Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vision Boards x Hot Chocolate


All of the craziness of the holidays is just about dying down as we look forward to the new year. I for one am excited about what 2013 will bring. I truly believe that positivity is the best gift you can give yourself, especially in this uncertain, trying world we live in. Vision boards are great tools to use in order to create positivity in your life and track goals! I made one last year and I couldn't believe that it actually worked! One day I decided to sit down and cut out pictures of the things I wanted: (1) more money, (2) my own place, (3) a healthier lifestyle; etc... (very typical "new year's resolutions). I pasted them on a piece of large construction paper and wrote captions for all of the pictures. I didn't  pray over the vision board or meditate or do any ritual with it. I didn't even hang it up. Every now and then, I just picked it up and looked at it to remind myself of the things I was working toward. It didn't hit me until this month that majority of those pictures have become "real-life pictures" for me. I think there is some type of universal, metaphysical power in narrowing down your goals and putting them on paper. 
 
So that's what I'm doing tonight. Thinking of 4-6 goals I want to accomplish in 2013 and cutting out pictures that represent these goals while sipping on hot coco and listening to uplifting and romantic music : ) You should try it! What are YOUR goals? What's your vision? 


Ok, I'm done being Oprah now... Happy Holidays! 

xoxo,

Alessandra

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gucci x Blake

I've been on a blogging hiatus for a while, but it feels so good to be back! : ) I pray that all of you have had an amazing start to the holiday season! Below I've embedded the gorgeous Blake Lively in her stunning Gucci debut. I love Gucci's fragrances and I'm sure the Gucci Premiere fragrance is nothing short of sensual. 


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Meet Me Here!




Worn Magazine Launch Party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel - Sunday, September 30th

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Be the first to get the new issue and preview WornAbroad, a new online shopping experience. If you've enjoyed the style and great photography of the Seersucker Social and the DC Tweed Ride you are going to love Worn Magazine and WornAbroad.com. (excerpt from gregslistdc.com)
Price: $20 (includes copy of Issue 4 and copies of any previous issues while supplies last)
Music by DJ Jahsonic

Click here to RSVP: http://worn4.eventbrite.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

fashion x home decor

Fashion and home decor definitely go hand in hand. I will be moving in about a week and am super excited about decorating my first apartment! So much so that I've been losing sleep over what color curtains I'll purchase and whether my dining room table will be wood or glass. A little much? Possibly, but there really is nothing like moving into your first place! 

My original idea for my apartment's color scheme was to go with light neutrals and bold golds with coral and/or pink accents. The fashion gods confirmed my plan. I was so inspired when I saw Alexandre Vauthier's Couture 2012 collection. Now I have a pretty good idea of how I will want my apartment to look. Take a look at some of the pieces from his collection and some corresponding photos of some beautiful homes decorated in whites and golds. (These outfits also remind me of Great Britain's 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony outfits, no?)





 




Monday, July 30, 2012

Don't miss this event! Glamourina Launch Party

Glamourina.com Website Relaunch/Networking Pool Party

Pool party anyone?

Glamourina, the hottest fashion and beauty lifestyle blog in our nation's capitalis making a splash with our relaunch pool party Sunday August 12,2012, 1-5pm at the Doubletree Bethesda's rooftop pool! Admission isFREE.99! (Must be on the Guestlist)

"SizzlingSundays capture everything that's remarkable about summer includinggreat food, outdoor entertainment, socializing, and relaxation," says Meaghan McKissic, Bethesda resident and Editor in Chief of Glamourina.com.

Glamourina Relaunch Party Flyer

The Doubletree Bethesda is the best place to unwind on the weekend andIt's the ONLY place where you can find DJ Art and the Doubletree'sown Chef Adam making sure you're rocking out to jams with a fullbelly of complimentary signature sliders and more! It provides theperfect backdrop while  making lasting connections networkingwith DMV bloggers, writers, and fashionistas!
For those looking to quench their thirst, the libations will be flowing,with special appearances in the past from Corona, Sam Adams, and JackDaniels to name a few. Expert mixologists will also serve up qualitydrinks at the cash bar.

Featuring stunning views of the nation's capital, the Doubletree Bethesda takessun worshiping to a higher level and is the ideal place to perfect atan surrounded by the exciting pulse of the city. Guests can cool offin the sparkling pool, stretch out on one of the premium loungechairs and more. It's like a pool party and shopping trip combinedinto one as jewelry designer Alexis of Razzle Dazzle Jewelry(http://www.blingisland.com/) and clothing designer Kevin Lattimore of Furture GenerationClothing (http://www.futuregenerationclothing.com/) set up shop to provide you with this season's hottest looks.

