The Road to Hana, Maui

Who woulda thunk it-a winding tourist attraction home to the East side of Maui’s dangerous, mountainous curves. Well our second day in Maui was a 12 hour day trip viewing some of the most breathtaking flora, fauna, scenery, and Hawaiian history all jam packed with 20 other bus riders from the Midwest. The weather really played with us that day; did a little rain dance, got hot, got cold, and almost blew me away off a scary slippery slope! LOL The pictures will illustrate this, passing through different climate zones but I assure you we are still on the island of Maui!

black sandy beaches exist here! :O

Would not have survived without my minty scarf.

Cliff posing before the end of our Hana roadtrip. Must. not. look. down.

Fedoras conceal all. Even the worst undereye bags!!

A hammock was meant to be here, under me lying on it lol

Marc, marking waterfall number 2

early mountain air, wishing I had a cup of Kona coffee right about now

general store man at a ranch, yes HI has ranches too! Why not lol

1 piece swimsuit- Mara Hoffman @shopbop.com
coral romper with fish belt- Marc by Marc Jacobs @TJMaxx
sunny G’s- HM retro tortoise style
mint scarf- Poppy @DSW
straw beach bag- Loop @Marshalls waaaaayy long time ago
nude cutout sandals- 2 Lips @DSW
other sunnies- Tory Burch aviators @TJMaxx
straw canvas fedora with silk sash-Eugenia Kim @Shopbop

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first floral.

Man oh man is it good to be back on my blog, or should I say lilypad! Hawaii pictures can be found from my trip here as well as Facebook but note that outfit-of-the-day photoshoots will be posted here 😀 It’s both good to be back on familiar ground and sad at the same time…I was almost beginning to think I was a native Hawaiian after staying in the Pacific for a week! I didn’t get to accomplish everything on my jet packed Hawaii list but we did good B) *Nor did I get to wear all my scheduled outfits–hmph!!–haha but family times like these you just got to roll with the punches..

Perched up against a palm tree with Plantation Iced Tea in hand

This grass is too greenish good-ness to be true..

Def feelin’ my new rad JCREW teal necklace I threw on courtesy of my aunt Meridith!

Sandals look familiar? LOL it’s because it is..but my new Longchamp isn’t!

easy, Cali-esque bracelets are practically the only jewelry I brought!

LIVE for moments like these where you just pull over on the side of a dirt road to take a picture in the midst of a tropical field somewhere far, far away…

linen gauzy cowboy-like hat- ZARA
puka teal shelled long necklace- JCREW
billowing 3/4 blue tunic- Jeunesse @Piperlime.com
aqua blue denim shorts- Paige
brown shoulder tote- Longchamp limited edition
beaded n’ braided sandals- Coconuts
ghost nails- Sally Hansen peel n’ stick strips
bracelets- gifted

Jimmy Choo cruise 2012

I was at a Barnes & Noble cafe the other day flipping through fashion magazines as usual when I stumbled upon this purse called the Camille! Speechless and honored was I; moreso a loss of words when I saw this. I could not believe my eyes! To be amongst the few starry eyed celebs such as Blake Lively (and other models named after shoes and handbags) is a dream come true ❤ Could it be that J-Choo finally came to her senses and named an uber fashion handbag after moi? Thank you from the humblest of opinions! *_* (<<<totes just pulling your leg, believe you me my ego is not that high)

Here are what the designers at Jimmy Choo came up for how I look! I must say that I'm loving the all white mixed with the pop of animal print. The tan/ beige-ish one looks similar almost to Chanel! I would also pair it head to toe mirroring the model's mix of tropical patterns.


Style Strategy book review & thoughts

golden front cover & author

The Style Strategy is a small, yet elegant, fashion help book designed to give some direction and organization on one’s wardrobe. Nina Garcia, infamously famed Project Runway judge, writes her strategy on selecting personal style without breaking the bank (well, not too much). The above picture is Ms. Garcia, Jennifer Aniston look-a-like and all, in one of her many, solidly-chic plain sheath dresses.

On PR the show portrays her as an un-reachable, devil-ish figure with lavish and exquisite taste. And while this may be true of the runway judge, Nina relates to the fashionably-challenged public in a short and witty manner commentating on fashion 101 throughout the ages. (For some reason I noticed lots of Civil War/ WWI/ WWII mentionables in there lol).

But I found myself pushing through fashion rules that I already knew prior to being a fashion student, because her interpretation on dressing well this day and age was refreshing. She wants to bring out the best and brightest, most creative, YOU! Instead of dictating what to wear to various occasions, she states updated ways on how to transform the classics…much like she does living in the dog eat dog world of Manhattan.

The book is well orgaized planning out three distinct sections:

I. What you have
II. What you need
III. What you want

Each chapter is broken down into further detail of course and there was never a dull moment. Between the high fashion illustrations by Ruben Toledo and inserts from Tim Gunn I found myself turning pages, eager to finish the book. Now, I’m not saying this is the best fashion masterpiece but for $3.99 at TJMaxx you can’t get a better deal on styling tips than that. The glossary provides listings of the best vintage shops in major metropolitan cities and websites worth perusing your fashionable buck! From one bargain shopper to another, I’d say that’s money well spent on an investment coffee table book.

