2.26.2013

Ain't No Wallflower

{Blazer, Zara; Tank, Gap; Shorts, Zara; Heels, Zara; Bracelets, Hermes; Sunnies, Stella McCartney; Balenciaga Bag, YSL Arty Ring}
It's no secret that I have an affinity for anything leopard, however I'm always looking for new and different ways to wear it. Sometimes I'll wear all black and add one piece of leopard to my outfit, whether it's shoes, a belt or a bag.  On the other hand, I'll wear either black or white and pair it with a solid color and pop in some leopard where necessary.  All of these are safe, tried and true options. I felt so inspired by Dolce & Gabanna's floral and leopard mixed prints from few seasons back and since I've really been looking to step up my fashion game, that was my inspiration for mixing prints and patterns. I was hesitant at first but must say I truly loved the combination of something so sweet and girly as floral mixed with a little edge to spice things up. Hope this inspires you to start playing with mixing patterns and prints this Spring!




2.21.2013

{ My Favorite Banana Bread }



A favorite treat of mine that immediately brings back nostalgic childhood memories is good old-fashioned banana bread. I've been spending a lot of {much-needed} mommy and me time and recently inquired about her famous banana bread recipe.  She was so thrilled that before I knew it we were headed to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients. We compromised real sugar with baking Truvia {less calories} and it surprisingly tasted amazing and exactly the same! Follow the easy instructions below for some homemade goodness for breakfast with coffee or as a delightful afternoon snack!

What you'll need:
  • 1 cup sugar {substitute 1/2 cup with baking Truvia}
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 ripe bananas {found ours on sale for $.29/lb, score!}
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt {we only used 1/4 this time} 
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream or orange juice {we used OJ}
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips {we used a little extra, of course}
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts {...and a little extra of this too}
Instructions:
  • First mash bananas manually then, in an electric mixer, cream together the sugar, oil, eggs and bananas.
  • Add flour, baking soda, salt, sour cream/OJ, and vanilla extract
  • With a wooden spoon, mix in chocolate chips and walnuts
  • Pour mixture into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour and voila, yummy deliciousness.

2.18.2013

Asymmetry


{Zara moto jacket; Zara shirt; Helmut Lang skirt; Zara bag; House of Harlow necklace; Schutz-shoes booties; Dior sunnies; Michael Kors watch; vintage bracelet; Butter London "Teddy girl" polish}

What I love most about fashion is the interpretation of clothing from a designer's perspective. When I first found this skirt, its asymmetric hem, architectural lines and overall draping construction of the garment screamed original and unique. Since most items in my closet are traditionally "safe" {at least I would presume}, this was one playful skirt that I was excited to wear. Not to mention my love and respect for Helmut Lang grew immensely. Dress it up with heels or booties, or down with some lace-up motorcycle boots. In the end, just have fun with your style. 

2.14.2013

Pretty in Pink

{Peplum Jacket, F21; Jeans, Carmar LF Stores; Shoes, Louboutin Lady Lynch; Clutch, Zara; Necklaces, J.Crew and F21 {in stores now}; Bracelets, J.Crew 1 and 2; Sunnies, Dior; Lips, MAC Ruby Woo}
I'm really not a fan of the color pink when it comes to clothing. But, there was something so sophisticated and on trend about this peplum jacket that it quickly became a part of my closet family.  It's no secret that we have expressed our love for peplum many times, as it really celebrates a woman's curves and cinches the waist, which is universally flattering.  Paired with classic dark denim, nude patent pumps, bling of all sorts, a messy bun and red lips, I am pretty much ready for my Valentine.  Hope you have a lovely one. 

2.13.2013

Romance-spiration

There has always been something about whimsical and feminine silhouettes that has always tugged on my heart strings. With Valentine's Day so near, the allure of spring and romance is all around us.  For a designer, these are opportune moments to create various mood boards for upcoming collections.  Mood boards for fashion designer's commence the creativity process which set the framework for our color palette, brings our sketches to life, and ultimately sets the foundation of that new collection. So while reeling for inspiration, these are some of the photos which got my designs and imagination flowing. xx.
                       
                        
{all photos via Pinterest}
                     

2.11.2013

{ Valentine's Wishes }

1. Rose Duet Candle, Diptyque Paris, $65
2. Initial "XO" necklace, Zoe Chicco, $535
3. Lingerie set, Hanky Panky, $78
4. Parisian Chic: Style Guide, Anthropologie, $29.95 
6. Do Son Eau de Toilette by Diptyque Paris, $88
7. Coin Case, Tory Burch, $95
8. Fanned Seashell Bralette set, Anthropologie, $57
9. Square Pavé link braceletJ. Crew $118
10. Valentine's Day Arty Love Ring, Saint Laurent Paris, $290
11. Chanel Lip Gloss in Allegorie, $29.50
13. I'm with Cupid Tee, Victoria's Secret, $24
14. Jonathan Adler Vase, Shopbop, $98
15.  Mini Titan BraceletVita Fede, $375

2.05.2013

Lines we adore
{ Jennifer Fisher Jewelry }


What's not to love about the ultra glamorous pieces from the Jennifer Fisher jewelry collection? From tough girl chic skulls to dainty initial cuffs sparkling with pave diamonds, this brand has it all. Plus it doesn't hurt that she was originally from Santa Barbara :). You can check out their website here In the meantime, please don't mind while I continue drooling. 

{ photos via Jenniferfisherjewelry.com}



2.04.2013

Super-Studded-Sunday

{ Dior sunnies; Tildon Blouse; AG Adriano Goldschmied Jeans; Valentino T-strap pumps; Stella McCartney Falabella Bucket Bag;  Necklace Nordstroms (old); J.crew Chain and Leopard Bracelets; Nails, Butter London Teddy Girl; Lips, J.Crew Chili Flake}
I've mentioned my love affair for studs quite often on my blog, but when I met this pair of Valentinos it was love at first sight. Best part, they are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I own that can be dressed up {seen here on New Year's Eve} or dressed down with some ripped jeans, a simple blouse and gold accessories. It was quite apropos for Super Bowl Sunday.