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Thanks to my friends at Gap Scottsdale Fashion Square, my Wednesday night got a little more stylish. (And I got a fun little break from a mountain of homework.) I grabbed my go-to girl, Simply Audree Kate, and we headed out to an exclusive shopping event, Styld.by, hosted by Gap and The Zoe Report. We got to check out the Gap's new fall styles, including their "Dress Normal" campaign as well as their new black denim collection. I've always known Gap as a great place for simple staples, but I was amazed by the trendier things they had in stock this time around, too. And yes, I walked away with quite a few new additions to my wardrobe. Check it out!
I wore a Vince Camuto blouse, Forever 21 blazer, Zara boyfriend jeans, MIA laced heels, Nordstrom's rose gold watch, and an Aldo crossbody purse. Simple, soft neutrals, but definitely transitioning into fall.
The color palette in store was to die for. Lots of soft, subdued, but still fall-ish hues. Totally my style. Plus, SO. MUCH. DENIM. I wanted to take home one of each.
Oh, and did I mention THE FOOD? Gap spoiled us with bubbles from V95 Wine Lounge, and food from the ever-delicious Olive & Ivy.
In typical fashion, I walked into the fitting room with an armful of clothes to try on.
I fell in love with a few menswear-inspired button downs with a modern twist, like this collar-less one. I also found the perfect pair of high-rise cutoff denim shorts. I've literally been searching all summer for the perfect pair and I finally stumbled across them last night. But hey, now I know where to go! And, they were on sale for $7... Plus I found some great striped basic tanks which will be perfect for layering this fall.
My girl, Audree, walked away with a beautiful blush pink tank. I loved the way it complemented her hair!
The two of us also fell in love with these pastel, snakeskin slip ons. Here's the link, I think I just might have to order these babies.
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to the Gap, as well as The Zoe Report for hosting such a fun, fashionable evening. I'll definitely be stopping by Gap this fall/winter and you should too.
Tell me, what are you're favorite gap items and how do you style them?
P.S. Look for my new Gap threads in upcoming blog posts! Xo
Hi friends!! I'm excited to launch a new blog feature, Links I Love, in which I will feature all my favorite links from around the internet for your perusing pleasure. I spend far too much time online, but being able to share the various gems I stumble across with you guys will make me feel better about wasting my time on the internet. Ya feel?? Anyways, hope you enjoy my internet musings.
<< Copy Lab's Instagram Account >>
Scrolling through insta can be a little predictable nowadays, especially when you follow hundreds of fashion bloggers like I do. I can only look at so many pictures of macarons, fresh bouquets, and stylized flat lays before I'm yawning. Copy Lab however, is a completely different story. Creative genius Chris Rellas takes historical art and infuses it with modern fashion, resulting in pure gold. Words really can't do it justice, so just go ahead and click the link above to be whisked away to this awesome insta.
<< 11 Topics Every Fashion Lover Should Be Able To Talk About >>
via Who What Wear
If you're interested in the fashion industry at all, this article is a must read. It gets you thinking about 11 common questions that anyone might ask when you say that you're interested in fashion. From how to say designers names correctly, what blogs you follow, when fashion week is, and your favorite designer, this list will help you refine your fashion knowledge.
<< 50 Fashionable Pinterest Accounts to Follow Now >>
If you're looking for some pin-speration, then these are the pinners to follow. I followed them all and my Pinterest feed has never looked better. Enough said.
<< Your Fall Wardrobe in 30 Essential Buys >>
via Refinery 29
Fall is just around the corner. YAY. It's still 100+ degrees in Phoenix but I'm dreaming of the day I can break out my sweaters and start layering again. It's never too early to start prepping your wardrobe, and while my official fall 2014 trend report is just around the corner, in the meantime you can scroll through this slideshow to get a sense of what to expect this season.
<< If This, Then That >>
IFTTT is an internet optimization tool that has endless possibilities. With the slogan, "put the internet to work for you", IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections between different channels. You can set up different 'recipes' like "If I post a picture on Instagram, Then post it as a native image on Twitter" or try "If the weather forecast says it's going to rain tomorrow, Then send me an email to warn me". This site/app kills many birds with one stone and is a HUGE time saver. Definitely one of my favorites, especially for social media related things.
