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Loafers & Lanterns

img_2235img_2256img_2248img_2276It has been much too long since I have sat down in front of my computer and written a blog post. It seems as though I sneezed and summer was already over and it is time for my annual pumpkin carving party and a slue of costume parties I am preparing “looks” for.
With the change of the seasons comes changes to trends and as I unpack my Autumn wardrobe I eagerly pull out pieces that are fitting with some of my favorite trends this season. A nod to the Gucci Princetown’s we have seen all over, I decided to dust off my Stuart Weitzman silver loafers to pair with a cream and metallic mini that is reminiscent of something Leandra Medine might wear to her office. In effort of changing things up I also decided to wear my sweater tucked into my skirt, defining my waistline a bit more. Paired with a navy handkerchief and a leather clutch I was prepared for my day of meetings and running errands at the local farms.
Being in trend does not require one to go out and purchase a slew of new clothing but being creative with what you have and transitioning each piece to those we saw on the runways. My metallic skirt, which was originally a long A-line cut got a makeover last week by chopping it into a mini.
Sweater: Ted Baker | Skirt: DKNY | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Clutch: Lambertson Truex

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SS17 NYFW EDITION

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SS17 seems to be bringing around the usual suspects: stripes, pops of color, and flowy dresses, but this season there was a touch of femme fatal thrown into the mix. Models paraded down the runway this season in looks that mimic those of our favorite bloggers, off the shoulder pieces, mix matched patterns, and ruffles galore. The looks were playful, often not the case in a time of uncertainty with our electoral campaigns upon us. Fashion took the seriousness away and brought us back to a period where playful is the theme of the season.

I remember in high school I had a history teacher that always allowed me to write my papers on how fashion mimics the economy. We started to see this reflection with athleisure taking the fashion world by storm last season; A more casual, understated look. So, you can imagine how excited I was to see designers using fresh and bright textiles rather than the demure colors. While some collections were just that, drab, thankfully there were a handful of designers that stayed true to spring/ summer and kept that feeling of a luxe resort look for SS17.

As the London shows start, I hope we see even brighter avant-garde looks parading down the runway for me to report on!

WARMTH COMPANY

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Living in a bungalow means finding the right coastal design elements to decorate your space and not just filling the space with seashells and ocean relics collected from my treasure hunts. Tucked away in Aptos is a store that is filled with everything you could want to achieve this look. Carrying lines like Bella Notte linens, a plethora of coffee table books, and throw pillows from around the globe, The Warmth Company, is your one stop shop for quintessential California beach house finds.
Spending hours looking through every detail of their store, I could easily envision seashell chandeliers hanging from my ceilings and pieces that mimic my travels abroad but never made it home with me, scattered throughout the bungalow.
I love a store that has it’s own style and is curated to create the perfect room, every piece in this store is thoughtful. The name speaks true to the vibe of the store, a warm sunny day at the beach. I am looking forward to checking out their second space, The Point, in Santa Cruz during my next day trip up the coast.

140 Post Office Drive | Aptos Village | CA 95003

Bohéme in boemo

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One of the many reasons I love shopping at Klozet is the access to brands that are hard to find on my side of the coast of California or anywhere for that matter. The second Christine Caria pulled out the new piece by boemo, my heart started to flutter as this dress is everything I want out of a dress. It can be worn day or night, sexy but still covered, a unique and beautiful print… I do! Having worked in visuals for years, I love a well designed department store, however, when I’m looking for new labels nothing beats a well curated boutique. Shopping becomes an adventure for me when I walk into a store and see labels I’ve not heard of yet or are from abroad and hard to find.
boemo a brand new collection (launched this year) from Los Angeles is for “THE URBAN BOHÉME WITH A ROMANTIC SPIRIT IN LIFE AND STYLE.” Looking through the collection of flirty feminine pieces, I would agree that this line embraces the quintessential California look.

Dress: boemo | Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Shoes: Sol Sana … All available at Klozet, Sausalito.

CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

Concourse 2Concourse 6 (1)Concourse 10Councourse 8Every August I wait in anticipation for the roar of supercars to glid along my beautiful coastal town and with the supercars comes a crowd that has as big of an appreciation for luxury goods as I do. From Ferrari’s to Pagain’s these sexy powerful pieces of art can all be viewed at the multiple events held during Concours d’Elegance. For decades now cars and fashion have had a synergy as they both are capable of telling a visual story people swoon over. And it’s no surprise that many of these automobile companies have broken into other areas of the luxury sector (like watches for example) to further their brand following.

Growing up watching my brother and his friends tinker with their Porches, BMW’s, LandRovers… I couldn’t help but develop a curiosity and a love for speed and cars. Over the years I found myself often incorporating cars with my shoots for editorials and marketing campaigns, like the shoot I did for Pacific Gypsea in Gordon McCalls personal garage. While it is doubtful I will see Naeem Khan gowns like mine grazing the grass at most of the outdoor events this week, we will see some looks that are worthy of your Pinterest streetstlye board. This weeks not to miss events:

McCall Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge 

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach 

And a slew of private parties that are worth the traffic if you are lucky enough to get an invite…

 

 

 

Girl Boy Girl

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When I was younger, every year I would take a trip with my Mom to Carmel and as I would hold her hand walking down the streets, usually after having a wonderful lunch at Casanovas and shopping at one of my favorite stores, GBG, I remember truly feeling blessed. Not just to have such a kind and loving Mother but one who always encouraged my love of fashion and taking me to stores like GBG.

With one of the best curated collections of brands like Isabel Marant Etoile, Calypso, and Jerome Dryfuss (to name a few) the beautifully decorated store is one I can spend hours in. Essentially they have managed to design a space that is similar to the visions I have of my dream closet. An entire room filled with a style that is resort meets luxury city weekender. The style is pretty much the look I aspire to rock every day. It is almost impossible to leave this store without one piece that will probably make you wonder how you survived without it.

