New Collection & Lookbook

So excited to share with you, a new collection and lookbook!
These shots were taken at the beautiful New England home of my grandparents. They designed and built it in the 1970’s. As soon as I finalized this collection, I could only picture doing the lookbook in this house. The colors and vibe were perfect.  All the paintings seen throughout were done by my talented grandmother, Patricia Olean.
(see below to read about my design process for this collection)

See magazine version here.












I created this collection by really doing a long, intense study on almost everything I’ve previously created.  Sizes, texture, colors, functions; it can all be so overwhelming.  Im at a point now where I know a lot of people who own several of my products. I spoke with many of them asking their opinion; which styles they use the most, and what they are used for. I found out some interesting information! I also did a complete rummage of all my materials, and past samples, re-examining old prototypes and ideas.  If I had tons of space I would definitely be a hoarder of supplies, and keep every item I’ve ever made, but I can only store so much in my Brooklyn apartment. So, I got rid of almost everything; it was tough, but I feel like it really cleared my head to start fresh, keeping the ideas and moving forward with them.
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Style Photography – Lindsay Totolo Fullam
Product Photography – Alex Bukhman
Art Direction / Model – Annie Olean Bukhman


Fall Mood & Design Process

Hey guys! Yes, I know its been an infinity since I’ve done a blog post. My sister (of Lemon Press Blog) was my  amazing ‘virtual assistant’ for a while; she would set up the blog posts for me (it was so awesome to just give her the ideas, and she would execute it). She has since gone back to school; and although Im so sad to not have such a fantastic assistant anymore, I’m so glad she’s doing what makes her happy!!

So I’m back at the blog, this time with the inspiration board from my new collection. My fall / winter 2014 collection will be available very shortly; to get you in the mood I’d like to share the images I continually look at throughout, and a little bit about my design process each season.

Each season I create a simple board via pinterest with the overall mood, colors, textures, or patterns of how I want the collection to feel. I pretty much keep it open on my screen for months and months while designing, I find it helps to keep me (somewhat) focused to design a tight collection. It’s so easy while designing to try every new idea that pops into my head, and to want to offer a million different items; editing down to the most important items I find SO difficult! I usually end up cutting at least 50% of where I started.

Some of you may know this about me; my ‘sketch book’ is also on my computer. I start with a clean artboard in Adobe Illustrator, and just draw out any and all ideas I have for a while. Then I slowly edit and refine it down to the final collection; (fyi- it changes ALOT before its finalized). I like organizing everything on my computer so its all in one place, and I know exactly where it is; Im not good at keeping track of notebooks or loose tear sheets.

Here is an example of a final line sheet, from the spring ’14 collection:
SPRING14 line plan
So finally, here are some of the images off my fall / winter inspiration board: See the full board here on Pinterest. All previous season’s inspiration boards can also be found on my Pinterest profile here 
fall14-inspiration-board for Gift Shop Brooklyn
What is your design process, and how do you stay organized??



Summer Mini Collection & Giveaway!

New items added to our Summer 2014 collection! Mid summer heat is the best excuse to do some online air conditioned shopping, right??

(Click on item name below image to go to item page, scroll to bottom for Honey Kennedy giveaway info)

Pony hair clutches, now in 2 sizes small – $64 | large- $78


Honey Kennedy is doing a Gift Shop Brooklyn giveaway today through August 5! Click here for details and to get a 10% off coupon to use here at or our etsy shop!

Good Finds – Currently Coveting

There are so many good things on Etsy, (obviously you have to search to find the good stuff). I made it easy for you by sharing some of my favorite recent finds.
You can see more, and follow my Etsy favorites here

Find them here:
1. Silver Square Ring 2. Pygmy Owl Crop Top 3. Upholstered Copper Bench 4. Poet Ring 5. 70s Mermaid Dress 6. Iris Pendant Light 7. Summer Kaftan 8. Open Back Sandals 9. 1960s Neiman Marcus Dress 10. Portrait by Maarten Schroder 11. Johnny Depp Tee 12. Wooden Salad Bowl 13. Vintage Brass Swans 14. Jerk Balloons 15. Killer Queen Cross Earrings 16. Stacking Gold Modern Bracelet 17. Aquamarine Polaris Ring 18. Stripey Kitten Print 19. Vintage Chocolate Suede Booties 20. Porcelain Horse Figurine 21. Mother of Pearl Bird Pin

Jen Huang

I really love Jen Huang’s Instagram feed, her pictures are refreshingly simple and elegant. The colors are all so light and delicate; it gives me the feeling of purity, each image makes me feel like I can smell fresh sweet air.
Absolutely perfect for family and wedding photographs. Or, as my sister said, “I want her to photograph my life and make it look that good”.

