Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gifts to be Shared . . .

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I’m always reading up on branding and marketing here and there or taking a webinar for something business related. Last week I finished an online course to help jumpstart the launch of my line. I will share more about it in an upcoming post, but one of the assignments we were given was to create a manifesto for our businesses. I love manifestos. They really give you an up close and personal view of what a company is about . . . at least the good ones do.  Anyway, I have been putting together a company vision book over the past few years. In it, I paste images, words, quotes and anything that relates to my business vision. I have written ideas and blurbs about my company and what we believe in in different places throughout the book, but never really brought it all together. So actually sitting down to create a manifesto was an interesting assignment and I loved it!! I can’t wait to share it with you. While I was writing it, I realized that my manifesto was really just made up of my core values and beliefs. (duh) The quote I made above is born of one of my core beliefs. Often, it is easy to overlook the gifts around you, or even to be annoyed by them! Some of the gifts we possess we are not even using to the fullest extent. Take today to be on the look out for the gifts around you. Have your own treasure hunt and seek them out amongst those you know. You might be surprised at what you find. Many of the gifts of our friends and family members are complementary to our own, and the ones that are not, can actually help us to grow!

xx,

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Life in Pictures | Week of 10.19.14

A snapshot of my week in images . . . Work_In_Progress_thelookbookphilosophy.com I am so excited about my capsule collection for the holidays! Production starts next week!!!

Life_In_Pictures_Park_thelookbookphilosophy.com Been spending a few moments at the park with Nadiya everyday between pick ups . . .

Life_In_Pictures_Inspiration_Board_thelookbookphilosophy.com I made this magnetic calendar/inspiration board a while ago and just decided to use it in my office . . . 

Life_in_Pictures_Morning_thelookbookphilosophy.com I love morning sunlight on things I love . . . in this case, my bed♥ and my bags♥, lol . . .

xx

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Thankful Thursdays . . .

Thankful Thursday_thelookbookphlosophy.com Happy Thursday friends! Despite the fact that I have been feeling challenged in so many areas lately, I know there’s lots to be thankful for. I hope you will share one thing you are thankful for in the comments below . . .

Today I am thankful for . . .

  • God’s grace + His word
  • the sunlight shining through my window and lighting up my room as I type this
  • the reality of Hope in situations that look, taste, and feel hopeless
  • my family ♥
  • my health + the health of my family
  • inspiration for my new collection
  • good hair days (though lately, they have been few and far between :/ )
  • laughter
  • persistence
  • progress
  • breakthroughs
  • my sketchbook + pens
  • instagram (yea. i’m addicted. it makes me happy)
  • road trips (can’t wait for Frisco next month!)

What are you thankful for today? Share your thankfuls in the comments below!

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My Uniform . . .

My Uniform_thelookbookphilosophy.com wearing:: Uniqlo cargo skinnies (sold out) similar here | random off shoulder T | Jessica Bennett croc stud sandals (sold out) similar here | ayanna listenbee Allegra Hobo (previous season) 

As much as I love fashion and trying new things, I realized something as I was getting dressed this morning. I love a good uniform. By uniform, I mean that I have learned what types of clothes look good on my body type, and what types of clothes I feel most comfortable and powerful in. Oftentimes my choice of dress depends on the types of activities staring back at me from my TO DO list that day. But generally, I gravitate toward one of my many uniforms when selecting what to wear. One of my favorite go-to outfits is a great pair of skinnies, an off the shoulder shirt, heels and a great bag. Oh, and a stack of bracelets and rings. Works for me every time. I always feel ready to take on what life has to offer in this uniform. Heels really do that for me. I never really feel dressed enough, unless I am wearing a pair of heels… of course that depends on where I am going and what I am doing that day. I’m not the type to shop in heels or even run errands in heels, but when I’ve got somewhere else to go, they give me life. So does a great bag. I’m really into big slouchy bags and soft cross body bags right now. In the image above I am carrying my Allegra Hobo in chocoloate suede. I love her because she has these great gold rivets on the handle and fringe with gold bells. I love a little movement in my clothes. So, what is your favorite YOU-niform? Share in the comments below!

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Oscar De La Renta 1939-2014

THINGS NEVER HAPPEN ON ACCIDENT. THEY

I love this quote by Oscar De La Renta. There is so much truth in these few words. You have to see what you want, commit to it and work towards it every day. Anyone who has ever seen or had the privilege of wearing an Oscar De La Renta gown, can see that Mr. De La Renta was a man of vision and commitment to his craft. He designed and created beautiful gowns for women the world over, and has dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. I’m thankful for the beauty Oscar De La Renta added to this world through fashion, and for the inspiration he was, and continues to be, for the many designers who have come after him.

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Label Love | Maticevski Spring 2015

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I recently discovered Toni Maticevski, the Australian based designer behind the Maticevski label. Talk about love at first sight!! Maticevski’s pieces are works of art in their own right. He pushes the boundaries of form and function by creating beautiful silhouettes comprised of different textures, surface treatments and skilled cutting. I love his use of color for the spring 2015 collection. Soft muted tones of gray, chartreuse and crisp whites with shiny jet black are some of the colors used in this collection.

