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Sally Bass Jewelry – Taking Wearable Art to the Next Level
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Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico
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Made In LA
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Hands-Free Driving with Zuna Drive
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Wanderlust and White Sands
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Cesar Galindo Fall 2016 Live Lookbook Presentation
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Stripes and Brush Strokes

Sally Bass Jewelry – Taking Wearable Art to the Next Level

Sally Bass Jewelry

On my recent trip to the antique shows in Round Top, TX, I was introduced to the amazingly talented Sally Bass of Sally Bass Jewelry. She was vending at the Arbor International Antiques and Interior Design Show, where I help out with social media sometimes.

When I stepped into the booth, I was literally “jaw-dropping” over every display. Jewelry created with chunky beading, bakelite, large found objects (including a vintage child’s tea set and a wooden elephant head)…let’s just say, my creative senses were going crazy with all the colorful visual stimulation! Sally and her granddaughter, Azuri were working the booth and were just a delight to chat with.

Sally was born and raised in East Africa and has also lived in the U.K. and Australia, before heading to California. It was in California that she fell in love with creating unique statement jewelry that she has been doing full-time for around 14 years now. She officially launched her brand about 15 years ago. She loves what she does and is grateful that it has been able to provide a living for her all those years.

Throughout the years, she has done a lot of traveling to find components. “Anything that I love, I buy, take home, and make something wonderful out of it.” With that thought in mind, she creates wearable art with a mixture of vintage, antique and contemporary mediums. “I marry different cultures and eras… I’m not a purist. If I like it and can make it work, that’s all that matters to me.” I admire how Sally thinks out of the box when it comes to not adhering to the ‘industry standard.’ “I don’t think you can box in creativity.”

Sally has an immense passion for Bakelite. She’ll take it to carvers in Indonesia and have the carve an antler or whatnot and have it set in sterling, then brings it back to be sold. So, along with working with timeless Bakelite, she also has a penchant for finding small unique antiquities, such as 18th Century mother-of-pearl gaming pieces that were hand-carved and etched in Hong Kong for the British. But Sally doesn’t really care what it is, as long as she loves it. “I can pick up a piece of driftwood that I think has great shape and take it home and use it.”

Sally now calls Tucson, AZ home, as she feels like it’s an artistic and gentle place to be. She says she wants to step back and not be on the road so much; instead focusing more on optimizing her website and Facebook.

Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

(Vintage Ethnic Dress- Honeywood Vintage, Vintage Moccasins- Honeywood Vintage, Scarf (as Headwrap)- c/o Johnny Was, Vintage Wood Bracelets- thrifted, Sunglasses- Zero UV.)

On our way back to Texas from Los Angeles, we stopped by Taiban, New Mexico- a mostly abandoned ghost town west of Fort Sumner. Before our trip, I had heard about an abandoned church in Taiban that is well-known to be a photographer’s haven. So I -being obsessed with old abandoned places- immediately Googled it and, to my delight, found out that it was somewhat on our route back.

While in LA, I stopped by Honeywood Vintage in Highland Park, as I found out about them through Instagram (where else). The shop is quite bohemian and offers the wardrobe essentials I’d want if I were to do a quick weekend desert getaway. Although I wanted practically every caftan, tribal/ethnic embroidered and print whatever, in the store; buttttt due to the budget, I settled on a vintage red ethnic embroidered dress and moccasins, knowing that I would be doing an impromptu Southwest-inspired photo shoot at the church. Finding vintage shoes in my size is such a rarity, so I was BEYOND thrilled that the vintage moccasins fit. They’ve since become a cozy staple in my everyday wardrobe. So ladies and gents, I highly recommend Honeywood Vintage if you ever pass through Highland Park.

The unincorporated town of Taiban is also famous for being the location where Billy the Kid (and associates) were captured in 1880. When we arrived at the lonely church, it was literally everything I thought it would be, and more. It is known as the Taiban Presbyterian Church and was built in 1908. It seems to be withstanding well against the elements and…time. I was able to explore all around the outside of the building and carefully ventured inside the small, bare sanctuary. I could have spent all day just sitting there. It was peaceful and just something about cool, abandoned places just gives me goosebumps.

If you ever venture out that way and love photography- DO IT!

