Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stylings of the Gong Inspired #OOTD

Myself, pictured here in downtown LA wearing all Buttons & Bows fresh gear!

Hey guys happy Friday! We hope everyone has had a fabulous work week. We are definitely looking forward to a fantastic weekend coming up of unwinding & hanging with friends!

 Today on Buttons & Bows, I want to show off some of the store's current designer pieces that I personally had my eye on. I went in on Monday to take some pictures and pulled two outfits that were inspired by some iconic images of the Gong!

 Summer Blues

Denim on Denim Look 1
Jean Jacket: Vintage Levis unisex Jacket, $30.00
Yellow Top: Helmut Lang, $68.00
Blue Jeans: Frame Denim Jeans, $89.00
Necklace: Haati Chai Gold Pendant Necklace, $72.00
Bracelets: Buttons and Bows Bangles,$14
Belt- Coach Leather Belt, $32.00
Shoes: Mui Mui Cork Platforms, $199

 One of our favorite signature Bob Marley looks is the denim on denim look, usually seen with his perfectly slouched beanie. A true denim aficionado, you can say it was one of his staple uniforms for him. For my outfit I chose these sexy Mui Mui cork platforms, wood jewelry, a bright yellow Helmut Lang top inspired by the rich hues of Jamaica, and of course a vintage Levis jean jacket with skinny jeans by Frame Denim. Simple, not flamboyant, but with a statement just like the Gong.

 Vintage Military Chic

Military Inspired Look 2 
Jacket: Vintage Military Army Shirt/Jacket, $45.00
 Tank Top: Erin Kleinberg Black White Netted Top, $32.00
 Shorts: Chloe Sevigny Black Leather Trim Short Shorts, $65.00
 Hat: Proenza Schouler cap, $40.00
 Scarf: Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo Silk Printed Scarf, $69.00
Bracelets: Char Ant Bolt Bracelet, $120.00
Char Ant Deca Bangles, $40.00
Shoes: Phillip Lim Cheetah Print Espadrilles, $175.00

 For this look we were going for am old school military look. I found a perfect vintage military shirt in the men section at Buttons & Bows and paired it with a pair of Chloe Sevigny leather trimmed olive-toned shorts and a black netted tank top from Erin Kleinberg for an earthy feel. What we love about Bob Marley's style,  is that it was simple and effortless. To take a khaki military shirt and make it rock 'n' roll, is just one of the looks that Bob Marley made his own and oh so iconic!

Check out some of our favorite images of Bob Marley that inspired today's post!


All items available at the store and online.
Styled by: Karen Marley & Kiani Iman


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Woman Crush: Model Jourdan Dunn

My my, what a beauty she is! Tonight before I dream of puppies, pizza, vacation, and other unmentionable things, I want to talk about the British beauty Jourdan Dunn. This super model is loved by millions, the face of countless fashion campaigns, a MOTHER, the first black model to walk for Prada, an official 2012 Olympic Ambassador, + a ton of other amazing accomplishments for such a young woman!
Jourdan Dunn was born and raised in the West London suburb of Greenford, with her mother, a receptionist and two younger brothers. She admitted to being self-conscious as a teenager, due to her height and weight. In 2006- at the age of 16, she was scouted by an agent from Storm Model Management, and was signed shortly thereafter. 

In July 2008, Steven Meisel selected Dunn to appear on the cover of the Vogue Italia issue devoted entirely to black models. She has also been featured on the cover of American Vogue, British Vogue and Teen Vogue, as well as covering i-D- seven times, Elle, Pop, Russh, Muse, The Sunday Times Style, Ponystep, Antidote and Luella. In November 2008, Dunn was named "Model of the Year" at the British Fashion Awards. Dunn has modeled for for Burberry, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, DKNY, John Galliano, Victoria's Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop, Jaeger, Rag & Bone, Gap, Aldo, Shiatzy Chen, Benetton, H&M, Banana Republic, Free People, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and is the face of Rihanna's collections for River Island (Some of BBLA's favorite fashion brands) ;-)
I added a few of my favorite pictures of Jourdan from throughout the past couple of years. Enjoy.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Expensive Vs. Inexpensive Makeup- Where to Invest your Money

Hello ladies, I just wanted to give you guys a heads up on either spending an arm and leg on products or keeping it on the cheap side. Whenever I go into a makeup store or the beauty aisle of a local drug store, it's like a candy store built to make me look gorgeous! Sometimes it's not always best to spend a crap load of money on certain beauty products, being that you might just wear it once or twice even. Here are some tips on what you should spend a little more cash money on and the things you can keep on the cheap side. 
Take a look!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Foundation is definitely a makeup item you should spend money on. You want to achieve a flawless and smooth finish that is exactly your skin tone. The more expensive the foundation, the more color options you will have to match your skin- this is very important. Plus, when you purchase a nicer foundation, usually you can get a consultation with a makeup artist to ensure you find and buy exactly what your looking for.

