Sepia Smiles (images)

One of the best things about blogging is meeting people with similar interests.  Roseanna, owner of Sepia Smiles, is one of those people whose interests and styles we find inspiring.  We’re lucky to have met her through our blogging adventures.

Roseanna’s aesthetic is simple, clean, restrained femininity.  Her pastel color schemes and collection of vintage household items is an elegant interpretation of Anthropologie’s “country chic”.

The Sepia Smiles “look” is apparent in Roseanna’s interior designs, home decor, hand-made stationery and even her website layout


As you know, we, too, love making stationery, lots of white-space in our design layout, vintage items, and many other things Sepia Smiles finds ‘pretty’…

We look forward to offering Sepia Smiles products on the Pretty Pink Ponies site soon.
Nice job, Roseanna!!!
(**all photos courtesy of Sepia Smiles)

hairstyle GUIdelines (images + interview)



Gui: Make yourself comfortable. I’m just gonna call my sister back .


Would you like some champagne or white wine?


PPP: No thanks, honey. So, you’ve been busy styling Harris Pilton. Anything interesting you’d like to talk about?


G: I love Harris Pilton. She’s a sweetheart and very private. I’m not at liberty to divulge much else.


3P: Fair enough. What we really want to know are some tips to looking fabulous. You’ve done hair for celebrities, TV show projects, music videos and as well as being the primary personal hair stylist for musicians on tour…For the everyday corporate rockstar who can’t wear a fabulous pink Afro-puff to the office, what are some tips to always looking chic without looking out of place?



GUI SAYS:
1. Get haircuts regularly – Fresh haircuts and color make as big of an impact as a facelift. Think about it. Your hair frames your face. When dark conservative suits create uniformity in the workplace, one’s haircut can subtly convey your own professional brand and individuality.


2. Communicate clearly with your stylist – bring magazine clippings with images of women whose hairstyles you like…it’s important that the model’s face shape, skin tone and hair texture are similar to yours. Don’t expect a stylist to turn your mullet into Slash’s Rockin’ ‘do.


3. Consider your lifestyle when choosing a style – If your daily life involves wearing a construction hat, it’s not practical to ask for a bleached and overly-coiffed ‘do (a la Gwen Stefani) especially if you can’t maintain weekly root touch ups.


3P: Great tips, Gui. Thank you for your expert advice. Xoxoxoxo.


**note: Gui’s statements were communicated with a sexy Brazilian accent. Can’t forget that**

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related articles:
10 ways to make more time for yourself” by chronicbabe.com
“Nice girl = Bad Networker” (Thanks to Connected Life)


K.I.T. (images)

We wholeheartedly believe that hand-written notes on elegant stationery is a necessary extravagance…

ponies postage

Older postage stamps that haven’t been cancelled (used) can be combined in value to send mail.  For instance, using vintage postage with regular postage is a great way to add character to your mailings.

Combining postage by theme, color or recipient’s personality and hobbies is a thoughtful gesture which will surely be appreciated.

Choice of notecard design can make a difference, too.  For instance, these watercolor fashion sketches by Christian LaCroix (below) are something you can use to write to your “fashion-forward” friends.

Christian LaCroix Stationery
Below is a profound statement on a simple space written using a vintage typewriter (for the non-fluffy types).

Ponies on Etsy.com

Crane’s classic customized stationery is understated which makes it perfect correspondence for new acquaintances and those whose personality you’re not yet sure of.  It’s a bit more formal and has less personality, however, covers a lot of different situations and a ‘must-have’ in your stationery repertoire.

Crane’s – personalized for Pretty Pink Ponies LLC

Colorful postcards are fun for writing to children and friends who are kids-at-heart (below).  They’re fun to send as well as to receive as a surprise.

While we love the efficiency technology provides, when connecting with others, everyone appreciates the thoughtful gesture of taking time to put thoughts on paper.  The pen-to-paper medium somehow conveys your message in a “human-way” more accurately than other mediums.

Hand-written notes aren’t always boring.  There are a variety of notecards in the market that suit various needs and personality types.  In the spirit of differentiating yourself, send a thoughtful greeting by mail.

Email and texts have no soul.
3P staff

(Other ways to be memorable)

P.S.
Who is our favorite fine stationery store?  Flax, of course!

Guest Blogger: RubyRedRockstar (images)



Apparently, some topics on our site are…hmmm..what some would consider “not as fun as could be”.  

We agree.



We asked our professional make-up artist friend, Miss RubyRedRockstar (aka Farah) for her help.

What a pro.  She’s the best.

RubyRedRockstar (“3R”) is fun, gorgeous and is an award-nominated hair and make-up pro.  She is second-generation film and TV industry talent and has years of professional experience as Depratment Head Make Up Artist for prime-time television shows (read: she knows what she’s talking about).

(*P.S. Farah is also a great mediator/peace-keeper for misunderstandings among friends.  Thanks for adding levity to our lives, Farah.)



Anyhoo, Farah writes to you, readers, with tips on how to get a pretty sun-kissed So Cal glow.


– 3P
_____

FROM FARAH (below):

Hello sexy ladies!


