Experiencing a teeny bit of writers block, I decided to collage a tear-sheet of looks that I propose for the fall. On a visual aspect, textures and layers are a double dose of my expectations. Shabby fabrics, hints of leopard, gemstone hues, faux fur embellishing, gold baubles, polka dot prints, controlled pencil skirts and structured shapes are on my list of ─ la´experimental.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been a dreamer. I can revisit sitting in my room, and fantasying about my future, pondering what I wanted to be and what role I would play in life. Day dreaming was a keen characteristic of mine, my imagination would run vigorously. In school was one of the primary places that I would exercise such a trait, because I always saw beyond the classroom walls. At age 9, I remember telling my grandmother that I wanted to open a salon for kids because I enjoyed doing hair. As I reached my early teens I took on a debate quality; which lead me to wanting to become a lawyer (Criminal Justice). Then my senior year of high school approached and I took on a new found Love─ (deep sigh )─ Fashion!. Technically I shouldn't label it new found because it was always there, just suppressed within my wonderland of career chooses. Presently, I've combined my love for fashion with my God-given gift─ writing. I have aspirations of one day contributing to a fashion magazine, particularly ─Teen Vogue, hence ─I dream of teen─ here and here. Reverting back to my dreamer demeanor, the photo above is one of my wall decors. I purchased the Dream poppy graphic letter blocks from Target a few months ago; I have it hanging in the corner wall of my room at eye level for daily inspiration.
|1. topshop grey marl sequin heart embellished sweatshirt - topshop.com 2. marc by marc jacobs quad pullover with sequins- mytheresa.com|
3. alice and olivia juanita sequin cropped sweater -aliceandolivia.com
A dash of embellishment, adds just the right amount of sparkle to glam up a look. Sweaters are a practical staple for the late fall, but can often be associated with winter; depending on the thickness. I considerably love a cozy number, especially when it's dashing to the eye. I love pairing a quirky sweater with straight leg jeans or a tulle skirt. This season I plan on investing in some conversation pieces; as I would call them- Here’s a scenario: (chic admirer) "Hi, that's a savvy sweater you’re wearing!" (Me) why thank you! , it's (insert designer name here).
photo courtesy of vogue.com "Bushels of white roses by Scarlet & Violet"
While most are smitten over Kate Moss's graceful wedding, I was charmed by her décor orientation. My first look at the marital affair was on style blogger/friend Aly, www.rightupyouralyy.com. I felt the images raved of angelic significance. Piously defined and sweetly captured. The photo above was most adored by me because of its symbolism; it gave me a sense of serenity and divine nature. According to sources, White Roses are a representation of innocence and purity. Their customarily tied with marriages and new beginnings; it’s an illustration of remembrance. A perfect floral selection for Moss; being that the occasion was just that. see more wedding photos here
In life and in fashion, we all have come to a point when we profusely say─ “I should have went with my first instinct”. It’s a cliché statement which leaves you wondering, what could have been the outcome of that first choice. When preparing an outfit, I’ve learned in the past not to second guess myself, unless its giving off a style energy I am not fond of (overly provocative, not properly fitting or just plain ole not me ). I use to find myself staring at the mirror debating on the look of choice, why? ─ because I had others opinion in mind and not my own. What use to repeatedly annoy me the most, was hitting the scene and actually seeing the look that I turned down, because I thought it wasn’t a hip pick. Oh but times have simply changed and I’ve started taking my own advice (hence the quote). I’ll give you a realistic example: when prepping my ensemble for the Chictopia 10 Media Summit event here, I contemplated on wearing the trend of the moment, my American Eagle faux fur vest, (even though I invested in the vest a year before it was a trending pick), I still was overly unsure if I should pair it with my H&M leopard three -quarter sleeve stretch dress, in fear that it would be too showy. But I eventually went with my first style instinct, which resulted in me receiving ample attention for my quirky yet glam look, my first feature with themagazine(ok) here, and meeting some super chic bloggers who adored my homemade coif. So there you have it, the effect of the first choice is so much more exhilarating than the second.
