Friday Vibes // Going for the Gold


The Academy Awards are this Sunday and now that Leonardo DiCaprio might finally win an Oscar, my tweenage heart has never been more invested. Seriously, you guys, I spent about 90% of my 7th grade year collecting and covering my walls in Leo posters. I just loved him. So this vibes post is dripping with gold in hopes that he finally takes home the statue.

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Sidebar: I've been listening to this Best Original Songs playlist while writing this post and some of it has been hilariously perfect. Think Take My Breath Away, Up Where We Belong, and (my favorite) Man or Muppet.

Now I'm dying to know- who was your Tiger Beat heartthrob?


Friday Vibes // Kiss, Kiss

Nothing says Valentine's Day weekend like shots of classic couples kissing paired with works from one of my favorite collage artists, Eugenia Loli.


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Seriously, was there ever a more handsome man than Paul Newman? Old or new, share your Hollywood heartthrob with me in the comments!


Happy weekend, lovers!


Friday Vibes // I Saw the Sign

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Happy weekend!


Friday Vibes | Pretty Shiny Things

I'm really excited about this new post series, which I intend to be a weekly space to share what's been inspiring me creatively as of late. I'm currently loving all things iridescent. The pretty candy-colored rainbow effects make me think of everything I loved as a child and make me want to create so many wonderful, magical things.


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What's inspiring you lately?



COLOR THEORY | Rose Quartz & Serenity: Pantone Color(s) of 2016



By now, I'm sure you've heard the news that Pantone named not one, but two colors as the official color of 2016: Rose Quartz, a gentle and romantic pink, and Serenity, a cool and airy light blue.




Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone Color Institute, said the color duo was chosen to "demonstrate an inherenent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace." The Pantone site also touched on the gender blur in fashion, as well as movements towards gender equality and fluidity in society at large, as motivating factors in choosing both colors.

From a designer's perspective, I personally love this year's color selection. Pastels have been trending for a while now and I feel, as a whole, we are all embracing calmer and cleaner design aesthetics as of late. I think the Rose Quartz and Serenity hues, in particular, feel so fresh and uplifting. They also work well with so many design styles and mix so beautifully with other colors. (More on that later.)




Do you love Rose Quartz and Serenity as much as I do? Here are a few pieces to help add these colors into your life this year.


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What do you think of Pantone's Color(s) of 2016?



That New Blog Smell

If the last time you checked out Style On High was in May, you might be wondering what's going on with all these changes around here! I had a harder time than expected getting my Bloglovin' followers transferred to the new site, so for many of you this might ring very true as this is probably your first post from the newly updated Free Wills Studio. (If this is you, you might want to check out this post on the reasons behind the change.) But today we're strictly talking looks. I wanted this new space to feel cleaner, fresher, and more energized than the old site. This started with a more stripped down theme. I actually won a Blogzilla Studio theme giveaway from Fall For DIY a few months ago. I had been coveting one for the rebrand, so the surprise could not have come at a better time! For anyone in need of a modern web design, I would highly recommend one of the clean and modern designs from Blogzilla (I went with the Velvet theme). I can't tell you what a nice change it has been to be working with a pre-designed template this time around!

As far as colors, fonts, and other design elements, this mood board shows my direction.


There are still several things I need to do, such as reorganizing all my old categories, adding my about page, and updating the sidebar. I plan to have all these things done by the end of the month, so bear with me. But in the meantime, I'm very happy with the update, especially the new smaller, centered titles and clean social media buttons at the end of each post.

What do you all think of the new design? And more importantly, should I make the fonts bigger? Share your design ideas with me in the comments!



Welcome to Free Wills Studio!



Notice anything different around here? Oh, I don't know, like an entirely new site?! I'm so excited to welcome you to my new blog, Free Wills Studio! But first, let me give you a little background on how I got here and why I needed the change.

