Friday, January 31, 2014

Just Listed: Golf Course Views in Rancho Bernardo

Open House: Saturday, February 1, 2014 1PM-4PM



UNDER THE GUNN.....Nick's Take: Episode 3 "Red Carpet Showdown", My Inside DISH!




Comin' Around The Corner: Starline Hollywood Double-Decker Tour Bus pulling up in Downtown L.A. getting ready for the "Under The Gunn" Hollywood tour--"Under The Gunn" Episode 3 Lifetime TV





This week on Lifetime's "Under the Gunn"....the contestants face their FIRST
Challenge after we, the Mentors, picked our four designers, in other
words now the competition REALLY can begin. Being that we were in Los
Angeles, it was only inevitable that the first challenge was to create a look for the Red Carpet.








 Waiting for the Tour Bus: (left to right) Mentors Mondo Guerra, Nick Verreos, Anya Ayoung-Chee--"Under The Gunn" Episode 3 Lifetime TV





I was really excited about this challenge, as a mentor. And after coming off the "designer picking process" and feeling a bit rejected, I was excited because I thought "this was right up my alley". In retrospect, my "Hands On" approach was probably me over-compensating and trying to prove to my designers (and myself) that I was a worthy mentor. And, I also should have known, that the minute I said that "I have this 'in the bag'" on camera is the minute I was going to be in trouble!






On The Bus: "Under the Gunn" designers and mentors (and Tim Gunn!) headed for the Hollywood Tour--designer Shan Keith Oliver (second row, left) is NOT trying to hear it by the way--LOL!)



Let's get to my inside dish "Nick's Take" on the Episode...

As I said before, this was THE FIRST "actual"
challenge-- not only for the designers but for us the Mentors. This
was going to be a test of sorts on how I should mentor for the first
time. Since I had no other guide on what I should do--mentoring-wise--I
went to my "Instructor Nick" mode when I taught at FIDM in my draping,
sewing, sketching and pattern classes. This began right away during the
bus ride when the designers were given their "sketching time".






 Tim Is Worried: Tim Gunn and Nick Verreos--Workroom Visits "Under the Gunn" Episode 3 Lifetime TV



HANDS OFF, NICK!: Instead of letting them just sketch alone on
their own, I sat by them and began giving them suggestions and in fact
sketching for them. Now, some of the designers did ask me for
suggestions, since they knew I had knowledge in this "department" of red
carpet dressing. In hindsight, now I realize I should have just let
them figure it out on their own and I shouldn't have been so hand's on.
Then, after the sketching and designers went fabric shopping, I
made my visit to the workroom--along with Tim--and my "hand's on/Instructor Nick"
approach unfortunately continued. This was primarily focused on two of
my designers--Natalia and Stephanie. They were the only ones asking me
questions, asking for my help, etc., and I LOVED giving them my help
(Oscar and Isabelle were on  their own and self-sufficient, for the most part).






Nick On The Floor: Nick Verreos helping Natalia with her gown pattern--"Under The Gunn" Episode 3 Lifetime TV





It all came to a crescendo when...Natalia had run out into the workroom hallway/lounge area asking me for help with her gown pattern and I found myself ON THE FLOOR truing her pattern/fixing a seam line. Tim, then ran to us and began (correctly so) yelling at me wondering WHAT THE HECK I was doing??!! It was not until then that a BIG ROCK hit me: What the heck was I doing??!! I completely lost myself in going back to being "Instructor Nick" and forgotten that these designers were NOT my students and realized that none of the other mentors were sketching and/or making patterns/draping for their designers and more importantly Tim would NEVER do any of those things either (Stupid me!). It was too late for me to realize that this manner of "mentoring" was not the right way and if it wasn't for Tim, I might have just kept on doing it (Thank You Tim). Again, I really thought I was helping my designers, but I wasn't.



Watch Tim tell me "HANDS OFF!" HERE...



The Runway:
























Tim Gunn and Judges (left to right) stylist Jen Rade, Marie Claire Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi and designer Rachel Roy--"Under the Gunn" Episode 3 Lifetime TV







Designers and Mentor: Mentor Nick Verreos with designers (clockwise from top) Isabelle Donola Oscar Gracia-Lopez,  Stephanie
Ohnmacht and Natalia Fedner--"Under The Gunn" Episode 3 Lifetime TV





Here are the looks from my Designers...



