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Silver, Liquid Metals And Bling (These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things) #OOTD

May 21st, 2015 by Christen

 

Over the years, I’ve realized that my style can’t be narrowed down to one or two categories. In fact, it’s usually an eccentric mix of feminine meets biker-chic or preppy meets athletic, moments. I’m always looking for small elements or details that’ll make my look standout (without looking like I’m thirsty for attention).

 

As a matter of fact, to know me means that you understand my love for individuality without seeking spotlight. (Maybe that’s a weird introvert characteristic, but I digress..) One of my favorite looks that experiment with multiple elements of style is this sneaker glam ensemble – where bling is king!

 

 

By pairing a sweatshirt/sneakers with a glam gown/chandelier earrings, I managed to create a look suitable for… well, I cover what this look was intended for below.

 


Earrings: Pearl/Silver drop chandelier (Charming Charlie)

Top: “Jeweled” cropped sweatshirt (H&M)

Dress: Vintage

Shoes: Liquid Metal Sky Hi Dunks (Nike)

I’d love to say that this was a well-planned “outfit of the day” ensemble – but I’ll admit that it was really a “I’m late for church & wanna be comfy” look instead. (LOL!)

 

 

 

What do you think of my mix of sneakers and glam? I’d love to hear your thoughts below. 

 

Style Files: Say Hello And Color Me Happy In Heels #OOTD

May 15th, 2015 by Christen

Target style

 

Hello Friday!  There’s no happier time of week that the day that we welcome the weekend! As the days get longer, my dresses get shorter (Hey, I’m pre-gaming for summer!) With my favorite mid-Spring (not-quite-summer) frock and sneakers, I’m ready to take on the weekend in style!

Check out a few of my favorite shots from this week’s shoot with the Fiat 500 L below!

 

Target style

Covered in Happiness from head-to-toe.

I love easy style! Chances are you’ll find me in everyday wear that easy to throw on and go!  Since I’m a tall curvy girl, it’s important that my style feels chic and confident no matter what.  So pairing a short and sleek shirt dress with wedge sneakers was just the style and comfort I needed!

Can you believe that on my way to another shoot location, I just happened to come across this colorfully graphic wall and said, This is it! The similarities between my shirt dress and this mural were uncanny – so of course an impromptu photo shoot was meant to be!

Target Style

Shirt dress: Prabal Gurung x Target (Sold Out)

Nike sky hi premium

Shoes: Nike x Undercover Dunks (Sold Out)

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Steppin to the beat of my own drum…

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

 

For more on the 2015 Fiat 500 L visit DivasDriveInHeels.com soon!

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Hello Weekend, is that you?  I’ve been waiting on you (at the door) all week long!

Cheers to the weekend & I’ll see you all next week!

Style Files: Spring Fling To The Max With The 2015 @Toyota Highlander

May 12th, 2015 by Christen

There’s nothing I love more than a nice drive paired with beautiful weather, and when you add a flowing maxi dress to the mix – you’ve got the perfect combination for an amazing Spring day.  Recently, I purchased this beautiful chiffon frock and I must admit, I’m in love!

For me, Spring is all about flow and coverage – many Spring days can get rather warm, while the evening temps require a light sweater or jacket.  Because of this, wearing a long-sleeve chiffon-style dress is totally worth it as it covers and protects without being too hot and heavy.

Check out a breakdown of my Spring look below:

 

Toyota Style

 

Dress

H&M – CONSCIOUS. Long, V-neck chiffon dress with a printed pattern. Buttons at front and at cuffs. Tie belt at waist. Lined. Made partly from recycled polyester. ($49.95)

 

Accessories

Earrings & Necklace – Charming Charlie

Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviators ($170)

 

[Must Read: Bring On Spring In The 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited]

 

Toyota Style

 

Steve Madden sandals

 

 Toyota Style

Want to learn more?  Discover more Toyota Highlander colors, trims and options by visiting Toyota.com/Highlander and get social by connecting with Toyota on TwitterFacebook and Instagram today!