I started my blog, StyleOnHigh, two years ago and it was born mainly out of frustration with where my life was going. I've lived the majority of my life dealing with health complications, most of them stemming from an abnormally aggressive version of the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Though chronic and degenerative, "Hashi's" overall is considered a fairly common and manageable disease because it is usually found in menopausal women. So when I was diagnosed at only 9 years old and started taking medicine every day, I had no idea how potentially destructive it could be.

Fast forward to my senior year in college. The stress of wrapping up a dual-degree while working both a University job and freelance design jobs sent my body haywire. I was in a different doctor's office every week and had to go to the ER on several occasions. It was then that I discovered my antibodies had completely demolished my thyroid, which controls your metabolism and effects countless functions of the body, from your energy levels to your heart rate. All that was left of this major part of my body was scar tissue.

After I graduated and started working full-time, it got so much better. Just kidding, it got a lot worse. If you aren't familiar with auto-immune diseases, it can be summed up in the most basic form by saying (and be warned, I am no doctor here) that your cells are confused and can't distinguish between the viruses they're meant to attack and your own tissues and organs. So the more stress your body is under, the more it thinks it needs to attack itself. In the span of just a few years, these attacks eventually led to other permanent issues like Asthma, Celiac's Disease, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Vertigo, Urticaria and Angioedema, to name a few of my favorites. Basically, I felt awful every single day.

I realized I needed to acknowledge the fact that I was simply not as healthy as everyone else and couldn't do what other people in their 20s were doing. This was VERY HARD for me to accept. I spent a lot of nights in bed with tears streaming down my face, endlessly researching bleak facts on my phone (this, by the way, is absolutely not recommended under any circumstance). I reached a point where I had to make taking care of myself my top priority, which meant putting a lot of dreams aside. I felt like I was so quickly falling behind my peers, who were climbing up the career ladder and starting their own families. Meanwhile, I'm keeping myself up at night reading about lower life expectancy rates and pregnancy complications while worrying about how to come up with rent money without a full-time job.

It has not been an easy transition to let go of all the "normal" life milestones and figure out what is actually right for me. And I'm very much still working on this (it's a doozy). Something I've been grateful for is that, even though my body can be rebellious, my brain is good. I have creative talents that I can offer even when I'm not at my healthiest. And this blog is a big part of that.

Since I started blogging two years ago, it has proven to be excellent self-care. For starters, I'm able to work in the comfort of my own home and on my own schedule (this one is major for me). And since doing so, the symptoms I found so debilitating before have become so much more manageable, some entirely dormant. Having the chance to express myself creatively through basically writing regular public journal entries has also put me in the most balanced and confident mental state that I've ever experienced. It's been an absolute blessing for my overall well-being.

Prepare your eyes, it's about to get real hideous here. To illustrate to you how badly I was feeling, here is a picture of me with my regular "unexplained swelling" from a few years back. (And this is not even the worst it ever got, by the way.)


You are now scarred forever. But you can see what a big difference a few years of taking it easy(er) can make when you're battling with health issues.

So that has been the motivating force behind the rebrand. To manage my talents through creative entrepreneurship and eventually have a sustainable at-home business to free myself of the money vs. health burden. And as I stumble through my dream of setting up a small business for myself, I will share my experiences and anything that I learn here with you. My hopes are to eventually create a resource for fellow makers/creators/independent thinkers to be able to make the best life and career possible.

But if you're worried I'm doing a total 180 and becoming a full-fledged business blog, rest easy. I'll always be a designer at heart so not everything from the old blog is changing. Here are a few things, new and old, that you can expect to see at Free Wills Studio.

Things that will most definitely stay:

+ Posts celebrating great design, from fashion to decor to DIY projects. I bleed that stuff so it will never go away.

+ Celebrating small businesses. StyleOnHigh started off as a very strong supporter of the local scene. And while I will continue to champion local brands/businesses, there will be a subtle shift to put the focus less on products and more on the makers and what their business insight can offer you.

+ Link roundups. I love them. Can't stop, won't stop.


