Fashion Fades; Style is Eternal

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Family's Version of "Camping."

I am currently sitting wedged between my two sisters, mid-air over the Pacific Ocean, traveling to Hawaii. Laura is sleeping soundly (Truthfully...snoring like a bear. She can't hear herself with her iPod in her ears on full blast, but we all can), Lindsay is restless and looking over my shoulder to read every word I type making me anxious, and I am well...blogging.

Every year my family takes a week or two from our clashing hectic schedules and come to this house on the south end of the island, Kauai. We never venture to another island, let alone even past the south shore. My boyfriend can't fathom the fact that someone can just sit at a house for an entire week while on vacation...his version of vacation is go, go, GO! We're definitely not hiking the tallest mountains or swimming with sharks...but we don't just "sit" technically...

Here, we live in the smallest bikinis we own to avoid all tan lines, rid ourselves of all Chanel make-up, and let our hair go to it's natural, completely uncontrollable state.

We spend all day swimming and snorkeling in front of our house, tanning on rafts by the pool, eating Puka dogs from a local Portuguese sausage stand, playing endless rounds of Bullshit on the deck, and occasionally roaming around our part of the island on our bicycles.

Our Hawaiian vacation is my family's version of "camping" - we forget our responsibilities, bond out of boredom, and turn into complete savages. It is one trip where I don't spend more than $500 on myself - who seriously wants cliche 5-star resort, overpriced, gift shop sunglasses??? - I'm completely content with eggs Benedict and a mimosa on our occasional venture within society once our groceries at home wear down towards the end if the week.

Of course by the last night were all itching to get home; my Mom misses our dogs, my Dad misses his office, my sisters miss their friends, and I miss my closet...but all we have to do is look at our tanned bare faces to know it was a successful week of complete escapement - and one we can't wait to repeat the following year.

Now I'm off to read the August issue of Vogue, that I hurriedly picked up at the airport newsstand before boarding the plane, and gain some inspiration for my next post...

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, July 28, 2011

StyleMint.

T-Shirts are not Couture, so why buy them in a high end department store or boutique with a Couture price tag? T-Shirts also don't have Couture sizing, I'm pretty sure you already firmly know if you are a small, medium, or large...do you really need to try them on?

Don't waste another minute of your time working to afford $100 plus Vince or James Perse overpriced T's, and then wasting even more of your time trying them on. And please don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Vince sweaters and James Perse button downs...but budgeting my wardrobe fund for cotton T-shirts? No thanks. Seriously, it's so not worth it.

What is worth it? StyleMint.


StyleMint is a membership based online site launched by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen that sells a variety of exclusively designed T-Shirts at a fantastic price point.

First you create your StyleProfile so you can be categorized in the right style section of T's that will mesh best with your personal style (if you want to reach out of your current style, you're able to click other categories...there's no lock down). After you've done this, you can view the selections made for you, get your TopStyles and shop for your favorite T's.

T-shirts are all priced at $29.99 and shipping is completely free. Not to mention, with every T-shirt, there are style notes by the Olsens, a video on the T, and who it was spotted on.

Here are a few T-shirts that were recommended to me in my TopStyles profile:

No...is a full sentence


Melrose


Fillmore



After you see some of your T-shirts that were picked and styled for you, there is an option to "Show Me More Styles." Click on this, and a window will pop up with Style Options - if the style picked out from your StyleProfile wasn't exactly you, two of the closest other matches will show up and might be a better pick. The same T's come up, but they're styled totally differently. This is a really great way to see some of the options you can use just by changing up your look, not the T-shirt.


I seriously recommend giving this a shot, not because you love the Olsen twins, not because you want to get sucked into another "membership only" shopping site, but because you want to stop being wasteful on a basic T-shirt...save your money for the runway.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Height of Louis Vuitton Luxury.

The older and older my very first distressed L.V. speedy bag gets, tucked away in my closet as a symbol of the start of our intensely passionate relationship, the more and more I fall in love with Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton's collections have come such a long way, even from the beginning of my introduction to the designer.

