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!


Written By: Kiani-Iman

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Earthstrong to Our Virgo Beauties

Today we're sending out Happy Earthstrong wishes and good vibrations to two of our favorite Virgos: Cedella Marley and Patty Aquino! True to their sign, these ladies are strong, loving, and intelligent. They've also got a killer fashion sense--I guess you could say style & entrepreneurship runs deeps in the BBLA extended family. 

Cedella, big sister to our Karen, is a #Girlboss in her own right. She's a Jane of all Trades, lending her talents to singing, dancing, acting, writing books, and her most recent endeavor through design. Her line, "Catch a Fire" features boho chic creations that are as easy and fun as the music its named after. You can keep up with her at her website!

Patty Aquino-- momma to our girl Mo-- is a business owner as well. It's pretty clear that Mo's entrepreneurship is a trait that's been inherited! :) Patty also has a fabulous sense in fashion, which she's lent to her daughter as well.


Karen, Mo, & the BBLA Fam!

--Written By Kiani-Iman

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ShopWalk DTLA Recap

Hey Ya'll! Happy Hump Day! This has been one awesome past week! Over the weekend, there was so much awesome happenings going on around the Los Angeles area for the last month of the summer vibes. This past Sunday, Aug 3,  was the annual ShopWalk DTLA event that happened right in the heart of downtown. It was a unique all-day event that was dedicated to all the local shops and restaurants. It was definitely an experience all of its own, and I'm so happy that I was there to be a part of it. It was so cool because not only were there specials and deals going on in EVERY shop involved, but it brought an insight to all of these awesome shops I had never been to before!
So, I started my afternoon off at the Buttons & Bows store front where they had an adorable cotton candy stand to greet all the shop visitors and people passing by. Below I added an arrangement of photos from all the shops I visited. Take a look!

Buttons & Bows LA 
548 S. Spring Street
Cotton Candy Girls
One happy customer!
Best dressed girls in Downtown
Vintage Top Paired with Helmut Lang  pants. Check!

The talented and beautiful stylist and shop girl, Kianii, doing what she does best- camera ready!

Designer jewelry made by Sohani Designs
Posing for the camera
wearing one of her own pieces
Yarn in different shades for weaving
Public art piece using natural fibers. Check out Iwantcrayons   for more.

Hanging out

Karen Marley with Sohani Holland Cagliero and her lovely mother

Flamingo Vintage
548 S. Spring Street
I love this shop! If your looking for vintage inspired women's clothes and accessories, you must check out this adorable blast from the past store. There are so many cute things to looks at and color stories, I didn't know where to start first. 

Best display, hands down
Mmmmm, colorful soft pastels.

Lemonade stand and founder of Flamingo Vintage

Haus of Love  
600 S. Spring Street #108
 Haus of Love is an independently owned boutique that supports emerging independent designers from around the world. So if your looking for one of a kind items and gear, this place is definitely your go to shop.

Round2 LA
600 S. Spring Street #109
This shop is mixture of new and used vintage gear, designer garments, a little bit punk rock yet sweet as a pie.This shop is just fabulous! The wall of the shop are dripping with sick fashions and a ton of shoes! Round2 was the first shop of its kind to open in the up and coming downtown LA streets. You can find brands like Lip Service, Jeffery Campbell, and independent designers at Round2 LA.

Rocko, owner of Round2 LA

Hotel 1171
645 S. Main Street
Classic men's wear that is USA made, Hotel 1171 is the hip shop for the stylish man. Hotel 1171 offer a contemporary style yet classic.

Summer Style - Printed shorts and basic Tees

Pale Violet
650 S. Spring Street
Pale Violet is a fashion forward Boutique located in the heart of #DTLA. The shop owner, Julia Blake, carefully hand selects each and every garment that is featured in the store. If you're look for the perfect dress or outfit for some special event, come check out this store. So many cute styles lurking on every rack!

Julia Blake, posing for the camera
Summer Blues display

After walking, talking, and snapping photos I had to refuel my body with something juicy. I remembered Monique mentioned to me that this place around the corner was very good and had a fantastic burger. So I walked over to Beelman's Pub on Spring Street, just around the corner from Buttons & Bows and checked out there menu. Excellent prices and drink specials were going on for the ShopWalk event, so I had to try them out.

Beelman's Pub
600 S. Spring Street
Gruyere, Beacon, Grilled Onion Burger - Heaven on Earth. I paired it with  a  glass of their  house white wine. YUM!

My overall experience at the ShopWalk Dtla event was pretty awesome! I met really cool people and visited some of downtown LA most influential shops - I even did a little shopping myself at my favorite resale boutique Buttons & Bows!

Posing in my vintage slip dress- Perfect for a night out!