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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!

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

The Ultimate Travel Purse

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 $149.99 and can be purchased by emailing giselle@shopsaatchi.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

Lucky FABB West 2014: Recap

Lucky fabb day 1

Ready to take on Lucky FABB in my yellow Elie Tahari dress!

On April 4th and 5th, I attended the Lucky Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.  It was an amazing 2 days of breakout sessions, fashion and beauty panels, networking, seeing blogger besties and being surrounded by like-minded individuals!  Presented by P&G Beauty and Grooming, this conference allowed top influencers to hear from experts in the fashion, beauty and technology industry.

Eva Chen sits down with Nicole Richie to chat at Lucky FABB

Eva Chen sits down with Nicole Richie to chat at Lucky FABB

Some of the highlights of day one include Eva Chen, Lucky’s Editor-in-Chief sitting down with Nicole Richie, Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal and Coco Rocha.  First off, lets talk about Eva Chen.  This is one classy, down-to-earth woman who knows how to interview others and makes it fun to watch!  Her interview with Nicole Richie felt like a conversation in the living room.  Richie talked about how her daughter wanted her hair purple, her fruit and vegetable garden and House of Harlow among other things.  One thing for sure is that Nicole is doing things her way!

Sophia Amoruso and Eva Chen

Sophia Amoruso and Eva Chen

Next up was Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal.  As soon as she stepped out, I was in love with her colorful vintage Nasty Gal dress!  The Nasty Gal clothing line is one-of-a kind and it’s exciting to hear that she will be opening a store in LA soon! As a savvy entrepreneur, her advice is stay focused and know your strengths and weaknesses.  Also, I’m excited to check out her book, GIRL BOSS!

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha

My fave talk of the day was with Coco Rocha.  I first knew of her on America’s Next Top Model, and after that her face was everywhere!  She is definitely the queen of the perfect facial expressions and it was nice to see her with a short sleek bob – short hair don’t care!  Coco Rocha seemed like a person I could chat with over coffee and talk about whatever.  She said the best line of the day that I myself follow: “I hate trends. It’s all been done before.”  That statement is so true, and it’s awesome to hear a supermodel say that.  She just looks forward to warmer weather and less clothing!  If there is anything to takeaway from the conference, be yourself and be proud of it.  You don’t have the follow the masses on anything – walk to the beat of your own drum!

Part One of the Swag Bag

Part One of the Swag Bag

Part Two of the Swag Bag

Part Two of the Swag Bag

Day two was a day of networking and brunch.  I met a lot of lovely bloggers and for the second time attending I definitely felt more at ease and ready to absorb and connect.  And the swag bag was insane!  Lucky Magazine did a fantastic job of putting this conference together and I look forward to what they will come up with next year!

I Have Your Business Card, Now What? (Updated)

I originally posted an article about what to do with business cards in September 2010 and now I would like to revisit this with more insight:

Every time you meet someone it’s an opportunity to tell them about yourself and eventually hand over a business card.  I just attended Lucky FABB and collected several of them.  When you make the exchange (hopefully the other person has one too), what happens next?  Do you have a Rolodex full of cards never used?  Does it get buried under a bunch of other cards?  Do you take one look at it and throw it away? Does it show up in a pocket of an item you wear a year later? I hope the answers to these questions are no.  So what should you do?

1. Once you get a business card take a quick look at it while you’re in the presence of the other person, acknowledging that there is at least some interest and then put it away.

2.  IMPORTANT!! Within 24 – 48 hours (or as soon as possible if it’s not feasible within that timeframe) send an email to the person saying it was nice to meet you and let’s keep in touch.   You have no idea how far that goes and it’s so important!

3.  Check out their website and what they do.   They may or may not be of use to you, but possibly you can refer them to someone who might.

If you’re not into carrying business cards you can go digital and follow them on Twitter, befriend them on Facebook, or Like their fanpage.

Another new concept on the scene is contxts.com.  It’s a mobile SMS business card, where you can send your info directly to the recipient via cell or they can text a pre-selected word to a contxt number and get your info.  It’s quick, easy, paperless and free to join.  It also serves as a backup when you run out of business cards! For example text DANIEL to 50500.  What do you get back?

As a savvy businesswoman, I make it a point to do that with every business card I get because that can be another connection and can even turn into a great friend.  I have had that happen several times before and that’s all it took!  Sometimes I don’t get an email back from the person reciprocating the gesture, but at least I did my part and that makes me feel good.  In the end it’s necessary to do that because endless opportunities could arise, whether it’s related to your job or something else.

So, when you get your next business card, PLEASE make sure you followup.  It’s a small step to possibly greater things!

Cheers,

The Style Goddess

Lucky FABB West – You Want to Be There!

Lucky fabbLucky FABB, the Fashion and Beauty Blog conference for select influential bloggers in both industries is back to grace us with cutting edge information.  The two-day event, taking place April 4th and 5th, 2014 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, will bring beauty and technology together.

To kick off the day one’s events, Eva Chen, Lucky’s Editor-in-Chief, will sit down with Nicole Richie to chat about House of Harlow 1960, her personal style and her take on the fashion industry today. The day will conclude with a conversation between Eva Chen and Coco Rocha, one of today’s most influential and digitally savvy fashion models. In addition to the conversations that Eva will lead on day one, conference guests will attend a series of panels and breakout sessions featuring industry leaders. Bloggers will get expert advice on ways to grow their brand, elevate their style, and gain other helpful tools.  Day 2 will be a brunch that provides bloggers with the opportunity to network and hear from several brands in an intimate setting.

I’m so excited to be invited back to Lucky FABB and I can’t wait to share with you photos and live tweeting!  If you received an invite, this is something you should definitely not miss!  If you are attending, leave a comment below as I would love to meet you!

About Lucky
The ultimate shopping resource, Lucky is the fashion and beauty authority for the style-obsessed woman. At every step of her shopping journey—from inspiration and information to purchase and sharing—Lucky prompts readers to try and buy the latest trends. Highlighting the best of style, from the runway, real women, and digital influencers, Lucky covers fashion in an aspirational but approachable way. From editorial shoots by the world’s top photographers and models to user-generated content from chic contributors across the country, Lucky is the foremost guide for women who want to shop.
For the latest news from Lucky, log on to www.luckymag.com.

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