Emerson Spring 2013


Jackie Fraser-Swan's Spring 2013 collection was inspired by American horror at it's best, think Carrie and Amityville, two movies that scared me well into later life.


How does this work you ask? With splashes of red, splatter print, varsity jackets embroidered with an "E" (in homage to King's classic Carrie of course), with goth make up and trimmings. I am still swooning over the front braids models rocked.


Rough though a horror flick may be, there was still a counter with soft flowy fabric, draping and pastel hues to make sure things didn't get too tough.  You can shop for Emerson locally at Louis, of course, bastion of all things hip.
Another local designer, Sophie Hughes (which I posted on here), sent her lovely jewelry design down the Emerson runway. The simple, structured aesthetic paired perfectly with Fraser-Swan's line.

I am honored and excited to have shared air time with Emerson's designer in a recent episode of Chronicle (Fall Fashion: Fashion Forward). The show explored fashion innovators, trends, goings on in our fine city, and what you needed to buy and know for the season. A total honor and totally fun to have been a part of this with so many people I admire so much.

Musically speaking we were treated to some great tunes for models to strut:

"I Love it" Icona Pop

"Theme for Great Cities" Simple Minds

"Dancing on my own" Robyn

"Fight for your Right" Beastie Boys


Check out Emerson's show below!


Emerson Spring 2013 Collection from Emerson Collection on Vimeo.


Coconut Cupcakes

Sometimes, I make pastry just to eat the batter.

Brownies, pretty much a given. And when it comes to cake batter, this cupcake recipe from Ina Garten pretty much....well takes the cake.

Not only does this recipe make a TON of batter (in fact, I'll admit it probably makes a little too much but when the goal is to consume the batter this is a plus), but it makes a mean, as in utterly delicious, cupcake.

See results above.



Tibi Spring 2013



Tibi is a go to designer for me. I have countless killer dresses from the line, perfect for cocktail, wedding and work wear. My closet overfloweth.  Great quality, design, and price.

One of designer Amy Smilovic's calling cards has been the line's trademark bold color and print (another reason I am drawn to their pieces season after season).

Spring 2013's debut was a bit of a departure from the typical Tibi fair and I think that is positive change. It's a more refined, mature Tibi, which like a fine wine gets better and better with age, an apt analogy for a thirty something-er like myself.

Print was harder to find this season, but leather tops, separates and bright pastel hues were amply shown. There was also a lot of light, white washed denim injected into the mix, with positive effect.

Another line I am looking forward to hitting the stores. You can check out the show, and playlist below.



"Brothers" Tanlines

"Trouble" Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

"Jungle Fever" Das Racist  

"The Keepers (The Knocks Remix)" Santigold