Monday, January 31, 2011

Fire Sky



Sweater - ASOS, Skirt - vintage, Jacket - True Religion, Belt - vintage, Bag - French Connection, Boots - vintage

I cannot explain how much I love sunsets. They make me feel so warm inside. They set the whole world on fire with their beauty. Nature is by far my biggest inspiration. Thanks Shamime for taking these pictures. You are amazing :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

SimplyShamime



I was so excited to share these pictures that I took of my good friend Shamime this past week in Santa Monica because I love them so much! I met Shamime during my junior year at UCLA through my roommate and we've been buds ever since. I haven't seen her since last April, but we made up for all the lost time this past week shopping, talking cute men / not so cute men over vegan food, and just reminiscing on the past and discussing the new. I loved photographing her because she made it so easy with her exotic looks and that voluminous hair that has a life all of its own! Shamime is half Asian Indian and half African American; hence, the overall gorgeousness. She just beams from within! Shamime was always into photography back during university, and now with my blog and all, we both have another common interest to put on the list. Plus, she's got amazing style that reflects her stunning personality, cultural background, and eclectic taste. She says I've always inspired her with my taste in clothes, but now she inspires me! I've been pushing her to start a fashion blog and now I think she is :) She's already got a food blog called Simply Shamime that you can check out. I miss you already Shamime, so please come back to LA soon, but this time stay for good :) I will post the shots that Shamime took of me this day soon!

EDIT: Shamime just started a fashion blog, called Cloth Culture! Check it out here!

Shamime is wearing: Blazer - Emanuel Ungaro, Blouse - Ellen Tracy, Leggings - Forever 21, Boots - MIA, Bag - Melie Bianco

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sequin-ize Me



Sequin Jacket - vintage from Lalaland Vintage, Jeans - SOLD Design Lab courtesy of Dietch PR, Shoes - Kate Spade

Sometimes all you need is a little sparkle and shine to get you through your day with flying colors. I was in a random sort of glitzy mood, but I didn't want to dress up. This sequined and beaded jacket is one of those pieces that works it all on its own. Instantly, my simple jeans and casual tank felt party ready (even though I wasn't actually going to a party). Indulging in an extravagant piece is the best way to add some twinkle to your work week. Here I am in another darker pair of SOLD Design Lab pull-on jeans (yes, you really just pull them on!). I can't get through the week without them. And many of you have asked about my lipstick. It's Laura Mercier in Garnet. Not sure this deep purple wine hue goes by that name any more, but Laura Mercier definitely still makes the color. And it is absolutely fabulous!

So happy the weekend is here! I have an exciting photo shoot in store. What are your plans?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Take Me To Tuscany



This is one of those editorials that really took my breath away. Shot by Zoltan Tombor for Grazia Italy. Styling - a raw and easy mix of All-American, Ralph Lauren-esque outdoors-iness with an effortless European flair. Shot in Tuscany, a place with endless skies, miles of green around you on every side, and horses to ride upon and take you anywhere you please. It paints a portrait of the lustful thrill of being in nature and the freedom to explore it all. This is the epitome of autumn, and has me fast-forwarding to September. Even with spring just around the corner, nothing feels fresher than fall.

Pictures from Fashion Gone Rogue

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ditsy Bloomage



Dress - vintage courtesy of CALICO, Leather Jacket - True Religion, Shoes - ModCloth, Bag - vintage Salvatore Ferragamo, Belt - vintage Sonia Rykiel

I've already worn this dress from the vintage shop CALICO twice since I got it a little over a week ago. Thanks CALICO, you are amazing! This was the third time I wore it, and I finally got the chance to capture it in motion. I really love fashion's new obsession with mid-length skirts and dresses. They make me feel so pretty, feminine, and whimsical. I could just twirl in them all day. With just a few of my favorite vintage accessories added, I am a girl good to go.

This motorcycle leather jacket is one of my latest major purchases. Major meaning I'm kind of scurred to look at my credit card bill next month. I wear my leather jacket A LOT, and my old Zara one (which is a little big on me), is starting to feel and look quite drab. I wanted something that was better quality, more structured, and that would reassure me that I would want to wear it years and years from now. This one was on sale at the outlet, drastically reduced from its original price, but still quite expensive indeed (well, for me, at least). My mom is such a bad influence on me. She said I HAD to have it because it was too amazing. So I got it, but now I promise myself that I'm not going to shop at all for a month. Let's see how that works. I still love you mom.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Easy Rider



I've been feeling very inspired by casual and easy going looks that mix romance with an edgy boyishness. If I could stir together all the elements of each of these pictures, I think I would conjure up exactly what I am looking for when it comes to what I want to wear right now. It feels like spring here in Southern California even though we are smack dab in the middle of winter. In-between season dressing is always the norm where I'm from, so an effortlessly thrown together look that is not too hot or too cold, but a perfect balance of two extremes, is ideal. I'm talking lace and leather. Heels and studs. Crochet and boyfriend blazers. Pretty yet hard, but overall extremely sexy.

I'm gearing up for a busy week and an even busier next month. But with inspiration like this, thinking about what I'm going to wear in the morning is not too much of a heavy ordeal at all.
Pictures from The Fashion Spot and Absinthrill

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wildly Striped



Faux Fur Jacket - vintage, Top - Madewell, Jeans - Hudson, Bag - Givenchy, Belt - vintage, Shoes - Kate Spade

I've been looking for a cropped faux leopard jacket for ages that I could wear more casually, and this vintage one fit the bill perfectly. Also, its cropped sleeves ensure that I can wear it far into spring. Can't wait! Stripes go with just about any print out there, so with leopard it went. Stripes, leopard print, and a wine-red pucker. Three things that never go out of style.

Unlike many of you, I'm one of those people who never watched Sex and the City when it was running on HBO. Now that it's rerunning on E! Network every night, starting from the beginning, I'm finally jumping on the SATC bandwagon (although years late), and I am finally understanding what the obsession is all about. I cannot get enough of it! I totally want to be Carrie and I think Aiden is such a cutie :)

And check out my feature on The Los Angeles Examiner website here. It was written by Christina of Profesh Style! Thanks Christina!