7.05.2015

Inspiration

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a fashion writer is when I am given the opportunity to ask the designers where they draw their inspiration from, or, what inspired them for the collection? I enjoy watching their faces light-up as they explain, in detail, how the collection came about. Back in March, I attended the FIDM Debut 2015 runway show during Palm Springs Fashion Week. I am always thrilled to see new talent emerge into the spotlight. I was particularly intrigued by designer, Leetal Platt. Leetal's collection was called Suspend/Support. Her inspiration came from seeing suspension bridges, peeking through a foggy night. Isn't that wild!? The last photo in this post is an image from Leetal's collection. Immediately you'll see the connection - a damp foggy night, and through the moon's illumination, you spot a lone bridge in the distance. Can you picture it? Very clever, indeed.

When discussing the subject of inspiration, some believe it's set aside specifically for the creative types. I wonder if this is true. I do believe creative people are more open-minded, vulnerable, and in tune with themselves and their surroundings. Can't we all possess this quality? I believe so. The key to living an inspired life is knowing thyself. When you know yourself, you trust your instincts, or what some say...trusting your gut (that feeling from deep within). You'll no longer feel the need to mimic what others are doing because you'll feel confident in yourself. Click to Tweet ---> Knowing yourself allows you to paint a true picture of who you are in every part of your life. You're open to new ideas, and the world around you. When you have an idea or thought, you won't be afraid to act on it. You take pride in your new idea. You'll take ownership of it because it is entirely yours; which makes it even more special and unique. 


For today's look, I am inspired by my latest acquisition - a tassel beaded bucket bag, along with the Navajo influences in Southern California. Typically I live by the rule of wearing one statement piece at a time. However, with this look, I trusted my gut and went with two - my sandals and handbag - both beaded and both give a nod to the Native American culture. You'll see by pairing the two statement pieces with solid garments in complimenting tones, the outfit, though subtle in details, somehow manages to give a gentle punch of individuality. Also, notice how the shape of the bag mimics the shape of the skirt.

Outfit Details: Beaded Tassel Handbag (Sold Out. See the Antik Batik at Net-a-Porter); Nine West Vintage America Sandals (Check out the Vanessa Beaded Ankle Cuff Sandal at Nordstrom, or huge variety of beaded sandals on Shopstyle. Check out the Yates Tribal Beaded by Sam Edelman); Skirt: H&M (old); Off the Should Tee: Ann Taylor Loft, Basic Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft    



 



 
FIDM Debut 2015: Leetal Platt Suspend/Support
Quite often I am inspired by accessories...the color, shape, era, the feeling I get when I see or touch it. Tell me friends, where do you get your fashion inspiration? Now that we're fully emerged in summer, I'm already thinking ahead to fall...the colors, shapes, the textures. I feel inspired. By the way, have you seen Nordstrom's Pre-Fall Picks? If you haven't, I have provided you with easy access by clicking the Nordstrom ad on my side-bar. Click to Tweet --->Where ever your inspiration comes from, trust your gut. Know you are representing you - which is the true meaning of style{wink}

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7.01.2015

Pretty

Pretty: Attractive to look at usually in a simple or delicate way.

OK, I'm not writing about myself. How conceited that would be. I am however writing about the top I'm wearing. A top so delightful, there is no better way to describe it, but pretty


If you haven't noticed, I am completely obsessed with white tops...and dresses, and have managed to build quite an extensive collection. I love the way white compliments my deep chocolate complexion. When I wear it, I always feel crisp and approachable. It always manages to brighten my mood. While some resort to wearing white for special celebratory events, I enjoy dawning it regardless of the time of year, time of day or occasion. When I first spotted this incredibly pretty top, I was especially intrigued by the way in which it was constructed. The combination of eyelet, with the accordion pleating, made the top exceptional. Where the eyelet and pleating meet in the front, manages to give the top it's feminine baby-doll shape. When you see the top from the rear, you'll be surprised to see the pleating only occurs in the front and the sides, but connects with the eyelet cleverly which enhances the womanly physique.


Outfit Details - Eyelet Empire Blouse: Anthropologie (I tried to find a top comparable to the unique Anthro top, however, I couldn't. Please check out the other Eyelet Tops on Shopstyle); Curvy Skinny Jeans: Loft (purchases last season. See the Curvy Kick Cropped Jean); Floral Clutch: Custom made (Insanely cute floral clutch on Shopstyle); Silver and White Wedge Sandal: Calvin Klein: (Check out these similar sandals by Via Spiga)





 

Here's a fashion pop quiz for you...

Which American fashion designer almost always makes her appearance at the end of each of her runway shows wearing some form of white?  Follow me on Instagram and I'll reveal the answer on Friday at 12:00noon (PST). {wink}

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6.28.2015

Mute

It has only been a few weeks since school let out for my sons and already my usual introverted self is desperate for my much needed time alone. When school is in session, I typically begin the day with a gentle rhythm that's very similar to being cradled with a sweet lullaby. I had my own morning routine...meditation, followed by a good workout, and then a healthy breakfast. All of these things fueled me, and when it came time to take my place at my computer, it was super easy to delve into writing. Peace encompassed my home. As I typed away on my chapters, I would take periodic breaks to gaze out my bedroom window, watching and enjoying the sounds of the lawn sprinklers, while sipping a warm beverage.

