Thursday, November 13, 2014

Azealia Banks' Broke With Expensive Taste

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!! 
Like, "yasssssssssssss" has never been so applicable in my life until now. I have been stanning for ha for lord knows how long. Like, I was there for the 1991 EP, for the Fantasea mix tape (btw she said Fantasea 2 is coming!!), for the Mermaid Ball, for the Twitter fueds, for the mess that was ATM Jam, for the messy comments she made. But mawma has finally scalped my weave and had the audacity to finally feed me and I am truly gagging. Please, enjoy and get those voguing lewks out because we are going to slay with these bops.
                                             
'Desperado', 'Soda", 'Miss Amor', 'JFK', 'Miss Camaraderie', 'Chasing Time', and of course 'Luxury' are my personal favorites, honestly. I love how 'Desperado' and 'JFK' are a bit moody while 'Soda' and 'Chasing Time' are those upbeat jams that just get me in the mood. 'Miss Amor' and 'Miss Camaraderie' are the true voguing jams, tbh. I could easily see 'Ice Princess' being quite commercially successful and possibly the next single, but I think it's my least favorite of my favorites if that makes any sense lol. Anyway, I do love the transition from a bit trap/hip hop into dance in the song. '212' is a given fave, but I'm really impressed with how eclectic the album is. You have some caribbean flavor in the opening track while pretty AB sings in Spanish in 'Gimme a Chance'. Then there's 'Nude Beach A Go-Go', which references teen beach movies from back in the day. 'Yung Rapunxel', 'BBD', and 'Heavy Metal and Reflective' aren't new but they slay and immediately get me in the mood to be a bad bitch. Also, major shout out to 'Luxury'. It's that jam that has me feeling so fierce and singing out loud and I just reenact the walking scene from the music video. I'm so damn proud of her and so happy I got my life from this. Screw her former label. She made it without them and is getting positive reviews and is even recognized on the Billboard charts WITHOUT any major promo. Werq, AB. Remember, bad bitches do it.
p.s. Okay, so my boo Lone produced two tracks (Miss Amore and Miss Camaraderie and he did Liquorice) and I honestly need them to collab more. They make a sick duo, tbh.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014: Kate Moss' Offspring?

Okay, I wasn't really Kate Moss for Halloween but I did recreate a flawless face lewk the Brit queen has sported in the past.
Speaking of Brit queens, thank god for Charlotte Tilbury, a.k.a. one of my favorite makeup artists, for literally posting this tutorial the morning of Halloween. The starry eyed look on Kate Moss was quite easy to recreate.
The minute I saw that video on my subscription feed at 10am was when I felt like god had personally left it on my screen as a sign to get my ass together and just recreate this instead of continuing panicking about what to be. Like, I was having anxiety about costumes and makeup, etc. I know......I'm a mess. The look required some gold and bronze shadow, eyeliner, lip gloss that's poppin', medical tape and voila! You're now 10% as flawless as good ol' Kate Moss and I'm talking about messy-lookin', trashed Kate Moss. Beat mug, rockstar, glam, fur, Saint Laurent-wearing Kate Moss is a whole other level that's quite hard to achieve. The key to the look is the medical tape. You really want that star to be perfect with clean lines and an overall even shape, so the tape is a must! Anyway, Halloween was whatever this year. No parties, nada. The gurls and I headed to Weho. I mean, you can't go wrong with that location, yah know? We went to some club, etc. However, let's take a minute to talk about how it rained and my favorite jacket and shoes were getting soaked! It was really heartbreaking. Imagine a mother seeing her children in pain and being helpless and unable to do anything to stop it....yeah, that's how I truly felt being soaked in disgusting, polluted water. It was a question of "do I take my jacket and somehow try to protect it from getting wet and let myself get poured on even more with just a t-shirt on or protect myself with the jacket as a shield?". Sophie's choice, I tell yah. The next day consisted of more bottom-like activities, a.k.a. clubbing.
....and that's Halloween 2014 for yah.
Spooky.
I know.
But you wanna know what's spookier? The exam I have for marketing on Wednesday that I'm studying for as I type this.
Yeah, I'm sure you're quite petrified.
Adios!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bonobos Fall 2014 Suit and Tuxedo Collection

