Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t experiencing a bit of an identity crisis during this global pandemic. How does a style blogger and product junkie write about beauty and fashion when isolation is strongly encouraged and there’s nowhere to go? Where would I wear a yellow lace dress? Or a corset swimsuit? Why wear makeup if half of my face is covered and it’s just going to come off on the mask and create skin problems?

Until recently, I felt the idea of fashion shows was nothing short of sadistic; they were just a reminder of places I couldn’t go without the constant worry of catching COVID-19, or having my great mood stifled by the reality of temperature checks, discouraged socializing, or the lack of money to shop. I’m living in robes and sweats, so while I’m not an athleisure girl, I see the appeal now.

Apparently, my issues are poor peoples’ problems because fashion shows are still going on, albeit digitally, and Vogue is here to break down every show as they come in. 

Dreaming is still free…

Source: Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

I Want – Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Bag

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

I was smack dab in the middle of ogling Chanel’s Fall 2016 collection when I ran into this beauty, the Issey Miyake Bao Bao Crystal Shoulder Bag. Isn’t it fascinating? It must be EVERYTHING if it made me stop looking a Chanel. This is, as most things are on my “I Want” list, completely unattainable, but a girl can dream, right?…

 

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Look 2 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

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Just like the Bao Bao bags, Issey Miyake’s apparel frequently conforms and transforms into dramatic shapes. The Issey Miyake Geometric Jacket.

Issey Miyake, in addition to producing my favorite perfume, is the most innovative fashion designer alive. The Bao Bao line has been around for a sixteen years and I am ashamed to say that this is my first time seeing one. I really like how the bags transform to accomodate whatever is in your bag be it a file or a bag of oranges, after all, the concept is “shapes by chance.”

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Rock series Crossbody SS16 in Matte  Light Grey – $805.

I want the Crossbody so bad I can taste it…

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Prism Series Tote in Aurora SS16 – $925

This gorgeous creature is from the Prism series and I want you to look at the details; the bag is made out of small triangles that are placed on top of mesh fabric. It is so architectural and futuristic. I’m completely in love. Triangles placed on mesh makes this concept so transformative.

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Bao Bao Platinum Tote SS16 – $1,295.

 

But not as in love as I am with the Platinum; it reflects like a mirror, so eye-catching, a total hater instigator.  Check out the incredible Bao Bao bags from Issey Miyake.

 

 

 

 

 

Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Celebration Style

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Image Source: Pinterest

 

I thought I would produce a quick little post at 1:30 in the morning to gloat. The Denver Broncos have won Super Bowl 50 and now it’s time to celebrate by putting away our game day apparel and put on some celebratory blue and orange (and gold for the golden anniversary) clothing and rocking those Bronco nails and makeup a little bit longer. While blue and orange can be a difficult color combination to pull off, it can also be mesmerizing when done correctly.

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Image Source: Pinterest

 

I live in Denver so we’ll be wearing blue and orange for the foreseeable future, and I would encourage all Bronco fans to stretch it out as long as possible. Again, congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on another Super Bowl win and for showing the doubters why this team has been one of the top teams in the NFL for decades.

Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Celebration Style

 

Nars cosmetic
barneys.com

Lovers Friends orange dress
revolveclothing.com

Lovers Friends dress
revolveclothing.com

Illamasqua eyeshadow
$24 – illamasqua.com

I Want: Michael Kors’ Floral Mary Janes

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First of all, I loved, loved, loved, Michael Kor’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. I am so stunned and surprised by some of the elements he incorporated into the current trends, that my mindset for the couture shows is completely blown. I’m not a pink girl, but I NEED that pink and white mink coat. What I couldn’t get over is the floral Mary Jane’s in black and white, and black and army green. I’ll take them both.

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Kors who rejects the label “Pre-Fall” and prefers to use “Transeasonal” because it’s less limiting, says he approaches design this way: “She’s got to fall in love.” Mission accomplished.

Happy New You! Jumpstart Your Personal Style

 

Image source: Kevin Michael Schmitz Photography.
Image source: Pinterest ~ Kevin Michael Schmitz Photography.

I’ll be honest, 2015 was rough, but I’ve had tougher. It was also exciting, enlightening and showed me that I am resilient, gullible, and an optimistic pessimist. I’ve learned that my refusal to give up is not always a good thing, but my stubbornness isn’t something I’m willing to change. Armed with more wisdom, I’m looking forward; 2015 is over and 2016 is just beginning.

Now is the time when we typically take stock of what we did the previous year and what we would like to do in the present one. Regardless of whether we habitually make resolutions we most likely won’t keep, there is a collective reset, an ‘after a rainstorm’ freshness in the air. I tend to clean house metaphorically. I get rid of people who are toxic and I look at what I can do to improve my physical and mental health.

I’m going to really focus on pinpointing my personal style which means putting more energy into myself, better known as being selfish. I’m a nurturer by nature, so I tend to take care of others needs before my own and I’m not alone in that. If I were one to make resolutions, this a resolution I would always break. I think most of us try to revamp or refresh our look. Unfortunately, coming right off of Christmas, trying to decide which trends I want to embrace or create contrast with my yearly thought to be fiscally responsible, another resolution that wouldn’t stick.

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Unretouched photo of me just after finishing a four-day braiding project wearing body jewelry.

