Archive for March, 2011

Mini party- I mean uh, photoshoot, at the Palace!

March 24, 2011

My friend and I found a beautiful apartment last summer and we’ve appropriately dubbed it the Palace. It’s more of a duplex than an apartment, the ceilings are super high, glass pane doors, a chandelier in each room, a gorgeous bathroom with an antique looking tub, a beautiful fairy garden with a new flower blooming every week, raspberries and grapes to pick for breakfast. Oh and there are pillars at the front door. So all this is why we call it the Palace!

Had to show off magnificent bathroomMy sewing room

Because of its beauty I decided to host the photoshoot there of course! There are alot of great textures in the place that we got to use as backgrounds, I can’t wait for spring so I can do a few shoots in the backyard with the beautiful flowers!

Gen getting the makeup tools ready in the kitchen!

So for the day I had my friends Kiri, and Niesz as models, and Gen doing makeup and modelling as well. I’ve known this girl since I was only a few years old, and we’ve developed together artistically! always drawing together when our Mamas would have visits. Today she is a beautiful and talented miss, with very creative and artistic approaches to make-up, here is her online Portfolio

Gen at work

Gen doing Niesz's makeup, lavender and gold!

During the shoot I was whipping up extra headbands and the girls were giving me alot of feedback and new ideas! I was feeling extra creative that day and it was great having them around as I created new things! Our amazing photographer Chris made us Mango/strawberry/almond milk/ coconut rum smoothies, they were soooo good. The alcohol probably contributed to the creative process 😉 And of course made the models extra confidant… lol

Photoshoot mayhem, pink smoothie matching my sewing machine

The girls looked gorgeous! I’m lucky as a designer to have exceptionally good looking friends! This was Kiri’s first modelling photoshoot and she did so well, she warmed up to the camera quickly and she is so photogenic the photos turned out great! Niesz has modelled for me before when I did the LIA line of clothing, so I knew I could depend on her to create awesome photos with the photographer as well! She did up her hair in a 40s style it was sooo pretty!

Posing in the mirror, Tropical flower headband

Here are some of the results of our home made, or rather palace made,

photoshoot. Photographer: Chris

The accessories will be available at the end of the week in my Etsy online store 

Keep checking back! Or subscribe to my blog for updates 😉

Double strap headband

Double strap headband in red with sequins/beading work

Stretch lace headband with spiral fabric flower


Double spiral flower on stretch cotton headband

Please let me know what you think! 


Being a live painting at the Body Painting Competition

March 23, 2011

Body Painting competition in Trois-Rivières

March 18-19 was a body painting competition in a small town up the river from Montreal!

On Friday we packed up and drove to a bed and breakfast close to the Eco-Salon where the event was taking place. It was sooo cute! The house is apparantly 100 years old, you constantly hear the wood creaking, it reminds me of a typical grandmother’s house.

Doing some sewing at the B&B

 One of the rooms looked like the inside of a log cabin complete with a swing, we went around and took photos, I would love to go back one day for a photo shoot! Although I think Chris freaked out lady owner when she caught him at the top of the stairs taking light graffiti photos in the dark…. LOL “Eh! Qu’est qu’il fait la??!”

Log caban bed and breakfast
I want a swing like this in my room!


Saturday we were up early morning and had a homemade breakfast prepared for us by the lovely couple who owned the place 😉

At the competition they took very good care of models and artists alike! They had a little heater for each model, it was awesome, usually people aren’t so considerate and as a model I end up freezing as I’m being painted. They made sure we always had water tea or coffee.

SO let me tell you, being a body paint model isn’t super easy, you stand for many hours at a time (this time it was 6 hours, longest I did was 9 hours) while having your nearly nude body painted. You can’t exactly take a sitting break because your bum is covered in paint, lol. And once your hands are painted you can’t touch anything. At that point Chris was a very good sport and fed me! I’ve learnt now to start stretching from the beginning, everytime the artist is turned away or taking a mini break, I stretch, dance a little, and it keeps the aches and pains at bay! It really helped because after the competition I was just tired, and my patience meter was completely out, otherwise no problems.

April-Anna was the amazing artist who painted me! She’s also a good friend of mine so the 2 day stay ended up being like a mini-vacation!

Here are a few behind the scenes shots! The theme of the competition was nature local to Trois-Rivières.

Check out April’s blog for more about the artistic side of things and more photos!

Painting the Heron
setting the sparkles with spray
Spritzing setting spray on the sparkles!
Looking up
Photography by: Chris Capicollo
Chris the photographer

Making my new sewing and creating workshop!

March 4, 2011

I’ve gotten obsessed with organization as of late which is a rare but good thing for me.

 I’m an artist! And my space often reflects my mind, it’s all over the place, different projects started but not finished (I’m very ADD and have many bursts of inspiration at a time) and there are bits of color and sparkle all over the place. This happens when you’re an avid collector of fabrics, and a professional belly dancer with way too many costumes…..

I’ve gotten inspired by all these amazing organization websites all over the place:

So off I went to Rona and a few other stores to buy tons of bins for my fabric,

shelving for all my craft and sewing books,

 mini drawers for my thousands of notions and trims,

 a peg board for all my tools to hang neatly and at easy reach,

A push pin board for all my inspirations, magazine clippings, and my Goal sheet!

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful wooden desk dug up from the basement of her school! Perfect for my very heavy and ancient (from the fifties possibly but mint condition) sewing machine!

The pegboard is my favorite, at my mom’s company they actually outline each of their tools with chalk so that you always know where everything goes and if something is missing you know right away. When you know where everything is it’s a huge time saver, since you’re not digging through drawers trying to find it. I love having my tools in front of me and always at hand.

My lovah helped me drill many things into the walls, having tons of hooks around is usefull as well for belts I need to hang and any current dresses I’m working on.

Just looking at my workshop motivates me to work alot more and I’m so much more inspired and productive!

Here’s a mini post on some of my newest creations…. 


Photos by Chris