Almost White

Monday, May 27, 2013



 

Forever 21 Blondie Tee | American Eagle Shorts | Sole Society Shoes |

Happy Memorial Day!! As much as I'd love to be in Vegas laying out at a pool club I stayed home to finish my grad school applications (a girl has to have priorities).

It's the unofficial start to summer and the perfect time to start bringing white back into the mix. I'm a disaster when it comes to wearing white shirts (makeup stains, spilling drinks, brushing up against everything and anything with dirt on it) so I often gravitate towards graphic tee that might disguise any hiccups.

P.S. - I've entered the Cosmopolitan UK Blog Awards for the Best International Fashion Blog! Click on the badge on the side of my page to nominate me! Thank you in advance for your support!

3 Years and Counting!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 
 

Three years ago, I started this blog expecting to have a small audience of friends and family. I was nursing a broken heart and decided to step out on a ledge (keep reading lol) and create something for myself. I wanted a platform where the things that are important to me are safe and accepted.
Now I have you all as my friends and hope you feel the same way!

I have accomplished some of my wildest dreams by having this blog and each day that I read your comments, tweets, and Facebook messages I am inspired and encouraged to keep dreaming. Everyday I hope that you find this blog as a place to be yourself, a place to find encouragement, and interact with other people that love the same things as you.

Honestly, I can't ever explain how thankful I am for each of you! Lets celebrate the past three years and look forward to the future. You all are my friends and I love you more than any letter or gift could ever explain!

I would love to hear ideas on things you would like to see more on the blog!

Thank You!!
 
 

The Best Graduation Dresses for Every Budget

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On graduation, there is no dress code for the ceremony outside of the standard cap and gown. One of the best parts of getting ready is knowing that you have on an amazing dress underneath! Once  the graduation is over everyone will get rid of their top layer and pose for pictures and prepare for parties in their best outfits and you'll want to have memories of this big day looking fabulous.

Click through the slide show to find the perfect dress at your budget!



 Here is head start into finding the perfect look for your graduation Ceremony and the after parties!
 
Luxury accessories shopping platform, Bonfaire is hosting a "Surprise Sale" that will run from Thursday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 28.
 
This limited time event, will feature shoes and handbags from some of Bonfaire's most popular Spring/Summer 2013 collections available at 25-40% off! Participating designers include Etro, No. 21, Diego Dolcini, Casadei, Halston Heritage and Edmundo Castillo!
 
Now that summer's here, Bonfaire can complete your look with some incredible shoes and handbags. Start shopping, because inventory is limited!


The Line and Dot Summer / Fall &Holiday Press Preview

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

Last Wednesday I was invited to Line and Dot's Spring/ fall/holiday press preview and I had the chance to meet the amazing Los Angeles Bollare team and designer April oh.

There are very few collections that can be worn for every occasion and this is one of them! Line and Dot carries pieces that are appropriate for hanging out with friends, going on a date, dressing for an interview, or stepping out on the red carpet. The best part is that everything is affordable and stylish!

 
 
Cupcakes and champagne...I'm sure that's what is served in heaven!
 
Designer April Oh and her assistant (April's skirt is from the line!)
 
Line and Dot's Spring/Summer collection included bold prints (tropical, Aztec, and tribal). Bright colors and beautiful dresses!
 
This was my favorite piece from the preview. I will definitely add this to my dress collection.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fall/holiday collections included textured pieces that can be mixed and matched or worn together. Hues of blue and green were mixed with cream, gold, and black to carry the collection into colder months. There were also hints of fur and leather!



 

 

 
 

Visit their online shop at www.thelineanddot.com (I'll be there when you get there!)

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+Beryll Press and Blogger Preview

Monday, May 20, 2013

 
 On Thursday +Beryll invited Press and Bloggers to visit their headquarters in Santa Monica to see their designs for FW 13/14. Check out photos from the preview!
 
 
 
 




 
For more information check out +Beryll.
 

Ask Loretta: How do I prepare for life after graduation?

Thursday, May 16, 2013



"I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities,  and to the most special places your heart has ever known. " ~Author Unknown

During my under graduate ceremony I sat in my seat praying that I wouldn't fall (I tripped...hard) and wondering what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I had imagined that day since I was a kid and now it was here! I felt an overwhelming sense of hope but I was also nervous about that comes next. The president of my college gave a speech titled "you'll be fine" and just like that my fear was lifted and I knew that he was right, I would be fine.

If you are feeling a little uneasy on what to do now that graduation is approaching here are a few tips on how to make the transition from college life a little easier!

