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Clearly Fabulous!

Hello lovelies!

What’s rising to the top quickly in fabulous foot wear? What has walked the runways, strutted through the streets and made an appearance on my feet?

Bring on the clear materials!

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Maybe you haven’t noticed because you saw right through them, but this gorgeous trend in footwear is so futuristic and chic! Clear they may be, I don’t know how anyone can’t stop, stare, and wish they had a pair. Perhaps designers have caught onto one particularly famous clear shoe.

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Modern day glass slipper? I think so!

Modern day glass slipper? I think so!

Louboutin neon glass slipper.

Louboutin neon glass slipper.

 

 

Upend, by Jeffrey Campbell

Upend, by Jeffrey Campbell

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One bad ass shoe from Givenchy.

One bad ass shoe from Givenchy.

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Event platform, by Jeffrey Campbell

Event platform, by Jeffrey Campbell.

If  you like dropping jaws, I suggest you find yourself a pair of clear shoes stat! Just look what they did for Cinderella!

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Black and White, an Outfit for the Night.

The entire outfit was assembled around the headpiece, which I can proudly say I MADE!! Sparkly, sharp and extremely beautiful; it’s an accessory that flows with my personality like no other. As I stated on Instagram, I actually have one more of these pretty pieces which (someday) will be posted for sale. More details about the piece will come then.

Black and white is still a hot color combo for the season and pretty easy to put together. You can’t really screw up black and white ya know? I had been saving this peplum, houndstooth skirt for the perfect occasion, and it went great with this outfit. Garter tights are super trendy right now and hot hot hot, I suggest getting a pair NOW if you like the style. Just make sure to stay away from drunk Argentinian broads at bars who are likely to accidently burn a hole in your fabulous new stockings with their cigarette butts. (UGH!)

As usual I feel that every outfit is made by the accessories, so I had to pile them on. I like to sparkle so much when I enter a room, that people need sunglasses to look at me. 😉

Glitter, rhinestones, sequins, diamonds…. I love em all.

I loved this entire look (which I styled in about 25 minutes). The makeup, hair, clothes, shoes, and even nails worked together to create a visual symphony of a chic black and white ensemble that received quite a bit of positive attention out on the town. Ahhhhh, I love dress up.

Details on outfits often include where I found the item and its cost, because I think one of my specialties is dressing well on a low to middle income budget and still looking like a million bucks. It’s all about hunting for treasures and scoping out affordable places to shop such as sample sales, flea markets, thrift stores, etc. Spend less on clothes, and invest on shoes or accessories!

Wearing:

Fascinator: Rebecca Glam  (made by me)

Shirt: Velvet Heart (Found at a sample sale $10)

Skirt: Sensational Collection (found at Ross for $8)

Belt: TJ Maxx (for $6)

Garter tights: eBay (about $12)

Bag: Betsey Johnson (sample sale score for $20, bag retails around $200)

Shoes: Prickly, by Jeffrey Campbell (the only item I’m wearing that was expensive at $230, however you can find these shoes on sale currently for half the cost.)

 

A Spot of Tea, Gov’na?

And by tea… I mean pure, hard liquor. 😉

Let me start by saying this outfit was created around the shoes. My new Jeffrey Campbells. I’ve been creating a lot of outfits lately with gold accessories, and yet I didn’t have the shoes to match, so I’ve been on the hunt for some edgy Jeff Campbells with gold hardware instead of silver. As you may or may not know… JC shoes are rather expensive and these particular shoes I’ve had my eyes on for a while and were originally almost $300. Yikes!!! I checked online a few days ago and what do you know… they are on sale for $185. They were practically screaming at me to buy them. And I was going to buy them, oh yes…. I was going to buy them! Just before I clicked the “commit to buy” button, a thought popped into my head.

Check Craigslist.

First of all, I am a HUGE fan of Craigslist. Craigslist has brought me SO much good in my life and zero bad. Many people are hesitant to use the site because some idiot murderer had to go ruin it for all of us CL fans. I personally have used the site well over 100 times to buy, sell, meet and greet.