Cover Girl Tru Blend Minerals Powder
For pressed or loose powders, you really don't need to spend much. They all do the same thing and give the same effect for controlling shine and setting your makeup. No need to splurge here babes!

Christian Dior Garden Party Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeshadow comes in a variety of colors and textures that are fun to play around with. I do think if you are experimenting with a certain look or want to play around with colors, do the cheap stuff. BUT, if you want really nice, true to color shades with excellent application and pigmentation, you must splurge a little.

L'Oreal Carbon Black Le Kohl Pencil
Pencil eyeliner can be bought pretty inexpensive. A lot of the drugstore brands gives you tons of options for all-day wear that won't budge or break your bank. You can find smudge eyeliners that you can achieve a smoky sexy look or water proof eyeliner for all-day wear. I do think if you are using a liquid liner, definitely go with a "better" drug store brand like L'oreal or Revlon. 

 Chanel Universal Bronzer
Please please please do not buy cheap bronzer. Not only does it not blend well, the color options that are available in the drug store will make you look orange, burnt, and a little dirty. LOL JK, but seriously if you want a really nice, smooth, and perfect tan you must try this Chanel cream bronzer. It works miracles on my skin!

Rimmel London Match Perfection Blush
While inexpensive bronzer can easily end up making you look dirty, blush doesn’t present the same risks. Drug stores offer a wide variety of blush shades and formulas that are simply fantastic. I happen to be a fan of cream blushes since I have dry skin, but powder works perfectly fine too.

It's a Tie!
Tom Ford Sweet Spot Sheer Lipstick
Lip Color
The color selection at the drugstore rivals that of any department store, but you might choose to spend a few more bucks on a high-quality lipstick for the ingredients and pigments. Luxury brand lipsticks have a high-pigment concentration ensuring a better color, and they’re often loaded with lip-conditioning ingredients that you won’t find in less expensive products. But hey, the cheap stuff looks great too!

Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip Gloss
Mmmm, my favorite makeup of all things to wear! Lips gloss is something that you should not have to spend much on. Cheap gloss vs. expensive gloss is simple, they both give you that glossy lip you want. So what's the point of spending a ton of money on them...none! 


Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Sporty in Marley Apparel This Summer

Hey guys! Happy Friday :-D
Today on the #BBLA Blog I'm going to show you ladies and guys a sporty #OOTD styles from  
This unisex brand is based off of the late legend Bob Marley, and was created and designed by Cedella Marley, his eldest daughter. Look extra cool this summer by checking out their awesome site and shop their apparel and accessories online!


1. Jacket: Icon Track Jacket from Marley Wear
2. Bag: Lively Up Leather Backpack
3. Watch: Billet Auto Watch made from leather
4.Shirt: All Over Leaf Tank by Marley Wear
5. Head Phones: Liberate On-Ear Headphones by House of Marley in Denim
6. Shorts: All Over Leaf Board shorts by Marley Wear
7. Shoes: Converse All Stars in Rasta


1. Shirt: Ghana Citizen T-Shirt by Marley Wear
2. Shorts: Vintage Levis Cut-Offs rolled up
3. Hat: Collage Hat by Marley Wear
4. Head Phones: Harambe Headphones in Native by House of Marley
5. Bag: Lively Tote Bag by House of Marley
6. Watch: Martial Watch by House of Marley in Denim
7. Shoes: Converse All Stars in Rasta

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and keep checking back for more Bob Marley inspired posts.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Simple Summer Dinner Party

Hey babes! Happy summer to all! Today is an exciting day, it's mid week hump day!
 So that means only 2 more work days left, then it's the weekend!
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling the dinner party vibes. It's warm out during the evening in Los Angeles, the perfect temperature to invite some close companions over to eat, drink, chill, and be merry. Come to think of it I have been doing a lot of this "summer entertaining" with food and drinks and I seriously can't get enough. Nothing is better then been being surrounded by good friends and food to share. Right!? Below I added 3 of my favorite summer time dinner party recipes with no fuss and messy clean up + a simple statement table setting idea. So Invite your friends over this summer and try these, I promise they will think you are a secret world class chef and dinner party connoisseur.