Maticevski_033_1366 Maticevski_007_1366 Maticevski_016_1366 Maticevski_015_1366 Maticevski_014_1366 Maticevski_004_1366 Maticevski_021_1366 Maticevski_022_1366 Maticevski_023_1366 Maticevski_010_1366 Maticevski_029_1366 Maticevski_026_1366 Maticevski_025_1366 Maticevski_032_1366 I loved every piece in this collection, as well as they styling of this line. Toni Maticevski also creates bridal gowns and other bespoke pieces in limited editions. For more information about Toni Maticevski, or to view more of his beautiful work, click here.

images via style.com

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Keep Moving Forward . . . | Free Printable

Keep Moving Free Printable | The LookBook Philosophy I have always created different prints to keep at my desk or use in my inspiration books, and I’ve recently decided to start sharing them. Yesterday I made this “Keep Moving Forward” print just to keep myself motivated . . . (and because I was feeling inspired by the shape of this letter “k” ☺).  I wanted to share it with you guys as a free printable. It’s a PDF file that fits on 8.5″ x 11 paper, or you can crop it to fit in an 8 x 10″ frame.

Keep Moving Forward Printable | The LookBook Philosophy We can all use a little motivation sometimes. Simple reminders placed around your work area or home can help to put your mind back on track. (take it from someone with a wandering mind . . . :) These little words actually hold a lot of weight. No matter what your task at hand, be it big or small, the only way to see it through to fruition is to keep moving forward. Don’t stop.

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Click here to download your free printable!

xx

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It’s National Handbag Day!

Allegra_thelookbookphlosophy.com Allegra2_thelookbookphilosophy.com In honor of such a sacred holiday, I am sharing my favorite handbag. It is hard to pick just one, because I have different uses for different bags, but today I will share Allegra. I love her because she is buttery soft and holds pretty much anything and everything. She’s got a hard edge and a soft touch. I love her studded handle and fringed zipper pulls which give her movement. I also have her in chocolate suede with gold hardware. She’s yummy. I’m thinking about reintroducing her for fall in the shop . . .

What is your favorite handbag, and why is it your favorite? Is it the color? Shape? Hand? Do share in the comments below!

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Life in Pictures | Week of 10.6.14

LifeInPictures_Odylyne.thelookbookhilosophy.com TGIF!!!  It’s been a busy week around these parts! The LA Fashion Council kicked off LA Fashion Week with shows at Maker City in downtown Los Angeles this week. So far, my favorite of the shows I attended was Odylyne. I’ll be reviewing the line on the blog next week. But for now, here’s a behind the scenes sneak peak of a few of the pieces . . . .

LifeInPictures_Odylyne_thelookbookphilosohy.com LifeInPictures_Odylyne_thelookbookphilosophy.com LifeInPictures_Odylyne_thelookbookphilosophy.com Last weekend we drove up to Central California, Hanford, to be exact, to spend the weekend with Reston’s best friend + family who recently moved there. It’s an agricultural town, lots of dairies and farms, which I love. Fun fact: Hanford is well known for their ice cream, the brand is called Superior and it’s made locally and packaged right there in Hanford. Of course I loved the pink box and old school typography so I had to snap a shot. They have an ice creamery in town, but there was a Renaissance Fair going on and streets were blocked off so we opted for the take home kind. It was delish!!!

SuperiorIceCream_thelookbookphilosophy.com The plan was to stay over at our friend’s house and drive up to Sequoia National Park on Sunday. But I underestimated my dog allergies -they have two little doggies and I was equally allergic to both, even though they were being kept away from me in different rooms :( So after they treated us to dinner at Harris Ranch Restaurant, we opted to stay over at the adjoining Harris Ranch Inn. BTW, did you know that Harris Ranch is California’s largest source of beef, and the largest ranch on the West Coast? I don’t eat much beef, but the steak was good and the loaded baked potato was AWESOME!!!!!

HarrisRanch_thelookbookphilosophy.com HarrisRanch_thelookbookphilosophy.com Peops are serious about their cows in these parts. The lobby was decorated in full dude ranch style. Cowhide sofas and longhorn chairs . . . Yee Haaaah!

The next morning we headed out on the open road to Sequoia. Along the way we stopped at Pinky’s Produce, a roadside fruit stand, for some freshly squeezed orange juice. I’m told it is the best around. Of course, I loved the signage and pink lettering . . .

PinkysProduce_thelookbookphilosophy.com Pinkys_Produce_thelookbookphilosophy.com Pumpkins_thelookbookphilosophy.com Then it was time to hit the road again. It was a beautiful drive, especially once we got into the forest. I LOVE trees, and there were tons of them. Beautiful tall redwoods and lots of cool fresh air. A nice break from those heatwave temps we’ve become accustomed to.

Sequoia_thelookbookphilosophy.com telephone_thelookbookphilosophy.com NoPets_thelookbookphilosophy.com Our goal was to do a cave tour, but we found out that the one we wanted was sold out. While we were waiting, the kids discovered an old relic known as a “pay phone.” They were fascinated by the buttons and attached cord. I realized that it had been a while since I had seen one myself! The park rangers told us about another cave tour that was 2 hours up the mountain, and everyone was game so we headed back out. On the way, we stopped to see General Sherman, a giant Sequoia tree. By volume, General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. And he was massive. You can see him below . . .

Sherman_Tree_Trail_thelookbookphilosophy.com General_Sherman_thelookbookphilosophy.com Sherman1_thelookbookphilosophy.com This photo will give you a better perspective. You can see how tiny we look standing at the base of this tree. Now that’s some serious trunkage, wouldn’t you agree?

Sequoia_National_Park_thelookbookphilosophy.com We ended our trip with a really cool cave tour at Boyden Cavern in Kings Canyon. It was both fun and informative. I will share more about it later, but if you are ever in Sequoia National Park, I recommend you go. Our guide was great and it was very beautiful, both inside the cave and out.

Bodyen_Cavern_thelookbookphilosophy.com Boyden_Cavern_thelookbookphilosophy.com Happy Friday!! I hope you all have a fab weekend. I’ll be covering the CONCEPT Fashion shows this Saturday, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of the goodies on hand for S/S ’15 next week.

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