Steven Alan Fall 2012

I woke up early this morning to check out yesterday’s shows from NYFW and I’m already in love with so much! First comes Steven Alan. His collection had a masculine dust-bowl era feel, but also mixed with several more girly pieces and prints. The inspiration: “riffed on thirties-era aesthetics, with an emphasis on worn tailoring and gray and sepia-toned palette straight out of Dorothea Lange. The cited inspiration was Diego Rivera – another icon of the up-with-labor, bread line era” (via is the SAME inspiration my group and I settled on a few days ago for our next design project… which means that I find this entire collection even more inspiring than I normally do (didn’t think that was possible!!).

These are just a few of my favorite looks, check out the rest of the collection here.

(all images via


Behind the Scenes: Spring/Summer ’11 gr.dano Photo-Shoot!

I helped out with another photo-shoot for gr.dano back in August (yea, I told you this post was a long time coming too). It was the same deal as last time: awesome clothes, awesome hair and makeup, awesome model, awesome awesomeness. I helped out with the outfit changes again, and they even used my necklace in a few shots!

These are a few quick pics I snuck in here and there throughout the day, enjoy!!(That’s my necklace!)

The next two are my favs shots!(my necklace again!)

Isn’t she totally adorable?!?

Check out some of the official shots below and the rest of the collection here. (Seriously, do it!)

The seersucker jacket and shorts on the right are KILLER. I was oogling over them all day… and again right now.

Floating in McQueen.

I just came across this new site, NOWNESS, and it’s pretty enthralling. They describe themselves as:

“… the digital leader in luxury storytelling. Each day, NOWNESS showcases an exclusive premiere of the most inspiring stories influencing contemporary culture and global lifestyle, previewing the latest in fashion, gastronomy, art, film, music, design, travel and sport.

NOWNESS collaborates with the world’s foremost designers, creatives and thinkers in the luxury industry. NOWNESS is an innovative space where ideas, both timeless and timely, are first and foremost.”

You should definitely take some time and check out their site, but first you should watch the video they did about the Spring/Summer 2012 McQueen collection. In it, Cathy Horyn (New York Times fashion critic) chats with Sarah Burton at the label’s Paris atelier about the house’s marine-inspired collection.

I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video here, so (after checking out some of my fav screenshots of the video below) click on over to here and bless your eyes and ears!

Madewell in SF! (Oh, and I was blogged!)

I can now die and go to heaven. Why you ask? Well, Earlier this week (my favorite store EVER) Madewell opened it’s doors here in San Francisco!! They threw an opening party on Thursday night and it was tons of fun. There were so many stylin’ dudes and ladies there it was insane (which made it very hard to get to the open bar in the back, but my friends and I made it. phew!) I can’t wait to go back and get a better look at everything.

During the party a photo was snapped of me by Stylenik. They posted it, with some other great pics they took at the party. You can check mine out below, and the others here!

I’m wearing a BDG top and ecote belt from Urban Outfitters, vintage Diane Von Furstenberg skirt, asos tights, Me Too shoes from DSW, and necklaces from Nordstroms.

Thanks Stylenik!!

Behind the Scenes: Fall ’11 gr.dano Photoshoot.

If you follow me on twitter, you know that last month I helped out at a photo shoot for local designer gr.dano, who I am currently interning for. It was a total blast! A couple of the other interns and I were there to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible. I mainly helped out with the outfit changes, making sure that everything was ready and waiting when it needed to be. These are a few snapshots that I snuck in here and there when I could!

The Fall 2011 collection will be available at the 440 Brannan Store and Studio later this year. To tide you over until then you can checkout a few of the looks below, and the rest of the collection here! Also, read some other write-ups on Refinery29 and SF Indie Fashion.

SXSW. Twenty-Eleven.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend to say the least, and definitely the most eventful SXSW experience that I’ve ever had. I missed out on all of Wednesday because I had class, but I made up for it by fitting in as much as possible during the next 3 days. I started Thursday off at the MTV garage. I had planned on seeing Foster the People there that morning, but I couldn’t drag my ass out of bed because of the time change/lack of sleep I’m generally running on (yay grad school!). My friends and I stood in line for over two hours to get in, and it was totally worth it. We had just enough time before Matt and Kim went on to take advantage of the free beer and fried goodies aplenty.

