Monthly Archives: January 2011

{ 2011 SAG Awards // White, Bolds, and Ruffles Of course!}

SILVERS TO WHITE

WINONA RYDER, LEA MICHELLE, GUILIANA RANCIC, EVA MENDEZ

Strapless and low -v necks in silvers and white looked sublime on our SAG brunettes.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

SOFIA VERGARA,  MARISKA HARGITAY, JULIANNA MARGULIES, SARAH HYLAND

Like the rainbow, these ladies shine!  Sofia Vergara and Mariska Hargitay go bold in blue with simple details -strapless and v-neck. Julianna Margulies always looks stunning! Sticking to her signature look tonight – sleek , hair pulled back and stunning color.  Sarah Hyland wears a red-orange floor length simple gown, with a knotted detail at the waist.

RUFFLES

KATE MARA, WINONA RYDER, HEATHER MORRIS, JENNA USHKOWITZ

Nudes and ruffles can never be a miss on the red carpet. Like a princess, extra fabric can add a feminine touch with a romantic ethereal flare.

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{Echo park’s E.P.I.C + CONVENT | 5 day collab. starts today! }

E.P.I.C has your East Coast Style, featuring CONVENT, a multi-label boutique from NY’s Lower East Side. CONVENT owner and stylist, Travis Wayne, aims to build a network of international creatives, establishing a supportive, symbiotic relationship between designers, artists and the fashion set. E.P.I.C. became involved as co-owner Tristan Scott and Wayne met in 2009 and shared their interest in collaborating with emerging designers to create a concept. The two will share a room starting today until January 30th! Stop by to shop or join the party to celebrate the collaboration this Friday from 6-9pm.

CONVENT Pop-up at E.P.I.C.
1712 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213)-483-0260

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{ Music Mondays // Foster The People }

Los Angeles based band Foster The People brings us this cheerful playful song which is so catchy it’s hard to sit still! It’s definitely a summer loving song, and you know LA, it’s Summer all year long. Go to www.fosterthepeople.com and join their email list if you want to get involved or just want a free download of “Pumped Up Kicks”!

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{ Spring 2011 Trend || Nothing Short of Material }

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote

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{ LA Events || The Supper Club }

A quick outfit luckily came together for The Supper Club event last night at SUR in West Hollywood. If you are not familiar with The Supper Club, they are an exclusive event club that bring together like minded people in LA, NYC, and London. It was my first event and so far so good. Tamsin Londsdale, the founder of the impressive Supper Club, began throwing parties at her house in London because there wasn’t anything out there offering the outlet and environment in what she was looking for. Finding that many people had the same thing in mind, her clubs grew quickly and more and more parties were thrown – think elegant music, delectable edibles, and classy people all looking to get to know one another, network and have a good time! They are up to 6 amazing events a month.  Being new to LA, this sounded great to me.

The Outfit: I wanted to put together a mix of style, funkiness and class. Sometimes we, as women get lucky the first time – this time was luckily, one of those times. The jeans are an old favorite of mine, by Bisou Bisou (seriously they are going on almost 8 years!) and the hat has been shoved in the closet for pretty much this entire year, I’m glad it’s still loves me. Fedoras and hats are always a great way to add personality to your outfit. The necklace is vintage ($2 dollars from driveway in West LA- LOVE) and jacket, also vintage ($60) via a super fashionable friend of mine who lives in a beach town now. I’ll happily take it.  The perfect shade of brown red took my attention when I saw these shoes in Nordstrom Rack, and after seeing the price I didn’t even think twice. (Sam Edelman Lace Up Boooties – Nordstrom Rack $50). Great fashion doesn’t need to cost a lot – Why? Accessories can make an outfit so go simple if you need to and make your outfit come alive w/ accessories and a pop of color on the lip ($40 tops for both lip color and accessories). Also, vintage is everywhere these days and garage sales Saturday mornings in LA have been my most favorite find for style and my wallet. If you need help ask a friend who’s style you like or hire me!  xx

Read more about The Supper Club:

www.supperclub.com/html/losangeles/

Recommended Vintage Stores in LA:

www.shareenvintage.com/

www.wastelandclothing.com

Online: www.modcloth.com

Shop Nordstsrom Rack:

shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-rack

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{ Trent Reznor’s The Social Network Score }

