Our second Friday ‘Summer Style with Friends’ post, features Lizette Castaneda, an extremely creative, passionate, kind and strong woman, who not only rocks it career-wise as a woman in sports, style-wise rocks it just the same! Working as a Features Producer for ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, growing up in California, and frequent trips down to New York City, she often adds elements of color (CA), edge (NYC) and blends it all together flawlessly to create an entire look. She’s always been the go-to-girl when you can’t find anything in your own closet – colors,patterns, sassy, flare –  she can pretty much rock any look and make it look great. Her creative nature has given her the ability to take a $20 top, jean shorts she cut herself, and piece it with a bold accessory and cute heel to make a $100 outfits look like $400. Multi-talented and reaching high success in many facets in life, she’s is definitely one to look to for advice in career, sports, fashion, friends and love!

 “I would wear this in California for coffee shop chat with girlfriends or to hang out at the beach bars in Santa Cruz. While visiting my girls in New York, this is perfect for brunch with the gang after a fun night out!” – Lizette Castaneda

 Discount Vanessa Bruno Sheer silk wrap blouse | theOutnet.com; $370 – theoutnet.com ; Organic cotton tank$75 net-a-porter.com ; $325 mirabella.jp ; Steve Madden Pumps Berlin Damen KORSET – Braun – Schuhe | Stylight; stylight.de ; Rebecca Minkoff Handbags | Clutch | Stud Rocker | Lover’s Clutch | Beloved Mini | MAB $39 stefanibags.com ; Le Specs In The Sky Sunglasses $52 mysugarland.co.uk; Forever21.com – Hot Summer Days – $12 $9.80  forever21.com

images via polyvore.com 


 “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

 Coco Chanel quotes (French Fashion designer who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades, 18831971)


It’s in the midst of Summer. The sun is out, jean shorts are a staple and ice coffee is flowing! Remember to get outside, walk in the wildernest and lay by the pool with your girlfrinds. We only have a couple more months! Man, it’s gone quick hasn’t it?

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This is one of my favorite songs in a really long time. Sad to say they played a few free shows in LA the last couple months, and now are off to New York. Catch them at SUMMER STAGE August 1st.

Central Park Summerstage 01 August 2010
Central Park Summerstage
Rumsey Playfield
72nd St Mid Park
New York, NY

Amazing, don’t you think? Her voice is beautiful and the reviews are on point when they say it’s very ‘Disney’ like, but for adults. And a free download HERE. Enjoy!


Such beauty. So fashionable. A gorgeous cover.

I came across this shot from a story about photographer Mario Epanya, whose idea of representing diversity among the fashion community by staring Vouge Africa was turned down by Conde Nast. Mario Epanya work is beautiful, and as you can see here. The shots of Vouge Africa covers were to present the idea to begin the magazine which would represent Africa, Brazil, West Indies and beyond.

‘I remember seeing the very first Vogue Africa fictitious cover and thinking how awesome it would be if we could have one big magazine displaying in all fairness African diversity, through its beauty and its talent. As the covers multiplied, people started wondering if the magazine really existed, obviously excited about the idea . From there it all went really fast, blogs, popular websites all emitted the hypothesis of a VOGUE Africa,’ says Absatou Ndiaye (facebook)

The idea was rejected because they said there were enough readers to make it possible. Whether true or not, it’s a wonderful reminder to us all not to succumb to the notion of beauty that the media’s plants deeply ingrained in our brains. Beauty, truly, is brought from within. While clothes, makeup, style and trends, do sometimes make it possible for that beauty to shine, the beauty is not there beyond a photo without us truly loving ourselves.

See more of Mario Epanya’s work below:


Alexander Wang’s 2011 Resort Collection – Inspired By Mom

Alexander Wang’s Resort Collection of shoes shows old and new, but remaining true to the trends we are seeing now: wedges, boots w/ a wedge heel, peep toes and cut-outs. You could have probably guessed, wedes are not going anywhere for a while, and I’m not complaining. They’re just too easy to walk in.

Not sure where the mom inspiration part kicks in, but I respect any mom who rocks these.

Images via Because I’m Addicted

More pictures at Refinery29.com


Thank you all for participating in the Salt Swimwear Bathing Suit Giveaway! I’d like to congratulate Robyn from Southern California who brought to my attention an amazing boutique in Orange County, Anastasia – a designer boutique with a full service French California cuisine. Sounds like perfect day to me! They happen to be having a sale right now too. 50% off on all of their designer clothing online and in store. Check them out HERE!

Robyn, thank you for suggesting your friends to www.facebook.com/stylewaxpoetic send me your details for shipping information!

Stay tuned for more contest giveaways to come. xo


Last week I did a post about print trends. Of course fashion is not stoping there, not with the complexity of layers that are involved these days with artists on every platform. While simplicity can be great, complexity can be as great, or even greater (WHEN DONE RIGHT.)  Here, these to me are all done very well and beautifully styled with the correct necklaces, bracelets, and hair pieces. Since we’re in summer, each picture involves some floral,  then mixed with another pattern. The key here is to tie the patterns together with one similar color, or color town: top right (nude in both), Top middle (yellow tones), bottom left (blue), bottom right (green), and the middle picture (red tones).

I think this look is done best when done pretty, so don’t be afraid to put on some heels and lips.

image credits – R U GLAMOUR, We Heart It,  LF Summer Collection 2010