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Meet the Coral Pencil Skirt

Meet the Coral Pencil Skirt

Last year I released the jacquard denim pencil skirt and was floored by how much y'all loved it. Confession: I'm not a pencil skirt person. As you may have heard me mention before, I suffer from gastroparesis which means I digest things exceptionally slowly and experience bloating on a daily basis. As a result, I'm very self conscious of my stomach and anything that shows it off. Therefore, as you might image, pencil skirts aren't my go to.

Meet the Striped Linen Dress

Meet the Striped Linen Dress

Truth: I kinda hate linen. For a few reasons. First, it wrinkles SO badly. I know, you're supposed to embrace the wrinkles and wear them proudly. But, I just can't. I can't handle that a perfectly dry cleaned linen garment becomes a wrinkled mess just a few hours into my day. Second, it seems to be the only fabric the ethical and sustainable fashion industry knows and uses. And, for the most part it's boring. It's almost always a solid color. Usually being used for a boxy, over-sized silhouette. As you can probably imagine, those are not attributes I find desirable in a piece of clothing.

The Textured Lilac Top & A Little Bit About Fit Models

The Textured Lilac Top & A Little Bit About Fit Models

I'm excited to feature a piece from the new collection a week over the course of the next month or so. I'm going to do my best to include photos of other women wearing the pieces so you can see it on someone else besides me. 

But, I also wanted to share why you see so much of me on the website and Instagram. As a small (tiny or minuscule is a better word, really) brand, I do everything. I design each style, attend trade shows and meet with suppliers to source fabric, meet with my pattern maker to develop styles and coordinate production, fulfill all orders, manage social media and the website, schedule and plan all photo shoots. I also model for all photo shoots because I serve as the brand's fit model and as such have a sample that can be photographed in advance of a product launch.

Inspiration Behind The V-Neck Top

Inspiration Behind The V-Neck Top

Sometimes this top gets overlooked. I get it. It's not as flashy as the double peplum. But, it's such a workhorse. Like a not so basic, basic. It looks good tucked in or left untucked thanks to the side-seam splits. And it's fitted without being too fitted (yet not boxy) thanks to the back yolk. The navy pinstripes function as a neutral and can be worn with just about anything. Pair it with your favorite work pants, denim, chinos, a pencil skirt, or shorts.

Inspiration Behind The Pencil Skirt

Inspiration Behind The Pencil Skirt

I describe this skirt as "high waisted denim in skirt form". Why? Because it's made out of the same denim as your favorite skinny jeans. So it's stretchy, easy to move in, and my favorite part, it provides the same "holds you in" effect as high rise denim. Plus, it's appropriate for the office. So, it's the perfect piece of denim in my book.

Why Shorts?

Why Shorts?

I'm a dress girl, as you probably noticed. Three out of the first six pieces I designed and released for ME were dresses (and more were developed, I just haven't been able to produce them). But, since moving to DC, I realized the need for a good pair of shorts. But, shorts are hard to find. Especially if a basic pair of chinos or jean shorts aren't your thing. Which, in my case, they aren't. So, I spent a year buying and trying shorts, reading reviews, and talking to friends to figure out what worked and what didn't.

1 Dress, 2 Women - Floral Sheath Dress Edition

1 Dress, 2 Women - Floral Sheath Dress Edition

I'm back from an unintended blogging hiatus to share the floral sheath dress with you. It's currently available for pre-order (in both regular and tall sizes) and 15% off with code PREORDER15; you can shop it here. The dress is the same silhouette and shares the same fit as the sheath dress in textured stripe, with some minor updates based on customer feedback. And, yes, it has pockets!

Casual Valentine's Day Outfit

Casual Valentine's Day Outfit

I can't say that Valentine's Day is a big deal in our household, but we do take the opportunity to do a little something special. Usually I give my husband a card and he picks up my favorite sweet treat or flowers.

One Dress, Five Women

One Dress, Five Women

When designing a new piece for the ME collection, I aim to make the item as versatile as possible so that you can get as much wear as possible out of it. I also strive to make the piece as flattering on as many body shapes and types as possible. Our initial three releases (this top, dress, and blazer), came in sizes XS - XL and 2 - 16. I expanded the size range in my most recent release. Now, you can shop styles in sizes XS - XXL and 2 - 18. So, I design with these size ranges in mind.

Striped Shift Dress Styled Casually

Striped Shift Dress Styled Casually

The temperatures have warmed up a bit in DC which has me thinking about transitioning my wardrobe for spring. I know, I know. It's a little early to be thinking about that; it's only January. But, I can't help myself!

Fixed Wrap Top Styled Casually

Fixed Wrap Top Styled Casually

I've wanted a fixed or faux wrap dress for years. YEARS. But, I was never able to find that fit my long torso and was work appropriate. Also, for some unknown reason, most wrap dresses are offered in a thin jersey material.

Textured Sheath Dress Styled for Fall

Textured Sheath Dress Styled for Fall

When I designed this dress and selected the fabric, I fully intended it to be a summer wardrobe stable. But when I received the sample in February, I had to wear it to provide feedback to my pattern maker (I wear and wash all items to test for comfort, style, and durability). So, I paired it with tights and a cardigan and it quickly made its way into my weekly outfit rotation. It's proven to be an all-season dress; see how I styled it for the office here and casually for the summer here.