I had heard of Falling Whistles, but never really knew what the company represented. I found them at PROJECT to find out and take a few pictures.  They are, truly, a company I’ve grown to admire and support. Read on. Maybe not the most upbeat story, but the happy ending comes with what they are doing and what YOU can do. Buy yours today HERE! 

A journal  entry from the  creator of Falling Whistles….

“Each had been abducted.  Pluced from their homes, schools or farms. Each had been tied up and beaten. Each had been forced to kill…

…many of us have heard the stories of child-soldiers. Invisible Children and stories such as A Long Way Gone have granted us glimpses into their tortured lives.

I had heard. Known.cared. I had even reacted and raged. But when these boys told me of the whistle blowers, the horror grew feet and walked within me.

Captured by Nkunda’s rebel  army, some boys not big enough to hold a gun were given merely a whistle and put on the front lines of battle.



Read more HERE and spread the word.

Buy yours today HERE for only $34.

100% of proceeds go to rehabilitate war-affected children and advocate for their freedom.



Ra Ra Riot. Always fun, upbeat enough but not overboard – the ‘pre’, ‘warm ups’ music.
They are what you’d expect for a indie group. Nothing over the top unique but always a good enjoyable sound.

Free download

Enjoy, and always, Happy Monday. xx



Walking through the many isles through PROJECT Trade show, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with the many designers, many booths, you find yourself questioning where to spend your time and who to visit! But then, there are a few rare booths that draw you in, eyes pierced, legs shuffling, totally capitivated. For me, it’s new designer love that I get a total high from. One who comes out of no where with amazing product, a fantastic marketing and business sense and a smile. That’s how it went down with myself and UNDREST. They are LA based line, only a few years old, and killing it. They do swimwear mainly, but also really cute RTW pieces and lounge wear. It has cute vintage feel, beach inspired, floral cottons, and mesh overlay pieces. Their flagship store is on Robertson and newly opened, Venice California. See for yourself why I’m loving these…

Find more about UNDREST, HERE.


I’ve actually never met Jenn, but I know I already love her. She’s stylish, has the ‘perfectly undone’ look mastered, and loves VINTAGE! (We all know vintage makes my heart go pitter pat) On top of that, she’s an amazing Senior Fashion Editor. She’s a lot of things I see in myself now, and a few years back, and I admire her go getter mentality at such a young age. She knows her stuff, music and fashion I might add, and does it well.   I don’t need to say much else, the lovely editor has said it all….

“Once upon a time, Vintage met modern.. and their lovechild resulted in my favorite summer trend. I have always been a fan of anything vintage. On the borderline of obsession with old movies, music and furniture, I naturally found a way to incorporate it into my style. I am always sure to pair my vintage ensemble with trendy pieces to keep the look updated without straying from my personal style. This summer, I have been in love (and borderline) obsessed with pops of color pastels. Pastel pinks and seafoam have taken over my closet, jewelry armoire, and nails. I love the matte nail polish because, unlike most nail polished, this one is not shiny, but more like literal paint. Liberty of London has a great new home in Target, where I can find my favorite floral prints (like the cruiser below) at affordable prices. Being an avid fan of Vampire Weekend, my love for them elevated after seeing their amazing live performance at Coachella 2010. Aside from their beautiful music, I have always admired their album artwork of having a vintage feel. I will be paying the group another visit in September at Berkley’s Greek Theatre, and couldn’t be more excited! I am 21 years old, I am a student at San Jose State University and I am the Senior Editor for Helium Magazine, a new fashion magazine and Sjhelium.com website for the Silicon Valley. People often don’t think of the Silicon Valley as a fashionable region, but we are trying to change that. While home to the highest grade of technology, there are so many talented and creative people that reside here- and our goal is to bring these people together to form a community. Having just released our first issue in May, we are currently working on our second issue, and just recently launched a San Francisco branch called Sfhelium.com. I am proud and excited to continue onto bigger endeavors and working with and discovering talent and creativity both locally and beyond.”

