Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fringe Fever

Making a comeback from the 70's, fringe is making an appearance on the style scene just in time for summer festivals and concerts. This trend can be found on bags, boots, sandals, dresses, and even jewelry. I suggest accenting your outfits with fringe on your feet and your accessories, such as the gladiator-esque 5. Jeffrey Campbell Top Fringe Suede Sandals, 3. Vita Black Classico with Fringe, and 7. Cleobella Alive Fringe Tote. Pair fringe with a vintage tee like 4. Wildfox Couture Light Feather tee and cut-off denim shorts (try 1. Current Elliot Boyfriend Shorts). Add a studded cuff (2. House of Harlow) to give yourself a little edge and to finish off the look, throw on a headpiece like 6. House of Harlow seven-strand coin head piece.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Basic Edge: Wildfox Couture

With the emergence of luxury t-shirt lines and the incorporation of t-shirts into a number of designers' latest collections (think Alexander Wang), the basic tee is quickly becoming one of the hottest fashion trends in recent seasons. This relaxed, effortless look is making its mark on and off the runway - making it an essential for your summer wardrobe. So why not add a little edge to this basic by turning to fashion line Wildfox Couture. It is evident from their lookbook below that this is not your average t-shirt line.

Wildfox Couture, created by childhood friends Emily Faulstich and Kimbereley Gordon of Los Angeles, emits a west coast, vintage vibe. A mix of hippie and rock-and-roll, Wildfox Couture clothing is the ideal summer fashion statement. When you throw one of these shirts on, your attitude should be one of a bohemian rebel, your theme song "Forever Young". She is the Native Heart, she is all neon light, she is a love child. She is Wildfox. Shop Here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Champagne and Cupcakes

Since my wedding is over a year away (next August), I wanted to do something to kick-off the festivities. I decided to invite all of the girls in my wedding party (bridesmaids, readers, greeters, etc.) to a "champagne and cupcakes" brunch to give everyone a chance to meet each other and so that I could recognize each person playing a role in my wedding. One of my bridesmaids, who has an innate sense of event design, thought it would be fun to create centerpieces and place settings for the table. I came up with this inspiration board....

Which turned into this...

So if you are looking for a way to officially ask your bridesmaids, readers, greeters, etc., a kick-off brunch is the perfect way to go. Come up with a theme, incorporate your wedding colors to give everyone a feel of your wedding style, and get ready to toast to the planning phase ahead. Need some help getting started? Below are the key items to the perfect bridal brunch.

(1) Paper Source has a huge variety of paper with different colors and designs that can be used under your centerpieces, as a table runner, or as placemats. Since it is paper, you can toss them out afterwards and not worry about people spilling food all over them. I used the gold and ivory paper shown above (top left).

(2) The restaurant provided champagne and I bought the cupcakes from Kara's Cupcakes in San Francisco. I had each person's initial put on top to personalize the cupcakes, but if you want to make them more wedding-related, you could put engagement ring keychains on the tops.

(3) Glass vases (which you can find at Michaels or Cost Plus) are perfect for your centerpieces and the Bud Vases/Name Card Holders are a cute way to do name cards.

(4) Since this is a kick-off party, it is the perfect time to officially ask your friends to be a part of your wedding. Take the time to write a sentimental note to each one, at the end asking "Will you Be My...". If you are interested in something a little extra, The Bridesmaid Guide is a cute gift to give your bridesmaids who may not know what being a bridesmaid entails.

(5) Have FUN!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Style Sense: Ashlee Simpson Wentz

Over the past couple of years, Ashlee Simpson Wentz has really come into her own - marriage to a rocker, a baby boy, and most notably, the development of an original sense of style that has captivated the public, leaving us waiting to see what she will pull together next. Her ability to mix and match different items allows her to incorporate her punk/rock side with her girlier side, creating a sense of style that would make any of the fashion-obsessed swoon with aspiration. So what are the key pieces you need to pull her look off?

Black skinny jeans, blousy top, and converse...

Long necklaces...

Newsboy caps and basic tees...


And then to transform the dressed-down look for something a little bit sexier...body-hugging dresses...

Here are a few separate pieces to get the look started. Mixing different items together is key so remember to just have fun with it. Add your favorite bangles, a pair of colorful heels, or a scarf to make the look your own.

From left to right:
Top row: Aqua at Bloomingdales; Alexander Wang at La Garconne; Genetic Denim at Shopbop
Middle row: 3.1 Phillip Lim at Net-a-porter; Pency at Shopbop; McQ at Net-a-porter
Bottom row: Eugenia Kim at Shopbop; Converse

Monday, June 15, 2009

And She's Back....

So I know you thought I dropped off the face of the earth and I apologize for "leaving" without any warning a few months ago. I was pulled onto a side project (which will be revealed in the near future) without warning for the past couple of months that has kept me extremely busy without any time for blogging.

So first, to share some big news....I got engaged!!! That's right :) I'm now engaged and in the first stages of wedding planning, which means you will probably start seeing some wedding posts here and there.

Since it's been so long, I thought I'd kick-off with Chloe's Covets...

First and foremost, I am coveting the store Aritzia...well-known in Canada, I am only now just finding out about it (from my Canadian friend) and can't seem to stay away. Here are a few of my favorite pieces...a boyfriend blazer, collared boyfriend shirts, cropped t-shirts, and jersey skirts...

I am also living in thrashed denim at the moment...whether the style is boyfriend (right, Rich & Skinny) or skinny (left, Jet), I think thrashed denim completes the perfect look for summer....

And lastly, I am obsessing over LnA, the one-stop shop for all of your basics - tees, leggings, and simple day-dresses....

What are you living in and looking forward to wearing as the days get warmer and longer?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Save it for a Rainy Day....

Hey there! It has been a while since I’ve posted here. My work schedule changed, making my commute longer and I have not had time to update. I am finally adjusting to my new schedule and work load, and have allotted time to be here, so you will be seeing me often from now on. I bet you missed me J Well, I’m back and getting right back into the swing of things.

It has been raining non-stop here and I am not well-equiped for the rain. Everytime it rains, I say that I am going to buy the rain essentials, but then the rain stops and I think it is the end of the heavy downpours for the season. However, I have been having this exact same train of thought since the beginning of February and the rain has not yet halted its miserable assault on San Francisco. Therefore, I am dedicated this post to rain essentials for all of you who are stomping through the puddles on the way to work with me.

Juicy Umbrella, Hunter Boots, LAMB coat, Paige jeans, Organic Sweater

What I need on days like this are rain boots, a cute & girly umbrella, a warm jacket with a hood, dress-down jeans, and a cozy (but sexy) sweater. What are your rain essentials?

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