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Touchscreen gloves: Yes, we need them!

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

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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!

Project Runway Season 11 Premiere – Together Everyone Achieves More

Season 11 of Project Runway has arrived and it snuck up on me. I must’ve got caught up with other shows like Scandal to forget, but I’m back on track now. Before watching the episodes, I took the liberty to review past work from the designers to make early picks of who I will have my eye on. Samantha, Kate, Layana, Richard, Stanley were my favorites, but how did they fair in the first episode?

The first challenge was to create a look inspired by New York. That should be easy – New York has inspiration everywhere! The twist this season is the designers were split into 2 teams and judging would be based on selecting one team as a winner and the other a loser. From there they would pick a sole challenge winner and one to send home.

The team names were Keeping it Real and Dream Team. From the jump it appeared that the stronger designers were on Keeping it Real and Dream Team had a mix. One thing about groups is that you have to work together to win and that’s an upside, but everyone’s look should blend and standout. Some people will get saved by having their team “win” when their look should be on the chopping block. Case and point, Joseph.

I’m going to keep it real for you Joseph since nobody on your team would – this looks like a hippie housedress. Nothing about this screams New York.

Joseph's Look

Joseph’s Look

Layana, I’ve seen this dress many times before. Cool idea for the back, but the dress doesn’t seem to fit well in the bust area. Watch out for that and hopefully your teammates will give you more feedback.

Layana's Look

Layana’s Look

Amanda, what happened? This look is way too simple and I could probably find something similar at Forever 21. You gotta step it up twofold!

Amanda's Look

Amanda’s Look

Now there were some looks that I loved on Keeping it Real, and I agree with the judges selections of Patricia, Daniel and Richard, but Stanley could’ve been in the top 3 as well. I would’ve chosen Patricia as the winner with her unique take on the buildings, hand painting the shapes, and adding a pop of blue as a backdrop behind the flaps. It gives great movement and the look of the model is on point from head to toe. Is it me or does the model look like Christy Turlington’s daughter?

Patricia's Look - My Fave!

Patricia’s Look – My Fave!

Now onto Dream Team. There wasn’t much of a wow factor in this group. I feel bad because a lot of the looks were mediocre. It was a tossup as to who was going home, but James look was just bad. Kmart could produce something better than that!

James's Look

James’s Look

Cindy’s fabric was very animalistic, and maybe she could’ve created something magnificent, but the dress along with that checkered piece was hideous. The cut of the straps were way too thick and she even said this look didn’t represent her. Then why did you do it?

Cindy

Cindy’s Look

Poor Emily, she seemed like she had all these great ideas, but couldn’t pick one and focus on it enough to make a full garment, so she made this. It was very thrown together and the result of someone who maybe was under too much pressure and had given up. I guess the youngest does get eliminated early in this show.

Emily's Look

Emily’s Look

I noticed Michael Kors was missing from judging, I hope it is temporary. Zac Posen is cool, but I’ve gotten used to Michael’s Korisms. The battle is on as the show continues! I know not all will be friendly on both teams, but they should work together to win.

William B + Friends Styling Contest – Vote for Me!

Hello Everyone! I know it’s been a hot minute, but I hope you are well!

I attended the grand opening of William B + Friends at Westfield Century City and I entered a styling contest at their store where I had to create a head to toe look.  I scoured the entire store which has a lot of fun, chic, affordable clothing for women and I created this colorful ensemble which was exciting to put together!

William B + Friends fall look I created. Please like this exact photo on their Facebook fan page!

If my photo gets the most likes on Facebook I will win an iPad.  Please go to their FB page and like the photo as I would love to win this as an early Xmas gift!  What I also like about this look is that it can be worn for your 9 to 5 and then for a night out take off the blazer and you have a fab lace top you can rock the night away in!

I put a lot of thought into the outfit and for some reason I feel patriotic in it…

Thank you in advance!!

