_I’ve received a lot of satisfied “oohs” and “aahs” over this month’s Style Icons . Appropriately, many of these girls are also extremely talented in other aspects outside of how to dress. Afterall, Chictopia is about a lifestyle. Not just hype.
Peep her interview she did was us. And seriously, buy her jewelry.
1. Hi my darling, tell us a little about yourself and Little Rooms?
I am from Los Angeles, born and raised. Jewelry became a hobby of mine when I was a kid and my dad would bring me home these jewelry design kits from craft stores whenever he was out of town for work. I always wanted to have a career where I could incorporate art and I swore I was going to be a toy designer for Marvel until it was time for college. I went to FIDM and majored in Graphic Design for awhile until I realized it wasn’t for me. Then I attended MUD and studied special effects makeup, which I also found wasn’t for me. I know, I was a flip-flopper but I eventually figured it out. At the suggestion of a good friend I started taking classes in jewelry design and then got a job assisting for a Jewelry Designer I really admired. Eventually, she encouraged me to take what I had learned and pursue my own line.
2. Do you live in a "little room”? Har har.
I really wish I had a clever answer for this one. I’m just going to go the explaination route: The name Little Rooms comes from my childhood obsession with miniatures and old dollhouses. As you can probably tell, I like to play with that imagery a lot in my jewelry and the photography for my collections.
3. What made you want to design jewelry? Why not fashion?
I haven’t ruled out the idea of designing clothing one day but for now my focus is on jewelry and accessories. I was given a sewing machine for my birthday and hope to be able to tackle it eventually. I know a lot of awesome designers don’t actually lay a hand on a sewing machine but I’d like to at least be more familiar with the techniques of the craft before really taking it on.
4.What inspires you?
With Little Rooms, a lot of the inspiration has been based on Victorian interior design, furniture, old wallpaper, and architecture. The new collection puts the focus more on Vaudeville and the traveling circuses of the 1930s, something you can tell I am obsessed with when you read my entries on the Chic. The inspiration for the line rolls over into my fashion inspiration sometimes.
5. Being from LA where fashion is everywhere, why… then… do you come to Chictopia?
Sometimes it feels like a lot of personal style gets lost in big cities. LA is a sea of trends and while I can appreciate it, I love that on Chictopia I can see what fashion savvy people are wearing in other parts of the country, Australia, all over Europe, and pretty much anywhere. It’s inspiring to see what styles and looks are going in other parts of the world and be able to break it down by body type, age, etc.
6. Top 3 things you’ve learned from Chictopia?
1. It’s okay to be secret goth
2. In the summer, cut off denim shorts seem to be acceptable for all occasions
3. a little fashion blogging is good for what ales you
7. Your photos are some of the most standout in the Style Gallery. Who takes your photos?
Most of my sweeter photos were either taken by me or my bf. I’m always armed with a camera so sometimes I’ll just ask whoever is with me to take some shots but you know how usually that goes.. “oh nice, you can’t see my shoes..”
8.What is in the future for Little Rooms? Do you have an online store? Where can I buy it?
The future for Little Rooms is looking good! The online store is slated to be up by the end of October, just in time for holiday shopping.. So, you know, don’t be afraid to pass that information along to your loved ones. The new collection will be available in some awesome stores around Los Angeles before then. If you’re local, be sure to check the site for that list very soon. In the meantime, anyone interested in purchasing a specific piece or interested in a custom design can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Good to know what you’re buying! Will you marry me?
Only if I can design the rings!