Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NY or bust...

Hello again! Sorry it's been awhile. Everything's slowly pulling together. Two weeks from now I'll be in NY! I'm sooo excited, but I'm also very VERY nervous. Not much left to pack except for my clothes, toiletries, and the last of my sewing supplies. I'm loading everything up in a 8x6(?) covered trailer. OMG it's gonna be soooo packed, and i'll be sure to take a pic of what it looks like if we get everything loaded lol. I personally don't think we'll be able to fit everything, but my dad says we can... so we'll see. NY or bust :) If we get everything in there, then i'll tell you what I'm taking :) Keep in mind if I wasn't planning on being in NY for so long, a lot of this stuff I would leave behind.

If you're going to NY, take a bike!
1. It'll get you to and from places around your area sooner
2. It's safer to be on a bike then walking, especially if your by yourself.
3. Make sure your bike has finders so that mud or water won't splatter on you :) This is what mine looks like... and wear a helmet, it really can save your life.

Now that I just have packing left to do, i'm focusing on the road trip itself. Now when I say road trip, I automatically think FUN! Not necessarily with this drive. We have 1,827 miles to drive, a 30 hours drive ugh... I couldn't imagine making this trip by myself. Fortunately my dad, mom, and brother are offering to set aside they're time to help me out. Downside, we're all drivers. That means we'll all be giving each other "advice" on how to drive... lol i'm sure you can imagine how that'll work. Dad and mom will use the excuse that they've driven longer then us, I'll say i've lived in the DFW area, and my brother will tell us that he drives for a living (which is true). We laugh about this now, but you know it'll go down differently when frustration arrises lol.

My advice to you:
1. take a book
2. take an electronic device that allows you to read, watch movies, or listen to music.
3. take a pillow

This is not going to be a Brady Bunch road trip, while singing "on the road again..." Can't wait to post pics for ya'll and of course this'll be a good time to hang together cause who knows when the next time will be.

On another note, here are some things I've been doing...

Last night I finally finished a dresser I've been trying to get done... and we all know how those home projects come along... very slowly :) Anyhow, I really wanted this to be shabby chic. So if you've been wanting to do the same thing I'll tell you how to get the look. First you must know this was a mess up... and in my eyes sometimes that's way better then what we originally wanted. The way the drawers are is actually what I intended it to look like, so this is what happened...

First, make sure you strip everything. I only striped the drawers cause I was to impatient to wait, so I put a deglosser on the dresser. Then I painted everything turquoise. Next, I put the crackle paint (the same kind that I used on my picture frames) on the drawers. Then I put porcelain crackle paint on the dresser. My mom and I were in search of crackle paint, but could only find porcelain crackle paint. *A side note- if you decided to use the porcelain crackle paint, understand that it won't look like the drawers. It'll still have the crackle look, but they are very very tiny. Example, it's like the cracks you see on pottery.

After we applied crackle, we then applied white over it. When I was painting the white, it wasn't giving me the same affect as the drawers and we could not for the life of us figure out what was wrong?! So we tossed ideas. We thought maybe it was the fact that I didn't strip the dresser, maybe it was the type of white paint we used, or maybe it was the crackle??? We were so baffled. Anyhow, the drawers were giving me the affect I wanted but the dresser weren't, so that's when I decided to just start over and strip the dresser.

*If you've never stripped furniture please keep in mind, the more you apply the more paint you'll be able to scrape off, and if it gets on you it burns.

So as my mom and I are pouring and painting this gunk on the dresser, we start scrapping away the paint. Well as I'm scrapping the paint I realize I really like this look I'm getting... so thats what I stuck with :) If you decided to do this make sure you have steel wool, so that you can scrape off the remaining stripper.

Another project I accomplished...

Recently a dear friend of mine, who is more like a second mom, asked me to make aprons out of her dad's button up shirts. My mom liked it so much she wanted me to do the same for her, so here's the know how...

1. Pick out a button up shirt (long or short sleeve, doesn't matter)

2. Get an apron you have and place it on top of the shirt. Mark where the apron will be.

3. Add an outer line, so that you know where to cut. I gave it half an inch for seam allowance

4. Once you've decided where to cut and how much seam allowance to have, start cutting. The pic bellow is the side of the shirt

5. Now that you've cut it out, make sure to close your seams. I close the sides first. If your not a seamstress, sorry for being so vague.  

6. Finished! Something else that adds character, make a pocket out of the cuff or sleeve :)

I also have some ties I'm making for a friend, but I won't show those until the wedding :) 


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Putting the puzzle pieces together...

Its official! Everything I needed has been completed. Here was my list:
1. I wanted free transportation
2. I needed somewhere to stay that was affordable
3. I didn't want to pay a deposit
4. I needed it to be close to NYC
5. I needed my cat to be accepted
6. I did not want to pay a pet deposit

Now I'm sure some of you are probably thinking, "oh she'll never get that." I will have you know, its done and set :) Here's how...

