Friday, May 31, 2013

Memo 064: I About (Tie) Dyed!

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 31, 2013
Subject: Spring Cleaning

"You and me, us never part makidada..."

Every couple of months, I do a little spring cleaning to welcome a few new friends into my closet. Mostly, I take my gently worn designer rags to my local consignment store and the rest to the Goodwill/Salvation Army.

Now, this dress here, I've had for literally over 10 years. I just can't let it go! Every time I try, it keeps calling me back.

Come on, girl. Let's get you back on the hanger...

Dress: Kate Landry
Cuff: Portland Boutique, Rings: Banana Republic

Bag: Flea Market Find

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memo 063: Enjoy Life!

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 23, 2013
Subject: And Wear Floral...

As usual, I'm forever rediscovering Phoenix. While driving around downtown, I spotted the cutest little corner which houses several restaurants. Outside of one of the restaurants, there were signs that caused me to have a little conversation with myself: 

Sign: "eat" 
Me: Yup 

Sign: "drink"
Me: You know it! 

Sign: "laugh"
Me: I do that 

Sign: "enjoy life"
Me: Well, you've got that right!

I try my best to enjoy life. Especially as of late, I really just want to do what makes me happy. It's simple. If not, what is the point?

Wearing florals makes me really happy. I feel light, airy and fresh in florals. In this outfit, I paired florals and neon accessories and they definitely sent my florals into electric shock!

Message for today: Do what makes you happy. Wear what makes you happy.  Most importantly, enjoy life!

Coat: ASOS

Dress: Zara

Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bag: Marc Jacobs

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Memo 062: Printed Principle

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 21, 2013
Subject: Matching Prints

I've been wanting to do this all my life. Ok, not ALL of my life but for a little while now.

You guys should know by now that I love a little mixed prints but matching prints, well that's something that I just have not done...well, until today.

Singing "Printed principles uh oh oh uh uh ohhhh"

It's the principle of prints! 

Coat: Zara
Top: Madewell, Pants: Madewell
Necklace: c/o Alexis Bittar, Clutch: BCBG, Shoes: Marni

Friday, May 17, 2013

Memo 061: Shine Bright!

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 17, 2013
Subject: Gold Sequins

"It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson

Ok, sure, my first time hearing this quote was while watching the movie Akilah and the Bee. Judge noteth. It was a great movie! When I heard it, I had to find it and read it for myself. It's so easy sometimes to get caught up in the what ifs:

What if I don't make it? 
What if I lose all of my money? 
What if I fail? 

Well, what if you succeed? 
What if you make it? 
What if you are blessed beyond your wildest dreams?

We are all meant to shine.... SO SHINE BRIGHT!

Top: Young Fabulous & Broke, Skirt: ASOS

Cuff: Mango, Clutch: ASOS, Belt: BCBG

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Memo 060: We Wear Short Shorts!

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 15, 2013
Subject: Denim on Denim 

Show a little leg? Don't mind if I do!

It's heating up around here and bare legs are rapidly making an appearance.

These Mink Pink Slasher Shorts made their appearance back in 2010, I want to say. And they were sold out EVERYWHERE! So, once again stalk mode was in full affect. I realize that I am often in stalk mode for clothing. If there was a registry, I would be on it!

So...who wears short shorts? WE WEAR SHORT SHORTS!

Shirt: Bershka, Shorts: Mink Pink
Handkerchief: Madewell, Lip: Dior Blazing Red
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Bag: Flea Market Find, Shoes: BCBG

Monday, May 13, 2013

Social Werk! | Mimosas, Mothers, and Manicures...Oh My!

Birthday/Mother's Day weekend recap:

  • We started with brunch. I love brunch
  • Then, we got our nails done. I love getting my nails done.
  • I was with my girls. I love my girls.
  • Most importantly, I was with my mommy. If you know me, you know that I love my mama!