Hey, guys! Can we take a moment to really appreciate Bonobos' suits and tuxedo collection for the upcoming Fall 2014 season? Their Fall 2014 Collection consists of wool suits, tweed blazers, and tuxedos that look impeccably chic and are ideal for the season.
What I truly love about the collection is that their signature Italian wool foundation suit is updated with brand new fabrics and their interior details as well have been updated. As a merchandising student, I've learned that fabrication/textiles truly matter when it comes to aesthetic appeal and comfort appeal as well. I also appreciate that the brand offers suits in standard or slim fits, and come in short, regular, and tall sizes. Unfortunately, I'm not blessed with a 6 foot body like Benjamin Eidem or Clement Chabernaud, but it's great to know that there's an option for me. Trust me, finding a suit at my height is hard, let me tell you. Also, what I really find the most appealing about the collection is the inspiration behind it. Bonobos had in mind the early British rock invasion, with key people like Mick Jagger, The Kinks, and Who in their early years. Im such an aficionado of the British rock invasion and Mick is one of my all time style icons. From the long locks to the the slim tailored suits, Mick Jagger is it! A suit well tailored that's inspired by his effortless taste? Sign me up. Check out below the lookbook for their Fall 2014 Suit and Tuxedo collection that features their newest tuxedos in navy and black.
Without a doubt, the glen plaid and tweed pieces easily reference the British inspiration without looking old. The fit is key because it brings the piece into a modern place, making it utterly wearable and stylish now. Easily, the first gray tuxedo is calling my name, to be honest. I already have a pair of patent, leather loafers I would straight away style them with. Now, what in the collection would I grab my hands on? First and foremost, The Foundation Cotton Slim Suit in Stone
I love that it still has the fit and tailoring of their Italian Wool Foundation Suit but it's made in breathable cotton. See, lately California has been excessively hot, therefore I'm leaning towards clothing that provides comfort and wont cause me to break a sweat. Plus, it's in a slim fit to keeps things looking ultra cool and European. What's great is that I can break the pieces apart and style them separately. The jacket would look great with some black slim jeans or trousers for a night out. I also love the double-vent detail.
While the stone-colored look seems more daytime friendly for me, I'd sport the entire navy alternative to an evening event. I'm a sucker for a navy blue and to be honest everyone truly looks better in it. Seriously.
I love how Bonobos styled the suit with a light, tan colored oxford shoe. I'm living for the color contrast and makes it more eye-catching overall.
Besides those two, I found myself salivating over The Capstone Slim Black Shawl Collar Tuxedo.
I'm always on the hunt for a really chic, ideal shawl collar suit (I blame Lanvin and early Balmain under Decarnin's reign) so this one is pretty ideal. Black? Yes. Slim? Yes. Italian wool? Yes. What's not to love about it? Oh, and that stripe running along the pants is another feature I'm loving. It's one of those tuxedo's that's timeless and you'll have for many years and it'll forever seem chic.
Totally check out Bonobos' chic Fall 2014 Suit and Tuxedo Collection. Remember, there's nothing better than a man looking great in a well tailored suit.

(all images provided by Bonobos)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Maison Martin Margiela Spring/Summer 2015

I've never been one to gush over a MMM collection, but I sure do appreciate the details. As usual, I love the artisanal, DIY-like details that are recognizable features the house is known for. My favorite has to be the painted flowers that were featured in a stunning, worn-in looking coat on Feifei and also on the eyewear. 
My favorite look is the first one with the pinstripes and the sliver of skin showing. The asymmetrical hemline on the top is quite interesting and it makes the pinstripes seem less business and more cool while there's a tad bit of sex appeal with skin showing. Some looks were a bit mehh, but then again I'm not the target MMM customer.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

GEMMA WARD'S COMEBACK! I REPEAT, GEMMA WARD'S COMEBACK + Snej's Comeback, MCB and Stam at Fendi

