Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Fall 2011 Omaha Fashion Week is right around the corner and this year the Troc has the pleasure of partnering with them. Omaha Fashion Week has only been around for a couple of years and is already one of the largest fashion events in the Midwest. This great event gives young designers the opportunity to flaunt what they got! This week, I decided to interview one of the youngest designers, Kate Walz, that will be debuting her new collection this coming August. Walz is only 14 and this will be her third time designing for her line 'Just Because' for OFW. Most girls her age are busy drooling over boys, having sleepovers and gossiping with their girlfriends, but Walz is not your average 14-year-old. Here is what I found out:
1.How did you get involved with OFW for the first time?
An Omaha Fashion Week director saw some of my clothing pieces at Bellwether Boutique, requested that I apply for the spring show in 2010, and I was chosen.
2.Where did your love for fashion come from and when did it start?
I have always loved fashion, but I first started designing when I was eight years old, and just starting in 4-H. I participated in the designing and sewing competitions at the local and state level. I started selling my designs at Bellwether Boutique when I was 12 years old, and started Omaha Fashion Week when I was 13.
3. How did you learn to sew garments?
I took a couple of classes at Bernina when I was eight, and everything else was self-taught. All of my designs are original, designed and sewn by me, without using a store-bought pattern.
4. How old were you when you first started designing?
I was eight years old.
5. Where do you get your design inspiration? And where do you go for your own personal fashion inspiration?
I get design inspiration from almost anywhere; nature, vintage clothing, and architecture are some of my favorite. I get my own style inspiration mostly from anything vintage, and I am constantly wearing my great grandma's old jewelry. I just wear what I like, and don't particularly follow "trends."
6. Who are some of your favorite designers?
My favorite designer is Coco Chanel, and I would definitely say i am inspired by her designs. I also look up to Jane Round, Buf Reynolds, and Dan Richters for their talent and individuality.
7. Where are your favorite places to shop?
I don't really have a favorite place to shop, but I love the stores Republic of Couture, Nouvelle Eve, Coriander, and SheLa.
8. I know this is your third time designing for OFW. Are you just as nervous/excited as the first time?
I wouldn't say I'm as nervous as the first time because all of the other designers are all so supportive. I would definitely say that I am as excited as my first time in the show however, because I think it gets even more fun every show I participate in.
9. You are one of the youngest designers for OFW. Do you feel like your age has any affect on your performance?
I don't think that my age affects my performance because Omaha Fashion Week gives all designers the same chance no matter their age.
10. What advice would you give to a first time designer for OFW?
That their line makes sense and has a flow to it. Make sure that all of the designs in your collection have the same theme so they don’t look lost.
11. What are your future plans and goals?
I would love to move to New York and have my own store where I can sell my designs. I would eventually like to participate in other Fashion Weeks all over the world, but for right now am very grateful for Omaha Fashion Week.
Monday, June 27, 2011
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-L.A.M.B. "Kiss Me" Card Case - I stash my credit cards, I.D., and miscellaneous receipts in here.
-Jane Iredale Pressed Powder - This stuff feels and looks INCREDIBLE. I am a huge fan of mineral makeup foundations. Although Bare Essentials is my all time favorite, this Jane Iredale powder is pressed-- a major pro since I'm throwing it in my bag. (Most mineral foundations that I've come across come in loose powder form. EEEK! Anyone who has ever had a eyeshadow or blush crumble in their purse know this is a huge no-no. Typically, I keep all cosmetics in a makeup bag, but there's no room amidst this mere essentials list!)
- Ralph Lauren Tortoise Aviators - I fell in love with these as soon as I tried them on (rarely can I say this about most sunglasses, unfortunately). I have a heart shaped face, so aviators are typically my go-to frames. The tortoise color has a really contrasted light/dark pattern, giving the shades a vintage vibe. Now, if only I could find the perfect pair of classic, oversized shades...
- M.Z. Wallace Platinum Leather "Bettie" Pouch: From Trocadero, of course! I'm head over heels for this little guy. He's the perfect wallet for a smaller handbag, and my future iPhone 4 will fit perfectly inside him.
-Monster coin purse - This pouch actually came with a gift card from Anthropologie I received last Christmas, and I loved him so much I had to put him to use. I usually feed him with coins for the meter.
-Emergen-C Fizzy drink mix - Whenever I feel a cold coming on or when I simply want something more than plain water, I mix a packet of Emergen-C in my water bottle. It's tasty and good for you!
