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Elastic Wonder’s Kickstarter Project: The 80 Solid Colors Spandex Leggings & Pantashoes Solution!

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Fashion powerhouse Balenciaga introduced the “Cosmetic Pantashoes” taking the thigh-high boot to a new level by creating a legging/boot hybrid.  I love the look, and it can be worn so many ways, as in the images below from The Daily Mail (article here).  While the look is sleek and very fashion forward, the price tag of $2,850 may be a little more than most of us can afford.

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Balenciaga’s Pantashoes

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Elastic Wonder’s LeggingShoes™

One of my favorite designers, Idil Vice (see posts here, here and here of her rock inspired designs), has a second company called Elastic Wonder, showcasing her amazing spandex clothing line.  To expand her current line, Idil has a Kickstarter project that will offer a more affordable version of the Pantashoe called the LeggingShoes™.

In addition to the fabulous LeggingShoes™, her new Kickstarter project also features 80 fabulous solid colors of her spandex leggings and tights, as seen in the images below.  With fall just around the corner, these leggings, tights and LeggingShoes™ will brighten up any wardrobe!

There are 15 different ways to back this fantastic project, and you know I’ll also be supporting it as well.  Click the link below for the Kickstarter campaign, and check out samples of the the colors Idil will offer of the leggings and tights, including a color card of all of the colors that will be available at Elastic Wonder once we help her hit her goal!


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(All images, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of Elastic Wonder)

GQ + Glamour Lookbook Live Fall Events Recap

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Back on September 17, Janice and I attended the GQ + Glamour Lookbook Live VIP runway show event at Fashion Valley, which was a prelude to their Lookbook Live event that Saturday.  The evening started off with appetizers and cocktails over by Neiman Marcus, followed by a fantastic runway show in Center Court.  The evening then ended perfectly with dessert and champagne at Tiffany & Co.  I’ve always enjoyed these events at Fashion Valley because they treat bloggers as wonderfully as they treat any member of the press, allowing us to have front row seats to ensure we capture the event in the best way possible to share on social media and our blogs.  I’ve included highlights of both events, as I attended the Lookbook Live event with Dominic.  Cheers!

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I fell in love with this cape during Nordstrom’s presentation.  The collage above is from my view, and the larger picture is from Fashion Valley’s Facebook page, where you can see me on the left,  looking a bit stunned at how beautiful that cape was!
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The UK punk rocker in me ended up matching the runway with the strong presence of red plaid.  Nordstrom, Hugo Boss and Bloomingdale’s all showing some version of this fall staple (and that’s my Forever 21 skirt and Altuzarra for Target booties in the top left corner of the collage).

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Wine and bordeaux are perfect fall colors.  Also, that faux fur vest, cropped pants and patent leather heels with the long necklace by MaxMara add interest and texture to an all black outfit.

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I simply died and went to footwear heaven at all of the shoes in the Salvatore Ferragamo collection. Oh yes…

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My two favorite menswear looks: The top look from John Varvatos and the second look styled by Alex Yanez for Neiman Marcus.  Both are an edgy spin to classic looks, incorporating a boot, similar to Doc Martens.


Desserts, champagne and little blue boxes at Tiffany & Co.

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It really was such a fun evening spent with fashionable San Diego Style Blogger friends, both old & new!  Click here to go to my Instagram account, where all the lovely people in the picture are tagged.

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The actual Lookbook Live event was fun and interactive, with style experts from GQ and Glamour magazines.

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More San Diego Style Bloggers (and Dominic)!  Click here to go to my Instagram account, where all the lovely people in the picture are tagged.

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I love this picture of me and Tiffany of Glitz and Glam by Tiff!

My outfit: Cassette Tape print romper by Neon Rose (from ASOS); “Mona” glasses c/o Spy Optic; London Underground cuff c/o Design Hype; shoes by Matiko; unknown name brand fedora

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Me and my brooding boy…I think I got him to crack a bit of a smile eventually!

Thank you to Curator PR and Fashion Valley for inviting me to such a wonderful series of events!

“The List” For Fall 2015, Presented by Neiman Marcus

IMG_7299 (2) (1280x1280)I’m finally getting to post the events I’ve attended last month!  Each year for the past couple of years now, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Valley held a luncheon and fashion show to preview what they affectionately call “The NM List”.  It’s a set of trends they foresee will be at the forefront of fashion for each of the seasons, and right around the launch of this list, they invite select bloggers and stylists to see those trends in action as styled by Alex Yanez.  It’s always a lovely event, and each season its presented, I fall madly in love with a few of Alex’s creations.  This year was no different, and I was able to capture all of them for this post, enjoy!

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IMG_7441 (2) (1280x1280)Lunch was so very delicious!  And that dessert…it was a yummy as it looks!

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NM Fall 2015 Collage 1NM Fall 2015 Collage 2NM Fall 2015 5My first favorite outfit of the day, was from the “Full-Bodied Reds” trend.  The mixed prints and splashes of red are so attractive.  Plus, I was overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of the Valentino purse and Prada shoes.

NM Fall 2015 5aNM Fall 2015 Collage 3NM Fall 2015 Collage 4NM Fall 2015 11I believe this outfit was from the “Modern Fur” and/or “The Last Layer” trend, and I could not get enough of it!  The modern yet very vintage feel of the lace flares, in combination with the fur poncho, leather gloves, stylish hat and that YSL Bourse Star Fringe purse is what makes it all happen for me.  If money were no object, THIS is how I’d dress all the time.

NM The List Fall 2015 Mens (2)“The NM Men’s List” of trends includes the following:  Go Green, Statement Coats, Velvet and Full-Bodied Reds. I think my husband should definitely rock any of these for fall!

