Monday, September 30, 2013

NICK APPEARANCES.....CHICAGO: Nick Verreos Hosts "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2013" Event, Macy's On State Street THIS WEDNESDAY!

Hola CHICAGO!!! So excited to be in one of my favorites cities in the USA: Chicago!! This Wednesday night, I will be hosting "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event Honoring Thalia as the 2013 Icon of Style". Last week, I hosted the "kick-off" at Macy's Herald Square NYC with the one-and-only Thalia (she was soooooo SUPER SWEET!)...

 Nick Verreos Hosts Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 event

Nick Verreos and Thalia--last week at Macy's Herald Square NYC

Join me this Wednesday at Macy's on State Street Chicago for an evening celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and salute to Latina superstar, Thalia! We'll have music, fashions that she inspires plus mucho mas! Seating is limited so RSVP now! Here are the Details:


Nick Verreos Hosts "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2013" with a salute to Latina superstar Thalia; runway fashion show, music + more!


Macy's on State Street

111 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60602

7th Floor, Narcissus Room


Wednesday October 2, 2013 5:30 PM


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See you on Wednesday CHICAGO!


Photos via: Collage Vintage | Stockholm Streetstyle |

Stylist Chiara Totire and models Camille Rowe and Daria Werbowy in one of my favorite street style trends from Paris Fashion Week- vintage high-waist jeans.

Get the look...

Go See: Lakan ng Bulacan 2013

These guys above are some of the screenees for the Lakan ng Bulacan.
One of them may be the next Ariel Abracero, Champee or Jonathan Maniquis...

Paris Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2014: Monday, September 30, 2013

Number of Shows This Season
Candy Wu (Major Paris): 2 
Chiharu Okunugi (Nathalie): 13
Cici Xiang (Next Paris): 7
Emma Xie (Elite Paris): 1
Feng Qi Wen (City): 5 
Han Bing (Elite Paris): 2
Issa Lish (Agency?): 4 [Close: 2] 
Jennifer Koch (City): 2 
Ji Hye Park (Oui): 8 [Open: 1, Close: 1]
Ji Young Kwak (Elite Paris): 5
Jiang Xiao Yi (Silent Paris): 1 
Lakshmi Menon (Women Paris): 1 
 Li Wei (Oui): 1
Lili Ji (Elite Paris): 3 
Liu Wen (Elite Paris): 10
Liu Xu (Marilyn Paris): 1
Sissi Hou (IMG Paris): 4 [Close: 1]
Soo Joo Park (IMG Paris): 2
Sun Fei Fei (Elite Paris): 13
Sung Hee (IMG Paris): 6
Tan Ni (Slides): 1 
Tian Yi (Marilyn Paris): 7
Xiao Wen Ju (IMG Paris): 7
Yana Shmaylova (Marilyn Paris): 2
Yulia Saparniyazova (Ford Europe): 5 
Yumi Lambert (Nathalie): 8 [Close: 1]
Zhang Xue (Agency?): 2

 Model: Issa Lish (Agency?) [Open]
Designer: Devastee

Models: Sun Fei Fei (Elite Paris), Ji Hye Park (Oui) & Feng Qi Wen (City)
Designer: Elie Saab

Model: Chiharu Okunugi (Nathalie)
Designer: Emanuel Ungaro

Models: Sun Fei Fei (Elite Paris) & Chiharu Okunugi (Nathalie)
Designer: Giambasttita Valli

Model: Han Bing (Elite Paris)
Designer: Ground Zero

Models: Yulia Saparniyazova (Ford Europe), Ji Young Kwak (Elite Paris) & Yumi Lambert (Nathalie) [Close]
Designer: Leonard

Model: Jennifer Koch (City)
Designer: Peachoos Krejberg

Model: Sun Fei Fei (Elite Paris)
Designer: Sacai

 Model: Issa Lish (Agency?)
Designer: Saint Laurent

Models: Chiharu Okunugi (Nathalie) & Liu Wen (Elite Paris)
Designer: Stella McCartney

SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss World 2013 GOWN REVIEW Part One With My Scores: The Winner + Top 10 Finalists

Kisses: The newly-crowned "Miss World 2013", Megan Young "Miss World Philippines"--Miss World 2013 Final Show, Nusa Dua Indonesia

This past Saturday night, in Bali Indonesia, a new "Miss World" was crowned. as I wrote about in a previous post HERE, the beautiful 1. 73 M (5' 8") tall model/actress/TV presenter Megan Young, who represented the Philippines won the coveted title over 126 other beauties from all over the world. 

