Apparel, Fashion

Fast Food in Fashion

May 22, 2015

Every where I look I see fast food in fashion …. and it’s making me hungry. I found all types of fast food in fashion clothing, my favorite being: cupcakes, ice-cream, and macaroons. I might find these to be cute and amusing but will save the donut t-shirt for my daughter.

Fast Food in Fashion

French Fries & Milk Shake Underwear/ Naja $18

Burger & Fries Socks/ Asos $9

Hamburger swimsuit/Mr. Gugu & Miss Go $61

Donut Midi Ring Set/ Forever 21 $35.00

Ouch! Fast Food Plasters/ TopShop $8

Donut Backpack/ Nasty Gal ($58 by Skinnydip London)

Hot Dog Sweatshirt/ FarFetch $307.16

Ice Cream Knitted Sweater/ MissGuided $44

Pretzel Charm/ Tiffany & Co. $150

Fries Over Guys Pullover/ Forever 21 $17.90

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Beauty Stuff

Eyelash Extensions

May 16, 2015

This post goes out to every girl who has fallen victim to bad eyelash extensions or heard horror stories from eyelash hell. As someone who has been wearing eyelash extensions for almost two years, I have a few tips on how to ensure that your new lashes are pain-free and gorgeous… or should I say, easy on the eyes.

I’ll say upfront that beauty comes at a price; eyelash extensions take a good amount time and money, plus they require upkeep. Applying a full-set will take about two hours and cost anywhere from $150 to $300 (depending on what part of the country you live in). Once you have a full-set you will need to get your eyelashes filled every 3 to 4 weeks.


So how does this whole lash extension thing work, anyway? For a full-set, the stylist will glue an extension onto each individual lash (you can see why the process is so costly and time consuming). If applied correctly, the extensions will not hurt or permanently damage your eyes or lashes.

Given the sensitive nature of eyelashes it is important to care for your new extensions like the luscious little lashes they are. Here are a few things to keep in mind while getting the extensions and how to care for them afterward:

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1. Make sure that your eyelash tech is trained and has a couple years experience. I’ve had techs attach an extension to multiple eyelashes and this is a major DON’T in the eyelash extension world. Not only can it be painful, but it can permanently damage your eyelashes.
2. Eyelash extensions are great for many reasons, but perhaps the best of them all is that mascara is no longer a daily must-have. If you do wish to apply mascara, only do so at the tip of the extensions and with a light hand. Trust me—you don’t need much to make those lashes pop.
3. Always take your eye makeup off properly to prevent damage to your eyelash pore.
4. Avoid waterproof mascara because it can be difficult to take off and may remove the extensions.
5. Don’t rub or tug your eyelashes if you want your natural lashes to stay healthy. When applied properly, an extension shouldn’t bother you, but this isn’t a perfect world, so if an extension is bothering you, make a pit stop at your salon.
5. Don’t let your new lashes near water for the first 24 hours, as the water will weaken the adhesive and cause the lashes to fall out prematurely.(it really depends on the type of glue the eyelash tech is using)
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With that said, I love my eyelash extensions! Being that I don’t wear eye makeup daily, they look awesome and work great for me. The most important thing I can share with you is what to expect when you decide to take your eyelash extensions off. The transition back to au-natural lashes is not fun. In my experience, my eyelashes were short stubs, and it took a good three months to for my lashes to grow back to their regular length. While they were growing out, I got pretty crafty at putting fake eyelash strips on.

No need to be afraid of the eyelash extension rumors that float around the interweb, just be smart about where to get your extensions done, how much they cost and be prepared to give them the proper TLC they need. If you see someone with great looking lashes ask them where they were done. I found my girl from a referral, and would suggest looking up reviews from Yelp if your a 1st timer!

Apparel

Styling Distressed Denim

May 12, 2015

I have come to the conclusion that everything looks better with distressed denim. Whether at work or at play styling distressed denim will make your look…. look a little undone in a good way. Below I took a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and styled them two different ways.

