Monday, October 3, 2011

Lord Wellington

Anytime it rains in New York I make the joke "I left Seattle because of this!" But I think the more important thing to think about when it rains in New York are all the fashion opportunities that can come from what I know now as an infamous East Coast torrential downpour. I found some amazing stylish choices and maybe I'm like, the last person to notice, but I didn't know anyone was making wellies in a heel!

 From top to bottom: Kellen Wedge Heel Rain Boot in Cranberry by Hunter, $175; Platform Heel Wellies by Louis Vuitton; Milly in Cherry/ Navy by Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff, $129.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hocus Pocus

In honor of the first day of October I wanted to share a funny similarity I picked up on. I have no idea if Roberto Cavalli intended for his Fall 2011 ad campaign to resemble the 90s Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus but it most definitely does, see for yourself below!

Happy October!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Working Girl

The past month has been a crazy whirlwind of events which is why my posts were a little intermittent. It started off with the whole flight delay back to New York because of Hurricane Irene, my Grandma's brief hospitalization (she's doing fine now), family visiting, and job hunting.

I am excited to say that after a short 369 days after my graduation from college I finally got a job! A real career! I'm an assistant designer at Jordache designing missy and junior's bottoms for U.S. Polo Association! It really fell into my lap at the perfect time and I still can't believe how incredibly lucky I am! Basically the career advisor at my alma mater sent my resume to an alumni working at Jordache and the rest is kind of history. So far I love, LOVE, LOVE my job and my boss is amazing. She's really patient and in the three days that I've worked there I've already learned so much.

I don't have any pictures for this post but just picture me SUPER EXCITED! Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lady in Red

I believe everyone has a color. Like, their color. One that makes them feel confident and really makes them stand out when they wear it. Mine personally is red and it just so happens to be one of the hot colors for Fall and I couldn't be more excited! Here is an outfit all in red complete with undergarments with a little red accent.

Clockwise from top left: Dress from Erin Fetherston's Spring/ Summer 2012 collection, Walker Park Tate purse by Kate Spade, $245, The Last Strawberry Wedge by Jeffrey Campbell, $115.99; Damarius Crème Brulée collection, £32-54.

Monday, September 19, 2011


I have always had a special gift for finding amazing things at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. One thing I've found out about New York since moving here is that the thrift stores are all picked-over and over-priced, something I found surprising! While on vacation I went thrift shopping in Seattle and Hollywood with my friends Sarah and Andrew respectively and basically bought my entire Fall wardrobe. Some of my noteworthy purchases included a sapphire blue Le Tigre cardigan, two leather skirts, one suede skirt, Michael Kors slacks, two pairs of vintage Salvatore Ferragamo shoes (in size 5 1/2, which means they will be sold in my Etsy store), a Tahari angora sweater, two cashmere sweaters and Nautica sailor pants. Here's a small snapshot of the goods!

The Perfect Pink

It all began with my search for the perfect pink lipstick. You know, the bright pink lipstick Nicki Minaj has been wearing all Summer. I was in Soho and walked into Sephora where I found the Illamasqua section. I had heard about the brand from Norah and decided to see what I found. What I found was the lip color, Corrupt. Upon browsing their website a couple days ago I saw photos for their new collection, Theater of the Nameless, and fell in love with the mod feel of it all!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hit the Nail on The Head

As someone who had the nasty habit of biting their nails for about 9 years, I will be the first to tell you that it's a hard habit to break! Last year I thought I had kicked the habit for good when I had got so busy in my last quarter of college that I just simply didn't have the time to bite my nails anymore. But as soon as I graduated I was off the wagon again and it wasn't until I moved to New York a few months later that I realized having perfectly manicured nails is a major part of grooming here! Being west coast born and raised instilled a sense of laid back-ness in me, where the only time we really got our nails done was for special occasions like dances and fancy dates. It wasn't until February that I went and got a manicure with my friend Norah and I have not bitten my nails since. And since then, I have become obsessed with always having my nails painted. Unfortunately for me I do them myself most of the time because I live on the budget of a sales associate by day, designer by night. Here are a few of my most recent manicures that I had to share! Oh and please excuse my hands, I'm double jointed in all my fingers so they always look weird. I've actually had people scream and ask if I was okay, haha.

