My Super Sweet ’16

After giving myself a much needed physical and mental break I am ready to tackle 2017 and get back in the creative groove. I have a post about my plans for 2017 lined up so keep an eye out for that to find out more about my sewing plans and what to expect from this blog and my vlog, but for now I wanted to do a round up of the year.

So here is a look back over 2016…

2016 Roundup | Dominique Major

Instagram: So 2016 has been quite the year for my love of Instagram and I have found it such a great creative outlet to share things with the sewing community. Here is my top 9 from the year and I am so happy to have reached over 1000 followers, which I know in the grand scheme of things is small but seeing as I started the year on about 200 I am so happy to be able to share my photos with all my wonderful new followers.

2016 round up achievements | Dominique Major

Work and things: After a rocky end to 2015 and start to 2016, one of goals for the year was to push myself further with my work so I am happy and proud to look back over some of the things I have done in 2016. Of course the biggest and most exciting has been making Suzy Magazine and seeing it going out into the world. It has been such a great way to the end the year and surpassed any expectations. I can’t wait for more Suzy fun in 2017. I have also been pushing myself to write for other websites. Earlier in the year I published  writing for The Huffington Post and most recently for  gal-dem magazine. Some of you might also remember the dresses I made for The Tuts’ music video, these were also on the cover of Bristol Live Magazine. I completed a Introduction to Pattern Cutting course at LCF and, of course, became part of the Sew Crafty Design team. Phew… I can’t wait to have a 2017 full of even more exciting opportunities.

2016 round up travel | Dominique Major

Travel: I had another year of wonderful travels with a VERY cold trip to New York in February and another summer trip to the US travelling from Vancouver to Seattle and finally down to Portland (somewhere that had been on my travel list for quite a while).

2016 round up me made | Dominique Major

Me Made Wardrobe: And, of course, my handmade wardrobe has really developed this year. Since the start of the year my small handmade collection has developed significantly and I am now actually wearing #memadeeveryday. I feel my skills have developed and while there are still many areas of improvement and ways in which my wardrobe can expand, I am proud of how much I have achieved in such a small space of time.

So that’s 2016 in a nutshell and I can’t wait for 2017 to be even more exciting!

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Monday Moments No. 6

After a week off Monday’s hurt even more. I seems like the only things I post are Monday Moments, I will be getting some more posts out soon.

Style- Leopard

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Read – Rookie Yearbook
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Watch – Submarine

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Listen- Modern Girl – Sleater Kinney (The soundtrack to my life)

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Sew – Heather Dress – Sew Over It

MONDAY MOMENTS

Quote – Mondays: The Only Day You Can Wear The Same Exact Outfit As Yesterday Without Anyone Knowing.

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Unless of course you post outfit pictures on Instagram.

See you next Monday!

Monday Moments – No.4

So over this last week I have been swamped so I haven’t posted a blog/vlog between last weeks Monday Moments and the one you are about to read. I have one week till my week off where catching up will commence. Have a good Monday!

Style- Polka Dots

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Read – The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
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Watch – The Royal Tenenbaums
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Listen- Pardon My French (Podcast)- How To Build a Brand Your Own Way Garance Dore, Grace Bonney, Anna Bond

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Sew – Ernest- Republique du Chiffon 😍

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Quote – ‘Think About What Could Go Right’

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Anyone else forget to do that last one?

See you next Monday!

Monday Moments No.3

Monday is here again. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a fabulous week!

Style- Pyjama Blouses

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Read – In the Company of Women (I haven’t read it, but I need to read it!)
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Watch – IamKarenO – Moonrise Kingdom Halloween Inspired Short
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Listen- Adulthood Made Easy – Breaking Through Your Quarter Life Crisis (Podcast)

Sew – Dita – Wear Lemonade (I’ve decided I need to make this dress)

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Quote – ‘You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.’ #Worldmentalhealthday

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See you next Monday!

Snapshots | New York | February 2016

I started a Youtube channel!

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To start off with I have some travel videos, the first from my recent trip to New York. It’s short because it was so cold I couldn’t take my camera out most of the time. If you like this subscribe to my channel for more travel videos and some upcoming Handmade Style videos.
Enjoy!

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Catch up with my pictures from my trip (mainly of food) over on my Instagram. @dominique.major

California Adventure Part 4

We’ve made it. Thanks for sticking it out. This is the final instalment of my California Adventure and we have made it to San Francisco.

Now if I was to live anywhere I think it would be San Francisco. I love the culture and diversity yet the laid back vibe that comes with it that London just doesn’t have.

We ditched the car at this point of the trip and prepared ourselves for some serious walking.

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Make sure you check out Mr Holmes Bakery. There will be queue. Wait it out. It is worth it, even just for a picture of this sign.

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We spent a sunny day at Alcatraz. Make sure you book in advance because it does get booked up and you can’t get tickets on the day. It’s an interesting day out with great views of the city.

