Aspire To Inspire

Things

  1. SHOW ME THE ROPES

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    For awhile now I’ve been fascinated with the use of rope in interior design and I started to notice a trend in rope becoming a bigger player in the accessories market for Spring 2015. I’ve got a rope belt that was on a COREY dress from years ago and I always love to tie it around my favorite pair of Levi’s and other baggy pants during the spring and summer time. It looks like this simple idea is taking shape in many different varieties in Spring dressing this year which makes me happy. I love when a simple item such as rope becomes a trend as it is so easy to work with and so easy to find.

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  2. KARLIE KLOSS DOES KOWBOY HATS RIGHT

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    Living in Texas, I’ve become very accustomed to seeing people in cowboy and western clothes and its exciting for me to now see so much of this look in fashion right now. I knew the minute that I saw Chanel’s Resort show in Dallas this year that western fashions would be all over the Fall 2014 editorials. To no surprise, they are everywhere.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. MAKING OLD NEW AGAIN: LA’S BLISS AND MISCHIEF

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    “Bliss and mischief makes life better… The peach skin shades of a love worn camp blanket…a few yards of deep indigo mud cloth, faded by 80 years of African sun…the swans down softness of a 1970s vintage white tee…the textured sensuality of a Japanese Boro kimono…Uncle Phil down in NOLA, struttin’ his stuff in funk and flash chain-stitch Western wear – these were the building blocks for the birth of Bliss And Mischief.”

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  9. GIFTS FOR THE MODERN MAN

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    With Father’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would give some ideas of gifts for today’s fashionable father. My choices are targeted for the dad that likes simplicity and quality and prefers to keep his style modern and manly. Father’s Day gifts can be extravagant or inexpensive and fun; I’ve got some great options for both from Shop Bop’s male counterpart, East Dane. Take a look at some of their assortment in my list of gifts for Dad and go and check out more ideas on their website.

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  10. MY FAVORITE THINGS: RIN TANAKA’S INSPIRATION SHOW

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    The most inspiring time during my trip to LA was my visit to Rin Tanaka’s Inspiration show held in downtown Los Angeles at the California mart.

    First of all, I’ve never seen so many good looking and well dressed men in one place in my entire life. It was fantastic, quite like a dream actually. And then there were Japanese men everywhere sporting their amazing style inspired by the Cali/Southwest lifestyle. I was in there for hours checking the scene out, taking in every last detail. There was so much going on inside that it was quite overwhelming in a really good way. I can’t believe that this was my first time checking this show out. I can tell you that it definitely will not be my last. I will never miss it again.

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