Sunday, March 25, 2012

Interview with Compania Fantastica

totally love this polkadot trouser
I could wear it to school, shopping with friends, movies everywhere!

this time I did an interview with amazing Compania Fantastica team,
for original post check out here:

How did the compania fantastica born? It must have been a very hard work
and lots of efforts, time put into it.

Companiafantastica was born 3 years ago. It was Mini and Jaime (brother and sister)
who started the offer in terms of fashion that Madrid had was weak and many people could not
find cool alternatives to dress up.
We wanted to display cool urban fashion but at what we called it really affordable prices.
Later press refer to us as "Chic and Cheap" we definitely have shown that fashion is not a luxury.
Nowadays, Compania Fantastica is being sold in more than 20 countries from
Japan to USA, Holland, Germany, Italy , France, Portugal...etc.

The chicest part of the brand would be?

The naive and retro touch of all our designs and the versatility of them which makes you can wear
them either to go to work with flats and simple accessories or with heels and more
special complements to go out at night.
Always cool.

So you said that the collection is very price-efficient, right?

This is one of our main objectives and I am sure one of our strong points.
We make fashion stylish but simple and proof of it is that
Compania Fantastica has spread in the last 2 years and now more than
250 shops are carrying our brand!

If one wants to travel for this spring break, what three pieces would you recommend?

Kill All Artists T-Shirt with Dotty Trousers (casual outfit),
Three Tone Dress (daily outfit),
& Romantic Dress (night outfit)

Compania Fantastica surely seems to have a ton of chic options.
Last message to readers?

Make it cool but make it simple.
Stylish borns inside!!!

special thanks to & photos credit to:

Friday, March 23, 2012

interview with Sete Di Jaipur

original post for 1stlook: 

Your brand features luxurious look. What image does your brand portray?

We have developed a smooth image of refined prints and embroideries, using colors
as our peculiar skill. Sensations of faraway lands and sophisticated charm in order to stress
femininity, combined with natural precious fabrics.

The lookbooks were so exotic and exquisite. How does it proceed to style it up?

The lookbook represent our actual communication message, that is expressed in the beginning by
the collection. We are NOT importers of Eastern items, but we are an Italian company which styling
pool turns other countries' visual icons into an Italian collection.
The lookbooks are shot in Turin, choosing ancient royal palaces or eclectic
furnished flats so to underline our Italian and Turin appartenance.

If one is looking for never-take-off-accessory, what would you recommend?

Embroidered silk/pashmina stole in winter,
printed + embroided silk haboutai scarf in spring.

What are some color choices often used for Sete Di Jaipur?

Bright colors are preferred ones.
Green, red, yellow, fuchsia are always used in every collection.

Can you give us any styling tips as a fashion teacher?

Easy and soft clothes in natural fibers are always giving psychogical & physical comfort.
Mix fancy items as tops or kurtas together with plain color pants and dust coat.
Never forget a scarf as a crown for the face, to underline your personal touch.

special thanks to & photos credit to:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

interview with Barbara Campbell

How do you create accessible collection?

My collections are usually inspired by the environment around me.
I started in the mountains of Vermont, lush and green, and then the beaches of Montauk,
wide open sands, beautiful stones and crashing waves.
I am also inspired by New York City neighborhoods, DUMBO in Brooklyn,
Soho in Manhattan. Soho inspired my black and gold glam collection.

Any layering advice in jewelry?

This year's trend is all about layering.
I love to layer necklaces and bracelets. I love to see a woman in layered bracelets.
My Black and Gold collection has many pieces that are meant to be layered.

Favorite color for Barbara Campbell NYC would be:

Black and monotone colors.

What type of women are BC women?
I can imagine already the bold beauty looks!

