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

After a couple of years of being invited to attend and not making it, I finally made it a goal to attend MAGIC in Las Vegas in February. Since there have been thoughts bubbling in my head about opening an online boutique, I thought this would be a great show to attend to check out brands for apparel, accessories and footwear.  See my fave discoveries on Instagram.

If you are a first-timer attending MAGIC or going to Vegas, here are some tips:

1. Taxi cab rides are EXPENSIVE, even if it’s a 15 minute drive.  Catch the Monorail which is way cheaper to get you around ($5 one way).

2.  If you’re staying at the Tropicana, Excalibur, New York New York or MGM, you can take the tram from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay and walk through the hotel to get to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

3. If you want to get to the Las Vegas Convention Center and the shuttles have ended the morning drop-offs, you can take a shuttle from Mandalay Bay to the LVCC, which runs throughout the day.

4.  Both convention centers have HUGE exhibit floors that you do need 4 days if you want to see everything. Think big and triple that.  I was overwhelmed by how big it was.

5. Take note of brands you like by starring them in the exhibitor book so you can refer to them later.

6. Brings lots of business cards.

7. Take advantage of the airport shuttle if you are leaving on the last day – it was a nice service to have!

8. Hotels for Vegas are just for sleeping in. You don’t have to stay at Bellagio to go to this event.  Bally’s will do just fine (and the Bellagio will be right across the street)

Overall, it was definitely an experience to remember!

TasteofTravel2TAS

One thing that I have promised myself for 2015 is to travel once a month, even if it’s down the street and around the corner.  I’m sure many of you also enjoy traveling and want to hop on a plane and jet set to somewhere fun.  Still need help deciding where to go and take that trip you’ve always dreamed of?  Look no further than attending the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show where you will travel the world in one weekend!

In it’s 10th annual year, the largest show in the nation of its kind will bring thousands of travel options, international cuisine and culture all under one roof at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Also, several celebrity travel experts will be speaking at the show including Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg and Phil Keoghan.

At the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, attendees will find thousands of destination experts to help plan and customize vacations and give inside knowledge to help attendees travel like pros. Exhibitors will be available to give attendees details about travel and tours to destinations from around the world including Costa Rica, Europe, India, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Hawwaii, Africa, Turkey, Thailand, and Alaska – all offering exclusive specials and trip giveaways.

Guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of interactive, family-friendly activities including a rock climbing wall, a scuba pool, the Taste of Travel Stage – a culinary demonstration stage – and the Global Beats Stage, featuring cultural performances from around the world.

New to this year will be the Savvy Traveler Stage, where visitors can learn the how-to tips on traveling smarter and hassle-free.   Also new to the show is the Travel Product Pavilion, which will feature the newest and best must-have travel productsand gadgets.

The 2015 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show will take place February 21 and 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center, located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.  Tickets are available now online for $11 for one day or $17 for two days (use promo code: LAPR). Children 16 and under are free.  At the door, tickets will be available, cash only, for $16 for one day and $25 for two days. For tickets and information please visit www.LATravelShow.com

GIVEAWAY!!!

How about I send two lovely people to the travel show on me?  That’s right, it’s time for a giveaway!  I will pick one of my LA followers from Twitter and you will be notified by direct message.  Winner will be chosen and notified by February 17th.

 

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On January 15th I attended the 20th Anniversary of the LA Art Show Premiere party.  Located at the LA Convention Center, the show kicked off with a star-studded benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is close to my heart. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. When treated here, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for medical, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. I had the opportunity to visit the hospital last April to see first hand what is provided for these children and it’s amazing!

Hosted by Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, the opening night premiere party welcomed more than 5,000 celebrities, philanthropists, collectors, and art patrons.  There was so much beautiful, cool, unique, mesmerizing art to look at that you need the full 3-4 hours to go up and down every aisle to catch it all an absorb it!  Anything colorful caught my eye, along with things I had never seen before or things that look unreal.

Artist Eugina Song

Artist Eugina Song

One of my favorites was the acrylic paintings of Eugnia Song. Her mixes of color were spot on and they were very unique!

Staying true to my colorful self, I wore an ASOS watercolor paint dress that made me feel like a walking piece of art!  I kept an eye out for other stylish fashionistas, but it seemed many opted to wear black (where’s the fun in that?)

Other celebrities and tastemakers that attended include James Franco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nixx Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, and Josh Bowman

The LA Art Show took place from January 15-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall. If you were able to attend, what were some of your favorite pieces? For additional information about the LA Art Show, please visit www.laartshow.com.

Living in Los Angeles I never thought I would need gloves.  I left them all behind in Chicago. Fast forward to now and for someone who works outside with a laptop and touch-screen phone, gloves are a necessity.  It has been rather cold here in LA lately and I remembered that a friend gave me a pair of touchscreen gloves last year that I never used.  I have worn them all this week and what a lifesaver they have been!  My hands and feet are the first and last body parts to get cold, so having these gloves in the elements have made my tasks much easier. Using my cell phone has been a breeze! So for my last post of 2014 I thought it would be nice to highlight where you can buy a cool pair of touchscreen gloves (all in my favorite colors)!  Please note these might not be suitable for extremely cold conditions!

C9 by Champion

With a vivid purple hue, these chic sporty touchscreen gloves by Champion are sure to keep your fingers warm and stand out in a crowd of black gloves.  Target, $15.99

C9 by Champion

C9 by Champion

Blue Marled

One of my favorite stores to find unique items is World Market which happens to have a variety of touchscreen gloves.  I love the print on these gloves and it’s inexpensive. World Market, $6.99

Purple Marled

Purple Marled

Echo ‘Allover’

For a more chic look and all fingertips with touchscreen access, these gloves are for you.  In a variety of colors, they will add a pop to any outfit.  Nordstrom, $21

Echo

Echo Allover

SO® Galaxy

Who says just your personality has to be out of this world? With these cool gloves, get galatic while you text!  Kohls $3.50

Kohls

SO® Galaxy

I hope I have inspired you to get out there and pick some gloves to keep your fingers moving and grooving while you connect with the world.  Have some other styles to share? Send them my way!

Best,

The Style Goddess

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

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