Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

Girls with Glasses go to Paris

Alt 2012 Party – Download | Carolee Beckham Photography.

Thank you Girls with Glasses and Pinhole press for an AWESOME party!

January 31, 2012

Hold The Phone – Kelly Wearstler Boutique


Hold the phone…one of my FAVORITE Interior designers, Kelly Wearstler,  just opened a boutique in West Hollywood and launched her own clothing line. As someone who has been inspired by her commercial designs for hotels and residences for years,  to say I’m ecstatic doesn’t explain it. Her style is larger than life with brilliant, rich hues, animal print and relaxed fit.


Some of Kelly’s new clothing line



Beryl shirtdress , Mascaw Pants , Perforated Mineral Ring , Azalea Pencil Skirt , twisted brass bracelet, Imari Striped silk camisole , store image via

Kelly’s Books

January 30, 2012

Late Night – Ronde vu

Here’s a sneak peak before Tuesday Fashion Day.



Good Night ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Kate Sheridan Bag, Asos White dress, Lavendar jeans, House of Harlow, Michael Kors watch, Kate Spade  bag

January 30, 2012

For Love of Paper – Patricia Zapata

I recently had the pleasure of taking a paper workshop from the extremely talented Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut . After the workshop, I came away with an even larger love of paper. About 8 years ago, when my husband and I lived in London and I was soul searching,  I used to get sucked into Paper Chase on Tottenham Court Rd. I used to wander around for hours. It was 3 floors and had every paper product you can imagine. When I took Patricia ‘s workshop in Salt Lake, it took me back to all the beautiful paper and rich colors and designs. I remember all the lovely things I had wanted to create and I was able to create this adorable piece above. This is one of her templates which we cut for the workshop and below are some of the steps and supplies.



Tea Light by Patricia. Click for more of her printable templates.


The Lovely Patricia Hut holding her mobile, which I believe has around 100 cut flowers.


January 29, 2012

70’s Revival – Weekend Look

I can’t help but love the 70’s. Flare Jeans and Navajo Print…I can’t get enough. The O’s, so far, are prooving to be an amazing century in style because anything goes. If you like it, you can wear it! There are simple trends, but you can mix them with clothing from any decade.  From the 70’s, I love everything from neutrals, to the turquoise, to the long necklaces, which I believe give me super powers, to the yummy flares.  One easy way to mix today’s look with the 70’s is lipstick. Pop your pink. I love hot pink! Always have. In fact at one point my room mates put me on lock down and wouldn’t let me buy anymore. I like to take something a little rugged, like the sweater, and add it to something soft, like the hot pink silk shirt. It’s really true with anything, you don’t want to be too soft or too rugged. A little of both just feels better. See below for links to my look.

Get My Look

Hot Pink topforever 21 sweater , J Brand JeansVintage Missoni Multi-Print Sweater , Kristin Elspeth’s turquoise necklace, Forever 21 necklace, turquoise earrings

January 28, 2012

Retro Finds

Here are a few retro fash finds for your weekend viewing pleasure. If you are out and about, here are a couple items you can keep in mind or use as inspiration for other pieces.

If it’s Retro, it belongs in my house.  Here are some of my favs.



kaddur orange retro chair,  Dualit – NewGen 2 Slice Toaster (Azure Blue), G.L. Bowron sheepskin rug, G.L. Bowron single sheepskin rug, Offi magazine table , CC furnishings table fan

January 27, 2012

Attack of the Piperoids!

I’ve decided to throw in a new one. WILD CARD, because I think there may be more to life than Art, Fashion and Furniture. Although, I think this is Art, but whatever.

Here is  a paper robot I picked up from the toy store, Jou Jou, at Altitude Design Summit.

Perfect for rainy day fun!


House by Brinca Dada. Piperoids.

January 26, 2012

Door Illusion


One of my favorite ways to amp up my home is to detail my doors. It’s a simple trick that makes a huge statement. I’m of the school of thought…it’s just paint. What ever you paint, can be repainted. I think a bit harder about intricate furniture painting, but I still do it.

Here is a great way to give your door an illusion and can translate to any home. My home is about 200 years old, so it lends itself to character. For this particular door, I used blue and orange to brighten up my hallway on a gloomy day. If that’s too strong, you can go with neutrals. I also think it would be really cool if it were a white door with the painted portion of the square black.

I’m happy to try out the black and white if anyone wants to see. Just leave a reply below.

January 25, 2012

My Get Up

Choose your outfit wisely. When picking my outfit options for everyday life, I think of my transitions. Layers, shoe options, jackets.  Here’s my get up. I try and find outfits that transition from the real world to my kids world.   The piece that  belongs in every world  and I absolutely can not live with out is my Michael Kors two tone watch. It’s priceless. I wear it all day, everyday and it’s perfect for all lifestyles and looks chic. (photos courtesy of my 3 yr old photographer)

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Get My Look

1. Calvin Klein Red Skinnys 2. Navy Belt by Nature Belt 3. Studio 148 by Lafayette New York White button down with flare 4. BDG Classic button down 5. SO Leopard ballet shoes 6.Michael Kors two-tone watch 7. Michael Kors black vest 8. Classic Converse

January 24, 2012

Bosco Sodi’s explosive texture

I recently came across this insane artist named Bosco Sodi. He’s out of Brooklyn by way of Barcelona and Berlin. He’s a native to Mexico and his colors are  indicative of his native country. Saturated with stylistic flavor and rich texture, each piece is a combination sawdust, pigment, water and glue, and smothered onto a gigantic canvas. For more explosive works and his bio visit Sodi’s website 

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Sodi’s works can be seen in person at Pace Gallery, 545 W. 22nd St.

