Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Night Of Spectacles

The Night of Spectacles is a design competition that I just competed in.
 The challenge was to create a look and incorporate recycled eye glasses, or eye glass lenses into 40% of your design. I was thrilled with the idea and couldn't wait to get started!
I completed the dress and was ready to put the lenses on, everything was going great!.. Until I received a gigantic box of eyeglasses! It was more like a time capsule from the 80's; they were all hideous and huge, so I decided to just use the lenses. Finally, after several mental breakdowns and sleepless nights, this is what I created. 

I won!!!

 Model and designer

Photo of completed dress

All of my hard work paid off, because I won first place in the competition! 

I was inspired by the grace and drama of a school of fish swimming perfectly synchronized in the ocean.  At first glance a school of fish appears as a shimmering wall filled with mystery. In the middle of the silent, vast ocean, this is a very ethereal and mystifying thing to see. That is exactly what I wanted my dress to exude. As my model walks and the dress moves the shimmering lenses create the illusion of a swimming school of fish.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action

Recently I was asked to make a costume for the school play, Something's Afoot. The Character was a very rich, attention seeking woman living during the 1930's, so instantly I was intrigued and couldn't wait to get started! I love everything about the fashion of the 30's!
 This is what I came up with! 


Sunday, March 11, 2012



Fashion will always have 1st place in my heart, but baking is a very close second. I love to bake, it is something that I have been doing as long as I can remember. My sister and I would always bake together when we were younger and we still do today. I enjoy baking because it is extremely therapeutic, it is a wonderful thing to do after a long hectic day.

One of my favorite things to bake are cupcakes, first of all they are adorable, but also there are so many things you can do with them! 

      These cupcakes are the perfect way to welcome spring. They have a lively citrus buzz, with a delicious creamy frosting and center. You cannot go wrong with these cupcakes! 

In order to make these little treats you will need: 
    For the batter: 
  • 2 1/2 cups flour 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest*  
    For the frosting: 
  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest*
    For the Filling: 
  • 1 package softened cream cheese 
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam 

* You will need 1 orange total for the orange zest, use half for the batter, and half for the frosting 

How to make them: 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners, set aside. 
In one bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt). In another bowl combine the wet ingredients (oil, water, vanilla, and vinegar). With an electric mixer, slowly add the dry ingredient to the wet, about 1/4 of cup at a time, until it is completely mixed. Add the orange zest. The batter should be a little bit thinner than a pancake batter. 
Fill your cupcake pans about 2/3 of the way full. Put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cupcake. 

Meanwhile its time to make the filling and the frosting. 
To make the filling combine the softened cream cheese with the raspberry jam until evenly mixed. 

For the frosting, combine the softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and orange zest until smooth and creamy. 

Now for the fun part, when the cupcakes are done, let them cool completely. Once they are cooled take a sharp parring knife and cut an upside-down cone out of the center of the cupcake, about 2/3rds way deep. Put the raspberry filling in a piping bag, or in a plastic zip-lock bag with a small hole cut in one of the corners (cut the hole after you put the filling in). With the piping bag fill each hole in your cupcakes until the filling reaches the top of your cupcake. 
Then frost your cupcakes, place a fresh raspberry on top, and enjoy! 

Questions or Comments? 

Friday, January 27, 2012


I was in New York this weekend, It is my favorite place in the world and I am happy to go there whenever I can. I did a lot of window shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, and along 5th avenue, everything is so beautiful. Walking through Bergdorf's is the equivalent of walking through a museum. I also went to soho and just walked around enjoying my favorite city. 

Monday, January 16, 2012


For Christmas I received this record player from my sister, she is the best gift giver! With It I also received a Beirut album on vinyl, and you know how much I love Beirut! I can't wait to buy more records to play on it, do I hear another shopping fetish about to form? I think so.