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Booze. Beards. Bowties.

Typically my dapper gentleman is either drinking cider with me, or whiskey by himself. He’s new to getting dressed up, but he asked me why I never make him bowties…. Well silly, you never asked me to.

Naturally that started a monster within myself.

I’ve got a million other projects to do before I leave for a month, but how could I resist?! I don’t get to play dress up with him enough… So I made 14 bowties..

Here are just a few.

Yes, they are one of a kind, made from repurposed materials, landfill friendly, locally made, ship worldwide and of course..

For Dapper Risk Takers Only.

Enjoy.

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Houston Shoot Week 2014 – A Black and White Affair

Alright.. so if I hadn’t already spammed everyone with what little photos I have from the past collection and runway show.. I’m about to do it again. Here is hopefully my last attempt at selling my stuff.

So.. Houston Shoot Week 2014 was held July 26th at the House of Dereon and was put together by Touche Studios.

There were many battles leading up to the day of the show (moving apartments, hula competition, no funds for fabric, runway coaches that do not like me and event coordinators that have ulterior motives) but all in all the show was success. I was the first designer to present, so my segment went quickly and I felt that my collection looked professional, sexy, cute, naughty girl next door and all of that jazz. For the time constraint I was under, I was very proud.

This event challenged me not only mentally but physically as well. I had to make the choice to either keep me word, while running up against a deadline, not paying my bills and using what little money I had to buy fabric in hopes of getting a bit further in this fashion world, and to hopefully also sell some of the pieces.. OR..breaking my word, letting people down… but at least I’d have groceries. Obviously you know which side I chose, and I am proud to say that I was able to show 13 pieces, when 2 days before I had nothing to show for the event. If I were to be put in that same circumstance again.. I would have chosen groceries… because still nothing has sold.

Here is what I don’t get… and please enlighten me if you know something that I do not.

You go to Victoria’s Secret and spend $98 on ONE bra.. made over sea’s.. and poor quality. This is not a one in a million bra.. this is a… half of the women you meet in your life has bought this .. bra. People aren’t being pair fairly and the quality is cheap…. yet we still do it.

I on the other hand.. live in your city. I only buy materials that are sourced from small businesses in YOUR CITY. I hand make everything myself, and more often than not I do all custom work. I spend countless hours making sure everything not only fits properly (the most important) but that it also will not come apart.. BUT.. let’s say it does… IM IN YOUR CITY.. you can just call me to fix it. You get a chance to see me face to face, to deal with YOUR WON FASHION DESIGNER directly… that’s a luxury most people will never have.

Did I mention that all of my pieces are ONE OF A KIND… that’s right ladies.. I never make the same thing twice. So, while I ship things all over the world.. if you are wearing one of my creations… YOU ARE ONE IN 6 BILLION.. you are special.. and you are the only one with that exact piece… need I remind you that you get to deal with me directly.

SO…. then why is $200 too much for a 4 piece outfit that can be worn multiple ways?

I don’t get it.. I truly don’t.

But this is why we have a million Forever 21’s that produce disposable clothing.

Do you know why they call it that? Because it’s not made to last more than one season.. unless of course you take amazing care of it…. which is rare for a lot of people. It also clutters our landfills, promotes big business polluting our environment with harmful dyes, AND takes that creative person you have in your life… that one that creates things you’ve never seen… that no one has.. and it forces them to quit their craft.

Why can’t we live within out communities more, support thy neighbor and to stop looking like everyone else..

 

You were born to stand out… so do it already. 

 

… and with that… I conclude my ranting issues with photos from the last collection. I hope you enjoy them. Please share with your friends.

 

Also….. I am fully aware that I started out stating one thing.. and finishing in a completely different area.. yea.. I do that… AND.. this is not just clothing related.. it pertains to all things local.. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.. and be kind to each other. We all have to share this same earth.

 

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Seam Ripping Learning Lessons

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Man fixing this dress has enlightened me quite a bit.

I have learned that I need to be a part of each and every process. I can’t assume that anyone knows how to do things the way I want them.

I never considered whether or not my sewers knew how to sew an invisible zipper, which is why they were having to many issues with this dress.

More importantly its my fault, my company, my brand and out combine wasted time since I have to seam rip the whole thing out.

sigh I think. Need to teach technique classes before singing people up, or have them provide a sewing sample book.

Have any of you ran into this problem?

I think part of it is just me assuming that everyone is on the same level I am, without taking the time to truly asses skill level. Same goes with marketing interns. I demand excellence at all times. Perhaps I’m asking too much? I don’t know.

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Lace-spiration

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I’ve been dreaming of lace recently for an upcoming fashion show that I’m doing… Let’s just say it’s going to be sexy chic.

I’m still saving pennies to buy materials… But with your help I can do things much faster. Plus, you get a gift with your donation.

Check it out.

Also I’d love to hear about what you’d like to see/wear!!

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Lace-spiration

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I’ve been dreaming of lace recently for an upcoming fashion show that I’m doing… Let’s just say it’s going to be sexy chic.

I’m still saving pennies to buy materials… But with your help I can do things much faster. Plus, you get a gift with your donation.

Check it out.

Also I’d love to hear about what you’d like to see/wear!!

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Sheer Camo Two Piece

Welcome to my love for sexy clothing that still make me feel classy and different.

This sheer two piece is one that was made from recycled materials found in San Francisco. It features a high waisted skirt w/ a train and a one shoulder top.

Check out the videos below:

I am wearing bathing suit bottoms… not trying to moon anyone here.

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Brown and Pink Wrap Dress

 

Brown and Pink Wrap Dress – FOR SALE HERE!

I have discovered a new way to do my marketplace, and it could not come at a more perfect time. I am clearing out my closet to make way for a new collection.

I have created videos or almost all of my designs, and will continue to do so and post new ones every day. Check back often, I have over 73 items that will be listed, all of which are one of a kind.

Check them out. Tell me what you think!!

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Pink Paisley Eco Dress


 

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This material was donated to me, and would have ended up in a landfill. It is eco friendly, vintage, the dress had pockets, and a removable belt.

Will fit from a size 2/6, with a size 4 being the best.

Reg. $150, on sale for $55

 

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Plaid and Paisley Mini Dress

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This dress is made from materials found in a San Francisco warehouse. This material would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, but instead has been turned into a chic mini dress.

This dress features a sweetheart neckline, hand braided straps that cross in the back, and is very stretchy.

Dress will fit a size 0-6.

Reg. $85, on sale for $45

 

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Upcycled Jean Dress

This dress was made from a pair of jeans, and has now been re-purposed into a flirty spring dress.

It is eco friendly, can fit multiple sizes, and is truly one of a kind.

Reg. $150, selling for $50

 

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