Your Attention Please!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I know people still come back all the time.

I am writing to announce something I’ve been excited to talk about for months now.

Cirque De Moda (which means “Circus of Fashion” in a mix of French and Spanish) is a fashion show that is being put on by my Event and Fashion Show Production class. I am in the staging group, so expect the scene to be fantastic! I am so excited to see it all come together. If you are in Houston at 11:30 AM (I know … early show) on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – please come watch!

We also have a page on Facebook.

Also, if you have a blog, Twitter, Facebook, whatever … promote! Promote! Promote! We need tons of exposure! 🙂


It Overtakes Me {24 Oct 2010}

My pumpkin carving ... how does it look? It's the first one I've done all by myself. :)

It makes me so upset when I see websites like this. 😦

One of my friends from high school, Deana, just had a fashion show! She just posted it on her website (Click “EVENING WEAR”). It’s really really good. She’s from Egypt, and we lived in Saudi Arabia together. Knowing that about her, the whole collection really speaks to who she is. I really love it. (P.S. Her sister is her model. Gotta love how close her family is. 🙂 )

Cleaner Science is a soap designer from Houston. … Interesting. Really interesting. … Christmas presents? …

For my business plan for Business Ownership, I’m starting a gift shop in Kemah that supports local artists and only sells the best quality products from local designers and artists. In my opinion, we should probably start doing something about supporting the local community by buying things made locally – so starting this Christmas, I’m going to try to do all of my Christmas shopping from local designers and artists. I found most of the people in my pretend shop on Etsy. I just typed my city and state and clicked “Search Location” and got a ton of results. There are some super creative people around Houston. I’m also using some super creative friends and people from school in my project. Anyone have any gifts they’ve made? I wanna see. 🙂 I might even buy one. … If I have someone to give it to.

I ❤ Threadbanger. I think I said this last time, but it’s still true. I mean … YouTube can never go away. You can teach yourself to do anything on there. Loving watching old Decor it Yourself videos, though. Haha 🙂

It Overtakes Me {10 Oct 2010}

My curious cat, Tiffany{My cat, Tiffany.}


I know I missed a week. But there’s a reason.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog. I’m working on a different approach that is a little more me. It might take some time to develop, but when it does come, it should be worth the wait. I’ll still write these update posts because they’re fun. But you might not hear much else for a while. Don’t worry. I’m still here. I’m on Facebook if you want to talk. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a few things I found this week.

You know I love my videos. It’s just so much easier to learn things when you see someone else do them. {P.S. I took this quiz in class the other day. You should take it. Thank you, Ms. Cordovi for the most informative information about ourselves. I learn so much from her. I’m overwhelmingly a Tactile/Kinesthetic learner. I’d say it’s true.} Threadbanger is the best resource I used for when I got stuck on my project. I just got finished making my new bag for school. I’ve been trying to do a lot more sewing lately. This website has tons of tutorials and sewing projects to do. I didn’t get the bag design from that site, but it helped when I got stuck on something. I love it. 🙂 …

I was having trouble with my thread tension before I realized I was threading my sewing machine wrong. Watch this video (below) if you want to see how it’s done right. She has a few more videos up that help with the basics.

I would love to do this project. But I need someone to help me. Erin? 🙂

This coming week is Houston Fashion Week. I have school and work on Tuesday and Thursday, so I can’t go those days, but I’m going on Thursday. I was going to go Monday, too, but I wasn’t fast enough with my ticket order. Oh well. At least I’m going one day.

I want to make something out of this fabric or this fabric. So cute. Maybe more PJs. 🙂 … This fabric is pretty, too. This is my first super crafty Christmas in a long time. I am getting a head start. Don’t know exactly what I’m going to make yet at all … I think I might take this fabric and pull it across a frame and glue rhinestones to the tips of the flowers and frame it. Then I can put it as a big display piece in my living room. Maybe.

Oh, how I love being a fashion student :)

I know I’ve been studying too much when I look at a chick on TV and think…

“Ohh, look at her with her Kimono sleeves and Beteau neckline. Isn’t she fashionable?”


It Overtakes Me {12 Sep 19}

I’m absolutely aware I’ve been absent lately. That’s what finals do to you.

