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Undeniably the best “flip flop”

August 6th, 2014 No Comments

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I wrote about new favorite shoe last March, and here I am over a year later still wearing THE SAME PAIR everyday.  In fact, I threw away all of my Havaianas because they’re no match for my Crocs.

Yes, you heard me, these sandals are made by Crocs.  Pushing your look of disgust aside, let’s be practical.  These lightweight rubber sandals are more comfortable!  Let me explain why:

  • The straps wrap around your ankles so your toes don’t’ have to hold on to the sole.
  • They’re so light and effortless they feel like you’re wearing nothing.
  • They neutral color and simple design is super cute and goes with every summer outfit you wear.

Winner!  My color combo (Espresso with gold studs) is not available online so you would have to call a store to get them (which you can).  Otherwise this charcoal pair with silver studs is cute.  They’re on sale for $25.

Because no one really has them, I give them as birthday and baby shower gifts.  They are ULTIMATE mommy shoe.

Walking in the Palisades the other day, a woman stopped my mom and I, both wearing our Crocs, and said, “Don’t you just love them?!”  We knew exactly what she was talking about :)

 

 

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Never wear an iPhone arm band again!

June 17th, 2014 2 Comments

I can’t stand wearing those iPhone armbands when I go for a run or workout in the gym.  Reluctantly, I slide my phone into the waistband of my pants or the strap of my bra.  No, I don’t care how weird it looks.  This solution is much more comfortable than those arm bands.

Thankfully there is a new solution on the market: The FlipBelt.

 

GENIUS in my opinion:

  • FUNCTIONAL: holds all of my stuff w/access for my earbuds to come out.
  • FITS TIGHT: spandex lycra blended belt sizes range from XS – XL
  • FASHIONABLE: comes in 10 colors and looks like part of your workout pants
  • AFFORDABLE: $29

Buy one online here.

Here’s a video intro.  A little lo-pro, but they have to start somewhere!

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Shopping the old-fashioned way

May 20th, 2014 No Comments

You know what I mean: going into the brick and mortar store Neiman Marcus and browsing their curated collection of designer deliciousness.

It’s a rare occurrence for me these days and always a pleasure.

A few treats from yesterday here:

SUMMER STAPLES

Designer Shoes Summer 2014

For the past year my style has been dominated by monochromatic outfits  in either white and nude or blue and black All of the pieces are neutral with a little attitude.  Yesterday I was on the hunt for a sassy black mule but didn’t find anything that needed to come home with me.  On the lighter side, I found several stems I love: (top left clockwise) Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Lawrence Dacade, Jimmy Choo.

I’m a huge fan of the ankle sleeve (white Jimmy Choo) although I wouldn’t buy it in white.  A few nights on my feet and those babies would be black!

TOM FORD

Tom Ford Handbags 2014

I wish I could have the same adoration for TF’s new handbags.  Despite the fact that they’re made of the finest leather and hardware, the styles are unattractive to me.  On the left, I see an oversized cigarette case folded over.  My grandmother was a smoker, so maybe that’s why???  On the right a lazy Birkin being held up by a Celine Edge backbone.  It’s almost like TF gave all of his sex appeal to the clothing and had nothing left for the accessories.

BALENCIAGA

Balenciaga Summer 2014

Looks like there’s been a shift to the sophisticated side.  While the classic City Bag still hangs on the racks, she’s looking a bit slouchy next to the very structured Tube design.

LET’S PLAY HIDE AND…SALE!

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Here are the rules.  You, Mr. Sales Associate, hide this Fendi bag in the back room.  Don’t tell anyone where you’ve put it.  Then when she goes on sale, you run run run to the phone, call me, and I’ll find you to ring her up.

 

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Heat chic

April 29th, 2014 No Comments

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I’m exhausted…but in the best way.  The work for my client’s event, The Palm Springs Photo Festival is a pleasure and an honor.  I’m amongst some of the most talented photographers in the world and people who are striving to create work like theirs.  I’ll post pics this weekend.

