June 29, 2010

Jamie's Trendy Finds

Being that my blog is fairly new, I have finally posted my first fashion article.  I am letting you in on what I see as a hot trend, or a great item that will mix and match, and linger in your closet for years.  I love vintage, especially vintage coats, purses, belts, and jewelry.   I am not a label whore by any means, as I believe it's about the execution, however, my first write up is  based from one great website that houses some of the hottest labels, ShopBop @ www.shopbop.com.  Although I currently cannot afford most of the items that are on their website, and trust me, I'd buy all the clothes listed below, I must say, I do have expensive taste.  Hey, I was born with a great eye for fashion, and usually when I am out shopping, I have a tendency to pick the priciest item hanging.  Don't get me wrong, "bargain hunter" is in my blood, and in the near future, I will be posting cheap steals that I find so you can all get in on the action!

This was a blast for me, and I hope you enjoy some of my choices, and head over to ShopBop to do a little shopping. 

Right below each collage I have a brief write up on what I would mix and match.  Click on each photo collage twice to get the Designer, Price, and a better look!

This is my ode to femininity!  With pinks, reds, polka dots, and ruffles!  Wrap the Red Marc Jacob belt around your waist while wearing the Mason Polka Dot dress or the Ever Colty dress, and go on and sling the yellow Rebecca Minkoff over your shoulder!  The double stranded pearl necklace would lay nicely on top of the pale pink Elizabeth & James blouse with the Alice + Olivia trouser.   

The tomato BB Dakota top is the star of this vixen series.  This wide-neck top features an envelope hem at the split back, and a ruching at the softly structured, short shoulder, sleeves.  I pair this hot tamale with the awesome Nina African Stripe skirt by Torn, and the 7 for All Mankind platforms.  The 2nd option with the top is to pair it with the Rag & Bone leather shorts, and your feet covered in Giuseppe Zanotti's leopard platform shoe.  The Alice Bag is to die for, as it is a shape that isn't too common, and can be dressed up or down.  

These are some accessories that fall into the warm neutral zone.  I threw in a few pieces of clothing for the trend and style factor!  I would definitely pair the cream boot by Boutique 9 with the Roxanne Grace dress, and the Elizabeth & James clog pump with the Joie outfit which is a cool pair of silk, just above the ankle, cargo pants that has a fitted adjustable hem. 

 In this glitzy, earth color mixture, I would throw together the olive silk jumpsuit by Alice + Olivia with the muted gold sequined and beaded dolman sleeve shrug, and the leather chocolate heeled sandal by Pelle Moda.  The charcoal high waist skirt topped with the double-breasted silk jacket-style blouse that has ruffle trim at the shoulders by Wink.  This outfit is a bit sexy from the backside, with the top having a wrap detail and keyhole at split back.  I would wear the gold pumps to add a bit of a warm vs. cool element to the outfit. 
Muted grey and black mixed with a pop of citron.  These outfits were made for a more casual day, as I paired the Ever Tank/Dress with the Sauce ruched biker shorts, or the french terry ankle pants and the jersey black structured shoulder top, both by Torn.  The Pelle Moda bootie will work well with all the outfits.

 More accessories for the cool side of things.  I dig the Alexander Wang zippered sunglasses!  Peep of the Bandeau tops are coming back too!

Mod yellow, where I mixed the sweetheart mesh top by Twelfth with the Rachel Pally floral cargo short, and Joie lace up bootie.  The trend of wearing your undergarments as outer garments is back, and this Carrie Romper by Jill Stuart is dressed with feminine touches of scalloped lace along the hem line.  Add a little rocker chic by wrapping the metal studded Temperley London belt around the waist, double up on the two bangle bracelets, gold button earrings, and the yellow sandals by Twelfth.

Last is my creamy brown casual mix.  In this mix, I would pair the JBrand Inez skinny chinos with the Jamison Lucas tank, or the Joie Rizzo tank with the Colbie oxfords by Pour La Victoire.  The second outfit, I would pair the Genetic slouch cigarette jean with the C&C brown long sleeve tee, adding a touch of vintage femininity with the lace vest by Foley + Corrina.  Put on your rhinestone studs, the Jeffrey Campbell wrap boot, grab your tote, and enjoy your day!

