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RedPoppy Fashion is in love with sparkling cocktail rings in a rainbow of colors, especially ones from M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza's ornate line.
Angelina inspires Runway to Retail with her look from Cannes...here's how you can steal the style!
I am a big fan of the rhinestone fringe pieces. I love their texture and movement and the fact they have such a vintage feel but are still modern.
What inspires you?
THAT is a loaded question. So many different things inspire me . . . textiles, textures, color, contrast, photographs, fashion, flowers, food, architecture, interior design, sand, sky.
Who are your style icons?
I love Cate Blanchett, Kate Hudson, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller. Boho chic, sophisticated, elegant, natural beauties who aren't afraid to take a chance. They don't get it right EVERY time, but when they do (which, in my opinion, is MOST of the time) they really nail it . . .
Tell me about your past career path.
As a child in Miami I had a VERY small accessories business where I made hand painted barrettes and adorned hair combs which I sold to a local boutique. I always knew I wanted to have my own business designing and selling my creations, but as I got older that fire slowly but surely was put out - by me and my preconceived notions of what I thought I should be doing with my life. I graduated from college with a major in Spanish and minor in Art History. I was convinced I would go back to graduate school for International Business, but while living in DC, working for National Geographic Magazine in my mid twenties I had an epiphanal moment and realized what I had been missing that passion I had felt for creating things. At 26 I returned to graduate school for Graphic Design. That time in school was a HUGE awakening of my heart and soul as I was totally devoted to developing my creativity into something concrete and useful. Upon graduating I moved to Chicago for a job at a boutique design firm where I worked for 3 years. I started Winifred Grace as a part time venture during my last year at the firm and in 2003 I left the firm to pursuit Winifred Grace full time.
When did you know you were in for a fabulous life of jewelry design?
Years ago a dear friend of mine hosted my very first trunk show and that sort of sealed the deal for me. I loved seeing people's reactions to the designs, and those first sales were unforgettable. The day of the show I borrowed the car of my boyfriend at the time and totaled it on the way to the show so every penny I made I gave to him! I still feel awful about that.
I have 10 plus generations of jewelers in my family. Do you follow in anyone's footsteps?
My maternal grandmother was an artist studying painting, sculpture and jewelry design at San Miguel de Allende's Art Institute for years. She is most certainly my inspiration! In fact two years ago I studied in the very same classroom she studied metal-smithing back in the 60s. She passed away while I was in college and I think of her every day, wishing she were here to collaborate and share with. It's a really powerful feeling to know that she is so much a part of what I do.
Are there certain materials you enjoy working with more than others?
I like reflective surfaces and anything with texture or powerful color. I really enjoy layering and creating repetitive patterns.
Some (aka my fiance) would say I'm a little obsessed with blogs.
How would you say your latest collection(s) and your classic collection differ?
Well, the Classic Collection came first. That's when I first introduced the clear crystal rhinestones and creating a textile like fringe with them. To me they are very reminiscent of the clear crystal icicles which are so prevalent here in Chicago's winters. The Spring Collection is an extension of that Classic Collection but it has been infused with color, similar to the buds and blossoms we so anxiously await come April/May.
Did you study fashion design? If so, where? If not, how did you learn everything you know now?
I think all design principles whether it is fashion, architecture, jewelry, or graphic design tend to extend across the board. The same ideas about hierarchy, color theory, contrast, texture that I learned while studying graphic design can be applied to jewelry.
What is your earliest fashion related memory?
I had some leather/wooden clogs that my mom bought me in Coconut Grove in 1976. They were my absolute favorites. I wore them EVERYWHERE and with EVERYTHING.
Who are your top 5 designers (excluding yourself!)?
Jewelry or clothing? I like a lot of vintage designs and that goes for both jewelry and clothing. I am completely in love with antique tribal jewelry. . . the intricate beading and patterns are amazing! Favorites for clothing would have to be designers who make clothes I would actually wear - I just discovered a great line called Humanoid. Love Calypso. Really anything that's comfortable and natural feeling that's not too tight!
This one's a toughie- if you could only wear one, what accessory would you wear?
