New York fashion week 

Hey everybody, I know it’s been some time since I’ve hit my blog but I’m back. So the question is have you ever had something happen to you and you don’t know how to put it into words? I mean this is one of those moments in my life that I’m pretty happy about. I remember when I played football and was selected to be on the starting defense. It was a great feeling and a huge accomplishment for a 4th grader. And I also can recall when I was in love for the first time and found out that she felt the same way I did. And when she gave me her number and a kiss I was on cloud nine because she was the prettiest girl in 8th grade. There was the time when my son Philip was born and I held him for the first time, he was so small yet he instantly became the biggest part of my life. Then Caleb was born and he was my little thinker, I mean even as a baby you could see he was trying to figure things out. Not like most kids who tried to open a bottle or something but he was looking at the stars, plants, the fur on animals, I mean things that a six-year-old shouldn’t be thinking about. But by far my best moment was when my mother was fighting cancer and after her dialysis, she was so weak that she couldn’t get out of the car. So I open the car door and took the seatbelt off and carried my mom into the house. And on the way to the house, she said “thank you son”, and put her head on my chest. That was my proudest moment in my life. To be there for the woman who for years took care of me and the feeling of dependability. Showing love not just with words but with my actions. I now have another moment to share.


I just got my registration email for New York Fashion Week 2017. As a freelance photographer, this is huge! Because I don’t have a big name magazine sponsoring me like Elle, Vogue, New York times, GQ, and many others. This is just because I’m a good photographer. OK, I think I am, is that so wrong. I’ve got over the first hurdle and now I have to come up with the funds to get there. Being in San Diego I am literally on the other side of the country. But I have the will and determination to make this happen. So my Blog friends keep me in your prayers and hopefully, the next blog you read will have my New York Fashion Week 2017 photos attached to it. Thanks.


By Gordon


Style Fashion Week

There are times in life when you are glad to be you where the mere thought of you brings a slight smile on your face. Not vanity by any means but just an understanding that it’s good to be me. When you may be happy just to be healthy or to be married or single . You woke up and said to yourself “self, you are alive and you are doing good today”. And as long as you don’t answer your own questions, you are right. Well as I’m sitting here at the Pacific Design Center waiting for LA Fashion week to start I’m glad to be me. This was my first time shooting FWLA and I was pretty excited about it. When I got my confirmation email I called my best friend and was like “we are going to Fashion Week!!!” Ok, I know for some of you it’s a bunch of people who like clothing that get together and say let’s wear purple this year. And then you see purple in every designer’s clothing line. Well, that is true, but for a solo photographer, this was huge. We drove up from San Diego and it’s been great, the first thing we did was get a hot pastrami sandwich from Tams Hamburgers and Pastrami in Long Beach. Ok, that has nothing to do with fashion week but I got the sandwich anyway. Now back to LAFW. The location was awesome and the designers brought out their best tonight. And if you’ve ever been to a fashion show whether it’s big or small, you get all kinds. LOL! So here is my photographic experience of Style Fashion Week.


Love @ First Sight


I was in the 8th grade when I first saw Romeo and Juliet at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. I can remember the feeling of euphoria as Romeo saw Juliet for the first time. Here is an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet Act I scene five. “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” This was William Shakespeare depiction of love at first sight. That’s the way I felt the first time I saw Territa Torres collection at FWSD 2015 and it was love at first sight. And as William Shakespeare also said “she is a snowy dove amongst crows” and he is right, Territa definitely stands out in the crowd and especially on the runway. You can’t help to be captivated by her style. She is an excellent fashion designer, whose modernist thought, practical design, and the pursuit of expensive simplicity makes her an important and influential figure in San Diego fashion and growing. Here is my interview with Territa.



Lion Sight: In a short summary, who is Territa Torres?

Territa Torres: I am a Native (proud member of the Mono Tribe) /Mexican American woman who served 9 years in the United States Navy and is now a proud Veteran. I learned to sew while in school at the Art Institute of California – San Diego. My mother tried to teach me to sew but was no match against video games and outside activities with friends.

