Purple Power: Pantone's Color of the Year

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

With the release of Pantone's 2014 Color of the year, I was excited to find the perfect items in the purple hue. Purple is associated with wealth, wisdom, and independence. It is also flattering to many skin tones and is extremely calming. Don't mind if I do!

Timex Women's watch, Timex. Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick, Sephora. Gizmon iCA5 Phone Case, Gizmon. Chuck Taylor All Stars, Chuck Taylor. Molly Coddled, Butter London.

Fabulous Girl's guide to: DIY Merry Christmas Garland

Saturday, December 21, 2013

It is no secret that I am overly festive when it comes to the holiday season. I love to come home feeling like I am in a Christmas wonderland and I am always looking for new DIY projects to personalize my decorations. Last week I came across this amazing tutorial from Lauren Conrad for a glitter garland and decided to give it a try! Here is how to make your own glitter garland to add some sparkle to your holiday season!

What you'll need:
  • Poster board
  • Glitter
  • Twine or fishing line
  • Glue or spray adhesive
  • X-ACTO Knife
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  1. Using a ruler, draw or trace your letters onto the posterboard. Make sure that all of your letters are the same size (I used a template to make sure that all of my letters were similar.)
  2. Cut your letters using the X-ACTO knife. Scissors work great as well!
  3. Spread glue or spray adhesive on your letters and sprinkle with glitter. This is the best step and the messy step so do this outside or with a ton of newspaper!
  4. String your letters together with twine or fishing line and tape the string to the back of the letters.
  5. Hang the letters and prepare to be complimented!
Are you going to try this DIY glitter garland? Share your photos with me on Instagram!

Fabulous Girl's Guide to: Surviving Holiday Work Parties

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I experienced my first corporate holiday work event last year and I had no idea what to expect. My first thought about a holiday work event was stuffy people drinking from champagne flutes while discussing numbers and current fashion trends. When I arrived it was the exact opposite, the party was sponsored by an alcohol brand, house music was blasting, and people I reported to couldn't even stand up straight!

While most parties aren't this wild, it made me realize that there is an art on how to conduct yourself at a holiday event. Here is a survival guide on how to dress and a few tips on what to do once you get to the party:
1.Jude Clutch, House of Harlow. 2.Pure Red Lipstick, NYX. 3.Chain Bracelet, Forever 21. 4.3 Chainz Necklace, PacSun. 5.Peplum Dress, Luna B. 6.Black Heel, Zara. 7.Lucite Box Clutch, Nasty Gal. 8.Toggle to the Top, Essie.

So now that you have an outfit here are a few rules for your holiday event:
1. Show up!
It might seem easy to skip out on a holiday work event but trust that it will not go unnoticed. Unless you have a great reason to miss the event you should go for at least an hour to show that you

2. Have fun and know your limits.
The point of a party is...to party! Employers are now looking for people who are more than just great workers they want you to have a great personality as well. Showing that you can handle yourself in a social setting when drinks are free and flowing and you are off the clock could win you points with your coworkers and your boss!

If you are allergic to a certain food do not eat it just to impress someone at your company. Feel free to ask the server or bartender what is in the food or drink you are consuming but try not to make a scene.

Also, remind yourself that you are at a work function and not a house party so stay clear of pounding too many drinks (my favorite is Cranberry and vodka), swinging from ANYTHING, and don't drink and drive!

3. Work the room, darling!
Have a home base (friends that you are familiar with) to spend most of the night with but don't forget to acknowledge other people in the room. This is a great time to start up a conversation with the IT team (comes in handy when your computer crashes right before a meeting) or make small talk with someone you pass by everyday but say more than good morning. Show your wonderful personality and the ability to talk about things that aren't work related!

What rules do you live by when attending holiday work events?

Survive the holidays with one dress

Monday, December 2, 2013

One dress for all your holiday festivities (I'm just excited as you are)...
'Tis the season for making your list and checking it twice 
But have you started thinking about what to wear for holiday parties that is nice?

With so many loved one already on the shopping list, adding a couple of dresses to the mix can turn the best of attitudes from holiday cheer to Bah! Humbug! sneers. 

Whether an office party, festive feast with family or ringing in the New Year with friends, Henkaa makes the holidays simple with one dress for any occasion.

