Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Well Halloween...Until Next Time

Having a child you by default have to celebrate every single holiday there is, even if you aren't the overly celebratory type. That would be me!!! But, I can't act like that now being that I'm a mommy now of a 5 year old who gets excited about every holiday and every party there is. 

Halloween is one of her favorite holidays because she gets yet another chance to play dress up. I mean saying she is excited wouldn't be enough. Every year planning the "looks" for Halloween is difficult. I mean one hour she wants to be Ariel, the next it's Elsa, then it's Snow White, back to Elsa..lord jesus.

 I'm so thankful for the stationery gods and fairy angels for coming to mommy's rescue on the party planning aspect of Halloween. Until Next Time, appeared magically through the United States Postal Service. Sprinkling a little fairy dust to help mommy at least get  the costume party under control.

How adorable and well thought out is the custom event invitation and stationery package I received?!
It's packed with cute invitations and envelopes and place cards even little greeting cards that can be styled with festive bat confetti. 

 The paper is of great quality and easy for parents to just fill in the blanks for kids parties.

Now on to the festive decor... my party pack came with the prettiest little orange chevron printed trick or treat bags. No thinking on my part..again thank God. Look at these little straws with bats on them to hand out to all of the scary guests lol. I'm pretty sure Amira will have a great time decorating her package for her little guests.

I so loooooooovveeeeeee this company! It's pretty cool to know that at any time you have an idea to celebrate an occasion, someone is there to help. Until Next Time specializes in event stationery and paper goods to guarantee you give a great presentation. Holiday party packs aren't the only stationery package offered either. Birthdays, baby showers, housewarming, BBQs and more...they can be of pretty service lol. Wanna know something else...It's all customized just for you!!

Please do yourself a favor and visit Until Next Time's site and connect with them!!


Oh and BTW...Here's Amira's final choice!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Life and Fashion of Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta, Dominican born fashion designer, died yesterday at the age of 82. His life and designs were of opulence, elegance, and refinement. Oscar de la Renta has designed and dressed some of the most prestigious women in the world and more famously in Hollywood.

His legacy in design will truly live on for generations after generations for so many young designers like myself who looked at him for inspiration in design and integrity of designing. Oscar de la Renta was known and will forever be known for a design aesthetic of class and pure elegance. He dressed women..women who had a notable and refined image.


Here are some of my favorite Oscar de la Renta designs and collections 

Do you follow me on Instagram? Remember those gorgeous sequin bridesmaids dresses?? Yes the inspiration came from Oscar de la Renta himself.

" Walk like you have three men walking behind you" - Oscar de la Renta 

My Favorite Apps for Creative Entrepreneurs

I used to be the anti tech girl stuck in an analog world but when I finally made my first iPhone purchase for my birthday last year smh...I haven't been the same. I am now a devout Apple girl!!!! And you wanna know why..the APPS!! In this post, I want to share five of my favorite apps for creative entrepreneurs.


It's a modern work space that helps you be your most productive self. Evernote allows you to write notes, collect articles to read later, record audio, snap images, and file them all in one place. Managing different projects for my company is easier with Evernote. Many times I am simultaneously handling design projects and sourcing information from visual images to text. It's so important I record everything I mean everything so I won't drop the ball and forget. 

I use the app alot to record ideas for design projects and collect information to effectively see the project through from beginning to end. 


With AnyDo, you feel more apt to DO..get things done you know! It's the perfect app for people who love to conquer to do lists and scratch everything off. Any Do is my get shit done reinforcer. I love how every morning at 9am (you can set your own timer) it sends a notification to plan your day.

I load everything in there! Household tasks, phone calls to friends, business tasks, errands..everything. One other reason why I love AnyDo is because I can clearly see at the end of the day that I did do something today lol. 


My new app obsession is the wonderfully super cool payment app Wave. It is a genius accounting app for small business that makes bookeeping so much easier to manage. I will admit I am not the best when it comes to keeping the accounting aspect of my business well. Receipts are everywhere, I forget to log sales and expenses and you know that is not good at all. Andrea Fenise Lifestyle Design Group is no longer a hobby it is my business and Wave has come to the rescue with running it like one.

 There are 3 major features to the application... Invoicing, Receipts and Payments so everything you need is in one place.

The invoicing featuring gives you the option to submit a mobile invoice to your client with all necessary details. The backup software has all of your products and services in the database, client information and it offers payment for the client. 

 The coolest feature is the Receipt feature. Snap a photo the instant you make a purchase and log which category whether office supplies, travel expenses, gas and more. Cool right!!!!


 Creative entrepreneurs are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. We also have a million ideas, a million projects and a zillion times we jump from idea->idea to goal <- goal. It's the perfect app to track your progress visually. 

We all speak of "journeys" while building a brand. I am in love with Everest simple because I can be as scattered brain as I want but still take a step back and see the progress I am making. 

You can set however many "journeys" as your little heart desires. The beauty is you can also follow others on their journey as well and see when they accomplish all of their goals. 