First Ever: Megan Young "Miss World 2013", the first-ever Philippines representative to win the coveted crown--Miss World 2013 Final Show, Nusa Dua Indonesia

This was the first time that the beauty pageant-loving nation of the Philippines has EVER won a "Miss World" title, arguably the most important of all the international beauty pageant crowns. In my last "Miss World 2013" post here on my blog, I highlighted her win, the televised pageant (it was very good!) so now, it's time to discuss the most important subject...THE EVENING GOWNS!!!

 Pageant Gowns 101--Miss World 2013 Finals, Nusa Dua Indonesia

Yes, kids, it's time for my "Miss World Gown Review"--Now, before we get to the review I wanted to take a moment to discuss last year's "Miss World" Yu  Wenxia from China:

Miss World 2012 Yu Wenxia: As the outgoing "Miss World", she looked FABULOUS. The gown was so sexy, so modern, so red carpet ready! This almost-sheer fitted gown featured long sleeves, a high neckline and silver/ gray sequins throughout in a very original pattern. I loved everything about it.

Let's now really begin my "Gown Review"--with "Gown Scores" (10 being the Top)--with THE WINNER and with what turned out to be one of THE BEST (if not, the best!) gown worn by any of the 127 contestants (all photos courtesy of Miss World Facebook):

Miss World 2013 Megan Young "Miss Philippines": Megan looked resplendent in her light rose-pink mermaid style gown in tulle with sequin applique. The gown was designed by Filipino designer Francis Libiran, who had a stint on America's Next Top Model and in fact Tyra has worn one of his designs. The gown was one of the best of the night; it fit perfectly, looked expensive and well made and yes, all that she was missing was the crown!

Score: 10.

First Runner-up Miss France Marine Lorphelin: First off, Marine is STUNNING! She had one of the most beautiful faces of the pageant--next to Megan Young, the winner. She looks like someone who should be dating George Clooney! Her gown was nice. She also wore a mermaid style gown in a light blush color, with tulle at the bottom and a satin and sequined applique torso section with the back semi-exposed. It was a bit "Pageant Betty" and not so "high fashion" but when you have THAT face, you can be excused for not having the perfect gown.

Score: 9.45

Second Runner-up Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter: Miss Ghana wore a Sapphire blue fitted gown with sheer top neck section in satin with a chiffon sequined applique over-layer. The gown fit well, was the correct floor-length and overall, looked quite marvelous onstage.

Score: 9.25

The Rest of the Top 6:

Miss Spain Elena Ibarbia: Elena looked very pretty in this strapless fit-to-flare white gown which featured a bow neckline and cascade side ruffle detail. It was very "Pronovias" slightly wedding gown in its color and style. I'm glad she chose to let her hair down in order to "modernize" the look and not take it to a "Pageant Betty" level. Muy Bien Elena!

Score: 9.70

Miss Brazil Sancler Frantz: Sancler also wore a white gown for the Miss World 2013 Final Show. Hers was a bit much and verging on looking 1990s in its overuse of "stuff": you've got the white satin (which looks a tad polyester-y), then the jeweled sequins, matching jeweled earrings, the sheer sleeves, and if that wasn't enough, let's just throw on a big tulle back overskirt. It needed editing. On a good note: I do love those jeweled details in the bodice...very Gionni Straccia (Venezuelan pageant-gown designer).

Score: 8.99

Miss Gibraltar Maroua Kharbouch: Maroua made it into the Top 6 Finalists as the "People's Choice" pick. Congrats to her, however, she might not be getting MY "People's Choice" pick for this gown. I like the sequined top section but, for the most part, the gown looks like a Figure Skater who got the Rock of Gibraltar.

Score: 7.5

The Rest of the Top 10:

Miss Australia Erin Holland: Erin wore a purple colored full gown that featured cascading chiffon details down the skirt and a nude illusion sequined top section. I like the color and embroidery work of the top. I don't think the addition of chiffon cascade ruffles down the skirt were necessary. This was another gown in need of editing, but was pretty.

