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Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Kate Moss for Topshop Collection in Stores Nov, 2nd

I've been so excited about the upcoming H&M collection from Lanvin, that I almost forget Topshop will launch a new Kate Moss collection on Nov. 2nd.  The collection arrives just in time for the holidays.  If you're in London, the collection will launch at Topshop tomorrow, Nov. 1st at the Oxford Circus store.  Click here to get the details, and learn about Vogue's Shopping Event. I'll be interested to see what the new collection is all about.  I expect to see evening wear and holiday sequins and bling.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


If you love to shop, and you have the new American Express ZYNC card, there's a special shopping event in NYC coming up  that you may wish to get in on.  American Express’ newest charge card ZYNC is partnering with Lucky, to present the seventh annual LUCKY SHOPS event, an ultimate shopping experience. Lucky Shops 2010 will feature over 60 designers and retailers from fashion icons and cult favorites to up-and-coming brands. Favorite fashions, handbags, shoes, jewelry and more will be available with items selling at up to 70% off retail.  There will be music, refreshments, giveaways!

In November, ZYNC will be hosting an exclusive ZYNC Card boutique on-site where shoppers can stop by and check out some of Lucky’s favorite designers, including Tucker, Alex Woo, Twinkle by Wenlan, Tina Tang, and Yumi Kim. The Boutique will also offer guests a chance to win signature pieces from Yumi Kim, Tina Tang and Alex Woo.

ZYNC Card members will enjoy exclusive perks and privileges, including:

· Entry tickets 15% off the regular price at

· Quick pass to the event via a VIP entrance

· One hour early access prior to doors opening on both days

· Personal shoppers on-site to assist with any shopping and fashion queries

· A trendy purple scarf gift with any purchase on-site

· Immediate ZYNC Card member access and special gift via on-site acquisition

ZYNC is also taking the shopping experience beyond the event by providing consumers with access to shop the ZYNC Lucky Shops on-site designer boutique online at through April 2011. Fashionistas will be able to seek advice from Lucky Alpha Shopper Bloggers via e-mail while perusing the online store. ZYNC Card members will have the additional benefits of accessing a Cardmember-only ZYNC Boutique and having early access to the Daily Deals.

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NYC

WHEN: November 4-6, 2010

VIP Shopping Party – November 4 6PM-9PM

Friday Preview Pass – November 5, 11AM-8PM

Friday General Admission – November 5, 12PM-8PM

Saturday General Admission – 11AM-5PM

*ZYNC Cardmembers will be allowed VIP access ONE HOUR prior to doors open both days*

Kohl's One Day Sale: Halloween Savings + More

If you're still looking for a Halloween costume, or some decorations for your home, you might want to check out Kohl's 1 day sale today.   You can save an extra 15% to 30% and get Kohl's cash too.

Coming Attractions: Lanvin for H&M

Pictured: From an H&M advertisement, the new Lanvin collection. (photo H&M)

The bible of Women's fashion, Women's Wear Daily has the scoop on the upcoming Lanvin for H&M Collection. According to WWD,  " Lanvin will stage a fashion show in New York on Nov. 18 showcasing designer Alber Elbaz’s creations for Swedish fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, including some one-off customized outfits that will be sold for charity afterward. "  The New York show will be held at The Plaza Hotel.  The next day, H&M will host an exclusive preview at their store in Las Vegas.  I will be attending the Las Vegas event along with my two friends, my two Olympus cameras, including the new Pen. My spies tell me that the new H&M Las Vegas store is the largest H&M on the planet. Naturally, I'll be shopping and snapping away to give you all exclusive views of the collection along with my reviews of the pieces vis`-a-vis´ quality for price. Stay tuned! Lanvin for all!

Friday, October 22, 2010

StyleWatch A-Listers: Save 20% and Check Out the Exclusive Outfit Makers at Henri Bendel!

People Stylewatch has an interesting 20% off offer on fashion accessories at Henri Bendel.   People Stylewatch editors have chosen 10 pieces from Bendel's to update your existing wardrobe items including handbags, scarves, jewelry and even a unique pair of Cheetah gloves.  You can print out the coupon above to use it in-store for the discount, or use code STYLEWATCH at  Needless to say, some of the items might make nice holiday gifts!  This offer ends Nov. 22nd.

Bloggers Unite to Help Los Angeles Designers Exhibit their Fashions

It's sad when up and coming designers invest to show their designs to the public, and their exhibit is canceled via no fault of their own.  According to the Los Angeles Times, "Designers, publicists and fashion fans are baffled by the sudden cancellation of World Coast Management's L.A Fashion Week, which had been slated to take place Oct. 20-25 at L.A. Production Studios. Fourteen designers were listed on the roster of WCM's website to show their collections for spring/summer 2011 during three nights of runway shows which were to be bookended by a party and a trade show. But many of them found out only on Wednesday night that the events had been canceled."

