Thursday, October 25, 2012


This is a post all about Tattoos, there are 2 types of people in the world, those who want tattoos and those who don't. And those who want tattoo's includes all the people who have atleast one already and want more.    I have to say that I am among those who want tattoos. At first I thought I didn't want one but over the years I have seen so many beautiful people who have tattoos and a lot of them, and I can't take my eyes off of them. However, I have such low pain tolerance that when someone pinches me it hurts for twenty minutes. This does not seem to be conducive to me getting a tattoo. Maybe someday I will work up the courage to handle the pain, of course my plan only includes getting one tattoo, not a whole body of them. For now, I am just going to admire the beautiful art that I see on other people's bodies.

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This is not a tattoo just a drawing. But I loved it just as much!

Steph Elise

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Edge Effect

I am currently working on designing a collection for a second interview. With who, I am not going to say because I don't want to jinx it. During my research I came across a lot of amazing, inspiring images. Here is one set, called "The Edge Effect" by Daniel Kukl. 

Pretty awesome am I right?!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Help!


Okay all, I need some opinions. And if you all are anything like me you would love the chance to tell people what you think. So here is the question! Dum Dum Dum...

What should I be for Halloween! I have narrowed it down to 2 main options and here they go!

First let me say for the past few years I have been people that apparently are not easily recognizable. Here are pictures of my last 2 Halloween costumes. I'm not going to tell you who I was, but if you can guess and guess right I will be so unbelievably happy.

That's me on the right... Guess who I am!

Guess who I am this time!

Okay now down to the nitty gritty here are my two options for this year.

I had planned on being Robyn but I figured if people didn't know who I was the past few years that this year I should be someone or thing that people would know right away so the Robyn idea was left in the dust. However I then found this picture and thought it was brilliant!

ROBYN AS ROBIN! I mean really, can you get better than that!

So that's the first option, the second was inspired by Pleasantville, this scene particularly.

Here is a group that did this costume idea before.

And my boyfriend, Nick, suggested that we go as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy in black and white.

So in summation,
1.Robyn as Robin
2. Lucy and Ricky in Black & White

Vote in the comments, it would help me a lot!

Steph Elise


You fashionista's out there know that quilting is super trendy right now. For example, JW Anderson's collection at TopShop.

These quilted pieces are amazing. But I found some even cooler quilted stuff while researching this trend. 

Pretty cool stuff. Makes me want to go out and create my own quilted collection. 

Love, Steph Elise

Friday, October 19, 2012


As I woke up today it was rainy which I love rainy days in New York. The whole city feels more serene, there are a lot less people on the streets on my walk to work and it's much quieter. I always wish I was in Caillebotte's Paris in the Rain painting.

Sometimes I wish we are still dressed this way. The rain creates a mood for me and I love to see how people wear their rain gear in a fashionable way.


Look at those rainboots! More like rain heels (which I never even knew existed)!

Love the bright red rainboots!

Look at this gem of a find:

Princess Diana sporting Hunters.
Blame it on the rain, such great "statement" boots in both senses of the word "statement".

Next time it rains I hope we all try something new and show off our rainy day style!

Steph Elise

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Patterns and Colors Galore!

My style is all about the modern geometric bold prints and colors. This season the runway is full of it. I love it. My style of design and dressing is all about the pattern mixing. So I invite you to look at my favorites from the season: 

Mara Hoffman


Proenza Schouler


Mary Katrantzou

There you have it! Love it! 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alice + Olivia SS'13

So many things I love about this. First, off such a great photo shoot  Second, amazing clothes. Third, a very tempting idea for painting my room!

I have been contemplating painting my room but it just seems like so much work and as a renter that means when I move out I will have to repaint over it... blah blah all that. But look at all these great ideas:

Painted wall installationPainted bookshelf wallPainted wall collage
Abstract painted wallHalf painted wallGeometric painted wall

Maybe it's time to go pick up some paint after work.



Does anyone else struggle with Subject lines in emails or titles for Posts. For some reason this is the hardest part of the whole thing. I feel like it needs to be good, because if it isn't then people may not read it. So did 'inspiring' work for you.

Starting out a career in fashion after graduating I had no idea that I would spend so much time in front of the computer everyday. In school we worked on the computer, but it was broken up with hand sketching, pattern making, sewing, reading, eating, watching tv, hanging out with friends, sleeping. Rarely did I sit in front of the computer for 8 hours, and if I did it was often with friends in a coffee shop or in my apartment where I could get up and wander around or listen to music loudly while I worked. But at work you have to be professional and sit there for hours. So my friend, Alexis, told me she listens to stand up comedy while she works and I loved that suggestion. However, if you know me at all, you know I love to laugh and I laugh a lot. Stand up comedy proved to be me laughing to myself at my desk a lot. And after a week or two I started hearing the same routines over and over again. I needed something else to occupy my time.