GBG  |  Misssion & 7th Avenue  |  Carmel  |  California

 

 

Pretty Pleats

IMG_5998IMG_6056IMG_6064My memories of pleats are not just limited to my St. Joseph’s uniform, I have precious memories of watching my mother pleat her saris and elegantly drape the gorgeous silks over her shoulder. My love for pleats has always grazed my wardrobe with some version of a pleated skirt or blouse.
On last weeks shoot for Klozet, I couldn’t resist throwing on this gorgeous, femme fatal piece by Laila Azhar. Running around the property, barefoot with a piece from Shirley and my Men’s line, Pacific G., I felt free and feminine. Pleats are one of those trends you can basically wear year round and remain a classic. Here are some other nonconventional and classic pleats I love Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 3.24.23 PM

Location, Location, Location

IMG_6080IMG_6084IMG_6086IMG_6099I spent last week shooting for Klozet (which I have previously blogged about) in Sausalito; the store already carrying a gorgeous collection of clothes and accessories to shoot with made my job a little easier. The location of the shoot would simply determine the branding direction, co owners Christine Caria & Ko Ezzell envisioned. Surrounded by the water, the mountains, and the gorgeous homes of Mill Valley, the locations to choose from were bountiful. Wednesday we spent running around their favorite spots like The Yacht Club, Bar Bocce, and Trident; however, Thursday, for me was epic. We shot at a gorgeous home on the market, perfectly decorated and built with clean lines; each piece we shot with had a place in the home that accentuated the style of the collections carried at Klozet.
I myself can never help purchasing some statement pieces, like my entire outfit I changed into before heading out for an evening of wine and dear friends company after wrapping up. I also couldn’t resist picking out some staples from Three Dots, Sol Sonas, & Mother Denim which I am sure you will see a post about this week and weeks to come. Besides loving working with these two fashion plates, I can never get enough shopping done in their perfectly located space. I am always drawn to a boutique and one that carries brands that aren’t in every other store I walk into. And as a stylist, it is a place I feel comfortable sending my clients to, as these ladies know what is in trend and what is classic, and how to mix the two for the ultimate look.

Dress: Elliatt  |  Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Shoes: Vince Camuto  |  Entire Look Available At Klozet.

Back To The Future

What seems like many moons ago, I started my first company, Charm Ecole (a collection of vintage couture). Of course at 25 I wasn’t so sure as to how to do this. But, I was determined to teach myself along the way and failures became great lessons that I would use and implement in my future projects. IMG_4989Blessed to have the opportunity to study at amazing schools like Istituto Marangoni, FIDM, and Parsons, I had a pretty extensive knowledge of designers, past and present. Having such knowledge and understanding fabrics and draping helped me navigate through endless Estate Sales, Goodwills, Benefit Shops; you name it, I searched for designer, vintage pieces there.
I am still frequently asked how I find these coveted pieces and while patience is a large part of it, there are a few tips and tricks when it comes to shopping for vintage:

1. Know Your “Vintage Size”: Throughout the years, we have seen sizing change; essentially making us women feel like we’ve grown and sizes haven’t gotten smaller. A vintage size 10 can easily fit a size 6 in today’s sizing. Also don’t forget that anything can be altered so check for seam allowance if the piece is too small.
2. Do A Detailed Inspection: This to me is obvious, but it is imperative to look at your piece specifically looking for stains and holes that can not be fixed. There is nothing worst than coming home with something you can not wear.
3. Know Labels To Look For: If you don’t know too many past designers, I suggest giving yourself a quick history lessons. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a vintage Correges for example, not in my size, but to sell on eBay for a pretty nice profit.
4. Check The Label: If you are specifically looking for designer pieces, check the label to make sure the label has not been resewn on. For bags, every designer bag will have some sort of ID number.
5. Know your Era: Once you have found your pieces and are looking for ways to style them, try not to wear too many pieces from the same era. Unless you intend on looking like you are stepping out of a movie set. Mixing and matching of eras will actually give you an updated, current look. IMG_4956I found this white 1920’s slip at a vintage show in San Francisco. I love using vintage slips as a cover up during the summer. Belted and accessorized with bohemian jewelry, I paired my dress with a vest from the 70’s giving me an updated festival look for a day at the beach yesterday. Of course today, the fog is back. I am hoping for warm weather in Sausalito the next couple days for my shoot with Klozet.

Not So Mellow Yellow

IMG_4711IMG_4718IMG_4693IMG_4662IMG_4754Stripes are not just to express your love for anything nautical or Persian anymore. I have spotted the mixing of stripes on some of my favorite street starlets mixing this pattern for a mesmerizing look. It’s definitely bold and a statement that you are making when you mix two completely different stripes, but I find that if there is ever a time to be adventurous with your wardrobe it’s during the summertime and on a Friday! While looking through my striped pieces this morning I choose a comfortable jersey dress with beautiful draping and a vintage sweater to create my look.

I’m sure most of you are actually experiencing summer weather; as I have mentioned many, many times in the last few weeks, the fog has decided to hug the West Coast of California for what seems like moths now. Meaning, you would be insane to leave your bungalow without a sweater. Not to fret, for your resort wear you can easily accomplish this look with opposing stripes in lighter materials. I think they key is to have one color in your stripes that ties both pieces together. Here are some pictures for inspiration to help you bring out the bold stripes in your wardrobe:

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Dress: S-Twelve  |  Sweater: A Milano  |  Wrap: Burberry  |  Short Necklace & Earings:  vintage from India  |  Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Clutch: Vintage Balmain |  Sandals: Sam Edelman