But here’s my {Super duper short} list of websites this week.


My favorite shirt collar? The Peter Pan collar. Just found out that it had a name. 🙂 Super cute.

My favorite fashion shows from this week? (from what I’ve seen so far…) 🙂 …

* Reem Acra *

This video is not her runway video. It's her Spring 2011 Bridal collection.
She talks about how she thinks about design, though. It's interesting.

*Monique Lhuillier *

* Marchesa *

Beautiful. ... Always a favorite.

* Barbara Tfank *

Told you. Super short.

It Overtakes Me {12 Sep 10}

{Fashion Week coverage after the videos}

{Don’t forget about the LuLu*s coupon code!}


Tavi … kind of … reviewed the collection McQueen was working on when he died. I have to agree with her.

This post about e-mails is kind of genius. I have a Gmail. Pretty fitting. What’s yours? Is it true?

How panhandlers use free credit cards is an interesting little experiment.

The tiny little phone on Creature Comforts’ Inspiration Daily is so cute!

I would have LOVED to have been at the Beckerman Sample Sale! That green bag = FABULOUS! I want one!!!

Awesome story. I love this. 🙂 I love that plate, too.

I know I’ve been talking about Fall a lot lately, but Five Creative Ways to Survive a New York City Summer can work anywhere – not just New York! And most of them are free.

Back in 1976, Marc Bohan made a fashion prediction that turned out true.

My favorite look at the Emmy’s? Kelly Osbourne. She looked fantastic!

A couple awesome things … Driving over a small hill in your car and Your Almost Name

I’d love to see this movie. The pictures look amazing.

Gala had a super interesting three * part * series on money and fashion bloggers a couple months ago. You should read it. It’s good stuff. My money advice? Only spend money on things you KNOW you’re going to use and love. Also, when shopping, if you see something you like, walk away from it for a little while. If you’re still thinking about it when you’re done shopping, go back to it. If not, you didn’t want it that bad anyway.

Also on Gala? Some good advice from Henry Rollins.

I know I have some friends who have worked at Wendy's.
Do they show this?
Haha ... Cute.

A Tim Burton short from 1982 ❤


iPhone Typography (Love)
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Fashion Week

No, I haven’t forgotten about y’all! I promise! I have been doing a lot of research, though. …

Favorite shows so far

* Christian Siriano *

(Yes, it gets closer at 1:44. I promise.)

* Peter Som *

* Jason Wu *

* Ports 1961 *

* Tadashi Shoji *

* Project Runway * Sachin + Babi * Lela Rose *

Popular Silhouettes

Each link is an example of the silhouette from each show. There is a new “move it!” button on some of the images. Try it! 🙂

Plunging Necklines

Rena Lange * A Detacher * Candela * Alexander Wang * Prabal Gurung * Vena Cava * Richard Chai * Vivienne Tam * Jason Wu * Cynthia Rowley * Altuzarra * Schumacher * Risto * Project Runway ( Ivy) * Victor de Souza * Schumacher * Chadwick Bell * Tadashi Shoji * Adam Adam Lippes * Suno * United Bamboo * Christian Cota * Tess Giberson * Juan Carlos Obando * Ruffian * Project Runway (Michael C.) * Custo Barcelona * Jen Kao * BCBG Max Azria * Daniel Vosovic * Dawid Tomaszewski * Edun * Z Spoke by Zac Posen * Vivienne Tam * Christian Siriano * Nicole Miller * Erro * Gary Graham * Ports 1961 * Escada * Rag & Bone * Cushnie et Ochs * Farah Angsana * Josie Natori * Kaviar Gauche * Project Runway (Gretchen) * Kilian Kerner * Lala Berlin * Marcel Ostertag * Nonoo * Perret Schaad * Band of Outsiders * Project Runway (Cassanova) * Derek Lam * Lela Rose * DKNY * Malandrino

Draped Dresses

Nicholas K * Christian Siriano * Kimberly Ovitz * Cushnie et Ochs * Bensoni * Nicholas K * Ruffian * Ports 1961 * Jen Kao * Cushnie et Ochs * Nicole Miller * Mandy Coon * Costello Tagliapietra * Doo.Ri * Vena Cava * Ruffian * Willow * Doo.Ri * Chadwick Bell * United Bamboo * Edun * Esther Perbandt * Kaviar Gauche * Project Runway * Yuna Yang * Michalsky * Frida Weyer * Victoria Beckham * Lela Rose

