Questing for Inspiration (Creative Sway Day)

Every now and then the magical tap of inspiration dries out and your left frustrated and without the ability to express yourself through whatever medium it is you use.

Today was not one of those days for me but for my friend who in the process of designing a look for her good friend wound up stuck and robbed of creativity. Nothing she tried worked.

I suggested we take a walk into town and let the sights wash over us in hopes of new inspiration. She agreed and so we went off on out quest.

This first lead us to Starbucks because my friend is quite the coffee fiend. I am the complete opposite; A tea fiend. However I never really enjoyed the tea there with the exception of their passion fruit tea.

One thing I do like about Starbucks are the store layouts. I'm a sucker for a well designed room no matter where or what it is. One thing I really love is the industrial look and this Starbucks(like many) had it.

Ah Urban Outfitters. I single step inside that store could knock a hundred new ideas into my head. I love everything single thing in that store. Their displays are MARVELOUS. The fact that they create new beautiful displays in the store drives me insane. I devour everything with my eyes and I cant get enough which is why I often come back(sometimes three times a week).

I particularly loved this jumble of old rusty boats and such that looked like they were just gathered from the side of a river. The picture is above. Below them were several beachy worn blankets that matched up only by a single yellow stripe.

Eventually we made our way to a curious little gallery like store. I don't know for sure but it seemed to me local artists or people who just had art on them they didn't want sell it there. It was called Loft a Go Go. There was a delightful mix of colors and images from photographs of Banksys, copies of Mucha posters, and even Keep Calm and Carry On posters and their deviations on canvas.

All of these things pleased me and renewed my inspiration even though it wasn't even completed. My friend was quite satisfied with our quest and became confident to make whatever garments came to mind. On the way home we found a bit of sticker graffiti.

I thought it was cute. Its seems to be a local artist, I don't know what they call themselves. It was about the size of your hand and was slapped on a clothing donation bin. I love finding good graffiti, its always a pleasant surprise.

Overall it was a quaint walk. We both felt very content with the world on our way back. Colors and patterns were abuzz in our heads and we couldn't wait to extract new designs from them.



I just made a new dress that I have named The Xavia Dress. Its a slightly more edgy style than the others you have seen so far. The name was inspired by yet another song, Xavia by the Submarines.

I really do adore the model for this dress. Her name is Dyana and she is a spunky wonderful woman who just happened to have the perfect look for this dress as I am sure you can tell by how wonderful she looks in these pictures. Dyana if your reading this thanks a bunch!



Hello guys I just launched my snazzy new Facebook FanPage for Rock the House! I am quite excited to drum up some fans. Here is the link

My new Spring/Summer line The Alexander and Laika Collection is underway and here are a few looks from it.

It's a very whimsical line and one of my secret inspirations for it is the album Funeral by Arcade Fire and more specifically their song Neighborhood #2(Laika) where I borrowed both the names in the line from. What I love about that song and the album is the beautiful combination of adventure and whimsy that I feel when listening to it. It's a strong inspiration in my work for this line.



I have gotten around to putting a few things up on Etsy. Theres only one of each with the exception of one item so you better not wait!