Announcing: Warby Parker Fall Collection

A couple months back, I woke up, got out of bed, and promptly stepped on my glasses and broke them. This is the worst thing that can happen to someone who wears glasses and contacts. So, I began perusing glasses options.

I want glasses that are chic and fashionable but are also classic and timeless and don’t cost me a lot of money. After all, I’m wearing contacts more than I wear glasses, but when I wear glasses I want them to look good!

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This is where Warby Parker comes in! For years, Warby Parker has been the fashionable girl’s go-to for glasses. They offer some of the most chic and fashionable styles that would make anyone stop and tell you that they not only love your shoes, handbag, or dress but also your gorgeous glasses!

Warby Parker is launching its Fall Collection today and it seems like the perfect time for me to get a pair of glasses to replace the broken ones.

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Refinery29 and Simon Present Style Festival

This past weekend I had the opportunity to check out the Style Festival presented by Refinery29 and Simon at the Brea Mall. It was such a great event and so much fun to attend!! The theme of the event was festival season, so we got to be inspired by some great festival fashion by both national retailers and brands like Banana Republic and Ann Taylor as well as indie shops like vintage store Blossom Vintage and Whimsy and Row.
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I loved Blossom Vintage’s display of pieces!! It was very much up my alley because the pieces were a mix of high/low fashion and very easy and bohemian. It really touched my inner hippie love child. This best part about Blossom Vintage is that are an online store, so you can purchase their amazing vintage finds online!! I will definitely be purchasing a couple pieces soon.

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Simon and Refinery29 Present Style Festival

If any of you dear readers will be in Orange County this weekend, I know of an amazing event you should attend! Simon Malls and Refinery29 are partnering to present Style Festival, a fun and fashionable event inspired by the music festival season. Because, as we all know, a music festival is the perfect opportunity to sport some amazing and trendy pieces.

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The event is taking place this Saturday at Brea Mall from noon to 5pm. The event is featuring different booths and stages that are all inspired by music festivals. There will be a “Style Stage” featuring different brands’ take on current summer trends. Retailers and brands that will be featured range from Banana Republic and H&M to Whimsy and Row and Blossom Vintage. This stage is fully shoppable so you will have the opportunity to purchase some cute, on-trend pieces right there!

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Sample Sale Alert!!

If you know me, you know I LOVE a good sample sale. When I was living in LA, hunting for the good sample sales was one of my favorite hobbies. I don’t know if it’s the feeling of pure joy when I find an amazing piece for basically nothing or just seeing rack and racks of beautiful clothes set up, all for the taking!

I just found out about what seems to sound like an amazing sample sale at CLD Style in Downtown LA.

unnamedThe sale starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday at their offices in DTLA and features a ton of designers ranging from Alexander McQueen and Elizabeth and James to Manoush and Black Halo. The sale will feature everything from womenswear and beachwear to accessories and shoes with discounts up to 90% off. They’ll also be having $1 $5 and $10 bins full of goodies.

I will probably heading up to my beloved downtown tomorrow to check this sale out and see what treasures I can find.

The sale will be running from tomorrow through Sunday, from 10am-6pm at 1206 Maple Avenue in downtown LA and CLD will accept all forms of credit card. Check out the flyer above for more deets!!

 

NastyGal Sued for Employee Discrimination

NastyGal, the trendy online retailer, has been sued by a former employee who is claiming that she was wrongfully terminated by the retailer for being pregnant.

In her complaint, Aimee Concepcion explains how she was recruited by NastyGal in late 2013 for the position of Buyer for the newly created Home Goods department within the company. During her interviews, Concepcion was told by the executives that her position is a “stable position.” Concepcion claims that during her time at the retailer, she receive “stellar performance review[s]” regarding her work and contributions to the company.

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 Around February of 2014, Concepcion found out she was pregnant and in April of that year, she informed her supervisors and asked for information on what maternity leave, and maternity benefits she was entitled to.

In her complaint, Concepcion alleges that her supervisors failed to inform her of all the rights and benefits she was entitled to under California law, and was told she was only entitled to 6-8 weeks of leave after she gives birth. Concepcion then became increasingly worried and upset about the lack of support she was receiving from her employers, but assumed that they were advising her properly on what her rights were.

