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


Grinchalong: A basic vest for me.

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

When I first started knitting years ago, I started getting busy in October, trying to decide and make all the gifts for my friends and family. Now, I don't do that anymore. I still make and gift things all year long, even charge people for some of them, but holiday season now means much more to me than gifts.

The trade in for buying gifts is that I get to spend more time with my family at shopping malls, putting the kiddo on the carousel, visit the Santa House, and just in general, having a laid back time at home. 

It's December 30 today, and my company has today and Monday off -- which means Kiddo's also out of school until then, so we're going to cook Taiwanese hot pot today, enjoy our last day of 2016 tomorrow, and open the new year's day with holiday buffet. Instead of trying to pull all nighters to finish gift knitting, I took some time off from work and reorganize my stash, clean up my sewing space, worked on a few WIPs... and focused on finishing something for myself for. a change.

Just in time for the Knitmore Girls' #Grinchalong contest - the idea is that knitting/sewing/hobby should always bring joy to you, instead of stress. 

I cast on for this sweater since I had this yarn for a vest for few years now, and I haven't made anything for myself in a long time. It's usually socks for me, or sweaters/vests for Kiddo. This was just 6 days ago, and the process has been very relaxing on my new wooden knitting needles. I'm working on the neckband and armbands right now and it'll all be done soon. :)



Life ThingsJean ChungComment

Hi friends,

It might have looked almost as if I've forgotten about the whole knitting business for a while. I haven't updated anything here for a while, I haven't released any pattern since last October, etc. 

In fact, it was quite the opposite. Back in January, I was approached by a yarn company in South Korea with an opportunity to develop an entire collection of original designs. It was really exciting. I could do anything I wanted, with unlimited yarn support. 

I sketched. Yarns were shipped. I sketched some more. Then started knitting.

Then I started a new job. There was the whole chaos with my 16-month son getting used to the daycare, a temporary childcare solution we found until a spot opened up at my employer's Montessori school. It was a chaos because Kiddo hated it. He cried every single morning, refused to nap at the daycare, and I disagreed on almost every tactic the daycare provider was using to help Kiddo soothe himself. Fortunately, a spot opened up at the school after just 3 weeks so at 17 month, my Kiddo started school full time. 

All this to say, that my samples were being delayed. Then unfortunately (or fortunately....?), the event where I was supposed to show the collection got canceled. 

On one hand, I was really relieved that I wouldn't have to stay up every night to finish all the samples on time. On the other hand, I was really disappointed that, because I was relying on several new designs being released in the fall, I had not worked on any submissions here in the U.S. 

With my new Winter Forest design in Holla Knits Winter 2016 issue, I'm slowly moving back into the old routine. So I promise to keep you posted!