Butterfly Skull

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Shoes. My closet is full of ‘em! When I see a stunning pair of strappy, completely impractical heels like these, I can’t resist buying them. And yeah, I feel like a celebrity when I run errands in heels–but at the end of the day I’d rather just wear sneakers. And with an awesome pair of sneakers, like these Adidas, come my cool graphic tees.

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Leave it to the Cali Girl to still be wearing shorts in October…

But, I mean, I packed so many cute outfits that I haven’t been able to wear here, in New York, because it’s so cold! So on days when the thermometer gets up to 65, I’m like, “Ok, it’s basically warm enough for shorts.”

Strangers ask me if I’m cold, but I just smile and say, “I’m from California.” (I’m learning that it’s an acceptable excuse for a lot of my weirdness here.)

People around here aren’t that used to seeing this much skin in Fall, but I can’t say I really give a damn.
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IMG_7785_editIMG_7838_editIMG_7747_editIMG_7838_edit-2IMG_7844_edit“Vague” Tshirt – Forever 21. Shorts – Vintage (similar here). Necklace – Forever 21 (similar here). Shoes – Nine West. Bag - Emperia.

 

Cupcakes and Cashmere for Club Monaco

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Last night I threw on a Michael Kors dress and headed into the famous Beverly Hills for a special treat: Emily Schuman was throwing a launch party for her brand new Club Monaco line.

The event was held in the Club Monaco store, itself, on Beverly Drive. There were red velvet ropes, doormen, balloons, and–of course–cupcakes!

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I was greeted by a sales associate who gave me a tour and showed me the new Cupcakes and Cashmere collection–designed by Emily, herself. The line includes some classy, staple pieces like a leather skirt and a practical trench-coat. However, the star of the collection is undoubtably a jeweled, backless dress, which Emily personally modeled at the event.

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I got the chance to chat with Emily a little bit about the line. I told her that I work with so many bloggers, but I don’t always follow them–but hers is one of my favorites! (By the way, she’s just as beautiful in person as she is on Cupcakes and Cashmere.)

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It was a really special night, and I was so excited to have met one of my idols (or, “The Cupcake Lady,” as my boyfriend calls her…)

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You can view the entire Cupcakes and Cashmere line here.

Annex Launch Party – April

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Hey guys, just wanted to share some pics from Annex Magazine’s launch party for their April issue.

The party was held at OHM Nightclub in the world-famous Hollywood and Highland complex.

This was my first launch party as a writer for Annex, so I was kind of nervous. Everyone was dressed so cool, and I kept thinking to myself, “Everyone in here is somebody.” All around, it was a really cool experience.

I had an insane time partying with Don Benjamin, who covered the men’s issue, and Karrueche Tran, who covered the women’s issue. The after-party even featured a live performance by the Cataracs!

Here are some of my pics:

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Nick Verreos’ Oscar Party

Designer and television star Nick Verreos sure knows how to throw an Oscar party.

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With the Academy Awards approaching this weekend, Verreos invited the press to an exclusive Oscar-themed media event, where he premiered his latest NIKOLAKI gown designs.

I was invited to this event two separate times: once for Four Eleven and once for my position at Annex Magazine (you can see my Annex write-up of this event here.) I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to learn that Four Eleven is on somebody’s media list somewhere…

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My front row seat at the runway–omg I’m the media? Woah!

I was equally excited to find my lovely blogger bestie, Mariya Dandonyan of The Gracious Lady blog, at the event. I also met several other bloggers, writers, and stylists throughout the night–all while sipping a glass of champagne. I was definitely in my element and having fun playing the part.

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Me with style ambassadors NORRISxTHRASH

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Chilling with Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock–who also happens to be a FIDM alumna!

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Blogger posse: Me, Mariya, and my new friend Ashley Wiley. Check out Ashley’s style and beauty blog.

Verreos’ models walked down a luxe red carpet as photographers flashed and captured their every move. I really felt like I was covering an actual awards show. Maybe one day I will be :)

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Bloggers, bloggers, bloggers…classic.

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T. Riddle Showroom

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A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram (@fourelevenblog) of me dressing a mannequin. The location of the photo was labeled as the “Cooper Design Space” (a wholesale fashion mart in downtown LA), and a lot of people started asking me  about how and why I was there.

