August 24, 2015

{STYLE} The Tulle Project with eloquii

I’ve always loved the ethereal, feminine feel of a tulle skirt — they’ve been one of my wardrobe staples for as long as I can remember, and when it came to working with Christian Siriano on my wedding dress, there was no question that I’d of course be wearing a tulle skirt as part of my gown. When eloquii told me that they were launching a line of tulle skirts (in an array of gorgeous colors - from white and black to hot pink and neon yellow), I was thrilled, but when eloquii’s creative director, Jodi, called me up to ask if I’d be interested in DIYing one, I was even more excited.

I received a white tulle skirt in the mail, and immediately knew how I wanted to bring it to life; my wedding dress is easily my most favorite thing I’ve ever worn in my life, so I wanted to create a low-key, everyday skirt version of my wedding gown - borrowing some of the hand beading techniques that I observed from Christian. I went to multiple bead and trim shops in search of the perfect embellishments, and ended up acquiring an array of glass cut and swarovski crystals and rhinestones, applying them with a subtle cascade effect to my skirt. It was painstaking, but I’m so in love with the outcome! 

Best of all, eloquii has decided that each skirt - DIYed by myself, Mo from The Lion Hunter, Margie from Margie Plus, Rochelle from Beauticurve, and by the eloquii team, will each be auctioned off to the charity of our choice - and with the listing comes our one-of-a-kind skirts and a $250 gift card to shop at eloquii! I chose to auction my skirt to benefit The Step Up Women’s Network, an organization that I’ve worked with before and whose mission I love - to work directly with young women on tapping into their full potential and achieving their goals through mentorship and after-school programs. I love how all the skirts turned out - and I’m so excited to be able to share them with you guys after several weeks of collaboration with the eloquii team. They’re all uniquely gorgeous - I love how Mo brought her love for patterns into her tulle skirt by layering stripes under the tulle, and how Margie brought her incredible, grand personality to her skirt by turning herself into a real-life Barbie Doll, and how Rochelle’s skirt brought her signature femininity and colorful aesthetic to the table. 

Anyways, if you’re hoping to bid on the skirt (and please do), know that you’ve got some competition — from me. I really fell in love with the process and the final product, and am so grateful to eloquii for the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for SUWN. 






Thank you to eloquii for sponsoring this project and providing my tulle skirt.

August 19, 2015

{STYLE} That 70's Feeling

I don't think of myself as a shopper who necessarily chases trends -- I like what I like, and if that happens to fall on one runway or another, great! More chances are I'll find it on my favorite high-street shops. But I know a trend has really hit me when I'm suddenly pining after things I never would have thought to wear... Like high-waisted flared denim (these, specifically), and camel-colored suede. It gives me a moment of, wait, who am I? that is equal parts confusing and genuinely fun. As long as I don't look like I'm wearing a costume and waltzed off the set of a period piece, it's all good, right?

I shared some of my most favorite 70's inspired looks in the September issue of Marie Claire (out now with Miley Cyrus on the cover!), and my edit includes some seriously babely numbers - like this gotta-have-it velvet body con from Rachel Pally, but I've also been living for this simple A-line denim dress (that I wore as a top, cause why not), and a rotation of button-down A-line skirts.  





Photos by Lydia Hudgens



{SHOP THE TREND}



August 4, 2015

{STYLE} Check Mate



When things start feeling too comfortable, it's time to shake it all up. Maybe that's why I'm in the throes of this cross-country move, why I'm immersing myself into dozens of project, why I took up the opportunity to go paddle boarding in the ocean with a group of strangers, why I'm insisting on trying new-to-me hairstyles, and, finally, why I'm wearing pants. Yes, jeans have steadily made their way into the foundations of my wardrobe, but trousers -- printed, statement-making trousers, no less, are still new to me. This high-waisted, slightly-wide-leg pair from Addition Elle caught my eye with its bang-on trend grid print (and I'm totally swooning over the matching longline blazer, too). I always admire the way my BFF Gabi wears soft pants, but they've never looked right on me, (until now?!) I especially love how this pair elongates my legs; it's a serious game changing illusion considering I'm, like, 70% torso. That's not an exaggeration... but it is, absolutely, why I have a penchant for high-waist anything.

This whole minimalism-as-an-aesthetic thing is starting to grow on me, too. I haven't exactly gone the way of Marie Kondo, (duh, it's going to take a lot more than sleek clothes to quell my magpie ways), but I'm feeling this look... a lot

BUT WAIT, there's more!! I can officially share that I'm working with the babes at Addition Elle on a collection of 7 party dresses!! The collection will be out early next spring and I cannot wait to share it with you. You can catch some more info and a glimpse at my inspiration behind the collection here.



