Monthly Archives: February 2014

WWD MAGIC:: Have You Heard of the Girly Go Garter?

Style Expert, Andy Paige, creator of the Girly Go Garter

Women love the hands-free option of the GGG . . .

Andy + I at the Girly Go Garter Booth . . . (love her!!!)

One of the highlights of the MAGIC show for me was meeting Andy Paige. I admire how she has created a career for herself based on doing what she loves, and has retained her warm personality and southern charm while doing it.  You may recognize Andy as a style expert who has appeared on TLC’s Ten Years Younger and the Style Network’s “How do I Look?” She is also the author of Style on a Shoestring. Andy debuted the Girly Go Garter at MAGIC last August and won best new accessory. She created the Girly Go Garter as a way for women to carry their must-haves without having to carry a purse. The Girly Go Garter is a garter with pockets that adheres to the upper thigh.  It was born out of the double need for women to have a place to put their mic pacs at the Emmy’s, in addition to the need for women out on the town to have a hands free place to put their ID, phones, money, lipstick, keys and other items. The Girly Go Garter can hold up to 3 lbs. and looks like a beautiful piece of lingerie. It retails for $35 and can be found in over 700 locations nationwide. For more information visit GirlyGo 

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WWD MAGIC:: ShawLux Scarves @ ENK Annu+Nick As you probably already know, I am an avid scarf addict. I’ve been known to wear a scarf in 90 degree weather (of course it was lightweight voile and I had on a tank top . . . but that’s a story for an outfit post ☺) One of my favorite finds at the ENK Women’s show was discovering the brother and sister design team behind 5 year old label, ShawLux. Annu and Nick Gyani apply digital photographs to cashmere, silk and modal fabrics. Their line for Spring/Summer consisted of beautiful digital printed scarves, shawls and caftans. The line retails from $80-$300. ShawlLux can be found at Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, Barney’s, Kitson and Anthropologie. I’m already planning on purchasing the NYC Taxi scarf for my trip to NYC this Spring! For more information, visit

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MAGIC @ a Glance . . .


Ghost chairs, food + fashion @ the WWD MAGIC Cafe . . .

Ghost chairs, food + fashion @ the WWD MAGIC Cafe . . . More fabulousness from Dolce Vita shoes . . . Fabulousness from Dolce Vita shoes . . . Blogger Sabrina of Sabrina Says showing hot picks from the showroom floor . . . Blogger Sabrina Mallah of Sabrina Says showing hot picks from the showroom floor . . . A spot to chill in the midst of ENK Women's . . . A spot to chill in the midst of ENK Women’s . . . The Tents, a new area showcasing men's + women's high end contemporary clothing . . . The Tents, a new area showcasing men’s + women’s high end contemporary clothing . . . In with the BOLD @ Robert Graham | Project . . . In with the BOLD @ Robert Graham | Project . . . Marie Claire Shoes First Booth @ FN Platform . . . Marie Claire Shoes First booth @ FN Platform . . . Art is for Everyone! via Bucketfeet Artist Designed Footwear . . . Art is for Everyone! via Bucketfeet Artist Designed Footwear . . .

One day is definitely not enough time to cover the MAGIC show!  

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Mood Board Monday | How To Create a Mood Board

How to Create a

mood board: n. a type of collage that may consist of images, text and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and others use mood boards to develop design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team. 