|photo clips courtesy of ontd.com|
Today I happened to be in my room looking through my countless stack of fashion magazines (post coming soon), when I set eyes on the Teen Vogue August 2011 issue with Taylor Swift; placed face up on my end table (one of the many places I keep my magazines until I invest in what I call; a maga-case also known as a bookcase ), what attracted me was the bold statement ─ “back-to-school style”. I always tend to skim through old issues to get a glimpse of what I may have missed. When I opened the magazine, I became a helpless romantic for the introduction photo from Taylor's fashion spread. Don’t get me wrong, she is an awesome artist, but I was more moved by her photo shoot clips rather than actually reading her article. I gathered a couple of the shots I thought were significantly inspiring to me. Reading my blog I’ve expressed frequently my admiration for feminine staples, matte lips, dreamy hair─ all things pretty to my eye. I thought these photos captured the true spirit of beenalabella.
|Accessorize window display clips|
So, I have no shame in admitting; that I have an uber infatuation for window displays. It puts me in the notion of visiting a candy store without actually stepping foot inside because all you can do is admire the sweetly coated concoctions; edible to the eye. While working my first Kiosk shift at Roosevelt Field Mall (ps. I'm a Banker), I periodically found myself visiting the ladies room (I blame it on the Raspberry Peach Snapple that momentarily quenched my thirst).I found myself style struck by the charming arrangement of window treatments. That's when the oohing and ahhhing began, there was one particular store called ─Accessorize; that stopped me dead in my speedy tracks, each time I passed. It was filled with bountiful girlish trinkets, I couldn't wait until my shift was complete to explore my new finding, and to actually step foot inside. When the much anticipated time finally arrived, I took on my photographer role and snapped some detailed shots with my iphone -GG ( that's my iphones name by the way; stands for Girl Genius) oh yes!, that's my other infatuation, naming my belongings.
see photos of inside Accessorize below*
|left: melon madness right: pink indulgence|
Becoming an Avon Rep has its beauty cabinet perks, I vowed once I started, that I wouldn't become my #1 customer. Well, some promises can’t help but be broken, especially when the products are extremely indispensable. I recently purchased two fabulous shades of Avon’s Super Shock Liquid Lip Shine─ pink indulgence and melon madness. The application has a luscious finish, which varies by coat. I myself prefer two coats for a matte look. The jumbo lip brush generates bountiful coverage, giving your lips a pretty pout.
|Bath & Body Works, Slatkin & CO|
a. frosted cupcake candle b. frosted cupcake wallflower c. pumpkin patch candle
d. pumpkin patch wallflower e. spiced cider candle f. spiced cider wallflower
Even though Christmas is my most favored holiday, it's something oddly enchanting about Halloween that connects with the inner child in me. Could it be the indulging of sugary treats? ;or the idea, for one day, you can actually disguise yourself as your dream character? I know it seems pretty random to ponder on the thought of Halloween in the heat of summer, but some subjects are worth the fuss. Growing up, decorating the house with festive accessories seemed to brighten up my spirit. So it was no surprise (BOO!), that when I discovered these adorably scented Bath & Body Works Halloween Candles ($19.50), with matching Wallflowers($6.50); I found myself sensing that identical emotion.
photo courtesy of Jak&Jil Blog
Deciding on the perfect hairstyle; for the perfect occasion, can sometimes leave you in an imperfect state. I’ve been sporting a conservative bun for the past couple of months and my hair is in vital need of a prim fix me up. This Friday I will be a hostess for the wedding of my darling friend─ Tiffany Davis. My coif-instincts have directed me to the essence of the 50’s─ soft yet graceful curls. I came across this photo of a model while browsing the chic images of Jak&Jil Blog, instantly I was simply engaged (well one day) to her hairstyle, it was all and more of what I’ve been musing after.
My knack for interior design stems genetically from the roots of my grandmother. Her ability to take a piece of bland furniture and transform it into a whimsical masterpiece; propelled my interest in doing the same. I found this photo of a psychedelic batch of patterns, while gathering photos for a prior project. The retro color palettes captivate a mirror image of the Prada ready-to-wear 2011 collection here
Though I am fond of a lavish pair of sunnys’, I just haven’t conquered a pair that compliment my facial circumference; giving my peepers a pretty pick me up. This tends to leave me in awe while viewing the seasons trending looks. I have though, taken a liking for vintage inspired shapes such as, the Cat-Eye frame. This puts me in reminisce of a 50’s socialite, preparing to glisten the scene with her polished presence.