New additions coming to a blog near you:

+ More posts on self-care. Things like time-management, goal-setting, self-confidence, etc. The aim here is to provide insight into living the best life possible.

+ A focus on creativity and design. I'm a designer that wears many design hats (figuratively, though also sometimes literally). I will be sharing more of my work starting with this rebrand's blog kit this week. You can also expect to see more client work, personal illustrations, and tips on things like branding, web design, etc.

+ Free printables. I love a worksheet and I love to share.

+ A podcast... she says tentatively. It's a dream that I hope to make come true in the next half of 2015. Fingers crossed!


So there you have it. Some oversharing, the world's ugliest photo, and my big blog plans. Now who's coming with me?!


Color Theory 101... Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year

When Pantone announced Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year the overall reaction was... underwhelming. And you kind of can see why. Looking at the colors of past years, Marsala does seem to be the clear Debbie Downer of the group.


Bright, vivid tones and then...


Wah- Waaaahhh.

The earthy, muted, not-quite-red yet not-quite-brown hue wasn't exactly topping my list of favorites. But something changed as I started making this mood board- I really fell in love.


Suddenly it's gone from meh, not so bad, to starting to look downright beautiful, am I right? At first I wasn't really a fan because I thought Marsala wasn't a very "modern" choice, but taking into consideration fashion's recent 70s obsession, it does seem like a perfect fit.

And Marsala is a gorgeous shade for beauty: it'll make your eye color really pop (especially on blues/greens), it's a really rich and romantic lip color, and it's also a bit of a fresher take on the classic red manicure. It really echoes the makeup shades of the 90s but still manages to seem very au courant, don't you think?

For home decor, it adds depth, richness, and warmth. It also plays really well with others, as you can see in this color mixing report.

What's your vote on Marsala as the Color of the Year? Tell me what you think in the comments!


Local Love... HighBall Halloween

It's been several days since my last post, but I have good reason. I was really busy this past weekend


For those of you who aren't from the Columbus area or aren't familiar with the event, HighBall is a 2-day extravaganza that supports the Short North Alliance which in turn supports property and business owners in our Short North Arts District.

The first night focuses on street costumes and musical performances. This year's theme was THE BIG 80s and there were some pretty spectacular costumes. Here are a few of my favorites from the HighBall Facebook page...

That Gameboy costume, through some form of costume wizardry, was actually fully functioning and people could even play Tetris on it. Incredible!

The night capped off with a performance by 80s star Taylor Dayne, who my roller skating childhood heart will always know as this...



The second night hosted the annual Costume Couture Fashion Show, featuring local fashion and costume designers, where yours truly, with the help of my co-designer, Shiree Houf, took 1st place!!

The idea is to present three "ready-to-wear" looks (amplified to fit the event obviously) followed by a main costume. Our collection was called Dolled Up and told the story of a pair of conjoined twins and their dolls/puppets.


Model Kristin Laymon as our Ragdoll. She did this little skip walk down the runway that was just adorable.



Angela Darr as our Windup Ballerina. She had a motorized spinning key and spun down the runway on point.



Wendy Jobes Hartman was our Harlequin doll. And I know I'm showing you a picture of her butt here, but this picture really shows you all of the details of the outfit. She was such a trooper- from wearing a black out screen over her eye for most of the day to having that hairpiece sewn into her head. She's a total pro!



And lastly, our costume piece, the conjoined twins featuring models Jessica Gould and Abby Bowman.



 And speaking of troopers, these girls not only had to be attached to each other for over two hours, but also literally carried this behemoth of costume on their shoulders. They were so great!!



If you look closely, the puppets are wearing the same outfits, hair, and makeup as their real-life model counterparts.



From the back. Walking slowly but surely.



And the end of a long and exciting day. From left to right: Model Jessica Gould, myself, Co-designer Shiree Houf, and Model Abby Bowman.


Honestly, I'm still in a little bit of shock that we won. I mean look at this amazing competition!...


