Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Yummy Recipe

This is a recipe that I found in real simple and I quite enjoy it. Here's the link to the recipe page for the first dish. The main dish is couscous with an apricot chicken salad. If you're making it in an off season for apricots, then I suggest using apples. Serves about 5 people, and is light and refreshing. 

The dessert is an apricot butterscotch sauce over vanilla ice cream. Here's the link

Both dishes go nicely with wine, but if you're wanting to stick with the apricot theme, then I would suggest an apricot ale. 


Monday, December 29, 2008

more jewelry

Laser cut!!! I love laser cut jewelry, so cool.


The website is super weird, but the jewelry is pretty awesome. 


Designers to watch.

1. Posso The Spat

I first heard about this company through a friend of mine from FIDM who was interning for them. I fell in love, they're amazing. Enjoy!


2. www.ren7smith.com

I found this jewelry designer while searching on the internets. I absolutely love her stuff, it's so innovative and dramatic. If you like found objects and antique metal, then you'll love this designers duds. 

Also at www.luxrevival.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

A cult classic 1964 film about martians kidnapping Santa Claus. It's ridiculous in every sense of the word. One of my favorite holiday films. If you haven't seen it, then I highly suggest you put it on your must see holiday list. 

Christmas Coffee

recipe for the best coffee ever!

Upon arriving to Oregon, I got creative with my coffee and it wound up being a master piece. here's what I suggest, it's an oldy but a goody.

Fill the cup 1/4 full with heated up egg nog

Fill the rest of the cup with coffee

Add whipped cream

Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and nutmeg


there you have it. Perfect for snowy mornings and frosty evenings in front of a fire. 

I'm currently residing at my home in Keizer Oregon for the holidays. This is what I came home to....

Friday, December 19, 2008

Photo shoot

Photographs by Laurel Dailey.

Skirt: Jody Dailey...ha this is actually a funny skirt because I totally flunked this project because I found out when I turned it in that I was supposed to make a dress or shirt, not a skirt. And then the best part was that the next week's project was a high waisted skirt....LAME.

Dress: Jody Dailey. Oliver's clothing is all his own. The belt, the fur, and the shoes are Laurel's. This was a dress that I made for the American Heart Association, as an awareness piece for heart disease. This one is just the mock up, so it's in blue. The final one will be in red and debuted at the year end luncheon. 
Robot coat: Jody Dailey. This is one of my favorites. I made this coat for my final project in my final quarter of school. It's 100% wool with a silk lining. 

Dress: 100% stone wash silk, silk chiffon lining.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Okay so I know it's been a while. I'm guilty as charged. My sister told me this would happen, I would get a blog, write every day for a week and then fall off the face of the earth. I hate it when she's right. But I'm going to try and be better about it now that I"m done with school. That's right, DONE. 

I feel like I have a lot of blog catching up to do, so over the next few days I hope to post some stuff from the previous weeks. And, I'll be in oregon, so some fantastic oregon photos will be up too! Can't wait. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to nurse a homework hangover

The weekend was spent doing homework..with the exception of Jess's incredible engagement at beatnik, and the party that came afterword. And as much as I thought I got done in advance, the day before it's due is always INSANE, because you realize that I should have cut sleep out of my schedule weeks ago in order to get it all done. So, I woke up at 8am on tuesday and immediately began working. I worked into the evening and then transplanted my life and work space to downtown LA at a friends apartment. You see, she had a special sewing foot that I needed to hem my dress. Anyways. I got there and basically sewed until 9 in the morning. I took a shower, and headed out the door for class. We ended up having a 6 hour critique of our work that day, and I now know why military uses sleep deprivation as an interrogating technic. I got home and fell asleep on the couch. some time later I think one or all of my roommates tried to get me to go to my bed, but that part is a little fuzzy. Needless to say, today I have that headache that you get when you first wake up, and it just sort of lingers. I also have extremely sore legs, I think this is because the sewing machine has this knee pedal that you push to lift the foot, and I was using it all night. odd. Anyways, so if you ever have a home work hang over, then  take these remedies into consideration before you hit the bottle. 

Remedy #1

COFFEE. Make a strong cup of coffee. The caffeine will help your headache and wake you up. Or if you don't like coffee, then try yerba mate tea, it is a wonderful source of all day energy.

Remedy #2

SHOWER. This is simple, but it helps.

Remedy #3

TAKE A WALK OR RIDE A BIKE. Fresh air helps clear the head, and especially when you've been stuck in the house for days on end.

Remedy #4

WATCH SOMETHING MINDLESS. Today I watched about two different "Judge....yata yata fill in the blank" shows. my favorite was this young judge and I cant remember his name, but he was hot. I suppose a movie could fill in this spot too. 

Remedy #5

CLEAN. I know it doesn't sound very soothing, but sometimes it's just nice to get your life back in order and not feel so entrenched in filth. 

Remedy #6

BLOG. Blog about the things that you should be doing, but actually you're(I'm) just sitting on the couch and writing about things that would help. I think I just debunked my helpful tips in that last sentence. hoy. Time to go take a shower.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


So for my Brand Identity class we had to partner with a graphic design student and create a brand. The fashion design student is responsible for designing a 48 piece collection and then making 4 of the garments. The graphic student comes up with the logo, look book, hang tags/size tickets, shopping bag, and anything else that might be graphically useful for the brand. The constraints are that the collection and the brand have to be completely eco-friendly and organic. Anyways, my graphic partner is awesome and she already got organic t-shirts and tote bags embroidered, AND 4 different hang tags. She's awesome. So here's the T and tote bag, and hopefully I'll have photos of the finished garments and collection in the next month or two when they're complete. 

