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Sandal Vandal

Let’s talk more about sport sandals / slides / flip flops. They went from the lockers to the runway to the streets. Besides the good ol’ Nike and Adidas slides and the Birkens, designers and retail labels took their stab at it. They look comfortable and fabulous all in one.

Here are a few affordable pairs you shouldn’t miss:

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1. Zara, leather sandal with metal detail, 79.90  2. Matchesfashion, Ancient Greek ‘Niki’ Sandals, 155  3. Senso, Iris, 220  4. Zara, black sandals with straps, 59.90  5. ASOS, Far side sandals, 46.30  6. Net-a-porter, Kenzo, Palm tree-print leather wedge sandals, 295  7. Topshop, Fever poolslide sandals, 60  8. Topshop, Fang double buckle flatform sandal, 80  9. Senso, Igloo, 199  10. Matchesfashion, Isabel Marant, Holden cross-front slides, 510  11. Senso, Ida II, 239  12. Topshop, Fang double buckle flatform sandal, 96

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San Francisco Boutique Shopping

There’s a new way to shop San Francisco boutiques all in one place. You don’t have to go on an all-day adventure to pick up a outfit, and then accessories on the other side of SF. You can lounge in your favorite chair and shop local boutiques online via Boutiika.

Ugh the downfall of shopping online..I also hate waiting for my order to ship, because by the time it gets to my house, my shopping excitement is already over. But guess what, with Boutiika you receive your goodies within hours. If you place an order by noon, with Dash Delivery you will get it anywhere in San Francisco before 5 p.m. Other than satisfying your impatience, it’s perfect for fashion emergencies when you have an evening event and nothing to wear. They sell anything from clothes to home goods to accessories.

I got this cute handmade clutch by Peggy Wolf from Half Hitched Goods through them and I love love it.

Peggy is a fashion illustrator from Germany. She is a one talented artist and since I cannot get one of her original illustrations yet, I got her handmade clutch with bright yellow pattern. But it doesn’t mean I don’t have my eye on her amazing art piece called Glamour.

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P.S. The Dash Delivery is free this week until August 31st. Don’t miss out!

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Justin Jamison FW 2013 Collection

It’s time for the fellas to get ready for Fall with Justin Jamison – a San Francisco based menswear designer.

Justin Jamison draws inspiration from architecture and describes his design aesthetic as progressive urban-wear.

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Although we are barely refreshing our closets for Fall, Justin Jamison is all ready for Spring. Check out his Spring Summer 2014 collection here.

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Model’s Closet: What You Should Absolutely Own

Working in fashion for more than three years now, I cannot stress enough about what models need to bring to photoshoots. I often get the question of what to bring and the day of the shoot the most important things are missing.

As a stylist, I outline these must haves for all models.

1. Always have a few pairs of “photoshoot” shoes

Heels are a must have. Buy a pair of nude, white and of course black heels. For black, have a closed toe and open toe for variety. Also another good pair of shoes to have is boots. Yes, plain old military style boots. If you’re going to be doing some casual shots, they add an edge to your look.

2. Keep photoshoot-only undergarments

Nude bra, I repeat nude bra! You would be surprised how many girls don’t have one. It is the safest color to have when wearing pretty much any color, especially if the garments are a bit on the sheer side. Don’t forget a strapless one either and seamless thong to match it. Bra straps and underwear lines are a pain to photoshop and some photographers wouldn’t even bother to spend that much time on it. So make sure you have appropriate undergarments, or you can ruin otherwise stunning shots.

3. Loose/button down clothing & sport sandals

Always come to a photoshoot in clothes that are easy to slip out of. After hair and makeup prep, you do not want to ruin your look that took an hour or so to perfect. A button up or loose clothing that you can take off through your hips helps avoid that issue and makes makeup artist’s and hair stylist’s life that much easier.

4. Beauty mask

When it’s time to a change into your first look, sometimes you cannot avoid having to put the garment through your head. Using a beauty mask, which is pretty much a netting that zips up on your head, is a safest way to put clothes on. It allows the hair and makeup to stay in place, and protects clothing (that can be 1,000’s of dollars) from makeup stains, which in some cases are impossible to remove.

5. Clear non-scented deodorant

Deodorant marks are not fun to remove from pulled garments. And also, marking clothes with Old Spice or Peaches & Cream Secret scents is also not a good idea. The best option is to have a clear non-scented deo, so no one even knows you’re wearing some.

And last but not least,

6. A cool tank or a tee

Sometimes a photoshoot wraps up quicker than expected and there’s some extra time to do another look. Take advantage of it! Pull out your favorite top and ask if you can do some portraits against a wall or a simple background. For a model portfolio, simple is beautiful.

Whether you are working with a stylist or not, these are the essentials to have for any photoshoot. If you actually are working with a stylist, find out their contact info to ask what you need to bring that day. But always have the essentials, because a lot of times a stylist would assume you know the basics and only mention specific items for a look. Do not expect them to outline this in the email. They’re doing a lot of prep before the shoot and writing out the whole list might not be something they have a chance to do. Make a checklist for yourself and use it before a shoot. At the end of the day, you want your photos to look amazing and your preparation plays a huge factor.

