Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall into Autumn Sale: Now enjoy up to 70% off!

Stock up for fall! Now enjoy up to 70% off all DeNada 2013 styles online at denadadesign.com/shop or visit our showroom located at:

52 O St NW // Studio 302 // Washington, DC 20001

Our showroom is open Tuesday - Thursday from 12pm - 4pm, or schedule an appointment via phone - 1.202.361.6507 or email - sales@denadadesign.com.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Recap: Family Vacation.

Everyone reaches a point when they become mentally and physically exhausted from their everyday personal and work life. When that happens, the best cure to return to your old self is a needed vacation. 

Several weeks ago, I was beginning to reach my threshold. With DeNada, the DC MEET Market, Topaz + Arrow, and Ulysses Room, I was getting tired of just working all the time. At that moment, I realized that I needed to get away with my family to relax before September arrives. 

Thinking that it would be a great idea to include my entire family, I decided to plan a family vacation for my son and husband with my parents, sisters, and their families - the whole clan! Looking back at my decision to organize this family vacation for everyone, I realized that I was slightly crazy. Why? Well two words, "family drama."  

Overall, we had a great time! A week away at the beach in a cozy home just a few blocks away from the ocean was perfect for my family. And though there were moments of drama here and there, the time we spent together chatting, hanging out, and watching the kids play together undeniably outweighed the stressful moments. 

With family there is unconditional love. We love and accept each other for who we are despite our differences. This is the sole reason why I decided to organize a family vacation for all us. Though I knew there could be a chance for "family drama," I overlooked the possibility. It's important that my family spends quality time together. And since it's been awhile since we had all taken a vacation together, I decided to plan one because I love my family.

So if asked if I would plan another one next summer for my whole entire familia, my answer would still be a solid yes!

Below, are few photos from my vacation with my family!

View of the blue sky underlined with colorful beach umbrellas.

Some of our tools for making our sand castles.
My sisters & I.


With my son at the playground.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Makeup Trend I Love.

Over the years, makeup trends have changed. From bright eyes to bright lips, the fads vary. Over time, there has been a rise towards minimalism in makeup and fashion. I've always been a fan of minimalism whether it be in trend or not, and to me, minimalism is effortless, clean, and classic. There's a beauty in minimalism and simplicity, and I appreciate how this trend embodies every woman's natural beauty.

With the fresh face and natural look, I'm loving the minimal makeup trend. This trend displays "barely there" makeup, while still looking polished. In addition, minimal makeup was seen everywhere during Fashion Week on designers like Jason Wu, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, and Diane Von Furstenberg.

See below for some of my favorite minimal makeup looks.

Photo from: http://www.vogue.co.uk/beauty/2012/10/04/spring-summer-2013-make-up-trends---catwalk-beauty/gallery/860060
Photo from: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/fall-2014-makeup-trends#slide-1

Photo from: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/fall-2014-makeup-trends#slide-1

Photo from: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/fall-2014-makeup-trends#slide-1

Photo from: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/fall-2014-makeup-trends#slide-1

Photo from: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/fall-2014-makeup-trends#slide-1

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Designer Look Out: Andrea Brena.

A few weeks ago, my interns and I experimented with arm knitting as a fun craft project in the studio. As we learned more about the art of arm knitting, we were curious to know more about how this popular trend started, and came across a young designer who has used this knitting technique in his work, Andrea Brena.

Andrea Brena is currently a student at the Design Academy Eindhoven located in the Netherlands. His work ranges from arm knitted furnishings to dynamic light sculptures. His creations appear interesting, beautiful, and playful all at the same time as he builds his concepts around simple ideas. 

His latest project, Knitted Army, is a collection of arm knitted furnishes from recycled fabric scraps. The idea behind arm knitting is that it doesn't require any tools! Therefore, anyone can arm knit and create something out of nothing. Andrea Brena encourages and challenges his viewers to take what he has created and use it in a new light.

I admire his artistry and ambition to think outside the box, and create stunning pieces of furnishing with only his arms. In my opinion, this is true craftsmanship, and an inspiration to the possibilities of what can be created with or without the tools you are given.