Get ready for the best Sizzling Sunday of the summer!  RSVPat glamourinalaunchparty.eventbrite.comto get on the guest list!!!!!!
kia@glamourina.com for more info!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Excited for The Great Gatsby?

I am. I haven't read the book or anything (I'm planing to!), but I am very excited about the setting and therefore the fashion. Early 20th century fashion exudes class and prominence. Take a look at the trailer to see what I mean... 





Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fashion Inspiration

Even though it's been abnormally hot, extremely muggy and really stormy lately (at least in the DC area), I am still inspired by these cheerful outfits put together by one of my favorite bloggers. Check out these summery 'fits from her site





Friday, June 15, 2012

songs i'm loving...






and... the GLEE version : )

Fab Body Factory's Nails and Dumbbells Event

On Monday, June 11th, dozens of women in the DMV met at the Fab Body Factory in Upper Marlboro, MD for mixing, mingling, manicures, and massages! This was really a fun event! Gift bags were raffled off (I actually won one of these bags, complete with nail polish, workout gear, and lots of gift cards!) and one lucky lady won an amazing pair of Nike sneakers. If you haven't already checked out Deanna Jefferson and her fitness and lifestyle company, the Fab Body Factory, please do so! Check out the pics below (and please excuse the picture quality!):

 Deanna Jefferson, owner, with WPGC's Sunni And the City
 (Follow them: @deannajefferson, @SunniAndTheCity)


Free manicures (above) given by Sole Elegance and Celestial Nails

Me and Milo Ferragamo, both wearing purple : )

 Celebrity jewelry designer Deborah Mdurvwa was there, selling lots of latest line. She's worked with celebrities like Lil' Mo, Maya, and Tracy DiMarco, just to name a few! Check out her designs below, visit her website and be sure to follow her: @Mdurvwa



These were dubbed the "Pink Friday" editions by Deborah's customers! They were in my gift bag and I can't wait to wear them.

 There was also a meditation session where everyone sat still for about 10 minutes and meditated on life and body image. It was extremely relaxing.

Brian Davison (@bwdavison) from Nike along with Deana and Sunni with the winner of the coveted Nike sneaks!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Let No Love Fall Victim to Circumstance"


I recently watched a breathtaking movie called "Circumstance" - thanks to Netflix! I have been wanting to watch "Circumstance" for a while and finally got the chance to do so last week. The movie is about two Iranian women existing in a stringent cultural reality that doesn't fully permit them to be themselves (I think we can all relate to this dilemma at some point in our lives). The story beautifully unfolds at the perfect pace, allowing the viewer to catch every glare, every touch, every glance, and every intricacy. The two young women fall deeply in love, but must go out of their way to repress their feelings amidst other looming family and societal issues. Go and get this movie, watch it and let me know how you like it!



How amazing is this photo?? I love the masculine look on women!

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beyonce

I've heard some good comments and some bad comments about Beyonce's Givenchy haute couture gown at last night's Met Gala. Personally, I LOVED it! Beyonce is daring, bold, and is always commanding attention. The dress she wore appropriately does the same. Why would we expect anything less of Queen B? She wore the artsy, revealing dress extremely well. And it is the Met Gala... an event like this calls for DRAMA : )

(Courtesy of fabsugar.com)



Friday, April 20, 2012

Fashion Inspiration

Look at these shoes!! Prada's "smoking" heels are too cute! Artsy and fun; love it. For about $890 you can own a pair : )



(courtesy of Sea of Shoes)


Monday, April 16, 2012

Hello again!

Hey everyone! I've been M.I.A. for about a month! SO sorry!! Between being on vacation, Easter/Passover and work stuff, I've been super, super busy. New posts coming tonight : )

xoxo,

Alessandra 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Caviar Manicure by Ciaté

Nail trends over the past few years have been crazy. Long gone are the days of a simple french mani and pedi. While browsing fashionista.com I came across a post about the new DIY Caviar Manicure by Ciaté. I am still a little unsure about whether I will partake in this trend, which will soon be available at Sephora. What do you think?





Friday, March 16, 2012

Events!



Lady Bloggers Fashion and Beauty Social






Location: It's Vintage Darling 

3423 14th Street Northwest 
Washington, DC 20010-3490

Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: $7 in advance and $10 at the door

  
This event will feature mini makeovers, hordourves, wine, and 20% off of your purchase just for the night.

