Sunshine, Dresses and Digital Prints

Dress: Whitney Eve Sunglasses: Chloe Boots: Joie

Dress: Whitney Eve
Sunglasses: Chloe
Boots: Joie

Perhaps it’s because I just started reading Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s #Girl Boss but I am utterly inspired by strong female forces who turn their passion into an empire. Some people contribute in the form of finding fashion for others a la Sophia Amoruso, or some contribute in the form of making fashion a la Whitney Port. Now granted I have some friends that have what I lovingly refer to as a stuffy perception of fashion in that they only believe in labels that invest in the finest materials and perfect each and every cut and stitch and then slap a minimum of a 3 digit price point on it (before it hits the decimals.) I however look at every label equally and take into consideration some key factors before I invest. First and foremost, does it look good on? Second, is it within my price range? Third, how many washes can I get out of it before it falls apart? And finally, is it a name or a company that I can stand behind? Fashion politics, the only politics I can get behind.

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So don't tell my bosses but I've been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let's just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.

So don’t tell my bosses but I’ve been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let’s just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.

One label I can stand behind 110% is Whitney Port. I contemplated saying I support any Hills alum’s fashion adventures but then I remembered Heidi Pratts attempt at designing and whelp, there went that theory. While I could go on for days about how I love Lauren Conrad’s chic and girly collections, I recently become acquainted with her former BFF Whitney Port’s equally feminine and fabulous  yet slightly more sophisticated designs. As a Los Angeles native herself she understand the importance of dressing to impress every day, but what she doesn’t sacrifice in her designs is comfort. Something that some labels egregiously  disregard. Plus, fun fact of the day I feel like every time I look into a collection of hers I learn a new adjective to describe something. For example, I would have originally referred to this dress as pink, and cute and girly. Thanks to watching countless Whitney interviews however, I now know that this is a digital print. Fashion is an art, it’s always subject to interpretation so I suppose there are countless ways to describe this dress. But at the end of the day I know this dress, regardless of how it would be described by the designer herself is cute, comfy, stylish and won’t fall apart after just 1 wash. This label much like the designer is simply just fabulous. Oh, and if you’re thinking to yourself, I love the collection but don’t have the funds to invest in the pieces direct from the high end department stores it’s typically found in, here’s some friendly advice. Follow her on Instagram! She’s always on sale somewhere it seems and isn’t afraid to promote that. For example, this dress only set me back about $50 with shipping on Hautelook. Much better than the original price tag of $200 something it would have cost me when the collection first launched in a store like Bloomingdales.

And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe's. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.

And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe’s. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.

It's one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!

It’s one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!

Trend Alert Spotted at Fred Segal!

Trend Alert Spotted at Fred Segal!

I don’t care what anyone says, there is something magical about Melrose. Once you get past the graffiti and the grunge there are some pretty awesome places to check out. Since I went right before Coachella, of course there were some pretty awesome pop up vintage shops that boasted some fabulous vintage designer pieces exclusively made for stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks. Eventually I made it past the vintage and into a fabulous little place called Fred Segal.

While at first it reminded me of Kitson, the cute little boutique that in my opinion reminds me of a high end graphic tee boutique, amongst other every day necessities, Fred Segal has this amazing mini shoe department called “Happy Feet.” And to be quite honest my feet have not been that happy to try on a pair of shoes since the last time I bought a pair of Christian Louboutins!

At first glance it seems as though their primary vendor is Prada. However, one of the uber friendly sales associates made it a point to direct me to a new label that I was not familiar with called Corte A.S. 98. And what she showed me were a pair of versatile ankle booties/sneakers, that had both a chic and urban appeal. I was told celebrity fans of the collection include Britney Spears, Megan Fox and Jennifer Aniston, just to name a few. I exclaimed to the sales associate that she had me sold at Britney Spears has some!

The manager also came over to introduce herself to explain she wore the same shoes I was trying on to Paris Fashion Week! Britney and Paris Fashion Week? Needless to say the shoes were on my feet in a matter of minutes! And surprisingly looked really cute despite the fact that I was wearing white lace shorts, and a white silk tank top. Who would have though that an outfit so feminine could look so good with leather ankle booties. Granted by itself, would have looked rather funky, but as my friend pointed out, with a black leather jacket would be complete.

While I typically do not think of leather ankle booties as a summer staple, apparently other designers do. Shortly after my stop at Fred Segal, I also stopped in to check out the shoe collections at Barney’s and Saks in Beverly Hills where on the shelves Chloe and Giuseppe Zanotti also had a sneaker ankle bootie as part of their current collection.

Whether with shorts during the summer and early part of Fall, or with leggings and a boyfriend sweater during a California winter, I’d say it’s time to introduce one of these fabulous pairs of shoes to my own shoe collection.

Jennifer Aniston wearing her Corte A.S. 98 Wedge Sneakers.

Jennifer Aniston wearing her Corte A.S. 98 Wedge Sneakers.

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Shades

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Style

My favorite sunglasses, my purple baroque frames by Prada

In case you have not heard, us So. Cal folks have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine these past couple days. Dear Mr. Sun, won’t you stay awhile? We have missed you oh so very much.

While, enjoying the sunshine means a variety of things for fashion, one of my favorite summer essentials are sunglasses. To be truthful, I don’t think I own one pair of actual, traditional black sunglasses. Everything I own is either dramatic frames in the shape of apples, cat eyes, hello kitty cat eyes, or dramatic baroque design a la’ Prada. Even my black Chanel sunglasses had a lace design on the frames.

Last summer I invested in one of the most classic, traditional glasses (by my collection’s standards anyways.) A pair of leather embellished Choloe’ aviators. And much to my surprise I loved them! Almost makes me want to invest in more classic looking glasses…almost. Side note and friendly word of advice for fellow consumers who also may have purchased this style, the screw that connects the leather to the glasses ALWAYS falls out. Working in retail, these are a pair of glasses that always seems to come with issues. Nothing that can’t be solved though. Any sunglass place should sell extra screws to solve this problem, or if you are like me and don’t have the patience to do this yourself, hold on to the card that comes in the sunglass case that shows certification of authenticity, and according to the manufacturer they will fix the problem.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Every summer, I bedazzle a new pair of sunglasses. I miss my cherry red ones that I gave to one of my besties, but she looks fab in them. Perhaps, I’ll bedazzle my favorite Apple rimmed glasses (literally these are in the shape of bright red apples.)

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

Other must haves on my sunglass list are a floral pair of Dolce and Gabana’s, some House of Harlow cat eyes, white baroque Paradas, and maybe a black framed Chanel pair. If I’m going to finally do classic, what better way then to go Chanel. Ooo, and for days when I’m feeling a little crazy, Urban Outfitters has some really fun metal laced framed glasses.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

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House of Harlow 1960 Sunny Daisies Sunglasses available at Amazon.com

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18