Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Goddess of Floral Prints and Lace

Here's the black version of the top I posted yesterday. When I put it on, the draped sheer mesh straps made me feel particularly lovely, I wouldn't  necessarily say omnipotent, but I did get a bit of a Grecian goddess feeling. 
If there were a Greek goddess of floral prints and lace what would her name be? Anyone? Floralacia? 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Check My Math

If the day is gray (dull and nondescript; without interest or character? YES) and we call it D and assign it a value of zero and we then add this freshly sewn outfit which is colorful (full of interest; lively and exciting? YES).  Let's call it O, and give it a value of 10.  We can then say that O > D and O + D = 10. Therefore, just by adding this outfit a gray day can become greater than it was and a perfect 10 too! Am I right? You can check my math but I'm feeling pretty secure about this equation. All that's left to do is put it on and see if it works. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bloom Forth

It's a dull and dreary early spring day but I'm not letting it phase me. I'm pushing ahead full force just like the optimistic buds that are struggling to free themselves, to bloom forth from the dark heavy earth that is weighing them down. OK, so I may be waxing a bit too poetic here but this dress just makes me feel like taking a stroll with Walt Whitman. 
Here is what he'll say to me that I may contemplate throughout the day, "I will give of it, but only to them that love as I myself am capable of loving".

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Advanced Style: Age and Beauty

I LOVE these women! What  an inspiration. There are so many great quotes in this video by I feel like I want to put them all down here but I'll just give you one sample and you can get the rest for yourself.
"I think it's fun to dress up. It's an exercise in creativity and it makes you feel better. Sometimes you're in a funk and you put something on and draw yourself around and bam."
Doesn't this make you want to search your closet for your wildest most fun outfit and strut your stuff? Why wait? Advance your style today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Shannon Miranda Fine Art Jewelry

If you see me out on any given day I will probably be wearing jewelry by Shannon Miranda. She is one of my absolute favorite jewelry designers and a dear friend too. Her work has a distinct personality that makes it shine and draw attention from passersby. I always get so many compliments and inquiries when I wear one of her pieces. Her designs are so charming and truly unique just like Shannon herself.

Shannon also knows how to wear my designs like no other and when I do get the pleasure of seeing her it's likely she'll be donning an MGD original. She definitely works her signature style into every outfit, the shoes (I've seen her closet ladies and it is drool worthy), the accessories, the sass, she's got it all in spades. She always looks totally put together, fabulous and fashionable.  When I need a muse Shannon often comes to mind, she's truly an inspiration.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Split wood/ ready runway

Today while preparing for my runway show this evening I had to take a scoop the ashes from the wood stove and split firewood to heat up the house break. I think it's pretty common for a designer to add this to their runway preparation regimen .
OK, so I didn't actually split the wood. It sounded good though. So maybe I just chose the small pieces from the pile to avoid heavy labor. I want you to know that I CAN split the crap out of a log if I have to, and have, but I can also dress some gorgeous women in some fun funky clothes with NO flannel included!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Glass Is My Medium And Fire Is My Tool." -- Larissa Spafford

This is adorable Larissa from Larissa Spafford Art Glass. She makes super playful  and vibrant glass jewelry. You can't necessarily tell from my photos (sorry for the poor quality) but she always has the PERFECT jewelry for the outfit. Orange and red polka dots, yes! Turquoise and avocado, yes! Her work is just like her, FUN! 
Stay tuned for more artists posts.

RAGS Wearable Art Show

 Last weekend I participated in the RAGS wearable art sale.  All of the participating artists donate 33% of their sales to to the RAGS guild which donates all of the proceeds to the YWCA’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. Last years show raised $87,000 which helped thousands of families and children. This is an amazing show put on by an extremely dedicated group of women.

I've been participating in the show for six (?) years now and am always thrilled to see who comes wearing my designs. When I arrived on Friday morning four of the artists and a few volunteers were modeling my wears and I was beaming.  Here are a couple of photos of the charmingly beautiful, generous and industrious volunteers. Thank you ladies for making my day and for a great show!
I'll be posting photos and links to my favorite artists throughout the week:) 

Newly frocked Nicole Bavo
Lovely Liz King

Monday, March 14, 2011


Check out the photography of Linda Hamilton. Her studio is Photonuvo,  a funky boutique studio specializing in fashion oriented senior pictures. Here's a playful shoot with her adorable models showing off my designs. 
 See more of Linda's work at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In the bag

I love this print so much that I had to make a skirt  as well (see the dress in my earlier post). I think its the perfect outfit for a ride on a ferris wheel and would be well accessorized  with a cone of lavender cotton candy. When I was a child, we would get to have cotton candy once a year when we went to the fair and I have clear memories of the anticipation and the thrilling feeling of that pretty spun sugar melting in my mouth. Mmmm, it wasn't so much the taste but the effect of sweet air was completely unique. Was that my first encounter with molecular gastronomy?
Not that I'll be riding any ferris wheels or eating any cotton candy anytime soon but this outfit is definitely going in my suitcase for the weekend. If you're in the Tacoma area this weekend hope to see you at the RAGS show.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cranberry Mirage

My new favorite "haphazard" top in cranberry organic cotton and soy jersey with the classic A-line in the new "mirage" print. If you're ever lost in the desert I hope you look this put together:)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

34 Inches

Having 34 inches of snow on our mountain in the last 2 days is making my perception of the world around me shift. After a lovely morning of floating in a blizzard this print now looks like wings to me. Yesterday it looked 3-D but not ethereal. So from this I'm concluding that snowboarding is good for the soul and the imagination. Oh and the wardrobe!