HOUSE OF ELOISE TEA TIME TRUNK SHOW
(text from official press release)


Who: House of Eloise Vintage
What: House of Eloise Tea Time Trunk Show

When: March 18,2012 5:30-8pm

Where: Marvin
2007 14th St NW
Washington, DC
( Green Line U street/ Cardozo metro)
Why: To offer clients a selection of high end vintage, while enjoying a fashionable atmosphere

On Sunday March 18 enjoy an evening of leisure and vintage shopping with House Of Eloise Vintage at Marvin Restaurant in DC. An exclusive event filled of libations and threads, patrons will enjoy cupcakes from Sprinkles and Sweet Treats while viewing pieces of Leanne Woodley's vintage collection. Fashion lovers can enjoy the pulsating sounds of Marvin while sipping the special-tea drink for the night, Eloise tea. RSVP is preferred.





 Highly respected in both the Washington and New York fashion community, House of Eloise is known for high end vintage pieces from Thierry Mugler to Dior. Since launching in January 2011, the company has expanded its influence from America to the European market. Eloise represents the woman Woodley seeks to buy for the, self empowered, independent, and stylish. A stylish way to end the weekend, attendees of the event will receive an exclusive gift, tailored with the House of Eloise client in mind. 











(pics courtesy of House of Eloise Vintage)

glitter.

I love the little bottle of joy that came in my Birchbox this month. The new Essie Luxeffects collection is gorgeous! 



I am usually not one for flashy nail colors... I like soft pinks, nudes, and dark blues and blacks. Yea, I'm pretty boring when it comes to nails... But surprisingly this glittery polish looked amazing on. AND, if you're like me and aren't really that great at giving yourself the perfect manicure, this polish allows some room for (minor) error. Unlike regular polish, it doesn't have to go on perfectly to resemble a salon manicure. 

The color I'm sporting now is the "a cut above" shade (shattered pink diamond glitz). 









Friday, February 24, 2012

you like?

Beyonce is already back to work promoting her new House of Dereon collection for Spring/Summer 2012. What do you think?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

iAMfashion, the magic of fashion + philanthropy

During a recent trip to North Carolina, I had the privilege of attending the first ever iAMfashion runway show in Greensboro! If you're not familiar with this organization, here's your chance to get acquainted!

Co-founders Joshua Jenkins and Perrine DeShield, both alums of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, decided to combine a love of fashion and an eagerness to give back to their community in an extraordinary way. One fateful night, they birthed the idea of iAMfashion, a non-profit that would primarily accomplish the following: (1) provide donated clothing to underprivileged sectors throughout North Carolina; (2) instill confidence and promote individualism in those they reach out to; and (3) shine light on the many talented, yet lesser-known North Carolina fashion designers and to give them a platform on which to display their work. 

 Left to right: Perrine, Co-Founder; Treye, Co-Host; Kirstin, Co-Host; Josh, Co-Founder
Picture courtesy of Kirstin's blog (which I love!)

The concept of this non-profit is notable. In a world that seemingly yearns to "fit in," Josh and Perrine encourage people to stand out by being confident in your own skin and in your own style. And they just don't give away donated clothing. They actually become personal stylists to those on the receiving end of their contributions by creating wardrobe packages! These packages consist of a top, a bottom and an accessory piece.

All three components of their mission were fulfilled on February 4th at their runway event. Prior to the fashion show, there was a chance for local (and non-local) vendors to showcase and sell their items. I was fascinated by the variety, rarity, and quality of the pieces! There was food, mingling, and lots of networking! Afterwards, the fashion show began and guests were able to see select pieces from each designer. Unfortunately, I had tons of trouble with my camera and wasn't able to get pics.

Below is a list of vendors that I got a chance to mingle with. Please check out their websites! I can't wait for the next iAMfashion event. Don't forget to follow the organization on twitter: @iAMfashion_gso 



Look at the beautiful t-shirt I bought while speaking with reps from the company. I've only worn it twice and I've gotten so many compliments : ) AND it was only $15. 


If you're from or reside in the DC area, you've probably heard of these girls. Needless to say, their clothes are hot. Being able to finally meet them in person after hearing such good things was great! And of course, seeing their eccentric vintage pieces in person was awesome. Some of the pieces that were available at the event are pictured below (courtesy of their website; click the link to shop for these and other items).