Some things that inspire me right now.


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photo by Art Night Austin


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beautifully designed and blue

I do not usually gravitate to the color blue.
But lately, I am liking some lovely things that also happen to be blue.
beautifully designed and blue

Inspiration: Dries Van Noten

I smiled and smiled and smiled while I was looking at the Spring 2014 RTW show from Dries Van Noten.  I got that feeling that stirs me when I’m looking at something inspiring and humbling at the same time.  Such Beauty.

The collection is soulful, powerful, and feminine.  There is adornment and restraint. It takes my breath away.

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The collection mixes influences, cultures and craft.

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And I want to look just like this.

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phillip lim for target

On September 15th my reminder alarm went off.  I got on line because the Phillip Lim for Target merchandise was going to be available that day. And I wanted at least one of the bags. It was about 9:30 am. All of the ones I wanted were already unavailable!

I checked Racked to see how it was going in New York. Sold out within minutes! Check out the article here.

Well, I live in Michigan, not NYC anymore so I rushed over to my local Target. Here’s what I saw:

2013-09-15There were plenty of the bags. (No yellow ones, however.  I don’t think that store got any to begin with.) I spotted one woman wearing fabulous glasses with 3 bags in her shopping cart.  Otherwise, I was the only one in the department.  That’s when I went a little Target-price-nuts!

IMG_2262-1When I was paying, the cashier asked me if these were nice bags because the last customer had bought 6 of them! That made me feel better. Ok, so I went a little overboard, but I haven’t bought a bag for myself in ages.  And these are definitely way less expensive. See how I’m rationalizing?

I’ve already used the big tote and the little bag. They are very smart looking don’t you think?

The medium size in taupe makes me feel very Grace Kelly. Sigh.

(All photos by Amy Dietrich for Coventry Drive)

fall shopping list

Ahh, fall clothes. My favorite! Moto boots, cashmere, leather… sign me up!
I know, not much color on my list right now. Usually there’s one color that I’ve got to have, or else! But this fall, I want cozy neutrals, tough accessories, and simple shapes.
1. Equipment Cardigan, 2. MIssoni Scarf, 3. J. Crew Floral Tee, 4. Eileen Fisher Dress, 5. FEED Bag, 6. DKNY Pencil skirt, 7. Rag & Bone Boots, 8. Greta Garbo iPad case

QuiltCon here I come!

I’m Going to QuiltCon

Yes, I am really going today!  This week will be the first ever QuiltCon presented by the Modern Quilt Guild.  Modern quilters will converge upon Austin for lectures, workshops, information, fun, and friendship. The talent at this event is overwhelming.

I am looking forward to reuniting with friends, attending some amazing lectures, a workshop, and learning tons!

Let me tell you who I can’t wait to see and hear:

Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle  (Modern Quilt Workshop and Craft Nectar), Yoshiko Jinzenji (uber inspiring), Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Rachel Hobson (I’m taking her Redwork workshop), Heather Ross, and so many more!!!

The Modern Quilt Guild thought it might be a good idea to get to know each other a little before hand. They are having a link party.  They want to know 5 things about everyone. So, here goes…

1. I have my degree in Biology, but was a fashion designer in NYC for many years. (No, it wasn’t the most direct path.)

2. I am a proud adoptive mom of 2 almighty kids who systematically blast my To Do List to bits each and every day.

3. Two of my biggest dream have already come true:  traveling to Paris as a fashion designer and becoming a Mom. So anything else is pure delicious icing.

4. I traded my NYC fashion life for a life in Michigan (the land of my birth) with my two kids. I live in my very first house. What? no super to come fix things? I have to shovel snow? Buy a lawn mower? I love it! I can just walk out my back door and cut flowers for my mantel!  And nobody pounds on the ceiling if we are too noisy.

5. I like strong coffee, shopping, country music, Pinterest, running, make up, quilts, Bertoia side chairs, Dries Van Noten, and making stuff.

See you in Austin!!!

inspired dressing: quilts

I am inspired by quilts. I especially love Amish quilts.  I love the clean design work and the stunning use of color. And everything can inspire the way I dress. Here’s how a beautiful quilt can inspire a modern girl to get dressed.

I found this stunning quilt on  That’s the comprehensive site of the International Quilt Study Center. It’s a fantastic place to learn and to ooh and ahh over beautiful quilts.

b51515ab-97ba-4cdd-ae1b-6de75611a357_1024This quilt was done by the Miller sisters in Ohio in 1991. The color, movement, and sheer modern design inspired this outfit.

inspired dressing: quilts

So I started with the draped t shirt by Alexander Wang (via Moda Operandi) paired with some denim by G-Star and added the all important accessories:  an armload of bracelets by Reminiscence, Givenchy Cat Eye Glasses (via Net-A-Porter) , and metallic flats by Jeffrey Campbell (via Need Supply Co.).  I’m good to go.