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Out of the Park

Melania Trump wins Foreign Tour Fashion saying Hi Haters…Bye Haters. Angelo Carconi / European Pressphoto Agency

Mike Trout may be leading the American League with 15 homeruns, but look over your shoulder Mike, Melania Trump is hot on your heels. The FLOTUS just wrapped up her first foreign tour visiting Italy, Brussels, Israel and Saudi Arabia and she literally hit homer after homer with her wardrobe choices. Her fashion was First Lady fabulous. Whereas Michelle Obama did a brilliant job of the high-low, making the fussiest fashionista pine for a J.Crew cardigan, Melania embraced her model background and delivered the kind of aspirational looks usually reserved for the catwalks or the pages of W. Magazine.


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Even the shopping bags are irreverently chic at Peri. A.

“I opened this store because I was so bored with everything I’ve seen in fashion.” are the first words out of the mouth of Peri Arenas as I stroll into her hip Robertson Boulevard boutique in Los Angeles. She had me at “bored”.

Nothing boring here…the eye candy abounds from custom graffiti vintage bags (Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel) to one of a kind jewellery (anti-fashion earrings by Bijoux de Famille, Nervous strawberries necklace by N2 Paris, and a killer design by Antwerp’s E.K. Thongprasert). There’s an irreverently chic vibe that has the freshness of a piece of bazooka joe gum.

“Anti-fashion” earrings & necklace by Bijoux de Famille (left) and and E.K.Thongprasert statement piece (right)

All this teasing before I even had a chance to fondle the clothing. At the time I visited in early May, the boutique had yet to have its official opening. But the merchandise was more than ready for its close up. There were hardly any labels I’d heard of previously and the excitement Peri felt for her edit was contagious. Save for a few Bella Freud tees, even they were unique in their chatty cheek, everything was new and exciting and ready to be sold out.

Posing with proprietor Peri. A. – she’s clearly no longer bored.

As I contemplated a check dress by Rahul Mishra she interjects that most likely by the time I wear it she won’t be carrying the label any longer. Ditto for a Jupe by Jackie happy face emoji blouse. Safe to say Peri likes to keep it fresh and exclusive.

Ms. Arenas has not overlooked a single detail to make the shopping experience fun with a capital F. The shopping bags cheekily declare “THIS IS MY PERI.A. BAG. GET YOUR OWN.”, the envelope for my receipt reads “PAY UP HONEY” and the hangers entice “COME ON, YOU’VE EARNED THIS.” And as I exit with my loot in tow I can’t help but nod my head in agreement.

PERI.A. 146 North Robertson Boulevard Los Angeles CA

Loving my hand embroidered Jupe by Jackie happy face emoji blouse.

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Fashion Statements

Chit Chat: (Left to right) Alexa Chung lets us know she Give(s) A Damn, Etre Cecile’s The Future is Female and Paco Rabanne’s runway look featuring Future Sex

Expression through clothing is not a new concept. The ever-changing fashion scene has long served as a mirror image of the mood and political pulse of an era. The minis of the swinging ’60s gave way to the flower power aesthetic that was representative of the peace movement in the ’70s. The 80s embraced corporate supremacy with shoulder pads and structure, the antithesis of the grunge-themed 90s where heroin chic was the look of the decade.

This season, designers are encouraging us to have our say quite literally with wordy tees. When Dior sent the white tee declaring “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS” down the runway, it was a clear sign that chatty shirts were back in style. Not since the 90’s when George Michael encouraged us to “Choose Life” in his Wake Me Up video and British designer Katharine Hamnet declared “Frankie Say Relax” have we seen such a resurgence of words on clothing. (more…)

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Flowers in the Attico

They first came on my radar in early January. A dress they’d designed caught my eye one day whilst filling my virtual shopping cart on Net-a-Porter. The design reminded me of something I’d find in the closet of my great aunt. The sort of thing she’d have referred to as a “housedress”. She’d wear it while baking or maybe when she busied herself picking flowers from the garden to arrange on multiple vases in her home. The “they” I refer to is the design duo working under the collective label ATTICO.

Attico’s Natalia dress gets street cred when paired with cropped jeans and mules.


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Yellow Fever

LaLa Land’s Mia sashays atop the Hollywood Hills in lemon meringue chiffon, while Belle is anything but a “kept woman” in a tart gown.

Blame it on this year’s successful films. Wasn’t LaLa Land’s Mia just de-lovely sashaying atop the Hollywood Hills in the sunshine shade? And in Disney’s remake, when she had to tame her beast, what colour did Belle choose? Yes, yellow, the shade once reserved for detergent commercials, cautionary lights and fire hydrants, is having a moment in fashion this Spring/Summer. (more…)

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Mask Mania

Chrissy Tiegen, January Jones and Alexa Chung demonstrate the #sheetmaskselfie

It’s a very on-point look to post on your Instagram account according to the queens of social media like Alexa Chung, Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham and Chrissy Tiegen. I’m talking sheet masks (#sheetmaskselfie). If you’re anything like me, you are in prime hibernation mode this month, so it’s a great time to connect with your inner Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Hannibal Lecter (pick your horror hero) and try one out. Just be sure to wait till your significant other is fast asleep…we had a week of night terrors in our home when I forgot to do so. (more…)

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Winter Weekend Warrior

Weekend winter warriors should be warm and comfy above all else.

Right around this time of year, post holidays and pre-spring break, the easy wearability of the winter weekend wardrobe is what floats my boat. Comfort is key and the rules are dictated by practical, rather than frivolous elements of the season; what works and looks good is, of coarse, determined by the weather.


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Making a Spectacle of Myself

When my youngest was turning 13 earlier this month, he announced that he’d like to fly to New York City to get his hands on a pair of Spectacles.


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When you’re feeling like a special little snowflake

The thing I absolutely cannot stand about winter (besides the boot wrecking salt) is the dry air that turns my scalp and hair into a static, parched version of the Sahara. Add to that the fact that I highlight my hair, wear volume depleting hats and enjoy a seasonal party circuit, which mandates thrice weekly blow outs combined with a diet rich in sinful dehydrating goodies. Suffice it to say I could very well have a dull, flat, flyaway mane situation with some (gasp!) buzz-killing flakes, in desperate need of first aid.


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Plum Perfect

Is plum the new navy?

Plum, burgundy, maroon…call it what you will it remains a regal, classic color that always reminds me of winter. How does it differ from purple? Well technically it IS purple, just with some red and brown tones. It always translates as superglam and speaking of fashion super powers…has the ability to transcend trends.


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