Look ONE – The Elegant One

A white pair of edgy jeans can transition seamlessly into an elegant look with a little gold and a little shimmer.  A fitting sweater keeps it classic and a sweet, elegant heel will add a softer appearance.  Add a little bling with a classic cocktail ring and a good bracelet and you’ll be good for brunch in Beverly Hills.

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 J Brand Zoey Corduroy Skinny in Creamy White Noir Jewelry – Bat Ring (Black/Crystal) – Jewelry ; Noir Jewelry6pmNoir Jewelry – Modernist Bracelet (Gold) – JewelryTopshop USGEM Crystal Covered Bow CourtsKnitted Lurex Trim TopRebecca Minkoff – M.A.C. Clutch with Gold (Sand) 

Look TWO –  Casual Cool

Go casual with striped sweater and a pair of wedged boots. I love the combination of blue, brown and white. Pair it with a dainty necklace for an everyday fall look.

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J Brand Zoey Corduroy Skinny in Creamy WhiteJ.CrewNet-a-PorterStriped cotton top THE ROWBarneys New YorkThe Row Day Luxe Tote – SiennaGabriella Rocha – Abarne (Taupe) – Footwear

Look THREE – Sophisticated and Sexy

Edgy, sexy and fashionable is the way you’ll be described when wearing this look. I love the combination of white, black and gold – it’s simple and sophisticated. The blazer adds class to the outfit and a bootie with a skinny heel add a sexy feel. This is a great dinner outfit in any city and is also sexy enough to carry on the night for an evening of dancing.

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 J Brand Zoey Corduroy Skinny in Creamy White;  TOPSHOPTopshop USCrop Back Collarless Blazer;  Rachel RoyShopbop.comRachel Roy Gillian Platform BootiesRebecca MinkoffShopbop.comRebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip ClutchTOPSHOPTopshop USPU Strapless CorsetASOSASOS USASOS Plate And Spike Detail Waist BeltASOS USASOS Spike Stretch Bracelet

Look FOUR – Rocker Cool

A white jean can be casual when paired with a moto cross body  jacket and a grey turban. A flat boot will keep you comfortable all day yet looking stylish enough to go straight to dinner.  Day time wear never looked so cool.

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 J Brand Zoey Corduroy Skinny in Creamy WhiteASOS USASOS Chunky Knit TurbanDV by Dolce Vita – Sera (Black) – FootwearASOS USASOS Spike Stretch Bracelet;


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I forgot how much I loved Metric until I stumbled upon their new CD, Snythetica Reflections. I’ve posted about them before. In my opinion, the voice of Emily Haines, a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter, is what makes these songs amazing. She is the lead singer and keyboardist of the band Metric and a member of Broken Social Scene.

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Oxblood, burgundy or a deep red, different words for the same color that was seen all over the runways during a fashion week and a staple color for fall. What’s great about this dark red hue is that it’s great on all skin complexations and like the color black, compliments all colors. My favorites on this list is the Giorgio Armani lipstick and the Phillip Lim hangbag. I’ve been obsessed with dark lips and the oxblood color is mysterious, exotic and is must-have this autumn. Be it in your closet or makeup bag, add a hint of red to your life.

1. Marni

2. Alexander Wang

3. Giorgio Armani

4. Sam Edelman

5. Topshop

6. Dorothy Perkins

7. Essie: Carry On

8. 3.1 Phillip Lim

9. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel

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I have a special place in my heart NAME. I had the opportunity to meet and work with the designer before she started her line, and she’s one of those people that is hard not to love. On top of being just gracious and lovely, I’ve been following her collections from season to season and every year I’m more impressed with what she’s creating.   The first two-three years of a designer is key and I really feel you can get a sense of how far they’ll go from these years. It’s clear NAMI has talent and a beautiful esthetic based of her love for fashion and background. Not only that, we just discovered the designer is newly pregnant! Exciting year ahead.

