{GBF Life + Style + Giveaway} Taking Sexy Back

Stella & Jamie is having an amazing giveaway on their facebook page! Enter to win a fabulous black leather fringed hobo purse and a pretty and proper iPad case. You can earn two additional entries by creating a Stella & Jamie polyvore page. How fabulous! To kick start the launch of the contest, I've paired and styled the two prizes with two of Stella & Jamie's sexiest frocks from their Fall 2013 collection.
It's easy to assemble the basic ingredients for a sexy dress-tight on the body, short in length, low cut in the front. But it's difficult to find the secret ingredient, the spice that take a run-of-the-mill sexy dress from body envy to fashion envy. Stella & Jamie must be stockpiling it as their sexy frocks captivates the fashion imagination while accentuating the female form. 

{the sexy black dress with cutouts in all the right places}
If I ever become a spy and need to seduce a foreign politician, I'd do it in this dress. The pictures don't really do it justice as every inch of the dress screams couture vixen. The dress is strategically cut, extremely figure flattering, and completely comfortable to wear which means I can easily perform acrobatics when escaping from the Cheznowsbvia parliament. And of course, I need my fringed hobo purse to store my James Bond gadgets and to infuse some bohemian fun to the outfit.

{the slinky dress with the cool print}
I love dresses that gently drape off one shoulder as I find it much more enticing to give a peek at the goods instead of giving away the whole kitchen sink. I plan on using the iPad case as an evening clutch as the python texture and cute top handle are just too amazing to not show off to the world.

{outfit 1}
dress c/o Stella & Jamie
purse c/o Stella & Jamie
shoes c/o Lulus
necklace: vintage
bracelet: Hermes
{outfit 2}
dress c/o Stella & Jamie
iPad case c/o Stella & Jamie
shoes c/o Lulus
rings: Luv AJ | Jenny Dayco

{live fabulously}


{GBF Life + Video} A Cinco de Mayo Party with Sauza Tequila

I rushed from the Lucky FABB conference to a sprawling bachelor's pad tucked away in the hills of the San Fernando Valley to shoot a Cinco de Mayo "girl's night in" video for Sauza Tequila with five other bloggers. We come from different places, live different experiences, vary in age, and blog about different things. And although we started the shoot as complete strangers, by the end of the night, we were dancing and laughing together like old friends. That day, the power of female camaraderie took over the bachelor's pad (with a pool in the living room) in the hills with a little help from a few glasses of margaritas.

I arrived in the late morning and was greeted with a full crew on set. The mood was bustling as everyone was busy prepping the house for the shoot. I was quickly whisked off to get my makeup and nails done. During the beautification process, I chatted with the other ladies about their dress selections, shoe options, and nail color choices. And just when I thought it was time to get to work, we took a lunch break. I had already eaten at Lucky FABB but my policy is to never refuse food. It's impolite. After lunch, we started shooting. The house was adorned with festive Cinco de Mayo colors-brilliant fuschias, yellows and greens. Since every scene involved food and drinks, we eagerly anticipated and welcomed each take. "Dip my chip into the guac bowl again? No problem. Oh and I think I need a margarita refill...you know, for continuity sake."  Not only was the food and drinks delicious, they also looked too good to eat as we had a food stylist on set intricately preparing every morsel and drop.

We shot late into the night and by then the conversations delved beneath the surface. Our last scene took place in the cliff side backyard overlooking LA in its panoramic glory. The director kept reminding us to perk up and not look so serious as we were engaged deep in conversation, chatting about family, careers, and our hopes and dreams. I may never see these ladies ever again yet in those fractions of life, we bonded, shared intimate details, and were the best of friends. And those are the moments I'll cherish for years to come. Thanks Sauza for getting the conversation started.

I hope you like the video!

stopped in my tracks by the pool in the living room
 lovely view of my city right before sunset

can't help but throw in a little bit of Chinese into the Cinco de Mayo video shoot

pretty set, pretty food
a moment of happiness captured through a selfie. In the video, I'm wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress

He's equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He's ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun - with Sauza Blue, of course. Check us out at http://facebook.com/SauzaMargaritas.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.

{live fabulously}


{GBF Life + Style} A Spring/Summer Dress Staple

Maxi dresses have always been one of my spring/summer staples as they're effortless to style and never go out of fashion. They're also incredibly comfortable to wear as most maxis fit loosely around the midsection generously allowing for all kinds of waistline fluctuations. With graphic prints in heavy rotation in my spring wardrobe, I'm drawn to my Karen Kane Moroccan print dress as it's the perfect blend of comfort meets trendy. It's a statement making dress that's also versatile to wear. 

I wore my maxi dress on the first day of Coachella and accessorized it with festival friendly pieces like my straw fedora, oversized sunnies, and layers of jewelry. My studded buckle boots completes the casual and outdoor appropriate festival look.  However, I can switch gears and wear the dress to a law firm picnic or the American Bar Association bowling night by ditching the hat, pulling the hair back into a top bun, adding a shrunken blazer, and switching out the boots for wedge heels. Now that's getting the max out of my maxi dress!

maxi dress: c/o Karen Kane
boots: c/o Shoedazzle {similar}
jacket: Clover Canyon {another version}
hat: street vendor {similar}
sunnies: Tom Ford {identical}
rings: Stella & Dot | Luv AJ
bracelets: c/o Chloe + Isabel | Lux AJ | ASOS
necklace: c/o Gorjana Griffin

{live fabulously}


{GBF LIfe + Style} Eye of the Tiger

I don't think I've ever loved a sweatshirt like I do my green Kenzo tiger sweater. It's just quite difficult to find any redeeming style qualities about an item that's usually bulky, plain, and all around drab. And aside from my beloved cardinal and gold USC sweatshirts which I wear religiously, I never cared for any others until I laid my eyes on this one. The bright emerald green color is unusual while the embroidered tiger makes a playful attention grabbing statement. I love the fit and thickness as it's layerable under jackets but can also be layered over shirts and blouses. I'm not peeling my sweatshirt off until the green fades to straw and the tiger shrinks to a cat. 

The sweatshirt's versatility was magnified when I took it around the the block a few weeks ago. I wore this outfit to the Perry Ellis spring/summer collection preview held at Eveleigh (one of my favorite Weho restaurants). I was floored by the livening style direction of the brand as its Nantucket splashes of color and Princeton prep style aesthetics truly captured my attention. After the event, I headed to downtown LA to watch the Lakers clinch their spot in the playoffs. That was the last time I saw Kobe play. But the man is a beast and I'm sure he'll go in beast mode and recover in no time. Staring into the eye of a tiger is a walk in the park for the Black Mamba. 

shirt: H&M
sweater: Kenzo {similar}
pants: Nightcap {similar}
necklace: Topshop {similar}
origami bow tie: Perry Ellis

{live fabulously}