Friday, September 12, 2014

[trending] MBFWNY S/S 15

As fall makes it's annual debut, New York fashion week comes to a close, and its already time to start planning our shopping lists for next spring. There were tons of amazing shows at Lincoln Center this season, and lots of recurring silhouettes and trends. Here are some of my favorites!

Anna Sui, Naeem Khan, Lisa Perry, Mara Hoffmann, Alice + Olivia, Anna Sui, Elizabeth and James
Lace in every color, sheer inlays, mesh outerwear, and strategic cutouts

Little Red Riding Hood
Tommy Hilfiger, J Mendel, Jeremy Scott

Formal Separates
Badgley Mischka, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Polo Ralph Lauren
It's like 90's prom. And I love it.

Starburst Sequins
Rachel Zoe Collection, Naeem Khan, J Mendel
Graphic sequins and starburts adorned tops, dresses, pants, skirts and accessories

J Mendel, Anna Sui
One shoulder, handkerchief hems, and off-kilter necklines

High-Waisted Everythanggg
Alice + Olivia, Rodarte, Elizabeth and James, Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui
Low-rise who? This silhouette is back for good.

Elizabeth and James, Jeremy Scott, Naeem Khan, Elizabeth and James, J Mendel
One pieces are easy, chic, and come in an endless array of colors and patterns

Kaftan Queens
Elder Statesman, Naeem Khan, Rachel Zoe Collection, The Row
Bye bye bodycon! Let's leave a little something to the imagination

Elie Tahari, Theory, Elizabeth and James
Fresh, crisp, and slimming

Goin' on Safari
Polo Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Theory
Safari and military inspired pieces and colors

 Turn Up the Volume
Jeremy Scott, Alice + Olivia, Naeem Khan
Maxi length skirts and dresses have been on the racks for a couple of years now. This spring, cinch your waist and add some volume with a long poofy skirt.

What was your favorite collection at this season's fashion week? I adored Naeem Khan's! What trends did you spot, and which ones are you excited to try out yourself?

[all photos from]

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

[diy inspiration] Glamping

I've never been to a camping festival, but I always daydream about hanging out at a colorful campsite, listening to great music with friends. Even though the great outdoors isn't always my thing, camping can be so fun when you're prepared. I know I'll make it to a camping festival soon, where I can sleep under the stars with my festy-besties, and I can't wait to try these simple and pretty tricks that transform plain old camping into a stylish weekend getaway.
String up a lantern and some mosquito netting for a simple setup [source]
Click through to learn how to recreate this shade tent that can be pitched anywhere  [source]
Throw a movie-night for your camping buddies with a sheet and a projector [source]
Mix printed sheets and blankets hung over twine to recreate this beautiful bohemian tent [source]
Make this portable fire pit for a little extra warmth at your next excursion [source]
Tee pees are easy to DIY, can be made with light or heavy fabrics depending on your weather conditions, and when you're ready to go home, just fold up and go! [source]
Add flowers to the entrance of your tent or tee pee for a simple, but pretty, touch [source]
String lights between your tent and out-house to keep campers from getting lost, or around your campsite for a little extra light when your campfire dies down [source]
Simple camping hacks are endless, but what's your favorite trick when you're out in the wilderness? Do you prefer "glamping" to regular camping?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Transition Essentials

Labor Day is barely over and Christmas decor is already on the shelves. We are flying towards Halloween, pumpkin-spice latte's, and sweater weather-- Do not pass Go. Do not collect two-hundred dollars. It's still warm here in Southern California, but I'm predicting a few cool nights in our near future. As I anxiously await the release of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection and celebrate weekly Crimson Tide wins, I need a few essentials to hold me over until I can pull out the gloves and beanies.
Cause right now, I just wanna do pumpkin-flavored, cinnamon-sprinkled, crunchy-leaf, fall-themed things with my frannnnnds!

1. Chunky Cardigan. Cardigans are perfect for almost-fall weather because you can layer one over an outfit without committing to the full-sweater experience. The chunkier, the better!
(Fairground "Can Can Sweater", Dollskill)
2. Black Tights. Tights and leggings are the best way to get a few more wears out of your summer dresses before it gets too cold. Patterned tights take it up another level, and these garter-printed tights are extra adorable. You can also wear them with longer sweaters and tunics when weather permits.
(Pretty Polly "Suspended Tights", Nordstrom)
3. Pumpkin Candle. Starbucks reintroduced their "Pumpkin Spice" flavored drinks early this year, but save yourself some empty calories by cutting the cravings with a pumpkin scented candle.
("Pumpkin Cupcake" Mason Jar Candle, Bath&Body Works)
4. Dark Lip-stain. Oxblood tones are everything for fall-- Lip-stains are great for lasting wear, and you can add balm over it to keep the winter wind from chapping your kisser.
(YSL, Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain "Fuchsia Cubiste",  Sephora)
5. Scarf. This is an obvious one. Wear a scarf around your neck for a little extra warmth, or tie it on your purse handles if it warms up. This gray scarf has a neutral color that could work with lots of outfits, and the pom pom trim is a sweet detail.
(F21 Pom Pom Scarf, Forever 21)
6. Long-sleeved Maxi Dresses. Sleeves make this summer staple work for the cooler months. Wear a basic long-sleeve tee under a simple maxi to get double mileage out of your summer-wear, or pick up a version with the sleeves already attached. 
(F21 Baroque Print Maxi Dress, Forever 21)
7.  Snow White Nails. I've been obsessed with white nails all summer, and almost considered listing a gray or nude tone as my polish favorite for fall, but white is still trending! This mani will carry you all the way through the matching winter snowfall.
(Butter London "Cotton Buds", Sephora)
8. Gray Riding Boots. Tuck skinny jeans, tights, or over-the-knee socks into some simple boots for a classic fall look that will also keep your toes warm. Choose a gray tone that you can pair with lots of colors or even other neutrals.
(Buckle Knee Riding Boots,

