Evoking Outerwear

I. Love. Coats. A simple fact.  I’ve been stalking the immense collection of Top Shop outerwear for a good 6 years now.  I can’t get enough of funnel neck collars, deep lappels, ruched sleeves, side pockets, tweed wool blends, sculpted hoods, empire silhouettes and wooden toggles.  I simply adore it all.  The better the tailoring, the more I love it. … Continue reading Evoking Outerwear


This is a pencil/marker case I’ve been hand stitching (so, she isn’t perfect, but her imperfections are charming, aren’t they?).  I took the Tre Vero felt drawstring sack I received when I bought my purse from them.  It’s a great purse, but what am I to do with a giant felt sack sitting around?  I … Continue reading Re-purposing

Architecture of a Shoe

I have been inspired, as of late, to discuss my appreciation of Jeffrey Campbell’s innovative, sometimes sculptured, sometimes strange, shoe designs.  Thinking about his trademark platforms, I suddenly found myself drifting back to my childhood. When I was in fifth or sixth grade, I became engrossed with drawing shoes.  It was about the same time … Continue reading Architecture of a Shoe

The Coffee Reward

Today Austin is blanketed in a kind of oppressive heat. It becomes impossible to breathe deeply as you stumble through scratchy gravel kicked up by endless construction projects and squint tightly against the harsh, bleaching sun. It’s the kind of heat that makes one long for a 90 degree day. Even “hot” would be better … Continue reading The Coffee Reward