September 9, 2014

NYFW: CHARLOTTE RONSON


For New York Fashion Week this season, I had the chance to take part in a fun project with Chictopia and Charlotte Ronson! From visiting her studio and seeing what a model fitting is like, getting to interview Charlotte herself, to going to the Lincoln Center to my first fashion show, and getting to hang out with the Chictopia team, there were so many things I feel very fortunate to have gotten to be a part of! I took so many photos throughout the experience and am excited to be sharing them with you guys.

Above are some of my favorite photos taken at her beautiful studio, and below is my interview with Charlotte for those of you who'd like to learn more about her as a designer and her newest collection. And thanks again Charlotte for taking the time out of your busy day to be a part of this interview!

What sets the Charlotte Ronson girl apart? 
I would describe my girl as feminine but with a tomboy twist. My pieces have an oversized and boxy fit, yet are still flirty at the same time. I aim to create easy, feminine, and sexy pieces that any girl can roll out of bed and put on, and can effortlessly transition from day to night. My clothing is very wearable and while nothing feels too precious, everything is still fun and new.

What general direction did you want to go in with your Spring/Summer 2015 collection, and what were some of your inspirations? 
This collection is inspired by the idea of the daydream so I wanted to work with a feminine and pastel color palette, while maintaining a soft but moody edge in the overall collection.

I was also inspired by Kim McCarty’s watercolor portraits—her work has a flow and uncertainty to it, yet she still manages to maintain a sense of focus in her pieces. Her work fits in perfectly with the theme and feel of a daydream, and I am excited to incorporate a daisy print she created for this collection too.

Do you have a favorite look in your SS15 collection in particular? 
Each piece is fun and original in its own way so it’s hard for me to pick just one, but some of my favorite elements are the daisy and cherry blossom prints, as well as the perforated scuba pieces.

What are the biggest challenges in getting ready for a show? 
All of it—but luckily I have a big team working for me who is passionate about what they do, and also knows how to keep track of priorities and what can wait. As always, some things you don’t expect to happen will come up, but that makes the overall experience more fun.

And what is the most rewarding part in putting together a show? 
Seeing everything you put your blood, sweat, and tears into finally come alive. Putting together a show also gets my entire family in town too, and I have a big family! It’s really great to be able to share it with them.

Below are photos I took from inside the Lincoln Center and also later on at Charlotte's show. The models would rotate every few minutes so it was easy to see every single look. I really love the polka dot print pieces in the collection!


Above are some more photos to sum up my overall evening that day. For my outfit, I wore a houndstooth top from the Charlotte Ronson x JCPenney collection. The Charlotte Ronson x JCP collection is a great alternative for those of you who want to add some Charlotte Ronson pieces to your closet at a more affordable alternative. Some of my own recommendations are the scalloped camis or this floral print sundress! <3 For dinner, I got to go out with Libby and Catlyn from the Chictopia team, as well as Christine (the awesome vlogger and blogger whom you guys may also know as xteener) who were all so kind and fun to be around. I had a veggie burger with sweet potato fries which was the perfect dish to end a great night.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post about my NYFW experience! Let me know what you guys thought of this photo diary and if you'd like to see more in the future :) Happy Fashion Week to you all!

August 26, 2014

SUN



Layered Pearl Necklaces from Forever 21, Heart Necklace from GoJane, Red Bikini c/o Peixoto Swim

Photography by Nate Bernardo


Whenever I come home to California, the beach is always one of the first places I plan a trip to. Even better is when both my friends and I are back home at the same time during summer or winter vacation because that means we can all get together at another bonfire party. This red bikini, from Peixoto Swim, was my swimsuit of choice for our festive celebration :) I wanted to make the look more original so I decided to layer some necklaces for a fun and flirty touch.

The sad/funny part of our bonfire party was that we arrived too late to the beach to actually acquire a bonfire pit. Luckily, a kind group of other young adults left a little early and gave us their pit (fire and extra homework to burn included!) So although we were freezing for a good amount of time when the sun went down and we had no source of heat, our party did have a happy ending (not to mention, the other beachgoers who gave us their leftover birthday cake!)

August 10, 2014

BLUSH

Customized Strapless Mermaid Gown c/o Fame & Partners

There is nothing I love putting on more than a formal gown and going out to a fancy event! :) I was so elated when I had the chance to style one of the lovely gowns from Fame & Partners, a new evening wear brand that started up recently that I wish was around when I was desperately looking for a prom dress that I felt was unique enough for my taste, yet also fell under a reasonable price point. Fame & Partners has an amazing selection of designs, from more edgy or avant garde dresses to ones in a more classic and timeless style. You can even customize your dress by adding on or removing certain features to it, or having it made in the color of your choice.

The fit of the dress was great, especially considering my difficulty in finding strapless dresses that stay on properly on me! This particular dress is available for $250 which in my opinion is a bargain for a dress with such a long train, not to mention that for $250, it sure looked a lot better than some of the dresses that girls had purchased at my high school for $500 or more. As my new go to place for evening wear now, I highly suggest anyone looking for a formal dress to look through what they have, especially for those of you already looking for senior prom dresses (I know from experience how early you girls start looking)! You'll easily be the best dressed, and have done so without breaking your wallet! ;)

A special thank you to my boyfriend and little sister for helping me out so much with this photoshoot! <3