Trend Alert: Designer Graphic Tees

Trend Alert: Designer Graphic Tees

So it’s no secret I’m obsessed with trends. I’m a self diagnosed “shopaholic” but is there such a thing as being a fashion-a-holic? I should look look in to this.

One of the greatest things I stumbled upon today was this picture of Ashley Tisdale wearing this “Celfie” tee. Obviously a play on Celine. One of the biggest trends I’ve noticed lately is plaster a fashion house typically affiliated with top quality material on basic tees, tanks and yes even canvas! Considering Chanel made a name for herself by being one of the first to master the use of jersey, I really don’t think she minds. Karl Langerfield on the other hand, his eyes are probably rolling behind his dark shades.

Naturally I immediately immersed myself in to an intense google search only to be led to another blogger/ designer, Sincerely Jules. And with my luck this ridiculously cute tee that is only $35 aka practically free, is sold out. Ugh. I guess I’ll just have to wait till the stock is replenished.

This “Celfie” tee is not the first nor the last graphic tee we’ve seen recently. Interpretations of the double C logo have been gracing tanks and tees in small boutiques for some time now. And who can forget the “Ain’t Laurent without the Yves” shirt.

Believe it or not this shirt is only $10 on ebay. I have my reservations about $10 shirts though...cheap cotton, yikes!

Believe it or not this shirt is only $10 on ebay. I have my reservations about $10 shirts though…cheap cotton, yikes!

Ugh, I guess if I can’t have this one I’ll settle for the Dimepiece “Too Cool Shirt.” Why settle for one designer when you can have them all?

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Dear Grandma, thank you for my 4 ft tall jewelry box

Dear Grandma, thank you for my 4 ft tall jewelry box

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Many many years ago for Christmas my grandma got me and my sisters each a 4 ft tall jewelry box. At the time I only had Libby Lu jewelry pieces. She had also gotten us some really fine gold and silver pieces, but I’ve always been more into costume and statement pieces so regrettably those have never made it past the bottom drawer. Maybe one day I’ll develop a taste for the finer pieces the jewelry world has to offer, and God help my bank account when that day comes. Either way, I’m beyond grateful my Grandma thought ahead to this time in my life when I am now OBSESSED with jewelry!

Needless to say I have always been a costume jewelry junky. I was talking to one of my friends yesterday who reminded me how excited I was the day I came home with my first large pave crystal encrusted Tarina Tarantino necklace. “God that thing was ugly” he exclaimed, but I till this day loved that piece and all my statement pieces!

These past few weeks I have become hopelessly devoted to gold pieces. It all started with me realizing my jewelry collection lacked this color scheme, so I started with some gold bangles, then a simple gold ring then some necklaces and now I feel as though I can officially devote a whole drawer of my jewelry box to the color! And have sub categories too! Too any of my fellow OCD fashionistas you completely who completely understand this concept, I appreciate you’re passion for keeping the closet organized and I applaud you.

Cheetah ring $8 from Charming Charley

Cheetah ring $8 from Charming Charlie

Now, I can’t help but continue to add to my collection. Recently I’ve added this black enamel and more then likely rhodium plated Kenneth Jay Lane cross. And to add more funk and spirit to any outfit I could not pass up on this amazing cheetah ring only $8 from one of my new favorite jewelry stops Charming Charlie. And of course, I have officially become that girl who wants to sing from the high heavens with Julie Andrews my love for my boyfriend. And since I am no where near the Swiss Alps, a gold initial necklace featuring my Boo’s initials will suffice. I figure this is a nice alternative to the infamous “I love my boyfriend” shirt.

Urban Outfitters "C" necklace ($16) for my beloved Christopher <3

Urban Outfitters “C” necklace ($16) for my beloved Christopher ❤

Perhaps it’s time I move on to silver. After all I just got a silver ring and some matching earrings, but no necklace to go with. Looks like this girl has to go on another shopping adventure!

Trend Alert: Striped Jeans

Trend Alert: Striped Jeans

Since I first introduced my wardrobe to printed jeans a few months ago, I have been on a mission to add friends! Needless to say when I saw these amazing mint green and white pin striped pair by Vigos, I could not help myself.

While I adore me some good ol’ fashioned blue jeans, I love the personality that comes with printed jeans. For example, my outfit today completely started off with a basic tee and some beige oxfords. But one look in the mirror and I decided these pants needed an outfit with more pizazz. When I first saw them, someone said they looked like train conductor pants. And what better accessory to embrace this concept then a train conductor hat!

As mentioned in a previous blog entry, printed pants can really be accentuated with a plain tee, but as I discovered today, accessories can just take the outfit to a whole other level of fabulousness.

Pastels are the perfect way to go for Spring, but I am coo coo for coco puffs over the “beatlejuice” pants, which for me are not only work appropriate but fun and classic all in one. Looks like there is another excuse for me to venture out to the mall!

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Black and white striped pants available via the Top Shop collection at Nordstroms.

Black and white striped pants available via the Top Shop collection at Nordstroms.

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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In case you needed a reminder of all the MUST HAVE TRENDS for spring 2013…Top Shop’s got you covered

While I have yet to venture out to a Top Shop, (still can’t believe I’m only an hour away from the closest one eek!) I know I’m sold on the goods they have to offer before I even step through the door.

And this video is just a reminder as to why I love their concept. It’s rumored that their concept to production to delivery to the fashionistas around the globe’s closet is impeccable. Umm did we not just see these looks on the runway? Bold prints, bright colors, vintage looking lace pieces. The graffiti print leather jacket with the studs…AMAZING! Does this piece remind anyone else of the paint splattered clutch featured in the Carrie Diaries? No? Just me? I can deal with that.

Top Shop? More like one stop shop!

Grammy Recap: And The Award For Best Dressed Goes To…

Grammy Recap: And The Award For Best Dressed Goes To...

Kudos to the rebellious fashionistas who could not be tamed by CBS’ dress code (ahem Rihanna.) I love how all the various trends of the season were represented such as symmetrical patterns, pastels and black and white. Also, shout out to Rihanna for representing one of the hottest trends this season the multi finger pinky ring (I like this better then simply describing it as just a smaller ring.)

One of the hottest trends of the season is wearing a small ring half way down one of your favorite phalanges.

One of the hottest trends of the season is wearing a small ring half way down one of your favorite phalanges.

Taylor Swift, love the girl and her sense of style but her awards show attire is becoming quite predictable. But in all fairness her style suits her so moving on.

While I get CBS implemented a stricter dress code, and I appreciate the structured and sophisticated looks that fell within these guidelines as represented by Kaley Cuoco and Beyonce, my favorite look of the evening goes to Katy Perry and her mint green, form fitting Gucci dress.

I feel like this outfit is more appropriate for cocktails or martinis. I do love her Giuseppi Zanotti's

I feel like this outfit is more appropriate for cocktails or martinis. I do love her Giuseppi Zanotti’s though. 

Pardon me while I go all Joan Rivers for a second, but I loved everything about this dress. It was sexy, classy, and complimented her silhouette perfectly. I loved the jewels around the neckline. And ok, this shade of mint green is one of my absolute FAVORITE spring time colors.

Katy looks glam in Gucci

Katy looks glam in Gucci

Thank you Katy for reminding us we don’t have to endure the chilly temperatures that only penguins could appreciate much longer.

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

 

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.