Style Inspiration – Grunge Edition

Grunge fashion makes me feel nostalgic for two things…
Thrift stores, and hand me downs.

If it was too big or too small you could still make it work by layering on more clothing.

Some of the classical elements of grunge are finding their way back in fashion, floral prints, plaid shirts, big hats, natural skin, ripped jeans, leggings, big boots, and oversized shirts to name a few…


This style is what lead me to start altering my own clothing, which lead to me altering other people’s clothing. Not only does it fit perfectly, but it’s one of a kind. No one else will be walking around with that piece. It is an expression of you alone. Alteration was just the beginning. Making one of a kind hand made grunge clothing since 2009.

I’ll be here all night.


Underground subculture doesn’t stay underground forever…



The cult becomes the religion.

It becomes part of the culture.

The disenfranchised youth, forms a franchise.

They buy in. We sell out.

Drugs, sex, and politics.

Social influence.

People power.


Everyone always points out the influence of Grunge music on Grunge Fashion. But I think they are married, one just came with the other. It’s effortless, and messy, yet stylish. The obvious ripped jeans and ironic t-shirts come to mind. But my favorite part was the bad ass women wearing vintage slips and baby doll dresses with combat boots. Something about this appealed to me. Courtney Love made it look effortless. But Shirley Manson takes the cake. She always looks sexy, and classy no matter what she is wearing…






Don’t sell me what I want to hear


For real though, sorry for slacking on the updates. I promise it’s worth it.

Keep checking in for more Photographer features, behind the scenes, and previews of my Fall collection.

I can smell Halloween right around the corner!!! <3

No Time For Sleep in Seattle – Grunge Tour

Washington Grunge Tour – street art, squid ink and spooky things…

I love lost history, grunge music, run down old buildings, rusted cars, graffiti, gritty streets and vintage clothes, and of course, beautiful trees…



So naturally, I decided to go an adventure in Washington…



I’m not sure where to start so I’ll just share my favorite parts of Seattle…


First thing, the food and the drinks at Japonessa were well worth it, we saw a lot of Colorado craft beers on tap in Washington. But this Jalapeno, Chocolate, Squid Ink cocktail was really unique. Plus it was so pretty.

Squid ink drink! #seattle #squidink #sushigram #hipsters #instafood #drinkporn

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Pikes Market was crazy, but it smelled like fresh everything, it was truly an experience worth having.


Street art –

Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in a community on its surrounding buildings, streets, and other publicly viewed surfaces. Many instances come in the form of guerrilla art, which is composed to make a public statement about the society that the artist lives within. The work has moved from the beginnings of graffiti and vandalism to new modes where artists work to bring messages, or just simple beauty, to an audience.


Alice and I decided to take two tours around Seattle’s Pioneer Square. We took the Spooked in Seattle tour first, and learned about various local haunts and visited their Underground Death Museum.


While waiting for our next tour we had Dinner at The Merchants Cafe which was absolutely delicious and entertaining, the staff is amazing, and the whole place is really beautiful and a little bit creepy. I really love the purple glass sidewalk skylights from both above, and below.


Our second tour was Underground Seattle, in the dark, under the street seeking contact with the paranormal. No seriously, it was really fun and very interesting. If you like old buildings, and a little bit of history these tours are for you.


The city of Seattle is immense compared to Denver, and there was so much water everywhere.


We took a couple of days and explored some small local spots around Washington. We went to the Twin Peak’s RR Diner, and visited an old boardwalk in Westport.




And of course… We visited as many thrift stores as possible.



Besides needing an excuse for a vacation, I really wanted the chance to meet and collaborate face to face with Sarah Trickler. I got some really great behind the scenes photos while were out exploring some really beautiful places. Which will be featured in an upcoming blog…So stay tuned for more photos, and new listings later this week.

Style Inspiration – Goth Edition

Welcome to adventures in styling part II: Goth Edition


When I was growing up the Goth scene had already been well established as an underground subculture and was already slowly finding  it’s way into pop culture. T.V. and movies were a formal introduction into another world I had no idea even existed. No matter what kind of a reputation it had, I was immediately hooked. These women commanded attention and respect with nothing but a look, before RBF was even part of our vocabulary.



The Addams family was a classic T.V. show, but once they modernized it, these movies became part of my childhood. As far as I am concerned these two classic beauties are some of the most attractive women in Hollywood.



You have gone too far. You have married Fester, you have destroyed his spirit. You have taken him from us. All that I can forgive. But Debbie…Pastels?

Dress on sale this July.


Before I was an Addams fan…I was a horror fan. I have always had a thing for B movies. I really don’t mind seeing the puppet strings as long as I am entertained, the cheesier the better. That’s how I was introduced to Elvira who introduced Horror movies on Friday nights. I will always connect horror and goth genres, even though they are two different things. Genres tend to bleed into each other, and it sticks around.  There are so many types of goth these days, we even eventually incorporated pastel…



Elvira was so funny, clever and damn sexy. She could always hold her own with the boys, and like Morticia she commanded your attention. Maybe it was the hair, maybe it was her amazing chest. But I would like to think it’s her lovely personality.



