Fashion

fashionable flip flops

July 6, 2015

fashionable flip flops

photo taken by:Luis Anthony Chavez

I love summer! Being warm all the time is right up my alley, plus it takes half the time to get dressed. Since you wear less clothing during the summer the same goes with your feet. I have a pair of flip flops right by my door that I wear weekly if not daily. Since Old Navy flip flops are practical but not necessarily fashionable I thought it was worth shopping for. Do you already own a pair of fashionable flip flops? Sadly to admit… I don’t hence the inspiration of this blog post.

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Oh…and here is some recent work I styled with shoes.com featuring flip flop inspired sandals. photographer:Matt Grossman & MUA: Jamyrlyn Mallory

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Editorials

Styling 4th of July

July 1, 2015

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July 4th Fashion at it’s finest. Well I styled the photos above so of course I think so. Styling 4th of July themed shoot was fun because I really had to hunt for clothing items that were all american looking without the flag itself.
photographed by:Mike Monaghan
styled by me:Lauren Schugar
modeled by:Megan Nakata

Styling 4th of July

Outfits

Best Poodle Mom Ever T-Shirt

June 28, 2015

My sister-in-law is hilarious. I love her so much. When my guy and me got together my sister-in-law, Beth, was not feeling me. Fast forward 12 years later and we are besties.

      Let me tell you about Beth. Beth wears themed holiday sweaters (like snowman in the winter), makes family recipes at Thanksgiving, organizes games and events (that you hate the thought of but have so much fun playing), has an amazing craft room in her home (endless cabinets full of supplies), has every mail order gift catalog know to man, and sends personal gifts (AKA my best poodle mom ever t-shirt). The bottom line, Beth always has me smiling and laughing.

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On my birthday I opened a package to find this pink Best Poodle Mom Ever t-shirt. I smiled really big because I do love my poodle. After trying it on, it did took me a minute to think about how I could make this t-shirt wearable in public. My solution? Cutting it up. So I ripped off the sleeves, the collar, and the bottom half of the t-shirt. Then I washed and dried it. Voilà, I turned my generic t-shirt into a stylish Best Poodle Mom tank top! Thanks Beth! You’re the best sister-in-law EVER.
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Best poodle mom t-shirt $19.99, shoes/ Ann Taylor, jeans/ American Eagle , bracelet/ Jcrew

Life

Afternoon Cocktail

June 20, 2015

My Saturdays in the summer when I am in Seattle usually involve the farmers market. The farmers market is walking distance from my house and we usually eat lunch from one of the vendors. Shopping at the farmers markets is one one my family’s favorite activity it the summer. My daughter loves picking out a fresh pastry of some sort, I enjoy the fresh fruit stands and my husband likes that we get out of the house as a family with out being able to play on electronics. This particular Saturday in Seattle was hot.. extremely hot where the only thing to cool us off was an afternoon cocktail.
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We landed at Lot 3 and this was the perfect destination for a afternoon cocktail. I ordered a titos vodka with blueberry + lavendar housemade shrub. What whatever that giant afternoon cocktail was it was the perfect thing for me to order. My husband on the other hand got a bloody mary and it was the most fashionable presentation of a bloody mary cocktail I had ever seen. Lot 3 calls it the Smoking Pig Bloody Mary which includes: Jalapeño-bacon infused vodka, applewood smoked bacon, house mix, smoked bacon salt. My husband called it delicious and meat in a cup.

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From what I can remember in my cocktailing days is the key to great bloody mary is fresh bloody mary mix (which includes) Worcestershire sauce. I found this bloody mary recipe on HonestlyYum.com, and that heirloom tomatoes were used its got to be yummy.

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Outfits

Polka Dot Denim Shirt

June 13, 2015

I am heading out to Las Vegas next week for work. My super cool husband took the day off so he could hang out with be before I leave for a week. We spent the morning sleeping in, having lunch out, getting coffee while enjoying the sun, haircuts (my bangs were too texturized ☹), and the nail salon! The last stop of the day was hanging out at the park for pictures. Getting family pictures was the bonus of the day. My family unit struggles with work/ life balance. Partly I am to blame, my work schedule is anything but predictable and I have a hard time saying No to work. I mean come on, who says no to money…. Ummm not me.

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Polka Dot Denim Shirt & shorts

Yellow polka dot shorts: old Ann Taylor/ polka dot denim shirt: old Jcrew/ navy sweater: Loft/ sandals: Steve Madden/ Purse: old Frye
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My daughter Brooklyn
Shirt:Gap/ Vest:Kolhs/ shos:Nike/jeans:Target
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Joel
Shirt:Jhilburn/ boating shoes:Timberland/ jeans:AG

Here I am 3 years earlier rocking the same polka dot denim shirt in Hawaii.
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Fashion, Food & Health

Macaron Madness

June 11, 2015

I remember watching an episode of Gossip Girls and Blair was eating macarons. At the time I thought why haven’t I had one of those before… fast forward four years later I have kinda become a macaron snob.
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These delectable small cookies should be soft and airy, and easily melt in your mouth. I have tasted a handful of hard macarons and until you have a great one you won’t understand what a art form making macarons must be. The price-point of this small cookie range from $2-$4.
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Macaron Cafe sent me a small gift box of macarons and me and my girl went to town…sampling. These yummy pockets of sugar bursted with flavor. Yes I felt a little extravagant taste tasting all these treats, but we smiled and enjoyed every bite. If you ever wanted to give a gift of luxury without a big price tag a box of macarons is it.

Shop Macaron Fashion

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Scented Erasers $3.95

Lesportsac Tote Hailey Macaron Dreams $82.00

Macaron Photo Socks $8.00

Macaron Print Sweatshirt $36.33$18.33

Champagne Party t-shirt $37.00

Martha Stewart Apron $21.99

Macaron Cafe Gift Box $18.00 (ships nationwide)

Apparel, Fashion

FitCode

June 9, 2015

For some, finding the perfect pair of jeans is as easy as… Oh, who am I kidding? Nobody escapes the woes of jean shopping, whether it is finding the perfect wash, ideal length, exact inseam, or any of the multiple factors that go into making a pair of jeans really fit. Throw online shopping into the mix, and the entire operation feels impossible. Hence the creation of Fit Code.

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I learned about FitCode through one of the founders Rian Buckley, and couldn’t get enough of the new company for which her and co-founder Bri Cooley created. As models, Rian and Bri knew how misleading product images could be, along with hearing complaints of sky-rocking returns from retailors. In hopes of closing the gap between women not being able to buy jeans on-line, Fitcode was born to guarantee that all women could find denim that not only looked good on the model, but looked great on them! I actually met Rian on set one day at work (she was our model). My job involves getting the clothes to fit a model perfectly, and jeans are no exception. As someone who has styled E-Commerce images, I can tell you there is always at least one clamp or pin used on a model’s clothing when taking a photo to guarantee the perfect fit in front of the camera.

Traditionally, women have four basic shapes: triangle, pear, apple, boyshape. Fit Code took these basic shapes to another level and created nine categories that a body shape can fit into. Visit

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and get started by taking a short quiz that assesses your body’s shape and denim needs (all shapes and sizes are featured), and discover your Fitcode (mine is 500).
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Once your fit code is created you will enter their online denim boutique which will only show you denim that will work and look great on your body. You can filter by brand, style, wash, fade, inseam and more to ensure that your pants not only fit your body, but fit your lifestyle and taste. Also on the site are videos for select styles featuring real women in the jeans without being pinned. It is crazy how different the jeans look in real time video verses the product shot you shop from.

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And the news gets better: you aren’t limited to Fitcode’s online boutique. By downloading their plugin on Google Chrome, your Fitcode can be linked to other retail sites as well, like Nordstorm. It’s so cool—the Fitcode logo shows up on the denim styles that will work best on your body type. It looks like this when you’re on Nordstrom’s website.
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You can also shop these brands websites:
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Keep in mind when shopping that FitCode is in the beta stage, and there are just a handful of brands represented so far. I asked Rian why that was, and she reminded me that Rome wasn’t build in a day and neither is Fit Code’s denim catalog!
If you are like me and order clothing online, Fitcode will become your new denim destination. The days of buying and returning poorly fit jeans are over!

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.

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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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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)

Super Detailed Video