Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Funfair Fashion Show

In case some of you aren't aware yet, the fashionista behind this blog is a teacher. Last Sunday, we had a Funfair at school. It's a day when parents and students come to school on a weekend to hang out, have fun and get entertained. The teachers on the other hand prepare entertainment, booths and games to promote bonding between parents and children while raising funds for some worthwhile projects - so to speak.

Early on Sunday was very busy for us - hours before the funfair started. We had to complete the decorations for our booths which we've started doing since friday, with the interval of Saturday, Thank God it didn't rain in between.


My booth, along with my friend and co-teacher Joy, is the souvenir. As you can see in this picture, it ain't complete yet.

There were dances rendered by the students and my favorite being the dance by the K3 and K4. Not only was the dance choreographed by Joy, it also was a combination of fashion show of which, yours truly, came in. I lent a hand in choreographing the catwalk ;)




It's an International school. We have Indians, Thai, Japanese and other Asian ethnicity.






A dance and fashion show that's purely girls would be boring, mind you, so of course, boys had to come into the picture. After the little catwalk, the boys went up the stage to dance with the girls for the remaining half of the music.




The crowd loved the dance&catwalk presentation so much that it was done twice.

The bad thing about being the girl behind the lens stealing time to take photos while trying to sell our souvenir products is that, at the end of the day, I realized I've no single photo :(

It was a good day, I thought to share.

Fabulously yours,

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Trend Alert

I predicted the sheer lace movement and was delighted by winter's heritage revival. Here are my trend alerts for Winter Twenty-Ten.

Roberto Cavalli wowwed the hipster elite when he sent a completely shredded taupe sweater down the runway and demanded $510 for it. He did a brave thing that day. He also inspired Urban Outfitters, Wasteland, and Willow & Clay to peddle much cheaper versions to a curious public.

I'm still not sure how I feel about dropping dough on something extremely DIY-able, but then again I'm seriously lazy. So it may come to that.

If you've been shopping for shoes lately, it's hard to ignore the plethora of mid-calf to thigh-high boots everywhere. Even the department stores are trickled with them in faux suede and rubber souls. I've already scoped out a pair from Target that I may require to exist.

But the boot thing, for all its fabulousity, is a little obvious.

If you really want to break with convention, the Next Great Shoe will be a revival on vintage '70s cut-out wooden platforms. This trend hasn't broken yet, but it's starting to appear in online exclusives and Los Angeles boutiques. I'm a big fan.

A quick search on Etsy led to some fabulous results "for any budget" as magazines like to exclaim. Again, I must implore you to pick up a pair of sweater tights when you rock these (they're open-toe, after all). So cute.

Katamari Forever,
Sabrina London

Friday, November 26, 2010

7 Great Tips for Making Your Hair Grow Longer

To make your hair grow longer, you must live a healthy lifestyle, trim your hair regularly, protect your hair, avoid too much heat styling, choose the right hair accessories, condition regularly, and use natural hair products.

If you are planning to grow longer hair, one of the easiest things you can do is to take proper care of your hair. Additionally, there are many natural products like Argan moroccan oil and other hair care treatments that you can use to strengthen hair whatever the length. Here are some tips you can follow to make your hair grow longer:

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Live a healthy lifestyle

Your lifestyle has a profound effect on all the different aspects of your life, even your hair. You can live healthily by eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, hydrating yourself, and getting enough rest. By following a healthy lifestyle your hair will get the nourishment that it needs, allowing it to remain healthy as it grows longer.

Trim your hair regularly

A trim means cutting about ½ to ¼ of an inch from your hair. Trimming your hair will remove dry and damaged hair and prevent split ends. Inform your stylist that you are planning to grow your hair longer and instruct him or her only to trim your hair. The frequency of trims will depend on how you care for your hair, what routines you follow, and the products you use on it. The better your hair care routine is, the healthier your hair will be and the fewer trims you will need.

Protect your hair

You might want to wear your hair loose at times, but make sure that you protect it from harsh elements in the environment. Don’t expose your hair to too much sun as it can become dry and damaged. Protecting your hair also applies to when you sleep at night because your hair can rub against the pillowcase and bed sheets, therby becoming drier and tangled. Wear a silk night cap when you sleep or switch to soft fabrics for your beddings like silk or satin.

Avoid too much heat styling

Flat irons and curling irons are some of the most commonly used hair styling devices. Unfortunately, using these items regularly can damage your hair. As much as possible, avoid styling devices that rely on heat and choose a hairstyle that will not make use of heat styling.

Choose the right hair accessories

Even the accessories you wear in your hair can affect its health and condition. Be sure to choose hair accessories that are not rough and will complement the texture of your hair. The wrong accessories can cause hair to fall out and can damage your hair.

Condition regularly

Hair has natural moisture and oils that can be stripped off by shampoos, chemical treatments, and other elements in the environment. Conditioning helps moisturize and nourish hair, thus making it healthier and preventing hair breakage. Be sure to apply conditioner right after you shampoo your hair. Deep conditioning is also advisable at least once every month.

