Cynthia Brown

Local Fashion Bloggers: Dotty


Thanks to Julie the LFB format is forever changed. There will now be a fashion and Chic Eats element in each feature ... just as nature intended.  

It will likely come as no surprise that GCOGHer Dotty is a designer at an architecture firm. The layout and design of her blog, dash dot dotty, is clean with modern lines, her outfit photographs always have a great vibe, and her GCOGH closet is full of detail shots that are so fun to look through. Doing simple well is hard, but this lovely lady definitely has an eye. Then there's the matter of her classic style and ability to remix a dress called rusty 9x without breaking a sweat. Yes, then there's that.


The Black Leather Jacket
This leather jacket is pretty perfect. Just the right amount of "moto". Where did you find it? I had been looking for a leather jacket for awhile, but had trouble finding one that fit perfectly in the shoulders and didn’t have bulky pockets. I found this extra-small Michael by Michael Kors at a Nordstrom Rack for about half its retail price. It made me look instantly cooler than I actually am, so I knew it was the one, but it was August in Las Vegas. While it was 75 degrees in the store, it was 110 outside, so I had to wait until I was in a different state during a different season to actually wear it.
Lately I have found it to be perfect for commuting to work on the subway since it has pockets to keep my hands warm in the morning and is thin enough to smush into my bag on warm afternoons. 
A number of industries have a certain fashion aesthetic, almost a uniform. How does your profession influence your style? Architects are notorious for wearing all black, so this jacket fits the bill. I had countless professors in school that wear black exclusively. (And there were a lot of mocknecks involved which I could never figure out.) I imagine that it makes getting dressed really easy, yet makes for very boring closets.  Even though I work now as a designer at an architecture firm, I’m not really a fan of dressing myself like a shadow. In my own design work I focus a lot on saturation, so little bits of this sneak into my sartorial choices. Lately I’ve been drawn towards light neutrals, so I look for basics in tans and grays rather than browns and blacks. 
Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
I would like to drink these photos. How did this recipe come about? The recipe is based on trying to find a way to make something like Starbuck's Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at home with simple ingredients.
  • Milk (or Soy Milk, Almond Milk, etc)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Fluer de Sel Caramel Sauce (available at Trader Joe's)
  • Sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Heat milk.
  • Add cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and caramel sauce to taste.  
  • Stir, stir, stir.  


  • Shake up your whipped cream and add a good-sized dollop.  
  • Drink.
  • Delicious.