I've been in a very goth, steampunk phase lately, and being the huge Twilight fan that I am, I love anything with skulls or fangs. I was lucky enough to talk to Rossana of Grigio Design about her killer rings and necklaces. Check out my interview with her and find out how you can win a necklace from her shop!
What is your name? Where are you from? My name is Rossana. I am Taiwanese and raised in Los Angeles.
How did the name Grigio Design come about? Grigio means the color gray in Italian. I actually had it tattooed on my side wrist prior to using it for my shop. I love grays, I live in grays, and I breath in grays!
Describe your creative process. I have to "feel" and be inspired before I make or do anything. Usually I have a theme/subject in mind, then I look for supplies, consider if I will wear them with my clothing...
What are some of your inspirations? As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhsim, my philosophy of life is deeply influenced from what I study, learn, and practice. Naturally, it affects what I create, believe in, and my interests. Not to sound corny, but my two rascals, a boy and a girl, actually inspire me in my creative process. Other than that, great art works by other artists, movies (a major influence), history, and cultures inspire me too!
How long have you been designing? Gosh, all my life I suppose! My family, as far as I can remember, my grandfather, his brothers, were all very artistic and having many cousins that were also all very talented in different types of art. My father, he designed and manufactured clothing, my own siblings, the list goes on and on...
Do you have formal training? I graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California with honors! I majored in Graphics Packaging. Other than that, as a graphic designer, it was important for me to learn many other platforms of art, i.e. photography, painting, music, production, etc.
What kind of girl do you imagine wearing your pieces? One who knows what she likes and dislikes, and extremely open to many subjects and cultures of the world.
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While K was in town last week, we went out for an early birthday dinner at The Little Door. This hidden gem of a restaurant has several rooms, one's much like a mystical, enchanted indoor garden with little gangly trees, and we sat in the piano room with old phonographs and curtains in the doorways. Very romantic with the soft dim lighting hehehe.
Peeking out from behind the nondescript, unmarked little door.
Anyways I went to Santa Monica beach and pier with my bff K this weekend to have a little fun in the sun!!!
When I'm getting ready in the morning, hair is usually the last thing I think about. I've been playing a lot with hair accessories lately to hide the fact that I don't even brush it. My latest obsession has been flower crowns. There's something so whimsical and magical about a hair wreath that most traditional headbands just don't have.
Sand pyramid fortress + lots of seagulls
Thank you so much to Alison of Royal Menagerie who sent over this flower crown. I knew it would be beautiful from the pictures, but it's even better in person and very, very well-made! I've been wearing it everyday since it came in the mail.
Flower crowns are such a whimsical alternative to headbands, and perfect with sundresses in the spring! I'm really excited to announce that Royal Menagerie is offering one lucky AlphaBetaChic fashion blog reader one of her beautiful flower crowns!!!
What is your name? Where are you from? My name is Alison and I live in a very small town in central Texas.
Tell me about Royal Menagerie! How and why did you start Royal Menagerie? I got the name from a tower in London called the Royal Menagerie. I loved the name! I started my shop only about two months ago, in February. Right now, it is a part time hobby. It's a lot of fun! I love making things...It makes me happy! [Also] I really want to be a photographer, so I wanted some extra money to use to buy a new, nice camera and other supplies.
What are some of your inspirations? I live on a large piece of property of 16 acres, and it is a great place to find inspiration! There are tons of trees all over the place, several creeks that flow through the land, and beautiful flowers all around! I also get the vines for my natural vine crowns here. All around the creeks, there is an abundance of long, beautiful, green vines. For the rest of my supplies, I get them from craft stores, online shops, and antique stores.
How long have you been designing? How did you start? When I was about seven, I went to a local bead store and purchased many, many strands of stone beads, glass beads, and lots more. That year, I made lots of necklaces and gave them to family and friends for Christmas presents. Everyone loved them, and I continued to make them. Then, a few years later, I was at my Godmother's house where her daughter taught me how to make feather headbands. I continued to make those (and I still do!), but somewhere along the line, I began to make the flower hair crowns, combs, and clips, and now, it's an obsession!
Do you see flower crowns as something you can wear everyday or do you save them for special occasions? I think they would be great for both! I think it just depends on what you pair it with.
What kind of girl do you imagine wearing your pieces? I imagine my pieces being worn on a girl with very whimsical or vintage tastes, like me. I also would love for my pieces to be used in more weddings! I recently sold a crown to a lady who is going to use it for her flower girl in her wedding, and she recently placed a custom order for me to replicate the crown for a baby to wear in the wedding as well. I just love the idea that someone would want to wear my creation on their own special day!
How often do you wear your own designs? I wear my own designs almost every single day! It helps make your outfit more special and unique, and it always manages to catch people's eye. It's also a great way to promote my products. People will ask where I got my hair piece or shoes or something, and when I tell them I made it, they always ask for me to write down the web address to my shop!
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This giveaway will be open for 5 days, and ends on April 23, 2010 at midnight!
[[UPDATE 04/24/10]] The giveaway and comments section are now closed! Thank you so much for participating, and please check out the current giveaway :)
[[UPDATE 04/25/10]] The winner of this giveaway was Sophia! Congratulations!
goes something like this...get really dressed up, dine at a fancy restaurant, and dance all night! So it was the perfect occasion to wear my new Alexia Admor dress and hit up my fav sushi restaurant Geisha House in Hollywood. I didn't get to snap a picture this time of the hostess, but she's usually dressed up as a geisha!
The grand entrance. I've got my dancing shoes on, no heels tonight!
Anyways, I was shopping the other day and realized that it's prom season!!! I love shopping during prom season...all the stores stocking up on party dresses and every Friday was prom at some school! When I check out Alexia Admor, I wish it was prom every weekend, just so I'd have a reason to wear one of those party dresses (or buy a new one)!!! Too bad I'm not in high school anymore HA.
Who doesn't love sequins and fringe?! Wouldn't it be nice to be Anna Dello Russo, and wear evening wear during the day? Apparently there is "no such thing as daywear for [her]".
This one has such a vintage feel to it...I would love to try this with leggings during the day time!
Really love this deep purple dress. If you want to be a little different, without standing out like a red dress, then I think deep purple is a better alternative to the LBD! Purple is going to be the new black!
Sweetheart necklines - so cute! I think this style is one of the most flattering on ALL body types. The full skirt is great for twirling, the belt cinches the waist, and the sweetheart neckline is so cute and feminine!
This is the Alexia Admor dress I'm wearing!!! I thought this dress looked really sophisticated, with the dusty gold accents, and it's not too short (major problem with so many party dresses)! It has an extra layer underneath, so if there's a breeze you won't flash anyone lolll
Grabbed dinner at 8 Oz Burger Bar where I enjoyed a killer bacon infused tomato drink. I've worn this flower petal shoulder dress before, so just another way to wear my new H&M Garden Collection dress!
Peach is one of those colors I sort of forget about, but it's so neutral that it matches pretty much everything!
You might have noticed my love affair with statement and layered jewelry. Just picked up this pale pink and gold necklace. I love the asymmetrical chandelier effect.