REINA de España

Although we have never been to Spain, there is something about Spanish glamour that beckons to be explored in the middle of this dreary, California winter.

Perhaps Spain’s influence on the Bay Area is iginiting a craving for Flamenco dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine?

aimg_4352aimg_4406As we were contemplating all the glories of Spanish culture – from Penelope Cruz’s sex appeal to Pedro Almodóvar‘s eccentric art films to Basque fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra, we realized that Spain has some of the world’s richest contributions to art and culture.  And we must mention the amazing array of artists that have inspired our painterly side – from El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, to Dalí.  But most importantly, Spanish culture deeply embraces and celebrates the power of strong women.  When you dress like a Spanish woman, you truly feel like a Queen – whether you are in denim or lace.  You feel beautiful, confident and powerful in your own skin. And there’s no better feeling than this. No matter how strong we feel internally, fashion is always available to lend a helping hand in how we manifest our reality through a part of ourselves. With a hint of fire, hoop earrings and sexed up stilettos, we re-imagined ourselves as modern Spanish Queens under a lush setting of dancing Palm Trees shadows.aimg_4338aimg_4433aimg_4440

CAUSAL DENIM FLAIR
Valentina just bought the coziest pair of cool-girl Mom jeans from H&M, and her challenge was to sensualize this piece of denim with Spanish attitude. Valentina suggests carving out an hourglass figure by tucking a blouse into the high-waist jean or wearing a simple crop top to add femininity. She topped off her look with delicate hoop earrings, which have an uncanny ability to draw the eye towards your face, with the circular shape creating extra drama to your jaw and cheekbones, defining your features with both the shape and shade they create.  Valentina is also obsessed with her new handmade clutch by Kult by Artexco – a brand of handmade accessories created by very talented women in Guatemala.  With the addition of a bold red lip and Kurt Gieger heels, Valentina is ready for meetings, grocery shopping and even date night with this effortlessly chic look.

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SPANISH LACE
Francesca’s obsession with European history (especially the royalty) encourages her daily hunt to embrace all opportunities to dress with a regal air.  With a love of Spanish courtly dress, garments, and textiles from the 17th century in her heart, Francesca’s look pays homage to the elegance, sophistication, and supremacy which emanated from the Spanish Court’ fashion in the 16th nd 17th centuries.  With a hint of the theatrical in mind, she paired an H&M lace bodysuit with a sculptural white skirt and gold choker.  Paired with red hot heels, Francesca is ready to hold court and dance from day to night!

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NOT A BASIC WITCH…HALLOWEEN EDITION

Fright night is fast approaching!  Are you still need of inspiration for your devilish disguise? We dug through our archives to give you a sampling of tricks and treats to make any last minute costumes come to life with a high fashion twist.

1.  SIREN CALLING

Sirens. Those eerily beautiful mythological creatures. Odysseus and his crew became entranced by them during their long voyage. Feminine sea creatures have long enchanted fashion designers, artists and other creatives, but they certainly are not the fresh-faced ocean dwellers reminiscent of Disney movies. She is strong and full of lean silhouettes that connect with the aesthetic of a modern mermaid, vindicated with free-flowing hair.  Instead of sweet Ariel, we are envisioning seductive sea sirens glammed up with gothic hints using come-hither purple lipstick and smoky eyes.

Re-create Valentina’s otherworldly enchantress utilizing feminine silhouettes without the obvious red carpet-type mermaid gowns. Opt for dresses that cinch-in and accentuate the waist, like these from Attico and Undress.

 2. MORTICA ADDAMS

For a super luxe Halloween, turn to classic black and upgrade!

Morticia IS glamour. We have always been taken with Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams—the ultimate combination of class, grace, and sexuality. And who doesn’t have a wardrobe filled with black lace that they are searching for an excuse to wear?