In the olden days it wasn’t considered attractive to have tan skin [insert source here].
Today no man wants to see your “paste-y” ass [replace “ass” with a rated-PG term] in a bikini. But a free ticket to the skin cancer clinic isn’t the only way to be a bronzed goddess — you can achieve the same St. Tropez-vacation glow with self tanners!!!


The latest self-tanners are flawless. Technological and scientific advancement don’t just benefit boring industries like farming and the energy sector — they also benefit the gorgeous!!!

(Farah in glasses = very smart.  Notice her thinking as she looks to the camera during a soliloquy)

Lindsay Lohan may like her self tanner so orange it matches her fire crotch, but YOU don’t have to. (Nor do you have to have to be the smelly kid no one wants to sit next to).



My favorite self tanner, Kate Sommerville’s tan towels, are available at Sephora. (Spoiler: They are not cheap). 



Although there are cheaper options available, the benefits from these KS tan towels make the additional cost worth it.  One, they have no odor.  Second, their result is a natural and pretty sun-kissed color.  And, last, the tan lasts at least five days!!!

Bronzed babes (Farah on the right)

Here’s some pointers on how to apply the product to produce picture-perfect-pretty results:

1. lather your body with an emollient moisturizer paying special attention to your knees, hands, and feet.

2. apply the self-tanner using your “tan towel”to your chest, then your neck. 
(Note:  you can use it on your moisturized face and the tan is subtle and beautiful)
 **The trick with any self tanner is rubbing the same places over and over ad nauseam to prevent streaking. 
3.  Apply the product around your neck and ears (avoiding your hairline)
4. When you get to your hands, either stop at wrists or make a tight fist and just do the top of the hands before the knuckles.

5. Apply the same principle above to apply the self-tanner around the feet, stoping before you reach your toes. 
6.  Apply product to your knees rubbing vigorously over and over (make sure your knees are bent).

**Try to reserve different sections of the tan towel for certain areas. This will guarantee one towel tans the whole body.**

7. Continue to apply the solution to the same spots. Lift your arms and make sure you get the underside of your forearms and upper arms.



The Kate Sommerville Tan Towels dry quickly so you can dress almost immediately. 


 Be SURE to wash the palms of your hands really well after. 


Good luck!


-RubyRedRock-super-star


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Turn out like an Oompa-Loompa?  Questions? Comments?
Thank you, Miss Farah.

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What’s on your desk? (images)

” “

I was “escorted out” of the building without given time to collect my belongings.  The opportunity didn’t allow for a dramatic Jerry Maguire-style exit.  It was a non-eventful and unemotional scene that would’ve been cut out of the movie Office Space had it mistakenly been allowed to waste ten minutes of the audience’s time…

Although no one really misses work, I actually do miss my office work-space.  I took care to create an efficient system that made it easy for me to reach for files, writing tools and other items relevant during the day.

I took care to make sure the items on my desk absolutely needed:  Cordless keypad, mouse, notebook, phone and lamp.  I also had one ceramic bud vase for the occasional flower I’d bring to the office with me to remind me of my balcony garden.

I also kept one of several piggy [mouse] banks on my desk for loose change.  A “savings account” for daily treats to the vending machine.

The space was efficient and allowed for quick storage, shredding completed tasks, quick-access to relevant information and sufficient lighting.
I kept a nice, firm flannel pillow on an ergonomic chair to support my lower back…
Overall, my work-space was devoid of my outside-of-work personality – which is quite different from my office at home. 
OFFICE AT HOME:
Although I tote around my macbook and work anywhere and in every coffeeshop in the city, my office at home is mainly for thoughtful hand-written notes and a space to read…
golds, ambers, warm colors…

a beautiful and comfortable chair is essential.  
antique pencils, modern lighting, notebook, mirror (of course)…
…piggy bank, make up brush, pens, postage, clock…

box of stationery, golden ginko-leaf letter opener, Graphic Image notebook…

sentimental items of significance

…cuban cigar box filled with drawing supplies (charcoal pencils, erasers, leather notebook)…

…colored pens for highlighting…

Rebecca Minkoff leather kindle case…


moleskin-like dodocase (for kindle)…

I’m curious about your workspace…What do you keep on your desk at the office?  What does it say about you?  Is it similar to your office space at work?

– Meg  (“meg dot email”)

making strides..(video + images)

We love surfer/model Malia Jones (“MJ”).  She’s picture perfect and an incredible athlete.

Her physique is an example of strength, flexibility and womanhood.  She’s athletic and lean yet has the curves to fill out a bathing suit properly.  She captures [in “guy language”] “the beauty trifecta”.  And, in the catty world of modeling, competitive surfing and life in general, the “beauty trifecta” is a winning strategy.

So we ask our friend, Adam, what we can add to our current resistance training workout to increase flexibility and establish our own winning image “strategy”.  We’d like to have long, runway-model legs to make big beautiful strides in this world.

Adam examined whether or not our workouts incorporate one of the basic elements of exercise:  stretching.

