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Friday, December 31, 2010

RIP 2010!

As the end of the year comes to a close it leaves in it's stead a great year to come. I can't wait for the new year to come. I did my last look of the year below. So while you are bumping, shaking, and moving to the beat remember TAXI'S AND DESIGNATED DRIVERS are your BEST FRIENDS tonight (and any other night you need one). So PLEASE be safe and remember there are people's loved ones out there tonight who would LOVE to see them this coming year. PLEASE BE SAFE AND NO DRINKING AND DRIVING!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to EVERYONE! I did a quick look for what would be cute and comfy below. Enjoy the day and have a blessed one as well. Thank you for following Masa Yume!!! ^_^ much love!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

workin' it out!

Hey all! The holidays are coming and coming quick. It's freezing outside and I hope all of you are bundling up nice, tight, and stylish. I'm finally back in the studio after being tied up for a couple weeks. Now I'm able to catch up on some much needed paper work for the weekend and visit some friends I've been neglecting. I won't be able to get to everyone, but I'm going to try my hardest. So in this post I did a quick look. Comfortable with cute boots and a heavier coat so people are freezing. In February/March I'm going to be having a sample sale in the studio with yummy beverages and food. I'll keep you posted as the events and stuff are planned and when they are set in stone on the date. But it's happening! I also have had new business cards done by Bread Winner Beats & Graphics I posted a pic of that below too.

New Business Card:


Front

Back (requested by me)




 Back to work lol!



I'll be back before Christmas! Back to work!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

this busy time of year

This has been such a busy time of year. I've been working my butt off and I'm utterly exhausted, but I'm happy I finally am pursuing something I love more that I have ever thought I could. It's still kinda unbelievable. I can't wait til the holidays are over, only because I'll have more time to spend in the studio like I would like. It was pretty awesome though, I found a contractor only an hour away. It makes it much easier for me now that I don't have to go so far to find someone to produce in bulk, and they are a Michigan business. Which makes me ecstatic because I really want to support the local economy as well. The only thing I will end up going out of state for right now is fabric, and that is Chicago. I will be making that trip in January. So thanks for hanging in there. Soon I will have more pictures posted of the studio so you can see what I've been up too. I do post more on twitter now so if you're not following me you should definitely look into it ^_^. Well I have a little more work to do before I go to bed. Later Loves! Btw I am offering free shipping and wrapping on things in the etsy shop as well.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Studio

It's coming along. I just got home, my friend Nicole and I were
putting on some finishing touches. Sadly a mirror was hurt in the
process. The shelf broke it so it was neither of us and we will
continue to have good luck. ^_~ I start the coat I've been wanting to
make tomorrow before I go to work. This week is going to be insanely
busy and my birthday is on Saturday and sadly I work :shakes fist:
Well I'm off to bed so I can be ready to jump in the fray. Night all!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Outstanding!!!

So it's official! WE HAVE STUDIO SPACE!!! Today was an amazing day. It's been three months since I've had one and December since that lol...Noting the day I got engaged and married :D hehehehe. So anyway. I got the space settled this morning and then picked up my car which I've been without for at least three months now. I'm very very very excited. So I will be posting pictures as I move along with the space trying to make it public ready. I did run into a set back today with colors and have to repaint a wall a different color...I wonder how that will work out for me...hmmmm...yeah so tomorrow is a long day ahead as well. I'm getting up butt crack of dawn early to go grab a ladder from my in-laws house (since I'm short and can't reach where I need to paint) and back to the studio to coat all the walls. Basically I'll be running from 7 til sometime after 3...maybe...a very big maybe... I'm so happy though it doesn't matter ^_^. I hope everyone else has had a great week. Oh side note: the grant with east lansing didn't work because they don't consider fashion art and I don't think I was what they were "looking" for as a human being...but they can take that and watch me do my happy dance in my new spot...WOOT!

So come by and see me if you're in east lansing! the studio is located at

210 Abbott Rd. Suite 32

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

your shoes are on fire!

I have the song Sex on Fire stuck in my head. And the shoes in the look below are sex on a stick. Love themmmm. I found out today the news about the grant I was after. I love how the city pulled all the crap they did and set me up with a meeting of someone who they "value her opinion" and was uber unprofessional. So that was a good portion of my day, licking my wounds and soothing my anger about the whole situation. I talked to a couple of friends of mine and then my aunt and cousin who was like go around it after my very colorful facebook update. My hubby being amazing let me cuddle so I could go to sleep for a bit.

