I have always had a love affair with rings. (Actually, I think I developed a deep fondness for them when I recognized the similarity between my fingers and E.T.’s. #truth). At that time, I saw rings as a distraction or disguise for my lanky digits. These days I am quite comfortable with my fingers and love that I can pile on layers upon layers of rings. I have a penchant for chunky oversized rings. This season . . . well any season really, I am looking to indulge my senses with another addition to my statement ring collection. Here are a few beauties I’ve got my eye on. . . .
Clockwise from top: Emilio Pucci Gold-tone crystal & resin ring $525 | Rosantica Regale gold-dipped chalcedony ring $235 | Bijoux Heart La Terre D’or gold plated Swarovski crystal ring $560
This week has been really interesting, for lack of a better word. I’m starting over from scratch researching new manufacturers for my handbag line. Honestly, the whole idea of beginning the process of negotiation and research feels overwhelming. Finding and vetting a manufacturer is really important, for obvious reasons. If you know my story, you know that even vetted manufacturers can prove to be unreliable. This week I started reaching out to domestic manufacturers and I actually saw myself getting in my own way! I recognized that I’ve been very sluggish to respond, I’ve not made calls that I should have, I found all kinds of reasons to do something other than the next task on my to-do list, and I even began questioning and re-questioning previous decisions I’d made regarding the direction of the line. All in all, I am tiring myself out mentally. A true case of self sabotage. I know that this is totally ridiculous, yet still I persist in my non-persistence! The crazy thing is that I recognize it, and am sitting front row center with the bag of proverbial popcorn watching the show. So, I decided to make a note to self of the wise words you see above. This is something my Dad has often told me. Instead of trying to figure everything out at once, detailing out the bigger picture before taking a step (yes, that is a specialty of mine), do what you can. Take baby steps where you are. With what you have. (Thank God there’s no limit on starting over! ☺)
Have you ever suffered from a case of self-sabotage? How did you get through it?
TOP ROW: W Entrance | Celeb stylists Emily Current + Meritt Elliott with stylist Cher Coulter & moderator Hillary Kerr of Who What Wear | Moi w/ new friends; Andrea Quintero of dreaquintero.com & stylist Shanette Renea of shanetterenea.com | MIDDLE ROW: DIY blogger Erica Domesek of psimadethis.com | the stunning W Lobby | waiting to hear keynote speaker L’wren Scott | BOTTOM ROW: outdoor lunch + panelist session | panelist schedule + bios |a chic fellow attendee, I loved her leather skirt and aubergine suede booties! ♥
Costume Designer for ABC’s Scandal, Lyn Paolo, being interviewed by Fashionista.com’s Co-Editor in Chief Lauren Indvik
Last Friday I attended an all day conference in LA @ the beautiful W Hotel in Hollywood. The conference was put on by fashion news site Fashionista.com, and featured a full day of industry panelists sharing their stories and insight on the fashion industry. The topics covered included styling, wardrobe/costume design and blogging. It was a great opportunity to network and spend time with other industry professionals. A lot of the information shared was relatively basic, but I loved the fact that they offered 10 minute mentoring sessions with professionals in the field of your choice. I had a mentoring session with Liza Deyrmenjian, the creator of Fashion Business Accelerator 360. FBA360.com is an online community of industry experts that helps fashion businesses get the tools they need to take their businesses to the next level. They provide online classes and workshops in LA and NYC. I love her business concept and the short 4 week online courses they offer can be great refreshers or stepping stones. The highlight of the event for me, was keynote speaker, Lyn Paolo, costume designer for some of my favorite shows, such as Scandal (she is responsible for Olivia Pope’s impeccable wardrobe), Shameless, ER and the West Wing to name a few. I loved Lyn’s energy and forthrightness . . . And who can deny her eye! I drool over Ms. Pope’s wardrobe choices weekly!!
Stylists, Jonathan Columbini, Warren Alfie Baker, Lindsay Albanese, Moi and Daniel Musto
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a celebrity stylist panel at the New Mart. We were treated to first-hand tips and insight from Daniel Musto of NBC’s Fashion Star, Celeb Stylists and Style Experts Lindsay Albanese (Today Show, In Style), Warren Alfie Baker (E! Style Star, X Factor, The Taste), and celeb hair stylist Jonathan Columbini (Toni & Guy, Bumble + Bumble, Prive Salon). Styling is still a relatively newly recognized field and the panel had a lot of great info to offer. There is a lot more info out there now, ie. books and classes, but it’s always great to be inspired by the journeys, up-and-downs and learning curves of others! I loved this panel because they were so honest and open about how they got to where they are today. I also love it when people give back to the communities that helped them grow to the place they are now. Plus they were really funny and provided alot of laughs during the knowledge droppin’. Best way to learn. ☺
Just a quick post from my phone. (gotta love technology!) I’m working on a fun new project that I can’t wait to share with you guys! In the meantime, I found the quote pictured above and had to pass it on. Remember that fear often shows up as doubt, criticism, worry and complaints.It wears many hats. Don’t let any form of fear take root and grab hold of your dreams!! Go out there and live! Make it happen on this beautiful Wednesday!!
Last week was a hard week for our family. My husband’s father passed away. Been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking about life in general. It’s a gloomy overcast day today, but it’s actually just the sort of day I love. Cool weather in Cali for a change. Just wanted to bring a little color into the day, so I made a collage of a color that always tends to inspire me, (though I usually only wear it as a lip color). Red.