the fall 2013 sun and glory lookbook and product is here! been spending a lot of time on this the past few weeks, or month. i am super happy with this lookbook. my friend kat, a model here in colorado, came up to the cabin to do the shoot. though the sun never made an appearance, it was a great day of shooting. i shot, styled, and made this lookbook and overall it is kind of one big art piece for me. i love doing this stuff. i narrowed down the line this season, making a few key pieces-making bigger statements. go have a look! this season we are also offering a 5 % donation of your online order to the Native American Heritage Association.
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1. this is my first adornment post. i am actually kind of nervous to post it. i have been contemplating doing this for a long time now. after all, i am a wardrobe stylist. that is how i make the majority of my living. i majored in costume and fashion at school. i know how to sew, i know how to shop, i know how to fit people. it’s what i do. i suppose i have just always been fearful of posting photos of myself. now, in my mid twenties, i would have been all about it. i was way more into selflies back then. now, a days, i have to be honest, it makes me feel slightly narcissistic. but…for today, i am going to get over that. generally, you can find me in a t-shirt and leggings sitting at my computer with no makeup on. yeah, i could step it up sometimes!
the funny thing is, being all alone out here, i have to take these by myself. which is difficult. generally, i am behind the camera and can see the details, like the tree coming out of my head. i just bought a new camera lense, so i am hoping that is going to help the quality of my images too…for all posts.
a little about my style: i like key pieces. one piece, like a dress or top that is a statement piece. accompanied by a necklace or earrings. i don’t like to over accessorize. a little can go a long way. i tend for bohemian like dresses, but i also love that whole kinfolk look too. simple, muted colors. i don’t always wear a lot of color…but am trying to branch out. i am also not a size 2, so i go for things i am most comfortable in. knowing your body is key, but feeling good in what you are wearing is crucial. for example, if you aren’t comfortable walking in heels, you probably shouldn’t wear them. it just looks bad. confidence is everything. i have had many fashion phases, but the bohemian has stuck the longest. thank god it isn’t my futuristic phase from college. i think i finally got rid of all those pieces.
2. i gave my notice on the cabin. more to come on that later.
i am not sure what moving will mean for the blog. when i can post, what i can post, hell, i might never do an outfit post again. but… when i started the blog, i intended to do more fashion. it just didn’t happen. maybe because i do shop for a living, my hobbies became about something else. i also, hardly see myself as a model, but i personally like to see other ladies style posts on their blogs. i finally decided to take a chance and give it a try. seems to be the theme the past few days.
i would LOVE your feedback. would you be interested in more fashion posts? why do you follow my blog? is it the food, the diy, the travel, my crazy banter? i would love to hear from you!
necklace: sun and glory
i am back…after quite the adventure. the grass is so green and everything in full bloom here at the colorado homestead. it is feeding my soul with so much joy and peace. i am truly learning to enjoy the smallest of things, the things that i have vs. the things i don’t have, especially when it comes to some of the most important people in my life. on my way back from LA i stopped in park city, utah to meet up with a bunch of girls for a bachelorette weekend. we were celebrating one of my best friend’s soon to be marriage. the one that i love to laugh with the most. i have known larissa since our youngster indiana days in our home town of crown point. our friendship flourished in college and then again in LA. larissa moved to back to chicago a few years ago. though i was sad to see her leave LA, i was inspired by her change, and in my own adventure her bravery has often crossed my mind and motivated me. a few years after being back, she met a man. since then, i have watched her blossom and fall in love. that man asked her to marry her and this summer they will do the honor in upstate new york. ris is one of the most magnetic people i know. with a sense of humor like no other, beauty, love, and kindness. sometimes, when i think of the genuine love and support in our friendship it brings tears to my eyes.
i also know ris is always up for a photo shoot. one of the first i ever did was in her old apartment building in printer’s row, in chicago. just me and her being silly and creative. it’s my favorite way to do it. i brought some clothes and props along with me, and while i was doing errands in LA, i stopped and got an american flag. perfect for our mountain getaway in this glorious and vast land we call home. plus, i have been wanting one for my wall…nothing like killing two birds with one stone!
i love to watch people blossom in front of the camera, or even be a little shy. i love how it all unfolds on itself with the freedom for it to be anything we want, perfect or not, bad light or good light. this group of ladies was special and it was such a magical weekend. none of us wanted it to end. park city is beautiful as are these ladies. i can’t wait for the wedding in upstate new york!