Isabelle Donola: Isabelle created a very fitted dress from a golden hued silk shantung. The dress featured a draped cowl front and mesh-like back.

Inside Dish--Isabelle had originally made the dress to be LONG but it ended up being TOO SHORT, she then added a piece at the bottom hem (to make it floor length). When I saw what she had done, I told her that the judges might see that and notice it as a mistake. I suggested that she should do away with that piece and just make the dress "tea-length"--below-the-knee cocktail. And she did, and I think the look was quite chic.





Natalia Fedner: Natalia's gown was of silk charmeuse--a fabric Natalia said she loved using in her own line and that it's one of her "signatures". The gown was one shoulder with gold straps.

Inside Dish: This is the dress that I was ON THE FLOOR trying to help Natalia with. Originally, however, this gown was going to have those gold straps and a gold piece in the front but both Tim and I suggested that under the time constraints, this might be too much work for her. She therefore kept it simple and made it a clean one shoulder plain front with asymmetrical side pleating.





Oscar Garcia-Lopez: I loved Oscar's hunter green gown. This was perfectly made and VERY red carpet. I thought that he would be on top.

Inside Dish: Oscar was done waaaaay before any of the other designers. In fact he had so much time, he began cleaning and sweeping the workroom as a result (bless his heart!). Also, this gown was going to have a keyhole front opening AND he wanted to add a BIG BOW at the back--right on her bootie, as well as give her a TURBAN and long gloves. Not kidding. I suggested that it might be "too mucheey" and to keep it simple. He did and it looked gorgeous.





Stephanie Ohnmacht: Stephanie created a strapless dress with this green taffeta.

Inside Dish: Two things happened to Stephanie that weren't good: her fabric choice and the fact that I tried to help. The concept of the design and dress was sweet--she was going for a dress for the young "Hollywood" girl but it ended up looking prom-a-licious. She wanted to do some interesting diagonal draping and make the dress not have side seams yet still achieve a fuller shape. And even with my "Too Hands-On" help (which didn't really help) the dress looked tortured. Seeing the dress on the runway really also brought it home to me to try and stay HANDS OFF. I was sure that my Stephanie would be going home. But she didn't! (thank goodness).





Out: Who did go home was Camilla Castillo. I actually LIKED this dress; it was simple, modern and a little bit "Raf Simons for Dior". I even liked the origami-like folding in the back. The dress, however, was a little too see-through in the front and the fabric was wrinkled. Camilla also made lots of excuses on the runway/judging which I think the judges did not like. She went home.





The Best: (left to right) Designers Blake Smith (Anya's designer) and Sam Donovan (Mondo's) were the two best looks and rightly so. I loved these two designs and for being such polar opposites of what could be deemed as a "red carpet" look. One was a beautifully constructed va-va-voom of a gown (Blake's) and Sam's was a young, directional-looking jumpsuit for an up-and-coming Hollywood ingenue "It" girl. Sam won and Congrats to him!



Click HERE to watch Tim's take on the Episode and talk about my TOO HANDS ON approach (Oyyy Vey!)

Tim Gunn's Super Bowl Fashion Tips!

Neon Trends in Home Decor #HomeLuxuries

Implementing the "Neon" Trend into Home Decor

Neon colors have not only been trending in fashion, beauty and accessories. These bright and bold shades of neon are now making its way into the home. Neon home decor offers a splash of novelty and brightens spaces adding a visual stimulating effect.

 

Does your home decor need a little pick me up? Have you been looking for the perfect way to add a splash of color and livliness to your home decor?

 

Neon decor can be used in conjunction with any interior design theme when used properly. Adding unexpected twists to your home decor that surprisingly works.

 

Our Pinterest Board: Design Trend: Neon Inspirations features hundreds of ideas to help inspire a burst of neon somewhere in your home!

Where are Neon Colors Appropriate?

Artist and Interior Designers have long understood how color can affect moods, feelings and emotions. Often used as a powerful communication tool color is light and light is energy. 

 

Neons tend to be happy colors that can stimulate or excite ones mood. If you are hesitant about these colors and not really sure if it could work for you then I recommend starting in one of your "fun" rooms. The baby nursery, outdoor living areas, or the playroom are great places to add a pop of color. 

 

If you are ready to dive into this trend with no holding back then try the kitchen, living room, or bathroom! 

