Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thank you to The Buzz's Ann Thurlow, who is an incredible spirit and a joy to work with, for the lovely article she wrote about us in December's issue. You can view it here ( http://www.buzzon.com/frames/frames_community) or pick up your very own hard copy (for free) at locations all across the Island as Katryna mentioned below.
Secondly, we'd like to send a big thank you to Sara Fraser and the folks at CBC for the story they aired about us on today's edition of Compass. We are so please with the final edit and greatly appreciate this opportunity. You can view the piece at (http://www.cbc.ca/video/popup.html?http://www.cbc.ca/ondemand/compass.asx) for the next 24 hours we are roughly 50 minutes into the program.
Also, thank you so much to Ellen Connaughton, for her makeup expertise at our most recent photo shoot and Krista Cousins, for lending us her beautiful jewellry creations. We loved working with both of you and hope to again in the near future! You can find Krista's gorgeous pieces at (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30633856&id=183600421#/group.php?gid=18850036508&ref=ts).
Finally, Thank You Patrick Callbeck for the amazing photos!! We are so happy with the shots of our Fall/ Winter '08 collection and are itching to show them to everyone!
We will be posting Patrick's pictures here very soon with prices so you can all have a piece of Sunsets on the Eastside's first ever Fall/Winter collection! (perhaps even for Christmas gifts....)
P.S. I've got one piece finished for Spring/Summer '09 and another in the works! We're all very excited for what's to come....
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Completely off topic? Yes. Moving on.
Another little thing I'd like to share is that we recently had an interview with Ann Thurlow, of 'The Buzz' - if you want to check out the article just pick up a copy, they're all over the place, and FREE! Or, if you aren't a local and don't trust Canada Post then you could always check it out online. http://www.buzzon.com/frames/frames_community. ( look at the top for the link to sunsets on the eastside).
Another note for the locals, keep tuned to compass to see our interview with Sara Fraser. Rumor has it that it should be running sometime this week.
Other then that I really have nothing interesting to mention.
-My driveway is muddy. My boots have also become muddy. But the mud covers up the scuffs, so I'm okay with that. :)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I think the moment that this company started to become a business must have happened this year. Now our meetings have more structure and 75% of what we now talk about is business related rather then clothing related. Not that I'm complaining, I mean it is something that has to happen if we want to be serious about it, its just simply occurred to me now that this isn't just a hobby anymore. This is almost a viable profit making company ( as shocking as that is to say!). I'm pleased with where this is going and strangely a thought came to me a day ago about what if we had never done the company where would I be now?
I think my life would actually be pretty different. The company changed me in quite a few ways and I am grateful for that. It has forced me to take things slightly more seriously then I did before and taught me that hard work pays off. It has effected my social group in the way that I have two amazing friends now that I could never forget for the rest of my life. It has taught me how to handle the real world and who to trust and who to not. It has taught me to be proud of my accomplishments and to never talk them down. It was something I could fall back on when I feel sad or something I can share when things are going well. It has shown me a different side of myself that I might never have know before. It has it's downsides but they are miniscule in comparison to all the beauty that this has brought to my life.
Now I guess this could be the part where I encourage you all to follow your dreams but to be honest this was never my dream. I didn't grow up wanting this, the opportunity simply presented itself. So I guess what I am trying to say is that take as many good opportunities as you can and run with them because you'll never know where you'll end up. If something is right then it will just click into place with a little effort on you part.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'll admitt that at times I hesitate to bring our company up in conversation, but this is just because I don't want it to sound like I'm speaking with you for the soel purpose of plugging our line. However, that said, I love when people show interest and support. It's because of people like you we continue to do what we are doing. We have been credited with being ambitious, and some crazy people have even thrown the word talented out there...and I just want to say thank you, because it's you that drives us. Maybe you bought a piece, perhaps you were the inspiration behind a piece, or simply to keep sewing, no matter what we will never forget the opportunities that have been put before us because of you.
These past 2 years have really been a whirlwind. Seeing what we have achieved locally, and what possiblities the future holds is just begininng to sink in. I keep saying to myself, how did this happen? It always seems we have incredible luck, and I'm so happy to be doing what I am doing, and never want to take it for granted.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Now I must get back to work so that we actually have clothes to photograph!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I welcome the snowflake, and what it brings. That warm grasp, as you converse over a steaming mug of your favourite brew and those long cold nights, that give you an excuse to cuddle.
I want the next collection that we create to give the same warming sensation. As the mecury dips we will not leave our fans to freeze in our summer dresses. You may not have been looking forward to Fall/Winter, but we certainly are. Expect warm, deep colours, and fabrics that will make you wish winter could last all year long.
