My First Trunk Show!

Back in October, I had the first ever Twenty Thou trunk show. I had it at the best Jamaican restaurant in Chicago, Jamaica Jerk.  I was so nervous, I think I invited maybe about 36 people.  I was worried no one would show up LOL.  I did lots of googling to figure out how to display my items.  I ended up hitting the Salvation Army, and found several CD racks for a couple dollars a piece, to display my earrings, and I found this awesome bronze bowl to put stuff in too.  About a year before the show I moved, and sold all of my CDs, and gave away my CD racks which were very similar to the ones I purchased, this is why I’m a pack rat, when I throw stuff away I end up needing it later.  I even did a practice run at home LOL.

I arrived at Jamaica Jerk a couple hours before the show to set up everything, that went fine until I got ready to hang up the necklaces.  Like an idiot I somehow packed them all together, so they were a big ball LOL.  It took me at least an hour to get those necklaces apart, I eventually had to cut a couple of the ribbon necklaces to get them all apart.  (Unfortunately I didn’t learn my lesson, I did a craft show about a month later and the same thing happened, that time I had tried to pack them separate, but they still ended up getting tangled.)  I’ve learned my lesson now (finally) and now pack them in snack baggies.  I made my necklace display out of copper pipe, copper T joints, and copper elbow joints I bought at Home Depot.  They really are all about “You can build it, we can help”.  I found the pipes and asked one of the sales associates if they cut pipe, he was like no but you can.  So he showed me how to use a pipe cutter.  Now I kinda want one, in case I want to make something pipe related.  I think I have enough hobbies for now though.

About 15 people showed up, all of my buddies, and one friend of the owner of Jamaica Jerk. I even discovered a new wine, thanks to Mona, my wine rep.  I’m not much of a wine person unless it’s sweet, and she had one their called Blufeld.  So if you like sweet wines, this one is pretty good.

Blufeld Riesling

Check it out:

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The sales table / dining table.

 

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The sales table / dining table.

 

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Me demoing an infinity scarf.

 

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The spread, we had tequila sunrises, they were almost gone at this point. Hey Cory!

 

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The jewelry spread.

 

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My wonderful host Ryan showing off his noodle scarf.

 

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Me standing in front of the scarf / record bowl table. I rarely wear dresses, but I like this one. Wine extraordinaire Mona in the back at her table.

 

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A SALE!!

 

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Noodle scarves and their matching bags, forgive the blurriness.

 

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Record bowls and infinity scarves.

 

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Record bowls and infinity scarves.

 

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Mona and Mary

 

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My copper pipe display and framed price signage.

 

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Twenty Thou earring setup, these are the CD racks.

 

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Record bowls, record sleeve notebooks, & laptop cases.

 

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The spread, we had a meat and cheese tray, a veggie tray, and chips and dip. And the chilled tequila sunrises.

 

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A full house!

 

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Record bowls, record sleeve notebooks, & laptop cases.

Afterwards we had an after party at Poitin Stil.

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The host with the most, Ryan, out wine rep Mona, and myself. Cheers!

 

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Ryan and I, cheers!

 

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The fabulous Carol of Poitin Stil.

 

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I love playing darts here.

 

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So close to winning, but first time player Mona was the victor!

 

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Group shot, Mona, Mary, myself, and Jay.

 

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The host with the most again, Ryan.

 

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What the heck am I laughing at?

 

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Check out my pyrite lariat necklace and peanut seed bead dangle earrings. One of my favorite necklaces.

So this was definitely a ton of fun, can’t wait to do it bigger and better this year.  Hope to see you there!

Winter Escapade Fashion Show

I recently started and caught up on the first two seasons of  The A-List New York, hilariously dramatic show. When I started watching I was so jealous, their lives were so fabulous, going to all the latest fashion shows, parties, etc.    Although they are slaves to beauty, and I have a zero-tolerance pain policy when it comes to beauty, so I was like yeah never going to be them, no one is going to be sticking a needle in my face to get rid of a wrinkle, or ripping the hair off my body.  But as for the parties and fashion shows, I welcome them.  Thankfully my friends Belinda Common, Michelle Smith, Gail Avery & Erika Degraffinreaidt put on the Winter Escapade fashion show on November 12th at the Beauty Bar and invited me to participate.  The other designers had some amazing clothes, I can’t wait to make more money so I can afford to buy them.  The other designers were O’Ron Manson, Maggie Dianovsky, Lorene Skipper,  and K. Marie Designs.

Winter Escapade - November 12, 2011

This was my first fashion show, I had no idea what I was doing lol.  Luckily we had a dress rehearsal the night before.  And again I took a ton of pics until my phone died, as usual.  I need to get a backup battery.  The space we rehearsed in was GINORMOUS, I wanted to move in.  The models were all fantastic, and friendly, and rocked the hell out of my infinity and noodle scarves. I apologize in advance for the blurriness. Check it out:

Myamii Illy in the black infinity scarf & Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf layered with the navy blue noodle scarf.

