Wednesday, September 28, 2011

a room of one's own

With graduation fast approaching my only thoughts these days are of moving on and making changes. Aside from finding the perfect career, making decent money, and finding eternal post grad happiness (this all immediately comes with your diploma right?), my main focus seems to be all about a new apartment! I've been sharing a small, charming, yet tiny studio with my lovely fiance for about five years. We've survived through the clutter without killing each other but we are finally in agreement that we need of a "grown up" home.

My main goal in finding true domestic harmony is finally having a studio to work in. The corner of my itty bitty kitchen just isn't cutting it anymore. I need my space! Chanel fabric kept in the kitchen!? It's a sin I tell ya! Here are some of my "fantasy studios":

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fashion Film: Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel

I was flipping the the Chicago International Film Festival guide today and I came across the best of surprises! There's a Diana Vreeland doc!? How this information slipped by me I will never know! If you're not familiar with the great D.V. then here's what you need to know: She became the first fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar in the 1930's, she was in charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan, she was wildly eccentric and brilliant and she once said "Pink is the navy blue of India". She was also a mentor to several very important figures in the fashion world including the great Andre Leon Talley. Need to know more? Check out her memoirs, you will surely be entertained.
Whether you love film or fashion or like me, love both, you must check out this film. I'm sure it's going to be amazing! Check out the link below for the preview!
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
October 15th @ 7pm
River East

In her Matisse inspired room

Portrait by Andy Warhol

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Shoe Porn..

After a long hard week doesn't everyone like to sit down and make a little list of dream shoes? No? Well I went ahead and did it for you:

Alexander Wang

3.1 Phillip Lim

Alexander McQueen

Alexandre Birman

Diane von Furstenburg

Proenza Schouler

Alexander Wang

all photos courtesy of

Monday, September 19, 2011

just because...

A while ago I joined the Etsy crowd. It was inevitable really as any crafter. vintage collector, artist ect seemed to be joining up (here's my shop: Slashed and Sewn). But I have to say, my favorite part is searching other people's shops and adding to my ever growing list of "Favorites". Of course, I never buy anything. Saying "one day" or just seeing my little collection of pretty things keeps me pretty satisfied. I finally however made and Etsy purchase. I found this illustrator Nan Larson, (you can find her here-->Nan's shop) a while back. I have always wanted Margot and Richie Tenenbaum and keeping them in said list just wasn't cutting it. They're just so cute! And they all mine! At ten bucks each and 10 cents for shipping they're a steal! Here are my new goodies and I have included some other standouts. Franny and Zooey are next on my list..the buying one that is!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

the fine print

Just when I was finally coming to terms with impending winter doom and the endless months of black and grey wooly staples, here come the s/s 2012 collections to draw me right back into warm weather fashion. The most exciting part of the new collections has got to be the prints. Designers showed large scale prints in acidic colors, soft Liberty of London-esque florals and Van Gogh reminiscent fabrics.
Here are just a few of the standouts:

3.1 Phillip Lim

Jonathan Saunders

Band of Outsiders
Derek Lam

Jonathan Saunders

Paul Smith

Diane von Furstenburg

Diane von Furstenburg

Jill Stuart

Marc Jacobs

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

this is a man's world

So, my final semester of college is in full swing. I must say I'm not at all excited about most of my classes..16 credit hours! oye vey! Menswear however, seems to be the highlight of my hectic weeks. I've always adored men's fashion and tend to look to it often when designing my women's apparel. I have though, never attempted designing and creating men's clothing but I must say I can't be more excited about the challenge! Here are some of my favorite looks taken from The Sartorialist (surprise, surprise) and other stylish chaps I look to for inspiration.