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{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




Vena Cava's Hilarious Short Film

{ Thursday, February 14, 2013 }

We love a beautiful fashion short film just as much as most women who love fashion do, but sometimes it's absolutely necessary to take a step back and poke fun at how unintentionally hilarious (and a bit pretentious) the fashion world can be. For their new diffusion line, Viva Vena, fashion powerhouse Vena Cava made a hilarious short film with filmmaker Matthew Frost just to have a little fun with the artsy "hipster" crowd that also happens to be the brand's target audience. The short film completely mocks hipster girls (in a lighthearted way) while simultaneously "selling" Viva Vena clothes to the viewer, and pulls off both brilliantly. Some may find this video a little too over the top, but we think it's downright hilarious, and to be honest, completely spot on. Artsy, vintage films are fabulous... but so is a little bit of satire. Sometimes clothes really are just clothes.

Article, video, and stills via Huffington Post

Blogger of the Week: Damsel in Dior

{ Thursday, August 02, 2012 }

This week's Blogger of the Week goes to the recently discovered Damsel in Dior, aka Jacey Duprie, a fashion/lifestyle/professional blogger. Yes... this woman is a professional blogger, curating blogs for various sites like Singer22 and Style Me Pretty. What? Awesome. Eerily similar to our girl Tanya McQueen, Jacey was born in a small town in Texas, but lives and works in Los Angeles, going from a "Damsel in Distress" to a "Damsel in Dior". We need to hook these ladies up!

Jacey posts mostly about fashion (including our fabulous client, Heidi Merrick - first picture below), but she throws in travel, lifestyle, cocktails, and interiors as well. The content is laid out beautifully (we can tell she's a professional blogger for sure), and it's all unique. Her advice for bloggers (from a feature in IFB - Independent Fashion Blogger) is great: "A lot of people ask me what they need to so to start a blog, and I say 'start blogging'. The hardest part (in my opinion) to blogging is having original content. Start writing, putting inspiration boards together, and getting posts up." We agree - it is the hardest part! Sometime we have to remember to sit down, get creative, and JUST DO IT (thank you, Nike) -  no matter how busy we get. Thanks for the reminder Jacey - keep doing what you're doing! Click here to read more from Damsel in Dior.

All images via Damsel in Dior

Blog of the Week: A Piece of Toast

{ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 }

This week, we're thoroughly enjoying the joint collaboration fashion/lifestyle blog from sister duo Sally and Molly of A Piece of Toast Blog. Since 2010, these sisters (originally from the Midwest) have been blogging about all the things we love too, like great packaging design, fashion, interiors, and delicious food. On the site, they say: "[A Piece of Toast] is a place where the simple things in life are just as grand as the finer things. The content is for fun and inspiration. [We] vow to post with honesty, humor, and a true sense of self in hopes to hold your attention and keep you coming back for more." 

The blog itself is pretty standard, but where the ladies of A Piece of Toast shine over other bloggers is the extent to which they reach out to other bloggers / stylists / designers in the industry for featured posts. The ladies are constantly raving about their favorite items and designers (on July 9th they featured our client, Heidi Merrick, saying: "Heidi Merrick might be old news to some people (I know I've seen her pretty things and names around the blogosphere), but I had never taken a true hard look at her goodness til now. (...) I have become completely engrossed in her ethereal designs.") They have a recurring "She Wishes She Was Wearing" post which features an outfit and accessories styled by another blogger, and they often have giveaways sponsored by some of their favorite brands that give away a small item like a shirt or a bag to one lucky reader of their blog. These ladies are "involved" in the blogosphere more than most bloggers we've seen, which is not only great for SEO (hello, link building!), but also for making contacts and getting their name out there. Great work guys!

To visit A Piece of Toast Blog, click here.

All images via A Piece of Toast

Summer Fashion 1975-Now

{ Friday, July 06, 2012 }

To continue our 4th of July tribute to JAWS and the year 1975, here's the perfect vintage inspired summer outfit that looks just as good today as it would have in the 70's. It's perfect for our favorite summer activity - sailing. Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

Swimsuit by J Crew, Shirt by James Perse, Shorts by Murray's Toggery Shop, Bag by L.L.Bean 

Fashion Obsession: Martin Margiela

{ Wednesday, June 27, 2012 }

Last month we were swooning over Helmut Lang (click here to see that post), but this month we're drooling over the Resort 2013 collection by Maison Martin Margiela. It's perfectly minimalist in both color palette and shape - every look from the collection is a win. It fits so perfectly with our tastes in fashion, I think it's highly likely we secretly designed it ourselves. To see the full collection, click here to visit Style.com.

