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Red, White & Denim

Westervin: Red, White & Denim

 

Top Row:  { Caddie Sandal from Sole Society } { Annabelle Bracelet by Jaclyn Mayer } { Chambray Shirt Dress from Rue La La }

Center: { Cynthia Zamaria’s House Tour on Apartment Therapy }

Bottom Row: { Retro Headband from C’est bon pour c’ que t’as } { Pana Clutch by Proud Mary } { Sea Fan Print from Alga Net }

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2014 Grammy Awards

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Foxes and Jaime Derringer

{ Foxes }  { Jaime Derringer }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Zendaya Coleman and Kiki Smith

{ Zendaya Coleman }  { Kiki Smith }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Ashanti and Katy Horan

{ Ashanti }  { Katy Horan }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Sara Bareilles and Elise Wehle

{ Sara Bareilles }  { Elise Wehle }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Natasha Bedingfield and Valerie Hammond

{ Natasha Bedingfield }  { Valerie Hammond }

 

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2014 Golden Globes

It’s that time again, folks. Awards season! And with it comes one my favorite series here on the Westervin blog: “Who Are You Pairing?

Looking back, I realized this will be my third year creating red carpet & art pairings! I really enjoy putting these together, and not just because it gives me an excuse to spend an entire Sunday evening drooling over gorgeous gowns AND scouring the interwebs for inspiring works of art. It also gives me an opportunity to join two subjects that I enjoy but that aren’t often associated with one another (at least, I haven’t seen many other pairings like these). It’s simply fun to combine the dreamy, glamorous world of the red carpet with bright, intriguing, and beautifully crafted drawings, paintings, and sculpture that might not have the same main stream appeal as Hollywood. Let’s enjoy the beauty of both!

Also, a big amen to the ladies who rocked bold colors or intricate patterns last night! Those are always more fun to work with…

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Julie Bowen and Kustaa Saksi

{ Julie Bowen }  { Kustaa Saksi }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Sandra Bullock and Erin Flannery

{ Sandra Bullock }  { Erin Flannery }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Aubrey Plaza and Yrjo Edelmann

{ Aubrey Plaza }  {  Yrjö Edelmann }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Caitlin FitzGerald and Aaron Skolnick

{ Caitlin FitzGerald }  { Aaron Skolnick }

Who Are You Pairing at the 2014 Golden Globes: Lupita Nyong'o and Jeremy Miranda

{ Lupita Nyong’o }  { Jeremy Miranda }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Kaley Cuoco and Jenny Brown

{ Kaley Cuoco }  { Jenny Brown }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Joanna Newsom with Andy Samberg and Sarah Ball

 { Joanna Newsom & Andy Samberg }  { Sarah Ball }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Rocsi and Alan Reid

{ Rocsi }  { Alan Reid }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Zooey Deschanel and Thomas D. Meyer

{ Zooey Deschanel }  { Thomas D. Meyer }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Michelle Dockery and Brooks Salzwedel

{ Michelle Dockery }  { Brooks Salzwedel }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Emilia Clarke and Lilli Carré

{ Emilia Clarke }  { Lilli Carré }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Laura Carmichael and Steve Juras

{ Laura Carmichael }  { Steve Juras }

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2013 Oscars

Kerry Washington, Sarah Goodreau

Kerry Washington }  { Sarah Goodreau }

Jessica Chastain, Olivia Jeffries

Jessica Chastain }  { Olivia Jeffries }

Naomi Watts, Lilli Carre

{ Naomi Watts }  { Lilli Carré }

Halle Berry, John Guthrie

Halle Berry }  { John Guthrie }

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Who Are You Pairing: 2013 Golden Globes

Lucy Liu, Michelle Morin

{ Lucy Liu }  { Michelle Morin }

Cody Horn, Russell Leng

{ Cody Horn }  { Russell Leng }

Sienna Miller, Shannon Rankin

{ Sienna Miller }  { Shannon Rankin }

{ Ariel Winter }  { Fanny Rose }

Jessica Chastain, Mimi Jung

{ Jessica Chastain }  { Mimi Jung }

Zosia Mamet, Sarah Santi

{ Zosia Mamet }  { Sarah Santi }

Katia Washington, Jenny Brown

{ Katia Washington }  { Jenny Brown }

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Juan Chavarria, Jr.