Pointed Hemlines

Vena Cava * Jen Kao * Nicholas K * Julian Louie * BCBG Max Azria * Sachin + Babi * Sachin + Babi (again) * Mandy Coon * Sachin + Babi (and again) * Frank Tell * Michael Angel * Kimberly Ovitz * Cushnie et Ochs * Nicole Miller * Allude * Boss Black * Custo Barcelona * Edun * Erro *Christian Cota * Jen Kao * Parkchoonmoo * Vivienne Tam * Starstyling * Tadashi Shoji * Candela * Derek Lam * Malandrino * Behnaz Sarafpour


Willow * Boss Black * Sachin + Babi * Mandy Coon * Steven Alan * Lyn Devon * Ports 1961 * Vena Cava * Custo Barcelona * Marcel Ostertag * Michalsky * Mongrels in Common * Charlotte Ronson * Alexander Wang * A Detacher * Christian Cota * Z Spoke by Zac Posen * Suno * Victor de Souza * DKNY * Malandrino * Isabella Tonchi * Whitney Eve

Coats with Invisible (or no) Buttons

Peter Som * Altuzarra * Chadwick Bell * Whit * Steven Alan * Christian Siriano * Honor * Perret Schaad * Frank Tell * Bensoni * Cynthia Rowley * Ports 1961 * Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti * Frank Tell * Dawid Tomaszewski * Club Monaco * Schumacher * Kimberly Ovitz * Derek Lam * Lela Rose

Uneven Layered Skirts

Doo.Ri * Tadashi Shoji * Cushnie et Ochs * Boss Black * Rag & Bone * Christian Siriano * Mandy Coon * Club Monaco * BCBG * Frank Tell * Christian Cota * Nicole Miller * Jason Wu * Project Runway * Cynthia Rowley * Gary Graham * Kimberly Ovitz * Lela Rose * DKNY (!!!<3!!!) * Behnaz Sarafpour

This Neckline

Cushnie et Ochs * Christian Cota * Cynthia Rowley * Peter Som * Michael Angel * Rena Lange * Peter Som (again – couldn’t resist!) * Nicole Miller * Cynthia Rowley (again) * Suno * Michael Angel (All over this show!)


Thomas Engel Hart * Cynthia Rowley * Juan Carlos Obando * A Detacher * Vivienne Tam * Willow * Allude * Kimberly Ovitz * Arrondissement Aq1 * Edun * Z Spoke by Zac Posen * Lela Rose * Malandrino * Behnaz Sarafpour


Jason Wu * Christian Cota * Farah Angsana * Sachin + Babi * Dawid Tomaszewski * Adam Adam Lippes * Peter Som * Jill Stuart * Kilian Kerner * Tadashi Shoji * Laurel * DKNY

Structured Dresses

Christian Siriano * Marcel Ostertag * Rachel Comey * Farah Angsana * Cushnie et Ochs * Nicole Miller * Jason Wu * Frank Tell * Cushnie et Ochs * Peter Som * Victoria Beckham * Lela Rose

{People should pay me for this!}

American Fashion

I have this gorgeous book called American Fashion. It’s got some amazing photos in it, so I thought I would share a few. … (and of course, give my opinions on them. Cause that’s what I do. …)

Just a warning: Every single one of these images is better in the book!

The caption says:

Unknown, ca. 1939
Harper's Bazaar cautioned shoppers not to
lose their heads to fashion in this shot by
Herbert Matter.

Are you kidding me with this picture? That would make me want to read the article right there. I love the side of fashion that shocks you when you see it. I’ve always kind of been intimidated by Harper’s Bazaar. I just never knew what to think of it. After seeing this picture, I want to go out right now and read that article.

I mean … I don’t want to end up with my head like that. That would be terrible!

Charles James, 1936
James opened his first boutique
in New York in 1928. Cecil Beaton's 1936
photograph for Vogue places a suite of
James's opera capes within a surrealist
trompe l'oeil setting.

