Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fashion for Haiti

This past Tuesday,  former President Bill Clinton accepted a $1 million check to benefit Haitian earthquake victims.  Clinton, who has always been a key dignitary for American foreign affairs, was presented to check by the Council of Fashion Designers of America president and world renown fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg; and who just happens to be one of my all time favorite designers.  Tory Burch, whom I adore as well, and Andrew Rosen (CEO of Theory) were also there to help hand over the donation which came from the sales of the Fashion for Haiti T-Shirts (as seen in the picture worn by another one of my favorites--Victoria Beckham). 
With this financial aid from the CFDA, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund aims to continue to build on its efforts to provide immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts.  Specifically the influx from CFDA will help provide more solar-powered flashlights for practical and protective purposes to the Haitians.  Before the January 12th earthquake, a majority of the country's population did not have electricity.
The Fashion for Haiti t-shirts are still being sold and the cost is $25.  Net proceeds will go straight to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and can be found at select retailers.  Sales of this limited edition t-shirt started in February 2010, but some stores still have inventory to sell. To get your own check out some of the following stores: Nordstrom, BCBG Max Azria,  Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and many others.  For more information go to:     

Friday, April 9, 2010

Trend Alert: Military Must Haves

Who needs Dora the Explora when you can be a sexy explora?! The new spring/summer trend for 2010 is military/utilitarian inspired.  There is always something ultra cool about a military inspired look and now is the time to sport it.  Good news--this trend is one of the easiest to take from the runway to the streets (and comfy too)!

The key to this look (as with all trends) is choosing a few key pieces that have a utilitarian detail without being too literal. The basics: something in either or both an olive or khaki color (if these colors do not work for your skin tone try a black or navy in the military style instead), gladiator sandals or combat boots, sleek cargo pants, shirt dress, military jacket, and some "hardware" accessories. 

One of my favorite basics and a must for this Spring 2010 trend is the Gladiator sandal. This season, Rachel Roy (on the left) and Alexander Wang (on the right), has added their own flare to the continuous trend.  This variation on the gladiator completes an outfit that is put together with a utilitarian influence.  Also look for heels/booties that would complete the look with the same military chic inspiration.
For a "How to Look" check out some examples below. Think military more than safari, but always keeping a feminine feel.  I think military is a great look for when you want to feel more casual, but still wanting to have some style.  It shows that you are up on the trends, but you aren't looking like you are trying to hard to copy the girls in the magazines.  It's also a trend where you don't have to spend a lot of money to pull it off.

Other designers that are featuring this versatile look this season are: (from the high end) Balmain, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Chloe (to the more affordable choices), Forever21, J Crew, Zara, and Target.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Everton v. West Ham-Howard Stops PK

I know I am a little behind on this one...thank goodness for tivo, but Everton played West Ham this past weekend and the final score of the match was 2-2 draw.  The score is nothing that really moves me one way or another, but Tim Howard does float my boat.  The US National Goalkeeper plays for Everton and had a save in the first half that warded off defeat against West Ham.  Now this wasn't just any save, this was a save off a penalty kick.  Penalty kicks do not usually end up in the keeper's favor, simply based on the logistics of whomever invented the silly game we call soccer.  Not this day though...Howard was on his game and ready to stop the PK. With Everton up 1-0 in the 37th minute, Howard dove to his right and stunned the Egyptian striker on the spot.  It was a great tactical play by Howard, because he was moving on his line trying to get into the striker's head...and he did!  PK's were always my favorite because of the pressure and gamesmanship that came along with the territory of being a goalkeeper.  Great shot of the save!

Monday, April 5, 2010

New Shoe Alert: Dolce Vita Sandals

Surprise...surprise...Emmy has purchased another pair of new shoes :) This past weekend I bought some new Dolce Vita sandals.  Dolce Vita is one of my favorite shoe brands because they are always so funky yet youthful.  I have been eyeing these specific flats for a couple of months now...the bright neon yellow attracted me right away.  This weekend was my lucky weekend...there was a coupon for $10 off of these shoes!!! Woot Woot! So straight to the mall I went...these will be perfect for my move back to California. They also come in other colors: black, leopard, and denim.  The yellow is my fave bright colors and this yellow looks great on my skin tone.