Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Idea- Washi Tape!

So at the end of an awesome semester with professor Lisa Elston (check out her textile blog here) , she surprised the entire class with washi tape! We did not expect that, nor did we really know what to do with the washi tape. 

A little internet research and lots hours later, I found that I had at least 50 new projects to add to my pinterest to-dos. 

If you are wondering what washi tape is, or why it is so popular, then you are in luck! I've created a Pinterest board with all kind of ideas and projects for washi tape. Take a look here , but tread cautiously...these things are dangerously addictive! 

Happy Designing! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Giving Keys

Written by Julie Sparkuhl
 Photos by Emily Sparkuhl

This past Saturday, my sister and I got to view the Trunk Show at Nordstrom ‘The Giving Keys’ which was selling several bracelets, bangles, and necklaces.  Emily bought herself a bracelet, with the word ‘Create’.  We also met Caitlin Crosby herself, and she was great to talk to.  She met with all the shoppers who were more than happy to buy a key and wear the accessory with they’re unique styles.
‘The Giving Keys’ was first created by Caitlin Crosby, an actress, singer/songwriter who happened to start wearing her hotel key around her neck because she liked the design; from there the business blossomed and ‘The Giving Keys’ was born.
            From her website under the tab- ‘About Us’ Crosby soon met Rob and Cera in Hollywood Blvd. The pair were sitting under an umbrella with a sign that said ‘Ugly, Broke, & Hungry’ from there a friendship was born and Crosby quickly discovered that Cera creates jewelry and the three started making ‘The Giving Keys’.
            ‘The Giving Keys’ quickly joined up with United Way and PATH a transitional home in LA.  These two charities help ‘The Giving Keys’ construct keys and provide opportunities for jobs and permanent housing.
For more information about ‘The Giving Key’ visit the website

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fashion Monday: Seattle Style!

Happy Monday! 

It's such a beautiful day here in Southern California! Although it seems odd, on days as pretty as these, I usually think of my dream place- Seattle , WA, which, we can agree, is almost opposite of So Cal.

I only think of Seattle because lately it's my obsession. I've been wanting to move to Seattle for over a year now, and have even set a goal to move ! Its a super exciting-butterfly -inducing- feeling, and I just cannot wait! By this time next year my goal is to have moved to Seattle. 

So what does a designer in training do to prepare for a move like this ? Well....Pinterest of course. I've been pining like crazy things that I'd wear in Seattle, and I thought i'd share some of that with you today! 

Take a look at some of these cute , Seattle- worthy looks from my pin board below: 

3- Contrast Color Floral Print Sleeveless A-Lined Dress

What do you guys think? Seattle worthy ?

Happy Designing! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Make A Kick-Ass Portfolio

If you are working towards your fashion degree at Saddleback College, like me, than you 
understand that one of the things that is required for every class is a portfolio page at the end of the semester. This is a brilliant idea created to prepare the fashion majors for the real world. I'm almost done with my degree and have quite a few of these portfolio pages that I keep looking through when I started wondering, how I could make my portfolio stand out.

 After a few hours of research I have come up with a great list of what employers are currently looking for in a great portfolio. I will be breaking these tips into two different types of portfolios; Printed and Online. 

>>Part I -Printed Portfolios<<

>>Tailoring <<
It makes sense that what employers want to see most is what is relevant to the company and job description. You want to make sure that you are meeting those needs in order to be the best candidate for the job. What I recommend is having a good two to three different portfolios tailored to different positions


Variety is much appreciated and  much sought after.  It seems like there is two different opinions when we talk about variety. It comes down to whether you are a student or already a working professional. For both parties, employers want to see both client work and non-client work.  It's understandable that as a student, you will undoubtedly have a lot more non-client work than client related work and designs.That is perfectly fine. I recommend having a few pieces of client related work. Try designing a logo for your local school clubs, the  library, or do some freelancing work online (click >here< for great places to find a freelance job. ) For working professionals, what employers are really interested to see mixed in with the client-based work is some non-client work. This is a change to show that you are a creative genius and can think outside the box. 


Do yourself a favor and set a monthly goal to clean up your portfolio. This will be a great time to include new work and maybe re-vamp some old work. It will also save you from pulling out your hair the day before an interview. Take this opportunity to take a closer look at how your aesthetic has changed and make changes for the better. If something is no longer up to your standard, don't keep it in your portfolio just because it's an extra item, or to make it look big. Quality over quantity all the way. 