My engagement ring.
A Few Goody Gumdrops shows you how it started with a Black Jersey Strapless Ruched Bodysuit!
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy asks how would you wear this AA bodysuit?
Quinta Trends looks at the bodysuit with a very warm coat.
Shopping and Info used a black bodysuit to channel Angelina Jolie’s corset dress.
The Bare Skinny shows you the evolution of the American Apparel Ruched Bodysuit.
TheFind Blog shows you how to style the Strapless Bodysuit!
The one sentence he uses to describe himself?
I would have to agree, Chris.
What can I say, I'm busy. I find myself wanting to post, but either having nothing to publish or getting distracted and procrastinating like no other. I am still getting through my Reader and loving every second of it, but I'm not commenting...shame on me.
But, the truth is that I haven't posted anything of real quality for some time now. My stats are lowering, and I don't have the same urge to post everything I love. It could be because I am diffusing my passion in several different places (twitter mostly, plus delicious, and some projects at home), or because I'm finished school and I'm not putting in as much effort in my clothing nor my daily routine. Whatever it is, I'm not- I repeat, NOT!- quitting the blog. It means more to me than I could ever explain, as do all of you dear readers. Please, stick with me! The real me will return briefly. :/
I'm working on some awesome things currently, so hopefully that will be something exciting for us all.
Have a faboosh holiday weekend- you deserve it!
Fashion Pulse tests (and not surprisingly loves) the new Sally Hansen airbrush spray foundation — find out why!
Quinta Trends loves the new Paulo Mendez collection.
RedPoppy brings you CHANEL’s Resort/Cruise 2009 collection which was magically set on Venice’s Lido Beach, Coco Chanel’s favorite summer getaway.
The Curated Life discovered the wildly sculptural wigs Charlie le Mindu weaves.
I don't think you have. :)
Oh, and my new black and silver patent Docs have made a cameo on Fashion Fille...but nothing official! Would you like to see the pictures of our first day together?
P.S. I know I already posted this outfit, but they're the best pictures I have with the backpack! Sorry!
Fashion Fille loves colors- and welovecolors.com! Find out what’s her favorite on the awesome tights site!
A Few Goody Gumdrops and Chickdowntown.com are giving away a necklace from the House of Harlow by Nicole Richie. Enter to win!
Bags, Bling and Beauty invites you to check out swimwear tips from Shoshanna Gruss.
Couture In The City shops sandals and saves with Smartbargains.com.
Raging Rouge blows her diet with a 2,000 calorie treat by MAX Factor.
Shopping and Info found Blake Lively’s brown cross body bag.
Spork Fashion braves the heat to check out the Silver Spoon Dog and Baby Gifting Suite. These are some spoiled babies!
Less sugar, less money, less waste - Spork Living asks, why wouldn’t you want a Soda Stream machine? Make Your Own Soda With Soda Stream!
Style Eyes would love to invest in a beautiful, flattering and expertly draped dress.
The Bare Skinny knows where Kim Kardashian got her Balmain inspired vest.
Suffering from a breakup? The Well-Heeled Society breaks it down with The Relationship Journalist Lisa Steadman’s new workbook.
Who loves leggings? (do I even have to answer?!)
Who loves COLORS?! (ME ME ME!)
Alright, so you may be thinking, "what is wrong with this girl and why is she asking questions to her keyboard?" You may also be thinking, "oh, is she going to talk about that fabulous website that sells tights, leggings, and even more awesome-ness?" Well, if you were thinking the latter, you're so right. We Love Colors is definitely one of the coolest sites around (other than Fashion Fille, of course!). They sell the biggest variety of colored tights around- yes, more than American Apparel. They have tights, fishnets, footless tights, thigh highs and knee highs, socks, gloves, shoelaces, mini dresses, bodywear, dancewear...must I continue?
I had the chance to get my own pair of tights...and, knowing my true admiration of both leggings and tie-dye, I chose a rocking pair of blue and green tie-dyed leggings- called splash on the site! I haven't even gotten to wear them yet, I was so excited I had to share with you all first!
