Sunday, October 28, 2012

she loves: colors 201


         PHOTOS TAKEN FROM MY IPHONE


Instead of posting an ootd, why not post my phone's new savvy outfit?! That's right! Just like the clothes I decide to wear on a daily basis, my phone is the same way. I've had my Arnsdorf SS11 Crystal Pattern case for the longest time, and unfortunately cracked at the side. :( So like any good iPhone Mother would do, I purchased Jen Ramos of Made By Girl's Cocoa & Heart's masterpiece! I'm a huge fan of Jen's artwork and blog, and as soon as I read her post on Cocoa & Hearts iPhone case availability, I just had to! Jen Ramos is an exquisite and talented woman with an eye for interior design, art, food, and style! Her blog is literally at the top of my bookmark list and always worth the read with great recipes, interior imagery, and the great NYC living. Head over to Jen's Made By Girl blog if you're not following her already, and be prepared to get inspired by this amazing woman! To purchase iPhone case, click here for more info! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

orange october


I can't remember the last time I carved a pumpkin, but I can tell you, it's not as easy as it looks! (As you can tell with my 'L' and sinking 'O'). I'm pretty satisfied with my L-O-V-E. As long as I can read it, I can go on. After all, it is art! Knock yourselves out with creativity! It was my lovely roommate's idea to get into the spirit, so we lit festive candles around the house while carving and enjoying some Pandora. It was the perfect Friday night! I think this is probably as festive as i'll get with halloween, with the exception of yelling out 'ORANGE OCTOBER!' for my SF Giants! Whoo! What a great beginning to the World Series! With that said, have a safe and happy halloween! Let's end this month strong!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

she pristine stylebook

Here's another Stylebook I put together on Style Saint simply inspired by my personal style! Leather, black, gold accents, matte finish, exquisite details... of course I had to name it after my blog, 'She Pristine'. Check out the rest of my StyleFeed here

Sunday, October 21, 2012

lafw x local sociallite
























    PHOTOS TAKEN FROM MY IPHONE


Happy Sunday everyone! Finally had a chance to blog about my first experience at LAFW. But before I ramble, I'd like to give special thanks to A Line Media and Hauler Deals for the invite! I've gotten the chance to get to know both companies and the team very well these last couple of weeks and it's been a blast! Last Tuesday, my wonderful roomie, Erica, and I headed to Vibiana, located in downtown LA, where the fashion show was held at. It was so good to see such familiar faces and walk down the red carpet! Prior to the fashion show was a cocktail party held right outside the cathedral's garden. There were photo booths, cocktails, music, photographers, booths to get your nails and hair done, and a mix of crowd ready to network and dive into tonight's fashion show. I was so glad I didn't come in a peplum dress because peplums seemed to be the trend that night. I wore my black and white maxi dress from Mango and silver chain belt also from Mango! You can never go wrong in black and white, it's just classic. I had the pleasure of meeting local designers and photographers and gorgeous models that were surprisingly taller, if not, also standing 5'11 as me! The show didn't start until 8, and thankfully we were seated 2nd row just right behind the lovely Style Saint, Allison and her fiance! So glad to see her again and had the chance to catch up since the Nokia event last month. Always looking amazing and beautiful! (I really loved your new jacket Allison!) The show was great, the collection was fun, trendy, and affordable for all the hip fashionistas out there. Needless to say, the venue was also amazing. Bright lighting, beautiful tall pillars that still captured the history behind Vibiana (google Vibiana to read more on the history of the Cathedral). Overall, it was a great night and the perfect way to spend an evening right smack in the middle of the week! Style Week LA, I'll see you next year! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

local obsession: 'lette macarons





     PHOTOS TAKEN FROM MY IPHONE

So we all know how much of an addict I am when it comes to macarons. (Check out my post Botegga Louie entry, it was like heaven!) Thankfully, 'Lette Macarons finally opened a location in Newport a couple months ago, so if I somehow go missing, you know where to find me. Haha. The space is a lot smaller than the one in Beverly Hills, but it wasn't the size of the venue I was after... I tried Mint and Sweet Wedding Almond for the first time and both were delish! It's hard to stop eating the remaining ones left in the box... I try, but not enough to keep my taste buds craving for more. My favorites have always been Passion Fruit, Rose, and Lavender. What are your favorite macaron flavors? 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

closet audit 101


     ORIGINAL PHOTO TAKEN FROM MYFASHIONJUICE.COM

Ever have one of those mornings where you just can't seem to find anything to wear? Even after starring long and hard, nothing seems to look or fit right? Well i've got the solution for you! Closet audit! I'm sure you've already came across tips and advice from other stylists and bloggers, but as they always say, the more you know, the less you'll need! Follow these steps and I promise you won't have to experience one of those mornings again. It's time to make everything in your closet work for you and your space!

5 EASY STEPS TO CLOSET AUDIT:

1. Toss out what you don't wear and what doesn't look good on you. (This also means throwing out pieces with the wrong silhouette or proportion to your body). 
- Size is everything. One common mistake women tend to make is buying the wrong size. Yes, I know! How you ask? You could typically be a size 8, but at J.Crew you're a size 4. It's simply due to the manufacture's proportions based on their target customer. This is why knowing your measurements for your body type is important. Don't know them by heart? Grab a measuring tape, or ask your local tailor for assistance if you feel your measuring skills aren't up to par. After you've gotten that taken care of, consult a stylist (like myself, duh) who can define your body type and assist the looks and fit made for your body. 
- Don't keep items in your closet for sentimental reasons, UNLESS you absolutely must save it for a legitimate reason. Otherwise, you'll just end up with a pile of clothes-on-display taking up 50% of your closet space. 

