Jul 25, 2014

It's a Wrap: A DVF Milestone

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the iconic fashion staple---the DVF wrap dress. Birth into existence in 1974 by none other than the queen of wrap dresses, Diane Von Furstenberg. For decades, women all over the world quickly turned to this chic, comfy and feminine silhouette as their go to fashion choice. There is no secret that many other designers and mass fashion retailers have infiltrated the wrap dress market, but there is a clear and obvious reason why DVF has managed to keep an exclusive market share. From her luxurious jersey fabric choices to the vibrant colors and prints, the DVF brand has personified the signature and classic staple that many of us have loved for years. 

 Photo Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg
The brand recently celebrated its big 40th milestone in historic commemorative style. The Journey of a Dress exhibition housed 200 custom Ralph Pucci mannequins dressed in various DVF wrap dresses. Located on the first floor at the old May department store on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles----fashion enthusiast garnered their support to the woman whose name is an iconic reflection of the classic silhouette, The Wrap Dress.

Jul 24, 2014

10 Fabulous Red Lips

Nothing speaks confidence like a woman rocking the perfect red lip. But the challenge still remains--what's my perfect shade? What's my perfect texture? Is the matte? Is it satin? Should I go with a pencil, lipstick or gloss? I know, the dilemma! I could remember admiring women that could rock a mean red lip for years. It wasn't until a few years ago that I figured I'd go against the increasingly popular notion that dark skin women couldn't pull off a red lip. I know. Shame on them for they not know what they do! Fast forward to today and I will rock a red lip quite confidently. I've collected red lipsticks for years. From Avon, Mary Kay to drug store brands---I've had my share of them. Here are a couple of my favorites. Do you rock a red lip? What are some of your favorites?
I've tried all of these reds and currently own Chanel Rouge Allure, YSL Rouge Pur, MAC Diva, NARS Pure Matte and Makeup Forever Aqua pencil. Depending on the occasion and mood, one of these will make the cut on any given day or night for that matter. 
  1. Chanel Rouge Allure - A richer and vibrant red with a satin finish. I really turn to this one when I definitely want to a statement.
  2. YSL Rouge Pur #11 - This gloss is interesting because the true color is a shade darker once it is applied and settles on the lips. I'm in love with this gloss. 
  3. MAC Diva - I've rocked this lipstick for a couple of years. It's probably the oldest lipstick in my collection. It has a matte finish and is a shade darker than the Chanel Allure. It's a great option. 
  4. NARS Pure Matte - I'm actually rocking this lipstick in my previous post. I managed to misplace it this weekend so it looks like I'll be making a quick trip to Sephora soon.
  5. Makeup Forever Aqua Lipliner - I use this as a liner when necessary. I've also applied it to the entire lip wearing it as a matte lipstick. It works quite well.

Jul 22, 2014

DIY Maxi + Leatherette Peplum

 Hi Fashionably Fab Friends. . . . . . . . .

So I stepped away this weekend to attend a sewing and fashion conference hosted by the Fashionably Fabulous Mimi G. of Mimi G. Style. I'm sure many of you follow her blog but if you don't make sure to check her out. I have so much love and admiration for Mimi. Prior to two years ago--- I hadn't touched a sewing machine and had totally lost my desire to sew since college. I was instantly inspired to tap back into my creative soul when I attended her very first sewing and fashion conference in 2012. This story was a common one--as many of us sewing and DIY enthusiast took to LA this weekend to share, inspire, learn and support a coalition of women in an ever so growing community.

Yeah...we got photo bombed by Mimi's hubby so we did a double take. LOL
I stopped by the Farmers Market at The Grove.

And managed to squeeze in a visit to the Santa Monica Pier and drive up the pacific coast.
And of course you already know that the foodie in me couldn't be in LA without getting my eat on.
I had my bestie model her DIY circle skirt and WERK the camera. So Ford, IMG or Wilhelmina--If you happen to be reading this, you should certainly give my girl a call. I'm just saying.
Outfit 1 Details: Dress(worn as skirt): DIY | Blazer: Asos | Tshirt: Target | Bag: Target | Necklace: Miami Mall | Watch: DKNY
Outfit 2 Details: Leatherette Top: Piperlime | Peplum Belt: Asos | Skinny Jeans: River Island | Sandals: Nine West | Pumps: Guess | Sunnies: Mall Vendor | Cuff: Miami Mall
My girlfriend and I met some amazing and inspiring women who came together all in the name of the craft that was once looked upon as uncool. You know---a skill only reserved for those retirees seeking a post retirement hobby. One thing is for sure, there is a DIY movement brewing and the creative spirit in me is loving every bit of it. Freedom. Individuality. Confidence. Creativity--is what the craft means to me. It is undeniably a movement that is surely here to stay. I met some amazing women for the first time and reconnected with many this weekend. But if there is anything that I took away from this awesome weekend it was this-----it doesn't matter the cards you were dealt. It's how you play the game. When you give, you will receive an abundance in return. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. It is totally okay to step out on faith and take risks. And lastly....God is good. It was an inspiring, informative and resourceful conference.  Until next time . . . . . . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

