A 20 person deep line last Monday that wasn’t moving at Bardot for KCRW’s school night prevented us from checking out The Naked and Famous hailing from Auckland. Fortunately, they went straight to KCRW’s studios the next day. I recommend check them out. Undertheradar, said they might be  the best band that you’ve heard yet last year and knew they were not going to be a secret for long. The band, named after a line from a Tricky song, are based around the ferociously talented pairing of composer/control freak Thom Powers and vocal siren/lyricist Alisa Xayalith, though they operate as a 4 piece live.

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1. Beats Solo Special Edition HD On-Ear Headphones

(PRODUCT)RED, the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa, has worked with many companies to produce great product for a good cause. And, RED, is the color of the season. Look good and listen with a bigger heard. Plus, they fold up, so you can take them anywhere. To buy:$229 at BeatsByDre.com.

2. Smashbox Eye Wish Palette

I’ve always been a fan of bringing makeup with me and what better way than to have one palette with all the colors you need. Smashbox makes an amazing product and by purchasing, you can help a child fight a  life-threatening illness through the Children’s Miracle Network. The set, worth more than $240, includes 12 eyeshadows, four cream eyeliners, a mini-lid primer, mascara, and a step-by-step look book. To buy:$45 at Smashbox.

3.  I AM A PEACEKEEPER Chapstick

Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is the first cosmetics line to give all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues. PeaceKeeper builds a bridge between extraordinary women in the land of plenty and extraordinary women who, by chance of birth, don’t have our resources or opportunities. Slavery-free labor, fair wages, and cruelty free products – all sounds like a go to me! To buy: $7, iamapeacekeeper.com.

4. TOMS Silver Women’s Glitter Shoes

We’ve all heard of TOMS by now, and I’m sure you’ve all head your crush on founder Blake Mycoskie, for being just straight adorable, AND for starting this amazing foundation. The skinny: each shoe is made with pesticide-free cotton and recycled, sustainable materials, and for every pair purchased, one is give to a child in need through One for One movement. To buy: $54 at TOMS.

5. AFGANHANDS Scarfs

While browsing through InStyle this month, I came across one of Rachel’s picks for the month – gorgeous scarfs by Afghan Hands.  Afghan Hands teaches skills to help Afghan widows gain independence, literacy, and a livable wage.  At our centers in and around Kabul, women learn to create embroidered shawls and scarves, and the exquisite embroidery they make connects them to a wider world.  To buy:   http://www.afghanhands.org

6.  Falling Whistles

An organization that truly has touched my heart, Falling Whistles. They are a small window into our world’s largest war. Using the symbol of the whistle to speak out, we join local leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help build a more free world.  This Gold Edition Whistle, not only looks good, but is a reminder of all the young children and souls losing their lives. To buy: http://www.fallingwhistles.com/

7.  Dancing Deer Baking Company

The go-to office gift is always sweets and treats. This year buy a Sweet Home Cookie Pack and 35 percent of the proceeds will go towards helping homeless mothers and their children. The pack includes a variety of cookies including dark chocolate, molasses clove, and gingerbread. Giving to others never tasted so good. To buy: COST: $35.95

8.   I AM A PEACEKEEPER Nail Polish

To buy: $7, iamapeacekeeper.com.

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After falling in love with this talented artist last year as she was gaining a small following in the US, she never disappoints even a year later with the same tunes and a hundred times more well known (usually that kills it for me.)   Maybe it’s the piano, maybe it’s her voice which could move mountains, either way, it gives me chills and I think it will for you too. Here’s a live version which is always pretty cool, with my favorite radio station to date, KCRW.com  I’ve said all year that I would have given it Album Of The Year for 2009, and I’m waiting on some fresh new content, but if you haven’t heard last years LUNGS, you must check it.

