Home for the holidays photo shoot

I recently styled a holiday photo shoot for The Penny Rose (www.thepennyrose.com) that is being unveiled every day this week. The feature is based on three sisters reuniting for the holiday season inspired by Downton Abbey (which comes back on in January, yah!!). It was such a fun project and a great crew of people to work with. They even let me slip a Sally Esposito Design into the shoot.

Below are some of my favorite pictures from the incredibly talent Nick Chao. Check out The Penny Rose for the full spread!

Design Sponge Santa Cruz City Guide


So stoked to be mentioned in this Santa Cruz City Guide on Design Sponge! This in-depth guide provides great information for locals and travelers alike on the best places to shop, restaurants to eat at, and activities to explore in Santa Cruz.

Some of my Santa Cruz musts include shopping at Stripe Design Group (duh!) and Cameron Marks, grabbing coffee and a chocolate croissant at Verve Coffee Roasters, enjoying a delicious Italian dinner at Lillian’s (including at cocktail at The Crepe Place down the street while you wait for your table), and a nice walk or bike ride along West Cliff Ave.

You can read the full guide here.

Longing for Oz

I recently designed and created a one-of-a-kind custom long, black for The Penny Rose’s Summer Fashion spread inspired by The Wizard of Oz. You can read the full post here, or view photos below.

This dress is available for purchase on Etsy. Keep in mind the fabric does come in white and ivory as well….custom wedding dress anyone?

Setting the scene. The wicked witch like you've never seen her before.

Setting the scene. The wicked witch like you’ve never seen her before.

Rose-textured materials meets black tulle.

Rose-textured materials meets black tulle.

I guess I can’t help but call this The Oz Dress.

A glimpse

Anna Wu (right) looking unreal in a handmade Sally Esposito gown.

Anna Wu (right) looking unreal in a handmade Sally Esposito gown.

Yes, she is a real person. A real person standing on a stool.

Yes, she is a real person. A real person standing on a stool.

Coming soon…an Oz inspired photo shoot for The Penny Rose featuring a handmade, fully lined, black rose patterned Sally Esposito gown.

Top photo by Laamsha Young of Blank Verse jewelry.

Crème de la crème : Spring 2013

Creme de la Creme

Oh, the beauty that comes with spring – colorful, blooming flowers, thick, velvet green grass, cornflower blue skies, and a new batch of warm weather designs. I’ve handpicked my most favorite items from a select list of inspiring, thoughtful designers. Snag one of these bold and expressive pieces for an effortless and stylish transition into spring and on out to summer.

1.Heidi Merrick: Heidi Merrick translates the feeling of spending a day at the seaside into the chicest outfit possible. Flowing chiffon dresses and embroidered tops meet structured leather pants and water paint colored jackets. What more could you want?

2. Emerson Fry: Clean and simple yet smartly sophisticated, Emerson Fry’s designs evoke a feeling of confidence and power as a woman in the world. Timeless and well made down to the last thread, Emerson Fry’s pieces are investments you’ll wear for a lifetime. But be prepared to make new friends—people will forever be asking you who the amazing designer you’re wearing is.

3. Nonoo: Luxe fabrics, subtle details, and delicate tailoring form the basis for all of Misha Nonoo’s designs. Saturated colors meet crisp white lines while perfectly balanced florals take various shapes. It’s vintage Miami meets socialite L.A. with a strong dose of uptown New York. It’s perfectly wonderful.

4. Suno: The pinnacle of print mixing, Suno’s designs have a free and worldly feel to them. There is no fear or hesitation in these bold, blended designs that evoke just a hint of European countryside. With each item, you feel like you’ve traveled to another place, or another time, that you just can’t put your finger on.

5. Lauren Moffat: Lauren Moffatt has an unrivaled ability to take details from every decade (think 60’s mod dresses, 70’s chevron stripes, and 80’s snap buttons) and turn them into the most wearable, fun pieces around. Each item is modern, bright, light-hearted, and utterly lovable.

6. Mara Hoffman: Channel your inner bohemian beach goddess and slip into some Mara Hoffman wear. Tribal patterns, beads upon beads, and neon splashes are embedded in all of her tropical, aloha filled designs. It’s vacation in a garment.

This post can also be found at The Penny Rose.