From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY – Beyond the Icon

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Grace Kelly in her wedding dress, la Galerie d’Hercule du Palais Princier de Monaco, April 19, 1956. Dress designed by Helen Rose. © Archives du Palais Princier de Monaco – F. Detaille

“”My life and the lives of so many have never been the same since the day this wonderful woman entered my world.” -Prince Rainier 

Grace Kelly is an icon in the fashion industry. She’s a screen legend, United Nations advocate for children, and international spokesperson for arts and culture. This actress turned princess  accomplished so much in her life and The Michener Art Museum has put together an exhibit that traces her path from Philadelphia to Monaco. Not to mention, the exhibit features her gowns, movie costumes, and other personal objects. Yup, a vintage fashion lover’s dream come true! Continue reading

SF. Winter Style.

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San Francisco Winter STyle
 
San Francisco winter weather has been great over the past few days! Its not too cold but not too hot! I am in love with it. Even thou I am stuck in bed with a cold I had to share my outfit inspiration for this great weather! All you need is some winter essentials such as boots, beanie and of course lip balm! I want to keep it causal but still street chic at the same time!
xx-Chauncey
By the way Melissa looked adorable in her last post!! Great outfit for Philly weather!!

Amanda Wakeley cashmere sweater
$485 – amandawakeley.com

Blank NYC black jeans
djpremium.com

Black boots
$15 – newlook.com

Dope knit hat
tillys.com

Polar Vortex – Snow Day Survival Style

I didn’t think the storm would be THAT bad. Boy, was I wrong! Silly me, I walked out in classic black Keds (definitely not snow appropriate)…yes, I changed to boots.

Hmmm…I wonder what Chauncey’s wearing today. Apparently, it’s 65 – 70 degrees in San Francisco. She’s sick in bed :( and I hope she feels better soon.

It has been snowing for over 10 hours, so here’s what I wore to stay toasty during  blizzard Janus (…since when did they start naming snow storms?):

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1. C.Wonder knit cable beanie with fur topper (similar C. Wonder hat here or ASOS faux fur pom beanie here)

2. Striped scarf (similar LOFT scarf here)

3. Betsey Johnson hooded wool coat with heart twisty toggles (old, similar coats here)

4.  Black Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots with Pink Welly Fleece Boot Socks (old, similar here)

Also, no snow day is complete without hot chocolate & oversized marshmallows. Mmmmmm! 

Stay warm!

xx Melissa

Fashion Next “It” Girl- Mina Toro

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“We often do not believe that we are capable to become someone successful in this fashion industry. After seeing the movie “Devil Wears Prada, I was certain I would never be successful in this fashion industry, but my time is coming soon I can feel it”

A few years ago she was just a girl in another high school classroom listening to another college speaker talk about why we should pick their college for our future education. She was not aware this speech was going change her life.

As Mina Toro walks into Starbucks you can see how stylish she is without even trying. Her Tory Burch brown leather boots are amazing. She is the definition of style and knowing how to make an entrance without saying a word.

Mina Toro, is currently working on her own fashion design company. She currently works as a Visual Manger at Old Navy in the Bay Area. She attended FIDM in Los Angles. We conducted our interview at Starbucks a few days ago.

When did you first become interest in fashion?

I became interest in fashion in 2006 in my senior year of high school. I remember that FIDM came to our school to discuss their fashion designing program and it open up my eyes to this career.  While the counselor was discussing all different aspects of this career I knew I had to be apart of this.

Were you afraid to suddenly change your major from being a clinical therapist to fashion? (Mina was accepted to UC Riverside before her decision to attend FIDM instead)

I was so scared! I kept thinking would I disappoint my parents and myself in the future. I remember sitting my parents down at dinner a month later after I research everything about FIDM and made my decision to change careers. Luckily my parents didn’t yell at first but they gave their concerns but they give me their blessings.

How was your experience attending FIDM?

I come from a very creative and talented family who are so passionate about what they do. That has always been so inspiring to me therefore I knew that I belonged in the creative field so I attended FIDM where I studied both Design and Visual Communications; I touched every area of the industry and it gave me hands on experience to many parts of my field.

How would you describe your style?

Laid-back chic! I don’t like to look too put together, but you can most certainly see a lot of California in my style.

Who inspires your wardrobe and why? 

Not necessarily who but more of —movies, music, flea markets, fabrics, places and everything in between! I feel like being inspired by things you find cool and intriguing can definitely trigger a different look each day!

What inspired your upcoming collection?

My personal style is very influential in my designs. I want to capture my chic California style. I love mixing and matching prints and I am inspired by music. I want my first collection to just focus on spring dresses that are loose but still showcases a woman natural curves.

Where do you see yourself and your design company in the next 5 years?

I would love to have my company flourish and be sold exclusive in small boutiques in the Bay Area. I want to brand myself and become a force in the fashion industry for my generation.

What are the best aspects of starting your own fashion design company? What are the hardest aspects?

Best aspects are the amazing opportunities you can have like working with your favorite fabric, your own aesthetic, collaborations, photoshoots and campaigns, traveling, fashion week, plus meeting so many cool people along the way who you look up to.

The hardest aspect is dealing with companies, brands, and PR people that want to take advantage of you and trying to keep your designs personal.

Where do you see yourself and your design company in the next 5 years? How do you see yourself doing that?

I would love to have my company flourish and be sold exclusive in small boutiques in the Bay Area. I want to brand myself and become a force in the fashion industry for my generation. I want to make sure I connect with my consumers. My generation is focus on social media I would love to showcase my designs through pop up events that will be market through social media. I feel like it’s a new way to brand yourself in the fashion industry.

What advice will you give someone starting off in the fashion industry?

Honestly, listen to your heart. Do not listen to anyone else because they don’t know what is true inside your heart and soul. My life would be completely different right now and I am very happy I am not the person everyone saw me as at the age 18. I am now a young woman in my mid- twenties who is doing something that I love and I know my passion will make me successful.