Pop Princess: When Fashion Met the Backstreet Boys

Top: Backstreet Tour Shirt Skirt: Bella Olivia Tutu's (Etsy) Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Top: Backstreet Tour Shirt Skirt: Bella Olivia Tutu’s (Etsy) Shoes: Christian Louboutin Jacket: J Brand

This past Thursday me and my BFF of the CLL of the DTD finally got to see the Backstreet Boys documentary “Show Em What Your Made Of.” We’ve been looking forward to this since we first saw the trailer debut during one of their summer tours about 3 years ago. And let me tell you the experience wast totally worth the wait!

Not only did I get to sit in the same auditorium as the boys, but I got to sit in the row directly across from them. Which watching their family react to the film was memorable and touching all at the same time. The film itself was inspiring, just as I anticipated. It’s one thing to achieve success, but to maintain success despite the odds stacked against you is even more inspiring. I love how whenever I explain I’m going to a Backstreet event people respond with “Oh, they’re back?” My response, usually in a tone of annoyance is “they never left!” Mainstream music might have modified it’s preference to that of auto tuned lip syncers but the boys never changed. So while that explains why the radio doesn’t play them anymore, it also explains why their fans never left. I personally will always prefer a classic pop tune with traditional instruments and harmonious vocals over a predominantly computer generated tune any day. Plus, as Erik Michael Estrada mentioned to a fan, we teeny boppers aren’t what we once were. Back in the day I was attracted to the boys because they were just cute boys who sang catchy tunes. But as I got older, in addition to appreciating the nostalgia of having them around, I began to appreciate their lyrics and how their songs always came at just the right time. I could not have gotten through some of life’s toughest moments without lyrics such as “Never gone, never far, in my heart is where you are” or “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

I could go on and on about how their lyrics have impacted my life and gotten me through hardships (or even happy times for that matter)  but what separates the boys from the rest, is their loyalty to their fans. I’ve personally had Brian Littrell honk and wave at me and my BFF because I’m sure he knew how much it would mean to us. I’ve never felt as though I over paid for a concert experience (or even been disappointed by a concert experience.) And I’ve even witness them make a fan’s dream come true by inviting her to come on stage and perform with them. They’ve given us so much it was nice to watch a film that document’s their personal struggles and triumphs and cheer for them, and let them know we’ve appreciated all that they’ve done for us. The film captured the past 20 years beautifully. It’s been an incredible journey that forever changed pop culture. They could have easily given up and we could have moved on to One Direction with only classic’s like “I Want It That Way” to compare. But they know they mean too much to us. They’ve fought to stay here and we will always fight to keep them here. So whether I’m in a crowd of a thousand, five hundred or just five, I will always be there because I will always want it that way.

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Special thanks to my co-workers who convinced me a tutu of this magnitude was absolutely necessary when going to a premiere. “Don’t be one of those girls with those nasty Herve Legier wannabe bandage dresses she said.” It’s true. Be original girls. For me, dressing like a cupcake is totally me! Plus, I love that this outfit supported smaller business. Special shout out to Bella Olivia tutus for creating this spectacular fashion statement. The boys noticed and Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees said I looked awesome. Mission accomplished.

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When professional camera's aren't allowed, the pixels of a cell phone are appreciated.

                When professional camera’s aren’t allowed, the pixels of a cell phone are appreciated.

Erik Michael Estrada from Otown!

Erik Michael Estrada from Otown! He ended up sitting behind us throughout the film and had the best commentary. My favorite conversation of the night was him explaining to a fan the evolution of teeny boppers. He explained it’s been an interesting transition in that we’ve gone from throwing teddy bears to Heinkein bottles. I don’t know about all that. If anything I’d say we’re a more fun bunch as twenty boppers! I also loved the fact he mentioned the Backstreet Boys are really what reintroduced pop back into main stream radio in the 90’s and gave other bands like his, a chance. 

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Met Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees too! He commented he loved the tutu! When a boy bander compliments your outfit pretty much you can just die and go to heaven.

Met Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees too! He commented he loved the tutu! When a boy bander compliments your outfit pretty much you can just die and go to heaven.