<< Homey Oh My's DIY Project Gallery >>
via Homey Oh My
I just moved into my first house, so as you can imagine, I'm going a little DIY crazy. Homey Oh My has the cutest home and craft ideas. Someone's going to have to restrain me from trying them all.
<< Luxury is now a Domain >>
via Harper's Bazaar
Maybe I'm just a marketing nerd, but this is a very interesting article on high end fashion houses growing their e-commerce with a little marketing scheme. The top dogs will soon be able to switch their domains from .com to .luxury. I have to say, chanel.luxury does have a nice ring to it. Read on.
<< The Full Altuzarra for Target Lookbook >>
I wasn't a huge fan of recent designer collaborations with Target (looking at you, Peter Pilotto) however the Altuzarra collaboration which drops on September 14th looks extremely promising. After peeking at the lookbook that Target just released, I'm falling really feeling the way they spiced up everyday workwear with snakeskin and pops of red and green. For such stylish pieces at an incredible price point, I deem this collection a must cop. Sitting outside of Target in the wee hours of the morning and all.
<< Carto Creative's City Art Prints >>
While looking for some interesting art to grace the walls of my new house, I stumbled across Carto Creative and their simplistic, bold city map prints. There's over 400 cities to chose from (although I think I'll be choosing Los Angeles over Phoenix) and you can even customize the print with over 50 color options. The classic color map prints are my favorite, showing an aerial street view of your chosen city, but they also offer different options like skylines and typography maps.
So, what'd you think? How'd you like these corners of the world wide web? Do you have any gems to share with me?? Comment below or send me a link @alamilenaxo on twitter!
Every year the Phoenix Fashion Week crew gives us a sneak peek of their thirteen exclusive emerging designers and whets our appetite for the official Phoenix Fashion Week (held every October) by hosting the annual Shop Garment District. This year was no different, as the Valley's most fashionable flocked to the iconic Hotel Valley Ho for this highly anticipated runway preview.
Guests began the evening by sipping cocktails as they perused the designer's collections in a market environment and purchasing their favorite pieces. Then came the runway portion of the evening, where attendees were ushered into an adjacent room that housed a sea of seats and a chic, white catwalk. Each of the thirteen emerging designers sent four looks down the runway, which gave an insight into the theme and overall aesthetic of their collection, as well as what to expect come October. While some impressed me, others left me a little let down. The catwalk is a sacred space. A place to be creative and push the boundaries. I would like to see a few of the designers abandon their comfort zones and test their creativity in their collections. However, thanks to Phoenix Fashion Week's extensive bootcamp that all emerging designers participate in, I'm sure we will see growth and changes at the final runway show in a few months. That's one of the great things about this event, while it builds the hype for the designers, it also lets us see their progress as they refine their brand throughout the Phoenix Fashion Week experience.
All in all, it was a lovely night out for the Phoenix fashion community and a great opportunity to mingle with the best of the best, including all of my fellow blogger babes. It's always a joy to get so many passionate people in one place. Here are a few of my favorite snaps of the night and the designers I'm betting on to take home the title of 2014 Emerging Designer of the Year:
Hanging out with the girls pre-fashion show. (Chloe from Savor Away, Audree from Simply Audree Kate, Breann from Things We Fancy, Ashley from Ashley Cooper Design)
A candid snap with my date for the evening, my boyfriend Moises.
Reunited after being apart all summer. Audree was killing it as a Redbook intern in NYC and Chloe was studying abroad in London.
A fabulous view from our seats courtesy of Phoenix Fashion Week.
I loved Hues of Ego's all white collection complete with adventurous cuts and belted accents.
Designer Jacqueline Nicole kept things flirty and fun with pops of pink, sequins, and feminine-yet-edgy silhouettes.
The Adoire by Saba collection featured beautiful detailing and Indian inspiration.
Rayan kept things effortlessly classy and elegant in floor length, sleeved evening gowns.
All runway shots by Almanza Photography.
Now that you've seen my top picks, I hope you're all as excited as I am to see the full runway collections at Phoenix Fashion Week in October. Make sure to get your ticket here and check out the rest of the thirteen designers here!
