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Artist Interview

Jen Cardillo

July 1, 2012

Jen Cardillo is the designer of Las Charolastras, a jewelry line of edgy, colorful pieces. Her work is constantly evolving. She writes a fantastic blog that we are always checking for style tips and a good laugh. Check her out Friday, July 13th from 6-8pm.

Jen Cardillo designer of Las Charolastras

Can you tell us what you make?
I make handmade jewelry and hair combs inspired by far away places I have never been to.

Hair combs and jewelry by Las Charolastras

What is your dream project?
My dream project is to own a small boutique with an in-house brand focusing on jewelry, women's clothing, and housewares.

If you were a piece of clothing what would it be and what color pattern?
If I were a piece of clothing I would be any couture Givenchy gown from 2011. The S/S collection was mostly white, with pops of neon color-- stunning....or I'd settle on being a pair of David Beckham's underwear wink

What is your go-to "happy" song?
Right now my go-to happy song is by Group Love, the song "Tongue Tied" Perfect for summer!


I am always drawing inspiration from exotic places I have never been to. I have a long standing obsession with India, especially traditional Indian art. The details, the colors...

I would live in this picture if I could.

For more of Jen's work check out her etsy. And for updates "like" her Facebook page.

Designer Feature

The Birds and the Bees

June 25, 2012

The Birds and the Bees

...and the flowers and the trees.  This summer's it-accessory is nature-and-fairytale-inspired: gilded dragonflies and leaves, petals and swans. Check out our new pieces from ALCHEMIE.  Made by hand in California from reclaimed metals...and a thing called love. 

The Birds and the Bees
The Birds and the Bees
The Birds and the Bees

Artist Interview

Linda Smyth

June 20, 2012

Linda Smyth is an alchemist. And the part we love most about her creations: we get to wear them. Smyth borrows from nature, then teaches it a lesson: leopard print on feathers made of leather? That's just the beginning. There's dark play and mischief in her hybrid designs.  Here's a look into the mind and art of Linda Smyth:

How did you get started?
I went to school for jewelry and wanted to continue on that path after school, I had always dreamed of owning my own store and was able to manifest that and continue to include the jewelry making into my career.

What do you love about your job?
Jewelry has always been a way for me to hone in on all my inspirations of life and create a wearable form of self-expression to share with the like-minded.

Where do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by nature and its elements alive or decomposed, the animal kingdom especially, the cosmos, a feeling where rock n’ roll meets romanticism and the idea that adornment is the most readily available tool for self-expression.


Who is your role model?
Vivienne Westwood, because she is a pioneer of fashion that is always willing to express herself without question of social consequence.

What is your dream project?
To design my own home with an endless budget.

What are your plans for the future?
To move to NY and continue to develop my brand, collaborate with other designers and companies and work as a stylist and creative director.

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Traveling the world, which I hope this will eventually lead to.

What's your favorite movie, song, or book?
Favorite movie of the moment is “Party Girl” favorite book “The Alchemist.”

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
I would be a pair of shoes, some sort of ankle bootie, if I was a color I would be sea hawk blue, and the pattern would be a kaleidoscope of ikat.

You’re building a robot. What does it do?
Everything and anything.

What is your favorite word?

Twin Bees from the Rabid Fox Collection

What's your go-to "happy" song?
Any Beatles song.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Less is more.

What super power would you like to have, and why?
Shape shifter, then I could be anything I wanted to be.

Featured Look

We’ve Got Your Back

June 17, 2012

Showing off some leg or a little cleavage is always going to be sexy, but it's time to show another body part a little love with this summer's back revealing-and-revelling dress.  Here are a few ways to show some unexpected skin:


Try it out at that summer wedding. This pine green dress is smartly architectural in the way it highlights the mid-back. We love the daring neckline and peekaboo display.

Shake up your old notions of the sundress. We've got a few for you - this halter top ikat dress (above) and keyhole t-strap mini (below) in bold prints bring backless into everyday wear.


Geometric cutouts create bold lines in contrast to these feminine colors and shapes - easily wearable from poolside BBQ to date night.


So try it out.  Make a great entrance...and an even more memorable exit.


Artist Interview

Debra and Nicole of Improv Sewing

May 30, 2012

Put two talented, creative, energetic, and driven women together and you're bound to be amazed. Debra Immergut and Nicole Blum have, in more ways than one, "made it." Not only have they published their book, Improv Sewing, this year, but those beautiful clothes they're in: they've made those too. Improv Sewing, in their words is "A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More." Basically, it'll  make a maker out of anyone who tries.  So--how fun, fearless, and successful (not to mention so sweet and charming) can this duo be?  Prepare to be amazed:

Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut

How did you get started?
Nicole: I really started sewing like crazy when I got a new machine that worked well.  It was like everything got out of my way and I was able to be much more creative - I didn’t have to contend with the crankiness of an old and difficult machine when I tried to do even the simplest project.  Ah, good tools.  I think that was the genesis of this book project for me, but I didn’t know it at the time.

Debra: I have a lot of creative energy and have always loved making things, but I’d never been all that confident about my skills – I always refer to myself as having “klutzy crafter syndrome.” Nicole and I worked together at FamilyFun magazine in Northampton and I was looking for a project to use up some of that excess creativity. Nicole always came in to the office with gorgeous clothes she’d stitched herself, so together we decided to make a book. I figured we could teach people like me how to get over themselves when it comes to making stuff.

What do you love about your job?
Creating something that has never existed before, whether it’s a book, a skirt, or an idea.

Where do you find inspiration?
First, nature. Second, our kids. Third, the many amazing makers, artists, and sewists out there.

What is your dream project?
Debra: Starting a gorgeous craft store and studio like Fancy Tiger, a place that recently hosted us in Denver. Or an organic flower shop. Or an artists retreat in Big Sur.
Nicole: I’ll skip the flower shop, but I’m on board for the other two!

What are your plans for the future?
Sewing, writing, convincing people who consider themselves “not crafty” to ingore over their inner critics and start making stuff and having fun.

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Debra:  A neuroscientist
Nicole: That’s funny. I recently told my husband that if I was a completely different person that had taken a completely different path in life, I would love to be a neuroscientist – crazy fascinating. But, I actually hate to think of a life not doing what I’m doing now.

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Debra:   A pale blue cashmere sweater that’s just a little bit frayed and patched.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
Nicole: She decided to change her mind about herself and then she began to run.

What's your go-to "happy" song?
Nicole : Yo La Tengo’s version of Autumn Sweater. I actually haven’t listened to it in ages, but it kept coming to mind when I thought about this question. So good. I will go listen to it now!
Debra:  Anything from the Carolina Chocolate Drops

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Debra: “Bash it out now, tart it up later.”
Nicole: “Fake it till you make it.”

They’re both so quippy!

What super power would you like to have, and why?
Telekinesis—we’d like to be able to do the dishes while lying on the couch watching movies.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Nicole: About 2 weeks ago.  The reason would not translate to anyone outside my family, but every time I laugh that hard I feel like something so good just happened to me that I have added and extra year to my life.
Debra: Last night. Private joke.

What inspires you?
Debra: I am obsessed with watercolor painting and when i have time I love to make my own. The image is a packing list made by the painter Adolf Konrad in 1953 for an upcoming trip--it inspires me not just because I love the painting technique but also because I find list-making one of the most calming and hopeful things you can do. Also I love the things he plans to pack—he's getting ready for making art and traveling—two of my favorite ways to spend time and gather inspiration. Plus, I like his outfits too.

Visit Nicole and Debra's "Improv Diary" blog to learn more about their book, projects, and, well, just more of Nicole and Debra (we can't seem to get enough).