Read below my interview with the lovely Sarah Nami Ahn and check out images of her Spring/Summer 2013 presentation.  You may also recognize Miss California 2012, Leah Cecil, who opened the show in the black gown.


What is the Spring/Summer 2013 collection about?

This collection is about nostalgia. It’s a combination of the 50s – cinched waists, big billowy tea-length skirts and 3/4 length puff sleeves –  juxtaposed with the more irreverent era of the 80s and the Rockabilly movement,  incorporating leather and experimenting with the three dimensional capabilities of fabric. You’ll also see the use traditional features of masculine attire into something that looks and feels quite feminine, as seen in the bow tie dress and the tuxedo jackets in this season’s collection.

How would describe in your own words the overall aesthetic of NAMI?
Our collection uniquely combines casual California chic with worldly details.

What does NAMI mean?
It’s my Korean name. It means “beautiful”.

Where else are you showing?
I was confirmed as one of the designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Beijing this month, however, I decided to defer to the following season to avoid traveling while 7 months pregnant.

Can you tell me about the cuts of this collection? I see a lot of high-low incorporated into your vests, tops and dresses. I feel that from collection to collection, I’m evolving, learning, experimenting but I am beginning to see that my interests in architecture is influencing the cut and shape of my garments. I also keep in mind my mantra of dressing… I want women to feel “effortlessly beautiful” and want looks from my collection to reflect that.

What have you learned so far since designing your first collection? Wow. It’s only bee 1 year but I’ve learned sooooo much about this industry. The learning curve is quite steep. I learned to design with specific women in mind, not just what I want to wear. It’s a service industry, we’re striving to provide items that women want that make them feel confident, beautiful, like a million bucks so they feel like they can take over the world!

Tell us about the fringe accessories that you used to style the models? I was always a fan of the fringe necklace but wanted to use it as a way to visually break up the structured lined of my garments (see attached sketches – no one has seen this image yet – Style Wax Poetic is the first!). Initially, I wanted to have it made from leather but when it came down to start making them, I was in my 1st trimester of pregnancy and the smell of leather made me extra nauseous. The fringe in black satin made a great alternative… inexpensive, odorless, and incredibly light so it moved wonderfully going down the runway.

Who is Sarah when she’s not designing? I’m a proud wife, an overprotective sister, an expectant mother, and a loyal friend. Likes to go to Disneyland with the hubby, drink boba, and loves traveling to discover the fascinating features that makes a place and its people unique.

To view the full Spring/Summer collection, visit here.


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Designer Stephanie Lampkin, known for her creating a modern day goddess with her line Odylyne, debuted her Spring/Summer 2013 collection last week with Los Angeles Fashion Council. This season, incorporating a mix of lace, creams/reds, chiffon, and 70s prints, into flowy maxis, high-low dresses and wearable pieces such a jagged cut skirts and sheer oversized shalls.

The presentation consisted of models in a large circle with slowly rotating in and out with a new look. They were styled with beautiful headcrowns from Jenny Dayco jewelry and flowy curly hair.

The brand is highly celebrated in southern California with women everywhere wishing to bring out their inner hippie goddess in a modern day look. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that Odylyne is one of my favorite lines. I would say as a designer, you know your successful once people start ripping off your designs. I think Odylyne has made it.

Expect to see a ton of Odylyne at the music festivals this year – Coachella anyone?

XO Style Wax Poetic

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Is it time for a weekend getaway, trip to the cabin with your man, or a work trip? This TSA-approved head-to-toe essentials travel kit by Suki Skin Care is truly and gem while away, bringing the comforts and necessities of your home with you. I took this along for a few recent trips I had and I’m wishing I owned more than just the trial size. Seriously, adore it all.

Here’s what I’m loving..

