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Lucky fabb day 1

Ready to take on Lucky FABB in my yellow Elie Tahari dress!

On April 4th and 5th, I attended the Lucky Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.  It was an amazing 2 days of breakout sessions, fashion and beauty panels, networking, seeing blogger besties and being surrounded by like-minded individuals!  Presented by P&G Beauty and Grooming, this conference allowed top influencers to hear from experts in the fashion, beauty and technology industry.

Eva Chen sits down with Nicole Richie to chat at Lucky FABB

Eva Chen sits down with Nicole Richie to chat at Lucky FABB

Some of the highlights of day one include Eva Chen, Lucky’s Editor-in-Chief sitting down with Nicole Richie, Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal and Coco Rocha.  First off, lets talk about Eva Chen.  This is one classy, down-to-earth woman who knows how to interview others and makes it fun to watch!  Her interview with Nicole Richie felt like a conversation in the living room.  Richie talked about how her daughter wanted her hair purple, her fruit and vegetable garden and House of Harlow among other things.  One thing for sure is that Nicole is doing things her way!

Sophia Amoruso and Eva Chen

Sophia Amoruso and Eva Chen

Next up was Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal.  As soon as she stepped out, I was in love with her colorful vintage Nasty Gal dress!  The Nasty Gal clothing line is one-of-a kind and it’s exciting to hear that she will be opening a store in LA soon! As a savvy entrepreneur, her advice is stay focused and know your strengths and weaknesses.  Also, I’m excited to check out her book, GIRL BOSS!

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha

My fave talk of the day was with Coco Rocha.  I first knew of her on America’s Next Top Model, and after that her face was everywhere!  She is definitely the queen of the perfect facial expressions and it was nice to see her with a short sleek bob – short hair don’t care!  Coco Rocha seemed like a person I could chat with over coffee and talk about whatever.  She said the best line of the day that I myself follow: “I hate trends. It’s all been done before.”  That statement is so true, and it’s awesome to hear a supermodel say that.  She just looks forward to warmer weather and less clothing!  If there is anything to takeaway from the conference, be yourself and be proud of it.  You don’t have the follow the masses on anything – walk to the beat of your own drum!

Part One of the Swag Bag

Part One of the Swag Bag

Part Two of the Swag Bag

Part Two of the Swag Bag

Day two was a day of networking and brunch.  I met a lot of lovely bloggers and for the second time attending I definitely felt more at ease and ready to absorb and connect.  And the swag bag was insane!  Lucky Magazine did a fantastic job of putting this conference together and I look forward to what they will come up with next year!

I originally posted an article about what to do with business cards in September 2010 and now I would like to revisit this with more insight:

Every time you meet someone it’s an opportunity to tell them about yourself and eventually hand over a business card.  I just attended Lucky FABB and collected several of them.  When you make the exchange (hopefully the other person has one too), what happens next?  Do you have a Rolodex full of cards never used?  Does it get buried under a bunch of other cards?  Do you take one look at it and throw it away? Does it show up in a pocket of an item you wear a year later? I hope the answers to these questions are no.  So what should you do?

1. Once you get a business card take a quick look at it while you’re in the presence of the other person, acknowledging that there is at least some interest and then put it away.

2.  IMPORTANT!! Within 24 – 48 hours (or as soon as possible if it’s not feasible within that timeframe) send an email to the person saying it was nice to meet you and let’s keep in touch.   You have no idea how far that goes and it’s so important!

3.  Check out their website and what they do.   They may or may not be of use to you, but possibly you can refer them to someone who might.

If you’re not into carrying business cards you can go digital and follow them on Twitter, befriend them on Facebook, or Like their fanpage.

Another new concept on the scene is contxts.com.  It’s a mobile SMS business card, where you can send your info directly to the recipient via cell or they can text a pre-selected word to a contxt number and get your info.  It’s quick, easy, paperless and free to join.  It also serves as a backup when you run out of business cards! For example text DANIEL to 50500.  What do you get back?

As a savvy businesswoman, I make it a point to do that with every business card I get because that can be another connection and can even turn into a great friend.  I have had that happen several times before and that’s all it took!  Sometimes I don’t get an email back from the person reciprocating the gesture, but at least I did my part and that makes me feel good.  In the end it’s necessary to do that because endless opportunities could arise, whether it’s related to your job or something else.

So, when you get your next business card, PLEASE make sure you followup.  It’s a small step to possibly greater things!

Cheers,

The Style Goddess

Lucky fabbLucky FABB, the Fashion and Beauty Blog conference for select influential bloggers in both industries is back to grace us with cutting edge information.  The two-day event, taking place April 4th and 5th, 2014 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, will bring beauty and technology together.