Discover The Secret Behind The Fashionable Success Of CBS’ The Good Wife

May 4th, 2015 by Christen

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Just in time for the season finale of the critically acclaimed hit drama “The Good Wife”, I caught up with style guru, Dryel advocate and “The Good Wife” costume designer – Dan Lawson to discuss his life of fashion, designing the stylish TV moments and more.  Check out my interview with Dan below…

 

At what age & what moment did you discover your love of fashion & style?

Well, I studied costume designer in college.  Then, of course, one gets out of school and starts questioning everything.  But I absolutely knew costume design was my calling when I saw the Merchant/Ivory film, “A Room With a View”.  I was truly moved by the story that the clothing told in that movie.  I was such a nerd, I even wrote the costume designer to say how much I loved her work.  Of course, she didn’t write back, but I knew that was what I wanted to do nonetheless.

“Fashion” really came into play later when I started working in television on such shows as “One Life To Live”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Kings”, and of course, “The Good Wife”.  TGW in particular was the perfect marriage of costume design and fashion for me.

 

How do you use technology to achieve day-to-day accomplishments in the fashion field?

Computer is key!  Research, correspondence, budget keeping, script work – everything goes through the computer.  TGW tries to be as green as we can.  So we do a lot through the computer.  Even pattern making can now happen on the computer.

There are other technologies that we use as well.  Instead of dry-cleaning all the time, we use Dryel.  Some of our vendors use amazing machines to create our own fabrics.   Superior irons like Rowenta that work incredibly well on clothes.

 

What are your favorite social media/fashion apps that you’re currently using?

I like Twitter.  I like to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening out there at any given moment.  Instagram is wonderful for research.

 

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What’s a typical day in the life for Dan like?

VERY LONG!!  I usually start by getting up at 5 and getting to set by 6:30 for a 7 AM call.  I work with the actors on their costumes for the day and make sure everyone looks the way I want them to before they go to set.  My team also checks/dresses the background actors.  Once the first scene is up and running, I usually have to go to my office in the wardrobe space at the studio for fittings with new actors.

While we are shooting the current episode, I also have to prep the next episode.  So in between checking actors before they go to set and fittings, I read the new script, break it down, research, shop, and work on roughing in the new episode’s wardrobe.  There are usually at least 3 meetings that I have to attend during the 6 or 7 day prep for a new episode – the initial meeting on the episode (called a concept meeting), my costume meeting with the director/producer, and finally the production meeting where we go over all the nuts and bolts before we start shooting.

The day starts to wind down around 7.  Our show tries to stick to a 12 hour shoot day.  Sometimes it’s longer and every once in a while it’s shorter.  Of course, if there is anything out of the ordinary with an episode, that takes extra time to handle.

We have long days Monday through Friday, but weekends are usually ours.  Although, if a new script comes in or there is a rewrite, I have to deal with it on my day off.  Episodic TV is a big machine and one has to stay in front of the work.  It’s like waiting tables, once you’re in the weeds it’s usually too late to salvage the situation.

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How do you keep the clothes you work with on set looking their best?

Our actors at TGW wear a lot of clothes as well as wearing the same outfit for days.  Quite often they will have to wear a costume until the end of the day on day and then the first thing again in the morning.  Everything gets steamed or ironed daily.  We always run a lint roller over the clothing.  We check for any small repairs that might need to happen.  We check the buttons to make sure they are tight and perky – nothing worse than a drooping button on a suit, blouse or coat.  Using the proper hanger is also very important.  I usually like to have pants hang long rather than folded over a hanger to avoid creases right at the knee.  We will also turn garments inside out to allow them to get air to the inside which helps freshen them up.  We depill the knits.  We also dry-clean but try to dry-clean as little as possible since the process can be quite wearing to clothing.  We use Dryel a lot in the dryer to remove daily grime from all day wearing or stains.  We also use it for freshening up blouses, dress shirts, skirts.  It’s a great product too for rejuvenating vintage pieces or already worn pieces we pick up from the second-hand stores.

