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

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

Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou, RIP.  Continue to kick ass!

Maya A

Sunshine Saturday

Even though it was mostly a cloudy day today, I was determined to get the sun to come out and wear a maxi dress.  I headed to Seal Beach and Huntington Beach and found plenty of sunshine and laid back vibes there!  It was the perfect setting for my attire and being by the ocean is so serene.  So here is my Saturday style breakdown: Dress – Veronica M., Necklace – Rummage sale (Miss going to these in the Chi), Sandals – Sears.

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Dress – Veronica M., Necklace – Rummage sale, Sandals – Sears

Artsy Friday

On Friday I attended a gallery open house of various artists in the Pacific Design Center and I wanted to wear something creative and funky.  My leggings say that and more, and I got them from my favorite store, Crossroads Trading Co.  Peplum strapless top is from Zara, clutch from Nine West, necklace from ANGL and shoes from Macys.

Off to the Pacific Design Center!

Off to the Pacific Design Center! Top – Zara, Leggings – Crossroads Trading Co, Clutch – Nine West, Necklace – ANGL, Shoes – Macys

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