Happy Monday guys!! In the tradition of Mood Board Mondays I thought I would share with you  a simple way to create a tangible working mood board. Although generally when people think of mood boards, they relate them to something used in a creative field like fashion or interior design, mood boards are great for laypeople too! You can use them to make a blue print of your future, or to convey the spirit of your company, or even to give direction to your next redecorating project. There are numerous ways in which one can use a mood board. These days there are many great online tools you can use to create digital mood boards, and I use them often,, and are among my favs. But sometimes, I find myself needing to touch the images, manipulate them or even switch them out as my ideas become more clear. That’s when I go old-skool with my mood board compilation. The image at the top of this post shows my most recent board, and actually it was thrown together quite quickly. I just wanted a visual to keep in mind that I was focusing on high contrast black and white, with a pop of color.  The board shown in the image directly above, is one I created to help define the ideal customer for my handbag line. The good thing about the style of these mood boards is that they can be changed however often I want. To make a quick change mood board like the ones pictured above, these are the basic tools you will need:

✔ cork bulletin board

✔ T pins, tape or push pins

✔ scissors or exacto knife

✔ glue stick or glue gun (optional)

✔ magazines, photos, text, paint chips, artwork or printed images of things you want to use

✔ fabric swatches, hardware (optional)

✔ an idea of the mood or trend you are looking to convey

 * keep in mind, the list of items to use for your mood board is limitless. You can use whatever tangible items you have that relate to the “mood” you are working to create.  So open your mind and think outside the box about what types of things you could use to convey your mood. For instance if you wanted to create a sense of softness, you could pull apart a cotton ball and put it on your board, or use feathers to convey weightlessness or fluttery textures. Like I said, the list of items you can use are limitless.

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I created my mood board by simply gathering images, text, and items that helped to define my customer: what she likes, what she wears, where she goes etc. I used Pinterest for some of my imagery, as well as my own photography. I really wanted to convey a strong vision for my customer, so I used some of my own jewelry , and created text on my computer to capture her “fearless” spirit.

alh_moodboard4_thelookboookphilosophy.com_wmk I used textured paper for the background and my signature hardware logo for the bags to relate the personal style of my customer to my brand. All the images are attached to the board via T pins. I didn’t even use scissors to cut out images, I just ripped around the edges to keep an edgy vibe going, which relates back to my customer. I used a glue gun to attach the hardware to the textured paper background, and even attached some of my handwritten notes. Pretty simple huh?

The next time you want to hone in your vision for any project you may be working on, think about creating a mood board! It’s a simple, tangible way to develop concepts and ideas, and can be a great tool for communicating your thoughts to other members of a team you may be working with.

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The Magic Show and Other Stories Pt. 2 | Desigual Live Art Presentation

Hi Guys! MAGIC was fantastic, I saw lots of great lines and met a lot of really cool people! I will share more soon, just wanted to post this quick video I shot at the Desigual booth. They had a live art presentation where an artist decorated the clothing worn by a volunteer. If you are not familiar with Desigual, it is a Spanish clothing line from Barcelona, that features lots of prints, bright colors and even grafitti. Desigual sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as women’s accessories and shoes. Their prices range from approx. $15 to $350. You may be familiar with the collaboration they did in 2011 with Cirque de Solieil. Click here for more information and a cool little video on the collabo.

*ps. Please excuse the inclusion of all the backs of people’s heads, and the guy in the red shirt yelling. It was pretty packed. ☺

Talk soon! xx

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Randomocities | Fitting it All in . . .

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Hey guys, I’m back from Vegas! I had an amazing time!! Needless to say I am tired. I returned with 1 blister on each foot, and a crazy headache!  But I would do it all over again. It’s so wonderful to be able to do what you love to do. Anyways, I had to hit the ground running to keep things on schedule with the kiddies and today I am feeling a little overwhelmed! I really need to schedule some office hours for myself and I just haven’t been able to be consistent. At the moment I kinda feel like I am just trying to get it in where I can fit it in. It’s a little frustrating, especially since I am a self-diagnosed workaholic with a bedroom office!! But I digress, it’s time to pick up the little one from school, so I’m off once again. Happy Weekend to you! I hope you are all having a fab Friday!

