A Night in San Francisco, CA.
Shorts: True Religion jeans I cut into shorts
Head band: Urban Outfitters
T-shirt: Buffalo Exchange
Tights: Spanx @ Nordstrom
Necklace: A gift from my sissy
I was raised in a home where accessories were meant to be simple and understated. Wearing too much calls attention to yourself in a negative way.
However, I have always fallen victim to the trend of over-accessorizing. I remember one time in eighth grade I had three big rings on one hand and my dad said to me, “what are you, a pimp?” HA. I couldn’t tell you why but I just like a lot of bling. At one point in time I was all about double everything. I wore two necklaces: fuck with wings and the letter “C,” two watches (neither of them worked), and even two earrings in one hole!
P.S. Thanks Alika for being my hand model!
Normally I am not a fan of Juicy Couture. Too much pink! But today while shopping in San Francisco with my friend we discovered this buried treasure. The Juicy Couture Bird Collection. Uhhh-mazing! The collection was very different from their normal collection. First of all, no pink (phew). Lots of neutrals and blacks. The collection was very sleek, sophisticated, well tailored and even a little edgy.
Bird by Juicy Couture is a different take on the juicy girl: more like a well-traveled sister with an impeccably tailored wardrobe and closet you can’t help but raid.
The collection is very limited. They only carry it in a limited number of Juicy Stores and a few department stores. The prices are a little bit more than their normal prices, but I definitely think some of these pieces would be worth investing in.
Ever since my friend got this Norma Kamali cardigan four years ago I’ve been wanting it! I finally found it at Loehmann’s a couple months later but I couldn’t bring myself to paying over $50 for a sweatshirt. Lucky for me, Norma Kamali just did a collaboration with Wal-mart. I only had to wait four years to get the cardi of my dreams. And it’s only $18!!!
Cardigan: Norma Kamali Batwing Cardigan for Wal-Mart
T-Shirt: American Apparel
It’s no secret that I really enjoying dressing up. I like ridiculous outfits and costumes. But most of all I really like to have fun with make-up. You can do SO much with it! So here are some of my favorite creations throughout the years.
Make-up inspired by Balenciaga Fall 2007
Don’t worry there is always more to come…
Remember when I mentioned that I went to Paris last summer? Well along with Merci, the concept store, we had to opportunity to see and explore many other amazing things. One of them was: Ets Legeron, a flower atelier or artificial flower maker. They hand make fake flowers for most of the major haute couture designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix and more. The coolest part is the dude who runs it is the founders great-grandson!
Mr. Legeron kindly showed us process of making flowers. It is an extremely delicate and time consuming process.
First, Mr. Legeron stretches out the silk on a frame with nails on the ends. They then brush startch onto it to make it rigid. Next they take it to a metal stamper and hand cut the silk into various petal shapes.
At this point he dyes the petals with the necessary colors. First he adds the color and then shade. He did a lot of blotting the get the color just right. Then the petals must sit overnight to dry.
Then we entered a room where four women were sitting around a table carefully shaping and creating all of the beautiful flowers. This is a very meticulous process. They use all kinds of tools to create different shapes: heat, wax, tweezers and more!
They finish the process by gluing on a metal wire and hanging the flowers upside down to dry. Then voila you have finished flowers (like the ones below).
In all honesty, this wasn’t one of the appointments I was that excited about. However, it ended up being one of my favorite places. Mr. Legeron was really funny (even though he had to have a translator translate his jokes from french to english for us). The best part was at the end, he took a box of random left over flowers, dumped it on the table, and said we could all take one!
When I was in high school we used to go to Rite Aid and buy these super cheap canvas slip ons. They were awesome because they only cost $6! Also the canvas allows for customization, you can decorate them however you want. The only problem is they have crappy support. And for someone with high arches, like me, that can be a problem!
Well, about two years ago I discovered something similar only way better: TOMS! Only these are so much better for three reasons:
1. They are sooo comfy! They have great insoles which offer mega support.
2. They come in so many great colors and patterns like: classic red, gold glitter, purple and burgundy stripes, and whatever this color burst thing is! They also have vegan ones (if you’re a better vegan than I)!
3. When you buy a pair, they donate a pair to a child in need! It’s so cool! I know they are a little more expensive that $12, but super worth it!
Also, they just made these amazing wedges! Ahh I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair!
So what are you waiting for? Give while you get, and buy some TOMS now!
P.S. If they get to dirty or start to smell you can hand wash them with some laundry detergent and they are almost as good as new!