For those of you who don’t already know, I’ve been working in a showroom there since October. It’s pretty hard to believe I haven’t written a post about it yet! So here it is, a day in the life of a showroom intern:

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What exactly is a wholesale showroom?

A wholesale showroom is where buyers for different retailers can come to pick out the different items that they want to sell in their stores. In other words, you shop retail in Nordstrom’s stores, but Nordstrom shops wholesale in our showroom. All designers and brands have showrooms to display their lines. Wholesale prices are usually half of what you’d pay for something in a store, but showrooms are not open to the public. You need a retailer’s license to shop in these showrooms, and usually you can’t buy single pieces (you would need to order 6 of each piece.)

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What are my jobs?

A lot of merchandising. I hang up samples and organize the many racks of clothes in our showroom. I unpack, steam, price, hang, and take pictures of new samples. I also do a lot of paperwork and filing. (Classic intern stuff…)

Do I get free clothes?

No. I wish I was that cool! But I am able to take advantage of special sample sales and deals within the different showrooms in the building. I’ve met a lot of interesting people in the hallways and elevators who have offered me some great deals on clothes! Also, I can put in a “personal” order on anything in the showroom without having to adhere to the “6 piece minimum” rule, so that’s pretty cool. But I think the coolest part of my job is seeing everything before it is available in retail stores. I get to work with lines that wont be released until July 2014! It’s super exciting and like being “in” on a secret :)

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Wanna come check out the wholesale scene?

Many of the showrooms downtown host “sample sales” on the last Friday of every month, which are open to the public. You can get great bargains with no sales tax. Some tips: you will need to pay cash, you won’t get shopping bags–so bring one, and there are no dressing rooms. For more info, check out the sample sale page on the CMC’s website.

Breakfast Meeting & Black Tights

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Had to run downtown this morning for a quick coffee meeting to discuss the upcoming LA Market Week. I wanted to look super professional and sophisticated, so I went with black tights. It’s not too cold in LA today, but (as always) it’s a bit windy and chilly downtown. What’s not to love about black tights? They make you look instantly taller, thinner, and sexier! Pair them with black high heels or booties to make your legs look a million miles long!

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Screen shot 2001-01-12 at 11.07.59 AMUsually wearing tights with open toe shoes is a fashion no-no, but I’d say as long as they are opaque it looks fine :)

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The leather in my Foreign Exchange mini skirt plays really well with the leather lapel on my coat–tying together my look from top to bottom.

A timeless, classy blouse says, “I’m professional, yet stylish.” A silk blouse is like a little black dress–every girl must have one! This one is from H&M. On a budget? Try a chiffon or viscose version, for a less pricey–yet still classy–look. Screen shot 2001-01-12 at 11.13.24 AM

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The Financial Guy’s Shoes

On Tuesday, I went to the student activities office to ask somebody a question, and I saw that there was a workshop going on. I had no idea what the topic of the workshop was, but I was on my lunch break anyway so I sat down to listen.

The workshop ended up being about building credit so you could take out business loans. *Yawn*

But I have to tell you, the way the speaker presented himself made me want to stay and listen to everything he had to say. Every hair on his head was in place. His slim-fit suit was flawlessly pressed. His tie was artfully clipped to his dress shirt, which matched his pocket square. His watch? Loved it. His belt? Perfect.

But the greatest part of his entire outfit was his footwear. He was wearing the greatest men’s dress shoes I’ve ever seen!

After he concluded his workshop, several students stayed behind to ask him questions. I did as well. But I didn’t want to ask his financial advice; I wanted to ask about his shoes. Obviously.

“Hi David,” I shameless approached him, “Can I take a picture of your shoes?” (The things I do for this blog…)

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This picture does NOT do these beauties any justice…but look at him striking that pose. He was clearly flattered. Hehe.

I didn’t want to push my luck and ask who made his shoes, but once I got home I tore up the internet trying to find them. I never found them, but I did find some other great ones. I had no idea there were so many nice dress shoes for men. Why do they all wear the same black ones when there are so many other unique and wonderful options?

Here are some of my picks that I came across in my search: (Some of these even have price points lower than $100! Can you guess which ones?)

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 Any of these shoes catch your fancy? Each one is its own link, so click away!