April 24, 2014
After one of the craziest winters that we have seen, I think we're all embracing Spring with its lighter layers, playful colors and the ability to enjoy those mundane tasks since the weather is finally becoming normal! As I just came back from Tokyo earlier this week (which is enjoying a phenomenal spring with 60/70 degree weather) and am prepping for the rainy weather of Seattle, today's feature focuses on the need to carry our beauty essentials while keeping it chic and compact.
The perfect handbag is a no brainer and on days when you can do a mini, this crossbody from The Cambridge Satchel Company bag is in a vibrant hot pink which begs for brunches, errand running and taking only the basics that are absolutely necessary. When carrying a smaller bag of this nature, there's no excuse not to have your necessities included whether it's your phone, a mini sketch pad etc. But the need to have your beauty items with you isn't even something to question. To take on today, Covergirl Outlast in Coral Shimmer ensures that your lip is always full of a pop of color in a perfect shade of gloss. When you're coming back from a great night or starting an early day, you can also enjoy using Olay Fresh Effects which is an eye awakening cream that gives you that fresh dewy look as if you've had all the beauty sleep in the world! Finally, Always did a survey noting that 40% of women keep liners in their purse (which is the same that carry their mascara). As Always Dailies is ultra sheer and keeps you shower fresh, it's very easy to maintain your on the go status while having everything you need for your beauty prep! On a gorgeous day like today, whether it's taking time for yourself at an outdoor cafe reading Elle Japan or staying on task - you're perfectly accessorized for your spring beauty essentials.
April 23, 2014
With the weather being closer to ongoing warm temperatures, the need for being outside and being able to relax also increases! When it comes to thinking about the weekend, it could mean taking some time with friends in a park, running errands, shopping, traveling and so much more. You never know where the day or weekend will take you. Of course these activities are even more fun when they're shared. Whether it's with your bestie or significant other looking relaxed is always a goal when you have free time.
When it comes to the perfect pair of jeans, True Religion Brand Jeans is a great go to brand for womens and mens jeans. As their assortment ranges from shorts, bootcut jeans, distressed jeans and an array of hues, there are a number of choices to consider in terms of adding it to your collection. Currently on trend over the past few seasons includes skinny jeans for women and designer jeans for men, the options are endless. Depending on your style, you may have to pick up a few pairs to round out your wardrobe. Check out the lookbook to see how you can style these designer jeans in terms of layering and keeping it chic and easy to sport. The great part about these jeans is that they can be worn with a number of looks so the versatility to dress them up or to wear them for business casual is so easy to do. In addition, check back to the lookbook from season to season to see how these looks work for your wardrobe year around.
Of course when you're wearing great looks, you need the perfect accessory. Whatever denim jeans you're wearing, the perfect accessory is a great stack of bracelets. Right now there is nothing better then the unisex trend that allows you and him to mix and match whether it's the great wrap style that is so nautical/camp inspired or the addition of mixed metal. Miansai is a great brand that compliments these relaxed looks. Complete the look with a pair of Converse, flip flops, sandals and more.
April 22, 2014
Earlier this month, I sat in the IAC's conference on gold and listened to a panel that included COOMI talking about the power of gold and what it means when one can personalize items for their customers. As an Indian designer, she shared how gold is apart of the very culture that she grew up in as she stated that children tended to get their ears pierced at a very young age and received gold earrings. In addition, obtaining gold bangles and other items are another way to share the wealth of this essential material. By working in gold she shares those visual textures and layers in fabulous gemstones and diamonds to enhance it. By working in high karat gold luxury retailers and their clientele enjoyed her offerings from the start of her launch in 2002. In addition to her commissioned pieces, other portions of her collection can be found in Neiman Marcus' across the country, select Saks, high end casinos and Stanley Korshak. Above are some of COOMI's pieces that are perfect to wear right now in a casual or elegant way that have been included in today's Accessory Edit. Additional favorites can be found within Accessory Agenda's Facebook Gallery.
April 21, 2014
Bathsheba Grossman is a noted 3D Printed artist whose works can be seen within jewelry, barware, sculptures and more. Her pieces are not only artistic but also incorporate geometry and symmetry together. Although she is known for her work within metal printing, she wishes to use transparent glass in the future (as well as to continue expanding within other metals. Her ability to play with shapes and to create new ones showcases how she has continued to push the boundaries within this field since 2002.
April 20, 2014
My sister got married yesterday in Tokyo at a stunning ceremony and reception at the Hotel Nikko. As the events didn't take place until Sat evening, I wanted to be comfortable before getting into my Maid of Honor duties and "if you give a girl the right pair of shoes", as Marilyn Monroe stated - "she can take on the world"! I rocked a pair of Cocorose London ballet flats (which I recently talked about on a Spring segment for Arise TV) in Harrow Suede Blue. As I was wearing a black tee and my black Lysee leggings, it was a great way to pop in some color along with my Garcia Artwear scarf (from the drawings of The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia). A twist on hues brings in my blue aviator sunglasses, a quick find in H&M before I jetted to Tokyo and finally an oldie but goodie is my military jacket from Abercrombie & Fitch from almost 10 years ago.