William B + Friends FB page (Click on their photo page to find me)

http://www.facebook.com/williambandfriends

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – The Men in Pink

The Men in Pink

Breast Cancer Awareness month is in full swing, and there are so many things for women to wear to support the cause.  But wait, what about men?  They want to show their support as well and maybe a bracelet or keychain isn’t enough.  And since I love color on men too, why not wear it?  Well, I am here to show men affordable and easy ways to incorporate sprinkles of pink into your wardrobe to support the cause with confidence!

The Man in the Hot Pink Suit wearing Moods of Norway

Before I begin, I came up with the idea to do this because The Man in the Hot Pink Suit wears his Moods of Norway 3-piece ensemble boldly all over town to support breast cancer awareness and inject some colorful cool into the men’s fashion scene.  Maybe you don’t want to go this far and wear all pink, but we can start with baby steps.  So what’s in it for you? 

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Josh wearing the Nike Dedicated t-shirt

If you watch football, you see pink everywhere.  From the helmets to towels to cleats, you can’t miss it.  But what do you wear off the field?  Even if you don’t play football and you just like to be in shape, bike etc., you can wear this Nike Dedicated shirt from Sport Chalet.  The pink bar under the word is available for you to write in who you are dedicating the fight of breast cancer to, for that personalized touch.  Made of dri-fit cotton, you can work up a sweat and keep cool while fighting the fight! $28 http://www.sportchalet.com.

Spruce up your sneakers with pink shoelaces for BCA month!

Another touch of pink can be pulling out your current shoelaces from your sneakers and replacing them with pink ones!  You can buy these at any sports store, such as Sports Authority for $2.49.

Taking Care of Business

Rick wearing a Thomas Pink tie & cufflinks

It’s great to see many of the working class men wearing dress pink shirts this month.  Another way to accessorize your business look with pink is by wearing a Thomas Pink tie and matching cufflinks! One of the best places to purchase pink items for men, the tie pictured above is silk woven from England and the cufflinks are made from leftover pieces of the tie.  The tie is $115 and the cufflinks are $50.  Thomas Pink, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 310- 843-0014.

Turnbull & Asher pink striped pocket square from Bloomingdales

To add another level of sharpness to the suited and booted man, try adding a pocket square. I found this Turnbull & Asher one at The Men’s Store in Bloomingdales, which adds a bonus touch of class! $30. Bloomingdales -The Men’s Store, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, 310-277-2100

Pep in Your Prep

Cougar carrying a Bric’s pink leather laptop case

A surprise find that would I love for men to be seen with is this pink 15-inch laptop case from Bric’s.  With a soft, microsuede type feel, this accessory can also hold your iPad, cell phone, notepad, etc. $60. Bric’s, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-551-1015

Alex & Louis pink bowtie and suspenders

If you’re more of a bowtie guy, Alex & Louis has a nice selection, including this pink plaid one I found.  They also have pink suspenders as well, which I think would be a unique touch to a preppy look! Bowtie, $60 Suspenders $45. Alex & Louis, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-710-8780

Maybe you want to show pink underneath your clothes, so why not wear these pink Turnbull & Asher socks if you dare?  These lightweight socks add some flair and could be all you need to “pinkefy” your look! $35. Bloomingdales -The Men’s Store, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, 310-277-2100

Seeing Pink

Artez wearing pink lens Ray-Ban aviators

It’s always sunny somewhere, and men should be prepared with sunglasses.  Why not wear these sharp, Ray-Ban aviators with a light pink lens for BCA month?  It gives you that Mr. Cool look without overdoing it. $209. Sunglass Hut @ Macys, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-556-1611

H&m pink v-neck

Another option is a simple, pink v-neck.  H&M has them in stock right now, and you can dress it up with a blazer, sweater jacket, or just pair it up with jeans.  At $5.95 you could buy one of these and some other colors! H&M, www.hm.com/us

Beauty Expert Stacy Cox and Stacy Gardner, The Style Goddess

Well, I hope you have been inspired to now go out there and get your pink on and support breast cancer awareness month with style and a pop of color!  Thanks to my models, Cougar Hjelmeseth, Joshua Vera, Rick Lindland, Artez Bailey and a special thanks to the fab beauty expert and my on-site partner in crime at KTLA Stacy Cox!

