Archive | March, 2012

All Things Platform

31 Mar

 

Long live the platfrom! I must admit it took me almost 2 years to finally embrace the platfrom heel. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the platfrom. I mean hey, I heart a fantastic platfrom heel just like the next fashionista. It was the style that was steering me clear. I perfer my platform heels to be more modern with a touch of retro. The platfrom heel already screams 1970’s disco club. Jeffery Campbell does a great job of reinventing the platfrom for circa now!

 

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The Making of Louis Vuitton Shoes for MEN

30 Mar

 

 

“Pastels” are the New Black

29 Mar

 

I’m not sure how I feel about this Spring trend of pastel colors. I adore pastels but only in small doses. If I were to rock head-to-toe pastels, I would feel like a fancy six year old. The trick with this trend is “less is more.” Try a sheer pastel blouse or a pastel sweater over a printed dress. No need to break out every single pastel garment you have in your closet. Take your time with this trend….I promise it’s not going anywhere.

 

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Valentino: The Last Emperor

28 Mar

 

I always say "Fashion Designers are my celebrities"! The ability to create a collection from start to finish and have people line up for your creation, before a price is even set is mind boggling. Valentino is that type of Designer. Every woman would love to own a Valentino gown! It's the gown that says "the Designer that created this gown thought I was beautiful". This documentary "Valentino The Last Emperor" takes you through the creative process of how the magnificent Designer develops his collection. Although the documentary is 4 years old it's one of those films that if you haven't seen it you must. Valention truly is one of the last great Designers of our time.

My favorite quote from Valention when asked why he was retiring, "I wanted to go out when the room was full"! 

 

 

Studded Dreamy Slippers

27 Mar

 

Sometimes you just have to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and jump into life. It’s called a leap of faith! My latest shoe purchase was just that. I don’t generally purchase shoes that I can’t pair with minimum 3 items in my current wardrobe. However, when I laid eyes on these slippers my heart skipped a beat. I thought “I have nothing to wear these with and I don’t care.” If I have to wrap my body in a sheet just so I can rock these little dreamy wonders then so be it! “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”  Better yet “Nobody puts Baby in the corner when she’s wearing hot shoes!”

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The Peplum Take-Over: Hot Trend for Spring/Summer

26 Mar

 

The peplum has been around since the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. What is a peplum? Well I’m glad you asked. The peplum is a ruffle that’s either attached to the waist of a jacket, skirt, or dress. This iconic look is all the rage for Spring/Summer and I for one love it! The look is classy and sophisticated and the extra fabric covering your waistline can pose as a “fashion friend” when you’ve had a rather large meal. Long live the peplum!

 

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Jean Paul Gaultier: Press Preview @ the de Young Museum

24 Mar

I was so honored to be invited and attend the private press preview for the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young. Monsieur Gaultier was in attendance and I must say he’s probably one of the most humble Haute Couture Designers ever. He shared stories of how he got started and what he loves about fashion. My favorite quote from him. “All women are beautiful no matter their size or ethnic background, they all have beauty” Love him! We weren’t allowed to take any pictures with him due to time. I did manage to worm my way into asking him to autograph one of his postcards for me. He spelled my name wrong, but who cares. LOL! I’m going to frame it as a sign of things to come for my fashion blog!

I tried to take as many video clips and pictures my camera could hold. I wanted my Readers that don’t reside in California to witness this exquisite exhibit.  See the video below with Mr. Gauliter speaking and a preview of the exhibit. Enjoy! 


 

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Blue Sparkly Booties

23 Mar

 

I love me something sparkly and these electric blue booties are the business! I call them my "Future Snookums" shoes. Once my future Snookums sees me in these hottie tottie shoes it will be a done deal. No joke!

 

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A story of HOPE: A stranger saved my Dad’s life

22 Mar

 

Hello Sweet Darlings! I'm back and so excited to be blogging again on a daily basis! Can you believe I haven't missed a single day of blogging since I started my blog in October 2010?! Well my record has been crushed but for a great reason.

