Monday, 30 January 2017

Dress Making Report: Oh my Lace

Who doesn't just LOVE lace?! It is definitely one of my favourite fabric, it comes in all different textures, weights and colours. You can use it to dress up any dress, top, skirt, or even jean shorts. When your a designer fabric shopping is your happy place. Where you can find that perfect one to create something basically out of nothing.

Every single time I shop for a client and I find that exact fabric I was looking for, O-M-G such an awesome feeling! I know she's going to love it and it gets us so much closer to making all her dress dreams come true. Now, some clients can be very vague when it comes to the fabric, colour etc and others can be so specific, I may have to dig through piles and bins to find that needle in a hay stack. BUT, when finding that exact colour in the lace overlay and lets say a satin underlay, it's like the universe knew I would go crazy if I don't get exactly what I am looking.

That's when this amazing dress for a Momma on her baby's baptism day was born! I love the uniqueness of this dress and oh that keyhole back. My client loved it oh so much.

"Getting my custom dress from Amanda was great. The dress was made for my daughters baptism and I received a lot of compliments on it! Having two kids doesn't leave me with a lot of time but Amanda was accommodating knowing this. She also altered and changed the bow on my older daughters dress to match my dress. My whole family matched :) The Dress made me feel pretty and it was very comfy. What's great is, it can be altered if I ever need because it's custom! Love it!" 
- Catherine Spagnuolo

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Lifestyle: Self talk

Hiya Beautiful!

DO any of these sound familiar? 

I am stupid.
I am ugly.
I hate my thighs.
I am not enough.
I am useless.
I am so fat.
I hate my hair.
I'm not good at anything.
I can never win.
My nose is huge.
No don't take my picture, I look awful.

I've been having a lot of conversations with people in my life about negative self talk. I hear it all the time, and hey I'm totally guilty of it in some cases too. I work on this every day. Some days are harder than others. WE talk so poorly about ourselves at times, we do not realize how much it hurts.

I asked a friend who said she hated her legs, how she would feel if someone walked up to her and said that. HER face said it all, pretty friggen horrible! So why do we say these things to ourselves? They become subconscious after a while. Even with all the work I have done I still have that, I am not enough thought show up. Depending on the situation I can either easily shift and choose that I am enough or I get stuck. Creating problems that may not even exist. 

When this happens changing your words towards yourself is incredibly important. If I look in the mirror and say "ugh I've gained so much weight." I now say towards my body, "Thank you for the ability to choose my health." At first it is really hard, know that eventually it gets easier. When you show up for yourself and witness your thoughts, your life will change. HOW you treat yourself and others will get better and even how they treat you will change.

Mantras are very useful especially with negative self talk. Any time I'm fearful (anxious, panicking, frustrated etc), finding words that feel good like, I choose to feel better now, I choose peace over this or just simply I love you/Thank you. Repeat the words that help you feel a little better over and over, until you know you're shifting. Breath. Step back. And really feel what's going on, this is all part of the self-love process.

If you're willing to heal, grow and learn, you will be able to continue to move forward in the best possible way. Yes, there will be great resistance at times but, just remember you're human, you are a magnificent being with extraordinary potential. Big Love my friends.

I hope this serves you.

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Canada's Bridal Show

Hello Sunshine,

How grateful am I! On January 6th - 8th I had the pleasure of being apart of Canada's Bridal Show for the very first time. THIS has been the biggest show in Canada running now for 32 years! It was a complete success my friends. To all those who joined us, a huge thank you. 

My team was unbelievable, getting the word out about A.M.E.G. Designs and helping each women get one step closer to her dream dress. I have emails pouring in with requests for quotes and so many beauties have been added to the list, YAY!

Each person in my life leading up to and during the show were amazing too! Getting me closer to my vision and checking in every day, thank you to all my supporters, each of you are so wonderful.

There was a contest for a custom head piece or veil with a very lucky, excited winner who is now thinking of all the ideas she can so we can create something beautiful for her special day! Each dress shown in the pictures were a hit! I debuted a plus size model (the only one at the show), so every women could really see the difference in size and what A.M.E.G. Designs really offers. A perfect fit for every body! 

Overall I have no complaints, meeting so many wonderful vendors as well as brides, I am so excited to see what this year has to unfold. Wishing you a very Happy New Year lovelies!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett