|2017 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. Desktop/Laptop users: CLICK THE PIC for a slideshow of photos.|
April 15, 2017
April 1, 2017
as promised... #hairgrowthjourney #hairgrowth #hair #me #lengthcheck #length My length goals? 👉🏽 @heyfranhey #love 😉😊A post shared by Chanel Ward (@nbr5) on
Labels: All About Me, CHANEL, Curly Girls Unite, Hair, Hip Beauty, Hip Look of the Day, Inspiration, New Orleans Posted by Chanel (nbr5)
February 26, 2017
February 14, 2017
February 8, 2017
|My first day of vacation outfit (and my first day hair). Purchase a similar vacation top to mine HERE.|
Glass of wine on deck! And that's an actual deck because I'm on a boat, ha. This cruise out of New Orleans (our 5th one!) was a sort of delayed anniversary trip (21 years married as of December 2016! Yay us!) but truth be told, we were way overdue for a getaway trip when we finally took this one. 2016 was one for the books for a lot of us, and not totally in the feel good kind of way. But I don't want to linger on the sadness and loss of 2016, instead let's get into how much of a good idea and how much of a good time this trip was.
Labels: DIY, Hip Trip Advisor, My Sewing Style, New Orleans, Outfits, Travel, What I Wore, You Packed? Let's Go Posted by Chanel (nbr5)
February 1, 2017
It's swimsuit season! Just kidding, it's the middle of winter, but I did finish my 2nd swimsuit before we took a quick warm weather escape to Mexico in chilly January (see my 1st swimsuit HERE) and I'm pretty pleased with it. This one is made with black neoprene or scuba material and this fabric sews beautifully. It really is a user friendly fabric, it's the perfect combination of structure and stretch. Do you remember my black "swim cover" in the far left pic? You've seen it before because I made that too! Check it out HERE if you don't remember. I made my swimsuit block from a dance leotard I've had for ages and it's served me pretty well with the 2 suits I've made so far. Just wanted you to see the fit since you've been following along as I took it from test pattern (on the Mr's golf shirt) to completion enough to wear on a cruise ship to Mexico. Stay tuned for a few more pics of my 1st swimsuit soon as well as more vacay pics! We LOVED taking advantage of the cruise ship and the beautiful Mexican beach backdrop. And it was truly gorgeous in Mexico with picture perfect weather. We're ready to go again. All photography by Ron Ward.
Labels: Curly Girls Unite, DIY, Hair, I see London I see France, My Sewing Style, My Style Diary, Outfits, Style Inspiration, Travel, What I Wore Posted by Chanel (nbr5)
January 8, 2017
Do you remember the first time I did a "sort of" tutorial where I turned a loose tee into a fitted tee? No? Well, here you go. And now I've done it again! It's my first sewing project of 2017. Follow along below won't you, as I take you through my t-shirt altering process.
December 22, 2016
|My Winter Sketches|
And I plan on sewing all three of these concepts before winter is over! *fingers crossed* Y'all, I'm pretty proud of this sketch, given the fact that I barely sketched anything in 2016. I know that I told you on Instagram that I completed like 2 sketches this year, but that was inaccurate. I did 3 sketches this year and this one makes 4, so there.
But anyhoo, I found this sketch online (see the original sketch above) and then I reimagined it with my own concepts... and hair. I LOVE sketching hair. I remember being back in school and one of my instructors asking me why I always turned sketches with the hair so detailed, she also told me that it wasn't necessary and that my sketches were good without doing all that. I remember thinking to myself, "look, you gone get these sketches with all of the fresh out of the salon hair that I wanna draw!" (it was the 90's) just let people be great in their own way geez. Drawing the hair on my sketches has long been one of my joys. It's not much, but I like going through the extra bit of effort.
Labels: DIY, Fashion Designers, Fashion Sketches, My Sewing Style, My Style Diary, Outfits, Who Had the LOOK on LOCK Posted by Chanel (nbr5)
December 13, 2016
Like my sewing page on Facebook!What I made in #2016! Well not all of it, this doesn't count my "satin" lined beanies (I've made 4 so far) and my first sew in wig but it's more than I realized I'd made this year considering. There were lots of "firsts" (#swimwear, adding pockets to a purchased #dress) and "inspired by" pieces (#Valentino, Urban Outfitters, Southern University Dancing Dolls... that last one was my Halloween look) I'm looking forward to expanding and doing even more next year 😊👍🏽 #fashion #sewing #hipcoutureA photo posted by Chanel Ward (@nbr5) on