Leaf Centerpiece

A great table setting for a dinner party adds a special touch to your home for your guests. They will be shocked that you took the time to make such a beautiful presentation, when in reality it look less then 15 minutes.  Shhh!

This series of leaves runs the length of a table set for dinner, proving that a centerpiece need not be restricted to what the name implies: a single piece placed in the center of the table. Cuttings from houseplants, leaves from the florist, and trimmings from backyard ferns and shrubs -- each in a little bottle -- form a dramatic table decoration.

5-7 Glass jars, vases, cups (anything glass related in a cup or vase form, any size) * You can recycle that old wine bottle or spaghetti sauce jar, labels removed.

Fresh Leaves- All sizes and shapes (See Photo)

Heavy White Fabric cut in a rectangle for the center of the table

Place 1 leaf in each glass bottle and arrange in the center of the table to your liking. The more bottles the better.


For dinner serve your guests an arrangement of cheeses, small bites, a pasta dish, garlic bread, and of course a tasty cocktail.

Cheese Plate to Share 

So simple, yet so fancy!

Garlicky Party Bread with Herbs and Cheese


1 round (about 1 pound) loaf firm sourdough bread
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 115 grams) salted or unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon coarse or flaky salt, or 1/4 teaspoon table salt (if butter is unsalted)
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
Pinch or two of red pepper flakes or freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup finely grated cheese (I used a mix of 2/3 firm aged cheeses — pecorino and asiago — and 1/3 fontina for meltiness)
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh herbs (I used 1/2 each rosemary and oregano; use more to taste)
1 tablespoon extra fresh herbs (such as chives or parsley) to finish (optional)

This is definitely a flexible recipe; you can use any cheese and herbs you’d like, or seasonings.

Heat oven to 350°F. Being careful not to cut through the bottom crust (i.e., leave slices attached), cut bread loaf into 1-inch slices in one direction, then perpendicular, forming porcupine-like bread fingers. Transfer to baking sheet or roasting pan. In a small saucepan or your microwave, combine butter, salt and garlic until butter is melted and sizzling. Pour over bread, making sure to separate any fingers leaning on each other to ensure the bread is evenly butter-soaked. Scatter with grated cheese, again making sure to get cheese all the way to the bottom crust too (helps finger separation, too) with a spoon. Sprinkle with first teaspoon of herbs. Cover dish with foil and bake loaf for 15 minutes, until warmed through. Remove foil and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until edges of loaf are toasty and cheese has melted. Scatter with any additional green herbs for garnish and serve warm.

Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad

Salt and black pepper
2/3 cup sunflower or safflower oil, or any type of oil you like for deep-frying
3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 cup frozen edamame or peas, fresh or frozen
2 cups basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup parsley leaves
1/3 cup olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
9 ounces strozzapreti or penne pasta
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons capers (or more to taste; my husband votes for 2)
7 ounces buffalo mozzarella, torn into chunks

*Serves 4


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While you’re waiting, in a medium saucepan or skillet, heat sunflower oil over medium-high heat. Fry zucchini slices in batches for about 3 to 4 minutes, flipping once, until golden on both sides. [Update to add: If your zucchini isn't browning right away, bump up the heat until it does in just a few minutes.] Drain in colander, shaking with a couple pinches of salt, then transfer to a large bowl and pour vinegar on top. Set aside.

In the hot water, cook edamame for 3 minutes, frozen peas for 3 to 4 minutes, or fresh peas for 1 to 2 minutes (to taste). Drain and run cool water over until lukewarm. Set aside to dry. Leave pot boiling, then cook pasta until al dente in it. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Combine half of basil and all of the parsley and olive oil in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, then season with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta back to empty pot. Add fried zucchini and any juices, basil-parsley oil, edamame or peas, lemon zest, capers and mozzarella. Stir gently together, then season generously with salt and pepper. Right before you serve it, stir in remaining basil leaves.

Do ahead: Assembled dish keeps in the fridge for at least a day, or so I hear.

Drinks Drinks Drinks Drinks!  

Blackberry Gin Fizz

*For 2 tall drinks

1/4 cup fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup (4 liquid ounces or just shy of 3 shots) gin
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from two juicy limes)
Club soda
2 sprigs sweet basil or 2 thin lime wedges (for garnish)


Purée blackberries and sugar in a blender until as liquefied as possible. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve or tea strainer into two tall or collins-style glasses; discard seeds in sieve. Divide gin and lime juice between glasses and stir to combine. Add ice to glasses then top each with soda and a sprig of basil or wedge of lime. (Might need another quick stir to combine.) Share with someone you like.

Karen Galloway