2. Get rid of the clone! We all do it when we naturally gravitate to a specific color, or style with our favorite details. Narrow them down and choose the one that has the best fit, the best quality fabric, in the best condition. There's no need to accumulate a lifetime supply of the same pair of black pants, someone else is probably in need of it but you took the whole inventory, tsk, tsk. 

3. Hang onto the classics. Those essential staples that pair well with almost everything and never goes out of style. Think of them as your blank canvas you can layer on or are dependable as your "go-to" pieces. In example: The little black dress, denim, a classic white shirt, a trench coat, diamonds, a classic heel, and a great bag. Take care of your classics, they're the foundation to your wardrobe. 

4. Be mindful of playing it too safe. A closet filled with basics is limited and no fun. Have fun with your wardrobe and get inspired! You don't want to be a bore.

5. Organization is key. After your amazing editing experience, it's time to hang your keepers! I like to keep my items together by category, then length, and then color. It makes life easier (at least my life) when I'm deciding what to wear in order. From tops -> to bottoms -> to accessories -> shoes. Uniform your hangers by category that best suit the garment according to it's care and needs, and get rid of those wire hangers! Fold jersey knits, long delicate dresses or sweaters as they stretch and will lose their shape. Underpants, socks, tights, can be sectioned in drawer dividers, no need to fold, just roll and put away! Lingerie and foundations should be folded into it's own drawer. You can stick a bar of lavender soap just so they smell good, it likes that extra touch. Handbags should be grouped by size in a separate cupboard. Belts can be hung on a belt hanger so they hang nicely and don't get bent. Shoes and boots can be kept in their original boxes or stacked on a shoe rack. Some like to store their shoes mixed with their clothes, but I prefer them to be separate. Fortunately, I have a closet dedicated to my shoes stacked on it's own rack and in it's original boxes according to size.


IMPORTANT DON'TS:

1. Don't buy into the trends. This is one of my pet peeves. We can love that fluorescent day glo yellow mini dress going down the runway, but if it doesn't look good on you, why would you force yourself into buying one? Do not be a fashion victim!

2. Don't buy into the sale tags. We all love a good sale, don't we? This is where your 'spend your money wisely' gets put to the test. We get so caught up at the reduced price tag of $200 off, we disregard if it's in our size or not. WRONG! If you're only going to wear it once, or never (I sure hope not), or don't really like it, set-it-down and walk away. It's an expensive deal you'll end up wanting to return anyways. 

Easy, ay? I hope you find my 5 easy steps helpful and informative. It could take up to 2 hours, maybe even more, depending on how much you've got stored! If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance of helping you make sense of all that clutter by coming to style your wardrobe in the comfort of your home, leave me a message or email me: annemarieym@gmail.com and I can run you through more details and rates of my Closet Audit package! Now run and start editing! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

lafw


With LA Fashion Week right around the corner, I am happy to announce I will be taking part of Local Social Lite's Runway show next week for LA Fashion Week! This will be my first LA Fashion Week event after several seasons of fashion malaise in LA and society's recession, shows are now back up and the show must go on! I can't wait to join this celebration with many, many other fashion gurus! I'll be taking a mass amount of photos so you won't miss a thing! See you dolls there! <3

hoot, hoot

    ORIGINAL PHOTO TAKEN BY HOOTAN

"But in the end, joy is not in things; it is in us. Live a life you're proud of... I hope you do." ♥ - Anne Marie

On Sunday, I had the honors of shooting with noted celebrity photographer, Hootan, based in LA. If you're not too familiar with his work, Robin Thicke, Marilyn Manson, & Alessandra Ambrosio (to name a few) can tell you just how great he is on and off set. He had an amazing book of his work stacked in his studio, I nearly drooled over each piece. But I didn't, since they were original hard copies, haha. We first ran through a test shoot after a meet-and-greet, then got down to business and shot outside his balcony overlooking the tall and skinny palm trees that covered Beverly Hills. He kept calling me a 'Japanimation' for my big and bulging eyes and lips, what a sense of humor, that man... we're going to review the rest of the photos this weekend to edit and transfer onto canvas for his upcoming art show! What a trip would that be to see my face enlarged, yikes! Can't wait to show you the rest of the final images. Til then... embrace life and live it to the fullest, I mean it. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

... week at a glance




















     PHOTOS TAKEN FROM MY IPHONE


Last week, I was invited to head over to the HD Showroom at their headquarters in West Hollywood. The minute I walked in, my eyes were wide open the moment I laid eyes at their showroom... how I wish I could turn my room into an entire closet (someday)! I was greeted by the lovely interns and met with the branding manager for a huge opportunity that will soon be disclosed! Stay tuned... Afterwards, I walked down on Melrose like Bobby V. sang, haha. I have no idea why I never stepped foot at Joyrich, I was quite disappointed from the selection considering all the hype. I did enjoy the Barbie dolls mounted to a large flower vase. Headed to one of my favorite streets, Melrose Pl. I always spend a fair amount of time flipping through the great selection of books at BOOKMARC and end up purchasing non-book related items. It seems to be a habit, I suppose. I finally got the chance to check out the new Dash store on Melrose, it was way too pretty in there. The girls, the store design, the decor, the set-up, I actually found some great pieces. The girls were really friendly and surprisingly had a decent shopping experience. I'll be heading back to LA again tomorrow for some brunch and a girl's day/night out in Hollywood, to a shoot on Sunday in Silver Lake with noted celebrity photographer, Hootan. I swear, I may live in OC, but I spend a majority of my time in LA. I do plan on relocating to LA within the early next year... as much as I love living in Newport Beach, the beach life has been surreal... forever a citygirl at heart!