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MCLV Style: Prints Prints Prints

Prints, prints, and more prints.

And I’m not going to lie – Those are three of my favorite things to keep in mind while I’m picking out my clothes each day. ūüôā

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Patterned Blouse – Zara, Polka Dotted Skirt – Forever 21, Cut-Out Booties – Via Spiga, Emerald Necklace – Zara & Clutch – MICHAEL by Michael Kors}

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This hat makes me feel like a French film star in the 20’s and I absolutely adored pairing it with these all-over prints in this look. Colorful, fun, and eye-catching.

Do you like to wear hats? What’s your favorite style?


MCLV Style: Anchors Away

I ran into GAP a few weeks ago for a pair of flats and as soon as I saw these cropped pants across the room I knew that they had to be mine. They’re fun and unique, and oh-so-perfect for Spring.

I mean, there’s nautical, and there’s nautical!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Leather Sleeved Coat РAqua, Cropped PantsGAP, Heeled Loafers РTracy Reese, TopAnne Taylor & Bag РGivenchy}

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This look also make me smile because I felt like I was getting ready to head outside for a gorgeous Spring day in San Francisco. Not. “Winter, we need to talk. I love you, but I think we should see other people.”

Are you ready for Spring like I am? What’s your favorite Spring style?

I’m writing this post from chilly New York City where I’ll be attending IFBCON & getting swept up in the madness that is New York Fashion Week. If you want updates & pictures be sure to follow me!


MCLV Style: Animal Prints

Nothing in the world is easier and more comfortable for a Saturday full of errands than leggings and a tunic. The main pieces in this look are the definition of basic black.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Zipper Tunic РAlfani via Macys, LeggingsExpress, Clutch РBCBG, Flats РNicole,  Necklace РSasha Maks Vintage, Bracelet & Ring РJewelMint}

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In order to keep the look from being boring I spiced it up with my new oversized orange+cheetah BCBG clutch, zebra print smoking flats, and a vintage elephant pendant. Cheetah, zebra, and elephant, you say? Now that’s not so basic!

Are you a fan of mixing prints? What about mixing animal prints like I did here? How many different prints is too many in your opinion?


MCLV Style: Striped Leopard

Mixing and matching patterned pieces can be such a creative exercise – Deciding what pieces go together, which prints would look good with which patterns, and putting the finishing touches on a look without going too over-the-top.

That’s my idea of a good time! ūüôā

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Midi Skirt¬†– Aqua via¬†Bloomingdale’s, Faux Fur & Leather Jacket – Ellen Tracy via Saks, Leopard Print Peep-Toe Booties¬†– BCBGMaxAzria, Crocodile Tote¬†– Furla, Bracelet – H&M, and Rings – Tiffany’s & JewelMint}

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These peep-toe¬†leopard print booties are a new acquisition. I was thrilled to discover that the Paragon Outlets in Livermore are not only close enough for a day-trip, they also feature outlets for Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barneys NY.

It’s heaven in other words, so stay tuned for more of my fabulous finds from this great girls trip to Paragon!

What are you favorite prints or patterns to mix?


MCLV Style: Embellish Me

Fun accessories and embellished pieces are a great way to take a basic look to a new level. So next time you’re putting together a nighttime look be creative and layer on the extras!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pleated Leather SkirtThe Limited, Embellished Top – Zara, Oxblood Knit Tights¬†– DKNY via Bloomingdales, Spike Embellished HeelsThe Limited,¬†Black Patent Clutch¬†–¬†MICHAEL Michael Kors via¬†Nordstrom,¬†Ring¬†– BCBG¬†Max¬†Azria & Bracelet – Forever 21}

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This outfit could have just been black skirt + black top but with the addition of brightly colored tights, an embellished collar, fun jewelry, and spiked heels it’s a more one-of-a-kind look. But I did discover that the downside of this too-cute pleated faux leather skirt¬†from The Limited is that it wrinkles sooooo easily. And quickly. Thus the absence of straight-on shots!

What’s your favorite fun extra this Winter or the piece you’re most excited to try out?