See more amazing Instagram pics: here.  Jen Huang’s Website: here



White Wine & Lemon Biscuit Recipe by Lemon Press

white-lemon-biscuits-blog-greenChanging things up a bit and Annie’s assistant, moi, Montana, will be doing this weeks blog post. Lemon Press, is my food related blog with some beauty products or style guides here and there. Annie and I thought it would be a nice change to do a recipe so I’m sharing my lemon and white wine biscuit recipe, also seen here.

Wine biscuits

Traditionally wine biscuits are made with red wine, I usually use whichever red has been open for two days, because I cannot drink opened wine past that point (yucky). For this recipe I wanted 1. prettier looking biscuits (the red wine ones come out kind of gray and 2. lighter and more summery biscuits. So, I added some very light sauvignon blanc and lemon zest to brighten them up a bit. These biscuits are delicious after dinner with a glass of wine or in the morning toasted with some neufchâtel cheese tea or coffee.

White Wine and Biscuits

Lemon & White Wine Biscuits (makes 24-36)

4 c all-purpose flour*
1 c granulated sugar
3/4 C light olive oil or vegetable oil
1 C white wine*
4 t baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt

optional: pinch of freshly ground black pepper (for savory biscuits)

* If desired, swap in whole wheat pastry flour for half of the all-purpose
** I used sauvignon blanc but I really think any white wine will work

White wine and lemon biscuits

1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large mixing bowl. Whisk together
2. In separate bowl combine white wine, oil, and lemon zest.
3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix gently with rubber spatula until combined, turn onto surface and knead 1-2 minutes.***
4. Cut into 1-2″ pieces, roll and make into circles (or whichever shape you like). Roll tops (sweet version only) in sugar, place on parchment paper.
5. Bake 10-15 minutes depending on size.

***Here is where I cut the recipe in half and mixed the second half with a pinch of fresh ground black pepper to do a more savory biscuit.

White wine and biscuits

Look Book Look Back

I wanted to take a look back at one of my favorite, (non-professionally photographed) look books. This one is from Fall 2012; Alex and I did this ourselves.  I had envisioned a sort of cut and paste look, as if I was just floating around these floral backgrounds.  We used vintage tablecloths laid on the floor of our living room, then Alex set up a ladder and affixed his camera at an angle to shoot down at me. It was definitely a process, especially because our Brooklyn apartment isn’t huge, so we didn’t have a ton of space to work with. I love the result though, I would love to do this concept again professionally!!
Click on image to enlarge
Here are some behind the scenes shots:

See the rest of my look books here

Time to Relax

It finally feels like summer here! The warm season is a great time to slow down a bit, lounge around, and relax. I’m hoping something like this can be in my near future.

Here are a few of my favorite lounge and sleep items…

1. Cami with matching bottoms by OhhhLuLu
2. want to throw this on over everything by bymomma190
3. this robe (might also wear during the day..? : ) by ktjean
5. Been obsessed with these little sets from Jcrew.
6. this bralette by KateXTee
8. romper by DW Designs

9. I always splash a little of this musk on before bed, it smells so fresh to me.

Love this shop (not pictured) everything is so light and summery. I have and love this super soft set (not pictured) from Victoria’s Secret.

I also keep a little dish on my nightstand with some baking soda, every few days I sprinkle on some lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, (the baking soda acts as a base, so the oils aren’t evaporated immediately). It smells so nice.Jcrew’s scout chino (all winter also) are my absolute favorite lounge pants. I always put them on at night (post work clothes, pre pajamas). They don’t seem to have them right now, but they do have a lot of nice lounge-y pants.relax and sleep well!
xo a.

Photo Diary

You may have noticed I put my etsy shop on vacation recently for a while; basically I need a break. For the past two years I have been going non stop at full speed. I love what I do and I love keeping all my wonderful customers happy, but I think I finally reached a point of burnout. I started not feeling well (nothing serious), basically just my body telling me it is going to stop functioning properly until I treat it better.  So I am on a short, but necessary cleanse – physically and mentally.  Not to get too intense or personal. just letting you all know what is happening over here! I will be back (at full speed I’m sure) soon! In the mean time, is active, and orders can still be placed there.

On a different note, I am finalizing styles for my next collection, so any requests?? Please feel free to leave comments of what you would like to see offered in my shop this winter.
xo a.