January 15, 2010 - This new decade is starting off incredibly creative and busy. I have added a page on Facebook, and for those of you that are part of that network site you can become a fan and get the most up to date reports from me. It is there first that I will post stock that I am moving out. Things like music, books, or clothing items that are going away. So come join me and a few dozen fans (so far).
November 20, 2008 - Summer slipped by and fall was far too brief. Perhaps it was all of the travelling across the western U.S. that caused time to fly by. No matter now that winter is trying to set in here in the eastern Sierras. At this time of year I like to think about new designs for the upcoming year. And am happy to announce that there are prototypes are in the works for the new year.
June 10, 2008 - Has it really been a whole year since I told you whats new? I believe that we are all so busy that that time really does seem to fly by. Im making a note to myself to try to take time out each day and just be. Dont know if it will happen or not but I am going to try. In the mean time Simply Stylish has been on the road, a lot. Even with the price of fuel (and I drive a big diesel truck) being so high I just cant resist all of the fun events that I get to attend. The vending schedule looked a little vacant at the beginning of the year, but it keeps filling up. Look for the booth at more SCA events.
Saqra's Showcase was a BLAST! Booth babes Davina and Zemira joined in the fray as we faced challenges like the two hour delay due to the fire alarm going off. (Is there REALLY a bad look fireman anywhere? We'll keep you posted!) We are convinced it was caused by the event sharing our building entitled (believe it or not) "Every Husband's Nightmare Bazaar" where kitchy, country and shabby chic were the order of the day! Saqra's event with numerous workshops presented by excellent instructors from up and down the West Coast once again drew dancers from many states - some coming as far as Idaho, Nevada, and California. If you are in the Portland area - heck - anywhere in Oregon or Washington state - this show is not to be missed.
We ventured forth to Joshua Tree where we were in the bowl with the music. People were dancing and the vibe was happening. Jim has devleoped the dance of the parasol which involves using your shade umbrella to catch the wind. Very artistic indeed! The artists at this show were outstanding - I can't even begin to describe it...
Cairo Carnival was our next major event in Southern California where the tribe of Simply Stylish Booth Babes held sway over our double-wide booth near the entrance to the show. Once again, MECDA hosted a great event at the beautiful historic Santa Anita racetrack. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to shop our booth and regale us with tales of the past year. Ingrid - we won't ever forget you.
The High Desert Belly Dance Festival in Bend, Oregon was a whole new adventure. This small event in its sixth year had an amazing diversity of talent and styles with performers from every sub-genre of the belly dance world. I enjoyed watching dancers I had never seen before and making new friends. Thanks Sahara and Jodie for a great time.
As you can tell - it has been a busy year indeed! We are gearing up for a short summer swing, with a break for August when the studio will be rocking and rolling after we return from Reggae Rising. Keep your eyes on our vending schedule to find out when we will be at an event near you.
February 9, 2007 - What a year Simply Stylish had. Joshua Tree Music Festival was a blast. The campground is beautiful and the days were perfect. We'll be back again this year. Cairo Carnival was at a new venue and will be there again this year. Look for the booth outside in the Gypsy Camp. Check the vending schedule to see where I'll be. Also, check the new On Location page to see what the booth looks like at outside venues.
January 2006 - Simply Stylish welcomes two new models. Rayah in purple and blue and Zemira in orange and yellow. Photos taken by Dawn Devine at Cairo Carnival 2006.
May 4, 2006 Well its been awhile and we have been very busy. Thank you to all who have come by the booth at the various events that we have been at, and to those of you who have place orders. (I never knew that Aladdin was such a popular production.)
October 21, 2005 - It's the end of the show season and we're about to go into winter production mode. We've stocked up on fabrics and are settling in for a sewing blizzard. You can order all of your favorites on-line throughout the winter, and our first show of the 2006 season will be January 14, Passages - A Journey Through Dance.
In 2006, we've got new designs. We'll be carrying straight skirts, tie tops and cotton-Cotton-COTTON! We're trying to expand our lurex fabric offerings like the one seen below, to add a little luxe and shine to our costume pieces. At shows in 2006, we'll have more world-beat and fusion music available, an assortment of hipwraps and unique one-of-a-kind costume items made from limited-run fabrics.
