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September 27, 2013

It’s Friday, and the sweet sounds from SZA are floating around our office. Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think of this tune!

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Meet our Monday Muse, Bethany Struble! She’s not your ordinary fashion blogger. This gal is a mom and jill of all trades. Keep reading to find out why we just can’t get enough.  

How did you get your start in blogging?

My blog started out as just a photography blog and it slowly morphed into a personal style blog. I started about three years ago!

You’re a blogger, photographer, singer, and musician. What passion has your heart?

I’m passionate about all those things! I think music is closest to my heart, but photography is something I do every single day.

Can we listen to your songs on the internet or see you perform live?

I haven’t put any of my personal music on the internet. I’ve written some instrumentals and theme music with my dad for the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards, so if you watch re-runs from years past, you can hear some of the music we did.

What music artists are on repeat for you right now?

Alt-J has been on repeat. It puts me in such a relaxed and chill mood for the day!

We want to know your beauty secrets! How do you maintain your gorgeous tresses?

My hair really just does what it wants and I sort of let it. I never use heat tools. I let it air dry with some moroccan oil most days.

After going to NYFW, what styles are you coveting the most?

For shoes, I can’t wait for some of the lace up heels I saw!

Any advice for other “Hot Mamas” pursuing fashion blogging?

I think blogging is an amazing thing that moms can do from home! Be creative and manage your time wisely! And don’t let being a mom make you dress down!

Finish the sentence: When I want to relax I_________________.

When I want to relax, I turn a movie on for my daughter and take a long bubble bath.

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Meet Melanee Shale, a style blogger who defies labels and reps both the Big Apple and City of Angels. Get the scoop on who she gets inspiration from and how she maintains a flawless complexion below!

How would you describe your personal style?

It is hard to give my style an exact name since I try to be unique. I like to wear what makes me feel good and it also depends on how I’m feeling that day. But I would describe it as a mix of my two style icons, Nicole Richie and Olivia Palermo. They exemplify what I love about West and East coast fashion. Nicole Richie brings out my LA bohemian chic and Olivia Palermo brings out my New York edginess.

Who or where do you draw inspiration from?

My inspiration for style can be traced back to my mom. The confidence she exuded in her style choices made her the most beautiful women in the world to me. In fact, most of my vintage pieces I feature on my blog come from her closet. Nowadays, this confidence has led me down my own style evolution. For me, it’s important to remain individual and not look like everyone else. I am a born and bred Angeleno and that is what most of my style emulates. It’s inspired by the casual, easy, bohemian feel of living by the beach. However, having lived in New York for seven years, my style can also be inspired by the eclectic way New Yorkers dress. Lastly, I get truly inspired by reading fashion magazines and some of my favorite fashion blogs.

Which brands are you following during NYFW?

After seeing a couple shows this past week at NYFW, I have a new found love for Mara Hoffman and Tracy Reese. The prints and colors that both designers used were just truly amazing!

What trends are you looking forward to trying?

My style is usually subdued in neutrals so I’m definitely going to be trying more prints and bold color this upcoming season.

What’s your beauty regimen?

For beauty, my motto is if it works, why change it! The biggest compliment I receive about my makeup is my flawless complexion. I start with MAC Primer then use Estee Lauder foundation that gives the perfect amount of coverup. I always use NARS blush in Deep Throat, plus a bronzer to make my skin look sun-kissed. I add Lorac black liner on my upper and lower lid and I never ever forget mascara! For my lips, I literally use the limited edition Viva Glam MAC lipstick by Niki Minaj everyday! I thought I lost it during NYFW and almost cried. Luckily, I found it hidden in my bag. My friends know I could never part with it!

Finish the sentence: My fashion mantra is if you like it, wear it! Don’t worry about what others think. Also, when in doubt, throw a hat on it =)

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Meet Jenny Wu, a stylish fashion lawyer and full time blogger at “Good, Bad, and Fab.” We’re quite obsessed with this style maven, and know you will be too!

