Archive | February, 2010

Spring Cleaning…

19 Feb

Well the time has come for a little ‘spring cleaning’ here at Fairytale Wishes, which came about as a result of this weeks homework assignment for BYW. Since starting my blog there were so many different directions I wanted to go, that it was kind of overwhelming. Especially when I started to follow tons of fabulous blogs almost overnight and each one has a quality that you would like to incorporate, not to mention on top of all of my own ideas constantly floating around my head. I wanted a blog that focused on fashion… no wait, photography… umm scratch that, how about DIY or sketching or writing or even home decor. You see what I’m saying the possibilities are endless which is a tough thing to deal with, if like me, you have a slight case of ADHD when it comes to creative projects.
With all that said, its time to focus and get back to the main topic at hand today, spring cleaning. Over the next few days you will notice quite a few changes here on Fairytale Wishes & Dreams. So far I have reformatted my layout. I’ve always wanted a 3 column layout and thanks to this lovely and very simple tutorial found here, I was able to tweak the html code myself and create one. (yay, go me!) I also simplified my header (which is still a work in progress I just needed a place holder for now). I will also be updating my blog roll and adding an ‘about me’ section, which I will be sure to keep you posted on . As you can see a lot of exciting things are happening and many more are in the works. So please stay tuned and for the time being enjoy these super cute photos I found on flickr via the extremely talented Agnieszka’s photo stream. Be sure to check out her other photos, they truly are stunning!
Oh, and by the way… as all of these changes begin to happen please don’t be to shy to share your thoughts with me. I would love to know what you all think =)
Sweet dreams
p.s. I almost forgot to mention, I also added a first reaction gadget at the end of each post. Please check it out and let me know how you like it!
{Photo Credit: Agnieszka’s via flickr}

Fairytale Wishes I Dream Of…

8 Feb
“Life is just not worth living, without wishes & dreams…” -Fallon

About four weeks ago I stated this fabulous e-course, Blogging Your Way, taught by Holly Becker of decor8 & Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint. So far the class has been absolutely fabulous as both Holly & Leslie have proved to be a tremendous wealth of knowledge and inspiration. I only wish that I could dedicate more time to soaking it all in, but with a high demanding job in fashion I have to fit it in where its able to fit.

Along with the class each week Holly gives us a homework assignment and I think most in the class would agree that Week 3 was the best one yet. This past week, we were instructed to create a inspiration board that best defined our style and that which we wanted to cover on our blog. Above is my creation… which I have to say I was very, VERY pleased with.

I want my blog to be fashion focused but from a whimsical, fantastical point of view. I want to share with the world the way I see it, the things I love and my personal style. I hope to inspire others with my creativity and the things that I choose to share. I would like to start incorporating more of my own designs… ie. sketching, projects, DIY etc. I would love to start exploring photography and sharing that with my readers as well as highlighting other artist/creative types that inspire me. I would also like to eventually open a Etsy shop of my own selling vintage finds and or my own designs and I would like to use this blog as a transition into that and a way of organizing my ideas and inspiration.

I actually found it kind of ironic that this assignment had us focus of what we what to accomplish with out blog. Just this week I received an email from a 9 yr old girl who just wanted to tell me how much she loved my blog. She had many questions about my job in fashion and NYC, some of which included: “do I sketch my designs?” “when did I know I wanted to work in fashion” and “can you send me pics of the fashion district”. My heart literally melted reading this little girls email and at that moment I knew why I started this blog. To inspire others and in the process inspire myself. There are many fairytale wishes that I dream of that I would like to share, hopefully in the process I will inspire many along the way.

Below are a few detailed shots. I hope you enjoy!

*jump below for a behind the scenes explanation of my inspiration board**

“a great believer in fairy tales”

“It’s just a piece of cloth,
but you have to bring some dream to it”

“Ever wondered what a million good ideas
welded together looks like?”

“Once upon a time”
… “name your own destiny, follow your own dreams”

“If you love to look pretty”

“Let you heart guide you”

Behind the scenes:

  • In the top left corner the black & white image is a postcard my dear friend Yaz sent me from Paris circa Nov. 2008 She was there to marry the love of her life at The Palace of Versailles
  • Next to that… the pretty young lady is my mother’s high school senior pic… circa 1977
  • Two Broadway tickets to Mary Poppins *childhood favorite* (as I would like to share my everyday fun experiences)
  • A pic of my great grandma circa 1936-39ish… Love her style, even own many of her dresses.
  • A modern take on a fairytale image (Dorthy & toto… *another fav*)
  • Bella Pillar sketch (top right corner)
  • Purple’s my favorite color, in case you didn’t notice
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s <— consent source of inspiration!
  • The perfect yellow diamond ring!
  • My experience in fashion… bottom right corner includes an invite to (formal employer) Cynthia Rowley’s Spring show circa Sept. 2006 and the image of the model in the floral print dress is Michael Kors (current employer).
  • The middle sketch (purple ruffles) is Alice Temperley Fall 2008 the other sketches are my own.
  • FLOWERS! I love them and believe that fresh flowers on Sunday can brighten your whole week. I would like to start photographing my own each week hopefully soon!
  • Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Lorean <— "My daily muse…"
  • I (heart) Paris!
  • “Your hidden creative talents will soon be revealed” <— received via a fortune cookie (bottom right corner)

*all of the above help to not only define my style but define what it is that I want to share/create with my blog.