TRENDING: Artful wearers, lace, gothic, embellishments, nudes. I am positive we will be seeing some of these being worn on the likes of Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, and Jenn Garner. Can you see it? I  Which one is your favorite?

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“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

Coco Chanel quote

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Alice Gibb and Olga Sherer, Sennowe Park, Norfold, Englan, November

Via Fashion Projects

Petrovsky Ramone Fashion Photography

Via Trendland

Trendland.net (My Favorite from the group)

Richard Avedon,Steven Meisel, MarioTestino,MertMarcus

Via Web Urbanist

I’ve been MIA lately, please forgive me. Hope these bring you some inspiration. Beautiful artful and colorful photography, no? xx

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It was Thursday and I was craving art. LA seems to have all the best art events on Thursdays for some reason.  I got in touch with my friend Carolyn, who’s always in the know when it comes to LA haps with art and music.  She was heading over to the Pacific Design Center for their event openings and I was so happy I went. What inspiration! That’s what I love about LA.

Going on now you’ll find Greg Gorman, a photographer who’s shot almost everyone in Hollywood. On display you’ll find classic old school pictures, mainly black & white of Kevin Costnar in his twenties, James Franco, Ashton Kutchor and some other people that arn’t strikingly handsome (you can see the one’s that stuck out in my mind, whoops ;)

I found my friends in the Ralph Pucci showroom, as she wandered along with her new man, handsome I might add, and they moseyed through the beautiful showroom as if they were picking out pieces for their home. It’s always fun to play house in these showrooms, as if you can afford a $20,000 dinning table.  Art/design events are such a great date place, a perfect way to start an evening.  Don’t you agree?

I did not leave with a $20,000 dinning table, but I did leave with a ton of design inspiration. Check out his website HERE.  It screams, ‘yep, I’m hot.’  The music is bold and it can be, because I’m Ralph Pucci.

After we died over everything in the Ralph Pucci showroom, we visited Carolyn’s friend who was manning the SEE LINE GALLERY with the Ebony G. Patterson exhibit, Fashion Ova Style.  This was impressive. She managed to get a car into the gallery. How you might ask? Taking it all apart and putting it back together – that’s ambition if you ask me. On top of that, she managed to decorate every little piece of fabric, jewels, and more (see picture below – doesn’t do it justice.)

‘Fashion Ova’ Style’ is a Jamaican colloquialism that comes from Jamaica’s popular Dancehall culture. The term proclaims a sense of inventiveness and a willingness to push the envelope against what is understood as being  ‘stylishly ordinary’. An opportunity to make your own fashion while expanding on what is considered trendy. It also exemplifies a pseudo – masculine trend in dancehall that has become a kind of camp- machismo displayed by gangstas, entertainers and dancehall’s avid patrons. (from artslant.com)

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Shoes – Doc Martins From High School (yep, 10 years ago), Dress – H $ M ($24.99), Scarf – Sample Sale CMC ($15)

I both love and hate taking these outfit posts. I love it because well, I’m a girl and I love taking pictures, but I hate it because lets face it, I’m not a model and they don’t quite turn out the way the pictures look in Vouge. But, alas, I’ve started to be a little more comfortable standing infront of my tripod posing for self timer (as long as there is no one else around!)

So here, today, I’m loving this dress I picked up for $24.99 (gosh H & M rules) and this scarf I just found at a Sample Sale while I was doing a pull at the California Market Center downtown LA for $15. My original thought was MOM + EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, but it really grew on my and went with my outfit, so I think I may  have to keep it.  I like the way bronze and golds go with blonde hair, and I’m also digging the contrast against the bright pink.

The dress is yes, hot pink. I don’t have one other thing this color in my wardrobe but after always buying nuetrals, I realized it’s nice to have  a little pop every once an a while. I’ve been inspired by the runway’s bold bright colors for the season!

My shoes are crazy enough, Doc Martins!  Is this company still around? I haven’t bought the workman boots yet, that are everywhere, so these work now and again to achieve the look.  I found a pair of black flat boots with a wide cuff at H & M for $49.99, which I’ll probably go back for soon.