Use natural hair products

Chemical treatments can cause hair to fall out and other significant damage to occur to your hair, so as much as possible use natural products such as Argan moroccan oil and other natural oils and organic shampoos.

The secret to growing your hair longer and healthier is to take care of it, so you will have less hair loss and breakage.

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Fabulously yours,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Winner of the Perricone Giveaway!

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"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age." ~ Victor Hugo

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Thank you to our sponsor, the Perricone company. Thank you too to all the girls who participated in this giveaway. If you haven't joined yet, you can still Win the Orient Watch USA giveaway.

Fabulously yours,

Friday, November 19, 2010

Birthday Pup

This month, our little baby girl turned one year old. I can't believe how fast they grow up! For Sophia's birthday, we took her to Carney's for a scrumptious hot dog (her favorite) and the whole family watched Babe.

I can't explain my puppy's taste in movies. She likes animal movies, sure. But what she REALLY loves? Super gory horror movies with lots of blood and screaming. When my husband and I rented "The Human Centipede," she couldn't take her eyes off the screen. Same thing with "The Fly" and "Mortal Kombat."

Every now and then, she'll watch "An Education" but her favorite movies involve gross stuff. Go figure.

So here is a year in the life of Sophia, the teacup Chihuahua.

Nine weeks old.

One Year Old.

Her first day with us. We picked her up from LAX, where she was so tiny, she could fit in the palm of your hand. We bought her from AffordablePup.com.

It was love at first sight. Everything we put beside her just reminded us how tiny she was. Instinctively, this made us want to protect her. During her first week, we took her to the Farmer's Market, Target, Starbucks, Ralph's and just about anywhere we went. She became very fond of my Fendi Spy purse, where she fit quite spaciously.

Wherever she went, a crowd would circle. With her amber red hair and dark mask, people thought she looked like a little fox.

As time passed, little Sophia grew. Her short, chubby frame stretched out into a long, slender figure. But most curious of all, her ears got HUGE. Instead of looking like a fox, she quickly turned into a fruit bat!

To build her independence, we let Sophia sleep alone in her crate each night. But after a while, it became harder and harder to put her away to bed. She yearned to stay with us, cuddled in bed, watching movies and gnawing on chew toys. Eventually, my husband convinced me to let her sleep with us. Just once.

And now she's a regular fixture in our bed.

Easter time. Sophia got into the spirit with her bunny cape. Let me tell you: this is a little girl who LOVES clothes. I used to think dressing your dog was the sort of annoying Hollywood thing that dogs resent and owners relish. But the first sweater Sophia got kept her little body so warm, she would fight you if you tried to take it off. She now has a wide assortment of little outfits, and she just loves it.

Basking in the sunlight. It's a little known fact: chihuahuas LOVE sunbathing.

I learned this when I found Sophia curled up by the porch, laying inside the single ray of sunlight peering into our apartment.

Outside the Grove, in her Fendi purse. Sophia loves shopping. It gives her a chance to hang out with mom and dad, and sleep. Basically, her two favorite activities.

We entered Sophia to be in a coffee table book called "Hipster Pups." My assistant and friend, Michelle, made her this Lady Gaga "Paparazzi" outfit, or as we called her: Puppy Gaga. Sadly, she didn't make it in the book. All the winners were wearing black-framed glasses.

For Halloween, Sophia went to ZOOM ROOM, a canine social club that has puppy training classes and parties. On this particular day, they called it DOOM ROOM. Sophia was dressed as a pumpkin.

And finally here she is on her birthday. All grown up. 4 pounds, 7 ounces. We love her so much, and we're bubbling with excitement to celebrate Thanks Giving and Christmas with our special little girl.

Motherly Nostalgic,
Sabrina London

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Come Here Fur A Minute...

I made a vow last year that I wouldn't sell fur coats again. They were heavy, cumbersome to ship, and a lot of people had different definitions of the word "soft." But then I looked at some of my favorite vintage stores' winter collections, and found myself quickly forgetting last year's mayhem.

Obviously, every vintage lover should possess a '50s mink stole, but this year what excites me are mixed calico pelts. Blending furs together can create a really modern, bohemian look. I'm also a sucker for mod fur collars and anything amber-toned.

Vintage '70s Arctic Silver Fox Coat - Bustown Modern

Vintage '70s Red Fox Fur Vest - Bustown Modern

Vintage '80s Shearling Trim Leather Coat - Bustown Modern

Vintage '60s Mink Collar Swing Coat - Bustown Modern

Vintage '60s Tweed & Opposum Fur Coat - Bustown Modern

Vintage '70s Rabbit Fur Bomber Jacket - American Archive

Vintage '70s Red Coyote & Fox Fur Coat - American Archive

Vintage '80s Fox Fur Trimmed Cape - Tinroof Vintage

Sabrina London