.Photo from:  http://dmy-berlin.com/en/festival_2012/news/thankyou 
Photo from: http://media.designerpages.com/3rings/2012/10/29/andrea-brenas-knitted-army-at-bauhaus-archive-berlin/

Photo from: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/260505159669117859/
Photo from:  http://media.designerpages.com/3rings/2012/10/29/andrea-brenas-knitted-army-at-bauhaus-archive-berlin/
Photo fromL http://dmy-berlin.com/en/festival_2012/central_exhibition/andrea-brena

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Music: August Playlist.

This month, we're working hard preparing for the launch of our new collection in September. And as always, we need some good music to match our moods.  Lately, we've been listening to these upbeat, chill songs in and out of the office to keep us going! There's something to be said about getting into the right "rhythm" when working, right?

I hope you enjoy our latest playlist!

August Jams from designershowcase2007-8 on 8tracks Radio.

1. Beggin For Thread - BANKS
2. Obedear - Purity Ring
3. Too Much - Sampha
4. Don't Wanna Be Your Girl - Wet
5. Bridges - Brood
6. Drop the Game - Chet Faker
7. Temporary View - Sampha
8. Feed Me Diamonds - MNDR
9. Rather Be - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
10. Recurring - Bonobo

Fall into Autumn Sale - Enjoy 30% off all styles!

We’re having a sale at DeNada! To get your fall wardrobe ready, enjoy 30% off all DeNada 2013 styles online at denadadesign.com/shop or visit our showroom located at:

52 O St NW // Studio 302 // Washington, DC 20001

Our showroom is open Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 4pm, or schedule an appointment via phone - 1.202.361.6507 or email - sales@denadadesign.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Style Watch: Menswear Chic.

Menswear for women has been a rising trend for the past decade. More recently however, this trend has taken off and is here to stay. Designers like Phillip Lim and Helmut Lang have showcased masculine pieces in their collections that exhibit a chic, minimal, and clean feel. This style is popular particularly in Paris and NewYork.

I love this style of dress because it allows my inner tomboy to come out. When a woman throws on a blazer and slouchy pants, I think that is the sexiest form of dress. You don't need to wear a dress and heels to feel sexy, and menswear for women does just that. Wearing menswear chic pieces can make a woman feel empowered, while remaining polished.

Pairing these items with oxford flats completes the menswear chic look. Because summer is too hot to layer these different pieces, I am excited for fall to commence and to add these staples to my wardrobe.

Below, I have selected my favorite menswear outfits that are minimal, sexy, and chic.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Designer, Matija Cop - Conceptual Fashion.

When people hear "fashion," many tend to think of a world of trends and high heels but fashion is a broad term with many sub-categories. One of those categories that is gaining momentum is Conceptual Fashion. Conceptual fashion is an abstract and artistic approach to fashion. It showcases fashion as an art form where the body becomes the canvas.

Matija Cop, a croatian designer, has introduced a collection of garments that fall into this conceptual design category. His collection, Object 12-1, is a stunning mixture of architecture, art, and fashion. Instead of using glue or stitching, each piece is constructed with interlocking pieces, which means pieces can be deconstructed and also reconstructed into varying forms.

I'm fascinated by how Matija Cop creates art utilizing and combining structural elements with distinct forms. Matija Cop designed the collection with the idea that one piece can be more than one way, creating an entire wardrobe. Each piece has an endless amount of possibilities for what it can transform into. His work inspires me to continue creating versatile pieces that are both visually interesting and that can be worn more than one way.

Matija Cop began as a student of Croatian Philology before starting fashion design at the University of Zagreb. His work is surrounded by the question of identity and is inspired by gothic architecture like the cathedral, St. Jacob's, in Šibenik, Croatia. 

His work leads me to question how fashion will evolve in the coming years and how will it effect sewing techniques.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

St. Jacob's Cathedral in Sibernik, Croatia
St. Jacob's Cathedral in Sibernik, Croatia

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lifestyle Family Photography with Erica Baker.

My husband and I have always wanted to get photographs taken of our family. But with our busy work schedules and personal life, we never had the time to plan for a proper photoshoot - one that was truly thoughtful and that would captured who we are as a family. 

Luckily, photographer, Erica Baker reached out to us and asked if we were open to getting some photographs taken of our family. A friend of a friend, she was looking to build her portfolio and wanted to capture families in their natural environments. Unlike posed photography, her goal was to photograph families during their regular routines such as, having breakfast or venturing out to a farmer's market. After viewing her online portfolio and loving every image I saw, I said yes, of course!