I still love me some scream Queens!



As far as shocking cultural icons go. My generation had the one that frightened parents everywhere. I was naturally drawn to his music, and spent a lot of time trying to understand what elements were so shocking.

Marilyn Manson crosses gender lines, and cultural lines and that is what made him so “dangerous”.  Not to say many haven’t done the same before, and after, but to my generation, he is unforgettable and was unwilling to be ignored. I never understood the shock, but now that he’s done everything he could think of to shock us. I can look back at his body of work as a whole and figure it out…



The message I interpreted was, that it’s okay to be different, and while it might make you an outcast, there are other outcasts out there, and we could relate with shared ideals. Whether we disagreed with the mainstream, or became the mainstream. His presence and influence on our culture has been hard to forget.


Just be yourself, and you can figure out the rest as you go along.


Last, but not least… My long time lady crush, who is also a lot of other people’s lady crush, Angelina Jolie.

She has always had mad style, it really doesn’t matter how she’s dressed, it always looks fierce. She’s one of the celebrities that I have always put in a different category than the others. Her lifestyle has always been controversial, but how many beautiful and famous women can say they are Goodwill ambassadors for the UN?



I know a lot of people wouldn’t consider her a goth. But when she puts on dark lipstick you notice.


I’m not sure why goth culture intrigues me so much, because I don’t think it’s about being beautiful as much as it is about commanding attention, and looking fierce. No matter how many people are out in public, unless you are in a crowd of people dressed up like you, a goth sticks out like a sore thumb. A super fantastic sore thumb.



Slowly as “goth” embeds itself in pop culture, new sub-genres form and the style continues to evolve. Subtleties become more noticeable and the culture expands and infuses. I think each generation the youth sets the stage for the next group of kids to pick up where they left off… My teenage self would have been annoyed about this, my adult self is like… ” YES! The floodgates cannot be unopened, carry on.”



Stay tuned because next, I’m heading to Seattle to explore grunge…

Style Inspiration – Everyday Essentials

I realized it’s very easy to just stay in pajamas all day when I’m working from home.

But at some point you gotta ask yourself…

When is the appropriate time to change out of your “day” pajamas and into your “evening” pajamas ?


Welcome to Xavia’s adventures in “casual” fashion.

Three questions come to mind when I’m seeking out ideal everyday clothing.

Is it comfortable? ( Is it too tight, to short, or too long?)

Is it versatile? (Can it be styled different ways, or is it a statement piece?)

Is it practical? ( Can I afford it, will I actually wear it?)


Some girls collect makeup purses and shoes… I collect old records, scarves and coats…



  1. not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion.

Scarves don’t just help keep you warm in the cooler months… They can also help block the sun in the warmer months… Or used to keep your hair out of your face on really windy days.




Coats aren’t always practical in the summertime, but I am drawn to stylish outerwear like a moth to a back porch light…  I’m a huge fan of military jackets, because they are usually pretty lightweight, and go with almost anything.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t actually know how to dress casual. I’m either dressed up in costume… Or I am pretty much wearing pajamas.


Whether I am wearing it, or making it for someone else to wear, comfort is key.


Next Monday I will be featuring another photographer and releasing more pieces from the summer collection.

In the meantime…stay tuned for my next style essentials blog…

Sunglasses not required, but highly recommended.



Summer Collection – Part 2

I am so excited for this release. Keep checking back, I will be posting the rest of this collection in the next two weeks. I will also admit I am going to miss seeing this dress hanging up in my closet.


Ray of Sunshine Summer Sun Dress




Another one of my favorites….

Unicorn Rainbow Princess Hot Pink Mini Dress


Sooo many ruffles!!!! <3


Red Ruffle Carnival Dress




Stay tuned, I will be featuring another photographer next week, releasing more from this collection and mixing in some extra goodies for you.

Summer Collection – Feat. Candid Tanner

These photos are amazing!!!

Thanks again to the whole team!

Photographer: Candid Tanner

Hair: Nigel Kirk King

MUA: Jenni Pennington

MUA: Denise An

Models: Siara Gray, Nigel Kirk King

Check out Siara’s outfit in my store

Jennifer makes these really amazing floral crowns and I am so glad she modeled them for us too.
Don’t forget to check out her Etsy

Model/Headpiece: Jennifer Valdez

Tanner did a really great job using my backyard as a backdrop. The ambient mood captured in these photos is way more magical than my actual back yard. 😛

Models: Rebecca Briggs, Christina Sachi, Alice Kier, Savannah Lee

On sale on Friday…

Model: Raven Trantham

Model: Siara Gray

Weekend Shenanigans 5280 Style

Sometimes working from home gets boring…

That’s when you need your friends to keep you motivated.

Luckily Sarah helped me BBQ and photography today.

I’ll be updating Etsy all week so check back Monday for updates.

