Category Archives: Out & About

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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Emblem x Blogger Babes Fashion Presentation

Hi guys! Last week I attended the Emblem Fashion presentation at the Gerry Building in Downtown LA. The event was hosted by Heidi Nazarudin (of The Successful Style / Blogger Babes. The presentation was a showcase featuring clothing from the Fall/Winter collections of five up-and-coming designers. Featured designers included SWF, a new Australian designer, Natasha Morse, a jewelry line, Spencer Lacy, another new collection from Australia, Locardi Scarves and Beatrice and Francis which featured beautiful African print fabrics. We were treated to small bites and gift bags from Delisun Confectionery. Here’s a first look at some of the collections . . .










SPL2_THELOOKBOOKPHILOSOPHY.COM Event host + Blogger Babes founder, Heidi Nazarudin Event attendees . . . Ali De’Lancret, Mandiie Martinez + Moi . . .

For more information about any of the clothing seen here, contact Evelyn at Emblem Showroom.


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Ballet Preljocaj at the Dorothy Chandler:: A Recap Interior of the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 2nd Floor . . .

Last week I attended opening night of Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 85 minute ballet was well danced with an abundance of seductive overtones. The costumes were designed by well known couturier Azzedine Alaïa, however, there was no extravagance in design displayed.  I loved the staging of the scenes and watching the transformation of the stage with set changes and props for the different scenes. I really wanted to love this ballet, but there didn’t seem to be a continuous story to follow. It felt more like watching several different scenes of dances that that revolved around an erotic theme, yet didn’t relate to each other. Many of the dances had an abundance of stacatto movements and that may or may not have contributed to my feelings of the dances being separate and the scenes not flowing fluidly together as one complete performance. Perhaps that’s what the choreographer was going for?

The highlight of the evening for me, was meeting and speaking with Michelle Hebért and Bri Seeley, two local designers who were asked to submit designs inspired by the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, (also known as, The Arabian Nights).

MICHELLE HEBÉRT Designer Michelle Hebért and model 

This fabulous full length white and gold chiffon gown was inspired by the Genie/Treasures. The gown was meticulously hand sewn to apply gold leafing applique’s to the golden plume which rises off the left shoulder. Per Michelle’s words, “Within the 1001 Arabian Nights Tales, the characters spoken of by Scheherazade are often seeking something, or come across artifacts or mystical creatures like the Genie that aids in their wealth and riches. This piece is a tribute to these aspects of her stories that relate both to the covetous desires of humans and the attainment of success.” Scheherazade + Shahryãr (The King) two pieces by designer Michelle Hebért

Scheherazade is the legendary Persian queen and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. Legend has it that every day the king (Shahryãr) would marry a new virgin, and behead the previous day’s wife. 1000 women had been killed by the time Shahryãr was introduced to Scheherazade. (wow.) Michelle’s two-piece white and gold design is inspired by Scheherazade and consists of a beaded lace halter and billowy chiffon slip with lace details at the waist and flowing bell sleeves. For Shahryãr, Michelle created a full body white and gold stretch suit with lace details. Hebért says she wanted “to create a piece that was feminine while still having masculine properties that would lend itself to this main male character in the story who after being betrayed by his wife, would marry a new virgin each day. But before the beginning of the next would end their lives out of fear they too would eventually betray him.” Visuals and background info about Michelle Hebért + the collection . . . Isn’t the back of Michelle’s dress amazing!!! ♥♥♥ How beautiful is this dress?? Love. 


Pieces from Designer Bri Seeley’s Chrysalis Collection 

Bri Seeley’s designs captured the femininity that plays throughout the story of One Thousand and One Nights. Her use of flowy chiffon and elegant silhouettes evoked the feeling of Arabian Nights and sultry sunsets. The deep crimson color seems to pay tribute to the lives lost by Shahryãr’s many new brides, and the rich black gave nod to a desert blanketed in the darkness of night. I love how the contemporary silhouettes translate through to the theme of Les Nuits . . . Designer visuals evoked a mood of femininity under duress . . .

Such flowy sheer fabrics also gave me the feeling of tented caravans and desert breezes . . .

I love that the Music Center brought fashion and dance together for these three nights by challenging Bri and Michelle to create and show pieces inspired by the story of One Thousand and One Nights. It was such a treat to be able to cover these amazing designers and their work.

For more information on the designers featured in this post please visit: and . Find out more about upcoming performances at The Music Center here.



Ballet Preljocaj: Les Nuits (The Nights) @ The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Ballet Preljocaj Post

I’m excited to be attending Ballet Preljocaj’s: Les Nuits (French for “The Nights”) tomorrow night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Ballet Preljocaj is France’s leading contemporary dance company. Their latest production, “Les Nuits,” is based on the much loved tales of One Thousand and One Nights. In English, the tales are often referred to as  the “Arabian Nights.” Familiar stories you may recognize from this collection are Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Other than the fact that I love the ballet, I’m excited to attend this particular ballet because the costumes have been designed by well known couturier Azzedine Alaïa. In addition, The Music Center has invited two local designers, Bri Seeley and Michelle Hébert to create three looks inspired by the tales of “Les Nuits.” Here is a look at some of the designers’ sketches . . .