From left to right: Hawaiian Punch by Orly, Golden Fish Scales by Lisa Logan for Minx (done by manicurist Natasha at the IFB conference), and Yummy Mummy by Butter London with Nails Inc Special Effects Farrington Crackle Topcoat.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It's All About the Perks

Working at the largest department store in the world full-time gets a little tiring sometimes because it's something like the number two tourist destination in the New York. But what I CAN say about working at Macy's is it is all about the perks. As I was on one of the many sets of escalators throughout the store, I saw a sign saying that Karl Lagerfeld was going to be at Macy's to launch his collection for Impulse on September 6th. In the words of Rachel Zoe: I DIE. I think I genuinely hyperventilated a little bit. When that day actually came, to my surprise not only did Unkle Karl show up, but so did Anna Wintour and Coco Rocha. For this, I thank the Fashion Gods.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Essentials

With the frequency I've been at airports lately, I've had plenty of time to catch up on my Fall fashion trends. So far I've covered menswear-as-womenswear and the varsity jacket, but there are some other major trends I've seen as well: gray acid wash, houndstooth, rust, mustard, sapphire and kelly green. Here are some of my favorite picks for the upcoming season!

Clockwise from the top left: Distressed Five Pocket Skinny Jean from GoJane, $29.40; Black Houndstooth Crewneck Bodysuit by Stella McCartney, $1,195; Moss Girls Long Sleeve Sweater by Hurley, $52; Ruffled Dot Blouse by Banana Republic, $79.50; Traisie pump by Steve Madden, $89.95; Checkmate Sweater Tank by RACHEL Rachel Roy, $59, also seen here.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dot, Dot, What a Girl I've Got

There are few things I love more than polka dots and a romper. A couple weeks ago as I was perusing through Topshop in Soho, I found the most gorgeous tan and sapphire halter romper that I decided I had to have it! And here it is for your viewing pleasure!

Romper by Topshop, $100; Gilla sandals by Boutique 9 from Bloomingdales, $99; vintage watch from the 80s via my Mom.

Happy Sunday!


My general philosophy about current events is a combination of ignorance is bliss and if it's important enough I'll hear about it. Now, if you would have asked me ten days ago if I thought by leaving New York to go on vacation I would miss two earthquakes and a hurricane I probably would have laughed in your face. Remaining true to my philosophy, yesterday I called my friend Olivia to wish her a happy 21st birthday and she in turn told me that a hurricane by the name of Irene was headed straight to New York City and that certain areas were being evacuated! I spent a total of four and a half hours on hold with American Airlines to rebook my canceled flight for Sunday and still didn't get through until I called back this morning! Now I don't fly out until Thursday morning, having extended my eleven day vacation into a two week one.

So far the SoCal leg of my vacation has been amazing, days at the beach, barbecues, seeing a friend in Hollywood, and shopping in Melrose and now I have five more days of the same! While I was on hold yesterday with the airline, I was window shopping in Laguna Beach and wandered into a boutique named Muse. Ironically enough their other location is in Edmonds, the town I'm from near Seattle. Anyway,  I stumbled upon a dress that had to have been made for me. It's red, white and blue, short, strapless and the only one left was in my size. Unfortunately, I had to pass because the price wasn't meant for me, $108 isn't exactly budget friendly to my extended vacation paycheck. I did manage to grab the designer's name, Judith March, so I could share this amazing dress (and one other) with all of you!

From left to right: Red Dot Strapless with Navy Embroidered Bow, the one I initially fell in love with and the Blue Polka Dot Three Ruffles Bodice and Orange Piping, my new favorite.

Keeping everyone back East in my thoughts! Stay safe!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lazy Days

Well, well, well. I was doing SO well there for a minute! I think I posted on my blog every weekday for almost 3 weeks! Then, vacation struck. I moved to New York about 9 and a 1/2 months ago and Thursday was the first time I had been back home to Seattle! Since then I've spent my days catching up with all my friends and family. I went to some of my favorite places and did some of my favorite things including shopping at Goodwill, eating at Portage Bay Cafe, the Sky City restaurant at the Space Needle and Dick's, going on the monorail and Ride the Ducks, and drinking at the Cha Cha and Shorty's. Basically, this post is serving as my excuse for not posting in over a week and promising to be a little more consistent as I leave Seattle for SoCal, with my days being spent at the beach rather than constantly running around the greater Seattle area. I hope all is well with all of you and as a final attempt to right this blogging wrong here is my outfit from Friday!

