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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall is Here!!

Fall is Here!!

I've been shopping a lot online (too hot to go outside) and eyeing a lot of new looks for the Fall. I'm dying for this YSL tote bag but it's currently not in my budget so for now, Polyvore will have to do..Skinny Denims have been quite the trend for the past year and although it'll be here for awhile longer, I opted for this slim bootcut because it's so flattering and gives height to my shorter stature. I added a touch of color with the scarf and earrings but I love the touch of color on the top and the polka dots that are ever so stylish.  Enjoy the upcoming season! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fall Forecast!

It's been so hot here in SoCal and just stepping outside for the mail has been rough.  I know we have it good compared to other parts of the country but since this is all I know, I guess I'm a little spoiled.  I haven't been out much but the little times that I did step out, I made sure to dress as simple as possible. I do own a lot of black so the color in itself does not like the sun :)

I'm so excited that the FALL is coming! The Summer has been so hot that I am so ready for the next season to be here already.  Fall is the best season ever because I love to overlap and play with a variety of dresses, pants to skirts. I also love scarves and warm soft hats so I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season.  Rain also comes along with Fall but the more reason to load up on my umbrella collection as well.

My Fall Trend Forecast:

Colors: Black is staying and can still be incorporated in anything you wear. Black leather gloves (short cut) will be very hot along with tight fitted leather jackets as well.  You are looking at more of a fitted shorter cut versus a longer looser fit. Of course the leather trench is and will always be in style just like your khakis trench. Like I said before, I love the overlap concept of Fall and believe it or not, I see plaid coming back! Yes, I just have a real gut feeing about it.  Deep rich hues of purple, yellow, green, navy blue and fuscia will also play a huge role this season. Patterns will continue to Fall as well but less floral print and more geometric shapes will arise. Skinny belts have been a huge trend for the Winter, Spring and Summer but I have a feeling that large belts will start to sneak in again this season. You can always use your skinny belts over (overlapping.. :)) your large belt to give it that extra touch of love.

Nails: Natural hues are always great for everyday wear but I think you'll see lots of creativity in this segment as well along with the Fall rich hues of purples, pinks and black. Nail art has truly become the latest fad and although I never thought I'd rock nail art, I'm actually having second thoughts about it.  I would still stick to softer and more classier nail art like a different color french tip (black and white) or even a soft hue of polka dots to give it a monochromatic affect.  It's not too much but fun and still safe enough for the office.  As much as I loved NEON this summer, I think it's going to slowly slip away for the Fall.  The yellows and purples I think can still slip in with the new season fashion but the orange and greens will probably be too bold.

Shimmer Shimmer: Who knew that shimmering wardrobe would have lasted this long. Remember those days when you only wore pieces with "bling" for a special occasion? I bought a pair of silver metallic Manolo Blanik that I was purposely saving for those "special" occasions but now I can wear them with anything! Fashion has truly come full circle.  Everywhere you turn, there's a shirt, skirt, dress or shimmer shimmer pair of pants that can be paired up with your everyday wife beater, white tee or a simple tank with blazer. I'm so happy with how Fashion has become nowadays because I was teaching Personal Development during the days of "your finger and toe nail polishes have to match, you can't wear open toe shoes with stockings... oh and you have to wear nylons when wearing a skirt!" lol this is so wild that I am now part of this Fashion circle and has seen it all.  If you don't have a piece of Shimmer Shimmer in your closet, I'd say grab one because it's going to be around for awhile.  Make sure you keep it neutral so you can wear it again without it being too obvious! Classic pieces are key this season.

White: I think everyone used to know the number one rule for white right? Never wear white after Labor Day.. It's funny now because White has never made such a statement before.  White is everywhere now and believe it or not, everyone is wearing it.  It's a very confident color and even I am a little afraid of it but it's a beautiful transparency of what color truly is.. It may be white but it saids so much about you and the pieces you choose to wear. I say wear white and wear lots of it... Mix it up with stripes, color, patterns and bold jewelry. This is the time to have fun and make fashion your own.

Here are some pics that I found from the latest Vogue and Elle Magazine... I'm in love!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Behind the Scenes Video

A few months ago, along with my friend and photographer Maria Laxamana, I styled a photo shoot with two leading ladies, Yvette Yates and Cindy Vela, featuring some of the most beautiful pieces from new and upcoming designers like Pa Kou Xiong to couture designer Adolfo Sanchez and Etoile Couture jewelry among a few others. I also worked with a new Eco-Friendly Exquisite jewelry and designer, Hovey Lee, and was just amazed by her collection of gold and silver art. Furthermore, you can't miss out on the very beautiful and deliciously frosted pair of heels that were designed by shoe designer Kate Ferguson.  We truly had an amazing ensemble starting from designers to models and finally to our behind scene crew members.

