workworkwork…Chicago

chicago

Last time I tried my hand at Chicago, it snowed eight inches the first night I was there.  But my amazing hotel made up for it.

This time, I had the opposite experience.  No snow (didn’t realize that was possible for Chicago) and the saddest hotel in the city.  Apparently just because you are on Michigan Ave, doesn’t mean you should expect quality.

coast-chicago

I was in town for the COAST Show, a Chicago/Miami/NY market, and had the Hunter Bell Fall/Winter 2014 collection with me.  Thank God, all those coats came in handy.

I had walked to a teeny little french wine bar one night for dinner and the waiter made the observation that I must not be from the area.  “You look like you’re wearing three coats and a scarf and it’s only 45 degrees out.”  He laughed, I didn’t.  I was still cold.

Maybe next time, I’ll skip Chicago and go try Miami.  I’ll swap snow for sand and coats for bikinis.

And have a mojito.  (two)

Markets & Hair Accessories…

FIG March 13

{March FIG Market~Dallas}

Oh markets, we share a love/hate relationship.  The stress, the work involved, not to mention the occasional catastrophe (this particular catastrophe was of the shipping variety) but the advantages make it all worthwhile.

I relish seeing old friends, love the opportunity to make new ones and adore the lines I work with.

Not to mention shopping for personals…

Colette Malouf

{Colette Malouf Fall 2013}

I love accessories (obv, I’m a jewelry designer) and have always had an obsession with the gorgeous hair accessory line Colette Malouf, whose booth was next to mine.  Fate?  Yes, I believe so.

So on Saturdays, as the show starts to slow down and buyers head back home I get in a little sample shopping.  I fell in one with this intricate, very french inspired, tulle and leather flower headband.

Do I need it?  No, but when has that ever influenced anything I have ever done.

Never.