Entries from February 2015

{ Get creative or meet delete. Spring-Summer internship. }

February 26, 2015

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{ It’s time. SS15 internship time. }

If you are not creative do not read this message.

If you are not stylish please delete.

If you drink less that 3 cups of coffee a day, hate hip hop, don’t own any ripped denim or red lipstick and are not addicted to social media- move it along.

If you are still reading and need a creative outlet, are captivated by the runway and, *bonus*, you are a visual genius, please email info@dallasshaw.com with the following items.

1) a resume clearly explaining your strongest creative points, a photo of yourself and any applicable social outlets of your own (blogs, websites).

2) A clear idea and visual examples of what you could bring to the biz (drawings if you are in illustrator, photos is you are a photographer, moodboards if you are a blogger…)

 

Thing you should know BEFORE applying.

  • do your homework before applying for this internship. You will be working for Dallas Shaw so you should be (extremely) familiar with the DS brand, style and artwork. Lily Pulitzer is lovely. It’s just not our thing. And you should know that before beginning.
  • Be ready to work. Interns love the idea of working in fashion. “Heels and coffee sounds like fun!” Well it’s not. It’s hard work. This looks like a fashion blog, but it’s a business. I work with the top fashion houses on large art collaborations going above and beyond every expectation the industry has of me. So if showing up on time is too much to ask, the rest of this job is not for you.
  • Fashion, beauty, home trends– while it’s only part of your job you are expected to know the trends. And the trends after the trends.
  • Artwork– We design creative projects for the largest fashion houses in the world. Sometimes this means drawing, sometimes we are designing concepts, sometimes we are graphic designers for a day. Your artistic and creative skills should be strong.
  • Presentation , writing and strong speaking skills are necessary. We cannot have you shut down when the phone rings.
  • General clerical duties are a part of this position.
  • Each candidate must have a laptop to bring into office, and access to photoshop is preferred.

    Want to work? Bring it. In the words of friend and pr rep, Kristy Sevag:

    “Get creative or meet delete” .

    Read below carefully. Following instructions is your first assignment:

All applications should be sent to info@dallasshaw.com. Title your email with your name/SS15 internship. A selection of entrants will be contacted by March 6th with a stylish assignment, and those who excel will be brought in for interviews. #getcreativeormeetdelete

 

{ samantha wills }

February 25, 2015

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I get on these jewelry kicks. I buy a few pieces from my favorite designer and then I binge wear them until I’m onto the next obsession. And usually I’m wearing all pieces from the same deisgner at once. My newest kick is Samantha Will’s fine jewelry collection.  Actually have been mixing her fine jewelry with the bohemian luxe line since I already owned some of that.  I’ve been on a Samantha Wills thing before. It’s baaaack.)

You’ll probably see it a whole bunch on instagram this month so just answering the “OMG where did you get that riiiiing” question ahead of time. B/c THIS one.

{ aztec dreaming ring set in lapis } { aztec ring set in turq – yes I got both so I can mix them!} { my heart’s infinity ring } { adventure state }   { tomorrow’s moon rings }  { white howlite necklace } { time to dance studs }

{ Dallas Shaw picks- Koza Cara backpack }

February 23, 2015

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If you aren’t yet familiar with Koza, it’s probably time you get acquainted with the name. Tassles, creamy leather, contrasting patterns- I know it’s called the Cara backpack but come on Koza, this one should be renamed the Dallas and you know it. I have been traveling nonstop these days and getting on and off trains and planes with my luggage, sketchbook, coffee…I needed a backpack. But I wanted something that felt like me whether on an island or at a meeting in nyc. A “statement backpack” if you will, and I wasn’t finding what I wanted. Until Koza introduced me to it’s Cara backpack.

While traveling last week I got asked three times in one day if I got my bag somewhere on island and if so, where. Maybe Koza should have sent me with business cards? Long story short- it’s my new favorite “practical” accessory. Go get familiar: koza.

{ you can get yours at the dreslyn. Or use the widget below! }

top photo by alison conklin

{ asking you for a favor }

February 21, 2015

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Hi. Instead of talking about art or fashion, I’m asking you for a favor today.

A few years ago I set out on a mission to become an illustrator. Since then, this job has taken me on an entirely new path in life. I am now equal parts illustrator-blogger/tastmaker-creativedirector-pr rep and photographer. Through it all I have made a decision to remain to myself and to try to bring a little bit of me and my personal style to every project. Staying genuine in the industry has not been easy and now that social media has become such a large part of my job I’m working to to share my story around the clock in hopes to inspire someone else to do what they love.

I’m asking for a favor because so many of you who follow have helped to shape and create my job in more ways than you’ll ever know. Because of the followers I’ve been able to do what I have always dreamed and now I hope that I can inspire someone else to do the same. I’m asking you to share what I do with someone who might like it. It could be the website, or the instagram page you might tell someone about. A tweet or a share or maybe just sending an email to a creative and stylish friend. I have some fun things on the horizon and I’ll need some additional support to keep going. I was only able to begin with your support, and I know that I’ll only be able to grow with your continued support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting, making me laugh, sending nice notes…everything. I really feel like I have a support system behind me at the drawing board.

I’m heading to nyc today to work for the weekend on a fun oscars project with neutrogena. Feel free to tag along here or here or both. x

 

 

{ Nude Glads from Joanna Paige }

February 20, 2015

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In honor of everything being closed here in DE today due to windchill of -18 degrees, I thought I’d start talking about Spring Shopping. Because what else do we have to do in Feb-March that’s better than shopping online and dreaming of sun. I got a head start on my spring dreams during of my vacation last week and thought I’d begin with my favorite purchase: The nude Schutz cyby sandals I got from Joanna Paige. ( great little boutique. check them out.)