MCLV Style: Pleats & Studs

I had been eyeing this pleated, faux leather, studded skirt for a while – It’s not really my typical style, but I’ve seen a handful of bloggers wearing it and was absolutely in love. So I finally headed to Zara to take the plunge right before my birthday and it was love at first sight!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pleated Leather Skirt РZara, Striped Pocket Tee РZara, Crossbody Bag РLe Sak, Ankle BootiesRebecca Minkoff via Shopbop.com & Jewelry РJewelMint, H&M & Asos}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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Once I got this skirt home I had so many ideas running through my head that I couldn’t¬†decide how I wanted to style it. I love¬†both of the looks below – which are quite different style wise – and I wasn’t sure how to make this skirt “me.” I finally settled on pairing it with my favorite suede booties and a basic striped tee¬†which helped dress it¬†down a bit. I’ll definitely be brining it back for another MCLV Style appearance though so stay tuned for a different vibe the next time!

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{Inspiration – Late Afternoon & Fashion Vibe}

Do you like Liz from Late Afternoon’s pairing of this skirt with golden booties & bright prints or Zina of Fashion Vibe’s all-black rock n’ roll ensemble best?


Voyage To Marrakech

A big Thank You to The Factory and The Evans Group for the unbelievable trip to Marrakech last week – Who knew that in the streets of SOMA you could escape to the market stalls of exotic Morocco?

Voyage To Marrakech is an evening inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s glamorous 1970’s lifestyle in Moroco to showcase their Spring 2013 Collection. An illuminated nighttime Marrakech marketplace, with cocktails, food, and music, and live photoshoot presentation, featuring live vignettes inspired by iconic YSL iconic photographs.

Stylish San Franciscans flocked to our own personal Marrakech last week to celebrate The Factory’s new collection inspired by the love affaire that YSL had with Marrakech.

{The looks that evening ran the gamut from ultra modern to vintage inspired to came-straight-from-the-office}

{Cocktails, mannequins sporting Yves Saint Laurent-inspired frocks, friends reuniting, fortune tellers…}

{And the models showed off a phenomenal Spring 2013 collection filled with sleek, shimmering fabrics, vintage patterns & prints, luxurious metallics, faux fur, relaxed silhouettes, and fun accessories}

{I wore a long-sleeved, high-neck vintage shift dress, Zara ankle strap heels, and a fabulous gold necklace from Sasha Maks Vintage}

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This was the fifth event that I’ve had the honor of attending at The Factory, check out my posts on the previous events below:


MCLV Style: Factory Girl

This outfit is an oldie, but a goodie!

Things have been so hectic and non-stop since the beginning of September that I never got a chance to share with you the outfit that I put together for the pre-Fashion Week Fashion Mixer at The Factory in lovely SOMA.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks:¬†Floral Blazer –¬†Pim + Larkin¬†from Piperlime, Pleated Black Mini – Zara (one of my favorite pieces¬†in my wardrobe, true story), Ankle Booties – Rebecca Minkoff¬†from Shopbop.com,¬†Floral Top¬†– Anthropologie, and Jewelry – All from Sasha Maks Vintage}¬†

 {You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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Despite the fact that I put this outfit together over a month ago it actually looks pretty Fall-ready with the black accents and these too cute Rebecca Minkoff booties. I love wearing skirts and dresses during the Fall with layers on top and¬†cute tights on the bottom. I’ve got a pair of black & grey skull-print tights that are in my closet begging to be worn!

Do you like printed or colorful blazers? Are you strictly a pants person once the weather turns colder or do you like to wear skirts & dresses in the Fall?


Factory Fashion Mixer

Before heading to New York at the beginning of September I was lucky enough to start fashion month out right with a trip to The Factory for a Fashion Mixer with the lovely Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage.

I was beyond thrilled to wear some more amazing vintage jewelry courtesy of Sasha Maks Vintage РOversized pearls,  thick gem encrusted golden strands, and animal head bangles {see other phenomenal pieces from this shop in the collaboration series Styling 101}.

{Check out the MCLV Style: Factory Girl post for more on this look!}

The evening was fun and festive with a DJ, open bar, photographers, and a group of people ready to enjoy themselves and learn a little something about The¬†Evans¬†Group’s¬†Collection Developement Packages.

My favorite part was, per usual, the oh-so-cool atmosphere of The Factory –¬†I love the exposed brick and being surrounded by racks and racks of¬†gorgeous clothes while I’m socializing.

Such a great start to Fashion Month!


Jewelry Essentials – Pieces Every Woman Should Own

In my Real Girls Need Real Closets and Real Girls Need Real Closets – Accessories Edition I discussed the pieces that are worth¬†putting money into¬†in order to build a complete wardrobe. Today I’d like to focus on what jewelry should make it into your collection in this guest post for Sasha Maks Vintage.