So after my tirade I went to IHop by myself and had some yummy grub from my favorite server. Mostly since she is the one I usually get when I go there, she knows my name and I know hers. She loves fashion and will go anywhere to get the good stuff lol. I then went downtown after the food smothered a good portion of the fire I was feeling and went to the site of the studio I was trying to get. I went up tried to look through the peephole lol (stalker) and walked down the hall to the sign makers there. After meeting the amazing owner, sharing the story of my day (yeah I know), and realizing the whole thing was not my imagination of nonprofessional from the person from outside the situation. She told me that I needed to keep going and screw what that lady said. We both laughed as I told her that was pretty much what I told her. I told her that even though she wanted more words on paper it doesn't matter, I will still go forth and her opinion doesn't matter. So alas the grant is most likely not going to happen and that's fine, that way I can run my business the way it needs to be and the way I want it. Not the way they think it needs to be cause they have their own ideas about it. Works out!

My spirits are up and now I'm looking for help on getting the studio space so I can get some work done. Thanks to my husband taking up most of the sewing room. If you can really call it that anymore since there is really no room at all. Until that happens I will be working mainly on accessories, which really doesn't require much space. So socks for this christmas, some with bows, some with ribbon. As well as soft long scarves to go with. I will post them when they are done to my ETSY, and I will do bundle pricing for those who want both. So on to the look. I really love the shoes coat and purse. nom nom nom lol. Thanks for following! Masa Yume is going to need your support =)  Later folks! ^_^


Monday, November 8, 2010

Antwon from store meeting. Lovin this look!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blue Suede Shoes

Hello! So I have been up to all types of shinny things lately (crosses fingers). The main reason for my absence is the fact that I am going for a grant in east lansing that is designed to help those get a leg up on their business. It's been a month and a half and teeth pulling craziness. I have one last step (technically the same step they have me repeat over adn over again even after being completed and with no valid reasoning) and hopefully I'll be on my way. I've been working very hard on my brand over the years and it's time for this very important step. I will hopefully be getting the studio that has been hanging out in East Lansing so people have a place to come and see me and such. I have to do some more nit picky things tomorrow and then hopefully they will stop stalling and finally say okay here we go. So that is what has been going on with that more or less, mainly less. Depending on what happens you'll here evverryyything  lol.




SO moving on. I did an outfit. Yes after weeks without one I did one. It was mostly inspired on my day tomorrow. I need to look picture perfect and meeting appropiate and I love this look. The strong hint of color in the shoes, the long dress like trench, and the slightly color accessories and makeup. One of the things I've noticed for this fall is that some of the trenches are still classic but there are some designers (like myself) who are playing with the structure a bit. Making them look more like a dress or just giving different cuts to the coats all together. I myself have not finished my coat and not even have gotten started. I have been so consumed with the grant that even my friends and family have wondered where I've gone. I told my friend earlier that my life is like the Sims game, I'm hitting the fast forward button so I can get to where I need to be. I don't like to be stalled or made to wait for whatever reason it's being done and I have things to do. I want to go forth and do (more) great things. And that is what I intend to do.

I would love to get more comments from you guys as well. I find when they hit my inbox, I do a small happy dance that someone has read and either liked or disliked the post. So please keep them coming, helps me think I'm not talking to myself...even though I have been known to do that too. So I have two meetings tomorrow before I go to work and hopefully both with bode great things. I leave you with the thoughts of the outfit and hopefully you sending good juju my way for the grant. Be back later this week! I am off to wash my hair, watch Sherlock Holmes on PBS and make spaghetti for dinner. =D

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Winna is!!!

The winner of the contest was Si out in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was the
only one who actually entered. I'm happy someone did, I would have
been a sad panda lol. So Si did post on her facebook when she got the
goodies and loved them. She requested that I send more hi-chew candy
in the next contest we throw and wins lol. She loves the shirt as do
numerous others who have been buying them. Thank you all for your
support it the brand. I will be looking for your continued support in
the future as some of the changes I have been trying to make come to a
head. Alright I'm off I have some outfits to post in the next blog
along with a trend forecast and what you can look forward to masa
yumes fall 2011 looking like. Bwah ha ha. Happy Halloweeeeennnnn!!!

