Fall is around the corner and it’s no surprise what’s already trending this season, animal print, metallics, jewel tones and leather… oh my! So there’s a few essentials to have in your wardrobe when you’re heading out for a dinner party, to a club or just a night out with the girls.
7 for All Mankind – The Skinny
Piperlime was generous enough to send out a 20% coupon in the mail which naturally incentivized me enough to check out their latest new Fall arrivals. I was excited to see the gorgeous 7 for All Mankind skinny jeans that I’ve been seeing in so many window displays here in Los Angeles was on their site and with a 20% coupon, how could I resist. They are funky and fun. And even better I can machine wash them.
A beautiful black silk blouse looks great with funky skinny jeans. I found a great one at Artizia. It’s a basic blouse dressy enough for evening or with a pair of jeans.
Aritzia Black Blouse
Keeping with the metallic theme this season, I also found a great skirt by BB Dakota at Pinkmascara which is ideal for a dinner date or holiday party. You could funk it up with a pair of black booties and a skinny black belt or more classic with a cardigan and a pair of black heels.
BB Dakota Flora skirt
Speaking of black booties… I found these gorgeous and very uniquely styled mid-calf boot at Anthropologie. Pairing these with either the skinny 7 For All Mankind jeans and the metallic BB Dakota skirt will be a perfect finishing touch.
Last but definitely a necessity, is outer wear. Free People’s faux leopard print fur coat is ideal with any outfit this season. It’s retro-cool shape with a cute wide collar gives you that fun, vintage look with style.
A few fun pieces in your wardrobe this season will help keep you styling. They are fun pieces that are all interchangeable with a variety of simple mix and match tops and bottoms.
Free People Swing Coat
Every once in awhile we’re all touched by certain movies that really emotionally move us. When I was recently browsing through AppleTV’s documentary section, I came across Craigslist Joe. Naturally the name alone made me want to check it out, plus Zach Galifiankis is the executive producer and one of my favorite actors. The movie doesn’t have anything to do with fashion, what I typically write about, but it does in fact have something to do with technology and whether or not technology has isolated us into a our own social bubbles or does society still have a sense of community?
In a time when America has suffered one of the worst economic downturns in decades, Joseph Garner sets out on a month long journey with with only a laptop, a new cellphone, a toothbrush, no cash or contacts and the clothes on his back to see if he could survive solely off the generosity of others. Joe’s adventure begins in Santa Monica, California and takes him as far east as New York City, as far south as New Orleans and then back to California with multiple stops along the way. The people Joe meets along the way include a dominatrix, a little-known character actress battling cancer, an Iraqi family whose warmth and generosity could warm any curmudgeon heart.
The only disappointment I found in it was when Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist finds out about Joe’s experiment and asks him to visit him in San Francisco. The interview Joe has with Craig is dull and well, for lack of a better description, uninspiring. Newmark seems more interested in telling his story of how he started Craigslist rather than discussing Joe’s experiment. It seemed pointless. The actually Craigslist people Joe met along the way were much more colorful and interesting than Newmark.
But check out the trailer below and judge for yourself. Personally the movie left me with the sense that there is still hope for a sense of community in society and that we all can help each other out where we need to even if it’s a simple gesture, a self-less act of kindness or just a sense of being there for each other.
iLID – the iPhone wallet
When you live in a city like Los Angeles or New York, you quickly learn to travel light. Whether you are walking somewhere or riding your bike, you try to not carry anymore than you really need to. So when my husband showed me the new iLID iphone wallet I naturally thought it was a perfect solution for minimizing my bulky wallet and my already weighed down purse. I ordered one myself. They come in black and white, I ordered the white one to go with my white iPhone. So far it has worked out quite well for a variety of reasons. One, I run almost everyday (or at least I try to) and this wallet is so thin, it actually fits perfectly into my ArmPocket (another favorite product). Secondly, if I’m on a bike ride, I can easily slide into the pocket of my shorts. Lastly, my previous wallet took up so much real estate in my purse, that I welcome the idea of sizing down and minimizing how much I carry. Most importantly from a fashion standpoint, if you are going out dancing, it fits perfect in a slim clutch or wristlet. What can I fit in the iLID? I can fit my drivers license, some cash bills (not a lot) and at least 2 credit cards. And really, how much more do we really need?
