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THIS HOLIDAY GIFT IS IN THE BAG!

16 Dec

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www.hippandkirk.com

 Anyone who know me knows that I love a great bag! I wanted to share this HIPP designer with you and encourage you to support these creative small business owners that are bringing us amazing products that have heart and soul. HIPP & Kirk founder and designer Lauren Milroy’s journey is hardly typical. Born and raised in California, she first studied mechanical engineering and worked in the aerospace industry before attending Stanford University’s graduate program in Product Design. She honed her skills as a designer at an outdoor gear company, creating bags and researching color trends. On her time off she started her blog, Hippanonymous, where she shared her favorite finds in design, fashion, cocktails and travel. Her designs are heritage classics with a twist of color. They are inspired by the sunkissed glamour of Manhattan Beach, where the designer once lived, and by L.A’s laid-back, fun loving lifestyle – from barbecues to rooftop parties and Bikram sessions. Lauren prototypes new designs from her home studio using a 40-year-old industrial sewing machine. All her bags are manufactured in California using high-quality canvas and metal hardware. They are made to last a lifetime. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! To order  for the holidays or just for yourself go to http://hippandkirk.com. Head into this New Year with style!

I STARTED THIS YEAR OUT IN STYLE…. NO REALLY, INSTYLE MAGAZINE!

10 Jan

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I had the pleasure of styling one of my favorite people and clients, the beautiful and talented Giada De Laurentiis for Elyse Walker’s 8th Annual Pink Party. You can check out all the details and more in this months InStyle Magazine on shelves now! More FABULOUS fun and tips to come in the new year!

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Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

10 Dec

CRACK IS WHACK!

Why did so many people get so “high” and mighty about the hip hop fashion trend sagging? At least all we were “exposed” to was a pair of boxers. The skinny-jean-love-handle-ass-crack epidemic has went viral. I love my slim denims, but let’s clarify something. The jeans are not just skinnier in the legs, they also have a lower rise, (the distance from your crotch to your hips) which means a whole lot of unmasked matako (look it up.). I have seen more hairy bottoms in Silverlake  than in a Titan film. So if you are going to wear a cool tee or anything else untucked that WILL ride up, invest in a thin, light weight tank to wear as an undershirt. Then tuck tightly it into your jeans. Now you can bend and snap without everyone being all up in your badonkadonk. Like the late and great Whitney Houston said,” Let’s get one thing straight. Crack is cheap.”.

 

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Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

5 Dec

(UNI)FORMFITTING

How to Succeed in Business Without  Really Trying! No matter what you do, wear it well… I mean do it well! It is crucial to make the best of what we do and Dress for Success. Even if you wear a uniform, take some time to make it your own. Stand out by looking better than the other Guys and Dolls. Take it to a tailor, or add little personal touches to your look with accessories. It is a proven fact that when you feel good, you present yourself better, and that will attract more abundance in your life. There is more to being dapper than just your duds. Style can be the way you talk to your clients, the way you write an e-mail, how you carry your iPad, or the Wicked words you say! So don’t be a Gypsy when it comes to the Rent, try stepping up your swagger in your daily grind.  Now you’re ready to enjoy The Sweet Smell Of Success!

 

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Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

29 Nov

BOB-BLE HEAD

“FALL”ing off the runway this year was the fabulous and funky faux bob, tied up with a flirty sash and a crowning jewel. All you need to achieve this “dash”ing look is ribbon, a brooch, bobby pins, hair tie and a comb or brush! First tease your hair at the crown. Now “pop” that sexy brooch onto your ribbon and tie tightly around your head. Then do a loose, low pony. Fold it under ( I find it is easiest to roll it) and pin it at the nape. You can lightly spray to hold. What makes this  so fashion faux-rward is the run(a)way strands!! If you want perfection try the real thing. Who doesn’t love bob-les and bangles!

Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

14 Nov

SPRAY GOOSE

Want that vintage look without the second hand smell?  Do what “Mad Men” costume designer, Janie Bryant does to take the funk from the frocks.  Just mix one part vodka with two parts water in a spray bottle.  Now shaken, not stirred, then spray away!  That’ll put the sexy back in the sixties.

Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

13 Nov

FRIGIDWEAR

Want to savor the wash of your favorite denim? Or want any painted elements on them preserved? This is your recipe for freezer freshness that you can feel and smell in just a few days. Take your favorite pair of jeans and place them in a freezer bag. Then stick them in the ice box for at least one day (for best results I recommend a week). For added freshness toss a Seventh Generation Dryer Sheet in the mix! Viola, denim is served!

Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

5 Nov

“ABETTER” BUTTON

It’s pretty perturbing when you pop a button midday. If you want to avoid busting your buttons or wondering if anyone will notice that undercover staple you used as a con clasp.  Simply secure all your buttons by applying a thin layer of clear polish to the center. This will keep the  thread from breaking free.  Don’t be a glutton for button punishment.

Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

19 Oct

FROCK-RA FASHION!

Did you know that  your current reality or vibration is partially determined by the mood you project to those around you? AND the reciprocating mood they project back! We call this Mirroring. Wearing dark, somber colors will vacillate a certain vibe. Bright colors and fun, interesting patterns give you a sassy regalement response. I know … black is so flattering and sheik, so save it for those days you’re in an energetic deficit! You have 7 main energy centers in your body called chakras. Each chakra is governed by a color that attracts a certain energy.  Wearing these colors open and activate these centers and will attract the desired buzz.

1st chakra is the root center located at the base of the spine and it’s color is red. Red will attract passion and desire. 2nd chakra is the sexual and emotional connection center located around your navel and it’s color is orange. Orange vibrates creativity, desire, and discovery ( my favorite color!). 3rd chakra is found at the solar plexus and it’s hue is yellow. Yellow will bring self empowerment, identity and integrity. 4th chakra is the heart center and it’s color is green ( or pink). Green/pink will vibrate love, inner balance, compassion, emotional expression,nurturing and forgiveness. 5th chakra is the throat and it’s color is blue. Blue vibes speaking truth, expression, and inner thoughts verbally, communication. 6th chakra is the third eye located at the forehead and it’s color is violet. Violet vibes foresight, intuition, self awareness, peace and imagination ( my second fave). 7th chakra is the crown chakra located at the top of your head and that color is white. White is a culmination of all the colors and reflects purity, faith, inspiration, courage and spirituality. For example, if you’ve had a lovers quarrel and you plan on groveling, wearing green would be the color to persuade your paramour for forgiveness. If seduction is what you savor then red is your flavor! So if you’re manifesting a certain “sensei”tion then follow this guide of guru hues.

Brandon’s Fabulous Beauty Tips

18 Oct

DON’T LOOK LIKE A CLASS CLOWN

Welcome to the flashback costume party of  academic proportions! If you want to make the grade at your reunion put dieting, Botox and lip injections in detention. Your key to being the top of your class is your hair. Get a cut 3 weeks before and for guys and dolls with short hair make it 2 weeks.  Men, if you still have your hair, you’ll be a hit even if you’re unemployed! And if your bald, rock it. Check out my guybrows, burns and beard  tips for your guy’d to facial hair graduation.  Women (and men) who dye their hair, make sure the hue you choose at least resembles a color that is found in nature. No facials or eyebrow waxing within 3 days of the soirée. Remember what happened to Samantha on Sex And The City? You don’t need to make that a real life rerun. Spray tans within 3 days will not land you on the honor roll. Guys and Dolls don’t show up in ANYTHING you’ve ever worn to work, you’re “smarter” than that. You’re homework is to buy yourself something new, flattering and comfortable. Hire a personal shopper, every great department store will have one for you. Remember, you will be sporting a name tag so nothing strapless. Last but not least, slip yourself into some sexy shoes and you’ll be the one they’re hot for, not teacher!