Promposal

by christiem on May 4, 2015 · 0 comments

Every once in awhile something happens that makes you stop, think and feel.

In my crazy life where I have to make magic happen at the drop of a dime and things are so on-the-go and urgent it’s easy to forget to stop an appreciate the everyday magic that surrounds us.

Last week I styled two of the most amazing teens I have ever met for Teen Vogue/Conde Nast Anthony Martinez and Jacob Lescenskii.

I am sure you have seen this heartwarming story on your social media channels, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CNN or local news about the straight teen who asked his gay best friend to Prom.

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This story of friendship and acceptance instantly went viral, hitting home with teens and adults alike.

Teen Vogue didn’t want to miss a single memory-making moment of Anthony and Jacobs Prom Date so they sent cameras to Las Vegas to capture the event and enlisted me to style them.

I took these fabulous fellas to one of my favorite shopping spots TOPMAN to get them suited up for Prom.

It was important for each of them to have their own individual look yet be visually interesting when paired together, after all there were going to be cameras EVERYWHERE!

Anthony and Jacob had both envisioned wearing some shade of blue, opting for something current, fashion forward and red carpet ready rather than a standard black tuxedo.

I combed through all of the so-on-point sartorial suiting at TOPMAN to choose what was best for each’s body type and had several choices waiting for the guys when they arrived for their fitting.

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Anthony’s suit was an instant yes.  He knew right away that it was “the one”.

We experimented mixing things up by pairing with black tuxedo trousers with the teal jacket but landed on keeping the look timeless and formal with head to toe coordinated suiting.

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Jacob tried on several suits (which all looked fantastic) but in the end chose the navy shawl collar tuxedo (mostly because he was obsessed with the navy ombre shoes that paired with it).

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Jacob was styled in a bow tie and Anthony in a standard skinny tie to complete their looks.  I didn’t want them to be too matchy matchy so I used different style ties to set them apart.  The skinny tie’s silhouette suited Anthony’s petite frame while the oversized bow tie gave Jacob a pop of attitude.

Don’t they look sharp!

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Here is the video Teen Vogue created of Anthony and Jacob’s story.  I was so happy to be a small part of it!

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What to Wear for Cinco de Mayo

by christiem on May 4, 2015 · 0 comments

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Vibrant Color,peasant dresses, chips, guac and of course lots and lots of Margaritas, that’s Cinco de Mayo or as I like to call it Tequila Day.  

Every May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) we don our best festival gear, put on our drinking shoes and head to a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Growing up on the West Coast Mexican food is in my blood. I really can’t survive a week without a taco or guacamole so any holiday that encourages partaking in mucho Margaritas is right up my alley.

Whether you are attending a street festival, house party or gathering at your local Mexican Cantina here are some pieces that will have you sizzling more than the fajitas they’re serving in Cinco de Mayo Style!

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Avengers and Adidas Team Up

by christiem on May 1, 2015 · 1 comment

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The latest film in the MARVEL franchise, Avenger’s Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1 and I got a sneak peek earlier this week.

I’ll describe it in two words without any spoilers: ACTION PACKED!  You don’t want to miss this one!

“This sequel to the smash-hit comic-book epic The Avengers finds the iconic superhero team dealing with a threat of their own making: a sentient robot called Ultron (voice of James Spader), who was originally designed as part of a peacekeeping program. Since the events of the last film, Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) have been working to take down various cells of a secret society of villains known as HYDRA. Their zeal to make the world a better, safer place inspires Tony Stark, genius billionaire and alter ego of Iron Man, to create Ultron in order to respond to additional threats that the Avengers aren’t able to handle. Ultron, unfortunately, takes this directive way too seriously — he believes that world peace can only be achieved by exterminating humanity, and he’ll stop at nothing to accomplish this goal. The battle between the Avengers and Ultron is further complicated by the appearance of superpowered siblings Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who ally themselves with the homicidal android. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders co-star as, respectively, S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Joss Whedon, writer and director of the previous Avengers movie, returns in both capacities here.”

I am a MAJOR Sci-fi/comic book geek AND I obviously have a fashion obsession so when the two meet for me there could be nothing better.

This season Marvel is teaming up with Adidas for a line of new, superhero-inspired sneakers for kids and adults to coincide with the film.