What makes the iLID even more interesting is that this is a Kickstarter funded project that actually made it through the lifecycle of funding, production and ultimately available for purchase. It’s a great success story.
The price is $39.99 and the convenience it has given me is priceless. Needless to say, I know what I’ll be buying my fellow iPhone friends and family members this Christmas.
Trending for hot tunes is definitely Ryan Star’s new single “Stay Awhile.” Although if you’re familiar with Star’s work, you’ll know that he’s actually had this song a while but unfortunately was jammed up with Atlantic Records who for whatever dumb (very, very dumb) reason did not want to release it. With some great advice from his friend Jon Bon Jovi, whom Ryan opened for last year, Ryan is now on Island Records and midnight tonight his single “Stay Awhile” will finally be released. Absolutely worth checking out. Amazing video (although it made me miss living in NYC) and amazing song. This will definitely be blowing up the airwaves.
A few quick tips and reminders on how to apply eye make-up depending on the profile of your eyes. Remember the golden rules of professional make-up artists: bright tones visually enlarge and emphasize the eyes, while dark tones reduce the size and shadow. Depending on the look you’re going for and your age, be careful what you choose. You don’t want smoky seductive eyes to look like raccoon eyes. And if you’re over 40, rule of thumb is always more is less when it comes to eye make-up. If you go to heavy on it, it tends to make you look much older than you really are. Here’s an example
Eyeshadow : Use 2-3 color of eyeshadow at the same time: apply the lightest under the eyebrow, the middle tone apply to the whole eyelid, and the darkest from the middle to the outer edge of the eyelids to give the wider eyed appearance.
Eyeliner: Gently emphasize the line of the eyelids as close to the lashes as possible. If using an eye pencil be sure it’s a sharpened one and match the pencil color with the eye shadow. If you are using shadow, wet your eyeliner brush before dipping into the shadow for a more precise application.
Even before we get to this part, be sure curl you lashes. I’ve been using Trim’s heated lash curler
Choices of applying
past 10 years. I swear by it and have a back up supply in case they stop making them. The safest choice of eyelash make-up is black mascara (yes even if you’re blonde) with the effect of volume. Lush lashes are classic! Personally I LOVE Tarte’s “Lights, Camera, Lashes” It’s best to start at the roots and go back and forth when applying. Apply 2 coats doing this and definitely invest in really good eyelash comb with sharp teeth to really comb out clump and separate the lashes for a fuller look.
If you have decided to use a mascara of another color, remember that it should contrast with the color of your eyes. Brown mascara is suitable for blue and gray eyes, while gray and blue mascara is good for brown and green eyes.
Kendall Jenner for LA’s FNO
Fashion’s Night Out is an annual even that takes place across the country throughout participating cities as well as countries on September 6. It’s an opportunity for designers to showcase new collections, for consumers to meet some of their favorite designers, for stylist appearances as well as shoppers incentives (besides free drinks).
In previous years NYC has had such designers such as Rachel Zoe, Jason Wu, and Michael Kors attended as well as the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour. New York’s SoHo district is transformed into a fashion party in the streets with celebs to gawk at, watered down drinks to consume as well as maybe an actual bargain or two. However, after attending last years, I can say there wasn’t any major bargains going on to incentives me into buying much.
Being in Los Angeles this year, I plan on checking out the Beverly Center where Kendall Jenner is the new face of LA’s FNO. The event will present 2 fashion shows, extended shopping hours (until 11pm), special sales and hopefully a celeb appearance or two. There’s a good chance that the Kardashian clan will be there in support of their little sister, Kendall.
