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A Wink to Tim Gunn PLUS a Chance to WIN!

A Wink to Tim Gunn PLUS a Chance to WIN!

One of my favorite TV shows on the air today is PROJECT RUNWAY. I have become an avid fan and am in awe of the intense creativity and imagination that the designers exhibit. What I enjoy most, however is watching always-fabulous co-host, Tim Gunn, give feedback and...

VOGUE: 916 pages, 120 Years of Style!

VOGUE: 916 pages, 120 Years of Style!

I could not resist grabbing Vogue at the grocery store last week, the sheer weight of the magazine(nearly 5 pounds) intrigued me, and once I realized it was the 120th Anniversary Issue I was sold. My usual process with a design magazine is to flip and RIP!! I pulled...

Coco Chanel: Dare to be Different

Coco Chanel: Dare to be Different

So often I use this blog to pay tribute to Mary Brooks Picken, an entrepreneur and one of America's premier authorities on sewing and fashion in the 20th century. Today, I honor another fashion pioneer, one whom Mary herself deemed an "amazing woman, full of ideas, of...

Fabulous Fashion with Tim Gunn!

Fabulous Fashion with Tim Gunn!

Guess what, my fellow fashionistas and Project Runway-lovers? Last Saturday, I got to meet the fabulous fashion icon, Tim Gunn! Tim hosted a complimentary fashion show in Kansas City, featuring the Spring 2012 collections from Kate Spade and Lucky Brand Jeans. I loved...

A Passion for Fashion Week

A Passion for Fashion Week

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York a few weeks behind us, and the end of the Vintage-Inspired Modern Style Design Challenge only a few weeks in front of us, I thought I'd take the chance to share some fun fashion inspiration! While it's reported that the...

Bill Cunningham’s New York

Bill Cunningham’s New York

Bill Cunningham has been documenting the New York City fashion world for over 50 years. I recently came across the trailer for this documentary about his life and work, which looks fascinating on many levels: Then it dawned on me that Mr. Cunningham must have known...

The Handmade Experience

The Handmade Experience

Aren't we all just tired of things? Nobody wants to buy things anymore. We want experiences. These were words spoken in a panel discussion at the Creative Connection Event this past September. They attest to the fact that more and more people are understanding the...

Homecoming for Hats?

Homecoming for Hats?

How often do you notice a person nowadays, walking down the street sporting a decorative hat? How often do you wear a hat? For me, just about the only time I cover up my head is out of necessity to block sun or cold not so much for fashion! But when I was growing up,...

Pattern! Pattern! Pattern!

Pattern! Pattern! Pattern!

I love photographing nature, textiles, and color. I suppose it's because they all have pattern in common. But what is pattern exactly and what about it appeals to me so? Pattern as a simple definition is a set of lines, shapes, colors, sounds or movements that are...

Vintage Wisdom with a Modern Voice

Vintage Wisdom with a Modern Voice

Vintage Wisdom, Modern Voice. ”I say these words a lot, but I want you to know that their sentiment comes directly from my soul.  This phrase is, to me, a way of summarizing everything that I think about when I am collecting, researching, and sharing my...

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