Category Archives: Style

Reformation’s Latest Holiday Campaign

Holiday party season is just around the corner already and for the first time ever, it looks like I’ll be attending two! My company has decided to postpone theirs until early next year, but in December, I’ll be joining Eric and Mandi for theirs at the MOMA in San Francisco. Talk about an amazing venue! I learned a very important lesson a couple of years ago that there can be a time when it is too early to shop for a holiday party dress ie) 5 months before, but this time of year is the sweet spot. Elynn told me yesterday too that the good thing about having a holiday party after the new year means that all the dresses will be on sale!

In Reformation’s latest campaign, we found ourselves loving just about everything in the collection. Another thing to note in this campaign is that instead of using models, the brand tapped into a few successful businesswomen of our time. They may not be models by profession, but if we didn’t know that fact, we wouldn’t have even thought otherwise! I’m never NOT a fan of campaigns using real women and modeling amazing pieces.

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Summer Look

Hat – Urban Outfitters / Dress – Aritzia / Chambray – Madewell / Sneakers – Keds

This little black dress is my absolute favorite. Whenever I’m caught in a pinch and feel like I have nothing to wear (this is often) I just throw on this black dress and any kind of combination of sweaters or cardigans. On this particularly warm summer, day, I decided that I wanted to include the chambray… but only tied around my waist. For a more casual look, I included this backwards baseball cap and matching Keds. The top and bottom photos are my favorite just because of the backdrop, but I had to include the 2nd photo because that’s my friend Vo whizzing by me on his bike meeting us for lunch!

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Saying Goodbye to Teen Vogue

First Nylon and now, Teen Vogue – say it ain’t so! It breaks my heart that Condé Nast is now shuttering the print version of Teen Vogue otherwise known as the bible of my adolescence. I’m sure I’m not the only one here that found a lot of value in these magazines. This year, I’m especially proud of Teen Vogue. Tucker Carlson was wrong when he said that these are filled with just fashion and makeup and that the writers themselves should just stick to “thigh high boots.” Since that incident, Teen Vogue has continued to prove everyone wrong with their investigative reporting and political hot takes. While the print version of Teen Vogue itself is folding, they plan on investing more time in their digital, video, and social platforms – areas of Teen Vogue that have been thriving.

It’s not a surprise to anyone that print editions of magazines have been folding left and right, but my hope is that this paves the way for more innovation through digital and that their original voices can live on and still be a powerful force.

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KITH x adidas

Will we ever have enough millennial pink? At this point, probably not. These sneakers remind me of the Museum of Ice Cream. What I’m particularly excited about though is that this is a collaboration between KITH and adidas for UltraBOOST. The color itself was made to represent the Miami Flamingos soccer team, which is news to me, but we’re all for it! My favorite is the top only and not because I don’t love the color block below, but just because I could do without all the labeling.

Both pairs will be released tomorrow and will be available online at KITH and their shops beginning at 11:00AM EST.

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Victoria Secret’s Latest Fantasy Bra

It’s almost that time of the year! I’ve been watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since it was first broadcast on television and while I am not a consumer of their brand specifically, I do enjoy the production of the show. It’s interesting to watch the evolution of it from when it started up until now. You’ll notice that things were more simpler then, but these days we’ve got very elaborate designs, props, performances, and the infamous “Fantasy Bra” – typically worth a ton of money and worn by one of Victoria Secret’s angels. This year, Lais Ribeiro will have that honor and this is the $2 million bra that she’ll be donning down the runway.

The 2017 Champagne Night Fantsy Bra features almost 6,000 precious gemstones, with everything from sapphires, blue topaz and diamonds, weighing more than 600 carats. Not only is the bra a work of art, but it took almost 350 hours to hand-make the piece.

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The Closet: October 2017

Need Supply Co. Farrow Manor Skirt – $78

This is bulkiest post we’ve had in quite some time! Can you tell that we’re getting colder in San Francisco now? We’ve got a few winter coats in here, but also a few accessories that I’ve had my eye on as well. Sweaters completely dominate this post though. It’s all I ever want to wear every day now and for good reason. I think I work my best and my hardest when I’m most comfortable and most comfortable to me just means “most cozy.”

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Janelle Monae x Gap

Janelle Monae joined Gap in celebrating their latest campaign. These types of collaboration happen all of the time and we probably could write about one of these every day. However, in reading a little bit more about why Janelle chose Gap as the brand to work with, I stumbled upon a quote that meant something more to me. This my reason for why I chose to share this collab on Yow Yow!

