Sunday, April 13, 2014

Casually Mixing: Floral & Black +White Prints

Mixing prints is a definitely a trend that has become a styling staple in most people's wardrobe. And while there are a slew of blogs out there offering tips and style inspiration on how to wear such, I thought it would be a cool idea to mix floral prints with three different black and white printed pants for a more casual and relaxed vibe.

3 Fun and Fashion-Forward Looks


Note: You can always opt for whatever suits your personal taste. Ex. Choosing flats instead of oxfords, or heels instead of sneakers.

For the accessories, I highly recommend adding gold tones for a bit of sparkle for a luxe touch. 

www.thefashionexpressway.com


When it comes to mixing prints, are you the type of person that likes to dive in and take it with full force? Or are you more simple?

Friday, April 11, 2014

90's Fashion Inspiration: O-Mighty's Lisa Frank Garments



When I was about eight years old, visiting Walmart was like a weekly ritual for my mom. And every time I got to the aisle where the Lisa Frank products were displayed, I just stopped and stared. Turning to my mom and begging her can she buy me just one product, it's sad to say that to this very day I have never EVER owned a Lisa Frank product.

Sad? I know. 

LOL. I got over it. 

Lisa Frank products were always an attention-grabber, the vibrant rainbow and neon colors, and her cute little animals on folders, stickers, and pencils were really a little girls dream come true on school supplies, and thanks to fashion brand O-Mighty you can now wear a garment inspired by Lisa Frank.


Fashion brand O-mighty has to be the most talked about fashion retailer right now on Instagram. With their rebellious attitude and clothes inspired by the 90's era and pop culture market, there is need no need to explain why.


Would you wear an outfit inspired by Lisa Frank? 

To view more of O-Mighty's garments click here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bookmark this Etsy Shop NOW: 2artists216

With so much focus on specific trends, and with who's wearing what, I decided to share with you a shop over on Etsy that can care less about any of that, except for vintage. Now we both know, I can ramble on and on about how much I love vintage, how to rock it and so for, but I'm not going to that. What I am going to do though, is share with you this wonderful shop that I have discovered this morning, and also purchased from this morning. 




2artists216 is a "husband and wife team who met in college as art majors. Who find, love, and sell fun stuff from the 30s-90s, while also specializing in 70s-80s toys and clothes." 

Simple as that.

Some of the items in their shop include some of the normal things you'll see in a shop like vintage tops, shorts, coats, and so for. But what really drew me in was their vintage swimsuits, and fabric section. It was no question in my mind that if I added any of these items to My Favorites they would have been gone the same day.

And I'm so serious. 

So off to my cart these items went, and I can't wait till they get here because with my birthday slowly approaching (April 11), I found the perfect gifts to myself.

I won't be showing what I ordered because I'm going to wait till they arrive (just in case any misfortunes occur), but take a look at some of there items currently for sale in their shop now.











So yeah, this shop pretty much has everything for any vintage lover. Vintage sheet sets (which makes great fabric by the way), coloring books, toys, swimming trunks, if you name it they probably will have it. 

One thing for sure, be careful when  browsing, because you'll be adding items to your cart you might not even need, but want because it's vintage and unique. 

And one more thing before I close out, keep in mind that once you add an item to your Favorites, others can view it. Meaning: what you favorite, someone else will favorite, resulting in someone else purchasing it. 

Trust me, it happened to me. 

Any thoughts? Dreams? Aspirations? 

Visit: 2artists216

Monday, March 31, 2014

Brand to Know: Melody Ehsani

First things first, I would like to thank Project Runway's Season 12 Winner Dom Streater for posting this pic on her Instagram account, because if it wasn't for her I would have never been put on game.



After seeing who Streater tagged in her post, I immediately headed over to Melody Ehsani's website and fell in love. Everything about Ehsani's brand screams unconventional, fun, and liberty making it impossible for anyone not to be fascinated with the brand. 

From specializing in jewelry, nail art, and shoes, Ehsani has finally introduced her first apparel collection which made its debut on March 27.






 


Eshani has also worked with Reebok, where she created street-wear inspired kicks inspired by women who she defined as bold, beauty, love, and dangerous (that inspiration is quite evident in her designs). 




In 2013,  Eshani collaborated with designer Jeremy Scott, where both designers worked on a few pieces for her Spring 2013 Arab Collection. Rihanna was spotted wearing her "Jeremy" printed in Arabic necklace multiple times.






For more information visit Melody Eshani.
And you can follow both Dom Streater (@domstreater) and Melody Eshani on Instagram (@melodyeshani)


What do you think of Melody Eshani? Can you see yourself wearing a few of her designs?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Obsessed: Colorful Fruit Printed Garments

I would have thought that my love for novelty printed vintage garments would have died down after a few months of ranting about them, but the love is still there and it's falling pretty hard.

You can probably guess what this post is going to be about (hence the title), so I'm going to save both of us the time and get right to it.

Because bold colors and strikingly quirky prints always seem to brighten the mood on any given day, how about we take a look at these garments I'm constantly gawking at on Etsy.

Note: This might be a little hard on the eyes.









Back in 2012, I blogged about fruits and vegetables being put on the runway by Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino's Cheap and Chic line. You can view that post here.

Besides that, now do you see why I love vintage? While designers are featuring fruit printed garments in their line, it's nothing new. Yeah, their putting own creative spin on the idea, but the trend has been here and you can get looks inspired by these designer collections without paying the big bucks.