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We also went to see the baseball at AT&T park. Which a beautiful baseball stadium (trust me I’ve been to a few) overlooking the bay. It was a good game and of course we got hot dogs and garlic fries. Yum!

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Now whats a trip to San Francisco without checking out there Golden Gate Bridge. we walked there on what seemed like a lovely sunny day. We neared the bridge thought we’d head into the cafe for sandwich before we crossed it then BAM it was gone! Be warned it can do that without notice. Damn mist!

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If you have time do walk down to the small town on the other side and take the ferry back. It’s beautiful and gives you lovely views of the city.

Another tourist highlight is of course Lombard street. It’s busy and windy. And it is a real killer on the thighs if you decide to walk to it!

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All of San Francisco is beautiful. The architecture is something to behold but some famous houses to check out are the Painted Ladies. House goals!12047175_10156068217930402_615642810264570535_n

Food

Now I love to eat but two places to check out are Bacon Bacon and Mama’s.

First Mama’s ! Now if you check out any guide on where to eat in San Francisco you will find Mama’s on the list. It gets a lot of hype. And it is this hype that will mean you will probably have to wait in a two hour queue if you want to have brunch there. Was it worth it? Probably… It was good food and it allowed me to work on my tan.

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But the real food hero is Bacon Bacon! This food truck can be found at the Soma Street Food Park and it is heavenly. A must for any bacon lover.  Just take in the glorious sight.

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And that was it. The end of our California Adventure. Months later and my heart still pines for California. Definitely a top holiday.

Thanks for following my trip. Check back soon for more adventures.

 

Check out more of my holiday pictures over at my Instagram : dominique.major

 

 

California Adventure Part 3

So now we start the part of the trip where the real roadtrippin’ happened…

If you’ve heard the hype about this trip along the Pacific Coastal Highway and through Big Sur and ever wondered can one drive really be that great. The answer is, YES, yes it can!

If you have ever had the chance to do this you will know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t you are gonna to have to just try to imagine how beautiful one drive can be through my pictures.

For this post I think I’ll let the photos do the talking. But the basic outline is Palm Spring>Pismo Beach>Santa Cruz (via Big Sur, Carmel and all that wonderfulness!)

Check back for the final instalment of this California Adventure where we finally reach San Francisco!

California Adventure Part 1

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So back at  the end of August I went on a trip to California and literally had the best time of my life.

We went for 2 weeks starting in LA and ending in San Francisco. This is going to be a four part blog post breaking down where we went, what we did, what we ate etc etc. This first part will focus on our first four days in the LA area.

Some general information about our stay in LA. We stayed in a lovely Airbnb located in Sherman Oaks, which turned out to be the perfect location to get around to all the different places we wanted to visit. Daisy who we were staying with was very accommodating and in our little separate room we had privacy and were free to come and go as we please. We also had a hire car which we picked up from LAX airport and kept till we reach San Francisco. So what did we do?

Day 1

We had to wait around for our Airbnb to be ready do we checked out the local area hitting up Target, Wholefoods, Trader Joes and having breakfast and Denny’s to really get ourselves accustomed to American life. We also picked up some donuts I had preordered from California Donuts for Charlie’s birthday.

Then once we had checked in we drove straight to the Huntington Beach area, which was magical from that moment I was ready not to come back. The whole area is beautiful, we then drove on to Laguna Beach before heading to the Anaheim Angels game where we indulged on the first of many hot dogs and garlic fries.

Day 2

We went to Disneyland! I was beyond excited before we got there so we arrived early and with the extended summer hours we left late. With the extra time we had, we went to both parks and didn’t regret it because we had plenty of time for both. Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth.

Day 3

Starting the day at Grand Central Market for some Eggslut (OMG so good!) we explored DTLA.

We geeked out over the spots from 500 Days of Summer and spent quite a while in The Last Bookstore and Amoeba Music.

We ate so much food at Big Wangs. I think this was the day we found hardest to navigate because although we saw lots of the things we wanted there was a bit of driving around where not much was seen.

Day 4 (Our last day in LA)

The morning was spent exploring Santa Monica where we did lots of shopping before heading to Venice. We did more shopping on Abbotts Kinney which was such a cool road with interesting shops and good Lemonade.


We quickly walked around the canals which were so peaceful and beautiful before making a super quick visit to the beach because we had to head back to get ready for the real highlight of the day…. TAYLOR SWIFT at the Staples Centre. It was magical, amazing everything you want from a Taylor Swift Concert and Charlie even got a favourited tweet from Taylor herself. Not jealous…  We ended the night with a stop at a dodgy In and Out burger joint.

So that’s it for part 1 of my California Adventure blogs. Next up we visit Palm Springs  so check back because it was awesome!

To check out more of my cheesy snaps from my time in California head over to my instagram: @dommie