Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Unfortunately, school has yet again started and will be backing me up in continuously uploading fashionable posts  that I have been wanting to write. Before I get back to homework, I wanted to give you the word of the day and  promise that an insight on fall fashion will be posted soon. promise.

Word of the day: King's Road
A "Street in London's Chelsea which has been the scene of many new trends in fashion since the proliferation of boutiques in the 1960's. The King's Road became the focus of fashion in the late 1970's when it was the favourite promenade of punks."
-The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers\

Kings Road- image from: nickelinthemachine.com

Every bit of fashion is apart of the greater world of art

These are my first oil paintings that I completed within five days of a John Carroll art intensive with Mr. Duane Sabiston. The camp was titled as the "Ish" workshop, because it was focused on teaching us the importance of light and its effects on color and the reflection of that in our work. So, here are the paintings that I did in the week :)

This is my first oil painting that I did of a chrome lipstick bottle. It was an experimentation with oil paints as a complete novice to the oil painting system. With that said, it is my favorite painting of mine to date because I love the atypical color pallet that luckily worked quite well. With a few lucky stroked and a lot of acting without thinking then analyzing the subconscious actions, I was able to turn out an oil painting this solitary tube of glamorous lipstick.

I did this oil painting of the three pool balls on the fourth day of the camp. From it I learned the complexity of painting a detailed, proportional, and polished sphere. I do not necessary like how finished background pool balls; however, I find the 3 ball quite striking. Therefore, I can accept that my painting draws the eye to the middle ball because it is brighter, complimentary to the table color, and just better painted.

This was my first self portrait ever and it is probably the painting that I gained the most self knowledge from going so far. The painting was started with the layout of the "hair hat" where the shape and look of my face was found structured through the painting of my hair. From there, the exploration began. Looking at the painting in an analytical position, I would say that my lips are too wide, my light casts seem to shape my face down to the left, and my eyes are too big; however, it holds my look and is a portrait that I appreciate as a beginning to my self portrait collection.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Word of the Day

Skinny Rib- "UK name for a figure-hugging, finely ribbed SWEATER worn in the 1960's."
-The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers

Image from: patternfish.com

Please Check This Out

My close friend Brittney Allen, who has taken all of my photoshoots, created a striking website where you can contact her if you'd like any pictures taken. Also, you can check out her website just to get a glimpse of her stunning work. Check B. Allen photography out at http://www.wix.com/bleighallen/ballen-photo.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Word of the Day

Celia Birtwell- "1941-, Designer. Born in Bury, Lancashire, England. Birtwell studied textiles at Salford School of Art where she met her future husband, the designer Ossie Clark. She moved to London where she did a myraid of design jobs, however, it was her collaboration with Clark that gained her international attention. Birtwell's romantic witty prints combined with her husband's distinctive flowing houettes in soft jersey, crepe de chine, and chiffon, captured the spirit of the 1960's. Their clientèle numbered British royalty, pop star s and models. Birtwell was also the muse for her friend, artist David Hockney, who painted the iconic portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy. In 1973, Birtwell, left Clark and their business and taught at various colleges, including Chelsea School of Art. She resumed designing in 1984, concentrating mainly on interiors and fabric design, and opened a shop in London. Birtwell's charming vision came back into fashion in 2006 when she successfully launched a Spring/Summer collection that cold through the high-street chain Topshop."

- The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers

Mr And Mrs Clark And Percy
By David Hockney
image from: shafe.co.uk

Fashionable Listening

Lately I've really enjoyed listening to the album Night Drive by the Chromatics, along with my two favorite songs by them,"In the City" and "Hands in the Dark". Check them out

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Photogaphy Brittney Allen- her picks

Word of the Day

Panne- Velvet-like fabric with the pile pressed flat in one direction
ex. from: http://cgi.ebay.com

ps new pictures will be coming soon to the blog!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sorry for the Absence

So sorry for being absent from the blog for a while! I have been in DC for the past week to attend the Maryland Youth Ballet's summer intensive. I've been so busy that I have not gotten the chance to even turn on my computer; however, I have been doing some other fashionable things while in the city. Such as: shopping at the glorious Nordstrom's rack, buying a waterproof off the shoulder sweatshirt, sporting my grandmother's pearls, and most importantly, buying a fashion dictionary from Barnes and Noble with my dog, Amos. Last night, I went to Bethesda with my fashionable aunt, whom I get my passion from, to eat dinner. Since the area is dog friendly, I brought my miniature Jack Russell, Amos. I felt quite posh strutting my little terrier along the store fronts and her felt that way too :)! Anyhow, we took him into Barnes and Noble where he rode his first escalator and I bought my first fashion dictionary. From now on, I will be having a fashion word of the day updated from my little handy fashion dictionary.

The word for today is: Fontana
Trom The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers the Second Edition, Fontana is an "Italian fashion house founded in Rome in 1943 by three sisters, Zoe, Micol, and Giovanna. In the 1950's the house of Fontana became known for its glamorous and theatrical clothing, particularly evening wear and lace wedding dresses. The house continues with a strong accessory line but it is always associated with its successful curvaceous styles of the 1950's and 1960's."

Audrey Hepburn's dress was designed by the Fontana sisters

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fashion Foto Frenzy

Just the other day, I took pictures with the expert photographer Brittney Allen! The photos should be up soon for me to post but these are the best ones yet. Thanks Brittney!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I now have 193 chicpoints, 3 friends, and 5 fans on chictopia.com! It's a lot like lookbook.nu but has more to than just uploading pictures of oneself. It's quite addicting actually, on the site you can answer discussion questions on fashion, upload pictures of your favorite runway looks, and even swap clothing with other chictopians. Plus, if you try hard like me and still can't get much hype and attention on lookbook.nu, then try this website too. For me, I got as much popularity as I have on lookbook.nu but in a quarter of the time. What a wonderful site.
Here's one of my looks that got the most comments and votes:
blue dress

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What I Want

For Fall I Am Looking For A...
Fur vest
Leopard print shoes
Leopard print scarf
Leather accented pants
Deep v-necks
A camel coat
A poncho scarf in black
Statement spiky jewelry
Military petty coat
Sweat suit accents
Pom Pom Hood Gilet
Matt Bernson Pony Loafer

Alternative Apparel Pony Tee

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Trend for Fall

Fifties- hourglass shapes and cleavage
ex. Louis Vuitton fall '10

Animal Prints- leopard accents, fur outerwear
ex. Dries Van Noten Fall 2010 RTW

Minimalist: Menswear inspired suits and tailoring
ex. Celine Fall 2010 RTW

Layers: Wrap sweaters and skirts with clustered textures and patterns
Ex. rag & bone Fall 2010 RTW

One New Pic

My Sunday Church Outfit