A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to work with Lauren Cram, St. Louis’s local creator and designer of VICTROLA, on the photoshoot for her latest collection. Although her designs can stand alone, once we got deeper into the shoot and I got to know Lauren I loved the designs even more! Lauren is a fun, energetic and outgoing gal but at the same time she created a comfortable, laid-back, and creative environment for us to work in. If this shoot couldn’t get any more personal, Lauren hosted it at her home!
So, who is she? And what is VICTROLA? Lauren is a nationally recognized fashion designer who lives vicariously through the alter-ego-of-a-clothing line that she’s concocted: VICTROLA. Bold, sassy and daring – Her designs take on the character she wishes she could be. And who doesn’t want to be that woman? With her keen eye for lush fabrics, strong silhouettes and great sense of style, VICTROLA is the perfect combination of pure girlishness with an edge. Which is DEFINITELY right up my alley! Continue reading
London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 took place a few weeks ago, in September. I have always loved seeing the styles coming down the runway, but I also love checking out the street style. Not just with clothing but with hairstyles, as well! It’s a great prediction for future hair trends that are about to trickle over here, to the U.S.
While I was looking through all the pictures, I noticed one of my biggest inspirations and favorite YouTubers was in attendance: Tanya Burr. She’s not only an incredible human being, she’s a talented makeup artist and product developer (check out her products here). I’ve looked up to this woman for a few years and it’s amazing to see the impact she is making on so many lives, as well as my own!
Back to fashion week! Tanya posted a picture of her hairstyle for the Burberry and Issa shows on Instagram and I absolutely LOVED it! It was a simple swept back updo.
And the hairstylist in me decided I had to recreate it! So I filmed a quick tutorial showing YOU how to achieve the same style! It’s great for events or even just wearing throughout your daily routine.
I’m all about living, shopping and playing local. So, a few months ago I ran across a screen printing company called Shirt Kong. And what a better place to show off my new purchase from them, than down by The Arch with local photographer, and good friend, Domineque Wold?!
Every time I wear these tights I get so many compliments! And the number one question I’m asked is “Where did you get those?!” Well, the answer is: I made them. They were just an old cheap pair of pantyhose that I had that were about $2 for a 4 pack from walmart (for when I attempted to look business-y, or just because I was cold). And being cheap pantyhose they easily get runs in them.
So of course, me being me, I snag them and then shove them away in my drawer. Another thing I’m terrible at is throwing away ruined clothes. So they sat in my drawer for a few months until the perfect opportunity arose: a 90’s themed party. (I was in college then so it was acceptable to go to themed parties, don’t give me that eye roll).
So, also me being me, I cannot dress as Britney Spears in her prime. Nor take part in the Spice Girls look-a-likes. I had to be a 90’s grunge child from the Nirvana days. My people! And here is how my beautiful, grunged tights were born:
- I drug my old tights out, with the single snag and put them on.
- Grab some sand paper and drag it up and down your tights, to make new holes and runs. On the front and the back. You don’t want to look like a weird-o!
- Set the sand paper down and pull up and outward on your tights to make the holes and snags bigger.
Voila! You’ve just created 90’s grunge tights in less time than it took you to read this entry! You’re welcome.
Send me pictures of your grunge-y tights if you make a pair! Or share your experience with me in the comments!