My Little Belleville S/S '15

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Little Belleville Spring/Summer 2015 is now officially launched!!!

The concept was simple. Fun, quirky, spring, fresh, lively, natural... all of what I try to capture within my products when I design them. Utilitarian above all; I want these to be items you actually wear. 

The blouse is a printed silk, the skirt, a soft rayon, and the collars, made from a lined cotton,
 made by Galina Licheva artist and owner of A Guide for Dreamers based in Bulgaria. 
We collaborated on those hand collars last fall, and decided to expand even more for spring.
 Galina is so talented, and I love designing with her. 
She always takes my designs a step further, and the execution is impeccable.

 The swimsuits are some of my favorites as well. They are lined and very flattering on all body types.. I've been so impressed by their cut. One-pieces can be so weird sometimes! These, however, have beautiful coverage, and are so comfortable. Maybe I'll wear mine all summer. Starting now? (Still to cold Londoners?) You can also wear the Des Fleurs swimsuit with the Des Fleurs SKIRT. Isn't that novel? Then with one swift switch, it can be swim-time. Perfect. 
And don't forget, all the rings shown here are hand-painted by moi, but the settings are made by the talented Malinda Fisher from Desert Rose Jewelry
You can see more in the shop.

This line was a process of inspirations- from the Hands of Humanity, to the Face Collars, to the Des Fleurs skirt. I designed all of the fabrics using acrylics, and brush and ink first, then had them printed onto fabric. I've been working with Print All Over Me, a print and manufacturing studio based in Shanghai, to help me produce my work, and it has been so fun to take my illustrations and see them in the form of CLOTHES.

The shoot took place in South Kensington in some lovely mews, with the most wonderful, colorful backdrops- I couldn't have asked for a better setting (and I know there are so many more in this city) Kami Weddick was my designated and incredibly fun and talented photographer, she captured Alex in such gorgeous, classic, and quirky ways. Helen McDonald was our makeup and hair- she works on sets of movies and TV shows all day long (including Downton Abbey) so she worked her own magic on this shoot.

A huge Thank You to my team and all of the people who have been working on this over the last few months. 
It's come together wonderfully.

Each item is custom-printed and custom made, so please allow 2-4 weeks for production when you place your order. Which, you can finally do.... 

Model: Alexandra

Spring Wanderlust

Monday, March 30, 2015

I love the idea of traveling “like a local”. Avoiding tourist hubs and blending in to seek out the everyday beauty of a location. It’s hard to accomplish and I always end up taking enough photos I’m sure the “true” locals cringe. But, the best way, I’ve found, is to acquire “honorary” local status by blending in with someone who truly knows the lay of the land. Luckily for me, I spent my recent trip to Bequia with my boyfriend, Max, doing just that. Max grew up spending a portion of the year taking in sun while the rest of the Northeast bundled up, wishing winter would disappear. This year marked his 28th trip down to Bequia and my 2nd.

We tried our best to wake with the sun and make the short walk down the hill for a morning swim in the clear blue ocean water. A breakfast of homemade yogurt, our neighbor’s honey, and the tastiest fresh fruit you can imagine didn’t hurt either. Daily adventures usually started by navigating the rickety old Jeep around the winding narrow roads and steep hills of the island; hoping we wouldn’t get ourselves into a situation that our lackluster stick-shift skills couldn’t get us out of. If we were lucky we’d take a trip to visit Max’s childhood French tutor, Claude Victorine, to play Dominos, drink strong rum (with spoonfuls of sugar), and tell stories late into the evening.

Max’s mum tells a story of three eccentric bathers who frequented our favorite beach: Mrs. Pough, Mrs. Yeorg, and Mr. Bubblington. It wasn’t their gossip or chatter that set them apart while they floated along in the warm sea. But rather, their brightly colored floral swim caps and the way their toes always poked straight out of the ocean while they floated on their backs, without a care in the world, certainly did stand out.

My Little Belleville’s soon-to-be-launched S/S’15 line can give us all the chance to let out our inner “Mrs. Pough.” The whimsical patterns, lively colors, and dainty details are all aspects I know Mrs. Pough would dote, all while her toes afloat.

Check back in this Wednesday, April 1st, for the launch of the new line! Eee! 


The Swimsuit and Skirt pattern designed by Michelle Christensen, manufactured by Print All Over Me.

S/S'15 Photographer: Kami Weddick // Make-Up Artist: Helen McDonald // Model: Alexandra Smith


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Had these in my hot chocolate today. I love the name... CAKE ANGELS!!! Had to make it hair!! 

Belleville S/S '15

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We had our first S/S '15 line shoot yesterday! I CANNOT WAIT to show the photos!! I had a great team of creatives here in London, and it went beautifully. I'll post more soon! 
Just wanted to put up a little snippet.
 A snippet snippet snippet.


A Little Bit o' Paris

Monday, March 9, 2015

Above: Le Sacre Coeur, Deyrolle Taxidermy Museum, et Square du Temple sketchbooking. 

Paris is always a good idea. 


Skchbk Lndn Concerts!

Friday, February 20, 2015


Last night my thoughtful and music-loving husband took me to the London Philharmonia Orchestra. We dressed the part (complete with fur.. .....okay faux fur) and head on over to the Royal Festival Hall on Southbank. It was beautiful. The first song they played was Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess.. I almost cried. Mostly because I had been told that all they were playing was Stravinsky, but they played three Ravel pieces, that one being one of them. It was gorgeous. The piano man sketched below is playing Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand... so he only used his left hand. It was nuts! During intermission we went out on the balcony overlooking the river and Big Ben. After the whole concert we walked home in the rain and just marveled at the beautiful city around us. London!

Here are some of the sketches in a compilation above, and below are the ones that I thought I'd give you a better look at. Also... cello's are freaking hard to draw.

Pancake Day? Pancake Day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

So it's Pancake Day today in London! Supposedly this was the day (aka Shrove Tuesday) that was dedicated to clearing out the cupboards of tempting treats and baking goodies before the first day of Lent, when you give up all of those things. I think it was narrowed down to pancakes, which are now celebrated on this day, and there are many pancake races all over the city. Pancake races you ask? Yes, pancake races. Where people run with skillets and have to flip the pancake inside it at certain points.
It is kind of like a relay race.

I went to the one in Borough Market. There were a bunch of people gathered already, and I watched a bunch of different people race to the end. It lasted only about 30 minutes, and then the rest of the time we stood in line for some pancakes. I had some delicious gluten-free ones made from coconut milk. 
I need that recipe. 

Here's to eating as many pancakes as you can until tomorrow!!
Read more about Pancake Day here.

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