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Laying Roots: New Home

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on March 21, 2010

So, we are finally 99.9% settled in our new apartment.  We’re in a great neighborhood and location with a park right around the corner where we walk and play with the dogs.  We still have a few boxes of squirrely odds-and-ends to figure out what exactly to do with…  but for the most part we are unpacked.  Here are a few photos of the living room and bedroom.

hifi, quintessential Gray Bowen painting, blown-glass heart by Tracy Kirchman

street-facing windows, record collection, leopard-framed photo of Clark, guitar, saint candles

couch, nautilus wall, Gray and sleepy puppyX2

station: I am currently here, wonderful peagle, roughly a third of my books...

sleep here, 3rd generation awesome headboard, painting by a former neighbor of my grandmother

We’re still getting the other rooms put together but I’m into the high ceilings and the huge bathtub and black and white checkerboard tile in the bathroom.


Alexander McQueen: Final Collection, Paris 2010

Posted in New Collection, Personal Note by Ciara on March 11, 2010

Sorry for my absence as of late – we have finally made the move to Asheville, NC!  I’ve been unpacking and getting all of those moving details squared away for the past while.  I will be getting some photographs of my new home and the style of the Asheville streets very soon.  But first I have to unpack my closet…  😉

Yesterday I came across images from Alexander McQueen’s final collection and a beautifully written article about the legend and his last works.  The 16-piece collection was only at 80% completion at the time of his death and draws inspiration from the art of the Dark Ages but with a new perspective, incorporating mohawk, feathered headpieces and specially ordered fabric that translated digital photographs of demons by Hieronymus Bosch and high-church angels.  I feel a kinship to this concept of juxtaposing the new and the old, the digital and the…  analog, art and technology.  It is one element as to why I’ve always been such a fan of Alexander McQueen.

Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.  View the entire collection at

I can’t help but think that these pieces are only a small part of the entire vision.  One can only imagine what artistry would have encapsulated this collection on the runway.  The simple and intimate showing of this final collection may not have been what McQueen had in mind –  it was his showmanship as well as his garments that made him what he was – but it offered his close friends and colleagues a moment to reflect and one last look.

Photos: via
Christopher Moore / Courtesy of Alexander McQueen

Kreativ Blogger Award

Posted in Blogging Award, Personal Note by Ciara on October 26, 2009


This afternoon I was very surprised and delighted to receive my first blog award!  It definitely makes me smile to think that Style Fuss is beginning to grow!  I received the Kreativ Blogger award from the lovely Carolyn at The Average Stylista.  Thank you soo much!  This made my day!

Here are Rules
1.  Tell 7 things that you don’t already know about me.

2.  Name 7 other blogs to receive this award

3.  Leave a comment on each of the blogs I nominated

4.  Thank the person who gave you the award.

Things You May Not Know About Me: Ciara of Style Fuss

1.  I have always been an outlandish dresser…

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

2.  I have a fabulous (and growing) Barbie collection…  I’m just a little obsessed.

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

3.  I sort of (really) love David Lynch…

© Justin Cox 2009

© Justin Cox 2009

4.  I like to use a variety of media when making art.  It is usually my computer but sometimes I try other things…

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

5.  I visited NYC for the first and second time this year… and loved it even more than I expected.  Can’t wait to move in the nest few months!  ♥♥♥

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

6.  I am basically a clone of my mother.

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

7.  Okay, this isn’t really a secret or unknown thing…  I really miss my best friend a lot!

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

And with that, you know (even) more about me!

I would like to give this award to:

1. Cyn at CMYKaboom!

2.  Jenny H. at Sidewalks are Runways

3.  Kimicha at The Door in my Wardrobe

4.  Indy GrrrL

5.  Miss Christy at Out the Other Side

6. Pretty Robotic

7.  Sherin at Hi Fashion

Be sure to check out the blogs of these ladies!  Always amazing content from each of them.  Thank you again to Carolyn!


