Monthly Archives: September 2014

Local Events:: LA Textile Show Sept 29-Oct 1

 It’s that time again folks! We are gearing up for Fashion Month in LA. Kicking things off is the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center starting September 29th and running through October 1st. If you are looking to source fabrics, the Textile Show is a great place to start. They even offer free seminars during show dates, so not only can you source, you can learn as well. For more information click here.

Review:: Firmoo Prescription Sunglasses A few weeks go I was contacted by to receive a free pair of their glasses in exchange for a review on my blog. I was aware that there were online optical stores, but had never actually considered using one myself. My concerns being that my prescription could be wrong, I may not like the way the glasses looked on me once they were in hand, or that they may not fit properly. But because I rely heavily on my glasses, (I wear prescription glasses for reading + night driving, and prescription sunnies everyday) I am always on the market for a new pair of sunnies. So this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out an online service. I was still apprehensive as I went into it, but ordering from Firmoo was actually very easy. The hardest part was figuring out how to read my prescription once I obtained it from my optometrist. Here’s how the process worked…

I went online to browse their selection of glasses, this probably took the most time because there were quite a few styles I liked and I had a hard time narrowing it down! However, Firmoo gives you the option of uploading your own picture so that you can get a more accurate view of what the glasses would look like on you. If you don’t want to do that, they have images of different model’s faces so that you can see what the glasses will look like as well. The website is well organized, and you can search by style, fabrication, size, color etc. Best of all, Firmoo’s prices are completely affordable. My last pair of glasses set me back $300+, and each time I purchase a pair (which is only when I am up for a discount via my insurance every 2 years) I have to be sure to make them last. Which, for someone who loves fashion, doesn’t leave much room for eyewear accessorizing options. The frames I selected from Firmoo (style F1009) were only $69. Because my prescription requires a prism lens, there was an added fee of $12.95, and standard shipping  is only $6.95. I was actually surprised that Firmoo offered the option of the prism lens, as my optometrist told me that most online companies do not. Once you select the frames you want, you must enter your prescription online. I was a little nervous about this part, because I did not totally understand how to read my prescription. However, once I had my prescription in hand, and had selected my frames, the whole ordering process took me about 15-20 minutes because I ended up calling my optometrist for some explanations as well as googling anything I had a question about. Firmoo also has information on their site to help you through the process and make sure you are inputting the correct information. I think the ordering process only took me longer because of my lack of knowledge about the prism lens prescription, but I was able to figure everything out within a relatively short time.

Here is a timeline of events::

  • Order placed:: August 20
  • Order Shipped:: August 31
  • Order Received:: September 5 All in all, my order was placed and items received in just under 3 weeks. Taking into consideration that the glasses come from China and that prism lenses take longer to manufacture, I am really pleased with the whole Firmoo experience. The glasses arrived neatly packaged in a hard case, which also included a soft drawstring pouch, cleaning cloth and tiny screwdriver. I love the frames and I think the quality is comparable to other glasses I have purchased through my optometrist. The ordering process was easy and their selection and prices are great. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to review a pair of Firmoo glasses and have already recommended Firmoo some of my friends and family. If you are interested, click the link to check out Firmoo’s First Pair Free Program and see about getting your own free pair! The First Pair Free Program is open to new customers only. It’s a great way to test out Firmoo’s online optical service and see if it’s the right fit for you!

Disclosure:: I was offered a free pair of glasses from Firmoo in exchange for a review on my blog. Because the type of lens I ordered required a prism lens, I chose to pay out of pocket the $12.95 discounted price for my pair of glasses from Firmoo. Please note that all opinions expressed are my own and I received no monetary compensation.

Local Events:: Open Runway Finale this Saturday

OpenRunway_Finale_Flyer_web LAFC is hosting the Open Runway finale this Saturday at the W Hotel in LA. Three finalists, Sania Josiah, Darling Nikki and L’enfant Terrible will battle it out for a coveted sponsored spot in the Los Angeles Fashion Council Collections next month. The winner will be determined by LAFC Director, Kelsi Smith, last years Open Runway winner, Rose La Grua and a representative from the W Los Angeles, (the host and sponsor for this season’s Open Runway).

As well as the runway battle, the Open Runway finale will include a live performance from local singer/songwriter Romeo Testa and a pop-up shop from emerging LA designers.

The event is open to the public and those wishing to attend can RSVP via Facebook:

Open Runway is also hosting a contest via their social platforms – share the contest post and one lucky guest will win a VIP cabana + a round of drinks and appetizers for themselves and their friends. Check out their Instagram this week for more details.

