Filling your world with COLOR through fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle etc.!

I was invited to a Masquerade Ball event for the first time ever and I know one of the requirements is to wear a mask.  I wanted something colorful and I went on a hunt to see if I could create something crafty but chic.  What I thought would be a great mask had me second guessing whether or not it would be a hit, so I went on Pinterest and did a search on DIY Masquerade Ball masks and found these easy steps to create my own.

The night before the event I realized I could follow these easy steps and produce something more “me”.  Now the question was, how can I get all the materials I need without going to the store (it’s Sunday evening and stores are closed) or rummaging through my storage (yep, that is closed too)?

The first thing I did was search Google images for traceable masks. I found 5 different cool shapes on a Shutterstock site, so instead of printing out each one I just folded my paper in 4 quadrants and traced the outline of one side of the mask from the computer screen (increase the size of the mask to your liking before tracing). Proud of my tracing skills with a pencil, I now had to figure out which style I was going to go with. I ended up selecting this:

My mask style choice

My mask style choice

Now this is a very fancy designed mask, but I just traced the outline.  The end result was amazing and you won’t believe what I used for pattern!

The mask traced out on white paper and the end result

The mask traced out on white paper and the end result

Working my DIY mask at the ball!

Working my DIY mask at the ball!

I was so excited for my creation and ready to wear it to the event.  So how did I get that colorful pattern for a mask?  I used a L’Occitane shopping bag!  I work in a mall so I thought of stores that would have the most colorful shopping bag and L’Occitane won hands down!  I traced out the mask from the white paper, added a piece of cardboard to the back to make it more sturdy, put some glittered leaves from the 99cent store on the tips and added a straw from Subway as my stick holder.  Total cost of my mask – $1!

I love the vibrant color patterns on this L'Occitane bag, so it was perfect for the mask!

I love the vibrant color patterns on this L’Occitane bag, so it was perfect for the mask!

It goes to show that DIY is really fun and you can get very creative!  For other cool patterns, you can use wrapping paper.  No need to use paint and fabric if you don’t have any, just go this route and you will have many options!  I was so glad I did it this way and I think I want to make many more!

This ASOS dress went from long sleeves to short sleeves - which do you prefer?

This dress went from long sleeves to short sleeves – which do you prefer?

I always love a colorful in-your-face print on clothing.  This ASOS artwork dress I bought while in Chicago from my favorite fashionista-on-a-budget store Crossroads Trading Co. fits that description spot on. I purchased this dress a year ago and was waiting for the perfect event to wear it too, and finally I wore it to Art City LA.  But a week before I wore it out, I stared at it and felt I needed to alter the dress by changing the long sleeves to short sleeves.

Fits perfectly and love the sleeve chop!

Fits perfectly and love the sleeve chop!

Living in LA has me spoiled all year round with the beautiful sunshine and warmth.  Seeing long sleeves on this dress didn’t feel right, and I wanted some arm exposure and room to breathe!  Once the change was made I was so glad I did it! I enjoy wearing bracelets, so this allowed me to showcase some fun silver jewelry.  The sleeves were now the perfect length and I was ready to wear it out and feel my best.  My takeaway from this is, if you feel an article of clothing needs a change to adjust to your lifestyle or fashion sense, go for it!  Now what else should I alter in my closet?

Redefining Single

No matter how you spin it, bright colors and prints will always reign supreme in my world.  When I discovered the brand Single, I was drawn to the the vibrant selection of hues and patterns for dresses, blouses and more.  I wanted to get a closer look at what Single offers, so I stopped by the warehouse to wander down the aisles and pick out a few items to try on!

Single was co-founded by the married duo Galina and Michael Sobolev in 1994.  It embodies the individuality of style and confidence and was created to reaffirm every woman’s zest for life, romance and luxury. Using delicate silks and one-of-a-kind prints, it was quite obvious that I would be attracted to her clothing line.  Let’s take a look at what I discovered in this downtown space!

Cascade dress

The Cascade dress is a fun flirty dress to wear on date night or a fab event.  I love the cut in the front and the draping in the back.  It comes in several different colors.

Cascade dress, $68 wholesale

Cascade dress, $68 wholesale

Claudette maxi dress

You can never have enough maxi dresses and I would definitely add this to my wardrobe.  This print is beautiful and the fabric is very soft to the skin.  The cut in the front and back give you something to look at both ways! This dress is perfect for that sunny vacation or resort!

