West Coast Craft Summer 2017

Well hello there! I didn’t mean to take such a long break. But *SIGH* the world news got depressing and overwhelming. Then some behind the scenes bits from my website broke. Now I’m back up and running and feeling more motivated to post 🙂

I’ve shared my love for the West Coast Craft fair many times before! (see tagged posts HERE)

I absolutely love going to this show because it features artisans and makers that are based out of the West Coast (as the name explains) and it just so happens that MANY of them also happen to be out of the Bay Area/San Francisco! So as a new one quickly approaches the week of November 18th, I thought I would reminisce over some photos I took of WWC over the Summer break! Seeing the artisans is quite inspiring for me to even create the things I have in my own mind. From fashion, to ceramics, jewelry, art, candles, etc. this craft fair is just so beautiful!

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

Hippie Modernism at Berkeley Art Museum

It has been a good while since I’ve done a museum post! As a lover of museums, I always love photographing special exhibits (and showing them here), especially when they’re within the fashion realm! The only problem is that…most of the shows I’ve recently seen prohibited photos (grr!) which is good and bad. I love capturing moments, but I do feel like some people get so absorbed taking photos, they don’t even enjoy the exhibits!

So when I had an opportunity to check out the Hippie Modernism exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum, I was fascinated to see there were so many beautiful pieces connected to the hippie, peace & love, freedom of art movements! The best part, is that the museum is nestled in an awesome neighborhood of Berkeley near the University with SO many awesome restaurants nearby! I try to make a big loop around without the camera first, and then go back and take pictures of what caught my eye.

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

Hippie Modernism @ Berkeley Art Museum

And in celebration of the Summer of LOVE – for all of you getting ready for Coachella and the Summer in general, Shopbop is having an awesome sale going on this week!

Because I love all things San Francisco, and to give you a little fashion inspo while you browse around online – click HERE to see what some “hippies” were wearing back then.

M2M: Made to Measure

In the last few comfy and cold days off, I’ve been indulging in some fun TV shows! And not the typical kind.

It’s been a strange catalyst for me. When I first started this blog, I was into learning and researching the fashion world (as an outsider.) I’d grown up with female seamstresses in my family, custom making most of my clothes, reading their countless back issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. So my interests at the beginning of this blog, spanned the history of fashion, but also learning about modern trends. In the last few years…I don’t know what happened. The endless cycle of fast fashion and the disillusion with lack of transparency of bloggers being bad, turned me off the fashion world in an odd way. And then one day a few months ago while bored of watching all the same things on Netflix and through the Roku, I discovered the M2M channel! A portal to fashion videos.

From their about page
Made to Measure (M2M) is a new fashion video network. M2M covers the world of fashion and style – past, present and future – through fresh and culturally relevant storytelling. M2M features original programming, classic fashion films and runway shows from the world’s top designers. M2M’s original series and documentaries highlight the people, issues, trends and events that have defined and transformed the fashion landscape.

There are tons of catwalk/runway videos. Fashion films both recent and from the past. Lots of quirky and interesting series that show behind the scenes from the fashion world, but also intriguing interviews!

For example, I’ve been LOVING these interview series called Tea at the Beatrice with Glenn O’Brien. A simple concept of Glenn O’Brien (famed editor and writer) interviewing a wide array of artists and creatives! It’s a simple interview, but full of such great information!

Or these quirky shorts about fashion icons figures and objects

It’s the only place I’ve been able to rewatch this old favorite, Signe Chanel, which followed Karl Lagerfeld and his couturiers as they got ready for the Haute Couture show!

I enjoyed for the first time, watching a runway show! It has been YEARS since I’ve been able to sit through one. This Chanel 2017 pre-fall show at the Ritz was sublime!

This seriously has been so fun to absorb and made me fall in love with fashion again. It feels so weird to say that?!! Do yourself a favor and connect to this channel!

At home with monsters: Guillermo Del Toro at the LACMA

In the midst of all the other billion museum posts, I run off to LA for a long weekend and visit yet another museum! I had to visit this Guillermo Del Toro exhibit, which proved to be the deliciously dark exhibit it promises! If you happen to find youself in the LA area, I would highly recommend visiting before it’s gone. GdT is an artist with a fantastic eye for the realm of film – so the exhibit was a beautiful blend of pieces from his movies, but also art that inspired it.

It was one of the more perfectly curated exhibits I had ever seen in my life! The pictures I took and share here, do the whole thing no justice – as I mostly only photographed the clothing and a few art pieces. But there was so much to see by so  many different artists! All things bugs, steampunk, goth, horror, spooky, macabre, ghouls, torture, fear, nightmares, morbid, but with a twist of humor thrown in.

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro

LACMA Guillermo Del Toro