Tips for Decorating with Neons

 

  • Consider incorporating one or two neon accessories to start: throw pillows, candles, flowers, art work, etc. 
  • Pace yourself, a little bit of neon goes a long way
  • Paint a door or door jam in a bright neon color
  • Use a large piece of furniture as the focal point

  • 1. Bright Yellow Chairs
  • 2. Neon Artwork
  • 3. Neon Throw Pillows
  • 4. Ampersand Art

 

 

 

 

 

Gray also compliments bright neons well. Try gray, neon pink and neon yellow in the girls rooms.

Black, White and Neutrals Pair Well with Neons

 

 

 

Mix it up for the boys with neon green or neon blue and gray. 

 





Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! We have partnered with one of our Favorite NEW La Jolla Restaurants and will be featuring our Review with a special surprise for our Readers! Check back soon for details!! 


If you are in the market for buying or selling Luxury Real Estate in La Jolla, California, contact us today!






at Chanel - Paris Fashion Week

hebergeur image

      at Chanel - Paris Fashion Week

      Photo by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

at Chanel - Paris Fashion Week

hebergeur imagehebergeur image

      at Chanel - Paris Fashion Week

      Photo by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

STREET STYLE: HOLLI ROGERS | TEXTURED KNIT + LEATHER TROUSERS

LE FASHION BLOG PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE HOLLI ROGERS TEXTURED KNIT LUXE LEATHER VIA A LOVE IS BLIND NET A PORTER FASHION FLAT TOP AVIATOR SUNGLASSES METAL BAR TEXTURED RIBBED OFF WHITE TURTLENECK KNIT SWEATER LEATHER WIDE LEG TROUSERS PANTS DRAPE BUTTERY SOFT CONED PAVE SPIKE BRACELET STACK BLACK NAILS MANICURE PARIS FASHION WEEK photo LEFASHIONBLOGSTREETSTYLEHOLLIROGERSTEXTUREDKNITLUXELEATHERVIAALOVEISBLIND.jpg
Photo via: A Love Is Blind

Apparently Holli Rogers has a knack for making textured knits look amazing. Remember this post? As for those gorgeous wide-leg leather trousers... insert heart eye emoji here! Her luxe pair drapes perfectly and looks so buttery soft.

Get the look...

MAGAZINE COVER: Shu Pei on (New York) Yue Magazine, Winter 2014

Model: Shu Pei (Next)
Magazine: (New York) Yue Magazine, Winter 2014
Photographer: An Le
Stylist: Anna Katsanis
Hair: Unknown
Makeup: Unknown

Source: models.com

Shades of Blue

DETAILS.
Vince Cardigan (similar here) / Pastel High Neckline Top / Paige Denim c/o / Theory Heels (old similar on sale style here) / Celine Bag (similar here) / Crystal Necklace / ILY Rings / Crystal Studs

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been so busy! Wednesday was Mara (my step daughter's) birthday and today is mine. We have been running around getting ready for her party tonight. It's so much more exciting getting ready for kids birthdays then your own :)

I had crazy cramps yesterday and I thought I was going into labor.  I was like crap I can't have three birthdays in a row (Mara, babies, and mine) Thankfully he must have just been moving in a weird position or something and after a couple hours it went away.

I have had quite a few emails lately (I love your emails!) asking about my pregnancy wardrobe. I would say hands down an absolute must is maternity jeans. I have a couple different brands but these Paige ones are so unique because the bands are on the side. Most pregnancy jeans have a large band that goes over your stomach so you don't have a button anymore. These stretch on the side so you still have a button and can tuck in your shirts (you all know I love the half tucked in look :). Needless to say these baggy boyfriend jeans have been on repeat.

Hope you have a great weekend!

XOX,
Christine


Poll - Episode 3 - Your Turn to be the Judge

 
Photos (Top, l-r): Asha, Blake, Brady, Camila, Isabelle, and Michelle
(Bottom, l-r): Natalia, Nicholas, Oscar, Sam, Shan, and Stephanie
Photos courtesy of MyLifetime.com. Click to see a larger view.

You've seen the designs on the runway and now it's your turn to be the judges. This week you are Jen Rade, Janna Roberts Rassi and Rachel Roy.

Click here to tell us who you thought should have won the challenge.

Click here to tell us who you thought should have been out.

