born....


I tried my best to capture the natural beauty of the blues and greens as well as the browns of the rocks and beach.....
The blues and greens are all Kona cottons. The brown that I used for the pants is Robert Kaufman Chambray Stretch Linen Cocoa from Pink Chalk fabrics .
for the dress I just used a basic a- line dress which I color blocked with all the shades of green and blues. I added half circles of blues on the bottom to mimic the waves of the lake. I added half circle pockets with the cocoa linen to resemble the beautiful rocks around the lake. The buttons I used on the back of the dress as well as the headband is all natural buttons in wood.


I Loooove how the pants came out. I used a legging pattern that I widened around the bottom and added a faux side seam. It has a nice stretch to it. I found turquoise wide soft elastic at our local JoAnns that I used as a waistband. I used three different shades of turquoise thread to make waves on the back pockets of the pants.
always so silly....

 I wanted to take pictures at the Lafayette reservoir but we have had a rainy week so Isabella was happy helping me draw a lake on some paper to add to the wall!



I made an infinity scarf with some blue and white tie dye knit from girl charlee that is super soft and comfy to keep her neck warm on chilly spring mornings.


the headband is made of foldover elastic with a circle a flower and a button.


 next week is design your own fabric and I am excited to share my outfit with you. It's one for Arthur and so far he has been very excited about it...



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27 comments:

  1. Carin this is great! I'm voting for you becuse I find your designs so darling :) keep up the good work!!

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  2. wow! this is so so creative! the details of the stitching on the pants are amazing! love that wave dress!

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  3. Such a great dress. I love those pockets and love the colors too!

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  4. What a fun dress with great details!...and I agree, Lake Tahoe is so beautiful!

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  5. Wow, not many people have such great inspiration and vision behind making an outfit. Im am speechless, you are SO TALENTED!!!

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  6. Love your adaptation of Lake Tahoe in this outfit just don't go in the spring, it's still pretty cold then!
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    1. Thank you. we dont have spring break till end of April but yes now will be tooooo cold.:)

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  7. Wow! Love the dress and the pants. Beautiful work!

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  9. This dress is really lovely. The half circles are a great idea!

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  10. Those pants look soooo cute! and comfy. Great job on the dress I love the colors!

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  11. Loooooove the dress! At first I thought you'd flipped the Heidi and Finn color block dress for Frances Suzanne's April Flip This Pattern! So cute!

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  12. That dress looks great but what I really loved was the pants! Too cuteeee...

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    1. I love the pants too even if it was a afterthought :)

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  13. SO cute!! I love the pockets!!! The fabrics all work so well together!! I love this weeks Project Run and Play theme! I linked up a beachy outfit! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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  14. You really captured the colours! Love it!

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  15. Those pants are amazing! Love the pocket detail and the elastic!

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  16. Your color choice and design are perfect!! The dress is gorgeous!

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  17. Stunning! The dress is so beautiful and creative. I'm also in love with the scarf and want one for myself :)
    Your lake is like a paradise, your are genius to capture its color to the dress like these.

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  18. Love the mode vibe of this dress and the blue + green color scheme. I'd love to see you join us this week at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party.

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  19. This is really a gorgeous, modern interpretation! I love it! The colors really speak to me.

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  20. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

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