This is Laurel and Ashley demonstrating bad hair. 
Laurel decided to show us the "hipster sweep", while Millar took on the sex hair.
Laurel decided it would be fun to tell me to make the most awful face I could think of...I thought she was going to do the same.
...Oh wait, she did.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Things to like. Or..I like. Okay things that have inspired me over the last few weeks. 

Jackets to come!
I want this.
Shoe craft?

It rained in LA today. I was walking back from the fashion district and large drops kept falling one by one on my face and then all of the sudden it was all out raining. Not pouring, but enough to make the pavement give off that intoxicating rain scent. My roommates decided that today would be a great day to start celebrating Christmas...so I was awoken this morning by Bing Crosby singing the drummer boy. Pa-RUM-pum-pum-PUMMMM. They then proceeded to make christmas decorations for the house. It felt funny. I don't usually celebrate christmas until the day after thanksgiving. I think it wrong to rob thanks giving of a proper build up. It gets shafted year after year. Well not this year, Thanksgiving, this goes out to you! This year I'm your number one fan and I will celebrate you and the indians and the pilgrims too. Eat that Christmas! 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

So some of you may already know about the "rat saga" that has been going on in my house for the last couple of weeks. But for the rest of you who don't, let me quickly fill you in:

It is my belief that there are in fact a colony of rats living in the walls and ceiling of my bedroom. Let me clarify, not IN my room, AROUND my room. I know this because I can hear them scurrying around at all hours of the day and night. I also know this because I can hear them squeaking. Ew. So lately it's sounded like they all scurry about at the same time and then all of the sudden it's like they run into something and get stuck and there's a thunk and then it stops. 

Moving on. 

So today I learned of a concept that I sort of wish I didn't know. It's called a "Rat King". Thank you ever so much Dave Hill. 

This is definitely not a rat king: 

Nor is this...
THIS, this is a Rat King!

Today is halloween. Tonight I will not be going to any costume parties or pumpkin carving, instead I will be spending the evening in my house with my close friends making apple cider and pumpkin bread. All the while answering the door and handing out candy to the ADORABLE children in ghosty costumes. The day is already starting off on the right foot, I walked out side and was greeted with the overwhelming smell of fresh rainfall on thirsty pavement. Coffee and warm scones followed when I went back inside. 

This quarter is already zooming past me and that's the way I like it. I am close to half way done and then I'll be a graduate. DONE. Well maybe. Next step? Make some $$$ and build my incredible tree house.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Taken in Seattle, some rainy month in 2006. I can't totally remember. The point is that I'm longing to wear my white boots in the rain soaked leaves again. I love fall. There really isn't much I don't like about fall, let's see:

*Brisk air
*The first rain showers after the summer dry spell
*Daylight saving, fall BACK that means one more hour of sleep people
*pumpkin flavored everything
*farms, hayrides, pumpkin carvings, everything that goes along with that
*Thanks Giving
*My Day of birth
*scarves, mittens, coats, and boots

Monday, October 27, 2008

Le Watch Obsession. 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

So I just wrapped up an eventful weekend. I'm left with a slight sun headache and that feeling your face gets when you've been outside in the sun all day and it feels all tight and funny. Friday night was spent with friends, eating a homemade dinner, and capping off the evening with a bike ride to the beach. I spent saturday in LA working on a dress mock-up for the American Heart Association. It's going better than the first go around...Later that evening, Laurel and I went to Hollywood and saw Girl Talk perform. Sweat, dancing, crazy people, middle aged dancing queens, strobe lights, and toilet paper? Yes. On the walk back to the car afterwords, I felt like an old woman, my lower back was in a pinch and I was trying to keep my composure and walk like a normal human being. Sister bonding. 
Church was good on sunday, Lou just wrapped up a series on friendship. After church a bunch of us went out to lunch at Lola's on 4th st. Some of the best tortilla soup I've ever had. After lunch there were more bikes, more beach, more sun, ice cream, and tired limbs. Tonight home work calls my name, but I've much enjoyed not having quite so much to do this week. Weekends like these remind me how much I love Long Beach. I love the people in my life, I love the house I live in...though it may be infested with rodents and other creatures... All in all this is a very good chapter in my life. This weekend felt more like summer than July. The 80 degree weather helped a bit too. Another day another freckle, another story to tell.

Friday, October 24, 2008

This is what I found when I searched my name on the internets.

1. 40% of the letters are vowels. Of one million first and last names we looked at, 29.7% have a higher vowel make-up. This means you are well envoweled.

2. In ASCII binary it is...01001010 01101111 01100100 0111101 00100000 01000100 01100001 01101001 01101100 01100101 01111001

3. Backwards, it is YDOJ YELIAD

4. In pig latin, it is ODYJAY AILEYDAY

5. People with this first name are probably female. So, you are constantly overcharged for beauty products.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oops! The top two are both Givenchy, I purposefully did not post any Jean Paul Gaultier because I thought his couture show was a bit of a mess. My bad.
Some fashion picks. 

Jean Paul Gaultier
Anne Valerie Hash
Dear Chloe, I love you.
Chloe Spring 09'
Chloe Spring 09'
Chloe Spring 09
Who knew card board could be SO COOL? This may be a new obsession of mine. Enjoy.

High Places.