Items in this set: top $220 (hfm.co.jp ); Floral Print Lace Crop Top $50  (topshop.com); High-waisted leather shorts $915 $320  (theoutnet.com) Matiko Adri Fringe Sandal in Black $129  (revolveclothing.com)
 Butler & Wilson Pastel Flower Sparkle Necklace – Necklaces $105  (accessoriesonline.co.uk)  Knockout Matte Nail Polish $19  (urbanoutfitters.com)  Tuxedo Ruffle Curtain $58 $48 (urbanoutfitters.com)
 Trompe L’Oeil Gold Frame Silhouette Wall Sticker: Kitchen & Dining $35(amazon.com)  Hand-tufted Black/ White Stripe Wool Rug (5′ x 8′) | Overstock.com $206
(overstock.com)  Bike, Liberty of London for Target, (elle.com) Butler & Wilson Pastel Flower Sparkle Necklace – Necklaces $105 (accessoriesonline.co.uk) Knockout Matte Nail Polish$19
(urbanoutfitters.com)  Ruffle Curtain $58 $48  (urbanoutfitters.com)  Trompe L’Oeil Gold Frame Silhouette Wall Sticker: Kitchen & Dining $35 (amazon.com) Hand-tufted Black/ White Stripe Wool Rug (5′ x 8′) | Overstock.com
$206 (overstock.com) Bike, Liberty of London for Target,


As much as I love fashion, I almost love photography just as much – fashion photography that is. There are so many amazing fashion photographers that don’t get recognized as they should. When a beautiful spread is done in a magazine, their name appears in size 8 font never to be seen or recognized again.  Ben Travato’s blog began over a year ago and has been featuring some amazing, old and new, fashion photographers. I find inspiration every time I visit his blog and even more so after reading the photographers stories.  This was shot for F. Hush magazine which launches this year. Being a Swedish photographer, his work is focused mainly in Swedish magazines but from his past collections he seems to use an overlay of light on the photo to give it a blurred yet angelic look.  See more of his work  HERE.

If you are a Fashion photographer and would like to have your work featured on Style Wax Poetic, please email me @ krisjoyconahan@gmail.com.  I am a LA based stylist and would also be happy to assist you with your shoot.




Images via Late Afternoon


If you are a Fashion Blogger, you most definitely know about  Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB).  If not, now you know! They are the main and only go to community for all things Fashion Blogger related. Jennine, who runs The Coveted, started as a Fashion Blogger herself and realized the need for such a community, offering tech tips, trading links and ideas, and  setting the tone as Fashion Bloggers get Front Row Seats at Fashion Week.

Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) cultivates a community for fashion bloggers to share their experiences and create a resource so everyone can build a better blog. We do this by posting helpful articles, host a community linking group, forums and our newest feature, LittleBirdie, a platform to connect bloggers  and PR in a safe an mutually beneficial way.

I’m so honored to be a part of Links A La Mode this week on IFB. See below some of the other amazing Fashion Bloggers included and see the full post HERE.  Happy Sunday!! Hope its as beautiful where you are as it is here in Los Angeles. Xx

Links à la Mode: August 19th

  • All Tumble Down– Focusing on style “best practices”; what we do well instead of what we don’t
  • Amanda Lee– 6 Great Ways to Repurpose Your Clothing
  • Beyond Fabric– Tips on size and fit for menswear
  • Chic Steals– Street Style the New Determinate of Cool? The Evolution of the Girl Next Door as Style Icon
  • Dramatis Personae– Style on the Run Guest Post: Fall Lust List
  • Fashion Cents– wants to make sure you don’t break any vows. Get 3 tips on what to wear to a wedding this season
  • Fashion Pulse Daily– Dana Lorenz, designer of Fenton Fallon Jewelry, oversees a blogger DIY jewelry session in her Lower East Side Boutique
  • Fete a Fete– Review of Givenchy’s new Blooming Fall 2010 makeup collection
  • Just B– B Deceived: Handbags in disguise
  • Lovely and Lavish– Fall 2010 RTW: the Worst Accessories!
  • Manda Bear– Sally Hansen Limited Edition Xtreme Wear Nail Polishes – Reviews, Swatches and a Giveaway
  • Mrs. Bossa Does the Do– Autumn’s a-comin’, and brings with it our perennial love of heritage chic – dig out your sequins and tweed, ladies…
  • RetroChick– 5 ways to update your wardrobe for next to nothing
  • Return to Sender– A fabulous interview with fat acceptance advocate, and author of FAT!So?, Marilyn Wann and her view on “fatshion.”
  • Shoe Day Dreams– Skin Secrets – maintenance is key over the long-haul.
  • Style Eyes Fashion– Fashion bloggers and consumerism – how fashion bloggers are discouraging consumerism and encouraging sustainable style
  • Style Wax Poetic– 10 to die for shoes All Under $100.
  • The Curvy Fashionista– Plus size indie label, Jibri gives the Curvy.Confident.Chic Fashionistas a tease with her Fall 2010 collection
  • The Coveted– Blown away by the Brazilian Blowout
  • Watch this Place– Dark, but don’t let it be dreary… how to wear Autumn’s dark colors without looking drab.