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Harness The History

It’s hard to trace original inspiration for trends that make it on the runway. With ideas freely traveling from one to another, we end up seeing a collective number of designers making their interpretations of the same idea. Sources of inspiration may be countless and in the end, looking at the trend we can explore our world to only guess where it could have came from.

We can attribute the current trends such as a leather harness to multiple sources: horse, construction and even bondage harnesses. Those are among early harness constructions that were used for practical purposes. Now you can see a harness used as a form of a decorative belt that complements any wardrobe piece you can think of.

From left to right, you can see designer SkinGraft feature a leather harness as an accessory and Iris Van Herpen incorporate it into the coat design as far back as Fall 2009.

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The trend was viewed in a vulgar context with audience relating it to fetish fashion which was on a rise of popularity. Evolution in design and play of elements leave a body harness as more of mainstream accessory. Here’s what you see on the runway SS 2013:

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Ann Demeulemeester, D Squared, Jason Wu, Walter Van Beirendonck, Hevre Leger (2), respectively.

Image credits go to SkinGraft Designs, Iris Van Herpen, Style.

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Must-Download Fashion Apps

Being a social media junkie, I’ve been doing a little research on fashion companies that are going mobile. Some are from Silicon Valley and others from New York. Of course, they’re mostly technology companies, but the types of services they provide is just stellar. When I stumble on a new company, I download and test their app out of curiosity. Reviews don’t do it for me – I have to feel it out for myself. So here are some of apps that I enjoyed:

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 The Collection

A clean beautifully designed app by The New York Times that showcases imagery and articles from street to runway to beauty. I love the fact that it is heavy on the visuals. Sometimes I have days where I just want to look at pictures, instead of reading the whole articles and with this app I have that choice. Their content is curated very well and can easily become your fashion read go-to place. Check it out

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 Poshmark

A cool spin on the virtual closet – a digital thrift shop. You can post up items from your closet that you simply don’t wear anymore. Using Poshmark you can just sell your item and instead buy something you love. Why hold on to things you don’t use? Recycling your closet is now easier than ever, especially with the virtual shopping parties that Poshmark community members set up. They’re themed so if you’re selling a Cocktail Dress, it’s best to find a Cocktail Dress themed party to increase your chances of selling it. Love this idea and application

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Shopkick

This app is not solely a fashion app, but it has to do with shopping and features Gap, H&M, Target, Sephora and Nordstrom. Shopkick builds a bridge between social and brick-and-mortar stores. You earn reward points, or “kicks”, for walking inside, scanning curated items and making purchases at participating stores. Your collected points can then be redeemed for some cool gifts. I am starting to love the ding sound when I earn kicks! Get it on Itunes

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 Flit Shopping

Another shopping app, but this one is just great for online buys. Flit is an iPad app that compiles all the online shopping sites into one space and allows you to smoothly browse from one to another. When you find an item you like you can “cute” it and it will save into your own folder. Now that’s when it gets really fun! You can compare up to three items you cuted at once on your screen and choose which one you like best, and last but not least, purchase it. I found the perfect black clutch in a day via Flit, after shopping around for one three months straight. It also has other cool features like asking a friend to help you compare, explore popular cutes and etc. Try it for yourself

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Silent March for Margiela with H&M in San Francisco

Saturday, November 10th was the day. The day I silently walked Haight-Ashbury among everyone dressed in all black with a white aprons reaching below the knees. Although I did not carry a sign, a few people within my group did. And we marched without saying a word, not even to the curious bystanders who followed us with their eyes directing multiple questions towards us. The event was not only intense for the viewers, but also tiring to be a part of

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My eyes are so watery from the cold and we are not even half way done with our route. It was an interesting campaign and it reached every main street in the city.

As for the Margiela capsule collection, I might be picking up a few items:

Aside from the design looking like it has cat ears, the idea of the trompe l’oeil tattoo on the skin is very cool. It can either be dressed up or dressed down due to the street element it carries.

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The oversized pant is a nice digression from boring business clothes. It can spice up your going-to-work look. Not sure how it looks on, but from the images I am loving them. And look at that bodysuit, so deceiving! Along with the candy wrapper clutch, altogether the look is visually interesting. I can see these pieces in an editorial already.

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The rest are other things that caught my eye, but I am not sure I would buy. I guess I just have to wait until the opening day, November 15th, to see what products I actually pick up.

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See you on the opening day!

Images courtesy of H&M

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Prada SS 2012 Japanesque

Japanese fashion has been surrounding me lately. Even Prada shows its take on japanesque trends with the platform shoes you can see in the SS 2013 show. Thought I was never going to mention it, but I wore platform sneakers when I was 8: navy leather with black foam core sole and a touch of white detail. Seeing platforms on the runway brought me back nostalgia of my beloved shoes which I wore down to the ground.

I am, surprisingly, loving the crinkled socks the models are striding in. Platform shoes on top of the geisha sock look futuristic and comfy at the same time. The soft-leather socks continue from the platform of the shoe and create a boot, but with a light-weight feel. Poppy flower appliques are also among of my favorite details from the collection. The little flowers not only add a spin on a Baroque trend, but also add a cute factor to the look

(Images via style)

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