Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Round-Up

Hey BBLA Babes! It's almost the weekend! Time to break out your best looks and head out on the town. There are two special events going on this weekend in LA that you'll catch us at. 



A Current Affair


Saturday from 12-7, our store is participating in a vintage Pop-Up show A Current Affair, we'll be bring our absolute best vintage designer pieces! This year's Fall showcase will be hosted by self-proclaimed GirlBoss and fellow vintage fanatic Sophia Amoruso. Also making appearance downtown will be our good friend fashion blogger Olivia Lopez of LustforLife--a regular fixture in the store and occasional Lookbook model. Entry is $8 or $16 for the VIP preview, which includes access to an open bar and music provided by DJs from KCRW. You'll have the pick of the absolute best Vintage that LA has to offer! 











Thievery Corp. and Stephen Marley at the Greek


On the other side of LA, for those of you into the nightlife scene, DJ collective Thievery Corporation and reggae artist Stephen Marley will be playing a set at Greek. For those of you unfamiliar with Thievery Corp, they've got a chill-wave sound of bass heavy beats with minimal lyrics that you can really groove to. Five-time Grammy Winner Stephen Marley just released his fourth album earlier this year and has been touring almost non-stop since. His sound classically reggae with a smooth and soulful edge. Music runs deep in the Marley fam! The best part about this show is that tickets are still available! You can get some here. Check out some of our favorite songs by 
them below.






















We hope to see you there!

--BBLA FAM

Written by Kiani-Iman



Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Fall Trends

Check your calendars, BBLA babes. The season of pumpkin spice and orange leaves is upon us as today marks the first official start of Fall (even though the temperature might have you feeling otherwise)! Now is the time to break out that trench, you've kept buried in the back of your closet for most of the year--it's certainly right on trend. Early this year, with February's Fashion Weeks we got a glimpse at everything you could expect to be hot this season, so I'm rounding up the top trends for Fall 2014 as a little style recap.



FALL COLORS


This season's color palette takes on a vibrant hue. Be sure to avoid any oranges and yellow, so you stand out from the crowd and piles of leaves falling to the ground! Think about all the shades of spring--Pinks, Blues, and Greens--and embrace their darker cousins: Magenta, Emerald, and Turquoise. Still going strong is this year's "it color": Radiant Orchid. Think of your color choices as a base to build a look on. Maybe your the type of fashionista who loves to keep it minimal with a chic black and white look, you can add a nice pop of color to your shoes or accessories. If you're the type to rock only pastels, accentuate your chosen palette with fun focal points in a darker tone. 




However this season's Favorite color will definitely be Green! It's no longer the color of renewal for Spring, but a deep and luxurious tone for the cool days of this Season. Think Military chic with a preppy polish. 












Opening Ceremony NYFW Fall 2014 









Creatures of the Wind NYFW Fall 2014 











Rosie Assoulin NYFW Feb. 2104





Knit All-Over


Left to Right: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Celine

It's true, Fall is the time to wear your ugly sweaters with pride. Find a long one at a thrift shop, layer it with a nice jacket, add a belt to the waist and finish your look with some booties and you'll be dressed to kill. This season, it looks like high-end designers are embracing sweaters and knitwear like crazy, so you'll be sure to find enough sweaters on the market to last you until the new year. This season, looks entirely fashioned with your grannie's favorite past-time, are the hot new thing. Think about lots of beanies and scarves on top of long sweater-dresses!













 Helmut Lang NYFW Fall 2014







Public School NYFW Fall 2014










Dionne Lee NYFW Fall 2014






Vibrant Prints

Left to Right: Prada, Chloe, Valentino


This Fall, expect to see a lot of prints and patterns the next time you go shopping. Designers are channeling the Mod vibrance of the 60s. Be on the look out for mixing patterns in all the shades that are hot this season. Spots with stripes, swirls with straight lines--with lots and lots of color!









Valentino NYFW Fall 2014 









Prada NYFW Fall 2014








Diane Von Furstenberg NYFW 2014




















So there your have it. What will you be wearing this season? Be sure to tag us in any post on Instagram of your on-trend finds from the shop!

Keep it sweet & Keep it chic.

--BBLA FAM


Written by Kiani-Iman

Friday, September 12, 2014

NYFW: Get the Look


September is a time to look to the future, as our favorite designers begin to showcase their newest collections at New York Fashion week. With shows from J Crew, Rag & Bone, Donna Karan, and Alexander Wang, there's a lot to look forward to in 2015. Fashion week is like waiting for Christmas: you've made your list of all the things you want, but waiting two seasons is too long. If you're impatient like me, you want these looks right now! With some internet sleuthing, I've found several pieces that mimic upcoming looks on the websites of each designer already, that way you can stay ahead of the curve and rock these looks without having to hold off. Get that credit card ready and have at it ;)




J CREW
  
J Crew came with some looks that were a nice blend of their classically preppy aesthetic with some rugged appeal. This collection has me looking forward to spring time camping, picnics, and afternoon brunches. The color palette was subdued with a white base with lost of pops of yellows, greens, and blues. It looks like their forecasting a lot of outside use, from all the layers their putting onto the models. Normally, big in fall, layering will stick around for those rainy Springtime days. Very few looks for the women were arbitrarily feminine, instead were seeing a lot of pants and capris, for the the active girl, who isn't afraid to be bold.  




 Here's a look that's ready to wear with a color palette that's actually perfect for winter. The slate blue has me thinking about cool days and long nights. What really draws me to this look are the shoes. If there is one thing we can take away from this collection, it's that metallics are here to stay for another year! If you're loving these shoes on the model, you can grab the Greta heel, already on J Crew's site, that resembles this new one pretty well.