The cast and crew in all, were so creative to say the least and we are so thankful that Chris Hawley was able to catch this behind the scenes video clip. These photo-ages are still being submitted for an editorial spread so for now, enjoy!

Photoshoot BTS New from Chris Hawley on Vimeo.

Monday, August 6, 2012

FIDM Blog Feature

I am a graduate of FIDM where I attended both the Orange and LA County campuses.  I graduated from the Visual Communications PD program. Fashion has also been my number 1 passion but at 16 years old, my mom told me that I'd have to get a "real" job before I went to Fashion school.  She didn't know much about Fashion, but she knew that it was very competitive.  I had no idea what she was talking about because I lived in a small town and all I knew was Fashion Design.  I wanted to be a designer and all throughout high school, I'd sketch and illustrate everything I'd like to wear. As I think back now, I was also the only one that was dressing up all the time. We didn't have a lot of money for new clothes so I always used what I had to re-create new looks. Who knew it would eventually lead to where I am today.

Needless to say, I didn't go straight to Fashion school.  I pursued my Bachelor of Science degree first then I went to Brooks College of Design for a year.  I quickly found out that I did not like to sew. I was scared that it was going to ruin my love for Fashion.  While I was attending design school, I noticed that the Merchandising students were always putting on Fashion Shows.. hmm I wanted to put on Fashion Shows! I left Brooks and continued my education elsewhere. I obtained my Mastars in Business Administration (MBA) before finding out about the FIDM Visual program in 2006.

I am so honored to be part of the FIDM family.  It's an experience that I would do all over again. I met people in the industry from all walks of life.  Along with the students, staff and teachers, I also attended their New York Study Tour and had the chance to meet so many different individuals that shaped my career. If anyone is interested in attending FIDM, please don't hesitate to ask. I can go on forever about this amazing school

I am proud to announce that today I was featured in the FIDM Blog on their "Where are you now?" section.  FIDM has given me such great opportunities during and after school.  The opportunities they have provided me is just endless.  I want to take this time to say "THANK YOU" to everyone who has helped get me to where I am today.

My tip to all new and existing students: Follow your dreams and do what your heart desires.  Passion is the one thing that we all need in our lives and the ultimate driving force of true happiness.

Click on this link for the full feature: "Where are you now?"

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dollhouse Shoe Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to our 3 winners! Thank you everyone for your beautiful entries and your kinds words. I have many more shoes to give away so keep following my blogs! 

Please private message me at with your address.  

NOTE: These have no boxes so I will send them in a regular mailing box. 
(Winners were selected via

Drum Roll PLEASE.......... 

1.  Kashia Lo - Michael Kors size 7.5
2. Phillip Ly So - Charlotte Russe size 8
3.  Emma - Wet Seal size 8

** Emma and Phillip: Since there are 2 pairs of 8's let me know if you have a preference on your emails. 

Congratulations and thank you for following my blog and for your friendships on facebook and in life itself. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wine Tasting... and Last day of Shoe Giveaway!

We had an amazing time with my brother and sister in law this weekend.  Before they left yesterday, we stopped at San Antonio Winery for some wine tasting and a little bit of fun.  Susan Vang-Xiong is a wedding planner (a blog about that later) and my business partner so we are always brainstorming and having fun.  She got a few samples for her brides and also for her loved ones back home. I grabbed a few as well and just enjoyed my time with her.  I also got a few new pieces for the Dollhouse which I can't wait to wear.  

NOTE: Today is the last day for my shoe giveaway so make sure you've entered because I will be doing the drawing tonight! - Good luck! 

Top: Calvin Klein l Sweater Cardigan: Forever21 l Skirt and Necklace: H&M
Shoes: Jessica Simpson l Purse: Stella at Riverdale l Sunnies: Venice Beach find
Bracelet: Gifted from Susan Vang 

Late night shopping excursion with Susan

LBD: Nordstrom Rack l Sweater: Forever21 l Necklace/Bracelet: Target
Sunnies: Venice Beach find l Shoes: Free Press (Nordstrom Rack)