Did you see the Golden Globes last night? The award for Trent Reznor’s Score for The Social Network was very well deserving. Great movie and beautiful sounds to make it happen. Download below from Stereogum.

http://stereogum.com/514101/download-trent-reznor-emthe-social-networkem-film-score/mp3s/

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{ Mark Borthwick’s “blown-out” Fashion Photography}

“Marketing campaigns often tell the story of a dream like romance, a mix of fragility and nature. Photographers are capturing soft emotions and a senses of self within the women. “

Mark Borthwick is a British photographer now living in Brooklyn, New York. His photos are often minimal and crisp, yet somewhat ‘blown-out’ in terms of colour saturation. He has been known for of  Vanessa Bruno’s photography campaigns, along with some photos below for Rag and Bone. He’s been seen in Vogue, Puple, and Index.

images via Crustacion.wordpres.com, Rag & Bone, and

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{2010’s Best Dressed Gillian Zinser — Get The Look }

Teen Vogue’s Top 50 Best Dressed for 2010 Gillian Zinser, dons a effortlessly chic look at a Louis Vuitton event.  A high-waisted black skirt (slit optional) adds a sophistication while a touch of plaid adds an ultra-cool feel.  Her high-bun is perfectly on trend, while a soft lip ties it all together. Get the look with a ASOS BLACK SKIRT, a IRO ($84) or OLD NAVY PLAID TOP ($22), and a Steven Alan Satchel ($245). Make sure to wear a rosy pink soft lip and throw your hair up in a messy high bun -  the perfect effortless chic look for 2011!

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{One of the Coolest Shoe Companies Around // Osborn Handcrafted}

It’s hard these days to mix profit, giving back, and good design. Handcrafted has managed to do it all whilst bringing unique fashionable product to the marketplace. Just launching in 2009, Aaron and co-owner Carla Carla Venticinque, were searching for a way to combine their artistic backgrounds with their desire to uplift their adopted homeland. Osborn Handcrafted shoes are made by a group of 20 cobblers nestled in the base of volcanic mountains outside of Guatemala City. Their artisan shoes are made in a old-world manufacturing environment dedicated to integrity and quality, which makes wearing them fell that much better.

SWP: Amazing product, can’t say enough great things. For those that don’t know too much about you, give us a little summary of who Osborn Handcrafted  is.

OSBORN: Thank you! Osborn is a design team working creatively out of our NYC studio to design a collection of handmade products for the marketplace cultivated with positivity, hope and dedication.

SWP: What as your inspiration behind creating Osborn Handcrafted?

OSBORN: We are both working artists and decided we wanted to make really fun products in a unique way. Aaron has a long history with working in Guatemala, so naturally, we gravitated towards working with the talented artisans who we had developed relations with over the years.

SWP:  Why shoes? Where did the idea come from? Do you have any plans to expand into anything else?

OSBORN: Aaron had met a couple of unemployed cobblers in Guatemala, which started the lightbulb going off, but we also chose shoes because it showed strength as a unique marketable product, and most of all- we all love shoes! We definitely have ambitions to expand into products and projects, but all with due time. I think a bag is in the works…

SWP: What is the community life in Guatemala? How much time have you spent there and what first inspired you to live there?

OSBORN: Aaron’s family lives in Guatemala doing non-profit work. As a result, Aaron spent several years in Guatemala running humanitarian aid, and developing art projects for orphanages. Over the course of this project, we spend about 3-4 months out of the year in Guatemala working on production, but our home is in New York City. 

SWP: How does your production work?

OSBORN: We have a very hands-on approach to production and deal with all the logistical matters involved in our shoe production.  Our fabrics are also custom designed by us and a small weaving coop is being developed as well in our workshop. Overall, we have a great team of dedicated artisans in a workshop environment who make Osborn shoes. 

SWP:  The designs are gorgeous – very unique to the market place…what design background do you have?

OSBORN: Aaron went to RISD and is a painter, I do works on paper & sculpture and I went to Tyler School of Art. Guatemala has a long tradition of weaving and a very strong folk art tradition. This has been a main inspiration throughout the development of our shoes.