{ Tina Fey & Amy Poehler }  { Juan Chavarria, Jr. }

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2012 Emmys

Inca Pan, Ginnifer Goodwin

{ Inca Pan }  { Ginnifer Goodwin }

The Emmys were last night, so you know what that means… It’s time for another installment of Who Are You Pairing!

Jane Cornwell; January Jones

{ Jane Cornwell }  { January Jones }

Burrowing Home, Allison Williams

{ Burrowing Home }  { Allison Williams }

Ashley Goldberg; Julianne Moore

{ Ashley Goldberg }  { Julianne Moore }

Anne Watkins; Elisabeth Moss

{ Anne Watkins }  { Elisabeth Moss }

Megan Diddie; Julianna Margulies

{ Megan Diddie }  { Julianna Margulies }

Ultra Delux, Edie Falco

{ Ultra Delux }  { Edie Falco }

If you missed them, see my 2012 Oscars, 2012 Grammys, and 2012 Golden Globes pairings!

Giveaway

Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

Westervin Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

Guess what, ladies. It’s time for a giveaway! This one is pretty special, too. Shabby Apple has offered a $50 gift card for one lucky Westervin reader to spend on anything at www.shabbyapple.com! That’s right — $50 buckaroos to spend on any Shabby Apple item your heart desires.

Westervin Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

You could get these cutesy orange covered button earrings or put your winnings toward the aqua one-piece bathing suit pictured above.

Westervin Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

I think this blue polka dot dress would also be a sweet option, or even these two-tone flats. So many possibilities!

TO ENTER:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post stating which Shabby Apple dress or item you like best.

TO BE ELIGIBLE:

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

GIVEAWAY ENDS:

  • 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012.

P.S. Shabby Apple is also offering 10% to ALL Westervin readers. Just enter the coupon code ”westervin10off” when you check out. Now isn’t that nice!

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Dose Market

Sarah West Ervin, Brian West, and Laura Bock at Chicago's Dose Market

If Chicago feels like a dark, dead wasteland of misery in the winter (I exaggerate a bit), then I’m happy to say it really comes alive in the summer. There are more festivals and markets than you can shake a stick at. Brian and I have finally been taking advantage of these exciting outings, with some help from a few friends. Last month, our buddy LB (pictured above right) was able to drag us out of our apartment to visit the Dose Market, which happened to be celebrating it’s first birthday. If you’re not awares (as we, ourselves, were not), Dose is a monthly, indoor market, with an impressively curated list of food and fashion vendors (aka Dosers).

coffee at Dose Market

After arriving, we decided to fuel up with some horchata from Crop to Cup. I think my love for horchata is rivaled only by my love for chocolate milk.

upcycled speakers at Dose Market

We then started winding our way through the crowd, the tables, and the impressive displays. We were quite impressed with Gentleman’s Boombox, which wins the award for most creatively repurposed object.

yummy treats and sweet kicks at Dose Market

LB and I drooled over some treats from Bake and Brian drooled over some finely handcrafted leather shoes from Oak Street Bootmakers.

handmade leather goods at Dose Market

There was some more fine leather work…

camping supplies at Dose Market

And some vintage camping gear from Camp Wandawega.

Laura Lombardi's handmade jewelry at Dose Market

Then I noticed one of my favorite local jewelry makers, Laura Lombardi. It’s always such a treat to see her work around town.

handmade jewelry at Dose Market

peanut butter! at Dose Market

We then made our second purchase: some chocolate peanut butter from Yumbutter. Yum is right!

handmade scarves and other accessories at Dose Market

fresh berries at Dose Market

handmade clothing at Dose Market

After we enjoyed our complimentary drinks (beer from Goose Island and cocktail creations combining whisky from  Spicebox Whisky and snow cone syrups from Jo Snow), I grabbed a bottle of  smoky heirloom tomato catsup from The Scrumptious Pantry (lord knows I love my condiments!).