Over the years you’ll invest in new accessories, update your collection,¬†and pick up¬†great pieces on your travels, of both the¬†new and vintage variety.¬†Truth be told, putting together the perfect jewelry collection isn’t something that happens overnight, it’s a long process and while your personal style may evolve over time, the basics of what you should acquire will remain relatively static. With that in¬†mind, here are some tips and suggestions to keep in mind while you’re shopping!

Statement Necklace:

Having a¬†dramatic and¬†eye-catching piece at your neck is a Must. Something that’s versatile and can work as¬†the central focus for your look at a number of events – From¬†casual to¬†dressy to¬†office appropriate.

{Monet Enamel Fan Necklace 1970s – $225}

{Inspiration Board on ASOS Fashion FinderNonoo РLetticia Floral Shorts, Jaeger Sleeveless Silk Blouse, Suuna Black Arabella Ladies Sunglasses & COGGLES EXCLUSIVE Lorelei Black & Blue Shoes}

Summer CasualInspiration for this look: Olivia Palermo’s fabulous floral shorts look from Verona, Italy photographed in July of¬†2012. A statement necklace can be the focal point of a basic or monochromatic look, or just¬†another fabulous piece in a fun, vibrant outfit like this one.

Cuff Bracelet:

A cuff or wide bracelet allows you to throw on a single piece of jewelry and call it a day. This acts as an understated but dramatic piece that can complete a look without a lot of effort.

{Silver-tone Wide Ridged Cuff 1970s – $135}

 

{Inspiration Board¬†on ASOS Fashion FinderFluoro¬†Stripe Double Breasted Knit Coat by M Missoni, Black Peep Toe Booties, Diva clutch plain black¬†leather from Boticca, Suuna Black Arabella Ladies Sunglasses, Mixed Chain Collar Necklace¬†& ‚ÄėBetty‚Äô thin leather dress}

Punk Princess РInspiration for this look: Punk and edgy are two ways to go with a thick silver bracelet, so take inspiration from Brooklyn Blonde and try something new & exciting by pairing unexpected pieces. Unique styling, like these peep-toe booties and the sleeveless trench, make a look fresh and unique and 100% you.

Evening Earrings:

Whether you’re wearing a simple suit and attending a work function or a fun Little Black Dress for a cocktail party, you need a pair of killer earrings to punctuate your look.

{Trifari Beaded Ball Drop Earrings 1960s – $165}

 

{Inspiration Board on ASOS Fashion FinderLeiby Wide Leg Jumpsuit With Belt, Fatale Natural Shoes, ASOS HARLOT Stiletto Leather Sandals, Lipsy Playsuit With Scallop Edge Hem & Blue, Jade, Noir & Sand Jersey & Silk Jumpsuit}

Retro Luxe¬†– Inspiration for this look: The beautiful & fashionable Liz Cherkasova¬†from Late Afternoon’s fun Summertime look. Depending on the size, style, and color, dangling earrings can easily go from day to-night, the key is to pick the right outfit to complement them.

Cocktail Ring:

A one-of-a-kind cocktail ring is an absolute must have. You need a piece that is fun and flashy, that makes you feel glamorous and acts as a great conversation starter.

{Rhinestone Cocktail-Party Ring 1960s – $95}

{Inspiration Board on ASOS Fashion FinderEmerald Sarong Knot Cocktail Dress by Halston Heritage & ASOS HYLA Strappy Heeled Sandals}

Cocktail FabulousInspiration for this look: Katie Holmes’s September 2012 cover for C Magazine, photographed by Matt Jones. A fun ring is very versatile, it’ll work equally well for girls night out, after work drinks, or a cocktail party.

Personality Piece(s):

Whatever your style, whatever your taste, you should have a stand out piece of jewelry in your collection that is 100% YOU. It doesn’t matter what it is, it could be s a fabulous pair of drop earrings, or a¬†handful of stunning bracelets for stacking, or a¬†simple pearl necklace that you inherited from your mother.

{Left: Christian Dior Faux Coral Demi-Parure 1970s Р$1250, Top Right: Snake Bangle 1970s Р$135 & Bottom Right: Faux Jade Cocktail Ring 1960s Р$135}

Me? I’m obsessed with classic gold vintage pieces and animal jewelry like the pieces above. They suit my classic style and act as great finishing touches for my outfits.

