Friday, April 19, 2019


When I created the Ivory lace mantilla shown here I hadn't zoned in on how truly versatile it would be.  The top photos show a more classic version of how most mantillas are worn.  Dropped on the head, a border of lace borders the edges of tulle.  Some mantillas are allover lace.  Below is the same mantilla worn Gatsby style--low on the forehead and held with decorative headbands.  Below left is the mantilla worn higher on the head proferring an almost madonna look . . . .

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


I wanted to chat a little about the art of mixing laces and how it goes hand in hand with design inspiration. This ensemble, I call The Frida Kahlo is incorporated with laces that couldn't be more different yet they are beautifully in sync to create the overall chic.  I created the bolero out of a cotton kind of crocheted pattern and trimmed the edges of the sleeves and neckline with two different Venise laces.  The bodice is an intricately beaded Alencon lace topping off a full tulle skirt dappled with appliques cut from Chantilly lace.  This cotton lace used in the bolero reminded me of the sort of South American/Mexican woven laces found in cotton summer dresses and wraps.  Especially beautiful the way the sleeves look . . . .

The Salute to Frida Kalo Dress by Amy Jo Tatum////Photographer Sean Sato ///MUA and Hair by Zita Zalai Beauty////Location: Shelldance Orchid Gardens

Monday, March 25, 2019


Most of these lovely images originally ran in Love and Lavendar under the title, Natural Romance.  That was my working title till I realized for me it was more than that--it was a spectacular day we spent shooting under the redwoods.  Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, California, was a place I'll never forget. Two photographers, Lara Onac and Amanda Aceves have been wanting to do a project like this since their days in photography school.  Both shooters were a joy to work with as were all the talented Bay Area vendors--Maria of Studio Wildflower and hair and makeup artist extraordinaire, Taylor Gallanter who fashioned the bride to look so Gatsbyesque. Special thanks and kudos to Misha and Anna our real-life couple who got to have another wedding all to themselves this.  Anna said she loved her own wedding but confessed she didn't have the space to enjoy the most finite and detailed moments as she and Misha could with this private elopement style day they shared under the redwoods . . . .


Photography: Lara Onac Photography
Second Shooter: Amanda Aceves Photography
Makeup and Hair: Taylor Gallanter
Calligrapher: Nib and Flow
Floral Design: Studio Wildflower
Etsy Designer: Lietofiore

Thursday, March 21, 2019


I'm calling this peek of pics Sunset at the Beach.  Shot in Santa Cruz, wedding photographer Alix Mullins of Alix Art Photography is nothing short of superlative, making my VALERIE Dress blush against the sunset.  Special thanks to Lindsey our model and Amy West Floral for the stunning blooms and floral crown . . . .

Monday, February 11, 2019


It's been a while but I'm back! Immersed in pure inspiration to create, the blogging has alas been in suspension the past few months.  The good news is, the work is progressing and here are some of the results.  There's more to come of course and most of it is the result of some breathtaking lace finds . . . . .
ANGELINA.  This overblouse of ivory lace over tulle is so delicate it's almost like you are wearing lingerie.  Worn over a slip dress of 4-ply crepe with a body-hugging effect, this duo can go either Art Deco or Boho paired up with the proper accessories.
For the romantic at heart here's another overblouse in a camel color tulle with only shots of added Peau d'ange lace in ecru.  The handmade florals added to the sleeves and shoulders add a three-dimensional quality.  Great for an outdoor wedding--when there's a breeze the sleeves and shoulder ruffles move beautifully . . . .