Sketch by Bri Seeley . . .


Sketch by Michelle Hébert . . .

Ballet Preljocaj will be at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from June 20-22. Tickets are on sale now. For more information click here. or visit

See you at the ballet!!


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5 Easy Ways to Become More Active in Your Industry . . .

5Ways to Become more active in your Blogger Kastle, of StilettoCity partaking of the yummy food options at a recent Blogger Babes Pow Wow 

5 Ways to become more active in your Blogger and documentarian, Naiyah Scaife perusing the libations . . .

5 Ways to become more active in your Fellow blogger Lauren Cash of and Moi . . . 

5 Ways to become more active in your Soaking up Heidi’s tips on ways for bloggers to approach editors and writers . . .

I can not stress how important it is to get out and be active in your industry or chosen field. I have really made it a point this year to get out from behind my desk and be truly present by attending more events. As difficult as it may be, trying to schedule things into the day to day of life, family and just plain tiredness, I know that with each outing, event and meet up, I come away with more than I had when I arrived. I love to learn and glean information on better ways to do things and best practices. Honestly, I’d much rather learn from other’s mistakes than my own. I think one of life’s best “classrooms” is found amongst our peers. Last week I attended another Blogger Babes Pow Wow. It is held monthly, at the home of Heidi Nazarudin, founder of the Blogger Babes. I love the Pow Wow’s. They are intimate, hosting usually between 15-20 bloggers, and there’s always a well edited selection of food and drink. What better way to network, learn and grow than with good food and new friends? If you are having a hard time getting active in your field, here are 5 simple things you can do to get the ball rolling::

  1. Join or start a Meet Up group related to your interests/industry.
  2. Take note of your strengths and your existing knowledge and keep in mind what information you may have that could be of help to someone you may meet at an industry event. If you are always looking to help someone, you are taking the attention off of yourself and putting it onto the other person. This makes it a little easier to approach people. 
  3. Scout out local industry events in your area and schedule the ones that interest you on your calendar ahead of time.
  4. Set a mental goal of one thing you want to accomplish, or person you want to meet at the event you are attending. This will provide a little direction for you and help you to view the event purposefully. It is also a simple way to take a small step closer toward your “bigger picture” goal.
  5. Invite a friend to attend with you. Sometimes it helps to have a friend to be accountable to.

Do you have any industry events scheduled on your calendar for this month? If not, how about scheduling at least one by the end of the month? ☺

image credit:: Erica Hampton


Out & About | March Fashion Events in LA . . .

A month of fashion-March-wmk March is a big Fashion month for Los Angeles. LA Fashion Week is just around the corner -next week to be exact! I’ll be covering a few shows via Style Fashion Week and I’m looking forward to being able to share those with you, so stay tuned! Along with LA Fashion week there are a lot of other industry fashion related events going on around town. Here are a few events happening this month, and I will post more as I hear about them (click the images for more information). Get your calendars ready ladies!

StyleFashionWeek_750 LA Textile Show LA Fashion Market SelectTradeShow TransitShoeShow 4thAnnual Lifestyle Bloggers Conference

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Out & About | Fashionista’s How to Make it in Fashion Conference -L.A.


TOP ROW: W Entrance | Celeb stylists Emily Current + Meritt Elliott with stylist Cher Coulter & moderator Hillary Kerr of Who What Wear | Moi w/ new friends; Andrea Quintero of & stylist Shanette Renea of | MIDDLE ROW: DIY blogger Erica Domesek of | the stunning W Lobby | waiting to hear keynote speaker L’wren Scott | BOTTOM ROW: outdoor lunch + panelist session | panelist schedule + bios |a chic fellow attendee, I loved her leather skirt and aubergine suede booties! ♥

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Costume Designer for ABC’s Scandal, Lyn Paolo, being interviewed by’s Co-Editor in Chief Lauren Indvik

Last Friday I attended an all day conference in LA @ the beautiful W Hotel in Hollywood. The conference was put on by fashion news site, and featured a full day of industry panelists sharing their stories and insight on the fashion industry. The topics covered included styling, wardrobe/costume design and blogging. It was a great opportunity to network and spend time with other industry professionals. A lot of the information shared was relatively basic, but I loved the fact that they offered 10 minute mentoring sessions with professionals in the field of your choice. I had a mentoring session with Liza Deyrmenjian, the creator of Fashion Business Accelerator 360. is an online community of industry experts that helps fashion businesses get the tools they need to take their businesses to the next level. They provide online classes and workshops in LA and NYC. I love her business concept and the short 4 week online courses they offer can be great refreshers or stepping stones. The highlight of the event for me, was keynote speaker, Lyn Paolo, costume designer for some of my favorite shows, such as Scandal (she is responsible for Olivia Pope’s impeccable wardrobe), Shameless, ER and the West Wing to name a few. I loved Lyn’s energy and forthrightness . . . And who can deny her eye! I drool over Ms. Pope’s wardrobe choices weekly!!

Happy Tuesday guys, so happy it’s a short week!!!


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