I don’t know much about concrete, but apparently it’s a really REALLY flexible material. Once Matt and Kim started their set the entire roof of the garage started swaying, and then it started bouncing. up and down. up and down. I was 3 free beers deep at this point and totally freaking out slash having a great time being double-bounced off of the ground. LITERALLY DOUBLE-BOUNCED!! It was insane and I wondered what the news would say that night if we all died under the rubble of the Red River garage. Eh, I honestly don’t think it would have been a bad way to go.

While waiting to get into the MTV garage I noticed Donald Glover walk in with some friends. If you don’t know who he is you obviously don’t watch Community… and if that’s the case go to Hulu right now and check it out. RIGHT NOW. If you do watch it you’ll be happy to hear that Donald informed me that they just got signed for a third season!!

I just told him that I’m coming to his show in San Francisco in about a month. Obviously he’s excited that I’ll be there.

No words. I think my face says it all.

After the MTV garage I met up with some other friends and we went to go play Rebel Bingo at the IFC Crossroads House. From the pictures and videos I’ve seen of their other events I think this was much smaller and MUCH tamer than they are used to. It turned into a  big dance party afterwards, which ended up being much more fun than the game was (mainly because I had a bum card and I wanted to win the cat suit that they gave away).

I had some time to burn the next morning before what I had planned, so I wandered over to Cedar Street to see what was going on. I caught the end of Map & Atlases’ set and stuck around for Luke Rathborne. I had no idea who he was, but I was totally crushing on the adorable drummer… so I figured why not stay? I felt bad because there weren’t that many people there compared to the crowd for Maps & Atlases, probably because they had run of out of free food by that point. He were really good and I’m glad I got a chance to check him out !

The next thing I did was probably the coolest part of the weekend (yes, even better than Donald Glover licking my face). Via twitter I found out that Yours Truly was hosting some of their In My Room shows and I immediately sent them an e-mail to get the deets. I was told to meet in front of Halcyon that afternoon, and a small group of us boarded the bus. As soon as we hit the road I immediately started thinking that I may have been a little too trusting… I couldn’t help but wonder, had we just been kidnapped? My friend Heather and I were laughing the entire ride to the MTV Hive House, which was in a part of South Austin that I’ve never been to… which only helped the hilarity of the situation.

We all stuffed out faces with free tacos and beer and then had out ears tantalized. Their voices were made for each other. I have never heard anything like it and I doubt I ever will.

They told me that I had the best style of anyone there, gotta love that.

Immediately after I ran over to the French Legation to see Tuneyards, well not literally ran I was actually driven (thanks Heather!). The line was crazy, but luckily I was able to catch the last three songs of her set. The things she does with her voice are insanely beautiful.

I didn’t see as much music on Saturday because I spent the first half of the day at Style X (post to come). I met up with some friends that evening though and we went to Cedar Street and saw Little Dragon. We spent the first half of the set out on the sidewalk because the line stretched around the corner where you couldn’t see, but we eventually got in.

These were just the highlights of the weekend, there was so much going on and so much to see it’s hard to keep it all straight. It’s all still a blur, but that just means that it was a killer weekend in my book.

Now I Know Where It Comes From.

Get ready for what might be the most exciting blog post of my life. I was talking to my mom on the phone about a week ago, and she told me that while visiting my grandma (her mother) she had taken a picture of her because my grandma had a shirt that was similar to one of mine. My grandma knew this because I was wearing it in one of the pictures included in last years family Christmas card. My mother is technologically inept, so first of all it took her a few days to send the file in an e-mail (I’m sure because she wasn’t sure how to transfer it from her iPhone to the computer) and then when I opened the file it wasn’t a picture, but rather a, awkward video clip of my grandma waiting for a picture to be taken. So first of all I was able to giggle at my mother, and then squeal from joy because… well you’ll soon see.

Before that though, here are some pictures from my birthday party last year, where I wore the aforementioned top.

Get ready…



Honestly, I’ve never considered my grandma as “stylish”. Usually when we’re visiting she’s in house clothes/slippers/a muumuu. She dresses comfortably, not fashionably… but obviously I need to do some closet raiding next time I’m back home in Texas because clearly she has some hidden gems!