Sunday Style Icon-August 14

Another week gone by, another leading lady to admire, and inspire. 

This week's Sunday Style Icon is Sarah Jessica Parker. My favorite role of hers, as many of yours, is Sex and The City. And one of my most favorite looks is the famous tutu, and tank. This outfit works because of balance. She wears such a fun, dressy bottom, and pairs with a neutral, plain, casual tank. 

She's a style icon because of the styles she starts, the amazing designers she wears, and the effortlessly perfect way she puts it all together. 

"Maybe the best any of us can do is not to quit. Play the hand we've been given, and accessorize the outfit we got!" Carrie Bradshaw

Past Designs Inspired by this style

Risky maxi skirt, leather jacket, long necklace, and curls=Carrie approved.

Risky maxi skirt, leather jacket, long necklace, and curls=Carrie approved.



What's your favorite Carrie Bradshaw look, or quote?

"I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other. Love." Carrie Bradshaw 

Sunday Style Icon-August 7

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is this week's style icon. I fell in love with her comedy in the Office, and fell in love with her style in The Mindy Project. 

Mixing prints, peplums, crop tops, and full matching ensembles are all fashion risks that Mindy tackles and makes look easy. Her style is inspiring, and fun. She doesn't worry about what is meant for her body type, she wears what she wants, and looks great in everything. Some of my favorite looks are where she mixes feminine and edgy details for one awesome look. 

Past Designs Inspired by this Look

Fashion no-no's often become new trends that only the brave risk at first. Be a Mindy, wear what makes you smile! 

Sunday Style Icon

I'm starting a new series for my blog, Sunday Style Icon. This is the first post. I am working hard on designs, but will be sharing style icons that inspire my personal style, and brand, since I can't share any photos.

They're in no particular order, these ladies are too fabulous to compare!

Molly Ringwald

Besides being completely infatuated with her style in the 80's Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club, I love how she plays a talented seamstress, she's beautiful and tall, her unique style, and how she made me fall in love with vintage. 

Her refurbished dress in Pretty in Pink for prom. Side note: Cold shoulder trend is very big again. 

Her refurbished dress in Pretty in Pink for prom. Side note: Cold shoulder trend is very big again. 

Past designs influenced by this style

Floral Blazer, modeling myself

Floral Blazer, modeling myself

Refurbished tie skirt, modeling myself

Refurbished tie skirt, modeling myself




For the last couple months, I have been designing, and started creating my new collection.

Into the Woods will be a spring bridal line inspired by nature.

I am not able to post any behind the scenes/in the making photos of the line.

But I can tell you that I am using luxurious laces and American made silk fabrics. I was fortunate enough to order my fabrics from a local designer and wholesale fabric reseller, Benson Roberts III of Texstyles.

On that note, I will be phasing out all polyester dresses and gowns from Desireé Marie Design. Some will go up for sample sale. I have also used all my polyester fabric scraps to make a floor pillow. (Great idea for reusing fabrics scraps in a faster way than quilting) 

Update: I am now donating my fabric scraps to The pillow was great in theory, but was too heavy too move around, and to difficult to clean. 

Disposing of fabrics and clothing is just one step I am taking to make my footprint smaller as an individual, and as a company.

·      Using American made fabrics, and silks particularly is a big step forward in going green

·      Sourcing fabrics that are less harmful to our world, and are being made ethically.

·      Re-using fabrics when possible

·      Finding new methods on saving fabric with pattern placement

·      Using only natural dyes

·      Shipping dresses in kraft 100% recycled boxes or acid free, chemical free white boxes for storing fabrics

·      Creating beautiful, lasting gowns that will want to be kept forever as a family keepsake

Big Fake Wedding-Published Ruffled Blog

Published on Ruffled Blog here

Through the woods, and the water we all traveled to The Lodge at Cypress Falls in Wimberly, Texas, donkeys and all.

Creatrix Photography

Creatrix Photography

The location was worth the drive, it was breathtaking. Big Fake Wedding is such a joy for me, seeing all the vendors hard work come together in one beautiful event. 