Transformations occurring from the classic canvas to exotic leathers furs, but also stationed within the beautiful jewel-toned fabrics and materials...all constructed in a way that make Vuitton attire peek at a skyline height of luxury.

Take a glimpse of the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Campaign that has me breathless...




Copyright Louis Vuitton / Steven Meisel


After seeing these photographs posted in an email this morning as I was clicking through my numerous daily messages (generally tempting me enough to throwingly engage myself in horrible binge of online shopping before noon), they actually inspired me to delete what was left in my inbox unopened from Bergdorfs, Bottega, and Balmain, and get to work so I can afford to swap out these beautiful collections in entirety each season.

-LMP

Monday, July 25, 2011

I Want Candy.

I want candy...Prada's Candy that is.



A playful skip away from the musky, sophisticated foundation of Prada's signature fragrances, Prada Candy serves you a provocative taste of flirty femininity.

"A confident seductress, PRADA CANDY permeates passion and deliberate overindulgence," says Bergdorfs.

Warm sun-kissed honey drizzled upon rich, mouthwatering caramel, dusted with a finish of pure powdery vanilla, Prada Candy's sweet tooth meshes with Prada's signature divine musk to create a piece of couture candy in one spritz.

Sweetly addictive and exclusively yours,
available only at Bergdorf Goodman for a limited time.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fashion Meets The Future.

Remember the days of having to take a stroll down Rodeo Drive to knock a current sense of fashion into your head?
So time consuming.

Or how about waiting all year for your favorite designer to go on sale at a department store?
Recipe for anxiety issues.

What about spending an hour in the dressing room only to have to then ask a stuffy sales associate at Saks whether those white flared jeans make you look super hip or make your hips look super big?
You'll never get the right answer.

Thankfully, all these horrible situations are really just a thing of the past. The world of shopping has become so expansive electronically these days, everything you used to have to deal with and stress over can be immediately attended to with the push of a button. Not only do we have online shopping, but we have online styling websites and blogs to coach our fashion sense, downloadable mobile apps for shopping boutiques and department stores...and not to mention tons of mobile apps supplying us with fashion tools to help keep our wardrobe in check!

Here are some great day-to-day fashion tools (downloadable apps and websites) that I've found to keep my wardrobe looking good and growing without having to head all the way to Bergdorfs for inspiration or a purchase:

LOVE IT OR LOSE IT


Ever ask yourself "do these shoes go with this outfit," or "does this dress make me look fat," wishing someone was there with you to give a second opinion? LOVE IT OR LOSE IT is sort of like a fashion lifeline. Use this app to get instant fashion feedback from your contact list by simply uploading a photo, sending it off, and having your fashion lifeline rate your choice as either a "Love It!" "Like It!" or "Lose it!" You are also able to connect with other fashionistas whose opinions you value using LOVE IT OR LOSE IT and get their feedback as well. Pictures you take can be added to your Wish List and also to a Photo Feed to show off your looks to the LOVE IT OR LOSE IT community. Use the Wish List feature to shop for picky friends off of their custom Wish List and also drop hints to friends off of your own!


STYLEBOOK


If you've ever seen the movie Clueless, you will know exactly what I'm talking about when I tell you that STYLEBOOK is basically a hand-held version of Cher's closet. Using this app, you're able to upload photos of your clothing, organize your wardrobe pieces into categories, and then build the perfect outfit! STYLEBOOK helps create looks on the go so you don't have to be late due to outfit crisis, tracks what you wore and plans things to wear for the future (no back to back outfits here). STYLEBOOK also lets you share your outfits with friends for a second opinion or for post-wear bragging rights!



