• 2nd June
    2014
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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Lunch On 3rd and Shop On Melrose.

As Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Shopping is my cardio.” I would add that it is also my passion, my prayer and my therapy. It’s the new “American” pastime. However, I would argue that Americans certainly do not have the monopoly on materialism.

Part of the fun of shopping in Los Angeles is the cruise to the boutiques. My friend and I detoured slightly to get a glimpse of one of my favourite LA landmarks, the Urban Lights at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA). While it’s still a beautiful sight during the day, its full magical effect cannot be experienced until nightfall. But nightfall be damned, this girl was ready to shop.

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It’s definitely no secret that I love good food and to shop, especially in combination. Now, it will no longer be a secret that I think the best place to do both is West Hollywood. I know it’s trendy and everyone raves about Toast but personally I prefer the far more indulgent DOUGHBOYS. Seriously, it’s not for the faint of heart! Neither is MILK on Beverly Boulevard, if you just fancy something sweet. Joan’s on Third also happens to be one of my, but also everyone else’s, favourite places in all of Los Angeles. 

I love Melrose because I think Melrose perfectly encapsulates L.A. fashion. But when I talk about Melrose, I’m not talking about Fred Segal. While I do love Fred Segal, I’m spoilt and can shop in my very own backyard of Santa Monica at Fred Segal. When I refer to Melrose, I’m referring to east of Fairfax. I am not referring to several of the larger stores. Yes, I do sometimes shop at American Apparel or Urban Outfitters; and although I very much appreciate the strategically placed Starbucks (coffee!), what I love about Melrose is its treasures hidden in plain sight. 

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Joyrich might be one of my favourite stops on Melrose. It’s unique flavour combines the highlights of The Prince of Bel-Air era with today’s more modern sportswear look. Bad girl Riri is a huge fan as well as Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, and triple threat actress, singer and dancer Kat Graham. I had the privilege of briefly meeting designer and creative director David Melgar at Dripped a few seasons ago. He was incredibly cool and down-to-earth much like the brand itself. On this particular trip to the store, I found myself obsessed with the Cuddle Currency pochette that I had no use for but absolutely needed.

From Joyrich, the next stop we made was Luxury Jones where my friend purchased a very jazzy sparkly fringe bra and I debated over a pair of high-waisted, studded, L.A. and rose emblazoned denim shorts. I didn’t purchase the shorts in the end but wish I had. Alas, c’est la vie. It’s likely that they are no longer available because what makes everything at Luxury Jones so special is that each item is unique. Each piece is made from 100% recyclable materials and is handsewn right there in the back of the store. L.A. made baby and I love it. I also loved the “Girls will be girls” sign that they proudly display in store, pictured above.

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One of the latest additions to Melrose is FERRARA, an occasionally tacky but also ridiculously rad store where I found the social media bracelet pictured above. In the end, it was bit too bulky for my taste but I loved that it included all of my addictions like Instagram and Twitter.

Another one of my favourite stops is Slow. It’s brimming with brand new and vintage items. I have to tell you that it has one of the best selections of vintage accessories as well. Despite that the fact that it was not my style, I had to appreciate that the store carried a leather satchel with hand-painted African safari animals in absolutely mint condition. It must be a costume designer’s heaven.

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So lunch on 3rd and head to Melrose at the first opportunity! There’s always a cool piece to be found and an awesome day to be had. Xxx

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  • 8th August
    2012
  • 08
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Sunglasses At Night… #outfitpost

“I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can, so I can…” Singing along aren’t you? Don’t worry, it’s totally inevitable.

This outfit post was inspired by two very special people. Firstly by a silly photograph of my brother-in-law Trevor in (yes you guessed it!) sunglasses at night and secondly by my best friend SimonaI was packing for my trip to Denver this weekend when inspiration struck!

The look is cleanclassic but cool and, dare I say, a little sexy. These particular shades I purchased on Melrose for ten dollars and I absolutely love them. They have a beautiful matte finish. I also adore the combination of spikes and pearls on the necklace. It’s very lady meets punk. It’s perfect for a girls night out and maybe you’ll catch me in it again this weekend! However, it’ll most likely be without the sunglasses, at least at night! 

Click here to hype the look on LOOKBOOK.

SunglassesMelrose AvenueNecklaceUrban OutfittersBlazerBloomsbury BoutiqueTopJames PerseSkirt and ShoesMichael Kors, HandbagCHANEL and BeltVince.

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  • 16th April
    2012
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    2012
  • 17
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Navajo Chic

With all the recent excitement about the 2012 Coachella lineup, I thought I’d create a look inspired by the colors of the desert and the Navajo Native American culture.

This is the perfect look for the spring music festival.

Necklace: Free People, Leather Jacket: ZARA, Top, Sunglasses & Bracelet: Urban Outfitters, Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch, Handbag: CHANEL and Shoes: Steve Madden.

Click here to see it on LOOKBOOK

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  • 23rd December
    2011
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  • 23rd November
    2010
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My Official Christmas Wish List.

Its that special time of the year again, when everyone is searching for that perfect gift. While some may thoroughly enjoy racking their brains or rummaging through racks of clothes wondering “will this special person even like this?”, most people do not. Thus in hopes that my loved ones will not lose their sanity this holiday season over picking out the perfect gift, I am all in favor of facilitating the process with Christmas wish lists! And voilà, here is mine in budget friendly order!

1. Starbucks Red Holiday To-Go Mug ($7.00).

Every holiday season, I look forward to the return of “Holiday Red Cup” at Starbucks! I am a big hot chocolate and coffee drinker and nothing is better when the weather outside is frightful than staying indoors, curled up, with a hot cup and a wonderful book. And with this lovely mug, the holiday good cheer is bound to last all year!

