Wednesday, June 27, 2012


The Mingei International Museum is located in Balboa Park and dedicated to functional art found around the world. Other than their permanent collection, the current exhibits include polymer clay, an artist with a great attention to detail who also works in many mediums, and an exhibit on Finnish design. There are many fashion and jewelry pieces in the permanent collection created out of materials one wouldn't normally expect. The Mingei also has an extensive library downstairs underneath the museum, which contains reference books regarding the types of art found in the museum and books on the areas these crafts are found.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

grand tour [indu]

Indu Fashions is a small manufacturing plant in National City in South San Diego. My Field Studies class got to visit them and learn a little bit about manufacturing. They have about 50 sewing machines and are able to produce large quantities of swimwear, sportswear, and yoga-wear. They have large accounts with well-known brands, as well as smaller accounts with local designers. Their location makes it easy for them to work with other businesses that have a hand in the production line, like the cutter, who is next door in the same building.

Monday, June 18, 2012

birchbox [june] jet set

The June Birchbox theme Jet Set is perfect for the beginning of the summer. While we are all getting ready for our summer adventures, this month's products will definitely hold you over on a long flight or a road trip.
 The "lifestyle extra" for the month was a box of these adorable Cynthia Rowley Dress Up Band-Aids. I don't have any boo-boos right now, but the fashionable patterns almost make me want to pull a Nelly and wear a band-aid just because.
 I brought the LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil Free Face Cleanser with me to Las Vegas and they were able to get all of the glitter off my face when we got back to our hotel at the wee hours of the morning! It doesn't hurt that they are full of moisturizing plant oils and also biodegradable.
The Super Comb Prep & Protect Spray by Number 4 smells a little weird (not bad, just weird), but it does an excellent job of de-tangling even my long thick hair.
 I love the color that Stainiac by theBalm Cosmetics brings to my lips. I didn't try it on my cheeks, but the gel formula (in Beauty Queen) is actually very sheer for a subtle hint of color.
 This Luminizing Moisture Tint by Jouer did just that. It left a dewy glowing look that lasted all day and through a very long shift at work.
 If you know me, you know that I LOVE being tan, but obviously prolonged sun exposure is not the best answer to that. Found in Europe, these Self Tanning Intensive Towelettes by Comodynes are perfect for when you want a quick and safe tan that looks natural.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


When breaking into the fashion industry, there are many job options available. Every job in the business is extremely multifaceted and requires you to be able to perform many roles. I talked with my sorority sister, Jessica Blosser, who held one of these versatile positions, to ask her about her role as an Assistant Fashion Editor at Collective Magazine.
The most important part of Blosser’s job was to come up with the trend page concepts for each month. She wrote descriptions for the trend pages, did market research, and chose content for fashion features. She also coordinated with PR companies regarding images for the trend pages as well as borrowing samples for shoots. Blosser was also in charge of the actual photo shoots for her pages, including researching shoot locations, casting models, pulling samples, and styling the photo shoots. She also had everyday tasks like database management, office task and organization, running errands for the editor-in-chief, and recruiting and training interns.

Blosser graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis on Media Studies and Journalism. She said this helped her to be able to write magazine stories, which is a requirement for any job in fashion publishing. She also took a three month course about Fashion Trend Forecasting at the University of Westminster in London.
Typical days for Blosser as a fashion editor began at 9:30am and lasted until six or 7:30pm. Most days were spent working on database management as well as contacting PR firms in Los Angeles, New York, and sometimes overseas to gather images for trend pages, samples for shoots, and research for articles. On photo shoot days, her day would last at least twelve hours, often not ending until three or four in the morning.
The more difficult aspect of Blosser’s job was the demanding, fast-paced schedule, but the creativity and fashion involved in the job made it all worth it. “If you don’t truly love the industry and want to be there, you won’t last,” she says. The three things she lists as crucial for success? “Love, passion, and good taste.”

Monday, June 11, 2012


 This past weekend I got to attend my favorite music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, in Las Vegas. I hadn't been able to go since it had moved from LA to LV and I was so excited for a vacation and some awesome music. If you have never heard of EDC, it is a huge three-day electronic dance music festival with seven stages of music, carnival rides, and art installations. One of my favorite parts of the festival is that everyone dresses up super crazy with light up costumes and daring amounts of bare skin.
On me: Captains hat- Ebay, Black tank- F21, Pink Bra- Walmart, Leather Fanny Pack- Ebay, Striped Skirt- F21, DIY Bustle skirt, Boots- Random...and they broke that night ha
Neon Jungle Tank- Walmart (yup), Tutu- Pink Zone, Neon Garter Belt- Victoria's Secret, DIY Furry Leg Warmers, and of course my trusty fanny pack!
 ...essentials for the drive back to San Diego, of course! Already can't wait until next year.

Friday, June 8, 2012

grand tour [zandra rhodes]

Zandra Rhodes is a London-born fashion designer who divides her time between London and San Diego. She has been designing for over 60 years and has dressed many celebrities and opera productions. Her hot pink hair, wild style, and non-challant attitude definitely set her apart from other designers. We were lucky enough to visit her studio in Solana Beach, where we met her and got to hear about some of the exciting moments in her life.