fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am a 27-year-old teacher living in Orange County, California. I moved out to Huntington Beach from Virginia Beach about 3 years ago and love sharing my life here in OC with my readers! During the day I am teaching little ones at a gifted private school in my elementary classroom and on weekends I am jogging to the pier from my little beach apartment, munching on donuts and dressing up to find the best place to grab a cocktail.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Definitely Megan Mitchell of Style’d Avenue. She has such an effortless boho chic style and looks amazing whether it is in sweats and sneaks or dressed up for a night out. I secretly wish every time I ‘like’ one of her Instagram photos her outfit will appear in my closet. Still waiting for that to become a reality but until then I will continue to wish I had her entire closet.

What style rule do you always follow?
Never underestimate the power of a perfectly tailored outfit. I am 5’3, have a tiny waist and a larger bottom, it takes some serious hunting to find a pair of jeans to fit perfect or a maxi that doesn’t drag the ground. I have recently fallen in love with getting my clothing tailored to fit me the way the designers instead them to. If your jeans are too long or dress is too baggy you are not getting the most out of your outfits. Once you step into the perfectly fitting pair of jeans you will never look back. Plus, it means you can totally snag that sale item that is only available 2 sizes too big!

What is your favorite quote?
“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” —Kate Spade. Because, well I mean, do we ever get over playing dress-up?

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What inspired your blog?
I started my blog a few years ago during my first year of teaching. There is no secret that Teachers aren’t exactly known for being fashionistas. We tend to fall into our own category. Business professional is not realistic for our needs and casual work attire is not professional enough. I started my blog as a way to mix the two. I was commonly asked while teaching, by both colleagues and students parents, where I bought my clothes and one day a friend said “You really need your own website where we can all go to see where you purchase your outfits” I am pretty sure it was that exact day I jumped on my computer and that was it! It has been so fun to see how my blog has changed and be able to look back and see my style evolve each year as I navigate my way through my twenties.

Three things that are always in your purse?
Oh this is easy, and they are all the same thing. A nude gloss, a bright lip color (a dark maroon in the fall/winter and a hot pinks in the spring/summer), and a chap stick!

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I find my inspiration from the people I have met in this industry. Whether it is the readers, the contacts made, or the blog friends turned real life friends, they really keep me wanting to stay connected in the blogosphere. Some of my closest friends I have here in OC are other bloggers I have met at events. These girls will, without a doubt, be dancing along side me at my wedding one day! And I find it amazing that our style blogs brought us all together.

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Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
My best style advice was to not listen to style ‘rules’! As I mentioned, I live in California now — I have lived in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and California 3 different times thanks to my fathers military career. And living in California, in particular, totally allows you to break all fashion rules. Having such ideal weather that does not match the seasons and being surrounded by so many fashion forward people really inspires you. My favorite rule to break? White after labor day.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
A white button-up shirtdress, it is indisputably my most worn item! It can be worn with a cute ball cap and chucks, with a chunky wedge or sleek pump or even half tucked into a pair of jeans. I think I buy another each time I see one!

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Without a doubt, authenticity. It is so easy to buy into the “my life is perfect” image many people in this industry portray. I am not a vegan, Chanel toting, green smoothie drinker and that’s totally okay! I post about what I actually wear and things I actually use and do. I love to go on runs and showcase by workout gear but I also totally enjoy a big bowl of ice cream while watching the Real Housewives and I share that will my followers. Sharing who you are behind the perfectly staged outfit photos and documenting those super real funny moments gains many more genuine followers, because lets be real, we can’t all afford the cute Chloe bag. And that’s what makes bloggers more relatable than movie stars, right?

A Fashion Bloggers Favorite Insta-worthy Walls in LA

If your goal is to up your Instagram likes and followers than you must adhere to the saying: “picture or it didn’t happen”. A simple #ootd photo is everything but simple nowadays. For most fashion bloggers, the photo has to be as carefully curated as the outfit itself. Luckily for all fashion bloggers in the Los Angeles area, LA has some of the most popular street art used as backdrops for the photos posted by our favorite bloggers. You’ve seen and admired them all over Instagram and we have tracked them down for your next #ootd post!

Paul Smith Wall also known as the “Pink Wall”

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Where to find it: 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

Photo: @alexasuter

Made in LA Wall

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Where to find: Cisco Home, 8025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Photo:@peaceloveshea

Mural by Retna

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Where to find: Craig’s, 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

Photo: @sincerelyjules

Angel Wing Mural

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Where to find: St. Regis Wine & Liquor, 8401 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Photo: @chiaraferragni

Easter Outfit Ideas

No matter your age, as soon as a fellow fashionista spots Easter on their calendar, the first thing that comes to mind is pastel colors and springtime fashion!  It’s also the welcoming of  April and Spring! It’s finally time to break out the lightweight sweaters and flowy dresses.

