Sunday, October 28, 2012

Posh... Not Scary

The kids are still counting down to October 31st for disguising as ghosts, Disney princesses, or super heroes to go trick-and-treating around the neighborhood and collect goodies.

On the other hand, the adults may have already displayed their costumes in this past weekend’s festivities most probably competing in a Halloween Costume Challenge / Contest, much like the IFB #70 project. Several of my friends go all out to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, as it is their Christmas Eve.

I may not have dressed up in spooky attires during fright parties but I wouldn’t want to mess with these women… can you recognize who?

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What can I say, I like playing English characters.  And for my next costume - a bob wig, an oversized sunglasses, a birkin and a DIY life-size cut out for my date. It would definitely be POSH... not scary!

Happy safe halloween to all!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Style Fashion Week L.A. S/S 2013

What a refreshing style! I want everything in this contemporary vintage fashion, high quality, 100% American-made designer pieces.

Bri Seeley Spring/Summer 2013

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Be "Covered in Style"

My friends and family know that I am pretty useless when I am hungry or cold. As long as I have "merienda" (a snack) and a cover-up nearby, I am good to go.

I am easy... I eat anything, well except liver and okra.  And when it comes to sweaters/wraps, I always pick black so it is unnoticeable that I wear the same staple pieces.

Until I DISCOVERED Shawl Dawls, a unique line of versatile shawls, of various colors and prints, that can be styled, not 1… not 2… not 3, but 15+ convertible ways!  That’s like Buy 1 Get 14 FREE, what a great DEAL.   It is light enough for day wear and great for layering in the evening.   It is the absolute accessory for any season of the year.

I caught up with the Shawl Dawls designers, Roshena Chadha and Julie Cruz, during their trunk show at Allie Ollie’s Boutique grand opening in Paradise Valley Mall and learned how this wonderful idea came to fruition and how quickly they built their company from the ground up. Watch...

What I like most is that the Shawl Dawls clothing line is a one-size-fits-all, and we do not have to worry about looking at that number on the tag. Remember vanity sizing? That said, it also makes it a perfect gift for practically anyone – mom, sister, girlfriend, aunt grandma, etc. (Tip: Christmas Shopping)

These shawls can be worn casual or styled elegantly.  It is simple, yet so chic.  Multiple ways to wear it allows a different look for every occasion.  The transformation literally takes seconds, it's amah-zing! You have to see it to believe it!

See the complete How-to-Style video that incorporates a belt, a brooch and other accessories for additional ways to wear.  Hmm, I forgot to ask about Man-Dawls styling, hopefully Roshena or Julie would leave a comment and give us the scoop =)

As for me, a black canvas underneath "Covered in Style" with a pretty-in-pink Shawl Dawls shawl. I love it!

Shawl Dawls cinch style long shawl
Gap top $2.99
Gap Leggings
Big Buddha belt
Chloe handbag
Nine West boots
Chanel earrings and ring
Monet necklace
Hermes bracelet

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Haute in the Desert

Many may not recognize, Cebu native Furne One (pronounced fern oh-nay) in his motherland, the Philippines, however he is a household name for the very rich and famous in Dubai where he hails for more than 13 years now.

World-renowned, Furne (short for his real name Fernando) and his well-established Amato Haute Couture have solid clientele followings from Arabic cities.  In the last few years, Furne has also made a major breakthrough in the western arena. Furne is a rising Hollywood designer catering to celebrities the likes of Kate Perry, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and many more.

Gracing the Fashionably Pink Runway Show at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Furne kicked off the 2012 Phoenix Fashion Week on October 3, where he dressed America’s Next Top Model Rana Hein in this “Breast Cancer Awareness” inspired pink gown that was auctioned off to raise money for Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Image via Phoenix Fashion Week on Facebook

Phoenix Fashion Week focuses on "Bridging Designers and Buyers" and works from 3 pillars namely Fashion, Education and Humanity to push Arizona fashion forward.  It has always been a community effort worth being a part of.

For the last night of Phoenix Fashion Week, I had an awesome front row seat to witness the most-anticipated finale, Furne One’s 31-piece “best of” collection...

Some still shots from the same collection...

And if you missed Furne One, he is back in the valley on Friday, October 26th 2012 in a private hanger runway show at the Scottsdale Air Center to unveil his Spring 2013 collection titled Confession of Mata Hari: A Tribute to McQueen.  This is event benefits The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

"Street Style" @ Phoenix Fashion Week 2012

One awesome month of fashion in 4 style capitals of the world, from NY to London, Milan to Paris. Thanks to advanced technology – live streams and re-broadcasts.

Finally going local to support emerging designers at Phoenix Fashion Week 2012 and the featured established guest designer Philippine-born, Dubai-based Furne One (pronounced fern oh-nay).

Some pre-show street style…

Ala-Lady Gaga!


With Los Angeles based emerging designers Julie Cruz (fellow Filipina) and Roshena Chadha, creators of Shawl Dawls.  Catch them and their shawls at Paradise Valley Mall, Allie Ollie's Botique on Oct 13!

Shawl Dawls

Congratulations to Bri Seeley, winner of Phoenix Fashion Week 2012 Designer of the Year. I love Bri's fashion sense - contemporary vintage, inspired by history, high quality and 100% made in USA!  Now on to a bigger playing filed, see her at Style Fashion Week LA on October 18th at Vibiana.

Bri Seeley

Modestly hiding her legs behind that long slitted skirt, Janet Digby takes the night off from Style Villa Marketplace to watch the runway shows.  Janet is a Beijo consultant and is the #1 distributor in Phoenix.
Beijo consultant Janet Digby

My Phoenix Fashion Week 2012 Red Carpet photo op!

And for the best part of the show, Furne One's "best of" collection, click here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall...No Sweat!

Oh how I love to dress up in Fall, and Winter for that matter! It’s supposedly sweater and boots weather but since I live in Scottsdale, AZ, having the right heat-friendly pieces is essential to be in for the season.

The high today was 102 degrees, and at 9pm after Monday Night Football (Go Bears!) it was still 93 degrees. Phew! No complaints from me though, because this is one place where we tee off and hit aces all year round, that means twilight golf and tennis during summer nights =)

Going back to sweater styling in the desert, this is how I would roll, check out my "no sweat" ensemble below! And what’s with me and zigzag patterns these days?

For warm climates of 3-digit day temps, I would pair up a cozy knit sleeveless sweater layered on my tank top with denim shorts and flat heel boots. We do not really have Autumn here in the valley, so I wear earthy harvest colors to get that feel.

Forever 21 Sleeveless Retro Zigzag Cardigan (with or without belt)

Rag & Bone Mila Denim Short

Borsalino Orange Straw Hat

Rayban Gold 3025 Large Aviator

Michael Kors Tangerine Medium Saddle Messenger Bag

Prada Dark Brown Distressed Leather Buckle-Strap Boots

#40 – Smart Wear? Label Whore? Or Simply Baduy?

At night when it cools down to low 70s, a three quarter sleeve light sweater dress, accessorized with bright colored jewels is perfect for an evening date, be it for Cinnamon Martinis or Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

#39 - Smart Wear? Label Whore? Or Simply Baduy?

M Missoni Wave Stripe V Neck Dress; Bailey Banks and Biddle Drop Earrings; Chanel Turquoise Logo Cuff; Gucci Soho Bordeaux Leather Shoulder Bag; and Jimmy Choo Nude Patent Leather Peep Toe Booties.

Submitted to IFB Project #66: Sweater Weather