August 27, 2014

Wish List Wednesdays

What I want, need and love this week…

1. Black Blossom Clutch by Lovetobag: When your clutch is this pretty, all you need is an LBD.

2. Prada Raso Ricamo Belt: Show off an hourglass figure with this decadently embellished grosgrain belt.

3. Saint Laurent Monogramme Cuff : A beautiful reimagining of the iconic initials YSL.

4. Diva'ni: Have you checked out this cinema-inspired ethnic wear line by Yash Raj Films? Dress like a glamorous Bollywood Heroine with these stunning pieces.

5. Bailey sunglasses by Moorea Seal: Want the lucite look for less? Get these red hot cate eye sunnies for $24.

6. Oh Joy! Striped Stoneware Pitcher: Entertain in style with this gilded pitcher from the Target-Oh Joy! collaboration.

7. Paula Mendoza Joos Gold-Plated Coil Bracelet: Get noticed with this alluring gold bracelet that snakes up your hand for a sexy and bold look.

8. Gem & Mineral 2015 Calendar by Idlewild Co.: Start the year on a glamorous note with this luxe calendar featuring 12 gem designs - a great gift!

See anything you want, need or love?

August 26, 2014

Fusion Fashion Editorial

Recently, I coordinated an editorial of East/West fashion for APPNA Alliance magazine with a superb team from St. Louis, MO. One of the things I love about working in the creative industry is how eager people are to collaborate, try new things and share their skills. I met the fabulous photographer Elizabeth Wiseman at the ALIVE Hotlist party and pitched her my vision: a South Asian girl growing up here in the West has two identities, but when it comes to fashion, she can easily blend both for the world to see. 

With the help of Stylist Kristi Pinkham and Hair & Makeup Artist Ley Woods, we crafted six looks modeled by the gorgeous Rosie Babbra. It is easy to mix and match pieces from both cultures. Some of the brands I love that already have a global tilt to them include J.Crew and Anthropologie. For a bit of edginess, my go to is Topshop and for a more feminine feel we tapped pieces from Ann Taylor. Style tip: layering goes a long way when blending styles, particularly with jewelry. Stack different sets of bangles or necklaces for maximum sparkle and a more decadent look.

East/West | Bangles & Bungalows
Sanaaz saree and crystal bangles; Topshop blouse; J.Crew earrings and blue bracelet; Baublebar crystal cuff.
East/West | Bangles & Bungalows
Pankaj + Nidhi dress; J.Crew pearl necklace; Sanaaz blue and red necklaces, earrings, and tikka; Anthropologie ring.

East/West | Bangles & Bungalows
La Nisay gown; Halston skirt; Sanaaz cuff; Kate Spade earrings; BCBG ear cuff; Banana Republic hat.

East/West | Bangles & Bungalows
La Nisay gown; Topshop jacket; Rebecca Minkoff booties; Banana Republic shirt and belt; Sanaaz head jewel and earrings; Kate Spade pink bangle; Vintage Rajasthani bangles and ring; Nordstrom lucite bangles. 

East/West | Bangles & Bungalows
Ann Taylor blouse; Sanaaz lehenga; Aquamarine earrings.
Ethnic wear was provided by Sanaaz Designs and La Nisay. Which is your favorite look?

August 25, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Parima Creative Studio

As featured in Adore and Matchbook magazines, Parima Creative Studio is a labor of love by Patricia Vargas. The studio's name is an homage to her sister and mother in that it is a combination of her name (Patricia), her sister's name (Arianna) and her mother's name (Maria).

Summer by Parima Creative Studio | Bangles and Bungalows
"Summer" by Patricia Vargas
For Patricia, creating art is a way to spread happiness. Each of her paintings are meant to elicit feelings of positivity, vibrancy and joy. Starting at 10 years old, she followed in her mother's footsteps to become a painter. After testing other professional paths, she returned to painting when the demand for her work enabled her to successfully pursue a career in art. She eventually opened her online studio in January 2013.

You can purchase affordable prints, animal motif graphics, tech wallpapers and canvas paintings online. She also commissions custom pieces. If you are abroad, she ships internationally. Designers and stylists may qualify for a discount. Find her pieces on her website or on her Etsy shop. Here are some of my favorites:

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August 11, 2014

August Playlist

This past week I visited Martha's Vineyard. It was a relaxing week filled with many picturesque moments like this one at Gay Head Clay Cliffs in Aquinnah, Massachusettes. Here are a few songs I'm listening to while on vacation. For more on my trip to Martha's Vineyard and the best places to visit, stay tuned. Listen to my August playlist here on Spotify.

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