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Just some quick shots from yesterday afternoon after a day of meetings and walking around in Toronto, which I’m currently visiting. I’m going to be having a book signing this Saturday here, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area! I would love to meet you and have a chat. :) The details are as follows:

Indigo Bookstore Yonge & Eglinton Centre
2300 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4 (Canada)
Saturday, June 16
2-5 pm

Also, I’m realizing that this is the first time I’m in photos with my new haircut. Not really drastic, but I haven’t gone this short in years and the change feels so much fresher, lighter, and more “me” than before. Still trying to figure out if I like the middle part though; let me know what you think!

Outfit Details
Grey bodysuit- Express
Jeans- Hollister
Belt- H&M
Purse- Call it Spring
Flats- Forever 21

Hope you’re having a lovely week so far!

x
Angela

(ps- the title of this post borderlines creepy, but i’m kinda liking it in a poetic, atypical way. is that bad?)


Prom 2016

So happy to have attended prom this year! I’m only in 8th grade, but the online school I’m with allows 8th graders to attend so that’s what I did.

Let’s talk about my dress first: yes I did make it. Made it the night before we left for Ventura/LA, CA (where prom was held). In 4 hours. I don’t ever, ever suggest trying to make a prom dress in 4 hours. I was pretty tired by time I finished (it was like 1 am) so I didn’t bother trying it on before stuffing it into my suitcase. Wrong move. When I put it on before prom, one of the back straps was way too loose. Luckily, I knew myself well enough to bring matching thread and needle just in case. I fixed it last minute right before taking these pictures. If you’re wondering, the dress itself is just made from dance-wear knit, has a self-lined bodice, 6-gore skirt, and one pocket (didn’t have time to sew another one, haha). The pattern is self-drafted.

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Two pictures that I would have loved if they didn’t turn out blurry. Prom started at 8:00pm and we started shooting around 7:50, so not much time to get the camera to focus. And how pale am I?! I planned to get a tan and obviously that didn’t happen, as I was inside almost all of the time and the city is basically drowning in fog, no sun at all.

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Shoes. I wore these 5″ nude heels from Chinese Laundry. Absolutely love them and my feet didn’t hurt as much as I thought they would after 3 hours of standing/dancing, but I don’t think I’m going to do that again.

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More about the prom itself, it’s a 2 day event held in Ventura, southern California, about an hour away from LA. There’s a coffeehouse/open mic night during the first night, prom itself is held the following night, and the seniors have a graduation the afternoon of prom. I did speak at the coffeehouse event, which was super nerve racking (it was the most people I’ve ever spoken in front of, around 200), about my book and I think I did okay. We drove down there from the San Fransisco/San Jose area in the early morning and I stayed up the previous night making my dress, so I was tired by the end of that night and just glad to get a good night sleep to say the least.

The day of prom, I spend the morning and most of the afternoon helping out with decorations and setting up. The theme was “A Night at the Oscars,” which explain the red carpet and everything. It’s not easy as it sounds, with a blank room to turn into an oscar-themed party room, but so fun and satisfying! The girls and I built the following 10 feet arch from scratch, using poles and screws. It turned from a 4 person job to a 8 person job at one point because it was way harder than expected (the screws didn’t fit into the designated holes, like what?). The end result was beautiful though, with streamer-wrapped poles, life-sized cutouts of famous Hollywood stars, this gigantic movie scene clapperboard, amazing photobooth, string lights, metallic star streamers hanging from the ceiling, 3D light-up wire movie clapper, Hollywood themed glitter in star, film-reel, and movie maker shapes, and much more. I wish I had more pictures of the room to share!

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The night itself was a little awkward at first since no one really knew each other. For the first 2 minutes while people were still entering, those who were already in including me just stood there in a circle not saying anything at all, just the occasionally awkward laugh. That’s online school, but in the end everyone had a great time (at least I did) just talking, dancing, taking pictures, and having fun. Here are some more photos:

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How cute are these mini gold Oscar chocolates?

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The prom/decorating committee with my friends Alex and Lara and I!

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Lara and I! She’s like Cinderella (so pretty)!

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prom was amazing 🙏🎈#lssconnect

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Well, I hope you found this post somewhat entertaining. I had an amazing weekend and met so many amazing people!

xx
Angela
PS: If I’ve put a picture of you in this post and you would like it to be removed, just let me know! So sorry, I’ll do that ASAP!


Spring International Quilt Market 2016 + Giveaway

Welcome to the last stop of my blog tour, where for the past week bloggers world-wide have been sharing thoughts on my newly released fashion design and sewing book for teens, #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) Sew & Style: Make Your Dream Wardrobe with Angela!

I’ve already done an introduction and story-telling at the beginning of the tour, which you can check that out HERE on C&T Publishing’s blog if you haven’t seen it yet. So for my blog, I thought I’d just share my trip this past weekend to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Spring International Quilt Market to help promote my book. It’s an industry trade show full of any people you can imagine in the fabric/sewing related business, including manufactures, distributors, buyers, publishers, designers, and more.

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My experience at Quilt Market was simply amazing. I’m so so grateful for having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and amazing people, including those from Babylock, Bernina, Brewers, C&T Publishing, Coats & Clark, Eddie’s Quilting Bee, Free Spirit, Hoffman Fabrics, R&J Fabrics, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, Up Craft Club, and also Alex Anderson, Annie Urien of byAnnie.com , and Tula Pink. Thank you all for taking the time to talk to me, show me the ropes of the business, and say kind words about my book. It really means a lot to me!

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I got to do 2 book signings at the show, both on Saturday, one at the Brewers booth and the other at the Babylock booth. All of the books (54 total) were gone within 20 minutes. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and Brewers and Babylock for having me!

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After the show, my mom and I got to walk though downtown Salt Lake, and we found City Center Mall next door (which is huge btw), so naturally I did some shopping and also picked out something to take home for my little sister, who’s 10 years old and wanted but couldn’t come on this trip with us because of school. We did FaceTime about 5 times a day though.

Speaking of my family and my mom, I just wanted to thank you, mom, for taking me on this trip and sticking by me throughout, helping me with the miscellaneous tasks like setting up, carrying items, taking pictures, and so much more. I love you!!

That’s about it for my experience at Spring Quilt Market. I had an incredible time that I’ll never forget and am extremely thankful I got the opportunity to go. It was a great learning experience that will certainly help me in future endeavors.

Just like all the other bloggers in this blog tour, I’ll be giving away a copy of my book to one lucky reader! You can enter here:

A copy of “#OOTD (Outfit of the Day) Sew & Style: Make Your Dream Wardrobe with Angela”

(click HERE if the entry form is not showing up)


If you’re based in the US, I’ll be sending you a hard copy of #OOTD Sew & Style with full size pattern pull-outs, while if you’re international, you’ll win the e-book version. Giveaway ends in one week, 6/1 and I’ll be announcing the winner here and be in touch with you via email.

I encourage you to visit all the other participating blogs on this tour for more chances to win! Here’s a list of all their posts:

5/17/2016 Kickoff! Angela Lan posting on ctpub.com/blog 
5/18/2016 Marte Lambin at compagnie-m.com
5/19/2016 Sasha Werner at secondopiano.space 
5/20/2016 Barbara Emodi at sewingontheedge.blogspot.com
5/23/2016 Shannon H at youngseamstress.blogspot.com
5/24/2016 Suzannah Stanley at create-enjoy.com

Good luck! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day so far! :)