{Inspiration Board on ASOS Fashion Finder РLeft Outfit: Cream Asymmetrical Tie Blouse by DKNY, Black Leather Exposed Zip Skirt by McQ Alexander McQueen & Reiss Lotta BUCKLE SHOE BOOTS, and Right Outfit: White Poppy Blouse by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Black Full Flippy Skirt by Halston Heritage & Red Bow Front Patent Pointed Court by Moschino Cheap & Chic}

Black & White StunnerInspiration for the look: Donna Karan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear & Temperley London Pre-Fall 2012. Perfect for a work party or a formal evening, the cut, silhouette, and lengths can be adjusted to suit the appropriateness of a given outing.

All jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage РOriginal post on the Sasha Maks Vintage Blog


MCLV Style: Skulls & Givenchy

I adore San Francisco¬†during the Summer¬†– Blue skies, crisp air, and a slight breeze – It’s Summertime perfection as far as I’m concerned. But every once in a while I give up my moderate weather and venture into warmer territories. You wouldn’t think of Sonoma as a hot climate, but it can get pretty toasty during the summer.

The answer to this fashion conundrum? Mini skirt!

{Skull Print Blouse –¬† People’s Market from¬†Asos.com,¬†Tiered¬†Black Mini Skirt Juicy Couture from Bloomingdale‘s, Heeled SandalsNine West, Large Nightingale Satchel – Givenchy from Barney’s NY, Chainlink Chanel¬†Bracelet,¬†Sapphire & Diamond Art Deco Engagement Ring,¬†Bow Pendant, and Gold¬†Locket –¬†All Vintage}

{You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Fashion Finder, or click the hyperlinks above to shop comparable pieces and visit store websites}

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I absolutely adored this skull print blouse when I saw it on Asos.com and knew that it would¬†a fun addition to my wardrobe. It’ll work well with a blazer for Fall and I liked how it paired with this tiered mini skirt over the weekend.

Stay tuned for more pictures from our trip to Sonoma this past weekend, an exciting accessories guest post from yours truly, and news about the new love of my life!

Do you ever mix things up with a fun print or bright color? What’s your favorite statement piece in your closet – Accessories, article of clothing, or jewelry?


Looks of the Week

Welcome back to another Looks of the Week¬†Monday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is wringing every drop of Summer fun out of these August days as they can. Let’s start our week out right with some fabulous fashionistas showing off everything from statement jewelry to mixing prints to bright colors.

Enjoy!

Nothing says Summer as effortlessly or stylishly as a white dress. And while this drapping, asymmetrical white dress is stunning it’s Kristina’s accessories that make this look stand out so well. The studded red Zara shoulder bag and killer gold spiked collar from H&M are both incredibly striking & eye-catching, they really bring this look to a whole other level.

This is a low-key but striking and sassy combination that should really motivate you to spice things up before walking out the door. Colorblocking is a great way to make a look really POP.

A sweater can be tough for men to make work for them, but this is a great example of how to put together a clean-cut, stylish look using one. Navy pants + white button down + a sweater with a flattering pattern and cut. Bonus for the killer accessories РRetro shades, white watch strap, and fabulous bag.

Love love love! This is a fabulous look from head to toe. The Versace for H&M studded top pairs beautifully with this nude, pleated leather skirt. And to top it all off,¬†I couldn’t have picked a better clutch or more fabulous booties to add to this outfit.

This is an interesting and really eye-catching look despite the fact that there’s not¬†a lot¬†of color. The sequined stripes are great and I love that she chose a looser, more relaxed top to mix with the dramatic midi-length skirt. Well done!

The art of wearing lady pants is something every woman really should master. Finding the right cut and silhouette to suit your figure can take years of trial and error. If you’ve ever felt like giving up, you’ll enjoy this shot of the perfect pink pants. And those are definitely three words I never thought I’d write. ūüôā

High-Low hemlines aren’t always my favorite style but I couldn’t take my eyes off of this look. The colors, the prints, and the textures are so eye-catching and deliciously Summery that I couldn’t tear myself away¬†from the screen.¬†Nothing short of fabulous!

Neutrals don’t have to be boring as this look proves.¬†Stunning Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel shows us how to put together a relaxed, but fashionable Summertime look with this nude pleated mini, a basic white t-shirt, and cute¬†braided¬†sandals.¬†

Why not make your shopping trip or errand run a bit more fun with some bold color or printed separates? This basic shorts & tank look is fun and stylish with the addition of a killer handbag, flattering green shorts, and animal print flats.

This makes me miss Fall SO MUCH. I love a great coat and this corset belted olive-green military coat is killer. Her accessorizing Рbowler hat & high boots Рmake it even more eye-catching and cold weather-appropriate.

