Winona forever

Friday February 14, 2014

She is the epitome of cool.

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Never Gets Old

Friday January 24, 2014

Classic denim and a white tee is as timeless as can be.

Image via: Tommy Ton

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hot off the press

Friday November 15, 2013

I just designed some business cards for my new role as a Freelance Designer.  Check them out. Tell your friends!

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Ever After- Content 2013

Tuesday November 12, 2013

What a weekend!  Ace Hotel’s Content 2013 has come and gone; Phew!  Heidi and I were so busy planning and preparing for her Honeyfox room all month long, it is hard to believe it all over.  This year’s show brought out some amazing talent and featured some really spectacular rooms. Honeyfox’s “Heart of Darkness/ Eyes of Light” room turned out phenomenal and was very well received by the press and the public.  As an apparel designer, it is always fun to step out of the norm and work on different design projects such as these.  I had such a great time working on this year’s creative concept with Heidi and am overly satisfied with how it all turned out.  Heidi is such a talented artist and it is truly amazing to help bring someone’s inspiration and creative vision to life.

Honeyfox’s store has some really great pieces up for sale, so check them out at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/honeyfoxjewelry

A closer look at the “Eyes of Light” side of the room.

A deeper look into the “Heart of Darkness” side of the room.

Heidi of Honeyfox with her Honeyfox’s.

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Content 2013

Wednesday November 6, 2013

If you live in the Portland area, come out this Saturday to the Ace Hotel for Content 2013.   Content is a live design and fashion installation featuring Portland’s own local designers and artist.   Presenting for her second year at the show, Heidi of Honeyfox will be transforming a room to represent the inspiration behind her amazing jewelry.  For the past month or so, I have been working with Heidi on overall styling and room design for the show.  I am really excited to be a part of this awesome event.  Come by and say “Hello” and support Portland’s design scene.

Tickets are on sale now or you can buy them at the door.  Check out the link for more information: http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/portland/content-2013

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this look

Tuesday November 5, 2013

Kills it.  Love it.  Love it.  Love it.

Images by Vanessa Jackman

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hand woven

Friday September 20, 2013

The hand-woven textiles of indiginous artisians have been a main source of inspiration for me this season.  Bright primary colors, patterns inspired by the earth, animals and elements have made their way into fashion in eye-catching ways.  My favorite are the subtle details inspired by the traditional techniques.  I am all over this trend and I want to see more!

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nothing like a pair red boots

Tuesday September 17, 2013

There is something about red shoes that make you feel like you can do anything.  There is a reason why Dorothy had red, sparkly shoes, right?  My new Isabel Marant Dicker boots in Bordeaux give me that magical feeling.  Oh how they make my feet happy.

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Bringing it back

Saturday August 24, 2013

The daily blog has been put on the back burner for the past few months due to my new role as Mama. Now that my young one is getting more independent, I am currently updating my work portfolio and hope to get the daily blog up and rolling again.  I have left my full-time gig at Airblaster to focus on Freelance Design.  I will continue to design Outerwear for Airblaster and also hope to add a wide vareity of new Outerwear and Streetwear clients to my portfolio.  I am super excited on getting back to my work and look forward to creating again.

I will be updating my blog feed with my inspiration, some personal style, and all that facinates me. As a designer, I am constantly inspired by all around me and I hope to share all that is whirling in my mind.  So, here we go…

Wearing vintage Maui and Sons tee (cut off to crop top), Raquel Allegra skirt, RAEN eyewear, and Converse.

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down time

Wednesday August 21, 2013

Take some time for yourself, lay down and look up in the sky.

Skirt by Mara Hoffman

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BWG Magazine

Tuesday August 20, 2013

BWG is an awesome online magazine that follows the culture and lifestyle of skate, snow, and surf worlds.  I am honored to have been asked to say a few words about my work.  Check out the full interview here:

http://www.bwgmag.com/features/interview-melissa-grandkoski/

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Cooler Mag Interview

Tuesday August 20, 2013

Check out the full interview here.

http://cooler.mpora.com/features/this-is-me-melissa-grandkoski.html

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Cosmopolitan

Friday February 1, 2013

As Airblaster’s Women’s Head Designer, I was so excited to see our Women’s Leopard Ninja Suit made it into the pages of Cosmopolitan Italy!!  Pretty dang awesome.

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Street looks I like

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Overalls are the it thing ladies.  I love how this women went with a classic plaid and paired them with a denim jacket.

Via Streetpeeper.

Chunky cable knit sweater worn with beautiful floral pants.  Yes please.

Via Streetpeeper.

Mash up.  Amazing vintage inspired skirt rocked with a cut off t-shirt.  Throw in some flora heels.  Hell yes!  I love this look.

Via All the Pretty Birds.

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tie me up

Monday October 22, 2012

I am loving the tie on Hanneli Mustaparta.  Perfect fall accessory.

Image via Hanneli.

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shirt dress rethought

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Image via Le Fashion.

Stella McCartney

Free People

Thakoon Addition.



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hats off

Thursday September 13, 2012

This hat is lovely as can be and needs to make its way onto my head.  Image via Tomboy Style.

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Fall inspiration

Thursday September 6, 2012

With fall around the corner, it is that time of year again when we start packing up the tank tops and shorts and bringing out the sweaters and pants.  I am loving the laid back looks I am seeing with that added touch of “something special”.  Whether it is a pair of bad-ass shoes or a fabulous coat, adding something unique brings outfits to next level.  Fall style is heavily influenced by masculinity and comfort.  Jeans are becoming less tight and over-sized silhouettes seem to be where it is at.   Keeping lines clean and simplified is the way to go and I am a fan.

