Party Cardi

The other day I was browsing through Old Navy (knowing that I get a discount for working at GAP) and found a few cute and low priced items. This polka dot cardigan is so cute and perfect as a summer coverup! I plan on wearing it over dress, with shorts, jeans, etcetera. It feels sort of retro without being too much, oh and it comes in a bunch of great other colors as well! More to come (I’ll probably be blogging about this sweater again soon).

The Wonder From Down Under

  Several months ago I stumbled upon the brand known as Sabo Skirt on Instagram and have been hooked ever since. This native Australian brand combines gorgeous vibrant colors with fabric that moves to create memorable pieces. The top things I love about the brand is the colors they use (like the trendy neon off-the-shoulder top above), their use of patterns and florals, the affordable prices (most pieces range from $40-$60 U.S. dollars) and most of all the sweet yet edgy style of the clothing. I have been dying to buy some of their clothes and accessories, but unfortunately since the company ships out of Stones Corner, Queensland, it would be ghastly expensive to send to my native Los Angeles. Hopefully some day I am able to buy and wear their clothing and maybe even blog about the pieces I wear!

  I have been watching the company grow and love reading their blog at saboskirt.blogspot.com. The designers offer a fresh new take on styles and trends that I have never seen before. Above is a collage of some of my favs. I especially love the floral suit! Too Cute! All these products (and more) are available here at Saboskirt.com.

Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer

Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to have some time off to go to one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art more commonly known as L.A.C.M.A. I know I may seem old fashioned, but one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to view artwork. My favorite era is the French Impressionist and Edgar Degas definitely is on my list of top 5 favorite artists of all time. I have seen bits and pieces of his famous “dancers” before but never before like I saw them at L.A.C.M.A. The piece that stood out to me was a small group of ballerinas casually stretching together clad in bright green tutus. Seeing this piece for me up close and personal was like meeting my favorite celebrity. NOTHING COMPARES to seeing a brilliant work of art in the flesh (I know I’m a nerd). Below I created a collage that I feel embodies what today’s fashion would mean to the amazingly talented Edgar Degas.

Items shown: Green Kate Spade Bow Bangle $78, Mint DvF clutch $325, Sunblaze Lace Dress $328, Jeweled Ring by Juicy Couture $88, Tabitha Simmons Evita heel $2,185 , Turquoise Cardigan $17.95, Lace Tulip Skirt $38.

In Luv with Rachel Zoe

Today I tweeted to The Zoe Report not expecting a response and right away I received the reply that is above. Even though this tweet was most likely not from the AMAZING Rachel herself, it’s still nice to know that her team took the time to write back to lil’ ‘ol me. I have deeply admired Rachel Zoe since her show (The Rachel Zoe Project) debuted on Bravo in 2008. When the show began I was instantly hooked and knew at that moment that I wanted to follow in Rachel’s footsteps. Since then my dreams haven’t wavered and I am taking a similar path that Rachel herself took. Some GREAT advice I received from Damsel in Dior as well as the ladies at E! is that, “there is no wrong or right path to take, all that matters is that you got there.” I believe this bit of advice pertains not only to me, but to many of you other fashionistas trying to break into the bizz.

Now not only has Rachel Zoe had a popular television show, she also is a critic on Piperlime, stylist to the stars, has her own line and of course has the hugely successful fashion advice site TheZoeReport.com.

The items pictured are all pieces by Zoe: Gladys Flat Sandals $235, Venessa Maxi Skirt $346.50 (on sale), Zoe Mini $331.99 (on sale).

*Final Photo in bottom right hand corner is Zoe in her huge closet (one of my other dreams) 😉

Summer Must Haves @ GAP

As I mentioned in a previous post, this summer I got a job as a sales associate at GAP and couldn’t be more happy. Even though I’ve only been working for a few weeks, I’ve already spotted many things that I will HAVE to buy with my AMAZING employee discount. Above I created a collage of some of my favorites which include graphic tees, bright pants, and some rather fetching accessories if I do say so myself 😉

Items in order (all available at GAP.COM): 1. Bright Graphic Tees $22.95-$29.95, 2. Sassy sandals, 3. $34.95-$79.95, Spray Paint Cardigan $49.95, 4. Studded Belt $29.95, 5. Printed Scarf $29.95, 6. Colorful Pants $69.95, 7. Chevron Maxi $74.95, 8. Printed Shorts $49.95.

We’ve Got You Covered for ALL Your Upcoming Events!

Since my previous post about the event I attended and what I wore, I have received several requests asking for me to create more special event worthy outfits. This first option above is for the “Daring Fashionista,” in other words, the girl who wants to have all eyes on her. This gorgeous red chiffon dress looks great on pretty much every skin color and compliments many hair colors as well!

How to get this outfit: Red chiffon dress Urban Outfitters $109, Spike Earrings by Gemma Redux $172, Embroidered Leather clutch bag by Zara $89.90, Bangle Set from Forever 21 $8.80, Nail Varnish in electric lilac $14, Platform Pump $69.

This second option I’m calling “The Demure Hostess,” is the perfect look for the gal throwing the party. The eye catching dress says it all without trying too hard (not to mention it will compliment the champagne you’re serving perfectly 😉 The key to wearing a dress like this without looking too over the top is minimal jewelry and wisely chosen accessories.