-Pop-up Brush with Mirror - I MUST have a brush on me at all times. My hair is too long and too unruly to go without one. (That reminds me of something that didn't but definitely should have made my list: NAIL FILES! I am always in need of one of these! I'm not overly obsessed with my nails, but once my nail snags on something I cannot for the life of me leave it alone.)
-Lip Balm/Lip Gloss - Right now I'm carrying the Laura Mercier Hydra Tint in Nude. It's a great summer color (the perfect not too tan/not too pale nude), is mosturizing and has SPF 15. I'm also carrying Origins Once Upon a Shine lip gloss in Ruby Slipper. I own several of the Once Upon a Shine glosses, and they all deliver just enough lip color and have a pretty shimmer to them without being 'sparkly'.
-Moleskine Planner - I compulsively make lists and write everything down. Embarrassingly enough, I'm very territorial about my notebooks and planners...they're for my eyes only!
-Canon S95 - My new love affair. I have a lovely Nikon DSLR, but it's much too large to carry with me all the time. This camera is the perfect travel size and takes lovely photos!
-Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Clutch in Black - This purse can be worn as a crossbody, as a shoulder bag (as shown in the photo) or it can be used as a clutch. Talk about multifunctional! When the clock strikes midnight and my tiny summer purse morphs into my oversized handbag for the school year, it still makes the perfect evening clutch.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
|MZ Wallace "Eve," $245|
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
This summer is all about being bold. It's time to step outside the box and revamp your look with these exotic prints and vibrant colors. Some of these trends can even be carried over into fall. Ladies, skin is in... snakeskin, that is! If you're not comfortable wearing a pair of snakeskin pants, like the BCBGMAXAZRIA ones pictured above, then try it on something simpler like a belt or clutch. The skin will add just the right touch to an outfit, without being over the top.
To be honest, when I first read that tribal prints were a summer trend, I was completely opposed to the idea. I told myself this is one trend I will not buy into. Now when I look in my closet, I've noticed that I've bought too much of it. I love the geometric and modern style the prints have! This print is fun to play around with, whether in the form of a romper, dress or skirt. At least one of these tribal items should find its way into your closet this summer!
The colors this summer just keep on getting brighter. Color blocking is another fun trend to test out this summer. Pair different vibrant colors together and add a fun printed scarf or bangles. By switching up colors and patterns, you can achieve so many different outfits with just a couple basic pieces. In doing so, you can achieve instant style!
I could spend a lifetime in this store. There's so much to take in! One of the toys I couldn't take my eyes off were the Yummy Desserts. Similar to the Yummy Breakfast toys, the Yummy Desserts are a blind assortment of vinyl treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, popsicles, smores, and ice cream cones!
Another thing that caught my attention was "I am Plastic Too" book. The book features over 140 artists and their personalized Kidrobot toys.
The book inspired me to make some Kidrobot creations of my own! Kidrobot sells a line of vinyl "Munny" dolls that are virtually blank canvases ready for you to scribble, paint, pierce, etc.!
Here are some of my favorite creations from the Kidrobot website:
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Most styles will become available in late June, although the Griffin (below) is currently available. This particularly special pair includes a two-part charitable contribution - not only do they donate a pair of specs to someone in need (as with all Warby purchases), but $30 of each sale goes to Invisible Children, a group of inspiring young activists dedicated to documenting and sharing stories about children affected by war in central Africa.
If the sleek and smooth "Griffin" doesn't suit your style, rest assured that the other styles in the sun collection will stay true to their modern-meets-vintage aesthetic. Although I've been pining after a pair of Karen Walkers, I have to say I may skip those in favor of these fantastic tortoiseshell "Everett" shades once they're made available.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I do believe that rockin' the pale skin is in, and only adds to your natural beauty. To make a long story short, pale is beautiful. In case you were wondering.
Monday, June 6, 2011
This Burberry number that she wore to the Burberry show during London Fashion week is my absolute favorite! I love the sequins and the rough texture that it gives off. I also love the contrast between the black and gold colors. The shoes are fabulous too, but that's a given. No wonder she made her modeling debut with Burberry during their 2009 Fall/Winter collection.
The cut-outs on this dress are fantastic! This dress shows just the right amount of skin without being too much. The sleek hair, simple bracelets, and nude shoes bring this look together perfectly.
This dress is so elegant and beautiful. The one shoulder is very flattering on her and the ruffle detailing makes the whole dress. She is glowing in this.
This dress has a lot of edge to it, but it still remains elegant. The lace and feather detailing is to die for! I need a dress exactly like this in my closet!