We ate, we drank and we were definitely merry!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Social Werk! | Dinner Down the Orchard

Imagine for me if you will a white linen family style table stretched down the middle of a peach tree lined orchard. The smell of fresh ham and blue cheese croissants tickle your nose. Your eyes zoom in on several servers coming towards you with trays full of raspberry wine. What is this wonderful place? 

This is "Dinner Down the Orchard" hosted by Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, AZ. It is literally an experience that you will not find anywhere else in Arizona. Twice a year, the farm invites a renowned chef to come in and prepare a four-course organic quality meal for their guests. 

It's an awesome dinner to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, promotion or a "just because" kind of celebration. We celebrated a couple of birthdays. Happy Birthday, Lattees! 

Now, you may have missed it this year but don't let it happen again. Mark your calendars for 2014!

Photography: Brent Gates
So, if you ever decided to make your way to "Dinner Down the Orchard" (or for any outdoor event), what shall you wear? My girlfriends "volunteered" to show you farm dinner fly.

Photography: Brent Gates
Photography: Brent Gates

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Memo 059: Turban Fever

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 7, 2013
Subject: Headpiece of the Summer

By golly, I've figured it out!

I'm declaring here and now that, all summer, I'm wearing turbans! It's so perfect. It's my top knot for the summer, ready at a moment's notice!

This turban here is from The MCB Shop. The best thing about it other than that it's super fabulous is that I didn't have to sit in front of my computer for seven hours watching You Tube tutorials to learn how to tie it. I just put it on!

Literally, what more can you ask for in life?!

Blazer: Zara, Top: ASOS, Pants: Zara
Cuff: Mango, Clutch: DVF
Turban: c/o The MCB Shop
Lip: Dior Mysterious Mauve

Friday, May 3, 2013

Werked! | Maya

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"Well, I'm not sure if I can style for other people"
"I mean, I've never done it before"
"I'm not sure if I want to work with individuals"
"I can't even shop with other people!"

Excuses! Excuses! Excuses!

Well, no more. My dear friend, Maya, constantly and consistently reminded me that she would be more than willing to be a guinea pig in my fashion experiment. So, I tried it.

I'll admit, we struggled a little. She was unsure about the Zara dress and the ASOS Regal Dog necklace. "Well, I just need to see it styled" she would repeatidly say. In the end, she trusted my eye and it all came together!

Without further ado, I bring to you Werked! It's a new section that will feature people that have been styled by yours truly.

Dress: Zara

Cuff: Forever 21
Shoes: BCBG Generation, Necklace: ASOS, Clutch: River Island

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Memo 058: May Flowers

To: All
From: Me
Date: May 1, 2013
Subject: First Day of May 

I am literally taken aback at the speed at which these months fly by!

Especially when May sneaks up on me. It's my birthday month and it has become a check in point with myself. The more I question where I am in life, the more that I realize that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

Instead of beating myself up about what I haven't done since last May, I'll reflect here on what I have done:

  • Traveled to Barcelona, Rome, Paris and the Dominican Republic
  • Experienced the best and worst (yes both!) 5-month reflection period of my entire life
  • Started this awesome blog called The Werk! Place
  • Conducted my first media coverage at the MIM Rocks Fashion Show
  • Took a wine tour in Napa Valley
  • Served as a Bridesmaid in my BFFs wedding
  • Witnessed one of my favorite linesisters/friend get married
  • Hosted my first baby shower
  • Started a new job (same company) with an awesome schedule
  • Took ski lessons in Lake Tahoe
  • Went to my first Phoenix Sun's Game
  • Created my 2nd Vision Board
  • Finally, closed the door to some feelings that should have left long ago.
  • More importantly, I've grown. 

Happy Birthday month to me and to all you other May babies out there...

Dress: River Island
Photography: Brent Gates
Harness: ASOS
Photography: Brent Gates
Photography: Brent Gates
Bag: Flea Market Find
Photography: Brent Gates
Photography: Brent Gates