We have rounded up a couple of style tips to help you find the perfect outfit for you fashion-lovers to stuff your face with jelly beans and chocolate covered eggs!

Dress – Who doesn’t love a maxi dress in Spring?! I’m sure we all have terrifying memories of our parents dressing us up in frilly dresses that were “Easter appropriate”. Luckily, we are old enough to dress ourselves and have now realized that dresses don’t have to be formal or “holiday appropriate”. They should be fun and fit your personality! The best thing about Spring dresses is that they come in all different patterns and styles.

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Pastel colors – What’s Easter without a little pastel fun?! Pastel colors are the staple color wheel of Spring! Whether it’s pastel blue, pink, purple and yellow, have fun and release the pastel princess within you!

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Light weight accessories – Less is definitely more when it comes to accessorizing! Whether it’s a pair of earrings, a lightweight necklace or a fringe purse, make sure you choose wisely on the accessory you want to include. Or maybe you would like to pay homage to the happy childhood memories of you wearing a sun hat? Of course, we advise you to put your own style and flare into it!

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fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Evelyn Madera. I’m from Los Angeles, Ca. I studied Biology and History at Cal State Long Beach. However, after graduating I decided to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
I would definitely sneak into Rihanna’s closet. I think her style is so edgy, chic, yet sophisticated when need be.  

What style rule do you always follow?
I always highlight one body part at a time. For instance, if I wear a mini skirt then I make sure to keep the focus on my legs and cover up everywhere else by wearing long sleeves and a high neckline.

What is your favorite quote?
“Everyday I advance confidently in the direction of my own dreams, endeavor to live the life which I’ve imagined. I will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

H.D. Thoreau

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What inspired your blog?
My blog was inspired by the countless women I started noticing on the web writing about their personal style. I thought, wow this is so great! I want to do that too!

Three things that are always in your purse?
Powder, Lipstick, hand wipes.

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I find my inspiration from my surroundings. It can be the bright colors of a blooming tree, to the feeling I get when the ice cold air hits my face early in the morning.

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Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
The style best advice I’ve ever received was to balance my outfits and accentuate my best features.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
I cannot live without my skater skirts. I’m seriously obsessed.

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
What separates a great blog from an unsuccessful one is the person behind it. The writer has to not only love what he or she is discussing in their website, but also go above and beyond to get their name out there.

To read more about Evelyn visit her blog here!

Spring Break in Style

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Spring is almost in full swing and all we can think about is Spring Break! It’s the most anticipated week all year! Fashionistas all over the world get to sit back, relax and possibly travel to a fun destination. In our opinion, grab a couple of friends and flee wherever your wanderlust desires take you! No matter what your plans are for this fun-filled week, we have you covered with the perfect outfits to break into fashion-and they are all from our Sable Sky Line!

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1. You can’t beat a pair of vintage jeans, a cute tee and a pair of sneakers! Spring Break is about being fun and adventurous and this outfit is perfect to take on any adventure!

2. You can also go for the festival-style tribal shorts with an embroidered top and your favorite boots! Whether you’re at a festival or on a road trip with your girl friends, this outfit will have you looking and feeling great!

3. A little red dress is perfect for a tropical location or a girls day out! Throw on some boots and go paint the town red!

Best Dressed from Oscars ’16

First, we would like to thank our amazing followers and readers for your constant support! We couldn’t go through this crazy fashion life without you guys by our side.

Oh, the joy of award season! The Oscars have come and gone and we are still lusting over the gorgeous gowns and attire we got to see on the red carpet. For us fashionistas, the real show happens on the red carpet! We get to see every detail from head to toe. Yes, it’s all about the details! Although there were many Oscar-worthy fashion moments, we have compiled our top three best-dressed actors from the Oscars.

Rooney Mara

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Excuse us, while we sit back and admire this masterpiece by Givenchy. Rooney Mara looked beautiful-the hair, makeup and shoes were perfect! The cut-out in this dress was everything we never knew we wanted.

Lady Gaga

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We’ve seen many stages of Gaga, from meat dresses to this gorgeous jumpsuit by Brandon Maxwell. Safe to say that we prefer this look. Lady Gaga looked classy and stunning in this lovely combination of modern and old Hollywood!

Rachel McAdams

pasted image 0-2I mean, who doesn’t love Rachel McAdams?! We adored her in The Notebook and we love her on the red carpet! She was wearing a gorgeous emerald gown by August Getty Atelier. Rachel looked stunning in emerald! Not to mention, this look was so classy and simply elegant that it radiated throughout!