I have to admit, I'm one of those people that gets weirdly excited whenever a blogger I like posts a peek into their purse. Why? I feel that, for the most part, it's an unedited look into their lives and personalities. And I like that. I like people, not characters, as so many of us have become. I love seeing what useless (or surprisingly useful) things girls carry around in their bags, what they deem absolutely necessary, how much weight they're willing to carry on their shoulder and whether they can live out my fantasy of squeezing all their essentials into a minuscule bag (like this one).
I decided that, instead of just being a voyeur, I'd add to the topic by throwing in the display of what's in my purse. Right now, I'm carrying the black version of the JustFab Takeout bag, which looks expensive without being so.
23 April 2014
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15 April 2014
With so much fashion out there, I think it's easy to lose track of style. Consumerism far overshadows creativity in our blogger-centric world. So, how do you sift through the overnight trends and the flash sales to really hone in on what is you? It's tough, right? I've put some severe restrictions on my spending (partly due to money matters and partly to flex my style chops), which has helped me gain perspective on my closet -- what works, what does, what can be sold or given away and what will forever be a staple.
I'm still trying to figure out exactly what style is to me, but if you'd like to join me in figuring it out, I invite you to have lunch with Style2020 on May 2. They're offering a panel full of industry experts who will be discussing just the topic. Click here for tickets and complete details. Hope to see you there!
This post is brought to you by Style2020. All opinions are my own.
10 April 2014
This is not a Coachella outfit post, although, if you feel like wearing a super comfortable maxi dress tied at the knees with a denim jacket, flat sandals and a crossbody bag to the festival, then I think you should. I'll probably be wearing some iteration of this in Vegas this weekend instead. I prefer non-festival settings for the kicking off of my summer activities.
08 April 2014
Lately, I've been a lot more drawn to accessories than to clothes. Accessories are so transformative, in ways in which articles of clothing just can't be. And while I'm a shoe girl at heart, a good bag can make me feel some type of way. That is exactly the reaction I had when I first saw the Mofé display at the LA Fashion Council lunch a few weeks back. The suedes, the leathers... they spoke to me and said, "we're made well, we're beautiful, we'd go with everything you own and you need us." Luckily for me, I got to chat with Linda, owner and designer of Mofé, and we instantly clicked. Aside from our connection over fashion and accessories, we quickly realized that we're both stubborn about not selling out and following our own paths. We then quickly decided to collaborate on this here interview post. So without further ado, here's a little glimpse at Mofé and the interesting woman behind the bags.
Can you tell us a little bit about Mofé bags? What makes them special?
What makes them special to me is the purpose and meaning behind the brand. We really try to focus on fashion-forward and classic styles, but, to me, what makes it special is, again, the meaning and purpose behind it. We try to convey a message with the brand.
What's the brand's message?
The name Mofé derives from today’s modern feminism. There was an article I read in a magazine that talked about how women have evolved so much, even from 50 years ago. And they referred to it as "today’s modern feminism." I really liked what it stood for and it really resonated with me, so we shortened the name to Mofé. And if you look at the bags, you’ll see our insignia: it’s an M, but it also resembles an infinity symbol, which connotes no boundaries and no limitations. It’s a reminder to women that we’ve come so far in so many areas of life, and we can get over the challenges we face every day. The purpose of the brand is to empower women. We use social media to promote inspiring stories and quotes. We also donate to a non-profit organization, which donates textbooks to young girls in poverty-fighting communities.
Who do you design your bags for? What kind of woman is she?
The woman I envision carrying our bags, I like to think, is content, yet wanting more. Someone who is resilient, independent, who has a purpose in life; who strives for a purpose in life.
What kinds of materials do you use in the bags? And is there a reason behind using these materials?
All our bags are 100% genuine leather. I really try to focus on finding leathers that will distress well with age because I want women to keep these bags for a long time and [I want them to] get more beautiful with age and use. The lining, we try to make really practical so we pick something lightweight, something that will dry really quickly, say if you spill something on it. We try to focus on practicality.
Which are your personal favorite bags? How would you style them?
The City Girl; it’s one of my first designs. If you hold it, it’s actually very lightweight. It has a pocket in the back; penholders and cardholders inside. It’s very functional. You can wear this formally, if you go to work wearing a suit. Or you can definitely just wear it casually. I wear it all the time when I go to meetings, dressed down in jeans. It’s just an easy bag that matches with any outfit.
Another one of my favorites is the Rhapsodic, a slouchy hobo bag. I have them in a variety of colors. I call this my everyday bag because I take it out on all my errands and it’s a bag that I can just throw things in; I can fit a water bottle in the [side pocket]. It’s just very durable and lightweight.
When I go out in the evening, another one of my favorites is my foldover clutch [Esoteric]. It’s got different texture – suede and leather. It’s a real easy bag. You can throw your necessities in there – phone, keys, lipgloss. I get a lot of compliments on these.