OMG. This is a historical moment, y'all. Like Gia Gunn from Project Runway says: "This is the moment that counts." Leave it to mama Miuccia Prada to resurrect ha ass back all the way from Australia!
Seriously, the fact that it's been, oh idk about 7 years!!!!, since Gemma has done a runway show is truly fucking crazy. Homegurl is the sole reason for the baby faced models of her time (HELLO! Lily Cole and Caroline Trentini, anyone?!?). Gemma is that girl that was everyone's first favorite model when they got into fashion, or at least my generation would agree. Ever since her departure from the industry and trying to break into film, it's been quite bleak in the model world, tbh, and no one was having IT. She's been gone for so long and still has the power to return and still make an impact. This is seriously a fucking miracle and it does feel quite surreal. The queen, the doll-faced beauty, the legend has returned! This is going in the books, kids!
Besides Gemma, my original queen Snej is back! Let me tell you, homegurl is quite active on Instagram. Not only have I almost fainted from her replying to me on there a couple of times, but she's been quite vocal about wanting to make a comeback and she finally appeared at the Ports 1961 show! Another major comeback!
It's funny because she posted traveling to Milan to do shows/get back into the business and then commented at someone saying she's not doing shows and is traveling back to Kiev. Like a true fan, I was having a fit about it. Like, you go to Milan and then you're coming back home? UGH NOPE. I'm not having it, Snej. BUT I guess she went back to Milan and did the Ports 1961 show. Hmm, sure, it's not exactly Prada, but it is a strong show in terms of casting. Edward Enninful is involved with the show, which to me seems perfect because if she can become close to him that'll lead to editorials, which leads to exposure, which then leads to more runway shows, which means ad campaigns, etc. You get me, right? However, even though I'm so ecstatic my all-time favorite model did a show in Milan Fashion Week, I am not loving that hair color. It washes her out and I feel like something darker, like her hair color during her first couple of seasons, will bring back that youthfulness she's lacking at the moment. Don't get me wrong, I love ha, but I just want the best for my queen.
Okay, and in not-exactly-a-comeback news, MCB just graced us with her beauty at Fendi after not walking the label since Spring/Summer 2009! She's my ultimate runway queen because her runway walk fucking slays! No one can compete with her. Like, she's the reason I sashay down the streets of LA.
Mother has arrived indeed. Did I tell you she closed the show? Yup! My god, she looked gorgeous and I'm hoping she walks Chanel during PFW since she hasn't walked for the label since that American flag Spring/Summer 2008 collection. You gotta love that smirk she does.

*calls Lagerfeld to bring her to Chanel*
OMG! And let's not forget about Jessica Stam, who's having a resurgence at the moment.

Damn it's been such a long time since I've seen Stam so involved in runway shows. She closed Public School and was in Marc Jacobs 2 weeks ago and here she is back in the game at Fendi. I fucking love it. It honestly feels like I'm back to being 15 when I got into fashion and had my walls filled with images of Stam, Snej, Vlada, Gemma, Freja, Chanel, Kass, MCB, Natasha, and the list goes on. It was the good ol' days where I feel models were truly valued and less disposable. Models seemed so unique, talented, and really intriguing. Sure, many argue models at that point don't come close to the models of the 90s. However, it was my generation of models that gave me life and really made me appreciate fashion and seeing these girls back in a show or two really makes me nostalgic for the good ol' days. It's nice to see familiar faces when countless of celeb models *cough Kendall cough* *giggles* and bland girls are dominating the catwalks. This also reminds me of a good point that Steff Yotka from Fashionista.com made:
Not only does Ward's appearance solidify the fact that models are making their return to the spotlight (look no further than Vogue's September cover or the major models who walked in other SS15 shows, like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Kristen Owen, Maggie Rizer or Lara Stone, who closed the Prada show, for proof), but it's also probably about to put an end to the stunt casting that dominated New York runways. I mean, who really cares which runways celebrity spawn models walked when Gemma Ward is back in the game? 
I honestly blame casting directors, of course, and Katie Grand. Like, gurl, stop trying to make every damn celeb model happen. Like, just fucking stop. The fact that celeb models, like Cara Deleving, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Haily Baldwin, Georgia May Jagger, and now Ella Richards, are everywhere really irks me. Thank god, or should I say Miuccia Prada, my generation of girls are making a comeback, whether it's grand or miniscule. Overall, let's definitely celebrate. It truly is a good week in fashion right now.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rodarte Spring/Summer 2015