Thanks for stopping by and thank you to Phoenix Fashion Work for putting on this lovely event. XoX
Hi you beautimous souls, thanks for stopping by! Today I'd like to do a little feature on some of my favorite beauty products. I love playing around with different buys, but it's so hard to tell these days what's actually a great product and what just has ingenious marketing. (I'm a sucker for a cute label.) Not all products are what they're cracked up to be, but these few passed all the tests and made it into my favorites, and beauty bag.
BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO IN WILD // $8
Every hair stylist out there is preaching that you shouldn't wash your hair everyday, but I've always struggled with that. Why, you ask? Because, well, after one day in this AZ heat my hair is a greasy, nasty mess. I've played around with different dry shampoos and even used baby powder to keep oil at bay, but the texture it created in my hair was just never right. Some were almost worse than the oil itself. That is, until I picked up this cute Batiste dry shampoo at Urban Outfitters. I will admit I was drawn to this specific bottle because of it's sassy packaging (leopard print addiction, duh) but this is one of those few products that actually lives up to it's cute packaging. This dry shampoo smells amazing, slays oil, and honestly makes my hair feel like I just got out of the shower. It would be great for after a workout or just eeking a few more days out of your blowout.
TONI & GUY NOURISH CONDITIONER // $15
My mother, being the angel that she is, brought this and a few other Toni & Guy products home for me one day after a Target shopping spree and I fell in love with this conditioner. My hair is super damaged due to several recent lightening treatments and my daily heat styling, but this conditioner does exactly as it says: nourishes. I can literally feel my hair drinking this stuff up when I shower. And the smell. I love the smell. So yes, this stuff is a must!
IT'S A 10 MIRACLE LEAVE-IN PRODUCT // $18
A friend recommended this to me and it's truly a miracle. This one product does 10 amazing things for your hair. You ready for 'em?
1. Repairs damaged hair 2. Adds shine 3. Detangles 4. Thermal protection
5. Seals and protects hair color 6. Prevents split ends 7. Stops hair breakage
8. Creates silkiness 9. Enhances natural body 10. Flat iron spray
Sooo pretty much everything you could ever want in one product. This stuff is pricy for a little bottle but I justify it because it's 10 products in one.
BARE MINERALS BARESKIN BRIGHTENING FOUNDATION // $29
Foundation is always one of the hardest things for me to pick out. I walk up and down the flourescent-lit aisles overwhelmed by a sea of beige in search of product that will work magic on my simply awful combination skin. What drew me to this product was the fact that it's 100% natural. As someone who suffers from frequent breakouts, I wanted a foundation that would actually be good for my skin and this stuff is about as good as it gets in that sense. It also tone corrects and brightens which is a plus. My only complaint is that it's a little liquidy for my oily skin. I prefer something a little more creamy, but I still think it's a great product.
HARD CANDY GLAMOFLAUGE HEAVY DUTY CONCEALER // $6
So you know those breakouts I was talking about? Yeah, well they require some pretty serious coverage sometimes. That's when I break out my secret weapon, Glamoflague. This stuff is hardcore. So hardcore it can even be used to cover up tattoos. Whatever you plan to use it for, at only $6, it's a steal.
URBAN DECAY LUSH LASH MASCARA // $20
This cutie came with the NAKED palette when I bought it and it's one of my favorite mascaras. The brush is super bristled so it goes on nicely and does a good job of separating the lashes. Also, it conditions while you wear it so you won't feel like your eyelashes are going to break off at any moment.
Hope you enjoyed my suggestions but I'd love recommendations on more new products to try.
What's in your beauty bag?
Couldn't let July slip by without posting my latest lust list! This month's list features a TIBI midi set, a Cartier love bracelet, a Phillip Lim 3.1 purse, Fendi sunglasses, and Zara slides. Blush pink, gold, and black will forever be the perfect combination in my eyes, and as you'll see soon, they're also the colors that I used to brand my new blog, MILENA, which'll be launching soon.
Okay, that's a lie. Without the internet, how would I make irresponsible online purchases in the wee hours of the morning or binge watch Orange is the New Black? The internet is vital to any blogger babe, but I just love this sassy little tee courtesy of The Bloguettes. The shirt was given to me when I attended one of their mini workshops (read about it HERE) and I was so excited to finally wear it out. I paired it with my new Gucci aviators, layered statement necklaces, my favorite summer purse, boyfriend jeans, and a strappy, chunky heel. As if the ensemble doesn't scream BLOGGER enough, the #bloguettes printed on the back of the shirt is sure to let people know that I'm an internet hit.
