Saying ‘hello’ to 2019…

I haven’t started the blouse for my Steampunk design for March, but I basically got two of my three December goals down– I’m calling that a success!

I’ll keep this brief and send out some special shoutouts:

  • Thank you for everyone who agreed to collaborate with me and went through with it– your support and your integrity is worth more than money and fame and it’s honestly super rare to see nowadays. I hope to work with you all again in 2019!
  • To the family and friends who have stuck around and supported me this year– thank you for being here for this wild ride of me never going anywhere because I’m prepping for a shoot/show/event/etc. I needed it more than you know and I appreciate every drop of patience you used for me.
  • To my husband, who is actually, like, 30% of this brand– thank you for being there every fashion show, calming me down when I’m panicking, your love and being the voice of reason whenever I’m in a difficult spot. I wouldn’t be where I am as a designer or a person without you; you complete me and I love you.

I’ve been busy with my performance gig that I’ve decided to make my giveaway on Pixiegift Fashions’s In January for my brand’s 5th birthday! I have to make some accessories to giveaway with the makeup and then do a raffle :]. January will be used to focus on my steampunk design. For all of 2019, I plan to support more geeky business owners and go a little easier on myself.

Let’s all do our best to make 2019 our year! ❤

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Remembering November

The reason why this post is late is because my laptop’s wifi card died and I was putting off logging into my blog’s account via the computer because it’s ‘too much of a hassle’. But those are super lies. I’ll be transferring my things on my laptop to my desktop soon.

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October Blur

This month was a blur. It was neither fast nor slow for me and all the days unfortunately blended together. I’m thankful for all the commissions I got to do this month and I am excited for my plans for the next few months!

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March 2018: Learning Lessons

In February’s post, I mentioned that I’m back in school. I am still working full time and designing on top of that. And darn it, I am really starting to feel the weight of everything. But to say this juggling act is rewarding would be a grave understatement. I am incredibly fortunate to be pushed as a person, an adult, an artist, and a business woman and with all the stress that has entered my life, I have to remember these are just lessons I will learn from. The lessons may not be easy or straightforward at first, but they’re there to make me a better person in the end of everything. Still, if my Museum of Ice Cream trip from February taught me anything, it’s that you still need to make to to be a kid.

So my husband and I took a trip to The Color Factory in San Francisco! Although it didn’t have as many treats as The Museum of Ice Cream, the art installation was extremely interactive! There were even cameras in some of the colorful rooms– that means I didn’t have to rely on my camera for photos of that day! The photos are great to post to Instagram, and to the right is a photo I had to edit in Photoshop Elements so it would work with the blog. It was whimsical and just what I needed to reignite what I needed for what is coming up for me in April. Early April will be Silicon Valley Comic Con’s Geek Fashion Show, where I will be showing a new collection! Then right after that will be the opening of The Merchant of Venice (I am getting units for my degree by being a part of this production!).

After those two events, who knows? Maybe I’ll be a vendor for a con? Maybe I will do another fashion show? Stay tuned– hopefully I find out soon :]

Pastel Wig

I wanted to shoot a headband I made and do just headshots for this post because…

a) my fashion-related talents are not just limited to sewing,

b) my wig collection is so big that it would be a shame not to showcase it, and

c) it gives me to opportunity to get back into the habit of using makeup as a form of self-empowerment.

This headband is one I made for my pair of lavender looks for Sacramento Fashion Week last year (fourth picture above).  I think making matching accessories to my garments really helps drive the overall message of a ‘look’ home.  It was one of the only headpieces I have that matches my most outrageous wig– this Rainbow Rock in Spring Bouquet by RockStar Wigs!  The wig was purchased about four years ago because I needed a wig in a raspberry pink in order to match an EGL ensemble.  I now want to use this wig in more shoots and fashion shows!

The wig is paired with Rock-a-Lash’s Lashing Out Loud (top lashes only).  My face is covered with foundation, hot pink and purple eyeshadow, purple eyeliner, black Wet-N-Wild liquid eyeliner, mascara, pinky blush, and a raspberry pink lipstick to match the pink in the wig.

I plan on making new headpieces soon for the shop– they will all probability be anywhere from $8 – $35 depending on how elaborate they are.  The whole shop is going to be revamped, so stay tuned to see what I will (literally) have in store for you all!

For those who still need their hands on some pastels or fashions with a butterfly motif, I’ve picked out a few items for you to view!  Enjoy~

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A Girl and Her Door

I’ve been wanting to do outfit posts with my Canon T5 Rebel for a while!

In this set, I wore a top I made for my first fashion show ever! I haven’t made another one since due to time, money, interest, material, etc., but if I get enough interest in this, I may start making them for the shop!  The skirt, however, is something I’ve owned for about four years now that I got at some Forever-21-esque shop.  I understand the construction of the skirt now, and plan to make a new one for myself and donate this one.  I’m trying to cut down on my shopping and cull out the excess of my life– I’m staring with my clothes, makeup and other fashion-related items.  I’m also hoping that the empty spaces in the closet will encourage me to sew more, decrease the sizes of the fabric mountains in my room, and to add more of my own creations to my wardrobe!

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