“When you are surrounded by what makes you happy your creativity is heightened” -Unknown

All dressed up and nowhere to go…

Rachel Zoe does purple

I feel like that title post is the story of my life right now. As much stuff as I have from accumulating shopping trips do I have events to go to? No…guess I’ll just have a fancy soiree in my room. Everyone’s invited! Bahahahahahahaha

Lately I’ve been craving a purple suit or rather, violet suit and this one’s from Rachel Zoe! I have yet to own anything from her line since she turned stylist to designer. Preen has a richer, hue of purple suit that I would die for! Course all finer fabrics come at a price $_$

To top off such a statement color I wanted to keep the accessories minimal. I just ordered a ribbon necklace off of Hautelook like the one shown here! (Except mines red/ coral/ orange family not black). But I am loving this CC Skye kinda bulletted gold necklace. I got the Monique Lehsman necklace for a steal! $33.

And since we can’t walk around barefoot I googled Fendi platform heels and thought these peeptoes would go nicely. I am all about the hidden sexiness and unexpected details and I love the inverted FF symbol by the toe box! The artwork around the heel is divine as well, resembles a hot, fiery rainbow!

Graduation Outfit #2

If you read my last blog post on what to wear to a graduation as an attendee you’re in for a treat! Tonight I wanted to comment on a cute and classic look fit for any graduate no matter the age level. Let’s start from the top.

For the hair I wanted to keep it simple and I love a beehive hair style because not only does it give you height, it’s elegant and so 1950s! Just be careful putting on and off your cap :p

I chose a sophisticated color combination that is timeless and age appropriate for all! A strapless, black and white gingham printed dress with a black sash keeps the focus on YOU!

The accessories is the fun part. I’ve always dreamt what it would feel like to wear Chanel jewelry and doubling up cascading Chanel pearls with the iconic C’s is a grand statement! All eyes are on you so why not LOOK the part?

Betsey Johnson makes darling accessories and my faves of hers are the rings! You can find both of these statement rings at Macy’s. Not only do the colors compliment each other but they’re in the same leopard family!

Lastly the shoes. I stumbled across these Pour La Victoire sideways stacked heel in a neutral color. So from the front it looks like any adorable peeptoe but turn sideways and you’ll be getting looks like you were Lady Gaga. I can’t get over how different and unexpected these shoes are combined with the overall style! Thoughts?

conGRADS! You did it 🙂

Rock of Ages~Chicago edition

Rock on…Tom Cruise?

The above promo image is of the movie set to release in a few short weeks! If you are not familiar with ROA, sorry for party rockin’! JK hahaha but all jokes aside..I’m pumped because my mom and I have tickets to see the broadway musical in Chicago 🙂 Nope, not New York but Chi-town! When I asked my aunt which musicals were showing in the Windy City she said this one. I really had my eye on Evita but that wasn’t showing 😦 Post living in New York I’ve been dying to see the Rock musical ever since!

Now I have the chance and I’m pretty sure I’ll be clueless the whole time they’re singing 80’s beats but that’s OKAY! What I lack in eighties culture I’m sure someone will be jiving in the theater seats. But do you know what I’m MORE excited about than previewing the musical? Putting my edgy rocker spin on something floral! Feast your eyes on my outfit I plan to style for the return of classic rock and turn up that Aerosmith! BD

What do you think? What would you do differently?

Blazer: H&M asymmetrical lapel neutral blazer
Top: Parker python cutout blouse
Bottoms: Paige floral denim capris
Shoes: Cynthia Vincent “Juno” black espadrille wedges
Jewelry: pile on those bracelets!
-Tiffany Co. Rubedo metal rose gold cuff
-Cartier gold skewed nail cuff
-Dailylook mixed rose & gold spiked bracelet
-CC Skye gold studded bracelet
Clutch: Urban Expressions black sweetheart

Turn up the music and blast the speakers in the house!

GRADUATION OUTFIT 1

WORK what ya momma gave you!!

A part of me is reminiscing about my Winter graduation; I think it’s all those happy times we all so longingly hold onto. For those of you who are graduating or will be graduating in the near future, not to fret! Cos I created a little Polyvore- type look of sorts of what yours truly will be wearing to my little cousin’s impending graduation.

Things to keep in mind if YOU are not the one graduating:
1. It is not your day and beware because the graduate may be bridezilla.
2. Dress down, but not too down! Think daytime cocktail party.
3. Wear shoes to withstand long periods of time. But if you’re like me, to hell with that and still wear heels!
4. It would be nice to coordinate outfits for photos?
5. If the school you are at is your alma mater then feel free to represent your colored school, patriotic spirit!

Dress: Simply Vera by Vera Wang online exclusive red&black sheath
Heels: L.A.M.B. black strappy sandals
Bracelets: Tory Burch wrap & Gorjana wraplet
Earrings: Alexis Bittar gold textured hoops
Sunglasses: Balenciaga cat eye black glasses

The Return of VH1’s Single Ladies

hot ice cream, anyone?

As I’m sipping my moroccan mint tea and it’s nearly midnight, I cannot contain my excitement for the 2nd season of Single Ladies. This, ladies, is like, my second fave show after the death of SATC. Maybe it’s the hot fashion, maybe because it takes place in HOTlanta, or maybe because it’s a direct reflection of my “single” life that I’m literally getting hot flashes over here. Either way I highly suggest you sit your booty down and watch a single episode! HAH pun intended…

But you WILL get addicted like me. And it’s not corny or cheesy either like I thought it would be at conception! I love the relatable material to the 20/30 something age range, not to mention the cast’s drop dead gorgeous wardrobes. Enough blabbing. Here are some promo photos and favorite moments from last season below! N’joy 🙂

KILLER dress. De la Renta? Dior?

Mr. Sexy Dancing with the Stars-Levy!

token blonde

On the Wendy Williams show

Pink Party

the beginning