Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Fine Amount of Flair

Fourth of July is a time when you can indulge in day long boozing, eating all the barbeque your heart desires & dance parties with sing-a-long's to Miley Cyrus's 'Party in the USA' without feeling a bit of shame. As you should never skimp on any of the above, you should avoid partaking in everything that turns this holiday tacky. I'm talking American flag bikinis and all. Don't get me wrong I enjoy a bit of the camaraderie with the best of them, although I think you can still be patriotic without being completely tacky, here's how...
Party glasses that are NOT neon
A bright red lip
Native American inspired accessories
American flag accents that do not overpower your entire outfit
{images via Fashion Squad}

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rockets' Red Glare

Gearing up for yet another 4th of July weekend at my favorite place in the world, with some of my favorite people in the world! I have spent my 4th of July in Lake Tahoe for a while now and I wouldn't want it any other way. Between the breathtaking scenery, smell of the fresh pine tree's, cruiser bike rides, Tahoe City bar crawls, floats down the Truckee River, drinks on the deck at Sunnyside, boat rides to Chambers & fireworks at Commons Beach it's the perfect place to spend America's birthday! I was lucky enough to call Tahoe my home for a few summers and with that came meeting a fun group of friends who I look forward to causing havoc with every time I head up the hill. 
Hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend & safe July 4th celebrations!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Excuses, Excuses...

The last few weeks I have been uncharacteristically neglecting my blog, publishing one or less updates a week. Between 1. Work endeavor's {new clients, planning a TART Collections sample sale, photo shoots for new projects + more} 2. School {Im taking a dreaded math course online} and 3. Juggling my social life {I cram my week days full so I have Saturday and Sunday to play, which keeps me sane} I have had little to no time to sit down and write out a post that includes any sort of depth. Well, that was until this morning. I woke early to make myself a cup of cafĂ© and submerge myself into the blog world. Knowing I had about 6 hours until any sort of commitment, I knew I could find something that inspired me to write out a decent post. I clearly had too high of hopes for myself because after my first round of checking emails I got side tracked on Gilt Groupe. If you are not yet familiar, Gilt is an invitation only shopping site where you can purchase luxury brands for up to 70% off. Each sale lasts for only 36 hours and items typically sell out quite rapidly making shopping that much more thrilling if you actually score the things you want in the correct sizes. This morning I found an amazing pair of Kelsi Dagger wedges as I was perusing Gilt and I knew I had to have them. The only problem? My size was already "in a members cart." This meant that A. I had to hope the person who was thinking to purchase them did not complete their order within the time allotted {8 min once you add it to your cart} and B. If they hadn't that I would be the next to add them to my cart before anyone else! I know stressful right...
So now 1 hour until my appointment, still not showered and ready I have a pretty weak blog post that includes nothing more than a example of my obsession with Gilt and inability to complete a task I try and force onto myself. Although...there is some good news. 
Kelsi Dagger Juno Wedge {Retail: $125, Gilt: $59}
If you are interested in becoming a Gilt Groupe member, simply comment below with your email address and I will send you an invitation to shop Gilt! 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Little About Muah!

A fun little interview I thought I would share with you all...Enjoy! 

Fashion advice from up-and-coming stylist, Gigi Ouf
-By: Melissa Martin
{photo by : Steve Francis}
Recently featured in San Francisco Magazine, this ambitious 23-year-old is making quite a name for herself.  Over a year ago, she decided to leave her job as a nanny and retail store manager to take on a risky, yet rewarding, self-made career in styling.  Her blog, Gigi Ouf THE BLOG, not only displays a plethora of drool-worthy images, but she also uses it as a forum to provide advice on today’s looks.  Seeing as she always exudes great style, we took some time to ask Gigi about her fashion sense.