Now with my sons home, my natural alarm clock has been replaced with the sounds of competitive banter while they play the latest video game (I think that's what they still call them. Perhaps I have dated myself); or the gardener mowing the lawn by 6:00am to beat the stifling California heat; a house full of boys (including my son's friends) devouring the last crumbs in the kitchen; and then there's the statement that puts every parent on edge..."We're bored. What are we doing today?" Not knowing I'm completely satisfied with absolute stillness. Oh how I wish I could reach for that imaginary button - push it firmly, and put the sounds of my current situation on mute.

Don't get me wrong, I adore spending time with my sons, its just their being out of school and home during this crucial time of writing a book has pushed my usual relaxed routine into over-drive, leaving me to search for tidbits of tranquility. So for today, as I seek peace, I also quiet my wardrobe by wearing pieces which have a soft drape, easy to wear, and of course, in delicate, muted shades...soft metallic gold is paired with creamy tones of white and a splash of mellow yellow. Each garment caresses me with their pliable fabrications. Enjoy the look!


Outfit Details: Cropped Wide Leg Pants from Ann Taylor Loft (On major sale); Flowing Pleated Gold Metallic Top from Anthropologie (From a few seasons back); Floral Handbag from Banana Republic via eBay (Do a search. You may still find a few available) or (Check out the Floral Handbags at Nordstrom.com); Gold Metallic Heels from Banana Republic via eBay (Crazy for this similar metallic wedge gold sandal from Neiman Marcus).






  


Like I mentioned above, during my quiet moments, I look forward to indulging in a warm beverage. Recently a heard a review for a coffee alternative called Teeccino from one of my favorite authors - Jennifer L. Scott  (Lessons From Madam Chic). After hearing her review, I was eager to try the brand. Teeccino is caffeine-free herbal coffee alternative. Here's a statement taken from the Teeccino website - By including herbal beverages in your daily life, you can enjoy numerous cups a day of delicious tasting herbal teas and herbal coffees that bring you many wellness properties. Herbs contain a complex variety of  unique antioxidants, soluble fiber, enzymes, essential oils, and immune stimulating constituents that work together synergistically to promote good health. Additionally, those who are experiencing caffeine withdrawal benefit greatly from weaning off coffee with Teeccino.  


(I have not been compensated in any way for this review. It's just me sharing with you) I'm happy to tell you the Teeccino faux coffee in the Vanilla Nut flavor is actually quite good. Since I'm not an aggressive coffee drinker (I much prefer teas), I opted for a medium roast. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor - a delicate blend of creamy vanilla and almonds - Yum! I've been enjoying having a few stolen moments of sipping the warm drink, while the rest of the world is on mute. Tell me friends, do you also search for that big, imaginary mute button? How do you escape from the chaotic times?{wink}.

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6.24.2015

Fruits and Flowers

We all harbor special thoughts about summer...the longer days; relishing in the warm sun; endless hours in the swimming pool. For myself, yes I adore all of these things, however, one of my most cherished aspects of summer-time are the things nature has given to us to enjoy...the wide assortment of succulent fruits and gorgeous flowers. I so enjoy biting into a sweet, juicy nectarine or mango, or bringing nature indoors by cutting a magnificent spray of flowers from my garden. Outside my office window, I take-in the sweet smell of my lavender plant. I watch as the honeybees dart to-and-from the blooms as they try to satisfy their insatiable appetite for its delicious nectar. In celebration of nature's summer-time gift to us, I dedicate this fashion post - Fruits and Flowers. Enjoy!


Outfit Details - Apple Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane (Purchased via eBay); Embroidered Floral Peplum: Anthropologie (Nasty Gal has a great one, or check out the embroidered tops from eShakti); Strappy Heels: Loft (Limited supply. Check out the similar strappy black sandals on Shopstyle); Moto Bi-Stretch Pants: Loft (Past Season); Basic Black Sunglasses: Loft.



 



 

What do you love most about summer, and is your special something grand or small? Do share, I would love to read what makes this season special to you {wink}

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6.21.2015

Island Fever + A Surprise!

Let me begin by wishing fathers a very happy and joyous Father's Day!

Now, on to fashion and lifestyle...
I have a little game I play when I go shopping. Whenever I see something I love, I always ask myself..."OK, where am I wearing this?" When I can visualize myself wearing the garment for a specific occasion - it's a winner. As an example, the look for today immediately carried me away to the sound of steel drums, crystal blue skies and the turquoise waters of an island paradise. I think I have a case of Island Fever.

Unfortunately, a vacation to the Islands is but a mere fantasy right now, as financial priorities take center stage. Since I can't partake in an extravagant trip this summer, I'm fortunate enough to live in a state which boast it's own tropical lure...840 miles of uninterrupted coastline; loads of palm trees that kiss the sky; endless opportunities to drive the highway with the sunroof open...need I say more. I'm not bragging, just appreciating what I have. Regardless, if I'm in Jamaica, the Bahamas or good ol' California, this perfect little dress conjures up images of me strolling near rhythmic crashing waves while sipping a lush tropical drink. Enjoy the look!  


Outfit Details - Coastal Swing Dress: Loft (check out these bohemian tasseled dresses from eShakti; Aviator Sunglasses: Loft; Tie-Up Sandals by Bernardo (Many options on Shopstyle. Check out the K. Jacques); Various silver bangles purchased from Mexico and TJ Maxx. Watch is Citizen Crystal Silhouette. Scarf is vintage. Large Silver Hoop Earrings from Icing.


Basking in the warm, 100 degree sun.

Bohemian spirited accessories add to the vacation vibe print in this lightweight dress.






Though I may not be able to travel afar, I can still hop in my car and drive 30 miles to the west where I can taste the salty sea, bask in the warm sun, walk along the shoreline and wiggle my toes in the sand. Oh wait, I think I hear steel drums {wink}


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