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My Lucky FABB Experience

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On Thursday, April 4th, I had the opportunity to attend the Lucky Magazine Fashion and Beauty Conference, or Lucky FABB.  What an exciting event to attend!

Presented by P&G Grooming, this was the 2nd Annual FABB West and the first blogger event of its kind, curating an elite group of digital fashion, beauty, technology and celebrity leaders along with influential advertisers to the blogger community.  Held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, it was the perfect location for bloggers to commune, network, learn and show off their spring style!  It was a two day event, but I was only able to attend the first day which was an honor!

The day was filled with a series of panels featuring industry insiders such as Hillary Kerr (Founder, Who What Wear), Emily Schuman (Blogger, Cupcakes and Cashmere), and Gillian Gorman (Lucky GM, SVP).  Speakers included Drew Barrymore, Kelly Osbourne and Betsey Johnson, who gave us a sneak peek at her new Style Network show.  Some of the agenda topics covered were: “Diversifying Your Content,” “The Tools You Need to Grow Your Business,” “Creating a Voice of Authority,” “Pitch Fest,” and “The Business of Blogging.”

There was a lot of valuable information shared throughout the day and I definitely was taking notes because I wanted to learn about ways to make my blog better. Here are some of the thoughts that stuck with me:

  1. To expand into new content for your blog, ask your audience what they want to see – they’re the ones reading what you write and tuning in, so why not go to the source?
  2. Share your content on all the social media platforms you have a presence on.  You have might have different audiences on each one, so spread it across so you don’t miss a beat.
  3. If you dedicate yourself to a social media platform, be consistent with your content!  If you fall off for a while, readers may begin to wonder what happen and unfollow you.  Fuel them with something at least once a day!
  4. To impress a brand, think like a marketer (what brands would fit in on your front page?), pre-introduce yourself (ex. If you mention them in a post, let the brand know), Show them you can drive traffic, and be open to new ideas!
  5. It’s not about the number of followers you have, it’s about how engaged you are!
  6. To create a voice of authority, be authentic, declare yourself an authority and show it, do 3 things really well and focus on promoting those 3 things, shut out the noise!

We were well fed, and we had breaks to go check out P&G Beauty products, take photos for Lucky FABB and continue to mingle.

I met a lot of wonderful fellow bloggers including Javone Armada, Romy Raves, Jennifer Chan, The Recessionista and Always Stylish Mama!

The night ended with an intimate cocktail party with the Lucky May cover star Drew Barrymore and her product line Flower Beauty on display.  Drew is such a sweetheart and so easy to chat with!

Overall, I had an awesome time and can’t wait until the next one.  In the next few months I’ll be making some changes to my blog and hopefully will be launching my event!  I think Lucky should definitely have more of these on the West coast and allow for even more bloggers to attend!

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.

Project Runway Season 10 Ep. 4 – Where Are You Going?

The show opens with the news that Andrea has left Project Runway.  I’m a little surprised that she left, being a teacher and all.  Her time was coming anyway.  And then Kooan drops a bomb and says he is quitting too!  We are only 4 episodes in and 2 people want to leave!  Yes, Kooan is quirky, but there is always that out-there designer on the show.  For them to leave now so early in the game makes me question why they were on in the first place.  Do you know how many stink eyes they’re going to get because there are thousands of people who would take their spot and stay?  There is a huge amount of pressure in the fashion industry and if you aren’t cut for it don’t come on the show!  So two designers are gone and I thought, hey it would be great to bring back some of the eliminated designers or pick from the audition pool.  Instead they bring back Raul.  I don’t really get his aesthetic yet.

With the rest of the designers ready to rock, the challenge this week was to create a look for a woman on the go.  I could totally use an outfit like that to wear from sun up to sun down and no wrinkles!  I enjoy being able to wear pieces and remove or add as the day goes on or a versatile dress.  There was really no love for color when it came to choosing fabric colors.  Everyone mostly did black, grey or neutral.  Why are those colors such a default?  I wish someone was on the show that was all about color and never used black fabric.  Instead we always have many designers who love making black clothing.  We have got to spice this up twofold!  My thoughts for some of the looks this week:

Buffi

Look designed by Buffi

This dress wasn’t well put together nor had any vision.  The pink sheer overlay was a nice color, but it did look as if it was just thrown over the zebra print with a belt.  Michael Kors calling it a hairdresser cape was classic and the judges made the right choice in sending her home since nobody in their right mind would wear this on the go!

Christopher

Look designed by Christopher

Here we go with our favorite color, black!  This look by Christopher is good, but I’ve seen this type of gathered dress to the side look before.  The jacket is nicely made, and it looks more like something to wear in the evening only, not during the day.  Points for adding a pop of color with the blue pumps!