>>Broadcast Yourself <<

I'm very willing to bet that 20-30 pages of great work isn't what solely defines you as a designer. Yes, this is a great start to the great portfolio we are all looking for, but is it everything you have to offer? Employers want to see a well rounded portfolio. Show them that you volunteer, show them that you understand costs  and what it takes to produce a product. That knowledge is extremely impressive. I'd hire you. 

>>Case Studies<<
I know that case studies is something one usually only hears in Intro To Psych, but this is legit right here. As silly and counter intuitive as it sounds, a case study is the # 1 thing that was most recommended by industry professionals to be included in a portfolio. When you think about it, it does make sense. They want to see your thought process because that is much more valuable  and insightful than just samples of work. Employers want to know the whole story, specially if this was client work (hint, hint)  

The whole point of your portfolio is to impress, stun and be unforgettable. To make this easy make sure to detail each page with a page number, a title and a description.  This will help your interviewer remember specific pages they liked. 


Here's the deal guys- the HR department at your dream company is currently bombarded with portfolios to look through everyday. It speaks highly of you when you can offer a consistency of great variety. Employers are grading your portfolio mentally and looking for the person who create great work, shows a variety of it and is consistent in display, description and quality. This is the very best time to let your work and work ethic speak for itself.

>>Sell it & End On a High Note<<

If you follow these tips, you will already be selling it but definitely leave the best for last. If you have a great piece of work that you are particularly proud of, make sure to display it as your last piece of work. This way you ensure that the very last thing your next employer sees is the best thing you have to offer. This will leave a great and lasting impression, and might just land you the job. 

Overall, I think you have got this.  Designers are nothing if not meticulous about perfecting their work. I hope these tips help you create a great physical portfolio or maybe tweek the one you already have. Stay tuned for the next segment- How To make a Kick-Ass Online Portfolio. 

Happy Designing ! 


>>Sources & More Tips!<<

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Time Fashion

Pinterest Board Summer Design

How exciting is summer!?

I'd say it’s provably the Christmas of seasons. The best thing about summer for me is the sheer awesomeness of summer style (including a well-developed tan.)

Being a fashion designer in training, I tend to utilize as many free resources that I can to expand on my creativity and any new ideas that I'm currently filtering through. Those who know me well know that my go-to tool to use is currently Pinterest. I love Pinterest mainly because it is the one social media website that benefits from over population.

I’m currently enrolled in some summer courses that require me to work with the computers to design (Illustrator, where have you been all my life?!) and mood boards are essential to my design process and style. So, of course, I have been using Pinterest like nobody’s business. 

Today I was looking through some of the summer style pictures and decided to make a board of all my favorite summer styles. I feel like there is no end to how many cute outfits you could mix and match with some basic summer classics. 

Click on the picture above to see everything on my Summer Styles 

Until next time,

[happy designing]


Friday, July 11, 2014

Hi there!

I think its about time I get to introducing myself! 
My name is Dai, a designer in training. I am a student at Saddleback College and I look forward to doing some guest pieces about fashion.

A little bit about my background: 
I was born in Havana, Cuba and at a young age was taught home sewing by my grandmother. When I left Cuba a lot of those skills appeared to have disappeared due to lack of continual use. As a Freshman in college  I originally pursued a degree in psychology, but my passion for sewing was renewed when I took beginning sewing at Saddleback as a side project. Needless to say, I've never gone back.  I also pride myself on being a vegan and a conscious designer. I look forward to writing some industry specific articles that can benefit my fellow students. 

Happy Designing! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recycled Runway Event in Escondido

The Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery

And The Lexus Center of Escondido

Proudly presents

 recycle 2012 poster photo 

If you are a fashion designer or student of fashion design, seamstress, tailor or someone who just likes to create.  We invite you to challenge yourself by making fashion using recycled materials and submitting them for our 7th runway event.   The chosen completed garments will be presented at our runway event at the Lexus Center in Escondido on Saturday, September 27th 2014.
 This fun filled event attracts designers and attendees throughout  San Diego County, Simi Valley, LA and the North Bay area.

For more information on the requirements and submission forms please click on the link.  Click here for submission form and guidelines

When submitting your images please include a statement of what recycled materials the garment is made of.  Please keep it to 25 words or less.   If your piece is accepted into the show and you would like to have it listed for sale in the program, please include the price  in the statement.  The EAP/Municipal Gallery takes a 30% commission. 

We look forward to your submissions.

Kellene Richetts-Nguyen
Recycled Materials Fashion Committee  

The Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery
262 East Grand Ave, Escondido CA 92025