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Eight Luxury Brands Included in Forbes List of Most Valuable Brands

This week, Forbes Magazine released their list of the top 100 most valuable brands. At the top were the usual suspect of Apple, Google, Coca-Cola and IBM.

But, included in the list are 8 luxury goods brands, with Louis Vuitton being the most valuable luxury brand at number 14 with a brand value $28.1 billion and, surprisingly, Chanel as the lowest rated luxury brand in the list at number 85 with a value of $6.8 billion.

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Met Gala 2015: My Favorite Looks

The first Monday of May is my favorite Monday of the year because it’s Met Gala Monday!! Celebrities and fashionistas alike come together to celebrate the newest Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I love the Met Gala because it’s a chance for fashion geeks like me to salivate over some of the most beautiful couture, inspired by the exhibit’s theme.

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This year’s exhibit is China: Through the Looking Glass and explores how Chinese aesthetics, art and culture has influenced Western designers and the pieces they create. The museum’s website describes the exhibit as “[h]igh fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery,” and that it “will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art.

Some attendees really took the Chinese theme to heart and incorporated these looks in their ensembles, while others may have stayed away from the theme but still looked utterly gorgeous in their gowns. Take a look at my favorite looks below!

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Lookbook Live By GQ + Glamour

With the change of seasons comes the change of wardrobe. As we move from winter’s cozy coats, warm scarves, and cute boots and into spring’s shorts, dresses and skirts, we all start looking to different sources for inspiration for the latest trends.

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Today, GQ and Glamour Magazine in partnership with Simon Shopping Malls gave us that inspiration that we all need for revamping our spring wardrobes. The Shops at Mission Viejo hosted Lookbook Live, a showcase of spring looks for both men and women. A friend and I checked it out today and had great time checking out the clothes, watching the Style Challenges, and partaking in the free beauty experiences!

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Currently Coveting: On The Fringe

Maybe it’s because it’s springtime and the weather is warming up, allowing for more fun and light pieces or maybe it’s because we are in the midst of festival season, but I am loving fringe right now. It an evokes a kind of flirty look with a touch of vintage flair. Whether it’s full on fringe that make you want to swish left and right or a subtle fringe that gives your look a little bohemian edge, fringe is the perfect trend to breathe some fresh air into your spring wardrobe!

Check out some fringe pieces I have my eye on right now!

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1. MISSGUIDED Fringe T-shirt Dress  ||  2. Paper Crane Faux Suede Fringe Crop Tank  ||  3. Jeffrey Campbell Enyo Suede Fringe Gladiator Heel  ||  4. Volcom ‘Marooned’ High Waist Woven Dress  ||  5. Chloé Fringe-Trim Blouse  ||  6. Giambattista Valli Fringed Leather Skirt  ||  7. The Row Wellan Silk Tunic  ||  8. Donna Karan Tweed Jacket  ||  9. Paul Andrew Fringe-Trim Aztec Pumps   ||  10. LaMarque Zura Suede Blazer  ||  11. Rory Beca Jaycee Silk Fringe Top  ||  12. Saint Laurent Fringed Suede Shift Dress  ||  13. Carmen Marc Valvo Cocktail Dress  ||  14. Free People ‘Smokey’ Fringe Sweater Vest  ||  15. ThePerfext ‘Mimi’ Fringe Skirt  ||  16. Marni Fringe Clutch

Mary Kay Sues RetailMeNot For Trademark Infringement

Mary Kay, the cosmetics giant, has sued RetailMeNot, an online source for shopping coupons, for trademark infringement. Mary Kay has argued in its complaint that RetailMeNot has been using it’s name without valid authorization.

Mary Kay believes that by offering coupons to consumers, RetailMeNot causes them to falsely assume that the coupon source is affiliated with the beauty brand, even though no relationship or affiliation exists between the two.

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Mary Kay’s major point of difference with other cosmetic companies is that it sells its products through a network of independent beauty consultants. Mary Kay argues that the coupons are affecting its relationship with these consultants because they are pressured to accept coupons that aren’t offered by Mary Kay.

Because of this damage to the beauty brand’s business, Mary Kay asked the court for damages as well as an injunction preventing RetailMeNot from using its name.

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