Facing the Music, and A Modern Tale of Survival by Nick Carter

Facing the Music, and A Modern Tale of Survival by Nick Carter

Yup, another successful Backstreet Adventure with my Backstreet Bestie in the books. So we are not 12-years old any more. Annnnd your point?

Let’s be honest, I was probably just as excited Friday morning as I would have been had I been 12 and my parents picked me up and said I was going to see my favorite boy bander Nick Carter. I may or may not have fan girl squealed at some point that day, you may never know. In the event you are not a twenty bopper or ever had the pleasure of meeting someone whose image was once plastered on your wall at one point in time, it is basically the equivalent of meeting Santa Claus for the first time and comprehending the awesomeness of that moment. If you have no idea what that moment is like, then I feel sorry for you.

Just like Santa, I thought long and hard about what I was going to ask him. After all, I do run this little thing called a fashion blog and how awesome would it have been to ask him something fashion related? Totally awesome right? But then, the fun suckers over at Barnes and Nobles, well, sucked the fun out of that idea and basically said no pictures, just an autograph and move on with your life.

If I had not already met Nick at least 2 times prior I probably would have been upset. But gazing into his beautiful blue eyes and all worries just seem to disappear. While I missed an opportunity for a fab Instagram photo, and what I could only assume would have been a short and sweet answer of a fashion related question, I opted to utilize my two seconds and ask him how it felt to have a published book. After all, I hope to one day have my own book published and any advise from a published author would be appreciated. Clearly he was in the zone because he looked up at me kind of puzzled and shook his head. You mean I didn’t tell him how much I’ve loved him since I was 11? I have never told him that. Strangely previous encounters involve me asking him how Aaron is doing. I just saw him a few months back though and he looked great so no need waste a question.

“What was the question?” Nick Carter responded. (O-M-G, I have Nick’s attention I thought. Keep calm I tried to Jedi mind trick myself.) I then asked how he felt when the book finally got published. He starting muttering about the process and then I interjected, “accomplished?”

“Yes”, was his response. Panicked because the Barnes and Noble chaperon was clearly getting nervous and made me feel like my 2 seconds expired 5 seconds before I even walked up, I quickly told him I was proud of him. Not that Nick Carter needs my approval for anything, but he smiled a smile that smile I’ve loved since “As Long As You Love Me”, my heart melted and basically me and my BFF drove home on a cloud.

His book, from what I’ve read is amazing. It’s a heartfelt, soul bearing “here I am world despite my flaws” kind of tale and naturally I love it. Granted he could have written the dictionary and I probably would have reported back that it was the best dictionary I’ve ever read cover to cover, but as someone who is not perfect either, I appreciate his honesty and attempt to share his positive outlook on life with the world.

Really and truly Nick, I am proud of you.

He wrote my name. Life. Is. Complete.

He wrote my name. Life. Is. Complete.

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.

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!

LA Fashion Week IS ALMOST HERE!

So after watching New York, London and Paris fashionistas do their thang at their respective fashion weeks, finally fellow Los Angeles fashion lovers our time is almost here! So, ok we are not going to have Chanel, Burberry or even Marc Jacobs participate but in the spirit of LA fashion, that is just fine.

LA Fashion Week is more about celebrating the styles that  make LA Fashion whimsical, sassy, genuine and unique. Don’t get me wrong, in LA we love our labels but we also love using fashion as means of expressing ourselves and our individual spirit as well.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to actually get to enjoy a show this year! (In past years I’ve volunteered behind the scenes at the Vibiana.) This year I’ll be attending the Project Ethos event, which is a runway, art exhibit and runway all in one.

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So naturally I’m doing my research and seeing who is all participating. In doing research I’ve stumbled upon an AMAZING shoe collection that reminds me of an eco friendly version of Jeffrey Campbell. The collection is by an up and coming 22 year-old, Los Angeles based designer Deandri. The label, which includes clothing, shoes and jewelry takes classic fashion favorites and has added a unique twist to it. Case in point, check out their clear oxford. OMG! Can I get 3?! This label definitely captures the spirit of Angeleno’s tendancies to embrace classics and re-imagine them with spirit.

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Is it Tuesday yet?