Photo Pair-“Camp Belles” @ Lime Kiln

Lime Kiln by DCT & “CampBelles” ElleRussia, April 2011

“It is the one orderly product our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths; it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden the best evidence we can give of our dignity.”~E.M Forester


Images: (1) Lime Kiln by DCTdesigns (2) Sebastian (“CampBelles” –ElleRussia, April 2011-Photographer:Tesh, Model: Katie Fogarty)

Full Color Imagination

Do you dream in Color?

Inspired by the concept that from one’s imagination anything is possible the video unfolds in three parts, “Birth of Color,” “Explosion of Color,” and “Release of Color”.


So how does color play in your imagination?



In the design world we play with color everyday. The slightest change in Hue, Value or Chroma can make or break your line.  Whether the compositions, textures, or the photography iteself; the right combination of colors can define your garments as seen in these Leighton Meester designs for L’Officiel China by Alexey Yurenev.



There are lots of resources available out there in cyberspace when working to create a color story. But here are a few I like  and recommend.

Kuler allows you to create a color story and will even provide the RGB/CMYK values so you can tranfer them over to illustrator and any other design program you are working in. 

Jessica from Design Seeds has created color stories from a single image. This website has offered me endless inspiration when developing colorways.

Lastly there is color Scheme Designer and the essential Pantone.

Whether the theatrical world of fashion photography, the artist’s pallette or the splashes of color in a fashion designers line, color can create moments of visual drama and magic. It serves as a connecting through-line for design. Everyone has their favorite color and each color it representative mood. So Here’s to the celebration of Color.

Images: (1) Vimeo, (2) Atelierblog (3-8) Lola Benito (4) Zfreet-Pininterest (4)Dan Brady

Fragrance- Scent of A Woman

When I was going through fashion design school we had a business class in which the professor covered deportment. One of the topics was the necessity to have a personal fragrance.

The theory being that we are attracted by all of our senses. And that the sense of smell should not be underestimated. Many beleive smell is linked to sense memory. I don’t doubt it. When  everytime I smell White Shoulders it conjures images of my grandmother or even the salty sea air reminding me of summers spent on the coast of Maine. 

As a teenager and into college I liked wearing ysatis de givenchy. Later in my twenties I  found my way to Clarins Elysium. Sadly now discontinued.  Then I finally found a perfume I consider my signature scent. The one I wear everyday without fail not just for special occasions. The perfect mix of spice and florals, strong and still feminine. Coco Madmoiselle.

Coco Mademoiselle captures a certain essence. Both captivating, alluring and perhaps unattainable. Much like Coco herself. For me it so much softer then Chanel No. 5 and I would like to beleive better lends itself to my personality. I prefer the straight parfum but with cost in mind I usually wear the Eau du Parfum spray.



Chanel explained parfum as , “the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion…..that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” 

I think this is what my professor was hinting at.


Coco Mademoiselle Ad Campaign- Kiera Knightley


As I purvey my choice of scents over the years I think each must have been a signature representing an essence during different periods of my life.

~The all embracing, fatally seductive and power time of my teens and early twenties

~The not too overpowering, just enough, natural celebration of my late twenties early thirties.

~To the strong, feminine, irrepressible even unattainable spirit of my thirties, forty and beyond.

Photo Pairs-Lavender Festival

In honor of this weekends Sequim Lavender Festival  I have decided to post photo pairs featuring …..yes you guessed it! Lavender. These photos  were taking on previous excursions to the festival over the years. 

OK the first one is from the Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island. Another weekend Escape destination. This lavender farm is just one of my many stops while tooling around the island on a scooter.


Lavender Lady

Lavender Haze

Images: Lavender Photos by DCTdesigns (1) Pininterest (2) Myvintagevogue (3) Couturecourier