my outfit - moto jacket :: forever 21 (old, but I think I need an update) | white sweater :: maurice's (similar) | camisole :: maurice's | scarf :: gift shop @ Capitol Theatre | owl necklace :: vanity | dia de los muertos earrings :: Tooele Art Festival | heels :: qupid | jeans :: rock & republic (get a pair here)
...have been only slightly exaggerated.
Uninspired and unmotivated do not even begin to describe the lethargy that has held a vice grip on my productivity over the last month. Despite the variety of really good things that have happened within the context of the last 30 days (a promotion, a raise, Thanksgiving, a modeling gig, a visit from my favorite cousin - to name just a few), I feel this massive but ghostly weight dragging me down. I blame the disgustingly nice weather. I wish it would snow.
The Grantsville Christmas parade with my nephew, sister and Aunt/Uncle/grand-cousins was absolutely the highlight of my Thanksgiving weekend. The parade itself was actually kind of pathetic (a handful of fire trucks, cheerleaders on four wheelers and my friend Virginia with her cart and pony), but the kid was pretty stoked about the lights and sirens on the fire trucks... so it wasn't a total loss. When he saw me taking pictures of my shoes, he insisted on taking the camera and snapping a few of his own.
I also learned that nothing looks better with a pixie cut than a badass moto jacket, and I am now hellbent upon procuring something a little chicer than this ancient Forever 21 incarnation. It's functional, but I wouldn't mind finding something that fits a little better and has a lot more spunk. Naturally, this new obsession has led to the scouring of fashion blogs and online window shopping in an effort to dream up my ideal motorcycle jacket. I've yet to find The One, but I have stumbled across a number of beautiful possibilities, ranging from Considerable Option to Heartbreaking Fantasy.
Aside from my search for The Perfect Moto Jacket, I've recently taken a keen interest in adding to my accessory collection. My general distaste for cheap jewelry stems from its commonality; however, last week I was introduced to the indie gem, Bevel. Bevel has taken the traditional trunk show concept (where new, independent designers were only able to reach a small number of people in a particular geographical area) and brought it to the internet. Designers are still new and independent, and collections are still unique and limited, but the online trunk show provides greater access and greater exposure, benefiting everyone involved, from the artisan who finds a new following, to the fashionistas who have the chance to acquire their handcrafted pieces.
The concept of "buying local" has had the potential to take on a whole new meaning since the invention of e-commerce, and Bevel emulates that idea perfectly. I'm excited to partner with them as they launch their first round of shows tomorrow at 12pm EST (that's 10am for us Mountain peeps), featuring designs by:
& Nettie Kent
Each designer's show is limited to only 200 pieces, made-to-order by the designer. An access code is required to access the first round of shows - lucky for you, I happen to have one that I will post before it opens tomorrow morning.
If, like me, you're dying to know what might pop up in tomorrow's shop, take a moment to scan Bevel's Facebook page for photos from their live launch events. Check back here after 9 in the AM (MST) for the code to access Bevel's first online trunk show, then be sure to drop back by afterward to let me know what you thought and if you were lucky enough to snag something awesome!