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NM Fall 2015 15Other than the Valentino and the YSL purses, I absolutely adored the Bottega Vaneta Irish Madras & Exotic Skin shoulder bag and the “Hello” clutch by Edie Parker.

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(My outfit:  Topshop dress; Elisabeth Gothic boots c/o CorsetDeal.com; Chanel earrings & necklace from Designer Vault; Depeche Mode wrap bracelet by Little Treasures by Mir; Rings by Wendy Brandes)

NM Fall 2015 Collage 5Part of the fun of this event is seeing all of these beautiful bloggers and stylists! (Picture 2 going clockwise is courtesy of Ayana of Thrifting Diva‘s Instagram account here.)

NM Fall 2015 16Our gift from Neiman Marcus was a beautiful pair of earrings from Stephanie Kantis, which I wore recently to the FWSD Culinary Couture event (post to come). 

Thank you Neiman Marcus for another lovely event!

Warby Parker’s New Fall Collection for 2015!

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Glasses are very much a part of my style, just as much as the shoes I wear or the purses I carry.  Imagine my excitement to be able to preview Warby Parker’s new 2015 Fall Collection, which launches today!  Warby Parker is a family owned business, and they pride themselves on being able to provide stylish yet unique glasses at an affordable price, which is evidenced so well in their new collection.  Plus, they have a wonderful “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, where a pair of glasses is given to someone in need for every pair sold.

If you like what you see below or with any of their frames, Warby Parker also has a “Home Try-On Program” where you can try five pairs of their glasses for five days before deciding which ones you want to purchase.  For those of you in the San Diego area, they are also opening a retail location at Westfield UTC on September 19th, so you can see the collection for yourself in person.

I am loving the beautiful autumnal feel of each of the frames in the new 2015 Fall Collection, which inspired me to create some fall style boards around my favorites.  Cheers!

Caspar in Jet Black


Not so black & white

Percey in Scarlet Tortoise


Get it in Red

Simone in Tea Rose Fade


Burberry Love

Fall Fashion in the Valley on September 25, 2014

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Tomorrow, September 25, 2014, Fashion Valley Mall presents Fall Fashion in the Valley, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Center Court, near Macy’s (I attended this event last year, post here).  This year, they will present two unique runway shows at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  In between each runway show, lululemon athletica will present a performance featuring ArcoYoga, which is a blend of yoga, acrobatics, performance and healing art.

In-store parties, exclusive discounts and interactive pop-up make-up, styling and fitness demonstrations will be happening throughout for the duration of this fantastic event,.  Additionally, the first 250 attendees who register an email at the event will receive a swag bag filled with all kinds of Fashion Valley discounts, coupons and goodies. One luck winner will be randomly selected to win a $500 Simon gift card and will have a one of a kind shopping spree and make-over styling session with Fashion Valley’s newest team of personal shoppers!

Finally, kicking off the season of giving, attendees who make a $10 donation to Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego will receive a Fashion Pass for savings, which is valid through the weekend at designated stores at Fashion Valley.

The picture below is courtesy of Fashion Valley from last year (myself and other fellow San Diego Style Bloggers are in the second row, in front of the runway).  It’s wonderful event, and if you go, maybe I’ll see you there, cheers!


Neiman Marcus Fall Trends 2014 Brunch


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A couple of weeks ago, bloggers were invited to a return brunch to preview Neiman Marcus’ Fall Trends for 2014 (I attended last year’s event, post here).  Styled once again by Alex Yanez, we were treated to a wonderful selection of outfits sure to inspire fashionistas everywhere.  A nice surprise for this show was the inclusion of menswear.  Rather than a narrative, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, which will feature my favorites.  Thank you again Neiman Marcus for another fantastic preview event!

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Top Picture –  Our lovely seating area for noshing & viewing the fall trends.

Collage – a #selfie with Vanessa of Fashion Mixtape along with goodies & our tasty brunch (a breakfast quiche, yogurt with figs & nuts, and Mimosas)!

Third picture – The models with Alex Yanez of Neiman Marcus.


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Patterned Pants; The Blues; Sports Stars

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Outgoing Outerwear; Gray Matters

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Fall Fashion in the Valley: A Recap

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To continue the countdown to Fashion Week San Diego, here is a post of an event I attended two weeks ago called “Fall Fashion in the Valley”, where I met up with a few of my San Diego Style Blogger friends (original post here).  It was a lovely night of fabulous fall fashion for a good cause, where attendees could donate clothing to the COMPASSION ROCKS Clothing Drive .  I arrived early, made my donations and joined Alessandra (of Alessandra Gonzalez), Paulina (of Lil Bits of Chic) and Lisa (of Mona Lisa Marie).

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Group shot with Noelle, courtesy of Alessandra.

There were so many wonderful pieces, and I tried to capture them the best I could.  This definitely was a lesson learned for me on how I will be capturing pictures at fashion shows because as much as I love my Cybershot as an excellent point-and-shoot, I’m going to be using my husband’s DSLR going forward.  At the bottom of this post is a list of the retailers highlighted in the show (although my pictures are in no particular order).  I want to thank Noelle of Curator PR for the invite because I had such a wonderful time!

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I adored this preppy look.  Very Harry Potter!

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There were more men’s fashion, but this was the only decent shot I took.  I promise to get better!

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The last two shots was my favorite look of the night from Macy’s, like she stepped out of “The Great Gatsby”.  Classic!

Fashions by Ted Baker, Juicy, White House Black Market, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion, A Pea in the Pod, Lorna Jane, Old Navy, Joe’s Jeans, Tommy Bahama, UGG, Charlotte Russe, Chicos, The Limited, Sun Diego, JC Penney, Francescas, Ann Taylor, Custo Barcelona, Tous, Cache, and Macy’s.