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My Latest Colorful Finds

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.

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DuJour Magazine Celebrates Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o at Herringbone -Getty Images

Lupita Nyong’o at Herringbone -Getty Images

On Saturday, January 10th, DuJour magazine’s Jason Binn, along with Co-Editor in Chief Nicole Vecchiarelli hosted a special event in honor of Lupita Nyong’o, Golden Globe nominee and cover of DuJour’s Great Performances issue.  Held at the Herringbone at the Mondrian, many celebs were in attendance to celebrate including Steve McQueen, Theo Kingma, Michelle Dockery, Mira Sorvino, Joy Bryant, Uzo Aduba, Rocsi Diaz, Kendrick Sampson, Kit Harington, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, Megan Ellison, Alfonso Cuarón, Natasha Henstridge, Thora  Birch, Marlon Wayons, Perry Farrell, Kathy & Rick  Hilton, Jason Binn, Nicole Vecchiarelli, and more.

Dressed in a lovely printed jersey fit and flare dress by Mary Katrantzou, she accessorized with a Paul Andrew pump, Jamie Wolf ring, Dana Rebecca Designs earrings, and a Sophia Webster clutch.  I love that she isn’t afraid to wear color and prints and looks fabulous doing it!

James Jolly with Lupita and color corrdinated!

James Jolly with Lupita and color coordinated!

I wasn’t able to attend the event, but my friend James Jolly went on my behalf and grabbed a great photo with her!

About DuJour: DuJour is a quarterly lifestyle publication for the highly affluent, chronicling the vibrant worlds of the wealthiest and most inspiring subjects in the world. The magazine, available in print to an audience of 250,000, online at http://www.dujour.com, and mobile to members of Gilt Groupe, the ground-breaking retail site, and at Hudson Media newsstands in select markets nationally. Distribution amounts to a controlled circulation of over three million. Created by Jason Binn, DuJour amasses the talents of Co-editors-in-chief Keith Pollock and Nicole Vecchiarelli and a brilliant roster of editors, writers, stylists and photographers. DuJour brings to the forefront stories about fashion, design, food, travel, art, politics et al., with local-market focuses, issue to issue. Awards include: Ad Week 2013 Hot List Reader’s Choice – Hottest Newcomer, Min – Editorial & Design Awards 2013 – Best Launch (Print), Min – Editorial & Design Awards 2013 – Best Website, 2012 Webby Award for Best Home/Welcome Page, and The Folio: 100.

Lady Lifesaver!

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If you want to be prepared with a “lady lifesaver” while you’re at an event or out on the town, look no further than Pinch Provision’s new Limited Edition Skinny Minimergency Kit!

This kit is a must for your purse and your new best friend for wherever your feet may take you. The Skinny Minimergency Kits are beauty, fashion, and personal care kits that contain 22 essential must-haves to prevent a pout on your night out.  The Skinny Mini has a built-in mirror, hairspray, emery board, tampon, lip balm, clear elastics, stain remover, nail polish remover pad, deodorant towelettes, earing backs, safety pin, adhesive bandage, pain reliever, double-sided tape, breath freshener, mending kit, dental floss, clear nail polish, tweezers, bobby pins, mini blotting tissues and facial tissue.  Talk about being prepared with your artillery!

It’s small enough to fit in any bag, and makes for a great stocking stuffer for the Holidays.

Price: $24
Availability: PinchProvisions.com

Itty Bitty Bra – Fighting For Breast Cancer All Year Round!

Itty Bitty Signature Bra

Itty Bitty Signature Bra

As we approach the close of Breast Cancer Awareness month, there are brands that don’t just fight the fight for October, but they give back all year round.  Itty Bitty Bra is one that definitely stands out!  A brand specifically created for women who fall in the small to average size range, Itty Bitty Bra donates 10% of each sale of the pink Signature Itty Bitty Bra to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Informative cards about breast cancer are included in every Itty Bitty Bra package to promote awareness and encourage testing. Talk about keeping you in the know and feeling good about your body!

image(1)Itty Bitty Bra combines comfort and style to the underserved market of women who fall within a smaller size range. The label’s loyal following includes celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Cameron Diaz, Rachel Ray, athlete Misty May-Treanor Amber Heard, Jessica Lowndes of the CW’s “90210” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Samantha Harris and Cheryl Burke. The Itty Bitty Bra collection comes in shades of nude, black, white and pink to more spunky pieces in leopard and polka dot prints and rhinestone detailing as well as strapless pieces available from sizes 32AAs through 38B. The collection also includes matching camisoles, thong panties and boy shorts, all retailing from $16 to $65.

