Playing Dress Up in Downtown LA

Wearing: Body Rock Sport vest, Victoria Secret top, Bakers Shoes bangles, Guess jeans, & Luichiny shoes

Most recently it was my extreme pleasure to have my first rooftop photoshoot in downtown Los Angeles with my dear friend Heather Petrey of LaFashionSnob.com! I’m so excited to share my experience with you all! A rooftop shoot has been on my bucket-list for a while now, so I’m just filled with joy that we finally made it happen! :)

We spent the better part of our day pulling gorgeous pieces from Chic Little Devil Style House (http://cldstylehouse.com/) - an amazing PR firm in DTLA. Their showroom was filled with racks upon racks of gorgeous garments, glittering accessories, and full walls of shoes! Not to mention all the stylish ladies working hard in heels….on Macs! I loved it, seeing all the ladies with their individual style, yet uniform in the glowing apples on their desks. – Apple products of all shapes and sizes are a common passion Heather and I share!! – Remember ‘The Devil Wears Prada’? And when Andy – Anne Hathaway – has her style makeover? Remember how excited you were when you saw rows and rows of gorgeous garments, walls of shoes, and drawers upon drawers of incredible accessories? Take all that excitement and turn it into a real life experience and you will understand how we felt walking into CLD! A huge thank you to CLD for allowing us to have a fun afternoon in your showroom and shoot on your balcony – you guys ROCK! :)

CLD is known as LA’s largest Style House with “over 50,000 designer garments, accessories, and shoes from over 200 top designers (from couture to contemporary to vintage).” Now tell me that isn’t every girl’s dream closet!? Needless to say, we played dress up! We spent a little over half an hour going through just a tiny section of their showroom showing much love to the Gypsy Junkies rack! (http://www.facebook.com/GypsyJunkies) It was all Heather’s style today, so we pulled a lot of vintage inspired, Coachella festival, bohemian styles – perfect for the warm Spring weather!

I really loved getting to spend some time with these garments – seriously almost not a thing I wouldn’t wear on the Gypsy Junkies rack! Heather obviously felt the same way: we created 15 looks from them and a couple  other designers: Love Marks, Luichiny, & BodyRock.  Check out some of the looks:

Heather wearing: Gypsy Junkie dress/ Luichiny heels

Heather wearing: Luichiny shoes & Gypsy Junkies

what a gorgeous gown! :) rooftop wedding couture? YES PLEASE!

Loves Mark dress

Luichiny shoes & Gypsy Junkies skirt

Gypsy Junkies dress & blazer

Pretty Little Inspirations

Feeling inspired while checking out my Pintrest boards…thought I’d share some ‘pretty little things’ with you from some of my favorite Pinners! Don’t forget to check out my boards and FOLLOW! :)

My inspiration today is: Simple, Cream-colored, & Floral.

the ever beautiful Lauren Remington Platt

love this chic modern approach to interior decorating

beautiful abstract photography - just pretty

I have got to pick up some cute fabrics like these! :D

gorgeous and so soft!

Lately, I've been super inspired by simple art...fashion illustrations mostly!

So European - fresh, sweet, and spring-like. I can just smell the flowers looking at this!

What a beautiful wedding idea....country weddings always get me excited! Something simple, elegant, and quaint will do just fine.

Addicted to kittens......one of these days I'm going to adopt a little guy like this and love him forever <3

What kind of inspiration are you gathering for Spring 2012?

xo Kate

Paris Couture & Armani Prive

Armani Prive Spring 2012 Paris Couture

This last week of January was ushered in by gorgeous gowns, intricate hand beading, and layers of ruffles and lace to no and…and very much to my excitement I might add! Only the biggest and the best were shown at Paris Couture…as it should be! Designers such as Dior, Giambattista Valli, Gaultier Haute Couture, Givenchy, Chanel, Armani Prive, and Versace were showing off their most imaginative of designs for the spring Paris Couture week of fashion.

Versace 2012 Paris

I was suprised to know that Versace was showing this year; she hasn’t had a collection at Paris Couture in nearly 8 years! No matter the reasons, I was happy to see she had made her presence known and of course went all out! You can check out some of her designs from the show here:

The shows which I was most captivated with were Chanel, Armani, and Dior. Chanel is and will forever be one of my most favorite fashion houses in the world. Between the forward thinking persona she was shown with in the movie “Coco Before Chanel” and the endless use of tweed in every collection I’m a dedicated Chanel follower for life. Ps…did you know my favorite perfume is Mademoiselle by Chanel…I’ve been wearing it nearly every day for the past year now! :D

Dior put on a fantastic show this season as well….full of lady-like silhouettes and full gowns with lace, beading, and of course this season’s trending sheer sexiness! Check out the blog post I wrote for Eloquent Woman Magazine about Dior’s Paris Couture collection HERE.

Me wearing my favorite color!

Armani’s Couture collection was full of bright green fabrics that I just couldn’t help but smile at! - Side note: my favorite color is green. I have a lime green Iphone case, lime green bedroom walls, and often wear green in it’s finest of shades: guacamole. Yes, my favorite color is guacamole green! – As for Armani’s fantastic collection is was certainly made up in brighter shades of lime and chartreuse.

Besides the color of most of the collection, I was first drawn to the photos of this show by the silly little twirlly-do fascinators all the models were wearing. I thought they were just so cute…almost Who-ish (You know the Who’s in Who-ville from The Grinch!) I think the fascinators did an excellent job of tying together the collection, even though it was clearly a very well thought out design process in each piece to make the collection cohesive.

The most prominent of design elements throughout the collection included fitted jackets with the trending peplum waist and peaked shoulders, many draped skirts, and well tailored separates. The entire show was a beautiful display of the ultimate fashionista’s daily wear.

 

Bright & Graphic Etsy Loves


Womens Crystal Handmade Leggings by Uptightso on Etsy.com

Geometric Necklace Purple Crystal Prism Forms by BooandBooFactory

Amethyst, (Geometric Facet) 8X10 Art Print by thepairabirds

Geometric Pinata Leggings by coyotepeyote

Geometric Colored Squares Circle Scarf by WhimsyTimeStudio

Yellow and White Chevron Clutch by waterpath

 

Find everything pictured here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQ3ODk1MTF8MTg0NTY0Njk1OQ/beautifully-graphic

Environmental Collaborative Art

I am so drawn to bright colors right now!!! It’s official, I’m over fall and ready for spring and summer color-blocking and crazy prints! Day one of my love for brights was inspired by Paula Patton’s dress on the Golden Globes Awards red carpet. Lucky for you, I did some research and found that her fantastic bright yellow gown was designed by Monique Lhuillier. After checking out her Spring ’12 collection and Pre-Fall ’12 collection I’m lusting after her designs so much more!! -I shall have to write another post about her collections!!- Day two brought me to notice Dana-Maxx’s hot pink-purple dress while I created a set combining Patton’s yellow inspirations and Dana-Maxx’s dress for Polyvore Live’s contest…funny that without trying, I stumbled upon yet another crazy colorful combination of art and fashion!

I’m a fanatic about Etsy…I have an Etsy shop, am apart of teams on Etsy, shop on Etsy, help others set up Etsy shops, and of course I blog all about it- as you have probably noticed! HA! It should be no surprise to you that in my hours spent on Etsy.com today I found more colorful bits to share with you!!! I found a post by WeirdWolf on Etsy’s blog about a small town being transformed by color by a couple local artists. Check out the 4 minute video that shows it all happening!

Handmade Portraits: The Public Art of Maya Hayuk from Etsy on Vimeo.