Images via Harper’s Bazaar.

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bow tie

Monday August 20, 2012

Classic accessory.

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One step at a time

Friday August 17, 2012

Wow.  What a summer.  I have been so swamped with work and mommyhood, my summer was not much of a vacation at all.  I just finished up 13/14 Airblaster line, so now I am free to roam (and hopefully update the blog more).

I am loving this hot weather we are having in Portland.  I can’t be in the sun as much as I would like to due to my little one, but I make the point to get a little sunlight here and there.  Today kept it causal with this new muscle tank from Daydreamer and my Levi’s. I also was gifted this amazing handbag by Opelle from my man for Mother’s Day.  Go check out their Etsy shop. The handbags are AMAZING.


I can’t believe my baby girl is almost 4 months.

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Island Fever

Monday July 9, 2012

Image via Le Fashion.

Proenza Schouler bag.

Altuzarra tropical print pants.

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Tried and True

Wednesday June 27, 2012

After years of craving skinny jeans, tables have turned and I am loving the relaxed fit of these new Levi 501′s.  Keeping it simple and comfortable.  They sit right on the hip; not too low and not too high.  I like the antique wash too.  Usually washes are a bit overwhelming, but Levi’s did this one right.  I have been cuffing them and wearing them with sandals or Converse.  Loving my new denim!

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I want to wake up here

Monday June 11, 2012

Image via Tomboystyle.com

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mama style

Wednesday June 6, 2012

Blogging has been quite the challenge.  On top of being a new mom, I am also in my busiest season of design and development.  So, things are CRAZY!  Also, it is difficult to post outfits when my mama style is pretty basic.  Post pregnancy clothing options are just as minimal as during pregnancy.  Button-ups are necessary at all times for ease of baby feeding.  I picked up this lavender button-up on sale at J.Crew.  I pretty much live in button-ups and jeans.

To liven things up, I mix a lot of colors.  Today was a lavender and red.  The jacket is red/white marled knit so it looks almost coral.  Happy colors for a happy day.

I am loving pastels these days.  They are a summer time must.

Little Aya is now 6 weeks.  I love this little nugget more than anything.

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New shoes

Thursday May 24, 2012

I love my new Loeffler Randall clogs.  Perfect for summer time.   They are super comfy for this new mom who is still trying to recover. Overall, I feel pretty good.  I am anxious to get my energy back to start doing some more physical activity.  I am eager to fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes.

Aya is doing great.  Today is her 1 month birthday.  It is hard to believe a month already went by.  It really flew by.  This pic was taking a couple weeks ago, so she has grown a lot since then.  It is crazy how fast the lil’ nugget is growing.

Wearing top I picked up in Taiwan, skirt from  Forever 21, a clogs by Loeffler Randall.

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love this

Saturday May 12, 2012

oh summer here we come!

Image via Dell and Moxie.

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Baby Aya is here!

Sunday May 6, 2012

Many may have guessed (in my absence) that our little baby has made her way into the world. That’s right, I said “her”. Aya Jean was born on Tuesday April 24th.  Her birth was lovely as can be and I am very glad we kept things 100% natural, no interventions.  The past 2 weeks have flown by.  It is true what they say; no sleep, no time to eat, feeding around the clock, and diaper changes every couple hours.  It is a lot of work.  So no time for blogging these days, but I will get things up and running soon.  Just need some time to adjust to becoming a mother and recovering.

Sleeping peacefully after an outside outing in her first hoodie.

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Baby Shower me

Thursday April 19, 2012

My wonderful friend, Ms. Eva, took some pretty amazing shots of the baby shower I had a few weeks ago.  As promised, here are a few images from that lovely day. Thanks to all my great friends who gathered to celebrate the life of our new baby.  I can’t thank you enough for making it so special.


Making baby’s first book.

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short cut

Tuesday April 17, 2012

I am so envious of people who are wearing shorts already!  Living in the Northwest, means some time before we can pull out our shorties.  Here some awesome short looks I am loving for this Summer.

Image via Knigthcat.

Queen Ann Shorts available at Need Supply.

Printed.  Available at Zara.

More printed.  Available at SSENSE.

Rompers!  Isabel Marant Enry Romper available at La Garconne.

Texture!  Tweed shorts by Carven.  Available at SSENSE.

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spring time shoes

Sunday April 15, 2012

With the clouds parting ways and the sunshine beginning to beam, it is that time of year where I begin to  look for a new pair of summer shoes.  I am not a huge sandal fan, so I look for something a little more substantial.   I am loving the new Heart LR line by Loeffler Randall.

I just recently received these beauties and I am so excited to get to wearing them.  These shoes run small, so if you do order a pair, I recommend in sizing up a full size.

Lotte Knot Clog in Coral.

Here are some other styles on their website that caught my eye.

Inge Ankle Wrap Clog

Love it in the bright yellow!

Selima Plank Sandal in Nude.  The yellow accent is amazing on this one.

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Baby Mama Bohemia

Tuesday April 10, 2012

Went for a little Renaissance/ Bohemian vibe today.  As I have mentioned, not much fits me these days.  Anything over-sized or “spandexy” has been my go to.  Today, I was in need of more than just stretch pants.

I picked up this over-sized dress at Buffalo Exchange in the beginning of my pregnancy knowing that it was something I could grow into. It is working out perfect now that I am 38 weeks and ready to welcome our little baby into the world any day now.   To dress it it up, I wore the dress with my Diesel booties, and a vintage camel blazer.  Hope everyone’s week is off to a great sunny start!

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