Can you see yourself rocking any fruit prints? Or is just a tad but too much for you? 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How to Wear: Oscar de la Renta's Floral and Dot Print Cotton Shirt Dress

In Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection their floral and dot printed dresses were quite the surprise I was looking for from the collection. The fun and flirty feel of these dresses would make any woman feel good when wearing such a whimsical and colorful print.

This dress is currently priced at $2,260, so there is no doubt that I'll be adding this to my Net a Porter's wishlist.

And while I'm adding this to my wishlist, check out how to wear to this dress below.


How to Wear

styling: oscar de la renta's floral dot dress


The cut and style of this dress comes off a little vintage-y in my opinion,  so to continue with that same feel, add a pair of black D'orsay heels and a black clutch to allow the print to remain the statement. For your jewelry, pile on the rings and go for a pair of simple studs for a more personal touch. There is no need for a necklace because the high collar will more thank likely clash with the print. And for just the right amount of sex appeal, don't forget your red lip!

Feel like splurging? You can purchase the same exact dress here.

Are you a fan of vintage-inspired clothing? How would you style this dress?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Instagram Snapshot: Kate Spade's Lemon Printed Keds

While I was browsing through Kate Spade's Instagram photos, I came across these lemon printed Keds. With Spring and Summer right around the corner these shoes couldn't have arrived at a better time.

And with such a fun and bright print, you can add a little quirkiness to any look.  


Can you see yourself in a pair? How would you style yours?

Check out the Kate Spade x Keds collection at its entirety here.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Look for Less: Joyrich's Floral Print Jersey

A few days ago at Aventura Mall, I was debating whether or not I should purchase this floral jersey tank (pictured below) at Forever 21. This jersey had caught my eye when I was leaving the store, but in the end my friend purchased it instead. And today, I see that same jersey resembles Joyrich's Sunrise Blossom 23 Tank that was popular last year (I blogged about his floral sweatpants that are in the same collection here).

While Forever 21 is known for their designer-inspired pieces, most people do not support the fact that this fast-fashion retailer "replicates" designer garments, but others simply can not afford high-priced designer garments and love getting runway looks for less. What do you think?

Get the look for less.

Untitled #449

$13.80- Forever 21  


Current price $59- Roman's Closet (XL available) and is sold out on Joyrich's Online Boutique

Need a little style inspiration? See how blogger Jnelv and celebrity  Lala Anthony wore theirs.



Source: Pinterest and Fashion Bomb Daily

How do you feel about Forever 21's designer-inspired pieces? Can you see yourself wearing the floral jersey tank? How would you style it?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Recent Purchase: Marshall's D'Orsay Flats for Under $25

So a few weeks ago, my sister and I did a little shopping at Marshall's and I came across these black suede Chinese Laundry flats and absolutely fell in love! Prior to purchasing them, I was contemplating on whether or not I should buy them because they were suede, but in the end I just went on ahead and purchased them because for $25 I knew they were a steal, and it wasn't until last week I discovered I'm right on trend.

True Story

Before learning the proper name of these flats, to me they were just pointy-toe. And it wasn't until last week, Friday to be exact, while looking through my People Style Watch Magazine, I found out that D'Orsay isn't a name-brand, but in fact, the style of a shoe (am I the only one just finding this out?).

So here are the babies that I purchased, they're simple but definitely makes a statement. 





And special thanks to About.com: Style Shoes for giving us the definition, pronunciation, and correct spelling of d'Orsay (yes with a lower case D, although Style Watch spells it with a capital D):

Definition: A d'Orsay style pump is a woman's shoe in which the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and the sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot.Pronunciation: door-say
Also Known As: d'Orsay
Common Misspellings: dorsay

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DIY: Comme des Garcons Inspired Converse Shoes for Under $20

DIY Project on the Blog!!!

When I first saw these Comme des Garcons Converse shoes online, it was DIY love at first site. I knew these shoes had potential to be a fun and exciting  project so I couldn't wait to get started. I headed on over to Walmart to pick up all my supplies and got to work.


Supplies: 

White Canvas Sneakers: $6
Paint : $2
Brushes: $5
Wiggly Eyes: $1
Adhesive Fabric Glue:$5

Let's Begin!

First, start sketching out your heart designs onto various parts of your shoe, if you're afraid of freehand drawing, I recommend using a template.


Next, you're going to grab your brush and your paint and start filling in the hearts.
Note: Patience is the key to prevent you from making silly mistakes. I was so eager to finish this project I kept messing up the indentation of the hearts.


Once you're done painting, and if you're outside, set the shoes in the sunlight to dry quicker. When your shoes are completely dry, it's time to glue the eyes.

When gluing on the eyes make sure you apply a very small amount of glue to the back. Applying too much glue will mess up your eyes making them appear foggy-looking.

And you're done!!!!



Overall, the project is fairly easily, and depending on if you're working outside, you'll be done in no time. I was going to apply eyes to all off the hearts, but I like this way much better.

***In the first photo, you can see that there is black paint for the back strip of the shoe to resemble the original pair, but in the end I chose not to use it, just my personal taste.

So.....what do you think of my first DIY project? Are the instructions clear enough? Would you consider giving this project a try?

Note: For personal use only, trying to commercialize this product will result in a lawsuit indefinitely, not from me but from the brand itself.