She’s dark magic elegance from head to toe – her smooth black hair to the hem of her tight black dresses. Morticia’s family tree can be traced back to Salem, Massachusetts, and witchcraft is also implied in the television series. Her skin glows, her eyes twinkle and she understands the power of deadpan humor and languorous sensuality. Not to mention she has a kind of glorious love with Gomez we all dream about having someday.  Anjelica Huston as Morticia is something we could never compete with, but revamping this character in a modern interpretation is seductively easy to put together and quite satisfying!  Morticia’s dresses are black and fitted, with long sleeves and long Maxi skirts. Her necklines are usually low, but not cleavage-y.  Try a more daring contemporary approach to this look with a French twist from Beaufille or minimal  T by Alexander Wang dress Or shop your own wardrobe!  Pull out that classic black maxi dress hiding in the back of your closet, paint your nails and lips venomous red, and whip on this eyeliner for a complete transformation!

3. Melisandre Priestess of R’hllor

The night is dark and full of terrors!

We love Game of Thrones, and what better magical character to embrace this Halloween then the red priestess who serves the Lord of Light?  Her magic is running hot as she’s brimming with the power!  Melisandre is a great beauty with intelligence, and of course the ability to practice magic.   With long hair the color of burnished copper and pale, unblemished skin she is careful to cultivate an image of mystery, serenity and power.  As is the custom of the red priests of her faith, she wears red or crimson clothing, usually long gowns of silk. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful, sexy, confident or bold than the red dress. Even with a more conservative style – whether it’s a long dress, a midi one, or knee – length – that dress is going to make a statement if it’s red. From the darker colors of scarlet, crimson and oxblood red to the softer shades of red violet and dark pinks, there are many shades of red to choose from when channeling your inner Melisandre this Halloween!   Get inspired by this Rachel Pally Maxi Dress, this modern Marni dress, and this dramatic flared-sleeve dress by Giambattista Valli.  

4. BRIDE OF DRACULA

We loving paying tribute to the beautiful ladies that have with the widespread vampire craze we have enjoyed over the last two decades. The concept of vampires in the horror genre has seen a fair share of changes since the first film about the Nosferatu was released many years ago . We have seen  pregnant vampires, hybrids, and even sparkly ones come on the scene. The one thing that stayed consistent is the seduction and pure sexuality of the female vampires through the years. Luring in their prey as they prepare to strike, most of their victims don’t even suspect the attack. The sexy sirens of the blood trade will forever intrigue us with their beauty, elegance and cunning hunting skills. We especially love Monica Bellucci’s interpretation of Dracula’s Bride, and found inspiration in her Italian sensuality and flowing lace garments.  For Halloween, we love to interpret this look through come-hither hints of lingerie and a bold red lip!  Throw on one of these dresses and some fangs and you will be ready for any Halloween or holiday party to come:  Oscar de la Renta Sleeveless Lace dress, Isabel Marant Tulane Dress, and N/Nicholas Cold-Shoulder dress.

5. GEISHA

We are huge fans of the versatile allure of the kimono, and Halloween is no exception!  Eastern-influenced silhouette results in an elegant and feminine look for a more graceful take on Halloween.  This humble piece can easily be elevated into cocktail territory. When paired with shredded jeans and strappy stiletto sandals, it creates a perfect ensemble for a late night out.  We love this elegant Etro kimono jacket , Red Valentino floral silk kimono and this Duro Olowu Kimono robe.

6. STORM TROOPER

Star Wars droids are always on the top of our most fashionable list!  Pair structured white dresses with tough boots and you are ready to rule a galaxy far, far away!!  We are obsessed with this Cynthia Rowley Turtleneck Dress, Alice + Olivia Sleeve Shift Dress, and this Seersucker Tie Sleeve Dress from Tibi.  Pair with these white Valiant Tophop Ankle Boots or these sporty Fenty by Puma Over the Knee Sneakers!

 

 

 

BANDIDAS – A WESTERN ROMANCE

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She shot me down – BANG BANG!  Becoming a bandida…

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