“Growing up, my family and I would always shop around the holidays. I grew up with working class parents and we didn’t have a lot of money. Or, at least to go and buy super expensive things for myself and my sister. So, one of the things was always a treat for us was when we did get the opportunity to go shopping, one of the stores that was within my family’s spending limit was the Gap.
My sister and I would get to pick out a sweater, some jeans — but usually, it was a sweater. I just remember doing that in middle school. Even when I got old enough to shop for myself and I was working at Blockbuster or FootLocker [in the mall], I’d always stop in Gap. It’s pretty much everywhere, especially around the holiday season.”
While there are many that look forward to the holidays, there are also many that don’t. The holidays can be a tough time for families and it’s not something that we tend to shed a light on. Instead, we focus on the best gifts that we can give each other and how much money we can spend. I used to always look forward to shopping with my family around this time, but my parents definitely taught me how to be frugal and this story that Janelle shared is something that I know not only resonates with me, but as I’m sure, many others. This isn’t an ad, though I love Gap and if you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that it’s my favorite piece from the fall season. Gap is such a wholesome, quality brand and they have helped define holidays for me, but also family.

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CFDA/’VOGUE’ FASHION FUND SHOW IN LA

Zendaya wearing Teresa Helbig

It may be fall everywhere else in the world, but southern California is still experiencing 95 degree weather and yesterday’s outfit choices in LA for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show prove it. The finalists from the competition showcased at Chateau Marmont in front of a panel of judges and in attendance for the event were some of our favorite celebrity icons and even those that are style icons in the making. Here are some of our favorite looks:

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Wedding Mondays

Too often, some of my favorite wedding videos are ones that really get a viewer going. I like the grand entrance, a good drone shot, and the most upbeat music – these will typically be what I call a “crowd favorite.” 90% of the videos that I showcase for Wedding Mondays fall into these categories. Other times, I like to slow things down a bit. Every Sunday, I visit my two favorite wedding blogs (like I do every week) and round up all of the “Real Wedding Posts.” I hope in all of them that at the end there is a wedding video. That is often not the case most of the time. For the ones that do have wedding videos, I mute the TV, focus on the video and begin watching each one. I typically will watch the video first before going back and looking at all the photos and reading the “How they met” story or the “Here’s what mattered the most to me on my wedding day” story. When I got to Portia and Ting, I didn’t know if I would love it. I had honestly just watched five videos before that I didn’t love and was about to call this week a wash and throw up my hands and say “No wedding Mondays this week, I guess.”

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. The video starts out with heartfelt messages from guests (guests that I believe could be parents or relatives!) Then we get into how they met… the airport. Just strangers. Who happened to be going to the same destination and had spoken the same language. There wasn’t anything that could rival just how sweet this entire video was. I don’t want to give any more away so just watch for yourself!

Catch the entire feature here at Style Me Pretty

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Erdem x H&M Launch Party

Alexa Chung

I’ve been excited about this collaboration since I first heard about it. Then we saw the photos from the collection and I didn’t think it could get any better than that. I was practically making a checklist of every item I loved and started planning in my head which events each piece would be best suited for this fall/winter. If only I had a fall/winter wedding to attend this year, I thought. The official launch party was earlier this week and seeing these pieces on our favorite celebrities and influencers IRL was everything. Too often, I see collaborations with pieces that are stunning, but not wearable. This isn’t the case with Erdem x H&M – not even in the slightest.

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Elle Women in Hollywood Awards

Vanessa Hudgens

It has been a couple of weeks for women. There’s a lot in the news that doesn’t make me happy to share and my heart hurts for all the women – the victims – that have had to endure their share of sexual harassment and sexual assault at the hands of men. This week, I’m seeing women come together in so many ways – through social media, through events, and through stories. I hate to have to witness a moment like this in 2017, but at the same time, I couldn’t be more proud of the strength in our voices right now. We could spend hours writing a post recapping all of my feelings from the past couple of weeks, but instead I’d like to share some photos of inspiring women from the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Abigail Spencer

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Bridal Week 2018

Romona Keveza Legends Fall 2018 Bridal Collection

How did we completely miss this?! I must have had a busy week to have completely watch all of these shows go by and not tune into a single on. I just caught up on Fashionista’s recap and since we already started with Wedding Mondays anyways, we might as well carry it on into showcasing some of our favorite looks. Do you all love these as much as I do?

