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15 May

Dreaming of foggy mornings…

18 Jan
Growing up in Northern California, fog was something we experienced quite often.  I remember when I was little and we would make the 4hr drive down to my Grandma’s and there would be times when we couldn’t even see the hood of the car, the fog was so thick.  It was scary & exciting all at the same time.  There is something about fog that is so mysterious and romantic.  Fog can make you feel like you stepped into a 1930’s mystery set in London on a raining night.  In my opinion, foggy nights are what dreams are made of & foggy mornings are the icing on the cake. 

Truly Inspiring! " A digital park bench"…

9 Jan

After watching this 10min mini documentary on”A Visual Life” on The Sartorialist, I was in complete aww! This is the most inspiring video I have watched in a long time! I assume you are all familiar with The Sartorialist, but if not, even more the reason to watch this mini film as you will soon never forget. Scott Schuman is a true visionary and we as in the blog world and fashion world alike are lucky to have him.  He compares his blog to “a digital park bench” from which you can visit daily and people watch, no matter where you are in the world.  For anyone who is creative and especially for anyone who is trying to create their own “digital park bench”, “A Visual Life” is a must see.  Do yourself a favor and take 10mins out of your day and get inspired! I promise, its worth it! 


Now I just need to figure out how I can get on The Sartorialist?  A girl can dream, right?!… If like me you dream of being approached by Scott one day and not because he needs you to move out of his shot, then read below.  It just might land you a spot on The Sartorialist one day, you never know. 😉 

image via refinery29


Yarn & Needles…. Christmas Holiday Hobby

1 Jan
Knitting, crocheting, which ever you fancy… playing with yarn has become some what of a Christmas holiday hobby for me.  For the past few years, when I go home for Christmas, my first stop always seems to be to pick up some new yarn at the local craft store.  This holiday was no different, except for the fact that I started a little before the holiday this year.  
I am totally in love with this knitting editorial for Vogue Girl Korea, October 2010 via dustjacket attic , which served a my inspiration.  But lately I have to admit I have been way more in to crochet.  It sounds a little more old lady I know, but  it just seems to work better for me and if it works for you then that’s all that matters.  
Check out my “Yarn & Needles” pin board over on pinterest for more knitting inspiration! 
Here is a pic of my latest creation, which I am super proud of!  I crocheted this lovely beauty using three different yarns, crocheted as one.  In then made it long enough to wrap around twice and secured it with four real wood buttons to create a cowl effect.  I also secured the inside with clear buttons to keep it all in tack.  I think it turned out rather lovely, for an amateur!   What do you think?  
Picture taken via Mac Photo Booth; 12/28, 12:00am PST; Just me sans makeup with my signature big smile. lol
Now for the New Year  my goal is to learn how to follow a pattern and create something a little more advanced… a hat perhaps or maybe some really cute socks? The possibilities are endless!

Live your life…

13 Dec
one perfect day after the next! 
Happy Monday!
image/quote via here 

Choose Happiness!

27 Sep
{photo via here}
I thought this would be a great mantra for the week ahead! It really is that easy, I swear, try it! All you have to do its wake up each morning and choose to be happy.  That’s it, its that simple.  Sometimes I think we just need a little reminder of how good we really have it, myself included. So this week let’s do it.  Let’s stop the complaining, the negative thoughts and the “why me’s?” and just choose happiness
Happy Monday Everyone!!!

20’s, 30’s & 40’s… Louis Vuitton Has You Covered!

22 Sep
Pictured above from left to right… Natalie Vodianova, 28; Karen Elson, 31; Christy Turlington, 41; Three equally gorgeous woman all at different stages in their life, yet Louis Vuitton appeals to them all. Ever since I first came across this ad a few months ago, I was intrigued.  But it wasn’t until now that I really though about what there Fall Camping really represented.  Typically Louis Vuitton is not a brand that appeals to me.  I HATE logos! Which is a huge part of what LV represents (although I would love the Damier print), but then this ad came along and I all of a sudden was coveting LV?  For one the classic silhouettes and timeless colors appealed to me not only in the design of the handbags but in the overall feeling the models in the ad’s presented.  I think I was more drawn to the bags because of the girls wearing it.  These ad’s make you want to be that sophisticated, well dressed “Mad Men” type, well at least thats what they did for me.  I also was very impressed with how they chose to target such a wide range of consumers by featuring three beautiful models covering the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s age groups.  What a perfect representation of their brand!  A+ in my opinion!  I will be saving this in my Fall 2010 inspiration files for future projects to come. 
{pictures via: nitrolicious.com}

Pre Fall Fashion Inspiration

21 Sep

Fall is my favorite time of the year!  The crisp cool air, the colorful leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes, boots, these are all a few of my favorite things, above all though “Fall Fashion” is really what makes it all worth it.  I came across this picture of Carrie from Sex & The City (forgive me but I can’t remember where I saw it)  but none the less this photo inspired me!  I love everything about Carrie’s outfit and was instantly inspired and ready for the Fall season to begin.  The light weight long cardigan, above the knee socks, short motorcycle gloves, patent lace up oxfords and silk print dress make the perfect combination for the transition period from late summer to early fall.

Im already wearing, in my opinion, the perfect pre-fall nail color, ChinChilly by essie, now I just need to go out and (re)create the perfect pre fall outfit!  I think I could pull something together once I switch out my closets.  I feel a weekend project coming on!

What are you wearing right now? Whats currently inspiring you?  I want to know, please share below!

Gisele Bundchen -MUSE 22

26 Aug
I have never been a big Gisele Bundchen fan, but this video is absolutely stunning.  Its only a little over a minute long, so go ahead, click above and be prepared to be inspired!

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.