I am more than ecstatic to not have only received a dress creation from Haute Chocolate, but to be able to ask the Designer & Founder of Haute Chocolate herself, Terysa Ridgeway a few questions that were on my mind.
1)When did your love affair with Fashion begin?
I've always been infatuated with fashion, for just about as long as I can remember. Coming from a fashionable mama, I've always been surrounded by pretty things - hehe
2)How did you come up with the clever name Haute Chocolate?
As much as it seems that I should give you some awesomely long story, it's actually pretty short. When I was expecting my first child (in the summer) I was overly obsessed with Chocolate, but more specifically Hot Chocolate - everyone thought I was completely nuts!! One night as I was sketching and drinking hot chocolate - the light bulb in my head started flickering and the rest is history...
3)What is a typical day for you like?
Well, I usually wake up pretty early - so I usually will check for any new orders and then interact with my social networks. After that, family duties come in to FULL effect - making breakfast, packing lunches, defrosting dinner :) Then I'm off to my "real" job. After work, it's usually snack time and then nap time for the babies- which usually is just enough time to start fulfilling orders for Haute Chocolate. Once they wake and Daddy's home we'll eat dinner + goof around until it's time for them to go to bed for the night. I fulfill more orders until I start to doze and then call it a night. I usually keep a sketch pad around all day, because I never know when an idea will pop into my already filled brain - and then do it all over again!
4)Which piece is your favorite...if you are even able to choose?
I know, so hard to chose - but I'll go with a classic. Our Mocha pants suit for SS2013. Oh my goodness, the flared bottom are my absolute favorite, I think I was a hippie in my past life - I live and die for all wide leg pants. The structured top works so well with it too because its so fitted. I love the fact that it can go from work to play with the unsnapping of two buttons. I wear the back buttoned up at work and unbuttoned when out and about - I love the subtle sexiness of an exposed back - which you'll see throughout SS2013.
5)What was your most memorable moment from the RAW Fashion Awards?
The night before, OMG!! After about 4-5 attempts at this lace maxi dress that I presented - I accidentally ripped a hole huge enough that the dress was unusable. I had to start completely over from scratch. So yeah, that night - no sleep! I was really happy with the final product though, actually now that I think of it - I loved it more than the other 6.
6)Do you sleep?
Of course, within the 5 minutes of fulfilling and sending orders, lol!
7)What's your "haute" beverage of choice?
Chocolate - you'd think after drinking several cups over the course of 9 months I'd be completely over it - NOT! I have a huge box stashed away that I bought at Costco :)
8)What are two things in your handbag that you cannot live without?
My cell phone and my lip gloss.
I had so much fun with these interview questions and of course styling this gorgeous, well made skater dress by Haute Chocolate. I hope this is only the beginning of our relationship with Terysa of Haute Chocolate. Stay tuned because my outfit post will be up later today!
In the meantime, visit Haute Chocolate to shop HERE, FB here & Tweet here. To get even a greater grasp on how Terysa got to where she is check it out here.
With Love from SoCal,