Sunday, November 29, 2009


Most people know, but in case you don't, I'm a twin. Her name is Kathy & she recently started a blog! She's artsy and does artsy things like make funny silk-screened canvas bags, write children books and draw silly characters.

I was given one of her canvas bags last year and I loved it to death. I have toted that bag everywhere and it's still going strong, minus the stains and abuse.
Here is a picture I took of her bag. (yes, those are my favorite lace-up boots strategically placed.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Doggie Outerwear

I love dog outfits...really, what's not to love?!

This is a photo of my twin sister and her bestie, Kiwi. Kiwi is wearing a Santa's outfit in anticipation for Christmas (she is a holiday fanatic!). The outfit came with a hat, which she hated.

Kiwi, in general, loves wearing clothes. She's little and is cold most of the time, so putting on her daily outfit is a treat and necessity. So what better gift to give her for Christmas than a doggie down jacket. Kiwi's lux outerwear jacket coming soon!


Saturday, November 7, 2009


A few weeks back, I decided to pattern & sew a capecoat for my sister. Guess what?! I'm done. I actually finished it a few weeks ago, but just recently had time to take some photos of it. It's a little different from my initial sketch due to lack of fabric (no hood) and once I started sewing, I decided to change a few things around.

photo credit: Matt Dolge

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bare Bellies

A few posts ago, I commented that crop tops were coming back....take note, ladies!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I remember when I was younger, I would dress my Barbies up in an array of outfits...tank top & shorts for a day at the beach or a mini skirt for the hot dates with Ken (now that I think back, Ken dated all my dolls!!). After growing out of Barbies, I still wanted to dress people up and it looks like I'm not the only one.

I recently visited Looklet. It's a website that feels a lot like dressing up your Barbies, except now you're dressing them in designer clothes. It just doesn't stop there either because when you are all done with the outfit, you can add a background, effects and accessories. I had some time to kill and obviously some outfits in mind that needed to be made, so I came up with this little number. Fun!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sea of Shoes

Jane Aldridge is a 17 year old blogger & I'm obsessed with her blog, Sea of Shoes. The styling is great and the photographs are perfect, both qualities that I feel make it stand out in an ocean of blogs. She's been mentioned in an array of magazines and Urban Outfitters recently asked her to design a line of shoes which hit stores this summer.

Keep an eye out for her and if you haven't been to her blog, I highly recommend it. No doubt, you will be envious of her wardrobe, shoes & accessories.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I love capecoats so much I made one similar to this one in my final line at school. This was my original sketch, but since I was also doing dresses for my final line, I was told I couldn't do this coat & needed to make it more like a jacket (I was confused too) but now I'm finally making it. The wool has been purchased and the pattern is almost done! I'll take pictures of it when I'm done...promise!

My current goal: I have boxes and boxes of amazing fabrics and I plan to make something with each one. A teacher I had told me that fabric is NOT like fine wine. It's doesn't get better with age. Got it & noted!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rolled Pants & Braided Hairstyles

Rolled pant hems and braided hairstyles are a good way.

The Sartorialist's blog is filled with rolled pant hems. I personally like the look and it's a great solution for long pants. No more hemming!

I'm also a huge fan of braided hairstyles, they are easy to do and so feminine. Also, using the braid as a headband is a great touch.

My Top 5 Favorite Things This Month

Here is a little list of my favorite things this month:
1. Pluots: When apricots and apples make babies, they make these delicious things. They are also known as dinosaur cute is that?! 2. Boyfriend blazers: As I mentioned in my last post, I got one at my clothing swap & I love it. Two thumbs up, my friends! You can wear them with jeans, a dress, skirt or whatever else you dream up.
3. Coconut Ice Cream: This one is a love-hate relationship. I love eating it, but hate when it's gone. A pint doesn't last long in my freezer, so I would recommended stocking up & not sharing.4. Lace-up boots: Oh, I am dying for a pair & these might just be the ticket....
5. Sharpies: A few weeks ago, I accidentally put dish soap in the dishwasher & it only took minutes before soap suds were oozing from the machine. I thought that only happened in the movies (!!!), but apparently not. Thanks to a sharpie & my boyfriend it is unlikely to happen again, he nicely wrote on the top of the liquid detergent, "For dishwasher." Thanks!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Clothing Swap 2009

Why: Every few months, the frustration of not being able to close my drawers or closet hits. Although both are exploding with an array of items, the constant complaint of having nothing to wear it repeated a few times throughout the month, so I decided to do something about it....I hosted a clothing swap at my place. I got rid of things I didn't want and walked away with items I did, like an awesome boyfriend blazer (Thanks Diane!)