To kick off the day one’s events, Eva Chen, Lucky’s Editor-in-Chief, will sit down with Nicole Richie to chat about House of Harlow 1960, her personal style and her take on the fashion industry today. The day will conclude with a conversation between Eva Chen and Coco Rocha, one of today’s most influential and digitally savvy fashion models. In addition to the conversations that Eva will lead on day one, conference guests will attend a series of panels and breakout sessions featuring industry leaders. Bloggers will get expert advice on ways to grow their brand, elevate their style, and gain other helpful tools.  Day 2 will be a brunch that provides bloggers with the opportunity to network and hear from several brands in an intimate setting.

I’m so excited to be invited back to Lucky FABB and I can’t wait to share with you photos and live tweeting!  If you received an invite, this is something you should definitely not miss!  If you are attending, leave a comment below as I would love to meet you!

About Lucky
The ultimate shopping resource, Lucky is the fashion and beauty authority for the style-obsessed woman. At every step of her shopping journey—from inspiration and information to purchase and sharing—Lucky prompts readers to try and buy the latest trends. Highlighting the best of style, from the runway, real women, and digital influencers, Lucky covers fashion in an aspirational but approachable way. From editorial shoots by the world’s top photographers and models to user-generated content from chic contributors across the country, Lucky is the foremost guide for women who want to shop.
For the latest news from Lucky, log on to www.luckymag.com.

Insoles are great for shoes to give you that extra comfort as you walk about town.  I’m used to seeing nude, navy or black colors as the standard choices, but then I discovered Piggy Pillows!

Piggy Pillows are fashion insoles designed to fit a variety of flip flops, sandals and shoes.  I reached out to the founder Michelle Ojea to try out a pair and I was excited to get them in the mail!  Right off the bat when I went to the website the first thing I noticed is the colorful, stylish varieties of insoles you can choose from.  Just because nobody sees the inside of your shoe, why not add a little fab flair?

My Brazilian flats and the Beach Blanket Piggy Pillows

My Brazilian flats and the Beach Blanket Piggy Pillows

I received the Beach Blanket Piggy insoles and the next challenging decision was to determine which shoe to put it in!  I love the fact that these can go either in a shoe or thong sandal.  After looking at all my shoes for 20 minutes, I decided to put them in a pair of Brazilian style flats.  I don’t wear these shoes often because the flatness can be uncomfortable after a while, so I wanted to see if the Piggy Pillows would change that.

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The Beach Blanket Piggy Pillows inside my flats. The more color the better!

I was running errands all over Hollywood that day in these and they felt really comfortable!  I felt like my feet felt lighter and I was gliding as I naturally speed walked everywhere.   It feels like they aren’t even there but still doing the trick of keeping my feet comfy. There is also a little bit of a gap in the back of the flats, so my feet also did not slide around as I walked in them. Will I be wearing these more? With Piggy Pillows, of course!

Mini Piggys in newspaper style - can't wait to try these!

Mini Piggy’s in newspaper style – can’t wait to try these!

I definitely enjoy wearing them and I wanted to pull them out and try them in another shoe, but it appears that the adhesive stays on the shoe so make sure that whichever one you decide to put them in that it’s permanent.  However, I did also receive a pair of Mini Piggy’s that comes with a heel pillow and a ball of foot pillow that works for any shoe size, so I can’t wait to try those out!

Michelle has created a great product that should be sold everywhere as there are many fashion forward women that want to look stylish even on the insides of their shoe!

To learn more about Piggy Pillows and pamper your ten little toes, check out www.piggypillows.com

 

 

Time to start Spring on the right foot!

Today, two of my favorite brands, InStyle and NineWest are launching the new InStyle for Nine West collection! It will launch in Nine West’s Los Angeles locations as well as on NineWest.com, and all U.S. boutiques.

Here are a few key facts:

·         This collection is a continuation of the most successful partnership to date for Nine West

·         9W♥InStyle represents the first editor-designed partnership that combines the industry insight of InStyle’s fashion editors with Nine West’s footwear and accessories expertise.

·         Following the success of the 9W♥InStyle capsule collection in Fall 2013 (which resulted in a 90% sell-through), InStyle and Nine West have expanded the limited-edition collaboration into a complete accessories collection.

The Statement Cuff

The Statement Cuff

Portfolio Clutch in Blue, $149

Portfolio Clutch in Blue

·         For the first time, the collection will feature a fashion-forward cuff ($88) and portfolio clutch ($129) that further allows consumers to effortlessly integrate runway inspired trends into their everyday wardrobe.

