Dear Creatures & Coury Combs

Dear Creatures classic inspired line combines old with contemporary new, creating a unique staple. Their pieces are always timeless. Coury Combs of fancytreehouse is the perfect blogger to model the Spring line. Her doll like appearance and love for pretty clothing makes this the perfect collaboration.

Here's a little Q/A with Coury:

When did you start blogging? Why did you decide to start a blog? I have been blogging for over 10 years now. I've been on livejournal, myspace, xanga, and now blogspot. I only started style blogging almost 2 years ago, in September 2010. It felt like a natural way to document my life and I just have a lot of fun doing it.

How would you define style? Style is something that is inherently in us. I think we all have style, it just might be hard to find it sometimes. It takes some inspiration and a lot of confidence to wear exactly what you want to wear and feel comfortable in it.

Why do you like Dear Creatures? Dear Creatures always makes my favorite girlie pieces. Every single season. I just love the sweet details and how well made and well priced the line is. Dream line!

Which were your favorite pieces? So hard! There's definitely a lot to love about all of them but if I had to choose I would say the Bow back dress. I am just a big fat sucker for anything with a large bow on it! :)

Why do you think it's important to support independent designers? Independent designers put everything they have into their designs. It means more to them so the quality is usually better and one of the best things is that there aren't as many of these pieces in production so there is a better chance of being unique.

You also have your own online vintage shop. Yes, I have been selling vintage and reworked pieces for almost 4 years now. I get so much joy from it and it makes me so happy to see the new owner enjoying the piece that wouldn't have made it into their closet otherwise!

Dusen Dusen meets Fashion Pirate

I have been obsessed with Brooklyn based Dusen Dusen since the brand first launched. The prints are killer and the cuts are perfect. Who knew that bugs could look so cute? There's no better blogger to pair Dusen Dusen with than one of the coolest girls, Arabelle Sirardi, from fashionpirate.net.

Here's a little Q&A with Arabelle:

How long have you been blogging? Why did you decide to start a blog?
More than 4 years now, my 4th anniversary was this January. I started mine because I needed somewhere to record my fascination with fashion.

Are you surprised by the success and popularity of your blog?

Yeah it weirds me out sometimes. I'm lucky.

How would you define "style"?
Tangible personality.
What are you studying in college?
Gender Studies & Journalism.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don't know, hopefully I'll be working in the beauty industry. I try not to think too far ahead because I get caught up. I'm just doing what I want right now and hopefully this stuff will lead to further opportunities.

Which are your favorite Dusen Dusen pieces?
The insect collared dress and the denim dress, definitely. BUGS EVERYWHERE.

Why do you think it's important to support independent designers?
Because the entire system is working against them. It's very easy to come out of Parsons or FIT or what have you and just get swept up into a larger house and never even set up your own brand even though that's what you may have worked for your entire college life at design school (if you even went). It's very cut throat and if you aren't lucky enough to get backing by a major magazine or picked up by the CFDA or what have you, you have so little chance of succeeding even though you may have the talent and vision that others who were luckier don't have.

Favorite music? Are you still K-POP's number 1 fan?
Yeah, right now I'm listening to Hot Clip and GDTOP and Block B like, religiously haha. My top plays on iTunes are Azealia Banks, Beyonce, and korean hip hop. Diva music.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can curse in 10 languages? Does that count? I'm pretty useless. I mean I can climb things really, really fast...I used to pretend I was an elf when I was little so I had a lot of practice climbing trees.

Blogger/Model collaboration

I am really excited about the new way that we are going to model the clothing in my boutique. Going forward, my favorite fashion bloggers will be modeling the pieces. This will be a great way to have an already close community supporting each other, and that is essentially the spirit of Emerging Thoughts To start things off, Beatrice Holloway will be modeled by Katie Shelton of skunkboycreatures.blogspot.com/

I chose Katie because her style represents Beatrice Holloway's sweet and feminine knit pieces.

Here's a little Q&A with Katie:

How long have you been blogging? Why did you decide to start a blog?
I have been blogging for about 4 years, but only seriously for a little over 2 years. I originally started blogging as a way to share different bits and pieces of my handmade business, but it has grown into something so much more. Now I share about my life, music I love, outfits I wear, my kids, and DIYs.

You also own your own small business Skunkboy Creatures. Why is it important to support small businesses like ours?
I'm all about supporting small businesses. As someone who runs their own handmade shop, I know what kind of work goes into starting, growing, and maintaining a business. It is a true labor of love and I want to help support others with the same dream.

How would you define your style?
My style is very girly and feminine. I love a great dress. Actually, there aren't a lot of things better than a really great/wearable dress. I'm totally smitten with and inspired by fashion from the 60s and some of the 70s.

Which are your favorite Beatrice Holloway pieces?
Easy: the Made in the Dark blouse, the Flounce Dress, and the Coltrane Dress.

Favorite bands? Which are your favorite records?
Three of my favorite bands/albums right now are Sam Roberts' Collider, Dr. Dog's Be the Void, and St. Vincent's Strange Mercy.