Friday, November 30, 2012

Roberto Cavalli Resort 2013 : Karolina Kurkova

To be quite honest, I'm not the biggest fan of Roberto Cavalli when it comes to their advertisements. Yes, they're sexy and fierce when it comes to capturing the essence of the house, but sometimes I wish the sets and backgrounds would fit in with the theme of the collection. I hope that made sense lol. Now, for Resort 2013, which I'm LOVING, Cavalli went with Kurkova (perfection, right?). This is too perfect. For once, I'm finally intrigued. haha
That suit has to be one of my favorite looks from the collection and I love the rocky, tough texture of the background complimenting the sexy, chic, tailored look so well. The styling is on point, and I'm totally head over heels for the sexy hair and makeup. Kurkova has a sun kissed look, which is so right for a resort campaign. Overall, kudos to the folks at Cavalli for presenting this visually pleasing campaign. Can't wait for the rest! Maybe Kurkova on top of the rocks while overlooking the ocean? ;)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Want, Need, Love: Christian Dior Haute Couture F/W '06 Blade Runner Feather Jacket

Remember the opening jacket/coat piece of the Blade Runner section of the Dior Haute Couture F/W 2006 collection? Remember how divine and opulent it was when it appeared? Sigh, the things I'd do to own that piece.
Let's take a little moment to appreciate the fierceness of that piece that Galliano created.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Work OOTD, 3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale, and Thanksgiving

I've been a little m.i.a. regarding personal/ootd posts. This should suffice :)
Wore the outfit below just to work about a week and half. Halleloo that it was chilly otherwise I would've had to resort to solely jeans and a t-shirt. 
(Jeans from Forever 21. Brown sneakers from Urban Outfitters. Navy blue oversized t-shirt. Leopard scarf made from one of my good friends as a gift. Faux leather hooded jacket from Windsor Fashions. Gray beanie. Red bag from Alexander Wang)
Oh, I have to mention that I went about a week ago to the 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale. My whole plan was to skip my second class that started at 12:30 pm and just go straight after my first class to the sample sale at the cooper building in downtown Los Angeles. Unfortunately, I studied a bit longer than I had originally planned to the night before and thus I woke up at around 2. I immediately showered and headed to the sample sale 'cause lord knows I love me a good ol' sample sale. Once I got there, you could tell that the empty racks throughout the space had originally been filled with clothes but because of my late arrival, I missed out on the opportunity in seeing them and possibly purchasing them. Nonetheless, there were some goodies still left. I ended up leaving with a muscle shirt that has a sunglasses design on it, a pastel blue shirt that has a chiffon panel in the back, and a pair of shorts with an attached skirt on it that's from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Good deals on the muscle shirt and the shorts, which each were $50.

Last Sunday, I headed to the Melrose flea market and the Beverly Center for some shopping with my gurl Andreina.
 (Being a camera whore in the parking lot. Coat by Eryn Brinie. Camouflage printed pants from Gap. Sunglasses by Raybans. Red bag from Alexander Wang. Brown sneakers from Urban Outfitters)
 It can be a bit overwhelming when shopping at a flea market, so I opted with a casual look consisting of comfortable sneakers and a nice coat to keep my warm.

Now, for Thanksgiving, I didn't put too much thought into this outfit, to be quite honest. In the end, I did love the overall look. It was a familiar look I've done in the past (just look above LOL), but it always works, especially when running late to meet the family.
 (Coat by Eryn Brinie. Black skinny trousers from Gap. Vintage pajama top. Red loafers from Tods. Red brenda camera bag from Alexander Wang)
Best thing about Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie, obviously! I let myself become obese for a day.

This look below is from yesterday. I've never worked during a black friday weekend, but oh boy was I surprised at the hoards of people that'll do anything just to make a quick deal. Sigh, that's why I stick to online shopping these days.
(Jeans from Forever 21. Black patent toe sneakers from Chanel. Black oversized t-shirt. Vintage button up shirt. Red Brenda bag from Alexander Wang. Neon colored bracelet from Gap).

Knockoff Adventures: Valentino Rockstud Tote

Gorgeous bag, no?
What if I told you the bag above isn't actually Valentino's rockstud tote but rather a good knockoff from Forever 21 that retails for a tiny bit above $30? Would you believe me? Yup, the bag above is indeed Forever 21 and a pretty nice knockoff. I was helping customers left and right on black friday a couple of days ago when I spotted a comfortably dress woman sporting the bag above. I commented on how fabulous her "Valentino" bag is and she immediately smirked. She then proceeded towards me and told me it's actually Forever 21 and not Valentino like I had originally thought it was. For a knockoff, it was quite good. The leather looked sturdy, nice, and somewhat luxurious. Plus, the studs looked fantastically placed and had a nice shine to them. They actually didn't look cheap at all, but then again I was not too far from her when I commented on it. Now, I wonder what the folks at Valentino think? What do Maria Grazia and Pier Paolo think? Hmm...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why are the Folks at H&M Fucking Idiots?