  • suki is the first and only clinically proven, 100% pure comeceutical line of skincare blending nature and science
  • 100% -(no petrochemicals, synthetics, cruelty or comedogens) – I’m truly not sure what all of those terms means, but I can assure you, once you use the product you can tell that all of those fancy words do mean something. Plus, I am a huge animal lover and it’s so great to know the products in your home don’t support animal cruelty.
  • sustainable packaging aiming to promote the inner and outer beauty of not only you but the environment
  • the aroma – the scent of the scrub is truly invigorating. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and the aromas will create a peace within you.

What it is:
A skin and hair travel kit in a zen-like, zip-up case.

  • Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser – tiny granules to exfoliate just the perfect amount (award winning and best selling too!)
  • Velvet Moisturizing Cream – melts on to your skin without feeling heavy
  • Daily Revitalizing Shampoo – their original lemongrass aroma blend doesn’t strip your natural oils
  • Daily Revitalizing Conditioner – feels great, I didn’t have enough to see the long term results but the single time use felt great

head-to-toe essentials travel kit are available for purchase online at sukiskincare.com for #38.95.

 

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 Is it pop, R&B or hip-hop – no one is really sure, but we’re diggin’ it. These electronic magical twinkles, claps, and vocals, all flow together magically, innocently, and yet seductively.

Aluna Francis pairs up with George Reid, to become AlunaGeorge. Their recent, “Watching Over You” marries pop and a little dub to create a masterpiece.
 

They recently made waves with this piece, also equally amazing.

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There are a few things that recently I knew I must have in my closet, one of them being white jeans. I did a white jeans round up a few posts ago exemplifying all amazing street style caught during NYFW, many of them wearing white jeans. I found these at Bloomingdales for a steal from their signature line Aqua. They have a couple pairs left here.  Most white jeans are on discount now although I plan to wear them through winter. It’s a good time to buy.

Paired with a super soft citron top by Vince and my BCBG Generation Booties, I kept an overall light feel to this look. I look forward to wearing them with black booties too, maybe an electric blue top and a leather jacket. White jeans are a must! Just hope I can keep them clean.

What are you lusting over this fall?

 

 

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Today’s feature isn’t your typical feature where I tell you the photographer at hand was recently published in Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar – that would be too predictable. It’s a feature about a ‘not so traditional’ path, similar to my own, of someone who has always had creative juices and is now just recently putting them to use. Those are actually my favorite stories. I love to watch as they are just on the tipping point of their game and about to break through to the next level. The passion, hunger and excitement is there – how it always should be, right?

Austin based Niraj Mehdiratta started with a 5-year stint on Wall Street and realized his drive in life was based more off his passions and creative ambitions than anything else (thank goodness!). Since then, he’s opened Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar (say hi if you’re ever in Austin) to explore his love for food & wine. He’s also helped produce the initial 2 years of the fashion/style arm of SXSW and has started photographing some of the most reputable events in fashion such as New York Fashion Week, Project & Capsule in Vegas, and many more. He captures raw, real moments, not the glossy poses that are seen throughout the blogosphere. There is an element of toughness in an overly feminine industry.

Mehdiratta shares with SWP, “I’ve been an outsider in pretty much every industry I’ve been a part of. I’d like to think that in life, it’s not about how much you know going into something, but how passionate and driven you are to achieve what you want to. I am forever a daydreamer.”

A still can capture emotion, style, environment and much more – the reason I love photography so much. I wanted to get Mehdiratta’s perspective on what he was seeing at the time of his captures. He takes us through his work below.