What were you doing before you started designing Mofé bags?
I was actually an attorney practicing civil litigation. I had been doing that for three and a half years before I decided to start my own handbag line.
What was that moment that made you realize you wanted to get into a more creative field?
I had thought about it for a while while practicing. I enjoyed being an attorney, but I wanted to pursue my own passion and that was having something of my own. I love fashion and I love handbags, so what really propelled me to do it was the thought of being too complacent in law. Once you get too complacent, it’s that much harder to leave. And this one quote really resonated with me: “You probably regret the things that you don’t do the most.” So I thought “now or never.” So I just dived right into it.
Was it scary at all?
Oh yeah! It still is. It’s still very scary. I think most people looked at me like I was a little crazy. I mean, they admired that I was able to jump into something so different and so new. It’s scary, but it’s also very exciting at the same time.
Do you have advice for anyone looking to make a similar type of leap?
The advice I usually give to people wanting to make the jump is that “your desire to succeed must be greater than your fear of failure.” That’s a quote by Bill Cosby. It hit home with me.
What are your plans for Mofé for the next year? For the next five years?
That’s funny. I try to live in the moment and I’m trying to figure it out day by day. So I don’t think too much of the future. I just hope that I can continue doing this and pursuing my passion in this business. And creating new styles every season. And evolving the brand and conveying our message at the same time.
I'd like to sincerely thank Linda for sharing her passion and story with me. I find her exceptionally inspirational because she was able to break out of the corporate world and chase her fashion dream. She's down to earth, dedicated to her craft and just the sweetest person to hang out with. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!
31 March 2014
I swear, I don't mean to be one of those bloggers who only wears gifted stuff. I honestly love each and every one of these pieces and am happy to have added them to my wardrobe over the years. The most recent addition is this mohair sweater, which I swear goes with everything and gives every outfit a chic '90s feel. It also meets my fickle body temperature's needs -- light enough for the midday sun and warm enough for when the sun sets.
28 March 2014
Last week, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Made jewelry. It's a UK-based company whose designs are all handmade by artisans in Kenya. Not only does Made create opportunities for employment globally, but their jewelry is gorgeous, eliciting a carefree vibe which translates through its website and Instagram. I just ordered the Mapete earrings, Mbilwa Niini pendant and the Gatimo ring. I can't wait to receive them!
21 March 2014
I'll be honest, I don't really get the hoopla over spring's arrival. And maybe that's because I live in LA and our weather patterns don't fluctuate with the seasons. In any case, I happened to recently synchronize my dressing with most of the world's and also happened to capture it on camera. Some of my favorite things lately (and always, it seems) include boyish separates and girly touches. The combination makes me feel somewhat powerful, so I like to rely on it whenever I can.
19 March 2014
14 March 2014
Blogging is a dangerous medium. That sounds dramatic and it probably is a bit sensationalized, but it began to feel that way for me recently. I touched on this a few days ago, but I wanted to explore the idea a bit more here.
Blogs have become this "accessible" version of fashion magazines, in which girls like you and me are wearing the latest trends in day-to-day settings. There are plenty of blogs that achieve just that and I applaud the women and men that run them. In my opinion, blogs like Man Repeller, Karla's Closet and Profresh Style are the true form of blogs. These women make money off their online ventures, but do so for being themselves, not just wearing the trends and spending the money; they're not afraid to take risks and wear and do what they want. But the reality is that most of the big-time blogs are just someone's platform to get famous, complete with modelesque poses, unattainable fashion and an overall glossy feel. Many smaller bloggers (myself included for a while) aim to follow in these footsteps because they're so attractive. Who doesn't want to look like they just fell out of the pages of Foam or Glamour? Everything from the clothes to the house to the makeup and the boyfriend become idealized. Readers and other bloggers (myself included) start to question their own lives and spend money on shoes, bags and clothes they can hardly afford in hopes of getting just a crumb of that awesomely portrayed life.
I'm going to make a distinction here. There are bloggers that come from money and can easily afford everything you see in their photos. There are also bloggers who work a full-time job and blog on the side, creating the illusion of "The Fabulous Life Of..." while busting their asses to believe it themselves. I don't fault the wealthy ones for having it all, but I do fault the ones that try too hard to be something they're not (and don't even get me started on some of these egos!). Why is that an image that we're so comfortable accepting? And why do we fall victim to these acts as well?
Yes, I have nice things (see above image). And I have some attractive personal attributes that not everyone does. That's just how the ball rolls sometimes. But to pretend that I have it all and have zero insecurities is just unfair. I'm taking a step forward and admitting that; in time, I hope that those insecurities fade as I become more empowered in my own self. That empowerment begins with personal style (at least here on the blog).
So, where did I wear this? I honestly can't remember because these photos were taken some months ago, but I'm willing to bet that I visited at least one grocery store or farmer's market and got coffee. Yes, in those shoes.