Claudette maxi dress, $142 wholesale

Claudette maxi dress, $142 wholesale

Janessa Jumpsuit

I have yet to find a jumpsuit that fits me well, and I think that this might be the one! The Janessa jumpsuit was so easy to put on and felt effortless.

Janessa jumpsuit, $98 wholesale

Janessa jumpsuit, $98 wholesale

Elaina Cage Neck dress

Another fun dress to wear on a night on the town, the Elaina Cage Neck dress comes in fun colors and the hot pink one is my fave!

Elaina Cage neck dress

Elaina Cage neck dress

I hope I have inspired you to check out the Single line as there is something for everyone.  Enjoy! www.singledress.com

Color is a part of my being, and it will stay with me till I die.  I am just amazed at how every thing you wear doesn’t have to be neutral or muted – there’s a color for it!  Two recent things I purchased to add to my bright palate are a pair of colorful sneakers and rainbow lenses.  Let’s check them out:

Nike Alvord 10

Nike Alvord 10

Nike Alvord 10

I took a look at my old sneakers and said to myself, “I need to get more colorful ones that are a reflection of me.”  I was definitely going to hold out until I found the right style and colors, and it wasn’t until I randomly walked into a Big 5 Sporting Goods store that I discovered my dream shoe, the Nike Alvord 10. It was funny because I initially went in there with my boyfriend to help him on his never-ending quest to find the perfect shoes and then I started to look at the options for women.  I was drawn to all the shoes that had pink, turquoise and/or yellow in them, and I picked up the Nike Alvord 10 in a turquoise color with orange on it.  I think I said out loud I need more color on this shoe and the employee that was nearby mentioned they did have another style I could look at.  Out came this beautiful pair of shoes with all my favorite colors and I was sold!  Sometimes you don’t know what you’re holding out for until you see it, and that was my moment.  These Nike Alvord’s were made for me and there was no hesitation to buy them!  I mean, just look at all the vibrant hues on this shoe!  I will definitely wear these forever and everywhere – I don’t think there will be another shoe that can top this!

Rainbow Lenses

Wearing Old Navy rainbow sunglasses

Wearing Old Navy rainbow sunglasses

Another thing I wanted to colorize is my sunglasses.  I realized that I should definitely have some rainbow sunnies, so I first saw that I could buy frames I like and replace them with rainbow lenses from Oliver Peoples (another random walk-in). It took a few months to find sunglasses I really like (sorry no Ray-Bans), and then I thought that maybe I don’t want to change out the lenses for $85, I actually like them as is.  Another random stroll into Old Navy a few weeks ago and the perfect rainbow sunglasses were found! Just $15, as soon as I put them on I knew they were the one!

It appears the coolest things I discover are usually when I’m not expecting it, which is awesome.  The question is, what is there left to color on me?  To go all the way out, my hair would be the next thing.  It’s in the style picture above, but am I ready to rock hot pink and purple strands?  Not sure yet, but it’s something to think about.

Introducing Mackage

Elias and Eran, co-founders of Mackage

Elisa and Eran, co-founders of Mackage

Recently I had the opportunity to meet the Co-Creative Directors of Mackage, Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy.   Not familiar with their brand, I was curious and excited to meet the Canadian duo behind the high-quality chic outerwear (for women & men) and handbags.  Eran and Elisa walked me around the showroom to discuss their line as I got a close-up view of their well-made jackets and bags.  They came up with the name Mackage as their brand by hearing their niece saying the word makeup in French,”maquillage”, and thus Mackage was born.

They have been in the fashion business for 15 years and outerwear is where they started.  Deemed a lifestyle brand, Mackage strives to make someone feel good even though they are covered up in a jacket – which is definitely the way to go!  Their coats breathe functionality vs. being pretty, but you still feel sexy.  One thing I noticed about the line is that there were pops of color here and there – I asked if they were going to add more color to their line but being practical about the colors most would wear they feel having a splash of it makes it classic.  Every girl needs a moto jacket and my favorite one from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection is the Dasia poppy jacket in poppy red.

Dasia Poppy moto jacket

Dasia Poppy moto jacket

This is the perfect shade of fun for the summer and even into the fall! Mackage outerwear has been seen on many celebrities, but one person Elisa would love to see in her jacket is Sarah Jessica Parker, which I agree would be a great fit!  Eran would like to see Ryan Gosling wearing a Mackage jacket and I can just say picturing that is easy and effortless for him.