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If you could only pack 5 items in your fashion survival kit, what would they be?

Female:  the perfect skirt (pencil or “A”); a versatile blouse; a well-heeled pump that is comfortable (not an easy thing to find, but well worth the effort of looking!); a nicely maintained bag – not a backpack; a simple, elegant earring that goes with everything

 

Male:  a well fitting suit; a white dress shirt with a nice crisp collar; a good leather belt; a classic dress shoe that is comfortable; and, like the ladies, a nicely maintained bag – not a backpack.

 

Want to keep up with Daniel Lawson, costume designer of The Good Wife. Follow him @GoodWifeFashion on Twitter and discover Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target plus get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.

I Found The Perfect Jumpsuit For Any Island-like Vacation At Target

April 28th, 2015 by Christen

Hola from Puerto Vallarta!  Currently, I´m basking in an amazing Mexican All-inclusive resort, sipping on pina coladas and ever-so-grateful that a few weeks ago (in spite of my pre-determined judgement) I checked out the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection before it sold out!

Before I spoil the surprise that you already knew – Yes! This jumpsuit is from the Lilly For Target collection, but what you didn’t know is that if it wasn’t for the launch day morning buzz – I wouldn’t have taken a second look at the collection in the first place.

When I first received the Lilly for Target lookbook from Target’s PR agency, I instantly thought of baby puke.  (That’s harsh, I know. But follow along.)  The bright pinks, blues and greens jumbled together made me think of bridal and baby showers and babies and puke. Still a bit much? Well, at least I’m being honest.  But, within the collection of pastels – I found the perfect island-inspired jumpsuit! (Who knew!)

Measuring at 42″ at the bust and 36″ in the waist, the kelly green palm-like “boom-boom” print design pops out unlike anything else in the collection. It’s 100% polyester without the cheesy/cheapy polyester feel and even on a tall girl like me, it manages to sweep the floor (pants length is VERY important in my world.)

perfect jumpsuit Lily For Target

After wearing this piece on my first Puerto Vallarta day out – it doesn’t surprise me how quickly this collection actually sold out online and in Target stores!  The Lilly for Target collection was inspired by Palm Beach living, so of course it would become uniform for soon-to-be vacationing fashionistas everywhere!

  perfect jumpsuit Lily For Target

 

Lilly Pultizer for Target

Boom Boom Jumpsuit

$44.00 (Sold Out)

 

Although the jumpsuit is sold out online and in Target stores, doesn’t mean this awesome vacation find has to elude you.  You can still check out additional options for kids, plus sizes and more on Ebay.com – yeah, it’ll cost you more than the original price – but when I say I found the perfect jumpsuit for any island-like vacation from Target – I meant it!

perfect jumpsuit Lily For Target

 

 

What do you think?  Did you score any of the coveted Lilly for Target pieces?  What do you think of the collection?  Share your thoughts below!

Melody Ehsani Reebok Classics Return Today With More Fresh Kicks

April 24th, 2015 by Christen

Melody Ehsani Reebok Classics

 

I’ve been a huge fan of the the Reebok Classic x Melody Ehsani collaboration for years now! I mean, who doesn’t love a stylish collection of sneakers that are as fab as these!
LA based designer Melody Eshani and Reebok Classic are back at it again with another collaboration, this time featuring the iconic Blacktop Pump and Ventilator sneaker models.

 

Melody Ehsani Reebok Classics

 

The Blacktop Pump is updated with a hidden interior heel wedge for a feminine, streamlined silhouette, while the Ventilator says true to its retro runner design.  The collection ranges from $120-$200.