Do you see how huge this room is? I was in awe.

Myamii Illy in the black infinity scarf & Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf layered with the navy blue noodle scarf.

 

TaJ'ae Robinson & Alex Davis, she was on the move in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and he's wearing the herringbone infinity scarf. There will be better photos of the scarfs coming soon.

TaJ'ae Robinson & Alex Davis, she was on the move in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and he's wearing the herringbone infinity scarf. There will be better photos of the scarfs coming soon.

 

TaJ'ae Robinson & Alex Davis, she was on the move in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and he's wearing the herringbone infinity scarf. There will be better photos of the scarfs coming soon.

 

Rehearsal

 

TaJ'ae Robinson rocking the grey & purple infinity scarf.

 

Markita Clark is wearing the orange ribbed sweater infinity scarf, along with the black and white houndstooth infinity scarf.

 

Rehearsal

 

Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf & the navy blue noodle scarf and Joe Shaw in the black infinity scarf.

 

Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf & the navy blue noodle scarf and Joe Shaw in the black infinity scarf.

 

Chelsey Smith in the light purple noodle scarf & floral infinity scarf, Sriram Parthasarathy in the grey peachskin suede infinity scarf, and Erika Renee in the mustard noodle scarf and floral infinity scarf.

 

Erika Renee in the mustard noodle scarf and floral infinity scarf.

 

 

Taniqua Smith in the black infinity scarf, Lori Nero in the tye-dye noodle scarf, Sriram Parthasarathy in the grey peachskin suede infinity scarf, Chelsey Smith in the floral infinity scarf.

 

Taniqua Smith in the black infinity scarf, Lori Nero in the tye-dye noodle scarf, about to layer it up with the brown pinstripe peachskin suede infinity scarf.

 

Markita Clark in the black and white houndstooth infinity scarf, TaJ'ae Robinson in the grey & purple infinity scarf, and Alex Davis in the herringbone infinity scarf.

 

Myamii in the black infinity scarf, Kathryn Albino in the black and white infinity scarf, and Joe shaw in the navy blue infinity scarf.

 

The black and white houndstooth infinity scarves work for both men and women. And the grey and purple infinity scarf can be worn many different ways.

Belinda coaching the models.

I had no idea what having things in a fashion show entailed, the models kept asking me how did I want the scarves worn, or if there was a certain way I wanted them to walk, or manipulate the scarves.  LOL.  I was like um…I have no idea, I just made them.  So in the future I’ll know to put more thought into that, luckily Belinda, Erika, Michelle, and Gail knew what they were doing, and helped me give them better guidance.  I was a little better at the actual show, but not by much lol.  All in all I had a blast, they picked excellent models who were so nice and professional, nothing like the ones portrayed on television lol.  There were no divas or crazy people :).

I got a few pictures behind the scenes at the show, and fortunately the wonderful Andre Johnson was there to take pictures also.  The only problem with being in the fashion show is that you don’t get to see the other designer’s showcase their garments other than a few glimpses here in there because you’re prepping your own stuff.  We even had a Project Runway type crisis where one model was late, but managed to get there just in time. At one point one of the models after the first designer’s runway walk, disappeared all together, I didn’t see him for the rest of the night, I was like um, what happened to that one guy (I still don’t know his name).  I later found out he had a family emergency and had to leave, I hope everything was okay I felt like I was in a spinoff of Project Runway meets America’s Next Top Model lol. So enough of my rambling here, take a look:

 

 

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The lovely Lori Nero is showcasing a beautiful gown by O'Ron Manson, that man has skills! Also notice the Twenty Thou Daring Blueberry Lemonade Earrings. Aren't they dainty and cute!

 

Closeup of Lori Nero in a beautiful gown by O'Ron Manson. You can see the Twenty Thou Daring Blueberry Lemonade Earrings better.

 

Markita is also wearing a dress by O'Ron Manson, she's wearing a pair of vintage chandelier crystal earring made by moi!

 

Markita is also wearing a dress by O'Ron Manson, she's wearing a pair of vintage chandelier crystal earring made by moi!

 

Myamii Illy in the black Twenty Thou infinity scarf, and Alex Davis rocking a gorgeous coat by O'Ron Manson.

 

 

TaJ'ae Robinson in a dress coat made by K Marie Designs, fit her PERFECTLY. Katrina Somerville is the designer behind K Marie Designs.

 

The menfolk just chilling and doing some pushups before the show lol.

 

Behind the scenes before the models hit the runway.

 

Alex Davis giving us face all day!

 

I got my makeup done! Ms Donna has skills too!

 

Ms Donna and I after she worked her magic.

 

The runway and seating area right before people started showing up.

 

Practice run

 

The hair and makeup team working their magic.

