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.

Aymeline Valade at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Oh my god, can we take a moment to appreciate Aymeline's flawless Saint Laurent suit at the Cannes Film Festival? The blonde, beachy, surfer locks, the impeccable tailored suit by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, the subtle flawless makeup....I honestly can't even deal with how she just killed the competition in this look.
 My obsession for this look is so deep that it's come to the point where I want to go back to blonde (unfortunately I'm broke right now and I have a trip I'm planning in two weeks that won't allow me to splurge on myself). Damn, blonde just looks so good on her.
The blonde just softens her face and I think it compliments that gorgeous eye color of hers. I've been a big fan of Aymeline ever since she bursted onto the runway season years ago and I've always been a fan of her androgynous style, which she took it to another level here. It's simply flawless and undeniably cool. That's the key to everything: cool. She's just so damn cool. Style goals for summer 2014 here, I tell yah. She also had a fantastic look at the photocall for the film Saint Laurent sporting a very relaxed, easy look that would otherwise look try-hard on any ordinary human being.
 I adore her makeup look as well. It's so effortless and slightly dewy.
I can't deal with so much beauty. Keep slaying, Aymeline.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Official : Kim Kardashian & Kanye West for US Vogue April 2014 Shot by Annie Leibovitz

After all those rumors, the time has finally come: Kim and Kanye's cover is officially here.
Initially, I didn't think they'd be true but oh boy, I sure was surprised when I read the headline during my break at school while reading my emails. As I mentioned on The Fashion Spot, I actually like Kim. I'm also a fan of Kanye West. What I don't really appreciate is when Wintour does things like this. Anna consistently puts irrelevant stars on the covers that the fashion industry just doesn't get and she consistently throws these bland, vanilla actresses down our throats. Remember her putting basic Blake Lively on the cover twice (am I correct?)? Like, are you serious, Anna Wintour? I also just really hate the the lack of diversity on the covers. Where the hell is Kerry Washington's Vogue cover? She's a red carpet darling, a stylist's dream, someone that many in the fashion industry adore and she actually has talent. We've had Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Oprah, but that's all I can recall in a sea of basic actresses and socialites fronting the cover. I don't want to make this a race issue because I feel I'm making an issue out of a small thing, but notable women of color are consistently snubbed while socialites and actresses with barely there talent are consistently featured in Vogue, in this case being Kim. It's like that quote on the Bethenny talk show show where Omorosa states that black woman have to be exceptional and beyond while non-colored women can be mediocre and still be praised. Sigh, it's really unfair and I do hope Kerry Washington does eventually get her cover. She deserves it. Does Kim? I don't think so at all and this is coming from a fan, to be honest. I do remain optimistic however since there's been images of Lupita Nyong'o and Wintour sitting front row together at the Calvin Klein Collection F/W 2014 show back in February. Lupita has won an Oscar, for god's sake. If the clues are true indicators of Lupita getting her cover, then I can't wait. I don't blame Kim or Kanye for how I feel, but I blame Anna Wintour for all of this. I guess Vogue needs the viewership and $$$ which is why Kim was an obvious choice. She does have a huge, young, immature fan base, so they'll be in flocks purchasing this issue. Oh, and to top it all off it's shot by Leibovitz, another basic, bland person in the industry. Sigh, US Vogue just doesn't get it.
Ugh, what a mess.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Magdalena Frackowiak giving you FACE backstage at Anthony Vaccarello F/W 2014

Homegurl is one of my absolute faves and leave it to queen Magda to show you how to serve FACE, hunty.
That dress! That body! That face! UGH, she's everything! Hope she does more shows in Paris!
p.s. Her hair color is possibly my next hair color I'm going for. If not that, maybe her F/W 2013 or SS13 hair colors. I can't really pick *sigh*

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 2014 Playlist (Happy Valentine's Day!)

