I feel like Portland gave me the best hug ever! I was nominated for Best Women’s Wear Designer for the Portland Style and Fashion Awards! Today is the last day for public voting. Next the top 4 nominees are chosen which are then voted on by actual judges. The winners will be announced at the actual awards show on Oct. 26th. Woohoo! Either way I’m totally 100% thrilled to be nominated!! xoxo
Here’s the voting link
And that’s exactly what I did! I have the nasty habit of expecting too much of myself. I’m sure that never happens to anyone else! And when too much is taken on it’s nearly impossible to make the work GOOD! And I just don’t want to settle. So here is a little of what has been happening!
I took a break for SS13. BECAUSE, for FW13 I began working with a sales rep. And I wanted to focus on making that debut one that represented who I was and wanted to be as a designer. And let. me. tell. you. I wish I could shake myself from two years ago and say just do it! It’s a daunting thought, but it was truly the smartest thing I could have done for my line. Cabana Reps is awesome!!
I also changed day jobs. Which was huge. It was the backer of my passion for 7.5 crazy years. I now have a new backer which I LOVE! In fact, that job just took me to Iceland!! Though I wish I could focus 100% of my time on my line, money doesn’t fall like glitter. Sooo, I consider myself quite lucky to not only work in the industry, but be in an industry that takes me all over the world.
My website also got a make-over. I love you Sarah Giffrow!! She also did my gorgeous logo. You know when something just feels like? Great jeans, sexy heals… Amazing art! It’s very reminiscent of Studio 54. I will also be doing First Thursday with Sarah at her new location in Old Town. There will be wine. And I am wine drinker!
So, here is a sample from my FW13 line. I love it from the bottom of my heart
Happy 2012! I thought I would start off 2012 with something from the past. I came across this dress that I made a few years back. This was one of my favorite creations. The photo doesn’t quite do it justice. It took 12 yards of fabric in total to create it. It’s 100% silk and wasn’t wide enough so I had to piece it together in order to make the skirt portion how I wanted. It was draped on the bias which is why it took so much material. This dress literally feels like it has a life of it’s own!
Today I draped garment #1 of my year long project to create one unique piece of clothing every month. This is a challenge I’m placing upon myself so that I never settle and take the easy, plain old road!
As I was draping this dress it began to speak to me and I strayed a bit from my sketch book. But that is my favorite part of designing. Yes, I will color outside of the lines if I really want to! I can’t wait to see the final product already. I will post my original sketch along with the end result. (I apologize for my mess in the back ground but Zoolander had to say hi)
Here are some fun events to keep in mind as you plan your holiday activities!
“Little Boxes” ~ Please shop local business come Black Friday. Check out the site for a handy dandy list of who is involved.
“A Bowlful of Hearts” ~ As you are out and about holiday shopping and sipping cocktails pick up some doggie or kittie supplies and donate to this awesome cause. I will gladly pick up the donations if you can’t drop them off at one of the drop-off locations. (If you work at adidas, bring the donations to work and I will retrieve them from you.)
“Small Business Saturday” ~ Yeah yeah, it’s sponsored by Amex but the subject is what matters. Shop local! xo