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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

A Sign of the Times

10 Nov

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Despite the fact that the New York standard of living has not decreased in the least bit, during my recent stint in the big city I did notice several instances that struck me as odd and also truly indicative of the times.

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The first scenario happened at the very beginning of my jam-packed 3-day meeting extravaganza through Manhattan. Upon exiting the elevator on the ninth floor of the Conde Nast building the first thing I noticed was the emptiness. Where once several receptionists had occupied cubicles now stood a small end table and a phone with a directory, that’s it. A DIY approach to front desk service I suppose. While still slightly shocked and somewhat confused I attempted to locate the person with whom I was meeting, no such luck. After 20 minutes and several skeptical looks from a lurking security guard I was finally rescued. Needless to say, I am not so much a fan of the no-receptionist situation.

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The second disappointment took place during the customary trip to the monstrosity known as Forever 21, dominating a full corner of Harold Square one would think they would sell pretty much everything. You would think. You would be wrong. I know, I was just as much in shock as you will soon be. For as I wandered through the tri level retail haven in search of the accessories floor I was greeted with nothing more than 4…only FOUR, measly racks of mostly gold  chain necklaces. Here I had my heart set on a whole new wardrobe of cheap accessories and to my dismay left empty-handed (from that department any way).

The trip was saved only by the large array of tutus I found to supplement the gap in the childhood themed section of my closet. But we’ll get into that later.

It still amuses me to see the undocumented ways in which the economy affects things we so often take for granted.

Thank goodness for LA Forevers!

XoXo CPfashionista

Frightfully Fun

30 Oct

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With revenue figures comparable only to Christmas, Halloween has easily become one of the most anticipated and celebrated day of the year. Perhaps this is attributed to the brief moment when grown-ups can dress like children and in effect act like them as well. 

Month long preparations are just part of the overall experience. Between willfully scaring ourselves to picking out the perfect pumpkin, no detail is too small to forgo for this holiday. Weeks of perusing Halloween superstores for the perfect costume sometimes pays off, but most of the time everyone just looks like everyone else.

What are you?

 Oh, I’m a slutty sailor.

Who me? I’m a sexy pirate.

How did making something borderline pornographic suddenly deem it an acceptable public “costume,” I am not sure. But in any event today we played at work and believe it or not our costumes were actually pretty original! Among them Lady Gaga, Hercules, a plethora of trendy vampires, scary clowns, and even a cute little girl scout.

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Happy Haunting!

XoXo cpFashionista

City Love

23 Oct

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You may or may not have been previously aware of my obsession with New York City, but in any event…I confess I am in love! There is just something about that city that makes me ridiculously giddy, like a little kid in a candy store. I want to see everything and go everywhere and I never want to leave. Which is why I am more than thrilled to be attending November market on a media tour of sorts. Between a gazillion editor meetings I should be able to squeeze in a little shopping and “city soaking,” don’t you think.

In no particular order, my favorite things about The Big Apple, which of course is open to additions:

1. No matter the duration of the stay I always insist on walking everywhere! There is no easier city to navigate and possibly no where else in the entire United States where you can get anywhere simply by walking there. Raining, snowing, sleeting (ok, maybe not sleeting) but I am so down to bundle up and  make my way through the always crowded streets.

2. And I mean always! Aside from the sun/moon thing, Times Square always looks like broad daylight…lights, people, taxi cabs, quite literally the city never sleeps. Which is why I continually wonder how they pulled off the whole Tom-Cruise-deathly-still-Times-Square scene in Vanilla Sky?!

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3. Not that cupcakes aren’t currently the most trendy food accessory in LA but I do believe NY was home to the original cupcake-store concept. There are bakeries every couple of blocks boasting vibrantly frosted morsels of goodness and unique flavor combinations that are definitely to be desired, craved, and ultimately consumed. Among some of my favorites, Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery and Magnolia Bakery.

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4. Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity. A definite must!

5. Wearing peacoats and mittens. The only trouble being that the number of coats I want to bring and the actual number that will fit into my luggage are somewhat different. The favorite coat this year has to be my new eggplant purple Kristen Blake a-line, it is practically jumping out of my closet in anticipation of cold weather.

6. Friendly people. I know New Yorkers have a reputation for being cold and somewhat unamiable but they are really quite helpful people. If you stand on a corner and just look lost someone will ask you if you need directions, I swear I love these city folk!

7. Central Park. Walking through Strawberry Fields and any of the surrounding area you can’t help but get the feeling you are in a scene straight from a movie.