All images via Style.com

Website of the Week: Mrs. Lilien Styling House

{ Thursday, November 17, 2011 }

Mrs. Lilien (aka Kelley Lilien) is the graphic designer, stylist, and blogger mastermind behind The Mrs. Lilien Styling House, our website of the week (http://blog.mrslilien.com). Mrs. Lilien: "applauds luxury and anything red-letter. She delights in the good life, because it's just better. With boundless enthusiasm and an exuberantly sunny disposition, she just might knock your socks off with her MRS intuition." We're hooked already.

mrs. lilien blog

This blog stands out not only for the content, bright colors, and diamonds (love!), but also for the awesome rhymes. Mrs. Lilien, unlike any other blogger we've ever seen, writes her posts exclusively in rhymes. Like this post (below) about hair styling - it reads: "I consider myself a bit of a vanity ritualist - in other words, a serious beauty habitualist. There are few things as satisfying than holding court at the vanity - and playing the '...who's the fairest of them all?" fantasy. Mirror questions aside, this ritual is rather paramount - it's honoring the pleasures of beautification on every account. I have my coveted pleasures, some of which I'll share - these ones in particular are centered around my hair." How awesome is that?!

rhyming blog

The look of each post is fantastic. The entire blog looks and feels fun, professional, and stylish - and like a single post may have taken HOURS to research and create. Having a blog of our own, we really respect that! It's a time consuming process to maintain a blog, and to keep it looking fabulous. Our hats off to you, Mrs. Lilien!

And who can forget her home site, www.mrslilien.com? Although the blog is more fun, we love the look of her styling site (and all the work she's done!). Major kudos to NYC based Peniferella Creative for the website design. We love it!

Mrs. Lilien styling house

All images via Mrs. Lilien

Digital Printing by Basso & Brooke

{ Monday, November 07, 2011 }

Digital printing has become a very popular technique for high-end designers in the last year. In the past, complicated prints were usually done using screen printing - a long, labor intensive process that could take weeks to produce even one piece. Digital printing used to be used mostly for putting photographs on cheap t-shirts, but with better technology that has improved the quality of the printing process, it has been adopted by the fashion world as a fast, cheap way to make custom, luxury-quality prints. Designers can now use literally anything as inspiration for a print - as long as they can take a photo of it (even with an iPhone).

 As far as designers that specialize in digital prints go, our favorite is duo Basso & Brooke. Celebrities like Michelle Obama and Katy Perry have been seen wearing their bold, abstract designs, and we imagine they're about to get a lot more popular.

digital printing basso and brooke

Images via

1, 2,& 4. Style.com  3. Elle  5. First Lady of Style blog  6. Whos Dated Who

To read more about digital printing in the Wall Street Journal, click here.

Fall Fashion Must Haves

{ Monday, October 24, 2011 }

It's (finally) getting a little colder in Los Angeles, so here are our Fall Fashion MUST HAVES (especially that olive Lindsey Thornburg coat)!

Counter-clockwise, from top left (click the brand to shop):

1. Top: Organic by John Patrick - Boxy Chambray Shirt, $195

2. Belt: Rilleau Leather - Knotted Belt, $125

3. Pants: J.CREW - Bennett Chino, $79.50

4. Boots: No. 6 - 5" Shearling Boot, $370

5. Bag: BAGGU - Small Black Bag, $120

6. Coat: Lindsey Thornburg - Mid Length Cloak, $2,300

Website of the Week: Totokaelo

{ Thursday, October 20, 2011 }

Totokaelo (TOH-toh-KYE-oh) derives its name from the Latin phrase "toto caelo", meaning "reaching to the edge of the stars." What began in 2003 as a small boutique in Seattle, Totokaelo.com was launched by owner Jill Wenger in June 2008. According to the website, Totokaelo serves two purposes: SHOP and TALK. 

SHOP: Its purpose is to source the strongest artists and thinkers in the fashion world today, editing the collections they carry to represent their aesthetic, always choosing pieces that are timeless, versatile, and well crafted. 

TALK: They encourage the free exchange of information through a private community of like-minded individuals. Through Totokaelo.com, community members have access to women who share an interest in the same designers.

We love this idea as much as we love the look and feel of the website itself. 


The site is very simple, clean, and shows off the clothes well. Product pages have multiple views of each piece, relevant measurement details, the size the model is wearing, and the measurements / usual sizes of the model. The "Comments and Questions" section is displayed right there on the page with no need to click through to see it, and has information about the items that members have shared.

Fashion community Seattle

We're also loving the community aspect of the website. You can actually create a member profile, and members can interact with each other both within and outside of the website. Members come from all over, including internationally, with perhaps a little less than half hailing from the boutique's home base of Seattle.

Totokaelo designers

Finally, Totokaelo makes sure to showcase the designers they carry. Each designer has his/her own page with a short bio and photo. Especially important for up and coming young designers, these pages help to understand the story of the person behind the clothes we love. Not only are the stories inspiring, but they help foster the sense of community Totokaelo has worked hard to create. We're in love!

The Wonders of Nature at Alexander McQueen

{ Thursday, October 06, 2011 }

In addition to the Chanel Spring 2012 RTW show, we also loved the nature inspired Alexander McQueen collection just as much. Although there was less of a "set" that inspired the feel of the show like at Chanel, the clothes themselves at McQueen were so exquisitely detailed that a flashy set design really wasn't necessary to sell us on Sarah Burton's designer genius. The color palate was exquisite, with translucent hues of white, cream, lilac, and blush, accented with bold metallics of gold and silver. Texture was also a major theme, complete with acres of complex ruffles, beading, lace, and unique architecture that makes this collection stand out from the others shown this season.

Images via Vogue

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