Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Neiman’s Blogger Fall Fashion 2014 Preview Featuring Givenchy Cartoon and Tom Ford Handbags

This may be surprising for some of you, but I never really go to in store events. Now this is not because I don’t want to, it’s because I use to be the head hairstylist for all the Designer Previews for Southern California Nordstrom’s for over 10 years, I was strictly behind the scenes. Now that SD Bloggers are in my life and I’m not styling hair, I get to see all the fashions from the front of the house, hurray for me and you. 
Neiman’s presented the most spectacular fall fashion preview, in conjunction with Alex Yanez, NM Stylist. This young man is truly a talent, it’s no wonder Mr. Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, hand groomed Alex and 4 other stylist to help us Neiman Marcus shoppers translate the latest fashion trends into our own wardrobes.
Some of my favorite trends shown 
The Green Scale:
I’m mad for this smoky stoned statement necklace that was paired with this mock pony top. The textures together add to the luxe look of this really simple outfit. To add to the texture Alex used this new hounds tooth pant and cut out ankle booties,  and layered  your everyday classic blazer just casually draped over the shoulders. This is a great updated office look that could move to happy hour, don’t you think?
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Capes and Draping were shown in almost every look, but this tapestry cape was a knock out! And the fact that Alex used to the knee boots for the wow factor, really speaks to my inner Russian Cossack. 

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Grey Scale 

Grey is such a soft look for those of us that are having a hard time breaking black, but the softness factor is some what appealing I will say. 
This Tom Ford Crossbody Handbag is so spectacular I might have to take the money I've saved for my Thermage and buy this Tom Ford beauty instead.
 Mixed in to the trends was 
the New Color Blocking:
A geometric color block handbag, mixed with green fur infinity scarves was pure genius and a trend for the cold months I will be wearing. How many of you have bought a pair of Culottes? I have. My mom said I have horrible knees, so here you go mom, I’m covering them up with the Culottes Trend! Maybe her knees would look like mine if she skateboarded and surfed!  

Global Chic: The London Union Jack clutch by Alexander McQueen paired with the flowing chiffon, monochromatic giraffe print dress, was to die for. I would wear this to family dinner night in a heart beat. The leather cape is a piece that could be worn with a pair of jeans to the movies or a casual day out.

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 This next look was fantastic almost Eastern European in feel. I might not wear this whole look together but I would break apart the look. I could wear the skirt with a nice white, loose tee and the chunky Asian influence necklace, and the Fendi logo bag shown. Now that jacket is a statement on its own, so I would wear it with my loose jeans or my leather pants with low booties to the grocery store, yes I said to the grocer’s.

The juxtaposition of the casual and luxury dressing is obviously becoming a classic way of dressing for this generation as seen here.
Alex asked the Nieman’s seamstress to open up the side panels of this olive colored Grecian dress so he could add a pair of J Brand jeans under the look, I say Brilliant idea Alex! The pop of puffy jacket for that twist of sport luxe, well now we know we can use our ski wears for everyday life, how exciting.

I’m sure by now you know I’m a fuzzy jacket lover, so when this cubby coat came out I was like a schoolgirl screaming at a One Direction Concert. Then I notice the clutch was a Givenchy Bambi print and I just about wet my pants, I’m a huge Disney fan. There is no holding me back now ladies Disney and Fuzzy will rule my fall fashion choices. 

Until Our Next Fashion Adventure
Happy Hunting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Turning My Causal Mom Style Up With My Marc Jacobs Inspired Sequin Jacket

Just because you're a mom doesn't mean you have to wear sweats all the time right? How about bringing a twist to your casual dressing. I decided on this Marc Jacobs 2014 inspired jacket from ASOS.com for the day because why not wear your sparkle during the day!

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Under my bright Geometric patterned crop jacket, I wore a loose crop top in white. It is cool and comfortable and has kimono sleeves, so if I choose to take of my pop princess jacket I will be still have style. Now I know everyone owns a pair of distressed jeans in their wardrobe that they could pair with this juxtaposed look, I only had my distressed Mom denim shorts from Nastygal.com, but it works. If you did go for the jeans an opened toed sporty heel or a pair of Vans from Target Style Mossimo collection could work.