2. American Apparel Nail Polish ($7 a bottle, 3 pack for $15 or 7 pack for $32).

I love nail POLISH! Polish being the operative word *giggles*. A lot of my style really involves contrasting feminine and masculine pieces and I love the idea of having your nails painted but wearing a studded leather jacket at the same. Its the interplay between the masculine and feminine that makes getting dressed so exciting to me.

3. MAC Cosmetics Villain Collection, Dr. Facilier, I’m So Vain Mirror ($13.00).

I love love love MAC Cosmetics and Disney! Therefore their recent collaboration naturally has me over the moon. And while Dr. Facilier is a relatively new Disney villain, he has quickly become one of my favorites. I thank my obsession with all things New Orleans related for that.

4. MAC Cosmetics Villain Collection, Cruella de Vil, Amplified Crème Lipstick in Heartless Cherry Red ($15.00).

RED LIPSTICK. Need I say more? Also from MAC's Villain Collection, this lipstick is bound to draw some attention which is perfectly in character with Cruella de Vil. 

5. MICHAEL by Michael Kors Heart Key Ring ($18.00).

At this price, this key ring is practically a steal! I love hearts and the detailing on this gorgeous one is absolutely adorable!

6. Pottery Barn, “Remember This Moment” Picture Frame, 4X6 ($18.00).

I love my family and friends and as my boyfriend will undoubtedly tell you, I like to show it with the amount of photographs and frames I covet! While I try and avoid covering every household surface with one, it is a struggle! 

7. William Sonoma Peppermint Bark ($26.50).

Yum yum yum! Nothing characterizes the holiday season quite like peppermint and chocolate! And nothing is as decadent as William Sonoma's peppermint bark! It is hand made from custom-blended Guittard premium chocolate, infused with natural peppermint oil, layered with creamy white chocolate and finished with a snowfall of crisp handmade peppermint candy bits. I’m drooling!

8. Pottery Barn, Travel Shoe Bag, Ivory ($15.00 to $19.00).

Another Pottery Barn item! This is the ultimate culmination of things I love! The colors black and white, French, cursive handwriting and organization! This is perfect for traveling or simply safe guarding one of the things a women holds most close dear, her shoes!

9. Urban Decay, Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set ($29.00).

For those of you that know me well, and for those of you that haven’t caught on yet, I love makeup. I believe that it is a beautiful form of self-expression and can’t help but brighten any girl’s day. Unfortunately, makeup is not always the most cooperative of collaborators and every girl has chased that elusive goal of making her makeup stay put and last. The good news is with this lovely gift set, you are sure to succeed!

10. ASOS Nude Feather Clutch ($35.00).

I really can’t even fathom where to begin. This clutch is just FABULOUS. Clutches actually work for most occasions, despite what your Mother may or may not have told you, and this one in particular could be paired in numerous ways. Its just gorgeous. And I love gorgeous little things!

11. Lanvin For H&M, White Ruffled Skirt ($60.00).

Ah yes, you were wondering when we were going to get to Lanvin For H&M collection, weren’t you? Well here it is, my “I-can’t-live-without" pick. What’s not to love? Its très feminine, its got a little glamour, a whole lot of fabulousness and its versatile. 

12. Chloé by Chloé fragrance (1 oz. Eau de Parfum, $60.00).

I love this art deco bottle and the fragrance is just heavenly with top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee. At the heart, you will find midnotes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose and lastly at its base cedarwood, amber, and honey.

13. Urban Outfitters, Gray Deena & Ozzy Lace-Up Wedge Boot ($78.00). 

I love these boots so much, I nearly cried in the store when I had to leave them behind! They are gorgeous, slimming and so very à la mode!

14. Steve Madden, Haylow Gold Glitter Heels $89.95.

Another fabulous shoe, this time from Steve Madden. This is the perfect holiday shoe to add a little sparkle to your perhaps otherwise blah outfit!

15. James Perse, Striped Scoop Neck Top in Olympic ($95.00). 

I love love love James Perse! But this top in particular is exactly what I have been looking for forever! And how beautifully this could be paired with Lanvin For H&M white ruffled skirt!  

16. MICHAEL by Michael Kors Jet Set Continental Wallet, Black ($118.00).

Classique, chic et jet set. This is just exquisite.  Very much my style. 

17. Juicy Couture, Scarlet Sunglasses ($120.00). 

FABULOUS, FABULOUS and more FABULOUS! The modern-day equivalent of Scarlet O’Hara’s wardrobe. These sunglasses will take you from drab to fabulous instantaneously. I love them. These are a NECESSITY

18. Apple’s 16GB, Black, iPhone4 ($199.00).

What can I say? I am a sucker for design. Despite recent reports that criticize the new iPhone’s practicality, I am hooked. Besides I’m in need of an upgrade, my poor current iPhone has seen better days. 

19. Sam Edelman, “Lorissa” Stud Pump ($199.00).

PALM TREES. RODEO DRIVE. A YOUNG AND TANNED LEGGY BLONDE DASHES ACROSS THE STREET TO BARNEYS, STARBUCKS AND iPHONE IN HAND. SHE IS CLAD IN SCARLET JUICY COUTURE SUNGLASSES, A BLACK BLAZER, A JAMES PERSE SCOOP NECK TOP, LANVIN FOR H&M'S WHITE RUFFLED SKIRT AND SAM EDELMAN STUD PUMPS.

Sounds like an L.A. version of “The Devil Wears Prada”, does it not? But really these shoes are decidedly that fabulous.

20. Disneyland Southern California Annual Passport ($239.00).

This is for the little girl in me. Disneyland is like the mothership and it calls out to me quite often *giggles*! And really, the pass is worth every penny of its expensive price tag. 

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! My 2010 Christmas wish list. Happy Holidays!

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    2010
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    2010
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    2010
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    2010
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