Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


What's in my {ballet} bag..

HandmadeFashionJean ChungComment

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


ballet skirts.

Life ThingsJean ChungComment

My love for ballet + my love for fabric = MY PASSION FOR LOOKING GOOD!!!


candyandbagel ballet skirt

I grew up taking ballet classes regularly for almost 7 years when I used to live in Korea. Then between moving to the US and having to "study hard so that I can get into a college," I had a long hiatus from ballet. About 4 years ago, I just randomly decided to go back to ballet, and loved the first ballet studio I went to, and just stayed with it. 

Now with a kid and a full time job, I can only show up for 1 class a week. But there's one thing that never changed. I always try to look properly dressed for the class. That means, leotards and tights, legwarmers over the pointe shoes, I also like to make ballet skirts! 

After a recent class, some students asked if I could make some skirts. Encouraged by their enthusiasm, I drafted and made a couple of styles in different fabrics. 

The more I work on these, the more I am feeling that this is going to be the new thing at Candy & Bagel!

I started making my own leotards and skirts because I wasn't finding anything I wanted to wear. Most dancewear companies make things for kids, and not enough for adult dancers. If you were professional, and already have the body of a ballet dancer, sure you will fit into those and look great! Or you have the ability to pay for more high-end brands with better fabric. They still don't solve the problem. Most adult dancers who dance recreationally, need more support in the right places, and need more coverage for better fit

I'm starting out with a small batch of skirts now, but plan to expand to legwarmers (knit!), warm-up sweaters (knit!), and other dancewear geared towards adult dancers. 

I am excited for this new chapter in Candy & Bagel's journey!



Special EditionJean ChungComment

I've been blogging about knitting for about 10 years now. Wow. 

I started at Wordpress, as "JDKnitter in the 9th Circuit" (HAHA). And back then, it was just to keep a journal of my new hobby, knitting. Soon, it became more serious and I started focusing on sharing my knitting designs with others. 

My life has evolved significantly since then. I'm no longer a law student who used the 2-hour shifts at the law library counter as knitting time. I'm a mom with an energetic toddler, and 2 fur-babies, Candy and Bagel. I also have a very fulfilling job as general counsel of a company. I now not only knit, but spin yarns, dye fibers, and sew clothes. 

The world has evolved as well. It seems like people are becoming less and less interested in reading long blog posts, or read through long patterns/tutorials. With Pinterest and Instagram, it's all about exchange of information in as few words as possible. 

Knitting world is changing -- magazines are going out of operation or merged with bigger companies, design aesthetics change, and the economy of selling patterns as an emerging designer is tough. 

All of these to simply say, that it's time for a change. I'm going to think about it more, and I don't know where this blog/design page is going, YET. I want to keep sharing my passion in handmade fashion with others, so this place will never just disappear, that is for sure.

But I do see a need for a change. One idea is to focus on how I usually modify other people's pattern to fit my body. I do feel like I want to focus on sharing How-to's and tips, rather than designing. 

I changed the website design back to the previous version. Until next time....