Photo Diaries: Funny Face

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{Photography by Marie Carazas}

[Forever 21 Sleeveless Blazer (similar) / Nasty Gal Bralette (similar) / ASOS Pants in Straight Leg with Jet Pocket / MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen and Pearl Lipstick in Saigon Summer]

To sit for one’s portrait is intimidating. In a portrait, the lens of the camera captures the honest gaze of your eyes. There are no outside elements of glitz and glamour distracting the viewer from the photographer’s main focus: to capture the surface of the subject at their most vulnerable state–with just their funny face.

Beyond intimidating.


Sentarse para el retrato de uno es intimidante. En un retrato, la lente de la cámara captura la honesta mirada de sus ojos. No hay elementos que distraen al espectador del enfoque principal del fotógrafo: captar la superficie de una persona en su estado más vulnerable. Super intimidante.

OOTD: Black + Blue

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{Photography by Marie Carazas}

[H&M Beaded Top in Black / H&M Crêpe Skirt in Navy Blue / ZeroUV Vintage Inspired Round Wayfarer Frame Sunglasses in Black Ice Revo / Wild Diva Oliana-07 Peep-Toe Boot Booties]

When I packed my bags the night before heading out to Los Angeles for Lucky Magazine‘s Lucky FABB, I had only one outfit planned. My room had become a fashion war zone from experimenting with pieces from my closet, becoming unsatisfied with the end result and then launching them across my bedroom to detonate. I reached the point of “fuck-it-tude” and decided to just throw as much clothing in my luggage and figure it all out when I got there. Of course, my first night in the city of angels I wandered around West Hollywood for some sight-seeing and came across a shopping plaza that I very much took advantage of…it’s H&M at least.

I happily walked back to my hotel room carrying a sizable plastic H&M bag, dumped out its content and experimented the pieces with what I brought over to the west coast. In the end, I went forward with the day one outfit I had already planned on and decided on my day two look for the conference’s networking brunch at the hip (and delicious) SLS in Beverly Hills which is being highlighted in this post. I wore a navy blue short and flared crêpe skirt and paired it with a black embellished crop top. During the conference, I added a sleeveless black blazer to add a touch of professionalism to the fun and flirty ensemble.


Cuando hice las maletas la noche antes de mi viaje a Los Angeles para la conferencia Lucky FABB de la revista Lucky, tuve sólo un look planeado. Mi cuarto se había convertido en un estiloso zona de guerra por estar experimentando con piezas de mi ropero y despues lanzando las piezas por todo mi cuarto. Llegué a un punto en donde ya no me importaba lo que me iba a llevar y decidí simplemente tirar mucha ropa en mi equipaje y decidir cuando llegue. Por supuesto, mi primera noche en la ciudad, me fui a pasear por West Hollywood  y me encontré un centro comercial en el que aproveché del H&M situado por dentro.

Al regresar a mi cuarto en el hotel, empecé a experimentar con mis nuevas piezas de H&M y con la ropa que me había traído desde Miami. Decidí en mi traje para el segundo dia de la conferencia usando mis nuevas compras de H&M que están mostrados en este post:  una mini falda azul con una camisa adornada. Durante la conferencia, tire un blazer negro sin mangas encima de la camisa negra para un toque de profesionalidad al traje juvenil y coqueto.

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Your Style///#3///Favorite Looks from Lucky FABB

Lucky Magazine‘s Lucky FABB in Los Angeles came to a close earlier this month, but I still can’t get over some of the fashion worn during the two day conference. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo of every single one of my favorites, but featured below are a few of the ones I did manage to photograph!

And if you are still interested in more of the best looks from the fashion blogger conference check out Lucky Magazine‘s very own compilation of the absolute “25 Best Looks From Lucky FABB” including little old me in slide 6!

Part 3- Top Looks at LuckyFABB West 2014

Left: Julia Weber of Virgin Territory and Dazey Clothing.

