I can’t make you love me

I’m the kind of person who will hear a song and, before it’s finished, be in tears. I believe that music and song is the language of the soul. So when I was watching SYTYCD a few weeks ago, the combination of the beautiful movement of dance with a heart-wrenchingly honest song just about did me in me in.

The song “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, originally by Bonnie Raitt, was performed by Adelle who was also deeply moved by this song. Before singing, she said,

“This is one of my favorite songs ever…I just think it’s incredibly moving. It makes me really really happy, and really really devastated and depressed at the same time…it makes me think of my fondest and best times of my life, and it makes me think of the worst as well.”

I’d have to agree. I really hope you enjoy the dance+song video, and can feel the emotional roller coaster of difficult decisions, heartbreak, and ultimately doing what’s right.

chiffon loose-fit blouse + tutorial

foggydress_chiffon I was in Mill Valley yesterday, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge (that’s where these photos were taken). Mill Valley is the only other city in Northern California (besides SF) that I would love love love  to live out the rest of my days in. It is a charming, slow-paced town, tucked away in the redwood forest that engulfs Marin County. Real estate is not cheap here, but a girl can dream…

foggydress_chiffon2Three yards of this fabric only cost me $2 in Hong Kong, and with a little sewing & creativity, I surprisingly love how it turned out! It’s loose fitting enough to be comfy, and sheer enough to show off your curves. I also love the length. Since I have a big booty that sticks out like a blonde girl in China, I like to cover it up whenever I can 🙂

foggydress_chiffon3I also love the contrast of wearing white under black chiffon because it shows off the sheer and sleek beauty of the fabric. Can you tell that I really love chiffon yet? I mean…check out my wedding dress:

foggydress_chiffonwedding…it’s draped in the stuff!!!

foggydress_chiffon4 I’m going to be honest with you though…this is not the best tutorial! If you can’t already tell, I am a beginner-level sewing girl who has all these designs in her head, but doesn’t know the proper way to actually make them. I thought sewing a sleeve on would be a cinch, but it was not! After an hour of just trying to get the sleeve on right, I finally figured it out. But by that time I was exhausted and frustrated and did not take any pictures of the process. Use an actual sleeve pattern if you want to spend less time figuring it out! Maybe once I’ve got it down, I’ll do a tutorial on it. It really isn’t so bad once  you know how to do it!  keep reading for tutorial…