Made In LA

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

(White tee- thrifted, Vintage White/Red Plaid Pants- EBTH, Vintage Hat- Cottage Shop, Vintage Turquoise Lariat Necklace- Estate Sale, Vintage Southwestern Necklace- thrifted, Cork Wedges- Cottage Shop, Handbag- thrifted.)

*I wanted to give a HUGE thank you/shout-out to Kelly Kepner PR for locating this wall and instagramming it!*

MADE IN LA… Well, this wall has a couple meanings to me. One, it is a cool art wall to take outfit photos; and two, I was literally made in LA. I was born in Los Angeles, but after my parents divorced when I was three, my mom and I moved out-of-state. I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘California Girl,’ even though I didn’t fully grow up there. I moved back to LA for college and lived there for an amazing eight years before deciding that the LA traffic was too horrific and the rents were too astronomical.

Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up sheltered and miserably shy. When it was time to go to the West Coast for school, I happily went and left my semi-skeptical family behind (oh you’ll never make it, etc). I came to outgrow my shyness (to a point) and I am so proud to say that I survived eight roller-coaster years in the second-largest city of the United States! I know the subway system and downtown by heart. I’ve met some good people that I still call friends. Oh and COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF… (sorry Starbucks). Well, ok, so I’m not a fashion designer, as I first intended on doing, but I can still say that I did in fact, make it. Even though I’m not happy with a certain school, I wouldn’t take back (most) of the experiences for anything.

I enjoy visiting the city every chance I get, as there are still numerous pockets of the city that I have yet to see. I enjoy the mountains, ocean, and diversity that the city has to offer. And yes, I still say “the” before every freeway number (and I LOVE it). I miss smelling the orange blossoms while walking through Los Feliz, Pasadena, and Silverlake [etc]. I miss how walkable most of the city is…I got the BEST exercise! I love how historic Route 66 runs through the city and ends in Santa Monica. Lastly, I miss the quaint historic Spanish architecture and quaint craftsmen-style bungalows (basically the vast variety of architecture that the city has).

I am a creative, weird, unique (etc) individual…I am MADE IN LA

If you’d like to check out the wall, on the side of Cisco Home Melrose (not sure for how long it’s there for), it’s on the corner of Melrose Ave. and N. Laurel Ave.

@myciscohome
#MADEINLA

Hands-Free Driving with Zuna Drive

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

* I was given a case to review, however ALL opinions are my own *

I live in Houston- where there are currently no laws regarding hands-free driving. Since moving here in 2013, my anxiety regarding driving on the roadways has increased. People just don’t seem to pay attention while driving. Every time I’ve had a close call, or the car is moving too slow, etc., I’d peek at the driver, and they’d always be either texting or on the phone. I am a HUGE advocate against distracted driving, especially when phones are involved.

According to the National Safety CouncilApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The NSC points out that just because you are driving hand’s free, doesn’t mean it’s always the safest. You can also be mentally distracted as well, by using the hands-free options on your vehicle’s dashboard. such as dictating a text or email. BUT, in my opinion, I still consider using a hands-free device as a step in the right direction.

When Santa Barbara-based company Zuna Drive started following me on Twitter, I was beyond thrilled and immediately reached out to them, because they believe in hands-free driving as well. They offer phone cases that have a built-in hook that attaches to your air conditioner vent. It’s a great and stylish phone accessory that is durable (with triple co-molded construction) and isn’t bulky.

After getting the case out of its packaging, I snuggled my phone into the case and went to run errands. Before driving off, I attached the hook to my horizontal air conditioner vent and let the phone vertically hang. The weight of the phone makes the hook stay in place. Once I’m at my destination, I just detach the hook and tuck it back into the case and I go about my merry way. One thing I will say, that do to the phone hanging there by only the hook, it will shift slightly when turning (as it did for me, but it’s not too noticeable). When I first attached it and started driving, I felt great knowing that my hands were on the wheel and I was more focused on the road. I mainly use my phone for navigation, so it’s been a blessing to not have to hold it. The screen is also easier to see because my air vents are close to eye level.

If you are looking for an affordable way to be hands-free, check out Zuna Drive.

