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
RT 1 RT 3
RT 2 RT 5

Source:  vogue.com

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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