Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff

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Last weekend we met up with our good friend Laura Kelly at a conference where I had a speaking engagement. Mayhem adores Laura (as do I) because she’s such a creative enabler.

Laura was there because she works with some pretty amazing companies who were helping to sponsor the event. And Laura didn’t just talk shop about the products, she brought them with her and invited EVERYONE to come sit down and make something fun.

I was headed to sit in a session at the conference, but Mayhem wanted to go hang out with Laura at her “craft table”, so Keith grabbed the camera and took her to hang out with Laura.

45 minutes later I met back up with them only to find they had made the felt dress you see above. And I about died.

I guess since we’ve got a fairly strong paper game, Laura thought it was time to move on to some type of fabric….

I’ve been told that Mayhem did her thing. Only this time with felt, ribbon, buttons and fabric glue.

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Oh, and some magical machine that cuts out out shapes …

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Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

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Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

And in case you haven’t noticed, Mayhem is a bit into fringe these days …

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This is her “Dad, I think that’s enough photographs” look ….

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I was seriously kind of awestruck when I found out what they made.

So Laura said “Hey, do you want me to send you some supplies?”

And I was all, “No way! I like my paper and tape. You keep your wealth of craftiness to yourself and stop trying to complicate this process that I think I have SOME handle on …” Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

And so she was all, “Well fine then. Can you pick someone else who might like it that I can give some too?”

So I said “Sure, I have some crafty friends. I can choose someone.”

And then she put together a package of $350 worth of stuff and said “Who should I send it to?”.

And I was all, “Hey I can’t be responsible for choosing the one person to send THAT MUCH STUFF to! That’s the kind of stuff people get unfriended for…”

So she said, “Fine. How about a giveaway instead?”

And I said, “Deal.”

Then she sent me this pic:

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So Laura has that awesome bundle of goodies at her studio just waiting for an address to send it to. It includes a Sizzix die cut machine with Laura Kelly pet shop dies, $100 worth of fabric adhesives from iLoveToCreate, $50 worth of Kunin felt, and buttons from Buttons Galore.

So if you’re the crafty type, this one’s for you. Hop to it and enter below or over on Laura’s blog!

Massive thanks to Laura, Sizzix, iLoveToCreate and Kunin for putting together such a generous bundle for us to giveaway!

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Mayhem At New York Fashion Week

Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com(Inspired by a runway look from the Diesel Black Gold SS 2015 collection)

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Over the past few months we’ve received invitations to lots of events. And while we’re always incredibly appreciative for the offer, it almost always means time away from our business which is tough to do when you own and operate a small business. But when an invite from Samsung to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York landed in our inbox, we knew we’d be complete fools to pass up the opportunity. (I might even admit to full body convulsing with excitement at merely reading the email…might.)

We arrived on day 5 of the event, with two paper dresses in tow. And were whisked away to the Reem Acra show…

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I don’t have adequate words for just how awestruck Mayhem was, but suffice it to say, she wasn’t sure what to do with herself.

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There was inspiration aplenty…

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And she was excited to get started on a Reem Acra inspired dress back at our hotel.

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I was given very specific instructions to “keep cutting little lines of gold.”

I did what I was told Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

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We went to sleep with an almost completed dress and lots of excitement about the next day.

Day 2 started as most of our days in the Big Apple do …

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Pie Face for breakfast! In bed. Because Dad ran out and got some the night before.

Later in the day we headed back to Lincoln Center and the Samsung Backstage VIP Lounge.  Where Mayhem dressed her two mannequins before donning a paper dress herself.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And while she was waiting for the go ahead to put on her own paper dress, she opted to create yet another paper ensemble for the onlookers. Because that’s what you do when there’s paper and tape laying around Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And we met Michael Hoeweler! He’s an illustrator who was sketching guests at the Samsung VIP Lounge. And get this – all of his sketches were done on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 device with an S pen. His talent is truly amazing!

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

Michael was even so kind as to email it to us. Check this out …

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Amazing, right?!?!

Once Mayhem was ready, it was time for her to show off her inspiration for the pieces we created, via the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

First up was our rendition of a Trina Turk dress that graced the runway a few short days earlier. See it here.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And that one she’s wearing….

A gorgeous Monique Lhuillier that was also shown only days before. Check it out here.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And yep, that’s a blinged out Samsung Galaxy Gear S on her arm. Paper style, of course.

She fielded questions from the sweetest gals in media and was excited to “pose” with her mannequins. That’s McKenzie (not to be confused with McKenza – our mannequin at home) in the Reem Acra pink and gold dress, and New Yorkie (not kidding) in the Trina Turk dress.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

After surviving a slight wardrobe malfunction (it happens when you wear paper), we exited out a back door and Mayhem marched herself around to the front of Lincoln Center.

Wearing a paper dress. (I have to type it out because I’m still having difficulty believing this all actually happened.)

She posed in front of the fountain before heading inside to the “up front” Samsung Lounge.

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In case it isn’t painfully obvious, she was pretty proud to be showing off McKenzie and New Yorkie Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

After posing for a few more photographs, we wrapped it up. An hour is an eternity for a four year old, but it somehow flies by when it’s an hour dedicated to showering you with attention ….