Lion Sight: How long have you been a designer?

Territa Torres: I graduated AICASD 2013, which is when I referred to myself as a designer.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?

Territa Torres: I am currently working on being a full fledge business owner, but the designer aspect has been quite grand. I love going to museums, they are a great place to be in order to wake the creative mind.

Lion Sight: Were you ready or expecting to win 1st place in this years FWSD?

Territa Torres: It was on my mind to try and obtain that prestigious spot but I was not expecting to win. I saw quite a few designers with some pretty interesting pieces.






Lion Sight: Without revealing your source (wink wink) how do you select the materials you used?

Territa Torres: Research. I do a lot of trend research then I take to LA and collect samples for fabrics, notions etc. Once I decide on the items I want, I go back and barter and haggle for prices. That’s a fun part of design as well.

Lion Sight:What skills are important for a career in fashion?

Territa Torres: Speaking, I have the skills to sew up a beautiful garment but if I cannot speak at Designer Meetings the garment will never be seen. I remember my first designer appointment with Fashion Week San Diego and I refused to let my nerves get the best of me. I also just recently had my first on television live interview with Fox 5 and I was a stuttering Shirley trying to say my elevator pitch but I refused to let it hinder me and kept at it.

Lion Sight:Are there any other fashion shows that you are going to be apart of?

Territa Torres: Yes quite a few. I would love to participate in Phoenix Fashion Week, Atlanta Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, Fashion Week Mexico, Shanghai Fashion Week, Madrid Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, Small Boutique Fashion Week etc all before finally showcasing in Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?

Territa Torres: To make sure my designs are always moving the brand forward with the times.

Lion Sight: Every designer is different but how do you stay up to date with fashion?

Territa Torres: Same response as everyone in business. Research. I watch fashion news, fashion documentaries, read fashion blogs from aspiring and renowned bloggers. Talk shop with fellow designers, Makeup artist, hair stylist…Ease drop on people at the checkout counters for things they are unhappy with etc.

Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration? What makes Territa want to sew?

Territa Torres: Museums mostly are my go to place. I try to envision a painting with my design aesthetic and I merge trends in my mind. When I finally have something I like, I sketch it. Once it is sketched I can move on to sewing it up.

Lion Sight:What other talents do you have that help you as a designer?

Territa Torres: In the Navy I was an Information Technician, I learned how to problem solve, if a pattern, sewing machine, computer application is not working I can trouble shoot until it is fully functional again.

Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

Territa Torres: Pleats were seen in a few high end design houses and currently some designers used pleats in small innovated ways. We are currently on trend!

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Territa Torres: I see Territa Torres as a successful brand. Sold in boutiques and a few chains.

Lion Sight: How would someone order your designs?

Territa Torres: They are available on line they are made to order. Once my team gets the order it will take 2 weeks for a turn around.


Photo credit: 656 Photography

Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography

Designer of the Week


How does a person determine Beauty? Are you beautiful if your hair is long and lovely. Should your hair be short and cute, curly, or straight and flowing. Does your skin tone play a factor? Are you dark skin, carmel color, brown, tanned, pale, or a blend of nationalities. Dimples verses no dimples? How about the color of your eyes, blue, green, hazel, brown, or black? What if you don’t or do have a hour glass shape? How do I get rid of these stretch marks? How about your breast size or lack thereof? Do blondes really have more fun? Would getting implants help? These are but a few questions that plague women. I believe women are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. There are many dimensions to beauty, and some more obvious than others. Having pleasing features are what society, particularly the media, use to define beauty. While these attributes are certainly eye catching, and sometimes hypnotic, they lack depth. Because you can’t measure a woman true vibrancy, radiance, intellect, and charisma with which she challenges the world. A woman who is intellectually curious, worldly, and one who wants to get more out of life. A beautiful mind makes a beautiful woman and that is the woman who you want to go to sleep with and wake up to every morning. Isn’t it in that extra thing — that thing that makes a woman beautiful instead of hot? A woman who knows how to speak her mind intelligently, who can captivate you with her words and opinions proves that there is nothing more beautiful than intelligence. Her presence alone can inspire those around her, filling life with energy, love and passion. To define the attributes that embody this deep sense of “beauty” is impossible. When encountered, however, it is undeniably electric, amazing, and she is truly unforgettable. So when it comes to fashion and beauty it is easy for a woman to get lost in all of the stereotypes. The media would want you to believe that there is a “Perfect Woman”. The Los Angeles Times post the 50 most beautiful female celebrities, People Magazine printed their “most beautiful list”, and you can find list after list. And There are over 157 million women in America alone and your list has only 50 people? So when you see a model the standard runway size is 0 to 4. And for some women they were never a size 0 or size 4 but they have always been picturesque. This designer proves that weather you are short, tall, slim, or thick a woman is naturaly beautiful. That’s why I like this designer she took what God gave her and made a line of clothing called Kristi Luv’s Connection. A place where women of all shapes and sizes can come and get connected. 1st Corinthians 13:4. I met with Kristi at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula.

