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You've Got it Made

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This outfit includes a couple of handmade items: the vintage purse I re-worked by adding pom poms from Monday’s post, and a scarf that I knitted myself.  Also included in this outfit are pieces made by the talented Suki of Suki Bijoux.  In the detail picture below, you can see the vintage purse necklace, the “Recoil” ring and typewriter ring.  Lately, I have been wearing her pieces mixed in with my favorite ones, like the @ ring by Wendy Brandes.  Pieces like these handmade items give character to an otherwise simple California winter outfit.

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Outfit – H&M jacket, sweater and jeans; Tod’s suede boots; Honeybadger glasses by BonLook; Wendy Brandes ring; vintage purse necklace, custom-made “Recoil” ring and “C” typewriter ring by Suki Bijoux; handmade knitted scarf and pom pom purse

Photos by Rholnna Jiao

I Confess

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I first heard about Miista shoes when they followed me on Twitter.  I love discovering new brands, and lately I find out them due to follows on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  I must confess that it was love at first sight when I went to the website, and I have been fascinated ever since (I used a couple of their shoes in some recent Polyvore collages, here and here).  These are my first pair from Miista called the Gabi, and these shoes – along with everything that I see on their site – are show stoppers.  I’m not one to shy away from a fantastic pair of shoes, and these shoes start conversations.  Each time I wear them, I get stopped because people either want to know where I got them, or just to tell me they are an awesome pair of shoes.  I wore them recently to the Shimmer event that I went to a few weeks ago, and because they are flatforms, they gave me the height I needed while remaining comfortable.  I’ve already have a second pair from Miista’s AW2012 sale, and I’m deciding what to get next from their Electromancer SS2013 collection, which is simply ah-mazing.

Note: Miista is a UK based company, and I just realized how many English items I’m wearing other than my shoes: London Underground cuff, English Beat shirt (the title of this post is one of their songs), Union Jack purse, London map ring, and hidden under my shirt is my belt with a Union Jack buckle.  I must really miss London!

Edited to add on 2/5/2013: Check me out on Miista’s site (here)!  When you purchase shoes from Miista (directly from their site or the many retailers that sell their brand), take an outfit photo featuring their shoes and submit it to you at miista dot com, and you could win a free pair in a monthly drawing.  I didn’t win this month, but I’m going to keep trying!

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Shimmer Fashion Show Love Life Photo 2

Outfit – Living Doll Los Angeles jacket; H&M jeans; English Beat concert t-shirt; The G Collection Union Jack studded purse; Gabi shoes by Miista (from Envi Shoes); London Underground cuff c/o designhype; rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Michael Kors watch; La Marquise glasses by BonLook; Park Avenue lipstick by Radiant

(Photo 3 by Eddie Flores of Love Life Photography)

The Power of Customization: eShakti.com

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I am definitely someone who takes garments to a seamstress or tailor to get things to fit correctly, or I will customize something to get it to be the way I want.  So when I was asked by eShakti.com to review a garment, I was excited to see just how it all worked for an online shop.  The premise of the site is to provide affordable clothing that can be purchased in standard sizes, or that can be customized to fit to one’s exact measurements.  When ordering, standard sizing is available from 0 to 36W and they also ask for your height.  For a small fee, if you wish to further customize your order, you can enter all of your measurements to receive a garment that is made to fit only you (and they will save your meausrements for additional and future orders)!  Depending on the type of garment you are ordering, you can also choose sleeve length, sleeve type, and even the length of your skirt or dress.  For instance, if you really like a dress pattern, but you would like a halter top in a shorter length as a casual dress, but maybe you would also enjoy it sleeveless in a longer length for a dressier affair, you can purchase the same dress in two different styles.

The internet allows us to be extremely customer-centric by enabling the buying to be inter-active.

Shakti means power in Sanskrit.

Internet + Shakti = eShakti.com.

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I chose the Asymmetrical Fan Pleat Blazer because of the awesome design and detail.  As soon as I added it to my “Awesome Outfits” board on Pinterest, it was repinned more than anything I have added to date, which means many of you out there agree!  I chose a standard size, but entered my height and customized the sleeve to be a longer length.  It took only two weeks from when I put in my order to when I received this beautiful, lined wool boucle jacket, exactly as it was pictured on the site and it fit perfectly.

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I styled it two ways to show that this jacket is incredibly versatile and can be worn on a night out or for running errands with my son (who decided to join in the picture).  This jacket is one of many fantastic pieces on the eShakti site, including retro flare dresses, skirts, and cardigans.  If you are new to eShakti, your first time registration will also earn you a $25 gift certificate.  I signed up myself, but I’m still deciding which dress I want because there are so many cute things to choose from.  If you love retro styling, tailor made to fit you perfectly at affordable prices, check out eShakti.com!

