Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Perfectly Paisley

This is my first winter in Oregon. I miss the sun and the bright red sunsets of my Colorado home. I needed to brighten up my day. 

Perfectly Paisley, 2014

It’s been a little over a year since my grandmothers passing, so I based my whole look around her vintage paisley silk scarf. The warming reds, bright yellows, and subtle greens were the basis of my ensemble.  I wore a simple white collared shirt and grey pencil skirt to represent my Oregon surroundings. I used my yellow trench coat to represent my mood despite the weather around me. I wore my combat boots to portray that I was ready to take on the weather. 

Perfectly Paisley, 2014

My black headband and Vera Bradley tote tied it all together and the rose gold Fossil watch and gold accessories gave the outfit extra pop. 

Perfectly Paisley, Gold Accessories, 2014
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Designer of the week: Gabriele Colangelo

I first came across Gabriele Colangelo when I was looking for up in coming Italian designers. It was so refreshing to find a new talent. The way that he manipulates fur, silks, and bound leathers is so incredible to to witness.

Gabriele's design career began at Versace and Cavalli. Colangelo came from a family of furriers and it completely is portrayed through his collections. His quality textiles and cultured look give both desirability and depth to his product. Gabriele Colangelo is still majorly under the radar but I would not be surprised if his name became as common place as Christopher Kane and Joseph Altuzarra in the fashion world of Milan.

Resort Collection 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Zero Is not a Size"

    Who can forget, "One Tree Hill?" - The captivating tv show about beautiful teenagers that seemed to have all of the freedom in the world. They loved each other, the loved their lives, and they loved their bodies. This is the idea that Sophia Bush (who played the character of Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill) is trying to emphasize.

 "Zero is not a size."

Says Sophia Bush who has publicly declared a public boycott on the store Urban Outfitters after seeing a shirt that said "Eat Less" on the front. 

You should issue a public apology, and make a hefty donation to a women’s organization that supports those stricken with eating disorders. I am sickened that anyone, on any board, in your gigantic company would have voted ‘yes’ on such a thing, let alone enough of you to manufacture an item with such a hurtful message. It’s like handing a suicidal person a loaded gun. You should know better.”
Sophia is a complete inspiration. She is absolutely right to be angry. As a curvy girl, I am tired of hearing what I should look like according to society standards. I know that I am beautiful and I also know that eating less won't make me any more beautiful. Also, watching my peers around me struggle with eating disorders and and body image problems, it is difficult for me to support an organization that is in favor of altering body image. I am on board with the boycott and I encourage others to join. 

Sophia has made shirts to support the cause. To purchase them at:

I cannot wait for mine to come in! I will update the blog with pictures as soon as it is here :)  

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Neoclassical Bohemians: Unlocking the Hipster Look

I am back to college at George Fox University in the heart of Newberg, Oregon. The fashion trends here are different from everywhere I've ever been-in a good way. The humble sophistication and emphasis not only on what is outside of the body, but also what is on the inside is what is popular. This look is the look of the Neoclassical Bohemian, in other words, " The Hipster Look." The Hipster Look has been a trend that encompasses a way of life, not just a way to dress. This look has taken the nation by storm. The seemingly effortless look portrays a cool intelligence.

Classic hipster look- maroon scarf, evergreen coat and creme sweater 
This eclectic gathering of patterns and nostalgic reintroduction of clothing items has not only created a look, but also a personality type. A hipster values the individuality of themselves. They strive to be unique and obtain knowledge. They are always looking for trends that haven't begun yet. They are the classic innovators. They are the trend setters that everyone envies.

Casey Berkey in a Maxi Skirt with Peasant Blouse and Classic Sandals. Sarah Harrison Photography 
Maple Combat Boots, Evergreen Tank Top, Creme Sweater, Lace Socks, Black and Creme Patterned Leggings
I'm privileged to be studying fashion in a place where those around me are constantly looking for new trends. I cannot wait to see what spring 2014 brings. I foresee a large amount of floral patterns and emphasis on bright colors. The hipster look is not only about looking forward but its also about looking back- printed T-shirts with old bands and logos fit the nostalgic feel and big jewelry will give the look a modern twist. 

Brooke Jones (Me) in a Blonde- T with assorted Pearls. Shari Kimmey Photography

Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Nothing bad could ever happen to you at Tiffany's"

"Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name!." (Hollie Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's).

  I am extremely proud to have been raised in a family that put an emphasis on classic movies. The faces of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant were well known at a young age. Audrey always seemed to be the embodiment of the style that I hoped to one day posses. With my love for Audrey came my love for Breakfast at Tiffany's -and therefore a love for the Tiffany's brand. In this beloved classic,  Audrey's portrayal of Hollie Golightly triggered trends that are still prevalent today. Trends such as the perfect little black dress, pearls, the french twist up-do, and a love for Tiffany's jewelry. Hollie Golightly made America fall in love with Tiffany's.

