Coming Up Roses

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” Anne Brontë

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to wear Liguria. Yes, you read that right, the first time. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t wear ball gowns every day while sipping on champagne as I sit in my sunshine filled office. Spending most of my time in my home office/studio means I usually am donning my super comfortable ripped up jeans paired with a black tee. There is little need for that ball gown in my day to day life. But don’t worry, it’s always at the ready just in case the opportunity arrises. That being said, I do pull myself away from work every now and then to go into downtown Grand Rapids, which does require civilian clothes.

While I would love to own every single item I’ve designed, that would get pricey, so I only own a few garments. Usually I pick my favorite from the collection and that’s the one I buy for myself. However, with the Spring 2015 collection, I just couldn’t choose, so both Oia and Liguria ended up finding permanent residence in my closet. Who knows, maybe a few more will eventually find their way in too…

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; pale floral skirt, light sage green sleeveless blouse, dusty pink heels, jean jacket, pandora rings

Jessica BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman | SKIRT: Forever 21 (similar here) | JACKET: Target (similar here) | SHOES: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (similar here or here| SUNGLASSES: Gift (similar here or here) | RINGS: Pandora | CUFF: Vintage (similar here) | NECKLACE: Vintage (similar here)

 

 

Dreamy Creams + Dusky Blues: Part 1

If you can’t rock last season’s clothes, you’ll never rock anything.

Mixing and matching pieces from years gone by (aka: past seasons) is one of the ways I make my wardrobe stretch. It’s also how I go about designing each of my collections. Not only do I want each piece to work well as I originally designed, but I want them to be able to mix with other pieces, both within the collection and from past seasons.

Enter the dreamy cream Henslowe skirt and the dusky aquamarine Genbaku blouse. Henslowe is from my dark and enchanting Fall 2014 collection and Genbaku is from my cool and adventurous Spring 2015 collection.

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Downtown Grand Rapids; dreamy creamy silk skirt, dusky blue aquamarine blouse, creamy faux leather jacket

Jessica BLOUSE: Jessica Swagman | SKIRT: Jessica Swagman | JACKET: H&M (similar here) | SHOES: Target (similar here or here) | PURSE: DSW | SUNGLASSES: Veve | NECKLACE: Forever 21 (similar here) | RINGS: Pandora