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Fashion Sketchbook #2 

Dress-Goodwill, Jacket-Jet RagBelt-Shareens, Moshchino Heels-DSW, Tights-Nordstrom Rack, Purse-Beacon's Closet

My go to vintage color combo always seems to be navy and red.  I love how it looks so sweet and americana. The butterfly dress I am wearing in these pics is a FAVORITE.  I purchased it in Simi Valley CA long ago at the Goodwill (that is when I would drive, in my beat up Ford Taurus, to every Goodwill in a 100 mile radius to buy vintage). Such a find..RIGHT?? Oh and that jacket with the killer polka dot lining....found it in the dollar pile at Jet Rag on La Brea.  If you live in LA I think they still have the $1 sales on sunday...sooo don't miss it! 

I took these shots when we were having a little burst of January warm weather here in NY! Today there is snow on the ground so that is long gone! Not to worry...some fashion shoots in the snow are on the way.


Water Ladies

When I saw this AMAZING photo shoot (sent to me by my friend Jodi) and  I had to add some watercolor to it!  These ladies definitely call for some big water blooms to frame their pretty faces!


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas I wanna hear...

From left to right-Beach Boys Christmas, Chirstmas with Dino, James Brown Funky Christmas, The Sonics (featuring Santa Claus and I don't believe in Christmas), The Vandals-Oi to the World, Joey Ramone Christmas Spirit, Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Christmas Album

There is no excuse for bad Christmas music! I advise you go to any holiday family gathering this year armed with an emergency holiday soundtrack. Everyone will thank you for it AND it's a great conversation starter with awkward family members. Get the party hoping with a few of my above favorites. 


The Etsy Dilemma

Okay...can we pleasseee talk about Etsy for a sec?  It is such an amazing place to look for and sell vintage items (hell, I have sold vintage forsaken items on there) and a good venue to sell your wears as a designer and crafter. In theory Etsy should be great right? A bunch of quirky crafters, talented designers, stay at home moms, dumpster divers, couture fashion designers and vintage treasure hunters all under one roof? Pure bliss!!! Ummm not really. My problem is that I can never find a goddamn thing on that site.  It is cluttered with so many amateurs; I have to spend hours finding anything of value.  I want beautiful handmade goods, exquisite vintage and well thought out crafts, I am the ultimate Etsy customer, BUT I get so tired and fed up I go elsewhere.

 Long story short, I still love Etsy and I do still find good stuff there...through blogs and a maze of people recommending me to individual sites. They’re amazing and beautiful things to be found AND in concept the site is a beautiful idea. I probably should just deal and embrace that it is what it is. Thanks for being what you are Etsy....I guess we will love you for the good times and the bad. I just don't have time after a 12 hour work day to sift through the crap. xoxo

PS. The photos above are from in Keeratika Munmongkal in Thailand. Gorgeous stuff on Etsy that I found through a blog and another website..Ha ha. Love it.


Making a career in fashion work for YOU.

Images found here

I found these beautiful images this morning on Miss Moss and they really struck a chord with me. I am a MAJOR sucker for vintage print/patterns in fashion and ALWAYS have been. Six years ago this month I started my career in the fashion industry. It has been a wild ride, with ups, downs and a few "interesting" people along the way...to say the least!!  I get a lot of emails from girls in fashion or art school asking me how I make a career in this crazy industry we like to call "fashion", work for me. My answer is always find an aspect of the industry that really speaks to YOU.

Lets be real shall we? Most of us that went to art school for fashion design aren't too terribly awesome at paper work or excel or production, cause we are simply more right brain, creative people.   I don't speak for everyone, BUT I confess that I am definitely one of those people.  I was so frustrated for years doing design spread sheets, emails to overseas and color comments.  One day it just hit me and I was like "I HATE this and I really SUCK at it!!!!"  It forced me to take a look at my career and ask the hard questions like "What do I really like about fashion anyway AND what am I good at??"  My answer honestly was print and pattern.  I always admired the print artists I had worked with for years and finally admitted to myself I wanted to be one.  So two years ago I started gearing my portfolio to speak to that.  It's been a lot of work, but I am happy to say that I am much happier now with my current job. Of course there will always be things that aren't perfect and I would love to do more fashion illustrations, but I made the leap into more of what I wanted to do in the industry and that is the first step. 

