Secret Santa Revelation

The petite blogging community has grown enormously over the past year and several petites participated in a Secret Santa Exchange through Elfster to make our network stronger and more personal.

Since we all “know” each other from our respective blogs, it was easier to pick out gifts for our fellow petites. My intended recipient is Canadian, so I sent her gift across the border. I won’t reveal who she is, but I’m sure you can find out through Jessy’s list of Secret Santa participants.

After weeks of answering anonymous questions and posting some wish-list items, I was eager to receive my gift.

When the Secret Santa package appeared on my doorstep, I was surprised that it didn’t have any postage on it. I knew then that it had to be a local blogger, but I wasn’t exactly sure who.

I opened the bag and found a handwritten card by my Secret Santa. The handwriting is so neat and tidy, it puts mine to shame!

The first item I pulled from the bag was the Starbucks Cocoa Trio. She must have read my mind because I just ran out of hot chocolate the week before and I was thinking of getting a new carton. So now, I have three flavors of hot cocoa to quench my thirst.

Next, I found several sample size beauty products and a necklace from the LOFT. There was a Decleor eye makeup remover gel and an Origins skin tone correcting serum. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use from these two items!

Since I’m obsessed with statement pieces and I love purple, the necklace from LOFT is a great addition to my collection.

The remaining two beauty samples were a Clinique 7-day scrub cream and a Shiseido Perfect Mascara.

If you can see those gray foam pieces in the photo, they’re two foot petals that I requested in my wish-list. I wear heels a lot and the balls of my feet usually get sore, so these foot petals increase the cushion in the shoe so all day, I’ll stay comfortable on my feet.

Here’s the entire package that I received from my Secret Santa. I’m sure you’re all wondering who is this mysterious petite blogger that sent me such a thoughtful present.

It was Liane from PetiteXXS!

Please visit all the petite participants to see what they received!

1. Kelly of Alterations Needed
2. Elaine of Curls and Pearls
3. Kileen of Cute and Little
4. Jean of Extra Petite
5. Elle of Fast Food and Fast Fashion
6. Jen Frm Head to Toe
7. Sydney of PetiteLG
8. Liane of PetiteXXS
9. Annie of Really Petite
10. Cynthia of Shorty Stories
11. Erin of The Life of Ann James
12. Jessy of The Little Dust Princess

When the Lights Go Down in the City

In San Francisco, six young ladies gathered at 5A5 Steak Lounge on a cold and rainy Tuesday for a bite to eat.

When you walk through the doors, a darkened corridor leads to the hostess. As you turn the corner, the space opens up revealing two areas, the lounge and the main dining room.

Since it was Happy Hour, we took a corner table in the lounge and indulged in some delicious food and drinks. It was my first time meeting everyone in person and we chatted the night away like old chums.

From left to right: Serena, Jess, Pam, Susan, Sophia, and Kileen

Kileen and I, the ‘out of towners,’ received many recommendations for places to eat and things to do in the city by the SF natives. With these new friends, I’ll soon be less of a tourist and more of a local.

Chicken Yakitori

Anyways, back to the food at Happy Hour.

The chicken yakitori was juicy, tender, and slightly sweet. We had a bit of a fork snafu with the skewer while attempting to separate the chicken pieces.

We know better now. Do not put the skewer in between the fork’s teeth, it will get stuck. Instead, insert the fork on the chicken and slide down. =P

Truffle Fries with Sriracha Aioli

The Truffle Fries are one of 5A5’s best-sellers with a rich, crunchy exterior and a soft interior. The aioli balanced the heaviness of fries with a subtle spicy kick. You can’t go wrong with French Fries!

Beef Kebab with Ikari Aioli

The Tuesday special was the Beef Kebab with Ikari Aioli. The beef was very tender, it almost melts in your mouth. But the portions compared to the Chicken Yakitori was less than half the size. Since this place known for their high quality beef, this is no cheap cut of meat.

Salmon Shooters

Another signature item are the sashimi shooters. These little bites are full of flavor and texture. The Asian influence on these dishes is more prominent with the mix of ingredients such as shiitake, green onion, and red radish.