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Both Outfits – Fan Pleat Blazer c/o eShakti; BonLook glasses

Outfit 1 – Alice Temperley for Target dress; Forever 21 purse (old); Vince Camuto boots; black sheer stockings c/o Frangi Pangi; rings by The Shangri-La and Suki Bijoux; Radiant lipstick in Park Avenue

Outfit 2 – English Beat concert t-shirt; H&M jeans, cardigan (under jacket) and shoes; The G Collection Union Jack studded purse; rings and necklace by Suki Bijoux; Union Jack belt buckle was a gift

FTC Disclosure:  I received free product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive free product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Mint Condition

Mint Condition
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll see that I’m very taken by the color mint. It’s so fresh and perfect for spring. I was inspired by the very cute shoes from ModCloth and Miista, then took to Polyvore to create a casual set and a dressy set. I envision wearing either style with a pair of black skinny jeans so that the mint just pops (click the picture above, or the links below for all the buying information).  I know it will seem like an unusal musical departure, but in the 90’s, I was very much into Hip Hop and R&B. I thought it was appropriate, given the title of this post, to include “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” by Mint Condition (click the picture below for the video). Enjoy!


 (Photo courtesy of Last.fm)

H m jacket
$48 – hm.com

Faux-fer flats

Val Tex by Miista

Envelope clutch

Essie Mint Candy Apple
$16 – liberty.co.uk

Forever New Karmen biker
$105 – forevernew.com.au

Well Covered

A couple of weekends ago, my family and I attended an 80th birthday party for another great-aunt, Remedios Posadas Madrid (my cousin Regi’s mother).  It was a semi-formal daytime event at a beautiful location: The Skyline Room at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center.  I kept my look very simple by wearing a lace babydoll dress, a light blazer and printed clutch.  Although I wore all black, I made sure that the blacks had texture: my tights had a different pattern than my dress, and my shoes were velvet with glitter.  I’m glad I kept it simple, because I wanted to make sure that my fantastic clutch really stood out.  I included a couple of other pictures: one with my handsome hubby and one of our son.  We had a great time at this lunchtime affair, especially with that gorgeous San Diego skyline in view.

Outfit – H&M blazer; Forever 21 dress (last seen here); Poetic License shoes; Hanes argyle textured tights; American Apparel clutch; Clutched & Covered clutch cover; Origami Owl necklace; Coach sunnies; Juicy Couture ring; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA

On Deon – Trevero hat; Van Husen tie; Michael Kors shirt; Old Navy pants; Steve Madden shoes

On Dominic – US Polo Association sweater; H&M pants & Northside high tops (both unseen)

Photos 1, 2, 3 & 5 by Deon Chen; photo 4 by Leonard Ancheta

Show Me Your Luscious Apparatus: My Recoil Contest Entry

Last week on Facebook, the Shunt staff of Alan Wilder’s group Recoil announced a contest called “Show Me Yours” (I added Luscious Apparatus, which is a Recoil song), to celebrate the arrival of the DVD “A Strange Hour in Budapest” (abbreviated as ASH here).  Fans were encouraged to show off their DVDs and any other products they bought having to do with ASH (post here).  I created two entries:  the first entry was a collage that I submitted through Instagram (the second picture seen above).  I then submitted another entry, which actually turned into an outfit post, featuring my rock t-shirt of the week. 

The shirt peaking out from underneath the jacket is my Recoil shirt from the concert where I met Alan Wilder (post here).  That shirt will always remind me of what a wonderful experience it was to meet Alan and see his live show presentation with Paul Kendall.  I also played with the photo editing capabilities of my Acer Iconia tablet, which rendered some cool effects.  By the way, there will be five winners, and each will receive a photo from the concert, signed by Alan.  I have many items signed by him, but knowing that Alan Wilder himself will be picking the winner was the driving decision behind entering the conest.  I’ll be sure to post if I win!

Outfit – Forever 21 faux leather studded biker jacket; Recoil t-shirt; H&M skirt; Sam Edelman “Lorissa” pumps; Wendy Brandes rings; Coach sunnies

Rock T-Shirt of the Week: Erasure Tomorrow's World

Here is my first outfit of my feature “Rock T-Shirt of the Week”, which my husband snapped of me while we were on our mini-vacation in last week.  Our hotel was situated in Old Town Irvine, and it was nice to do an outfit post in a different location.  Originally, I had thought about bringing more than one outfit just to shoot around town, but that was not the point of the vacation (our son definitely did not want to wait around while mommy posed in random stairwells).  This just made me all the more excited to take pictures in new places during my London and Paris trip next month with Janice!

Speaking of Janice, this is the t-shirt I bought at the Erasure show she took me to as a surprise Christmas present last year (post here).  This was the third time I had seen Erasure in concert:  the first was when they opened up for Duran Duran and the second was during their tour supporting The Innocents album (both shows were in the 80’s).  I’m usually one to stick to black t-shirts, so this one was a nice departure as it’s grey with bright colors.  I dressed it up a bit with a long stretchy skirt, girly heels and a bright little purse. 

Outfit – Erasure t-shirt; H&M skirt; Cotton On sweater; Poetic License shoes; Mini MAC c/o Rebecca Minkoff; Coach sunnies; Wendy Brandes rings