Saturday, March 23, 2013

In the kitchen with ErinElsie

Today, I am finally getting back to my work on ErinElsie.  I was on a brief hiatus due to a freelance job, intertwined with an awesome and impromptu visit from my mom. I started the morning off with one of my favorite things- a coffee moment at my sunny kitchen window and buttery, toasted bread topped with a fried egg! I definitely have a passion for food, and since I don't have any newness yet to share about ErinElsie, I thought I'd just share a little recent food and cooking inspiration

 My simply yummy breakfast: buttery, toasted bread topped with a fried egg and lots of pepper. (especially good if it's a farm fresh egg!)

While my mom was here, we had no set schedule or agenda, and that's one of the best ways to enjoy New York- strolling around a great neighborhood, checking out the many beautiful old buildings and discovering great little cafes. We both love to eat and that is no doubt a family trait.

 Mom and I found some of the best hot chocolate spots in my neighborhood. This will help me get through the long and chilly winter!

I love to cook as much as I love to eat. Although there are so so many great restaurants in New York, sometimes it's also just as nice to stay in - especially in the winter. Last night, I cooked dinner for one of my favorite vegetarians. I find myself drawn to foods that are just as lovely in color as in taste. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and for me cooking is a creative therapy when I'm stumped on a project or just need to take a break.

Check out some of my colorful menu from last night:

Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year 2013 is Emerald green. This is definitely the most vibrant, colorful dip I've ever made- green pea hummus.  

 Not your average salad: asparagus, cucumbers, and purple cabbage tossed in a light and spicy dressing.

Bow tie pasta, in a light sauce made with white wine, butter, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Everything is better with butter and wine ;)

Okay, so sometimes I pick out certain wines just because of their creative labels...

Alright, back to work for me. Hope you are having a lovely weekend with good food and company. I think I'm getting hungry again...


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hawaii on my mind and in my workspace...


As I continue to work on my little spring/summer collection, I have begun to dive into all of the wonderful materials I collected during my August Hawaiian excursion. With this beautiful fabric strewn all over my apartment, I felt a little overloaded with ideas and unsure where to start. I spent some time reminiscing through photos from our trip and it helped me to re-focus my creativity. Hawaii has such a diverse landscape - so much more than just the initial tropical "beachiness" it gets stereotyped with. There are dark lava deserts, green ranch pastures, hidden waterfalls, and crazy big canyons. This discovery left a lasting impact on me and made the collection of these materials along the way all that more special to me. They are special and one of a kind, and the clothing and accessories I create with them will be equally as special.

***the current dress in progress***

 Some of my Hawaiian inspiration photos and fabrics:

Love the soft aqua color of the warm, amazingly clear water- good times!

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu.

 Material: Vintage Hawaiian shirt with soft, yet vibrant color

 Dreamy green pastures and soft clouds in the mountains on the Big Island, so wonderfully unexpected...

 Waimea Canyon in Kauai

 Soft floral, a departure from the usual super bright Hawaiian florals.

A lava crater from the Big Island. 


Amazing color and such a diverse landscape, not a bad view to wake up to!

Beautiful vintage print, combining color much in the same way.

Striking blue skies!

Vintage fabric that I did not acquire on my trip, but was gifted to me by a cousin who bought it in Hawaii int he 70s. 

 One of the bungalows we stayed in. We woke up to our own little rainforest.

Hawaiian shirt, these flowers were everywhere :)

Back roads of old Historic Hanapepe Town, Kauai

Huge Bamboo, from one of the best hikes I've ever been on in Kauai. 

Lovely, leafy green print. 


In closing, I leave you with a photo from my favorite beach thus far- Secret Beach, Kauai.  

If you are new to my blog, check out some of my August posts from this trip, where I go into more detail on my hunt for materials. Below is the link to the first entry and there are many that follow!

Back to work for me and happy weekend to you!