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


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.








XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO,

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
:-D
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!

XOXO