I love street art and (certain) graffiti. I’m not talking about nonsense tagging that prepubescent boys scratch on the walls but rather actual pieces that require skill and proper execution. Some of it is really beautiful.
Living in L.A I have come to appreciate how some of these pieces make this city unique, kind of like artistic landmarks. I love how some of these artists travel to different cities, or countries, place their signature stamp in some of the most visited places in the world and are recognized by many. Stencils, wheat paste, spray paint… whatever the medium, as long as it looks great and adds an element of charm, I can appreciate it.
Some of my faves include Buff Monster, Shepard Fairey (Obey), El Mac, Invader and of course Banksy (duh)… the list goes on. One of my favorite things to do with my hubby is take photographs of some of the best work we come across. We’ve started to save them online and I’m thinking of making a cool picture book with a collection of the best ones from some of our favorite cities. It’s a fun hobby and it’s awesome to recognize their work when we travel. If any of them happen to have a showing at a gallery we do our best to show up for support (we own a lot of cool prints and the collection continues to grow).
I am a lover of art, in general, and all things aesthetic. I know many people don’t like it or agree that this could even be considered art but- beauty is in the eye of the beholder, am I right? Or, interestingly enough, as this article states: Isn’t it something that “…speaks for the era in which it was created…”?
What are your feelings about street art?
Hi everyone, I had the privilege of participating in ShopStyle’s first ever ad campaign and it was so much fun. I got to pick out a few of my favorite things and show off my personal style as seen in the photo below. Aerial view photos are not one of my best angles, lol, but alas I succeeded in getting it done! I wanted to include so much more but here are a few of my favorite things:
Check out the ShopStyle commercial below:
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The holidays are here and I have decided to make more of an effort this year to take part in as many activities as I can handle this December. The past three years I have either been too busy with work or just wasn’t in the spirit. I’m changing things up this time.
There are so many great events happening around L.A. and I don’t want to keep missing out. Also, I have a toddler at home who is beginning to understand things a lot better. Being able to share moments with someone who views the world with wonder is amazing you guys- it makes things even more special.
I will have about two weeks off in December and what better way to enjoy some time off?
Here is what my Holiday To Do List looks like so far:
Aside from opening presents and spending time with family that’s pretty much it for now, I will be updating on the blog and posting pictures on instagram and twitter as I cross off things on my list. Don’t forget to follow/add me to see more!
I received my November Must Have Box from POPSUGAR yesterday and I love everything in it! Here is a breakdown of the awesome stuff I have tried + can’t wait to try:
Michael Stars Folk Art Wrap
It’s so soft and very lightweight. I wouldn’t have normally picked out the print for myself but I am wearing right now and I love it. It’s perfect for fall/winter weather . I layered it over my trench coat earlier since it was cooler than usual this morning.
“Nice” Candle from Illume
This candle from Illume was a second favorite item in the box. I think the boxes either contained a “Naughty” or “Nice” candle- I got Nice ;) The scent is great, a light vanilla. I love candles in general and loved that it was added to this month’s box.
“Roland Pine” Scented Soap from The Soap & Paper Factory
There was also a bar of soap- The Soap & Paper Factory in the scent Roland Pine. It contains shea butter (my fave) and smells like pine (perfect for this time of year) I can’t wait to try it.
I am excited to try this- I love adding spreads to bagels and toast in the morning so this will be a yummy treat. The preserves are handmade in San Francisco and use more fruit and less sugar than other brands.
Barefruit Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips
These were a second food item in the box. I have tried the plain apple chips but these are dipped in caramel and sprinkled with sea salt- YUMMMM.
I had some red polish to remove late last evening so I used them. They worked surprisingly well. I used a total of two pads (they are tiny) to remove all the polish and it removed it pretty well for not having any acetone. They are lightly scented (surprisingly, not at all overpowering) and do leave a slight oily – but it just feels like a manicure oil treatment. They contain Vitamin E & C and are the perfect size for carrying them in your purse.
And finally there was a canvas wine bottle holder from Lands End, it’s really cute and is perfect to tote along to parties or as a hostess gift (with a bottle of course!). It will definitely be put to good use since holiday parties are coming up.
And here I am wearing the lovely wrap (it’s so pretty you guys!)
You still have a chance to get your hands on a November Box and I included a coupon code for $10 off a 3-month subscription below. It’s good until 12/11 so if you still have some shopping to do (or just want to treat yourself) now is your chance to get it ;)
Click here and use code NOVSELECT
Be sure to tag me on twitter + instagram and show me how you liked the contents in your must have box!
