Sunday, September 23, 2012

Seattle Photo Diary

In February I had the pleasure of taking a girls trip to Seattle and Portland c/o the ladies from Salty not Sweet, Candra Squire and Melissa Klimo. We stayed in Seattle for a day and a half, and then rented a car and took a road trip to the beautiful Portland, Oregon.
After all the commotion of the airport, our first stop in Seattle was Public Market to get fresh food and coffee. The cool thing about Public Market is the first Starbucks -EVER- is right across the street. It's pretty cool to see how big of a corporation Starbucks became from just a small corner coffee shop in Seattle. I loved all the commotion and people Public Market brings, it reminds me of the West Side Market in Cleveland.
We had the pleasure of being invited to Seattle's biggest handmade trade show, so after we ate we ventured there. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to take any pictures of the merchandise before it hits stores, but it was my first 'buying' experience at a large trade show, but what an awesome learning experience! I can't wait to open up my own store and go to tons of trade shows in different cities, by far my favorite part about Seattle!!
After the trade show we went to a fancy italian spot for pasta, indulged in whiskey and martinis all night, went inside every bar we could possibly find, danced our asses off at a couple, had heart to hearts at others, attempted to go to a strip club but never actually made it to one, ate way too much pizza, met a few new friends, and social networked way too much..
All in all, I'd say our trip to Seattle was a success and all around shit show. I loved every minute of it!

Melbourne Graffiti

Wandering the streets of Melbourne...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chapel St. Bazaar

Of course I had to stop at the biggest vintage shop in Melbourne and see what all the hype was about. Chapel St Bazaar is huge, rooms upon rooms of vintage! Rows of Harley Davidson t-shirts, boxes of old Playboy magazines, old wooden soda containers, 70's homeware, typewriters, posters from the 30s and 40s.. evvvverything. I got this kick ass photo album that's in the shape of a 35mm camera and has the image of a film camera printed on the front. I need to get a photo of it soon, it's pretty cool.


In 1999, Lisa Gorman launched her eponymous label at fledgling boutique Fat52 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, with a collection titled 'Less Than 12 Degrees'. The instant success of that first offering was the beginning of something special, and in the years that have followed the Gorman label has become an iconic part of the Australian fashion landscape.

There is a distinctive handwriting that underpins all of Gorman's designs, from its whimsical signature prints, directional knitwear and distinctive colour palettes. For all of its vintage and tribal references, Gorman is thoroughly modern and inspired by the everyday, and the local culture and artists that surround us.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sass & Bide

I completely forgot about Blogspot for a while! To get back in the swing of things I thought I'd upload a couple boutiques I fell in love with during my trips to Australia, Portland, and Seattle earlier this year!

Sass & Bide is my absolute favorite Australian designer! During my trip to Australia I had the chance to stop by their boutique on Chapel Street and check out their Summer 2012 collection. Feathers, lace, Navajo prints..they had it all!