After changing back into “regular” clothes, the girls at the TRESemme Salon spoiled her with some high fashion hair. And she loved every second of it.

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Thanks Johanna!

Back in the Samsung VIP Lounge, the girls from Zoya stopped by with some nail polish and OMG …. did Mayhem ever freak out!

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We left Lincoln Center and celebrated with pizza for dinner.

Which was about the time that Mayhem announced that she might want to have another “show” one day when she’s older. But she still wants to be a pizza maker too. You know, with a pizza car that has a sign on the top….

Well done MBFW. Well done.

Massive thanks to the wonderful team at Samsung for sponsoring our trip and  making this whole experience possible. Never in a million years would we have envisioned having our own paper dress show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, let alone having one powered by Samsung. The inspiration and encouragement Mayhem received is priceless.    

Stuff We Love Sundays – TwentyThreeTen

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The  state of my daily arm party for the past couple months is what you see above. With that top bracelet (correction: Lacelet) being my fav.

I clicked on the Twentythreetenshop Instagram account (a few months back) after seeing them tagged in another image, and instantly knew I needed a Lacelet (bracelets made from baseball glove lacing!). AND, they happen to be a local (Cincinnati) small business, so I was happy pop over to their website and place an order.

One for myself and one for Mayhem, with the same quote: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

We’ve had a LOT of new stuff thrown our way this year and I thought it might be good to have a visible reminder each day to never let fear hold us back.

A couple weeks later I had a note from Alexis and Hannah (sisters and creators of the Lacelet) to ask how we were enjoying ours. It started a friendly conversation which led to an invitation for Mayhem and myself to come out and see how they make them.

So we did!

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Hannah and Alexis were all kinds of awesome! They took the time to show Mayhem all the colors of lacelets they offer and showed how the laces are lined up for customization.

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Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

Then they let her choose a few colors and line them up for herself. (That’s Alexis in the stripes and Hannah in the white.)

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Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

Chances for Mayhem to learn new skills and meet creative friends are opportunities we won’t pass up.

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Then it was time to choose a quote for the new Lacelets….

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Hmmmmm…..

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Yep, we have the perfect “Mayhem original” ….

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Taking a peek …

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And helping with the finishing touches…

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It’s her “go to” answer anytime someone asks how she knows something … Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

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Somewhere during the process, I turned around and Mayhem had snagged a blue ring pop from my bag. Her mouth is blue in almost EVERY photograph I have from our field trip. But at least it matched her outfit.

Alexis and Hannah were SO incredible with Mayhem and we absolutely appreciate the opportunity to visit with them and get a behind the scenes look at Twenty Three Ten.

And while my daily arm party looks almost the same, I do have a new favorite up top…

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Now, want one for yourself? Have a friend in mind this might be perfect for?

You’re in luck! We’re really excited that Alexis and Hannah have kindly offered 15% off using the coupon code: Mayhem ending September 14, 2014.

So hop to it! Click on over to Twenty Three Ten and find a quote you like or customize one for yourself. Those holidays are going to creep up on us all faster than we think …. *hint *hint Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

Just for clarification – Not a sponsored post. We’re just big fans of Twenty Three Ten and wanted to share the Lacelet love. Over and out.

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue

Our friend Lauren nominated us for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge last week and Mayhem was more than excited to participate. (while I was happy to make a donation Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com )

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com I thought it was really important for Mayhem to understand WHY people were dumping the ice buckets on their heads, so we sat down and watched the Pete Frates story together. And then we talked about it. She had LOTS of questions and I did my best to answer them in a way that a four year old can make a some sense of.

After that we did a little research and discovered that the ALS awareness ribbon is blue and white striped. Which inspired us to create a paper dress for the occasion.

Then it was time to get down to business.

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comWhen Keith asked if she was really going to do it, she simply hoisted her bucket and dumped. Without any hesitation.

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comYou’ll notice that as soon as the water touched the blue crepe streamer paper, the dye began bleeding out…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comWhich was cut short by the realization that she was turning blue…

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comShe was not impressed…

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comIt took a hosing down, followed by a shower, followed by a bath (with LOTS of scrubbing) to even make a dent.

I worked on the Mayhem while Keith scrubbed our driveway and the sidewalk. Both of which were victimized by our “blue fiasco”.

Word to the wise: that crepe streamer paper, when went, will bleed, and stain!

Mayhem told me that creating a dress for the ice bucket challenge was my “WORST IDEA EVER”. I disagreed and offered that her ice bucket story is clearly “WAY MORE BETTER” because she turned blue at the end.

Bottom line – make a donation. Every little bit helps.

PS – We have a Facebook page we’re going to start using for additional content – if you’d like to follow along you can like us HERE.

#GoBucks! – The Outtakes

This morning I posted this image to our Instagram account:

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Because one of Mayhem’s BFFs is headed to Ohio State this weekend to start her college adventure. (Good luck Elizabeth!!!)

But the “outtakes” from this little session were just too good not to share.

Some of my favorites ever, actually.