You can buy them nationwide in specialty boutiques and stores including Fred Segal in Santa Monica, CA and on the website www.ittybittybra.com

A New Fashion Phase

As I turn a year older this upcoming Sunday, I realize I’ve made some fashion changes, but I’m still sticking to wearing color 365 days of the year!  Many things can evolve over a year, so here is what I’ve noticed:

1.  Neutral Zone – Neutral colors are popping up in my wardrobe more.  I’m buying more whites and grays.  I have colorful shoes, bags and accessories to spice up those looks, so I was already forming visions in my head when I saw and bought this Karen Millen dress! Speaking of shoes, I now have a pair of nude color shoes from Cole Haan.  I never thought I would wear that hue since I’m brown already, but the key is finding the right nude tone for your skin.  Might I add that Cole Haan shoes are very comfortable when mixed with the Nike Air technology for softness?

Ruched jersey dress in heather grey form Karen Millen

Ruched jersey dress in heather grey from Karen Millen

2.  Online Shopping – When you find something in the store that you love but your size isn’t available, check online and you might even get it for a better deal!  I fell in love with a pair of Ann Taylor slim fit jeans and once I went online, the 4th of July sale was in full gear and I ordered them at a low price!  Also, I love websites that allow you to order what you want and pickup in store – thank you Sears!  You take a chance when you order something online and you’re unsure what the sizing is like, but Asos was a hit when I found a dress that fit me perfectly!

3.  Animal Fever – I thought I was done with animal print, but somehow a leopard and tiger print dress have made their way into my closet.

4.  Long Live Dresses – I have over 30 dresses, and that will continue to increase.  If I ever start a clothing line, that’s all I’m going to make.  LA weather is perfect for dresses all year round!

5.  Hold Out – I’ve been searching for that pair of bright yellow jeans for over a year now and finally Ann Taylor came to my rescue.  I’ve tried on many and they just weren’t right.  I held out and got exactly what I wanted. Do not settle for an item that may be similar to what you want, hold out and you will find it!  Now if I could just find a sexy pair of black strappy platform shoes I would be a happy camper – can this two year search end now please?

Ann Taylor jeans in Lemon Fizz

Ann Taylor jeans in Lemon Fizz

6.  Accessorize Me – Belts are a great accessory to add a pop of color around the waist or make something plain a bit more fun.  I purchased a thin neon pink bow belt that looks great with jeans, shorts or a dress.  Can’t wait to wear it! I’m not a big hat wearer, but I couldn’t pass up on this adorable hat with all my fave colors.

7.  The Kid in Me – Everybody knows I love rabbits.  I saw a girl wearing the cutest rabbit shirt and I had to have it!  I tracked it down at Bloomingdales and ordered it to-go.  WildFox is a brand that I now have my eye on, since they made my day!  I have three pairs of koosh ball earrings because I think they are so fun to wear and I also have a pair of studded lip earrings.  Hey, as long as I can get away with it, why not?

Yup, I went there - Koosh ball earrings

Yup, I went there – Koosh ball earrings

8.  If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit – Long gone are the days when I used to squeeze my foot into a size 9 shoe that I loved because there was no size 10.  I prefer comfort over style nowadays, so if that shoe doesn’t fit, I’m not wearing it!  That also goes for any clothing – if it isn’t easy to put on, take off, or if I’m fighting to try and get in it, then it isn’t meant to be.  Let go and let flow.

I’m curious as to what I will be into next, but I love that I am open and embracing new things.  Do you resonate with any of these things?  What styles changes have you made or noticed over the course of a year?  Share below!

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