Thursday, August 25, 2016

Let There Be Light

Evolution Vintage High Waist Skirt and Shoes

 Let there be light indeed. My blogspot has experienced a black out of sorts, off and on over the last year or more. We have been in darkness more than we have been illuminated in this digital space which sadly is a combination of my poor time management skills and prioritization. It certainly wasn't due to a lack of content, ideas or inspiration so buckle up, I'm back.

The concept of light and dark has also been a theme in my life lately as I have been crawling my way out of the darkness and back towards the glow from a series of superficial relationships in disguise, a social justice fight for my son and engagement with many other energy and time thieves. It is so cliche but so true that everything comes to light eventually; true characters, true colors and truth in general.

Seeing a light at the end of the tunnel is something specific to my day today as I prepare my son for his first day of his academic life in a general ed setting after a long summer of negotiations (for those of you know don't know my son has Down Syndrome). I am back to creating again at the keyboard and easel.

This quotation resonated with me when exploring the concept of light and illumination that IS a person and that surrounds a person.

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light" - Plato

It really made me contemplate how we as adults drift away form our authenticity; in both desire and deed. How we let societal pressure and darkness dull and shroud our natural luminescence . Can we then step out into the world and let our inner lights shine, bask in, be unapologetic about it and really enjoy it? You may have to pass out sunglasses because the reflection may be off putting and too much for some to handle but the right people will let that light help illuminate their path and help you celebrate your personal shine. Remaining in denial of your own light you may miss opportunities to help another light up their path.

The images shared in this piece are from a photo shoot I styled at the Greystone Manor in Cambria, CA in the late spring and they just scream LIGHT to me. The model Lakin is wearing Evolution Vintage Skirt and Shoes, House of Kat Swank Capelet, Makeup by Hanna Fisher, Hair Valerie Myers and images by Thomas Fowler.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cake a la CoCo

I love giving unique and custom gifts, throwing themed parties and dinners and expressing myself creatively in all that I do. Have you ever heard the saying that "your vibe attracts your tribe"? I certainly believe this to be true as my creative spirit has attracted some amazing complimentary creative energies over the years. I had the pleasure of recently assembling a team of creative women to help me create a custom gift for my sole sister CoCo.

CoCo and I share an affinity for fine footwear and I was so excited to learn she was to become a mother for the first time, a blessing I have had the pleasure of two times over. I wanted to celebrate this amazing event by creating a custom diaper cake for her and her daughter Chanel Nicole.

I enlisted the help of my favorite baby cake baker Erika of 'Erika's Kreations". We have worked together before when I commissioned her to co-design a custom cake for Tori Spelling's baby Hattie and she sent me a beautiful cake for my baby boy Blake.

This cake a-la-CoCo had to have specific elements (along with the traditional diapers).
Chanel Inspired Black and White Elements (faux pearls for example)
Sparkle / Bling
Custom Baby Accessories
LOTS of shoes!

I enlisted the creative team of Erika to "Bake" the cake masterpiece,

April of HairBowAPlenty for some custom baby headbands. I chose these for the cake creation.

 and Christina of Pink Sugar Crystals to create my cake topper, a white pair of baby booties with hand set Swarovski crystal elements bottoms.

and voila our Cake a la CoCo was "born"

All of Erika's Kreation's Diaper Cakes are baked with usable elements. Baby wash cloths rolled and attached to a baby feeding spoon with a dash of sparkle have the appearance of a lolly pop for example.

Chanel Nicole's Cake Ingredients

2 Custom Bloomers (Black & Pink) to cover diapers

3 Pairs of shoes

1 pair of baby boots

9 washcloths

9 baby spoons

2 Soothers/Binkies

5 Custom Hair Bands

and over 100 DIAPERS

We are so thrilled that CoCo and her baby girl Chanel Nicole are enjoying all of their goodies! I can't wait to see her in the crystal bottom shoes!

Thank you to Erika, April and Christina for helping my vision come to life.

Follow Baby Chanel Nicole's Style Story HERE
Follow CoCo on Instagram and Twitter

Sunday, March 20, 2016

You Say You Want A Revolution? Start With Sanders

I have been wanting to write here about the current election for some time. I needed to mentally strip away and process all the BS, corporate media bias and all other forms of propaganda and spend time researching the candidates.As my husband can attest I have had my eye on Bernie Sander's from the beginning of the Primary coverage. Anyone who reads this digital space should know that the things I value are authenticity, equality, service to others, the environment, and disability advocacy. Today I want to digitally give my endorsement to the Democratic candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

The primary election is at what people have been referring to as "half time". Half of the states have voted and now it is time for the other half to stand UP! I hear the non stop complaining of the people around me about the current climate of about every sector in this country. If you want CHANGE you have to facilitate CHANGE, get out and vote, educate your neighbors and declare your support. Sen. Sanders is ready to make the changes that I would love to see in this country. I have never been inspired about politics in my entire life and the Sanders campaign has inspired me to stand up!