INSTALATELY

Moikka! 
Vietin just pikaloman Köpiksessä poikaystävän kanssa ja vaikka kameraa kannoinkin mukana, ei sillä tullut otettua yhden yhtä kuvaa. Blogi jäi siis hunningolle, mutta tulipahan rentouduttua! :)

Ihanaa viikonloppua!

Well hello!
I just had a couple of days vacation in Copenhagen with my boyfriend and though we had the camera with us everywhere, we didn't take one single picture with it. So the blog got on a little break too, but at least my batteries are all refilled now! :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Manhunt Philippines Wishlist



The male pageants in the Philippines is on its way of becoming more and more popular among Filipinos. After the victories of June Macasaet in Manhunt International, Andrew Wolff in Mister World, Gil Wagas in Mister International and Roland William de Dios in Mister Campus World, male pageants became a platform for handsome, brainy and cause-oriented men in the country to make their voices heard and create some difference in their lives and others as well.



Manhunt International Philippines 2014 is still on its planning stage, and yet we here in our blog already have our wishlist for the  incoming prestigious search.


 Billy Villeta, Finalist of Mister International Philippines 2013




 Cedrick Vergonia, X Bodyshots 2013 Winner



 Jose Maglasang, King of Cebu 2013 Runner Up




 Kristian Sarmiento, Mister Quezon 2013




 Randy See, Mister Chinatown 2013



 Troy Cuizon,  Finalist of Mister International Philippines 2013



 Royette Osio, Mister Rizal 2013

Seek & Find: Will you visit J.Crew this Weekend?

This is the weekly "sale watch" post, to help each other find sale items at our various local J.Crew stores. ;)

If you are stopping by a J.Crew store this weekend to see what's available (if anything!) in the SALE, or to see some NEW ARRIVALS {sigh!} in person, maybe you might be willing to share that with us in this post. In particular, if you could share with us a few of the noteworthy items that are available, at what prices, and potential sizes the store is carrying (as well as the store location)- that would be fantastic!

Also, please let us know if your local store is carrying an additional percent off sale. Thanks in advance!!! :)

P.S. I noticed that many of you have already been reporting sale items (and in which stores) in other posts which by the way "thank you!" :) I really appreciate how helpful we are for each other!

VOGUE PHOTO DIARY: NICOLE RICHIE | CFDA AWARDS

LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS MARC JACOBS METALLIC SATIN SILK CRINKLE SLIP DRESS JENNIFER MEYER DELICATE DAINTY RINGS MIDI KNUCKLE RINGS BANGLES BRACELETS DARK RED LIPSTICK LOW BUN SLICKED BACK HAIR 10 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS10copy.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS BEHIND THE SCENES SMILES HAIR LOW SLICKED BACK BUN 2 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS2copy.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS CLOSE UP SLICKED BACK BOW BUN 3 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS3copy.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS CLOSE UP JENNIFER MEYER DAINTY RINGS ZIG ZAG RINGS MIDI KNUCKLE RINGS 4 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS4copy.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS MARC JACOBS METALLIC SATIN SILK CRINKLE SLIP DRESS 5 photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS5.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS 6 MARC JACOBS METALLIC SATIN SILK CRINKLE SLIP DRESS LOW CUT BLACK WHITE PORTRAIT IN BATHROOM photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS6.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS BEAUTY CLOSE UP MATTE RED LIPS LIPSTICK SLICKED BACK HAIR BUN EYELINER MASCARA DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS GROOMED EYEBROWS BROWS MAKE UP 1 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS1copy.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS CLOSE UP MARC JACOBS METALLIC SATIN SILK CRINKLE SLIP DRESS JENNIFER MEYER DELICATE DAINTY RINGS MIDI KNUCKLE RINGS BANGLES BRACELETS 9 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS9copy.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS METALLIC GOLD GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI PUMPS HEELS 7 photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS7.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG VOGUE PHOTO DIARY NICOLE RICHIE CFDA AWARDS MARC JACOBS METALLIC SATIN SILK CRINKLE SLIP DRESS GOLD HEELS PUMPS FULL LOOK 8 copy photo LEFASHIONBLOGVOGUEPHOTODIARYNICOLERICHIECFDAAWARDS8copy.jpg
Photos via: Taylor Jewell for Vogue

Recently stumbled upon this photo diary of Nicole Richie getting ready for the CFDA Awards. Her look was one of my favorites of the night, so it's fun getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse. Nicole wore an Marc Jacobs dress, Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

Get the look...