Fashion Fades; Style is Eternal


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Is Flannel Over For Summer?

Yes, flannel is over. But it doesn't have to be completely banished to the land of bike shorts and Birkenstocks. I'm a huge fan of soft flannel, and not just for the rugged winter months. It goes amazing loosely buttoned with even looser, messier hair. Try it on oversized and ditch your pants if the days get too hot.

Here are a few ways to keep your flannel current for the summer months and out of year 2008 or your boyfriend's closet...

1. With a basic tee, unbuttoned, paired with slightly distressed daisy's.

2. Layered over a white lace dress, under an over-sized light washed denim jacket.

3. Paired with classic shaped sunglasses and a structured hat.

4. Loosely buttoned with wild stick-straight hair.

5. At the beach.

6. As a dress, paired with caramel colored leather accessories.

7. With a cut-out dress and edgy arm candy.

8. As a sarong.

8. Over a dainty tank and short shorts.

9. Over no tank and tucked into high-waisted shorts.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Yikes!...I did it again.

Have you ever had one of those nights where you were just plain on a mission and you wake up the next morning on the top deck of a 400-foot yacht under a flame-proof captain's blanket with an empty bottle of Don Julio 1942 in your hand? Tell me that's not totally normal.

So last weekend, I woke up from the above scenario feeling just short of a negative million bucks. I collected my Louboutins...and my girlfriend...and we "bid adieu" to our shipmates as we got the hell out of there. At this point, it was about 9 am on Sunday morning and we were definitely not wanting to spend the entire rest of the sunny day holed up on the couch.

Next mission? We ditched our Louboutins, changed into Lululemon, and booked it to bBar.

As we were picking out our juices in hopes of flushing out the Don running through our veins, I began telling last night's story to the friendly staff. Little did I know, the girl behind the counter was about to save my life

She said, "Yikes!"
I'm like, "I know, right!"
She goes, "No, Yikes! You need Yikes!"

(By this time I figure I've died and gone to hell in a Prada handbag as the word "Yikes!" is echoing over and over in my head...)

She continues to tell me that "Yikes!" is a brand new hangover cure that Beaming developed.

"Tell me no more. Give me two," I say.

The staff whipped up these magical "Yikes!" concoctions and within seconds of taking my first sip, I instantly felt better. My eyes were actually opening, the room had steadied, and I could actually stand up straight and stop resembling Quasimodo. 

"Yikes!" there really is a God!

So whether you're waking up on a yacht, waking up after Opening Day at the Del Mar Horse Races this Wednesday, or just simply waking up after being on a mission of your own and not feeling your absolute best, head straight to bBar and say one word, "Yikes!" - they'll know just what to do.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Boyfriend Friendly Brunches.

If you're like me, you'd agree that brunch is the most important meal of the week. Whether you're nursing a hangover with a gallon of French press or you're continuing the party from last night with a bottle of Dom, brunch is the best way to set the tone for the upcoming week.

Boys at Brunch

Sadly however, most of the male species would rather stick a salad fork in their left eye before they forked over $17 for eggs.

Dragging your boyfriend to brunch can be quite the task, especially when standing in Hermès wedges with no support, and eventually...can lead to a sh*tty shattered Sunday if not taken care of in proper form.

Luckily for you, I've found some amazing boyfriend friendly brunches around San Diego that he won't be able to resist. Whether he's into a killer açai bowl after a surf sesh or he's a carnivore before noon, these options are a sure bet to get your brunch on and keep your boyfriend happy...

Bloody Mary Bar

Breakfast Frittata

1. Davanti Enoteca is an amazing place to go for a hearty, Italian breakfast. Your boyfriend can go to town making himself his own Bloody Mary (filling his glass with prosciutto wrapped asparagus, thick slices of bacon, seasoned peppers, and hot sauces galore) and dig into a yummy breakfast pizza.

French Toast

2. The Mission serves up everything from sugary carbs to Latino plates. Whether you're craving sweet or savory, the dishes at The Mission are substantial and offer a huge variety for any diet or appetite. I highly recommend the granola banana pancakes and the Mission Chilaquiles.

