Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Qiana Markham, a self-proclaimed shoe addict, left her job in advertising several years ago to pursue a career in shoe design. She has been mentored by a cowboy boot maker in Guthrie, Oklahoma for the last two years, and now finds herself moving on to bigger things. For the next six months she plans on hopping around and learning from the best, but nothing will stop her love of shoes.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
What do you get when you mix Courtney Love's style with McQueen, and throw in some funky prints just for fun? You would get the collections Love Child and Dirty Candy by Tiki Doll. Tiki, 33, lives in Midwest City with her six year old daughter and her extended family, and works out of what used to be her mother's dining room. Her studio, heady with incense and vibrating with loud 90's grunge bands, is filled with bright fabrics, clothing racks of her collections, and the odd dress dummy or two. She was very open about her inspiration (different textures, grommets, and free-thinking) and her collection reflects her personal style. After graduating from design school, Tiki released her first collection, Love Child, into the metro runways - and used herself as the press poster model. Now, having just released her second collection, Dirty Candy, Tiki is ready for bigger venues. She hopes to take her collection to Dallas in the early Fall, and then hopes to move to Los Angeles, California. She feels her style is better suited to "Cali." One thing is for sure, with her unique aesthetic, her fun prints, and her sparkling personality - Tiki is sure to go far.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Kris Boevers is a college-aged photographer expanding what was once just a hobby, into a state-wide business. Earlier this month, Boevers launched her website, krisboevers.com, allowing for many more to view her work, and hire her services. Boevers specializes in making ordinary things seem extraordinary; including the special moments in a person's life: engagements, weddings, christenings, and families. She takes these simple moments and immortalizes them forever in film.
Boevers started taking pictures when she was very young. When she realized she wanted to do this as a profession, she saved and then bought all of the equipment she would need for her business. This year she expanded into officially buying webspace - although she also runs a blog in conjunction to her website. To her, Boevers believes her business has unlimited possibilities. It is evident that Boevers makes everything basic, beautiful - from her business to her subjects.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010, Fashion Bug – a clothing store in Moore, OK – expanded its national brand to include plus sizes, as well as size sixes. In honor of this occasion, they held a spring fashion show including models of all ages and sizes.
The line was full of bright colors, tailored pants, print dresses, and cannily draped blouses. The models displayed their individual personalities with their walks, and every model, including a size six, represented the different sizes of clothing in the store.
The manager of the Moore store said that while they are expanding to size sixes, they do not plan on going into lower sizes, and the size sixes can be found online. But she does see positive outcomes of these new sizes.
While she never gained a college degree, Christina Morris, 23, sees herself as a role model for her two young daughters. "I want my daughters to see that I have accomplished so much without a degree, and that they can do whatever they set their minds to... but they are going to college!"
Morris's business, Imperial Elements, showcases unique, one of a kind beaded jewelry of her own design. On Facebook alone, she has over 200 fans. As a military wife, she became involved with a group of other wives- who all shared a common interest: beadwork. From these 'girls night outs' spawned her love of jewelry making and beadwork.
She may not have gained premises - her husband might be transferred to another base - she considers herself a businesswoman and is proud that her daughters are able to see her accomplish her dreams.
Cody Johnson wants everyone he meets to be as comfortable with themselves as he is with himself. Cody, an active member in the gay community, won Miss Gay Charity Oklahoma 2010 last month as his altar ego, Luxxe Bentley. Luxxe performs to show off her singing and dancing talent, but she also wants to inspire and teach others that different is beautiful.