How: Invite a few friends, give them a week to go through their closet, get some shopping bags, & appetizers and drinks for hosting. Easy!

Tell invitees to bring stain-free or un-torn clothes, unless that's your sort of thing. & don't forget about shoes, purses, belts & jewelry (also great for swapping).

Now, I can close my drawers with ease and picking out something to wear is fun again. No more riffling through ten shirts to get to the one I've been looking for! My one girlfriend had such a revelation with the swapping, so actually arrived in one outfit, decided she could do without and left in another. Now that's how you do it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

NYC shopping

When packing my suitcase for my month long trip to New York, I told myself to leave room because it is inevitable that I would go shopping in New York & I have done exactly that. This weekend, I went into Top Shop which was a mad house. The music was blaring and the crowds are insane, but I found a pair of shoes for $10 (and if you flash your student ID, you get an additional 10% off!). Not bad!

After leaving Top Shop, my roommate & I strolled along Broadway in Soho and saw some re-occurring trends. The first being cropped tees. The length of tees is always going up and down and now they're short, which is great is you have a toned belly, so start working on those sit-ups.

The second being's everywhere. Lace tops, tights, dresses, vest and shirts. It's definitely bringing me back to my youth when lace was all the rage.

Lastly, beaded jewelry. I actually bought a pair at H&M and it reminded me of a pair I looked at in Seattle which were amazing. I saw them at my friend, Perla's accessory and clothing sale. They are made in sayulita mexico by the Huichol Indians, a group of people with a strong history of beading and embroidery. I pretty much love them!
Earring photo credit: Perla Sitcov

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jenna say, "quoi."

Many of us know a few french phrases, but everyone should know, Jenna say, "quoi," a collection by Jenna Howard. A little play on words, but a whole lot of style. She recently attended the Apparel Design program at Seattle Central and focused her final line on coats for "a busy but chic urban woman." She got her inspiration from "the classic urban work-a-day look" and from women of the 60's & 70's like Audrey Hepburn and Jane Birken. While many of the students were during dress and skirts, Jenna choose coats because she gets overwhelmed by choice and "needed to give [her]self parameters." Also she is a "total coat fiend" and even though she has a closet full of coats, none of them are quite right. There's that saying, "If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself."

Her coats were made from a brushed cotton khaki twill that is amazingly soft. Her lining, made from a silk charmeuse, "had a large black and white feather repeat" and was used "strategically in each coat to make every piece unique." One of your coats had a completely detachabe capelet
with a cloak hood!

Although her apparel program was in Seattle, she flew to Los Angeles to get her fabric because as she said "everything was cheap and at my fingertips. All the fabric in the garment district is within a few blocks. It's a bunch of open front stores with fabric bursting out of them. I actually found everything I needed within two hours. That NEVER happens in Seattle. I couldn't even find a decent cotton sateen."

After finishing her student collection, she now has "no desire to design more coats," but is really getting into underwear and hope to start developing it soon. She have the same driving force and underlying mantra for the underwear as she did for her coats: "luxurious, beautiful, hip but FUNCTIONAL." So keep an eye out her!

Jenna's Tip of the Week:
"My driving force for life is to be happy and stress free. I think it's backwards to pick something you want to do, say a career, and assume that it will lead you to happiness. I'm trying things the other way around and am curious to see where it takes me.
Sewing tips: Don't forget to sew the label in before you sew the seam; I forget EVERY TIME. "

Monday, July 13, 2009

Belmont Manor

Belmont Manor is a student collection by Becky Sullivan. Her line included "fully lined jackets, silk blouses, tailored pants and feminine skirts" and was inspired by 18th century riding clothes and wealth, but with a modern twist that can be seen in her exaggerated hoods and collars on the jackets. The jackets were made from 100% wool; the blouses, 100% silk; and the pants from a wool/spandex blend. When she was done with her line and the buttons were tallied up, so had a whooping total of 84 buttons!