 A big thanks to my design partner, Shiree Houf, for counteracting my tendency to over think everything, for sewing like the wind, and for being the mastermind behind the structure for that skirt. We made a great team! Thank you to Phia Salon and  Reverse Vanity Spa for rocking out the hair and makeup and always being so awesome to work with. And to Stephanie Stein, Betsy Pandora, the Short North Alliance, and everyone else involved for all of the hard work that goes into making an event like this a success. Thank you for letting us take part. It was an incredible experience!


Some Columbus Day Local Love


photo credit: Alexa Marie Fogle


Despite all historical evidence to the contrary, I like to think of Columbus Day as a special celebration of my favorite city. We all know I love Columbus (and who here doesn't?), so I was especially excited to be included in some local publications lately and I just wanted to share those with you all, in case you missed them...


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I was really honored to be included in Cbus Chic's Fall Fashion Issue, among local favorites like Baydian, Blowdry Cafe, Il Moda, and Fringe Boutique. I'm talking about blogging, trends, and life in general. If you want to check it out, you can find more of my pumpkin-headed self here.


Columbus Monthly


I loved this article in Columbus Monthly about the makeup/costume designer collaborative relationship for HighBall Halloween. I was really excited that they chose to feature my look from last year's event, shown on model Darissa Hayes. This look was done by makeup artist Nicole DiTommaso of Reverse Vanity Spa, who will also be creating the looks for this year's HighBall. I haven't located a digital copy yet, but in the meantime, issues can be found here.


Columbus Underground


And lastly, I loved throwing in my two cents on the future of retail in the Short North, our local shopping hotspot, after this weekend's opening of Anthropologie in the mainly locally-owned neighborhood.  It felt really great to be included among local bloggers like Girl About Columbus, She's Just Smitten, Katya Grishanova, and Mrs. Ladylike. You can find the article here.


And local friends, come see my fashion collection and costume design, a collaborative effort with designer, Shiree Houf, at the upcoming HighBall!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Local Love... Edith Head Exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center


If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw what a great time I had yesterday at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster for the Edith Head exhibit. If you are a fashion/costume enthusiast, this is a total must-see. And if you're not, well, I don't really understand you, but have I mentioned that it's free?!


The Decorative Arts Center is housed in the beautiful historic Reese-Peters House, and the docents are incredibly pleasant, offering tidbits about the history of the home as well as the exhibit.


But maybe you're like my fiance and you're thinking, "Cool, but who in the world is Edith Head?" Valid question, because if you're not a costume designer like myself, maybe you haven't heard of her. But regardless of your profession, you definitely want to change that, and here's why...

Originally a teacher, Edith applied as a costume sketch artist in 1924 for extra summer income.


She quickly rose up rank and by 1937 Edith was appointed to Chief Designer at Paramount, working with stars like Mae West and "it girl" Clara Bow. She went on to receive 35 Academy Award nominations, winning 8 Oscars, a record that she holds to this day.

I loved this moment in the exhibit. A fellow Ohioan had written a term paper on Edith and there were numerous letters from celebrities that he had contacted for research. In this, Ginger Rogers is expressing her adoration for the designer...



And here are some of my favorite looks from the exhibit...

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(I do!)

And I know I just dropped some major Edith Head knowledge on you, but don't worry- after working on over 1000 films, there is still plenty to see! Find out more about the exhibit here. And if anyone has been or is planning on going, tell me about your favorite look in the comments!


Fashion Illustrated: American Girl


Happy 4th of July!


So I've been wanting to share fashion illustrations on the blog for a long time, but I keep running into the same problem- there's never any time to actually work on fashion illustrations! So this isn't technically one of them, I just kind of threw this together in the wee hours of last night using just a few Sharpies (I usually use watercolors). But I wanted to give you a little (rough) sneak peak of what's to come and of something that I hope will be a regular facet on the blog. And also because she's just super festive to celebrate the holiday!