This one creeps me out, but it’s beautiful. The silhouettes of the coats are amazing. The cinched waists and the way the fabric drapes to the ground is beautiful.

Designer Unknown, 1941
A Harper's Bazaar photograph
of a hand-knit black, wool sweater top
and gold velvet skirt completed by a
bolero cape, balloon muff, and wide
amber-studded leopard belt. Hoyningen-
Huene captures the model against a
cubist masterpiece.

I love this. I kind of want to be this woman. I wish it was in color. The description sounds beautiful.

Claire McCardell, 1950
McCordell's sportswear, such as this bubble-
shaped bathing suit, was highly influential
and considered ahead of its time.

I *LOVE* this swimsuit. I want one just like it. It’s gorgeous.

Sydney Wragge, ca. 1946
B.H. Wragge was one of America's
most popular lines during the  1940s.
Dorian Leigh, one of the era's star models,
wears a pale pink  cloche by Madame
Reine and Wragge's plunge-necked rayon
crepe dress.

This is such a dreamy image. This girl is magnificent. She’s so … posh looking. That dress looks so regal and comfortable. Plus, it reminds me of the scene in Sex in the City when Carrie and Petrovsky’s ex wife go to lunch. (By the way – *amazing* … I so want to go to Paris!) I don’t think it was taken there, but it looks like that’s where she is. Either way, it just makes me want to be sitting there at lunch with her.

Irving Penn, 1950
Models Dorian Leigh and Evelyn Tripp,
together but alone, in Pen's memorable
photograph featuring Claire McCardell's
wool jersey dress and a jumper with leotard.

I have heard so much about this image, but I had never actually seen it. It’s amazing. the girls look fantastic and the image is so well proportioned. The girls are about as thin as the center of the table, but that just adds so much to this picture. There’s such a character to each of them. Perfectly styled. Amazing.

Oscar de la Renta, 1966
The Dominican-born de la
Renta was a protege of the influential
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg, who served as
editor of both Vogue and Harper's Bazaar
and as editor-in-chief of Town and Country.
First a designer for Elizabeth Arden,
replacing Sarmi, de la Renta was  on his
own by the time Marisa Berenson donned
his hippie chic caftan for Henry Clarke.

This one is fantastic! I love the way she’s mimicing the shape of the tree with the way she’s standing. The pinks pop out so vibrantly and the color on her eyes matches the color of the trees. Amazing. Also, Oscar de la Renta’s resume = dreamworthy!

Mary McFadden, 1977
McFadden was a
special projects editor at Vogue during the
1960s before launching her own line in
1973. Her fashions were influenced by
Asia and Africa, as well as the pleated silk
clothing of the Venetian couturier Fortuny.
Here, Vogue showed eight examples from
McFadden's collection led by the
designer herself.

What did I think when I saw this image? “What is this line of fabulousness???” Remember, this was the 70’s. This was fabulousness at it’s best!

Roy Halston, 1972
More than any other designer of
the 1970s, Halston lived the lifestyle his
fashions evoked - the smoky and sexy
lounge lizard out for a night on the town

Amazing. … Men just don’t look like that anymore. Usually, if they try to recreate this image, they just can’t pull it off. He just radiates coolness. This is where girls start dreaming of bad boys. I want to be at whatever lounge he’s going to (or just came from).

Stephen Burrows, 1978
Jerry Hall was one of America's top
supermodels during the 1970s and became
an international celebrity in her own right
through her tabloid romantic exploits with
Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry and the Rolling
Stone's Mick Jagger. At a fashion show,
she twirls in Burrows's turquoise satin
tunic-and-pant ensemble - replete with
feather boa for a quintessential disco look.

Jerry Hall really was beautiful in the ’70s.

Ralph Lauren, 1979
Inspired by everything
From film to the American West,
Lauren, seen here, gave traditional
country clothing an elegant and more
formal appearance in both his day and
evening collections.

Talk about Americana! Everything is so soft and rugged. The eyes are all so piercing and beautiful. Love it!

Behnaz Sarafpour, 2004

I love this skirt. The pleating down the front is gorgeous.

I really, REALLY recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion! Amazon has it right now for $32 (which is a STEAL. Us crazy people paid $50 for it)! Definitely worth checking out. Every page is just as amazing as the last.