Thursday, 22 March 2012

Madison the Muse

photos by kokoquiza

It is rare that you find someone with as much heart and charisma as my five-year-old niece, Madison. In addition to being able to entertain everyone around her, ask a dozen questions in less than a minute, and count to 40 in spanish, she also plays the violin. 

I have just recently become part of the I Wear Red Lipstick (almost) Everyday Club, and Madison caught me mid-application and begged me to put some on her. On the way to church. As an alternative I promised we would have a fun dress up photo shoot and as usual, she owned it. Gosh I wish she was a few years older, or I younger. We would sooooooo be best friends.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Representing for Midwest Style

I was thrilled to be asked to share my spring style secrets with Refinery 29. Aside from the fact that I never really thought my style had any secrets to it, I was so happy to be apart of a feature that showed that Midwest girls had any style at all.

 The emergence of street style blogs have really provided a platform for real and unique style across the globe. Individuals from places such as Antwerp, Bangkok, and Brisbane have made their mark in the fashion industry without having to leave their own neighborhoods. 
Considering that at one time fashion was once a luxury only to be obtained by the affluent, and the "outsiders" were left to daydream whilst flipping through the glossy pages of Vouge and Elle. However, after being captured by a street style blogger (the wonderful Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome)my look was published in Elle for all the world to see. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that could be possible. 
It is an exciting thought to know that is industry is becoming not only just more unified, but more realistic. People all across the globe are learning to not mimic what we see in magazines, but to be inspired by each other by just the click of a mouse. I guess we can really say that this really is the fashion of the future. And to think all this time I was waiting to start dressing like a Jetson.... 

Monday, 19 March 2012

A Collection Preview: Drapes by Ashley Scott

Working with Ashley is always so effortless. She makes beautiful things with her hands, and I am instantly inspired when she gives me a peek on all the upcoming collections. We shot this on the first of these insanely beautiful days we've been having. With a bit of our natural chemistry and a little help from the mechanic who was watching over our shoulder (he pointed out the grain in the cement and how it complimented the metal.... I know, right?) we're able to give you a first look of her upcoming collection.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Meanwhile in Zagreb pt II

I't wouldn't be fair to keep mentioning how talented my husband is because one would say that I am biased. However, when your professional colleagues start to take note and want to learn more about his unique abilities, I feel as though my notion has been confirmed.

Above is a video that I shot of Ruben while we were in Zagreb a few months ago. He was interviewed by ZelenJava, a television show that showcases designs focused on sustainability and conservation in Croatia and abroad.

Check out the full interview below as he talks about his recent involvement in the participation of a concept car design  for Toyota and other upcoming projects.

Skip ahead to 20:22 for interview with Ruben.

Monday, 5 March 2012


About a week ago, I was doing a bit of thrifting with my mom. It truly is one of our favorite pastimes. However, we usually show up 15 minutes before closing time and it kinda drives the cashier crazy. Just as we were checking out, I came across this beautiful broach. I fell in love with the painting of this man (I call him Jacque) walking in Paris over the Seine. I thought it was so cool how Jacque was elevated off the piece, creating a three dimensional affect. 

From the back, Jacque seems to be pretty dapper with his bowler hat and all. I'd like to imagine that he was en route to meet a lady friend for an evening stroll, but that is just the romantic in me. Where do you think Jacque was headed?