Featured Designer: Michelle Lesniak-Franklin

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I really should’ve warned you all, but yes it’s a project runway spoiler alert. Project Runway Season 11 winner, Michelle Lesniak Franklin, has shown an incredible amount of growth throughout the season, and has gained a fan in me.

I love how she stayed genuine through the season and stayed true to her aesthetic of being quirky, but knowing where to pull it back. The only time I didn’t agree with her designs was her custom print, when she teamed up with stanley (but hey! everyone’s a critique).

When she said “I’ve worked so hard for so many people, and now I got to work hard for myself”, it brought me to tears. I’ve worked with a few starting designers and know how emotionally painstaking it is to try and make it in this industry, and I’ve shared the highs and lows. Michelle was going through all of that as did all the contestants, but I was able to relate to her more, because she was also amazing at her craft. From the structure of her coats, the knitting of her sweaters, to the leatherwork incorporated with the bags she designed, her collection was a cohesive & creative cluster that told a great story.

I’ll be keeping an eye on you missy! Don’t let me down!

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NOT SO MELLOW YELLOW

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The color yellow ignites a feeling of youthful energy, it’s a gorgeous hue but it’s not for the weak. Some may argue that it’s such an ugly color, but it’s the color of the the season. It was the statement color of choice in Fashion weeks all around the world. I think it’s a great color, that looks amazing on tanned skin, but I think that it’s not for everyone. It also takes a very strategic combination of pieces to pull of an outfit with such a strong color. Experiment and have fun!

To the ‘Max-i’

The Maxi Dress and Skirt style seems to be circulating yet again, well as it does every spring and summer time. What makes it so different this year is the trend of illusion fabrics and playing with the cut of fabrics, that plays into modernizing the trend.

A huge advocate of the look is none other than RZ herself. Rachel Zoe says that she doesn’t understand why stores don’t carry more maxis, because its the simplest way to carry out a look that’s chic and manageable. I totally agree with her, and would love to own more sequined donned maxis, but alas all the stores I go to are only carrying the jersey knit maxis.

The trend, contrary to the length of the skirt, can be carried out even by the petite girls. However I do warn you that you have to consider fit and the right fabric, or else you can look like you are swimming in the dress instead of wearing it.

 

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Snake your way around the fashion scene

 Snakes are strong and powerful reptiles that represent the dual expression of good and evil, with their cunning wit and emotionless presence they are difficult to read. The one thing that you can’t argue with is the beauty that each of the snake species hold. There is just something so mystique about snakes, I guess that’s why jewelry designers have always been drawn to this creature. They focus on the intricate patterns, the different colored eyes, their body structure and movement; everything about this animal is beautiful. 

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Belle of the Ball

The trend I’m seeing a lot more is the ‘bell sleeve’. Some may argue that it’s very renaissance fare-ish, and I agree, if the trend is patterned as too wide at the ends of the sleeves the outfit can look dated. However there are those designers who get the trend on the mark, and structure their bell sleeve as a more subdued flair, which in my opinion slims out arms and is so much more comfortable. In an over all view I think the style can be very chic and versatile, but you just have to be wary of how big your sleeves flair. 

Think of it this way, huge flair equals a bad hippie look, a more structured flair equals high fashion. 

 

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An Update

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You guys really know how to put a smile on my face with your amazing and kind words! First, I’d like to apologize for all the delays on approval of comments! For some reason they wear put in the spam folder and I didn’t get to them until today! 

It’s been a hectic week and that’s also why there hasn’t been any posts from me lately. However, I’ve been doing lots of researching and have some more fabulous trends for all of you! I’ll be posting them this week so be on the look out!

 

-Ysa

California Living

When i moved to California, my husband and I didn’t have much. I was moving from the Philippines and he was coming from rhode island, so we started from scratch. We started with hand me down furniture from a buddy of his, and a bedroom set he bought last minute to get the apartment together, that was about it. Just like any new set of newlyweds the excitement is in gathering new pieces from different places and creating your home together, so I wasn’t really worried. My goal was to make this white-walled apartment into our home and subsequently my creative lair.
A big part of getting inspired is what you surround yourself with, and your home is that central hub. It should your happy place, it should resonate your personality. Your home is your safety net from the harsh realities of life, it’s where you go to regroup, yet sometimes it’s that one part of your lifestyle that you over look. When your home is as inspiring as your work, it encourages those creative juices to start flowing naturally and helps with the process of creating art.
A place I go to get inspired is Carlsbad Village, this district is lined with local boutiques and talent, you never know what you’ll find. One lazy day while researching boutiques (what I tell my husband I do, when finding an excuse to shop), I came across the vibrant little shop on Carlsbad Boulevard, the shop’s name was CC Gilmore. I was intrigued, first because they used my favorite shade of teal on their wall paper, next by figuring out what they were selling.
I was able to speak with the owner of the store, and I could just see her passion for this shop and how much she loved introducing her customers to the Coastal Modern lifestyle. Coastal Modern still uses the element of the coast: water, sand, glass and woods, but are adding that modern twist to it by not using the obvious to represent these elements. You walk into the store expecting to find the kitsch that most of the furniture stores by the coast have, like sand in bottles, dried up sand dollars and starfish. They have the feel of the coast but with modern elements like a minimalist painting, a statement table or chair, pillows with unique prints and the feel of the fabrics.