i have been talking of it for a while now…and it is finally all finished!!!!! i powered through yesterday like a champ, and when it was finally finished , i will be honest, i felt a little sad. like now what? this was so much fun to shoot with my friends, edit, put together,obsess over, and watch it work out so beautifully.
i tend to overanalyze most things in my life, except when i am creating. i realized this last night. it seems the process is the one time i don’t look to far ahead, or stress out, or generally even think about the outcome. i just let it all be, and watch it lay out in front of me as it happens. i knew i wanted to do a shoot, but didn’t have much of a plan until the day before or even day of. the only image i had in my mind was winter white. amanda and i talked a bit about where we should shoot. out of the blue, i noticed the barn that sits up above the house. never before had i noticed its rustic charm and that day it came alive for me, for all of us. the stick idea evolved from the craft fairs. they have come in quite handy, thanks to my brother’s backyard. the one thing i knew i wanted and hoped for, were the snowy shots. considering there was no snow on the ground, except on the river, amanda suggested getting down on it where the river was frozen and we could actually stand on it. brilliant! the white on white, the way amanda’s hair was perfectly put up (unintentionally) for the feather necklace (one of my favorite shots), or the color of donna’s lips and the contrast of her hair with white.. watching it unravel on itself and work out in more ways than i could have imagined, well, i can now see it came out of the calm presence of creating, no stress, beautiful and very talented friends, and love. i didn’t want to boss the boys around, or tell them what to do (maybe only a few times). they nailed it! everyone did their thing and to me, it is simply perfect.
i couldn’t stop making things either. i did this when i started creating things last may for the first craft fair. as i am making one thing, i come up with an idea for another, and then i can’t stop until my vision comes through. of course, running into knicks along the way, but i always see a way to take that problem and turn it into something else. in the end, i end up with a million pieces. i am not the kind of creator whom spend days on one piece. it’s just not my style. i wish i had more patience, but as soon as i make one thing, i have an idea for another and i have this immediate sense to do it. a good thing or not, i don’t know. i never expected to be a jewelry designer. for the future, i don’t know what my intentions will bring either. i just know i am the happiest and in the moment when i make something, travel, or eat. 🙂 i suppose i am sharing this, because i am happy to have had the realizations of my process. i moved to the middle of nowhere to focus, and i feel through this experience, i am starting to find it.
as far as the product for this season, i didn’t make that many new macramé pieces. i did try some abstract macramé, which IS my new favorite. i am waiting for more leather to do a few more wall hangings like this as well. i got busy with some new chain and wool pieces. i was inspired by medieval adornment,chain mail, and unconventional uses for traditional supplies. i was also inspired by snow white and the huntsman, yeah i know…i was obsessed with charlize theron’s costuming,. i also started a line of wall hangings and dream catchers as well as plant hangers and terrariums. teaming up with my friend marianne, over at birdandfeather.com where she sells amazing supplies and air plants.
i might be overdoing it in too many areas. however, i can’t seem to stop myself.
check it all out:
i can’t thank you enough for being a part of this: amanda, chris, zach, and donna.
models: donna goodrow and amanda scholl-vinopal
styling: annie rocchio
i was hoping to post this last week, but between work, the boys editing photos, and getting in my car at 5:30am everyday this week to drive to denver, i haven’t had a moment to do so. but….continuing with the weekend extravaganza that was…i wanted to share some behind the scenes of the photo shoot we did for the sun and glory winter /spring lookbook. when the ladies told me they were coming and booked their tickets my brain starting turning. i have been daydreaming of a winter lookbook filled with images of snow and using this beautiful land i currently inhabit. although, winter is almost over, this will also suffice as a spring book too with all those horsy pictures! considering two very talented photographers, zach and chris, were accompanying the girls on this trip, how could i not take advantage of putting together an impromptu shoot?
amanda and i have been doing photos shoots since our very early days in LA, which then consisted of polaroids and my hallway. donna has modeled for me too on occasion not to mention all those photo shoots for myspace being silly. chris, has won awards for his photos and together he and amanda won an award for their submission to a crossroads photo contest. zach, puts together these amazing videos and to my surprise he took lots of video of the shoot…which i am so excited about as we have been trying to get together to do a shoot for some time now! the boys brought their professional equipment and the ladies their beauty! everyone was so into and that just makes it that much more fun! it was a perfect day to all hang out together and get creative! my favorite kind of days!
we did limited makeup and hair…maybe a little lipstick here and there. i like it underproduced, more natural, using what we have. amanda and i hit up buffalo exchange for a few pieces, the rest we wore out of our own closets. i love the simplicity of it just coming together just as it is. the colorado homestead was the location. we used an old garage as backdrop that sits in front of my house, went across the street to utilize the horses whom didn’t seem to mind the spotlight, and then moved down to the river where those snowy photos began to appear thanks to the ice and snow still on the river!