Following the cancellation of Official  World Coast Management's ( "WCM")  LA Fashion Week, due to permitting issues, Fashion Los Angeles has organized a community movement through its Bloggers’ Café program, to ensure that the designers are given an opportunity to exhibit the fashions they have worked so hard to produce.

Designers who are confirmed to present their works are Daisy Gonzalez, L’une, and Paulina Lopez from Mexico City. Since this is a community service event, individuals and groups able to donate time and products (models, hair, makeup, mannequins, etc.) should contact Fashion Los Angeles via email immediately at bloggerscafe [at] fashionlosangeles [dot] org.

The Los Angeles Fire Department called off the WCM event due to several outstanding citations on the venue dating back to March 2010. This unfortunate situation left 18 local and international designers without a venue to present their SS2011 collections.  It's very sad that something as routine as a  permit was not secured far in advance of the show, so that the show could proceed as planned.

The only bright spot in this sad story is that local organizations and bloggers are stepping up to help the stranded designers. Fashion Los Angeles, the group behind the new Los Angeles fashion presentations set to debut February 2011, has joined forces with Two Point Oh LA, an organization that unites 80  Los Angeles’ fashion and beauty bloggers, to offer the displaced designers an opportunity to meet with local media. The Bloggers’ Café event, known by the Twitter hashtag “#bc911,” will take place at Fashion Los Angeles headquarters [600 S. Spring St., Suite 1708 Downtown Los Angeles] from 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

Help spread the word about the events, or RSVP to attend to help these designers show their designs as planned!

Monday, October 18, 2010

WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers Book Party

 Pictured:  Bianca Jagger and Francisco Costa at the WWD Book Party last week at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.  (photo: Patrick McMullen)

Last week Women’s Wear Daily, (WWD) hosted a book party entitled: 100 Years, 100 Designers at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Executive Editor, Bridget Foley hosted the  launch for WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers.  As indicated by its name, this is a commemorative book for the 100 year anniversary at Bergdorf Goodman. "100 Years, 100 Designers" pays homage to a century of WWD news and coverage, and 100 designers who have who have each left an indelible mark on the history of fashion and style.  The designers recognized in the book are among the most influential style icons and taste makers of our time.  The book is filled with hundreds of stunning photographs, lavish illustrations and also acknowledges the photographers, editors and illustrators who have made invaluable contributions to WWD for the past 100 years.  Some of my favorite designers, Norma Kamali, John Bartlett and Vera Wang, were on hand for the launch.  Also on hand, one of my favorite style icons, Bianca Jagger.  Bianca looked amazing ( and real)  as you can see from the picture!

Way, way before Twitter and the Blogs, the fashion feet on the street, and the voice heard around the world was Women's Wear Daily. I'm so glad to see a beautiful book like this on the market to celebrate the anniversary,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

South Bay Galleria 25th Anniversary 80's Inspiration Contest!

Pictured: My updated  version of 80s' style with Lauren Conrad at Kohl's Pleather Jacket, foral top and tulle mini-skirt. (picture: M. Hall)

The month marks the 25th Anniversary of the South Bay Galleria.  I appreciate the Galleria being in my neighborhood and offering some great stores like Nordstrom's, Macy's, Banana Republic, The Gap, The Limited, Express and Kohl's.  Living in Los Angeles, I spend way too much time driving around in my car, so I want to say a big thanks to the Galleria for offering some great shopping just 10 minutes from my home.  Many malls in the beach cities have closed, so it's amazing that South Bay Galleria continues and still brings us great style and events close to home!

A group here in LA of fellow bloggers, Two Point Oh LA  is having an 80's inspiration contest to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the South Bay Galleria.  The Galleria got started in the 80's so just picture the mall with all those leather jackets, leggings and big hair filling the scene.  I have to be honest, the 80s weren't my favorite period of fashion.  My chief memories of the period are of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan in her leather jacket, black  lace bow headband, mini-skirt , tights, and heels.  So, where to go in the Galleria to replicate that look? Well, Kohl's of course, because they always have a little bit of everything.  For my inspiration, I went first to the Lauren Conrad collection and paired the pleather/ faux leather jacket with the olive green floral top and the short peach/pink tulle skirt.  The whole look is under $150.00.  Here's a close up:

Pictured: My up close LC Collection look, Kohl's thanks for lending me a mannequin to style! (photo M. Hall)

But there's way more than Lauren Conrad at Kohl's to complete the 80's vision of chic.  I took at stroll over to the Candies' department and the new Britney Spears collection screams 80s.  So do the Candie's jewelery and accessories.
Pictured: Candie's Pink Top with Black Skirt and Glitter belt (photo M. Hall) , Kohl's thanks for lending me a mannequin to style!