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is very eclectic and reflects the diversity of LA’s neighborhoods and colorful subcultures. In just one outfit change, I can go from Venice boho to Beverly HIlls posh!

Who or where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw my inspiration from style blogs, magazines, pinterest, and the streets of LA.  I grew up in LA so  I can’t help but be influenced by its celebrity culture and count Kate Bosworth and Nicole Richie as two of my style favs.

What trends do you have to try before the summer season ends?

I’m bummed it’s August already and am in a mad rush to try out the “skort” trend and am working up the courage to rock a pair of statement making gladiators sandals.

Blogging isn’t your only experience in the world of fashion. What’s life like for a fashion lawyer?

Quite tame compared to fashion blogging! I draft contracts, negotiate licensing deals, and am involved in the enforcement of copyrights and trademarks. Basically, I take care of the behind the scenes work that keep the fashion wheels spinning.

Do you have any advice for students who want to pursue fashion law?

Get an internship at a law firm that represents fashion clients to get an idea of the industry and the work involved. Start networking early by attending industry mixers and events. Knowledge is power!

When you shop, how do you balance choosing clothes for work and leisure?

I don’t. I make sure everything I buy is versatile enough to wear to work and to play.

If you were to spill one beauty secret with us, what would it be?

M.A.C. Russian Red lipstick. It will change the way you see red lipstick and maybe even change your life.

Your blog name is “Good, Bad, and Fab” what are some good and/or bad experiences you have had with fashion over the years?

Since I’ve started my blog,  I’ve had so many good, great and fabulous experiences. Going to New York and Milan fashion week definitely are on the top of the list. Being the official Saks Fifth Avenue blogger is also up there. As for bad experiences, I think I tend to take on more than I can chew because I get so excited when new opportunities come up. So I end up trying to juggle a hundred projects at once which results in sleep deprivation. So yeah, unable to experience the joy of sleeping eights hours a night is a bad experience.

Finish the sentence. My fashion mantra is work, play, dress, and live fabulously!

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Meet Allison Chesky! She’s a Markets Editor at Real Simple and an expert on all things surrounding style. Since she’s privy to the hottest trends, we had her select her favorites from ShoeDazzle and give insight on what inspires her personal look. 

Describe a normal day at Real Simple? On a typical day, I balance the responsibilities of discovering new designers, previewing collections, and finding suitable pieces for the stories we are working on. While it can be filled with long hours, it never feels like work :)

What components complete your style? My style is a combination of minimalist with feminine and global influences interspersed. I love to pair new designers’ pieces with classic silhouettes, and a top it off with a little flair.

Who’s your style muse? In terms of style, I love and identify with the glamour and ladylike quality of Old Hollywood icons, and consistently draw from them, like Grace Kelly and Marilyn. Though I equally appreciate artistic and modern interpretations of street style dressing.

What trends do you have on your radar? I love how leather and leopard have become new wardrobe staples: neutrals, if you will. Especially in a New York climate, its welcome and a versatile addition to a fall/winter wardrobe.

Summer Getaway? I just spent the summer in Nantucket with my family, which is my summertime sanctuary. It is filled with beautiful beaches, all-American pastimes and it’s the perfect place to unwind beyond the hustle and bustle of NYC.

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What made you pursue fashion?

I’ve always been addicted to shopping and clothes. I come from a family with primarily men, so I guess I turned out as girly as possible.

How would you describe your style?

My style is always evolving. I tend to dress for the occasion and what I’m feeling like for the day. Some days I’m super vintage and other days I can be a total hippie. I guess I would say my style is chameleon like.

Where do you find style inspiration from?

I definitely get my style inspiration from fellow bloggers and friends. I love to see real girls wearing pieces I would wear in their own unique ways.

What’s your go-to piece to make a fashion statement?

A  fabulous full vintage skirt. It’s become my signature piece and I get so excited when I find a new one while vintage shopping.

You’re a Los Angeles native. If we were to hang out, where would you take us?

I would probably take you all over, since L.A. is such a large city. Brunch in Los Feliz probably my favorite little restaurant Alcove, followed by shopping on Melrose, a short peak at the LACMA, and dinner and drinks in Downtown.

We noticed you’re into travelling, tell us about your love for Italy and Via Ghibellina 76?

I spent a semester abroad in Italy about 2 years ago and fell in love with traveling. Europe is definitely a different place. It was so eye opening to see the many lifestyles people lived. Via Ghibellina 76 was my apartment and it was my favorite place to people watch from my window and write.

Tell us, which season do you prefer for dressing up?

Fall is my favorite season. I live trench coats and boots. It’s nice cause you can later for warmth but also de-layer if it gets hot which it usually does in LA.

When it comes to working out, what’s your favorite method?

Bikram yoga is my go to workout method. It centers me body mind and soul. I love detoxing and flushing the bad substances out of my system. It’s more for health than just being fit and having a nice body.

What’s on your workout playlist?

Nothing. Bikram yoga requires you to clear your mind and so you have to be in silence for an hour and a half.

Since your name is Stiletto beats, we can’t help but to ask… What’s your favorite ShoeDazzle heel?

I have so many but the one I love right now is the Levi! Edgy, comfortable and so wearable.

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July 18, 2013

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our most recent photo shoot at our headquarters. We focused on black and white minimalism with a touch of chic snake skin prints.

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Blake Von D caught our attention when she won a ShoeDazzle contest. Her unique take on fashion and beauty had us from the beginning. But, her love for law keeps us intrigued. Read on to get to know a girl with beauty and brains! 

Who is Blake Von D?

I’m really just a normal girl. Like a lot of girls, I enjoy pretty things and can’t get enough of dressing up. I’m also a big dreamer and all about girl power. I think there’s nothing that women can’t do and I try to embody that in everything I do.

If you had to tell your teenage-self one thing what would it be?

“TAKE THAT OFF!” Lol. I look back at all the terrible fashion choices I made as a teenager and I cringe. I can’t even justify it by conceding that I was fashionable for the time. Nope. It was just all around terrible decision making lol.

What type of law will you practice? What made you decide to go into law?

I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little girl. I’ve always had a penchant for “proving my point”. At the moment, I’m not quite sure what type of law I want to practice. I originally thought that I would definitely go into criminal defense. But lately I’ve been giving some thought to the fields of Fashion Law or IP Law, which deals with things like copyrights and trademarks. It’s a tough decision because I’m really passionate about social justice (I also have a Master’s of Social Work) and I feel like by not doing criminal defense, I’d be letting people down. But I just have to keep reminding myself that, “It’s ok to have more than one dream.”

To put it simply your hair is amazing! Do you have any hair journey stories that you can share with our readers?

Thank you! I cut my hair into this style shortly after graduating college in 2009 and I couldn’t have chosen a better style for myself. I think it really showcases my “what you see is what you get” personality and has forced me to truly appreciate my appearance on a deeper level, without relying on hair as a crutch. I’m loving everything about this journey!

Tell us your beauty secrets! What’s something you can’t live without?

I love a good foundation. My current go-to is MACs Liquid Studio Fix Foundation. I’m also a sucker for a good tube of mascara. My favorite is Maybelline’s Stiletto Mascara. And I always close out my day by cleansing my skin with Rx for Brown Skin’s acne treatment system.

We love your style, you were literally the girl crush of our office! Whose style do you often find yourself crushing on?

I’m totally blushing! You guys sure know how to make a girl feel special. I have quite a few style crushes. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to, it would be Rihanna (at the moment). She’s fearless and always willing to make bold style choices. You can’t help but love a girl with that sort of bravery. I also love Olivia Palermo’s style. That girl has impeccable taste!

If you could raid their closet what would you take?

O goodness, where to start?! I would DEFINITELY take the Stephane Rolland dress Rihanna wore to the 2009 Glamour Magazine Awards. It was showstopping! I’d also steal off with the black Armani gown she wore to the 2012 Grammys. As for Olivia Palermo, she always has great shoes. So I’d probably start by taking a pair…or six.

