One of my many hats is to work behind the scenes ever so often at Nordstrom fashion shows in San Diego. It’s so much fun to touch all these amazing swoon-worthy designer clothes that are outside my budget. Not to mention, the models make everything look like perfection! Frankly, it’s not fair. Being behind the scenes can be a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun too. Here are shots of some of my favorite looks backstage.
Sometimes a girl just wants a little comfort. It was my mom’s birthday last week and she came down to San Diego for a little thrifting, wine tasting, and celebrations. That meant lots of walking and plenty of different scenarios. I mean, I don’t exactly want to wear Givenchy heels to the thrift store but I also wanted to feel chic for my favorite wine pub, The Rose. Some metallic flats and an oversize coat fit the bill perfectly.
Cobalt blue is really having a moment right now. I’m stoked because blue works for my skin tone. The pale pastels that are coming out this spring though… not so much. So I’ll stick with beautiful bright blue cobalt, please! I totally scored this skirt on mega sale at J.Crew after the holidays and this shirt from the Peter Pilotto for Target collection was purchased with a gift card. Don’t you love a good deal?! I know it’s strange but I love the things I’ve found a deal on more than the things I’ve paid full price for! I guess that’s the frugalista in me.
When RedEnvelope contacted me about joining their #RedStyle campaign, I was quick to jump. Not only is RedEnvelope a company I’ve used for years for great gift ideas but the campaign is all about embracing your personal style. I think what’s so fun about blogging and fashion is that we get to share with everyone our mood, inspirations, and style just by what we decide to put on that day. I describe my personal style as classic with a twist. I tend to gravitate toward classic shapes but also love fun pops of color and loud prints. I also like accessories and such that have a little humor to it, like my Kate Spade donut bag or the “Shopping is My Cardio” Wildfox sweater. I included my mary jane Manolo Blahniks because they are the very first designer thing I ever purchased. They’re classic is shape but the twist is the bright and shinny patent leather. A perfect epitome of my style! As far as jewelry goes, I’m usually getting ready in a rush so I like to be able to grab something like a giant Samantha Wills ring or a huge gold chain vintage necklace. A statement piece can really pull your look together!
Another aspect to my style is blending designer pieces with stuff I’ve found at the Goodwill or vintage shops. That’s truly when I feel most me. The gorgeous gold and black lace skirt and the beat up old Coach crossbody bag are probably some of my most favorite things in my closet! I have no problems with second hand clothing and sometimes it’s amazing what you’ll find! It’s just what you didn’t know you always wanted!
How do you describe your personal style?
I’m pretty sure I could sit and watch Sex & the City reruns for months straight and live a very content life. So when Sarah Jessica Parker announced that she’d be collaborating on a new shoe line with Manolo Blahnik, I gasped with shoe obsessed delight. Affordable high-end Italian-made shoes with Carrie Bradshaw influence?! Wish list officially updated. The collection features tons of color in wearable designs that put a emphasis on comfort. As if we weren’t sold before but now they’re comfortable? Dreams really do come true!
The collection debuts exclusively at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com at Midnight on February 28th. SJP herself will even be visiting a handful of locations for the debut! For more information on location availability and about the collection, click here. Ok, let’s be honest. Who has their alarm set?
Wandering In Heels: We all know the Pantone Color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid but are there any other colors we should look out for?
Sandra Espinet: I’m not much for following “colors of the year.” Being a slave to trends is a great way to have your designs look dated. The world of fashion moves at a much faster rate [than interior design]. So if you buy a purple dress you can easily change it next year. But in interiors we tend to change out our furniture slowly. No one wants to have an 8 year old purple dated sofa. Right?
WIH: Absolutely not! Unless that’s your thing, of course! Your book, The Well-Traveled Home, shows that you pull colors from exotic locales into your home designs and talks about a “Fearless use of color.” What does that mean and do you use that same approach to fashion? How would you suggest other fashionistas be more fearless with color?