 On me: Denim vest by Levis with distress done by yours truly, patch on back by Obey, dress by Material Girl, tights by Target, shoes by Rocket Dog, bracelet and ring from Forever 21.

Friday, August 12, 2011

His & Hers: Leopard Edition

Welcome to the first edition of His & Hers! The handsome young man standing next to me is my friend DeMario! He's a coworker turned close friend and we've decided to start making Fridays here on my blog a day where we share the female version of an outfit along with the male interpretation. This week our inspiration sprouted from our mutual love of leopard print and my new favorite color, kelly green.

On DeMario: Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, $24, tank top by TOPMAN, $12; black pants turned shorts by H&M, leopard boat shoes by Sperry Top-Sider. On me: Taupe pearl necklace by Forever 21, $8; Checkmate Sweater Tank by RACHEL Rachel Roy, $59; Leopard Print Pencil Skirt by Charter Club, $59; black patent pumps by Material Girl, $24.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cape Cod

My first Fall in New York City is quickly approaching and my hunt for the perfect light jacket is officially on. While I still am in love with the idea of finding a varsity jacket, a cape coat seems like an excellent option as well. The ones I found incorporate some of my favorite things: leopard, art nouveau style graphics and hearts.


Lizzie Cape Coat by Wren, $675; Vintage 1960s Art Nouveau Woodland Cape Coat from gogovintage, $160; Jacquard Cape by Betsey Johnson, $250.

Hope you had an amazing Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sea Legs

Since I had this past weekend off, Sunday was spent getting my bedroom a little more organized because not only does it double as my workroom and but my friend Allie is staying with me in my room for the next couple months as she interns with Vanity Fair. But of course after that was said and done we headed out to Williamsburg to meet some friends at Sea, a delicious Thai restaurant that I've heard many of my coworkers rave about. In honor of the occasion, I wore this chunky coral necklace I had purchased the day prior in Soho and paired it with a simple blue and white striped dress. 

Coral necklace from Jewelry Cafe in Soho, blue and white striped dress by French Connection, gladiator sandals by Naughty Monkey.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Combat Baby

By some miracle, I got this past weekend off from work so I made sure I spent it doing what I love best: shopping, drinking, eating and sleeping. Suffice it to say, this was a very expensive weekend but I'm considering it a belated birthday present to myself! My weekend was kicked off Friday night by a trip to Blockheads for burritos and $4 margaritas with Allie. Saturday was sort of a lazy day and we didn't head out to the city until around 5 for some shopping in Soho, which is where my outfit made an appearance along with my favorite pair of sunglasses!


Studded cat-eye sunglasses and earrings by Betsey Johnson, sweater crop top by RACHEL Rachel Roy (seen here), paperbag waste shorts by eci, olive combat boots by Kensie Girl.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

We Only Said Goodbye With Words

I'm not a person who watches TV or reads any newspaper or news website, so it was through the grapevine that I learned of Amy Winehouse's death. As a huge fan of the cat-eye myself as well as her fifties and sixties clothing, I really identified with her style. It wasn't until yesterday when I was playing the Back to Black album on repeat that I realized this was her last and final album. Below is my Amy Winehouse inspired look in her honor.

Dress and shoes by Material Girl from Macy's, shell bracelet by Betsey Johnson from Macy's, felt flower hair clip from Anthropologie.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Watercolor Days

As I left my lovely little Brooklyn neighborhood this morning headed to the gym (yes I know, in this outfit!) Allie took photos of me for my first outfit post. I bought this dress last Summer when I was trying to define my signature style as only wearing red, white and blue. While that idea didn't stick, this dress has made it past the last few donation cuts into my current wardrobe. It was the perfect outfit for today's slightly muggy New York Summer day!

Dress by Everly from the Powder Room, handbag by Bica Cheia from Anthropologie, DUH charm bracelet by BCBGeneration from Macy's, gladiator sandals by Naughty Monkey from Nordstrom Rack.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Anhedonia was the working title of arguably Woody Allen's most famous romantic comedy, Annie Hall. Basically it means the inability to experience pleasure from normally pleasurable life events, which sums up a lot of what Annie Hall is about. Anyway, I've actually had time to flip through my fashion magazines and the Fall previews are showing so many Annie Hall menswear-as-womenswear inspired trends I had to write a little something about it! And also because we all know I have a small obsession with anything Woody Allen related.