So check your local malls, boutiques and fashion hot spots to see what they might be hosting. Times may vary from city to city but the official times are from 6 to 9 pm.
As a follow up to my previous post, we were in Westwood, CA today and tracked down the sight of the new City Target or as many of us so commonly refer to it as Tar-jay. Naturally we had to snap a pict of the store front.
Proof Target is really opening… and on July 29th in Westwood, CA
The striped Mossimo Supply Co dress sell for $24.99
Hollywood Stylist Petra Flannery Brings the Heat with 3 Stylish Summer Looks.
To celebrate Target’s 3 new openings in Los Angeles (personally, I couldn’t be more excited since the Westwood one will be close by- yay!) they’ve asked stylist Petra Flannery to be a guest editor and talk about what’s trending and affordable at Target this season. Flannery is best known for working with such trendsetting celebs as Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana.
The adorable peplum skirt is by xhiliration and goes for $14.99, the shoes
Anchors away with this cute beach style. Top $17.99 and bottom $14.99both made by xhilarition and sold separately.
Flannery’s own go to style this season consists of ballet flats, skinny jeans paired with a tank top and cardigan, that stylish comfortable look.
Standing Pont des Arts bridge- a love lock bridge – Seine River Paris, France
On my recent visit to Paris I was curious as to what is currently trending, what’s chic, how do Parisian women do their hair and their make-up? Of course there are tons of magazines highlighting the trends of the fashion capitol city but what are every day women wearing? I didn’t know until I made the 8 hour flight over, settled into our rented flat on Il de la Cite’ and started to tool around on foot. Immediately stopping in a cafe to begin our day with a croissant and some cappuccino I noticed our lovely waitress. Her hair was pinned up in back with tendrils loosely hanging down, bright red lipstick and absolutely no make-up on her already flawless skin. From this day forward this is what I noticed about Parisian women. They are simple, they are no fuss and they look gorgeous with just some simple lipstick. I noticed there weren’t women walking around with fake tans, perfectly sculptured hair, frozen botox faces and/or breast implants like trends currently going on in America. No, Parisian women embrace their natural beauty. Their simplistic style is what makes them such natural beauties. They aren’t trying so hard to look like someone they really aren’t. As the week went on I couldn’t help but want to embrace such simple upkeep. As they say, when in Rome… err Paris… I stopped using my flat iron to curl my hair, I stopped putting eye shadow on and just applied mascara and fortunately I already had brought my bright red lipstick. It was liberating to not do all the usual primping. Once I assimilated to the au natural look, I immediately noticed I had more Parisians began to speak to me in French versus trying to speak to me in English. I must admit, I was flattered and attempted to reply in what little French I know.
The trip reminded me that sometimes less is more and embracing the no muss, no fuss attitude is just as beautiful as if you were to spend an hour a day primping. Will this catch on in America? Probably not. We are the country of excess and unfortunately that will never change.
Betsey Johnson courtesy of Getty Images
Bankrupt Betsey Johnson to close all stores.
Sad news for the ever-so-funky designer, Betsey Johnson. Her company filed for bankruptcy and will be closing all 63 stores and having to lay off some 350 employees.
I remember visiting my first Betsey Johnson store in Coconut Grove, Miami in the very early 90s. I was so excited, I even took a picture out front. I have always admired Betsey for her bold sense of design, the fearlessness of pattens, prints and colors. But as I look back I think about all the Betsey Johnson pieces I have owned and I can honestly count them on one hand. As much as I’ve always appreciated her unique style, it wasn’t exactly cheap nor was it subtle. In other words, wearing anything from Betsey on any given day, did not go unnoticed. That was great in the 80s and 90s but style has changed, consumers have changed and unfortunately I don’t think Miss Johnson’s brand was able to keep up with the changing times.
However, it’s not completely over for Johnson. She will continue as Creative Director and keep the lower-priced line for Macy’s and other retailers.