So to all those awesome girls out there in fashion who hate their boss, cry in the bathroom at work and keep dreaming of something better, start asking yourself RIGHT NOW what you really like to do and don't be afraid to really go after that. The answer could be tons of things..trend forecasting, illustration, styling, or EVEN doing that same paper work or production stuff for a company that has product you support and feel connected too! Start working on your passions after work, talk about it with your friends, or take up old hobbies you used to love. It may even mean you need to go to night school for a bit or weekend classes, but wouldn't that be all worth it... to make yourself feel BETTER?

Okay I will get off my soap box now.  Have a killer weekend and work on doing things you love!!!


Lady D


Blog Babe-Keiko Lynn


I am currently obsessed with Keiko Lynn's fashion blog right now. This brooklyn blog babe is nailing it with her modern vintage style.  I had to draw this drop dead gorgeous picture of her.  Isn't that hat the cutest thing you have ever seen in your entire life?!!! Adorable.  Her blog not only features shots of her in beautiful vintage, but also current fashion that is not over the top expensive.  After looking at her blog for about a million hours. I was so inspired to go on a vintage treasure hunt! 

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren


LA Home Furnishings Resource Guide

I usually don't take things from other blogs...but I had to steal this handy little guide of LA home furnishing  stores posted by Emily Henderson from "Secrets of a Stylist".

If your from LA, going to LA or hate LA....this is an amazing resource! 

45 three modern vintage - 50's 60's 70's, french, regency, or just plain awesome.  Great prices, new inventory all the time and always colorful and fun. I get excited every time i go. And never leave without buying something. 1051 1/2 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90019

Inheritance:  Mike's store is really incredible.  Totally affordable accessories, and he styles his vignettes really beautifully.  Lot of turn of the century stuff, California, folk art, Native American, industrial....with some new stuff mixed in.  All one of a kind, and unique to LA.  Refreshingly masculine.  8055 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048-4517 {323} 658-6756 

Gibson:  Such amazing stuff. Definitely more 'aspirational' but really beautiful.  Masculine, insane artwork, just love it.  Can't wait to afford it. 7350 Beverly Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90036  323-934-4248

Lawson Fenning: Incredible high end vintage and they have their own line.  Cheap? nope. But incredible.  And inspirational.  I would own everything in here.  Two locations: 1618 Silver Lake Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026-1332, (323) 660-1500 and 7257 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 TEL 323 934-0048

 Tini:  A once a week favorite.  Alexis has a very good imagination and is a great picker, so he has everything from industrial, antique, morrocan, tons of kitsch, mod and mid-century.  Anything that is old with a sense of humor too (playboy puzzles, Family Ties posters, etc).  515 S. Fairfax Ave.


Empiric:   Beautiful.  Modern and vintage and so well curated.  I go there for inspriation, and hope to buy one day.  7916 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048-4502 (323) 634-7323 

Bonita Interiors:  Upstairs in the Pasadena Antique Mall. Eclectic, Regency, African/Morrocan imports.  Angela has an incredible eye, but its not cheap....just great. 480 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California

Maison Midi - French Morrocan, mainly tabletop - plates, glasses, but with some pillows, furniture, accessories. When i was prop styling this was a weekly stop.  If you want to throw a chic party, check this place out. It's really beautiful. 150 South La Brea Ave. Los Angeles CA 90036

HD Buttercup: The amount of times this store has saved me is uncountable. Feel like buying a new sofa today and having it delivered in two days? yep, this is your store.  There is some that is expensive, but a lot that is affordable.   And its just a big mall of great pieces.  Some people call it the ABC Carpet and Home of LA, but its different. It has the same multi-vendor feel, but its not ABC.  Its great in its own right, though.  3225 Helms Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 558-8900

Casa Victoria: Vintage, great lighting, furniture, case goods, accessories, chandeliers, all of it. 3212 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90026

Olde Good Things:  All found industrial out of old buildings. One in New York, too.  Not cheap, but not a fortune.   1800 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90015

Big Daddys' antiques:  Its where i shopped during the kitschy loft episode.  Lots of beautiful found industrial pieces, huge bird-cages, french chairs, antique and repro.  And such a beautiful store off the beaten past.  13100 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90061

Pepe's:  awesome credenza's, dressers, shelving units. He builds anything custom. (213) 483-1049. 3204 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026, no web-site, and call for hours.

