Breathing

The first time I can remember a meditative stillness, there was the sound of soft tree fall under my feet, the light was gloom, and I was wearing, tall, grown-up, new brown boots. I was probably 10 and I was walking in circles on my family’s lawn located off of a piney rural route in south Louisiana. It is a strong memory. Stillness has never come naturally to me. Among peers, “Hyper” was a weapon-word and “Calm Down!” a common phrase.

I remember sounds from that moment: The brush of my boots, cars passing, the rustle of pine needles, and the crunch of an occasional leaf. It was cold, so it was likely winter and a holiday or a Saturday that gave me the freedom to be in non-school-uniform clothing. I remember the slow step—a scraping heel step that wandered on to the paved walk close to the house only briefly.

That quiet 10 year old was blissfully in a moment. What started as boredom led to a moment of peace.

pineRecently, I have found myself nearly spinning and I am not sure why because in general, I feel calm and pretty peaceful. Work and home are good, but I feel things bubbling up, there is a desperation to rush through simple tasks and a tipsiness in space, a clumsiness. Breathless, I am racing around.

I need a walk like that one. Not a hike, those are too focused and intensely healthful and bracing. I want a place to stroll lost in thought, lost in sound. The weather is perfect, crisp and cold. I just need to find the place.

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Little things…

Been busy with a few new clients over the past year. Working primarily with Ignite Corporate Recovery Partners, I have updated, redesigned and maintained a media plan for First Stop, Inc., a day shelter serving the homeless with a focus on paving a path to sustainable, independent living. We also launched Foster Academy. Foster is a private school serving students with high-functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. This has been an exciting learning experience. Researching the community we serve and finding out great things about the people passionate about supporting these families has been amazing. Starting from scratch on the project meant we did a soft opening, but working to design the website and optimize it for search engines was challenging and exciting. There will be more work ahead as we grow this awesome little school’s presence in the community.

DS screenshotOn my own I designed a website for my favorite shop in town, Domaine South. It turned out beautifully and the proprietors are happy with a design and layout that captures the rustic, funky charm of a shop filled with fabulous wine, cheese and cool gifts.

Now I am diving back into the fashion industry (sort of.)  I am excited to be working with Fow Wow Designs through Ignite. It’s a really funky little t-shirt company that is all about  loving the place your in. It’s got a good sense of fun and I am having a blast learning a new style of communication as I start to work with the founder on his social media channels. I developed the website and it’s up and running.

So, things have been busy and fun. This is such a great list of clients and the team at Ignite is fantastic and supportive. It all moves fast, and that is great.

Life on my own tightrope…

This little exercise has been lying dormant now for too long. It all started two feet from where I am standing over a glass of prosecco with the refrain “Open a New Window…” running through my head. Six years ago it began as a fashion blog. Hard to believe it. Two kids almost teens now, miles on my skateboard and unceasing opportunities to do some pretty great stuff and meet some amazing, supportive and fun people.

I took what I learned here and working as a wardrobe stylist and started using it to style brands. First with Haul Couture.—I am still so proud of the Do More Beautifully campaign and my work with the Huntsville Ballet Company where I serve as the marketing director and get to support very talented artists. I also freelance tech writing, web-content and design, marketing, and branding projects. I have worked with an array of clients–Everything from event venues to advertising firms specializing in analytics. Peeking behind the curtain into the inner workings of different businesses is a whole heck of a lot of fun and the best part of the job.

My latest project is for New Living by Design a D.C. area Stylist. We worked on a total brand redesign and came up with a logo that she is really happy with.

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We also redid the website and set up Instagram and online forms. Such a fun time and such a great company.

What I want to wear now: Less is more

I advocate a fashion “uniform” with my clients. I believe firmly in an easy closet of mix and match basics that can go anywhere in the course of a normal day’s adventures. So barring a quick jet to Cannes or an invitation for an audience with royalty, you’re ready to go in a matter of minutes. My personal uniform is all about denim most of the year, but summertime in the south and a pair of jeans just don’t strike the right chord of comfort.

So, in honor of the season of stickiness and sweat, I am dreaming of and advocating a less is more approach. With a few barely there accessories and some adorably chic flat sandals, a light, breathable sundress is the perfect summer solution.

  
Crochet Lace Sundress

Bahama Babe Navy Blue Print Dress

Roxy Tidal Wave Dress

Dyes on the Prize Dress

Soft Pleated Skater Dress

Opening new windows

I am a little late curating my collection of things to love for April. 

I’ve been tied up with another project and an exciting new gig. 

I started on April 1 as the marketing director of the Huntsville Ballet Company. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks as the company led up to the spring production of The Sleeping Beauty, but some beautiful images came out of the weekend and I thought I would share them here. The photos aren’t mine, they are by the multitalented Mike Lyman.

I promise to get back to style soon, but in the meantime enjoy these beautiful images from backstage at the ballet. If you like what you see, check out the ballet’s Instagram account @huntsvilleballetcompany. 

 

  Ballet Master Desmond Nunn as a suitor and Featured Dancer Sarah Pautz as Aurora in the Rose Adagio

 The talented Susan Kelly as Carabosse, the Evil Fairy.

Taking the plunge

The plunging neckline: A strong trend for 2015

I am a fan. Though It’s not for every occasion, I love the combination of a demure hem and a deeply plunging neckline for evening events.

It’s not a cut for everyone. It looks patently less attention-seeking when sported by a woman with a smaller bust and the proper application of double-stick fashion tape prevents wardrobe malfunctions. It also requires a certain amount of confidence. This is not one for the faint of heart.

Scroll down for a bit of runway, red carpet and everyday inspiration.

inspiration

 

Rodarte Fall 2015

Rodarte

J Mendel

J Mendel

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BCBG

yellow dress

Rosie Assoulin

Sienna Miller Golden Globes

Sienna Miller Golden Globes

Of course there are ways… A plunge neck jumpsuit becomes a wear-anywhere option with the simple addition of one of fashion’s most modest items–in a suitably thin fabric, of course.
jumpsuit and polo neck edited

TOTÊME Courchevel Micro Modal and cashmere-blend turtleneck top

FRENCH CONNECTION Jumpsuit