Saturday, April 20, 2013

she recommends: color's block

Besides pairing Black with White, Black and Brown are another two of my favorite color combos year round. Both colors alone and together are so versatile. You can add a pop of Red, or in this case, Midnight as a contrast utilized as chiffon sides on O'2nd's jumpsuit and side pockets. It's chic minimalism and drape front lays beautifully on and off the hanger. Don't limit your spring wardrobe essentials with white and florals, go light-weight and fluid in crisp solids... easy, breezy... & haute.

Monday, April 15, 2013

she loves: leopard love

I rarely EVER gravitate towards flats. If you know me, I always have a 1" - 3 1/2" heel or else I feel so... flat. It just so happened I was browsing through the 'flats' category on Bloomingdales and Shopbop and  my  jaws dropped when I saw these two bad kitties. If I were to rock flats, it's gotta have personality... and these have personality with a little meow! It has the perfect amount of print with a splash of color and blocking. Kate and DVF, well done my darlings.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

she recommends... grey gardens

"You can't have your cake and eat it too in life." - Little Edie

Grey Gardens, such a timeless yet unbelievable true story. A real breakthrough to something beautiful and precious thing called... life. If I were to live in Grey Gardens (I say that loosely), it'd be a little something like this... 

Monday, April 1, 2013

she loves: loeffler randall rider bag

I recently purchased my beautiful 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, and like my booties fetish, I've also been on a major bag haul. I typically purchase my investment pieces at least once a year, as they are an investment for a reason... which is to last you almost a lifetime. (Quality vs. quantity!) During my bi-weekly visit to Saks, I spotted from the corner of my eye, the most gorgeous Cobalt Blue top handle satchel from Loeffler Randall's Spring collection. It was love at first sight! It's structured frame and luxe leather hand was almost unbearable to let go of. If you know me well, I dress in black almost everyday, if not, at least one black item of clothing with minimal color pop as I naturally gravitate towards neutral tones. But with this Cobalt Rider Satchel paired with black and black leather everything, would be perfect for my spring wardrobe essentials. Claim me to be over-exaggerating, but me without it, I can't even compute. 


Sunday, March 31, 2013

hello stranger...


Well hello there stranger, it sure has been awhile! (Almost 4 months in cray, craaaay). I promise my reasoning for my absence is legitimate! Long story short, I have relocated back to the bay and took on my dream job(s) back in San Francisco as a Menswear Designer for an amazing company called, Welcome Stranger. WS is a clothing brand and store located in the heart of San Francisco, right smack in the little-known street of Hayes Valley. It's  a co-ed of Azalea SF and Rand + Statler, our other 2 stores. It's been a dream come true and a surprise as I, myself, wasn't expecting to move back so soon to have been offered such an honorable position! On top of WS, I've also been staying busy with my personal styling business. It's so refreshing knowing the demand for a new wardrobe is still active in the bay area, mainly in SF as they do say that men in SF tend to dress better than women. At the same time, I'm relieved and impressed at how many stll do dress well out here considering that SF has never really been highlighted as one of the Fashion Capitals, but it's still around, and I see SF on it's way to making that impact. I've also been active with my fellow FIDM faculty and have been taking part as a regular guest speaker and addition to the industry board as an Alumni! So that justifies my lack of posting, doesn't it? Trust me, during the time of my decision-making to relocating was not an easy process. When it rains, it pours... and I was getting offers from left to right, day and night, back-to-back for an entire week, it was so overwhelming, I lost 5 lbs from staying up all night trying to lay out my pros and cons of not only what would benefit me the most, but where my heart was at. Now we all know how the story ends, but I'm glad to have made the decision I made. As much as I was enjoying living in LA and the new friends I've made, I was so fortunate to have been blessed with my dream jobs at the start of the new year. I never really understood the meaning to truly follow your heart as simple as a task it was until now. It's gained my trust more than ever. LA, you still have a special spot in my heart, and I know i'll be back. It's not over as this is only the beginning... <3

Oh yes, and have a Happy Easter! I'm craving for a See's Chocolate Bunny...
Love, Anne Marie & Fifi

Friday, December 21, 2012

10 looks, 10 pieces, 10 days


I recently updated my status on the She Pristine FB page about packing smart with only 10 pieces of clothing for my trip back home that lead to a request on how to pack "double duty" for those 10 days. As a kid, I remember playing a game on the computer where the objective was to fit all items given into a small briefcase. I can't remember the exact name at the top of my head, but I certainly did have deja vu while figuring this out. For starters, I'm a less is more type... to a certain extent, aaaand I could possibly be do some damage while shopping in San Francisco, duh! In just a moment, I'll guide you on how to pack light by utilizing the same pieces to create different looks in just 3 steps! Now this is MY short version, as I'm sure you can find a ton of results on the search engine on how to 'Pack the Perfect Luggage'. Long story short, the answer to your curious minds is yes, it is possible! I know, because I just did it... and every outfit looks killer. I'm kidding, or not, but check out what items of clothing I packed below and some tips I hope you'll find useful! 