Sun and Glory has a bit in the bimonthly magazine The Clothes Maiden. The magazine was started by a young full time fashion editor featuring some amazing artists and designers. I was so happy when they contacted me asking to feature my line. What a treat! Thanks ladies for having me as a part of your work.
You can check out the magazines at any of the links below. Sun and Glory is in issue 10, page 52.
laura mazurek, of roots and feathers and the bohemain collective, has recently done two lovely outfit posts on her ever eclectic blog (and one i follow daily) using two sun and glory pieces! i wanted to share them because i was so honored and because the photos are lovely as well as her work. laura, is the beautiful mind behind the bohemian collective and has opened my eyes up to a whole new world of designers and artists. it truly is a collective and a wonderful sharing tool, especially when i get to see my work adorning a beautiful lady. thank you laura for your support and inspiration.
i decided to start the new year off with a post about the sun and glory line. i hope to expand and create more this year and really pursue this genuinely. i hope everyone is having a good start for the new year!
i am soooo pleased to announce the bohemian collective winter 2012 look book, mystic moon! laura,was so kind to ask me a few months ago if i was interested in joining all these amazing artists to create a truly collective piece of work… and i of course jumped on it! the lookbook launched a few days ago, but since i have been in the car for two days and am now siting in a hotel room waiting to move in to my new home in CO, i haven’t had a chance to share it until now…and it has been killing me! please jump over and check out the beautiful photos, styling, and all the inspirational pieces available for us all. a sun and glory belt can be seen above on the cover! laura, makes it look stunning!
i am truly inspired to start making bigger and better pieces…i can’t wait to get settled in and get to work. more to come on the move. only a few minor freak outs!
i have been hoarding these photos for some time now, anxious to share them and anxious to launch the new shop!! it is finally here! today…today i open her up to the world!
i am really excited and hope this only brings more opportunity for me and in the future, others! i would love to open up the store to other artists.
i shot this in Colorado between Boulder and Nederland. my friend laura was my model and creative consultant! i have written about her before on the blog. she is a photographer and artist and always coming up with brilliant ideas. it was another great shoot where we just went with it and collaborated on creative ideas. my favorite part, besides all of it, was when it was time to wash off the paint from her arms…she willingly got in the chilly water and we turned it into part of the shoot. it was so beautiful.
i also have to mention my other dear friend, natalie, whom came along and assisted in all ways possible! besides amazing moral support, she helped with wylie, took behind the scenes photos, and kept track of all the things i merely would forget! she has such a happy energy that she made the experience fun!
another friend of mine here in LA, laura, another laura, helped me out and came over one day to be my model for the product shots. it’s so nice when you have such beautiful friends whom don’t even need to wear makeup. it was easy breezy and we had a nice day painting her back and taking photos!
it is no doubt, that i dabble in a lot of things…food, entertaining, crafts, jewelry, travel. i just like to dabble…in everything and anything! it is in my nature to want to do everything and know about everything. i find it all so beautiful. i suppose, the jewelry and crafts though have been a work in progress for years. i have always wanted to try and sell the things i make. often, i would just end up giving the things i made away as presents. when i started making the macrame people started buying it at work…it was the first time that i felt confident to sell my art. now, with this shop i have the opportunity to see what i can really do with it.
thank you to my friends and family for their support! please take a look at the shop and i hope you enjoy!
(laura convinced me less was better with the photos…so, for the shop i did just that…but i have to just spill it all out on the blog. i love them so much!)
after my last post of ranting…i am back to positive posting! it is labor day and i plan on laboring away at some sun and glory projects. i have been anxious to get working again on making necklaces ( with a few orders to get out), working on the online shop, photos, more art rock, and even working on some hand drawn cards. for now, here is a sneak peek at the photo shoot my friend laura and i did in colorado a few weeks back.