Henkaa (henkaa.com) - Canada's leading designer in convertible, luxury clothing - has created an infinite amount of looks with one dress to take you from the annual office party to family feast to ringing in the New Year with friends. 

The Sakura signature dress comes in one size (0-14) and Plus Size (14-24), three lengths (mini, midi, and maxi) and is available in more than 20 festive colours - helping you showcase your individual style this season.
  • Convert a Sakura mini into a flowing top over trousers or slacks, and pair with a festive blazer for an office party. 
  • Twist the Sakura midi to create a classic look to wear at at the festive family celebration. 
  • Create a sexy, backless gown with the Sakura maxi to ring in the New Year with elegance and poise.

Here is a tutorial on how to style your dress! http://www.henkaa.com/tutorials

For more information visit http://www.henkaa.com/

Travel Essentials

1. Sunglasses, Forever 21. 2. Black Glitter Flip Flops, iPanema. 3. Black Studded Suitcase, Asos. 4. Poolside Party, All Eyes on Me, NCLA. 5. Spiral Notebook, Urban Outfitters. 6. Studio Brush Set, Target. 7. Sleep Mask, Shopbop. 8.Passport Holder, Tori Burch
Traveling has always been something that I've wanted to do and it lands on my list of goals each year. Now that the holidays have arrived and the cold weather has set in, I am dreaming of warmer weather and sand between my toes.  
This post is dedicated to the dream vacation with the perfect clothes to lay beach side and all of the much needed travel essentials to make traveling easy.
The Cool Change collection is inspired by the enchanting island of Bali. Pieces are hand beaded and dyed by Balinese artisans using traditional batik methods, that are as sustainable as they are stylish.

Cool Change can be found at Calypso St.Barth and MatchesFashion.com, as well as specialty stores worldwide.
For more information, visit: http://www.cool-change.com/

Fabulous Girl's Guide to: Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Are you ready for Black Friday and all of the great sales online and in store? Here are a few deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday so you can score awesome merchandise without emptying out your wallet!

What stores are you shopping at for black Friday / cyber Monday?

GQ Celebrates Men of the Year

Sunday, November 24, 2013

 GQ’s December Men of the Year issue honors the most incredible, most awe-inspiring, highest achieving men of 2013. Two of the year’s top performers, Justin Timberlake(“#Hashtag of the Year”) and Kendrick Lamar (“Rapper of the Year”), along with two of Hollywood’s biggest superstars, Matthew McConaughey (“Leading Man of the Year”) and Will Ferrell (“Funnyman of the Year”), each are featured on the eighteenth annual edition of the issue. Honored on a fifth cover is the late James Gandolfini, whose passing shocked the world this summer. 
I've had the pleasure of seeing both of these men perform this year and they are both amazing! Growing up an NSYNC fan, it was a dream of mine to see JT hit the stage with Jay-Z at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and he worked his ass off! The man played every instrument and danced like there was no tomorrow the entire show!
Kendrick Lamar is equally talented and engaging when on stage and makes you feel every emotion. When he raps, there are no gimmicks and every word that he says feels genuine.
Congrats to all of the "Men of the Year"!
Justin Timberlake: #Hashtag of the Year
By Amy Wallace Photograph by Sebastian Kim
Speaking very candidly with GQ’s Amy Wallace, Timberlake shares that negative critical response to his work (particularly his box office failure, Runner Runner) can get to him:
This face,” he says, circling it with one finger. “This recognizable face that you work so hard to get—not because you want the recognition but because you know you're made to do it.” This face, he's saying, comes at a cost. “The movie didn't do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn't have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn't have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead.... It just shocked me because, like, you're trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.”
Kendrick Lamar: Rapper of the Year

By Steve Marsh Photographs by Sebastian Kim
...on seeing Tupac in a vision when he was 21:
"I was coming from a late studio session, sleeping on Mom's couch. I'm 26 now-it wasn't that long ago. I remember being tired, tripping from the studio, lying down, and falling into a deep sleep and seeing a vision of Pac talking to me. Weirdest shit ever. I'm not huge on superstition and all that shit. That's what made it so crazy. It can make you go nuts. Hearing somebody that you looked up to for years saying, "Don't let the music die.' hearing it clear as day. Clear as day. Like he's right there. Just a silhouette."