STYLISH GIRL


STYLISH GIRL is an app very similar to STYLEBOOK, but it also allows you to mix in a wardrobe wishlist with your current pieces! STYLISH GIRL has a great assortment of brands and retailers featured on the iPhone mobile app that you are able to pick from, add into your virtual closet, and shop from. The shopping feature on STYLISH GIRL is great to use when trying to incorporate new items into your current wardrobe. Using STYLISHGIRL, you're able to browse Stopstyle.com, mix and match your online wants with your closet haves and see what kind of outfits you can come up with. If your pieces work in with your closet, it's just a simple tap to purchase!




Now that I've got your attention with an app that allows you to actually browse and make purchases directly from it, time to share a fabulous website I've found that is all about adopting new wardrobe additions - and my favorite additions in particular, dresses!

GRETCHY


GRETCHY is an exclusive, members only website for designer dresses offered at a highly discounted price (50-90% off retail prices) and trade ins (you can trade in your lightly worn dresses for credit to use on GRETCHY!). Launched in September 2010 by the fashionable sisters and business partners, Britt and Gretchen Hackmann, GRETCHY was created to make finding one-of-a-kind, luxe fashion more accessible.


Now, when I think of discounted dresses and trade ins, the first thing coming to my mind are used, last season, sloppy second dresses...but this is just absolutely not the case! The dresses obtained from the trade-in are from members just like you.

Here's the typical senario: You go to Neimans, find the perfect dress for the event you're attending, you buy that perfect dress, take pictures in that perfect dress, direct everyone's attention to your perfect dress, and then by the end of the night what are you left with? A perfect dress you can't wear again, a bank statement you'd rather not look at until the end of next year, and no money left over to buy another perfect dress for the next event...next weekend!

Solution to the typical senario: trade in your dress with GRETCHY and leave someone else with a perfect dress they haven't been seen in while you go off to buy your next dress on the site.

Also, remember that GRETCHY isn't just about trading in your dresses. Members of GRETCHY have access to a huge collection of current season dresses that are sent to GRETCHY directly from GRETCHY's retail partners. The Hackmann sisters are constantly on the hunt for new looks and new designers to add to the fashion database!

Now for the exciting part...

GRETCHY is teaming up with STYLISH GIRL to hold the 1st worldwide pop up shop via a mobile device ever!!!

Opening on July 30th at 12 EST



The pop up shop will only last for 36 hours. During these 36 hours, STYLISH GIRL users will be able to stock up on a limited quantity of current season designer brands at low, low sample sale prices. Some of these fabulous designers are rumored to include Emilio Pucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Herve Leger.

To access this pop up shop, you will have to download the STYLISH GIRL app update on the app store, available right now!!! For more information, visit their pop up shop website. Here, you can read featured daily blog posts, view video clips of the ad campaign, invite your friends to join the pop up shop, and learn about other pop up shop details!

Dates to remember:
July 15th - Download the STYLISH GIRL app update and tide yourself over with the STYLISH GIRL + GRETCHY pop up shop website!
July 30th - STYLISH GIRL + GRETCHY pop up shop goes live for a full 36 hours of madness!!

Lastly...I can't forget to tell you about the...
STYLISH GIRL + GRETCHY Sweepstakes!
- one lucky winner will become
GRETCHY's Virtual Closet Ambassador!!!


By being GRETCHY's Virtual Closet Ambassador, you will get many opportunities with blogging, events, and PR for GRETCHY. All you have to do is post a screenshot from your iPhone of either your virtual closet (off your app) or your actual closet - whichever is better organized! Post your pics to GRETCHY's Facebook page some time before the pop up shop goes live on July 30th with the title:

"STYLISH GIRL + GRETCHY Sweepstakes."


The winner will be chosen based on popularity of the picture they uploaded (likes on Facebook), as well as organization, what's in their closet, creativity, style, etc. GRETCHY will choose their favorite virtual/wardrobe picture on July 30th and announce who the winner is!!!

This is such a great time to organize and showcase your wardrobe for all to see, don't miss out!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pageant of the Masters

"Get ready to believe in the art of the impossible! In its uniquely theatrical celebration of tableaux vivants – "living pictures" – the 2011 Pageant of the Masters is venturing into magical artistic realms."