 

Melody Ehsani Reebok Classics

 

Each sneaker features the luxe python leather featured on the first Reebok Classic x Melody Ehsani collaboration – a unique texture that takes inspiration from a creature which embodies Melody’s definition of a Classic woman. The shoes also feature the designer’s signature take on the Evil Eye, which brings a sense of individuality and creativity to the look. The clean gum outsole adds a fresh finish to the shoe’s rich tones.

 

Melody Ehsani Reebok Classics

 

These shoes will be exclusively available at Melody’s LA store (424 1/2 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) and melodyehsani.com on April 24th. The shoes will then be available at select global retailers and Reebok.com starting May 1st.

 

Fashionistas Rejoice! You Can Now Change The Style Of Your Shoes With This App

March 30th, 2015 by Christen

Hey fashionistas! Wouldn’t you love owning an endless supply of stylish shoes? What if you never had to worry about spending hundreds (or even thousands) on shoes again? There’s a new app for that and to be honest, I’ve been awaiting the arrival of this technology for years!

 

Volvorii Smart Shoe

 

The Volvorii Smart Shoe has a color/pattern changing panel that you can adjust via your smartphone to match whatever it is that you’re wearing. In a second, you can go from subdued office look to a pop of color on your pump, because technology is awesome. The panel is an e-paper display — aka, a colorful, flexible version of your Kindle screen. You can get the shoe in black or white and of course change the panel all you want. The team of creators also plans to launch a line of accessories that you can clip onto the shoe to further customize it. Think bows or baubles. There’s reports that there will even a back attachment option if you want to add an ankle strap.
 

Volvorii Smart Shoe

 

Why wouldn’t you want to extend your shoe wardrobe by changing into a new pair of Volvorriis? To support the project, you can pledge any amount, but to get your own pair of Volvoriis, you need to lay down $249. They plan on retailing them for $499.  Would you invest in a pair of ever-changing heels?  Share your thoughts below!

New Buzz-Worthy Accessories That Even Beyonce Would Approve

March 26th, 2015 by Christen

If you’re a superfan of all things Beyonce-related, there’s a new buzz worthy accessories line that’s beyond perfect for you! For fans who adore everything King Bey (I mean, you still wear House of Dereon for goodness sakes!) Ann Taylor has the perfect accessories that’ll make any card-carrying member of the Bey Hive blush with glee! This Spring, make a beeline towards Ann Taylor for gifts that will show the special stans in your life just how much you really care. Ann Taylor’s new “Bumble Bee Collection” includes earrings, necklaces and a ring ranging from $29.50 – $69.50 and is guaranteed to make a buzz for any mom, grad or Beygency fan this Spring.

Check out just a few of my favorite pieces in the new Bumble Bee Collection from Ann Taylor below:

Bumble Bee Collection Ann Taylor

Bumble Bee Collection: Necklace ($39.50) 

Bumble Bee Collection Ann Taylor

Bumble Bee Collection: Earrings ($29.50) 

 

 

 

 

Bumble Bee Collection Ann Taylor

Bumble Bee Collection: Ring ($39.50) 

 

 

 

Bumble Bee Collection Ann Taylor

Bumble Bee Collection: Necklace ($49.50) 

 

 

 

Bumble Bee Collection Ann Taylor

Bumble Bee Collection: Statement Necklace ($69.50) 

 

 

Although the collection is not affiliated with Beyonce in any way (that I know of), I’m certain that these accessories could make even the most seasoned fan, buzz with glee!  Not quite out yet, the Bumble Bee collection will be available online at AnnTaylor.com and in stores later this Spring (just in time for Mother’s Day and bee-yond!)  Ann Taylor has the perfect accessories to complete a head-to-toe look including spring scarfs, and bucket bags, to the must-have accessory of the season.

Still want more?  In case you can’t wait and need a quick fix, check out this metallic bee-inspired scarf from Ann Taylor available today and get more bee-inspired style ideas in the latest Spring/Summer lookbook found here.

