Author Katie Delahanty never knew she was a writer. Her childhood obsessions centered on old movies, costumes, fashion, playing dress up, and books. Lots of books. On her quest to play make believe for a living she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer and after satisfying her practical parents by graduating from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies she went on to pursue her design dreams with a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. She spent five years helping to design romantic dresses that were sold everywhere from Anthropologie to Nordstrom before the economic downturn led to a career shift and that practical degree came in handy.
Now in charge of the ecommerce business for In Bloom Lingerie, she was asked to start the company blog. Not knowing what to say about lingerie but needing to use bridal keywords, she decided to start a fictional serial about how a girl named Olivia Bloom, who worked for In Bloom Lingerie, became engaged. And that is when Katie fell in love with storytelling and the path to make believe became clear. She has not looked back since and now has two books published; In Bloom and her just released adult romance novel, Blushing.
The heroine in Katie’s books, Olivia Bloom, is a fashion designer and Katie showcased some of Olivia’s dream designers below:
Having always fantasized about becoming a costume designer, of finding a mentor that would take me under their wing and open the doors to an imaginary world full of silks and sequins—this is my list of dream designers I’d love to play dress up with! –Olivia Bloom
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”
Films: My Fair Lady, Gigi
“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”
Films: Funny Face, To Catch a Thief, White Christmas, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, The Sting
“The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.”
Films: Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, Big Fish, Into the Woods, Edward Scissorhands, Little Women
“When you’re surrounded by feathers, sequins, and ridiculous Lycra outfits, it’s impossible not to have a smile on your face.”
Films: Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, The Great Gatsby
Catherine! Colleen! I’m available for duty any day… xoxo, Liv
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Engaged.
When Berkeley proposed I thought we’d live happily ever after—we’d plan our wedding and he’d tour with the Brightside while I continued designing lingerie. But instead he dropped a bombshell that turned my life upside down: he’s set to star in a movie with, who else, his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what’s more? I’ve been erased from the public eye. All anyone can talk about is #Berkstina.
Berkeley wants me to work on set as a costume designer—a dream come true—but there’s a catch; we have to keep our relationship secret. I’m okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, the love scenes; it’s not how I imagined our engagement. I know Berkeley is passionate and driven, but he has so much going on—I don’t know if we can take it. I’m starting to wonder how well I know him.
I love him, but am I ready to drop everything and decide the rest of my life? To become Olivia Dalton?
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