Archive for October, 2009

You’ll Find a Way (Switch and Sinden Remix)

October 23, 2009

I’m obsessed with bracelets. And obsession.. in it’s purest form, isn’t even a strong enough word. Infatuated, captivated, and bewitched aren’t even the right word. I wear at least 3 bracelets every day. Chanel said to always take off one accessory before you leave the house.. I usually put on two more. You get where I’m going right? Well one thing I really want to do here is tell yall about where I get some of my things. So brand plug: Alex and Ani. Their website is Pretty simple. They have a ton of wire bangles with charms on them. GREAT if you layer like me. I have two of the quill feathers in russian gold and one initial R bangle in the silver version. I wear them everyday. And if you’re into being eco friendly and green… your in luck. They are made from recycled materials. I was looking through the selection today and I definitely have my eye on a few more to order. Like the key, cupid’s heart, the unicorn… so many that I want! AND THEY AREN’T THAT EXPENSIVE. A single charm bracelet is around $28-$48. Obviously sets (which come in like sets of 7 or 21) are more expensive. I really want all of yall to be as excited about these as I am!

Things at M&L are going great. We’ve done a lot of  “fall cleaning”.  I haven’t been in the studio a lot lately because of school.. It’s life consuming.

It’s fair week here in Raleigh. Apparently there is chocolate covered bacon.. and friend butter!?!?! Sounds like instant heartattack to me. I have unfortunetly not been to the fair yet but hopefully I can go this weekend. The nippy fair air is my favorite part and honestly its just been too hot. I can’t get in the spirit. Pray for a cold front this weekend.

Well I hope every one’s week is going good… keep up on your shows.. GLEE was so good last night.. I love Mark Salling. When he sang “Sweet Caroline” he literally made me swoon. OK  OK I know…

As You Were



October 13, 2009

I’m still recovering from New York. It was so much fun and we were so busy. I got there late Wednesday night and so I just stayed in the hotel and talked to friends on the phone. Thursday started bright and early with a trip to the Federal Reserve.. I guess the accounting majors on the trip had to do something related to them. It was neat to see all the gold and go into the vault, that is until I started feeling claustrophobic and thought I was going to die 16 floors below the subway. But we made it out thankfully. After grabbing lunch at Macy’s we went on the Sex and City Tour. Being a fan of the show it was cool to see some of the main places from the show. Things like The New York Library, where Carrie and Big’s Wedding was suppose to happen, to the Pleasure Chest where the girls discovered the rabbit, to Buddakan, host to many a party. Later that night we met up with some Alums for a dinner at Norma’s on the Upper East Side.. so yummy. On Friday we started the day with a Bloomy’s trip and after lunch we went to Promostyl, the leaders in fashion forecasting. Their jobs seem so glamourous. We chatted with them for a while about what a fashion forecaster does (predicts trends 18 months in advance), what it takes to be a fashion forecaster (long days and selflessness) and had a little chat about how everyone is so connected in the City. When we were leaving one of the guys told me he really liked my jacket.. I was on cloud nine. Afterwards we went to Findings, a design showroom, and talked about being a liaison between buyers and the designers. It was so nice of MarySue to keep the office open for us to come in and look around. She is such an angel for staying late on a Friday night. Late night on Friday me and the girls hopped into a stretch hummer limo and went downtown to the West Village to eat dinner at this very trendy Mexican resturant. Afterwards we went out to the GasLight and danced the night away. Saturday morning started off a little rough with getting lost in the subway trying to head to the MET but finally we made it. We looked around then headed back down to the West Village for more shopping then back up to 5th for the 1st Birthday Party for Juicy Couture on 5th. It was so cute. Everyone was dressed up and there were waiters/models walking around with waters and macaroons. Yummy! Afterwards I went over to Bendels and checked out the accessories. I ended up getting a couple bracelets and talked to Tai from She’s super sweet, so everyone check out her blog! She even posted about New Orleans on Vanessa on Gossip Girl… gotta love a M&L girl!  Saturday night I crashed early. Sunday morning started off with brunch at Tavern on the Green then back downtown for a little street fair shopping… Then I came back to Raleigh!

