Category Archives: Fashion

Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week – THE REBECCAS

It’s that time of the year again! Fashion season is in full swing starting with New York fashion week.  I’ve always been more fond of cooler weather and love the fall fashion shows, but spring shows are just as fun.  They’re always a bit more colorful and light in preparation for the end of winter.

Two of my favorite designers and collections I get excited for are Rebecca Minkoff and Rebecca Taylor.  One is edgy, modern and cool while the other is feminine, soft and pretty.  Here are some of my favorite looks from each collection!

REBECCA MINKOFF 2016 S/S
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REBECCA TAYLOR 2016 S/S
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Source:  vogue.com

Houghton, Fall 2014

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Someone pinch me, please!!  It’s as if Katharine Polk went inside my head and said to me, “April, I’m going to create the fall collection that you’ve been dreaming of!”  Who is this angel Katharine Polk?  Only the genius behind the new up and coming label Houghton.  Her fall 2014 collection is my dream collection in all my favorite colors and patterns: Black, White, Gray, Camel, Stripes and the occasional flash of Red!  It’s the perfect combination of sleek, classic and edgy…hey, it’s me!  Well, at least that’s what I like to think.

Did I mention she’s also a bad-ass bridal designer too!?  I’ve already picked out my future wedding dress.  And yes, it costs more than my bride dowry.  So what?  Keep an eye out for this designer, I predict even bigger and greater things to come.
1211765321810139Click here for more of Houghton’s fall/winter 2014 looks.

Photos:  Houghton

 

Summer Sandals

Sandals Image‘Tis the season for pedicured toes and lovely sandal tan lines!  When searching for my go-to sandals for the summer season I prefer simplicity and comfort.  I need something I can slip on and off easily and won’t chafe my style.

I think each pair has a little something to offer.  I was a bit apprehensive about the Jeffrey Campbell’s, they probably won’t do anything for my short legs, but they’re quirky; and I like quirky.  The leopard J. Crew’s are still casual yet easy to dress up for the office or a lovely night out without sacrificing achy feet or style.  Here are my favorite sandals for the scorching summer:

1.  J. Crew Collection Lillian Calf Hair Low Wedges
2.  Jeffrey Campbell Aurelia Platform Sandal
3.  Joie Sable
4.  Madewell: The Thea Sandal in Ticking Stripe
5.  Zara Leather Ankle Strap Sandal

What are your favorite styles?

Life Lately…

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Hello Friends,

It’s been a while, but I’m finally done with my spring courses and transitions at work.  I am soooo ready for summer!  I did play around with the idea of taking a summer course, but I think I need a much needed break.  I have a lot of things on my summer To-Do list and I’m determined to knock out…well, most of them, let be realistic!

Summer in the central valley for me means exploring the great outdoors with my Buttercup, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (white peaches and strawberries galore!) and summer movies.  It also means more time for family and friends, which I am very much looking forward to.  The rest of the year I’m antisocial and introverted due to work and school…ugh.

What are some things you’re looking forward to this summer?

Speaking of which, here are a few things I’m looking forward to.  Sadly, both of these collections won’t launch until after summer, but nevertheless, it’s still really exciting!

Joseph Altuzarra for Target, coming to a store near you on September 14th.

joseph-altuzarra-target-collection-mainAnd let’s not forget the highly anticipated Alexander Wang collection for H&M launching on November 6th!

alexander wang hmI am very happy to announce that Fresno will finally have it’s very own H&M store opening next week on May 29th.  I know, we’re finally almost cool!  I am very excited and cannot wait for these collections to launch!

Have a great rest of the week and you’ll be seeing more of me this summer 🙂

xOXo,

@BLO

 

Summer Image: kswp.org

 

Met Gala Ball 2014

Here are my favorite looks from last night’s Met Gala, in no particular order.  There was definitely a lot of black, white and neutrals, which I do not object to.  And there were also a few who went with bold, jewel tones that I loved as well.

