Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


What's in my {ballet} bag..

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My Ballet Bag --

My dance bagxtokidoki

This is my ballet bag! It's actually a DIAPER BAG by Ju Ju Be, and this print was their collaboration with Tokidoki, one of my favorite brands in the world. When I got this bag, I knew that someday it will become my ballet bag. It has lots of pockets, insulated bottle holders, and a roomy main compartment. And it's a backpack style! My little one stopped wearing diapers and doesn't need me to carry around change of clothes anymore that much so now this is mine.

Candy & Bagel Bag

Inside the bag, I keep a spare leotard (my handmade), skirt (my handmade, in Tokidoki print), warmups (handmade of course), ballet flats, pointe shoes, fake lashes, sewing kit, lambswool, Theraband, and a lavender sachet. 

Pointe Shoes: Russian Pointe | Ballet flats: Grishko | Tin can: Trader Joe's | Eyelashes: Japanese grocery market | "Theraband" from Bunheads

Pointe Shoes: Russian Pointe | Ballet flats: Grishko | Tin can: Trader Joe's | Eyelashes: Japanese grocery market | "Theraband" from Bunheads

{the Close Up}

I am still trying out different pointe shoes, and don't feel like I have found THE ONE yet. I keep my Russian Pointe Sapfir and Entrada Pro in my bag, and alternate. I just got a new pair of Bloch Heritage as well, so I threw in yet another shoes in the mix. 

For ballet flats, I bought these Grishko canvas flats in 2014 and that's it, never had to replace them or never made me look elsewhere for new flats. I wash them only 2~3 times a year and I love how clean they look and they look great on my feet. 

And of course, my pointe shoe sewing kit. It's actually a tin can that used to hold Trader Joe's Peppermint Bark (mmmmmm). I keep my needles, pointe shoe accessories (ribbons, elastics, toe spacers, pads...) and a small thing of baby powder. 

I use Theraband a lot to stretch and do toe exercises. 

Lavender leotard, ballet skirts, legwarmers, warm-up shorts, handdyed lambswool: Candy & Bagel 

Lavender leotard, ballet skirts, legwarmers, warm-up shorts, handdyed lambswool: Candy & Bagel 

Over the years, I made a couple of leotards, few legwarmers, warmers, and of course, many many ballet skirts. I also have a lot of 100% wool from spinning. 

I absolutely love watching other ballet dancers sharing what's in their dance bags on YouTube and Instagram! I think we pretty much have similar items for essentials but I love seeing other people's neatly folded leotards, unique skirts, and little things they carry around to help them feel better after class. :D


Take MeMadeMay one day at a time

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I'm a huge supporter of handmade fashion.... if you haven't noticed before.

I follow Fashion Revolution  and not a fan of fast fashion trends. And while I understand why they are so popular, I do not patronize the fashion brands that make money by cheating, copying, and abusing.

So May is special to me because Instagram feed gets filled with people who understand the beauty of consciously made clothes, made with care. 

I cannot promise that I will wear exciting things everyday this month, but I will wear something made by me everyday, in observance of this movement.

Here are things I wore in Week 1.

New Pattern: Winter Forest pullover Holla Knits Winter 2016

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{Winter Forest}   Holla Knits Winter 2016

{Winter Forest} Holla Knits Winter 2016

After a long hiatus, I return to you with a new pattern released in the Winter 2016 issue of Holla Knits: Winter Forest.

This is my second pattern published through Holla Knits. The magazine has been around for 5 years now! They usually publish very fun, bold, exciting pieces and I am always so honored to be able to work with the editor, Allyson, and be featured along with other talented designers.

Pattern: Winter Forest
Pattern Store: Holla Knits Winter 2016
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns Trinity Worsted in "Willow"

The pullover features "high low" hemline, and I purposefully left the side seam open. I love how it shows off playfulness and casual mood of the design. The cable pattern is simple and easy to memorize, which in my book, is the only way to cable. The sleeves are extra long, just the way I like it.

Everything about this sweater is very me, it captures just what I like in all my favorite sweaters.

Felicia at Sweet Georgia Yarns graciously provided yarn support for this design and Trinity Worsted is the perfect yarn for this sweater. It drapes, but it's strong and the stitch definition is phenomenal. The silk content definitely makes it feel so luxurious. 

The pattern is now available at Holla Knits, as well as Ravelry. I am hoping to put the patterns on Craftsy and LoveKnitting this weekend.