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Shirt:Chelsea 28 $68/ Jeans:Blank NYC$98/  Purse: Tory Burch $425/ Watch:Burberry $595/ Heels: Similar Via Spiga $275 & Sam Edleman $109.95

distressed-boyfriend-jeans-causal Shirt: Ella Moss $138/Jeans:Blank NYC$98/ Hat: Nordstrom $38.00/Sunglasses: Converse $58.00/ Shoes: Similar Kork-Ease $129.95 & Charles David $170.00/

I fell in love with these Blank NYC distressed boyfriend jeans I used above…. well until I tried them. Finding jeans is never fun. If you love shopping for denim online but find yourself returning jeans check out Fitcode.com it will forever change your denim shopping experience.

I totally understand if you are one of those people that refuse to buy denim with holes in it. Here are some decent DIY you-tube videos with step-by-step instructions on how to distress your own pair of denim at home.

How to Distress Denim (pro style)

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Outfits

Sweatshirt Dress

April 18, 2015

I love anything made out of grey fleece, and this sweatshirt dress is no exception. I bought this sweatshirt dress with the intent of pairing it with my high-thigh boots. This dress isn’t the most flattering shape, but I love that it has pockets and a longer back to it. Plus with a price point of $59, I couldn’t pass up it up.
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My poodle’s name is Rex and when I am not working he is pretty much my main hang. I would never call myself a “dog person”, but I have become a “my dog person”. Poodles are the best!
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dress:Galmorous/leggings:Alternative Apparel/necklace:Jcrew/socks:Target/Shoes:Vince Camuto

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My step-son Jorin and his girl-friend were in town and happen to be walking by as me and Inese were taking pictures. After my quick photo opt me, Jorin and Mal(the girlfriend) headed down-town to get our shop on. If you are ever shopping for a silm cut for males, Zara should be your first stop. The european cuts are very flattering on a slim build and are usually long enough to fit the super tall slim guys.
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Outfits

Jasper & Jeera Boots

April 11, 2015

Jasper & Jeera Boots

I found these Jasper & Jeera Boots online at Anthropologie.com (in 2013). After they were delivered, I wanted to learn more about the Jasper & Jeera brand and other cute boot options they might make. Unfortunately I came up short and could only find the brand at Anthropologie and eBay. It looks like the brand was trademarked by Urban Outfitters(which also owns Anthropologie)in 2007. I bet Jasper & Jeera is a house Athro brand like the Silence + Noise is to Urban Outfitters. Either way I am loving my Jasper & Jeera boots, and always have a smile when receiving compliments on them.

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Please bear with my silly-ness… getting my picture taken is rough. Big thank you to my girl Cora Brown Rock who snapped these pictures of me.
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blouse: Madewell/necklace:Madewell/boots:Jasper&Jeera/Jeans:Madewell

Beauty Stuff

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum

April 7, 2015

In my quest to try a new foundation I stumbled upon Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum. It grabbed my attention for it’s anti-aging treatment, and being SPF 30. I have heard awesome things about the Perricone MD skin care line but have never spent the money on trying the product line as a whole. I was skeptical about trying Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum because it only came in one color. With a price-point of $55, I thought it was worth trying.
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So what’s my verdict on this new foundation? I like it… but I don’t love it. I like that it is very moisturizing, SPF 30, and really melts into my skin. It has a lot more coverage than the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer I am using, but sometimes the coverage makes my skin look too perfect. That would be my only complaint, too much coverage. I like it enough to keep it but not enough to rebuy it. This product is meant for older skin, so if you are a 20 something Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum may not be ideal for your skin. Below are other Perricone MD makeup products that look cool.


Outfits

gypsy cape

April 4, 2015

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Gypsy cape, kimono, cocoon scarf, duster, cardigan, festival cape… whatever you want to call them I am a big fan. It is an easy layer to take on and off, and can be worn with also anything thing. A kimono/cape covers your backside in a fashionable way, allowing you to wear something else with your leggings besides a tunic. I tend to wear my gypsy cape more in the summer with my shorty shorts, but this piece gets used all year round. Gypsy capes come in such wonderful colors and patterns that easily make your outfit look styled. I picked up the one I am wearing because of the great price point. Not that a $70 cape is cheap, but I have definitely gotten my money’s worth with how much I wear it.