Beyonce Blake Lively Cara D Leighton Meester Liu Wen MkA Olivia Munn Rihanna Selena Gomez Suki Waterhouse Zoe Saldana 2

Photos: huffingtonpost.com, nytimes.com

Green With Envy

CollageI’m not one to wear “color” very often.  Sadly, my closet is mainly occupied with black, white, navy and gray.  But I am very enamored with this emerald shade of green.  I’m pretty sure I need that jumpsuit in my life, and that Dolce and Gabbana nail lacquer is such a sensual green, don’t you think?

1.  CiChic Green Jumpsuit
2.  Bauble Bar Extraterrestrial Gem Necklace
3.  Kate Spade “Penny For Your Thoughts” Lined Notebook
4.  3.1 Phillip Lim Small Ryder Bag
5.  Dolce and Gabbana Nail Lacquer in “Wild Green”
6.  Sergio Rossi Studded Juno Sandal
7.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay on Shadow in “Extreme Emerald”

Business Casual

Business Casual Collage PicOne of the most difficult things for me is finding affordable and cute pieces I can wear to the office.  I know, life is soooo hard!  But I just can’t justify buying something that I’d solely wear to work.  I want to be able to transition those pieces to other parts of my life outside of the office.  I would still invest in a few very good suits, but I also want to get my money’s worth.

I’ve compiled a few pieces that I think are cute, versatile, not too “stiff” and office friendly.  Where do you shop for office clothes??

1.  ASOS Andrea Blazer and Pants
2.  Loft Vintage Crepe Ankle Pants
3.  Anthropologie Passerine Sheath
4.  JCrew Schoolboy Blazer
5.  Zara Bowling Bag
6.  Alexander Wang Lovisa Heels

Jean Paul Gaultier

IMG_1129This post is very much overdue, but as they say, “Better late than never!”  My good friend Marissa lured me up to San Francisco some time last year because the De Young museum was housing an exhibition entirely on Jean Paul Gaultier.  She knew all too well that this was right up my alley!

Brief history: Jean Paul Gaultier is a fashion designer (duh).  I group him with, who I like to call, “The Fashion Rebels.”  Right there with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivian Westwood, John Galliano…you get it?  He is famously known for his conical bras, made extra special by Madonna via her Truth or Dare tour, and other celebrities such as Lady Gaga.  Brilliant man.

We went to see the exhibit and it was one of the most extraordinary things I have ever experienced.  Unfortunately, videotaping was not allowed, but I managed to get some semi-decent photos in the low lighting.  The entire exhibit was amazing, but the most memorable part were the mannequins with image-projected faces.  At one point, a group of mannequins started to sing together like a Catholic church choir.  It was kind of creepy, but so cool.

IMG_1178IMG_1204Isn’t this knit dress fabulous!?

IMG_1200The leopard is made entirely of beads!

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Fall Longings

Each night this past week has been getting cooler and cooler and thereby increasing my need for warmer, cozier blankets and hot mugs of liquidy goodness!  Some may dread the cooling season, but every year I welcome it with wide open arms.

I’m all about being comfy and mixing textures.  There’s a lot neutral colors here, but to that that I say, “Why Not!?”  As my style has evolved over the years, I’ve come to realize that maybe I’m just not a super colorful kind of girl.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE color, but I always tend to gravitate toward darks and neutrals.  It’s just who I am, and I need to accept it.  Here are some things I’m coveting this season.  Don’t worry, the list is mentally getting longer and more expensive.  But hey, a girl can dream, right?

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  1. Grey Textured Keswick Pants
  2. Dior Nail Lacquer in “Gris Montaigne”
  3. An extra foamy Chai Latte, my favorite fall drink!
  4. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Train Bleu”
  5. Ella Moss Sequin Trousers
  6. Zara Coat
  7. FreePeople Jersey Lounge Dress

Ode to McQueen

Happy Friday everyone!  I’d like to pay homage to one of my favorite designers, Mr. Alexander McQueen.  That man was surely a genius.
Now get out there and enjoy your weekend!  Please 🙂


Dress: Alexander McQueen for Target