My 10 Items of Clothing: 

- 4 Tops 
- 2 Skirts (in two different lengths)
- 2 Bottoms (Jeans & Trousers)
- 1 Blazer
- 1 Wool Coat

Other items... 

- 2 Pairs of Shoes 
- 2 Headwear Pieces (Beanie & Hat)
- 2 Belts
- Make Up / Hair Products
- Jewelry in a traveling pouch

Step 1: Research the weather to your destination. This might come in handy if you've packed a week worth of sunny 80 degrees weather and arrive to your unexpected drizzling and freezing destination in shorts and flip flops. What a nightmare that would be right? Do your research, quickly navigate to the weather app on your iPhone, and you can now start mapping out your looks! 

Step 2: Pack outfits that are versatile aka "double duty". I could start a whole new post on this, but to make things easier for you, make sure all your clothes can be mixed and matched depending on the situation. This means layering, making sure they work together. Three layers of light clothes can do the same job as a shirt and a heavy jacket (at least in Cali), it also gives you the opportunity to take the top layer off easily when you get indoors. I started off with laying out my first look, my 'Must Have' look. Where in this case, my Christmas outfit! This consisted of a top, a skirt, and a belt... boom, done. After you've completed your 'Must Have' look, move onto those colored skinny jeans you love to wear when shopping or brunching can also work for a nice dinner when paired with a blazer, a dressy blouse, and heels. Those heels you plan on wearing to that fancy dinner can double up for an a night out with the girls or to church on Sunday morning with the family. That leather jacket you love to wear with those coated skinnies when shopping downtown can be used over a casual and dressy top paired with that maxi skirt and diamonds for some Holiday sparkle for a Christmas party. Pack items of clothing, shoes, and accessories that can be worn for multiple occasions to not only keep your bag light, but to save you $$$ on air fare charges for additional luggage, extra space for new purchases/gifts, and just making worth of every piece in your luggage yet still having plenty of options to choose from. 

Step 3: Map out a strategy to maximize your better outfits. Most will spend about an entire day strolling around Union Square or sightseeing the Golden Gate Bridge, and the other half will spend time relaxing in the hotel room. It's always smart to pack a set of clothes for lounging (which shouldn't get dirty too quickly since you're probably sitting around) and looks for going out. If you wear your "going out" looks for 8 hours a day, you can easily get at least two or even a three days wear out of them before you worry they'll start to be a problem for anyone. (I'm talking about that not-so-ladylike-fragrance, mhm). But for the most part, you probably wouldn't do that since you'll be seeing new people while traveling, and no one will have a clue that this is the 3rd time in 10 days you've worn that cardigan. Don't worry, it's our little secret. 

Simple enough right? I did this all under 2 hours! I got distracted with text messages and answering emails, so I rolled into an extra 30 mins. I hope you'll find this useful when packing for your trip back home or wherever you plan on spending your Christmas! Have a wonderful and safe holiday spent with your loved ones in your amazing 10 looks! Happy New Year and God bless!! 

xo, Anne Marie 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

animal style

I recently submitted this look styled by me to win a pair of chic Chloe Sunglasses... what do you think?! I've been eyeing those Rag & Bone ankle boots and Alexander Wang Tote bag for a hot minute now, they're so 'maj'! (In the words of Rachel Zoe). Matter of fact, let's add each and every single piece to my wardrobe while we're at it! Oh Santa... *crosses fingers I win!*

- Maison Martin Margiela Leather T-Shirt
- Haute Hippie Drawstring Zebra Pants 
- Rag & Bone Leather Ankle Boots
- Alexander Wang Prisma Tote 
- Chloe Sunglasses
- TomTom Jewelry Interlock Ring
- Adia Kibur Chiffon Necklace w/ Stones 

xo, Anne Marie 

***UPDATE 1/13: I WON!!! Thanks Lauren for the Chloe Sunnies! They're so chic! Time to put my aviators to rest!