Saturday, August 29, 2009

ginny's wedding

Recently my best friend and other half, Ginny Branch (now Ginnybranch Stelling!) just married her middle school sweet heart in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful weddings of all time. I wasn't going to post anything about it because it got so much coverage in the wedding world, but since Gramma has friends that read my blog that might not necessarily read all my friends' blogs, I had to make sure ya'll didn't miss this. Because it's too good to miss. I've got some of my snapshots of the event below, but the best thing is this video by our friend Josh Goleman, an amazing filmmaker and photographer who documented the whole thing. This was so much fun, and I loved how all of our friends really got into the theme. Not a modern one in sight! We really are blessed with wonderful, fun, inspiring people in our lives.

These are all of Ginny's outfits for the weekend. Dreeeamy!

...and this is my friend, the baby goat. we fell in love.


Gramma Dorothy has requested that I post about my new wonderful job at Betsey because, as she reminded me, she's not the only one who reads my blog. ...which I do forget sometimes. So! I work at Betsey Johnson now, who has always been one of my all time favorite fashion designers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Betsey, she is known for punky, wacky, vintage inspired clothing. If you look at styles that she created thirty years ago, and compare them to her most recent shows, you wouldn't really be able to tell a difference. I've put some images from's archive of her most recent shows on here. I think that it's easy to see why I love her stuff. Also, she is a wonderful person. I abosulety adore her and her business partner, Chantal. They are both genuinely kind, exuberant, firm but fun businesswomen; they have quickly become my fashion idols for when I have my own business.

I fit into Betsey as one of the new "technical desginers." Which is a broad-reaching term here. What I actually do is keep the charts and boards that we refer to up to date. Every day things are changing--this is shortened; this is going to a different factory; this is going to have pink contrast trim; this style number is changing; this fabrication is changing--and everyone needs to know about it. Besides that, I sort of fill in everywhere. For instance, recently I have fixed the sewing machine, I made the collars smaller on some samples we got in, I sketched some garments we were missing sketches for, I trooped through the garment district to find rubber buttons (close to impossible!), and was consulted on the creation of an intranet line sheet publishing website (in which I made *very* clear that I am anything but a webmaster!).

This is Betsey and her granddaughter:

And this is some of her stuff: