A Pinch of Introspection and Retrospection

When I started blogging eighteen months ago, I had no concrete plans, foreseeable vision or tenable ideas on how the blog would evolve. I just knew I wanted to write about my passion. So I wrote. I dissected my fashion inspirations, confessed to my never-ending covets of pretty things, and excitedly shared my latest "holy grail" beauty finds. The more I wrote, the more content came my way in the form of invitations to glitzy red carpet parties, beyond my wildest dreams fashion shows, and offers of free products. Lots and lots of products.  

But do you enjoy reading about it? As my blog content gets more and more dense, I want to make sure I'm writing about things that capture your interest. After all, a blog is only as strong as its readership. And although I am currently playing catch up in responding to all your comments, please know that I do read and appreciate each and every single comment.

I view myself as a work in progress. Never satisfied with the status quo, I'm always seeking higher mountains to climb and longer marathons to run. That spirit carries over to blogging as well. I'm constantly evaluating my content and am currently generating a list of general and consistent topics for my posts. I would love to hear your feedback! If you especially like or dislike a certain topic, let me know. And if you feel my list is overlooking an important topic, let me know as well!  

have a fabulous day!


goodbadandfab blog topics:

-Personal Style Outfit Pictures
-Designer/Store Spotlights
-Beauty Product Reviews
-Celebrity and Fashion Events Coverage
-Fab Five, A List of My Current Covets

Styling at the 2b Store in Beverly Hills

I know it seems like my fashion calendar has revolved around attending fashion shows for the past month. And honestly, it kind of has! But in between New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week, I got the fortuitous opportunity to attend a super fun fashion styling event. I was invited by the lovely 2b team for some fun girl talk and a friendly session of mannequin styling with my fabulous Two Point Oh! LA girls. 2b, which is Bebe's diffusion brand, is focused on providing affordable and flirty fashion through their stand-alone retail stores. If Bebe is Kim Kardashian (who once collaborated with the brand) then 2b is Kylie and Kendall Jenner, her equally fashion savvy younger sisters. With almost 40 retail locations nationwide, 2b is steadily becoming a go-to brand for budget conscious fashionistas.

Lunch at The Farm of Beverly Hills. What do fashion bloggers eat? Soup and salad. So we have room for the sweet treats! We're all about calorie budgeting.

Each of the bloggers were given a mannequin to style with clothes, accessories and shoes from the 2b store. Naked now, fashionably dressed later!

Attentively listening to Linda, 2b's President give us a company overview.

"Shopping" the store for our mannequins!

The photographer captured me in a pensive styling state. Why must a double chin emerge when I'm thinking and concentrating on something?

All dressed and ready to be displayed! Right when I stepped into the store, the dark fuschia dress adorned with rosettes caught my eye. It reminded me of the highly coveted H&M red rosette dress from their Garden Collection. I layered the dress with a fun faux fur jacket and a fedora for some downtown edge. 

What I Wore
Lace Top: Topshop
Ruffled Skirt: Geren Ford
Cork Peep Toe Stilettos: Stuart Weitzman for Scoop NYC

photos courtesy of www.lookbookla.com

Fab Beauty-My Afternoon with Paul Walker at the Cool Water Davidoff House

On any given day, spending an afternoon in a beautiful Malibu estate with a million dollar view is blissful. Spending it with Paul Walker is just heavenly. I experienced my slice of heaven a few weeks ago when the Davidoff Cool Water team invited me to enjoy an afternoon of pampering and some one-on-one time with Paul, the new face of one of the world's best-selling colognes.

I grew up loving the scent of Cool Water. It's fresh, masculine and above all, cool. So it's no surprise to learn that Paul Walker pretty much embodies all of those traits with a sense of effortlessness and grounded-ness that's both uncanny and refreshing. And it's not solely due to his good looks either. Yes, he's tall, lean, has a chiseled movie star face and a mega watt smile. But that's just dwelling on the obvious. During our twenty minute interview, we discussed a plethora of different topics ranging from his childhood in Santa Barbara, his passion for marine life, and his close to his heart charity. At the end of our interview, I realized that his embodiment of the essence of Cool Water comes from his warm laughter, generous heart, and the fact that instead of just talking the talk (as is the case with many celebs these days) he sprints into action whenever action is needed. Now that's the power of cool.

Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know about Paul Walker:

1. His mom had him at the age of 20.
2. When he first started acting, he worked as a UPS delivery man in the two day air department and also as a busboy in Santa Barbara restaurants.
3. He has a daughter.
4. He studied marine biology in college and plans on completing his degree in the next couple of years.
5. He actively works with the Bill Fish Foundation to tag and study sharks.He has caught (and freed) six great white sharks in one outing!
6. He lives for adrenaline
7. When he's not acting or tagging sharks, Paul spends a lot of time visiting third world countries.
8. Immediately after the Haiti earthquake, Paul and his friends flew to the disaster zone and sprang into action. Within days, they were able to set up a ground medical tent and provide medical attention to hundreds of injured victims.
9. He started a non-profit organization called ROWW, a quick response team that aids in the rescue and recovery process immediately after a natural disaster occurs.
10. The color of Paul Walker's eyes match the aqua Davidoff Cool Water cologne bottle. Swoon.

with my girl Kelsi!

The use of photo editing magic on a blurry shot of Paul and I.

What I Wore:
Top: Yumi Kim
Skirt: boutique in Los Feliz
Shoes: Marcello Toshi
Handbage: Fendi

Concept LA Fashion Week-Bryan Hearns and NAMI Shows

The shows on the last day of Concept LA Fashion Week were quite impressive. Each collection was cohesive in its style aesthetics and imaginative in its conceptual renderings. Sweet fashion bonuses such as backstage sneak peeks and mini interviews with the designers gave me a well-rounded perspective on each brand's influences, inspirations, and innovations.

After graduating from Northview High in Covina, CA, Bryan Hearns moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at FIDM. Within two years, he made the daunting move to New York City, one of the world's most renowned fashion hubs. The Bryan Hearns Spring 2012 collection (his fifth!) takes inspiration from west coast '90s gangsta rap groups but also draws a strong avante garde sensibility resulting in runway pieces that are much more aligned with high fashion rather than the mean streets of Compton.

The Bryan Hearns Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

I was quite mesmerized by these handmade pyramid inspired prism platform stilettos. Bryan, I think it's time you venture into footwear!

Sarah Nami Ahn, the owner and designer behind the brand NAMI was born in Korea but raised everywhere else. A U.S. Army brat, she has seen much of the world having moved 22 times before the age of 18.  A renaissance woman in every sense of the word, after acquiring a PhD from UCLA in neuroscience, she decided to take a different career path and study fashion design at FIDM. After only 6 months of fashion school, Sarah won a national dress design contest and as a result her dress was sold at major department stores under the Spring 2011 Laundry by Shelli Segal collection.

Her Spring 2012 collection is inspired by the designer's Korean heritage and her love for the art of origami. Her artful inspiration can be seen in the intricate pleating details and the unique triangular folding of the sleeves. The result is a delicate and stunning collection of wearable Japanese influenced art.

NAMI Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

What I Wore

I really love my Eva Franco Gilbert Dress! It's a refreshing dose of old Hollywood glamour that exudes both femininity and elegance. Intricate details such as the pleated bodice, belt with wooden button detail and godet-trimmed hemline feel so right bundled in the fully lined silk blend chiffon.

Dress: Eva Franco
Platform Mary Janes: Forever 21
Purse: Chanel
Earrings: Vntage
some photos courtesy of www.photos.alexhallajian.com

VOGUE Inspiration-Six Faces of Fall Beauty

For Vogue Paris's November 2011 issue top supermodels Arizona Muse, Karolina Kurkova, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Izabel Goulart look striking in these beauty portraits showcasing this fall's top makeup trends.

Be inspired.

Cheeky and Rosy

Bronze Goddess

Nude Glow

Sultry Starlet

'80s Revival

Flashes of Color

Concept LA Fashion Week Coverage-Alana Hale, Bohemian Society and the Jen Awad Shows

Although the heat inside Ace Gallery had subsided by Day 2 of Concept LA, the runway shows were still simmering with heat. Alana Hale, a native of Los Angeles, has been designing and marketing her creations to the public since elementary school! She began her journey at the age of 15 with a design internship and later studied at FIDM in Los Angeles and Paris. Her self-named label was born, raised and made right here in LA. Her Spring 2012 collection had a dreamy summer vibe inspired by Brigitte Bardot (the models' fabulous hair kind of flaunted her inspiration) summering in the South of France. Tons of fresh, edgy and sophisticated silhouettes complimented by a fun color palette graced the runway.

Alana Hale Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

The Bohemian Society is quite a maverick brand. The visionary behind the brand, Victor Wilde, remains true to his namesake, creating a collection that's rebelliously wild while drawing a boho rock n roll lifestyle. In other words, the collection is perfect for LA's irreverent rock scene. The pieces range from limited edition dresses made from vintage silk parachutes to graphic T-shirts, gender neutral retooled vintage looks and new cut-and-sew items.

Bohemian Society Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

I've had the privilege of being dressed by the adorable Jen Awad in the past so I knew that her collection would undoubtedly reflect her bubbly and fun-loving personality. Jen describes her collection as that "designed for the Libertine woman-the free thinker, open minded and restrained. It's a compilation of looks packed full of playfulness, rebelliousness, fun and raunch. The soundtrack to this collection would be a nod to the embodiment of the underground LA style."

Jen Awad Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

What I Wore

Dress: Ani Lee, a brand that makes the most ethereal and romantic dresses. I'm so happy to see that the label is proliferating and has become a celebrity favorite. The nude color is trendy but understated while the plunging sweetheart neckline brings something new to the table.
Shoes: Miu Miu
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

photos courtesy of www.photos.alexhallajian.com