A Designer With An Imagination and Commitment to Fashion As An Art: Altaf Maaneshia

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All outfit pieces are by Altaf Maaneshia. Floral Cuff: Kenneth Jay Lane Sunnies: Prada Shoes: Christian Louboutin

When I was initially introduced to Altaf Maaneshia the only thing I knew was he was bestowed the distinct honor of opening for Betsey Johnson during last seasons Style Fashion Week, LA’s official fashion week. What I didn’t know is the man who is described as “passionate” and “hard working” had already established quite a reputation for himself on the catwalks of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. And after experiencing first hand how chic his pieces truly are it’s no doubt fashion’s elite have given him center stage to share his craft with the world. 

Initially I would have described his pieces as contemporary. However, now that I have had the opportunity to really experience the collection first hand (it’s a surreal experience trying on designs from the runway!) contemporary is too casual. Timeless is more the word to describe his master pieces. The pieces for the shoot were from Maaneshia’s Fall 2014 collection. From leather trims to the most exquisite ruffling detail I’ve seen since browsing through high end couture racks like Valentino and McQueen, the designer knows how to appeal to a gal with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Thus, I had no other choice but to pair the pieces with my favorite Louboutins. I love everything about his pieces! The asymmetrical cuts to even the slightest detailing in the seam work. Everything was given thought. A designer with an imagination and commitment to execution? So refreshing! I have no doubt this is just the beginning for this man and soon Maaneshia will be synonymous with the legends of the fashion world. Want more Maaneshia? Check out his look book online and follow him as he debuts his Spring 2014 collection at the quickly approaching Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week! 

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Hair Piece By Tarina Tarantino. Because I can’t have an epic fashion moment without somehow involving Tarina.

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Altaf is one of the few designers that actually says some amazing things about his collections. While I love beautiful designs I love knowing the inspiration behind the imagination even more.

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“Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.” – Altaf Maaneshia

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Because he was quoted on Twitter saying he’s a fan of “Golden Girls” I had no choice but to wear my “Golden Girls” earrings. According to my grandma these are from the costume department for the legendary television show. I still need to Google search this fact. Although I’m not going to lie, I like using it as an excuse to watch “The Golden Girls.” Ok, let’s be honest though, nobody needs an excuse to watch that show.

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“The biggest risk you can take is not taking one.” – Altaf Maaneshia.

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Brave New Girl With Brown and Bangs

Top: Equipment Shorts and Hat: H&M  Shoes: Christian Louboutin Necklace: Charming Charlie

Top: Equipment Shorts and Hat: H&M Shoes: Christian Louboutin Necklace: Charming Charlie

So while I’m still getting used to having shorter hair (it’s so awkward being able to literally style my hair in less than 10 minutes) I’m having a lot of fun re-working pre-existing pieces in my closet. This was one of my favorite blouses from last season and I thought it was the perfect thing to add a little bit of chic to my new hair do. Yes, this was inspired by Nicole Richie (even though my stylist took off 2 inches more than she was supposed to.) So alas, I’ve decided this is a #girlboss hair cut. How many fashion icons have rocked a new do this awesome? I didn’t quite understand why people in the salon were telling me I was brave, but now that I’ve gone through 2 whole days with less than half the locks I had on Friday I have decided there are easily some highlights of having shorter hair. Below are my top reasons why having short hair rocks!

#1 I have so much more time in the morning to spend on styling an outfit instead of styling my hair.

#2 I use a lot less shampoo. Which considering I use moroccan oil is definitely a money saver!

#3 I’ve learned that apparently I have a personality that appeases a multitude of hair styles. 

#4 I add an instant flare of chic to each outfit. With the exception of my yoga wear. Nothing makes yoga look chic. 

#5 I now have an excuse to shop for head bands. 

#6 Once it grows out, I have an excuse to go back to blonde. I love how Taylor Swift rocks her short hair. And I think I miss being blonde more than I miss having longer hair. 

#7 I have so much more fun shopping for hats. 

#8 I can change this look up and decide whether or not I want blunt bangs or side bangs. 

#9 Anna Wintour and I now have something in common aside from a common love of fashion.

#10 I now have a reputation in the salon as being the brave one. 

 

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A Mod Makeover

Swimsuit: Trina Turk Hat: Charming Charlie Sunglasses: Prada Flip Flops (even though you can barely see) Havianas

Swimsuit: Trina Turk Hat: Charming Charlie Sunnies: Prada Flip Flops  Havianas

I’ve gone through many stages of obsession in my life. Obsessions that have no doubt had a direct influence on my fashion choices. When I was younger Paula Abdul was my fashion icon. Oh ya and I suppose all the classic Disney Princess. Belle perhaps had the most influence due to the fact she was the only brunette princess. But it’s easier to settle as a kid. Obviously I couldn’t dye my hair Ariel red, so instead I would settle for a tee-shirt or anything really that had one of my favorite cartoons plastered on the front. Eventually I would graduate to re-creating anything Britney Spears did. Especially when it comes to hair choices. Girlfriend has always had good hair (outside of that one incident but we Britney fans don’t talk about that.)