As I've mentioned before, the 4th of July is my dad's and his dad's (my grandpa's) birthday, so it's a pretty big deal for us. I was thinking today about what that would be like- to share your birthday with not only your father (or son), but also the whole nation.

Like anything, I imagine there are pros and cons. On the pro side, it's a guaranteed celebration with great food, lots of people, and, oh yeah, an AMAZING FIREWORKS DISPLAY! But on the other hand, I know at least as far as my dad goes, he does the same exact thing for his birthday every. Single. Year. Without fail, for his entire life. He's never had a cowboy-themed birthday party with a bunch of his little friends over to hit a boot pinata. No, his theme has always been predetermined: American Family Cookout. But I guess I would trade in a lack of variety for what might feel like the most special and honored day of the year. Yep, the pros win this round!

Here are a few celebrities that were also share this glorious date of birth:

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804

Calvin Coolidge, 1872

Gloria Stuart, 1910

Eppie Lederer (Ann Landers) and Pauline Phillips (Dear Abby), 1918

Neil Simon, 1927

Koko (the sign language gorilla), 1971

Becky Newton, 1978

And the grand finale...

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, 1982


Now lets sound off in the comments section! Tell me- what's your favorite thing about America?

I'll start you off with mine- Hollywood! The world may be growing increasingly smarter, wealthier, and more powerful than us, but no country can hold a candle to our entertainment industry. And cheeseburgers. Yep, Hollywood and cheeseburgers.


I hope you all have a great holiday!


Color Theory 101: Candy Crush

Summer always elicits my inner-most desires to wear neons but the thing is, I don't really look or feel my best in highlighter shades. Many of you probably do, and to that I say shine bright you little neon diamond. But for the rest of us there is an equally appealing option: candy colored brights. (Some call them sherbet shades and I am in support of this, as well.) Less vibrant brights, practically pastel neons, candy colors are a milkier version of neon hues and, in my opinion, can be a little more forgiving to the complexion. Not to mention they're just downright pretty!

Here is my candy-coated color wheel to give you an idea of how to sport these colors this season.


clockwise from top:

top | bag | pants | shoes | top | bag | pants | shoes | top | bag | pants | shoes

And maybe you're looking at this and thinking it's pretty but you're not too sure about how to wear candy colors without looking liking a child and/or a clown. Well, it's not everyday that my art degree can be put to use so I'm jumping at the chance to offer a little lesson in harmonious color mixing to help you experiment within the confines of the "color rules."

First up is the Complementary Color Scheme...


Complementary colors are those that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Complementary colors are in high contrast to each other and can create the illusion that the colors are even more vibrant. This is why orange (or bronze) makeup brings out blue eyes, etc.

This is a bold look and can be somewhat jarring. If the pink top/green bottom combo is too much for you, you can always take advantage of the striking combo in a smaller way, i.e. pink top with green necklace or pink top with green shoes, separated by a neutral or denim.


In case contrasting just isn't your thing at all, there's always the Analogous Color Scheme...


Analogous colors are the hues that are connecting neighbors on the color wheel. As opposed to complementary, analogous colors work with each other harmoniously to create a calm and pleasing visual for the eye. It's a relatively simple color scheme to work with, too- notice with the outfits below how the bag from either side of each analogous group would work equally well.

Easy can come across as visually simple, however, so the trick when working with analogous colors is to make sure there is enough contrast in tones so that it doesn't veer into boring territory.


There are many more color schemes worth exploring, but we'll save those for the next edition. :)

What's your favorite color combo?


Celebrating Dr. Maya Angelou

I was moved to hear about the news of Maya Angelou's death yesterday morning. I learned most of my information about her, as probably a lot of you did as well, through Oprah. In fact, I distinctly remember watching OWN's "Master Class with Maya Angelou" as the moment I truly started to understand everything she was about. Or I guess it would be more accurate to say it was the moment she helped me try and understand everything I was about. This was a woman who had really mastered life. She knew the answers to all the big questions I was struggling to grasp as a young adult. And she dished out her powerful words to me in a voice that was as calm, confident and captivating as she was herself.