Melissa: How would you describe your personal style?
Gigi: My style changes from day to day depending on my mood and the occasion I am dressing for. Typically I'll pull one article of clothing from my closet that I am drawn to in that particular time and work around it.
Melissa:  What trends have you personally been fascinated with lately?
Gigi: Recently I have loved the contrast of feminine and flirty pieces with men's wear styles. I’ll throw on an armful, handful and neck full of jewelry and I'm out the door.
Melissa: Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?
Gigi: There are a lot of great style blogs out there that I look to but I think my biggest source of inspiration is traveling and observing other country’s and city’s street styles.
Melissa: What have been some travel destinations that have inspired you?
Gigi: I recently was in London & Egypt visiting family and I picked up some great pieces at the Portobello Market as well as some really cool jewelry from the Bazaar's in Egypt. I mix those pieces with items I find here to add a bit of unique flair to my outfits.
Melissa: Is jewelry your favorite fashion accessory?
Gigi: Undoubtedly.  I have a pretty hefty hodgepodge of a jewelry collection going on. It ranges from vintage pieces from my grandmother and mom, costume jewelry that I find at flea markets and cheap-o bangles from H&M.  You will never see me leave the house without a mixture of all of it on.
Melissa: How would you describe San Franciscan style?
Gigi: What I love about San Francisco is the eclectic nature of the entire city, whether it be food, fashion or art. I find that most people who live here are not afraid to experiment with fashion and they don't try to follow trends so heavily.  I love that. Layering is key in San Francisco, because one minute the sun will be out then the fog rolls in and it’s pretty chilly.
Melissa: Yes, having outerwear on those foggy days is pretty important!
Gigi: I think a good leather jacket is a staple everyone living here should invest in, no matter what their style may be.
Melissa: What is the easiest way for someone to reinvent their wardrobe?
Gigi: I think that the first step is organizing your wardrobe. Sometimes after a few months, weeks or years of clothes, shoes and jewelry being piled up and unorganized you loose track of items that you own and once loved.
Melissa: How do you approach this with your clients?
Gigi: Typically, with my clients once we organize their closet and accessories I shop stores like Zara and H&M for quick and inexpensive updates. We are so lucky to have stores like these.  They deliver fast fashion at low price points.
Melissa: What are the top trends of the summer season?
Gigi: A lot of designers are implementing the whole rocker chic look. I mean, adding spikes to jewelry, handbags and shoes has been going on for a while but the way they are pairing them with softer things is new. I have been seeing a lot of retro and a return of classic pieces as well as oversized and deconstructed looks. I guess you could say its all over the place, I'm into it!
Melissa: Are there any summertime looks that people should avoid?
Gigi: As a general rule, you should never follow trends blindly. If the new trend is not flattering to your body type don't think you have to wear it. As it is important to be on trend, it is more important to know your body type and dress in a way that is flattering to you. I am 5'8.  A girl who is 5'2 probably wouldn't look good in the same types of outfits I would wear and vice-versa.
Melissa: What if someone wants to try a trend that doesn’t necessarily suit their body type?
Gigi: You can always find ways to incorporate the new trend whether it's with an accessory or mixing a separate with an article of clothing you know works for you!
Melissa:  What drives your passion for styling?
Gigi: There is no bigger feeling of accomplishment to me than seeing someone put on an outfit I have pulled for them and immediately exude a new found confidence. I love making people feel good about themselves and I love the art of fashion.  Luckily I have always had a good eye for it.
Melissa: So you have always known this was something you loved?
Gigi: I think it’s important to realize your natural, raw talents and if you can make a career out of it, you will always be passionate and good at what you do.

Gigi Ouf is available for personal client styling, personal shopping, wardrobe planning, closet renovation, and special occasion and event shopping.  She can be reached at  Make sure to check out her blog at

Thanks Melissa! Don't forget to check out her blog, A Series Of Unrelated Thoughts

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Taste The Rainbow

Im dying for an occasion to make this rainbow cake, you can find the recipe here.

"They way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain" -Dolly Parton

{images via studded hearts}

Thursday, June 10, 2010

You Can't Win Them All

In preparation for a little photo shoot I am doing tomorrow I scoured my favorite blog's & websites in hopes to get some inspiration on what to wear, how to do my hair, apply my makeup, accessorize...the whole nine. Here's a few looks I am hoping to re-create with what I have in my closet.
I recently bought a pair of gold studded leggings from TART. They are not as extravagant as the ones shown above but I'm thinking they would photograph really well & give the outfit a lot of texture.
I am in need of a visit to David at Cowboys and Angels for a hair cut / color although I'm kinda digging the stringy hair look with some roots showing like MK is donning here. This 'do' is screaming "I spent a long time making my hair look like I just rolled out of bed/ jumped out of the ocean" and I like it.
I recently salvaged a really great acid washed jean button down my dad was trying to throw out similar to the one shown here on my friend Liz of Late Afternoon. I'm thinking to pair it with the studded leggings or even a mini metallic floral skirt I wore here
Long lashes, pink cheeks, feline eyes. My makeup muse. 
Obsessed with the turban that SJP wore in Sex and the City 2. If I could figure out how to make it (pretty sure I could find some sort of fabric in that pattern/colors) I think it would be a great addition to any ensemble. 