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Photos via Fashion Victim, Polyvore, Asos.com, Forever21.com, Shopstyle.com

1.       Forever 21 Knit Cardigan – ONLY $32

2.       ASOS.com People Tree Sweater – $164

3.       Net-a-porter – ALICE by Temperley Chara cotton oversized cardigan – $395

4.    Net-a -porter – Haute Hippie Sweater

5.  Asos Square Cut – $55.17

6. Asos Tribal – $72.41

7.  Donna Karan – Chunky Knit Sweater – (Very Expensive But A Good One To Dream….)

P S – Asos Offers Free Shipping to US – BOTH WAYS!!

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The Selby takes you inside homes of designers, creaters, chefs and the top creatives from around the world and gives you the inside look to homes designed by people living in different regions,  passions, and inspirations.

Take a sneak peak  – much inspiration if you ask me.

Jaime Anthony

Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol

Alexander Wang

The Louis Vuitton Home

Chase Cohl

Chase Cohl

A home is like a blank canvas, and what you do with it, create and make of it, sets the tone of your daily life. It’s where you dream, eat, sleep, start your day, end your day, hope, cry, and many other things; I’ll leave those to keep to yourself.

Can you say swat meet next Sunday?!! Yes, please.

xx

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By now, if you live in LA you’ve probably heard about the new debut of A-FRAME.

photo by EaterLA

The word on the streets is there are “no utensils” but don’t let that fool you. It’s interiors are cabin chic; think natural pine walls, natural light and a rustic feel. A-FRAME is David Reiss and Roy Choi’s second collaboration after Kogi At Alibi’s success.  What to expect? Think modern picnic with a culinary twist – a casual fine dining picnic. The item menus are meant to be shared and most definitely remind you of a pot luck meal.

To Order:

Is land Farmer’s Salad
shaved Maui onions, tofu, fried garlic, seasonal fruit, ginger shoyu
vinaigrette…………………………………………………………………………………………….7

Kitchen Fries
purple Okinawan sweet potato, yam, Korean sweet potato, with
kimchi sour cream and sea salt………………………………………………………..6

Bittersweet Tempura
kabocha and broccoli rabe, with shoyu dipping sauce……………………..7

Fried Apple Pie
with Southern Comfort caramel and cheddar ice cream………………….6

Top Left To Right

1. White Shirt | Stanton James

2. Knit Chunky Tribal Sweater – Asos.com

3. Black Leather Skirt – Polyvore

4. Leather Satchel – Steven Alan

5.  Shearling Boots – Asos.com

6. Retro Gloves – Stanton James

7. Knits Knee High Socks – Asos.com

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Yeah, I know, it’s only November 15th but Christmas trees are springing up around town and let’s face it, everyone is starting to think Holidays. And more so, what to wear.

Let’s think back to last year, what everyone was wearing; heels and black dress, then maybe a black sequence dress….Waaaa, waaaa, waaa – boring!

Instead of turning into a clone, let’s think a little outside the box this year. You’ll make a statement with these great looks, and get to wear them all through the year!

The non-black dress “Holiday Guide” – one that keeps you looking appropriate, admirable, and standing above, not with the crowd.

FLOWY SKIRT AND FUR HAT

ODYLYNE’s Lori Wrapped Ruffle Skirt paired with our ODYLYNE’s Bodysuit – A perfect holiday look! Drop the hat and the heel for a day time look through the year.

BUY HERE

FUR COAT // FAUX FUR

A fur coat and leather, dressed with heels and a bold lip make for a perfect holiday fit.

Cute one HERE at Modcloth

DRESS WITH STYLE – VINTAGE INSPIRED

50s style Asos dress taking you festively on trend, vintage inspired!

ASOS.COM

A NEW TAKE ON THE BLACK DRESS

A fun take on the traditional black cocktail dress – girly flair and knee high socks!

Asos.com

CAPE IT!

What could be more festive then a Bold Blue Cape? Classic Old School entrance

NASTYGAL.COM

A JERSEY SKIRT WITH A TOUCH OF SPARKLE

Comfortable and sexy – and a year round piece.

