Friday, June 29, 2012

my favourite things.

i'm so sorry for the lack of posts this week. i have been busy preparing little nicki for these indoor markets tomorrow as a part of the bondi winter festival. can't wait! if you're in sydney, i hope to see you there :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

the instawe.ek in review

thrift store finds:

i found the perfect place to practice my monologue without anyone hearing me:

my favourite tiffany wollman piece:

and the cacti print she saved just for me:

a bouquet of goodies from the shop:

my last night at NIDA:

inspiration wall; out and about:

the morning after celebrations refresher:

i finally put circus lights up in my hallway:

my floral crown in the circus light glow:

my weekend outfit. call me penny lane:

delicious iced green tea latte and sushi:

my favourite little baby boy trying to tell stories with his new sounds:

yes, i was in the presence of this immaculate indian headdress yesterday. le sigh:

pretty rainbow tea lights:

beautiful collection of rocks in rock on rock:

the orange rooftop flowers- oof:

Friday, June 22, 2012

too true.

all of my daydreams summed up:


last week i posted about other people's plants in their homes. today, i thought i would show off my indoor green thumb; i feel an absurd amount of joy tending to these lovelies.

in the kitchen:

in the dining room:

the living room:

the sunroom:

you guessed it- the bathroom:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

keep feeling fascination.

okay, so my favourite blogger in the whole wide blogosphere is a woman named Joanna Williams. in her own words, she is: 'L.A. via Texas. Born to be wild. Married with a cat. Owner of a textile studio.' i think she is super cool, finger on the pulse, sophisticated loveliness; a girl who's got it all figured out (even though she assures me she hasn't). i like that she is always bringing something unique to her blogposts, rarely reposting anything from anywhere else, but instead pulling images from her inspiration folders and posting her favourite editorial spreads from italian vogue circa 1995 or a russian home from a back issue of World of Interiors (a story i was equally as smitten by, but you don't see me going the distance of scanning it and sharing.) she appears passionate in her everyday and has a very keen eye for what she does. best wardrobe going (see her closet visit feature)and look at that hair! without even knowing her i find myself valuing her opinion and totally admiring her from afar. having recently launched my etsy shop, i thought it was high time i asked her a little about how her business works; how she got there and where she's going. i feel intermittently lost myself and am in total awe of someone who's got so much going on. here's what she dished out for me- thank you Joanna! *i have gushed about her and her blog- keep feeling fascination- previously, here & here. 

1) What is it exactly that you do? 
I own a Vintage Textile Studio selling textiles to designers dating from the 1920's to 1980's.  I also design a line of embellishments that are made in India and sold to designers. They use them for inspiration to make product.
2) What were you doing before kneeland co.? /How did kneeland co. start?
I was working as a freelance fashion writer and trend consultant for various publications and brands.  Before that I was the West Coast Trend Correspondent for where I reported on trends in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Uruguay, Paris and London.
     3) What did you want to be when you grew up? ;)
     A fashion designer,or so I thought! 
4) How do you deal with the ups and downs of having your own business?  How do you keep the momentum flowing in the quiet moments (if there are any)?
There are definitely moments where the momentum dies down but I just put one foot in front of the other and power through, even though it can be difficult.  Some months are busier than others so learning how to grow the business and get more clients is a constant learning process and challenge, but I enjoy it.  I have one intern and other than that I do everything on my own and there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.  When you own your own business it's constantly on your mind.  I definitely think about it constantly because it's my life and I'm responsible for every aspect of it.  I work with people face to face so I have to understand different personalities, tastes, etc.  There are many different aspects that can be challenging but I just stay focused on push forward because I love what I do and I believe in it.  But trust me, I'm still figuring things out!  
5) How do you keep things interesting, moving forwards?  Like how does a collaboration with Anthropologie happen?
I think it's important to meet new people and collaborate with like-minded individuals.  I'm lucky and grateful to have an amazing community of talented and supportive friends here in LA (and beyond) that are very inspiring and we do a lot of fun things together.  Putting yourself out there is not only great because you get to meet new people, but you get to learn about new things and opportunities!
6) Where do you see yourself/your business in the next five years?
Well I hope to conquer the European market in the next year.  I would also love to have a line of product, whether it's accessories or apparel or home goods I'm not 100% sure just yet.  Mostly, I just want to be happy with what I'm doing and be able to sustain myself and my business!
7) What would be a total dream scenario for you with kneeland co.? 
To have Prada, Dries van Noten, Marni, and Isabel Marant as clients!

this dress is so beautiful...and the orange trees...just had to share it again; via closet visit.

Monday, June 18, 2012

the instawe.ek in review:

little nicki sent off the first package from the shop to california!

colourful cowboy boots to the post office:

showing off my courtney presber collage:

finishing touches to the guest room; we have company all week:

my yummy canadian honey is super crystallised (i like it that way) and almost gone. it reminds me of my abuela:

a lovely cup of tea:

some of my favourite mexican loteria cards up close:

if i could be a drawing, this would be it:

okay, so these girls are incredibly cute...i always forget when they are driving me BoNkErS!

wearing short shorts, pretending it was summer:

inukushuks- my favourite- at bondi:

watching a little girl i coach, compete. i was in the stands and for the first time felt really sorry for my parents having to sit through so many of these...

an oldie, but goodie. another ridiculous family photo for good measure. happy father's day again to my dad- the pothead:

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