Lion Sight: Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?

Kristi: I simply LOVE fashion. I feel it’s an art that allows everyone to express themselves no matter what level of creativity.

Lion Sight: How long have you been a fashion designer?

Kristi: I’ve always had a sense of style but officially a little under two full years now, so I opened Kristi Luv’s Connection.

Lion Sight: In what general area of design do you work?

Kristi: I am a plus size designer. God has bless me with the eye for full figured women.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?

Kristi: The best part of being a business owner/designer is when I get those inbox messages or DM or even a text that says “I wore your item of clothing and it felt so comfortable and I felt like a queen and looked so pretty.” I know I have fulfilled my purpose that GOD HAS GIVEN ME!

Lion Sight: How will you handle the stress of the fashion industry?

Kristi: The fashion industry is ever growing and I know it is difficult specializing in plus size because “plus size models” are not always excepted or wanted. I’m doing what I am assigned to do so the way will be paved for Kristi Luv’s Connection!

Lion Sight: Are you able to take this brand forward? Can you deal with constant change with fashion?

Kristi: Fashion is ever evolving. Fashion is what you make it. It’s like you being a photographer you have the eye to see things differently than me. It’s the same with me, I can see a piece of clothing and style it to make it appealing. I welcome change and will make it my own!

Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

Kristi: Fashion is a revolving door. In the 70’s people wore bell bottoms and they are still here now! However I do believe there are some classic designs and pieces that don’t go out of style.

Lion Sight: How do you relate to your target audience?

Kristi: I am always able to say something or encourage someone when feeling down about their size. I relate because I am a plus size women that takes pride in how I look oh and I definitely feel it! Fashion is my life and who I am! You can’t be afraid to go for the gusto! I liken Kristi Luv’s Connection to ministry in that I want plus size women to feel good from the inside out. You can dress someone and doll them up but if they don’t feel or believe it it will not work.

Lion Sight: How do you stay up to date with fashion?.

Kristi: Oh I study for sure! I research and never sleep on any new ideas for creativity!

Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?

Kristi: Everything is not for everybody but we can find a way to fit the needs of everyone. I may change up something or place something differently add or take away depending on the shape of the person.

Lion Sight: Who have you designed for?

Kristi: The doors are just beginning to open for me! I have a model team “The Luv Models” they travel with me everywhere I go and they allow me to style them any way I desire.

Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration?
Kristi: I follow several designers and stylist that I like. I even follow TRUE plus size bloggers and there pages are nice to see but my true inspiration comes from GOD!

Lion Sight: What makes you and your design unique?

Kristi: I get people that tell me all the time “Kristi, you are wrong, you don’t have any clothes in my size” my response, ” Do you know how many times I go shopping and can’t fit anything in the store? My stuff is unique because it’s made for a unique women.

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Kristi: In 5 years I see myself in a brick and mortar with big lights and a lit up afro “Kristi Luv’s Connection! LOL I see me styling customers and my online store growing and reaching far and wide! With GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!