SE: Yes, I love colour and yes I think it’s a great way to be interesting. But style is very personal. There is no “one” style for everyone. You need to find your own style and work your own colors into your world. A great example would be to look at Jennifer Lopez and to look at Angelina Jolie. Very different colour palettes yet they both are successful in making themselves look great. They have each found their own colors.
WIH: You’ve had the opportunity to live all over the world. How has that influenced your fashion sense? How do you put together a well-traveled look?
SE: Yes, I do think travel affects everyone. It opens your eyes to how other people live and it makes you more aware of lifestyles. I do think that having lived abroad makes me a bit more adventurous with my choices and my colors. But deep down inside I am a pretty neutral person. I love clean lines and neutral colors also.
WIH: How do the latest fashion trends influence your home designs?
SE: It does not. I love to go to a few shows each year at NY Fashion Week because I do like to see what’s moving in the Fashion World. But I consider my design team and I to be design trend setters. So we look at other trends, but we also create our own.
WIH: Just like our home, we want to keep our wardrobes classic but fresh. Any tips for keeping your wardrobe classic but fresh?
SE: I think being organised is one of the most important things for a closet. That way you know what you have and what you need to get rid of. Editing and getting rid of old clothes (and yes sadly shoes) helps you not wear anything that is no longer in vogue or that no longer fits you well. It takes time to be organised. I love my closet and I spend a few hours a month on a given Sunday, cleaning out, and organising it.
WIH: You always look so polished and fabulous while traveling all over! Do you have any secrets?
SE: Non-wrinkle clothes. Really! I can pack a bag in 30 minutes and I have learned to pack light and add lots of non-wrinkle items in my carry one. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to go straight from a long flight into a meeting. It makes all the difference. Linen does not travel well. Don’t wear linen pants on a flight. Also, plan ahead and check the weather. I was just in London and Paris. I only took one pair of boots that matched all outfits so I could save space. I walked all around London and Paris in saddle brown Chanel fur lined boots.
For more information on Sandra Espinet, please visit her website at www.SandraEspinet.com.
Man, this Urban Decay Naked 3 palette was on backorder forever! So happy it’s finally here! The colors are a really nice array of rosey tones so I thought this would be perfect for my skintone. Not to mention I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with all things rose gold. It’s been really fun testing all the colors and doing lots of combinations to find out what works for me.
Aren’t they pretty?! There’s a perfect combination of shimmer, matte, light, and dark tones. The colors are rather sheer but have a totally buildable quality to them. And when paired with one of the generous samples of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, they just last and last and last and last… get where I’m going with this? Good. I need to add another step to my beauty routine like I need to put a hole in my head but the Primer Potion was so incredible, I decided the extra 15 seconds a day was totally worth it. The Eden color is what I use now and I actually put it under my eyes as well! Stays put all day and the nice beige matte gives me a good even foundation to play with the eyeshadows on. The trick is to use just a teenie tiny itty bitty amount of the Primer Potion. It goes a long way and actually works better if you use less! On another note, I’ll be totally honest with you guys (as I always am!), I don’t like the double sided brush that come with the palette. It’s way too stiff for my liking.
As you can see, a lot of the really light colors get a little lost on my skintone. For me, the first 4 colors are used as a subtle rosey base or to add a little sheen on top. Otherwise, they’re essentially invisible. Urban Decay did a pretty great job sticking to the rose gold category but not making every color seem like just one step darker than the next. There are probably a million possibilities in this thing! Here’s one of my go to favs…
I use Strange as the base which is a slightly pink matte color up to my brow. Then use Buzz over the lid and added just a hint of sparkle to the inner corners with Dust. Topped it all off by lining my eyes with Blackheart on both the top and bottom and added some mascara. Voila! This is one of my favorite combinations to go from day to night. We’re all busy ladies! Not needing to touch up your makeup from one thing to the next is a major added bonus!
All in all, this is a great palette that will be nice for travel since you can do day AND night looks all in one. Bravo, Urban Decay, Bravo!