BC women set trends, they don't follow them.
They are bright, vivacious and bold. They are contemporary and many are fashionistas.
They are financially conscious, they seek quality and value.
They are diverse in age and race, and they are cosmopolitan.
She is confident; she likes to make a fashion statement.

this post is shortened a bit by editing.

special thanks to & images credit to:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

oh,taco! & interview with shoesofprey

found ohtaco! where they specialize in tacos, burritos and quesadillas etc.
first heard of this place from one of the professors at my school.
I really missed Mexican food and it was hard to find reasonable place
besides taco bell in Korea.
most of the price ranged from 8 bucks to about 12.
and you get this stamp thing for 10 bucks each and for 15th stamp, you get
the quesadillas free!
pretty good deals I guess (love collecting these kinds of offer cards, coupons)

오타코 라는 곳을 생활영어회화 교수님이 가르쳐주셔서
요즘 자주 방문하고 있습니다
(위치는: 부산 부경대학교 담벼락 쪽 골목으로 들어오셔서
제일 처음 닿는 골목에서 또 왼쪽으로 꺾으시면
바로 있답니다)

가격대는 8천원에서 12000원선정도?
만원단위로 스탬프도 찍어주시더라구요
15번째에는 케사디야가 공짜라고 하니
열심히 모아봐야겠어요 ㅎㅎㅎ

since I'm taking mostly the classes related to my major (in Eng. Lit.)
I have quite a lot of free time in between of classes
(usually 1-4 hours) so what I do is often go out and there are lots of
places to eat, shop, and to just feel the crowded atmosphere I guess
so I'm getting used to try finding new places for different kinds of food?
and for snacks my friend and I went to eat a triangle rice roll thing?
we ordered the tuna salad one (costed 1,800 won or about $1.80)

전공위주로 듣다보니 중간중간 비는 시간이 많아져서
요즘 새로운 먹을곳, 쇼핑할곳을 찾고 있어요 ㅎ
오니기리와 이규동 주위에 정말많은데
이번에 처음 먹어봤어요
가격대도 1,800원이라 간식으로 부담없을거 같았고
학생들에게 굿인거같았어요!

first time tried Japanese ramen (miso noodle) at centumcity (forgot the name of the place)
costed 6,500 won ($6.50)
was really good!

센텀시티에서 일본라멘 처음 먹어봤는데요
미소라멘 정말 맛있어요 ㅎ 가격은 6,500 원 이었던거같아요

and like always I wanted to translate this article with Shoes of Prey (for 1stlook magazine)
so you can also read them!
check out the original link at:

한글본은 퍼스트룩 블로그에서 확인해주세요
직접 만드는 수제화인 Shoes of Prey 정말 멋있지 않나요?

How did you decide to team up with the customers to design for themselves?

I'd been commissioning my shoe designs for some time,
because I could never find exactly what I wanted.
As my collection of fun, gorgeous shoes grew,
my girlfriends asked where I was getting my shoes.
I explained that I had designed them myself,
and started to commission designs for them too.
My two co-founders Michael and Mike were both working at Google and looking to get into online retail.
With the marriage of the two ideas, Shoes of Prey was born.

What's the utmost importance your brand believe in?

The right pair of shoes can make you feel like you can conquer the world.
Our shoes are beautifully handmade from raw materials,
and I love hearing our customers tell us about how fabulous they felt when they got to wear
their very own design.

There are some strong splashes of color.
How many colors are just about right to mix it up?

I would say three colors are enough as a general rule of thumb,
though we have seen some exceptions to the rule
that look amazing with more colors!

Any shoes from your line especially fond of?

There are far too many shoes from our collection that I love,
which explains my large shoe collection!
Today my favorite pair is one we've not released yet...
but, I promise to tell you as soon as we're ready to launch!

Shoes of Prey surely seems to be the great gifts.
Any advice for readers in terms of styling or any last message?