A few weeks ago I heard about the Whimsy line, which includes rings that can be customized with unlimited bead colors and styles. We all know how I feel about rings, so I immediately jumped on the opportunity to receive my own Whimsy ring. Black and gray look awesome with...well, everything, so I chose those perfect neutrals to be the foundation of my ring. Not too long ago, I finally got my special piece in the mail...
How cool, right?! The best part is that I can get tons more beads to switch into my ring- so, really, this one ring is really many, many, more rings. Who doesn't love that?!
Find out where to get your own Whimsy ring at their website!
shirt and leggings, forever 21
cardigan, banana republic
top, free people
boots, doc martens
Notice anything...new and exciting?!
The Fashionable Housewife shows us how to get a Toned Tummy In Just 4 Minutes A Day!
Factio Magazine is giving away a luxury 3-piece set of luggage by Heys USA (Retail Value: $980)
Fashion Pulse Daily dishes on Almay’s eco-friendly mascara, Anna Sui for Target, and more!
Quinta Trends talks with Ricky Gonzales about his fashion brand VMarie. Latin flavour from Phoenix
Runway To Retail went to Target’s Bullseye Bazaar which attracted buzz and celebs like Private Practice’s Kate Walsh and Gossip Girl co-stars Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick
The Fashionable Gal is giving away Jill Mansel’s new book “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”. Enter for a chance to win this book!
Fashion Fille has yet another totally awesome giveaway. This time, she’s giving out free Yeah Yeah Yeah’s swag! Enter now to win!
The Fashionable Housewife found the 4 most comfortable sandals for spring and summer.
A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a Roncato train case filled with Sue Devitt, Stila, China Glaze and more beauty goodies. Enter to win!
Couture In The City shares with us that May is IMAN month! Check throughout this month for exclusive giveaways and an IMAN interview!
Handbag du Jour has got the scoop - shop the one-day private Ted Rossi sample sale this week in NYC.
Princess Dominique Dishes Fashion is BACK and she’s spreading the fashion love Fabulous ALDO Handbags UNDER $50! Get them while they last…
Puppies and Worms loves the Magnolia Bakery vanilla cupcake recipe.
Quinta Trends talks with Ricky Gonzales about his fashion brand VMarie.
Shopping and Info found out how to eat 70% off at celebrity favorite restaurants like Café Med.
Style Eyes indulges in a bit of guilt free shopping at the Ethical one-stop-shop!
The Fashionable Gal is giving away Jill Mansel’s new book “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”. Enter for a chance to win this book!
The Well-Heeled Society shows you python stilettos so high, you can kiss the sun!
What’s Haute Magazine’s beauty editor Allison Croce gives a beauty how-to on achieving a flawless face!
Now that you've finished shipping for your momma, it's time to get yourself some great discounts at the Be & D Sample Sale this week!
30-75% off Handbags, Shoes, Belts and More including Iconic and Celeb Favorites including GARBOS and KAN KAN’S and some ONE-OF-A-KINDS!
Some examples of the fab pricing:
Kan Kan Portfolio: Was $595; now $200
Greta Clutch: Was $595; now $125
Crawford: Was $995; now $200
You can check it out on both Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14, from 9am – 7pm.
Be & D
35 West 36th Street (between 5th/6th Avenue)
Nearest Subway: B,D,F,V,N,R,Q,W @ 34th Street, Herald Square
Cash/Major Credit Cards Accepted.
For more information contact: 212 629 3242 or email@example.com
If you live in or near NYC, you have got to go and score some goodies!
You know the saying, just as one door closes, another opens? Well, that's so true! Now that one giveaway is over, I have more freebies for you!
Anyone listen to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's? Anyone admire Karen O's unpredictable and funky pairings for her performances? Anyone want some free YYY's swag?!
You could win a totally free copy of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's latest album, It's Blitz (which is fantastic, by the way), and a free poster! The CD is new, so before you go out to buy it, just enter to win it here.
Alright, enough of yelling at me! I'll help you get the stuff...all you have to do is enter here. Give me your name and email, and I'll do a drawing for the winner!