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Straight off the silver (ah-hum) screen, the collection which launches May 1 the same day the Avengers Age of Ultron opens in theaters features a pair of Quicksilver kicks (which are actually featured in the film) to celebrate the introduction of the new character, as well as designs inspired by Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America, sadly no Black Widow sneaker ladies..sad face.

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Known for his speed and quickness Quicksilver was the perfect character to feature the new Adidas Adizero Prime BOOST sneaker.

“Adidas BOOST is a breakthrough technology that provides the highest Energy Return of any foam cushioning in the running industry. Along with BOOST foam cushioning, adidas adizero Prime BOOST upper consists of adidas Primeknit, a digital knitting technology using the latest engineering methods to develop an upper that is lightweight and fits like a second layer of skin, providing added performance benefits. Each section of the adidas Primeknit upper is carefully engineered to provide a precision fit for a secure, comfortable run.”

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(above: Quicksilver- Aaron Taylor-Johnson- wearing Adidas Adizero Prime Boost in the film)

The Quicksilver Adizero Prime Boost sneakers sport a modern silver and grey design with green detailing and a silver Avengers logo on the heel.  Comfortable and stylish they are sure to BOOST your athletic look whether you are out for a run or watching the entire MARVEL UNIVERSE franchise on NETFLIX.

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The Marvel Avengers Adidas Adizero Prime Boost will be availabile starting May 1 at select Adidas locations nationwide and at adidas.com/us

Avengers Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.

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OOTD: The Shirt Dress

by christiem on April 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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Shirt-dresses are hotter than hot this season.  Just about every designer from high to low has at least one in their SS15 Collection.

Easy, classic and refined they are super versatile but can tend to look a little house-wifey.

In order to give the look a kick of on trend edge I paired a 1970s vintage shirt-dress with a woven belt, vintage Gucci aviators,  a saddle style handbag and my most coveted Chloe wedges.

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I love vintage pieces, I mean come on look at how amazing the details are- those buttons and the tiny bow at the collar are absolutely dreamy- but I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a period costume or that I’m a day player on an episode of Mad Men.

The key to wearing vintage in your everyday life is all in the pairing.  If I were to partner this dress with a lady-like handbag, dainty pumps, a strand of pearls and cat-eye glasses it would have an entirely different feel and be waaaaay to literal.

By pairing these edgy boho leather pieces with this classic shirt-dress it gives it an unexpected contrast that puts a modern spin on this timeless silhouette which is interesting yet feels absolutely natural.

Have fun and play around with it, just use the rule of thumb that if it feels like you are wearing a costume it probably looks that way too.

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Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Collection

April 28, 2015

Over the past few decades ancient Asian beauty remedies and treatments have made their way into modern Western beauty products and one of the most sought after ingredients is tea. Tea has been used in Asian civilizations for it’s health and beauty benefits for thousands of years. It contains amazing antioxidant properties, fights free radicals, reduces […]

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Minion Yellow

April 27, 2015

For the first time in over three years, Pantone the color experts have released a new color and it will have you clapping along because it’s happy! Inspired by the Minions from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me global film franchise, including the upcoming prequel Minions, PANTONE Minion Yellow is an illuminating, energetic, friendly and fun-loving […]

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IFB: Links a la Mode

April 24, 2015

I am pumped!   My blog post “How to Keep White Sneakers Pristine” was featured on Independent Fashion Blogger’s Links a la Mode this Week!  This is my second week in a row and 14th time being featured.  It is so exciting to be recognized by my blogging peers!  Click below to check out some […]

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Green and Gorgeous Tata Harper

April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! It’s time to celebrate Mother Earth by going green! In honor of Earth Day I wanted to introduce you to my favorite sustainable-luxury beauty line Tata Harper Skincare. Tata Harper set out to create her own skin care solutions, when she became frustrated with toxic and ineffective overpriced products. Her goal was […]

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How to Keep White Sneakers Pristine

April 21, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram you know I am obsessed with my white Stan Smith Adidas.   I chose white sneakers for their crisp clean look so needless to say I want to keep them looking that way. White sneakers make a huge style statement but keeping them pristine can be tricky. I have literally […]

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Omorovicza Mineral Touch Concealer

April 20, 2015

I am super excited about this new launch from one of my favorite skin care brands Omorovicza. I have been a long time fan of Omorovicza. Their products deliver high-quality results powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. This combined with the finest vitamins, essential […]

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