I’m being a little demanding today. Sorry, can’t help it. I had jury duty so I’m in that – I totally have your life in the palm of my hands - kind of mood. But my absolute favorite composer is Ryuichi Sakamoto… We’ve been over this once before. Back in the day. And I need you to turn the lights down, maybe light a candle and close your eyes for a second while listening to this…
Let yourself cry… I know!
Play it again. I’ll wait. And add Ryuichi Sakamoto to your pandora. It will change your life. Forever.
Oh and made a 15 minute dress. Might do a DIY on that because I’m still shocked.
Hey, What’s up… can you do me a solid and make sure you’re registered to vote by August 17th please and thanks.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you who to vote for… totally your decision and be glad you have the right to make it. So to celebrate that right make sure you’re set and ready to go… register.
Why am I bringing this up, you ask? Well, my dear lad and/or lass, I am rolling out an Isabella Louis All American collection this August and I’ve already starting leaking (and selling woops) previews.
Right now I’m super amped about the Olympics so I’m all TEAM USA and offering free shipping during the Olympics and some pretty rad prices… just saying.
But the purpose behind the All American collection is to really get people in the spirit, THE MOOD…and excited about voting. This election is going to be intense and everyone (that’s old enough) needs to pick a side… and not just the side of their parents, or friends, or clergymen (lol), but the one they believe in.
I’ve fallen in love with “Our Time” and I’m still working out the details but we’ll definitely be donating a portion of every All American sale to Our Time. Their efforts are inspiring.
If you have additional questions about voting in Massachusetts, here is the contact information:
McCormack Building Room 1705
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
|Toll Free: 1-800-462-VOTE|
I’m obsessed with the British flag. I think it may even be more than that… I’m pretty sure I’m just obsessed with Britain and I’m absolutely positive that I was British in a past life. I even slip into a British accent every once in a while. It’s really strange… like it’s calling me. Oddly enough, I’ve never been but I’ve got a huge Brit Flag hanging in a $4500 frame in the hallway of my apartment. I’ve got buttons I put on every red blazer I make with little British flags on them, I’ve painted the British flag a million different ways on canvas, it’s the backdrop of my twitter and tumblr pages and the cover image on Facebook. It has completely taken over my life. And now I find myself branding Isabella Louis with the flag. The Brits might get a little angry with me but look, I’ll probably end up living there and I’m definitely going to open shop there so eh…
But my roommate/graphic designer/assistant extraordinaire said something the other day as he created the top image for my labels. The actual construction, geommetrics, architecture… whatever is pretty insanely complex. And I agree! Like I said, I used to paint them all the time and once you start paying some attention you’re surprised. You look at the Brit flag and you think: easy… It’s a cross with a line through it but no… the British flag is definitely difficult to imitate. There are details that you would not even notice. It just looks so effortless… so cool. But look at it. Look at it closely… They put a bit of detail in the flag and clearly didn’t want you to know.
So, that’s kind of the story of my life and definitely my clothing line. I, myself, like to dress a way, portray myself in a way, style my hair in a way that looks effortless (exclude my hair…that is in fact effortless. You couldn’t pay me to put much effort into my hair) BUT there are details that make it all a little more complex than it seems. My arm candy, for example, looks like stacked-on wrist of trinkets. Yes, I’m used to it now… I roll out of bed with it but, you know, the lions go on the bottom because they frame my wrist the best. The multi is tight so I place it under the cut-out bangle, the spikes always go above the lions… blah blah etc… you get me.
Even personality wise, it may be a flaw, but whenever I’m extremely nervous, excited, etc I go into this hyper-cool, relaxed, laid back, nonchalant, “I’m too cool for school” mode even if I’m screaming and jumping on the inside. “Oh, yea, Jessie J totally wants my Spiked jacket… no big deal” (waiting for that to really happen).
It’s the same exact way when I’m writing or making clothes. You will be holding one of my pieces in your hands and have an “oh shit” moment once you start to realize the details. I pay CLOSE attention to detail. Everything – like, “oh, did you realize this little baby centimeter button has a British flag on it.”
“Whoa, no… bonkers.”
You know it takes me almost an hour and a half to distress a pair of shorts. It doesn’t even take me that long to cut and make them. But I sit there pulling each strand and measuring the distance of each tear so these things will last forever.
There are details in my collection. In every single piece I make – that I spend hours with to create a look that looks effortless. Effortless coolness is the best. When people make it look easy, you just trust them.
And that’s why I think I feel such a strong connection to the British flag. They just made it look so easy. Hell, the British make life look so easy. They’re really remarkable.
Inspiration is a strange thing.
I could just be sitting here playing The Sims…yes, I love The Sims – my super old PS2 “Bustin’ Out” Sims. But I’ll just be playing then all of a sudden I will stand up and start playing the Plastiscines on my iPhone and all of a sudden, whilst staring at the wall I will have envisioned an entire collection. The one I am working on now is very 90′s inspired…duh. But, it’s got a different vibe that I really can’t explain in words…just through color, prints, textures… you know. So, I guess I’ve got nothing for you until its done.
There are no famous designers that inspired this collection. My muse is the same badass carefree, romantic rocker chick that it’s always been. I really wish I could find her in real life. Well…I guess I am her. But it’s a bit narcissistic to call myself my muse. Ha, well…maybe.
Here’s the Factory.
And promote shiny floors with “Mop & Shine” the Dollar Tree version of Mop & Glow. Warning, everyone that steps foot into your apartment will immediately fall on their backs.
Well, that’s my space. No curtains…you know, so the creativity can just flow in and out. That’s what I say anyway – I just haven’t fallen in love with any. I should just stop being silly and make them.
And there’s the blazer I started like a week ago. Had to wait for the spikes to come in. She ships out tomorrow as soon as I add a few more studs and the buttons!
I went on a bit of a hiatus. I guess you can say I went away to “find myself.” Not really… but I needed some time to regain my focus, figure out which direction I want to go. Granted, I still haven’t completely figured that out but I need to get back to blogging.
I’ve been in the process of redirecting my company The Boston Bazaar. If you happened to have clicked that link you’ll realize it’s not completely up to date. I spent weeks working on the new design then my USB was lost…sad, I know. Now I need to start from scratch and learn to save my documents in several places. I put it off for a while but I’m ready to dive back in. My etsy shop has picked up in the past couple of weeks and I’ve had to hire an assistant to help me out with things.
The most exciting development is my obsession with film. I’ve always been a huge film fanatic but now I’m really going for it. I desperately want to land a job on a film set, preferably in wardrobe, but whatever foot I can get in the door will be awesome. So, there are a few new films coming to Boston and I have every intention to work on one.
I also can’t help but want to have a try with acting. I’m taking an acting class next month, which I think will even be good for me on a social level – it’ll help me get over some of my shyness. I know, it’s frowned upon to want to work in film and be in films but I know how to keep the two separate. And honestly, I have such a passion for it that any involvement would make my world.
So, that’s all for now. We’re all caught up.