 Can't forget about the fellas! Really love how this look is a cross between causal and dressy. The military jacket is another piece that never goes out of style. The olive color is one that goes with just about everything--even a suit and tie! This coat can be found in a copycat version on J Crew right now: the Cotton Fishtail Parka!


Alexander Wang


Always a BBLA favorite, Alexander Wang's newest collection was an homage to the sneaker. Think lost of bright color and mixing textures. Lots of the looks blurred between sporty and sexy. Bright and bold neons are no longer restricted to the feet as he presented models wearing loud patterns and fun prints. Lots of leather and mesh with knitted fabrics were the main features.




 
This one isn't an exact match in color, but I the neon yellow and green are pretty similar. Alexander is truly the best at mixing fabrics and textures for looks that are as fun to touch as they are to look at. This knitted sweater dress from his runway show harkens back to a piece on Net-a-Porter by him from last year that you scoop up right now




Donna Karan



Donna Karan's collection for Spring was inspired by Art. Each piece is kinetic and energetic mimicking the paint splatter of a Basquiat, and the soothing tones of a Monet. Street-wear and street-art combine for a collection that ranges from the ivory tones of an untouched canvas to a vibrant red of fashion's favorite primary color.





Both skirts a reminiscent of Jackson Pollock Painting, with the splatters being a central focal point. While, the new collection focuses more on textural mixes, this older skirt is balanced with pops of color! The black paint splatter skirt is available right now on Saks Fifth Avenue!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day the BBLA Way

How could it be that summer is almost over? It seems like only yesterday we were all clamoring for days on the beach and warm evening parties where the days lasted longer than the night. Luckily, being located in the heart of LA, we're living in a perpetual summer, despite what the calendar says. I like to think that Summer really starts on Memorial day and ends in September with Labor Day. With that in mind, here's a few pointers on how to throw a rocking Labor Day bash, Buttons & Bows Style!




WHAT TO HEAR

So, you've shopped our sale in store &  we've got you fitted in some cool threads to dance in for your party, but you've got no music to jam to! Fortunately, I've composed a cool playlist of fun tracks to keep the party going--it certainly gets us dancing in store. If it's not obvious by our own style, the crew here has an eclectic taste: Rock, Pop, Rap, and Reggae, we love it all! The best part about the music is blasting it from our House of Marley speakers, they're Bluetooth compatible so everyone can hook up their phone and have a chance to be the DJ!


  1. "Let Me Take You Out" --Class Actress
  2. "Say That" --Toro y Moi
  3. "As We Enter" -- Nas & Damian Marley
  4. "Y.A.L.A" --M.I.A
  5. "Deadbeat Summer" --Neon Indian
  6. "Stir It Up" --Bob Marley
  7. "Start of Something" --Voxtrot
  8. "You're Not Good Enough" --Blood Orange
  9. "Don't Wait" --Mapei
  10. "Sunshine" --Jo Mersa










WHAT TO EAT

Now that you've got a great look and you and your guests are dancing to some great tunes, replenish your energy with some good eats! The crew here in store are a bunch of self-proclaimed foodies; we always rush to the newest restaurant to grab a bite and are wizards in the kitchen as much as in the closet. Here are three fun recipes, we love and want to share with you.



Watermelon-Feta Salad 

What You'll Need


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  1. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. 2 teaspoons salt
  1. 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  1. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. One 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (10 cups), chilled
  1. 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled (2 cups)
  2. 1 small sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  3. How To Prepare
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, Tabasco and pepper. Add the watermelon, feta, olives and onion and toss gently. Best Served Chilled.





BBQ Jerk Chicken

What You'll Need


3 scallions, chopped

4 large garlic cloves, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

4 to 5 fresh Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, stemmed and 
seeded

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

2 teaspoons ground allspice

2 teaspoons black pepper

3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

4 chicken breast halves with skin and bones


How to Prepare
Make marinade:
Blend all marinade ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Marinate and grill chicken:
Divide chicken pieces and marinade between 2 sealable plastic bags. Seal bags, pressing out excess air, then turn bags over several times to distribute marinade. Put bags of chicken in a shallow pan and marinate, chilled, turning once or twice, 1 day.
Let chicken stand at room temperature 1 hour before cooking.



Whiskey Lemonade 

What You'll Need

2 ounces of your Whiskey of choice
3/4 ounce lemonade
3/4 ounce honey syrup or 2 tablespoons honey

How to Prepare

Combine ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Pour into a rocks glass over ice. No garnish necessary.










Here's hoping you have a great Labor Day and a Rocking party! 


---BBLA FAM


Written By Kiani-Iman





Monday, August 25, 2014

BBLA Takes on FYF 2014

LA's own FYF Fest turned 11 this past weekend, churning out another year of killer tunes and awesome fashion. Headlining the festivities this year were Phoenix and The Strokes, both of which absolutely brought the house down with hour long sets that got the crowds dancing. Also making appearances were all the artists we like to blast in the store on our Marley Speakers: Chet Faker, Grimes, HAIM, Tycho, and Ty Segall. Armed with my festival essentials of a backpack, reusable water bottle, and a camera, I pounded the pavement scoping out Street Style that was to die for, as people broke out their best looks! 
















 
 Of course I also had to get a snap of myself! Floral hair accessories are a festival must. So bummed that Festival Season is almost over. In between singing along to my favorite artists and meeting some truly amazing people, FYF stayed true to it's slogan: it really was the Best Weekend of the Summer!





UNTIL NEXT YEAR!


Written By: Kiani-Iman