To view each Men of the Year cover, visit GQ Magazine!
Who is your favorite Man of the Year?


GQ celebrates The "Men of the Year" Party Pt. 2

Friday, November 22, 2013

On Tuesday November 12th at The Ebell of Los Angeles, GQ's editor-in-chief Jim Nelson hosted the 18th annual "Men of the Year" Party, celebrating 2013's distinguished honorees - who include Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey, and James Gandolfini, and Kendrick Lamar.
 Known as the most stylish party in Los Angeles, guest were served drinks mixed with Grey Goose Vodka and the various "Men of the Year" magazine covers were laid out for guest to see.
Here is a look at the inside of the party and your favorite celebrities partying the night away in proper GQ fashion!
The view at the GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.


 Katie Lowes, Columbus Short and Darby Stanchfield
Actor David Morrissey, GQ Magazine editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and guest
GQ Deputy Editor Michael Hainey and GQ Creative Director Jim Moore
Actor Darren Criss performs onstage for the crowd
Trey Songz (L) and NBA player Serge Ibaka pose for the camera. Hunk city!!
Singers Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz and actor Kid Cudi
Photo credit: Getty Images for GQ Magazine

GQ Celebrates the "Men of the Year Party" pt. 1

Monday, November 18, 2013

On Tuesday November 12th at The Ebell of Los Angeles, GQ's editor-in-chief Jim Nelson hosted the 18th annual "Men of the Year" Party, celebrating 2013's distinguished honorees - who include Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey, and James Gandolfini, and Kendrick Lamar.
Celebrities walked the red carpet and held the event's reputation up as "the most stylist party in Los Angeles." Here are photos from the best dressed from the red carpet (don't forget to comment below on who your best dressed is!)
GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Prada, Lupita Nyong'o, and Steve McQueen

Chace Crawford, in Dior Homme
Dermot Mulroney, in Calvin Klein Collection

Camila Alves

Bérénice Marlohe

Ben Feldman and Michelle Mulitz
Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra

Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams, in Lanvin

Kid Cudi
James Van Der Beek in Todd Snyder

Jaimie Alexander

Colton Haynes

Darren Criss

Colin Egglesfield
Julie Delpy

Tony Goldwyn ( Hello Fitz!!)
Other attendees included: Jaimie Alexander, Camila Alves, Erin Andrews, Eric Andre, Aziz Ansari, Jason Collins, Chace Crawford, Darren Criss, Kid Cudi, Whitney Cummings, Clark Duke, Kevin Durant, Colin Eggelsfield, Adele Exarchopoulos, Ben Feldman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Goldwyn, Luke Grimes, Chelsea Handler, Chris Hardwick, Colton Haynes, Willa Holland, Nyjah Huston, Serge Ibaka, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Berenice Marlohe, and Ben McKenzie.
More photos from inside the party and on the "Men of the Year" to come later this week!

Robert Palmer Video Girl Halloween Costume

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Little black dress, black tights, slicked back hair, brown eye shadow, red lipstick and an inflatable guitar are all you need to make the perfect 80's flashback Halloween costume. If you grew up watching MTV in the 80's you are sure to know the iconic background models that graced most of Richard Palmer's music videos. Here is the perfect way to get this classic look:

Pictured Above: Classic faux leather pumps, Forever 21. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, MAC Cosmetics. Bangstyle hair gel, Bangstyle. Basics Palette, Urban Decay. Tank Pencil Dress, American Apparel.

The Fabulous Girl's guide: Dressing from Day to Night

Friday, October 4, 2013

Shirt with Faux Leather Seams. StyleStalker Skirt.  Nasty Gal Gold Chain Necklace. Freckletone Lipstick, MAC. NYX Pure Red Lipstick. Forever 21 City Chic Satchel. Forever 21 Cuff Bracelet. Nike Blazer Mid Mesh Sneaker. 

This fall I'm starting a new job as a product stylist and a grad school program so finding an outfit I can wear to work, school, and hang out with my friends is a pretty big deal. It's hard to look appropriate for all three without driving around with a car full of clothes (I could get dressed for a week out of my trunk!) Wearing a white tee shirt and a black textured skirt allow for a clean foundation to change up your accessories and can be taken from day to night with a simple shoe and lipstick change.
What is your favorite day to night look?