Here is a great clip from that episode where she explains the secret to a happy life.

(If you want to completely change your life in the next 42 minutes, the full episode can be viewed here.)


At first when I started writing this, I had used the word "sad" instead of "moved" to describe how I felt, and then decided against it. While I'm certainly sad for her family and those closest to her, for the rest of us, sad is not exactly the right word to describe this sort of a loss. This is a woman who took a tumultuous childhood that included poverty, racism, rape, and teen pregnancy, and turned that into the life of an adult who inspired civil rights activists and world leaders. A woman who was so in touch with herself, her spirituality, and the universe, that she served as a mentor for Oprah herself. She enlightened the woman who enlightened the rest of us! And so I can only imagine her fully enlightened spirit at complete peace in the afterlife, looking over her 86 years on Earth and thinking, "well done." And if she's not thinking it, then I certainly am.


And because I'm such a fan of her, her life and her words, I've combined some of my favorite quotes and pictures below. Please pin/save/enjoy and keep in your back pocket for whenever you need a little life motivation.

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What is your favorite Maya Angelou quote? What will you remember most about her? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section.




The Official Look at Circa

It's hard to believe it's been 3 weeks since the Circa benefit fashion show! It was a lot of hard work and I took on many, many more roles in the planning process than I would ever recommend to another human being. But I also had a lot of help and it turned out to be one of the best nights of my life! Here are some of my favorite pictures, all captured by our wonderful show photographer, Jim Sanders. Enjoy!...

0001I love the vibe at Vue, owned by my friend Carl Sieley (who is also the creator of  FLIP).

0009My FAVORITE picture of the girls of Il Moda (who you'll notice sponsored our step-and-repeat). From left: Samantha Moffett (TrendEditor), Lubna Najjar (Lubna Designs), and Faith Walker (Faithfully Yours Beauty).

0018The most wonderful and adorable hostess, Heather Wells, Miss Ohio 2013.

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Lubna Designs giving us a high-class dose of Old Hollywood Glam.


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Shann Cortes Designs showed a sexy, retro pinup-inspired collection.


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Columbus newcomer Horacio Nieto of Arlo Menswear gave the ladies some eye candy with his midcentury modern collection.


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The bohemian bridal line by Cierra Lauren was like a romantic lace wonderland.


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Erica Dawn Woodmore showed a sophisticated, Halston-inspired take on 70s disco. And check out the amazing statement pieces by our jewelry sponsor Honey Rose & K. (I didn't end up with an official photo of Erica, but you can see her beautiful face, here.)


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And my 90s heart just melted over the Rachel Lynn goth/grunge collection. Also, check out the hair and makeup by the WONDERFUL Phia Salon and TruGlam, respectively.


And some über-stylish guests...

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For more beautiful faces, you can see all of the step-and-repeat photos, here.

And a few more important people to mention: my multi-talented friend and DJ extraordinaire, Mike Powers, the world's best local band, The High Definitions, my Girl Wonder power team, Becky, Shiree, and Brooke, and everyone else who helped out with setting up, bartending, modeling, etc. And obviously all of our amazing sponsors: Il Moda, Ashby Floral Boutique, Kittie's Cakes, Lasting Impressions Event Rental, Capital Style Magazine, Thirty-One Gifts, Evolved Body Art, and Rowe Boutique. You guys deserve a standing ovation! :)

And so that was it! The very first fashion show presented by StyleOnHigh! Thank you to everyone who came to the show! I hope there are many more to come!


Local Love: The Designers of "Circa"

I told you all a little bit about the fashion show I've been coordinating in this post, "Local Love... A First Look at Circa," but today I wanted to go into a little more detail about who the amazing designers are that are making the show possible! When I tell you these people are talented, I mean it! When I originally started envisioning this event I made a list of my "dream team" of designers and every one of the people below were on that list, so they are literally making my dream come true! If you're wondering about the name, the show is called "Circa" because it's based on a really specific theme, the fashion trends of past eras, which really breaks down into 2 parts.