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Wedding Mondays

I know it feels like we just waved goodbye to wedding season, but even in October I’m looking ahead to what I already have for next year. Next up? Two weddings in March – one of which I’m a bridesmaid! Honestly, I couldn’t be more thrilled, but this just means that we’ve always got weddings on the brain. I don’t hate it. You already know that. I especially don’t hate the wedding video that I’m sharing with you all today. When you’re reading a post about a wedding being featured on a wedding blog site, it typically follows a general layout. You start with a photo – it’s simple, it’s the venue or the decor, the shoes, or the invite. Then you get scroll down and get to see your first glimpses of the couple, the dress, the wedding party. You’re basically unraveling a story. As you get more and more into the details, you sort of hope there will be a video at the end tying it all together. Ugh, isn’t that just like the true beauty of a wedding video?

This one between Aften and Brian is so sweet. There are no verbal exchanges, but there is a lot happening here. It also doesn’t hurt that they featured one of my favorite songs – can you guess which of the four it is?!

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For the entire feature, click here to go to Green Wedding Shoes! (okay the song is Olmos – Hold Me! but ALSO Telepopmusik – Breathe) Trick question, it was two.

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Not Over the Crop Top

Top + Bralette – Aritzia / Denim – Levi’s / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs / Heels – Vince Camuto

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I love this outfit for a casual weekend. I wore this to brunch at Plow with my friend Leslie earlier this spring and really didn’t need the cover-up I’m holding. I’m still getting used to San Francisco weather so I always bring something for my shoulders just in case, but then never end up using it. These jeans have become my absolute favorite. They were an inexpensive purchase, but in addition to that are high-waisted, fitted, and in a wash that goes with just about anything. I decided to test the waters by wearing a cropped Aritzia striped top that is great for just throwing on with anything for a casual day look. I was a little bit nervous about the undergarment situation though. Typically, I hate any undergarments showing at all, but this Aritzia one actually worked well! It almost looked like it was its own under-tank. To spice things up, I used a piece of suede to tie around my neck as a choker, my Marc Jacobs’ sunglasses and tan Vince Camuto wedges to brighten things up!

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September Favorites

Favorite TV Show – Siesta Key (again!)

I tried my hardest to think of another show that I was consuming during the month of September, but to be honest, we were still obsessed with Siesta Key. The last four episodes of the show really turned things around for the reality series. It’s almost a completely different show than when it first started. I know that these kids are sort of the worst, but we can’t stop. In fact, I’ve found another co-worker of mine who loves the show as much as I do and we’ve started doing recap episode on our Instagram Lives. Things really escalated and we’re looking forward to the second season!

Favorite Album – Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me 

I’ve been playing “Sorry Not Sorry” on repeat since the day it came out, but my fear was that it was going to be the only song I liked from the album. I’m happy to share that that wasn’t the case. “Tell Me You Love Me” may have only just came out at the end of September, but that didn’t stop us from listening to this every single day. My favorites:

  • Sorry Not Sorry
  • Tell Me You Love Me
  • Ruin the Friendship
  • Only Forever
  • Lonely
  • Concentrate
  • Hitchhiker

Favorite Product – Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser – $28

I’ve never had a great routine of making sure that I washed my face every day and lately, I’ve been wondering how I could do that. I had this product in my stash and discovered that it was great for washing your face in the mornings or the evenings and when your face was already damp. Solution? Wash my face while I’m in the shower! So it’s not the best habit to have because you probably want to me washing off your makeup every night, but I feel like we’re taking baby steps in the right direction.

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Gap Icon Denim Jacket – $69.95

I believe the last time I owned a denim jacket, I was 13 and headed into middle school. Shopping with my mom, I couldn’t decide between a denim jacket and a corduroy one and convinced her that I needed to have both. Somewhere between middle school and mid-20’s adulthood, the need to have a denim jacket again disappeared! Only recently was I feeling the urge to have one back in my closet again. It is such a classic staple and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. One Sunday afternoon, I popped into the Gap store in The Marina and saw what I had been looking for. I stood in front of the mirror for 20 minutes going back and forth between an xsmall and a small. If I had the xsmall, it would be perfectly fitted, but then I wouldn’t be able to have that oversized look or be able to layer anything underneath it. I couldn’t make up my mind, until finally, I had kept my friend Winny waiting too long while I was deciding. I chose the small. The small fit just fine. It didn’t look too big, but it would have enough room for me to layer pieces underneath, which I really wanted. I now wear this jacket almost every day and don’t know how I went ahead in life for so long without it.

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