I was very inspired by our theme, Brazilian Bohemian. I incorporated Brazilian hand embroidery on the waist of the dress. 

Creatrix photography

Creatrix photography

April fit the dress perfectly with her matching colorful, sweet personality. 

Handmade gown Desiree Marie Design shop here

Hair and Makeup Celissa Rae

Jewelry Stella & Dot 

Location Cypress Falls Event Center

Photography in order-Creatrix Photography,Gypc Girl Photography, Veronica Ellerman

Video by James W Headrick Creative


So happy Chelsea contacted me before leaving Florida last year. We met and designed her dream dress. She is such a happy person, and very in love. I wanted that to reflect in her dress, and I think we did just that! 

Since her wedding was to be on the beach, lace sandals were a must! 

I also created her garter and her bridesmaids garters too. 

Fittings with Chelsea below.

The Big Day.

Silk chiffon, 50+ buttons, and endless amount of hand appliques came together beautifully as Chelsea Steinbauer floated elegantly down the aisle. She wore a light chantilly lace gown with a 6 pence sewn into the dress hem. We created a new design in which a section of the dress was able to flow in the coastal breeze for the ceremony, but was pinned and draped beautifully for an almost 2nd look at their reception. 

Congrats Chelsea and Joe Steinbauer!

Into the Woods Photoshoot with Faith Danielle Photography

Recently I was contacted by the talented Faith Deutsch with Faith Danielle Photography to collaborate on a styled photoshoot. 

I was happy she agreed with so many of my original ideas for this Into the Woods, Bridal collection. It is a Fall collection, and is inspired by nature. This is just a couple pieces from the collection, and hope to show you the rest soon.

Model: Jenna Olbekson


CUSTOM ORDER-Jennifer Wedding Dress

Jennifer has modeled for me on several occasions for the past several years, so when she contacted me only a couple months before her wedding, I couldn't say no. 

After seeing her ideas, I got very excited about creating her dress, and got started right away. I was holding onto this beautiful alencon lace for awhile now, waiting for the perfect project. 

Since she was going to have a beach wedding in March, I made the gown light weight on bottom, with chiffon, and thin cotton lining. The top was all about support with the bustier, and drama with the sleeves and low back. The embroidered lace was a little difficult to work with, but has amazing results. 

Congrats Jennifer and Caleb 

Congrats Jennifer and Caleb 


Watch this amazing video below by The McKellars-Wedding Cinema of bride, Courtney wearing a custom made lace dress with butterfly sleeves. 

With its sweetheart neckline, low back, mermaid skirt, and full lace design it has lots of classic details, but the long butterfly sleeves, and her excellent styling, make this dress unique, and bohemian. 

They are so cute, and so in love, glad I was able to be apart of this magic. photographer photographer


I have so many behind the scenes photos of custom orders, I decided to make a combined post. Can't wait to get back photographer's photos of the following on their special days! 


Above: Butterfly sleeves Lace Wedding Dress & dyed emerald lace Bridesmaid Dress

Above: Custom Alencon Lace Wedding Dress, long sleeves and low back. 

Below: Bridal Alteration. Removed all pre-existing beading and replaced with below silver beaded lace. 

I have more of this beautiful silver beaded lace too. 

Custom Order- Tannie Ivory Polka Dot Dress

I have worked with Tannie several times before she contacted me to create this 50's inspired dress. Mostly as a model, but more recently creating her other custom pieces from my Marie Antoinette collection. 

Tannie has created a fashion blog called Miss Bella Zena, that is her character when she's all dolled up,--how cute!

Behind the scenes, draping the dress below.

Behind the Scenes-Creating the 2 Dresses for Big Fake Wedding -Austin

Last night went so great at Big Fake Wedding-Austin. We met a lot of awesome people, and Taylor looked amazing in our two dresses we created for her. 

Here are some behind the scenes photos of creating the dresses for BFW.

Very beginning steps of cutting out the laces for the dresses after creating her custom patterns. 

Lace from the reception dress on organza to create lace hand appliques

Lace from the reception dress on organza to create lace hand appliques

Pinning lace appliques to chiffon to create a trickingly effect.    

