Charm  School 101

Charm is something I pull out in appropriate situations. If used correctly, the person it is applied to cannot detect it; and goals get accomplished effortlessly. Charm can be defined as “the power of pleasing” by dictionary.com. Charm is often confused with manipulation or seduction; I like to think of it as extreme sweetness. Charm is what you use to get a job promotion, to get a discount on your auto repair or in my case get into the college of my choice. I like to think of charm as a full package service, and while charm is hard to teach; I can help you with how to dress! In every woman’s closet there should be a black blazer with an interesting interior lining and a strand of pearls, genuine preferably. This is your show-up-and-get-things-done wardrobe. When someone tells me something cannot be done and the goal seems impossible- I go to these staples in my closet. The power is in the details: pull your hair up in the most complimented style, roll up the ends of your sleeves once and match your blouse to the sleeve lining, wear color to add some fun to the suit jacket and don’t forget to smile continuously! Lastly follow the old adage “If at first you do not succeed: Try, try again”

My photos today were taken on the campus of Cal-State Fullerton after a brief meeting with the director of admissions who graciously grated me entrance to the university for Fall 2013.

Inspiration: Pearls and Stripes 

Pearls and Stripes well living blog

{photo credit: http://well-livingblog.com}

Outfit Description 

Black Blazer – traded with best friend, Stripe top- Ann Taylor, Pearls (revisited)- Kholes, Denim Crop- Ann Taylor, Flats- Ann Taylor





Animal Print pants…. Out of control or On trend? 

((Spoiler Alert: I got these printed pants on special employee voucher at Ann Taylor, so they were purchased this year, but I allowed myself to break commitment for those particular items as it is important to the management that we dress the brand!)) No other employee in my store picked out these particular pants to purchase, everyone claimed they were too wild! Previously, I am sure some of you have heard me say I would never be caught dead in animal print or camouflage. I am sticking to my guns on camo, but recently I have become a fan of animal print. I believe there are ways to wear it that are not sleesy or cheesy. I like to wear my printed cheetah pants with a white or black top and occasionally a blazer. The fun thing about prints this spring and summer, is you can mix and match colors and patterns. I have a fushia blazer I love wearing with these teal pants and I don’t get any crazy looks! So if there are colors or patterns you swore you’d never wear- maybe start with one print/pattern or color that you haven’t been brave enough to try and add it to your normal wardrobe. You might be pleasantly surprised!


Outfit Description

Cheetah Pants- Ann Taylor, White Tee- Ann Taylor, Navy Blazer- Forever 21, Necklace- Forever 21, Bracelets- Trendz Boutique, Gold boat shoes (revisited)- White Mountain




Mint Madness

Mint seems to be a hit color for Spring so I am glad I picked up these pants at the end of last year. The only down side to mint clothing is the same as white clothing, it shows stains easily. During my car trouble days I was looking under the hood and suddenly my pants had black smudges all over. So I want to give my fellow fashionable mint wearers a few stain remover tips. I know there are some crazy remedies out there but I have used these and they worked for me:

Underneath-the-hood-of-your-car grease- Shout Wipe or Shout Stain Spray

French fries grease- Soak in dawn dish soap, launder normally

Blood- Peroxide

Make-up (not lipstick)- Soak in regular laundry detergent, Scrub!

Chewing gum- Rubbing alcohol

Lipstick- Soak in dawn dish soap, then blot clean with shout wipe

I wish you luck in your mint clothing this Spring 🙂


Wendys lookbook mint jeans pink topper Pastel jeans www

{photocredit: @wendyslookbook} {photo credit: whowhatwhere.com}

Outfit Description:

Mint Denim (revisited)- Ann Taylor, Blouse- Express, Pink Topper- Mixit, Booties (revisited)- Ann Taylor, Necklace- my creation





New Job, Old Jeans

Today I dressed for my first day on the job!! I work in the office of a LA garment factory; so pair of denim and a silk blouse is completely appropriate attire. My job description is not set in stone at this point; but it is amazing to see how directly my FIDM education has prepared me for this position. I work directly under the owner /technical designer and I already understand much of what she does. It is encouraging to know I am equipped to to keep up with the work at Unlimited Design Services. To understand more of what the company does- feel free to read the article posted this week in the Apparel News. The article describes how we are a part of bringing jobs back to the USA and creating ethical and humane working conditions in the LA garment industry.

Apparel News Article


I would appreciate if you leave feedback on the 3rd page of the article, under Comments!!!

My Outfit Description

Silk Blouse- Ann Taylor, Flower Denim (revisited)- Elle at Kholes, Shoes- Ann Taylor Loft, Necklace- borrowed from sister



Letter Jacket 1

Letter woman

Today to class was the perfect day to bring my Letterman back out. Finally I have adequate time and space between my high school years and today to again make it cool to wear my letter jacket. At fashion school you can get away with almost anything (yesterday a girl in class was wearing an 1920’s style flying cap); so in my mind it is the perfect place to test new outfit ideas. On the way to class in a parking lot, a friend and I found an orange parking cone and had a blast shooting the photos with our ‘prop’. For me- my letter jacket brings back a certain nostalgia of home school track meets and planning high school dances that is particularly comforting in this intense last month of my studies at FIDM.