 I originally was going to go with Penske, but I needed something smaller. Well before I called U Haul to make a reservation (which was going to cost me a dreaded 550) my dad came home and told me that Mr. Hone was happy to offer us his covered trailer. Awesome! Now I don't have to spend money towards renting something. Its FREE! One thing on my list has now been crossed off. On to my other concerns. Now I'm not a craigslist person, but that was my only option. Gave it a try and I found someone! She fits everything on my list... and I think we'll get along. FYI video chat is great for things like this. I feel very fortunate. This just goes to show that my heavenly father definitely has his hand involved in my life. Like so many times before I keep wondering if I'm going in the right direction, but I know this is just more confirmation that I am. I've been down the hard road and I'm not going back, so I suppose this is why I keep questioning my motives. Just want to make sure I'm headed in the right direction.

Speaking of direction...

I have exactly 2 weeks and 5 days left. If I really think about this transition, it definitely makes me sad. I'm leaving everything I know behind. My family, friends, familiarity, routine, etc... These days I tell myself, "what am I thinking?" and "this is crazy." Like my uncle explained to me; for every good advancement in life, there is always something we must sacrifice. This is life and part of growing up, so for now I don't focus to much on the one thought that makes me the saddest... leaving my family. It amazes me what we're willing to do and go through for the things we love and believe in. This is going to be an awesome year. Stay posted I will definitely be posting pictures of the road trip to come :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The History of MJRené...

To anyone who has known me since HS and up, knows me as Liz... and sometimes Lizzy. How it becomes Lizzy I don't know cause I really don't like the name, but that's another tangent. Anyhow, when I was younger I went by René and i'm still considered René to close family. However, the MJ initials are very dear to my heart, and that's because they mean something.

The initials stand for Mary Jane, which is my grandmother, my dad's mom. I feel that I have a very close and special bond with her. The reason I sign this MJRené is because I honestly feel that it was my grandmother who guided me in this direction. She planted this seed in my life. Now she didn't do it intentionally, in fact this was probably the last thing on her mind, but here's why I do think she is a major contributor to this love I have for fashion.

Take a walk with me down memory lane...

It feels like I was always at her house when I was younger, and of course I will cherish those memory till the very day I die. Movies play a very big roll in my design process. I love watching movies because they inspire me, but not just any particular movie but old movies, like Singing in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Now Voyager etc...  The kind you watch on TCM. These are the kind of movies I watched when I would stay with her. Another thing I would do is play dress up... lol. This is embarrassing, but necessary to paint the story as to why I am the way I am today. I LOVED playing dress up at her house. She had these polyester silky nightgowns that I just ADORED! I would put them on along with her shoes and purse. Keep in mind my grandmother has a size 10 foot (I definitely click clacked everywhere I went,) and she had the best shoe closet. Just rows and rows of shoes to choose from... a little girls play land. Another thing she was always doing is sewing something together like blankets, clothes for me, and specifically Barbie Doll clothes.

I have so many wonderful memories of being with her that I wish I could just go on and on about all of this stuff, but that is why I sign this MJRené. My grandmother but mostly known as Nana is the one who introduced me to the classics, let me play dress up, and introduced fashion to me. Even though when I was younger I never was interested in sewing, I loved how BEAUTIFUL it made me feel or look. Fashion is a form of expression. I love fashion because it can help translate something you may not be able to show or reveal any other way. Fashion can be so many things, but the best part about it, is that it can empower you. It can boost your confidence, translate a certain kind of message, but it can also mean something and have a history the way MJ does for me.

Now you know, this is why I sign MJRené. I hope you've had someone in your life inspire you the way my grandmother has for me. Here are some pics, hope you enjoy :)

1. My grandmother is on the right, I think she said she was in her late teens here. Somewhere around the DFW metro

2. Thanksgiving '11

3. The night gown that transformed me into a princess. I might have been between 3-5

4. A really good book that demonstrates what I talk about regarding fashion being such an influence and having so much meaning

5. The Barbie dress Nana made for me, yup I still have it. This is probably why I love making so many strapless dresses lol

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ideas for Mother's Day...

Hey friends!

If your looking for something to make your mom for Mother's Day, here's something a little crafty you can do. 

Reason's why its a good idea:
1. Its homemade, which shows that you put thought and time into it
2. You spend under $20
3. Its something they'll keep forever 

Picture Time!

1. Pick out what base paint you want to show through the cracks. I painted two picture frames that's why there's two colors.
2. Paint your picture frame
 3. Once your picture frame is painted and dry, slab on this crackle paint. It's real easy and you don't have to be careful with it.
 4. Once the crackle clear paint is dry, choose what you want your top color to be. I chose off white. Its really not as yellow as it looks in the picture.


And that's it! Real simple and fun. The picture frame on the right has brown paint and the left frame has blue.

Piant: $1-2 a pc
Brushes: $1 for a pkg of 4
Frames: $3 a pc
Crackle paint: (I think) $4
Photos: $1 a pc

Everything was purchased at WalMart

Update on the move: Go with http://www.pensketruckrental.com/ They're not as expensive and they're friendly. Of course U Haul did say that they would match prices, but I was so pleased with Penske I'll just stick with them.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

I wish I knew then what I know now...