So on this merry day, I searched “Jeffrey Campbell shoes” on Craigslist in the Los Angeles area. What do you know… a girl is selling the EXACT shoes I want, in MY size…. AND!!!!!! She lives in Long Beach. It was truly meant to be. She sold me these babies BRAND NEW, still wrapped in the box for $120!!!!! Whaaaaaat?!?!?!? I KNOW! Thank YOU Craigslist!!! Here they are, in all their shiny, metallic, spiked glory:

You’re probably thinking either of two thoughts:

a) WOW! Those are crazy or b) Doesn’t she already have shoes like that?

Yes and yes. They are pretty wild… and sharp, and I do have similar style JC shoes… however the ultimate difference is the gold hardware. One of my fashion rules (and many other fashionistas) is that you simply cannot mix metals. You can’t have a bunch of silver jewelery on, with gold heels. Or vice versa. Pick a metal, and stick to it. Hence why I wanted to add some gold hardware shoes to my wardrobe. You get it.

The blazer is from Ross, $20. The bag is by Big Buddha which I scored for wholesale cost ($36) since I interned for the company. The Union Jack tank I’m wearing is by Forever 21, however I found it at a tiny little sample/factory sale store in downtown LA and paid $5 for it. The lovely little gold circle pins on my blazer are all vintage pieces that I picked up at a flea market in San Francisco.

Meeting with the Gov’na to grab a spot of “tea” at my local piano bar. 😉

I dedicate this post to Craig.

Introduction to the Fashion Industry.

So I’ve been taking this class, Intro to the Fashion Industry at Long Beach State University, and I absolutely love it! We’ve had a few projects to belt out over the semester and I wanted to share.

Our first project display was based on a local designer of our choice. While the majority of the class presented on typical preppy, or mainstream fashion… I wanted to break the mold (as usual) and present a designer that would entertain, and wake them up from their naps. I chose to highlight a local milliner (a hat maker) named Sylva Scar Hattington who has an Etsy shop under the name Bubbles & Frown (click here to see her shop!) She makes these amazingly extravagant feather head dresses and other hats of all sorts, shapes, textures and colors.

Here is my display:

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Of course, I got an A.

Our second project was far more in depth. We had to create a concept for a retail store and explain the target market, customer demographics, the price points, the merchandise, etc. I created “Hot Couture” which would be boutique style and similar to Urban Outfitters, in the sense that it would have clothes, accessories, gifts, and knick knacks for the home. What makes Hot Couture unique, is all product inside (and the store itself) would be all in the gothic style. Not obnoxious junior high goth, but elegant, classy and mature gothic style. Think black lacquered crown moldings, chic feather accessories and overall darker, high fashion elements. Perhaps a little something like this:

Here is my customer demographic:

“The Hot Couture client is a confident, bold woman. She is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to express herself through art, fashion and style. She is most likely single; however the Hot Couture caters to ANY woman, young or old, kids or no kids, so long as she has a taste for Hot Couture’s style. She will have a darker side to her personality, where she finds extreme beauty in darker fashion elements such as rich velvets, blood red roses, skulls, dripping candle wax and the color black. Our client loves the night life and will never step out on a Saturday night in nothing less than an exquisite, gothic inspired, high fashion look from head to toe. Her daring garb and her seemingly effortless beauty make her the main attraction in any night life atmosphere. When our client steps into a room with Hot Couture’s apparel, everyone turns to gaze upon her.

Once she is done entertaining herself, it is time for her to entertain others. This is where our client will stop by Hot Couture every few weeks to pick up a new set of wine glasses or a black crystal chandelier for her dining room. Her living space will be enriched with lovely gothic elements and rich fabrics. With Hot Couture’s help, our client will have black and gray candles on the mantle; large, ornate black lacquered frames will encase black and white photos on her walls and there will be a rich velvety throw tossed over the arm of her sofa. She may even have Hot Couture’s latest plush, satin cat bed for her feline friend to relax in. Her living space will definitely match her refined darker style and Hot Couture will make it easy for her.”

Hmmmm…. sound like anyone you know? 😉

And my project display (which I spent a solid 5 hour block of time on):

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After seeing the entire class present, it was obvious I spent the most time and effort on my display. I was VERY proud to show this off when it came to my turn, having seen mostly mediocre projects beforehand. I knew all those years of intense scrapbooking would pay off!

The semester is coming to an end and I surely earned a high A in this class.