H&M Romper

Details: H&M Romper (Similar) / Jack Rogers Sandals
I don’t know about you, but for me, the summer is filled with constant activity. In one day, I may need an outfit that’s just as appropriate for running errands as it is for meeting up with friends. And no matter what, it must be comfortable in the sweltering heat. Enter the romper. I found this one and a cobalt blue one just like it at H&M at the beginning of summer. I bought two because I knew they would be my go-tos. This romper proved it’s worth when I went to visit my friend in Arlington. It was great for brunch at Fig and Olive and stood strong as we walked through store after store in the D.C. heat. 
Another great purchase was this over the shoulder bag. I found it while shopping with my sister at Fells Point in Baltimore. She bought the same one in turquoise. It’s great when I don’t want to carry a heavy bag and only need a few things. It was a life saver during our trip to the American History Museum in D.C., which went from a two-hour trip to a four-hour saga. I never realized how big it is.  What are some of your summer go-tos?

Floral Print Romper

I found this great romper while rummaging through the racks at one of my favorite consignment shops in Squirrel Hill. After selling some clothes, the total for this romper with my store credit came to $6. Don’t you love when that happens!?! I think it’s the perfect style romper. Playful, but with the right touches of sophistication. This was exactly the outfit I wanted to wear for my 30th birthday celebration with friends. After all, isn’t that what every 30 year old is striving to be? A little wiser, but still able to have fun.

Necessary Clothing Romper via Avalon Exchange / CharmingCharlie Purse / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes via T.J. Maxx

Etsy shop: Vivat Veritas

I discovered the Etsy shop Vivat Veritas through my boyfriend who purchased one of the rompers for my birthday (see at bottom). The business card was in the pocket of the romper, and when I checked out the store I loved everything I saw. I immediately emailed the girl behind the shop to ask her some questions. All of the pieces are handmade and include everything from rompers to cute cut-out dresses and scalloped shorts—everything that is hot for summer now, including stripes. I am extremely impressed with the quality and variety of things this girl can manipulate a sewing machine to create. Scroll down to see the Q&A with Chie.

What are your other interests/activities besides making clothes on etsy?
When I’m not sewing, I like to spend my time exercising. Since my day job requires me to be in front of computer for 8 hours a day, and sewing requires me to be sitting down as well, I really need to work out and move my body after so many hours of sitting down. I used to do a training using kettle-bell weights when I lived in the U.S., and I think it really changed my body. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a gym that uses kettle-bell for training in Japan, so I stick to running and some boxing exercises for now.

My husband and I try to go on a short trip every 6 months. We’ve been to Thailand 3 times and Indonesia (Bali) once since we got married. South East Asia is our favorite places to visit!

A lot of people run their Etsy shops as a full-time job. Do you have a day job?

Yes, I have a regular 9-5 job. I work for an American law firm.

Why did you start making clothes on Etsy?

Sewing was a hobby started when a friend lent me a basic sewing machine to make a few odds and ends (pillow cases and whatnot). Over the next few months I started making clothes and could not stop sewing.
I found out about Etsy when I made more clothes than I could possibly wear, and that’s how I started selling on Etsy.

What inspires the clothing you make?

I’m very much inspired by personal fashion blogs, such as Cupcakes and Cashmere, Liebemarlene Vintage, and The Owls are not what they seem to name a few. I subscribed to many more personal blogs and vintage fashion blogs. I’m really interested in what the real people are wearing in the real life.

Besides that, I get inspirations from Runways, and I check Style.com often.

How did  you choose the name for your label?
As to the name of my label, it comes from my husband’s tattoo on his left arm.
Vivat Veritas means “Live the Truth” in Latin. I took it because I could not come up with any other name for my label, but I’m really happy that I did, and like the meaning behind it.

You can also check out her website, here


Thank you!

I just want to say thank you to my friends and family for all of their b-day wishes and gifts. I had a great weekend with the boy who surprised me with a gift that I featured here on the blog and some really cute clothes that will eventually appear on the blog including a ruffly romper. And thanks for all of your birthday wishes! I certainly have had a lot to be thankful for these past 25 years.