Here’s how to get the look above: Rebecca Taylor sequined mini $395, Dior Nail Lacquer in vibrant raspberry $23, Kenneth Jay Lane Gold ring $125, Printed Canvas clutch $17, ALDO heels in Bone $80.

Are you going to an event where there’s a possibility that an ex might show up with his new gf? Then “The Ultimate Vixen” look is perfect for you! Not only will he be desperately sorry that you are no longer together, but new prospective suiters will be staring at you the whole night as well. This look is also perfect for a gal who just wants to look down right HOT (which there’s nothing wrong with). The key to this look (and best accessory for everyday) is CONFIDENCE. People (men and women) are drawn to it, if you are exuding with the fact that you know you are hot (without being cocky) it is irresistible to others around you. This look is a bit of Gaga meets 80s rock star and you have to be able to rock that tiny lace dress. I threw in the tough biker jacket on top to make it a bit more classy. As far as the jewelry goes, it’s okay to mix (when you look this hot) as long as layering bracelets have some similarities i.e: pyramids/studs.

How to get this Vixen look: Lace Dress $32, TOPSHOP Drape Biker jacket $140, Bing Bang Trinity Necklace $115, Bracelets both Forever21 $4.80 and $13.80, Sephora cream lipstick in classic bright red $12, Rebecca Minkoff Clutch $325, Spiked Peep-Toe Platforms $36.80.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR EVENTS! AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! 🙂

A.Sweet. Evening!

     Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the POP of Candy Party hosted by A.Sweet. Boutique and Damsel in Dior in Beverly Hills. Since I began interning for Jacey at Damsel in Dior, I have been given so many great opportunities and have met so many really important people in the fashion and entertainment bizz. Not to mention, I have learned how to properly blog and use photoshop! 🙂

     Last night I was lucky enough to talk with Catt Sadler (of E! News) and E!’s Fashion and Lifestyle Director (who are both good friends of Jacey). I also got to meet representatives of many P.R. firms, including a couple girls from JLo’s production company. One of my favorite things about last night is I got to meet designer Heidi Merrick of her company of the same name. She was so down to earth and she was SO happy that Jacey was wearing one of her dresses (see adorable stripped dress above)! Heidi was really interested in what I do as an intern for Jacey so I actually got to talk to her for a while AND HUG HER! Other’s I socialized with included successful professional bloggers, various jewelry/clothing designers, people of E!, fashionistas and the owner of A.Sweet.

     What a great night! I am so thankful for the connections I made! Can’t wait for more opportunities like this in the future! My advice is to take the risk and put yourself out there, something great is bound to come from it even if it’s unexpected! 🙂

Guess by Marciano Goes to New Lengths

Yesterday I stumbled upon the Rochelle Dress from Guess By Marciano in store. I decided i had to try it on and here is the outcome. The dress has a wonderful chiffon overlay and comes in the three colors. The sleeves have adorable bow details on the cuffs. I immediately fell in love, however I am 5’8″ and often have a problem with hemlines being too short and in this case that was a major problem. I was planning on wearing it to an event but I wouldn’t even be able to sit down or bend over and God forbid if a gust of wind caught the hem of the dress. Although I love this simple, chic 1960s inspired style, I would suggest it to someone who is several inches shorter than I am. I had to opt out of getting it 😦

Dream On: What I Want For Summer

This week I scored a summer job at Gap in my local mall and realized that I will soon be able to purchase many things I have been lusting over for the season. Working at Gap means I get discounts at Gap (duh), Old Navy, Banana Republic and Piperlime (sometimes). After hearing this news I knew it was time to start picking out what I want from those stores (and more).

Above is a jumbled collage of what I believe I NEED:

The top is an alternative to the average structured peplum from Anthropologie that is gorgeous on and moves really gracefully. I desperately need a new pair of sunglasses and love this classic pair by Super. Jeffrey Campbell never ceases to impress me, I don’t know any girl who wouldn’t want a closet full of his outrageously fierce shoes. All available at Nastygal. I’m especially loving bright bags and belts, pictured here is a bag from the new Tina Turk Collection at Banana and a bright belt from Gap. The iPhone 4s case is one of the many patterns available at J. Crew. The simple striped dress is a Gap find. The necklace is a fabulous piece by Vanessa Mooney (love everything she does). Finally I saved, BEST FOR LAST: Rebecca Minkoff handbags. I really really LOVE her new summer collection (where the pink bag is from). My goal is to own a whole collection of her M.A.C.S and MINI M.A.C.S 😉 Oh and the inset is a classic VOGUE cover that I feel embodies my idea of summer living to a T.

What I’m Loving: MAXSTUDIO.COM

Yesterday I was shopping and I stumbled into the store MaxStudio.com. I have shopped at the store in the past, but not for quite some time and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found: a VAST array of colorful frocks and evening gowns. I have recently been on a hunt for cocktail dresses that are a bit out of the ordinary and MaxStudio.com gave me just what I wanted! While sifting through the vibrant racks of dresses, I noticed that not only were they in delicious hues, but also in extremely daring cuts and hemlines. Above, I chose some of my favorites. Although these are very different pieces, the similarities they share is they all have some kind of overlay (mainly chiffon) which creates for fantastic movement.

These dresses from their Spring 2012 Collection (and more) available at MAXSTUDIO.COM.

*Please let me know what YOUR FAVORITES are (the black ensemble in the top, left hand corner is actually a skirt and shirt combo).