Today was a great day to go to the Rose Bowl flea market. I saw a lot of great things including vintage clothing, original artwork and cute furniture. Among all of this, a variety of non traditional items were available for purchase including preserved bugs, animal skulls and taxidermy. Overall, it was so much fun to see what cool things people were buying. Hope to continue to go on a regular basis, with a much better idea of what I want to purchase next time!
My Favorite October Moments
October was fun. Although I waited last minute to start Halloween pumpkin carving, I spent most of my time trying to take in all of fall. Well, at least what is considered fall here in L.A.
Fireplace coziness, Pressed Juicery fall flavors, pumpkin spice lattes, baking, wearing comfy boots. I may not be experiencing an autumn like the Midwest but I am still making the best of what’s here at home.
I purchased these cute pair of embellished booties from JustFab.com and I love them. They are comfortable and look adorable with leggings and a thin oversized sweater I have. Being that I’m really short it’s difficult to wear boots that cut off at my ankles (especially flat ones like these) as they make me appear even shorter. However, I managed to pull off wearing these with leggings as it created an illusion of elongation since the boots and the leggings are the same color.
I am having a little bit of a challenge finding a dress in my closet that I can pair with these booties so I can take them to work… I’m thinking something specific like a snug sweater dress that I can layer for when the weather starts to cool down even more- time to start browsing online. I suppose I can also wear tights under a skirt and wear a long open cardigan with it- but this is all in theory, I’d have to try everything on to see if it will work. Anyhow, that being said- I am so happy it’s fall again, I love this time of year almost as much as I love shopping.
I will post an update if I am able to make it work with the right skirt/dress for the office :)
There were are a few overlapping trends I noticed in some collections during the last few days of watching NYFW online. I think it’s time to start getting my midriff into tip top shape because I have noticed many exposed ones on the runway. Another thing I have noticed is the use of bright colors. I have never been a fan of orange in the past, it looks absolutely stunning against most of these models’ skin tones. Lastly- I should mention that I called it a few weeks ago- a trend I noticed right away was Black + White (and geometric) everything. I will be posting more as time goes by but here are a few observations so far:
Black|White + Geometric
I already have a few favorites and fashion week isn’t even over yet. The collections that stood out to me the most were Charlotte Ronson, Cynthia Rowley, Robert Rodriguez, Nicole Miller and Kate Spade. Check out why below.
Charlotte Ronson: This collection is fun and cute- I love the feminine florals and peter pan collars.
Cynthia Rowley: Love the stylized florals but also the color palette and gorgeous geometric embroidery. I can easily see many, if not all, of these designs worn off the runway as is.
Robert Rodriguez: Although the palette is very muted and lines + shapes are very structured, strategically placed curves balance out each outfit. The collection as a whole is pretty mesmerizing too look at.
Nicole Miller: This might be my favorite so far. A little bit of glamour mixed in with a bit of punk made this line fabulous. It is elegant but yet a little edgy with the help of vamp lips, leather and layered accessories.
Kate Spade: Clean lines, feminine fit and a colorful and bright palette consisting of bright orange, pink, yellow and blue hues. This collection has classic shapes with a fun twist.
I LOVE to shop online, I’m sure many of you can agree that it is easy to spend hours browsing through hundreds of shoes, bags and clothes without realizing you have spent so much time navigating through sites. Anyone that knows me personally knows that I can sometimes be very specific when shopping for clothes. I can be very indecisive because in my head I am trying to figure out how many ways I can style an article of clothing and make sure it doesn’t get comfortable in the back of my closet. I try to be a smart shopper (in between the occasional impulse purchase) and read up on products I am contemplating on buying.
One of my favorite places to compare styles and prices is ShopStyle because you can search tons of items from different stores by category, price, etc. By offering a range of products at different price points it’s easy to search for specific items based on my budget. Another thing I love is that you can flag items you like to create sale alerts, because-who doesn’t like a good sale?!
I was excited to learn that ShopStyle has a brand new product review feature where you can rate all of your favorite items on the site. Personally, I love it when sites do this because reviews always give me a better idea of the style, and most importantly, quality of the items I plan on buying. If ever I am stuck in between choices, reviews help me make a more informed decision.
Now, on to the good news- ShopStyle is having a giveaway for a $1000 Visa card- the perfect chance to stock up on a new back-to-school wardrobe. You get one entry for every review that you make, how cool is that?
Reviewing a product is fast and easy, it only takes a few seconds. All you have to do is:
You can start by rating items that you already own and take it from there. Best of luck and happy shopping!
I’m not one to normally follow trends, I like to wear what looks good on me (since it has taken me years to get it right!) and stick with quality items that will not go out of season in a few months. However, every now and then I see things that I absolutely love and can’t wait to add to my wardrobe. This fall there are a few cute things that I am excited about shopping for but some of them might ultimately be because they are somewhat nostalgic. I have worn a few of these before but I can’t wait to reinvent these looks into more modern times!