Project Runway Seas. 10 Ep. 2 – Sweet Success

Whenever Project Runway has the unconventional challenge, my expectations are high and the anticipation to see where the designers take their imagination is exciting! This week the theme was Candy Couture where you had to make a dress out of candy.  There is no better place to go than the world renowned Dylan’s Candy Bar.  I was familiar with the store, but didn’t know it was created by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren.  It was then I had the “aha” moment and put two and two together.  This candy shop is an adventure for all ages with so many different types of candy you could truly buy more than you can chew!

Some did struggle with getting their look together and others soared with their vision.  The main goal of this challenge was to create something that doesn’t look like candy and could be wearable.  I completely agree with the judges’ selection of the challenge winner and the person they sent home.  However, there were some designers who I felt should have been in the high/low score group:

Dimitry 

When I saw Dimitry’s look come down the runway I thought it was very well done and could pass for a beaded dress!  Using gumballs to make the skirt, he strategically placed the gumballs in a eye-catching way and the entire look was flattering on the model.  He should’ve be in the high score group along with Ven and Sonjia.

Dimitry’s beaded candy dress

Andrea

Andrea has struck out again for me this week and should’ve been in the low score group.  She had this idea in her head to design an apron out of candy.  I immediately thought it wasn’t going to be any good and I was spot on!  Even though she was born on Halloween doesn’t mean you have skills to make a dress out of candy. There didn’t seem to be much effort on transforming the candy, just taking strips of candy dots and sewing them together.  When Tim Gunn said he was underwhelemed, I was too. It looked like a craft project a five year old could make.  She’s is next on the list to go and maybe the judges will see that more clearly next week.

Andrea’s candy apron look

Elena

Elena likes to use black to make her designs, and this time she went with a colorless candy, like beige twizzlers and made this dress.  When her look came out all I could think of was pasta. Was she hungry and decided she was cook this after judging was over? She did the square shoulder again and it was falling apart on the runway.  Not a great color choice and it wasn’t appealing at all.  Elena needs to break out of her comfort zone and use some color!

Elena’s pasta dress

Gunnar

Does anyone think that Gunnar’s look could pair well with a taxi?  That’s all I could think of when I saw his candy design come down the runway. Either that or hanging with the bees.

Gunnar’s look – You’ll definitely get a axi with this dress!

Ven

For someone who graduated from FIT at top of his class and also received all four awards for his class is truly admirable for Ven.  His look last week got me out of bed and his candy couture dress had me floored!  He has such a creative mind to smash candy to give a stained glass look on a dress outlined with black licorice.  This is a red carpet ready look that would sell fast!  Did you notice the rose design again on this dress?  I think that’s his signature look, which will definitely make him stand out!

Ven’s winning candy couture dress – LOVE!

Lantie

Lantie wasn’t my favorite last week and should’ve got eliminated then. However, she dug her own grave this week by putting together an unheavenly design with more fabric than candy.  For someone to make excuses and say you don’t have enough time or you’ve never worked like this before, is grounds for you to leave immediately.  Project Runway has been on TV for 9 seasons now and you don’t know what to expect if you’re on the show?  Her umbrella dress with some candy glued on here and there was horrendous!  She acted as if she didn’t care and you could totally see that.  Her exit could have been a spot for someone else more deserving who really wanted to be on the show and give it their all.  There is no room for excuses, just get your S%#! together and make it work!

Lantie’s look – not so sweet

Sonjia

Sonjia is definitely the one to watch and possible give Ven a run for his money.  I love her use of different candies such as gumballs, gummie sharks and hard candy to make such a stunning dress!  Sonjia brings the wow factor to her looks and I love the colors she chose, going with an aquatic theme for her dress.

Sonjia’s dress – Aquatic candy delight!

