Thesis Progress

Some of the steps involved in making a tote bag. I love watching as a quick sketch becomes a functional three-dimensional object. No matter how many bags I make, I always feel a bit surprised by this.

Sewing Break

I’ve been busy working on my thesis. I designed four handbags and am in the process of sewing them and creating accompanying artwork. Can’t wait to finish and share the results with all of you.

This is a bag I made a year ago (you can see it mentioned here and here on the blog). The photo was taken by a good friend, A Vee Photo who is also a part of the duo at Ian and Inna Photography; you should go see her wonderful work.

Meet Jenny and Juliet

This was my entry for a contest I recently participated in. A dress shoe and boot for upcoming fall. The design is based on mixing materials and utilizes: herringbone, leather and a jelly strap with stainless steel accents.


Vegan fast food with great taste? A friend took me to Foodswings for an amazing birthday lunch. The chick’n parmigiana sandwich was crunchy and filling and didn’t make me miss the meat at all. I think this would be an easy way to convince someone that vegan food is not all carrots and lettuce and it’s a great spot, even if you do eat meat. They offer a “midnight munchies” menu on Fridays and Saturdays 11pm-2am. [Keep in mind: vegan doesn’t have to equal to “good for you,” it’s fast food and most of the stuff is fried]

The Sands, Singapore

I fell in love with Singapore the moment I got off the plane. The architecture and efficiency of this city are truly amazing. Hope I’ll get to go back some day.


The midterms are over and it was time for a little celebration. When my friend suggested we get tapas, I eagerly agreed. Finding out that they were going to be Korean—made me question the choice. Upon arrival, MONO+MONO had me even more confused because the decor feels like a rustic jazz bar fell into the hands of a steampunk fanatic. MONO+MONO quickly won me over with a friendly staff, cozy atmosphere and great food. Where else can you see and hear 30,000 vinyl jazz records?

You can see right into the kitchen from the dining room. The kitchen staff always looked like they were having a great time.

We got the Soju Cocktail Sampler: lychee, strawberry, lime/mint, and blueberry milk. I must admit that the drinks weren’t that great. I would consider ordering lychee again, if I was in a particularly girly mood. The other options fell short on taste. This meal really called for a beer.

The Crispy Pork Bun was juicy and crunchy and provided a good foundation for what was to come.

The MONO+MONO fries are amazing. These thick wedge cut, skin-on, rosemary sprinkled fries come with three sauces: spicy mayo, ketchup and hot bacon mustard. I’m not sure why they bother to serve the ketchup at all. It’s not mentioned in the menu and it tastes like (and very well may be) Heinz. We left it pretty much intact, but the other two sauces were completely gone by the time we were done with the meal.

The wings were also great. Crunchy and a bit spicy with a dry heat. My friend thinks that the wings at Pour George were better because they were more saturated, but I can’t decide between the two.

I will definitely be coming back here. The MONO+MONO Happy Hour Special sounds like a great plan if you have three other friends to bring with you (it’s designed for four people).