And if you really want to get 80s inspired, check out the Candie's bling and the same black lace headband Madonna wore in the Holiday video.   It's like a  Madonna time capsule.  Check these out.

Pictured: You can get the Madonna "Like a Virgin" Accessories at Candie's at your local Kohl's

 Pictured: Candie's also features plenty of  80's style bling with their jewelry collection.

 Pictured: For 80's style footwear, these Simply Vera, Vera Wang platforms might just fit the bill.

For more 80s inspiration, check out my Polyvore storyboard of 8'0s looks from Kohl's.  I could see Pat Benatar in any one of these!

Pictured: My 80s styles from Kohl's using Polyvore.

So Happy Birthday South Bay Galleria.  Here's to 25 more years of fashion trends!  I hope to see all my fellow Two Point Oh LA members in South Bay at the mall from 1-3 pm on Oct. 30, 2010 for the styling contest to see which 80's trend is the winner.   And special thanks to Kohl's in the South Bay Galleria for letting me bring my camera into the store and play with the clothes to get my 80's groove on.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Project: Style Live Style-Off with Nick Verreos at South Bay Galleria


 My local mall, the South Bay Galleria is turning 25 years old!! Happy Birthday to the premier shopping spot in the Beach Cities.  If you are in the South Bay on Saturday, Oct. 16th, join Nick Verreos, fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant to name the Project: Style Top Trendsetter for South Bay Galleria. Nick Verreos will be available to answer your fashion questions and reveal the secrets behind the hit show, Project Runway.
  • 2:00pm | Center Court
  • Only at South Bay Galleria, Redono Beach, CA  
I love Nick's  fashion line Nikolaki and it's elegant gowns.  South Bay Galleria is offering attendees the chance for a private meet and greet with Nick.  Here's what you need to do. Simple Text TWEET to 55800 to be invited to a PRIVATE Meet & Greet with Nick Verreos of Project Runway.

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Dine LA Restaurant Week : Oct. 10-15

    If you live in Los Angeles, you may want to take advantage of DineLA Restaurant Week.  Some terrific restaurants are offering meals for $26, $34 or $44.00, that would usually cost much more.  It's an opportunity to eat at some great spots, for less than regular prices.  Click here for details.  As part of LA Restaurant week, dine 3 times at participating restaurants and get an American Express $20.00 statement credit .

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Hudson Jeans Blues Traveler Campaign offers Fabuless Prizes

    Pictured: Mick's girl, Georgia May Jagger in Hudson Jeans.

    HUDSON Jeans has launched "The Blues Traveler," campaign in collaboration with Nordstrom and Vogue The program began Saturday, October 2, 2010 and will extend through November 15, 2010. Shoppers will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes, courtesy of HUDSON Jeans, including a grand prize Mini Cooper with custom HUDSON branding; a second prize five-night trip to and third prize behind the scenes at a "Vogue Studio" advertising campaign shoot. Register at

     Plus.... Look for a special event at South Coast Plaza (November 6th) hosted by HUDSON Jeans and Vogue.

    Calling California and Nevada Cooks: Albertson's Cookware Intervention Contest

    In the current economy, more of us are dining at home and experimenting with new recipes. You name it, people are cooking from the Food Network, Bravo's Top Chef, Rachael Ray, Martha, Epicurious and of course food bloggers, becoming a  frugal foodie is a new art. So  it's a brilliant time for a contest offering entrants new cookware.  Albertsons Super market will be awarding a prize called a “Cookware Intervention” (an 8-piece set of professional cookware) to five lucky winners in celebration of the new professional cookware now being offered in  their stores.  (The contest is open to CA and NV residents, only.) To enter, simply visit and upload a photo of your worst “cookware catastrophe”, along with 50 words describing why you need a cookware intervention. If you burned the stew, or your favorite dish, now it the time you might be able to make that disaster pay off. The full rules and details are on that site.   Good luck bargainistas!

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Starbucks I LOVE Fall Sweepstakes: Enter to win a free shopping spree

    So I'm looking through People Magazine this weekend, as is my custom, and I see one of my Los Angeles Blogger Buddies, Barbara Horowitz, featured in Starbucks Ad/Contest! Starbucks is having an I Love Fall Sweepstakes. If you're interested in a free trip to Hollywood, California, and a free $1, shopping trip with Stylist Barbara Horowitz, click here to enter. Oh yes, what are the fall trends? Well according the the Starbucks ad, they are:

    • Miltary Style, 
    • Boots
    • Men-inspired
    • Bold Lips, Smoky Browns and of course Mocha (like Coffee, surprise!)
     I'm a big fan of contests, and games of chance.  After all, check out the laptop I won, and enter to win the one I'm giving away!