Friday, October 3, 2008
So blog post number two for me will most likely be brief..
We've had a whirlwind of new developments in the last week that we are unbelievably excited about! Thank you for all of the support you have shown us, we are certainly more motivated to bring you new and fab designs now that we know how much you really enjoy what we do! (not that we didn't always know, it's just reassuring to see it in writing.)
Currently we're working on new pieces and looking for inspiration all around us. Keep and eye out, you may just see us, and our clothing, in some new and exciting places!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
hum... well at work i was looking around ( my work consists of watching a lot of musicals) and i found that the lighting for some of the songs reminded me of a lightening storm. Now in my head i am sooooooo tired of the brown/orange/red type colours for fall ( yes we know those are natures colours... lets try some originality people!) so the colours of a lightening storm kinda inspired me. I see the storm as being a mixture of dark ( like at night or cloud cover) and light (obviously the lightening) all the colors just seem muted but work together to give the emotions that come with a storm. I've always found fall/winter to be kinda ominous, like the bad before the good , again like a storm. So i think that's going to be my main inspiration, or at least the one that I'm going to propose for the girls!
On another note we just finished a photo shoot for an upcoming island magazine called "Panache" which is super exciting. I fell in love with some of the shots and think that the over all look it going to be amazing. The people we worked with were fantastic. They were all so talented and all of us being in one place made that little clearing in the woods super charged with creativity and seemed to promise something really beautiful for the finished project. While at the shoot I had the opportunity to help style it which was so much fun. I really really really enjoyed it. It made me realise how thankful I am for the ability to just visualise things and make them look right, or know when it's not right. I know that's it's that quality that makes me a designer and it was the first time that I ever recognized it for what it was. Maybe that's what some people call talent, or just that thing that everyone has in one area of life that differs them, but I am forever grateful for having found it so early in life. I hope that everyone finds that one thing that makes them happy because I truly believe that that is what it's all about!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I'm Kirstin, another designer for Sunsets on the Eastside. I'm very happy that we now have this blog so we can stay in touch with our lovely fans and let you know about all the happenings of the Sunsets team (actually I'd say we've become more of a family rather than a team. Two years with a small business can do that to people I guess.)
Wow, it's hard to believe we are in our second year with this project. I never thought we would get to this point, but we have and I look forward to the next two years and more! This company means the world to me and I know it does to the other girls as well. It is a great privilege to be able to incorporate your creative mentality into clothing designs and have people actually respond with such appreciation as you all have. I feel honoured to design clothing for all you lovely ladies who have supported us throughout our journey!
As for this coming season, I am very excited to see what is going to come of it. I have many ideas floating around in my head (and I know the other girls do as well.) Currently we are searching for our main inspirations, and are holding many meetings to make sure they all come together. This could be the best collection yet!... or at least that's how I feel. It's going to be our first foray into fall/winter dressing and I think some really great things are about to happen.
My life at the moment has consisted of alot of European streetstyle blogs, driving all across PEI taking in the gorgeous scenery, many used bookstore, copious amounts of caffeine and lots of ....bluegrass music? We'll see if some of these make an appearance in any upcoming designs!
That's all I've got for now! Thanks for reading and all of your support. Check back often... I'll try to keep up with the posting.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I'm Jackie one of the designers from Sunsets on the Eastside. This blog has the purpose of updating you on the going ons of SOTE throughout the year. It will be filled with exciting news from us designers on the progress of this currently small company and let you in on what it's like to be a designer, although I think it's safe to say that we ourselves don't exactly know. Personally I plan on including stories of my life that should, in most part, include the company however because I love the SOTE fans Oh so very much, I might feel the need to just unload on this page. Needless to say this blog is not to be taken to seriously, our company doesn't aim to be snotty and considers everyone who has interest in what we do a friend, and we plan on treating them as such.
So to begin this blog here's my opinion on being a designer:
It is great, and I love it.
Well obviously that's not all there is to it, but currently that is exactly how I feel. This company has taken exciting turns during the 2 years of it's existence and has exposed me to a world filled with like minded people and things that get my creative juices flowing. It would be absurd to believe that it has been all peachy along the road, this job can become highly highly highly stressful ( I think the other girls can more then agree with me there) and is at fault for many a panic attack, but thankfully I never want to give up, and the day that it becomes all work and no play will be the day that it ends.
So I hope you bookmark this page and return frequently because we would love nothing more then to have you involved in the progress of Sunsets on the Eastside!
p.s If you've never been, an excellent store to frequent when you're perusing the Charlottetown downtown is The Green Man. Would you like to know why? because our clothing is sold there silly! and we have currently knocked down the prices by 20% so there's no better time then the present to go visit a new place!