April 14, 5005 - Hello shoppers!!! 2005 is turning into a great year. We've made some new equipment investments and upgrades. Rakkasah was great! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and said "Hi!" We saw several Simply Stylish veils on the main stage, and Shanna King, Bay Area professional dancer, sent us some photos. To the left, is a photo taken on the main stage of Rakkasah West '05. Shanna did a lovely performance to live music using a copper iridescent, and you can see from the image, even Uncle Mafufo was riveted by her dance. If you have photos either posed or dancing with a Simply Stylish product, send one to us and we'll be happy to add you to the website!
Below is a photo of Shanna with a rose iridescent chiffon veil. In both of these photos, you can see how they float on the air. Thank you Shanna for sharing your photos. Both pictures by Michael Baxter.
February 3, 2005 - There are some changes happening at Simply Stylish. We will be changing our business telephone number so please make note in your address books. The new number is (760) 937 - 4196. It's winter in the mountains and I've been fast at work stocking up for the next round of travels. We're looking forward to Rakkasah, where we will be in the same location in the left hallway.
We're looking forward to showing off our new tops and skirts to coordinate with our well-stocked line of harem pants and veils. At the moment, we are still negotiating a photo shoot with our photographer, and hope to get pictures of the new styles and colors up very soon. In the meantime, Kathi is working away in her studio in the mountains where the air is fresh and cold - she took this photo to share the view from the top.
August 25, 2004 - We've just come back from Mendocino Woods Music and Dance Camp and it was a blast! We're back in the studios and making some great new product and working out some new designs for the fall. Here on the website, we've started to add photos from some of our recent events. I modeled in the Wiggles of the West fashion show and Barry caught this photo.
I'm wearing the peasant top in red glitter panne velvet, a 15 yard skirt in red silk essence and carrying a red veil. Added to these items is a hip wrap and an orignal custom Magpie's Hoard coin belt.
This fall I will be spending a great deal of time in the SF/Bay Area. Look for me at Desert Dance Festival in San Jose Sept. 18 - 19 and at Luna Gitana in Santa Cruz on Nov. 13. Visit their websites for more details about the events.
Over the next few weeks there will be some modifications to our site. Our order form is being revamped to better serve you.
May 23, 2004 - We've performed a website overhaul, though, many of the changes are not immediately apparant over the next few months, they will become more obvious as we add content, products and services.
We have a new model working with us. Lu'Lu, a talented young dancer from the Greater San Francisco Bay Area has joined the Simply Stylish team as a model and appears on the Main and Tops page. We look forward to working with her some more in 2004.
Our Panne Velvet stock is greatly expanded and we have plenty of new colors to choose from. In addition to the colors we recieved in March, we have some exciting and fun new shades including: turquoise, lt. teal, olive, orange, berry, fuchsia and pink.
I've been travelling a great deal, I've been vending with Dawn Devine and Mary June of Aunty Magpie's Shining Hoard. We've been to Portland for Saqra's Showcase, Sebastapol, CA for Tribal Fest and soon we will be on our way to Glendale (LA) for Cairo Carnival. Look for us at an event near you. For more info, check out my Vending Schedule.
April 1, 2004 - Panne velvet stretch peasant top. I've picked up a wide variety of colors in this fabric. Colors include: Black, Purple, Lilac, Royal Blue, Denim Blue, Teal, Green, Yellow, Antique Gold, Red, Champagne, Off White, and White. Please contact me for availability.
March 30, 2004 - Rakksah 2004 was a HUGE success! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said "Hi!" Special thanks to Pat Cahill who helped out in the booth and all the folks from Bhuz.com who stopped by and put their name on the Bhuzzer board!
October 21, 2003 - This week, we've begun to add some more detailed information about our products. Check out the better descriptions of our pants! We've been busy through 2003 attending many events throughout California and Nevada. Check out our Vendor Schedule to see when we will be visiting your area.
June 23, 2003 - Updates have appeared on almost every page! Look for new things such as more images of veil swatches, updated information on the skirts, pants and veils pages.
January 7, 2003 - First edition of the Simply Stylish website becomes avaiable on line.
Photo - Kathi on St. John - August 2003
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