"Right now, however, your background and experience do not match any of our current openings" are the only stupid, absurd words that matter from their email I just received about the job application I submitted. You know, the "We wish you the best" line is utter bullshit. So as normal, I check my email today when I woke up. I finally got a response about my "unfortunate experience" that didn't mesh well with the folks at H&M. Hmm, having experience in retail for almost three years and working for brands/stores like Nine West, Windsor Fashions, and Gap isn't at all valuable experience? I don't know about you, but I felt like I'm the quintessential H&M costumer and this is my second time receiving this email! I mean, I literally know every model that H&M uses and every collection they put out. Heck, I'm a little bit obsessive about the collaborations they have (my personal favorite was Lanvin, tbh). So what makes the folks at H&M utter idiots? About a month ago, one of my friends told me he was hired by them and now works seasonal, or maybe part time, there. What baffles me is that he has NO experience in retail and no major experience at all. He told me he was going to put his community service on his resume and hoped that was sufficient enough for the position since he's never really worked a real job. However, poor ol' me that has worked in the business for some years doesn't have the "background" and "experience". Complete bullshit. They treat their customers like shit, so I'm sure the people handling the applications is an imbecile as well. It's so puzzling. I really wanted to have a second job, but oh well. Their loss. I mean, if they want people with no experience, go ahead. It's already evident how incompetent their employees are, so maybe that's why they're seeking that.
I asked my friend about the Margiela collection about a couple of weeks and he's like "oh yeah, we're getting the collections soon." I corrected him and told him he's most likely getting the Lana Del Rey collection and that only flagship and other notable stores are getting the major collaborations. He works there and I don't. That should say enough ;).

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chloe Sring/Summer 2013 Beauty

Let's take a moment to appreciate the flawless, effortless makeup created for the Chloe S/S 2013 show.

Totally loving the combination of the soft, flawless skin with that copper cat-eye, which totally complimented the metallic accents in the accessories.

Chris Benz S/S 2013

So what are my thoughts on the quirky, layered collection Chris Benz presented in September during New York Fashion Week? I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely obsessing over it.
When it comes to layering, it's such a tricky thing. Styling/ layering in order to create effortless, nonchalant looks is quite a hard task. Labels like Missoni and Marc Jacobs have succeeded in the art of layering (MJ FW06 and Missoni FW09, anyone?). Chris definitely executed that flawlessly here. It was quirky, but not too cluttered, in my opinion. I thought the individual pieces were quite cute (ex. that egg yolk sequined top below is just too cute for words). As an aspiring stylist, some looks here were just too good to ignore. I absolutely adore the looks below:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

OOTD x Three

Here are some obligatory OOTD images I'm frequently posting on my instagram (FYI: It's @tonyalaniz). About 3 weeks ago, there was a meeting/party at the Gap I work at. The sad thing about this evening was that it was on a Sunday. However, this meant getting to dress up I guess lol. I wanted my outfit to say "I'm dressy, but I can be fierce and move around, gurl". I don't know, see for yourself.
 (Every hot bitch needs starbucks, no? Aldo shoes. Gap super skinny trousers. Marc Jacobs polo shirt. Gap navy blue cardigan. Alexander Wang brenda camera bag)
That night had such a gorgeous moon out.
 About two weeks ago, I went car shopping. The black BMW I had no longer lives *tears*. Idk, I felt going comfortable but somewhat chic that day. I felt like there was an 80s mood in the hair hence why I paired my blazer that has subtle, yet somewhat evident shoulder pads with converse sneakers.
 (Animal print bracelet purchased at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Some random black t-shirt. French Connection blazer. Converse sneakers. Alexander Wang brenda camera bag. Forever 21 skinny jeans)

This outfit is from Thursday before I went in to work. Cold weather has finally arrived! Halleloo!
(Urban Outfitters dark brown sneakers. Forever 21 skinny jeans. Simple blue t-shirt. Cheetah print scarf made by my friend Sally as a gift. Windsor hooded leather jacket. Alexander Wang brenda camera bag. Some gray beanie I found laying around the house)

Let's All Be Sluts for Halloween

Just kidding! Well, maybe. So what do you do when you're getting ready 2 hours prior a halloween party and haven't be decisive in your decision as to what to be for the evening? You dress up glamorous! If anybody questions what you actually are, just say you're a pretty, rad "hippie". Me below with a ridiculous face (Cara Delevingne pulls them off way better, no?) before the makeup.
(Outfit: H&M faux fur, ombre jacket. Urban Outfitters tie-dye, ying-yang muscle shirt. Headband made from excess fabric I had)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Katherine's Birthday Dinner!

Celebrated my friend Katherine's birthday last Saturday! I was originally going to not attend it, but fortunately I was able to leave work early and make it on time.
 Not the first time she got something white on white her face ;) LOL just kidding!
 With high school friends Steven, Katherine, and Sally.
 (Outfit : Forever 21 jeans, random navy blue t-shirt, vintage navy blue jacket, and my new Alexander Wang brenda camera bag, which I fucking love and I've been sporting it ever since I got it!)
*On a side-note, I can't believe Katherine and I have the same skin color! Either she's been tanning or that Likas Papaya Soap has been helping lightening my skin. Lawlz.*
Oh, did I mention the cake was inspired by the blue boxes given out when you purchase something at Tiffanys and Co.? So cute! After dinner, we all decided to chill and binge even more at a hookah lounge where they serve come fine, delectable treats. It definitely was a fantastic night to catchup with old friends.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Karlie's New Hairdo!

I'm getting like a cool Chloe Sevigny/Marte Mei Van Haaster vibe from the new haircut. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
 One of my classmates told me about it while I was leaving class today and I was a bit skeptical if it would work out but I mean, it's Karlie Kloss! The girl can work anything!
 It's kind of gutsy to do something so drastic to your looks, especially as a model, before a show that basically consists of having long hair. But, when Wintour says pretty much goes (FYI, she cut it for a Vogue shoot. Maybe a cover? Who knows..)
Ahh, whe perks of extensions...
 And sexy Karlie is back for a bit..
Can't wait for HQ images to pop up. Waiting for my fellow members of TFS to post them up. LOL.