Everyones said it before, "I wish I knew then what I know now." For me, I tend to be the type of person who has to go through things to fully understand it. So we all have our weak points, nobodies perfect. One might describe me as a last minute person. I don't try to be, it just works out that way more often then I like... lol. BUT! I think I have figured out how to avoid this problem. Like someone once said, "success is only achieved through failure or trial and error." I hope these pointers help you out, cause I know I'm not the only one :)

1. If you have to be somewhere at 1p and it takes you 30 min to get there, start heading out the door at 12:15. I'm a girly girl, so I have to make sure I have my ex pair of shoes, makeup, cell phone, magazine and anything else I feel necessary to be with me... lol. So, by the time I'm done pulling everything together, i'll be on time to walk out that front door.

Of course sometimes these things can't be helped... When I was in NYC for interviews I had my first one on Wed at 11. No problem. I knew where our appointment was and exactly how to get there... so I thought. Wednesday is here, I wake up in plenty of time and I'm out the door on schedule. I leave exactly 1hour and 15min to make sure I get there on time. I was staying in SoHo and needed to be in the Garment District. So my plan was to take the N,Q, or R to my destination, unfortunately I had no idea that the trains take you downtown and uptown... I thought they all went in one direction(uptown). So I get on the N and as I'm going over the bridge, I knew I wasn't headed in the right direction. After doing some subway hopping and guessing, I finally got to our appointed schedule (Starbucks) 30 min late. I figured since I was already there, I might as well wait in line. Fortunately my interviewer called me and said he would come downstairs to meet with me, but as I'm speaking with him on the phone I get this tap on my shoulder from a gentleman behind me. The guy behind me tells me to tell my interviewer that I'm with Daniel. So my interviewer says, "ok I'll see you shortly." I hang up my phone (feeling really unsure about what just happened) and I ask the guy behind me, "who are you again?" Turns out that was the designer for the company I was about to interview with. I'm pretty sure everyone in Starbucks heard my expression, "YOUR THE DESIGNER!" And he ended up buying my Starbucks :) I even got offered the internship, but had to turn it down... which I really hate.

Back to my points... there's only 2

2. If you have to prepare for something in the future, pretend it's happening now or soon to be. This will make you feel more prepared. For example, apparently moving from Texas to NJ is expensive. I should have researched to see how costly it is to move from Texas to NJ a looooooooooooooong time ago... lol. So major MAJOR budgeting coming into effect this month. BTW if anyone wants to donate their truck or trailer for a week I am gladly accepting :) Of course this is life, you just gotta laugh and roll with it.

Sorry for not posting any fun pics. When I move pictures will start to appear more often.

1,788 mi, 1 day 6 hours
I-44 E and I-70 E

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Almost there...

Not much to say today. Remember, when looking for an apartment in an area your not familiar with I definitely recommend a few websites;

1. www.googlemaps.com Google Maps is a GREAT resource. All you have to do is type in an address, click on the picture, and you can start exploring the area your thinking about living in. Keep in mind there are some areas that don't have pictures.

2. www.apartmentratings.com is also another helpful site. I'm trying to decide what area to live in and this website has definitely help me pinpoint what would work out best. On top of that, I like to type in places i've lived before to see what those ratings were so that I can get a better idea.


3. www.apartments.com My favorite feature on this website is the map and directions icon. When you click on it, you have the option of viewing places nearby such as: restaurants, schools, grocery stores, etc...

Now, back to packing, budgeting, researching, and studying...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dreams come true

Hello friends :) So I've never blogged before and I'm not a writer, so don't expect anything profound.  Here recently a friend inspired me to notate my new adventures, so I figured why not? I hope that what I write will at least inspire or encourage anyone else, so here's a little of whats been going on...

I'm a small town Texas girl who LOVES the city life! Especially NYC! I graduated in 08 with a degree in Fashion Design, but when I graduated I had no idea what I wanted to do? I was feeling frustrated, and confused. On top of that I didn't get the chance to do an internship while in school... actually it's more like I didn't think I needed one... I regret that now, so if any of you fashion lovers are thinking about avoiding an internship... DON'T!!! Remember, internships offer connections maybe even the chance to get a job sooner. After I graduated I was thinking, "what was the point?!" I was so mad I just spent all this money for what? After working in retail awhile I finally came to my senses and realized that there was a purpose and a reason for me going to school for FD. I love it! So, after passing through the emotions, and denial I finally accepted that this is what I'm meant to do. Not many people know what they want to do in life or have a passion for anything, I feel very fortunate in that area. So two years after graduation I moved back home with my parents (fortunately I like my parents), paid off unnecessary credit cards, and purchased things to get me going towards the career path I desire so badly. Four years later, I got my internship... in NYC!!!!! I start July 1 and will live in NJ.

My point to this blog is that, if you have a passion for something don't give up on it. There are people out there who love you, want to see you happy, and be a success. If someone would have told me 4, 3, 2, or even 1 year ago that I was going to be at this point, I wouldn't have believed them.