Pinning lace appliques to chiffon to create a trickingly effect. 


Last touches, adding the buttons to center back   

Last touches, adding the buttons to center back


                                                                                                                All worth it!   

                                                                                                                All worth it!


We had a few photographers last night, so we will have plenty of photos from the event soon, check back here for updates. 

New Custom Order Pictures and Big Fake Wedding

Very happy to hear our event, Big Fake Wedding-Austin is now sold out. See all of you there that have already purchased tickets for our 10/22 show. 

I've been creating two dresses for the event, one for bride, Taylor, to wear for the Ceremony, and another dress for the Reception.

All the vendors for the event were given the same inspiration, so that we create a cohesive wedding. I made sure my designs were modern, and simple. Less is more, west coast foliage were a couple phrases we were given to go by. 

I received a picture from our lovely bride Taylor, and designed around her. I wanted to keep her comfortable, and supported all day, but also giving her an unique dress to wear. 

I'll post more pictures on my instagram, follow me at

I've also been working on some custom orders since reaching my new city of Austin this month. 

Custom Wedding Dress, Silk Chiffon Ruched.

Gatsby Inspired Wedding Dress with custom changes. 

Gatsby Inspired Wedding Dress with custom changes. 

I also just launched my storefront on Check it out, and please leave a review if you are a past customer. 

Custom Wedding Dress-Vania

In the past couple months, I had the great pleasure working with my photographer and friend, Vania, in creating her wedding dress. 

Final fitting. 

Final fitting. 

We had a short time period, but we made it work!

With lots of sketches, and meetings, and emails later, we came up with a two piece ensemble for her backyard wedding. 

Since she is a florida bride, and was also having her wedding on the beach, we wanted the fabrics to be light and delicate. So we chose chantilly lace and silk georgette both in ivory. 

What was unique about making Vanias' dress was, she was loosing baby weight. I ended up taking in the dress at least an additional 1" every where on our last fitting. 





She styled her dress beautifully with a flower crown made by a friend, and lace sandals. 

Very happy I had the opportunity to work with her one more time before I move. 


Custom Wedding Dress Order- Jahmi

Jahmi contacted me months ago with some inspiration pictures for her custom wedding gown. We exchanged almost 50 emails and came up with her perfect dress custom made in her measurements. 

After reviewing pictures and discussing details, and fabric, I sketched her dress. She approved and I began the process. 

Even though we did not meet in person, she was able to meet with her local tailor to get properly measured.

Sending pictures along the way, Jahmi was able to see her dress while it was getting made. 

Shipped her dress all the way to New Jersey.  Read her review after receiving her wedding dress below: 

"Received my dress and tried on-SO AWESOME! I am just so impressed with your work and so happy about the turn out. Everything came out so great! Will send pictures for sure!!!"

I will post her pictures later this year on this post, and pictures of her custom veil will be up soon. 


Custom Order-Lace Applique Dress

I was contacted by a woman here in Lakeland to make a custom dress in only 2 weeks. I was up for the challenge, and accepted. I was happy to be highly recommended by my local fabric store, Hancocks. 

She had this picture of Karlie Redd on her phone, and said she wanted it just like it, but in black lace. 

The lace was the most difficult to find, and especially stressed because of time, I went to every fabric store I could to find the most perfect lace that could be cut out and strategically applied to a nude mesh.

I found the lace, of course, at sewing studio-maitland, fl. I also picked up this awesome tee they made. 

I got to work on the nude mesh pattern first, and then started tediously cutting out the lace from the mesh lace fabric. 

Spent way too much time cutting the lace out for the amount charged. I needed to hand sew the lace on all around the bust, and machine stitched every where else. 

The lace was placed all over the front,and two lines going down center back, and only three pieces above elbow, cuffs around the wrists, and dripping down unto the skirt.

The contrast of the lace on the mesh is more noticeable in black on nude, than white on nude, so I'm glad we went with black lace. My customer wore to a little black dress party, and I'm sure was 'best dressed'.

Feel free to contact me with your custom order questions for your evening/bridal events.