Leather Workshop

Hi Everyone!

       A few weeks ago I came across a brand called Toni, they have beautiful leather goods (I especially love their clutches) and they are based here in LA. As I was going through their Instagram account I noticed something exciting… they did workshops! As you may know by now, Im constantly looking for new things to do and I’ve never worked with leather before so of course I signed up right away.

The workshop took place yesterday at Clark & Madison pop up shop in LA who they had partnered with for the event. I went with my friend Karen and as usual we were the first ones there, my excitement cant ever be controlled. As soon as we walk in the door Toni walks right up to us and greets us by name, we’ve never met before so it took me of guard but I felt it was such a nice gesture! for her to know each and every person attending her class made me feel very welcomed and got me eager to get started. While we waited for others to arrive we decided to explore the store and being a Fashion Merchandising student I was in love with their visual displays. Clark and Madison describe their brand as Adventure in Style and it really is! Displays went from a beautifully handcrafted hammock to a teepee tent in the back and so many unique and interesting items in between that I was floating on inspiration. Soon more people began to show up so we went up the stairs to a little area overlooking the store where the workshop took place. They had a large table across the room with all the materials ready for each person to use and an area with food and beverages, which I was very grateful for. Everyone had their own vegetable tan leather belt to work with and we where given two options, we could either learn how to dye the leather or learn how to hand stitch beautiful and intricate details into the belt. I’ve always been fascinated by the process of dye so I went for that one. First we did all the measurements, used special tools to cut the leather, marked down where the belt holes would go and detailed the leather along the edges to give it a nice finish. Toni had several colors we could choose from and they were all gorgeous tones, especially the sand one but I went with tan, its more my style. The whole process of dyeing was so much fun! And everyone had the best attitude, we were all laughing and getting to know each other while trying not to mess up but Toni was very helpful. The whole time she was going one by one making sure we were on the right track with the type of look we had envisioned for each of our belts and would help us make tweaks here and there so they all turned out really good. We let them dry, added the buckle and we had our belt! Looking at the end result I couldn’t believe I had just made that, it was really beautiful.

I have to say, this was such a great workshop! I had the best time, met really cool people and learned so much. I had always been interested in working with leather, now I can say that I have and I have my beautiful belt to prove it;) For anyone out there who is interested in taking a class I fully recommend it, Toni is amazing so you’ll learn a lot from her. Personally I cant wait for her next workshop! For now here are the photos I took yesterday…

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And the end result…

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Thanks Toni for such a great workshop! For anyone that is interested I will leave the links below…

Thanks for reading!

Love, Erika

www.bytoni.com

www.clarkandmadison.com

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Meeting Blogger Sincerely Jules

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Hi Everyone!

     So yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite fashion bloggers! She is an inspiring woman with a great sense of style and who turned out to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Of course I am talking about Sincerely Jules. I follow her account on Instagram and a couple of days ago I saw that she was launching her very first pop up shop and I had to be there! A friend and I drove to LA and got to hangout with her, shop her new Tee collection and meet some awesome people.

The event took place at 313 N Edinburgh Ave, Los Angeles this past Friday the January 30th. I wasn’t sure how the event was going to be but I jumped at the opportunity to be part of it. Traffic going up to LA was horrible as usual but get we there and realize we were one of the first one’s to arrive so that gave us the opportunity to talk to her for a while. And truth be told, for such a famous blogger, with more than a million followers she was surprisingly lovely and down to earth. You never know what to expect and of course I didn’t want to bother her either but she was really easy going and happy to greet everyone. All this time I wasn’t even sure that she would be at the event so I was extremely happy with how things turned out.

The pop up shop was small but beautifully decorated. It was easy to see her unique style represented in every inch of that place. There were art pieces hanging on the walls, clothing racks on each side of the store with her new collection of tees, a dreamy Flower Bar were she would help you arrange your set of flowers, a mini cupcake stand and many cool people just as excited as I was. Among them were other famous bloggers such as Eat Sleep Wear who by the way had the raddest shoes.. I had to compliment them! and later on I found out that Lovers Friends LA and AnineBing stopped by as well and I happen to admire them very much so you can imagine my excitement!

All in all it was a very fun event and of course I couldn’t help but shop her famous CÉLFIE tee and left the pop up shop with a huge smile on my face. It was very inspiring to meet someone like Sincerely Jules who has one of the coolest jobs and is basically living the dream.  I just created this blog but it made me want to work hard at it and keep writing about different places, topics and people I meet and hopefully you’ll find it inspiring as well.

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I’ve already shared mine but I’d love to know Who is your Favorite Blogger and Why? it doesn’t have to be about fashion, just anyone you admire;) Leave a comment below! As always, thank you for reading.

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

Love, Erika.

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