Part 4- Top Looks at LuckyFABB West 2014

Left picture: Nikki of Bedazzles After Dark on the left,  Jaclyn of Sharing my Sole in the center, and Becky of The Pumpkin Spot on the right; Middle picture: Saretta of The Lion in Jewels; Right picture: Jen of Life Unrefined.

Part 5- Top Looks at LuckyFABB West 2014

Middle picture: Alisha of Alisha Fashionista; Right picture: Thida Kol of Tkay, Me, and Kiki of What Would Kiki Wear.

Part 6- Top Looks at LuckyFABB West 2014

Left: Tami Reed of Talking with Tami.

Part 2- Top Looks at LuckyFABB West 2014

Left: Kiki of What Would Kiki Wear; Far right: Thida Kol of Tkay.

Part 1- Top Looks at LuckyFABB West 2014

From left to right: Tami Reed of Talking with Tami, Javone Armada of House of Armada, and Maggie Winterfeldt Clark of The Editorialite.

Events /// LuckyFABB West 2014

 

First day and first look at LuckyFABB West 2014!

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Lucky Magazine editor-in-chief, Eva Chen (left), having a style conversation with Nasty Gal’s CEO, Sophia Amoruso (right).

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Lucky Magazine editor-in-chief, Eva Chen (left), having a style conversation with House of Harlow 1960′s creative director, Nicole Richie (right).

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Lucky Magazine editor-in-chief, Eva Chen (left), having a style conversation with supermodel, Coco Rocha (right)

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Hanging out with bloggers Maggie of The Editorialite, Kiki of What Would Kiki Wear, and Kristen of Stylenik.

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Lucky Magazine editor-in-chief, Eva Chen, photographing with beauty bloggers in attendance.

LuckyFABB West 2014 Selfies with Bloggers

A fashion blogging conference would not be complete without a mirror selfie! Here’s one with Lauren and Julia from DAZEY Clothing and Jen from Life Unrefined.

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Just me and Lucky Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Eva Chen. No biggie. Eeeek!

I spent the first week of April in beautiful Los Angeles, California. A first for me. I have never ventured out to the West Coast before so you better believe I was filled with excitement and with a sense of adventure. This spur of the moment trip was not for vacation purposes, but to attend another first: Lucky Magazine’s LuckyFABB. LuckyFABB are conferences held twice a year (one in Los Angeles and the other in New York City) by Lucky Magazine for fashion and beauty bloggers. The blogging conference is meant to serve as an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to connect with influencers of the fashion and beauty industry. And this year’s influencers did not disappoint! They included Nasty Gal’s CEO, Sophia Amoruso; House of Harlow 1960′s Creative Director, Nicole Richie; supermodels, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha; fashion bloggers, Aimee Song and Shea Marie; actress, January Jones; and of course, Lucky Magazine’s new and fabulous editor-in-chief, Eva Chen.

LuckyFABB West was a two day conference held in the SLS Beverly Hills. The first day was a full day of panels and conversations with the guest speakers invited. The first panel was a discussion about the advancement of technology and how it has come to influence the fashion world. A style conversation between Eva Chen and Sophia Amoruso followed, which, to be honest, was what I was looking forward to the most at the conference. Amoruso spoke about Nasty Gal’s early beginnings as an ebay vintage shop, her fashion sense development, her plans on conquering the world, and about her upcoming book release, “#GIRLBOSS.” She is just the baddest b****. And I would not mind if she managed to complete her mission of world domination. Next, the bloggers broke into groups for different sessions regarding your personal style, SEO, how to take the best photographs/videos for your blog, and how to go about working with brands/publicists. The next conversation was with Nicole Richie who was incredibly personable and just an all around cutie pie. The final conversation was with Coco Rocha. Coco mothereffin’ Rocha. My new imaginary best friend. She was just so real and open. She expressed her qualms regarding the fashion industry and the injustices surrounding it, her dislike for “selfies”, and how she conquered her insecurities.