Clockwise from top left: Wool Felt Cloche Hat by Stella McCartney, $325; Velvet Oversized Bow Tie by ASOS, $13.79; Beige Wide Leg Tailored Trousers by M Missoni, $466.95, Blazer (with elbow patches BTW!) by H&M, $29.95.

Monday, August 1, 2011


When I think of black and white I usually think of two things: Beetlejuice and I Love Lucy. Such a random association, I know. One of my all time favorite things in the world is black and white stripes and in the past couple days I've found so many cute things that I just had to share them!

Clockwise from top left: Motel Striped Jordan Jean by Fred Flare, $104; Ella Striped Peplum Tee by Alice + Olivia, $220; LondonCoat by EmersonMade, Available in the Fall; Recital Farrah Clutch by Kate Spade, $375.

Happy August!

Sunday, July 31, 2011


The moment I fell in love with cat-eye sunglasses was in high school as I was strolling through my local Macy's with my Mom. And that was when I saw them: studded, tortoise shell, cat-eye Betsey Johnson sunglasses (they will present themselves in an upcoming outfit post, I promise). Mom agreed with my impeccable style choice and in her ever present shopping wisdom, bought them for me on the spot and they have been my favorite ever since. 

On my break today at work I stopped by the Sunglass Hut store inside my Macy's and tried on the clear Prada cat-eye sunglasses below and I fell in love with this classic shape all over again.

PR 19MS by Prada, $205; Cat Eye Sunglasses with Logo on Temple by Dior, $295; Candie's Bow Cat Eye Sunglasses, $24; Chelsea Cat Eye Sunglasses in Nude by House of Harlow 1960, $138.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Presh TOTES Obvi!

My friend Allie, whom I've known since the 7th grade, is flying into New York on August 2nd to begin interning with Vanity Fair! She'll be staying with me for a couple months in her tenure and I put myself in charge of teaching her the basics of city life. In my own 9 months of living in New York, taking the train (i.e. the subway) is just part of everyday life and it also seems as though being bumped with someone's bag is as well!

To avoid doing the same thing to others, I am in search of the perfect sized tote bag. I usually carry a big bottle of water, a book, and my lunch with me in a little canvas tote bag but it's floppy and not at all stylish. To keep my bag bump offenses to a minimum finding a simple, almost utilitarian tote bag that is not only sturdy but also taller than it is wide is key.

From left to right: Vanston Jackson in Natural by Kate Spade, $475; Tote Bag without Zipper in Tan by Filson, $105; Highline Kendra Tote in Beige/Black by Cole Haan, $398.

Friday, July 29, 2011

You Can Call Me Cupcake

In celebration of my birthday yesterday, Norah and I were sunbathing in Astoria Park and in a surprise turn of events we decided to get tattoos! We found a studio in the West Village and took our turns getting tattooed. As a graphic designer, Norah's favorite font of all time is Helvetica, so on her right wrist she got the word design. I decided on a retro inspired cupcake above my right elbow. And in case you were wondering, the cake under that pink paper is of course Funfetti ;)

Thanks again to everyone for all the birthday wishes!
P.S. A birthday outfit post is on the way!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Rainbow Chip Icing on the Funfetti Cake

It is officially my 22nd birthday! Sometimes I can't even believe how young I am and how much I've accomplished in the past few years. 22 isn't exactly a milestone birthday but it is my first birthday since moving to New York and I have a whole day planned including a gathering of all the friends I've made here! In honor of today, here are some adorable cake-inspired pieces!

From left to right: Cupcake Connoisseur Dress via Modcloth, $74.99; Stocking Stripe Lo Rise Thong in Pussycat Pink by Betsey Johnson, $22; Slice of Cake Pouch by Fred Flare, $14.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Varsity Worthy

As the first of the Fall deliveries arrive at Macy's, I've noticed that letterman jackets are a huge trend, with almost every major brand carrying one and with each one I see I fall more in love! In high school I bowled varsity but never bought a jacket so now here's my chance! Letterman jackets always remind me of Pleasantville when Skip wants to "pin" Mary Sue. What're your thoughts on this 50s prep throwback? I know I'm a fan already!

Letterman Style Jacket by Forever 21, $24.80; Swing Letterman Jacket by 3.1 Philip Lim, $1,450; Varsity Leather Jacket by ASOS, $155.15.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Woody Allen

I was late to discover the magic of the Woody Allen film world. The first movie of his I saw was Vicky Cristina Barcelona in college. But it wasn't until I moved to New York that my Netflix obsession exploded and I found that a large part of Woody Allen's filmography was available on Watch Instantly. My life suddenly became all about Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan and Annie Hall. And in all the movies he starred in he always wore his signature glasses. Now I'm on the search for the perfect pair of Woody Allen-esque glasses for myself to wear on the daily. Think I could pull them off?