The ABCs of Style Fuss

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on October 21, 2009

Got this fun little “About Me” from eQ at Misguided Me.  Just a little background info for you and some Self-Indulgence for me.  🙂

abc blocks

A – Advocate For: Lupus Research, LGBT Rights, Veganism, Juvenile Diabetes Research

go vegan


B – Best Feature: Hair – Style – Creativity

C – Could do without: Drama – Ignorance – conservative rednecks

D – Dreams & Desires: Live in and Love NYC – thrive in the fashion/art world – learn something everyday

E – Essential items: moisturizer – puppy – Mac – iPod

F – Favorite pastime: Going out with D-tron and BG!!!

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

G – Good at: hair & makeup – making up cute songs – picking up on trends

H – Have never tried: a hotdog

I – If I Had a Million Dollars: pay off college loans – save & invest – not cut my own hair… nah.

J – Junkie For: black coffee – liquid eyeliner – Lady Gaga

K – Kindred Spirit: Dalton Dylan Hughes

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

L – Little Known Fact: I’ve never had the chicken pox – The Judge Judy Incident – secretly obsessed with the side show

M – Memorable Moment: Seeing the lights of NYC for the first time as the plane descended

N – Never Again Will I: live in the south – drunkenly wear suede boots while sledding – eat a cheeseburger

O – Occasional Indulgence: at home spa day – bloody marys – Ugly Betty – knitting

P – Profession: graphic designer – illustrator – fashionista

Q – Quote: “As the spirit wanes, the form appears.” – Charles Bukowski

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

R – Reason to Smile: Gray – Art – Clark!

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

S – Sorry About: taking the fall and losing your trust – not being accessible

T – Things That Are Worrying You Right Now: the impending move to NYC! – funds – grad school

U – Uninterested In: most sports – metal – epic historical dramas, especially those featuring Mel Gibson

V – Very Scared Of: failing – being the fool – getting stuck in NC

W – Worst Habits: procrastination – passive aggressiveness – being way too defensive

X – X Marks My Ideal Vacation Spot: Sibiu, Romania – Paris – anywhere in the caribbean

Y – Yummiest Dessert: vegan Kahlua cake

Z – Zodiac Sign: Leo



New Header: lupus

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on October 6, 2009

I have the swine flu! …  NO, j/k.  I do, however, have what seems to be a pretty gnarly head cold/sinus thing.  No big post for today, just resting and drinking hot tea.  I did make this new header though.  Let me know what you think!


Into the Woods

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on October 4, 2009
© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

I’m BACK!!!  … and with photographic evidence of why the rural south can be a very dangerous place indeed.

The absence of my internet and thus, my own absence has been brought to you by the color green and the letter “T.”

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

During this little break from the internet, I decided to follow the mantra in my first picture today and make some art.  What better excuse to pose as an expat photographer than natural disaster?


Chaos strikes!

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on September 26, 2009

For now, I just want to share with you the new header I’ve made.

I’ve been without internet for two days and power for one due to some crazy natural disaster-esque situation – more on this later (with pictures!).

For now, bear with me.  I’ll be back soon!


Welcome Mat

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on September 8, 2009


Hello and welcome to Style Fuss!

I’ve been blogging for nearly ten  years now (wow) on-and-off using different sites and subject matter.  For the past few years I’ve been more or less addicted to what began as a handful of fashion blogs and now has become an out-of-control number of fabulous blogs I add to on a daily basis (some of my consistent favorites are listed in my Blogroll).

I’m an illustrator with a BFA in Graphic Design.  I have plans for grad school in something fashion related but I’m having a tough time narrowing it down!  There are so many aspects of art and fashion that I would love to get my hands dirty with!

I have always loved fashion – raised in the studio of my mother and grandmother, a team of independent fashion designers, I really had no choice but to relish in the fashion world since birth.

I want this blog to be a place to celebrate everything I love about fashion as well as how it integrates so seamlessly with art and culture.  I also want to use this blog to become a part of the fabulous community of fashion bloggers that I have come to love over the past few years.

I would love as much feedback as possible and I hope that you, future readers, will help me create a sense of community here at Style Fuss.

The bottom line is – Fashion is fearless, fun, and definitely something to make a fuss about!