Sunday, August 21, 2011

Kim K: $50 or Less, FINALLY

Hello lovelies! I hope you all have had an amazing week so far. As we all know, Kim K exchanged vows yesterday and she is now a happily married woman! I am so happy for her that she found a good guy. For those that don't know, the dress code for her wedding was black or white, and typically white isn't supposed to be worn to a wedding aside from the bride. I like the fact that she did that, which was very similar to Beyonce's own nuptials.

In celebration of someone breaking the tradition, I'm going to bring you an all-white outfit fit for a wedding, even your own!

$50 or Less

Gorgeous and roomy in case it's very warm and you need to breathe a bit.

The perfect linen pant.

Gorgeous, and though they seem high, they have that extra platform, so your feet wont be crying quite as badly as it might seem.

Of course, there needs to be at least ONE accessory present! It's not an outfit without a piece of jewelry!

Total: $40.14

There you have it; a perfect summer wedding outfit in case your friends want to follow suite with popular celebrities.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

You and I

In celebration of miss Gaga and her fantastic career, this morning I am going to post her latest video for her hit song "You and I", one of my favorites of hers since it has her distinctive flavor that makes you want to dance and maybe have a brawl at a bar.

You can see in this video a metamorphosis of her style once again, as she has one quite often, but you see her going to a softer side in this video, and you can see it in her outfits now as well; she is swinging from extreme Judas garb to softer styles and makeup. How long this will last, no one will know, but she is beautiful in the corn field with soft makeup and hair framing her face.

Something about the chase; 6 whole years

Gaga's videos always have a meaning behind them, and this one I believe, though I could be wrong, talks about the ups and downs of love in a relationship and going through pain and joy, but no matter what loving the one you're with. 

I think.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Take Time to B

Good evening lovelies! I hope you've had an amazing week. Tonight, I want to talk about events that go on in stores in our community. Sometimes we think "Oh, i don't need to go to that event, I'll just stop by next week" because we live by there and sometimes we think nothing will come of it. But it is ALWAYS worth it to stop in! There are always new and interesting, and you never know what deals they might be having, and also you never know who you might meet.

This evening I went to the 4 year anniversary party for Betty Belts here in Ventura, CA from 6-10pm. It was an amazing event where I drank great wine, munched on delicious french cheese, and shopped quite merrily. 20% of the profits when to help the Matilija Coalition to restore the Ventura River.

B-eautiful B-irthday Finds

Leather Flower Ring: $10.00

I have one of these in black from previous work/jewelry exchange, and it is one of my favorite rings. Since I am not always the most delicate, my black ring is near death. I decided to invest in this purple ring to take its place when it finally goes to the jewelry store in the sky. These are my favorite, and I always get compliments when I wear them.

Sale Bangle $10.00

This cuff is also made of resin, but not surfboard resin. The pattern caught my eye, and no two bracelets are alike at Donna's shop, which is why I'm willing to spend my money with her.

Leather Cuff (Second): $12.00
Donna's cuffs are $34, but she has some that are second cuffs, so they are being sold for $12. I got a second one because I love the shade of brown: a perfect neutral to go with any color, even black. It is very light, and doesn't rub on my wrist. It also doesn't have that overpowering leather smell, which I've encountered when i've purchased at other places. I enjoy the smell of leather, but I don't want to smell like a tannery.

Surfboard Resin Earrings: $44.00

Seems a bit pricey, yes, but every single pair is one of a kind. These earrings are made from surfboard resin shavings brought to Donna by a local surf shop. They collect the shavings, melt them into one batch, and bring them to her, so no two patches are alike, and no two pairs are alike because each concentration of colors is different because of how they're cut. They're also very expensive to make because of the process that is used to create the smooth finish and precise circles. They are light as a feather, and with all the different colors, they go with anything! Where you see purple showing through is actually clear resin which is showing the couch through the resin.

Leather Ring: $22.00

This beautiful ring was originally $44, but Donna is having leather rings for 50% off because there have been complaints that when you wash your hands, since the ring part is made of silver, that it warps the leather. I picked one up and intend to love it until the day I die; it is beautifully smooth red leather against gleaming silver, and I love leather and silver like white loves rice.