This past Sunday for my Grandmother's birthday, as an annual tradition we went to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. It is such a fun event, if you haven't been I highly suggest going at least once (it's running this year from July 7th - August 31st), you won't be disappointed - it's seriously magical!

There are a few things I think about while watching this show...

1. "How do these people stay so ridiculously still?" - completely beyond me. But finally after staring hard enough, I find someone and think, "That person is TOTALLY shaking! She can't even keep her hand from waving around!" - that's totally me.

2. "I wonder if he's actually naked in this sculpture in front of all of these people or if he's wearing a body suit that's extremely detailed..." - I'm not the only one thinking this...we all know exactly where everyone's binoculars are directed to during this display.

3. How so many of the artists' works remind me of specific designers' collections in today's world of fashion.

For example, (and I don't want to ruin the surprise for those going...but, this is the point of my post) one of my very favorite artists, Salvador Dali, was featured this year at the Pageant in a "Tribute to Salvador Dali," along with the finale display of his famous oil painting, The Sacrament of the Last Supper.

As I was just completely entranced over his works flashing on the screen, I noticed how much his art compared to the Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen of today's fashion Couture.

Salvador Dali's butterflies fly with Alexander McQueen's butterfly collection...






Jean Paul Gaultier's structural elements are strong with the lines of Salvador Dali's...






You don't have to be an art enthusiast to be excited about the Pageant of the Masters. If you have any interest in picking out the wavering performer in the group, eye opening binocular sightings, or high fashion transformations onto canvas, you will enjoy yourself at this event.

Not to mention, there are some killer lemoncello cookies to grab at intermission...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tom Ford Ad Campaign.

Provocative, Luxurious, and Bold...






Modeled by: Candice Swanepoel
Photographers: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot

Candice Swanepoel, the face of the Fall 2011 Tom Ford ad campaign, brings the sexiness and sensuality of her Victoria Secret past to the luxurious and provocative Tom Ford line. The brilliantly photographed high-gloss shots were creatively taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. Together, Swanepoel allures the audience with her intoxicating glamour while the the photographers capture the bold jewel tones and exotic materials that are staple aesthetics to the 2011 Fall line.

View the Tom Ford Fall 2011 video posted in a prior blog for more.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Only You Can Hear.


“You don't love someone for their looks,
or their clothes, or for their fancy car,
but because they sing a song only you can hear.”


Friday, July 8, 2011

Louboutin Macaroons.


Earlier today was online trying to find this little French bakery in San Diego that served the most delicious and delicate macaroons at this fashion luncheon event I attended recently. I wanted to ship a box of these lovely treats over to my friend in New York City for his birthday.

As I was Googling "delicate, french, macaroons, San Diego" in a high search frenzy, Google must have known my typical search criteria too well and up pops Louboutin and Ladurée macaroons!

I know this is old news, but I can't help but share this wonderful fashion infused delicacy I stumbled upon with you...

Once upon a fashionable time long, long ago, French shoe designer Christian Louboutin collaborated with French Patisserie Ladurée to create a fabulous collection of special edition macaroons.

Together, Louboutin and Ladurée came up with three different, beautiful little boxes, printed with designs of Louboutin's colorful shoes and purses. The clever lid was designed to be torn trompe l’oeil effect, giving the lucky recipient of the box a little peek as to what is being contained.

There inside the box, six scrumptious macaroons prepared by pastry chef Philippe Andrieu were to be found. These macaroons were full of Mediterranean flavors featuring those of fig and date. These delicate desserts became available September 11, 2009 at Ladurée Harrods and Burlington Arcade Gallery and started at £9.80 for a box of six.


How wonderful would it have been to be able to send a little box of these over to my dear friend! Maybe sometime in the future another charming collaboration like this will be made again...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lace Collection.