This is where TED talks came in. I stumbled up this one. And before I talk about it I think everyone in the fashion industry or with a dislike of the fashion industry should take the time to watch it.

I think most of you probably didn't watch it. But if you did you probably feel the way I do. It was so refreshing to me after working only a few months in this industry to see/hear a different type of beauty. I thought his images as well as his models were stunning. 

Thank you Rick Guidotti for having the courage to show the world what we are overlooking.

Steph Elise Haller

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Noble New Yorkers #2

So on Tuesday night I went to a Jazz Club. I ordered a drink that has cilantro in it. It was pretty shocking to my system, I always forget what a strong taste it is. So all of a sudden I start hicupping like crazy. Meanwhile I am trying to hold it in because a performance is happening. Next thing I know the bartender runs over and hands me a cup of water and says " I heard you hiccuping thought this might help". They went away seconds later.

Noble New Yorkers #1

Since I'm making up for time I am just going to post a few from the past few months:

- On my way to Macy's there was a homeless man who always sat outside the subway stop. One day I looked over and a man opened up his briefcase and gave the homeless man his sandwich. This happened two or three more times. 

- I was getting on the subway and when I went to swipe my subway card it said "insufficient fare" so I was about to turn around to go put more money on it when a guy behind me swiped his card and motioned for me to go. He had paid for my subway fare. 

- What looked like a homeless man was riding the subway in his wheelchair, he held a piece of paper with directions on it. A man was about to get off the subway and he turned to the homeless man and said it's just 3 more stops then you get off and ... (giving him the rest of the directions). It wasn't anything big but I thought  it was great how he checked up to make sure he knew where he was going before he left the train. 
     - The same homeless man went to get off of the subway and his wheel got stuck in the gap between the          train and the platform and without missing a beat this man grabbed the front of his chair and the man's wife grabbed the back and they helped him to get unstuck. 

- There is a blind man who goes to the same coffee shop every morning, and on multiple occassions I have seen people help him, even though I'm sure he knows where he is going. Also the staff always see's him coming and comes out, takes his arm and leads him in. 

- To go off the last one I saw a woman ask a blindman if he needed help crossing street near Penn Station, some of the busiest streets in the city, and carry on a conversation with him as they walked. 

That's all I can remember right now. But no matter how small it warms my heart. 

The Side of New York No One Talks About

Moving here I was a little wary of the people. You always here that everyone in NYC is rude and cold and don't care about anyone else. However, I have had a different experience. I have decided to write down all of the great things I see New Yorkers do, whether it be big or small. When I am having a bad day and I see someone do something nice for someone else it makes me so happy. So keeping track of all of this will make me happy as well. From here on out these blog post will be called... "Noble New Yorkers".

Why hello there

Hej Hej!

Whenever I go to read a blog I always search for the about me. I bet there are a few of you out there like that. So I am going to give it to you.

First thing is first my favorite animal is a mini pig! Shoot, probably not the first thing I should have said. I probably should have said, My name is Stephanie. Which it is.

Okay starting over, this time I am going to be serious, well as serious as I can be. My name is Stephanie. I was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri.

Home to the most amazing baseball team ever. 

I just had to rep for the Cardinals right now because maybe just maybe my blog love will lead us to another World Series win this year. Although sports are really not something that defines me I have realized it's quite difficult to live in St.Louis and not be a Cardinals fan. I loved my life in St. Louis but when it came time for college I was ready to get out of Missouri. I was in love with fashion and St. Louis really isn't the place for that. So I moved to Chicago for college to study at Columbia College Chicago, I was there for a year before deciding it wasn't for me. Although I feel like Chicago may be calling my name again in the future.

I then moved myself to the South to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. There I continued my fashion design degree and fell deeply in love with the South. 

Although I never allowed myself to say "ya'll" though I was tempted many times. Savannah became a home for me and it will always feel that way. The Spanish moss, the cobble stone roads, my beautifully colorful and eclectic Jones Street apartment, Gallery Espresso, the free praline samples, the amazing weather, the beach only a short and breathtaking drive away.  The day came that I graduated from college and I moved away from Savannah the day after I graduated. Due to starting an internship with Macy's Merchandising Group. I packed my boyfriends car and we drove the 14 hours up the East Coast from Savannah to New York City! And here I am today. Living and working in the big city! 

I think that's enough about me for now as I can't think of anything else to say. 

And as I press Publish, this is now the start of my blog. I promise to try my best to keep you entertained.