Norma Kamali Sparkled Jersey

Intermix.com

VELVET

Velvet says holidays with a twist!

Pick this up at one of my favorite boutiques – Westerly Boutique

METALIC SPARKLE

The last is pretty sparkaly, I admit it, but the matalic look tones it down and you can wear this more than once by styling it different.

vince.com or intermix.com

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Crystal Castles were one I discovered on a snowboarding trip up in Vermont, back in 2007 but have since forgot about them mainly due to the popularity they grew to have.

After a couple years without much attention to them, they are back, and I’ve only noticed because of a tip off from my fellow fashionable and musically inclined friend Jenn. After a sold out Summer tour in 2010, they will tour once again starting in March. This in demand Canadian pop-music band will make it’s way to San Diego and beyond to check out their site to find out more and download their songs below, courtesy of our friends at RCRD LBL.

Download HERE

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All Photos By Melissa Manning

What an impressive job from Kelsi Smith, Founder of Two Point Oh LA, and Fashion Los Angeles, with their first curated pop-up shop Meet The Public. The airy space offers nothing but class with white walls, cement floors and gallery style displays. As a proud member of Two Point Oh LA, I was happy to be one of the first to view the lovely designs.

Pop-up shops are the trend of the season but Meet The Public offered more class than what I’ve seen in the past. Offering FASHION + ART + WORDS they have a little bit of something for everyone. The designers mainly all LA based and many gorgeous artful wearers. Going on now – until November 14th, you have few more days before the beauty comes crashing down.

Meet the Public:
Now open through Nov. 14
620 S. Main St., Downtown LA » Map
For the latest info, visit Facebook

Meet the Public


FASHION
Brett Westfall
Chelsea Rebelle
Gypsy05
Laugh, Cry, Repeat By AZFN
Lavuk
Lisamichelle
Loaded
Louver
L’une Collection
MG Black by Erik Hart
Natalia Romano
Nortwick
Seam Ripper
Tminx

SHOES
Penelope and Coco

EYEWEAR
Derapage Eyewear
Meyer Eyewear
Reiz

JEWELRY
Joseph Brooks
M+R Jewelry
Nana Bijou
Shivaloka

HANDBAGS
Bagstil

FURNITURE
Marmol Radziner
Novecento Antiques
Time for Something Else

LIT
Flaunt
Jessica Lee Garrison
Keith Jacobs & Jocelyn Meintser
Taschen

ART
Brendan Klein
Gino Perez
Michael Shields
Nora Shields
Patrick Shields
Jaime Scholnick

MEET THE PUBLIC is a fashion, design, and art installation located at:620 S. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles

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I saw a few Fashion Bloggers in the US post these pictures a while back, but they didn’t leave the name of the designer. Alas, the designer came to me. That’s the wonderful thing about the internet, or for Bambi (the model posted) getting a very popular vote from fashion bloggers everywhere. She is a gorgeous little thing, and by little, I mean 20 years old. The pictures make her seem older for some reason.

Skakuhachi, a Aussie label, is growing ever popular here. After looking at some of the pieces in store now, I have to say this collection for Spring 2011 if far better than anything I’ve seen them do in the past.

Read more about Shakuhachi HERE. Check out some of the Ready To Wear 2010 Fall/Winter.

Asos www.asos.com
Blush Boutique www.blushboutiqueonline.com
Cosmorama www.cord3.com
Dual Webstore www.dualstore.net
Fashion Walker www.fashionwalker.com
Katie + Jo www.katieandjo.com
Mahna Mahna www.rakuten.co.jp/gold/mahna2
My Cat Walk www.mycatwalk.com
My Wardrobe www.my-wardrobe.com
Revolve Clothing www.revolveclothing.com
Shakuhachi www.shakuhachi.net.au
The Style Store www.the-stylestore.com
Tobi www.tobi.com

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