Saturday, March 31, 2012

Looks from the March Photo Shoot, Part I

The photos from my shoot earlier this month have been steadily rolling in. Make sure to check out the Honey Cooler Handmade Facebook page for updates to the album!

In the meantime, I wanted to break down the looks from the first three shots. Take a peek!

Photographer: Antonette Streeter
Model: Alexis Carene Hutt
Hair: Brian Jensen
Makeup: Randy Stevens
Stylist: Dominique Guillen
Flowers: John Andrew James

Friday, March 30, 2012

Giveaway Time: Trixie Private Eye Sleep Mask

I am so ecstatic to have hit 100 Facebook fans, not only because it means that 100 people on Facebook love HCH, but also because it means it's time for my first giveaway!

Behold: the Trixie Private Eye Sleep Mask! Trixie is crafted from a gorgeous botanical motif silk blend jacquard and topped with a beautiful vintage sparrow insertion lace. Check out the listing for Trixie in the HCH shop for more details and photos.

Both international and US entrants are welcome to participate in this giveaway.

To enter, simply reply to this blog post with your email address and what you hope to dream about while wearing your very own Private Eye Sleep Mask. For additional chances to win, (1) tweet about this giveaway and make sure to mention my Twitter handle: @HoneyCoolerHM, (2) sign up for the mailing list! Please remember to reply to this blog post for every entry you make, and don't forget: if you don't leave an email address with your initial entry, I won't have a way to contact you if you win! Each entry I receive will be assigned a number and on Tuesday, April 2nd I'll randomly select a winner to be announced the following day.

Good luck, pretties!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fashion Love Affair: Vogue Turkey, March 2012

I'm in love with this awesome Jazz Age inspired shoot from Vogue Turkey, March 2012. More images can be found over at the always-amazing Fashionising.

Friday, March 16, 2012

First Peeks at RAW:Stimulus

Last night was a blast!

My first fashion show for Honey Cooler Handmade is done and I couldn't have asked for a more awesome team. The event was a showcase for the hair and makeup artists too, so I was prepared to have to eschew the 1920's inspired looks I was hoping for. Luckily for me, the talented stylists were really excited about the aesthetic I showed on my Pinterest inspiration board and I ended up with an army of ten gorgeous flappers: finger waves, spit curls, red lips and all! Even better, the amazing Kristen Linney of What About Phoenix loaned me some lovely jewelry pieces that added a modern, angular edge to my vintage-inspired looks.

While I began the edge-of-my-seat wait for official photos, my awesome model KC sent me some of her iPhone pics from the night. I thought I'd share them with all of you!

Back Row: Kaila, Rachael, KC, Brooke, Jennifer, Hillary
Middle Row: Cristal, Ravan / Front Row: Tiffany (Makeup Artist), Julia

Stay tuned to the blog, Twitter and Facebook pages for more pics! The RAW video will also be available in a few weeks!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sunday's Shoot: A Teaser

Since things are getting pretty crazy around here, I thought I'd share some of my excitement with all of you. Sunday's shoot went even better than I could have imagined (and I dream big), and I have the first edited photo to prove it. More to come!

Photographer: Antonette Streeter
Model: Alexis Carene Hutt
Hair: Brian Jensen
Makeup: Randy Stevens
Stylist: Dominique Guillen
Flowers: John Andrew James

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Laura in Honey Cooler Handmade

My hair stylist, Laura, is a fantastically fashionable chick. Her wardrobe is the perfect amalgamation: exciting, curated and upbeat. So when she said she'd fallen in love with my skull lace Deco Camis and wanted one for herself, I was very flattered.

When I went over to Laura's house to check the fit of her custom Cami, I make sure to snap a pic too. Check it out!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What Can I Say?

I'm coming off quite a high. I've had the most amazing day and I cannot wait to share photos from my very first official shoot with all of you. My team was amazing and my pitiful iPhone pictures do not do the work justice.

The only thing I can tell you is that, armed with a confident photographer, risk-taking stylist (Dominique Guillen), talented hair stylist, experienced makeup artist (Randy Stevens), over-the-top florist and sex-on-legs model, you can't help but get great shots. I'm still trying to catch my breath. Official photos to follow... happy Sunday evening, everyone!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Oh Deer!

With my upcoming photo shoot and fashion show, things have been hectic around here to say the least. My apartment now contains three taxidermy deer heads, a bunch of antlers and a giant goose, all bit players in Sunday's shoot. My workspace (and home) is an explosion of thread, fabric and general disarray. While planning looks, I laid all my pieces out in the living room and I swear, for a moment I felt like I was in the bordello at Four Deuces.

It's funny: on Sunday, I was a madwoman. A frantically sewing, panicked madwoman. Today, 9 of my 10 fittings are done and everything finally seems on-track; I feel wonderful. There is nothing so validating as seeing clothing you've made fitting beautifully on beautiful women. I've also realized that any crippling feelings of stress I've had over the past few weeks have been self-induced. Everything I've tackled so far has turned out to be more than manageable, and apprehension has at last transitioned into cautious delight.

I can't wait to share photos from my upcoming shoot and show with all of you - bear with me as the store remains on the quieter side for the next week. I'll be back to normal before long!

If you can, please join me as I show my pieces at RAW:Stimulus next Thursday. Ticket prices will go up on Sunday, so make sure you get them through me (and soon!) to score them for only $10 apiece. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Little St. Patty's Day Love from Etsy

What a treat! I just discovered that my Zella Moonshine Chemise was featured in an St. Patty's Day-themed Etsy Finds email!

Green's an often-overlooked shade when it comes to lingerie, so it's been really fun to see how much love my green pieces are getting this time of year. Why not check out a few for yourself?