When Fashion, Art and The Desert Collide

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Dress: Owl Fish Purse: Coach Hat: H&M Sunnies: Ray Ban

Today’s fashion adventure took me to the desert oasis otherwise known as Palm Springs. Literally just a hop skip and a jump away from me it was so refreshing to be able to dress for the strength of the desert sun rays instead of the cold less than 60 degree weather that has consumed So Cal for the past few months. Don’t get me wrong, the cold was a nice change of scenery for the first month or so but this So Cal girl missed the days of sunshine and summer dresses!

The thing I love about Palm Spring is it is such a laid back environment- but style never seems to be sacrificed. There is not only fashion enthusiasts everywhere you look but fashion and art are around literally every corner! The spring art instillation of Desert X is no exception. A little advice to anyone taking a day trip to experience the exhibitions- you literally need a whole day! Stop first at the ACE Hotel and pick up your map, and plan your trip accordingly. The only stop I didn’t get to see was Claudia Comte’s exhibit but fortunately the instillations will be hanging out for a few more weeks. The destinations I did get to visit were Phillip K Smith’s “Circle of Land and Sky” and Doug Aitken’s “Mirage.”Some people have described these installations as a treasure hunt for adults, and it’s sooo true! Each instillation uses the mesmerizing landscape of the desert and inspires each admirer to become immersed in it. Truly an amazing, once in a  lifetime experience. I put serious thought before venturing out on what shoes would work as I know walking in the sand in heels is not an ideal situation- plus I didn’t know how much of a hike I was looking at. Flats and sandals work fine- or in my case my favorite Steve Madden gladiators. And alas, anticipating a slight gust of wind I had to wear something that I knew would pick it up and add drama to my shoot. Mission accomplished.

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Doug Aitken’s “Mirage” is quite literally a fun house with an art deco edge and breathtaking scenery. 

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At Phillip K Smith’s “The Circle of Land and Sky.”

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So Pretty Much My Life is Over Because I Just Finished Reading the Greatest Book Ever Written

So Pretty Much My Life is Over Because I Just Finished Reading the Greatest Book Ever Written

Roughly a month ago I ventured down the best sellers aisle at my favorite book store looking for something new to read. I had just finished reading the last book in the Sweet Valley High series (which is equally an amazing page turner) and I was looking for something particularly to make me laugh.

Then the large pink font caught my attention. Naturally I turned to the back of the book to read the synopsis.

“Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she’s never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her ‘problems’ have landed her in shopping rehab-that’s what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys.”

Key words and phrases that caught my attention, “Louboutins” and a “spending problem.” This very well could be my life story!

Except I didn’t grow up a billionaire who had the luxury of renting the animatronic dinosaurs from Jurassic Park for a dino themed birthday party (I rather enjoyed my Barbie themed birthday parties so that’s ok.) She elaborates on the split personality that sometimes devours a perfectly good girl when they fall head over heels for a guy. Girls you know how it goes, one minute you are a perfectly sane well balanced functioning member of society, the next minute you are a crazed psychopath spewing nonsense and acting like a deranged mental person. It happens to the best of us. I guess that’s why they call it crazy in love.

Throughout the book I found myself wondering. Who is this person? And if I were super rich would we be best friends? Probably not, because 1 diva plus 2 divas us too many divas. But from one self proclaimed shopaholic, to another with a problem waaaaay worse then mine and therefore immediately making me feel better about my shopping problem, I applaud you and respect you. I guess if you’re going to have an epiphome about your problem the designer flooded floor of a Barneys fitting room is the way to go.

And getting to rehab only to be scolded for your “white girl problems?” OMG! That happened to me when I was hospitalized for almost a month! Believe it or not you can be pretty and have issues it happens, but thank you hospital staff for proclaiming me as the “Britney Spears” of the hospital wing!

I laughed, I cried from laughing so hard (like the time she fell in love with a guy only to find out it was a girl, these days in LA it really could happen to anyone.) But more importantly she helped me hone in on my own voice. Sometimes, ya just gotta say screw grammatical properness and unleash your inner valley girl. If you’re looking for an entertaining way to spend your hours by the beach or the pool, I highly recommend this book.

Cheers on an amazing memoir, Babe Walker!

To All The Fashionistas Who Started Off As Princess’

There has to be something to be said about the fashionistas such as myself who were privileged enough at a young ago to express themselves through fashion. Some days I felt like Punky Brewster and fought to the death about matching my socks (who fit in when I was born to stand out.) Most days I felt like a Princess (blame my Grandma who till this day still says I’m her little Princess.) This attire was very similar to Sophia Grace, minus the tiara. Apparently schools have rules against these things smh.

Every year from kindergarten until I graduated high school, on the first day of school I wore a dress. In grade school it had to pass the twirl test, which meant that if I twirled I could get a good rise out of it. As I got older, my dresses started to resemble more of a Taylor Swift look. Later on I would look to her to accentuate this look with cow girl boots. Thanks T. Swift!

Sometimes, even till this day my boyfriend will tell me I look ridiculous for wearing a rather extravagant dress to a less than mediocre event, but hey like Sophia Grace and Rosie, sometimes you just gotta unleash your inner princess and just “grab your tutu!”