This campaign has been the most authentic and dynamic grass roots campaign calling for accountability, supported by solid plans and experience. Sen. Sanders has spent  the last decade in the senate and the previous 16 as Vermont's sole congressman in the House of Representatives. He has spent a career devoted to public service and a life devoted to social justice (red more about his accomplishments HERE). He has also never been afraid to stand up for the MANY and not just the privileged few. It is a campaign paid for by the VOTERS, THE PEOPLE, YOU and NOT the wealthy establishment. Sen. Sanders has only the agenda of the American people to push and not that of the rich campaign contributors in exchange for their money to fund this election. I have made several contributions and have joined nearly 2 million people who have made over 5.7 million individual contributions to date.

There IS power when we STAND TOGETHER.

These video's capture the essence of why my household will vote Sanders (but we have to wait until the California JUNE primary which is also Closed. be sure to register Democrat by May). Please take 6 minutes to watch.

#FeelTheBern from Chris Lockett on Vimeo.

"What We Can Be" By Chris Lockett

I spent 27 years of my life living in a socialist nation north of the American border. I have first hand experience with a nation built on community, service to others and sharing what we have, universal health care for all and paid maternity/paternity leave. Nothing was FREE, we all paid into a system that when we needed it it was available for us and our families. Sen. Sander's knows the benefit of such a system and I wish all American's did too. 

Arizona, Utah, and Idaho are next ... are you ready for a revolution?

What can you do? 






Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Total Communication

I was considering the visual world that we live in. How everyone at a glance makes snap judgements about people based only on one piece of information, their appearance. Having a son with a disability and being a person who dresses authentically I see the judgements cast our way rather frequently. I also make judgments of my own, we all do.

We have all done it and at the end of the day it is a waste of time and serves no purpose but to lower our energy especially if the judgement is negative. I read this quote once that said something like, "You don't see me as I am you see me as you are". An interesting thought and inspires me to take pause and reflect.

Thinking about this topic I was reminded of the concept and social experiment of "Bagism". On March 31st 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave a press conference at the Sacher Hotel in Vienna, Austria. This was the first announcement of 'Bagism,' which they describe as "total communication." John clarified by saying; "Because when we were in Amsterdam doing Bed Peace, halfway through the week we sort of realized a tag to put on what we're doing which makes it easier for us and you to recognize what we're doing, by calling it Bagism. That means, if we have something to say or anybody has something to say, they can communicate from one room to another, and not confuse you with what color your skin is, or how long your hair’s grown, or how many pimples you’ve got."

John Lennon and Yoko Ono exhibit one of Yoko's art forms, called Bagism, at their Bank St. home in the West Village.

According to Wiki, Yoko said that bagism was inspired by the theme of Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry's The Little Prince, which was "One sees rightly only with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes." She hoped that the bag, by hiding her and John's physical appearance, would make their essence or the essence of their message visible.

I am in an industry that is based entirely on the exterior, the fashion industry. For me, I personally look at fashion as an outer expression of who you are inside, a second language. But of course I can only guess or assume what one is trying to convey by the way they choose to adorn themselves, merely one part of the human puzzle. If you dress authentically the world can see who you are without having to speak on one level or make a false judgement based only on your appearance. Total communication concept turns this all brilliantly upside down. Imagine if you were left only to judge based on words alone? no preconceived notions about who you are and what you are thinking in that moment, not based on your clothing, color of your skin, weight, gender or other physical features? I think this was a very important social experiment and social message that still a powerful concept today. It serves as a reminder of how we let our physical world impact us and how much we rely on the appearance of others to formulate opinions about that person. It forces us to take a look at the human social illness of judgement and why we continue to participate.

In my almost 37th year of life I try to look past appearance and even language now and 'judge' someone on what they DO, their actions as opposed to sometimes empty words. 

I do 'Imagine' a day though where as humans we can have what John and Yoko refer to; total communication. A dialogue that is genuine and free from judgements and preconceived notions. Conversations where we choose to listen before we look and truly hear before we hurt the other person. Can preconceived notions ever be set aside in honor of "total communication"? or should we just get back in the bag?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Garden: 2016

Harpers Bazaar - Alexi Lubomirski
Dolce and Gabbana dress, $7,995, and scarf, $495, 877-DGUSA. Tiffany & Co. earrings, $16,000 and ring, $40,000

There is nothing more chic to me than floral prints in the winter. There is also nothing more unaffordable than the Dolce and Gabbana dress pictured above. Fear not dear readers as I have found a few fabulous alternatives, both contemporary and vintage.  Reese Witherspoon in the new issue of Harpers Bazaar is a real vision in this floral frock and I truly love the image. Which winter garden print is your favorite?

Shabby Apple: $129 *Pre-Order: Available Feb 26*

Vintage 1970's via Evolution Vintage

Vintage Poppy Print Dress - Evolution Vintage

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gift Guide: 2015

That's it folks, December is half way over and there is no turning back. We are just weeks away from exchanging gifts with our loved ones. Regardless of your traditions or chosen faith chances are there is someone that you are buying for. this is also a great gift guide well beyond the holiday season. some of us receive money for Christmas, have birthdays, baby showers and more/ 

I want to share my favorite places/people to shop from in hopes of introducing you to your new favourite place or inspiring you.

