Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, and I wanted to fill you in on what’s going on with me. After going to MAGIC, for some reason my joy of fashion blogging withered away. Maybe it was all the walking I had to do to get through that show, or I just felt burnt out. Either way, I began to think about what I’ve done and seeing a pattern that in the end it’s all the same and nothing new. So while I continue to wear bright colors all year round, I just won’t be writing about it or other things for that matter.
It’s always nice to take a step back and re-evaluate why you are doing what you do. So I’m glad to step away from this scene and focus on me and see where I really want to go with fashion – open a boutique, be a designer, etc? In the interim, I am excited to share that I am moving to San Diego and looking forward to starting a new chapter there! Who knows what will happen in the best city ever? So, there won’t be any postings until further notice while I explore what’s next. Continue to be bright, bold and colorful!
XOXO, The Style Goddess
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!
I got invited to a Fashion & Beauty event at a home in the Hollywood Hills, and staying true to my brand I had to bring the color. So here is a breakdown of my look: Feathered top from Crossroads Trading Co., yellow jeans from Loft and a Nine West cross body bag.
There are just so many designers out there that instead of the mainstream ones, I always seek those that I’ve never heard of but should be on my radar and in my closet. I recently got introduced to Wilde Willow, an Australian brand which has the coolest prints and fabrics of clothing for women. To get a closer look at their clothing, I had the opportunity to try out the Lucent Layered Blazer and Calyx High-Waisted pants to match.
Wilde Willow Lucent Layered Blazer, $169
This statement blazer ($169) is so chic and will jazz up any look! Soft and silky smooth to the touch, I love the color mix and the detail of the front and back with the panels. Not a big fan of flower prints, but with the right look I will wear it! It has a front closure, but for the photo I opted for a Cali chill look. I paired it with white jeans and a tank with black heels for a polished look for a day or night out on the town.
Calyx Pants, $125
The Calyx High-Waisted pants ($125) were a bit small for me to try (sample sizes at it’s best lol), but I still wanted to show case them if you want to be bold and go for the full-out look of this print. For me, I would probably wear them as separates and have fun mixing it up with different looks.
After reviewing their website, there are a lot of fab pieces to choose from and the color palette is bright and bold. Check them out if your ready to color up your wardrobe! www.wildewillow.com.au/
If there is one thing that really makes me stand out it’s my choice of eyewear. I love wearing colorful frames and I’m always on the hunt for a bold pair. When I attended Lucky FABB in April, I got introduced to Emily Bratkovich, Senior Manager of Social Media Marketing for Rivet & Sway. I never heard of this eyewear brand, but I was already intrigued by the name!
Rivet & Sway is the only online boutique experience exclusively for women. Carrying a wide collection of frames in different styles, colors and shapes, there is something for everyone. Each frame is $169, which is pretty reasonable for a sharp set of frames. I checked out the website and saw several that I wanted to try out. Now being online you never know what a frame really looks like until you have it in hand. Thanks to Rivet & Sway’s smart thinking, they allow you to try 5 pairs at home free of charge!! Who does that? Now that’s what I call fantastic customer service.
I selected the following pairs to try out at home:
As you can see I chose frames with a color pop, but threw in a black pair for kicks. When the package arrived at my house, I was very impressed with the packaging:
Rivet & Sway packaging of the try at home eyewear. Don’t you love it?
I felt like I was getting boxes of perfume. Very classy! So, after trying on all the pairs, most felt too small for my face and didn’t suit me. I won’t bore you with those pictures, but I will show you my favorite look, which was the Six Shooter in St. Tropez:
The Six Shooter glasses, my fave!
The turquoise blue color sold me immediately as it reminds me of a Vogue pair I had that broke a few years ago (sad face). I would love to wear these frames, but unfortunately metal eyewear doesn’t work well with my prescription. I can’t wait for the day wear lenses can be made one universal size but have the prescription you need. When that day comes, then I can buy all the types of frames I want!
Definitely check out Rivet & Sway if you want chic, classy eyewear. You’ll see what I mean!
Insoles are great for shoes to give you that extra comfort as you walk about town. I’m used to seeing nude, navy or black colors as the standard choices, but then I discovered Piggy Pillows!
Piggy Pillows are fashion insoles designed to fit a variety of flip flops, sandals and shoes. I reached out to the founder Michelle Ojea to try out a pair and I was excited to get them in the mail! Right off the bat when I went to the website the first thing I noticed is the colorful, stylish varieties of insoles you can choose from. Just because nobody sees the inside of your shoe, why not add a little fab flair?
My Brazilian flats and the Beach Blanket Piggy Pillows
I received the Beach Blanket Piggy insoles and the next challenging decision was to determine which shoe to put it in! I love the fact that these can go either in a shoe or thong sandal. After looking at all my shoes for 20 minutes, I decided to put them in a pair of Brazilian style flats. I don’t wear these shoes often because the flatness can be uncomfortable after a while, so I wanted to see if the Piggy Pillows would change that.
The Beach Blanket Piggy Pillows inside my flats. The more color the better!
I was running errands all over Hollywood that day in these and they felt really comfortable! I felt like my feet felt lighter and I was gliding as I naturally speed walked everywhere. It feels like they aren’t even there but still doing the trick of keeping my feet comfy. There is also a little bit of a gap in the back of the flats, so my feet also did not slide around as I walked in them. Will I be wearing these more? With Piggy Pillows, of course!
Mini Piggy’s in newspaper style – can’t wait to try these!
I definitely enjoy wearing them and I wanted to pull them out and try them in another shoe, but it appears that the adhesive stays on the shoe so make sure that whichever one you decide to put them in that it’s permanent. However, I did also receive a pair of Mini Piggy’s that comes with a heel pillow and a ball of foot pillow that works for any shoe size, so I can’t wait to try those out!
Michelle has created a great product that should be sold everywhere as there are many fashion forward women that want to look stylish even on the insides of their shoe!
To learn more about Piggy Pillows and pamper your ten little toes, check out www.piggypillows.com
Recently I attended Night of Beauty V, hosted by Spaphile and Three Day Rule. Held at The Palomar Hotel in Westwood, this event focused on a night of pampering and discovery from some of the top health, beauty and fashion brands. I was able to get my eyebrows shaped, back massage from Burke Williams Spa and a quick manicure from Nail Garden.
I always discover something new at these events and here are some of the highlights:
Egg White Chips
When I saw this booth I was unsure of whether I wanted to try it or not. I do like scrambled eggs and omelettes, but normally not egg whites. I decided to go for it and taste them and actually was surprised that they were yummy! The salt and pepper flavor was right on target and not overpowering. I think I will try the BBQ flavor next!
I love jewelry and when I saw RocksBox I was curious as to what their deal was. When I discovered that they are like the Netflix of jewelry, I was totally on board to try this service out – you get 3 pieces of jewelry at a time to wear as long as you want and when you’re ready for a new set just send it back! There is a style survey and curators who handpick items for you and it’s like having your own jewelry stylist! Plus you can’t beat a monthly subscription of $19!
Overall, it was a good night of beauty and fun. Thanks to all the vendors who came out to make it happen!