Everything can be found on www.shopbop.com, and hurry as quantities are limited.  If you are in dire need, Amazon or Google it!

June 28, 2010

Summer Kids

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Either my biological clock is really ticking or I am longing to be a kid again!  Oh the day's which I remember not ever having to think about a job, having my birthday money go to a bill, or my check to rent, and to just simply ride my bike 'til the street light's were lit.  The free time to think, let alone do art's and craft's projects, and how our creative minds were aloud to meander through the years.  As we became adult's, the spare room in our minds for our creative outlets may be hindered by our 40+ hour a week job if it does not include any creative relevance at all!  I remember sitting on my driveway when I was 7, drawing, not having a care in the world!  If I were to do that now, I would be plagued with guilt, as I have a laundry list, (literally), of household chores to do, let alone, thinking about work.   

Yes, my biological clock as well is ticking!  I am at an age where women are probably finished with  having kids, but these days women are driven for success, and with fewer marriage minded men out their, it make's it difficult for women to think about a family.  No, I shouldn't blame men for this problem, as we have all been caught up in this world of go, go, go, and what's new, now, now, now.  It has left people wondering if I marry this one, am I going to miss out on that one?

Can you tell I want a daughter? Ha Ha!  There is one picture of a boy drumming, (ironically he has long hair), but of course I would love to have both a boy and a girl! 

Just wanted to share these cute little kiddo's...oh, and bottom line, use your creative mind!  Don't lose your artistic side! Give yourself some free time to explore it, and you will find how it can bring a bit of joy into your life!

June 20, 2010

Mmmmh....Sunday Breakfast!

This morning I woke up early, 6:30 a.m. to be exact, and hopped out of bed feeling revived!  After reading the paper, I decided to brew some Starbucks Espresso Roast (View Image), and thought...hmmm..what am I going to cook this morning that is going to feed my appetite.

An omelet! 

In case you find this appetizing too, I have listed the ingredients and directions.  Enjoy! 


First, I took 3 egg yolks and some milk and whisked them together, adding mushrooms, cilantro, green onions, salt, pepper, season salt, and garlic powder.  

Second, gently fold them together and put into a lightly buttered or oiled pan, and cook on medium heat.  Once the bottom of the omelet can slide on the bottom of the pan, gently flip over. 

Lastly, I threw on my tomato's on the cooked side, and splashed some mozzarella cheese and folded in half to melt, flip over to cook the other side.

Serve with fresh diced avocado, and I added a side of my Avocado Salsa, and Red Rooster hot sauce..

June 17, 2010


Originating from New Jersey, Gaelle's vocals will smoothly put you in a trance.  I first learned of her as I tuned into Pandora Radio, on the artist Goapele's page.  I immediately took a liking to her voice, the mellow grooves, mixed in with a downtempo house vibe.

She is a singer/songwriter, and I can just listen on and on, not skipping over any songs.  Check her Myspace page out, http://www.myspace.com/gaelleonline
My favorites from her past albums are: Give it Back, Love You More, Falling, and Rain.
Back in 1997 she lent her voice to the dance hit "King of My Castle", which then led her to create her own albums.  She is signed to Naked Music record label, and is about to drop another album coming soon.  I am looking forward to it!

Check her out!

June 16, 2010

Haight & Ashbury Street Fair

Give peace a chance.  That's what this part of San Francisco has been about from the early 60's, and it still is, just not as strong.  But the passerby's were socially respectful, and happily promoting unity and peace.

The 2nd weekend of June, it hosted a bunch of street vendors such as:  Graphic  T-Shirt companies, tons of handbag designers in leather and fabric, marijuana stands, and glass designs as pictured.

The food was boring!  It was a monotonous line of skewered chicken or pork, garlic noodles, and french fries, with an occasional burrito or rice bowl.  The bands were in a battle of the bands contest to have the opportunity to perform on the two stages provided, and most were just music, with no lyrical substance, which actually was ok, because it accompanied you as you strolled throughout the street.  All and all, it was a pretty laid back atmosphere, great weather, and a nice opportunity to use my brand new Canon Rebel camera.
                                Love Bus by Johnny Chan