SWP: What was your background before Osborn Handcrafted?

OSBORN: We were/are basically artists. We always had a hand in something creative going on…from styling to art production to gallery shows.

SWP: Name a few people/companies who’s work you admire.

OSBORN: We love Apolis Global & LemLem.

SWP: Any collaborations for 2011?

OSBORN: Happy New Year! No collaborations lined up yet…

SWP: what the best way for your shoes to be worn…if you were styling them what would it look like?

OSBORN: I personally love when our shoes get paired with a classic preppy look….like button down blouse, trousers and then a little surprise on the feet. Also, a party dress can always be dressed down with a pair of cool boots while still keeping the look fashionable.Find out more @ OSBORN HANDCRAFTED

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{The 5 Top 2010 Boutique Openings In Los Angeles}

600 Hundred Boutique
600 south spring st. #101
Downtown, LA

www.sixhundredla.com

I first discovered this Men’s and Women’s boutique, during a Bloggers Café meeting Fashion Bloggers of LA who are members of Two Point Oh LA. It was just us 25 blogger and them, the day it opened. We all couldn’t help but buy something and the owners are a few really cool guys who represent LA well. The shop is about the size of my kitchen, but squeezes in some of the best pieces from local designer. Small, and somewhat hidden (unless you are DTLA regular), I was happy to discover this little gem of Los Angeles. Their prices are relatively priced and you’ll find pieces you can’t find at your typical Bloomingdales or Barneys. I walked away with a few charm necklaces and discovered a few other brands well known to the area. Right now they are carrying Laeken, Han cholo – jewelry, Bl.o – jewelry, Electric Denim Company, Love nail Tree, Cavoi, Spectacles for humans, LOADED clothing, kush collection, and even more Los Angeles designers.

In Residence
2151 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064


I’ve raved about this boutique before (you can read it HERE), but really, this store welcomes you with a smile as the owners are delightful, the pieces are hand selected and feature designers you probably have never heard of. And, they throw a fantastic party so you probably should stop in and get your name on the guest list. Located  in West LA on Sawtelle, a up and coming street  just west of the 405, it’s a little hidden  which means you will be praised for the top you purchased the no one else you know owns! You have to stop in and see Rachel and Tracey, tell them Style Wax Poetic sent you. Also, look for ODYLINE, one of my favorite brands of the moment.

Echo Park Independent Co-op

LOCALS ONLY: E.P.I.C. co-founders Rhianon Jones and Tristan Scott (via Style Section LA)
Newly developed and discovered, Echo Park is becoming a spot to be known, if you didn’t already know. Echo Park Independent Co-op opened this year, and threw a party that was quite the spot to be. Inspiration comes from Local Talent in their surroundings, the renaissance of Echo Park and the longstanding Eastside culture. They say it’s their goal to be the social bridge and leader for the community in fashion, art, music, visual artists, and environment and believe to be on par with NY designers. Coming from New York City, we like that! Go see them in the heart of Echo Park at 1712 W Sunset Blvd,  Echo Park. www.shopepicla.com/

Alexander McQueen
8379 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood
323-782-4983
alexandermcqueen.com

The eccentric prince of British fashion has launched an L.A. shop. Sun streams into the store and bounces off immaculate white displays, none of which touch the floor of terrazzo and mother-of-pearl: A blazer with a detachable feather collar appears to float on a rack. Only McQueen’s ready-to-wear lines for men and women are carried here (but not the lower-priced McQ), although there are plenty of his skull-print scarves and ties. (LA Mag)

Curate Couture
11973 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310.472.1086

This store recently re-opened their doors to all and what a curated selection they have!  If you’ve been searching for that specific designer piece or if you need a little assistance in putting things together, Curate Couture is the place to be. Some designers include Yves Saint Lauren, Balenciaga, Stella Mc Cartney, Lanvin, Courreges, Phillip Lim, Christian Louboutin, Missoni, Prada, Marni, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Alaia, Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Giambattista Valli, Rick Owens….just to name a few. Their prices are extremely relative and the owners are fantastic. You should go for a visit!

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