What do you love most about the autumn months? Is it the return of football or the return of artificial pumpkin flavoring? What are your absolute must-haves for transitioning from summer to fall? 
If you want to see a throwback, check out one of my very first blog posts: 5 Reasons I Love Fall!

Friday, September 5, 2014

[grand tour] Iran

Bazaar Bosorg, Esfahan
My sister reading a brochure at a souvenir stand, Abyaneh
Prayer Room, Esfahan
Collection of bottles in a shop, Tehran
Woman waiting, Abyaneh
Stray cat, Abyaneh
Prayer rugs rolled up against the wall of a mosque, Esfahan
Old man waiting, Abyaneh
View of a residential area of the city from Borj-e Milad, Tehran
Slippers outside a family apartment, Abyaneh

Detailed tile mosaic ceiling of a mosque, Esfahan

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

insta love :: August

Having so much to do before my trip, plus a slight cold, required lots and lots of tea. Luckily, there was no shortage of it in Iran!
With all of the madness about dis-allowing kandi lately, I thought it was time to change things up. I posted the Classy Kandi DIY Tutorial, pictured here, as well as a slightly more challenging Kandi Charm Bracelet DIY Tutorial this month. 
My favorite way to drink hot tea :) 
Wearing matching Minnetonka moccasins with my sister at one of the historic palaces in Esfahan, Iran.
Returning home was bittersweet. I miss my family, but it is nice to be back home and back in my routine.
The beautiful view I woke up to at the Temecula Creek Inn, the morning of my best friend's wedding, immediately after my return. The wedding was perfect! Best wishes to my friends, the beautiful couple.
and my "August Moments" compilation video…

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

[diy inspiration] Henna Tattoos

Henna, or Mehndi, body art has been a tradition for thousands of years, mostly in the Mediterranean for wedding and fertility celebrations. The beautiful and detailed art has always been used to celebrate holidays and special occasions, so why not include festivals and events? Use henna to show your personality and adorn yourself in artwork that won't smear when you are dancing the night away or camping overnight at a festival. Kits can be ordered online and the design possibilities are endless! Other than a couple of tacky tramp stamp henna tatts from the shark shops in Panama City Beach as a teen, I have never tried henna, but I can't wait to start including it in my festival outfits! Here are some of my favorite designs and placements.

(This isn't actually henna, it's watercolor crayon, but I love the design, placement, and colors! This could be a less permanent solution if you don't want to commit to the two-ish weeks that henna usually lasts.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

[DIY] Kandi Charm Bracelet

 I love the bright and colorful look that kandi gives to the arms of ravers at every festival. It's so fun to see the different patterns, color combinations, and silly slogans that people come up with. As much as I love the way it looks, an armful of kandi bracelets can get bulky and hot. After the Classy Kandi DIY tutorial I posted a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take it a step further, from single bracelets, to one big massive bracelet-- a swankier version of the kandi cuff, if you will. I used the charms created for the single bracelets to create a charm bracelet with just as much color and excitement as a full kandi sleeve.

You will need:
Jewelry Chain, Large Jump Ring, and Lobster Clasp (or a simple chain bracelet)
Jewelry Posts
Letter Beads 
Decorative Beads in varying sizes
Jump Rings
Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters

 If you don't have an old chain link bracelet you can use, create one! Measure enough chain to go around your wrist, adding an inch or two. Then, open the chain links on either end of your bracelet length and attach a large jump ring on one end, and a lobster clasp on the other end. This bracelet will be the base for all of your charms.

Now create your charms! You can create a lot, for a fuller look, like the bracelet I created, or just a few, for a simpler look focused on a few special charms. To create each charm, slide beads onto a jewelry post and finish them off by bending a loop into the top with jewelry pliers. If the holes in your beads are too large, add a smaller seed bead or decorative bead first, to keep the rest from slipping off. Make sure your loops are closed tight to the post to make sure they don't slip off of your bracelet later.

 Be creative! Use letter beads to create words, or just initials, use decorative beads in different combinations, or use them both together. I also used some beads that were shaped as charms already, skipped the posts, and just attached them to my bracelet with jump rings.

For each charm, open a jump ring, slip on the loop of your post, and then close the jump ring around a link of the bracelet. Make sure your charms are evenly spaced around your bracelet. To create a bracelet this full, I added two to three charms to each link of my bracelet, spacing out my worded charms, my beaded charms, and my single beads.

Create a kandi charm bracelet for yourself, for your festy-besty, or trade charms with friends. Show off your personality with your favorite colors and beads, and words and phrases that are important to you. Just like traditional kandi, the possibilities are infinite!

Did you create this DIY project? How did it turn out? Would you try different kinds of kandi, or are you sticking with the traditional version? Leave a comment and let me know!