Here are a few things I can’t wait to buy this fall:
I am a 90s girl and grunge holds a special place in my heart. Needless to say I am ecstatic to see plaid shirts and combat boots become popular again because to be honest, to me they never really left.
I love a good animal print. When worn well (used as an accent and not head-to-toe) they can be fun to wear. A good purse, scarve or jacket would be a nice touch to a cute outfit.
I have always loved the look of a good combat boot and camouflage prints have been a fave since as long as I could remember. Navy jackets with gold buttons and embellishments, green peacoats… I can’t wait to wear these. Yay!
I am becoming more and more obsessed with booties by the minute! They are so cute but can make quite a statement. You can dress up a pair of skinny jeans or slim black pants with a cute pair. I have been especially in love with Anine Bing booties lately(pictured below).
So… this is a look I haven’t experimented with yet. I was told by someone who is married to a very popular LA jewelry designer that “it was a horrible look. Terribly unflattering on women” but of course that was his opinion. I say, if it makes you feel good and you look great wearing it then by all means don’t listen to what anyone says. I am definitely considering trying on a few tops, jackets and skirts to see if I am able to pull it off. I would even consider this cool looking belt below ;)
Sweaters Over Collared Shirts
There’s something about a cute collared shirt with a sweater over it that screams “I look like I have my stuff together guys!”. I haven’t worn something like this in a while and I have just the right accessories to take it to another level so I am excited to start putting outfits together as soon as the weather cools down.
So those are a few of the items I can’t wait to wear this fall, would you wear any of them?
NYFW is a week away (September 5-12) and I am excited to see what great stuff will appear on the runway for Spring 2013. You can find the schedule for each day here. You can also watch live at newyork.mbfashionweek.com/live next week.
A couple of things I predict based on trends I have noticed online (instagram, designer websites, street fashion, etc.) include the return of 1960s mod, glamorous grunge, all-american preppy and Moroccan inspired fashion. A few of these we saw for spring of 2013 but styles are always being recycled and new inspiration comes from things that have been done before.
I also predict that asymmetrical skirts will continue to be popular and peplum will stick around a little longer. Will anyone else be watching next nyfw happenings next week?
A statement necklace can be an added accent that makes a basic outfit stand out, a focal point if you will. It can turn a simple outfit into a glamorous one in an instant. The fun part is that there are so many combinations of necklaces and outfits that can be worn together that they can almost make a wardrobe look new again. Check out some tips below for wearing bold necklaces.
When Accessorizing with a Statement Necklace:
1. Try to keep clothing patterns/prints to a minimum since your necklace will already stand out. You don’t want to have too much of everything going on at the same time.
2. Save by buying bold necklaces at stores like H&M or Topshop unless you know you will use them for more than one or two seasons. I like to spend more on higher priced/quality items if I know I will use them for a long time.
3. Play around with different necklaces and necklines. Try wearing a turquoise necklace underneath a collared shirt, a chandelier necklace over a chic t-shirt or a thick gold link choker with a low scoop neck dress.
4. Consider the length of a necklace. Make sure it doesn’t sit right on top of (or over) your cleavage, it is not very flattering. Instead, leave some space between your necklace and bust line for a more flattering look.
5. Try not to pair a statement necklace with equally bold earrings, you want to keep the appearance of balance. Remember, the necklace is your focal point and you don’t want accessories competing for attention.
Lately, my favorite looks have consisted of gold collar necklaces. They are simple but make an outfit look put together.
Gold chain chokers are a recent fave too, so cute- makes any top look more glamorous.
Colorful colors are great for adding a pop of color to a neutral wardrobe.
Here is a cute “cheat sheet” that I found on Pinterest via Charming Charlie. It shows different necklines and what necklaces to wear with each one:
I love DIY projects. Whenever I get the inspiration from TV, a celebrity or the runway I like to see if I can replicate the look on my own before I go out and buy it. This allows me to customize the colors/textures and give it my own unique twist.
I was extremely excited when I heard about Project DIY- a monthly subscription box that contains all the materials needed to create runway/street wear inspired accessories at the comfort of your own home. I am ecstatic because I LOVE me a good diy project :) The Project DIY website has already released a peek into their first box and it does not disappoint:
More pictures of the completed accessories here.
The best thing of all is that NYC’s M&J Trimming is a “huge garment district shopping destination where the world’s top fashion designers, costume makers, interior designers, celebrities and sewing/craft enthusiasts.”
The monthly subscription runs for $30 but seeing how you get more than one project in a box I think it’s completely worth the cost. Also, you are getting quality materials, you can’t beat that. I can’t wait to order a box for myself :) Rest assured I will report back with pictures!