6/26/12

loving | reading | wanting






karla deras for roman luxe.
need that python double triangle ring.
available at roman & sunstone.


6/25/12

monday inspiration





i can't like this image enough. i live for summer when you can throw on a dress, pin your hair up and go. 

good dose of inspiration to start your week with. xo



6/21/12

designer thoughts




the best feeling i get as a designer is when strangers from across the country purchase the garments i work so hard to design and make. thank you to megan b. from las vegas for your for aliceanna purchase. i hope you love your rhea bralette.

xo


6/19/12

loving | reading | wanting



THE HAIRPIN: WHY BUYING FROM EMERGING FASHION DESIGNERS COSTS MORE MONEY (AND WHY THAT'S OKAY)

If you know anything about me and/or my store, then you probably know that I’m in-sync with everything this post says.  I would also recommend you check out this thoughtful companion POST BY ANJA VERDUGO (whose stuff I will be carrying soon!).
I could probably add volumes to these thoughts, but I will stick to what I think is most important to remember:
EVERYTHING IS A CHAIN
When you pay less for a mass-retailed item, the retailer also has to pay less for it.  This means they are paying the designer and the seamstress less.  While it’s true that buying from an independent designer puts a face to what you wear, there is NEVER not a person behind your clothing.  As far as I know, there is no 100% automated clothing production, there’s just a person making a lot less money. And you can’t change a system by continuing to go along with it. If you want seamstresses to make a decent wage, you have to go to a brand that’s paying one.  Unfortunately it can be hard to know with total transparency, but odds are high that a $10 Old Navy t-shirt is not making anyone any money… until it’s someone who can sell millions of them.
I know most of the argument is “But I don’t make any money either!”  And oh ladies, do I feel you!  We all have to pick and choose our battles; this is one that’s important to me. After all, “put your money where your mouth is” is an expression for a reason.
The article also singles out four designers.  You can buy STUDY here at Myrtle, and you’ll be able to buy THOMAS SIRES here in the fall.  Jesse Kamm lives right here in Los Angeles and you can buy her clothing up the street at Vivier & Bentley.  You can buy Collina Strada on the westside at In Residence.  Buying any of these brands is also supporting a local retailer, which is a lovely plus.
{And if I want to be snarky I will add: If independent designers can’t afford to keep doing what they’re doing, H&M (etc) will have no one to knock off and you won’t have any clothes anyway.  Karma’s a bitch!}

via myrtle



i walked into myrtle the other week (it's in my neighborhood) and i absolutely love the style & vision behind the shop. kudos to owner whitney bickers for creating such a darling space and also for posting the above on  myrtle's blog. read this article on the hairpin to learn why it pays to buy from emerging designers.


6/17/12

welcome home



view of echo park from our roof
banana bread welcome from miss woodroofe
future people at the kava lounge in san diego
reunited with my sewing machine after 3 long weeks
best blueberries i've ever had (so excited about california produce)
babe riding shot gun to san diego
the spectacle known as double duchess performing at the mint in la

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i survived my first week in la.


6/14/12

sedona photo diary

 


we spent a couple days in sedona, arizona en route to la. it is a place i've wanted to visit for several years now. the red rocks are stunning and contain so much geological history.
our tour guide blair drove us up the colorado plateau in a open air jeep and explained the geological & cultural history of sedona. blair said the pacific ocean covered arizona hundreds of millions of years ago. some of the red rocks have a lighter, almost white appearance at the top of them. the white tips of the rocks (best seen in the last photo) were essentially islands in the ocean and the red portion was all under water. 
we drove up the colorado plateau, the 2nd largest in the world, and noticed the white rock beneath our feet had eroded to sand. i couldn't wrap my head around the fact that we were standing on a beach on top of a mountain.
he also pointed out the remains of what was once the ocean floor. in the second to the last picture, the huge gray flat slabs of rock are the remains of a prehistoric sea floor. 
in addition to my geology lesson, i discovered the best margarita i have ever had: a patron mango margarita at plaza bonita, ate delicicious tofu pad woon sen at thai palace, saw lucy & desi's sedona home, and did some hiking up some of the smaller red rocks.

definitely a trip worth taking.


6/6/12

santa fe photo diary



a peak at my time spent in santa fe: beautiful architecture, amazing guacamole & homemade tortillas from burro alley, vibrant pops of color, peaceful city streets, vegetable paella (one of the best meals i've ever had) and an after-dinner flamenco show at el meson that was awe-inspiring to say the least.


6/2/12

wandering the country..


denim shirt: hand-me-down from my babe, jaz; tank: anthropologie; skirt: aliceanna


happy june, y'all! please excuse the silence here at stolen mannequin. i'm currently in the process of moving myself & aliceanna across the country, from annapolis to los angeles.

currently in santa fe and absolutely loving it. more photos to come.