Not only did Becky have a great line, she was also the winner of the Seattle Fashion Week student competition this past year. She had to create 8 garments in 2 weeks which included sketching, patterning and sewing, and had to keep up with her normal school load which may seem daunting to many (like me), but she thought the thrill of seeing her "garments go down the runway was worth all the time and effort." Lucky for New York, she will be moving there in August to pursue her fashion career. Yay!

Still want to know more! Visit Becky at her website or read her blog.

Photographer: Celie Gruber
Model: Alana Osborne

Friday, July 10, 2009

Halter Dresses

This is Claire. She and I work for the same designer in Brooklyn. We were out running errands when we can across this great painting. She looked so cute, I snapped a quick picture!

She is wearing a white, tye-dye jean halter dress from Top Shop, purple keds from Urban Outfitters and a great navy blue knit blazer (location unknown).

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I just got into NY today and arrived at my sublet apartment in Greenpoint. The room is so cute & is decorated with amazing furniture. It also looks like it came with the kitty! It's been staring at a bug outside the window for like the last 15 minutes. It is so adorable, I almost couldn't take it.

This is my second time subletting an apartment in New York. I have been asked how to find a sublet and it's so easy! The first time, I found a place on Craigslist, contacted a few people and choose a place. This time around I went through a friend of a friend. I recommend it to anyone looking to get away for an extended period of time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


It’s about that time of the year that people start taking vacations. Many experience the beautiful scenery, exotic foods, and unfortunately the wrinkled clothes and the lack of a laundry mat, but Monica Jackins, a frequent traveler, developed a line around this with Wanderlust. Her versatile dresses are made from Organic Bamboo, “a readily available renewable resource.” It’s a super soft fabric and has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties which are “great for keeping your clothes fresh when you can’t wash them on the road.” Did I also mention they were wrinkle-free?!

To go one step further she made each dress versatile. The dresses can be worn both in the day and night & be worn in many different ways. Monica remarked about all three dresses, “the Barcelona dress has an adjustable hemline, so you can show a little or a lot of leg, and the Roma dress has a shawl attached at the waist. You can use it to cover your shoulders, tie it around your waist as a sash, or make it one-shouldered for a cool asymmetrical look. The third dress, Praha, is totally reversible, two dresses in one!” The Roma dress was inspired by her personal travel experience. She explained, “When I was in Rome a couple years ago, it was so hot outside, but the minute you went inside a museum the air-con was freezing! Or when I visited a church I had to make sure my shoulders were covered.”

Monica is still developing her line and hopes to add “a couple skirts and tops.” When asked how she stays focused, she recommends listening to a good playlist to “keep the energy up.” Her personal favorites: "Poppin My Collar" by Three 6 Mafia, "Whatever You Like" by T.I., "We Be Clubbin'" by Ice Cube, the new Keri Hilson, and of course anything Sir Mix-a-Lot. Thanks, Monica!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Glamour Shots

Glamour Shots are the best.
A little lighting, some photoshopping & a great hat equals magic.

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's Up!

It's the dress from the fashion show...check out the blog below. Same dress, different model.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

SFW Student Competition

A few months ago, I was selected to show two designs at Seattle Fashion Week. It was sponsored by Comcast, so one outfit needed to be comcast inspired and the other was your own design.

This dress was my own design. I found some vintage silk at a thrift store for $0.99 and I purchased some black ribbing for the waistband. It is a kimono sleeve dress with a boat neck, side seam pockets and gathering at the waist. It's super comfortable and I've worn it a several times since this show!

Comcast, is a cable/phone/Internet company and I based my inspired-design on one of their mottos, "Crystal clear reception." The dress was crystal colored with sheer sleeves and ruffles. I also anchored a few faux crystals on the front placket. There is a glimpse of this dress in the background of this photo.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


This has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with squirrels. This photo was taken outside my old kitchen window and yes, it does have a bagel in it's mouth! This is when I knew they were strange little critters.

