Archive | December, 2009

A New Day

31 Dec

Among all the excitement and anticipation preceding New Years Day, put into perspective January 1st is really just another day of the year. Aside from the fact that it follows December 31st and therefore “marks” the very first calendar day of a brand new year, it really is just another Friday.

It’s what this day stands for that really means so much. This single day signifies that you not only made it through another 365 days or 8,760 hours or 525,600 minutes, but that you have been graced with the beginning of an entirely new set of moments.

Set before you like a blank sheet of paper for you to write whatever story you please. This day refreshes our outlook on life, it breathes new energy into our soul, and gives us a renewed sense of hope for what may come.

Good bye 2009! Hello New Year!

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Dear Santa

24 Dec

Not that I have written a letter to Santa in quite some time, but the premise of doing so still maintains the same magical quality it did when I was six. It’s the one time of year you actually get to list out the things you have collaboratively hoped for over the duration of the year.

And when you wake up on Christmas morning some elusive man in a red suit will have carefully selected the items on your list and lovingly wrapped and placed them under your tree.  Interesting concept if you really stop and think about it.

While making lists still entertains me to no end, the actual content has continued to change over the years. From “What I Want For Christmas” to ” What to Get Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Boyfriend, Grandma, etc., etc,” it would seem that what we hold important to us steadily changes as well.

No longer is the most exciting part of Christmas waking up at 6 am and opening stockings (ok, it’s still one of the most exciting parts), but even more so is simply arriving home Christmas Eve and seeing my dad waiting in the terminal at the end of the escalator. I find more joy in the little things. Watching my little sister’s excitement as she opens presents is way more fun than actually opening presents, snuggling by the fire, sipping hot cocoa and eating cinnamon rolls around the Christmas tree, the piles of wrapping paper and ribbon that threaten to take over the living room, the Christmas music playing in the background.

 

Nothing compares to the warmth of being surrounded by my family and those I love most.

Happy happy Christmas! Enjoy the little things!

XoXo CPfashionista

Cutie Patootie

22 Dec

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a little time with the absolutely adorable Sammi Hanratty of Disney’s A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey. This little cutie is nothing but wit and charm and I have to say she was an absolute doll. She perused the Celebrity Pink showroom and tried on some teeny tiny shorts and a super trendy vintage denim shirt for a photo shoot this week.

At the precious age of 14 she is pretty petite but carries herself like a 25-year-old. My my today’s youth are growing up so quickly! It was a delight to work with such a mature, and modest, little celebrity. I can’t wait to go see her in A Christmas Carol.

She’s pretty darn cute, huh?

XoXo CpFashionista

Lots to Love in Spring 2010

21 Dec

Ken Downing, Senior Vice President and fashion director for Neiman Marcus gave NY Mag.com an exclusive interview detailing the absolute must haves for this coming Spring. So why not share the knowledge…in no particular order, here are the 5 trends to start stocking your closets with. He also mentioned something about bike shorts coming back into being, but I chose to ignore this little comment in hopes that it won’t actually surface…we shall see.

1. Denim. Denim. Denim. Hey, he said it not me! But this does work in my favor seeing as I absolutely cannot get enough denim. Denim everything and anything will be in. From rocker vests, to chambray shirts, denim leggings,and jeans galore, anything goes.

2. Tribal motif. Think patterns and lines in bold earthy tones. A carry over of the spice colors that are so popular this fall, this time in more prints instead of solids.

3. Shorts. Downing suggests you get a solid pair of shorts. Since the way shorts are worn has been ever-changing and you can wear them in pretty much any climate on any given day there is really no excuse to not own a pair. Long, short, patterned, pleated, hemmed, destroyed, tailored, denim, tweed, poplin…it’s all good!

4. Nude shoes. Not too sure about this one but if Ken Downing says it’s a go, then it must be ok. Think flats, pumps, ankle boots, something in nude, that says “I’m barefoot!”…but not really.

5. A dress with drape. So no, tighter and shorter is not always better. Actually, it is probably never better. In any event, a good dress that moves, wraps, and flows is a necessity for Spring.

Just about time to hit up after Christmas sales, now you’ll know what to look for!

XoXo CP

Miley Cyrus, I Applaud You!

14 Dec

I am in no way confessing to voluntarily stepping foot in a Wal-Mart, but there I was on a rainy Friday perusing the eleventh aisle of Christmas bows and I momentarily wondered what had swayed me to come here of all places. No matter, here I was up to my elbows in Christmas, my cart stacked so high maneuvering was proving difficult and I still couldn’t find the darn holiday candy!

But as I made my way from the garden center to the other side of the store a near 4 miles away I stopped, literally stopped, in awe at the…ready…juniors clothing department. As I inched closer, abandoning my cart in all the excitement, to get a peek at these “cute” clothes peering innocently off the racks I realized the label read Miley Cyrus & Max Azria. This was in fact, the highly anticipated line released a few months back in blazing August. I had written it off as another Celebrity cop-out. This line however, was nothing short of brilliant.

Yes, I said it. A teen star made a line for Wal-Mart, of all places, and it rocks! The styles, the colors, the prints, everything about it was genius. Right on trend and ready to wear. While I was not prepared for this momentous occasion, what surprised me even more were the price points. Tanks and tee for five dollars (only $5!!!), can you even manufacture something that cheap? I was pleasantly shocked to say the least. And if you promise not to tell, I will confess I picked up several tees for myself…I mean come on, they were practically free!

So go check out Miley’s line and tell me you don’t want at least one thing!

Xo CpFashionista

I’m a Hustler

11 Dec

Ok, not really! I am obviously not a hustler, but I happen to be very close to someone who works for Hustler so that’s close enough. And tonight is the official Christmas, sorry, holiday party for Larry Flynt’s entire Hustler collaborative.

After a somewhat last-minute whirlwind shopping spree late last night, with a number of outfit options at my disposal,  it was decided we would attend said party. So now the decision-making must commence, what to wear! Leather mini and a uber embellished tank? Silver taffeta fan dress? My personal favorite, the tulle TUTU? (Yes, I know, I am currently reliving my childhood through fashionable dress).

Yet to be determined, but for today I will peruse the accessory options and maybe I’ll give you a peek at the outcome sometime next week, I said maybe.

Here’s a little snapshot of the Hustler Sunset Strip in all of its holiday glory…

What’s your holiday party go-to?

xx Cpfashionista

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

10 Dec

I realize this is a rather cliché, if not terribly over used, heading but when the temperature in Southern California dips (and stays) below 60 degrees for consecutive days there is definitely something to talk about! This coat requiring weather reminds us that the holidays are upon us and for a quick minute we might even forget we live in the rather seasonally challenged greater Los Angeles area.

So for 5 days, and 5 days only, I revel in the fact that I can drag out my box of Tahoe appropriate attire and bundle in matching scarves and mittens (might I suggest Gap for some irresistably cozy pieces!) for a brief week in time.

Stay warm!

XoXo cpFashionista

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