Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Art Deco Cow Girl

From time to time I loan out clothes from my line to stylists, models or photographers for photo shoots. They get fun new looks to play around with, and I get lovely professional photos in return. I love nothing more than to see my garments being worn and loved, and I'm always interested to see how someone else will style them.

In these photos the talented singer/songwriter Ruut both modeled and styled the shoot. I don't think I would've ever thought to pair this 1920's inspired dress with cowboy boots, but I absolutely love it!

Get the look:
-THE DRESS: by mena
-THE BOOTS: by frye
-THE HEELS: anthropologie

I am still obsessed with this shimmery yellow jacquard knit fabric. Unfortunately I only bought a few yards of it, so this dress remains a one of a kind.

see you later!-MR

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hot Hot Hot Hot

Lately I've had the pleasure of doing wardrobe styling for some commercial work. The most recent one I did was for Hot Pockets featuring the very very funny Toby Turner.

Although they are always a pretty fun experience, I especially enjoyed working on this one. Not only did I get to put together outfits for a luchador and a rodeo cowboy, but I spent some quality time with a blow torch burning holes in a silk shirt to simulate an explosion. So, that's my idea of fun anyways.

We shot this commercial at a lovely house on a sunny day, and Toby had the entire crew in tears with his improvisation. Check out his YouTube channel here for some more funnies.

alright, later kittens!-Misty

Friday, May 11, 2012


Holy cow, I have been sewing non-stop for 3 weeks straight. It's so satisfying to finish a garment and hang it on the rack next to it's color coordinated sisters. Even more satisfying is carefully packaging it up, tying it up with a bow, and shipping it out to some eagerly awaiting fashionista in an exotic locale like Moscow or Spain. I hope it becomes their new favorite dress, and I wish wish wish they would all send me pictures!

Last week I sent out a shipment to a lovely new boutique in Chicago named Milk Handmade. While maybe not exotic per say, Chicago does happen to one of my favorite cities in the US so I am super happy to have Mena available in the windy city. Chicago friends, go check it out for me! :-)

The rest of the garments created on this most recent sewing spree are all for this weekends big show: Unique LA. If you've ever wanted to own a mena item but were worried about ordering online without trying it on, nows your chance! I have sizes from extra small to large, AND I have a dressing room. AND there are free drinks. AND besides myself there are over 300 amazing artists and indie designers setting up shop who are are local-made-in-the-USA.  Tickets are $10 each but I have two to give away. If you want one leave a comment!

Please excuse the instagram photos again, but it's difficult to find the nice camera under all these fabric scraps:

Along with most of the items I've shown here in the past I'll have a selection of brand new things that I havent had a chance to blog about.

Every gal needs a neon lace top right?
Unfortunately those are all the pics I took and all the garments are hung up at the show waiting for the doors to open tomorrow, But I swear there are tons more.

Meanwhile the house is started to get buried under rapidly growing piles of fabric scraps:

I hope to see all your beautiful faces this weekend!

Ooh ooh ooh, Caine and his arcade are going to be there as well. If you havent seen that video yet I suggest you do.

Toodles kittens,