The top 2 are my husband's pumpkins and the bottom one is mine. I'm big on tradition Halloween is my favorite holiday. My husband didn't use to be real big on the pumpkin carving, then I've noticed the last couple of years, he's really diggin it. Last year (in my archives) he did some really eillabrate(sorry about my spelling) pumpkins. This year he's gone amuc! He's doing four and is looking for a perfect green light for his michigan state inspired pumpkins. I love how excited he gets about it, and I can tell he's trying to stay calm lol. So I did an headless horseman and made 4 batches of my beloved pumpkin seeds. This year I did the regular ones I do, and a spicy batch. Both oh so yummy. The hubby is working on one of his msu pumpkins as I type. I will post the winner of the contest in the next entry. Sorry I didn't put it up sooner. Only one person won and they know who they are lol. I've been very m.i.a due to trying to get this studio worked out. Hopefully I'll have news for you guys on Tuesday evening. Let me tell you it's driving me nuts lol. So I hope everyone has a safe and great Halloween! Talk to you soon, doves.

Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Masa Yume happy customer!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Surprise!!!

   So my surprise (drum roll please) is Masa Yume's first graphic tees. A friend of mine is an amazing artist, and on the way home from work one night I called her all frantic like. "Rachel! I have an awesome idea for a shirt!" blah blah blah scream scream scream flale flale flale "Can you draw it for me?!" Rachel was just as excited as I was (am) and she was all for it. So THANK YOU RACHEL!!! aka Roo hehehe. I hope you all like the shirts. I will be posting them to the etsy site shortly and they will be available there. 

   So that brings me to the other part of my post. Masa Yume's first blog contest! Woot! The winner will win the pictured "taking leaps tee" and a couple other things I'm going to throw into it :D. All you have to do is:

1. Follow my blog and/or facebook fan page.
2. Post a link to Masa Yume's blog in a blog post or twitter.
3. Comment below so I can check out your wonderful blog or twitter, your twitter or email address,
why you like this blog and wish to see in the future, and your shirt size.
Don't forget your name so I can contact you after the contest has closed if you've won! I will post the winner after I have contacted them to let them know they won. If I don't hear back from the winner after a week I will pick a new one.

Thanks for following! The contest will run from now (Sept. 30) through October 8th. 




Taking Leaps off the Edge of Fashion

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fabric for my coat!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hello! I have been trying to blog all weekend with a new look attached, but it was just not working, along with the browser not letting me bring up blogspot. SO finally I am able to do both. Upload a new look and a quick word. It was so much hotter than I would have liked it to be today, it was crazy hot. It was pretty outside however. I got up early to meet with the lady who photographed my wedding. Love her! She took over 600 pictures and everyone of them amazing, I'm so happy with them. Next I plan to make a cool album with them, but she has expressed in interest in doing it for me, so that might be what happens :). She was super cool and easy to work with, and all around I'm happy with the results. So in doing amazing, I've asked her to take pictures of the surprise I have coming when it's finished. I'm so excited! So here's my look from today.





At church this weekend I was delighted to find out that a friend of mine starting a beauty store in China. It's like Clinque (or any makeup line of your choosing) but in a stand alone store. I'm soooo proud of her. She's incredibly bright and nice, I'm happy for her. Today went by pretty fast for a Monday...Tuesday...I mean. I don't know why I thought it was Monday hahaha! How's everyone else's week look! Lots of stuff to do? Alright, I've procrastinated long enough, I should get back to work. Don't forget to follow on my facebook and twitter. I will be doing a contest soon, and I don't want you to miss it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

work and play

Today is gorgeous outside. This will always be my favorite time of the year. Fall is just awesome on all fronts. So today is more of a work day with lounge wear. I do have some a few errands to run and I will get on that when I'm done watching Popeye the Sailor Man lol. While out shopping with my mom and grandmother the other day we came across a bin of $5 movies at walmart. In there I found lots of old movies that I probably won't find anywhere else and some old time cartoons that I will always have a special place for. So I will be inside most of the day working with Masa Yume, trying to bring out that surprise that will most likely happen early next month, and doing a wix website til I can link my domain to it. I have painted my nails, worked on the fall 2011 line, and now to make some tea on the quick break I'm taking away from the computer.


