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The Verdana 3-in-1 Waist Pack Debuts @ Unique LA Summer Market

 

The Verdana 3-in-1 in Liquid Gold + Gunmetal

Verdana 3-in-1 in Camoflauge

Verdana 3-in-1 in Noir

Hey guys! Can you believe it is already September??!!! Where did this summer go? So much has been going on in my camp, I don’t even know where the time has gone! My kids start school next Tuesday, and this year we have decided to homeschool them, so our family is in the midst of an exciting new experience.

Our booth at Unique Markets Summer Session @ Barker Hangar

My booth partner, Renee Hulett of The Silver Feather (an awesome jewelry line!) and I @ Unique LA

The Verdana 3-in-1 makes it’s debut @ Unique Summer ’17 Market . . .

Day two, chatting with other makers and creatives . . .

Two weeks ago I  participated in the Unique Summer Market @ Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. It was a two day show for makers + designers that I’d been contemplating doing for a while. Before I had surgery this summer, my friend Renee approached me about getting a booth together. She has a wonderful jewelry line called The Silver Feather. You can check out her wares here. Doing shows are really out of my comfort zone, but seeing as I was facing a dire prognosis, I thought it would give me something to shoot for recovery-wise, so I agreed to participate. I’m so glad I did. It was definitely an experience that pushed me outside of my comfort zone, nonetheless, it was a really fun show. I was inspired to create a new style which we debuted for the show: The Verdana 3-in-1 waist pack/cross body/clutch is an exercise in fashion + function. It can be worn 3 different ways which allows for ultimate versatility. We sold out of the black + camoflauge colors at the show, and have since sold out of liquid gold. So I am opening up pre-orders for a new batch! I’ve added the styles to the website so click here to check them out and preorder one for yourself or a friend!

xoxo,

Field Trip:: MOOD Fabrics

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Stacks on stacks on stacks in the leather aisle . . .

Fabric stores are like playgrounds for me . . .

Fabric stores are like playgrounds for me . . .

Neutrals . . .

Neutrals . . .

An expanse of color, texture + drape . . .

An expanse of color, texture + drape . . .

Thanks Diana for introducing me to Mood!

Thanks Diana for introducing me to Mood!

Are you familiar with Mood Fabrics? If you’ve ever watched Project Runway, you might recognize Mood as the fabric store the designers usually go to to get fabric and trims for their projects. That particular Mood is in New York, but we have had a Mood store here in Cali since 2007. Until last weekend I had never been there. My friend Diana decided enough is enough and dragged me kicking and screamin- . . . . okay, not true, she did decide enough was enough, but I definitely was not dragged, and any screams that may have been overheard can definitely be attributed to squeals of delight.  The leather aisle had a nice selection of colors and textures. I fell in love with a tie dye lambskin that I actually forgot to take a photo of. (At the moment I am limited to taking photos of leather because I can get carried away with purchasing fabrics and since I am heading into production, the only leather I need to be buying are the ones I need for production #designerdilemas). Anyway, there was definitely a lot of eye candy, and inspiration abounds for me when surrounded by bolts of fabric. It’s definitely worth checking out.
If you are interested in visiting MOOD fabric they are located at: 645 S. LaBrea Av. Los Angeles, CA 90036 | T:323.653.3663 | M-F 9-7 Sat: 10-5 Sun: CLOSED

xx,
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Workspace Wednesday | You Don’t Have to Love it All . . .

I have a serious love-hate relationship with my phone , , ,

I have a serious love-hate relationship with my phone . . .

Currently inspired by this beautiful, super soft blue leather . . .

Currently inspired by this beautiful, super soft blue leather . . .

Hey guys, I hope your Wednesday is going well. I’ve been out of the office a lot these past few weeks, I feel like there are so many things that are falling by the wayside! It’s definitely a juggling act, and I’m hoping to get the balancing act back on track soon . . .  or not. Lol. In the meantime, I have been working to add some new pieces to the collection for Summer. I’m really excited (as I always am when working on the design portion of my job). This is the part that gives me life. Last Friday I spent the day at Wisdom Elementary, participating in Career Day. One of my best friends is a 4th grade teacher there, and she invited me to come and speak to a few of the classrooms. The children had a lot of great questions and one of the questions that I kept getting was “What is your dream job?”  It actually was funny to me, because I had the same answer every time I was asked: THIS!!! THIS IS MY DREAM JOB!!! I am doing exactly what I want to be doing, and No, I do not like every aspect of it. In fact, there are parts of it that I hate! (babysitting contractors to get me my s*&%! before my delivery dates, revising styles to fit within the allotted costs for the line, selling, and tracking down pricing for materials and pretty much anything having to do with a phone or making phone calls to name a few) but there is always some aspect of what we do that may not hold the most pleasure for us. Perhaps those are the parts we need to grow in, or become stronger in. Regardless, I’m happy to say that the good, and the fulfillment of my job outweighs the bad.

PS. is there anything in particular you would like to see added to the collection, made from that beautiful blue leather above? Share with me in the comments section below!

xx,
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Stylespiration . . .

Still can’t get enough of the printed T . . .

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Dyed Cotton . . .

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I’m loving printed pants right now . . .

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Sexy Black . . .

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The mix of glamour + utility . . .

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Summer Brights . . . yellow + orange + ultramarine = yum!!!

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Instantaneous Obsession: YSL Leather & Stingray Sandals . . . OMG!!!

Okay, so I realize that my “Instantaneous Obsession” posts on shoes, as of late, have ALL been platform heels. I do have a strange obsession for platform heels, although I personally own very few pair. (I battle with the idea of appearing gargantuan to the rest of the world by adding 5″ of shoe to my existing height of 5′ 11″). I LOVE wearing heels, but it seems that lately, many designers are falsely taken with the idea of “the higher, the better.” I agree, higher heels may look sexier on some styles, but at this stage in my life, practicality tends to win out over the appeal of aching arches and sore feet. I refuse to let go of my heels, and the way they make me feel, but I just wish designers would consider making the same fab shoes with about 2″ less heel. Nevertheless, these stingray and leather sandals from Yves Saint Laurent are a platform-lovin’-girl’s-dream-come-true! I think this shoe is a well executed, elegant combination of textures and spot-on classic color. This is a shoe I would endure the pain for.

You can purchase these babies here.

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