Letter Jacket 4

Inspiration- Glamour Magazine  

Letter Jacket Style

Letter Jacket Article_Glamour Magazine

{photo credit: Glamour Magazine, February 2013 issue}

My Outfit Description

Grey Ponte Pant- Ann Taylor, Cornflower flower button down- Ann Taylor, Pearl and Crystal Necklace- Ann Taylor, Letter Jacket- from high school

Letter Jacket 2



Ann Taylor Girl

Today was a work and school day. I opened up shop at Ann Taylor this morning and ran to class afterward to review my project with my professor. I have a tendency to wear only Ann Taylor or LOFT clothing to work since my wardrobe is 50% AT product. This is so evident that some of my friends have begun to call me Ann Taylor. If there ever was an Ann Taylor, I’d like to think we’d be good friends. In class today I am designing a men’s collection but my professor seems unimpressed with my work. Designing and sketching are not my favorite parts of the program but I realize if I am to be offered the design job at Unlimited Designs I will quickly need to learn to love hand and computer sketching. I had a friend snap a photo of me inside the campus with a student project display and then on the 4th floor patio at school in the beautiful sunshine overlooking South Hope Park.

Inspiration- Ann Taylor   

Just call me Ann Taylor!

Inspiration AT AT Pant

{photo credit: http://anntaylor.com}

My Outfit Description

Capri Pant- Ann Taylor Loft, Top- Ann Taylor, Jacket- Ann Taylor, Scarf- Ann Taylor, Earrings- Ann Taylor, Boating Shoes- Steve Madden




Stranded at the Mall

Today was all about tow trucks and new accessories. My car wouldn’t start this morning and thus again my agenda was thrown off by the status of my transportation. Thankfully my insurance covers the towing; so while the clunker was being worked on at the shop I was stuck at the mall. I was dressed in a spotted skirt, black sweater and booties. It was hard not to shop during the long hours, but I managed only to purchase food and some magazines. Without shopping I was able to get two new accessories! I TRADED some clothes and bracelets to get the booties I am wearing. And I received a FREE cuff from BCBGeneration; they were having a ‘True Love’ braclet giveaway for their Facebook friends. Good things come to those who don’t shop! The car just needed a valve replacement and it was an easy fix- so tomorrow I will be back to my regularly scheduled madness. 🙂



Inspiration- Pinterest Style    


{photo credit: http:// pinterest.com/ebreitlow.com}

My Outfit Description

Skirt- BCBGeneration, Sweater- Dana Buchman , Cuffs- BCBGeneration, Booties- Ann Taylor, Tights- JCPenny, Rosary (revisted)- Forever 21



Adam 3

Interview / Rockstar Style

Today has been the most interesting day of 2013!! I began the day in this green cheetah dress, pink tights, pink pearls, black pumps and a blazer. I had an interview for a new internship that may turn into a job opportunity. On the way to the interview I noticed my car was being followed by some shady characters. The interview was in Vernon, CA, an industrial area. I had horror film scenes flashing through my mind. I began weaving through the streets and finally lost them before I reached the design studio I was interviewing at. The interview was fantastic and I don’t think she noticed how rattled I was from the crazy car chase. This evening I headed over to Macy’s in Century City to catch a photo with Adam Levine at his new fragrance launch. For the event, I changed into a pleather vest and my combat booties with the same green dress and tights. I missed his appearance, but I did snap a photo on the black carpet with his fragrances. 

Inspiration- Style Sight  Trend Forecast Spring 2013

Colored Cheetah Print is all the rage

s 13 Subnation color leopard

{photo credit: http://stylesight.com}

My Outfit Description

Dress- Ann Taylor, Pleather Vest (revisited)- Express, Combat Booties (revisited)- Arizona Jeans, Cultured Pearls- Kholes, Pink tights- JCPenny

Adam 1


Night Light 2

It’s not a steal if you shop for it

Today is confession time; I need to share my moment of weakness with my blog followers. I could not resist this awesome belt from Ann Taylor. It was $5.88 on final sale. I couldn’t pass it up. So I purchased it; no returns, only regrets. I had this floral blouse in mind when I bought the belt. This belt will by no means add to my debt or damage my current financial status; however I broke my resolution by purchasing it. So I ask you: What should be my restitution for the violation?

night Light 3

Inspiration- Style Sight  

Grey and Blues- Ashen theme color Scheme

Ashen blue Grey s 13

{photo credit: http://stylesight.com}

My Outfit Description

Floral top- Ann Taylor Loft, Grey Stretch Pants- Ann Taylor, Necklace- Kholes, Belt (purchased)- Ann Taylor, Heels- Rocket Dog

Night Light


Gold 1

Hat Party
Today was my roomate’s birthday! We celebrated with a homemade cake, lots of candy, balloons and drinks at her favorite pub. Because of the insurance issues and for safety I did not drive the rental car out tonight. However, I am still ecstatic I have this spiffy little Volvo so I hopped up on the hood for a photo in the sunshine this afternoon. I have been waiting for an occasion to wear my gold cheetah print pleated skirt and this was the perfect night. Her party was themed “Hats off my Birthday” (hats required) so I paired the bucket hat with the ensemble for the evening.

gold 2

hat party
My Outfit Description
Gold Cheetah skirt- Jenny Han, Black Tank- Ann Taylor Loft, Pink Cardigan- Ann Taylor Loft, Black Ballet flats- Ann Taylor, Bucket hat (revisited)- Dress Barn, Black tights- Forever 21