What does everyone have in store for this week? I hope you get a lot of the things you want to do, done. Alrighty back to work. :D

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

a touch of color

It's fall and it is great! The smell of the crisp air, the feel of the breeze, and the tea in my belly :D! I love this time of year! You are going to start seeing lots of coats that are going to keep the wind whipping at your arms and legs to a minimum and hopefully with a bit of personality. I did a fall outfit with a coat below, the coat is brown, but to add some personality I added color to help the outfit to be more fun. I'm all a twitter, can't wait to go to the fabric store and pick out some cool fabric and lining for my own fall jacket! I will post the swatch pictures as soon as I figure out what I'm doing. I was thinking of doing a two pattern jacket, with a princess cut and asymmetrical lines....hmmmm....there's a thought. Oh well, on to the look!




Well I'm off back to work on the surprise that Masa Yume is bringing...them some anime for break...then more work :D. Later! :D

Friday, September 3, 2010

How Fortunate

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rainy Rainy Rainy Day!

So if you are were in the mid- Michigan area today you would have been drenched in loads and loads of rain. I had to work at my new job today and every time it would start to pour it sounded like the roof was going to cave in. All I could think of was going outside and wearing a great pair of boots and accessories. I love rain so I wasn't upset about it either. I would more so love to have picked up and gone to a coffee shop and enjoyed yummy warm tea while catching up on the crazy monster size of entries I've missed. I refuse to delete the blogs that I follow since I haven't been able to get on in a while. SO I will catch up on them since I love them so. A few of the people who follow this one I follow theirs. :D . In inspiration of the rain and fall (the best part of the year) I did an outfit. YES! They are back...by popular demand...mainly me ;).


I even put in an umbrella. When I was looking threw all of the umbrellas this site offered I saw inspirations for outfits to come and pieces for upcoming lines :D. As I have grown so has my line and I'm very proud of that. The lines before I wouldn't change at all even if they are outdated (such is fashion) since they have helped me to continue to hone my fashion into what it is becoming (which is simply put...amazing!). I hope you continue to stay with me as a show you what I'm working with :D. (drift back to the song lol). Anyways I hope everyone is enjoying their week! Yeah for hump day! I have a wedding rehearsal and wedding to be in this weekend for one of my good friends. SO happy for her! Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coming Back!

It's official...I am now...wait for it....a...married woman! I know I have been gone for a couple months, but with the wedding it got to be to much for me to do. There have been a lot of changes going on. For one I quit my full-time job and took a different part-time one. Loving the extra time I have now to make sure I bring you some extra nice fashion. It's been a week and two days since I've tied the knot and yesterday (8-29) we had our 10th anniversary. SO happy! That all happened while I was getting done with the final prep for the wedding. It was amazing though, everything was beautiful and my family was great. It was mostly stress free thanks to the efforts of the fam and my mom and aunt did a lot! It was amazing! The music was great and the people there to celebrate with us were amazing. I will put up a couple photos when I get them back from the amazing photographer I had.

Now it's back to the grind. I'm updating my twitter a lot more than I was, and hopefully I will get better at it. I'm also working on a couple of side projects with Masa Yume and it's going to be pretty damn awesome if I may say so myself. I'm trying to convince my husband (sooo weird to call him that) to let me buy a Mac. I really want one, if not that I would settle for a new PC. It's been a good five years since my last one and the things I'd like to be doing with the brand and such will need an upgraded computer. He also needs one, but eh! lol. Since I'm working less, I have more time to focus, which I can't say that's not what I wanted. I freaked out when I had to do a part time instead of what I was doing, but I'm so happy it happened that way.

I will be updating the blog for now on at least a twice a week, either it be with what's going on in the world of Masa Yume, what I think is going to be in for the season to come, a look of the day/week, or just what we are diggin'. But something will go up! :D I'm really excited for the changes that are going to be happening, that have actually already started. Once it gets closer and closer I will let you know how to get in on some blog contests and freebies from me. It will be in time to get your fall/winter wardrobe on! So thanks for sticking with me for my lack of updates and such while I was getting married, and for just hanging out and being interested all together! Hope everyone has an awesome week! Now for some ice cream with butterscotch or caramel on top...whatever that tan substance is in the refrigerator...!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I've been so busy lately. With the wedding, the brand, moving and such it's been a lot. My fiance has finally moved in (actually a couple of months ago) and my sewing room is currently inexcessable. He has taken over the sewing room with his office! BAH! I plan on reclaiming my territory after the wedding :D. We are working on a new logo and website as well as some other things in the mix. I will tell you more about it when they are a little more exciting then they already are.Until then please enjoy the outfit that I have also been slacking on. In another month and a half I will be back to updating on a regular basis.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Yea, Nay, or Eh? Madonna Suits Up

http://www.style.com/stylefile/2010/06/yea-nay-or-eh-madonna-suits-up/

So I'm posting this while waiting for my nails to get done lol. I love
this look for Madonna it's one we've seen her in before and I think
it's a classic look on her. However I so not a fan of the shirt she
put with it. Love the french shirt I'm just not a fan of the stripes.
Another print or brighter solid would have been amazing to me

