I Have A Dream…To Be Sparkly and Pink

Headband: Forever 21 Dress: Willow and Clay Sandals: DVF

Headband: Forever 21
Dress: Willow and Clay
Sandals: DVF

If one person even says that this outfit is inspired by Coachella, I’m gonna scream. Yes, I do love festival attire. And most certainly I love Lana Del Ray. However, I have long been inspired by this hippie chic look perhaps since birth. After all, I was born into a Dead Head family so I like to believe that I got a head start on this trend.

In fact I have long been in love with the accessorizing with flowers. When I was younger I’d pick flowers and put them behind my ear. And then I discovered Tarina Tarantino in my early twenties who gasp not only makes flower hair clips but SPARKLY flower hair clips! A gal after my own bedazzled flower power loving heart. Sadly, several bosses of mine put a halt to this look declaring it to be “too ugly betty” for our brand. I was told that those words were a sentiment of care and muttered with the finest of intentions but the result was the same. From that moment on I was scared to sparkle from my head for fear of being rendered an “Ugly Betty.” Looking back now I realize this was all lies and simply a vein attempt for some people to dull my sparkle. Never again! Some people were born to shine and I am well prepared to say so to the next person who says anything to the contrary.

So today, on this day when we celebrate one man’s dream for freedom of equality, I celebrate my freedom to be as sparkly and floral as possible. You’re probably thinking to yourself, but the only thing sparkly about this outfit is the necklace. True, but fear not for after this blog post I intend on going to my neighborhood craft store and raiding the rhinestone aisle. Tonight I shall have a bedazzle party and bedazzle everything in sight. Sometimes it’s not just about simply being sparkly but rather being inspired to sparkle.

Like my favorite designer always says, “have a sparkling day

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Growing up my ultimate goal was to own a flower crown. I didn’t even care if it was one of those imitation sparkly crowns with the ribbons flowing down from the end. I wanted one. Yes, I was blessed to have pretty much everything else I ever wanted, but every single time an opportunity to own a flower crown arose, that dream was shot to hell when a. they either sold out. Or B. I was distracted or gifted by something else. Today my dream of finally owning and pairing this perfect pink flower crown became a reality. One life dream accomplished, about a million more to go!

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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!

Urge Spring to Come Faster With Floral Bottoms

Urge Spring to Come Faster With Floral Bottoms

Miranda Kerr rocking her floral bottoms

First of all, can I just say how refreshing it is to shop my favorite stores now and see ALL my favorite colors and shades taking over the shelves. Pinks, greens, purples, yellows! Walking through Forever 21 right now is like walking into Emerald City, so many bright colors!

Because of the loud print of floral jeans, you definitely don't want to overdue it with accessories and an even louder top. Jenna Dewan accessorizes her outfit perfectly with cute flats, a solid top and love the fedora!

Because of the loud print of floral jeans, you definitely don’t want to overdue it with accessories and an even louder top. Jenna Dewan accessorizes her outfit perfectly with cute flats, a solid top and love the fedora!

As mentioned in a previous blog, no doubt this spring/ summer we are going to see lots of reminders of how great the 80’s and 90’s were. But one thing that I did not predict was how floral was going to take a serious stance on the upcoming fashion season.

From accessories, to tops, and headbands (currently on the hunt for the perfect headband with a big chunky flower on the top of it) I saw all the traditional pieces with floral themes but I fell head over heels in love when I discovered floral bottoms! And they came in all my favorite pastel variations as well!

As I did my research turns out other fashionistas such as Miranda Kerr already got a head start on this trend as seen in the photograph above. Don’t get me wrong, I love love my colored jeans just as much as the next fashionista who lovingly embraced this break away from traditional denim. But alas, I’m kind of going crazy over this idea of combining one of my favorite prints with one of my favorite trends.

Forever 21 keep this up! Floral bottoms also available in blue and pink hues retail for about $25

Forever 21 keep this up! Floral bottoms also available in blue and pink hues retail for about $25

Excuse me while I go out and get these spring must have’s in every color.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Fashion; Junior Carrie already a trend setter

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Fashion; Junior Carrie already a trend setter

Coincidence that a show documenting the life and style of Carrie Bradshaw during her teenage years in the 80’s premieres just as contemporary favorites Wildfox debuts their collection inspired by 90’s cult classic Clueless? Ya, I thought not either.

Yup, I'm totally buggin' over the inspiration for Wildfox's spring/ summer collection

Yup, I’m totally buggin’ over the inspiration for Wildfox’s spring/ summer collection

If these two facts are any indication, spring and summer 2013 are bringing fun, and flouncy pieces utilizing the best and brightest colors of the rainbow.

If you are an 80’s baby like myself, and a fashionista whose dreamed of Carrie’s wardrobe sine the first glance of a Manolo Blahnik, you watched last night’s premier of “The Carrie Diaries” completely envious that I only got to enjoy 4 years of the eighties. Although it must be noted even as a toddler I still rocked neon and polka dots, and scrunchies and bangles were my favorite accessory.

Well neon and frills lovers, our time has come yet once again! And this season you can find the essentials to complete this look everywhere from Forever 21 to investing in timeless pieces from our favorite designers who were born to design for seasons like this, Betsey Johnson and Patricia Fields to name a few.

Pink knit rhinestone headband just $16 at Patrciafields.com

Pink knit rhinestone headband just $16 at Patrciafields.com

Just a few friendly tips to add that extra wow factor would be to add some tulle or a petticoat to make even the most basic Forever 21 dress look like an essential wardrobe Carrie piece.

This polka dot peplum dress available at Forever 21 for just $15.80 would look just fab with some big, chunky colorful jewelry!

This polka dot peplum dress available at Forever 21 for just $15.80 would look just fab with some big, chunky colorful jewelry!

Jazz up and personalize any outfit by bedazzling or painting any accessory to make it truly one of a kind (did anyone else’s mind explode when Carrie made her own signature Carrie bag last night?) And what better way to show that you are having fun with your outfit then to layer the accessories! The bigger, brighter and bolder the better!

Dolce Vita chambray dress available at Urban Outfitters for $143 would work with some bright colored wedges, chunky jewelry and big hair

Dolce Vita chambray dress available at Urban Outfitters for $143 would work with some bright colored wedges, chunky jewelry and big hair

A wise woman once said, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.” So when my boyfriend asks where all my money went right before the summer season, I’m quite simply going to tell him, “I invested it.”

Betsey Johnson belts...wild, pink and fun. I wouldn't expect anything less

Betsey Johnson belts…wild, pink and fun. I wouldn’t expect anything less

Betsey Johnson tulle pumps $109.95 available at Betseyjohnson.com

Betsey Johnson tulle pumps $109.95 available at Betseyjohnson.com