Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mi Vida: Frida Clutch

My Clutch and SJP Collection Fawn 70mm

I love to share my style adventures, my DRESScapades and my shoe stories. Today is all about this amazing clutch! 

During my digital tenure on Facebook I have encountered a wide array of artists, creators, dreamers, warriors, haters, and advocates. Karina Hesketh is a true artisan who designs and hand crafts one-of-a-kind clutches and purses of all size, color and print.  I have waited a long time to acquire one of her pieces and its now in my clutches.

The image of Frida on this bag makes me think about life as her runway and it truly was. Frida dressed authentically, defied convention and trends. Her personal style has always been an inspiration. The necklace and bird are taken from her 1940 self portrait "Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird"

The 3-dimensional textural details of the flowers and fringe sealed the deal for me

It is no secret that one of my personal inspirations and SHEro's is Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo. I will have to share my Frida Approved birthday bash details in another post. 

The "Mi Vida" (My life) Frida Kahlo themed clutch was one of a series of 4 she recently created. These are the two still available. $100 GBP plus shipping


Karina has been designing bags since 2007 and creates the most unique pieces!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Style: Disney Edition

Follow Instagram: @greg_gr for amazing DisneyXFashion Graphics
Gregory Masouras of Greece

I have been enraptured by the fantasy and imagination behind the characters of Walt Disney for many years. I also have been hypnotized by the art form of fashion and personal style as you may have noticed if you read this blog at all or if we have helped to meet for even a micro-second.

When the two worlds collide I am left to imagine how the Disney Princesses and characters may dress if they lived in the here and now, with no footmen, servants or graphic designers hand to craft their signature looks. So many fashion houses and brands have also shared my dream of these princesses and characters stepping into our world as I've seen several collaborating on official merchandise over the past year or so including Marc Jacobs, COACH, Irregular, Unique Vintage, and more. Of course I have purchased pieces from them to add to my collection.

 Here is my Character chic curated vision when High Fashion,Vintage and Disney collide.



Minnie 2.0

Shoe: SJP Collection Fawn in Ochra Satin

 Dress: Vintage LANVIN
Hairband: Evolution Rewind
Shoe: SJP Collection Fawn in Ochre Satin

Cheshire Cat:


Wicked Queen

Shoe: Manolo Blahnik X Vetements

Cruella Deville
Dress/Cape: Evolution Vintage

Belt: Vintage Metallic Braided

Dress: Vintage Gown with Train (wear on front or back)

Dress/Purse: Both Vintage - Evolution Vintage

Dress/Belt: Evolution Vintage
Arrow Cuff: House of Harlow

Dress/Gold Necklace:  Evolution Vintage
Shoes: Miu Miu
Knee Socks: Uniquely Vintage

Skirt: Vintage
Tee: Evolution Vintage Burnout
Shoe: N21

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.