1) SJP Collection 
image from Zappos Couture

It is no secret how I feel about this brand. Collection after collection Sarah Jessica Parker and her team deliver the most amazing shoes that I've seen yet, and believe me I've done the leg work over my adult life. The reason I love it so much is I see the past and present references presented in such striking combinations. In my business, Evolution Vintage I'm  making fashions past present. The SJP Collection has a strong foothold in the present with an equally string past influence. These shoes are made in Italy and will be a timeless edition to your or your special someones closet. I may or may not have played shoe fairy this year for a friend or two. Some of you may be thinking, "I love them but I can't afford them". First they are an investment AND several of the retailers have sales (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales). (TIP: Take a peek at Nordstrom Rack)

I love SPARKLE and PSC has that as the foundation of her designs. In fact, my last two iPhone cases have been designed and hand made by Christina, the mamma behind this sparkly business. She has much more than just phone cases; switch plates, jewelry, accessories, baby stuff and more. If you are feeling inspired she even sells supplies and deals in authentic Swarovski Elements.

3) Good Girl Studio
I adore how this designer turns the glamour of days gone by into chic jewelry pieces for a modern woman. She up-cycles vintage jewelery and re-designs them into fabulous one of a kind pieces. There is REALLY something for everyone and every price range.

This Canadian ETSY Bowtique is perfect for the little ladies in your life. I had hair bands custom made for my girls (7 and 13) for the holiday season. I also commissioned some gorgeous hairbands for a special little bungle of joy that I will discuss in another post. April is happy to work with you to create something amazing for a baby gift, little girl, teen or big girl in your life.

Looking for something for a new mom? or even to upgrade your decor with decorative pillows? Erika can bake you the most amazing and custom diaper cake and has some amazing printed, hand made pillow cases too.

6) CJ Blue Creates
I just got myself this really cool clamp bracelet with the most decorative octopus cameo. She has them in blue with a Sea Horse Motive and more. Grab these before they are gone, $15 each.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

30 Days 30 Dresses: The Results

Sydney and I Day 2

I have been largely occupied the past month preparing for the holidays, dealing with Thanksgiving, Christmas Card Photo shoot, Style Santa Event, Kids and more. I did however make it a priority to follow through with the previously blogged about Style Challenge, 30 days - 30 dresses. The month of November was filled with fabulous frocks for my friend Sydney and I (and a few other Insta Ladies who chose to join the challenge for some days of the month).
Sydney and I on Day 1

Each day for the month of November Sydney and I were dedicated to posting our looks. Even when there was no photographer  present we snapped a pic of our mini, midi or maxi hemline as we went about our day. Sometimes we even had the pleasure of bumping into each other shopping, or pent the morning chatting over breakfast.

We Grocery Shop Like This Bitch.

The results are in.

I completed the task wearing 30 different dresses. Our theory was correct that it is indeed easier to grab a dress and wear than it is to style a head to toe look with pants. We didn't say it was better but it is much more effortless. Some days, if I went out in the evening I actually wore two dresses on that day. I have learned that I could have done this challenge for 2-3 months without having to repeat dresses (time for a closet cleanse). I also learned that I have a severe shortage of tights and suitable hosiery to wear with my plethora of dresses.We did this challenge in the "winter" season in California intentionally where the temperatures are on the chilly side accompanied by the windy days of our sea side towns. The challenge renewed my interest in socks and heels though which I also see as a plus! I pushed my style boundaries as well by trying a dress with sneakers, boots with light chiffon fabrics and different layering combinations, thus the challenge inspired me.

My looks:


"I happily accepted Lisa's 30 days30 dresses challenge for the month of November. I'm a frequent dress wearer as it is, because I find dresses to be the easiest way to look put together in a hurry, and most importantly, I find it the most comfortable way to dress. While I know not everyone owns 30 dresses like I do, it's still very doable by changing up your look with sweaters,shoes, and accessories. I repeated my go to denim dress on purpose to illustrate this. The thing I found interesting is that people so often ask you where you're going when you're in a dress. Most often my answer was "grocery shopping" or "to get my oil changed!" Throughout the month I received a great number of compliments on my outfit-but to be clear, I dress for myself, In what makes me feel good. Many women would compliment me, and then say "oh I couldn't wear that! I'd look too dressed up!" My response is always "yes you can!", and "what's wrong with looking dressed up?" In fact, I had some really pleasant conversations with strangers, encouraging them to be themselves, wear what brings them joy, and step out of their comfort zone just a tad. I stepped out of my comfort zone a few times as well- layering pieces I wouldn't normally, because the weather was cold etc... All in all, it was a really fun project to be a part of! And although November is over, guess what? I'm wearing a dress"

Could you or would you take a challenge like this? You don't need 30 dresses to take part in a DRESScapade. Use your imagination and re-style the pieces you have. Mix seasons and textures and inspire yourself. 

Cheers to DRESSing from an authentic place and representing who you are through your personal style.