The Alia's in Red

The Aila pump in Red

·         Priced from $79 – $109, the Spring 2014 footwear offers a sophisticated approach to the season’s shoe must-haves; incorporating editorial touches such as elevated heel heights, seasonal colors and premium materials. Joining the 18 shoe styles this season is fall’s standout silhouette, the Gamin pump, which has been revamped and updated for Spring 2014.

·         Due to the retail success of the original capsule collection (previously limited to select Nine West locations in the US and Canada), 9W♥InStyle will be introduced to all domestic Nine West doors and in select international markets including Turkey, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.

·         InStyle will include a 12 page editorial styling booklet in their April issue featuring expert tips and guidelines from InStyle’s editors to inspire consumers and fashion enthusiasts alike to “shop like an editor”

I’m sure this collection will be flying off the walls, so check it out now and be in style!

Wearing heels are always fun and fabulous.  But do you want to hear the click-clack sound of them all the time as you are walking? I didn’t think it was possible not to until I was introduced to Ssh-oes.  They have created “quiet” heels which eliminate that sound and give you comfort at the same time!  Ssh-oes is the only company in the world that makes quiet heels. The ssh-oes have a non-slip, sound absorbing rubber outsole and a patent pending noise reducing heel lift, so they do not make as much noise when you walk. They are cushioned with memory foam and have a lycra and leather lining to make the shoe as blister free as possible.

London Ssh-oes - The studs make this edgy and fun!

London Ssh-oes – The studs make this edgy and fun!

I had the opportunity to select a pair of Ssh-oes and try them out for size.  There are a variety of styles and colors, but when it comes to heels I want to be able to wear them with many outfits. I opted for the London shoe in black because the silver studs give it some edge, you can never have enough black heels and I don’t have a shoe like it in my collection.  I was glad they had a size 10 in stock because normally I’ll find a hot shoe but my size isn’t available.

Full profile and closeup of the London Ssh-oes: My outfit - Zara top, Coldwater Creek necklace, See You Monday leggings

Full profile and closeup of the London Ssh-oes: My outfit – Zara top, Coldwater Creek necklace, See You Monday leggings

When it arrived at my house I had the perfect outfit to wear them with and I couldn’t wait to take them out for a spin and quietly strut my stuff around town.  I decided to wear them with my print leggings and pepulm top since it was a nice balance of hard and soft.  When I first put them on I thought I might need a bigger size since my feet are long and narrow (Size 10 is the largest size).  With a little pull and tug at the toe tip are of the heel, I was able to fit my feet in with ease and not feel restricted.  I headed of to my event and as I walked on the concrete in the parking garage with my friend I ask her to listen to my shoes – she noticed there was a sound missing and I told her how the Ssh-oes work.

I love that they were very comfortable and molded to my foot shape.  I can’t wait to wear them with jeans, skirts and one of my many dresses!  So if you decide to get a pair of Ssh-oes, ask someone nearby, “Can you hear me now?”

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From left to right: Plaza El Segundo Pre-Valentine’s Day invitation, SweetXO cake balls and candy, me in front of a colorful candy selection, the goodie bag with filled with gifts from plaza retailers.

I always enjoying discovering new places to shop that are nearby and totally unexpected.  I was recently invited to a Pre-Valentine’s event at Plaza El Segundo, and I was excited to see what I could find there!

First, I didn’t realize that Plaza El Segundo was in my back yard.  Roughly 20 minutes away with no traffic, there is a beautiful plaza just South of LAX with a nice mix of stores, such as Whole Foods, Container Store, and Anthropologie.  I arrived at the tail end of the event, but I was so glad I made it in time to mosey around SweetXO!

SweetXO is a sweet tooth’s dream – it’s a candy store, bake shop, ice cream and yogurt haven with a gift shop mixed in.  The fun colors all throughout the store made this a definite keeper for me since bright hues always make my day.  There was a pop of every color of the rainbow in the store and I commend SweetXO for taking it to the next level by keeping things fun and playful in this unique retail destination.  And what a smart idea to have a lounge with white leather seating where you can get social and enjoy your goodies!

I tried a few flavors of ice cream and took home a special treat, SweetXO cake balls – I must say these are the BEST cake balls I have ever eaten!  They were so decadent and moist that even though I wanted to eat 2 in one sitting I settled for 1 a night until they were gone (Had a pack of 4).

There was so much to take in that I definitely have to make a trip back to really enjoy it all, but the goodie bag I received helped give me an intro to what’s in store.

For all your sweet tooth needs, look no further than SweetXO – you will not regret it!

 

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