Hi There!

Don't worry ladies and gents, I'm still alive.  I'll be finished with this quarter of school at the end of next Wednesday.  WOOO!!!!  Until then I'll pop in as often as possible.  My major project, my tailoring outfit is due Friday!  I'm really excited.  It's looking great!

Love, Mallory


Wonderful Christmastime Playlist!

So, around my corner of the world Christmas is kinda huge.  Don't be surprised if I go a little Christmas crazy.  By a little I mean a LOT!  I mentioned here that I have already started my shopping and last week I made my first diy Christmas decor of the year.  In fact we have 36 days until Christmas, so let's get excited people!  To help you get in the spirited mood I've made you a playlist of my favorite Christmas songs.

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I'm sure that helped you get in the cheery mood ;)
xo, Mallory


Top 5 Tips for Designing

I’ve been attending a renowned design school for 4 years now.  The University of Cincinnati is in the top 60 design schools in the world ranked by BusinessweekI’ve learned so much that I can’t even begin to explain it all but I can sum up my top tips for any designer creating a collection, no matter their field of expertise.  I wish I had heard all of these tips a few years ago, because everyone has potential for groundbreaking ideas if they just start to think outside of the box!  First you need to learn where the box is, and that's what most of these tips will help you with!

1. Research!  This sounds daunting, but if you love design, research is simply window shopping and reading about companies you are interested in!  Fun right?  This also includes reading blogs.  Pick a target customer, find their interests, and uncover unmet needs.  If you research enough you can begin to have a feel for trends.  You see what has over-flooded the market and what is just on the horizon.  Keep in mind trends are overarching gradual changes.  Fads are what we consider “trendy” like how cats are a fad right now, but in a years time a new motif will be popular.  Fads are generally to be avoided when designing.

2. Inspiration is a fickle thing.  Here is my advice on how to narrow it down and find something you can really design from.  I’ve found that too much stimulation causes confusion and prevents cohesion.  Look outside of your focus or into the past for inspiration.  I often look at musicians, art, furniture, or interior designs to inspire my clothing.  Once you find one or two heart moving images, people, or objects stop looking!!!!  Sometimes aesthetics of your inspiration isn’t what inspired you.  If this is the case intellectualize your inspiration and your ideas will be endless!

3. SKETCH, SKETCH, SKETCH!  My first few ideas are usually total rubbish and don’t make sense together, but then as I progress I come across some great ideas.  I also begin to put together the not quite successful ideas to find great ones.  When sketching, over do it!  Draw at least triple the amount of ideas you need!  When I jump into a project set on an idea, I then sketch and quickly find I will have much better ideas near the end!  Next I cut out my strongest designs and shuffle them around until I’ve come up with the best combination possible.

4. Simplify.  Beauty is in the details.  Unless you’re Betsey Johnson, then you can pull off more is more.
5. After you have your designs and begin to source materials and make prototypes, keep in mind that craftsmanship is everything.  You can have a fabulous design but if you make it from shoddy materials and rush through the production it will no longer be successful.  If handmade seems “crafty” consumers will think, I can make that myself, rather than I need to buy that.  Having exceptional quality should be your #1 goal.

I hope this has inspired you to make your projects and products even better.  If you see the box you can toe the line and really push yourself to be an innovator!  ♥ Mallory


Wardrobe Pictures- Mom joined my Birthday Outfit!

Before my birthday dinner last weekend my mom joined me for some outfit photos.  It only took a few Pretty Pretty Pleases!  I think she ended up having much more fun than she expected!  Plus the remote shutter is pretty fun to use!

Mom wore: sweater- O.co, pants- TJ Maxx, necklace- vintage

I wore: shirt- Old Navy, jumper- Red Velvet (made by me), leggings- Under Armour, flats- Nordstrom Rack, necklace- vintage

Thanks to my super awesome mom for joining my b-day shoot!  Cutest mom ever right?!

Love, Mallory


Projects Progress- CFDA Update

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, or CFDA, has a few scholarship competitions that certain fashion schools are invited to take part in.  There is the CFDA general scholarship, the Liz Claiborne, and the Geoffrey Beene.  I chose Geoffrey Beene because he was quirky, believed in independent business, art, and loved black and white patterns.

Above is all of my brainstorming.  I found inspiration in the Jonathan Adler pillows and Pedro Friedeberg gold hand chair.  From there I sketched 50+ looks to choose 10 from, collected fabric swatches, made mock-up samples, and finished re-doing my croquis that I started here.