How do you make it work? Suggestions welcome ☺

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Viva Las Vegas! The MAGIC Show and Other Stories . . . Pt. 1

MGC_thelook MAGIC MARKET WEEK is the largest global market week for contemporary men’s and women’s apparel, footwear and sourcing and the most comprehensive destination for fashion buyers and brands in the world. Every February and August, the industry gathers in Las Vegas for inspiration, connection and to shop a portfolio of 10 expertly merchandised and curated shows across every category, trend and price point. In fueling the business of fashion, MAGIC MARKET WEEK impacts what the world will be wearing.

Well guys, I am off to Vegas today for the MAGIC Show. It dawned on me that some of you may not know what the MAGIC show is so I’ve included a little synopsis for you above. Can’t wait to share with you all the goodies and great lines to be discovered! Have a fabulous Tuesday!


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Thankful Thursdays | 10 Things I am Thankful for Today . . .


Thank God it’s Thursday! This week seems to be flying by! My days and weeks have been so different since we started homeschooling Reston. The results of homeschooling on my son have been so wonderful in such a short period of time! It really is amazing. It’s funny, although my days are structured differently, I somehow seem to be getting it all done. It doesn’t always look pretty, and my work time is typically not structured the way I like it to be, but when I look back, I can see that I am still making progress.

Next week I will be going to Vegas for a few days to cover the MAGIC show. I’m really excited about this trip. Usually I attend MAGIC for the purposes of sourcing and networking for my own business. But this time I am attending as Press! One of my passions is discovering and promoting new and existing brands, and sharing them with you.  God is putting these opportunities in my path and I am really excited to be able to pursue them!

With that said, I thought that for this Thankful Thursday, I would list a few things that I am thankful for today. I heard a man once say that a blessing is something that means something to you. I feel like I have many blessings to be thankful for. They may not seem like much to others, but I think its always good to take note, recognize and be thankful for the little things.


  1. Reston’s progress and witnessing the return of the joy of learning!!! Super BIG Yay!!!
  2. My family’s health and happiness
  3. My trip to Vegas next week and the opportunity to cover the MAGIC show
  4. My desire + passion to design and create is returning full force. (another Super BIG Yay!!!)
  5. Morning adventure walks with my son! (see photo above ☺ )
  6. My marriage of 11 years. It ain’t always easy, but the hard work is so worth it!
  7. Inside jokes and giggles with my kiddos
  8. My mom and dad being so supportive and helpful with the kids pick ups and drop offs
  9. Being 5 months gluten free. If someone had told me I would be GF a year ago I never would have believed them.
  10. Tomorrow is Friday!!!

What are you thankful for today?

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This Happened Yesterday . . .

photo 1 photo 5 Had lunch with a good friend of mine yesterday and decided to snap a quick outfit shot. I just love jumpsuits. This is one from my old clothing line. Don’t you just love the crease line on the side of my jumpsuit! ☺ Apparently my attention to detail is slipping!!!

Do you have any jumpsuits in your wardrobe?

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Wearing: jumpsuit: Cathexis | perforated leather jacket: BCBG | clutch: Ayanna Listenbee Handbags | chain bracelets: Kenneth Cole | ring: Made in Earth | necklaces: Erica Weiner, Kei | earrings: Ayanna Listenbee Collection

photo credit: Philicia Scott

NYFW: Coach Fall ’14 Ready to Wear Collection

Coach Fall '14 Coach RTW Fall ' I was really curious to see what Coach would offer up for their Fall ’14 collection. I am a huge fan of previous designer, Reed Krakoff, who was replaced by British designer Stuart Vevers last year. Thankfully Krakoff has his own eponymous line, so we can still expect to see beautiful offerings from him in the future. Vevers presented a fashionably modern take on classics for the new Coach clothing line. The coats and jackets were standouts to me, especially the red and black oversized houndstooth print, and of course, I loved the bags. (The large, fringed black cross body and tri-color satchel being amongst my favorites). Even the shearling lined wedge boots were beckoning! The collection was solid and had good movement and use of color. I am looking forward to seeing what Stuart Vevers has in store for the Coach line in the future.

What do you think? Do any of these pieces strike your fancy?

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