I was tempted to post every one of these photos on Instagram. I sensed that perhaps it would be a bit much, but it’s just too good not to have close by where I can gaze upon these photos when I need a flash of inspiration.
Photography: Andrew Yee
Styled by: Damian Foxe
Hair: Antoinette Beenders
Makeup: Marco Antonio
Model: Ali Michael
I dread putting lights on the tree. It’s my least favorite part, but it’s such a great feeling when it’s done, isn’t it? In my procrastination of doing this task, I found this beautiful image from Vogue Italia, September 2014. Fitting, no?
You can see more beautiful and inspirational editorials on my pinterest page, here.
I’m spending most of the day in the studio today…what? Did you really think I would have it any other way? I’m actually really enjoying the quiet that comes from a holiday on a Monday. The lack of emails, calls and things that come up that have to be dealt with right this very minute!! is amazing During the last few weeks of August, when the internet is a sleepy place as everyone fits in one last vacation and gets ready for the hustle of fall, be it back to school or to a regular work schedule, I had a crazy idea to get some major behind the scenes work done. It is coming to close just in time for early noise of the holidays but there are still a few loose ends to tie up. A quiet weekend was exactly what I needed to sweep up the last tasks and get myself ready for the months ahead. Speaking of planning for the busy season, it seems my sub conscious has also decided that preparing means buying endless notebooks, pads of paper and the like because I have been hoarding these things like crazy! Does anyone else do that?
The weekend has not been all work though, I spent the afternoon visiting with cousins on Sunday, had girls nights both Thursday and Sunday nights and went for a wonderful run on Friday evening. But mostly I have been treating this weekend like I too am heading back to school tomorrow. Which it seems is exactly what I needed as I feel calmer than I have in weeks. Hope you had exactly the Labor Day you wanted and enjoyed every minute of it as much as I did!
When I was many years younger, I used to embark on wild adventures with my paternal grandmother. We explored most of the great state of NH (where I was born but due to my parents divorce when I was a baby, visited for the summers and some holidays until my teens) as well as a good deal of Maine and Massachusetts. We visited every single historic military site, all possible museums and made sure to stop into every antique shop, art supply store and book store in the area as often as possible. To say that my grandmother was an influence on who I am today would be a great understatement.
I learned how to bake, sew, embroider, quilt…you name the craft and we did it. I explored bugs and leaves and flowers, picked berries and then baked with them or turned them into jam. I was encouraged to decorate doll houses with odds and ends around the house and was assisted in figuring out how to design and sew clothes for the dolls. I had notebooks filled with watercolored architectural plans (that part was more from my dad who designs and builds houses) and made crazy piles of friendship bracelets (and sold them…I was always an entrepreneur at heart) and made piles and piles and piles of paper dolls. I look back on those summers and think of all of the wonderful things we did together and how much they influenced my being a designer and it amazes me.
One day we were at a museum with a good deal of historical costumes, I think it must have been the NH Historical Society Museum, and we brought home a bunch of paper doll books. I was mad for paper doll books and liked to buy them in twos so I could leave one intact and cut one up. I had tons of them! Well that day we bought a Tom Tierney 50’s couture fashion book, and it was incredible. (you can actually still buy it…which proves how awesome it was that its still printed almost 30 years later!) Anyway, that day I was introduced to Dior and Balenciaga as well as other couture greats from the 50’s and was instantly smitten. I will never forget the first time I saw the designs, I poured over them for hours and hours. Anyway, the whole reason why I thought of this was that when I saw the Marion Cotillard spread from the Dior Magazine No1, I was instantly taken back to that wonderful day I discovered Dior in fashion illustration paper doll form.
Thank you Dior for continuing to inspire me for so many years and a huge thank you to my Ga, who had the wisdom to introduce us.
I’ll admit it, I not only owned a pair of combat boots in my teens but I wore them with dresses. Mind you, it was the early 90’s and grunge was all the rage…so don’t judge. I still have a soft spot for feminine dresses with bad ass boots…and lately I have been jonesing for a pair of cowboy boots to wear with my closet full of skirts. Eh, I figure if I’m going to be a Texan, I might as well embrace it and embrace it I will…the search starts tomorrow!
Ah Tulle. How I adore thee. In any way, shape and form. I even once designed a line of jewelry with you…although I realized I may be one of the few women over 20 who wishes to wear it in any form not bridal. Eh, whatever, I will forever sing your praises you feminine and sassy material!
Matthew Perry and his team designed and created actual paper dresses for a spread in Madame magazine. I don’t know which part I love more, the colors, the concept or the amazingly huge jewelry! You can see the whole spread at Trendland.