friday night we drove down to southern california for a little vacation and so i could attend the los angeles int'l textile show that goes on there yearly. a chance to meet with fabric vendors and hopefully source new exciting things. i was amazed at the fabrics carried by 2 japanese companies in particular and ordered a range of swatches. very soft, wearable. lots of fresh colors in solids and prints - indigo, white, petal pink. i also kind of lost my mind at exotic silks, a supplier i've been working with a long time. while they have some fun prints they mostly killed me with silk blends in solids. the sales rep had washed a few yards of each and had them in a more natural, crumpled state and of course i gravitated to them like a bee to a flower. one silk / cotton blend had this great satin finish. another was a silk / linen blend in different weights. a pebble-textured silk organza, washed, and layered over a cotton voile would be as beautiful as a butterfly wing. i like the idea of silk / linen in navy with a contrast print piping .. or even a velvet-trimmed neckline. anyway - the show did what it promised every designer i guess, to inspire. as the swatches arrive i'd love to share some of them with "you guys" and see what you think.
my husband and i were alone sunday, without a single thing we had to do. it was nice walking around san juan capistrano, being quiet together. the weather was balmy. we drove up to laguna beach for lunch. fish tacos :) i could see the ocean sparkling from where we sat outside. this place is pretty amazing by the way. if you're ever in laguna beach it's called wahoo's and it's like a surfer sort of hang out i guess. sandy floors.
i'm taking the day off to catch up with the house, my kids, and the menagerie of animals. i hope to have pictures of the new dress in the brick plaid later this week though.