While you dream of winning, check out this awesome YYY's info and craziness.
Awesome interview with Karen O's costume designer and stylist.
Yeah Yeah Yeah's are touring the US starting this month, here are the dates and locations:
5/23 Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
5/26 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre On Sale 5/2, 10am
5/27 Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargos On Sale 4/29,10am
5/28 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall On Sale 5/2, 10am
5/30 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave On Sale 5/2, 10am
5/31 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club On Sale 5/2, 10am
6/2 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant On Sale 5/1, 5pm
6/3 Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont On Sale 5/9, 10am
6/6 Mountain View, CA - Live 105 BFD
6/12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
7/31 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West
I'll give you a month- until June 10th! Enter now! U.S. entries, only, please! :)
I'm going on the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this weekend on Mother's Day. I'm so excited, this will be my 4th going!
I'm knitting an apple cozy! How cute is this?!
Just 8 days until I finish high school. Forever. 2 more Fridays, 1 more Monday, 3 regular school days, 2 AP tests, 1 Saturday, 1 Sunday...whichever way I look at it, it's unbelievable. Time goes so ridiculously fast; I can't even explain how I'm feeling.
I've been very uninspired lately, it could be the endless rain (it's been rainy everyday for weeks, it's awful.) , or my anticipation for my overwhelmingly exciting future, or my unfulfillable boredom, but my desire to blog has as a result decreased. You've probably noticed by the lack of quality posts lately. I feel like I can't even see anymore, my eyes are getting blurry so often from staring at the computer, and my fingers are frequently cramping up. Don't even think that I'm considering stopping Fashion Fille, that's not even in the back of my mind. I just need a few days to detox and focus on other activities (I wish I could run outside...rain sucks!).
Other a related note, does it seem like many other bloggers are similarly uninspired and are taking breaks? Hm, interesting...
There's some awesome things I have coming your way, stay tuned.
dress (worn as shirt), h&m
belt, forever 21
Have a great weekend, everyone! I love you all!
P.S. I apologize for posting those 3 videos from teen.com TV. I didn't realize at first that they started immediately, and then after I knew, I kept them up for a few days, but finally took them down and replaced them with links. I absolutely cannot stand when a blog has music or videos that start as soon as the page loads, and I'm so sorry for making my own site irritating in that way. I won't do it again and I hope you'll forgive! :)
P.P.S. Winner of the Tolani scarf contest, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, May 10th, or I'll choose a new winner. Thanks!
The Fashionable Housewife is giving away over $335 of prizes for Mother’s Day!!! Click Here To Enter!!
Factio Magazine checks out the hottest art/fashion party during Art Chicago - ART ROCKS!
Fashion Pulse Daily gets a sneak peak of the new RACHEL Rachel Roy collection for Macy’s,
and it’s love at first sight.
Mother’s Day fashion special at Quinta Trends.
Takashi Murakami and high-end retailer Louis Vuitton collaborated before, but the latest installation is quite something. See it on Runway To Retail
Crystal-inspired designs overtake clothes, accessories and home decor. And they’re starting to grow on The Curated Life
The Fashionable Gal is holding a Max Factor Vivid Inspiration Giveaway! Be sure to enter your outfit ideas for a chance to win!
Fashion Fille created a very thorough and inclusive gift guide for Mother’s Day. What are you going to get your Mommy Dearest?
A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a Hana Elite ceramic flat iron for Mother’s Day. Enter to win!
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy shows you how to give some lovin’ to the one who loves you most.
Couture In The City would like to share some fabulous gift ideas for you this Mother’s Day. Enter for your chance to win Space NK Giveaway!
Puppies and Worms thinks you should get gift certificates from restaurants for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is a fashion special at Quinta Trends
Shopping and Info found great Mother’s Day gift ideas so your mom can feel like a celebrity.
I have chosen the winner for the Tolani scarf giveaway....highlight the next line for the winner!
Email me, Kaitlyn, for all the info!
I will post the winning entry in a few hours... it's totally awesome! :)
What do you think? I can't wait to wear them- when it finally stops raining.