The Occasional Ski Shop

You know, color inspiration turns up in the most unlikely places. I really need a holster to keep a camera so I can whip it out when I feel the urge to snap a shot.

Just when you think only cool kids hang out in ski shops, you find me wandering around with a camera. My sister was actually buying, so it was the perfect cover.

The man posted at the door need not escort me out. I’m with a paying customer…



Disappearing Act


A week since my last post. Not a good look at all. I resisted the urge to check my analytics every hour. Just in case my readership plummeted exponentially. All the while thinking that perhaps I could get away with redirecting my homepage to my first post and cycling back just to look like I’m doing something over here. Haha. These are the thoughts of a Computer Science nerd.

On the flip-side, I’m adding the finishing touches to my first trunk show in NY. The excitement just may send me into a happy coma. I loved every minute of making more jewelry and the thought of meeting new people.

Now to this illustration. My sisters are all extremely talented. The youngest is a big-deal artistic prodigy who created my trunk show flyer along with this number in honor of Black History Month.

Typography love…



Trunk Show | NYC | 2.16.12

The flyer (designed by my talented sister, Karla Mickens) says it all… I’m having a trunk show in NYC during Fashion Week. And yes, I want to see your beautiful face. Plus! I’m giving you advance notice so you can book your flight. Plus Plus! Shop owner Brittanie Yvonne is kind enough to open her shop, Ehvonnae, for the event. Thank you Brittanie.

Spring is right around the corner and I’ve made quite a few colorful accessories to add to your wardrobe. And as usual, I’m using re-purposed materials. So in a way we get to look pretty while positively impacting Planet Earth.

Yes yes y’all! Spread the good news to your good friends.
See you in New York!

Who | What: Freshly Given | Trunk Show NYC
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 6-10pm (During Fashion Week)
Where: Ehvonnae 145 Front Street, Unit B, Brooklyn, NY 11201  718.310.3686

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Plus One

Life just ‘plus one-d’ me another year and increased the expectation that I need to be established, mature, and graceful. My birthday is sandwiched between Christmas and the New Year, so there’s never much to do. haha. You would think the opposite to be true. Now that I’m older than I was last week, I realized I can never go back; there’s no way to press pause. If I had that power, I may still be 12. Who knows.

I’m sure I look really mature acting in these photos. I never want to take myself too seriously. My sister and I played in a parking lot with Erika who also captured the moment. Later, we dusted off the old PS2 and rapped to PaRappa the Rapper with my husband.

Good times.

Thank you Erika for capturing the day.

I’m wearing:
Earrings: I made them! Shop
Dress: JCrew – sample sale DEAL!
Tights: Express – a lovely Christmas gift
Boots: Cynthia Rowley

(photos: Erika Smith – you’ll be seeing more of her around these parts)