1) It's based on the idea that modern design is always influenced by styles of the past. And that's not to say designers aren't innovative, because they're remarkably so, but they have to work with that inspiration and then take it to a whole new place. It's all been done before, now how can it be remade in a way that's new and current?

2) The more technology we use, the more we are literally flooded with inspiration. With fashion blogs and sites like Pinterest at our fingertips every minute of the day, the idea that there would be one universally accepted style like there was in past decades is completely obliterated. It's perfectly normal now to wear a 50s-era full skirt with a 90s-style flannel and some 30s-era costume jewelry. We are now inspired by every single style of the past and they are all part of the current fashion trends of any given season.

So that's the challenge these designers and brands are working with- how do they put their own spin on styles of the past and make them new? Here's a little bit more about how they're doing that...


 Old Hollywood Glamour by Lubna Designs

Lubna designs ready-to-wear, a custom line, and a bridal line. Her specialty is making sexy and sophisticated clothing. Her pieces get a woman noticed for all of the right reasons.

Her classic and sultry aesthetic is a perfect fit for the Old Hollywood allure of the 1930s. Her all-new Circa collection will showcase one of the most glamorous times in fashion history.

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Retro Pinup by Shann Cortes Designs

Shann's designs have a Latin flair and are all about showing off a women's curves. She has a flirty and colorful ready-to-wear line as well as a body-conscious line of club dresses.

Shann's feminine designs, with an affinity for showing curves and lots of skin, work perfectly with the retro pinup girl style of the 1940s and 50s. Expect to see lots of sexiness and fun in her Circa collection.

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Mid-century Mod by Arlo Menswear

Horacio transferred here recently from Chicago, where he established himself as a designer through his Horacio Nieto women's wear and bridal line, as well as the Arlo Menswear line. His looks infuse unexpected textiles and colors with classic designs.

His traditional take on menswear shapes lends perfectly to the mid-century styles, when men were tailored and impeccably groomed. Expect lots of dapper, well-dressed men.

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Bohemian Romance by Cierra Lauren

Cierra Lauren, a bridal line by Cierra Lauren-Reeve, uses vintage-inspired lace and soft, flowing layers to create a rustic and romantic bohemian vibe. Originally a women's wear designer, Cierra has moved her focus over to her bridal line, which includes bridesmaid dresses and accessories.

Already strongly influenced by the 60s bohemian style, this collection will feature boho accessories, such as floral crowns and lace clutches.

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Disco Chic by Erica Dawn Woodmore

If there's one thing Erica Dawn Woodmore knows, it's how to dress a woman's body. Her pieces are figure-flattering, using the perfect blend of structure and ease, so that the looks are sexy and also forgiving. She designs a ready-to-wear line as well as a custom line.

Erica wanted to step outside of the box for her Circa collection, basing it on the influences of the decadent Disco era. Her sultry silhouettes and glam style will flow seamlessly into this period in fashion.

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Goth/Grunge by Rachel Lynn

 Rachel Lynn, designed by Rachel Kaplan, is a young fashion brand with a gritty appeal. The looks strike a balance between hard and soft, like the slouchy sweater and silk shorts combo seen at her CMH Fashion Week runway show.

Her dark and edgy sensibility fits perfectly with the somber mood of the goth and grunge movements in the early 90s. Expect lots of low slung layers and neutral color combinations, as well as an interesting mix of femininity and masculinity. 

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So there you have it! Looks like it's going to be a great show, right? And I know I've shoved this down your throat (and likely will a few more times before April) but tickets just went on sale this week! You can find them at Flavorus or through the Circa website. If you're in the Columbus area- I hope to see you there!