Out & About | Blogtopia ’14 with Nick Verreos #blogtopia #blogging blogtopia14_thelookbookphilosophy.com_4 blogtopia14_thelookbookphilosophy.com12 Live make up demos from Smashbox Cosmetics . . . blogtopia14 #blogtopia #bloggers goldtats #blogtopia14 #bloggers #goldtats blogtopia14 #goldtats #bloggers #blogtopia Getting tatted up by Jeanie from Scent Trends for Fall hosted by Nordstrom South Bay Galleria . . . blogtopia14 #nickverreos #ayannalistenbee #blogtopia #bloggers With host, Nick Verreos . . . blogtopia14 #nickverreos #ayannalistenbee #blogtopia #bloggers Accepting my $100 Gift card prize on stage . . .

This weekend I attended Blogtopia ’14, held at the South Bay Galleria, and hosted by former Project Runway contestant + designer of Nikolaki, Nick Verreos. During the event, Nick spotlighted upcoming trends for Fall from different South Bay Galleria retailers. There were also live demos, food samples from California Pizza Kitchen and “Blogtopia Bingo,” in which contestants were required to snap photos of trends in participating stores and match a full line of trends on the bingo card for a chance to win. -A really fun idea, and great way to get a jump on the Fall season trends. I won a $10 gift card to the mall for participating in  Blogtopia Bingo and I was also the lucky winner of a $100 gift card for the South Bay Galleria mall! Such a wonderful treat! Nick was a great host, he had great energy and was really down to earth and funny. All in all it was a fun day of fashion, food, networking and shopping. What more could a girl blogger ask for? :)


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Mood Board Monday | Hues of Neutrality . . . Bright

I am loving these hues of neutrality. I will never tire of the color combo of black, beige, tan, creme and hunter green. Considering that it was 102 degrees today, it may or may not seem strange that my mind is on winter. Desperately wanting it to come my way, all I can do for now is dream it and will it to make an appearance sooner than later. Today’s mood board and color palette gives me that cool dawn-of-autumn feeling. I love how these colors play so nicely together and balance each other out. They remain both elegant and unassuming. This is what I would be wearing if it wasn’t 102. Dream on . . .



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NYFW Quick Picks | J. Mendel :: Spring 2015

J.Mendel’s Spring 2015 collection showcased long flowing gowns as well as cropped, textured styles. The trend of incorporating influences typically found in the realm of sportswear is still going strong. Mendel’s influences were subtle and elegantly done with the use of bold color blocking in pinks, whites, yellows, blacks and reds. I loved the breadth of this collection. There were enough styles within it that it could easily carry you from day to evening, and the use of textures and prints helped to ground the line and add depth. ♥

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NYFW Quick Picks | 3.1 Philip Lim :: Spring 2015

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Here are my NYFW Quick Picks from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015 Ready to Wear show yesterday. Phillip Lim’s Spring ’15 collection was inspired by his recent home renovation, (during which, Lim spent most of the time working from his bedroom). The collection referenced quilted textures and thick undulating piping reminiscent of textures one might find on bedroom mattresses and elegant drapery. These references were incorporated into the collection in both elegant and organic ways. The color palette consisted of subtly textured cremes and taupes; there was elegant gold embroidery, tangerine cording, textured blacks and leather, forest greens, deep yellows, muted fuchsias and bright whites. The collection evoked an urban sporty sophistication. ♥

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Mood Board Monday | Fallish . . .

Today’s Mood Board Monday inspirations come from the fact that I’m feelin’ a little Fallish. We are 2 weeks into September and today is the first really overcast day that I can remember in a long time. There’s even a 50% chance of rain! ☁☂☁ I am actually really excited. Though I doubt we will get the rain, the clouds go hand in hand with my longing for Autumn. At least, if only for today, it doesn’t look like its 99 degrees outside, even if it is. . .

Today is my daughter’s 8th birthday! I CAN NOT believe it’s been 8 years since she blessed us with her presence. She is honestly one of the sweetest and funniest people I know. I’m so thankful God sent her to us. But I digress! It’s fashion week in NYC. Have you been keeping up with the latest designs on the catwalk? I ‘ll have a few quick picks for you tomorrow. I hope you are all having a superb Monday.



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OOTD: Floral Feelings . . . Wearing: Asos Floral Bandeau Maxi (thrifted) similar here | BCBG Max Azaria Cropped pleather jacket (thrifted) similar here | Dolce Vita Anica Rope sandals | Signature name necklace BriChicBoutique | Various Rings: Etsy, similar here | Kendra Scott similar here | Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave | Nail Polish: Essie Fiji

A few weeks ago I got together with friend and photographer Erica Hampton. I wanted to do a creative collaboration with her and she suggested we head out to The Old Zoo at Griffith Park. I had never been to the old zoo before, but the thought of an abandoned zoo was totally intriguing so I was immediately game! I love the natural light in these photos. We shot inside some of the actual animal exhibits which was really cool. It’s even possible to climb your way through the back of the exhibits and experience the inner workings of zoo-dom, if you’re so inclined. ☺ Erica is an amazing photographer and a joy to work with, for more of her work visit her site here.

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