So without further ado, here’s a peak at what our paper dress “sessions” look like. (Although we don’t normally take THIS many … but she was having too much fun so we kept going.)

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Her “poses” were cute.

But the action stuff was better…

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This next one is far and away, one of my all time favorites…

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Go Bucks!

Back To School Paperwork Hack

Back to school paperwork got you feeling a little crazy?

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Here’s a quick hack that may work to alleviate at least a little bit of the trauma (especially if you have more than one child).

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Use address labels on forms instead of painstakingly filling out the forms by hand. Or better yet, create new labels with the “extra” info required (email address, phone number, etc.).

As a bonus, the people who have to process all that information will put you on the “genius list” rather than the “can’t decipher this fool’s handwriting” list.

This I know for sure Back To School Paperwork Hack | FashionByMayhem.com

Happy Back to School!

PS – Need some lunch packing ideas? Be sure to visit Lunch It Punch It for some great ideas.

Weekly Wrap Up

Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

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We started our week dancing in a fountain. Which is awesome.

Especially when it’s not planned.

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We attended the local National Night Out and Mayhem got to check out the inside of an ambulance. I keep warning her to stop jumping off the couch or she’s going to get to take a ride in one of these. I’m hoping the discomfort you see on her face means the idea isn’t all that appealing to her anymore.

And then there were the selfies….

For some reason, she’s been all about the selfies this week. It started on Tuesday when she opted for a selfie with one of the seniors we photographed at our studio. (If you want to follow along, we’ve decided to post Mayhem’s “selfies with seniors” over on our studio Instagram account.)

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And a family selfie was requested as well Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

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We’ve also spent hours on Cute Girls Hairstyles this week. Hours. We both have a mild obsession.

Each time I finish a hairstyle, she requests a pic so she can see it. Because, of course.

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And then the week ended in the same dress it started in. I’m pretty sure it was clean. But I don’t sweat the small stuff ….

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It’s CRAZY season at our studio, and between August 1 and August 15, we’ll photograph about a billion high school athletes. Or so it will seem.

That means all hands on deck. Including Mayhem. She’s excellent at yelling “Who’s up next?” and collecting order envelopes.

But that also means she gets to do cool stuff like hang out on the turf and perfect her end zone dance.

And take more selfies with seniors ….

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It’s Saturday night and we’re exhausted.

Very happily exhausted Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

About Yesterday’s Instagram Post…

When I posted this:

With the caption: This morning she made ME a dress. And insisted that I post it. I negotiated the right to not post my dirty hair and make-up-less face. Because I’m teaching her that business decisions should always be win-win or no deal About Yesterdays Instagram Post... | FashionByMayhem.com #fashionbymayhem

…. I was not prepared for the comments it would spark about societal beauty issues, my insecurities, or the hope that Mayhem doesn’t become dependent on clean hair and make-up.

I thought about defending myself a little.

But sometimes more talking is just that. More talking. And over-thinking. And making issues (for our kids) that aren’t actually issues for them (yet).

I felt pretty sure that Mayhem (who is perfectly confident wearing clothing SHE constructs out of paper and tape!) isn’t developing an unhealthy view of beauty, but I decided to go ahead and have a conversation with her instead of the peeps over on our Instagram feed.

So I asked her, “What do you think makes a person beautiful?”

And she actually paused for a good ten seconds before answering “A smile.”

So then I asked her, “What do you think makes a person not so beautiful?”

And almost immediately she replied “A bad attitude.”

I like her answers.

A LOT.

Let’s all be beautiful today. It’s easy …. just put on one of these About Yesterdays Instagram Post... | FashionByMayhem.com

I Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today

Yesterday we were working with a long time client of our studio. As in, more than 20 years, long time.

We were shooting new photographs for a product that Dr. Amis developed several years back, called the One StretchI Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com. We created the images for their website a few years ago and it was simply time for new ones.

After the shoot, I posted this image to my Instagram account:

Because I thought it was funny.

And then, another funny thing happened.

A few people asked about where they could find the product and I was all “Hey, I think you can find it on Amazon”. But then I figured I should probably confirm that kind of information before continuing to spew it. So I hopped on Amazon and did a quick search for One Stretch.

Lo and behold I was right. (And no that’s not the funny part.)

This is the funny part:

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That’s me! Or at least part of me on the One StretchI Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com.

It’s not that I don’t remember standing in for a few photographs, because I do. We photographed quite a few people using it.

It was just a surprise when I did a search on Amazon and found myself.

Or at least half of myself.

And when you stumble upon something like that, it’s also awesome to find the product has a 4.5 star rating I Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com

Not sponsored. Just funny. To me, anyway. But if you or someone you know is having issues with heel pain or plantar fasciitis, I’d highly recommend you head over to the One Stretch website to learn more. Dr. Amis knows his stuff, and his wife is the owner of the impressive boot collection you see in the top image (which everyone on IG gawked at). It’s an awesome product, developed by awesome people who actually care about HELPING people not just feel better, but to “make it easy to for patients to take control and eliminate foot pain for good”. This post contains links to their website as well as Amazon affiliate links. Because I wanted to. Over and out.