Nov 9, 2014

I've Been Feeling a Little Flat

Ah, the flat lay image... All the cool kids are doing it. It's so simple, and yet such an effective way to display all your favorite belongings. I can't lie. I'm a sucker for a good flat lay.

Just the other week, I returned home after a long day at work, tossed my belongings on the floor, threw my coat over a chair and dived into bed for a nap. When I awoke I realized my pile of junk actually looked kind of cool. A few small tweaks, and... holy shit! It's a flat lay! Which soon lead to a few more flat lays and eventually inspired this "what's in my bag" post.


Clinique Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel, Nordstrom, $29; ChapStick Original, CVS, $1.99; Commodity Fitting Kit, $24 - $108
Vintage Eel Skin Wallet, similar, $22.95; Leather key chain, similar, $44
Pocket Datebook, Barneys.com, $45

Oct 25, 2014

Halloween Party Idea: A Creepy Carnival Party

Halloween is my favorite holiday, hands down. Every year my family throws the biggest, most outrageous party, and this year was no different. We even upped the ante with a killer theme: "creepy carnival." With makeshift fair booths, games and prizes for the kiddies, a bounce house, carnival treats and freak show inspired costumes, this party blew the previous year's festivities out of the water. It was like Pinterest and American Horror Story devoured each other and then exploded all our our southern home.


Decorations and Activities:
Using refrigerator and large appliance boxes, mannequins and a little paint we crafted faux fair booths to really pull the theme together. We had a fortune teller booth set up with Halloween-themed fortune cookies and miracle fish, a "kissing booth" for photos with plastic lip whistles, a creepy admissions booth, and a prize booth where our younger attendees could enter to win raffled goodies. We also hosted a number of festive games! And, seriously, what's Halloween without a hayride?
Trick or Treats:
This year we continued our tradition of creepy cooking contest, and the contestants really brought their A-game! Everything was equally delicious and grotesque-looking... In a good way. We even gave out "hand" made trophies to the winners! We prepared additional fair food like hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and cotton candy - and had them handed out by our very own carnival-style vendor. "Get your peanuts! Fresh roasted peanuts, here!"
Costumes:
Gypsies, clowns, and freaks! Of course we made it mandatory to dress in carnival-inspired costumes, and handed out another batch of awesome hand-made trophies to this year's best dressed. It was amazing to see so many people embrace the theme and think outside of the box!

Love, fashion and a Happy Halloween,

Dalton

Oct 7, 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat...

On one of the final days of warmth before the autumn air starts settling on Manhattan, Josh and I decided to take advantage of the weather and explore parts of the park we haven't been before. One thing lead to another... and I was soon rowing a $15 boat under the iconic Bow Bridge. It was gorgeous, and very much worth the 30 minute wait - sore muscles and all.




Wearing: Vintage Everything - LIKE IT? HYPE IT!

Oct 2, 2014

FazosinnWorld

Fashion Illustrators are blowing up. Photographers have been in the forefront of the fashion arts online presence, but it's about time that these talented artists gain a lot of the attention they deserve. 

Illustrators have their work commissioned by magazines for editorial use or for marketing or advertisement purposes. It's a practice that's been around for over 500 years, and thanks to the Internet and these inspired individuals, will be around much longer.

Several illustrators are using the blogosphere and social media to share their work with the public to much avail. One of them being Fazosinn, of FazosinnWorld.

Fazosinn is a 29 year-old fashion designer and illustrator from Malaysia. He started drawing when he was 8, and ever since he knew he had a passion for art. 

He started to improve his skills in drawing, painting, and became involved in many kinds of creative activities. He joined various drawing competitions at school and has also represented the state of Kelantan in numerous events, and has won several of awards.



Right after he completed his studies, Fazosinn started producing fashion illustrations. He developed a style of his own using adorable caricatures that wore stylish outfits and high-end designers. He even started to reproduce his artwork on tote bags, portraits and embroidery.

Around 2006, Fazosinn started to pursue a degree in fashion design. During his studies he actively participated in art markets and bazaars. At the bazaars Fazosinn developed an illustrated character “Habouhabou” and began selling her in a number of fashionable outfits on tote bag and t-shirts.


Fazosinn recently became Assistant Fashion Designer of Haute Couture and Ready-To-Wear at local fashion house, Jovian Mandagie. He has also recently designed ready-to-wear for Zalora and J Jovian Raya celebration: a Coco inspired collection. He has also collaborated with a close friend, Brisyam Mahadi, in creating a BrisyamFazo, an exciting and innovative collection.



After graduating in 2012, Fazosinn launched FazosinnWorld, another outlet to sell his illustration prints and personalized phone covers.  FazosinnWorld features new cute fashionable characters Andre and Audrey, along with portraits and fashion inspired drawings. Be sure to check out available FazosinnWorld swag online here.


Sep 28, 2014

Shawl Wallah's Ethically-Produced Shawls

Shawl Wallah, a new organization working with local artisans out of Kashmir, India, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its line of ethically-produced, handmade Pashmina shawls.

"The various families involved employ centuries-old techniques in gathering, spinning, dyeing, and weaving the fine Pashmina wool," says Greg Doudican, Founder of Shawl Wallah, "Making each shawl a true work of art.”



The Kickstarter campaign, titled “Ethically Produced Pashmina Shawls” (Link to be provided once campaign launches), will start September 3 – October 2, 2014. The goal is to raise $25,000 for its Spring/Summer 2015 line.

"There’s been a lot of heart and soul put into Shawl Wallah since its inception in November 2013, but now we’re turning to the Internet to help take it to the next level," Doudican said, "We will offer superior quality products that people will love, while building social and economic stability in Kashmir.”


Shawl Wallah came to fruition by accident. Working as a UN Refugee Consultant in New Delhi, Doudican found himself in Kashmir, a region located in Northern India that has endured decades of conflict, resulting in economic and social devastation. Doudican learned about the traditional Kashmiri textile industry, and its decline due to external pressures. "We have an ancient industry, still producing the original Pashmina shawls, famous the world over," Doudican explains. “Now due to mass-produced foreign imports, this dying art form is often duplicated yet never replicated in quality and beauty.”

From this, Doudican developed Shawl Wallah as a true social enterprise. They’re committed to sourcing ethically-produced products, which keeps craftsmen and craftswomen employed, and simultaneously preserves the art of hand-weaving.  This strategic framework will, in turn, help promote sustainable economic growth to the region.

 

Shawl Wallah is also committed to investing in the region's most valuable resource – children. With each product sold, Shawl Wallah donates 20% of the sale price to Save the Children India, which provides child protection and education services in Kashmir.

"There are not many brands employing this type of business model in the fashion industry, and none doing so with Pashmina (or cashmere) shawls," Doudican said. "With Shawl Wallah, we hope to raise the bar on international trade, and become a model in conscious and responsible consumerism."

To learn more about Shawl Wallah or show your support visit their Kickstarter page here.