I'm late, once again. However, school has been consuming most of my life, let me tell you. Sewing, economics, like, I can't even deal right now. Let's stop with the moping and let's enjoy this playlist. It's basically an accumulation of songs I've been rediscovering lately and some new ones, like that NIN one thanks to the Grammy's for that magnificent discovery. There's a couple of love songs in there for the sake of Valentine's day but it's basically just some good songs to just simply chill to. Enjoy!

p.s. Shout out to my girl Lil' Kim for recently announcing her pregnancy! Yass, congrats, gurl!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Diane von Furstenberg's 40th Anniversary! (Fall/Winter 2014)

Congrats on Diane for celebrating 40 years of business! The iconic wrap dress has proven to be a timeless piece that I feel every woman should have in their closet. I thought the name she gave for the collection

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Katy Perry Ruining Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 at the 2014 Grammy Awards

Idk about you, but I find Katy Perry so annoying. That's just me, mmmkay. Anyway, she wore that GORGEOUS and breathtaking music note gown by Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 to the Grammys today.
Ugh, such a damn pretty dress!
 Here are my issues with it: Katy has such a curvy, striking body that putting her in something with so much fabric like that just doesn't work for her. Ideally, I would've put this dress on Taylor Swift to give her a princess moment with flowy, beachy locks. Katy Perry in a tight, fitted dress would've been perfect, tbh. Secondly, that hair is such a NO. I mean, it's already a fugly hairdo, but it doesn't even compliment the dress at all. They're two ideas/images that combined together make for an unfortunate look. A+ for effort to her stylist, but you tried and you failed. Kudos to her natural, flawless makeup though.
 And this wouldn't be a fun post without some shade:
 Teehee. Overall, not necessarily my worst dressed of the night because I adore that dress, but I just hate that she wore it and didn't even rock it at least. Just my two cents.

p.s. That dress has to be my wedding dress. I can't stop staring at it.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2014

I honestly can't recall when was the last time I genuinely loved a Dior Homme collection. I'm assuming probably SS09, but I might be exaggerating. Anyway, Kris Van Assche really surprised me this season. 
I immediately loved the use of streetwear elements, like the use of those green parkas and the collection featuring denim in the form of vests or just simply chic jeans. I also adored the embroidery seen on those nicely tailored suits. The styling was another factor that I loved. 

20th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards Best Dressed : Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

While I was busy today at the mall running some errands and having a fabulous time with my girls celebrating Marilyn's 21st birthday, I did manage to catch a glimpse of the red carpet for the SAG awards on my phone. My best dressed? Obviously, Cate Blanchett in that Givenchy gown. Pretty in pink, for sure.
The pink sequins are what sold me on the dress. It's so tastefully done and it's in that sweet, feminine light pink shade. I also love that it's very in tune with what Riccardo sent down the runway for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Actually, there's a dress in the collection that's pretty much identical but I believe it has bronze sequins instead. Nonetheless, the gown is undeniably chic.
Also, kudos to her makeup and hair team. The hair is perfect to show off that cute halter neck/sequin part of the gown. Plus, it looks so easy and effortless. The makeup consisted of pink lips and a pretty, pinkish blush. It was all in tune with the color scheme of the dress, which just exuded this feeling that everything was perfectly put together and complimentary. Her look just resonated with me the most, tbh. It was feminine, chic, and pretty.
Seriously, she's such a goddess. She always knocks it out of the park every red carpet.
Let's end this post with this little gem I found on Tumblr:

2014 Golden Globes Best Dressed : Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren

Yes, I'm a tad bit too late on posting about the Golden Globes best dressed, but whatever. I just had to make this post regardless of when. Seriously, there's no doubt that Lupita Nyong'o was best dressed that night in that gorgeous, captivating red Ralph Lauren gown. *Beyonce's 'Flawless playing in the background' seriously*.
I was gagging on how flawless her makeup and hair were. While I'm usually not a fan of lipstick matching the dress, it just worked here perfectly. The dress was already daring, but the red lip just completed the whole look. Lupita was the epitome of chic that night killing the competition, tbh.
Yasss, mama. Werk.
I just appreciate that the dress was daring with the daring color and cape-like silhouette. She's honestly one of the top three celebrities I'm watching this award season. I immediately need to see 12 Years of Slave. Not only have the clips and trailer of the film seem interesting, but it's directed by Steve McQueen! Like, I have to see it ASAP. Oh, and Lupita was nominated for an Oscar! If this is what she wore to the Golden Globes, I wonder what's up her sleeve for the Oscars? Hmm, well I for sure can't wait! Keep it up, gurl!