Do you have any statement pieces that you guiltlessly wear over and over again?

I have a great blazer that I recently purchased from H&M that I just can’t get enough of. It goes great with almost anything. It’s kind of sad how often I find myself wanting to wear it.

Finish the sentence. When I want to refresh my wardrobe I ____________.

I always start with my shoes!

The right shoe can change the whole feel of an outfit and luckily I have Shoedazzle to feed my addiction!

Head nod to your “Notoriously Chic” shirt, what’s one of your favorite lyric’s from the great B.I.G.?

I’m glad you like it! It’s a super cute tee designed by a close friend. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest B.I.G. fan (I’m more of a Tupac kinda girl), but if I had to choose my favorite lyric from the late rapper it would have to be the opening lyrics to “Big Poppa”, “To all the ladies in the place with style and grace…”. What fashionista can’t relate to those lyrics?!

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How would you describe your style?

I always have a hard time with this question mostly because my style is constantly changing depending on my mood every day. I would definitely say I’m always on the girly & eclectic side!

When you’re getting dressed what’s one indicator that you’ve got the look?

It’s an indescribable feeling! You feel confident and it immediately perks up your mood. For me, I instantly start brainstorming for locations to photograph the outfit; even if I’m running late to an appointment. It may sound silly, but you kind of fall in love with what you’re wearing – sometimes, it happens when I have no where important to go like buying groceries and running errands and then I debate on whether or not to save it for another occasion.

What are some of your fashion do’s and don’ts?

Do push your limits! Some of the best outfits are those where we’re thinking outside of the box and maybe slightly outside of our comfort zone, in a good way, whether it’s an unusual texture, an eccentric shoe pairing, or a fun pop of color (or all monochromatic). Don’t doubt yourself. If you feel good in it, rock it!

Have you ever made a huge fashion mistake?

Of course! There was one outfit where I just went too far with mixing textures and prints (think monochromatic, faux fur, leather, textured tights, ikat shorts – it was overboard) but I’d rather be on the quirky side causing a small commotion than boring, any day!

Your husband takes all of your photos, what’s a fun fact about the man behind the camera?

He used to DJ and competed in battles, placing with some of the top names in the industry!

How do you balance your career in Technology Sales and Blogging full time?

It’s definitely something I struggle with, especially during the chaotic month end, quarter end and fiscal year ends as it makes it nearly impossible to not work 24/7 but I would say I attribute it to the fact that my husband and I work together as a team in both careers. Because of that, he really helps me balance it out and keeps me sane! Also, although I definitely spend full time hours blogging (there are just enough hours in a day to work 2 full time jobs and sleep!), it doesn’t feel like work because I love it so much!

When you’re not blogging or working what do you like to do for fun?

We’re big foodies (which is something I do blog about occasionally) so if I’m not working, blogging or attending industry events, you’ll find me at any one of LA’s highest rated eateries or watering holes!

Your mother went into labor at the South Coast Plaza, what’s your favorite store there?

Yes! While she was pregnant with me! What store is there not to love there? I’m not sure I could pick one favorite but I love Hermes (my husband bought my birthday bracelet from there) and well a girl can day dream about their bags all day right? Louis Vuitton from the days I used to collect a ridiculous amount of their bags, Zara because it’s Zara :) and the easy go-to’s Nordstrom & Bloomingdales!

How would you say your style has evolved throughout the years?

I’m definitely much more adventurous. Although I’ve always loved bright colors, fun prints and lots of accessories, I’ve also always had a huge complex about my legs (they’re thicker than the average!) so I used to shy away from fun colored and printed pants. My close friend aka my blogger bestie, Sheryl, would always try to encourage me to try them and she finally got me to wear a pair of red jeans. That’s when I fell in love. Now, I have more crazy printed jeans and crazy colors than I do the average blues and blacks!

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