Audrey Hepburn as Hollie Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 

Classic Tiffany & Co. Jewelry box 
As I grew older, it became enchanted with yet another fashion icon who, like Audrey, also had a love for Tiffany's, Blair Waldorf. Blair Waldorf  a fictional character played by Leighton Meester in the CW series Gossip Girl, was an extremely motivated, fashion obsessed, over achiever. Blair's style was my inspiration all throughout middle school and high school. It was only fitting, that in season four, Blair had a Tiffany's themed bridal shower to celebrate her engagement to her prince (literally).
Tiffany's Engagement party
Blair Waldorf in Tiffany Blue sporting a Tiffany & Co key 

I often wondered about the story behind the man that created the Tiffany brand, who built the Tiffany empire, Charles Lewis Tiffany. I wonder if he knew that his product would become that of which was admired for generations, a fashion statement which withstood the true test of time. According to Fashion Times, a film documenting the life of Charles Lewis Tiffany, directed by Matthew Miele, is due to be released Spring 2015. (

I foresee this film creating a huge spike in the Tiffany Trend for the Spring of 2015. Tiffany blue, classic silver and gold undertones, and the little black dress will be reintroduced with current innovations.

Tiffany Blue Dress, Nude pumps, Jewelry subtle gold undertones 
Classic Little Black Dress with modern flare, Silver and pearl jewelry,Off-white gloves and purse, spunky modern pumps  

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Not all that Glitters is Gold"

January 19th will be my Golden Birthday -meaning that I turn 19 on the 19th. For the last two months I have been absolutely obsessed with finding the perfect little gold dress.

Lille Dress: $298 *Anthropology*
Layered Bracelets: $9.99 *Etsy* 
Sinclair Glittered Pump: $145 *Michael Kors*
Dreux Filigree Statement Necklace: $24 *Francesca's*

Chiara de Blasio, (known for her headbands, wears a subtle gold band to her fathers inauguration on New Year's Day into the office of mayor. Chiara and her mother wore Nanette Lepore, a local New York designer to support the clothing industry in New York. Her gold head band provided subtle elegance to her ensemble. 
Chiara in a leopard-print "Destination" coat and gold headband  $374.

I  went shopping yesterday and found countless jewelery displays completely consumed with this golden trend.

Francescas, Park Meadows Mall, Lone Tree Colorado

I foresee Gold consuming accessories for the up-in-coming spring fashion season along with bright colors to contrast with the black and white that spring 2013 was known for. I foresee that 2014 will be a golden year for everyone and I hope that this trend can portray that.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fashion growth of 2013

Another year come and gone and I am so thankful for the amazing opportunities that have been put into my path. In the past year, I have been blessed to immerse myself in fashion, and grow in love with family and friends. Thank you to all my loved ones for giving me the encouragement to go after my dreams.

Prom 2013

 Prom 2013:  Making my Prom dress this year was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever had. It was so amazing to see where my imagination took me in creating this dress. Inspired by the Gatsby Vogue, this dress was a mermaid cut with pearl and rhinestone beading. It was cost effective too! It was just over $100.

Costume Crew 2013
Costume Crew 2013: I was so blessed to be Costume Crew Chief at Arapahoe High School. We became like a family. We come together to redecorate the dressing rooms and clothe the cast. We learned so much from each other and I was so happy to gain the quick stage experience which has been extremely useful in the fashion industry.

Vogue Dress 2013
Vogue Dress 2013:  My favorite art project of the year was the Vogue dress. I sewed paper bags together and then sewed Vogue magazine to the bags. It was extremely delicate but surprisingly wearable.... Not that I ever did. However, I did get an A in design.

I graduated from Arapahoe High School and went on to study Fashion Design in the beautiful town of Newberg in Oregon at George Fox University.

IFC 2013

George Fox University Intercollegiate Fashion Club 2013:   The IFC is a medium used to unite a community of George Fox University Students through the expression of fashion, and a love for Christ. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25).  This is the maxim that the club is founded upon. The purpose of this club is to join in fellowship with others who have a desire to grow a relationship with Christ and have a passion for fashion.

David Topaz, Portland FASHIONXT 2013

Michelle Lesniak, Portland FASHIONXT, 2013

Michelle Lesniak's line, Portland FASHIONXT 2013

Selfie with Michael Costello, Portland FASHIONXT, 2013
 Fashion Week 2013: The GFU Fashion and Society class had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at FASHIONXT Portland. We were assigned to work with specific designers such as David Tupaz, and Project Runway winners Michelle Lesniak and Michael Costello. Every designer that I worked with had amazing clothing. To the glamor of David's line, to the edge in Michael's line, and the unique Gothic textiles in Michelle's line, I saw what it takes to be a fashion designer. I was completely inspired by the individuality that was portrayed in every clothing item created. I was also so thankful to have worked in theater because I felt prepared for the quick changes. I am so thankful for the opportunity to watch the masters at work.