Chic! I love a great Summer dress and this is a phenomenal color on her. And after finding a great color & style, she personalized it and made it more “her” with the tooled leather Rebecca Minkoff bag and fabulous 3.1 Phillip Lim gladiator sandals.

And just in case you missed the fabulousness that was the Team Supermodel walk during last night’s Closing Ceremonies in London, here are some pictures and great commentary to console you – Team Supermodel Strikes Gold In London!

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Which picture is your favorite of the shots above? Does seeing fun new looks put together by stylish people motivate and inspire you to mix things up when you’re planning your own outfits?


Summary Saturday

For this Summary Saturday I want to share some of my Instagrams from the past week or two with you all. Everything from jewelry and clothes to snacks and vegan recipes РEnjoy!

  • Instagram¬†–¬†You can follow me¬†on Instagram¬†@moicontrelavie
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  • LookbookYou can see my Lookbook looks here, you can FAN me to get an email update when I post a new look,¬†or you can¬†HYPE my looks if you like them!

Have a great weekend!


MCLV Style: Multicolored Pleats

As you very well know, I am a fan of pleats. I like how fresh and crisp they can¬†look, and pleated skirts are my current favorite, whether they’re solid colored, short, or high-waisted. This multi-colored pleated skirt from SugarLips fit the bill perfectly and I was honored when they sent me the piece so that I could review it.

{Pleated Skirt – SugarLips, Thick Strap Tank – Zara,¬†Cropped Blazer – Aqua from Bloomingdale’s, Necklace – Forever 21, Bracelet¬†– BCBG, Handbag – Givenchy¬†& Heeled Sandals – Madeline Stuart}

{If you like this look you can HYPE it on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Fashion Finder, or click the hyperlinks above to shop comparable pieces and visit related store websites}

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I tried this out with my favorite BCBG blouse but I liked the sleek look of the black tank and the cropped blazer with the skirt; it made the look work for either the office or an evening out. And you know how much I adore a versatile look!

Now tell me, have you tried out the pleats trend this Summer? Are you a fan of multicolored pieces like this adorable skirt that can be styled in multiple ways?


MCLV Style: Pleats & Peplums

Happy – it’s almost the end of the week –¬†Thursday!¬†To celebrate I’d like to¬†share some of my recent looks so that I can show how¬†hard I’m working to meet my June fashion¬†goals.

I have to confess, one of my favorite parts about having a stand-up desk at work is that I can wear pleated skirts to the office without having to worry about the pleats getting squished by sitting on them all day!

It’s the little things in life. ūüôā

SkirtVince Camuto from Bloomingdale’s, Wide-strap tank – Zara, Cardigan – H&M, Mary Jane’s – Merona¬†from Target, Rings – JewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Watch – Vintage

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

When I saw this skirt I knew that¬†it was going to be mine, I loved both the stripes and the pleats.¬†It’s also¬†a fun length, almost like a cheerleader skirt (which I’ve never worn.,I swear).¬†This whole look was inspired by the brightly colored, stripe-filled¬†Jason Wu for Target Collection. And my love of stripes, of course.

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I also recently made my¬†first peplum¬†attempt of the season. I’ve seen so many cute variations of this trend lately –¬†from simple peplum¬†tops to fun & wild¬†peplum dresses –¬†and I wanted to give it a try as well.

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Liz from Late Afternoon has a fabulous and one-of-a-kind style, she frequently appears in my Looks of the Week posts, and I took her peplum outfit above as the inspiration for the look that I put together below.

Floral Dress РVintage from Belle Cose, Peplum top РZara, Patent (faux) Leather Oxford Booties РWild Diva, Necklace РExpress, Rings РJewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Bracelets РJewelMint & Forever 21

In these photos is doesn’t appear that¬†my body type is ideal for the peplum¬†trend, but I decided that it was just the silhouette of the dress I’d chosen to wear under the peplum¬†top. Besides, as far as I’m concerned the highlight of this look is the jewelry anyway. The finger-length floral ring is a recent acquisition from JewelMint¬†and I’m madly madly in love.

Peplum Attempt Take II

Peplum Top РZara, Pencil Skirt РZara, Black & White Jacket РZara, Round Toe Pumps РVery Volatile, Tweed Handbag РKate Spade, Necklace РAsos, and Rings & Bracelets РJewelMint, Vintage, Forever 21 & BCBG

You can HYPE these looks on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

“I’m a Zara girl, in a Zara world…” I was definitely singing Barbie Girl in my head all morning. ūüôā¬†The pencil skirt did a much better job of complementing the volume¬†of the peplum¬†top than the floral dress that I chose the first day. I’m glad that I gave this another try¬†and didn’t give up after the first attempt was a disappointment!

