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Travel Around the World in One Weekend, February 21-22

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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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Getting in the DIY Spirit

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!

Wear It How You Want It

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?

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.

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

Jazz Reggae Fest: A Field of Color

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya A

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