Next week the designers will be put into teams and this is always a true test of who can work together and agree on a cohesive design. On another note, is it me or do the models look mediocre this season?  Well, the fun continues and can’t wait until the next show!

See all my favorite looks from this episode on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/thestylegoddess/project-runway-season-10-fave-looks/

Taking it to the Beach

This post is underwritten by Old Navy. Whether you’re looking for a tankini, bikini, or a one piece, Old Navy has you confidently covered at a great price.

When it’s time to hit the beach to relax, swim, or stroll along the water, the key thing is that I am always colorful in my look and ready for my bright hues to soak up the sun! From head to toe you can also select pieces that put an extra pop in your swim attire and some added fun in your day!  Here are some options to have you ready down by the water:

Head On

Look chic in this oversized floppy straw hat from Bakers that will not only block your face from the sun, but give you glam headwear as you walk through the sand and look for seashells to put in your hand.  Available in turquoise, pink and white, this hat provides the perfect color options to go with any outfit.

Bakers Oversized Floppy Hat $15

Getting Shady

When you want a playful pair of sunglasses, look no further than Chilli Beans.  Known as the largest Brazilian chain of sunglasses and accessories, there are a huge variety of specs that offer many possibilities. This red pair below from Isabela Capeto brings spice and colorful cool that will make the dogs drool.

Chilli Beans Sunglasses by Isabela Capeto, $88-$188

A Welcomed Earful

Kendra Scott offers so many color combinations for earrings and jewelry that you could create a pair for every look you have in your closet!  Complement the sun and add a tribal look with these Skylar earrings in yellow.  With a Color Bar to select the stones you want in your jewelry, you’ll never leave the house without a Kendra Scott piece on your body.

Kendra Scott Skylar Earrings in Yellow, $65

Brace Yourself

Whether poolside or a day out and about, this stylish Lanno Bia bracelet can be worn with the beach in mind.  Reflecting colors that make me think of being by the water, the twists made by this bracelet will also be turning heads.

Lanno Bia bracelet, $72

Swim with Me

Prints on any swimwear are always fun and should make being in a bikini a party at anytime!  I love this colorful leopard/tiger 2 piece from Old Navy  that screams “Throw me a beachball!” or “Your missing a tropical beverage!”  With this look or any of the selections at Old Navy, you’re destined to make a style splash at any bash!

Old Navy Women’s Printed Triangle Halter Tab Bikini, $17.50 pc

Cover Up

Whenever I wear a cover-up, I prefer something versatile that I can wear to brunch, run errands, or for a night out on the town.  If you’re on the go with no time for a complete outfit change, get this rope halter beach dress from Victoria’s Secret. It’s perfect for the beach and for an afternoon meet and greet! With a ruched empire waist, built-in shelf bra and double rope halter strap, you can easily go from casual flip flops to fashion wedges to sexy heels in no time!

Victoria’s Secret The Rope Halter Beach Dress in Tango Pink, $29.50

Flip Flopping Around

You can wear any old flips flops or you can step out in a colorful foundation with iPANEMA. Brazil is a nation of vibrant colors and natural beauty, where Ipanema Beach embodies the Brazilian culture, and is known for its elegance and social life. The iPANEMA brand was created with the casual and beach spirit in mind. There are great colors to choose from to go with any swim outfit and in honor of National Flip Flop day on June 15th, celebrate into weekend by wearing a pair into the sunset!

iPANEMA Flip Flops, $18-$38

Bag It

Of course you need a bag to carry all your beach essentials and you shouldn’t stop short of the opportunity to be stylish once again.  Opt for a hand woven bag from Banago! A collection filled with vibrant colors and exotic patterns, this could be the focal point of your complete swim look and a bag you don’t want to leave unattended.

Banago hand woven bags, $88

Now that I have went through all the necessities for your beach outing, I hope I have provided you with many colorful options to inspire and embrace. So grab your sunscreen, and get your colorful self in the water, sand and by the lemonade stand!

Thank you again to Old Navy for sponsoring my post. I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.

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