On a Sunday morning, Erica visited our home and photographed us as we all played with puzzles and trains, read books, and went over to our favorite splash park for some outdoor fun! Overall, the experience was wonderful! Not only was Erica incredibly professional and super nice, our son - who is normally shy - warmed up to her instantly. We would recommend Erica to any family, who is looking to have some lovely photographs taken of them!

Thank you Erica for the wonderful photos! Below, are some of my favorite photographs that will soon be framed and hung in our home!

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.
Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Photo courtesy of Erica Baker.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Craft: Knitting without needles?

As a DIY, craft, and knitting enthusiast, can you guess what the latest project at DeNada's workspace has been?

Arm knitting! We're always looking forward to experiment with the latest knitting trends, and this is one that my interns and I love. This is a fun craft where your forearms are used as knitting needles. Anyone can learn how to arm knit, even if you have never knitted the traditional style before. It took a few tries for us to master arm knitting. But once we got the hang of it, we were able to make cute infinity scarves in no time.

Andrea Brena, an up and coming Italian designer based in Berlin, is partially responsible for this growing trend. With leftover fabric scraps (discarded from textile factories), Brena used his arm knitting technique to repurpose the materials into functional items such as bean bag chairs and extensive floor rugs. His project, Knitted Army gained him recognition and praise in the art world and has pushed the barriers where knitting and art are concerned.

Below are some photos from our crafty experiment.

Casting the yarn on the forearm.
The first failed attempt at arm knitting
Our intern, Rachel, modeling her first arm knitted scarf.
The finished product!

Check out this video to learn how to arm knit yourself.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recap: Behind the Scenes at our Photoshoot | Topaz + Arrow.

This past weekend was DeNada's photoshoot for our Autumn/Winter 2014 collection followed by Topaz + Arrow

Early Saturday morning, my team and I traveled to Occoquan, Virginia, a charming town outside of DC for the day to the studio of photographer, Luis Aragon. After all of our hard work and preparation we did weeks ahead, I was ecstatic to see everything finally come together. Year after year, I anticipate and love the slight nervous feeling right before each photoshoot, and the feeling of relief right after. To see my collection complete and ready to be showcased is so exciting, and I can't wait for the launch. The day turned out to be a success, running smoothly as we shot over 100 products within 8 hours - kudos to our model Kaleigh for staying strong until the end.

During the photoshoot, Spare Tire Production captured some behind the scenes footage of our day. At first it was hard to ignore the cameras as they silently followed me around, but soon enough I got used to it. The footage will be used for a special project soon to come, so stay tuned!

I want to sincerely thank everyone who took part in this past weekend's photoshoot - photographer Luis Aragon, makeup/hair stylist Kathy Aragon, stylist and production manager Morgan Hungerford-West, Spare Tire Productions, our model Kaleigh, my assistant Sue, and my interns, Canon and Rachel - for all of their hard work and dedication.

See below for some behind the scenes photos!

Luis, Morgan, and Kaleigh in action.
Spare Tire Productions and Kaleigh.
Photo credit: Kathy Aragon.
Occoquan, Virginia. 
Hair and makeup for the day on our model Kaleigh.
Photo Credit: Kathy Aragon
Occoquan, Virginia.
Selecting photos during the shoot.
Photo Credit: Kathy Aragon
Instagram ready behind the scenes.
Photo Credit: Kathy Aragon
Morgan styling Kaleigh.
Photo Credit: Kathy Aragon
The next day, Morgan and I held our monthly Topaz + Arrow workshop. Although the day before was exhausting, the workshop was a great way to relax and socialize with guests.

As always, we had so much fun hosting this month's session: Natural Elements x Found Objects. We provided our guests with used items and materials that can be found at hardware stores such leather, rope, copper, plastic tubing, napkin rings, and wood to make jewelry. We loved seeing all of the different pieces our guests created, and it's always great to see all of our participants design, socialize, and enjoy some food and drink on a Sunday afternoon. 

Special thanks to our wonderful partners from Honest Tea, KIND, Dolcezza Gelato, Kushi, and Boulevard Brewing.

Food and drink from some of our partners.
Gorgeous necklace by one of our guests.
Delicious treats from Dolcezza Gelato.
Morgan and I instructing the class.
Finished products from the workshop.