I also bought some cute nude booties from H & M that I’ll wear to dress this up. The leather is not the greatest, but people for $24.95, it was fine with me!

H & M ($24.95)

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So, he may be close to perfect, bring you flowers weekly, get you coffee the morning and send you little reminders through the day to let you know how much he loves you.  However with all those great qualities and more  he may be lacking a little in the fashion wardrobe sense. But don’t worry, a lot of men do and we have your problem solved with two fun events for both you and him. How does GQ, Surfrider Foundation, free nibbles and drinks, Santa Monica, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales sound? Ah-ha, that’s what I thought. Details below for a great Saturday for you and your, fashionably in need man. Two events you don’t want to miss.

EVENT 2 – Nordstrom and GQ 12-2pm (Santa Monica)

GQ magazine is feting the 75th anniversary of the ultimate prep-school shoe, the Sperry Top-Sider, this Saturday with an event at the new Nordstrom in Santa Monica Place.

The public par-tay will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, and style styling tips courtesy of GQ corespondent K. Cooper Ray. The Fall collection will, of course, be on display and for sale.

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Nordstrom, 220 Broadway, Santa Monica. Men’s shoe department.

(From Style Section LA)

Maybe grab your bikes and go for a ride, but make sure to come back in time for more Men’s Designer action.

EVENT 2 – Bloomingdales 5-7 (Santa Monica)

Saturday, September 25th

Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica Hosts Beach Party to Benefit Surfrider Foundation

Special appearances by Simon Spurr, Eunice Lee of Unis, John Whitledge of Trovata, Nick Friedberg of NSF, The Riviera Club and more.

WHAT: Join us for an epic night of surf and style benefitting Surfrider Foundation! Get in-person style advice from men’s designers including Simon Spurr, Eunice Lee of Unis, John Whitledge of Trovata, Nick Friedberg of NSF, The Riviera Club and many more.

  • Snack on surfer treats and refreshments and groove to DJ beats from Osamu Nishimura
  • Test your ping pong skills and grab a digital wave with Wii Water Sports
  • Score grooming tips from Task
  • Get a cool custom-screened tee, personalized photography flip book and lots of great designer gifts with your men’s purchase of $250 or more in men’s fashions.

Bloomingdale’s will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales at the event to Surfrider Foundation.

WHEN: Saturday, September 25th

5pm-7pm

WHERE: Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica

315 Colorado Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90401

CONTACT: Meredith Stoecklein

Meredith@joretgroup.com

424-744-8666

About Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.  Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide.  For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org.

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Okay, I’ve tried to stay away but when budget calls, H & M always comes through with amazing pieces for less.  After meeting Claire Thomas, photographer for Refinery29,com LA Editon,  in the cutest H & M Military park  last week at the Vanessa Bruno store in Melrose, I had to chase down this military jacket down – for you, and for me. So, here you go. Viola!

Parka | $39.99

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Couldn’t be happier about the beautiful lace that’s sticking around for Spring. I’m so impressed at Erdem’s presentation – it’s light, bright, white and garden like backdrop helps us emotionally connect to exactly where we are supposed to be when wearing these clothes.  And to me, that’s what fashion is all about, bring the inside out through clothes.

We’re girls and sometimes we want to play in our beautiful dresess, play dress up in heels, and drink tea like sophisticated ladies (can you envision it?) This collection inspires me to be girlie, lay on the grass on a beautiful day, look up into the sky passes the leaves of the trees and DREAM.

Good night!! xx

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Metric offers soft indie sounds and a milky voice by the lovely Emily Haines, who also plays the sinthisizer and the guitar.  This song is off their first album GROW UP AND BLOW AWAY released in 2007, and they really struck it big a few years ago with FANTASIES, winning the Alternative Album of the Year award.

Download a couple of their songs free HERE at RCRD LBL.