This post is part of my ongoing partnership with Addition Elle.
All contents and opinions are my own. 

August 3, 2015

{STYLE} My AVA&VIV Fall Look Book!



I'm so excited to share the Look Book I created with Lydia Hudgens featuring the AVA&VIV fall collection from Target! Lydia came out to LA a couple of weeks ago so we could shoot some of my favorite pieces and looks from AVA&VIV's new collection, with some seriously statement-making prints and great silhouettes. It was really exciting to watch this collection come to life - from Gabi, Chastity and my Target Headquarters visits last winter, through the feedback that we gave them, to the reception and comments from all our readers to the initial launch, and finally - to seeing the physical clothes up-close, (I even saw some of the fall pieces in store this weekend in Minneapolis!)

In creating and planning my look book, I wanted to showcase some of my favorite things to do in my hometown of LA, from visiting the LACMA, to picnicking and hiking at Griffith Park (just a stones-throw away from the Hollywood sign), while showing the many ways that the AVA&VIV collection can satisfy different parts of our lives. It's not just a workwear collection, or just a party collection - there are looks that are perfect for date night, or to look comfortable-yet-put-together for travel, for business meetings, or for brunch out with your girlfriends; it may not be a collection for everyone, but it's a collection that can work into your existing wardrobe in a way that is fun. And, on a totally selfish note, the fall collection is seriously up my alley - with gorgeous watercolor floral prints, tons of blush pink, leather-look details, and the most comfortable jeans that have come my way as of late.

My girls Gabi & Chastity also shot their own takes on the fall collection, and we all got together to shoot a fun video in New York with super-stylist Zanna Roberts-Rassi, (catch it over at A Bullseye View). We each have really different takes on style, and incredibly varied body types, so it was so much fun to see how we each wore our own stand-out pieces, (and also to see where our favorites overlapped!)



Photos by Lydia Hudgens

This post is part of my ongoing partnership with Target.
All content and opinions are my own.

July 30, 2015

{STYLE} Great Lingerie Under $30?! YES! (And a Giveaway!)


Since I had my first life changing bra fitting about four years ago (where I was not only fit for the correct size, but also found that it was totally possible to find gorgeous lingerie for my ample bust), I've been sharing my wisdom of investing in great underpinnings. A great bra is not just about support, but it can really change the way your wardrobe looks and fits, can make you stand taller, and at least for me - eliminate stubborn back pain. Since then, I've also conceded to the fact that great foundations will always cost a small fortune - and paying $60-$80 for a beautiful, well-fitting bra has become the norm for me. 

I met Dora Lau, the founder of Curvy Couture, a few years ago - and we shared our frustrations about the lingerie market - but Dora brought her decades of wisdom from working as a lingerie designer to launch her own full bust line - and this year, she's again making breakthroughs by launching Curvy Studio - an intimates line available at Target.com that provides the same great fit and quality of her pricier lines for under $30, available in sizes 36C - 42H. They also have matching briefs for $10 and $12.50, (notable: they're really smooth and kind of act like shapewear-lite, and available in sizes M-3X). 




Curvy Studio (miraculously) uses the exact same molds and fit patterns as Curvy Couture, and the the only noticeable difference (to me) on fabric and material is in the straps used on the Curvy Studio bras - though they are still really comfortable.  Because of that, if you're familiar with their sizing in Curvy Couture - you should order the same size from Curvy Studio. I found the unlined bras to fit my normal size perfectly (currently a 36H), where I took a size bigger in the lined/padded bras (the T-Shirt Bra and Lace Push Up) as the cups run slightly smaller. If you've never been properly fit for a bra, it's definitely worth visiting a department store to get an accurate idea of your size! 

The Unlined Lace Balconettes, available in black and pink lace (both pictured above), are my favorite. They're incredibly comfortable and have any everyday sexy that I think is an important part of getting ready everyday. I also love the T-shirt bras! They're ridiculously comfortable and easy to wear, and allow smooth, seamless wear, and it has convertible straps - so it can be worn with a variety of open backs. 

I'm pretty blown away by how comfortable and cute these bras are considering the price tag - it's not true that you have to sacrifice look for fit anymore.


{GIVEAWAY}
To help celebrate the launch, Curvy Studio is generously offering 2 Full Sets of the winner's favorite items from Curvy Studio at Target!! 

Rules:
Follow Curvy Couture on Facebook or Twitter
Head to Curvy Studio at Target.com and come back to leave a comment with your favorite styles and what makes you feel empowered! 
Bonus Point: Follow Curvy Couture on a second social media channel (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter)
Bonus Pont: Follow me on Instagram
Curvy Couture will facilitate all prizing and shipping to winner. 

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This post was sponsored by Curvy Couture.
All content and opinions are my own.