After doing all of my planning I did a LOT of full renderings to continue developing my illustration style.  In the end this one was my favorite and decided to go from there.  I had to get my mom's approval first though!

Now I'm here.  My flat sketches are all finished, I'm working on my bag to contain all of the finished project, I need to finish my full color illustrations (above), and my black and white full 360 sketches.  It's a lot of work, but I'm having a blast!!  I feel like this is the most true to myself that my designs have ever been!

xo, Mallory

p.s. Thanks for all of the birthday wishes!  A special thanks to my super sweet boyfriend for his post :)


Happy Birthday To A Sweet Lady

Hi there friends. It's Brian, and I recently told Mallory I wanted to takeover her blog on her birthday. So Happy Birthday, Mallory/girlfriend/best friend/total babe!

Before reading this post, please press play on the video, and read while it plays. This was the first song I ever told Mallory to listen to.

This is the 4th birthday of hers that I have gotten to be a part of. Each year together has become more special. I think what is most amazing about our relationship is that we started out dating, and not long after actually starting a relationship, we also became really good friends, which I think is genuinely important to both of us. It's very nice knowing that I can completely be myself around her, because that's exactly what she wants me to be. Sometimes I make terrible jokes, and she gives me a look that says "That wasn't funny, but I still love you anyway". I enjoy that look, and see it often. I also know that before her, there was a side of me that I didn't know was there. I'm so inspired by her creativity, that it makes me want to step out of my boundary lines, and try my hand at creative things.

Now let's take a quick second to tell the story of how we met...

Here's how we first met: I was supposed to go on a blind date with a mutual friends cousin, and the day of the supposed date, the cousin backed out. So instead of this date that was supposed to happen, Lauren (mutual friend) her boyfriend, TJ (also, mutual friend), and I all decided to go buy fireworks and blow stuff up since it was close to July 4th. While blowing these fireworks up, some of Laurens friends came over, and Mallory, being one of them, was caught on my "Babe Radar". Lauren had previously told Mallory before she came over that she was not allowed to flirt with me or anything like that. I guess Lauren was looking out for me. Neither Mallory nor I took Laurens advice, and we went on a date a little less than a week later. We saw one of our all time favorite movies, Wall-E.

A month later, we kissed for the first, and that same night, she officially became my girlfriend. To this day, we both still thank Laurens cousin for backing out of that blind date. I really feel as if I should send her a thank you card or give her a high five if I ever see her.

Anyways, it's been a little over 3 years since we've been together now, and I honestly couldn't imagine that time being spent without her. She is one of the most amazing, hard working people I have ever met. I have every intention of spending the rest of my life growing old with her. I love her more than I could ever imagine.




New Arrival

Today my family welcomed it's newest arrival!  My sister (and my b-i-l) brought into this world an angelic little boy named Beckett. I'm so excited to have two very sweet little nephews!  Tomorrow morning Brian will get to hold him for the first time.  My whole family and I are over the moon, especially big brother Dashiell!!!!

Thanks for all of the love we've gotten so far on Twitter & Instagram.
Love, Mallory (& Beck too!)


Adventures with Brian- Christmas Shopping

Today Brian and I started our Christmas shopping at our favorite Antique Mall.  They have more vintage than antiques and the BEST furniture.  We bought presents for 2 of my family members, so I'd say it was a successful trip.

Then we listened to Christmas music on the way home.  Perfection.  By the way he gave me the She & Him Christmas album as an early birthday present.  It's amazing!

Love, Mallory


Wardrobe Pictures- Park Adventure

Things have been super crazy in my neck of the woods.  I've had lots(!!!) of homework, my sister's having her baby Monday, and I've been trying to help plan my other sister's December nuptials.  However, I've been getting to hang out with Brian even more than usual since he's modeling my tailoring project for me.  He just loves watching me do my homework all the time ;)

My mom and I snuck in these photos in the park on Halloween when one of my classes ended early.  Here's what I wore:

scarf- vintage
shirt- Etsy, shop now closed
cardigan- American Eagle, had since 8th grade!
skirt- thrifted
shoes- Aldo

I think my homework schedule should slow down a little bit soon. I'll be sure to share pictures of my new niece or nephew as soon as she or she arrives!

Love, Mallory

(Thanks to my mom for taking these beautiful photos!  They're always best when she takes them!)
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