Classic Margarita


3. Casa de Bandini is your go-to for a Mexican fix...tell me, what guy doesn't love Mexican food at any time of the day? Let him swim in an aquarium sized margarita and go to heaven eating his favorite food group: tortilla chips and guacamole.

Pitaya Bowl

4. Seaside Smoothie & Juice Bar offers a huge assortment of juices and açai bowls for a healthy start to the day. The Pitaya Bowl is a favorite, packed with superfood powers that please the active boyfriend.
Harry's Coffee Shop

The B.W. Benny

5. Harry's Coffee Shop is the best place to head if you're nursing major hangovers. Bring on the grease with old school diner favorites. Order up The B.W. Benny for your boyfriend and he's guaranteed to leave with at least some of the whiskey soaked up from the night before.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Traveling in Style & Slumber; Mastering the Red-Eye Flight to MBFW!

Red-Eye Flight (defined): The term red-eye derives from the fatigue symptom of having red eyes, which can be caused or aggravated by late-night travel. A red-eye flight typically moves east during the night hours. It departs late at night, lasts only about three to five hours, an insufficient period to get fully rested in flight, and due to forward time zone changes the aircraft lands around dawn. As a result, many travelers are unable to get sufficiently rested before a new day of activity.

What wikipedia failed to mention are the following side effects: a face so dry a vat of La Mer can't solve your problems, a ruined blow out from the static cling attached to your inflight fleece blanket, a migraine from the bottle of champagne you drank the night before trying to baby cries and turbulence, irrational hunger pains that make you crave every carb in the book upon landing, and a "morning after" outfit without even getting any.


Exactly one week from today, I will be landing in Miami at 6 am for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week off a red-eye flight...not the week to look beat before it even begins. I am desperately doing my research now so I don't wake up with any one of these side effects. 

Here's what I've come up with so far...

1. An eye mask for sleeping. Preferably one with little gel packets on the inside to regulate face puffiness.

$410 - 745

2. A heavy cream. But, remember not to get too dense of one because the lack of air circulation in the airplane will not let it breathe and you'll be sitting there with your face in a gloppy mess only attracting airborne germs. 

3. Speaking of airborne... These little packets are essential. I take them with me any time I am on the run or traveling. They seriously save lives. No MD license required.

4. A Hermès scarf or shawl. Ditch that damn fleece blanket and wrap yourself up in a shawl. Or, if you just can't pry your hands off the synthetic recycled materials given to you next to your barf bag, wrap your hair up with a silk scarf...blow out protected.

5. Avoid looking totally disheveled from the night before. Dress appropriately. This doesn't mean tight Balmain leather pants and Louboutins - sooo uncomfortable - but, try to wear something comfortable to fall asleep in that is acceptable to see during daylight least until your car is brought.

6. Stock up on your Beaming essentials. I like to order a one-day reset cleanse to pick apart and snack on during flight and to have on hand for after. Just make sure to check your airline regulations so you aren't forced to throw away your juices at security!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How To Cuff Your Trousers; All Gender Edition.


Cuffing your trousers is a tricky situation. There are so many ways to turn a cute, cropped look into a catastrophe. And although this folded look has been trending across the seasons for decades, it seems to be most popular during summer months for two reasons:

1. You wear better shoes to show off beneath a crop (no one tucks their hems while wearing Hunter' least I hope not). This is the best part about a cuffed hem in fact! Pointy-toed Célines have never looked so good.

2. It's effing hot outside.

How to cuff your trousers appropriately however, is an entirely different length of a list. The do's an don'ts are endless. While researching this topic, I've come to find that most rules stand for both females and males alike. So whatever you have going on beneath your belt, take from this advice to make sure you're cuffed correctly at the very bottom.

Now, let me show you how to tuck and fold your hems correctly...

1. Don't cuff your heavy blue denim. Don't wear patent loafers without socks.

2. Cuff right below the calf, just before the skinniest part of your ankle.

3. Be careful cuffing solid dark fabrics with no texture, your legs could look midge.

4. See? Much better.

5. Feel free to cuff your leather. Badass.

6. Don't cuff and trench.

7. Do cuff and blazer it.

8. This may be all wrong, but he's just so hot. Do.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Skin Sabotager; Hot Humidity.