And, yes, while it seems like a lot, I was actually fortunate enough to trade for some of the items I featured in my post this evening. One thing local businesses are willing to do a lot of the time is trade, all you have to do is ask. I offered to give something, without expecting anything in return. Because of what I was offering her, she gave me a few of the items for free. I scurried home, picked up the items, and came back to do the trade. 

Remember, ASK. If you are not even willing to ask if a local business would like to do trade, then you will not receive good things in exchange for time, or other items you may not even want or need that could just be laying around the house going to waste. Don't be afraid lovelies!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Matisyahu: One Day

Good evening lovelies! I hope you all had an amazing week. Due to midterms, I was unable to post Sunday. Technically I shouldn't be posting now since I have to be up in 4 hours for school all day, but this blog is my baby; it needs to be fed!

Tonight, I want to talk about a particular singer's style evolution: Matisyahu

I myself have gone through a major style evolution over the past 5 years and found a style that is uniquely me and works specifically for me and my body type, and my personality.

I saw Matisyahu perform this past weekend in San Diego for the first time and I am thoroughly in love. I have been ever since he came out many years ago: i bought his cd immediately and it was and still remains a favorite cd in my collection. Since I study fashion though, I was going through pictures a few nights ago and noticed something very interesting about Matthew Miller: he has gone through a major style evolution. When he first started out many years ago, he looked like a very traditional Hasidic Jew, but as we all know, he is anything but purely traditional.

In an interview I saw it said he was still trying to find his footing at first when he first started out, and it showed through with his traditional Hasidic garb and clothes that just didn't fit properly, whether it was proportionally or personality-wise.

More importantly, for the men, his style has evolved a great deal. When he first started out, he dressed conservatively, and still does, but you can see he know dresses with a style that speaks of confidence and that he has truly come into his own and become very comfortable with himself. He dresses like a fashionable man, and it's fantastic. His style is very much so traditional meets modern, wearing funky kicks with his yarmulke and payots and form-fitted shirts and jackets. He is a cool dad, and now has a style to show it.

Matisyahu is an inspiration, and someone i've always looked up to. He did not grow up Hasidic and found it difficult to find a connection to the Jewish community, which is something I've experienced for a long time. I even contemplated converting to Hasidism or Orthodox to find that sense of community and connect to my Judaism, but ultimately i've realized I can't wear long-sleeves and long skirts year round, it just wouldn't work with me. 

His journey is not one for everyone to follow, but it is his own unique one, and the world is a better place because of it.


Cool dad? Yes, I think so! I'd love a father with a style like his. His children are lucky to have him as a dad! And to give a shout out to Kenneth Cole for being so darn awesome:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to wear silk pants: $50 or Less

Good evening all you wonderful people out there! Tonight, I want to bring to you a trend that most, and yes even I, felt was rather ridiculous at first: silk pants. When I think of silk pants, I think of pajamas, and I've seen them worn before where it has felt like they've been wearing their pajamas out, which is not something you want to go for. I feel like silk pants are very wearable, depending on the fit to your body. It's very important they're in an unusual cut or fit so that they don't look like pj pants. All you need are the fuzzy slippers at that point, really.

Tonight, I'm going to show you an outfit as to how to wear silk pants. Remember, silk pants aren't for everyone, but if you decide to wear them, it's the details that are most important here.

How to wear silk pants


The trick to balancing out the lack of structure with the pant is to have a fitted top. You'd obviously buy a top that's not overly draping as then the outfit will just look really sloppy.

An adorable print and very easy to wear, so long as the other pieces have structure. If you so choose to wear a pair of fitted silk pants, then of course you can wear an overly slouchy top, etc. I just chose this pair for the example because they're very adorable.

These shoes are adorable and work perfectly with the outfit because they balance out the print of the pants and are very on-trend right now. The structure of the shoe helps with the flowy pant as well.

Total: $50.00