Score: 9.00

Miss Nepal Ishani Shrestha: Ishani won the coveted "Beauty with a Purpose" prize and therefore made it into the Top 10. She wore a very simple lipstick red silk shantung off-the-shoulder gown. Nothing extraordinary. This is a gown one could buy at the "After Five" section at Macy's. While I respect it's simplicity, I feel for the "Miss World" you might want to take it up a notch...or two. I think that is what she was trying to do by wearing that big ol' diamante necklace. And let's just say, I wasn't a fan of that necklace; it looked too Prom & Pageant 1987.

Score: 8.00

Miss England Kirsty Heslewood: Cute and bubbly Kirsty looked soooo, well, cute! But that's it. She wore this strapless royal blue mermaid shaped gown with a gathered top section and multi-tiered bottom. I think the combination of her hairstyle, the necklace, the color of the dress, the mermaid didn't have any "high fashion" edge. She looked like a 16 year-old girl at her prom. I just want to give her fruit punch (not spiked of course!). Imagine her with her hair in a chignon, wearing a silver sequined column gown; she would be a whole other woman...and one I would really notice, in a good way!

Score: 8.45

Miss Indonesia Vania Larissa: Vania won the Talent Competition. She sang. Very well. I liked this gown which she wore for the Finals. It was a blue with silver sequins fitted dress with a sheer/sequins high neckline and a chiffon train. The fabric looks like beautiful Sari fabric which is something I admire. I just HATE seeing her big platform heels; such a no-no! The dress was too short and was also a bit too tight, as she had trouble walking on the stage and down the stairs of the stage. It made for an uncomfortable and certainly, ungraceful walk.

Score: 8.80

Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay: The last of our Top Ten wore this turquoise blue satin mermaid shaped gown featuring A LOT of details: The fitted torso/top section had an interesting asymmetrical neckline and was heavily beaded; more beads and sequins trickled down toward the hips and bottom half of her gown; then, there were ruffles at the hem as well. This is another dress in need of EDITING. Listen,  you DO NOT have to throw everything AND the kitchen sink into a pageant gown. But I do think the color was a good choice especially against her skin tone.

Score: 8.55

**Next Up: My "Part Two of Miss World 2013 Gown Review"--the rest of the Top 20 plus some Great Gowns that didn't end up in the "Top 20" as well as.... "Girl! What Were You Thinking?"...Stay Tuned!

Here's a SNEAK PEAK:

Well Done United States

 Oh No. Big Bird Sequins Meets Can Can.


Not sure what's been happing with LA weather lately, but it sure feels like it can't make up it's mind:) Just when I think it finally got cool enough to wear all the Fall appropriate outwear, we go right back to sweltering heat. Not that I am complaining or anything, I am the first to admit, I definitely have a hard time letting go of Summer. Happens every year, without exceptions! Normally, I accept the fact that I can no longer wear sandals and sundresses sometime in November or early December. But this year, I've been working hard on embracing the Fall wardrobe a bit earlier:) 
Yet the warm weather was certainty appreciated yesterday, since Emil and I had a dinner party to attend and I was dying to wear this gorgeous peplum top. Love absolutely everything about it, in fact, I have a hard time deciding what I like the best, the high-low hem, floral print or the dramatic open back. My guess, it's probably all of the above! 

Cameo Mad World skirt { also here } & Winter Wind top { similar here & here } | Emporio Armani messenger bag | Vita Fede jewelry: mini titan crystal bracelet, original titan bracelet, ultra eclipse crystal midi ring, ultra mini titan crystal ring  | Miu Miu glitter pumps { more sizes here } | Essie nail polish in "Rock The Boat"

Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,

Penciled Red

ASOS Top (old similar here) / XOXO Skirt c/o / ASOS Jacket (old similar here) / Christian Louboutin Heels / Celine Bag / Michael Kors Watch 

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Who caught the series finale of Breaking Bad? I am so bummed the show is over. I want to spill my thoughts on the finale but don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't seen it yet. 

Today's look is all about red. Red is one of those power girl colors, like throwing on red lipstick, you can't help but feel a little glam :) You can vote here for my second XOXO look for a chance to win a $600 gift card. 

Thanks for reading!