We all know that stress can wreck serious havoc on our diets, on our credit cards, and on our under eye circles. PMS pimples are not hot either. Another skin sabotager we often forget about is hot humidity, warm weather's evil friend.

I've found some amazing products that put my pores in check, and I want to share them with you so you don't have to spend your entire summer covered up in concealer.

Test these out...

1. Sunscreen that doesn't make your face a sloppy, swampy mess. I've been obsessed with Kiehl's ever since I used to steal boyfriends' face wash back in the day. This sunscreen is a gift from the skin Gods. Not only is it SPF 50 (way higher than the SPF you get in your Chanel tinted moisturizer) but it's super light, fast to dry so you can apply your make up instantly, and this little tube lasts all summer long.

2. Diamond Life Infusion, need I say more? Yes, you read the price correctly...this 0.8 fl oz pump applicator is the price of a signature pair of Jimmy Choo's. My girlfriend introduced me to the line one of the last times we were at Neimans and it's seriously life changing. This product regulates Skin Age Biomarkers (slows aging process and preserves youth) and has a little ingredient called Bio-Magnet Nanosomes (the ultimate skin rejuvenators). This diamond is truly a girl's best friend.

3. Vitamin C without having to cut up oranges and lay them all over your face. As you probably already know, Vitamin C is the greatest natural vitamin for brightening up skin tone and fixing uneven splotches (age spots). Stop drinking a glass of poisonous, concentrated Tropicana first thing each morning and get an even greater concentrated C fix with this little serum dropper. 

4. Moisturizing cream that doesn't resemble clotted cream. Put away your damn La Mer for the summer months. It's way too heavy for humidity. RéVive has an amazing hydrator that is like a spoon full of sugar fix to your dry skin. I don't usually use products from this line, but the moisturizing renewal cream is the first thing I grab from my medicine cabinet (okay, closet) when I want an instant moisturizing fix and don't feel like glopping on the heavy creams and serums.

5. Natura Bisse and Vitamin C in one. This product is everything. For a much affordable spray than the previously mentioned Natura Bisse infusion, and a lighter approach to the Vitamin C Ester Serum, this product is instant revitalization. Spray first thing upon waking up or anytime throughout the day when you need a refresher.
6. Keep clean for cheap, without being cheap. Make up wipes are wonderful for a late night before you face plant into your pillow, but when you only use face wipes and don't actually wash off your face night after night, you're just spreading gunk around. Be sure to cut through your make up wipe residue with a good wash every once in awhile (or every night for you over achievers). Erno Laszlo has amazingly priced products that cost just over your 60-sheet face wipe pack from MAC. 

7. Polish up so good you want to eat it up. We all love Fresh products and since a young age, I'm sure you've been religiously keeping a stick of sugar in your purse. I am obsessed with this Sugar Face Polish (along with many others who voted this product as a NM Beauty Award Finalist). Unlike cheapo drug store masks that damage more than they fix, this mask is simple and offers results. Plus it smells so good you want to lick it right off your cheeks.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Shoe Shopping for Hot Men.

Ladies, are you so sick of seeing hot men in ugly shoes? Men, just because you're hot doesn't mean you can slack off in the footwear department. And why are ugly shoes on hot men so much more noticeable in the summertime? Because generally speaking, they don't have long Armani dress pants to hide their clunky shoes on weekends and insist on wearing those same shoes with seersucker daylight - yikes!

Let me break it down for you as briefly as possible...

No: Cuffed dress pants, ugly printed socks, black lace up loafers.

Yes: Cuffed white pants, no socks, ivory Ferragamo loafers in soft leather.

No: Rick Owens x Adidas Collaboration, Spring 2014.

Not quite: Perforated Nikes with cuffed khakis.

Yes: Nikes with Nike shorts.

Absolutely yes: Nike golf attire.

No: Thom Browne SS13 Men’s Unconstructed Seersucker Shorts with metallic moon shoes, are you in a circus?

Yes: Pink seersucker shorts and unconstructed beige lace ups, are you a model?

Hell yes: Man with a dog, rolled up seersucker shorts, and no ugly shoes, marry me?

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