Dimitry

Look designed by Dimitry

Dimitry’s dress is nicely made, but there is no wow factor.  He is however, the one to watch and will hopefully step up and give the others a run for their money.  This dress looks like it could be a part of the Calvin Klein fall collection and I agree it would totally stand out more if it was red.

Elena

Look designed by Elena

I wasn’t going to mention Elena and I’m not sure why she is the fan favorite, but this look is ridiculous and the model is WAY too skinny.  This is a woman on the go to the dark side!

Sonjia

Look designed by Sonjia

I am so glad Sonjia won this challenge!  The style of her dress is versatile, can be worn front or back, and adds sexiness without going overboard.  I love that she wants to make dresses for all sizes and that Hayden Panettiere wants to wear her look to a red carpet event!  She chose grey as the fabric color, but I think she could’ve gone for a royal blue and it would be even more stunning.

It appears next week the designers will be in teams again, get ready for the drama!

Past Commentary

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

Three Looks in One Day!

For my birthday this past Saturday I decided to have 3 colorful outfit changes to take me throughout the day.  I felt full of fun in each and had a great time rockin’ my style all over LA!

Morning Glow: Strapless white peplum eyelet top – Macys, Neon pattern skirt – Love Culture, Sea green necklace – Carson Pirie Scott

Afternoon Stroll: Queen Esther dress

Night Colorblock: Bloom dress

Project Runway Season 10 Premiere

I was so excited for a new season of Project Runway to start that I literally raced home like a speed demon to make in time for the 9pm show!  I think with every season there is always someone who is way out there with their designs (Kooan), the elder (Andrea), and then drama queens (Gunnar & Christopher).  After that, there are the others who I can’t quite peg as anything yet.  One thing I will say is that whatever bucket you might fit into doesn’t matter to me that much, I really want to see what your design aesthetic is and if you can wow me with your looks!  So with that being said, there were a few I will comment on:

Andrea

I was definitely digging Andrea’s cool neon frames and her long earrings.  That’s where my love for her ended.  First off, just plain black and white colors is really boring without the proper pop of color.  And who would wear this type of dress?  I can’t think of anyone.  I could only see this circle dress worn in a theater setting or for someone who is trying to conceal that they’re pregnant or look pregnant without even trying.  How do you sit in this thing?

Design by Andrea. Would you wear this?

Beatrice

I actually like the concept behind this dress, pairing jersey with sheer, but the knit cape doesn’t go with this at all.  I didn’t expect Beatrice to get cut, since the judges steamrolled Lantie in her critique.  Gone too soon!  Since she is local, I hope to visit her store one day!

Look by Beatrice – Perfect for the Summer!

Buffi

I love that Buffi embraces color and loves to incorporate that into her look.  However, these 2 looks both look cheap.

Looks by Buffi – Cheap or not?

Christopher

I do like the design of this dress and it does look like an easy, breezy dress, but I don’t agree with Christopher being the challenge winner.  The wow factor wasn’t high enough for me.

Look by Christopher

Kooan

He has a voice, he’s different, but is it a joke? Props for color, but as long as he’s in the running I feel like I will repeatedly be saying, “OOOOOOOOK.”

Look by Kooan

Lantie

It can down to Beatrice and Lantie in the bottom 2.  With Lantie’s take on making old dresses youthful, this one failed to make it’s mark.  The judges sounded like she was the one that would be eliminated with all the negative criticism they gave her look. The pasted on pattern in the front isn’t flattering, and I hope she can turn it around next week.

Look by Lantie

Ven

Ven is my front runner and the person who I thought would win.  The rose bustier was phenomenal, and the structure exquisite.  I loved the whole look with the clean lines and pleating.  He is definitely one to watch!

Look by Ven

Overall, the first show was fun.  I do think the designers need to work on how they style their models, especially hair and makeup.  Stay tuned for my thoughts next week, and go here to see all my fave looks on Pinterest!

Start the Day Off Bright!

Start the Day Off Bright!

H M lace shirt
£25 – hm.com

Balmain slimming pants
$872 – stylebop.com

Spiked high heels
£65 – riverisland.com

Studded leather handbag
$40 – gojane.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors teardrop earrings
$115 – bloomingdales.com

Neon jewelry
$4.50 – delias.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors aviator shades
$85 – nordstrom.com

A Place in the Sun, Sponsored by Nordstrom

A Place in the Sun, Sponsored by Nordstrom

Matthew Williamson v neck shirt
£650 – flannelsfashion.com

Short skirt
$48 – nordstrom.com

Gianvito Rossi wedge sandals
£504 – farfetch.com

Steve Madden clutch handbag
$52 – endless.com

Silver earrings
$130 – macys.com

VIcenza silver bangle
£7 – debenhams.com

Aviator sunglasses
$160 – kirnazabete.com

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