Sunset Bazaar:  Great mix of danish, regency,  70's, vintage and antique.  Make sure to go downstairs, there is a whole second floor. 2508 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026-3904 - (213) 353-0576  no web-site.

Duson:  Great mix of industrial/found objects, japanese, mid-century but expensive. 

Hernandez:  Art deco, mid-century to 80's.  All vintage, not cheap but totally affordable (when you walk in you'll think, god this must be inexpensive due to the layout...but it's properly priced...he knows what he has).6158 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles

White elephant vintage:  Down the street from Hernandez. You can get some steals here.  But also some not so good stuff.  no web-site and i couldn't find the address, but its a block away from Hernandez.

Santiago's, Cruz's, Angel's and Noho Vintage:  Welcome to Lankershim BLVD in NOHO. These guys are the Mexican Vintage mafia. They are all related, and rule North Hollywood.  I love them all.  Total mix of antique, vintage, regency, danish, glam, rustic, spanish.....just everything.  They are the desert estate sale pros and they will work with you. 

Cruz Antiques. 5616 Lankershim Blvd.  (818) 762-1140.
Angel’s Antiques. 5630 1/3 Lankershim Blvd. No number listed.
Santiago’s Antiques Shop. 5645 Lankershim Blvd.  (818) 445-8410.
Zavco Fine Art & Antiques. 5657 Lankershim Blvd. (818) 766-8348.
Frank’s Antiques. 5659 Lankershim Blvd. (818) 762-4054.
NoHo Community Thrift Store. 5721 Lankershim Blvd. No number listed.

Design Modern:  Awesome vintage, looks like a junk store, but really great pieces. Some more affordable than others. 6057 Melrose Ave Los AngelesCA 90038 Neighborhood: Mid Wilshire (323) 466-0356

TL gurley.  In Pasadena, near the antique malls.  Great selection of Spanish, french, industrial, found. 'Aspirational' but really inspirational and always different.  512 s. fair oaks, Pasadena, CA. 

Sam Kaufman.  He's on 1st dibs if that tells you anything.  But awesome stuff. More like a gallery than a store, but go just to see his beautiful iconic pieces. 7965 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-857-1965

Plantation:  New , decorator-y but if you aren't feeling like vintage shopping and want to be around pretty new things, its a good one. 

Tortoise: incredible japanese modern design.  Wish it wasn't in Venice, but i always find great gifts/potteryaccessories here. 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Mansour Moderne: BEAUTIFUL rugs.  But totally a fortune.  But if you are a fortunaire, go there.

A Oriental Rugs:  This guy has amazing persians at 1/2 the price as Mansour, but not as good of a selection and no, not quite as pretty.  But much more affordable (still starting at $1200 for an 8x10, don't get any wrong ideas...its not cheap, just totally affordable for what you are getting) 1431 B Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 319-6510

Rolling Greens: plants, flowers, lots of 'edison bulb-y' stuff, rustic, french, more antiques than vintage.  With pretty books and pottery, too. 7505 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 (look on site for more locations)

Colcha:  Great mix of new stuff.  Roost, Moroccan, just pretty things in a pretty store on a pretty street. 3135 Glendale Blvd Los AngelesCA 90039 (323) 664-3130

LA Vintage Furnishings:  Beautiful store in a really secret location 4835 w. jefferson blvd, 323-730-9732 realy pretty art deco, mid-century, 70's pieces.  

Cisco Home:  Very pretty, all Eco, big california comfort...for the wealthier.  I love it, but its 'aspirational'. 474 S Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena CA, 91105