Aspire To Inspire

FOLLOW THEIR LEAD: DSTLD JEANS CATERS TO THEIR CUSTOMER

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I’m currently working on a project that has me researching online stores and new brands and I had a great discovery in DSTLD Jeans last week that really verified this constant conversation that I have been having with myself for the past year. DSTLD is a contemporary denim brand that is selling jeans in a direct channel to their customer base without depending on the usual retail channels. Their strategy is direct to consumer and because of this, they are able to keep their prices low and build a trusting relationship with their customer base.

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MY AUSTIN SHOPPING GUIDE FOR REISSUED

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Last month I worked with Reissued, an amazing new curated social marketplace application, on an Austin shopping guide for a feature on their website and shopping marketplace. Reissued is an app that allows curators to buy and sell vintage, one- of- a- kind, handmade and hard-to-find items. I spent two days with their director of sales visiting my favorite spots and picking out unique items from each store to feature.

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I FINALLY MADE IT TO GRACELAND

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I went on a last minute road trip to Nashville last weekend and made a pit stop in Memphis so that I could finally take a walk thru Graceland where Elvis Presley lived until his death. I was surprised to learn that he bought the estate at 22 especially when I saw the design aesthetic of the place.

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FEATHERS BOUTIQUE SUMMER EDITORIAL

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Since my move to Texas I’ve been working with Austin’s Feathers Boutique on many different levels including merchandising direction, social media, styling and brand strategy. For the last few months we have been working hard on their e-commerce website and giving it a different look. I created the style for the shoot incorporating pieces from co-owner Emily Hoover’s amazing closet as well as my personal collection and vintage items from the store. I’m very happy with how it turned out and I wanted to share it with you.

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SOUND: THRONE “THARSIS SLEEPS”

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Most that know me are aware that I am not the biggest Heavy Metal fan when it comes to music. Don’t get me wrong, I love to rock out, but not as much to the heavier stuff. However, in the case of this video produced and directed by Nicos Livesy for the band Throne, I am wildly inspired.

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ON THE RADAR: PATCHWORK DENIM

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As an adult, I came to love patchwork after I read about the concept behind it when I discovered the cult favorite, Native Funk and Flash, a book featuring the art to wear scene of the Bay Area in the 1970′s. This book told a visual story about how patch-working first started as a way of putting energy into someone’s garment. Each patch that was stitched into a garment added a particular talisman energy within each piece which gave the wearer a certain extra “power” if you will. Just like a quilt is sewn together from memories and scraps and pieces from this family heirloom and that new piece of fabric, with each stitch and each piece of fabric, a whole lot of history, love and workmanship is involved.

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DENIM DREAM: FAUSTINE STEINMETZ

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I recently found out about a denim label out of East London, Faustine Steinmetz, that is so special and inspiring and unlike anything I have ever seen in the denim market. They literally make every single part of the denim by hand. From picking out the yarns to dying them and weaving them together to make their version of denim fabric..to then constructing each of the garments by hand. I’m not sure where else I have ever seen this process so transparently in the apparel industry and it is such a refreshing perspective on design and construction. Not only is her concept and process beautiful, but her design aesthetic is way ahead of the curve.

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BLOW ME A KISS

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I’ve always been fascinated with lips. Next to eyes, they are the first things I look at when I am meeting and talking with people. Whether male or female, a nice set of lips is a huge turn on. I believe that lips were put on our bodies for one reason only: Kissing. I love kissing, who doesn’t? To me, a kiss tells it all about a person. If you can’t kiss right, something isn’t right inside. Period, end of story.

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SOUND: CHARLES BRADLEY AND THE DAPTONE SUPER SOUL REVUE

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Thank God there has been a resurgence of SOUL music lately thanks to help from Daptone Records out of Brooklyn, NYC. They started it off recording with Sharon Jones & The Dap- Kings and have since acquired such a good roster of soul musicians that they are taking it on tour this summer with the SUPER SOUL REVUE featuring Sharon […]

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PAINTED ON TEXTURE BY ARTIST ALEXA MEADE

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Recently, I was introduced to a great new website, The Impression, that calls itself “the google of fashion”. Basically its a website where you can search for editorial and runway imagery based on subject matter. They feature old editorials as well as new imagery and I’m really loving what they have to offer. This morning I was looking through the site and saw this really beautiful Scandanavian fashion editorial for Fall/Winter 2014. Created for S/SA/W magazine’s Spring/Summer issue, artist Alexa Meade painted on top of beautiful imagery by photographer Boe Marion of model Zuzanna Bijoch.

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