Hope the shoot goes well, Ill post pictures as soon as I receive them!
{images via Studded Hearts, FashionGoneRogue,Late Afternoon & Olsens Anonymous}

On another note, I have a funny little message to share.
 In an attempt to help promote my blog my sweet friend Kim suggested my Facebook Fan Page to all of her facebook friends. This morning she received a message back regarding her suggestion of my fan page from her cousin. It was too funny for me not to post with his spelling errors, grammar mistakes and all...enjoy.
My Biggest 'Fan' -
"why would i want to like, Gigi ouf: the blob? i have no clue who gig is. i assume she is adam's sister, but still i have never met the girl. so therefore, however why would i want to read "gig out the blog". now hence because i am such a great cousin i will parouse, GIGI OUF: THE BLOG. but for me to go as far as to liking "gigi out the blog" i would need to more of this gigi and the like.well kimberley i must now get in the shower for work and such so please excuse me and respond back with some information as to why i should consider gigi ouf, the blog as part of my daily reading"
** UPDATE : I highly recommend reading the 1st. comment below for his "apology" It's priceless

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ashard Richley Handbags

{Ashley with husband Richard}
Back in 2007 when I was studying at the Florence University Of The Arts, I met Ashley in my Fashion Photography class. After the completion of our semester abroad Ashley moved to New York and started her career in accessory design. After working for Be&D & Coach Ashley decided she wanted to start her own line of affordable yet unique & fashionable handbags for every woman to own. That is when Ashard Richley was born. The success of Ashard Richley has put her in magazines such as Women's Wear Daily proving her design's have been welcomed with an open embrace in the fashion accessory world. 

My Ashard Richley Picks : 
Excited to announce a discount code for all readers of Gigi Ouf THE BLOG. When you enter the code SOGIGI at checkout you will receive a 20% discount on all purchases. 
What are you waiting for? Go Shop Ashard Richley for a chic new bag now!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sole Searching

How tall is too tall? Is there even such thing as too tall? What is the difference between model tall and giant tall? Pressing questions, I know. 
At 5'8 {ish} I consider myself on the taller end of the scale and find that a lot of girls my height stray away from wearing heels. As most I have met in that height range have the mentality that being the tallest person in the room is a bad thing, I have never have that outlook. I say, own it! A girl who is confident with her height and can properly walk in heel's {a must} undoubtedly turns heads. Even though I live by the "own it" mentality, I have never been known to trot around in sky high heels. Why? My parents so graciously gifted me with board flat feet which make for never ending jokes from my best friends & an uncomfortable night out if I am trying to dance, walk the hills of San Francisco or even stand for long periods of time. {Pathetic, I know} In an effort to save my feet from such discomfort I have sacrificed fashion at some points and opted for comfort. Now that I look into my newly organized shoe closet I find that my collection is lacking and I need to 'step' it up a bit. Enter, Sole Searching. My obsession du jour; neutral platforms or wedge's {the most comfortable yet stylish option for me} For the next few weekends I have made a pact with myself to spend less on nights out and save for a "shoedrobe makeover". 
Wish me luck.

A few great websites for sole searching : 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Under The Maui Sun

Just returned from a five day vacation in paradise. For the past three years my family has made it a tradition to visit the Hawaiian island, Maui a trip I look forward to the entire year. A celebration of my parents anniversary with an excess of sun, relaxation, delicious tropical foods, lush landscapes & quality time with friends + family. 
{Matthew Williamson for H&M tunic, vintage Dior sunglasses, bcbg oversized fedora}
A beautiful sunset on the way back to San Francisco. Already looking forward to next year.