Initially when Jamie Bochert opened the show in high-waisted trousers and over-the-knee laced boots, I thought the collection was going to be equestrian meets romanticism. By the end, it finally hit me: these girls are twisted mermaids that probably practice magic. I love a good ol' under the sea, aquatic inspired collection (umm Givenchy SS12 and Chanel SS12, anyone?!?) so this was definitely my cup of tea. I appreciated how the Mulleavy sisters were able to incorporate things related to the the sea with the use of embellishments and mixing fabrics/textures, which is quintessential Rodarte and referenced some of their old work. The sequins and embellishments reminded me of scales while others appeared like bubbles from afar on those fishing jackets. The layers of fabrics on the dresses just seemed so flawlessly put together and a bit collage-esque. They seemed artistic, crafty ala the Rodarte way, and absolutely dreamy, pretty, and divine. The use of net helped to enhance the water-theme. Oh, but back to the dresses...the the different appliques and embellishments made the dresses seem as if they rose from the ocean and collected all those different seashells and stones located deep beneath the sea, no? Those patchwork, embellished dresses and gowns were by far my favorite thing from this collection not only because of how sublime and beautiful they were, but because it brought back nostalgia from the good ol' days when the label did really artistic, breathtaking pieces. It was a return to the good ol' Rodarte. They had a dreamy quality and thats' exactly what I expect from this fantastic duo. Seriously, who doesn't want to look like a mermaid, sea goddess?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2015

I normally think of athleticism when it comes to his label, but I think Alexander Wang fully went full force with his obsession with athleticism. I'm primarily intrigued at how he was able to use sneakers and sports (colors, prints, details from actual namebrand sneakers) and incorporate that into actual wearable clothes without it looking gimmicky or tacky. Take for example Adidas' Stan Smith sneakers and the color scheme; it was evident in the green/white section of the collection that looked absolutely cute and chic and would look great at a lovely summer tennis event, no? Or how about how Wang took actual mesh from jerseys and used that as fabric on an edgy, cool cocktail dress that seems light but absolutely divine up close. Wang sure loves his leather, and I particularly loved it in that cropped top he showed with black trousers. The black and red instantly reminded me of Jordans. Those neon cocktail dresses also reference Nike's flyknits, which were cool and quite sexy. Those, I'm sure, will be some of the hottest pieces come next spring/summer. By the end, the collection returned back to a sexy state by featuring cool camis/crop tops that had really fantastic prints. The last number on Anna Ewers appears to be not necessarily a print but rather a woven that creates a print, but I'm not quite sure. Nonetheless, they remained sexy, cool, and fabulous for a hot summer night. Favorite looks below:

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2015 Soundtrack

You know, you can always count on Wang to deliver one of the most well-executed collections of the season, but you can also count on him to deliver a pretty dope soundtrack. If you haven't heard it, I beg you to check out this season's soundtrack full of EDM/trap tunes that have me goin' "YASSSS". Diplo, Steve Aoki...must I go on?

Remember when Wang used 'Harlem Shake' 2 years ago and then it was everywhere? I swear, he has great music taste. Missy Elliot, Diplo, Major Lazer, The Prodigy...the man clearly knows how to make me want to get out of my seat and do a dance routine ala Nicki Minaj in 'Anaconda' and WERQ, you feel me? Like, I can see Wang giving me like a pretty badass mix tape and my ass going bananas over it. Wang is that gurl that when he throws a party, you're definitely going and putting on your finest streetwear look and making your face beat for the gods because he's that person that has the soundtrack that makes the party. You know, those specific parties? We've all been to one at least. Think Dionne and Cher "rollin' with the homies"from Clueless. Anyway, enough rambling. Here's the full soundtrack:
Alexander Wang S/S 2015
1. MATRiXXMAN, Mykki Blanco - God Created the Beat (Apocalypse Now)

2. Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo, Kid Ink - Delirious (Boneless)

3. Diplo - Biggie Bounce

4. Linkoban - Like This (Dixone Remix)

5. Lil' Jon feat. Tyga - Bend Ova

Damn, now I feel like hitting one of my homegurls up who's dying to have me go to HARD: Haunted Mansion with her next month. I feel like wearing an athletic inspired #lewk and slaying while I'm dancing. Ugh, the magic of Wang.

p.s. I'm not LOVING the collection, but it's good and the bags are like everything, tbh. Review coming up!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Adios, Summer

Can we talk about how fast summer 2015 went by? Quintessential summer activities, like hitting up your favorite beach, finally happened toward the end of season and the fact that it took the whole summer to do that is absolutely heartbreaking. Dramatic feelings aside, this summer really was a mixed on. It was certainly a roller coaster. From leaving friendships behind to forming even greater bonds with admirable friends I have now, traveling, opening up more, trying new things, questioning certain things etc...I guess you can say this summer will indeed be memorable. But seriously, let's make this post about enjoying Malibu, please. 
(Vintage flannel, American Apparl swim shorts, Forever 21 wide-brim fedora, Ray-Ban aviators)
*sobbing* Later, summer. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer 2014 Playlist

(Goddess Veruschka by Franco Rubartelli)
Summer is pretty much coming to an end, gurls. Okay, the season Summer isn't literally over, but I start school in like 10 days so we can pretty much declare Summer 2014 ova. I thought it would be a pretty fun idea to create a playlist of pretty much every major song I've been dancing my nonexistent ass to. Inspired by my trip to New York to my usual fascination with electronica, garage, house music to some good ol' girl anthems (Beyonce, hello!), this playlist has a good, eclectic mix of songs. Unfortunately, not every song is able to be found on Spotify so I included jams sourced on Soundcloud and Youtube. Now, grab your nearest fab look and let's sashay out in these hot summer streets and pretend we're Karolina Kurkova, okay? Category is: fierce summah bitch.





Adios, summah.

Monday, August 11, 2014

NYC Diary

Guess who's back? *insert Emma Roberts' iconic line from AHS:Coven*
(Outfit: Forever 21 wide-brim fedora, Marc Jacobs necklace, Alexander Wang sweater, Dior Homme belt, Gap boyfriend jeans, Urban Outfitters sneakers, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag, and Michael Kors watch)
Can we all have like a prayer, camp fire-kumbaya moment and thank god because I've finally uploaded, edited, and compiled all my images from both my iphone and camera from my NYC trip earlier this Summer? It was something I had been planning for months with my two friends, Andreina and Jessica, and we really wanted to do a musical festival as well. Perfectly enough, the first week of June had the Governer's Ball happening and thus it wasn't only an ideal trip to party and let loose but also to explore a totally new location. New York City has been one of those destinations where I had always seen myself visiting and even moving to. It's the U.S. fashion capital, let's be real. Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler...this is the place where these designers/labels live, design, and breathe. Sigh, one day I'll move there completely and became some socialite that hangs with the likes of Andreja Pejic and Azealia Banks and contributes to like V Magazine, yah feel me? Jokes and delusions aside, it was a much needed trip. After enduring such a painful, horrendous Spring semester at my university, leaving Cali and having a week of bliss was much needed. 

My Latest Obsession: Little Dragon's Nabuma Rubberband

Can we talk about Little Dragon's flawless album they released a couple of months ago and the adorable album cover?
I was upset yesterday and somehow decided to play their newest album just for the heck of it and hopefully to cheer me up and my god, I made the right decision. It's a tad bit darker than their previous albums, but it's so good. 'Underbart' and 'Pretty Girls' are my top two tunes off of it, but I'm also obsessed with 'Paris', 'Cat Rider', 'Nabuma Rubberband', 'Pink Cloud', and 'Killing Me'. I also adore 'Klapp Klapp' and the accompanying music video. It's so dark, twisted and absolutely perfect. Did I mention the fantastic beat? Ugh, it's so danceable.