Laura Bock & Sarah West Ervin at Dose Market

We also took full advantage of the Smilebooth before we headed out.

being silly at Dose Market

We even got Brian to join the fun. And you know how much he hates fun….

goodbye, Dose Market! we had a blast ;)

All in all, it was a wondrous adventure!

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Lil Cowpoke

country cowgirl fashion and accessories

{ 1. Carla Barth Painting }  { 2. Lanikai Concert Banjolele }  { 3. Sweet Grass Dress }  { 4. Gold-plated Horse Studs }  { Old West Wingtip Cowgirl Boot }

Maker's Remarks

Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions

Oh man. I’m excited. Why? Because I’m about to share my mini interview with Arlie Trowbridge, the stupidly talented woman behind Urban Revisions. I’ve loved her work for ages now! Arlie was sweet enough to answer a few questions — some silly, some serious — for the latest installment of my Maker’s Remarks series. And the timing couldn’t be better, because she’s just released her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Oh how these sherbet colored pieces make me wanna run outside and chase an ice cream truck!

handmade glass and leather purses by Urban Revisions

How did Urban Revisions start? Did you have a “quit your day job to start an Etsy shop” sort of moment?

Urban Revisions started in early 2009 by accident. I had just started getting into reading fashion blogs and the DIY shredded t-shirt craze was in full effect. I gave it a try and was immediately addicted to the process of “revising” the most basic article of clothing – a tee. My friend started modeling them in “urban” settings around Richmond, and the Etsy shop was born. Shortly after my first couple of sales, I was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Couldn’t have been better timing. This allowed me to “quit my day job” and really pursue selling my work.

Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions

Your shredded T-shirts are so unique, and it seems like your beautiful glass jewelry requires a lot of skill to create. What’s the inspiration for your pieces and the process for making them?

There’s no doubt that I love things with an organic feel to them. Almost anything that I’ve ever created and really loved came about by accident… there’s something really special about working with glass and distressed fiber. You can melt and shred forever until something amazing comes about. In the end, everything always has this delicate look but in actuality, cotton and glass have really strong qualities.

shredded cotton scarf in orange sherbet

Would you say you’re more of an urbanite or a nature-lover? Or a perfect mixture of both?

Both! I’ve lived in or very close to a city the majority of my life. I need to be near the sound of people’s hustle and bustle but I also need our long camping trips in the middle of no where and our afternoons hanging down by the James River.

shredded cotton t-shirt from Urban Revisions

What’s a typical day in the life of Arlie Trowbridge? Take us through a brief snapshot of your day, from morning to night?

Wake up, stumble to the coffee pot, fill the largest mug available, stumble to the studio and slowly open my eyes over emails and blogs.
Thats the first step, and then it’s either …

a. start shredding
b. start torch working
c. start dyeing
< or >
d. start day dreaming

I’m really all over the place, and it feels awesome.

handmade glass cluster rings from Urban Revisions

Would you rather have the ability to breathe underwater or the ability to fly? Explain.

Breathe underwater!!! In fact, this is something I’ve dreamt about many times. I spent many days at our local pool pretending to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid when I was little. Some people have commented on my cluster rings and leaf earrings, saying they remind them of coral. I love that. Marine life is fascinating.

handmade shredded t-shirt from Urban Revisions

What’s your favorite part of creating & selling your handicrafts?

The people I have had the pleasure to “meet”! The internet is such a powerful tool. Knowing that there are ladies all over the world wearing Urban Revisions is incredible to me.

handmade glass cluster ring from Urban Revisions

BTDubs, if you’ve read through this interview, you’ve got a special treat coming. You can enter Arlie’s giveaway on Facebook to win the spectacular glass cluster ring pictured above. Get on over there and enter!