From top to bottom: 01 N/V by Prada, $160; RX 5225 by Ray Ban, $102; The Apolo via Eyeglass Boy, $69.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Boyfriend

A large part of a successful fashion blog includes doing what is called an "outfit post." This basically means styling an outfit, usually on one's self, and taking a photo of said outfit to post on their blog, thus showing the individual style of that particular blogger. This particular blogger however has a broken camera, yet some amazing personal style if I do say so myself. In lieu of much belated outfit posts on my behalf I've decided to get a little creative and sketch an outfit post. 

In one of my many bored moments at Macy's today I discovered a little gem, the boyfriend shirt. Yes, we've all heard of the boyfriend shirt and may even own one, but I am very picky about my masculine inspired clothing and it was Calvin Klein Jeans that had the perfect one for me. I bought the shirt and haven't been able to take it off since! They key to wearing a boyfriend shirt is going ultra sexy with the rest of the outfit, pairing it with shorts, leggings, tights and anything of the same. Below you'll find my style interpretation of my new favorite shirt.

From top to bottom: Denim Boyfriend Shirt by Calvin Klein Jeans, $69.50; Nude Leather Triple Keeper Skinny Belt by TOPSHOP, $32; Cotton Lace Tulip Shorts by Stella McCartney, $965.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pin-Up Perfection

I've loved cardigans throughout their many phases in the past few years from the bolero cardigan, the boyfriend cardigan, and even the cardigan dress. But my favorite is by far the classic cardigan. One that is fitted and lands at the natural waist makes a flattering silhouette on almost anyone, especially when paired with tailored capris or a knee length pencil skirt. Add a little detail like beading, applique, or embroidery and it polishes off the look. They should always be worn buttoned and worn in lieu of a shirt for an added touch of style. It may seem silly but there is nothing more perfect than a classic detailed cardigan.

From left to right: Dita Rose Embroidered Cardi in Red with Black from Wheels & Doll Baby, $190; High Tea Cardigan from ModCloth, $69.99; Kati Beaded Cardigan from Kate Spade, $295.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Inspiration

As most designers will tell you, knowing what is going to be in style in future seasons is very important to the success of a line. In college we had access to WGSN, short for the World Global Style Network, which basically forecasts everything- colors, silhouettes, fabrics, prints, accessories, etc. Since graduating I've still, by some miraculous gift from the gods, been able to access WGSN which is infinitely priceless because I've been able to accurately forecast all of the above things for my Spring/ Summer 2012 capsule collection. The silhouettes have been finalized, as of about 15 minutes ago, and now it's just a matter of finalizing the colors and fabrics. My color palette is based off of Rihanna's Only Girl (In the World) video with what I like to call electric pastels.

I knew I wanted to use these colors early on and the forecasting confirmed they would work out. Now it was just a matter of figuring out which prints and fabrications to use. Luckily for me florals, vintage prints, stripes and all things kitschy are on trend for Spring/ Summer 2012. So immediately I started scouring Etsy for a little inspiration and I found some amazing stuff. We'll see what makes the final cut but I think this is an amazing start! Happy 4th of July!

From top to bottom: Screen Printed Vintage Silk from EmilyMe, $55; Blue Floral Linen from admiredhistory, $23; Purple Floral from LittleCabinVintage, $14.50; Pink and Orange Floral Knit from thriftypyg, $15.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Top of the Crop

I think we've seen that all my favorite trends are inspired by all things retro and this one is no exception.  Crop tops first became popular in the 1960s during the Free Love movement and again during the 1990s with, I guess, the Baywatch movement? As of recently I've been attracted to almost any and all crop tops I set my eyes on, just like I tend to fall in love with a good pair of short shorts.  But I digress. I've picked out, as always my favorite crop tops for this summer.