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hat:Gorrin Brothers/cape:Free People/tank:Alternative Apparel/jeans:Free people(similar pair here)boots:Lucky Brand/ long pendent necklace:vintage

Food & Health

ClassPass

April 2, 2015

Ever heard of ClassPass? How about Fit Mod? If you love treating yourself to hot yoga, barre, spin, boxing, pilates class etc etc, but you don’t want to spend the drop rate of $20 a class then continue reading…..

So here’s the deal on ClassPass. You pay a monthly membership fee ($79-$99 depending on the city) and Class Pass has a network of boutique fitness studios you can visit up to 3 times a month in one billing cycle. You can take a unlimited amount of classes each month…. but only 3 a month from one individual studio. Below is the interface to look up classes. Either by activity, location, time slot, or studio.

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As a freelance fashion stylist my job includes travel, ClassPass gives me the flexibility of working out in other cities it’s in (Especially since I work as a local in both Las Vegas & Seattle.)

ClassPass Pro’s

*It offers classes I love but would never spend the money on individually.
*Makes me commit to taking classes, cause the $20 no-show fee costs to much money to be lazy for.
*By booking classes in advance, I’m able to plan time for my workouts.

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This is what I my workout looks like this week

*There’s no contact to sign, if you want to take the month off you can put your ClassPass on hold for $20 (Which lets me take 1 class that month) a month.
*ClassPass has a mobile app for the iPhone (Which makes booking classes super easy for me.)
*I have been able to try a bunch of different studios, and really mixed up my workouts.

You are able to change cities and browse different neighborhoods with each city. Makes finding studios super easy

You are able to change cities and browse different neighborhoods with each city. Makes finding studios super easy

ClassPass Cons

*If you register for a class and don’t show up, you will be charged a $20 no-show fee.
*Classes get booked fast, so planning your workouts is key.

I found out about ClassPass through a rep that wanted to collaborate on the launch of classpass Las Vegas. The collaboration included me trying out ClassPass for a month (AKA gifting me a months pass). In that month I took 8 classes. Working out is not that fun, but trying Class Pass was. I found an amazing pilates class that charged $35 for a drop in rate and took a spin classes at Flywheel which runs $25 drop in rate. After my free month was over I decided to stick with Class Pass, it works with my lifestyle and my budget. The cost of my class pass in Seattle/ and or Las Vegas is $79.

Interested in trying Class Pass: 1-week trials of Class Pass are available on a limited basis for new Class Pass customers in certain markets only. Contact here to find out whether 1-week trials are currently available in your market.

Sound like your kind of gym membership? sign up here 

Trends

Windowpane Print

March 31, 2015

One up coming trend that caught my attention is the windowpane print trend. Windowpane print was all over the runways for pre-fall 2015. The jumbo squares look more modern and adapt to any silhouette. Trousers, tops, sweaters and dresses have all gotten the square treatment. Currently I have a handful of stripes, dots, and patterns in my closet. I welcome the windowpane print. The windowpane looks great when paired with color or patterns.

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Dress:Loft/Necklace & Cardigan:JCrew

I myself am excited about adding a new print trend to my wardrobe come fall. I say “come fall” because the only garment I have found in my budget is black & white. Ideally I find something with a funnier color palette.

Outfits

Patterned Dress

March 29, 2015

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Today was a work day, but after our shooting day wrapped I asked one of the photographers to do a little snappy snappy. I have owned this patterned dress for at least two years. Madewell always serves up great basic dresses that are on trend. A pattern dress is a wardrobe must! I rock this dress all year long, mostly in the summer with brown sandals. Usually when I wear patterns I combine with some type of solid accessories or vice/versa.

dress & boots: Madewell/ tights:Hanes/infinity scarf:/ Lipstick:Limecrime Velvetine Matte Lipstick

Photographed by: Phu Nguyen

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