Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Brand Spotlight: The Fifth Label

The Fifth Label Stay With Me Tank & The Fifth Label Don't Go Away Pant c/o Lockwood Style, Janessa Leone Paul Hat , F21 Western Ways Bootie (see similar styles below), PacSun Army Jacket (see similar styles below), Druse Rose Quarts necklace c/o CL3VR, House of Harlow Ascension Pendant Necklace c/o Rocksbox, AJ Morgan Hunny Bunny Sunnies

Although I work in fashion retail and blog about fashion, I honestly don't come across as many opportunities as you may think to really chat about upcoming fashion labels I'm truly excited about, hence "Brand Spotlight" being born!

I've had a major crush on Aussie labels like Cameo, Finders Keepers, MinkPink, Quay & Keepsake for years, all lines you may already be familiar with, but there are two up and coming lines on the rise that I've fallen in lust with and in today's post, I'll be sharing one of them will you! Awww, yeah! Keeping my readers in the "fashion-know"! ;)

I'm sure we can all appreciate the versatility of a basic dress, tee and bottoms, but fit & quality can be a complete game changer. I promise, a great basic will make your outfit appear even more put together, make you look and feel great, and usually have increased longevity in comparison to mediocre basics that disintegrate after a handful of washes. I know a tee that embodies all of these characteristics can come at T by Alexander Wang prices, but if you are a young woman living in an expensive city--make that an expensive city & the fashion capital of the world-- paying private college student loans and have champagne taste with a beer pocket, you need to know about "The Fifth Label!"

The Fifth Label hones in on creating basics that fit amazingly! The quality and craftsmanship of their pieces are on point, soft to the touch, and each piece is designed with wearability in mind, keeping the color palette of the line focused on neutrals with a few muted prints in the mix. A large percentage of their line embodies a laid-back, cool, effortless vibe, with a few surprise elements in design, which keeps the line fresh & current. They also have really beautifully done statement pieces that can easily be transformed from day to night, allowing you to get maximum wear of virtually any & all of the pieces in their collection. On top of all of these great traits, in my opinion, you simply cannot beat the price point.  A single piece from an awesome Aussie label can easily run you $150+, but these rad Fifth Label leatherette pants & perfect-fitting Fifth Label Tee cost me less than $150 combined! I'm not kidding when I tell you that I've already gotten so much bang for my buck with how often I reach for these two pieces.

If you're all about being comfortable, yet still aim to look put together, promise me you'll check out The Fifth Label


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Because I've learned...& Because I'm Getting Older

H&M Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress (see similar styles below), Swedish Hasbeens Black Peep Toes, Janessa Leone Paul Hat (see some of my personal favorites below), MAKE Maraschino Cherry Silk Cream Lipstick

 The more I reflect on my personal style and how I would define it, the more at a loss for words I am! 
With new business ventures and blog changes in tow, I've given a lot of thought as to how I use fashion and beauty as a source of self-expression and the possible deeper meaning behind it all. I've learned that there is a bit of a performance aspect to it (for me, personally) and believe it ties into my time as an actress/singer. I'm definitely one who dresses according to how I'm feeling or how I want to feel on that given day--just like dressing for a part! Sometimes I want to feel a little extra feminine, other times edgy & cool, but I generally feel most at home in the middle of the spectrum. And, I will say, how I feel most definitely effects my day as a whole.

 I must confess--as someone who is in her late 20's (gasp!), one thing I find it difficult to wrap my head around is the fact that I am a WOMAN! Most people mistakingly believe I'm at most on the verge of 22 and that's exactly how I feel. But, when I slipped on this beautiful blue floral maxi, I felt myself instantly transform from someone who feels like she's borderline 18 to someone who is proudly inching closer & closer to 30 with so much experience under her belt, promise in her future and the most supportive crew around me. The power of a gorgeous dress, the perfect shade of red lipstick and an amazing photographer to truly capture the essence of my acceptance into adulthood! Man, I feel like a woman ;)

Does anyone else out there dress according to how they feel/want to feel?

Check out a few stunning chiffon maxi dresses that stole my heart below <3

Special thanks & photo credit to Corinne Louie Photography


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

[I'm] Into the Woods

SHINYMIX Chevron Eclectic Wood Necklace

SHINYMIX Arch Ear Jacket

SHINYMIX Tribal Sunburst Necklace

SHINYMIX Cedar Boho Necklace, Pave Chevron Ring

H&M Knit Sweater (similar here), H&M Pom Pom Shorts (similar here)
ASOS Mallory Silver Metallic Creepers, AJ Morgan Insistent Sunnies c/o Lockwood Style

Looking for something a bit more unique when it comes to freshening up your summer wardrobe? Well, I've got the fix! Try adding a bold wooden necklace to your everyday jewelry mix! 

We all know & love the effect a great shimmery statement necklace can have on any given outfit, but why not switch it up with one of this seasons hottest, coolest, unique trends! These eclectic SHINYMIX wooden necklaces pair so perfectly with summer's brights. I'm completely in love with how this electric yellow chunky, yet airy mock neck cropped knit sweater just so happens to be the perfect backdrop for virtually all of these SHINYMIX graphic, geometric beauties!

This outfit is a testament as to how great playing with color & textures can be! I'm all about clean, monochromatic looks, but I also love breaking outfits up by not being so matchy-matchy--while still managing to look put together. These wooden necklaces look AMAZING when paired with stacks upon stacks of gold dainty rings and bracelets without looking over the top or overwhelming. There's something about this combination of materials and pops of yellow, blue & red that make me smile inside! In my eyes, this entire ensemble just works!

Fancy any of these SHINYMIX mix pretties? 
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Big thanks (and photo cred) to Kathy of SHINYMIX for decking me out in beautiful jewels! ;)