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Can't Buy Me Love Necklace

Born To Be Hoops

Heartbreaker Ring

I’ve always thought music and fashion go hand in hand. One inspires the other.  Lyric Culture has found a way to combine the two in a legit way.   LA based company, only a few years old and doing known across the globe.  Who wouldn’t know them with licensing deals with all of the major music publishers including Sony, Universal, Warner, EMI and others.  We have created a variety of products inspired by the lyrics of legendary artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Pat Benetar, KISS, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Joan Jet, Elton John, and Janis Joplin.

Find more on them @ www.lyricculture.com

What do you think? I think it’s pretty clever and fun. Great gift ideas too.

Have a great weekend. xx


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After much anticipation, Fashion Night Out LA

Fashion Night Out At The Grove

went off with a bang.  From Abbot Kinny to Silver Lake, LA was alive!  The streets were packed with fashionistas clicking their heels down Melrose. Others biked to cover as much ground as they could and at every corner there was another party with more free food and more drinks. Man, what a bummer ;)

Fashion Night Out, a Vogue global initiative, creates a platform in major cities across the globe, all in one night, to make shopping a little more approachable, along with a some gluttonous free food, drinks and of course, celebrity appearances. Festivities included an opening ceremony performance by Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am, the lovely singer Fergie at The Grove, and other celebrities out in support included the man responsible for bringing sexy back, Justin Timberlake, actor Samuel L. Jackson, model Bar Rafaeli and signer Kelly Osborne just to name a few. A Fashion Show kicked off the festivities at the Beverly Center and a thoughtfully placed Farris Wheel on Rodeo Drive added a nice option for those mommy shoppers – kids occupied with Dads on wheel = more time to shop.  Nice touch LA!

One of the highlights of the night was Philip Lim party in West Hollywood. The Pattywagon burger truck was quite popular to help soak up the free Tequila shots that were being poured at the bar. Lim also displayed his curated exhibit of James Jean exhibit of ‘LA’s Taste Makers’ which includes portraits of 19 of LA’s most chic and adorned.

Philip Lim Party. Photo by Claire Thomas of Refinery29.com

I spent my night at The Grove, which was all very lovely as well.The night at The Grove was Two Point Oh LA and Fashion Los Angeles’ first event together. I recently joined Two Point Oh LA and I have to say there are some great things ahead, and I have loved meeting all the other amazing Fashion Bloggers in LA. Fashion Los Angeles is launching this year at Fashion Week LA and some amazing things are expected. Stay tuned for more and for now, check out their site HERE.

Festivities at the Grove included a performance by Fergie, Gen Art representatives, Mac makeovers, Blake from Tom’s shoes, the lovely bloggers from Two Point Oh LA, and a styling event by Bree Cooley, clothes provided by GAP.

The Adorable Blake From Tom's Shoes. Photo By A Sunny Day In LA.

Fergie Signing Autographs. Photo By Fashion Groupie.

Appetizers By Whispers Restaurant and Lounge

Kelsi Smith (Founder of Two Point Oh LA) and stylist Bree Cooley

The night

Free Mac Makeovers - yes please!

Kelly Ryan O'Brien and Fashionable Friend (aka Ross' Boyfriend)

Kelly Ryan O’Brien – witty, super fashionable, PR/Marketing professional working the Marketing Director at GEN ART Chicago, Billion Dollar Babes and writes a pretty hilarious blog HERE.

Gen Art's Senior VP Elizabeth Shaffer & Jay Leno's Ross Matthews

A fabulous Swag bag from The Grove – included a $50 gift card from The Grove, famous brownies from The Farm, Papaya Sunrise candle from Tommy Bahama, Vinotherapie soap, an official LA Fashion Night Out tshirt, cream and cleanser samples from Fresh and coupons for The Gap, The Whisper Lounge, O&CO food market, and Theodore


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images via style.com

It all started last season, with skirst and dresses taking a ‘longer’ approach. Stayin strong this season, you can see everyone is adding a little length to the equation. Sheer, organza, floor length, mid calf….it doesnt’  really matter, but things are going LONG. One thing that’s apparant though, it that everything has a little flow to it, ‘a swish’ to it. It’s sophisticated and girly all at once.  

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