Whenever I wear these- with a dress, or with oversized denim shorts I get a compliment that is almost always followed by: “I wouldn’t know how to wear those. Help.” The answer? “Go with nude an try them with just about anything but pants.”

Hope you like your as much as I enjoy mine. Now just waiting for the snow to melt so I can try them again in the spring. 4 days of wear was just not long enough.

{ joanna paige }

{ JetBlue Getaways – Grand Cayman }

February 13, 2015

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Which left me only one valid option last week: take a relaxing getaway to an island. Cue
JetBlue Getaways. Travel inspires me, and my artwork so when my friends at JetBlue
offered me the opportunity to experience one of their JetBlue Getaways Vacations I
couldn’t get on the plane fast enough.

I arrived at the airport early and expected a bit of a longer time at the JetBlue gate since I
was leaving from JFK, but I was wrong. Check in at JetBlue was less than 5 minutes at a
self-service kiosk and before we knew it we were sipping bloody mary’s at the airport bar
in prep for Grand Cayman!!!

My in-flight experience was fantastic. Complimentary drinks, snacks and Fly-Fi (which I,
the workaholic, didn’t use b/c I was too busy getting sucked into Gone Girl- the movie I
chose in flight. Also complimentary.) This trip was off to a solid start.
The hubs and I arrived on the island and walked off of the plane to the sound of steel
drums, and after taking a moment to dance with the band we hopped in a cab to head for
the hotel- The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The room was spectacular. Large, clean, and well decorated but we walked right past all
of it upon arrival and b/c we were transfixed with what was at the end of the room: The
balcony of all balconies. We stood high up above the Ritz and overlooked the beach, the
pool, the palm trees…I have never in all of my travels had such a breathtaking view. At
that moment we vowed to never leave the balcony for the entire trip.

Ten minutes later we grabbed our bathing suits and ran for the sand.

One of the highlights of our trip was dinner at Blue, by Eric Ripert. I asked followers on
social media what I should do while on the island and an overwhelming number of
people responded with one word: “Blue”. When our waiter found out I worked in the
lifestyle biz he made me go with him to see the rug (inspired by the Milky Way) and then
the wallpaper up close (which had actual chalk paintings). The people dining around us
laughed at us as we walked around touching the walls while they were trying to dine.
Blue is pricey but worth every penny. Do not, I repeat do not be shy of anything on this
menu. I am not the biggest seafood person but decided to trust chef with my 4-course
meal. I tried fish after fish and just shook my head with a single “wow” after each plate.
All that and they sent me back to my room with macaroons. Blue knows the way to my
heart.
The rest of the trip was spent doing exactly what needed to be done, relaxing on the
beach. Days of listing to the waves, enjoying the treats that the staff brought to everyone
relaxing beachside: sliced watermelon, and little cups of french fries. We took some time
to sip on the hotels’ signature drink (bartender Michael proudly introduced us) a tall,
swirly, cold pina colada. Don’t miss this – it tastes like heaven.

When it was time to come home we spent one last morning with our coffees on that
dream balcony, until JetBlue flew us home safe and sound. A huge thank you to the
JetBlue Getaways team and the staff at Ritz Carlton for adding some inspiration to my
hectic schedule. And you’ve inspired me. The moment I wrap this next project I am
planning my next adventure.

{ Looking to book a trip? Check out JetBlue Getaways Grand Cayman vacation packages
or visit JetBlue Getaways to learn more. }

 

Thank you to JetBlue Getaways for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

{ the return of the pretty pink pedi }

February 6, 2015

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I’m calling it. The Official return of the pretty pink pedi. Because really, how can we not get back into this shade. The second it’s painted on I have high hopes of a tan and nude gladiator sandals. My rule of thumb is to always chose a few shades lighter than your skin color light. Look for a thick pinky shade. Almost cream here- think baby pink NOT barbie pink. If you’re not into it just yet start with nude but remember, save the sheers for another time.

Stumped on what color to try first. I thought you might be since the question I get asked most on insta is “what color are you wearing” so below, find a few of my favorites. Happy shopping.

 

{ inspiration }

February 5, 2015

  I have been spending more time than usual “looking” these past few weeks. As you know I decided to start my own line of product. I blocked off a few weeks of design time and then I changed my mind and asked for everything to come to a halt while I really thought about what I want this to look like before starting my sketches. Artists are naturally observant people and I think I take it to an entirely new level. I have been wandering around taking photos, booked a few new inspirations trips, purchased a wild amount of magazines and this week got sucked into pinterest. Here are my top three inspiration images from the week, and I’ll tell you why:

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I have this new obsession with what some companies are referring to as “baby green”. It’s that unique shade of green you catch in an opal. A deeper shade than mint and w a touch more teal than seafoam. I bought these lionette by sade which started the whole thing. Now I can’t stop.

 

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2nd image I can’t look at enough is this interior shot above. I’m inspired by the mix of color here. The neon pink mixed with the vintage is nice but it’s the addition of the crisp white with the other two is what keeps me looking. Definitely something that could work well in my office.

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And last but not least, this braid. Or this bit of braid. Just need my hair to get a bit longer but when it does it’s next on my to-try  list.

Has anyone seen anything I might go crazy over? Make sure you leave a link below, tweet or tag me so I can check it out!!

{ Grand Cayman with JetBlue }

February 4, 2015

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A direct flight to Grand Cayman to be exact. I’ll be experiencing JetBlue Getaways later this week, staying for a few days at the Ritz-Carlton and I couldn’t be any more excited. I am taking my husband and camera along for some inspiration, a few sundresses, sunblock and not much else.

Has anyone ever been? I’d LOVE some advice on what to see while visiting. I found images of rum point and starfish beach (above) on my pinterest page and they look beautiful. If you have visited I’d love to know your must-sees and must eat-and-drinks too!

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