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Frost Yourself

Last Thursday, myself and some of my fellow blogger babes joined together at Robbins Brothers to check out the new Simon G collection. What girl doesn’t love diamonds?! We started with manicures, sipped some delicious sangria, then moved our way to check out the beautiful collection. I’m no diamond expert, but these were beautiful pieces and very affordable at the same time, which I know can be difficult to find.

We also got to hear from the host of the evening, Natasha Burton, sex and relationship columnist from Cosmopolitan magazine. After all of her years of writing about relationships, I wanted to know what is the most important dating tip that she can pass along. She divulged, “If you see signs in the beginning,  make sure to address them right away. Girls often don’t speak up and let things slide and it’s very easy to set bad patterns, which can ultimately ruin the relationship later.”

Not only did we have such a great time eating, chatting and trying on rings, I also won the raffle as well and received this darling heart pendent. #LOVE

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{A Style Chat with the Designers of Calvin Rucker}

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Calvin Rucker is the collaboration between fashion innovators Joie Rucker (founder of Joie) and longtime friend and fashion leader, Caroline Calvin (formerly SVP of Global Design at Levi Strauss & Co). What I love about this brand is not only the marriage of two amazing ascetics and brands we’ve fallen for, but also that this amazing brand is produced and made here in Los Angeles.

Merging a luxurious, sexy classicism with a rebel streak, the CALVIN RUCKER collection has a little something for everyone. I caught up with Calvin and Rucker to find out what they’re loving for the season and they’re LA go-tos.

INTERVIEW

SWP: What is it about denim that you love so much?
CR: We love denim for its simplicity and complexity. As one of our heroes, Yves Saint Laurent has said, “I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”

SWP: After your many years of experience, what can you share with us about denim that maybe we wouldn’t know?
CR: It’s easier to button a fly from the bottom up- like on our LOVE ME Boyfriend Jean.

SWP: I love that you’re made and produced in LA. Do you think the fashion in Los Angeles has stepped up their game in the past 5-10 years?
CR: Yes! Los Angeles is not just a reference for t-shirt and jeans- it is becoming an incubator for design talent and we have established design houses like RODARTE and now we have Saint Laurent in our backyard.

SWP: Joie is one of my faves! Did you bring some elements from Joie to Calvin Rucker?
CR: Calvin Rucker is Casual Couture for the Creative Class- it is an elevated expression of our design experience and capabilities. In addressing the young designer market we are able to push the boundaries of fit, fabric, silhouette and details to another level.

SWP: Who is the Calvin Rucker girl?
CR: The Calvin Rucker girl is a chic, modern woman- the originator of the “creative class.” She has a unique sense of self and style that makes a captivating impression when she enters the room.

SWP: Tell me about your use of leather?
CR: Our use of leather is inspired by our concept of refined with the rough and tough with feminine.

SWP: What are your 3 go-to pieces this spring?
CR: That’s the easiest question of all!!
1. The oversized boyfriend jean in its super soft vintage hand finished treatment called Rock Salt
2. The Too Shy Shy Lace T
3. The Fame Bomber satin jacket

SWP: What’s a typical day in the life for you both?
CR: Usually we try and start the day with a dawn patrol surf session and then bust a move downtown.

SWP: Tell three tracks on your stereo?
CR: We’re channeling summertime mood so we are listening to Jimmy Cliff, Orchestra Aragon from Cuba and Joyce from Brazil.

SWP: 3 of your favorites in Los Angeles

CR: Nobu Malibu,, Witz End bar when Whitley Heights has a gig and Gratus boutique – opening soon in BH! those girls rock.

Check out their Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook here. XSWP

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{8 Summer Dresses That Won’t Make You Feel Boring}

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With this heat wave, dresses are sometimes the only way to go, but without the right style and design, a simple dress can be a little boring. Dresses from Forever21 and H&M can look wrinkly or the fit may not be right, as the quality and design isn’t the same as a designer dress. Investing in a good dress or two is definitely worth the splurge; you’ll feel better in it and you’ll have it for seasons to come. These 8 picks are from two of my favorite stores OTTE NYC and Net-A-Porter. Most are marked down as surprisingly, stores are already thinking about fall merchandise! From color blocking, to brights like Emerald green, and of course my favorite, all white, these dresses will be investments for years to come.

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