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You must be wondering why I chose to feature a interior designer this week, and the answer is that interior design and architecture inspires people, even in fashion. Architectural structures always inspire designers of New York, and at the end of the day, interior design is an art form of it’s own. It creates it’s own movement of trends and don’t think I let Cindy get away without her giving me the dish on what she sees coming up for interior design. She said “the houses are getting smaller. around 2000 sq feet so the Furnishings are also getting smaller. The trend is hardy fabrics that will hold up to pets, kids, and eating on sofas while watching TV. The linens are in natural colors on the furniture and color on the walls. Wall Paper is back for accent walls, with big bold shapes. Woods are more driftwood colors or clear, yes clear. Rooms are layered with textures down to sweater like rugs on the floors. I could go on and on”. I guess we just have to stay tuned and see what the interior design world has, and CC Gilmore is a shop you must stop by when you are in Carlsbad. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

My Skin arsenal.

What’s funny is that my skin used to be my least favorite part of my body, but now it’s my absolute favorite. Growing up I had a lot of problems with my skin, skin asthma being one of them, but my derma got me through the tough times and now I always get compliments on my skin. My skin hasn’t lost it’s sensitivity though, so I’m very picky with the products I use. A moisturizer can very easily burn my skin, if it’s not the right mixture of ingredients. So girls with extra sensitive skin, this post is for you. 

DISCLAIMER: the products may not work the same for everyone, but these helped me with my skin problems.

1. Shiseido’s Eudermine

I grew up with this product since it was one thing my grandma swore by. The Eudermine has been in shiseido’s skin care line since 1897 and has this cult following, with good reason too. This product gently cleanses the skin to take left over dirt and make up, but moisturizes at the same time. the reps say that this is a texturized lotion that also “delivers immediate moisture and improves your skin’s own moisturizing power. The result is supple, smooth skin. Responds to changes in climate to keep the skin’s moisture level constant regardless of location or time of year. Recommended for all skin types. Use morning and night after cleanser.”

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2. Benefit’s Total Moisture

I was praying to find the ultimate moisturizer, and I found it in benefit’s counter. The total moisture product is great and isn’t harsh on my skin at all. I honestly tried everything and they would either burn, start to cause rashes, or dry out my skin more. This is fairly new compared to the Eudermine, but I hope benefit keeps it on the market, they’ve gained a loyal customer in me. 

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3. Olay Serum

I use the serum on parts of my face that are prone to aging like possible crows feet, laugh lines, and neck line. I only use this at night with the eudermine. I like how it feels light on my face and it’s not greasy. My only complaint is that the smell is strong, and don’t like it mixing with other things. As for the anti-aging, I can’t say much because I’m only 23 but I think of it as a preventative measure. 

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As for a facial wash, I honestly just use warm water. I wasn’t allowed to wear any make up till I was 16 and even then it was a bit of eyeliner and lipgloss (which I have to admit is what I put on now, with occasional concealer), so all i really needed was a face cloth and warm water. It’s kept my skin pretty fresh and my pores tight, so yes I do owe my mom a thank you for keeping me away from harmful cosmetics. 

ALL WHITE EVERYTHING

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Over the weekend #H&M posted a photo of all white looks on their twitter. I’ve also seen this trend on the new Mango Summer Catalogue and Zara’s webpage too. The look is great, and kudos to those who can pull it off without any stains. I however, am at a loss with this look. I will always seem to either spill something on it, trip and fall in something, or sit on a dirty bench. I lack the poise to carry something like this off, so I stick to the safer alternative: off white and cream looks. Don’t get me wrong it’s still very risqué, but I have more chances of hiding that stain lol.

The Urbanism

Well if you couldn’t guess by the title, I’m going to be writing about the urban/street style scene that is personified by the amazing Jeremy Scott. His designs are crazy and wild, it leaves you in that state of wonder. What makes his designs so special is the fact that he lets his imagination run wild with fashion as his medium. 

He plays a lot with print and imaginative structure, but still knows how to flatter the body. He’s worked with a ton of celebrities like Britney Spears, Agyness Deyn, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and my favorite Miss Piggy. He’s brought urban style to a whole other level, and I’m happy that he’s not selling out anytime soon.

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If theres one thing I want you to take from Jeremy Scott, it’s that you shouldn’t be afraid to stand out and dream.