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Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Wanderlust and White Sands

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style, Cordalife

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

(Cactus Print Tee- Curated Cotton, Vintage Skirt- Coronation Vintage, Rope Sandals c/o Corda.)

Recently, the Mr. and I drove to Los Angeles. We stopped at White Sands National Monument for a couple days. It has incredibly beautiful landscape, with soft white grainy sand (gypsum) dunes encompassing miles of acreage. Once inside the park, you meander for a bit, passing by vegetation and sand dunes, until your car leaves the pavement and enters the main section of the park (barely vegetation and mostly dunes). The roads are covered in white; emulating snow. Funky picnic areas dot various areas. We got to experience the Sands in time for sunset, as well as in the morning (when the photos were taken). The blue skies were lovely, yet the air was crisp, while also windy (which helped set the tone for perfect photos).

This trip proved the perfect opportunity to break out my Corda rope sandals that I won in a giveaway a short while ago. After working with an orphanage for an month in Ethiopia, the folks behind the Corda brand noticed that many of them would leave the program with no job opportunities. After brainstorming, they came up with the idea of creating a brand where they could help the transitioned adult orphans by giving them vital training and sustainable jobs. Each rope sandal is handmade in Ethiopia with eco-friendly and durable rope. They are also 100% Vegan. They are pretty lightweight and machine-washable. Since I was still breaking in the sandals, I did notice that the straps were somewhat stiff, but all they need is a little adjusting. I was assured that the straps stretch about a finger’s width. I’m confident that the more I wear them, the better they will feel.

I HIGHLY recommend a visit to White Sands. A great mom ‘n pop place to stay is the White Sands Motel!

Cesar Galindo Fall 2016 Live Lookbook Presentation

Cesar Galindo Fall 2016

Cesar Galindo– New York-based designer, by way of Houston- decided to do something different when presenting his Fall 2016 collection to a small group of fashion insiders one sunny day recently. Instead of a typical runway presentation, he decided to do a live lookbook photoshoot for his “Starry Starry Nights!” collection.

He did not show this past season of New York Fashion Week, however he did build a collection; as he is focusing on the business aspect of his company. The collection harkens back to what he started out doing- clothing for the ‘after five’ market. He joked that him being born on New Year’s was the root of his love of that time of day.

The glitzy collection featured laser-cut fringe crepe dresses, repurposed mink jacket, tank and apron halter top, a fuchsia/silver glittered canvas coat and silver sequined caftan-style dress (that I’m still going gaga over), fluid jumpsuits, t-shirt dresses and layering pieces. He incorporated stretch leather arm accessories that were “like spanx for your arms.” He added sporty touches to a couple of the dresses, which included foiled and active mesh sleeve and hem details. He wanted the silhouettes to be relaxed, yet have a “Walk of Shame glam” feel.

I enjoyed seeing this concept in action and in an intimate setting. The models came out one at a time and lined up, while Cesar adjusted and re-styled the garment to his liking. Once on the platform, the the photographer and model seemed to work in tandem, as the shooting and posing went so fast; but also went effortlessly seamless. And of course, the CLOTHES… I could see several of the pieces in my closet.

Huge thanks: BLINC by Bambi Lynn (for the invite and helping to flawlessly put on a great show), Select Studios (venue), Page Parkes (models), Metromorphis Design, Jane Hruska Accessories, Tre Spa Salon, Arched Beauty Architechs and Avalon Diner (yummy treats and lite bites).

Stripes and Brush Strokes

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage striped shorts- bought at a Crysy Couture pop-up, Vintage belt- thrifted, Beaded Necklace, thrifted, Sunglasses- LA’s Santee Alley vendor, T-shirt- thrifted, Irene Sandal– c/o Cobbhill Shoes.)

Spring is officially here! For this post, I wanted to feature the fabulous multicolored striped vintage shorts I bought from Crysy Couture’s pop-up shop that she had a month ago. Since I wanted the focus to be on the shorts, I paired it with a simple white thrifted tee, a strand of red beads, and my oversize “Mickey Mouse” sunglasses that I had bought from a Santee Alley vendor in LA several years back.

I chose to wear my Irene sandals that Cobbhill Shoes sent over, just in time for warmer weather in Houston. That sandal has literally been my “uniform shoe,” as they are so comfortable, easy to take on/off and go with pretty much anything.

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