5 sewing tools to upgrade ASAP

sewing

Like so many other hobbies, there’s lots of stuff associated with sewing. How do you know you have the right stuff? Is having the wrong stuff making your sewing life harder? There are so many different tools and notions out there, and anyone who’s been sewing for a while will have plenty of opinions on […]

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how to wear gray, part 2

how to wear it

Most of the time, plain neutrals can be too dull to make you feel happy and confident. But there is definitely a way to make neutrals amazing, and to wear them without fading away (check out part 1 of how to wear gray)! Here are a few more ways to wear gray (starring the simone […]

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it’s not the tension: troubleshooting steps to get your sewing back on track

sewing

In the last several years, I have taught hundreds (thousands?) of people the basics of sewing, and helped many of them improve their skills beyond the beginner level. I’ve seen a lot of frustration with bent needles, dull scissors, stubborn fabric, and the myriad other woes that sewers of all experience levels regularly must deal […]

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denim high style

fashion

You’ve probably noticed I love to design and sew with denim. I have used it in every single collection since I started Holland Cox in 2004! I’ve used it on every accessory and every style of handbag. I use it so much because I love to wear it, and I truly believe it can work […]

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how to shop smarter this fall

how to wear it

Even if you’re not technically going back to school, this time of year is still about starting fresh! You might be eyeing your closet right now with a mind to update, but without having an idea of how to go about such a thing…here’s some ideas to get the most out of your “back to […]

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elevate the everyday

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I believe the otherwise-mundane things you use every day should be pretty and colorful, and make you feel happy and confident. If you carry a big bag every day, you probably have several little pouches inside to organize all your daily essentials. I hope you are not settling for something plain or “neutral”!  You deserve […]

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adventures in NYC

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A week or so I ago, I went to NYC with a friend to spend the day in the garment district…y’all know me, so you know it was an all day affair that included a dozen (or so) stores. One of them was Global Leathers, where I picked up this lovely stash of pretties:   […]

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coming soon: new scarves

coming soon

I know it’s not Groundhog Day yet, but I already know that winter is coming. Regardless of what the groundhog tells us, you know from experience that weather these days is crazy and unpredictable: it can be in the 50s one day, and the 30s the next! Next week, I’ll be adding a new set […]

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get inspired: free coloring page!

crafting

I try to find something to get inspired about (or get excited about!) every day, and it’s always been my goal for this blog to do the same for you: to offer a little bit of inspiration (or maybe even education). Last week, I found inspiration in many places, and actually had a pretty amazing […]

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how to experiment with color: red and purple

simone everyday bag fashion

If you’ve seen my latest collection, it’s no surprise to you that red and purple are two of my favorite colors, and that I love mixing them together! Maybe the idea of mixing these bold, confident colors is daunting to you? Here are five ways you can give it try, starring the simone everyday bag […]

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