Do you guys already use any of these apps? Wanna share some cool apps? Please..DO. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Wear Flare Jeans

Give me a choice which decade I could live in..It would be the 70s without any hesitation. Flare jeans are one of my favorite fits of denim by far. In this post, I show you three simple ways to style flare jeans. Oh and I'm pretty sure you have the basic tops in your wardrobe already.


Pulling of the Denim on denim is trend is straightforward. Don't think too much in what shades of denim ok...Just grab a chambray denim top and bring the palette together with neutral accessories like a brown menswear belt and printed shoes. 

.: deets :. 
denim top | Target
jeans | Forever 21
belt | Goodwill
accessories | Style Junkie 


Casually speaking, a simple striped tee will get you out of the door looking chic effortlessly. I love playing with accessories and piling them on when I my other pieces are simple.

.: deets :.
tee | Macys
jeans | Forever 21
belt | TJMaxx
accessories + shoes | Style Junkie


Let me give an honorable style tribute to all of the gorgeous women of the 70s who knew how to do glam. I had to do the typical look with this one. A floral chiffon blouse and a bad ass faux fur vest with my flare jeans was a no brainer.

.: deets :.
floral blouse | Windsor
faux fur vest | Forever 21
jeans | Forever 21
booties | Style Junkie 

Friday, October 17, 2014

What to Wear to a Museum Tour + Soulful Creatures at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

There is so much to do in Memphis this weekend, its unbelievable. I'm really trying to organize a schedule of things we will concur over the weekend. One of our favorite places to go in Memphis on the weekend is the Brooks Museum of Art. I love the arts and touring museums and the Brooks Museum always has really cool exhibits. They also have a cool way for kids to get exposed to the arts very early and interact with the exhibits. 

The museum partners with Macy's for a community day for the opening of special exhibits. Tomorrow they will host a fun community day celebrating the opening of Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt which is the first major exhibit to focus on the fascinating and mysterious aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion. Community Day is the perfect learning experience for the kids to explore the role animals played in ancient Egypt. 

It's a playful afternoon of art making, games, and oodles of fun. During the creation station, kids will have the chance to decorate the interactive gallery by working on a collaborative frieze or they can bring in a stuffed animal from home and make their own "mummy". 


So what does Mommy wear to the museum to both look stylish and comfortable and artsy?!?! No worries

Have a little playful fun with your style by wearing a floral printed slim leg trouser or any printed trouser. The kid in you wants to come out ...let it with a unicorn graphic printed tee. Play on colors and comfort with accessories. I love smoking slippers they are so stylish and chic yet super comfortable to chase after kids. Don't forget to add a lippie while rushing out the door. 

Before I go..details on the event!!!
Time | 10A-1P
Cost | FREE
Addy | 1934 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38104

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Behind the Seams | Song of Style Inspired Look

Hey you guys!! I wanted to share an easy get the look as well as tutorial for Aimee Song of Song of Style Look. I have followed Song of Style for a few years now and I have to admit I totally crush on her style. Aimee has an impeccable sense of style both in your wardrobe and interiors. Just in case you didn't know she's an interior designer. I love the way she always dresses very glassy but with a little edge and she's always ultra feminine. Taking a little notes and styling from her, I made this flounce skirt she wore during NYFW for my Local Memphis Live appearance. 

The skirt was so easy to make. So I wanted to share the tutorial with you (let me know if it's too hard to follow). Let's get started!!!


Before you begin, go ahead and take a couple of measurements and write them down. You will need your waist and hip measurement for now. Grab some Kraft paper..I get mine from the Dollar Tree but if that's not your kind of place you are more than welcome to get packaging paper from Target lol. 

1. First,measure your waist and divide by 4 . We are making two pattern pieces one for the front and one for the back. Therefore, we need to divide by four to get each quarter of the body that will fold out to half. 

Example my waist ( I like my skirts low rise so my waist measurement I use is 27) Divide waist by 4= 7 for me.  

2.  Next measure 7 inches down on the paper, which is the normal distance from your waist down to your hips & mark with a circle. Using your hip measurement divide by 4 as well. Mark on that measurement on paper. 

Using a SA ruler, connect those dots or the waist and hip mesurement as seen above 

Your skirt pattern is now complete!! Use this pattern piece to cut out your FRONT and  BACK pieces. Be sure to place the pattern on the fold of the fabric. As a result, you will have two pieces that will open out to be the front and back piece for your skirt. 

Sew the front and back pieces together right sides facing. 

Now on to the PEPLUM. 

For simplicity purposes, I will share a great tutorial for making the peplum on YouTube. 
But....use your GAIT measurement from above for the measurement you'll need to make a half circle which is what the peplum essentially is. 

My gait measurement is 28. So I divided 28 by (3.14) then by 2 which gives you half a pie. 
From there, I took a ruler and made lines from each anchor point of the circle and spread them to make a peplum piece. 

Cut the pattern piece out and then place on the fold and cut two pieces. Remember you need a front and back piece. Sew pieces together right sides facing. Hem all around the peplum.

Lastly, attach the skirt and peplum together. Right sides facing. What will help is to slide the peplum piece over the skirt.

Final step.....

Oh YAY!!! 

Let me know if you make this skirt!!! It's an adorable piece to have in your wardrobe!!!!
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