It's definitely one of my top albums of 2014. I highly recommend it. Plug in those headphones and get lost. Enjoy.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Gimme, Gimme

It's pretty much official that flannels are like my thing now, yah know? Ever since Saint Laurent's grunge collection from last fall 2013, I've been seeking faded, cool-looking flannels pretty much everywhere. Whether it's my parent's forgotten clothing pieces from their hey days or your local trendy fast retailer, I love them all. I just want to tie them around my waste, wear my brown suede boots, black skinny jeans, stack rings and effortless necklaces, and like sashay down the streets of god knows where pretending I'm Jeff Fribourg at a Saint Laurent show. What's the point I'm trying to make? I'm not quite sure, but maybe I'll be making that point with this flawless flannel shirt I recently came across from Saint Laurent, aka my one true love.
photos from Saint Laurent
I'm so damn broke from shopping too much (I recently did some Saint Laurent, Raf Simons shopping that has me feeling so damn guilty) but ugh, this shirt is perfection. Sigh, $595 though...
FML: The Saint Laurent edition.

p.s. I'm SO sorry for the lack of posting. I've been somewhat busy, but mostly lazy and enjoying the Summer. I do have a Summer 2014 playlist that I'm compiling and a NY Diary post from a trip I took earlier this Summer to Nueva York. Be on the look out for those two.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Valentino Menswear Spring/Summer 2015: Silent Sedition

Another irresistible collection from the dynamic duo, Maria Grazia and Pier Paolo, for Valentino. Not only is this one of my top 5 collections from PFW thus far and from the whole season, but it's easily one of my favorite collections under the label. Initially, I loved the whole lounge, silky, pajama looks that evoked an easiness and lightness absolutely vital for the Spring and Summer months. I appreciated that they came in cute, fun prints that kept my attention as the collection progressed. The artistic appreciation can be due to those cubist looking pins that added a nice, fun touch to the looks. Interestingly, the collection noted Picasso as one of the muses for the collection. Not only him, but Coteau, Kerouac, and Pasolini were name checked as well. Ultimately, my favorite part of the collection relies on the section towards the end that dealt with embroidered jackets. Decoration was another element vivid throughout the collection. The butterfly pieces and the peacock embroidered jackets? To die for. They were fantastically styled with denim and had the shirt tails peaking through. It was a mixing of something so artistic and breathtaking with everyday items like denim and shirts. I couldn't help myself but immediately think of how cool those looks were. They're perfect for those nights out where you just want to look easily cool and appear chic. As per usual, here are my favorite looks, but let's be real it's pretty much the whole thing.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Palo Alto Soundtrack

I think one of the movies I've been really wanting to catch in theaters lately has to be Palo Alto starring James Franco and Emma Roberts. The film features music by Devonte Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange, who I adore. There's also Gia Coppola's involvement, which she's the director of the film. If you know me, then you should know my favorite director is Sofia Coppola. With that in mind, I'm eager to see how Gia's work compares to that of Sofia's. Also, I'm a sucker for those coming of age films. I recently came across the soundtrack about 2 weeks ago and I'm absolutely in love with it. Devonte's involvement brings it to another level and Jason Schwartzman's band Coconut Records is another fave of mine. Blood Orange's 'Champagne Coast' is one of those songs that's so relaxing when enduring a long drive (trust me, I've listened to it so many times driving home from work). I'm also really glad I listened to the soundtrack otherwise I wouldn't have found out about Marc Demarco, who's music is breathtakingly amazing. Thank god I discovered his music, which kept me sane through finals week. Anyway, check out and the soundtrack and enjoy!

I'm hoping to see it hopefully either today or possibly next Thursday when it lands at the nearest Arclight.

p.s. Can we also make this an appreciation post for Mac Demarco? His carefree, IDGAF attitude is such a contrast to his chill music, yet I'm all-around obsessed with him. Here's a mini playlist of my favorite songs from him.