As we are in Palm Springs, it’s HOT.  I mean like butt sweat hot….

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the trends from Coachella, which takes place in the Palm Springs desert.  Since I’m working, I can’t go all out hippie like that crowd, but a nice tank and presentable shorts/skirt are casual and conservative.  Accessories are simple but add just enough personality so I don’t feel like an LL Bean ad.

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Beat The Heat Head To Toe:

 

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You can’t hide out in this camo.

April 1st, 2014 No Comments

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If you’re wearing Valentino this spring, you’re going for stylish, not stealthy.  Both the camo and neon trends have been popular in years past.  Here they’re combined to make every outfit more funky and playful.

Ironically, Valentino’s collection for Spring is much more sophisticated.

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I snapped these pics and snagged the pink bikini at Just One Eye, a private hidden boutique on Romaine (just east of La Brea).  They are my Valentino, Proenza, and The Row headquarters.  So many other A-Mazing collections in there….if you’re in LA, you must see it for yourself.  The website is very cool as well.  The prices are steep, but if nothing else, the style is inspiring.

Like a typical man, Mason chills while Mommy shops…and stares me down to “hurry up.”

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Bob ‘n weave

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

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Whether you like it or not (that would be me), the woven trend resurfaces every spring and hangs around until September.  This year is no different.  Go trendy, preppy, indie, or hippie with it.

From top left clockwise:

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Vintage flare

February 25th, 2014 No Comments

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The cat eye frame is a classic.  Over the last few years, designers have modernized it by simplifying and enlarging the style.  My Tom Fords are a perfect example. Now our favorite brands are going to the extreme with the vintage look using angles and unexpected color combos.

Tom Ford (top photo) chooses to make a statement instead of offering the flattering design.  You would have to be quite the sassy sista to run around in those. Or create your outfits around the glasses.  Oliver Peoples (bottom left) and Chanel (bottom right) are more conservative for the those of us who like to wear our sunnies with a variety of outfits.  Although, you can’t tell in these pictures, the OP have a dramatic ombre effect and the Chanels are fully mirrored in a peach color.

Whichever brand you choose, this little vintage flare will catch an envious glare from those around you (myself included).  Vintage is NOT easy to full off.

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Subscribe to your personal style

February 11th, 2014 No Comments

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With NYFW going on right now, we’re reminded fashion is important.  We really need to subscribe to these “new” trends.  If you watch the shows, you’re given a heads up as to what’s coming so you can even plan your attack of the racks ahead of time.

Living in LA, I care less and less to the concept of fashion.  I wear what I love.  Because it feels good, it looks good.  My personal style evolves with what I absorb, not what I research (like it used to back in my NYFW days.)  It’s so liberating!

Ironically, the idea that street style, not runway glam, wins on the street is a trend in itself.

My sister is case and point.  Please don’t get me wrong, she’s exemplary of so many trends.  The notable part is how she makes them her own.

For the Kreation photo shoot (some pics above), I wanted to portray Venice culture: a SoCal hipster vibe.  Leven asked me, “What do you want me to wear?”  My response, “Anything you want.  You always look so cute.”  knowing full well her personal style would be beyond anything I could conjure up.  This is how she arrived.  Nothing appears to match, but it does.  Each accessory catches you eye and holds your attention.  Down to the writing on her shirt and rhinestones on her jacket….PERFECTION. Casual, glam, funky, and unique.  Trendy? Who knows or who cares.  She looks and feels fabulous!

So this post has nothing to do with what you should wear or how to spice up your wardrobe. My friend January wears 4 colors: black, white, gray, and beige.  Nothing spectacular about the pallet.  What’s stunning is how she wears it.  Every outfit, even her workout gear, looks chic.  She loves it and therefore so do you.

Subscribe to your style.  Push it in different directions.  See what you love, know what you hate, and let your clothes make you feel good.

(Photos by Kelly Fajak)

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