Or at least I think I am. ;)
(Tee- Bloguettes, Jeans- H&M, Sandals- Buffalo Exchange, Sunnies- Gucci, Necklaces- J Crew/H&M, Bracelets- J Crew/Old Navy/BCBG, Purse- ALDO, Scarf- Pacsun)
Today's post is just for kicks and gigs. Just a little peek at what my days off have been like as of late. Ya know, living out my mermaid/shamu trainer fantasies and whatnot. Oh, and tell me my boy Moises doesn't look like he's straight out of a Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue ad. Happy, happy summer days.
I began working at Buffalo Exchange about three months ago, but have been a loyal shopper there ever since I could fit in their clothes. I'm the kind of girl that enjoys the thrill of the hunt when it comes to shopping, and I'm all about getting a bargain. ALL ABOUT IT. 'Cause lets be real, a college girl's gotta stretch her clothing budget as far as it can go. But don't let all this bargain talk fool you, I still want the best of the best and I'm determined to find it, for 50% off or more.
One of my favorite parts about being a Buyer at Buffalo Exchange is that you come into work each day never knowing what's going to come across that buy counter and into your store. Just when you're getting over the work day, a pair of Prada sneakers or some unreleased special edition Kate Spade will come across the counter and perk you right back up. It's a constant treasure hunt.
Well, today was a good day at work for me. Yes, I had to get up at 7:30 and commute across town on my Saturday morning but the treasures that awaited me made it well worth it. Here are my finds!
1. Gucci Aviators | Retail Value: $295 (still in stores) | Buffalo Price: $70
I've been looking for a pair of sleek, gold designer aviators forever so you can imagine my excitement when these beauties waltzed into the store. Within seconds I had dibs on them and they went straight into my holds and out the door with me at the end of the day. Oh, and for 77% off I can't even feel guilty about splurging. If you can even call it that.
2. Del Toro Silver & Pink Pony Hair Slippers | Retail Value: $375 | Buffalo Price: $35
These babies were another gift from the fashion Gods that showed up on the buy counter this morning. I was instantly drawn to the pink pony hair with unexpected splotches of silver, because it's so me and so fun. (Reminds me of the aesthetic that my new website <<a la MILENA>> will have.) Upon further examination, I was blown away by the quality of the 'vero cuoio' all leather Italian made shoe. Instantly, I looked up the brand and new it was something I was behind 100%. Plus, 91% off. HOLLA.
Welcome to my closet you little furry things, you.
3. Insight Denim Vest w/ Back Patch | Estimated Retail Value: $76 | Buffalo Price: $18.50
In the same exact buy that the Del Toro's came in, so did this killer Insight vest. I've owned a few denim vests in the past but never got much use out of them. However, the detail on this one is amazing and matched the Del Toro's to a key. A.K.A. had to buy. Couldn't find this vest anywhere online but similar ones cost about $76, so it's safe to say I saved approximately 76%. What a steal.
4. RACHEL Rachel Roy Snakeskin Shorts | Estimated Retail Value: $79 | Buffalo Price: $17.50
Lastly, I snagged these RACHEL by Rachel Roy snakeskin shorties for under 20 bucks. I've had a major soft spot for snakeskin in my wardrobe lately and am in desperate need of some fashionable, non booty-cheek-alicious shorts. These cover all of the bases. Saved about 78%.
Look for these new additions to my wardrobe in blog posts to come, and more posts like this one showcasing my bargain buys.
As I'm sure many of you know, the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale started today. While I don't think I'll be able to indulge this year (I just signed a lease on my first place, YAY! But now I have to furnish the whole place. Not so much yay.) I decided to share some of my fav picks from the sale in case some of you are looking to score some goodies, specifically handbags. I chose to scour the sale for handbags because I think that a good purse can instantly transform an outfit. Plus, you can get a lot of use out of them. If I'm looking to splurge on something, it's likely to be a designer handbag. (The teal color blocked Phillip Lim below makes my heart skip a beat every time I look at it.)
Simply click on a handbag to be taken to the site and see just how much you can save. Happy Shopping!