costume contest

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! I decided to have a low-key celebration this year and instead of dressing up, I dressed up as me! Well more of me.. It was a perfect day to feel comfortable in my own skin without anyone judging. You can check me out on my Instagram! Originally I was planning on joining in on a seance circle last night, but I wanted to have a glass of wine on my Friday night. And being intoxicated in a seance circle on the night where all the ghosts and ghouls are out is not a smart idea! Lol. I've seen so many fun and interesting costumes on Instagram this morning and being the natural trend spotter I am, I've noted a few common costumes that definitely stood out to me. See if you can match the costumes below with each category! We have a Unicorn, a Nerd, a Cat, and a Skeleton.

halloween costumes

..done? :) Here are the answers:

1. Unicorn = C. trendiest


What's with unicorns this year? Did I miss something? This is probably the next psychedelic animal every girl wants to be at least once for Halloween. I still don't know how unicorns became animal of the year. Miley Cyrus maybe? But I guess I'm not too surprised. Unicorns even popped up in a reading I got from a friend last week! I guess it's all the hype these days and everyone's somehow connected to them! I still don't know why though.2. Nerd = D. easiest

I can't tell you how many people I've come across this Halloween who've said they weren't planning on dressing up but end up dressing up anyway. Being at the very last minute they search for an impromptu costume, one that they already have and can build off on, and the easiest. One of them is the nerd costume. If anything you already own these school girl clothes even if you never went to a private school {why? Because some girls like to dress nerdy sometimes. It can be sexy}. The only accessories you'll need to shop for are fake thick-framed black glasses. Everything else can be stolen or borrowed from office supplies.

3. Cat = A. predictable

If you really have nothing to wear or be, this is another simple costume. It's cute, pretty, and a normcore costume. You won't win a halloween costume contest with it unless you throw on some wings and be a sexy mutant fairy cat. Maybe..


4. Skeleton = B. most common

This is a popular one this year. I actually wore skeleton leggings with my outfit last night. People seem to get more creative with the idea of bones, but who would've thought that people can make bones look... sexy?


Happy Pumpkin Day!

xx ss

derby worthy hats

Hatsonhatsonhatsonhats. I call this "derby worthy hats". It's super big, loud, and heavy on your heads I'm sure. I thought of the movie "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn in that one decadent scene at the derby where everyone was looking fabulous.. my hand totally hurt after sketching all this because of the small details I had to consider.

thom browne ny
rebecca minkoff
rosie assoulin
donna karan
derby hats


xx ss

bare & painted

Here's a new way to button up a dress shirt! It's a tad risque, but it can be done. It's a brand new trend so it'll be a while until this look is played out. And the painted denim continues.. it's a work of art!

styled collared shirts and painted denim
bare-buttoned collared shirt

silhouettes & details

Denim trends continued! Boyfriend jeans are very much the hype these days. It's the most comfortable fit and it's making its way into the new sexy versus the skinny jean. While there's many variations of the boyfriend - wrecked, distressed, baggy, skinny, relaxed, bleached, I feel that the "tailored" boyfriend will soon make its introduction. I can't predict that it will become a fad, but rather just an extension of the boyfriend jean which I feel the life span of its popularity will last a few more years. This doesn't only apply in the denim department but also the wovens as well. It's becoming a classic look. I actually don't even own a pair... ugh! I haven't found my perfect match just yet!


boxy crops_tailored bottoms

The boxy denim crop top is a new silhouette I've found that will probably emerge as a contemporary occasional look rather than a casual every day look. Not everyone can pull this look off however because it's denim, it's cropped, and it's a boxy fit. But who knows! I'd love to see how people style this up! It's super chic.. I can definitely see bloggers like Fashion Toast, Le Blog de Betty, A Fashion Nerd, and The Haute Pursuit pulling this off. I probably can.. maybe, not sure.. lol. Stay tuned for more trends I've discovered!

denim crop top & tailored boyfriends


xx ss

color explosion

Splattered paint applications are returning once again on denim. In my illustration I incorporated it as a block piece (inner legs and jacket sleeves) denim contrast.. change it up ya know? } ---

color explosion_

I jumped back into work after a week long {andmuch needed} vacay and to my surprise for my first big project at work I was asked to do trend research for a meeting on Monday. Heck yes! This is only what I've been wanting to get back into since I started working in the fashion industry! Omg I was excited, so excited. Boss lady asked me to incorporate my fashion illustrations as well which made me the happiest girl in the world that day. I was born for this! In case you all didn't know, I began my career as a trend forecaster where I was sketching garments and fashion illustrations all day every day. Not to mention the endless shopping I did that was part of the job which turned into an addiction earlier in life. It was my dream job. I got to work in Tokyo and Hong Kong.. and shop! It was an amazing experience that ended so soon. But at the same time I'm so very grateful for that experience and also the other experiences that followed after. Understanding the fashion industry, the way garments are made, constructed, processed, and most of all learning the balance of design has brought me here. Everything I've learned I can now pull together and fine tune and hone my talent. :) #nevergiveup

color explosion doll

So for the long weekend this 4th of July, I've been working my heart and soul into this project and definitely wanted to share it with everyone.. I'm going to continue where I left off when I began this blog. It's a place for trend forecasting alongside my illustrations. So here's a looksy into Fall/Holiday 15 for denim...! There are 9 more fashion dolls next in line, so stay tuned for the next trending group!



xx ss