Don’t forget to LIKE Sarah on Facebook, and Follow her on Instagram to see more photos from this set.


Summer Collection – part 1

Finally, I get to begin releasing this collection!!!

These three pieces are now for sale.
I am slowly releasing these a few at a time. If you don’t see something for sale that you saw in the previews…
Stay tuned because it will be released soon.

Turquoise Fantasy Dress


Aqua Mermaid Seafoam Green Fantasy Dress


Blue Siren Silk and Lace Asymmetrical Slip Dress


I’m working on some really fun concepts right now, and I plan to release a few accessories this weekend.
Monday I will be showcasing another photographer from our garden party. So don’t forget to check out my store

Summer Collection – Feat. Scott Rockbear

I think it goes without saying, the garden party was a success. There was so much talent and creativity in one space, I still haven’t had the chance to look at all of the final shots yet. We had 3 photographers with 3 totally different styles… So I decided to release each photographer’s work individually.

The first Photographer I would like to feature is: Scott Rockbear.

Hair: Nigel Kirk King

MUA: Jenni Pennington

I really loved the way Jenni did Savannah’s freckles…

Model:Savannah Lee

Don’t forget to check out behind the scenes

This orange dress tho…

Model: Raven Trantham

Of course there was a unicorn…

Model: Rebecca Briggs

And sirens too…

Christina Sachi
Nikki Rae

Denise An was Nikki’s MUA, and those eyebrows are fire!!!

All of the pieces featured will all be on sale this June.

The first group goes on sale Friday June 2nd SHOP NOW

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On this blog I would like the opportunity to share my sensory experiences with art. I will attempt to tie in a weekly blog post with store updates, offering not only original pieces of clothing for sale, but thrift and vintage finds as well.

My goal is to share new content with you each week. For example, I will post a preview on Monday, with details about select items I will have for sale on Friday.

I hope to accurately share my process here, hopefully it will be relatively entertaining. Maybe it will be boring like a low budget infomercial. Either way, I’m still going to post it. 😉

My passion for clothing is a just a small part of the whole. To me, loving fashion, means loving art, and appreciating, science, technology, and how the innovations within each creative field, go on to effect our ability to express ourselves in daily life.

What is ideal beauty anyway?

The moment I realized the connections between daily life and how we use art, the more I realized it is also reflective of who we are as a culture. Everything is related one way or another. As a whole, entire cultures are remembered, not just for their architecture, or pottery techniques, but how they decorated it, how they shared information, and how those things effected daily life. Because clothing doesn’t last as long as buildings and pottery, the question I always asked was…

What were they wearing?

Our icons and idols don’t necessarily represent us. They tend to represent an ideal look, or lifestyle, we aspire to attain for ourselves. But celebrities are just people. We may idolize and worship them now, but in 100 years, only a handful of them will become household names. But fashion is art. Shapes and silhouettes are represented just like patterns on pottery.

We are viewing the world through our own lenses. Everything else is just a story told from our perspective.

Perhaps 100 years in the future we will remember this moment in culture not by it’s fine art, but it’s most successful advertising campaigns instead.

What makes art good? Why is some art more appealing to you than others? What grabs your attention, and brings you in to take a closer look?

I enjoy decay, I think it’s beautiful. The short window of transformation in between the old thing being completely gone, and becoming an entirely new thing.

I grew up watching T.V. and then rapidly watched the internet take over as our source for up to date information, and then the internet become handheld and portable… The thing about a documentary, or a T.V. show is, that it’s not filmed in real time, and we know that. Even news broadcasts aren’t FULLY live any more. They have a slight delay just in case something needs to be edited. But on the internet, you can get LIVE feed. You can share a live, raw feed globally in real time. Or however long it takes to bounce a signal to space and back.

The thing I noticed change most with our obsession with technology, isn’t just our news, or e-mail, or our phones having the internet. Our social habits changed, but more importantly our shopping habits are changing.

You can literally buy ANYTHING online… If you can’t, there’s probably an app for that.

We have reached the peak of what I would like to call “trash” culture. We buy cheap, merchandise that is manufactured to be convenient, and disposable. Or it’s low quality and breaks very soon after being purchased. But it was convenient, so who cares? This isn’t even an accident. High end quality items are not affordable for most of the population. Or they just aren’t being mass manufactured. Product choices are overwhelming. How many brands exist? How do you know to pick one over the other? Are they a sustainable company? Do they support free trade? What is their impact on the environment?

I am still willing to pay more for quality, but I still enjoy a deal, delivered to my door. Ideally, if I really like something, I will carefully maintain it, so I can keep forever… But also because I want to shop responsibly, and create less waste. Because these things are important to me as a consumer, they are reflected in my own products. Hopefully someday sustainability will be part of mainstream fashion. But in the meantime…There are lots of great things happening right now in the art, fashion and recycling world. Online and at your local farmers market.

Hopefully you read all of that with minimum boredom. If not, I will be posting lots of photos tomorrow. Just in case you want come back and look at those instead. 😀 <3