Watson looked stunning in this Marchesa dress that she wore to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. I love the jewel-encrusted neckline alongside the strong shoulders of this dress. My favorite part about this outfit might be her silver metallic Brian Atwood shoes! Ugh, I love his shoes! She also kept her jewelry simple with this dress. Stunning, all around.
(Come into Trocadéro to check out our last pairs of Brian Atwoods. They're on super sale!).
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Anya Hindmarch makeup bag: This little bag I got from Trocadéro is perfect for carrying my many beauty products. It is the perfect size and shape and it's so cute, too!
Cell phone: I cannot live without this thing! I feel lost if I do not have it with me. I wish it was a smart phone but maybe by my next upgrade!
Paul Mitchell hairspray: This stuff will hold your hairstyle in place ALL day! Love it! You will never have a bad hair day if you carry this bottle with you!
Bobby pins: What did people used to do without bobby pins? I think I use bobby pins at least once a day for something. My hair has a mind of its own... I'm always getting sick of it and wanting to change it up. They are perfect for keeping your wild hair in place!
Mint gum: It's always good to have fresh breath!
M.A.C. lipsticks: My first lipstick color is Viva Glam. This color is a natural shade with a little bit of shimmer to it. I like wearing it just to add a little color to my face. Also, the good thing about M.A.C lipsticks is they're not sticky like most lip glosses tend to be. My second color I purchased is Russian Red. This color is all about making a statement! Wearing this color can make any outfit! Just be careful and wipe your teeth often. ;)
Bond No. 9 pocket scent: This scent is called West Broadway and is one of my favorites! This little bottle is the perfect travel size. Just spritz a little on and you can smell fresh on-the-go all the time! Come in and purchase a bottle down at the Troc!
Scarlett Cosmetics lip gloss: The color I have is called Dunes. I like to put this over my lipstick as a finishing touch to add just a little more shine! These lip glosses are almost out at the Troc so hurry and stop in to pick one up before they are all gone!
Kiehl's face lotion: You can never start preventing wrinkles too early! This lotion is a moisturizing, anti-aging cream. I love it and it smells so good!
Hand sanitizer: There are too many germs out in the world to not carry hand sanitizer at all times!
Wallet: I love this wallet because it was inexpensive and it is all sparkles! It holds everything I need! Now if only there was more money in there....
Necklace: I feel naked if I do not have any jewelry on! So, if I'm running late and I forget to put something on, I have a backup in my purse!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It wasn’t until fellow style maven and blogger and newly found friend Sarah Tvrdik blogged about her obsession with the color orange and featured her new Zana Bayne leather harness on FashFlood that I discovered my new obsession. Why it took me so long to catch on, I don’t know; but the harness is everything I have been looking for in a new accessory. The piece melds together my love of straps, leather, and buckles into something truly magnificent and unique with a risque edge. It’s easy luxury and just abstract enough to make people do a double take.
While I’m a little tardy to the idea, I’m just on time as the harness has carved its place in Spring 2011 fashion. Making appearances on runways like Rag & Bone and demanding exposure in Russian Vogue, and more recently on Lady Gaga’s backup dancers on Saturday Night Live, the harness is rounding up fashion fans like myself all over the globe.
For me the appeal lies in its blatant disregard for conventional fashion and social rules. Prior to the harness' recent boom on the style scene, it was often reserved for extreme dominatrix looks (well...and animals); but now it’s pulling itself somewhere closer to mainstream. While you probably won’t walk into your doctor’s office and find someone sitting in the waiting room casually donning a harness under his or her blazer (although, it would be the perfect way to wear one!), there is something to be said about its journey from closed bedroom doors and closets of goth teenagers.
I think it is most appropriate this season, as many designer's Spring collections encouraged keeping a sense of personal style first and foremost when dressing. The harness is clearly a piece that packs a punch of personality and is something to really make your own by styling it in your individual way. The piece looks perfectly chic underneath a trench or over a classic white blouse (see photo below) and even layered underneath a vest. I love the idea of taking something so generic or classic and completely turning it upside down with something unexpected like a harness. When creating a personal style, it lies in the details. With a bold piece like a harness, an everyday ensemble becomes a statement look and something refreshing and new.
Abbey Lee Kershaw by Heidi Slimane, Vogue Russia April 2011
Runway Looks from Rag & Bone Spring 2011
Photosource: Fashion Gone Rogue
Photosource: The Sartorialist
Photosource: Fashion Gone Rogue
Photosource: New York Magazine