Street Style Outside Lincoln Center post Richard Chai show

“This shot obviously shows off the stylish subject, he rocked a Givenchy shirt under a leather-sleeved (well-fitted) blazer with drawstring camo pants and tortoise sunglasses. What I love about the shot is the almost shy & contemplative expression. At the time I shot this, he was walking through the crowd and to some degree, almost oblivious to the attention he was receiving with what he had on.” ~ Mehdiratta

Street Style Outside Lincoln Center post Richard Chai show

“I loved this shot purely for the style of the subject. She was vibrant in a sea of muted outfits of heavy black. The cut of her blazer and gold lining to the bright cobalt blue, top up was perfection. I love the military inspired/themed hat she wore, such a funny juxtaposition to the extremely feminine look she had otherwise. I particularly loved this shot for catching her texting on her phone, it gave a chance to show off the bright pop of her nails and gold ring. She literally had every detail of this looked planned out to perfection. Sometimes you just sit back and admire how well-orchestrated someone’s look is.” ~ Mehdiratta

Backstage at Duckie Brown

“In a sea of beautiful models, both female and male, this guy stood out to me the most. Almost in a sense that he was out of place. Tattooed up to the fullest, I loved that any designer who chose to use this model, was embracing his individuality, how he expressed himself through his ink and how that reflected on their outfits on him. This particular moment he was standing in a pose for the house photographer. I caught him from the side, a bit more candid, against the clean white wall behind him.” ~Mehdiratta

Backstage at Billy Reid

“I love this shot for the simple fact of how it speaks to the camaraderie of the models. You notice that the same models are used for a multitude of shows throughout the week, in large part, groups of the same models. You seem them hanging out backstage, smoking together, spending their downtime cracking on each other, etc. This particular moment was in their “first looks” after hair & makeup before they took the runway. There’s definitely this sense of brotherhood here, they look like they’re enjoying each other’s company and ready to rock what was the last (and one of the biggest) shows of the day.”

Backstage at Tommy Hilfiger

I think this shot captures the essence of the frenzy that is backstage. All at the same time, in a confined space, there is hair & makeup going on, designers/assistants combing through first looks & prepping for that, interviews being conducted, celebrities and invited guests catching a glimpse of the action, it’s a a frenetic and energetic time to document. I think this shot captures that well, in a sea of people, this model has his make-up touched up right before he’s about to get into his first look.

Check out more of Mehdiratta’s work at www.nirajrai.com.

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While you may not be shopping for scarves in Los Angeles, for the other parts of the world (the normal ones), you’re probably pulling out the sweaters, boots and enjoying your pumpkin lattes as you stare out the window at the beautiful orange leaves. Oh, how I miss the NYC seasons! I did however, enjoy a few days of cold weather when I visited San Francisco, and the crisp air in the mornings made me ‘oh-so-excited’ for fall.

Other than being cozy and wonderfully warm, a scarf is an accessory that can take an average outfit and make it adorable, just by adding a scarf. I love black and white, as I think it goes with a lot. I also still adore chunky knits, which I’ve posted on times before. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with oversized piece, and I love the options these day for scarves that offer a thick material with length, such as the one offered by Beryll. Muted tones go with everything, while a pop of color can be fun too. So many options below, I hope you enjoy the transition into fall. I’m so ready – how about you?

1. Asos.com
2. Modcloth -$16.99
3. Asos.com
4. Asos.com
5. Topshop.com
6. LaCoste – $62.66
7. Phillip Lim
8. Alice and Olivia – $187
9. Beryll (In Stores)

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I may have just found my new favorite artist. North Carolina native J. Cole (born Jermaine Cole) is a refreshing exception to the quick route for fame and success. He’s the first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation label, Cole made himself notable through a scholarly approach to the game – no small feat considering his Magna Cum Laude distinction upon graduating from St. John’s University.

Soulful and strong, J. Cole’s lyrics touch on everything from his upbringing in North Carolina to the poverty and hopelessness that affect his community. The mixtape encapsulates not just who J. Cole is as a rapper, but who he is as an artist and a person.

Taking from his favorite artists a love for powerful storytelling with an intense inner-strength, J. Cole advanced to writing his own lyrics at 15, soon amassing stacks of notebooks filled with rhymes and observations.

For the latest updates on J Cole, visit JColeMusic.com. For a free download to this sound, visit Soundcloud.com.

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