Local Love... A First Look at "Circa"

I've been wanting to tell you guys about a project I've been working on for a while now, and it's finally at a point that I feel like I can share it with the world! I've only been blogging for about six months, but this little passion project has given me the opportunity to meet so many talented and inspiring people around Columbus. I like to do my "Local Love" posts and feature designers, shops, artists, brands, etc. And as I was trying to choose the next person to feature here, I had an idea- why not feature a whole group of talented people in one big event? And that's how Circa was born!


Circa is an innovative fashion show featuring some of the most amazing Columbus-based designers. The idea behind the show is that each designer will be focusing on a specific era in fashion- Old Hollywood, Disco, Grunge, etc.- and how it has influenced their modern collections. I'm so excited to have some truly amazing designers on board, several whom you may have seen at CMH Fashion Week...

Like Rachel Lynn Kaplan...
CMHFashionWeek_RachelKaplan Erica Dawn Woodmore... CMHFashionWeek_EricaWoodmore And Lubna Najjar. CMHFashionWeek_LubnaNajjar
(All CMH Images by Michael Powers)


And a few from Highball Halloween...

Like Shann Cortes...
And Cierra Lauren Reeve.
(All Highball images by Jim Sanders Photography)

I'm absolutely thrilled about the talent already involved- including an awesome DJ, some great photographers and videographers, and an after party featuring The High Definitions! And there's lots more still to come!

If you, or someone you know, is a major talent in the Columbus scene, or just someone wanting some volunteer experience, please contact me- there are still many positions available! And if you are a local business or have some excellent connections- we really need sponsors! Oh, and did I mention the main reason we're pulling all of this together? Sales from the event will go to benefit the local non-profit organization, FLIP, which you may have read about in my previous blog post, here.

So please help me make this event a huge success! Whether you can bring your talents, provide sponsorships, help spread the word, or just simply buy a ticket, Circa can use all the help we can get! I'll keep you updated on this space, but please check out Circa's website, here, for more information.


Color Theory 101... Radiant Orchid

Move over, Emerald- you are SSSOOOO 2013. You can still sit with the cool colors at lunch, but there's a new shade that's stolen our hearts- Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014.... Radiant Orchid!


I'd tell you I'm more excited about Pantone's color selection this year than I have been in recent years, and that would be accurate. But even more accurately, I'll just tell you that I'm obsessed. Straight-up-stalker-level-are-there-any-states-that-recognize-marriage-as-between-a-girl-and-a-color obsessed. I so quickly fell for it, in fact, that I even began wondering how the puppet masters at Pantone know me better than I know myself. (They're watching us...)

But that's the whole point of it, isn't it? You might think the idea of a color of the year sounds ridiculous, but it has already been and will continue to be the driving color force in fashion, beauty, and home décor for the months ahead. And more than that, if you are looking out for it, I bet you will start noticing Radiant Orchid in unexpected places, like office supplies, advertisements, wedding themes, you name it.

It has been crowned and so it shall rule.

Still don't buy it? Perhaps you'd rather hear it from the devil herself...

But I don't need my arm twisted, I'm already sold. Purple has always been a favorite hue of mine, but having very fair skin, it's almost always too harsh on me, bringing out blue undertones that I definitely don't need. And that's why I love Radiant Orchid so much- it's got the cool, moody feel of a purple, but with the warmth and wearability of a pink.

It's also versatile. In more muted shades, it is soft and ultra-feminine, but in more electric intensities, it's vibrant and edgy. Punk rock, even. So you can pick your poison (or posies, I suppose) to fit your personality.

And don't get me started on the endless color combination possibilities. I think it would be easier for all of us if I just go ahead and dare you to find a color that I'm not going to like with it.

Triple. Dog. Dare.

My mind is already buzzing with ways to infuse Radiant Orchid into my clothing, makeup, and home décor this year, so you can definitely expect a few style ideas and DIY projects using this color in the near future!

What's your verdict? Which areas of your life (fashion, beauty, home) would you use Radiant Orchid?