Spring Clean Your Closet By Selling Your Wardrobe Online

March 19th, 2015 by Tech Staff

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Spring cleaning will be here before you know it, and we’re here to help you get a jump on it right now. Go through your closet and pull out those pieces that kinda fit, but not really. Upgrade your space and wallet with sites that are built especially for you to sell your clothes with ease.

It’s time to sell your fashion goodies for the good of your closet and your wallet.

 

Twice

If you don’t have the time or interest in posting your items piece by piece, you can box up your entire closet purge and send it to Twice. They’ll send you a prepaid shipping label and a selling kit, then you just send them your items. Their shopping pros go through your pieces one-by-one and look at the brands, wear and styles to give you an itemized price list for the pieces they’ll accept. You can get paid in any number of ways — check, PayPal, Venmo or even a Target gift card. If you’re not digging the deal, they’ll ship your clothes right back to you.

 

Poshmark

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Poshmark is kind of like a Craigslist for clothes. Right from the app, you can post a picture of your item and list the details: size, brand, fit, etc. Fill in the original price and the listing price, then boom! You’re up and running. When you sell an item, Poshmark takes $3 for sales under $15 and 20% for anything over that. They’ll give you a pre-paid shipping label, but unlike Tradesy, they don’t send you something to ship your item in.

 

 

 

ASOS

 

ASOS is a regular haunt for fashion junkies. Their styles are diverse and perfectly funky. In their Marketplace, you can shop right from other ASOS lovers’ online boutiques or start your own. With your ASOS boutique, you’ll get an Account Manager to help you manage your sales as well as coverage from ASOS themselves. If you have enough to start a boutique from your own closet, great! If not, get one going with friends. You pay $30 for your boutique each month as well as 20% commission on sales, but if you’re a regular closet purger, it may be worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

Tradesy

With Tradesy, you can sell any item in your closet that’s in good condition. They make the whole process super simple. Just upload pictures of your item and its information. With that info, Tradesy will give you an idea of how much your item might sell for on the site.

Then, you post your item and the magic happens: First, they’ll clean up the main image of your item to make it look the best it can by eliminating the background and balancing the colors. No #whiteandgold, #blackandblue issues here. When your item sells, Tradesy will send you a bag for shipping. All you have to do is drop it in the mailbox. They take 9% of your sale as a fee.

 

Now that you have a few options for your next fashionable closet cleanse, you can get started towards your closet Spring Cleaning today!

What are some less than fashionable items that you’re looking to shed from the winter?  Share your stylish spring cleaning goals in the comment section!

 

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The Versatile Vacation Dress That Every Girl Must Own

March 10th, 2015 by Christen

In preparation for a Caribbean getaway with Strength of Nature,  I found myself in search of a versatile dress that could take me from day to night.  Surprisingly, I discovered the dress of my dreams inside the windows of a store that I rarely (if ever) shopped in before… Discover where I found my new favorite vacation dress below…

 

Vacation dress

 

Clearly, I am still too ticked that I found this fabulous Bedrock maxi dress from Loft.  The spaghetti straps and bold prints drew me in, but the flowing silhouette and super sexy split made me a believer!

 

 

 

Available in stores and Loft and Loft.com – don’t be fooled, this Bedrock dress may appear to be black and white, but it’s actually a deep navy blue hue.  (Don’t worry, it can easily pass for black and white while worn with practically anything!)

 

The Bedrock maxi dress accompanies bold prints with a sexy/strappy silhouette.  The elastic waist will cinch you in, while the elongated 42″ (from waist to ankle) dress flows and moves with your every step.  I loved wearing this dress during a catamaran ride in Montego Bay – it’s the perfect dress for any vacation!

 

When you’re on vacation, you need a versatile dress that makes you feel confident, feel sexy and make you want to let loose dance!  This Bedrock Maxi dress from Loft is definitely it!

If you hurry, you can catch a sale at Loft.com on the dress plus a great assortment of transitional seasonal pieces today.

For more details on pricing, sizing and more, click here.

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