What do you guys think? Are you willing to try interesting new trends each season? Or do you prefer to stick to your tried-and-true personal style?

A¬†special thank you to my friend Liz for her help with these pictures, I’m an awful subject because I’m so uncomfortable in front of the camera, and I appreciate her never-ending patience with me!


Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show

You had me at vintage jewelry…

Amirite?

I’ve mentioned The Factory in the past, I attended an opening last spring where I purchased one of my all time favorite coats, and I also joined them to¬†celebrated¬†the April¬†Howard Capsule Collection this¬†past December.

The setting is great –¬†an airy, brick-walled¬†loft space in SOMA, and this past Thursday it was once again¬†crammed to the rafters with beautiful clothes. And swoon worthy jewelry.

{Oh, there were people there too. I think. I was busy.}

A special trunk show featuring Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry and all designs featured June 24th in Dior: A Life in Pictures. Shop the unique vintage costume jewelry collection that includes the best of 20th century designs by Dior, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and a myriad of unsigned statement pieces.

Unfortunately I had been unable to attend the June 24th Christian Dior exhibit so this was a great chance to catch up on a few of the designs that I missed out on earlier. Beautiful clothing, vintage magazines and photographs, and a phenomenal layout.

I walked down to SOMA to photograph the event and browse the trunk show. And what does a girl wear to a trunk show?

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Pocket Sweater – Everyly¬†via the¬†seriously adorable North Beach boutique Annabella’s, Pleated Black Mini –¬†Zara & Studded Peep-Toe BootiesVince Camuto}

{Black & white + vintage jewelry, of course!}

After admiring the eye-candy and taking pictures, I dove head-first into the gorgeous collection of jewelry. I tried on Chanel charm bracelets, costume jewelry earrings, animal cuffs, giant enamel pendants… And then I was lucky enough to stumble upon a phenomenal tassel adorned lariat¬†necklace designed by Jean Vendome.

It was love at first sight!

I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin so I threw together an outfit on Friday so that I would have an excuse to wear it immediately. I wanted something simple so that the drama of the necklace would be the central part of the look.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Maxi Dress – BCBGeneration, Nude Sandals – Vintage, Wrap Ring – JewelMint, Gold Wrap Bracelet – Forever 21 & Necklace – Vendome}

You can even check out my new necklace in this Elle Girl Japan editorial below.

Do you like to wear vintage jewelry? What’s your¬†favorite vintage piece that you’ve collected over the years?


The Factory Presents April Howard

Have you ever seen the bolts of fabric that are used to make the clothes that you love? Or gotten a chance to look through the black & white sketches that become your favorite pieces? Or sorted through the jars  of buttons that will be sewn onto your favorite coat? A dear friend has given me the unique opportunity to witness this initial stage of the clothes making process as he works with the talented Jennifer Evans of the The Evans Group.

But, what do you do when the clothes are made? You celebrate of course! And to celebrate The Factory and CODE Salon hosted a cocktail party to show off their new collection in collaboration with April Howard.

Debuting in 2010 during New York Fashion Week at the Lincoln Center, April Howard earned praise from national press including WWD, Seventeen, and The Bristol Observer.

“My organic shapes and details are representative of discarded items, melting plastic, and rubber found around us in these urban wastelands we find ourselves in,” Howard says of her aesthetic.

So what’s a girl who loves fashion to¬†do when she receives an invitation like this one? She gets¬†all dressed up, finds a taxi, and drags her extremely accommodating¬† boyfriend to SOMA for some eye candy.

Oh, and she takes LOTS of pictures.

{I mean… Gorgeous clothes, a chic salon,¬†beautiful¬†models and vino? I’m there!}

The clothes from April Howard’s collection of original¬†pieces under The Factory label were phenomenal {seen above in sketches & photographs} and the young ladies modeling them were stunning. The Factory is on the ground floor and filled to the brim with sewing machines, dressmaking mannequins, and rack upon rack of clothing. While¬†the second floor of the building is occupied by¬†CODE Salon, a cool SOMA¬†loft space that last night was filled with models, make up artists, hairdressers, photographers, patrons,¬†and¬†one hardworking¬†DJ.

Overall it was quite an evening. As a fashion lover I can say that I was not disappointed by my first chance to get up close and personal with the photographing of a collection. A big thank you to The Factory and CODE Salon for including me last night!

{You can see my initial post about The Factory here¬†if you’d like any¬†additional background}