8. The view from your hotel room, or any building for that matter. Heck even from a cab. Taking in the lights and excitement the city exudes is simply breathtaking.

9. The nightlife. Here in Los Angeles going out feels so planned and so showy. The girls who look like they spent far too long getting ready, the lines of guys trying to get into the clubs to see these girls, the pretentious heir so many think they are entitled to, it just seems forced. But in New York you stop into a bar and everyone looks sort of natural, there’s a definite portrayal of confidence that SoCal definitely lacks.

10. The drive to succeed. People seem motivated and with purpose and it’s contagious. Just being there makes me want to write a novel or sing on stage (well not quite), but you know what I mean. You just want to DO SOMETHING!

Now I’m going to start packing…have a wonderful weekend.

XOXO cpFashionista

Jack n Jill

22 Oct

Wednesday morning was not only perfectly sunny and warm but I had the pleasure of starting off the day at Jack n Jill’s Bakery in Santa Monica with one of my very favorite magazine account managers. Celebrity Pink and Seventeen Magazine  have been fast friends from the very beginning and it’s always such a treat to meet with our friends from the publishing world. While we met to talk business and go over partnership plans for 2010, this morning turned out to be quite a treat for all the senses as well.

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fashion show FM 016Upon entering this sweet little cafe you’re immediately greeted with the delicious aroma of freshly baked pastries and richly brewed coffee. Next your eyes will delight at the colorful cupcakes in neat little lines behind the glass just begging to be tasted. And finally, the food is even more delectable than the tempting smells and playful menu pictures combined. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast seated in the loft sipping coffee and indulging in Strawberry Savannah (Oatmeal) Pancakes! MMM MMM MMM!

Many strawberries later full yet content, we had covered what we came to cover… and then some… and were ready to start the real work day. But not before I picked out a sampling of cupcakes to bring home for the boyfriend, just to hold him over until we could take a much-needed revisit back to my new favorite bakery. I highly suggest a trip of your own!

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Happy eating!

XoXo cpFashionista

Falling Down

22 Sep

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I could have sworn it was just the first day of summer like a week ago! However, despite the 100 degree Los Angeles weather and the fact that I am wearing a skirt and tank, today is officially the first day of fall and I am so excited. I love this time of year for a number of reasons, namely the cool nights and colorful leaves, not to mention our impending trip to the pumpkin patch and the holiday aura that hangs in the air.

While the temperature may not quite constitute scarves and boots just yet, in anticipation of cooler weather I have already begun the necessary additions to my wardrobe and I cannot wait to bundle up. 

In honor of autumn and all things wonderfully Fall-ing, here are some seasonal favorites:

1. Obnoxiously crunching through any pile, gutter filled with, lawn, or sidewalk of leaves.

2. Wearing Uggs with anything is suddenly deemed acceptable.

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3. Skipping work to stay in bed when it rains. Playing in the rain. Kissing in the rain. Pretty much anything involving the rain.

4. Eating  homemade soup when its cold out.

5. Picking out the perfect pumpkin. Rope swings and/or hay rides at the pumpkin patch.

6.  Halloween. Halloween parties. Halloween candy. Halloween costumes, here’s what I was thinking for boyfriend and I–>he’s none too impressed.

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7. Going home for the holidays.Is there really any better feeling than pulling up to the drive-way where you grew up? Didn’t think so.

8. Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. And yes it is totally acceptable to buy a hot latte  simply to warm your hands.

9. Cuddling up with a fuzzy blanket and the one you love most, puppies count too.

10. Falling into bed at 6 pm because it’s already dark out…and just because you can.

What are you falling in love with this September?

XoXo cpFashionista

Shop to Save the World

10 Sep

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Ok, so saving the world by shopping may be pushing the concept a little, however designers and fashion leaders alike are hoping that tonight’s Fashion’s Night Out will help to stimulate sales and the economy. The original idea put forth by Vogue magazine in collaboration with the Council of Fashion and Designs and the City of New York was so highly anticipated that  the festivities spread to other major fashion laden cities including Los Angeles all the way to London.

For more details on tonight’s guest appearances (read: Paige Gellar of Paige Denim will be at Ron Herman on Melrose…but I’m not obsessed, really I’m not) check out the LA Times. Along with exclusive tonight-only giveaways, how-to demos, designer mingling (Peter Wentz will be there too), the playful atmosphere will softly lull you into shopping heaven.

It’s ok, you can tell them you’re saving the economy…should anyone ask.

XoXo CpFashionista

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