The second day was a half day of networking with brands and the bloggers in attendance. We had brunch, cocktails, contests, goodie bags, and mini fashion shoots galore! We had a visit from Lucky’s editor-in-chief, Eva Chen, who was cool enough to take the time to take “selfies” and pictures with the bloggers in attendance.

It was definitely quite an experience to attend the blogger conference as I was able to mingle and network my bum off with some of the beauty and fashion bloggers I, myself, follow as well as meet some new bloggers I plan on keeping up with. It was great to be able to speak with others on their experiences with blogging, what they hope to accomplish, and the reasoning behind starting their respective blogs.

Events /// Fashion Happy Hour 3.28.14

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Bloggers, artists, photographers, local boutique vendors, designers and fashion enthusiasts were all in attendance Friday, March 28th for Fashion Happy Hour at Galleria Gum in Wynwood. Each month, Miami’s fashionable finest come together for a stylish happy hour to share some good vibes, drinks, and well…fashion. For March’s installment, Miami fashion bloggers D’Ana of Collections + Volumes, Maya of AlamodeMaya, Veronica of Fiercely Thiftin’ hosted the soirée; special guest bloggers Bianca of Bianca’s Fashion Corner, Kat of Freshly Squeezed Fashionista, Kelia of KasinKeila, and myself assisted in the styling challenge portion of the night with the help of D.A.M.A School models; local vendors  Alma Mei, Love Shopping MiamiDaniela Millan DesignsAddiction to ShopChapter III CreationsTarbay JewelryBombshell BoutiqueShop ArmParty and OriginalAura provided a more than ample amount of shopping goodies for guests.

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During the styling portion, the special guest bloggers were asked to style a D.A.M.A. school model using the clothes and accessories brought in by the local vendors in attendance. My model, Stephanie (featured above at the far right), and I put together an outfit that combined her love of anything  girly and my enthusiasm for all that is edgy. We walked around to see what the vendors had to offer and finally went with a floral printed crop top and ripped washed-out jeans both from Alma Mei. We made a final walk around to look for accessories and picked up a white envelope clutch and coke-bottle sunnies from Love Shopping Miami as well as a necklace from Daniela Millan Designs. Stephanie and I both agreed that she looked superb–even her parents loved it! Definitely my highlight of the night!

It was such a blast to be a part of March’s Fashion Happy Hour! BIG thank you to Valentina for putting together such a wonderful event for us fashionistas to gather, meet and mingle! I bragged all about this monthly event while in Los Angeles last week for Lucky Magazine’s LuckyFABB, and all the fashion bloggers agreed that something like this needs to exist in their neck of the woods. While discussing the event with them, I realized just how important Valentina’s efforts into organizing these monthly happy hours really are. This kind of event does not exist where many of the bloggers come from and prevents them from having the chance to meet with their fellow fashion bloggers, influencers, vendors, designers, and fans. And It’s unfortunate because they miss out on the sense of community these Fashion Happy Hour’s bring to the Miami fashion scene. Thank you, Valentina!

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{Photography by Luis Perez of The Louis Collection}

Don’t miss out on the next Fashion Happy Hour (their one year anniversary too) on April 27th by RSVP-ing here!

Getting Ready to Go Out Tunes ft. Disclosure and London Grammar with “Help Me Lose My Mind” (The Paul Woolford Remix)

I love me a Disclosure track. And now, I love me anything by London Grammar. The lead vocalist, Hannah Reid, has such rich, brooding qualities not to mention her powerful vocals reminiscent to that of Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine. Both joining forces makes for a genius collaboration and single in “Help Me Lose My Mind”. It’s just such a shame there isn’t a whole album out there of the two them. The version above is a remix by Paul Woolford that’s perfect to get lost to while dancing around in your bedroom floor. It would be cooler if you can get some sort of laser light show going…except who knows how you’ll end up looking when you walk out the door to go out!