On March 8th I recieved a phone call at work that will forever change my life or I should say my Dad's life. My Dad was preparing to go into emergency kidney transplant surgery and I needed to be in Seattle within 24 hours. My Father has been in renal failure since 2007. He was put on the kidney transplant list in 2010. The Doctor predicted he would be on the list for 4 to 5 years. One of the reasons being my Dad's blood type made him a harder transplant candidate to match. There are over 75,000 people on the kidney transplant list nation wide. The only way you're going to receive a new kidney is through a living donor or a deceased donor. I offered to donate my kidney to my Dad but he wouldn't take it. I'm not married and don't have any children yet. The Doctor suggested that it would not be the best idea for me to donate my kidney, since I still desire to have children one day. He explained all the medical risks of getting pregnant and carrying a child with only one kidney. Its not impossible but does pose a lot of stress on your body. It didn't matter, my Dad didn't want me to risk it. That's the kind of man my Father is. He's always thinking of others first even when his life is on the line (literally).  My Dad received a kidney from a Man (organ donor) who had suddenly passed away. I kept thinking about his family. As I rejoiced over my Dad's life being preserved. The donor's family was grieving. I am still trying to come up with the right words to write to the family. Thank you just doesn't seem sufficient. How do you adequately show gratitude in a situation like this? Are there any words of comfort that can penetrate the amount of grief the donor family must be experiencing? I pray for the donor's family, that they are comforted and I hope that once I send them the letter they will have some slight comfort in knowing what their loved one did for my Dad. I couldn't have imagined losing my Dad at this time in my life and I'm sure the donor's family felt the same way about their loved one. 

For the past 2 weeks my sister and I played Florence Nightingale. We were both his primary caregiveers and did everything from cooking, cleaning to running errands. Taking him to his doctors appointment every other day. Picking up his daily medication that changed every other day. It was a very intense and overwhelming 2 weeks but I was so happy to do it! I know people who's loved ones have died while waiting for a new kidney. So I was willing to do whatever was required to help my Father's recovery along. By the way….. I now hold a mini-pharmacy degree with all the medication names I had to learn for my Dad's anti-rejection meds. 

For those of you who know me on a more intimate level know I can be a bit of a "secret squirrel"….I don't like to share my private life too much. However sharing this story was VERY important to me.  I truly hope it will strength someone's faith in believing that miracles do happen. This situation was a great test of faith for me. Even though I hoped for the best I was also preparing for the worst. I didn't give up believing that a miracle could happen. I NEVER once stopped praying! I asked God to bless my Father with a kidney, without going on dialysis and that's exactly what happened. It is not the norm that a transplant patience would receive a kidney prior to be being on dialysis. Thank God He does nothing that is the norm! I can't begin to find the words that communicate the level of thankfulness and gratitude I am feeling right now! I love my Father immesley and want him with us for a long, long, long time!!!

A HUGE thank you to the beautiful transplant team that took such wonderful care of my Father. And his wonderful Church family that helped to take care of him while my sister and I did all his errands and medication runs. My Dad still has a long road of recovery ahead of him but I can say with confidence in God, his future looks mighty bright!

ps. When caring for a loved on in the hospital for 7 days straight. Be sure to rise early to brush your hair and put a bit of make-up on. Otherwise you run the risk of letting some young Surgeon see you at your worse. Hey, us single women must always stayed prepared. Yes!?

Legos are the new “Statement Necklace”

19 Mar

 

San Francisco based Designer Emiko Oye has created the sweetest little piece of childhood memories. If you were a child born during the early 80's or late 90's its highly probable that you played with the iconic (build anything toy) Legos. I'm crushing hard on the lego pendants! Its three pretty little legos stacked on top of each other with a CZ stone set inside it. I am seriously contemplating forking over the $50.00 for it. If only to recapture my awesome childhood. 


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