Shoes of Prey is the perfect gift-it only takes a couple of clicks
to order, and the recipient will be able to create exactly what they want!
In terms of style advice-have fun!
Enjoy color, texture and take a risk!
This season is a culmination of gorgeous color,
so indulge and enjoy it!

special thanks to & images credit to:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

singing spring (+ interview with Cavortress)

outfit details

DIOR sunglasses

got a new hair dye (in cherry brown)

location: at the movie palace for BIFF

체리브라운으로 다시 염색했어요 ㅎㅎ

just realized that it's getting closer to what we can call a spring into our view
the temperature reached 17-19 degrees Celsius highest today
I'm so ready to wear light cardis, chiffons, and floral dresses all over again!

오늘 드디어 17-19 도 나 되는 날씨였어요
이젠 카디건, 쉬폰, 꽃무늬드레스들 입을 준비가 되어있는데 ㅠㅠ

new interview post for 1stlook magazine is uploaded at
this time it's for Cavortress
I introduced you to the brand before in this blog
but check out these lookbook photos & the interview
to get the spring, summery vibe!

이번 인터뷰는 봄여름 분위기 물씬 풍기는
리조트 스윔웨어 Cavortress 입니다.
위에 링크로 한글기사 확인해주세요 ^^

Please introduce us some S/S 12 pieces.
What kind of image do they portray?

The Swim 2012 Collection was called the "Great American Vacation."
I grew up in Upstate New York and vacationed in Florida pretty much every year for Spring Break,
then spent summers in the 1000 islands and on the Great Lakes
(very much like where the movie 'Dirty Dancing' was filmed.)
Northerners are pretty pale from being indoors all winter and I always looked forward to
shopping for a bright and cheerful swimsuit to wear on vacation and disguise my lack of tan.
I have a background in graphic design and decided to design my own prints for our line.
We also love the pleated caftan in royal blue because it can be worn year round
if weather permits as a dress or tunic, dressed up or down.
It can even work on someone who is pregnant!
Our pieces can be worn appropriately at a high end resort, a country club,
supermarket, or out on the town.

To get a great design turnouts, what do you do?

I think first about my clients, then stay true to my aesthetic.
It is important for me to be involved in the entire process including the design of the patterns for the
swimwear, the prints for the fabric, the labels for the garments, handtags for the garments,
casting of the models, art direction for the photoshoot, design of the lookbook, website,
online shop, etc. A great design is supported by effective marketing and branding.
I never design something I wouldn't wear myself.

Styling is definitely important. Do you collaborate with other brands in accessories?
How do you add that extra touch?

I love styling the looks that appear in our online shop and in our lookbook that buyers
see before the product goes out to stores. Aside from designing the prints,
this is my favorite part of the process. Lumete Eyewear is a company that I frequently
collaborate with for their fabulous sunglasses. Their design aesthetic has a vintage and American
feel to it like our brand. I am also a fan of Stuart Weitzman and YSL summer shoes that
are consistently incospicuous, yet classy and look well with a swimsuit.
Bob Ellis is a shoe store here in Charleston that we collaborate with on shoes.
Cavortress believes that it is important to complete an entire look
for your swimsuit.

Perfect destination to wear Cavortress would be:

Vegas, baby!
The sun shines there every day!
There is no other place better for 'fun in the sun' which is the motto for our swimwear line.

What key things should the readers find when looking for their perfect summer wear?

When looking for perfect summer wear, one should consider the ease for wearing the item
of clothing and what they will be doing in it. Our swimwear one piece suits translate nicely with
a skirt or a pair of shorts over top of them, looking somewhat like tube tops or tank tops.
Our coverups also translate well to clothing and can be styled for a night on the town with
heels and jewelry yet provide enough protection from the sun and fit easily over a swimsuit.
If you are out on a boat, or sitting poolside, you might just have to hop to the
next event without a wardrobe change. Summerwear should be easy and

Your pieces are such glamorous swimwear. Few tips for us to enjoy summer?

We love summer and we don't believe in hiding during swimsuit season!

special thanks to & images credit to:


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