Jul 18, 2014

Summer Style & Décor

There is constant work and upkeep required as a homeowner. It's been 7 years since we've been in our current home and I'm still not where I'd like to be as far as designing and furnishing all of the spaces. The most neglected space is the outdoor space. I've got all of this open yardage with nothing happening. So---I'm getting the ball rolling in hopes to get this space to a much deserving place. I've got my eyes on a couple design elements that I've outlined here---and hope to put together a design concept that would seamlessly incorporate each of these pieces. Once completed----I'll have to host a fabulous backyard party. Because there is always a cause to par-tee!

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I've curated some of my wishlist items from some of my favorite home and décor retailers on the web. Honestly, it's much easy for me to shop the world-wide-web versus wasting gas and time driving around town only to get disappointed by not finding what I want. Do you shop for home décor online? What are some of your favorite sites?

Jul 15, 2014

Breaking Free: Fashion With a Cause

Visions of Hope International, dedicated to educating, inspiring, and motivating against domestic violence--held its first benefit fashion show on Friday, July 11th at the Club Renaissance in Sun City, Florida. Supporters of the cause attended the first annual semi-formal event in style. The event which centered around six beautiful domestic violence survivors and their journey in breaking free from the past--- included a night of good spirits, silent auction, gourmet dinner, live entertainment and a fabulous fashion show. The ladies ripped the runway to model fashions sponsored by local businesses. They also had the personal pleasure of meeting many of the guest who came out to support them in their journey to survival. It was a pleasure meeting each of these women as their level of courage, strength and hope is unparallelled. I learned so much from them and I hope you do to. Domestic violence is real. There is no doubt about it. Organizations like Visions of  Hope International provides much needed services to victims and their families that have such a lasting impact on their long road to freedom and perseverance. It was great to be a part of such an amazing cause. Check out some of the photos of the event below.

Event Venue
The ladies arrived in style.
It was a fashionable crowd.
Certainly there wasn't any shortage of champagne. Cheers!
Founder and President of Visions of Hope International, Lorianne and guest of the evening.
The beautiful ladies posed for a photo op.
Fashion Stylist and blogger Melizza and I. Make sure to check out her blog here.
Purple was so fitting for the cause. I loved this dress.
Model and survivor Jessica. Doesn't she look fabulous in this gorgeous gold gown?
Myself, the beautiful Ms. Ivy (model and survivor) and Melizza
The ladies were deep in thought before they took to the runway.
:::Special Thanks To:::
Evening Wear: Perfection Prom and Bridal. Check them out here.
Ready to Wear: Agape Chic Consignment Boutique. Check them out here.
Sky Unikue's Boutique. Check them out here.
Accessories: MICHE. Check them out here.
Make-up: Dee Dee Cardenas
Glamorous Make-up by Jackie. Like her on facebook here.
Photography: Maurice Garner Photography. Check them out here.
Model and survivor Angie. What a beauty.
The beautiful Rendee(model and survivor) working it for the crowd.
The gentlemen also strut their stuff in true dapper fashion.
Tampa Chief of Police, Jane Castor made an appearance.
Fashion Coordinator, Michele gives a heartwarming speech to the crowd. Such a sweet and warn spirit.
Lorianne, the beauty and brains behind Visions of Hope International and the Breaking Free event gives many thanks to all who came out and supported the purposeful cause.
:::Please take a few minutes to watch this testimonial video:::

If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence, don't hesitate to contact Visions of Hope International. They are equipped and readily available to help. To find out about sponsorship opportunities with this great organization, visit their site here. Please join me in breaking the silence to end domestic violence. Lastly, please don't turn a blind eye if someone you know is being victimized. Speak up and stand up. It can simply be a matter of life and death. Until next time. . . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

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