January 23, 2012

Top 10 Things I learned


Follow me via twitter @AFF_MBRust for tips and links loved by AFF.

January 17, 2012

Taste for Alt

Here is a little taste of the cocktail attire for my upcoming Design Conference, Altitude Design Summit, in Salt Lake City. I’m finishing the fine tuning for the events now.

Pair this Kate Spade necklace with a solid mini. Something like the Milly Tamara dress below. Belt the mini dress for a higher waist to complete your look.

Outfits to come with features on my collaborations for the event.

Be back soon…

January 16, 2012

Paper Fashionista

As I’m preparing for my upcoming Design Blogging Conference, I stumbled onto this amazing artist, Eloise Corr Danch, who does paper art works. The majority of her pieces are paper floral design, but I recently found a couple fashion works she created for a collection. I just fell in love with the mix of the two.  The art of fashion and fashion in art has always been of great interest to me because of the influence one has on the other.

When I look for works of art or pieces for my personal clothing collection, I always take into account the creativity in each. I love my clothing to have architectural and artistic detail. I look for stylized pieces that are simple, but have a certain pleat or trim to make them unique from others. Often times, I’m not at the leisure to afford many of the clothes that I desire, but if they can’t end up in my closet, then I’ll take the pleasure of viewing them in art works. At least one of my sense can be evoked.

Another artist who is known for her fashion paper works is Jennifer Collier. This UK artist, has created a collection of shoes and dresses. What more could a fashionista ask for?

Jennifer Collier

January 14, 2012

Stay Tuned…

Added these two staples to my collection yesterday. One Fall/Winter, one Spring.  I’m going to look for 5 solid ways to incorporate it into the upcoming transitional weather.

Panthera Lurex Jacquard Dress  (the best part of this fabric is the detail of the panthers eye, it’s a deep green emerald embroidery)

Sara Racerback Maxi Dress

January 13, 2012

Fash Find for him

A little over a decade old  Scotch & Soda started killing the fashion scene with contemporary classics. Their modern, vintage European style meets East Coast Americana is timeless. Here’s a little taste.

For more of the Amsterdams Blauw and Scotch & Soda line, visit Scotch &

January 12, 2012

The Mod Painted Clock

I came across a funky idea in one of my favorite magazines, Living Ect, to amp up my old wall clock. Here a few photos of the image I found and the clock I reinvented. I found my clock about 4 years ago at a second hand shop and I wanted to give it new life. After seeing the Living Ect idea, I decided to try it myself.

The thing to remember is, this is a silly project. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, so don’t worry about how straight the lines are. In fact, the point of this project is the humor in its imperfection. This could be a bold move for you, but remember it’s just paint. Unless your clock is on a wall covered in beautiful Lucy Rose wallcovering, you can always paint over it.

January 11, 2012

In memory of David Whitaker

I came across an artist recently who reminded me of David Whitaker. David, an amazing artist, passed away a couple years ago and his pieces and character are still with me. I worked with him about 6 years ago and ran a half marathon at Stonehenge in England with him that same year. Although the beauty of the landscape was indescribable, I still needed my ipod to get me over the cross country hills. When I got to the end, he was standing in a robe enjoying the scenery. I asked how he ran without music, he said “I run so that I can be one with the elements”. He words are so simple and loaded at the same time, as are his works. The world lost an amazing man and artist when he passed, but his pieces are still with us.

Stephane Dafflon, the artist below, is the artist who brought to mind my old friend. He currently shows in Paris, France and although his works are far different from Whitaker, I find a similar peace in their paintings.

January 10, 2012

Everyday Runway

I am loving BCBG’s 2012 spring collection. The vibrant hues are amazing and will stop anyone dead in their tracks. I was just looking at the rich new blouses in person and the colors are delicious! These looks are great for everyday and translate into timeless staples.

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For more of this collection visit, BCBG.

Another look that has caught my eye as of late is the Bottega Veneta Cruise 2012 collection. Because of the recent snow, my mind is on a bright colors for a beach get away.

January 9, 2012

For love of Ladders

For some reason I’ve always been obsessed with vintage ladders. They have more use than your typical climb to change a bulb. I used to use them for Afghan blankets in the living room, until that became a hazard for my toddlers.

When I was digging through my closet for my recent dinner party last Friday, I thought of a better idea to put that vintage ladder to work. Because I live in a historic home, my closets are the size of…well…TINY. Anyway, when I get ready, all my potential outfits end up spread over the room. I found a better way to visualize these outfits while trying them on, is to hang them on the ladder. Pleasant to look at and a passage to more inspiration for outfits to come.

click for more ladder ideas via The Old Boathouse.

January 7, 2012

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