With tasty dishes and rounds of laughter, we had a blast getting to know each other and swapping stories. Rainy days don’t get me down, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. When I can spend it with such good company, it makes everything brighter and happier.

Here’s to new friends!

Follow these lovely ladies: Sophia (Kechiko), Kileen (Cute and Little), Pam (Twitter: Wallbounce), Serena (Serena Everyday)

For more information on 5A5 Steak Lounge, go to: http://www.5a5stk.com

A Magical Christmas

On the happiest day of the year, my family and I went to the happiest place on Earth.

The entire landscape of Disneyland was covered with theme-laden wreaths, colorful ornaments, and spectacular holiday versions of your favorite rides.

Yes, it was jam-packed and there were lines everywhere (even to wash your hands in the restroom!) But we all had the opportunity to be a kid again.

Each member of my family sees Disneyland through a different set of lenses. I focus on the the architecture, the detailed costumes, and the holiday displays. My mom, with her taste buds…the popcorn, the churros, the turkey legs! As for my dad, it’s goofing off and pretending to be scared at the Haunted Mansion. And my thrill-seeking sister loves the rides, especially Space Mountain.

It’s impossible to go on every single ride, so we picked out the ones we loved and got Fastpass tickets for Indiana Jones Adventure and Space Mountain, since those are the two most popular attractions.

My favorite ride of the day was ‘It’s a Small World’ because it was fully decked out in holiday cheer, remixing the classic song with Jingle Bells in multiple languages.

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I’ll leave you with this photo from the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. I’m not a gamer, so I’m horrible with these types of rides, but I try really, really hard.

How did you spend your Christmas?

Review: Superdry Moody Bomber Jacket

Superdry. Beverly Center. Los Angeles, CA.

Mission: Find a warm and stylish coat that can handle winter weather conditions.

Superdry is a British brand that combines vintage Americana with Japanese streetstyle. Ever since David Beckham sported the Osaka t-shirt and Brad leather jacket, Superdry has risen in popularity while maintaining an underground following.

The pièce de résistance is the Superdry outerwear collection. With a variety of leather jackets, anoraks, and military-inspired pieces, each item is carefully designed with a strong focus on construction, versatility, and craftsmanship.

My first encounter with Superdry was at the pop-up shop on Hollywood and Highland. It was refreshingly different and I reviewed several  Superdry outerwear pieces.

The Moody Bomber Jacket appears smaller than the other coats and jackets with a simple, streamlined look.

Upon further examination, more details are discovered. The side pockets have a snap flap closure, but the flap can also be tucked into the pocket and zipped up. The double collar is joined by three snap buttons and can be separated. The dual zipper comes in handy to protect your neck while still looking stylish.

In Small, the jacket fits well in the shoulders and body. There is room for a thick sweater underneath without looking bulky or overwhelming. The sleeves are long, but it is manageable with the ribbed cuff.

Measurements:

  • Shoulders – 13.5″
  • Waist –  14″
  • Sleeve Length – 23″
  • Overall Length – 22″

Outfit Details: Superdry Moody Bomber Jacket (find it here)- S, Forever 21 striped top – S, LOFT pencil skirt – 00P, DKNY brown tights – XS, GAP trouser socks, Nordstrom B.P. scarf, Tullette (via Fred Flare) beanie,  Forever 21 boots

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

For more information about Superdry, go to: http://superdry.com

Click below for more photos.

Return to Glamour

When cocktail parties come to mind, a vision of glittering jewels and luxe decor appear in the foreground. Most parties don’t encapsulate this high society ideal but dressing appropriately for such an occasion is paramount if one wants to stand out.

This is the season of glamour, to put away the stark, drab dresses and pull out the showstoppers with bold statement accessories. Our futures are bright, shouldn’t our outfits match this outlook?

I believe an outfit can change your perspective on life. If you dress bright and colorful, you’ll feel happy and it’s infectious how good cheer spreads around.

So why not try something new, different, and exciting?

This dress from Arden B. is just that. When I first bought it, I was excited about the fit. After a couple of wears, I covered it up because I felt exposed due to the strapless nature of the garment. In the latest iteration, the styling has come full circle. It’s sophisticated, edgy, and very modern.

The key is in the styling. The dress is the main focal point, but the accessories, hair, and makeup enhance the whole package.