 

The hair and makeup team working their magic.

 

Me, Belinda, and Gail.

 

Myamii & Kathryn working the runway.

 

Me & Lori ending the show, I'm cheesing way too hard. She ended up buying the tye dye scarf.

 

Lori striking a pose with the tye dye noodles scarf and brown pinstripe peachskin suede infinity scarf.

 

Chelsey rocking the floral infinity scarf, yes she is wearing it as a shirt, it's so versatile. She's also wearing Twenty Thou's boho chic earlace.

 

I can't remember this models name, she's wearing my off white infinity scarf, and is also rocking it as a shirt.

 

Dang I don't remember this models name either but he's wearing my black infinity scarf.

 

Taniqua is also rocking a black infinity scarf, check out those boots, hotness.

 

Myamii Illy in a black infinity scarf.

 

Kathryn in the black and white infinity scarf and navy blue noodle scarf.

 

Sriram Parthasarathy working that grey scarf.

 

I don't remember this models name either, but isn't my super snuggly black and white knit scarf cute? Here it's being worn as sort of a shawl bolero. A shawlero if you will. I crack myself up.

 

Joe Shaw in the blue infinity scarf, I have one just like this. So warm.

 

TaJ'ae in the coordinating light purple noodle scarf and the grey and purple infinity scarf.

 

Alex Shaw in the herringbone infinity scarf.

 

Markita layering the black and white herringbone infinity scarf with the super stretch orange sweatery infinity scarf.

 

 

Cheesing again

 

Michelle Smith, Alex Davis, Chelsey Smith, and Erika Degraffinreaidt. You can see Chelsey wearing the infinity scarf as a shirt, and get a better look at the boho chic earlace I made.

 

 

Behind the scenes, Sriram is always posing 🙂

 

 

TaJ'ae in the coordinating light purple noodle scarf and the grey and purple infinity scarf.

 

Behind the scenes, almost time to hit the runway!!

 

Behind the scenes, almost time to hit the runway!!

So much fun, and my phone didn’t die for once lol.  It did at the rehearsal though.  I’ll definitely post the next fashion show date, who knows maybe I’ll be making clothes by then, HA! We’ll see.

 

 

 

Shop Jarvis Square Recap

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Shop Jarvis Square Artisan Market event on December 10th this year.  They’ve been doing it for years, I don’t know how I’ve missed it in the past, I would have definitely been shopping.  But this year I noticed the posters and was like hey, I live on Jarvis, I want to participate. So I hunted down the organizer just in time she still had a few slots left.  I was located in the rear of Charmers Cafe/ Dagel & Beli along with four other talented artists.  There were more artisans in the Poitin Stil bar next door too.  I sold 18 items which brings me up to 161 sales!  Only 19,839 to go!  Here’s my setup:

Do you like my DIY Copper Pipe Necklace Stand?

Jewelry on Display

 

Infinity Scarves & Jewelry on Display

Infinity Scarves

I even ended up bartering my orange sweater infinity scarf for this sweet pair of earrings by Tania Rodamilans. She also had some beautiful paintings you can see on her website.

Gorgeous Crystal Earrings by Tania Rodamilans

I always say the problem with shows with multiple vendors is that I end up wanting want to buy from everyone, LOL.  I just have to pace myself.  Check out a few other people’s work.

Jenn Cooper & Cindy Pacyk were there offering their adorable sock monsters up for adoption.  I want one! They even had Siamese monsters!

Sock Monsters!!!

Helene Smith had great photographs and handmade cards for sale.  All types of gems of Chicago life.

Reckless Records by Helene Smith

I definitely want one of Megan K’s crocheted hats, and her upcycled tshirt dresses are adorable.

Upcycled T-shirt Dress by Megan K

Adorable Tripe Ruffle Crocheted Hat by Megan K.

And you can never have too many notebooks, especially handmade leather ones, Nathan Minnehan of WalknTalk had gorgeous single signature books, and Peruvian jewelry.

 

Jen Smith was the organizer of the event, she has great glass pendants.

Glass Pendants by Jen Smith

A few more must haves from the event are these adorable plush friends by EeeBeeDee! I’m torn between the toast and the popsicle.

Francois Toast

Paulie Popsicle

The splendid soapstress Amanda Hitterman of the Dirty Business Bath Company had some wonderful smelling soaps, lotions and balms. They smell even better than the look!

Dirty Business Bath Company - Old Lady, Oatmeal and Lavender Essential Oil Soap

Dirty Business Bath Company - Mambo Foaming Sugar Scrub

And Laura Scherry of Venus In The Morning Creations makes these awesome stamp covered picture frames.

Stamped Frame by Laura Scherry

So there you have it, it was great fun, so enjoyed meeting everyone, and I look forward to participating next year.  So if you missed it you missed out!  Thanks to the interwebz you can still check us out!