I, then, moved into a new apartment and the building was home to a gang of squirrels, I called the sniper squirrels. They would perch themselves on the fence and hiss at me when I would leave for work. So, I told my co-workers about them and then one of them came across this article and left it on my desk. I think one of the snipers got on a plane to Germany. RIP little buddy!

Layered Cake

This design was made by Amanda. I photographed it at the Alexis hotel in downtown Seattle. The dress, named Layered Cake, was shown at the Comcast Student Competition at Seattle Fashion Week.

The shoot was really fun and although it doesn't look like it in the photo, the room was crammed with six other people, a steamer, tons of make-up and bags of food. We did lots of laughing and followed the day up with a drink in the Library Bar, which was super cute and hosts a great Happy Hour!

Monday, June 29, 2009


Who doesn’t love taking a bath and putting on some silky lingerie afterwards, which is why you should take note of this new & upcoming line in fine lingerie, Zephyr. It was created by Kristine Carlton and Jenny Mae Miller Rulff and what started as a final line project in school became a business.

Before starting fashion school at Seattle Central Community College, Jenny Mae was sort of “anti-fashion,” but after taking an art history class was hooked on it. Kristine received a dance degree and realized the second that she had it in hand that “sewing was [her] first love” and quicly enrolled into the apparel program. They met at Seattle Central and after many conversations wrote a proposal to do their final project together, which would be a Hollywood glamour inspired loungewear collection for women between the ages of 40 to 60 years old. They “wanted to design for women with real shapes, women who want something nice to slip into at the end of the day, who have a respect for fine things, things of quality, which is how [their] customer sees herself as well, 'of quality'.”

Currently, they are “working with a local boutique on a small private label line of knit tops and hope [to] expand that small line into other small boutiques nationwide”. As well, they have “a small spin-off line from [their] final line” that will be available for sale to boutiques for Spring 2010. Their fabrications are made from Pima cotton, Silk crepe, and a printed silk/cotton batiste. Jenny Mae remarked about this spin-off, “The colors are black, white, and silver, and the designs are a little bit more wearable than the final line, more undergarment-y, nightgown-y, morning coffee-y.” Samples are set to be available by August 1, and all inquiries are welcome!

Their company name pretty much sums up their line. As Kristine stated, “Zephyr literally means a soft, gentle breeze and/or a light, airy garment, it has a very classic sound and feel to it, and it is entirely perfect!” I couldn’t agree more!
To see more photos or contact them, visit them at
Photo Credits: Steve LaRose Photography

Friday, June 26, 2009


This is my idea of the perfect summer outift. I already have the shoes, now I just need everything else...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inspiration Board Frenzy

If you haven't been to this website, you should check this out.
It's a website that allows you to create your own inspiration boards, it lists the prices of all the items you choose and people can comment on your selections. Be warned: it's very addictive! You'll want to spend hours designing new pages.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Student Collection

I was lucky enough to be asked to photography two other student collections. This was a shot from Leah's line. It incorporated military-inspired jackets with loose-fitting silk dresses.

The model that day was her friend, Kristen, who was so fun to photograph. She let me put flowers in her hair and was okay when I made her do weird poses. She also has the most amazing red hair and I love the length.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Final Line

My last project in school was to develop a final line. My concept: A 70s inspired line with faux fur and suede for the animal lovers and shiny black dresses with gold piping for the dancing enthusiast. I named all my dresses after 70s songs which made for some interesting names, Shake you Booty & Knock on Wood.

My personal favorite was the fall maxi dress. Gathering at the neck and waist with a waist rope belt, short kimono sleeves, and high ribbed neck collar with snap closures at back. Throw on a gold necklace, heels and your favorite jacket and you're set!

Monday, June 22, 2009

The beginning...

It's been almost one week since I graduated from the Apparel Design program at Seattle Central. Now I have a little three page to-do list...the first being to get a website. It should be up soon. Stay tunes!