Sent from my iPhone

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sexy new shoes

I got these fanfreakintastic shoes yesterday and they are super comfy
to boot! Looovvveee themmmm!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Food Baby

Had a yummy yummy lunch with my co-workers. I was so full, but the
desert tasted soooo good. I feel like I'm going to explode but it's
worth it. ^_^

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2010 CFDA Award Winners And Honorees

http://www.style.com/stylefile/2010/06/2010-cfda-award-winners-and-honorees/


Thanks to the style.com app on my phone. This is the link for the
winners and honorees for 2010. Pretty cool.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Hail!

Yes that's hail on my deck.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Multimedia message

Multimedia message

We had fun planting the garden at church today. It's all types of hot outside holy bejeez. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

FGI

Eileen and myself have been busy working on new things to bring you. I know Eileen may have something up her sleeve, but it is a secret...from me too :D. Eileen and myself went to an FGI (Fashion Group International) Creative Connection. I saw a few faces that I haven't seen since before winter and a few new faces as well. All in all it was a great time, and I met great people. 

Me and one of the new faces...


It's been eventful the wonderful things coming this way. But there is still a lot to do. I even have a big announcement that I will tell you all about after it's official. What I can say is I'm sooo excited.


Eileen and Myself


We were at the Art Loft in Birmingham and it was wonderous. We found a few things we would have loved to go home with. I can't wait till the next one. I had a great time and went to Coney Island afterwards. It was yummy...besides being called a dude by the waitress while I was in the restroom lol. Alas I'm back off to work on the fantastical surprises in store.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I LOVE LOVE LOVE her hair! It changes soooo friggin smoothly! I love
World Market! I better go before I have no money left. Hehehehe

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Sacrifices We Make for Fashion


I would like to preface this by saying, no, I don't mean wearing really uncomfortable shoes because they are ridiculously gorgeous (although did you see the shoes I got at Urban Outfitters the other day?! I KNOW, right?!).

I am more taking about the pure monetary cost of fashion, and the, let us say, opportunity costs of spending on fashion. Economics is required for me to graduate from college, so yes, I am trying to make it worth my time (and my money)!

The amount I spend on clothes is probably ridiculous to some people, yet a mere month's shoe budget to others. This is the whole point of spending on fashion, and really, anything in life. One must spend within one's means. I own 40 pairs of shoes! But I also don't have many expenses right now as a college student, and I am also not whipping out the plastic for a pair of Jimmy Choos (a girl can dream, though). I will also never be able to buy the Reem Acra dress to the left, but maybe I'll splash out when I get married in, y'know, 20 years (photo gilt.com)

Trying to go to Germany for the whole year is, well, expensive. It has made me reevaluate what I spend on fashion, and left me both working doubly hard to make money this summer. Especially as I am turning to buying higher quality clothes, the thirst for trends is still present in my life.

So how do I balance it? Poorly, sometimes, I must admit. The rule of no online shopping is something that I have stuck by, and it has helped a lot! I also do not have a credit card, so I know exactly how much I am spending at any time. I also opened a Certificate of Deposit at my local credit union, which I can open with as little as 5o dollars and add up to 5000 more! Since I can't touch that money, I am going to put as much into it as possible, and then I am not able to touch the money! Germany bound, baby! Anything beyond the set amount I put in my CD, and the set amount I put in a savings account is mine to spend, or save for something awesome.

I have also been checking out places like Gilt and Hautelook! I hope I can nab some of the brands I love for a lot cheaper this summer. If you want to join Gilt or Hautelook, click here or here!

The takeaway: even though I am a student with relatively few expenses, I still have to pinch my pennies! Fashion is something I love, and I know that as long as I stick to my financial plan and work more hours, I can make sure I get a good dose of what I love, and I hope you can too!



Sunday, April 4, 2010

HAPPY EASTER!!!