The weekend was packed, but so much fun. I can’t wait till I’m back in the City again. I hope everyone else’s weekend was just as fun. Tomorrow I’m going into M&L so I will have an update!

As You Were

You’ll Find a Way

October 6, 2009

Well I leave for New York on Wednesday night. I’m having a difficult time deciding what to pack. Which translates into me packing the entire closet. Good move. The weekend was rather uneventful for me… I studied. I taught Nic (my brother, senior) and the rest of the powderpuff cheerleaders the Single Ladies dance tonight. I haven’t laughed that hard in such a long time. It was rolling on the ground material.

One good thing about this weekend was that on Saturday while at the Benefit counter, a couple of the sales girls asked me about my headband. I was stoked because this is the headband I hand beaded and it took hours. I’m absolutely in love with it and it’s completely one of a kind. It’s part of Olde Alice (my headband company.. for lack of better term). Me and my roomate/best friend/partner in crimes have a little business and we are hoping it will take off this fall. Just tonight we discussed the future of Olde Alice and have decided to instill weekly headband making night, to always carry business cards, and to wear our creations as much as possible to get them out there. Tomorrow we will both be sporting Olde Alice originals and should I remember I will try and take a picture.

One more thing… Can I just say that Gossip Girl was so good today. It was good to see a return of Little J. Also, I would really like her headband that she decided not to wear. Truly, I’m in love.

As You Were

Young Folks

October 3, 2009

Life has been crazy… I’m talking insane, pull your hair out, eye twitching crazy. Fall break starts at the end of next week along with, brace yourself, MIDTERMS. For my past two college years, I don’t remember ever having midterms. And if this is true, this year I am certainly making up for it. Project proposals, sewing exams, six month buying plans, census projects, biology tests.. all of this crammed into two days. Now you understand why I’m loosing my mind.

Apart from school though, things have been good. Lately I’ve been working a lot at Moon and Lola and things there are really taking off. We’ve been in magazines, on Gossip Girl (V seen wearing M&L New Orleans at roof party) and on Rachael Ray this morning. You can imagine the excitement in the studio. We’ve also been shipping a lot of the new line, which by the way features zippers, safety pins, crystals, and some gorgeous bracelets, to our publicist and stores. Today we took some staples down to this little shop in Downtown Apex and set Meemaw up with a huge stock. Next week while I’m in the office we will be bringing it back to me and talking about what I’m going to wear in New York!!

Yes, I’m going to New York for fall break with the fashion department at Meredith. We are touring a National Magazine (I was late to the info meeting, so I don’t know which one) going on the Sex and the City tour, doing FIT and the MET, meeting with Alum to talk about what they are doing, and of course SHOPPING. I could not be more excited. I’m not sure what the thing is that I’m going to be looking for while I’m there but I have no doubt that I will come back with cute things.

I know I said that I would talk about things that are happening locally so I wanted to make sure to say a few words about Strides for Fashion. It was at Vivace on Thursday. The models were dressed in outfits from Vermillion and Scout and Mollys. Hair was done by Von Keikal and makeup by Lux. The show was great. I unfortunately only got to watch the clothes from Vermillion and there were definitely some pieces that I have my eye on. I got to speak with the owner of Lux, Fique, and she was so sweet. I can’t wait to go into her shop and play with all the great stuff she has. And let me tell you about this cuff she was wearing. It was perfect. Absolutely to die for. She got it in New York and she is considering stocking them. My plan is to go into the shop and continuously ask for it until they order them. I must have it.

Well I hope that everyone is having a much less stressful week than I’m having and hopefully some of you are lucky enough to be attendance at the U2/Muse concert tomorrow night at Carter Finley. Jealously is currently steaming from me. And I promise to be better at posting updates, and hopefully I will remember to take my camera out sooner rather than later and get some pictures up.

As You Were