Last fall Mackage launched their handbag line and the focus was all about the details on contemporary leather.  They wanted the handbags to have a signature look, and create a bag that was needed instead of wanted.  A unique feature on some of their handbags is the arrow closure, and once you pull it out there’s a holder for it!  I can’t recall seeing a holder for a dangling closure on any other bags, so this is a fab addition! The Rubie bag is the bestseller right now, retailing at $350.

Novaki-S4 crossbody bag

It was such a pleasure to meet Elisa and Eran and they were nice enough to gift me with the Novaki S-4 crossbody bag!  I can’t wait to wear it as crossbody bags are my thing right now and it can be worn with mostly everything.  Mackage is sold at high-end department stores such as Saks, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.  See the entire collection at www.mackage.com

Paper Boy Roller Bag

Paper Boy Roller Bag (16″ L x 9 1/2 W x 17″ H Weight: Less than 3 lbs) – looks like a just purse in the front…

I recently attended the LA Women’s Expo and discovered the ultimate travel purse for the chic “must have everything” fashionista – the Paper Boy roller bag.  At first glance it looks like a large handbag to accommodate all including the kitchen sink., but it also comes with wheels and a handle to stroll around with ease for those heavy moments.

But there are wheels and a handle to pull it in the back!

But there are wheels and a handle to pull it in the back!

Sold by Saatchi, this bag was the first thing that caught my eye when I walked into their space at the expo.  The newspaper style is timeless and the European articles give it a travel flair to use anywhere.  I also appreciate the fact that this isn’t just a black an white bag -colorful Picasso art is also featured on the front.  Another great thing about this bag is that you can use it as your purse and still have a small roller suitcase aboard the plane – if you are an efficient packer, you should be able to carry all essentials on the plane with you!

Side pocket view

Side pocket view

Inside the bag is very spacious!  Compartment features a padded laptop pocket and accessory zip pouch.  Also there are 2 side pockets.  Expandable side panels with adjustable width snap straps. I’m excited to use this on my next trip as I know nobody else will have or know my secret weapon! 

The Paper Boy roller bag retails for $130 and can be purchased by emailing giselle@shopsaatchi.com

Hanging out at the JazzReggae Fest - Dress from Crossroads Trading Co.

Hanging out at the JazzReggae Fest in bright colors – Dress: Crossroads Trading Co., steel drum earrings, Sandals: Sears

The 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival took place this past Memorial Day weekend, May 25th & 26th.  A musical mash-up of jazz, R&B, soul and reggae takes over Intramural Field at UCLA and allows you to relax, smile and breathe easy.  I was able to attend for the first time ever on Memorial Day and reggae was the theme.  The musical lineup for the warm day included Kevin Lyttle, Black Uhuru, Gramps Morgan, Fortunate Youth, Sister Carol, and Ky-Mani Marley.  Each performer brought their own flavor and had the crowd winding from side to side and feeling the Caribbean vibe.

I was also excited to eat some Jamaican food, discover new fashions/brands from various vendors and check out the live art.  It was definitely a cultural experience where the fusion of “One Love” was truly felt.  As I entered the field, the first thing I wanted to do is check out the vendors to scope out brands to put on your radar.  Endless Couture creates hand painted and hand made accessories for the stylish diva.  From palm tree earrings to a colorful piece of art work dangling from your ear, no two looks are the same and you will definitely stand out wherever you go.  B Lovely had unique braided sandals made in Guatemala.  I actually bought a pair and will share a blog post on them soon!

I had scrumptious patties from Patties Express, an oxtail entree (oxtail, rice & peas, plantain and cabbage) from Irie Choice Caribbean Cuisine, and a delicious Green Island smoothie from Fusion King.  I was impressed with the fact that the JazzReggae Fest incorporated sustainable practices into the event by having a free water refill station by Event Water, the Energy Playground by Global Inheritance where I climbed a hamster wheel to power a snow cone machine (A mini-workout with a free snow cone at the end) and zero-waste.

As I was partaking in all these festivities, there was a mission at hand that I had to complete – find the most colorful and stylish ladies at the festival. They definitely did not disappoint and my radar was on 360 degrees. See my selections below in the slideshow!

 

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Overall, this was an awesome event to attend and now I know what festival to attend to see a field of bright colors! Thanks to everyone who brought bright hues to keep all of us in a good mood!

Cheers,

The Style Goddess

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