1. Network (I like to call it net werking).
In the months leading up to graduation, the primary concern is landing your dream job. If it doesn't happen right away don't be discouraged or settle for a path you are not happy with. The first place to start when looking for a job is with professional contacts you've made through out the years, whether that means emailing people you have interned with, former professors, or previous employers it won't hurt to contact them and set aside time to meet for coffee or dinner and discuss job opportunities. It's beneficial to make bonds with people and let them know what type of job you are in search for. If your contacts don't have job openings right away leave an updated copy of your resume with them and politely ask them to contact you if anything becomes available.
 
2. Brush up on your interview skills.
Master your 30 second pitch and practice your answers to basic interview questions. If you are extra nervous, video tape your self in a mock interview and ask your guidance counselor to give you constrictive criticism (you'll never guess how many time you say "um" in one minute) 

3. Update your resume / portfolio.
Now is the time to make sure all of your contact information, graduation dates, and skill sets are current. If you aren't sure where you are going to live in the next few months rent out a P.O. Box or use a relatives address who has lived in the same location for a long period of time. Looking back over all of your accomplishments will help you see how far you've come and give potential employers a realistic view into who you are!

4. Say thank you.
Send hand written thank you cards to family, friends, former professors and previous employers for their support and helping you on your journey. Being in college is stressful and we can't make it without support from others so be sure to acknowledge those that helped you and pushed you to reaching your goals! (I thanked my mom for continually waking me up right before I spilled soda on myself during midnight cram sessions!)

5. Congratulate yourself: The hours of studying and stressing over school has finally paid off! During my under graduate ceremony, I sat next to a girl who slept during the entire thing! I just kept thinking to myself what a big day we are having and she is spending it sleep. Take a moment to let everything sink in and to be happy for yourself!


Remember, it's perfectly normal to be nervous about the next chapter in your life. Now is the time to be confident, hopeful, and excited for your future!
 
Relax and remember that you'll be fine! Congrats!

Bollare Fashion and Foodies

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On Monday, May 13th a powerful grouping of fashionista's gathered at Isola Mondrian Soho for Bollare's Fashion & Foodies event. Led by Bollare Principle Alle Fister, the guestlist of influencers included key fashion players from the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, designer Anna Sheffield of BingBang, as well as fashion bloggers Trop Rouge and Flashes of Style. Guests sipped on cocktails prepared with BluePrint, Bulldog Gin infused with ingredients using the SousVide Supreme.

Host Alle Fister wanted to bring together this dynamic grouping of New Yorker's each a leader in their respective fashion-focused vertical from e-commerce to editorial, retail to wholesale; "we're all leading the way in our respective arena's and I wanted to open a dialogue between us all, to unite us and just celebrate our success." The dinner is the inaugural celebration in a series of Bollare hosted events, preceding the Manhattan Cocktail Classic.

Alle Fister is the founder of Bollare Communications a bi-coastally headquartered communications firm that represents clients such as Vans, Dita, Smythe, and Shoemint amongst others. Alle Fister hopes with this event, she can drive more awareness to these unique and inspiring fashion leaders whose tenacity and ingenuity have led them create successful career paths.


 
 

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide

Friday, May 10, 2013

You still have one full shopping day to buy your mom the most amazing Mother's Day gift ever. Here is a gift guide of a few of my favorite choices any mother would love (Maybe even a few single dads too)!

The Great Gatby Gets Modern!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Gatsby Fever has struck. With the Baz Luhrmann's eagerly anticipated film (finally) being released on May 10th, we're all going a little Gatsby crazy. And why not?! All those Jazz Age flapper frocks, headbands, feathers, beading, amazing soundtrack - what's not to love! 

Here are a few suggestions on how to get the Gatsby Glam without looking like a film extra! The only question to ask this weekend is WWDW ( What would Daisy wear?)


Bianco Cream Cashmere Palm Pullover, Stylebop.com. Metallic Coated Jeans, Eugene is My Middle Name. Studded High Heel Sandal, Zara. Giovanna Silk Top, Alpinestars by Densie Focil. Premium Grid Embellished Skirt, Topshop. Lady Day Fringe Tank, Only Hearts.




Bronze Stepped Hem Embellished Tank Top, River Island. Lady Day Wrap Dress, Only Hearts. Tear Drop Fringe Earring, Forever 21. Cap Sleeve Embellished Dress, House of Fraser. Strappy Sandals, Mango.


Fortnight Lyra Bandeau Bra, Journelle. Fortnight Lyra High Waist Panty, Journelle. Lace trim Satin PJ Shorts, Forever 21. Aerie Softest Lace Bralette, Aerie. Aerie Vintage Lace Boybrief, Aerie
 
Be sure to check out Find Me Fab's Facebook page for more Gatsby Glam ideas!

