LA Fashion Market 2012

Too much has happened over the past few weeks for me to write about in detail (without going off on random tangents).  So here’s a quick summary: Graduated from college, check.  Made a career choice to open my own retail store, check.  Signed the lease for my new store, check.  Went to LA Fashion Market less than 24 hours after graduating to buy for my store, check.  Currently spending every waking moment on something store related, check check.  And now here’s a few photos that can explain the past few weeks better than I can.

Tassel switch!

Beautiful showrooms, Ocean, Park, etc…

Our lunchtime spot right across the street from the CMC, Nature Leaf Cafe.

Cork in the “Cloffice”

So as you may already know, I am forever working on my “Cloffice” (which by the way I discovered that I’m not a genius who invented this word, many people have already used it, but usually in regards to making a hall closet into an office.  But in my case, since I made a spare bedroom into a closet/office combo, I’ll take partial credit).  I was writing a French paper last Thursday and realized that I needed to do something about the big empty wall above my desk.  Sooo drab, sooo plain, sooo blah.  I immediately marched down to my local craft store, picked up some cork tiles of various sizes, and set to work creating a little inspiration wall.  Although this wall is far from complete, I took some before and after pictures so I could see my progress.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Take some before pictures so you can compare them with the finished project when you’re done.  Preferably using the Camera+ app on your iPhone so you can fade the color and convince yourself that the transformation is even more drastic.  Look at that silly mess all over my desk and that plain wall.  Papers everywhere, not acceptable!

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Step 2: Open your boxes of thumb tacks and mmediately spill both containers all over the desk.

Step 3: Use wall mount tape (it comes with the cork tiles), and arrange a pattern that you like along the wall.  Try not to push too hard when sticking the cork to the wall in case you need to rearrange (that tape is STICKY).

Step 4: Start posting!  For me, I like to stick things to the inspiration board that inspire me, or that I would lose if they weren’t there.  For example, I hate having business cards in my wallet, so I stick some of the more important ones on this board (and by important I mean the shoe salesman at Nordstroms and the manager of the Louboutin store in Las Vegas).  I also like to post articles from magazines, inspirational quotes, and photo booth photos that never fit correctly in frames.

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Step 5: Don’t worry if you don’t fill up every available space, it’s better to leave some room for future cork-board-worthy finds.

P.S.  Did you notice the Paris and London pin boards that got demoted?  I was raving about them a couple months ago and was originally planning on mounting them above my desk but they are quite heavy!  Cork board is way easier, so I will  have to find a new home for these ones.

“Cloffice” before and after

I had a request to see my “cloffice” (closet+office for those of you who haven’t read the previous posts.  I prefer “cloffice” mainly out of my laziness to keep finding the “+” button).  Now, if somebody was talking about her dream of making a closet and office combination, I’d totally want to see that too, complete with before and after pictures.  But here’s the thing, it’s not finished!  I still haven’t put my artwork on the walls, I have a giant empty shelf above my desk, which I have no idea what to put up there (but realistically it will most likely be more shoes), and I am still trying to figure out where to put this amazing vintage-looking door.  It’s kind of hard to explain so maybe I should just show some pictures.  Keep in mind that this room is a work in progress, but after graduation in June, it will become one of my top priorities!  I have a lot of pictures, so click here to see more!

Obviously a before photo, I don’t usually have a million things shoved into the closet, but this to make room for the move.

Just one of many after shots.  Click here to see all of the photos.

(On a side note, the colored photos were taken with my Iphone via Instragram, so they may not be as clear as other photos.  However, I will give updates on my “cloffice” as it becomes more complete, and I will be sure to use my actual camera next time).