When it comes to hair and makeup, keep it sleek, understated, and classic to balance the bright colors of the dress. Instead of classic pumps or strappy sandals as the traditional pairings, add an ankle boot to make it fashion forward. Layer statement jewelry pieces, either over-sized earrings or a bold necklace, to complete the outfit.

Outfit Details: Arden B dress (I’m selling it here) – XS, Madewell necklace, Mare booties

This dress is beautiful and I wore it less than five times this year so, I’m letting it go to one of my readers. If you’re interested in purchasing it, please go to my shop.

Click below for more photos.

The Little Bra Company Holiday Open House

Friday night, Downtown LA, and heavy rain…three bloggers met to experience the Holiday Open House for The Little Bra Company (TLBC) located on 7th and Main.


From the lobby, an elevator will take you to the 7th floor of a loft building, where the party opens to a spacious area immediately showcasing a Christmas tree.

The large room was decorated with holiday hangings and catered with small bites and a bar with eggnog and apple cider available.  At first glance, anyone would mistake the sight as a regular office holiday party.

Becoming situated, it was later apparent that this was no ordinary soiree.

Sprinkled throughout the room guests found, as recommended by InStyle Magazine, the lovely lacey Lucia bras of the TLBC. Erica, an intern, was extremely gracious and kindly introduced the TLBC staff (Emily, Sumaiya, Britni).

Britni described their product line and gave away some sneak previews of what’s to come. The Lucia bra is one of their best-selling bras and it’s also their sexiest!

General bra sizes range from 28A to 36B, with TLBC introducing new C-cup sizes in the early new year.

Enthusiastic owner, Emily Lau, was excited about her collection and upcoming company expansion. Miss Lau played the perfect host attending to guests and taking a moment for a snapshot with petite bloggers.

Outfit Details: Buckley Tailors blazer (find it here) – XS, Madewell calf hair belt (find it here) – XS, DIY bubble skirt, Forever 21 tights, Aldo pump (not shown)

To follow up on Liane (middle) and Kelly (right), go to: PetiteXXS (Liane) and Alterations Needed (Kelly)

For more information about The Little Bra Company, go to: http://thelittlebracompany.com

Casualmere Winner

In mid November, I reviewed the Casualmere scarf.

For the past three weeks, I hosted a giveaway in which one of my readers will receive a Casualmere product. There were many entries but there can only be one winner.

Special thanks to Casualmere for sponsoring this giveaway. Casualmere is an online company that specializes in affordable basics made from 100% viscose derived from bamboo. They bridge the gap between eco-friendly and fashion.

The winner is:

Hoa L.!

Congratulations! I will forward your contact information to Casualmere so you can receive the LBD!

Thank you everyone for entering this giveaway!

For more information about Casualmere, go to: http://casualmere.com

Mondette + L.A. Vintage Exchange “Holiday Spree, Gifts Under $50″

On Cahuenga Blvd lies Space 15 Twenty, a retail art space containing Urban Outfitters, Unami Burger, and What Goes Around Comes Around.

This weekend, Mondette and L.A. Vintage Exchange invited several local designers to showcase their wares in the normally vacant thoroughfare between stores at Space 15 Twenty. Designers stood by their booths displaying their creative lines showcasing their artistic perspective and work. The atmosphere was comfortable and homey with the designers friendly and receiving.

Out of the items presented at this “open market,” Jen E. and Ritzy P. of Supreme Goods stand out in that they are the only designers with a home accessories line including small plates, vases, and miscellaneous containers (jewelry boxes).

The two form a dynamic duo where Jen creates the clay bases to their products while Ritzy paints the finishing details and designs onto their ceramic creations (above photo). The sleek ceramics are embellished with whimsical and pop art prints that are rarely seen in ceramics and give another sense of style and fashion to accessory items.

Gabriela Artigas, in her profile states that the world itself is her creative wellspring. She allows the mediums she uses to communicate between themselves in a playful artistic dialogue.  She enjoys asymmetrical and contrasting motifs.

Gabriela Artigas also designs men’s and women’s accessories like the tie clips shown above. Her designs offer a unique and fashionable addition to the men’s tie creating a conversational piece even for the typical male.

Sweet Sirens, an online boutique, features nautical-themed accessories and vintage inspired pieces. Sara, the owner, is standing by her collection filled with depictions of Alice in Wonderland, Frida Kahlo, and accessories inspired by the sea life.

Marlowe + Wren, located at T Salon on Melrose for the holidays, is an eclectic boutique for lingerie, home decor, children’s toys, and accessories. They feature lingerie from companies such as The Little Bra Company and Eberjey. In the next few months, they will be expanding to include an in-house brand lounge-wear.

The designs gave an air of sophistication and luxury appeasing to the visual senses.

The Traveler’s Bookcase is a cozy store with everything you could possibly need in terms of travel and accessories. The staff are well-traveled and love to swap stories of their oversea adventures. The Traveler’s Bookcase is a definite inspiration to leave your boundaries and expand the horizons.

Jenny Dayco, a jewelry artist, designs anything from small delicate pendants to her more popular bold statement pieces. In less than five years since her first collection, her jewelry has become a favorite among stylists and is worn by celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Paris Hilton. In speaking with Miss Dayco, she touches upon the idea that jewelry is universal. Regardless of whether you are petite or full-figured, jewelry will always be a necessity.

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Black and Clear Plastic Heart Necklace

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Blue Crystal Teardrop Earrings

To find out more about Space 15 Twenty events, go to: http://space15twenty.com


Part of My World

I was tagged twice so it’s my turn to spit out my seven secrets.  You can thank Simple Subtle Style and Jen of Pretty in PDX. I wrote a personal post last month, but here I am again talking about my life.

These seven facts are kind of embarrassing but the fun part, right?

  1. I like to sing super loud when I’m alone in the car but I refuse to sing in public. I’m an alto, so I can sing the boy songs easier than I can sing along with the girls.
  2. I love books. I love the touch, feel, and smell of the printed word. My favorite place growing up was the library since it was a cheap and entertaining pastime. It wasn’t until I moved to LA that I stopped going to the library since I have to pay for parking! Books are free, but parking is expensive.
  3. When I was young, my mom wanted to make me into a child model/actor. I even auditioned for a Goldfish commercial. Needless to say, I was not successful. But that’s probably when I started learning how to pose and be more comfortable around a camera. (Even when I was in that dorky awkward stage.)


  4. From kindergarten until 5th grade, I wore the same size uniform. (A tall tale perhaps, but it’s how I remember it) I didn’t have a growth spurt until I was in 6th grade, but it wasn’t enough to make me super tall.
  5. In college, I experimented with my hair a lot. The color changed every three months, but every year, I changed hairstyles. Throughout all this experimentation, my hair was still healthy with no split ends! Nowadays, I’m low maintenance with my natural hair color and a trim every 6 months or so.



  6. I started to care more about clothes and fashion halfway through college. Before that, I wore a uniform to school and my mom or my younger sister picked out my outfits. They’re trendier than me so I looked pretty good for not having a say in my clothing choices.
  7. I used to eat a lot and not just for my size. When I was visiting my friends in Boston, we went to Eagle’s Deli and we completed a food challenge there…finishing a 1 pound burger and 1 pound of fries. It doesn’t look like much, but boy does it fill you up! There’s tangible evidence and if you search hard enough, you can find our photo on the back wall of the establishment. (The food was decent, but I didn’t really have the opportunity to enjoy it.)


So now that you know a bit more about me, I’m passing it along:

The Snowless Snowball Part 2/2

So yesterday, I talked about the activities at Snowball, but I wanted to showcase some of the details that would’ve gotten lost in the sea of photos.

Also, I added more photos to the gallery so you can see more LA fashion and style.

I thought about wearing a tuxedo to this event, a feminine version, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, I saw this adorable tuxedo glove that pops against the black dress.

The DIY lounge gave many people the opportunity to make their own headpieces. This veiled bow head piece caught my eye from afar.

Oh the men. They they were all so well dressed from head to toe, but it’s really the shoes that make the man. Three different styles that each tell a unique story.

At the end of the night, I picked up a gift bag filled to the brim with goodies. So, I made a video to share it with you all!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q-FMxdCgjA

Click on the photos to see more of Snowball 2010!