Every fall I buy a pair of new trend boots, the prerequisite is they can't be spendy and I have to be able to walk around during fashion week for extended periods of time. I found these black ankle boots with a hint of the sports luxe trend look on ASOS.com. I think it was the heel and the white stripe that sold me, just super cute don't you think? As you know I owned a boutique in San Diego for many years so I was able to add some great pieces to my wardrobe. This Angela Adams Mid Century inspired handbag in felt and mock silver snake skin is one of my many favorites, not just for it's style, but for the size and functionality of this great bag.

I felt like a little fun and needed to break my over relaxed style now that fall is upon us. Show me your favorite juxtaposed look by using the hashtag #beautybyswFFE on Instagram.

Until next time
Happy Hunting loves


Saturday, September 20, 2014

If Fendi SS15 and Dries Van Noten Had a Baby It Would Be My OOTD

I’m sure most of us who love fashion have been watching the Milan SS15 Show streaming on Style.com and various other media sources this past week, right? I love to see the shows so I can then interpret the ideas into my own style. I would say that’s why fashion week or fashion month, is so fun for us all. Before my NYFW SS15 coverage began I shot some video and OOTD at Chateau Bel Age in the West Lewis Shopping District of San Diego. This Boutique/Event Venue was so perfect with its fireplace and plushy couches, right down to the leopard print stairs and mounds of layered Asian Carpets, just so moody (Love It!) 

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I decided on this bold Asian flower print top from ASOS.com, not just because floral is in style, but because of the more abstract, almost cartoon look of the flower. I think when I bought it I was loving the Dries Van Noten AW14 collection; now to my surprise I spotted a similar flower in my other favorite design house, Fendi for the SS15 collection being used through the show. This means my Flowers will bloom through to spring, gotta love that.

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 The bracelet is an absolute favorite from Chateau Bel Age, it carries that late 60’s early 70’s art vibe with its varied mix of bright coke bottle green and deep moss and geometric cut surface. To add to my geometric art theme, I paired the look with this great matte studded bag for that added metal look I love so much; girls gotta have her studs. My shoes are patented leather by a brand called Cheep Monday. I love the girly ankle strap mixed with the edge of a pointed London Chelsea boot, I literally giggle when these bad boys go on.

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I’m glad to see that the trends of AW14 are still predominate in the NYFW and Milan fashion week collections as it will mean I can pair some old favorites with some new fashion friends.

Until Paris Fashion Week
Happy Hunting

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Burberry SS15 Nail Color Inspirations and Review

The Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 show was bursting with color and overall sense of femininity, which in turn inspired me to try out possible nail polish colors for my SS15 nail art collection.
Burberry’s spring fashion was filled with hot pinks hues, an array of blues and greens with a dash of cayenne red pepper. 
I decided on 5 brands to start my review

  • Revlon nail enamels in the shade Make Mine Mango 920. This shade looks like the Burberry’s Runway design
  • Sally Hansen’s color in Shrimply Devine 520.
  • Dior Vernis in Rouge 999. That’s my hot cayenne red, like the bugs in the Burberrys S/S15 runway video
  • F21 nail polish brand Love & Beauty in the color Rose
  • Essie nail Lacquer in Turquoise & Caicos,  to go with the beautiful dresses in Christopher Bailey’s collection at #LFW
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Nail polish consistency is a personal preference, don’t you think? Thinner, sheer, opaque, what ever your preference might be I do think we are all looking for a polish that stands the test of our daily activities. As I was pressed for time and choose to do a quick water mani to cleanse my nails and cuticles. I follow up with Bond Aid from OPI to help the polish adhere better and then the No Chip Base coat by Sally Hansen (know your nail condition to make your own base choices).

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The 1st coats of colored nail polish will let you know if your choice in brands is sheerer or a one coat wonder. The Sally Hansen and the Revlon Nail Polishes went on a bit streaky for my liking. This was a indicator I would have to layer 3 coats of polish.
The Essie Nail Lacquer was a little sheer but I do feel 2 coats would be enough to achieve the color density I like. The last two colors are my One Coat Wonders, the Dior Rouge 999 and the F21 Rose Nail Lacquers. Either polish would be a great travel companion for Fashion Week. Both polishes are long lasting one quick layer and you’re ready for Paris Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week.
I say you should all pop over to Burberry’s Twitter feed to see some of the gorgeous color inspiration for yourself. As much as we all love black, a little color livens the senses, don’t you agree?

Until Next Time
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