Pretty in Punk! Get the Met Gala Red Carpet look from Head to Toe!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

 
 
Feeling inspired by the punky plaid, black mesh, exposed zippers, mixed prints, studded embellishments and detailed leather you saw at last night's Punk themed Met Gala?  See below for some ready-to-wear pieces and must-have punk beauty products that are sure to help you achieve that rebellious edge from head to toe!
1. UNIF Bad Kitty Jacket ($190) 2. Surface To Air Ray Tank ($155) 3. UNIF Dame Skirt ($95)
4. [BLANKNYC] Cookie Cutter Faux Leather Jacket ($124) 5. LINE Bahiti Sweater ($165)
6. Evil Twin Total Recall Skirt ($168) 7. Valentino Studded T-Strap Heel with Crystal Toe ($1,295)
8. Joa + Closet Full Bloom Top ($36) 9. [BLANKNYC] The Solid Gold Bike Kill Shorts ($109)
10. Virgins Saints & Angels Dragon Crown ($460)
 
Complete your look with these punk-inspired beauty essentials for hair, nails, and lips!
1. Bangstyle product collection including Medium Hold Paste, Firm Hold Gel, Thickening Fibre Gel, Smothing Lotion, and Firm Matte Clay for pro-quality, rock solid definition. ($17-$20) 2. Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Expert Lip Color for the perfect punk pout ($34) 3. NCLA Nail Lacquer in Black Diamond for punk rock glitz ($16) 4. NCLA Nail Lacquer in Hollywood and Vine Starlett, an ultra black as worn by actress Ziyi Zhang at this year's Met Gala  ($16) 5. NCLA x Melody Ehsani Nail Wraps in It Don't Matter for punk attitude at your fingertips($16)

Tropical Takeover!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spring's tropical print has everyone dying for a Hawaiian vacation! Seen on almost every runway from Kenzo to Isabel Marant this trend is guaranteed to put you in vacation state of mind. These tropical prints are a far cry from your dads floral print golf shirts (please tell me everyone's dad wears these??) and are now appropriate for the beach or the office!
 
1. Wasteland Palm Tree Sweater ($62) 2. Vitamin A Cosmo Deluxe Top ($86) & Celebrity String Bottom ($84) 3. Shawlsmith London Jellyfish Scarf ($52) 4. Reef Tropic Vibe Bandeau Top ($36.95) & Retro Pant ($32.95) 5. MIKOH SWIMWEAR Kirra Top ($100) & Dreamland Bottom ($100) 6. Savous Samantha Palm Breeze Skirt ($25) 7. Twistband Tie Dye Summer Hair Tie Set ($6) 8. Equipment Diem Button Down ($218) 9. [BLANKNYC] Tropical Rain The Stick Shift Jean ($88) 10. CIA.MARITIMA Hibiscus Ruffle Top & String bottom ($124) 11. Line & Dot Tropical Paradise Blazer ($98) 12. This is Genevieve Hot Dancer Dress ($110)
 
Tips on how to wear tropical floral prints:
1. Choose one tropical print and keep everything else simple.
2. Wear it as an accessory. Floral print clutch bags and wedges are adorable and subtle!
3. Wear it where you feel comfortable. Wear this trend to a place where you feel the most comfortable. If you work in a place where bold prints aren't acceptable, keep this look for the weekend.
4. Go monochrome. Pick an item that has a black and white tropical print and pair it with white or chambray to tone it down.
5. Choose a topical graphic top. Like the Wasteland palm tree sweater, you can get the tropical vibe without going full out!

Mani Monday: Lancôme Aquatic Summer 2013 Collection

Monday, May 6, 2013

 
Prepare for your perfect summer vacation with Lancôme's Aquatic Summer 2013 collection. These new limited edition shades come in hues of turquoise and azure and are sure to have you dreaming of a posh vacation in Santorini.
 
Inspired by spending time at the most luxe places in the Mediterranean, Vernis in Love collection comes in Simply Aqua, Ultramarine,  Aqua Bleu, and Plunge Pool, $15. They are currently available at Lancôme counters and Lancôme.com
 
Simply Aqua - Soft blue
Ultramarine - Soft Green (Not quite pastel)
Aqua Bleu - Medium blue
Plunge Pool - Deep blue

What is your favorite color in the collection?

Fred Segal's Alpine Stars by Denise Focil Trunk Show

Friday, May 3, 2013

This past weekend, Alpinestars by Denise Focil and ASTARS had their spring trunk show at Fred Segal Girl in Santa Monica. The trunk show had cocktails, an NCLA nail bar, and amazing fashion. True Blood's Jessica Clark attended the event and tried on her favorite pieces and hung out with the host Natalie Alcala.
 
Check out a few photos from the event!
 
  The host of the night Natalie Alcala of Racked LA
 
 There is no party with out sweet treats, strawberries and champagne!

 
 
 

 
True Blood's Jessica Clark looking pretty in pink!
 





Natalie wearing AS by DF's Julep silk trouser





Check out Alpinestars by Denise Focil here! You can also see her Spring lookbook here.
 
What are some of your favorite pieces??