A year ago this April marked the one year anniversary of my other, slightly less demanding and not nearly as cute baby – my blog. Oddly enough, it took having a baby to get the courage to launch my own blog, as if I needed one more thing to tackle. I had just returned to work full-time, was still nursing a 6 month old baby through the night, and figured – “Hey, I’m up at 1am anyway, might as well write.” As crazy as it sounds, looking back at this year, I am so glad I did it. Becoming a mom truly does change the whole life game – it’s as if everything before now was just rehearsal for my “real life” to start. Everything I thought I knew about myself and what I wanted for my future, was turned upside down and inside out. Starting this blog awakened my true love for writing, something I always had a passion for growing up and somehow had pushed aside along the way. It also has given me a creative outlet I so desperately needed, not only to pursue my personal styling, but it served as a way for me to express myself in ways that are so crucial when deciphering your life as a new mom.
Last night I attended an event to preview the Resort 2013 collection at the Escada store in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel off Rodeo Dr. As we pulled up to the elaborate back entrance to valet, and walked through the lobby to the Escada store – I definitely had a Pretty Woman moment, minus the snubs.
Not only was the Escada team lovely, but the space and decor were equally as beautiful – literally everyone walking through the store proclaimed how it seemed to just go on and on. I personally loved how the different collections were displayed, which made it all too enticing to want to buy everything in sight. But reality set in and I quickly remembered I didn’t have Richard Gere waiting in the wings, and my credit cards – they have a limit…
Last year was my first time to experience Fashion’s Night Out, and I dragged my more than willing husband (yah, he’s that good) to the Beverly Center where we braved the onslaught of folks trying to get a glimpse of some fall fashion (and a celeb or two). It was well worth it just for the sales alone – where and when else can you get a $20 pair of cork wedges!
This year, since I already knew what to expect at the Beverly Center (and I’d just hit up their labor day sales the weekend before), I was up for something new this time around. Lucky for me, Santa Monica Place partnered with Los Angeles magazine for FNO, complete with a fashion show hosted by none other than Fashion Editor Linda Immediato – check out her Haute List blog for some entertaining Fashion Editor Problems from FNO.
Tonight I braved a drive into the valley, during rush hour no less, just to get a sneak peak of Fall Fashion trends at Bloomingdale’s Sherman Oaks, and some key styling tips from Los Angeles magazine’s Style Editor Linda Immediato.
Although we were all in agreement with being so over shopping for summer, we haven’t felt quite ready to start thinking about fall. Let’s just say once the fashion show got into full swing, with enough denim, fur and leather to put anyone in the shopping mood, we were all singing a different tune.
Not to mention Bloomie’s was having their Mad About Fashion Loyallist event, lord only knows how I managed to walk away with just a Medium Brown Bag – but hey, a girl has to have some self control…
Black Drawstring Pants: H&M (Phillip Lim, ones I really want). Gray Tee: Mossimo for Target (similar here and here). Blazer: Anat B. Beverly Hills (Spring/Summer 2012 Collection). Messenger Bag: Kristen Bell for Erica Anenberg. Shoes: Halogen Vivian Sandal (not pictured). Chronograph Watch: Michael Kors. Leather Studded Bracelet: Ron Herman. Leather Wrap Bracelet: Isabel B. boutique at Hotel del Coronado (similar to Hermes version). Cocktail Ring: BCBG (my best friend has a matching one – a modern take on the bff necklaces, circa 1990).
Fashion illustration by Simone Elum. We all loved how she made our legs somehow look 10 feet long.
My boss and I ogled over some Rebecca Taylor pieces – which happens to be one of her favorite brands, and it’s getting up there in my book with this tweed, fringed blazer and pleated leather skirt.
I’ve had my eye on the brocade jeans trend ever since I saw these gold brocade ones from J Brand’s Fall line. Have to say, I was resolved to let this trend pass me by – that is until I saw these Current/Elliot black brocade jeans. After seeing them modeled, they made a true believer outta me.
See more of my fav looks from the evening – just keep in mind most styles aren’t available online yet, but I’ve listed out each article of clothing which can be found in store at Bloomingdales (so apologies for no links).
Joie blouse, Current/Elliott color block jeans, Chloe bag, and Vince Camuto shoes.
p.s. Moni’s in the background of this photo, can you find her? Hint – she’s got some killer heels on…
Helmut skirt & t shirt, Joie leather jacket, Rebecca Minkoff purse, and Dolce Vita shoes (loved them).
Rag & Bone jean, Theory leather jacket, Splendid tank, and Dolce Vita shoes (again).
DVF leather dress, Marc Jacobs purse, and Vince Camuto shoes (the models wore these with a lot of the outfits, which really shoes what a staple a great pair of black pointy-toe pumps can be).
Vince leather jacket in indigo, Vince tank, Vince jean in citron, Ted Baker purse (really loved the structure of this bag), and Vince Camuto shoes.
Vince fur vest, blouse, and jean, Leibskind bag, and Vince Camuto shoes (this ensemble might have been the crowd favorite of the night).
Theory fur vest, Vince blouse, Theory leather legging, and Vince Camuto shoes.
Joie fur vest, Vince blouse, Rag & Bone leather jean (want these in a bad way), Chloe bag (Linda’s pick of the night for best everyday/carryall bag), and Dolce Vita shoes.
Vince fur vest and blouse, Rag & Bone jean, Rebecca Minkoff clutch (love anything by her), and Vince Camuto shoes.