From top to bottom: Sleeveless Scoop Neck Polka Dot Printed Scalloped Tiered Tank by American Rag, $39; Georgie Cotton Top by French Connection, $138; Sweater Crop Top by RACHEL Rachel Roy, $59.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Perfect for my Poodle Skirt

There is something both feminine and masculine about oxfords that I adore. Now, I have no idea what the difference between oxfords and saddle shoes are but I, personally, think they're all the same so please bare with me shoe aficionados, this is just a fashion blog. My obsession with oxfords began a few days after I moved to New York City when my friend Olivia's sister Amanda took me with her to Garden State Plaza in New Jersey and we walked into an Aldo. I had always thought Aldo was kind of a joke but they really do have amazing shoes and their ad campaign is shot by Terry Richardson, who is by far my favorite fashion photographer.

Basically I bought myself a pair of simple black matte oxfords that I wore until the heels and soles were falling off. In April, my Mom came to visit and bought me a brand new pair of shiny black oxfords from Nine West which I have already worn out in the three months I've owned them. The time has come for me to purchase new oxfords and while I feel like I should just go to Soho and get a crappy $25 pair since I know how fast I'll tear through them, I can't help but fall in love with the Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff collaboration. Here are my favorites for you to enjoy as much as I did!

From top to bottom: Lady in Cream/ Black, $109; Alice in Navy, $129; and Odette in Cream/ Red, $109.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime and the Living's Easy

One good thing about working at Macy's is that I am constantly surrounded by fashion. It's not uncommon to catch me on a twenty minute break shopping the second floor women's section with my partner in crime, Norah (visit her website while you're at it, she's an enormously talented graphic designer who will have a major hand in revamping this blog and my professional website). Here are just a handful of my favorite summer dresses from RACHEL Rachel Roy, BCBGeneration, and French Connection.

From left to right: Sleeveless Sashed Dress by RACHEL Rachel Roy, $109; Ruffled Neckline Polka Dot Dress by BCBGeneration, $128; and Fast Anna Lace Dress by French Connection, $188.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Defining Moment

Moving to New York has by far been one of the best decisions of my life. I feel like I've spent the last 7 months (down to the day!) just trying to absorb this new life that I've created for myself, completely independent of my family. November to December was spent just adjusting to taking the bus or subway to and from New Jersey or Brooklyn into the city and adjusting to a new job and finding an apartment and furnishing said apartment. January to April was a lot of dating boys, a lot of drinking and no sleep!

Since this is, in fact, a blog about my fashion adventures, I'll just cut to the chase. I started my internship at Aviva Embroideries at the beginning of March and have since been working 35 hours a week at Macy's and 13 hours a week at Aviva- hence the no sleep. In the past, when I apply/pick internships, I tend to pick ones that are a little obscure so I make sure I learn something I would never learn in school. Alchemy Goods used recycled bike inner tubes to make messenger bags; Sheer Style did a lot of design, sourcing, and production for start-up design companies; and Crescent Down Works made down-filled outerwear. When I saw the ad for the internship at Aviva on Craigslist, it was no different. I soon found out at my interview that I would be helping to design swatches with beaded and sequin motifs, combined with fabric flowers to create pieces that would then be sent to designers to be chosen and used in their collections. In the nearly 3 months I've been there, two of my swatches have been chosen by Reem Acra and Monique Lhullier to be used in a future collection! (Pictures to come if I get permission.)

This past week, I made a very important decision in regards to working on my own line. For a long time I told myself that I wouldn't try promoting my own line until I had AT LEAST 5 years of real industry experience. Working at Macy's has made me want to break away from upper management authority a little and has made me realize that I'm only young once so why not just promote my own line while I'm young and crazy and can get away with it?! I even tried out for Project Runway last month at the open call here in New York! In light of recent events I've realized that while I may get distracted by a lot of things in this enormous city, I really came here to do one thing: advance my career in fashion. So I made a big decision last night that I plan to stick to: show my Spring/ Summer 2012 capsule collection during New York Fashion Week. NOW, an important thing to remember is that when I say "show my collection during NYFW", I am not under any sort of sick delusion that I will be showing at Lincoln Center alongside Anna Sui or Oscar de la Renta. I simply mean that I want to, either be involved in a fashion show with a number of different up-and-coming designers, or find a venue to have a viewing party during NYFW.

Since I wrote about my big plan on here, that means that you, my MANY (cough) followers, are now being held accountable to make sure that I follow through! I will update, step-by-step, my design process here (complete with pictures!) so no one can make a liar out of me!

And since my Blogger visits seem to get further and further apart, I will leave you with photos of a couple projects; an illustration of a blazer I recently designed and a little something I made for my Project Runway audition:

Stay tuned!