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These days however, my influence has gravitated towards more notable fashion icons. Victoria Beckham and of course, Nicole Richie. If I could dye my hair lavender, I totally would. But alas my work would never go for that so I must settle for her infamous short hair cut. Which, to be totally truthful did not come out quite like I planned. It’s so completely different than going from having long blonde locks to shorter, light brown. I told my stylist “AT THE SHOULDERS!”One of those at the shoulders is subjective I suppose. That’s ok though. Lots of retro and even modern fashion icons have rocked this look. Most notably Nicole Richie. Victoria Beckham and even the ultimate girl boss, Anna Wintour. And for days when I feel like I’m having a mental break down over not being able to even put my hair in a pony tale, I still have my extensions. 

However, a new hair style also means new styling options! This shorter do has definitely brought out the “mod” in me. When putting on my favorite Trina Turk swimsuit I could not help but style it as though I was straight from the sixties and seventies and Twiggy was my best friend. 

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Fun, Flirty and Fabulous in Fringe

Swim Suit: Mailbu Dream Girl Hat: Saks White shorts: Free People

Swim Suit: Mailbu Dream Girl
Hat: Saks
White shorts: Free People

At the end of last summer I vowed to myself I would invest in an L Space fringed swimsuit. However, countless runway shows highlighting California’s lesser known yet equally talented swimsuit labels have convinced me I don’t need to invest $100 for a designer swimsuit. Despite how amazing I think the label looks on one of my favorite fashionistas. Kudos Ashley Tisdale for setting the standard on how to wear a fringed bikini!

Trend setter Ashley Tisdale was among the first to start wearing the infamous fringed bikini top by L SPace.

Trend setter Ashley Tisdale was among the first to start wearing the infamous fringed bikini top by L Space. There are options out there to achieve this look without breaking the bank. I found mine at Zumies on the sale rack.

And I know I sound like  broken record when it comes to how amazing it is to live in So Cal. But perk numero one million and one is not only is it summer almost all year round, but swimsuits are sold almost all year round. However, eventually and usually between January and March stores come to the conclusion it’s time to mark down “last season’s” collections to make way for the new collections. Correct me if I’m wrong oh fellow Southern California fashionistas but every season the swimsuits look the same. Exactly the same. Occasionally, every other year something exciting will happen. Someone will have a unique cut out. Someone will add some interesting hard wear to a piece. Or someone will remove a piece all together (hence those odd mens bottoms I’ve seen floating around the web.) Fringe detail on the front, is the latest trend that brought out the “omg that’s cute and I must have it” in me. When I found this set I was beyond thrilled to discover that unlike the well known label, this one was only $10 a piece as opposed to the $50-$70 a piece. I’d say that’s a bargain.

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Ch Ch Changes…It’s Time

I really don’t know what it is about Fall. But every Fall, I grow irritated with the look I’ve been sporting all year round and look to do something dramatic. Last Fall, I opted for bangs. They’ve grown considerably since then, and while I could do that again this year, I’m feeling I need to take more drastic action.

Earlier in the summer I showed my hair stylist a picture of Britney Spears from her “Femme Fatale” album cover, and said “that is the blonde I’ve always tried to be.” My previous hair stylist always rejected my dream of being bombshell blonde for fear of ruining my hair. Granted I’ve been highlighting my hair for almost a decade now, and straightening it, drying it and putting product in it almost every day. The damage was done a loooooong time ago.

But alas, it’s now a new year and a new season and I’m ready for a new look. The question is, which look do I go for? I’ve always been a fan of Nicole Richie. The girl transforms every couple of years but she rocks every single transformation. And I like her direction. She went from super long and boho chic to just straight fierce bob faster than Paris Hilton could say “that’s hot.” Loves it!

Tomorrow, I have an appointment to sit in the chair. And I have several decisions in front of me. All I know is it’s definitely time for ch ch changes.

I do love me a blunt bang with a shoulder length cut. But let's face it, hair with this kind of volume is not for a girl who has to wake up most days at 6  in the morning, only to have just gotten off work 8 hours before. This has the potential for a cute pony tail though.

I do love me a blunt bang with a shoulder length cut. But let’s face it, hair with this kind of volume is not for a girl who has to wake up most days at 6 in the morning, only to have just gotten off work 8 hours before. This has the potential for a cute pony tail though.

LOVE LOVE LOOOVE THIS LOOK! I like that the bangs look as though they could be worn blunt or off to the side. This has potential.

LOVE LOVE LOOOVE THIS LOOK! I like that the bangs look as though they could be worn blunt or off to the side. This has potential.

I have thought about going darker. Plus it would be closer to my natural color. (Sigh) I was born a blonde, God just didn't get the memo to my roots. Pity.

I have thought about going darker. Plus it would be closer to my natural color. (Sigh) I was born a blonde, God just didn’t get the memo to my roots. Pity.