As always I'm behind on blogging. These are some photos I am EXCITED about.
My own little guy Max made his runway debut at this years Dove Lewis benefit show. He's a senior little fellow that we rescued from wonderful second chance dog rescue Hopes Haven about a year and a half ago. Actually he's a "foster failure", a foster dog that you end up keeping. I think we told them he was ours just a few days into it because I fell madly in love with his sweet little face.
Backstage, in the green room (above) and during rehearsal (below).
The only thing I was bummed about the show, was the lack of close ups of the doggie outfits. Not only did I dress Max, but another adorable terrier named Timmy. Here is is walking with one of my holiday dresses.
Here are Max and Sarah Giffrow on the runway!
Max was super popular and had a TON of admirers as we exited the building. Almost everyone stopped to pet him.
He was so tired the next day this was pretty much is only pose.
And in complete randomness, here is me giving Rojo, the pet therapy llama a carrot. If you didn't know I actually grew up on a llama farm. So it's always nice to see one now and again.
The loudest thing you can do with money, is to speak with your dollars.
Who are you giving your money to?
Where does that money go?
Who do is positivly affect?
Does it stay in your community?
Does it help your comunity?
Who made or grew what you are buying, and was it done ethically?
Is it only making the rich richer, while keeping the poor poorer?
I ask myself these things every single time my money and I are parted. I go out of my way to go to local stores that are involved with the community. I purchase local produce. I look in every thing that is not edible for country of origin.
I fully understand too that sometimes you have a selection of cheap crap and cheap crap. 3% of apparel sold in the USA is made in the USA.
This holiday season I urge you to think about what you are buying. There is a fantastic holiday event going on in Portland called Little Boxes. The community is so wonderful. 170 stores have banded together to promote this 2 day event 11/23 and 11/24, and have 90 prizes. Sounds better than a sharp elbow in the ribs around dessert time on Thanksgiving to get some cheap crap at a big box that will most likely break in a year.
Full list of stores here:
Dove Lewis benefit DoveAdore featureing Boutiques Unleashed. I LOVE this event. I have a few pals that work at Dove Lewis (though I hate to see them there, because it usually means I'm there with one of my brood), but I have to say I am sure glad they are there the times I have needed them. I'm showing two looks and Max, the cutest dog in the world, is making his runway debut at the ripe old age of 15! I am dressing two humans and 2 dogs. Both boys, so of course they will be wearing dog tuxedos.
Invite here: http://www.facebook.com/BoutiquesUnleashed
Not just a trunk show, but a Trunk Sioree at Rhapsody Boutique. Sahlia Jewelry Designs,
Ms. Wood, Clair Vintage Inspired, Tarte, and Maple XO. Local fashion
photographer Lavenda Memory will also be on hand. I'm super excited just to go hang out with all these awesome people! Invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/527477533945055
Saturday 11/17 Friends and Family Studio Sale!!!!!! Clair
Vintage Inspired, Hubris Apparel, Carolyn Hart Designs and Orange
Exterior are all participating in this special one time sample sale
event. Prices are so low we are not publishing them. Cash and cards
accepted.Ger there early. http://www.facebook.com/events/424309007618979
Friday & Saturday 11/23 & 11/24 I am not personally a part of this, but several stores that carry my line are! This holiday season SHOP LOCAL! Speak with your spending. I cannot believe how may stores are participating this year. Plus no sharp elbows at 4am with crazed shoppers holding lattes. http://littleboxespdx.com/shop/
All November Also check out my pal Sarah Giffrows photo-making month. See it happen here: http://www.sarahgiffrow.com/2012/portland-professional-photography-a-photo-making-month/ She already snapped one up of my car:
Inspired by National Novel Writing Month which oddly enough ended up in my always accurate horoscope by Free Will Astrology by Rob Brezney:
Every November, thousands of writers participate in National Novel
Writing Month. They pledge to compose at least 50,000 words of a new
novel in that 30-day period. In accordance with the astrological omens,
Aquarius, I propose that you commit yourself to a comparable project in
your own field. Is there a potential masterpiece on which you could get a
substantial amount of work done? Is there a major transformation you've
long wanted to undertake but have always had some excuse to avoid? I
predict that you will attract unexpected help and luck if you summon the
willpower to focus on that task.
On that note, back to my world domination plans. Because they're on.