Before It’s Over

Summer is officially ovvver this weekend. And for the first time in a long time, I can honestly say I milked it for all it was worth. I’m not a home body, but I will leave these hips in this seat for a long while. True, I said that before I made a quick trip to NY. But now, really, this time I mean it.

In my absence I made a neat, to me, pair of sandals. Just to see if I could pull it off. There’s leather hanging on my walls people, so there was no shortage of materials. Apparently people close to me were tired of seeing me in them. ha!

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The hubby and I jetted over to the Philippines for the month of July where we made new friends in Tondo, Manila. I personally worked with a group of ultra talented women on a new handbag collection. And if the kiddos hadn’t been so darn cute I would have been able to focus more. It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

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The 12-hr time difference and yummy Delta food kicked my butt. I stayed home for 2 weeks straight during which I don’t recall eating or showering. At the end of August, we took a quick trip to NY, freestyled with the BK cool kids, & witnessed a beautiful christening before making our way back south and hitting the beach one last time.

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The Icing >> Enjoy a store-wide sale on the shop this weekend, starting NOW. Shop.FreshlyGiven.com


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Out West

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Long absences from the blog mean several things. And all chalk up to work. Fun work. Funny, I take tons of photos when I can, annoying many, but rarely take the time to share a few. Although instagram and I have grown much closer.

We headed west last week to celebrate my mother. Some parts were straight out of an episode of Bonanza – my dad, the experienced horse whisperer, going for an unintentional joy ride in a creek with his horse Lady. Hilarious!

**Way behind the scene, I’ve created new leather goods for the shop. Stay connected for the reveal.


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That Sophisticated Funk

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Somehow my sis and I picked up a bad habit, on NYE mind you, of singing bounce shake twerk work. No, actually the blame falls on my husband. He’s notorious for saying the most catchy and entertaining stuff. It takes a full out mental effort to get it out of my head. Love.
By 5am New Year’s day, I’d ooo wee’d 27 times, danced a total 16 miles, and wished I could go back to that dance shot from the Fuji instax. We were like a girl group (think Total sans bad girl image, and a lot of other stuff) Karla, Shanda, Kat, Whitney.

My resolution, to dedicate the first half of this year to prepping for dance-a-thons in the latter half of the year. Truth be told, becoming Zumba certified is on my list to do.

Thank yous are in order to Kat & Mike for providing the rug for cutting. And Fred for opening his door to pre-cracking-of-dawn stragglers.

Coat: Zara (Gift from my sis) \\// Dress & Belt: JCrew \\// Boots: Cynthia Rowley \\// Black Leather Clutch: Freshly Given \\// Earrings: Handmade by Susan A. \\// Mustache Mugs: (belong to Kat) made by Martha Moore


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Cashmere Birdy

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My order was completely off. I was star struck AFTER I google stalked Kat. I’ve not known her long, but I look forward to every one of our lunch dates. Plus she’s been bit by the entrepreneurial bug, and is doing something about it. And I’m joining the club. Admittedly, she has a pretty spectacular modeling resume. My goodness, to imagine I got to take direction from her. OOO WEEE. All she had to do was say dance, and I wiggled.

Check out Kat and her line of cashmeeeeere on her shop. This birdy was as soft as it looks.


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NYFW: Nolcha .1

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// Priti by Design //



// M. N. Aloush //



// Angelo Balek //



// Gulshachereli //



// Stephen Goudeau //


And the beat goes on. Running Stilettos, Lights, Techno-ish Hits, Walking Stilettos, Ewws, Awws, Clapping, Next Show. It was a crash course on how to shoot strutting models in beautiful garments without annoying my neighbor. Now I know why the front row is coveted. Better planning next time.

Really, who can ignore the heart that goes into design and innovation. The mixtures of materials and L.E.Ds (didn’t catch a great shot of that) make the off beaten path irresistible. Sure, Lincoln Center boasts headliners, but it was great to see a show of raw talent and supporters of the emerging designer.

There are many more photos to be edited. Which means I have a part 2 to this post. Follow-up on these designers and show your support. My photos likely don’t do justice to the beauty that was on the runway.

Thank you to Nolcha for the generous invite to cover the shows this year.
HUGE HUG to Priti of Priti by Design for using Freshly Given jewelry for her show. Totally not planned, but it’s called being in the right place at the right time.


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