Sunday, February 2, 2014

Munkeh Takes Manhattan

I'm in New York!! It's been quite an adventure so far.  Many challenges have arose from packing, last minute changes, and not having a place to stay. But things have worked themselves out.  To get my mind off things I explored the city for a few hours. I love the energy of New York! And the "good weather" seemed to follow me from LA. It's been 40 degrees instead of 1 degree.

Good night everyone! To be continued.....


Here it is...the finished collection. Well except for a few minor details which I will be working on while I'm here in New York

Packing was definitely challenging but I finally managed to get everything into these suitcases.

Waiting anxiously to get on the plane so I could sleep. I was exhausted.

Nap time!

My first stop in New York! 

My home and office for the next 8 days. Holiday Inn Chelsea.

I was sooooooo happy to find a White Castle!!!! It was such a big part of my childhood. Nothing beats a freshly cooked slider. :)

Inspiration in the White Castle bathroom.

Superbowl madness in Time Square
Creative Marketing :)

Working on the goodie bag stuffers. Only 199 more to go..

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Let the Countdown Begin!!!


I haven't posted in a very long time because I've been busy getting ready for New York!! I can't believe how fast the time has flown by.  I found out 4 months ago and now my show is in less than a month!

I had a mini preview/trunk show/ fundraiser on January 15th.  I was very happy with the turnout and everybody seemed to love the collection.  Although my indie gogo campaign has ended, you can still send contributions directly to my paypal account,  You can still view the page to see my video and perks

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this incredible journey so far!!! I couldn't have done this without you. Next stop....the big apple!


The event was at Runway Boutique. Thank you Fatima Dodson!
Everyone that made a $20 contribution or higher, received a gift bag. :)
All photos by Nick Howell
Mini preview of my New York Collection!
Munkeh in the middle!
Lovely models from l-r: Brittany Grimmett, Heather Mayer, Shannon McMahon, Summer Webb, Jessica Rice, Melinda Baker.  Special shout outs to Sarah Morales, Megan Lopez (  and Abie, the wonderful make-up artists, Abbie Roberts a model not pictured here, and Raymond Delgado the awesome DJ!(!

This is my favorite look! It was also a crowd favorite! 

I already have pre-orders for the collection, especially this outfit!

Mr. and Mrs. work the runway!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New York Fashion Week or Bust!


Please take a few minutes to look at my indie gogo campaign. I'm offering some fun perks in exchange for contributions. Any amount helps. This is my big chance and I want to make the most of this opportunity!

Thank you so much!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Anything is Possible...

Life is too short to be afraid. Go after what you want! I spent the afternoon shooting my video for indiegogo.  I'll post the link as soon as it's ready.

Anything is just need to believe in yourself!


Watch out New I come! :)

I love this t-shirt!
Leather jacket-Vince
I finally got to meet Kiefer Sutherland! I've only had a crush on him since I was 8 years old.
See, anything is possible if you put your mind to it. lol

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I Live in My Sweats

Thank god sweatpants are considered chic right now because I live in them lately.  lol  I've been so busy that I just need something easy to throw on.  I just got a pair of faux leather jogging pants and these have been my savior.

Back to the sweatshop.....Have a great weekend!


Faux leather jogging pants- Forever 21
Cropped sweatshirt- L'Agence
Necklace- Zara
Shoes- CC Republic

Faux leather jogging pants- Forever 21
T-shirt- H & M
Blazer- Theory
Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace- Zara

Leopard Sweats- Forever 21
Cami- Elizabeth and James
Feather blazer- Madison Marcus
Booties- Shoedazzle
Necklace- Francesca's

Sweats- Phillip Lim for Target
Cami- Elizabeth and James
Blazer- Theory
Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell
Necklaces- Forever 21

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Designer Collaborations

Hello!!! It has been way too long since my last post. It's been a very busy and exciting month and even though I haven't had much free time, it's totally been worth it. The theme for today is designer collaborations. The two outfits I'm wearing are both from Target's latest collaboration with Phillip Lim. Love these pieces! Yes, I was one of the crazy people who stalked it online at the stroke of midnight to make sure I got what I wanted.  I believe I went to bed at 4 am that night. I plan on doing it again once Isabel Marant releases her H & M collection in just 2 short weeks and once again when Peter Pilotto does theirs for Target.  Who knows, maybe one day I'll get my very own collaboration. I feel like it could be possible with the way things have been going lately. Or maybe I'm just delusional. haha But seriously I've had my fair share of good news over the past month after a very trying and challenging period. I found out that I have been selected to showcase my collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2014.  When I got that email, I literally started jumping for joy.  And then I was lucky enough to give stylist Johnny Wujek a few of my dresses to show Katy Perry.  And then I have been working stylist Deb Waknin on a couple of E! shoots with the Kardashians. So, it's all been great and I am very excited about all of the new possibilities.  For more updates follow me on instagram! @rochellecarino

Bye for now! Have a wonderful afternoon :)


Phillip Lim for Target dress
Shoes- CC Republic
Necklace Ebay

Phillip Lim for Target sweater and skirt
Shoes- Forever 21
Necklace- Francesca's

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Channeling Carrie Bradshaw...

I love ballerina skirts.  And I love pairing mine with casual tops or sweaters. The other day someone told me I looked like I was channeling Carrie Bradshaw. I was actually going for The Devil Wears Prada. lol

"Give me a full ballerina skirt and a hint of saloon and I'm on board"
- The Devil Wears Prada


I made the skirt
Shirt- Rails
Shoes- Forever 21
Necklaces- Francesca's