Don’t forget to follow HERE for  daily Style Wax Poetic Fashion Tips! xx


Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to get into Stone Cold Fox’s booth at Project to see it in person, but the designers sent over some photos from there lookbook for their new collection, Lady Botanica.  Have a look!

I love the last look – sheers, ladylike and lovely.


My eyes saw, they met, they fell, HARD.   Nolita Ra-re, a New York based designer who like has climbed the list to become one of my favorite jewelry designers right now, big time.

I went to Project Trade Show this week, which happens twice a year in Vegas and features all of the best designers across the globe. They have the opportunity to show and sell their next season and current product to the top buyers, press and media outlets. Any designers who are somebody need to be at these shows.

Don’t forget to get your daily fix on Style Wax Poetic Facebook Edition by clicking HERE. xx

Nolita Ra-re is a full line offering clothing for men, women and accessories. I love the concept and the brand but the jewelry was something that I couldn’t take my eyes off.

RA RE is the men-women’s collection that has been created to fill a gap, to satisfy those who are always seeking something new, those hunters of cool ready to defy the improbable so as to emerge from the crowd.
This is the underlying spirit and idea of every Ra-Re collection, which knows no stereotypes, has no preconceived ideas, but is a fashion that puts character before image.-

Mixed metals, gold, rose, silver and more, thick multiple chains, beautiful stones, see the pictures to see for yourself.


A FLOWER in its best form can offer beauty, kindness and the ability to bring light to one’s day.  Flor De Maria ,(Flor meaning flower) lives very true to her name and her style shines through just the same!  I was happy to feature Flor De Maria,a successful PR Professional and Fashion Stylist from San Jose California for this Summer Style With Friends.  When I think of Flor, I see a go-getter in career and life, one who has the ablitiy to give love and encouragement to all those around her and manages it all looking flawlessly with a cute outfit, great acccesoires and a beautiful pair of heels on!

After gaining much success as an On-Air Journalist and PR professional in sports, Flor knew there was much more she could offer the world with her ablity to share her love and eye for fashion.  After growing up in Peru until 14, her style seems to be reflective of her cultural background, mixed with pieces of trends, and love for all things chic.  Flor’s newest venture, is a successful Fashion Blog offering daily fashion tips, a shoe of the week, outfit posts and also a Spanish version. Flor De Maria Fashion is a must see! Her Style Set features a night on the town outfit for cocktails with friends on a Summer night.

“I would wear this outfit out to drinks with my girls or my boyfriend. I love wearing rompers right now, especially when it gets really hot outside. Blazers are on top of my list, I wear them with everything. I also love big necklaces and coktail rings, I think they are ME.  I am also loving anything leopard at the moment and of course who doesn’t love Louboutins :)” ~ Flor De Maria

SHOP THE LOOK: Crepe lightweight blazer; ($718 – theoutnet.com);  B-low the Belt – Buckle Wrap (Luggage) – Accessories($142 – zappos.com);  CHANEL CC PENDANT NECKLACE ($1,500 – aloharag.com);  YSL Oval Ring ($295 – cultstatus.com.au);YVES SAINT-LAURENT – LEOPARD PRINT BUFALO HOBO ($2,945 – luisaviaroma.com); Christian Louboutin Tinazata 120 cutout boots ($1,395 – net-a-porter.com); Bustier Jumper ($325 $163 – loefflerrandall.com)



We all LOVE Elizabeth and James. We all LOVE Pop Sugar. We all LOVE NYC!

Plain and simple, here’s your chance for you and your man to win a all paid for trip to NYC, go on a his and her shopping spree at the first ever Elizabeth and James his and hers pop up shop at FASHION’s NIGHT OUT.   This is all through a site we all love, FAB SUGAR.  All you have to do is creat a set with Elizabeth and James clothing for a chance to win!  Thanks Fab Sugar for letting me know. xo 

Go HERE for more details.