I  found myself on Born Pretty Store when I was researching a story on ‘glitter roots‘ and spent way too much time in their jewelry department. I usually purchase nail art supplies here, but as a person who recently got into body jewelry, I was hooked on their selection. If you are not familiar, get familiar. Beauty and fashion enthusiasts rave about Born Pretty Store for a reason. They are on top of the current beauty and fashion trends: matte lipsticks, glitter for nails and hair, club clothes, and body jewelry, and the quality is great for how inexpensive it is. Their inventory of beauty and styling tools is pretty impressive as well.

As a thank you to my followers, I have a 10% off coupon for non-discounted items. Just use DFBT10 when checking out and know that you have exercised fiscal responsibility on top of welcoming the new year with a new you.

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Happy New Year!!!

 

 

The Top 5 Shoe Trends of 2015

The Top 5 Shoe Trends of 2015

 

It has been a good long while since I have posted and I have really missed writing for pleasure versus writing to make a living. A great deal has happened, in my life and career wise and thankfully, I have managed to maintain good health. I am writing for several venues and I am extremely excited about my present opportunities. For instance, I will be covering Denver Fashion Week (DFW) and I can’t wait to see how far this event has come. Look for more posts about DFW, as well as some live tweeting from the shows. In the meantime let’s look at the most popular shoe styles of 2015. Did your favorite shoe style make the cut?

Laurence Dacade black boots
$1,505 – net-a-porter.com

GUESS shoes
guess.com

Ralph Lauren leather boots
$890 – saksfifthavenue.com

Pumps
casadei.com

I Want – The Coach Swagger 27 Patchwork Carryalls

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The Coach Swagger 27 Patchwork Floral Carryall.

Fashionspiration just when I needed it. I decided to browse the March issue of Elle over my morning cup of black tea with lemon and mint, and the first page that fell open was a picture of actress Chloë Grace Moretz chillin’ with the Coach Swagger 27 Patchwork Floral Bag. Excited, I quickly got on the internet and found the Coach site, and that is when I saw the Coach Swagger 27 Patchwork Print Carryall. Yep, my poor tea was long forgotten, and unfortunately, cold by the time I remembered it.

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Coach Swagger 27 Patchwork Print Carryall.

The floral patchwork got me initially because while I am a Barbie, I am not a big floral girl, (however flowers are encouraged when apologizing fellas) but there were just the right amount and variety of flowers for me. It’s not too bright, and it’s not too dark, plus the leather patchwork has dots thrown in. I love dots. This is the perfect spring bag for me.

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The print carryall is something I would carry all the time. As anyone who follows this blog knows, I tend to gravitate towards darker colors, and black and blue are favorites (actually, my perfect color is midnight blue, but I digress) so this would go with most things in my closet. I think the randomness of the leather plaid and dotted patterns is perfect.

I also love the double-turnlock hardware on the bags, and you can tell that there is a lot of room inside which is attractive to someone who takes EVERYTHING with them. They are Swaggerlicious. The floral carryall retails for $550, and the print carryall retails for $650, so while my wallet says “no”, at this time, the minute it says “yes”, these bags are mine.

 

 

I Want – Charlotte Olympia’s Head Over Heels Sandal

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Charlotte Olympia Head Over Heels Sandal from the Valentines Capsule Collection.

I haven’t seen anything as cute as Charlotte Olympia’s Valentines capsule collection in a long time, in particular, this suede, platform sandal showcasing multiple tones of bleeding hearts just in time for Valentines Day. I have to admit, I had a hard time choosing which item to showcase after viewing the entire collection on Marie Claire UK, and I almost went with this adorable heart embellished bootie, but ultimately, this sandal won out.

The collection is full of whimsical clutches and footwear that can be injected into any existing wardrobe long after Valentines Day is gone. Some pieces are blatantly love themed and others are dedicated to the things we love, but none are boring or cliché. You’ll find it easy to fall in love with Olympia’s latest collection.

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Charlotte Olympia Head Over Heels Sandal from the Valentines Capsule Collection.

The entire collection is displayed on Marie Claire UK.

News From The Beautiverse Jan. 14-Jan.20

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Window display of SJP shoe collection. Image:@sjpcollection

 

I’m late. Not a good start, I know. I got caught up in how to make the site function better and I missed my Wednesday deadline. The option was; forget about it this week or post it late. I choose to finish it and post it late. I have a problem with finishing things so I am happy with myself.

This week’s News From The Beautiverse features; Sarah Jessica Parker, Tyra Banks, Rhianna, fragrant nail polish remover, and more…

News From The Beautiverse Jan.14-Jan.20.15

 

 

I Want -Blackbird And The Snow Gold And Diamond Celestial Earrings

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14k yellow gold and diamond earrings, $4,020, at Fragments, New York,

Aren’t they heavenly? These absolutely stunning yellow gold and diamond celestial earrings by Blackbird And The Snow are subtle enough for day and eye-catching enough for night. I found these beauties on W magazine online and I gasped when I saw how much were, but upon research, I found Blackbird And The Snow is designed and owned by fellow Coloradoan, Boulder jewelry designer and recording artist Marie-Juliette Bird.

Bird’s ability to incorporate pre-industrial artisanal techniques with unique metals and stone cuts to create delicate, yet innovatively modern cerebral pieces suddenly justifies the $4,000 price tag. The crescent moon and stars makes me want to lay down and dream about how badly I want these earrings.