Lace, which has always been a signature strand in Dolce&Gabbana's DNA, is now being integrated into the newest eyewear collection, the Dolce&Gabbana Lace Collection 2011. I see this as a beautiful incorporation being made. The lace pattern on the sunglasses give a softer finish to the eyewear that we usually view to be much more bold, dramatic, and sharp. Regardless of the result, the way that the Lace Collection is being technically created by Dolce&Gabanna is pure artistry and beauty in itself.

-LMP

Dolce&Gabbana Lace Collection 2011 from Dolce&Gabbana on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Alex and Ani.

"Alex and Ani is a positive energy company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty while promoting consciousness and unity."


Miraculous
Medal Expandable Chain Necklace


Alex and Ani, an eco-friendly company manufactured in the United States, was created and designed by the talented local of Rhode Island, Carolyn Rafaelian. The company was named after her first two daughters and focuses on the idea that "one can infuse thought into material to recognize one's power and unique essence in their everyday wear."

Sunrise
Iris Cocktail Ring


Carolyn Rafaelian believes that her creations hold the power to express awareness, empowerment, and inner beauty. It was her mission to design a line that provides and enlightens the wearer with her own unique essence, embracing and showcasing the beauty that lies within.

"What is pure and natural is most beautiful and creating jewelry from recycled materials enriches the beauty of each piece."


Deco Heritage
Charm Bracelet


Alex and Ani use eco friendly, recycled materials made 100% in the United States. Alex and Ani does this by purchasing metals from local mills who have received recycled scraps from refineries, they then use those pieces and after, sell their scraps back to the Mills. This system supports the environment and also encourages Alex and Ani's followers to be eco friendly through their own daily lifestyles.

The Signature Expandable Concept...


Goddess Soleil
Chloe Expandable Wire Bangle Set


Alex and Ani's expandable collections have a very unique mechanism involved in the way that they are constructed. Difficult to use clasps on the jewelry are replaced with a sliding technology that involve no clasps and allow the wearer to have a customized fit.

Alex and Ani's signature feature is used on expandable wire bracelets, rings, chain necklaces, and hoop earrings. The expandable pieces are available in precious metals or Alex and Ani's signature Russian Gold and Russian Silver finishes. Ornamented with spiritual symbols and stones, these signature pieces can be collected and put together in unique assortments personal to the wearer.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces featuring the Alex and Ani expandable concept:

Tigris
Beaded Endless Hoops


Crystal Chanel 
Expandable Wire Ring


Goddess Tsovinar
Athena Expandable Wire Bangle Set


Goddess of Love 
Expandable Chain Necklace

Earth
Expandable Wire Bangle Set



I'm sure by now you've fallen in love with this collection. Just from picking out some of my favorites, I've become even more obsessed. The expandable bangles are definitely a highlight of Alex and Ani for me. I love how there is such a great variety of beautiful, unique pieces to choose from. It is an art form itself just picking out the jewelry you want to combine for your own personal display.

So, here is a great starting point...

Alex and Ani is giving one lucky reader
a Starfish Expandable Wire Bangle of their own!!!



Guidance | Renewal | Love


"Starfish symbolize healing and regeneration...plus they're just so cute! Each charm hangs from Alex and Ani's patented Expandable Wire Bangle, the most innovative concept in jewelry, which allows the wearer, with the slide of a hand, to adjust the bangle for a perfect fit. Wear alone or mix and match with other Alex and Ani styles for a custom look. Wear this fun and whimsical Starfish charm available in Russian Gold and Russian Silver."


Here's how to enter:

1. “LIKE” Alex and Ani on Facebook
2. "LIKE" LisaPriceInc on Facebook
3. Follow AlexAndAniUSA on Twitter
4. Follow me on Twitter as well, and then tweet the following:

“I want to win the @AlexAndAniUSA giveaway
hosted by @LPriceSOright”


Once you’ve done all four steps – make sure you're able to be contacted through your twitter if you are the winner or leave your email!!!

This giveaway will last 1 WEEK from today and end NEXT Tuesday 7/12/11 at NOON (12 P.M.) P.S.T.

Good luck!

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