I still have shoes that look just like this. Once a princess always a princess!

I still have shoes that look just like this. Once a princess always a princess!

Top Shop! I Finally Made It!

Top Shop! I Finally Made It!

So after a month or so of the store officially being open, I finally ventured out to experience the 2 story greatness.

Located at the Grove in LA, Top Shop is everything I could have hoped and dreamed it would be. When you walk in, the sight of all the clothes, styles and trend stories literally is enough to take ones breath away. I’d be lying if I said I did not squeal for joy. The first thing I saw, was this uber cute, very structured floral lantern bandeau dress. (Lately I’ve had a thing for structured pieces.) I was afraid of price points but considering the design that was put into the majority of the pieces, I’d say they were pretty reasonable with a few notable exceptions. The exceptions to these price points? $20 for a basic cropped tee? No thanks. And most of the pieces were made of polyester, but again they have notable accents in design, and embellishments so people such as myself who have reservations about investing into polyester experience no buyers remorse.

I fell head over heels in LOVE for their screen print skirts!  This one had two slits on each side of the skirt making it easier to walk in.

I fell head over heels in LOVE for their screen print skirts! This one had two slits on each side of the skirt making it easier to walk in.

I was only half way through the first floor of the store when I realized I had a pile that was already growing bigger then me. I thought I was in trouble but then my friend pointed out they have a PETIT section! Let it be known this is perhaps one of my favorite things about Top Shop! There is something for all body types and the thing that always lacks from Forever 21, and H&M. Then one of the friendly associates started a fitting room for me in the personal shoppers side of the store. This aspect of the store reminded me of Nordtstroms for some reason. The idea to enhance the customer service experience is there, but the execution falls somewhat short. I was put in a beautiful fitting room, offered water etc. But the service kind of stopped there. I was not given alternative suggestions, offered a variance of sizes etc. Perhaps it was because I brought one of those brutally honest friends who told me when one piece was simply not working. Friends like that are rare but appreciated.

Unfortunately this piece was not available in petit, and I looked like I was drowning in the fabric. But with a few alterations and this would be amazing!

Unfortunately this piece was not available in petit, and I looked like I was drowning in the fabric. But with a few alterations and this would be amazing!

I ended up walking away with a super cute black and white striped mini dress and a very retro floral print, black and white skirt. Only $140 spent! Not too bad! I probably could have done a lot more damage if I was not focused on expanding my work wardrobe.

I loved the structure of the sleeves in this piece!

I loved the structure of the sleeves in this piece!

My new favorite bun obsession: Knotted hair bun edition

Maybe I spent too many years at Libby Lu. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a girly girl all my life. Regardless of the reasons, I love me a good tutorial on a cute new up do.

For those of you who have to rise and shine before the sun like I do, I highly recommend this hair style that only takes just a few minutes to do, and looks cute all day long! And the best part about it is even if a few hairs fall out of place throughout the day, it just looks even better!

Whitney Port and red lipstick make the knot red carpet ready

Whitney Port and red lipstick make the knot red carpet ready

Nicole Richie makes knots  look uber glamorous

Nicole Richie makes knots look uber glamorous

I Wanna Be A Loser Just Like Rachel Berry

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I am many things, girly, bubbly, and a proud gleek. Say what you will but in my opinion Rachel Berry is the underestimated fashion icon. Yes, Lea Michelle’s TV alter ego, the unicorn sweater wearing, knee high loving high school student has it all in my opinion. Now before you lose all respect for my fashion tastes, hear my out.

Rachel Berry exudes confidence. Just like many fashion icons before her who made a name for themselves taking chances, nobody has taken more chances with ready to wear items more so then Ms. Berry. (P.S. has anyone else seen a growing trend of more girls embracing knee highs? Thank you Rachel!)

Take this video for example. 

Perhaps because I took one too many media analyst courses I’m over analyzing this but as you watch it, do you notice how Rachel’s wardrobe choices make her stand out? In the freeze frame for the scene she stands out in a bright red over coat. Even as she is walking through New York, while the rest of the city is walking around in dark, very neutral colors, Rachel still stands apart from them in her bright red coat. Call me crazy but that sounds like an easy enough way to tell the rest of the world you shine a little bit brighter, and are worthy of your own star. (Cheesy I know, but I warned you I’m a gleek. Cheesy is what we do best.)

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Rachel doing her best interpretation of Jackie O

Also, notice how she has a pink travel bag. Were you aware that traditionally pink was viewed as being the weakest color in the color wheel? If you follow the series you know that Rachel, while she’s a human character and has her moments of weakness, is actually one of the strongest characters in the series. I for one am thoroughly enjoying watching her take on a fierce Kate Hudson in the form of dance offs!

How incredibly ironic that one’s daring wardrobe choices that her fellow classmates interpret as being something to single her out as a loser, actually helped develop her into a person who has learned to apply those same chances to her life. Sign me up to be a loser like her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite what you may think, it takes a fierce and confident person to rock a unicorn on a sweater.

Despite what you may think, it takes a fierce and confident person to rock a unicorn on a sweater.