Do you balance your resistance training with stretches?  “…Well…um, ‘yes’?”, we reluctantly lied.  He didn’t buy it for a second.  Thankfully, he provided us with some examples of basic stretches.  Thanks, Adam.

super-star fitness guru and incredible athlete, adam + gabby reece, help us out by showing us some stretches

irritated??? (images)

Stressed?
Frustrated because some people just don’t “get it”?  Put your boxing gloves down.  No need to break a nail over some things.

We get it.  When we’re busy and under a lot of stress, we get into tons of petty fights with others.  Since this isn’t productive and only adds further stress in our lives, we decided we’d figure out how to prevent from turning mild situations into ‘pi$$ing contest$’ with those we interact with.  Even if you’re a pissing-contest-champion, winning pointless arguments rarely ever helps anyone move closer to their long-term goals.

VOGUE (TURKEY), June 2011

One way to prevent unnecessary stress is to improve communication.

For instance, before getting upset with others, see if you can communicate what you need effectively and in a manner the other person can understand clearly.

An article published by the Mayo Clinic (below) observes behaviors leading to stress and frustration in relationships.  The article suggests preventing conflict by communicating your needs assertively without making the other person feel attacked.

As it turns out, people don’t usually care to hear what an insulting person has to say and will dismiss it – even if it is a good point.

Synopsis:  Communicate what you want and need without making others feel like they’ve done something wrong.

Rather than:
I hate the way you speak 100 decibels louder than necessary when you’re on the phone…It’s so annoying!


Another option:
Would you mind making your call in the other room for 30 minutes?  I’d like to finish reading/watching TV/doing sit ups and I find it hard to focus when I hear your exciting conversation with [such-and-such].
(note:  do not say this in a sarcastic and mean-spirited tone)  

Ready to learn more about how to have healthy dialogue with peers, colleagues, friends, family and all human kind?  Good for you!



let us know how it worked out…

Sincerely,
3P staff

Source:

Rock them boots, gurrrl! (slideshow)

Darlings, Below are fantastic ways to wear tall boots without looking like a walking parody of a dominatrix.

Tall boots need not be synonymous with “night life”…Observe the refreshing take on the tall boot below.

https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

Taste.  Make yours good.

Careerwear: pre-Fall ’11 (images)

If you’ve been following our blog since birth (April), you probably understand that our main audience is the “profession-elle” if you will (read:  girls who work Full-time jobs for a living).  Hence, a lot of the “fashion” on our sight serves the girl in the workforce.

We have nothing against trendy, teenage styles, however, there are too many blogs on the web that cater to the “trendy”.  Classic-styled girls can be “bloggers”, too!

Secondly, the corporate woman might be as stylish as the trend-setting teen, but her style needs to be a bit more restrained and professionally-appropriate.

One way of expressing individuality in a professional environment is with color.  Greys, Navies and Beiges aren’t the only colors welcome in Corporate America.  However, these neutrals are necessary “anchors” for brighter pops of color (which, left on their own would be too loud and distracting).

Corporate-Cathy you are not!  Differentiate yourself.

This fall, we see a lot of color-blocking.  Reds and oranges grounded by black, stone, and gray is a popular palette (below).

Michael Kors

A solid deep fuschia dress (a la Zac Posen) conveys power and femininity in a polished way (below):

Or, what about a bright orange sheath to take you from bright summer months to autumn (below)?

Don’t like sleeveless?  How about a shift dress in pumpkin (below)?

PRE-FALL/TRANSITIONAL PIECES
COLORS: ORANGE, RED
ANCHOR COLORS: STONE, GRAY, BLACK
ESSENCE: AUTHENTIC, SOPHISTICATED, INTELLIGENT, CHARISMATIC, CONFIDENT, CHIC, PROFESSIONAL, SELF-ASSURED, FEMININE, SUCCESSFUL, GO-GETTER, RELEVANT…ETC…



Cliff’s Notes:

Loehmann’s (coupon)

Loehmann’s coupon: Buy one pair of shoes/get 2nd pair 50% off.

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Lunch meeting? Watch those portions. (video)

SIX WAYS TO STAY THE HEALTHY COURSE WHILE EATING AT RESTAURANTS:

1. Eat every 3-4 hours
2. Learn your portion sizes
3. Skip the bread
4. Hold the butter
5. Know what to eat first
6. Choose restaurants wisely

courtesy of Advanced Athletics, Inc.

Yelp!

what’s a…"blog"

What’s a “blog” anyway?

At its simplest, a “blog” is short for “web log”.  The editors of Huffington Post define the term blog as “…a regularly updated account of events or ideas posted on the web” (p.12).

However, at its most complex, a blog is a community, a space for journalists and non-journalists alike to speak their mind, a new interactive and democratic form of communication (p. 13).

Blogs provide people with more sources of opinion and information than before.  Whether a blog is used to supplement high-end fashion magazines with a local’s take on ‘style’ or to gain an individual’s perspective of a political issue to balance a congressman’s formal take of the same, blogs allow people to form opinions based on a bigger and much varied sources than ever before.

It allows for easier access to resources from the high and the low; combining the macro- with the micro-.

Hopefully, this will lead to a more balanced way forming perspective overall.

In addition, the world of “blogging” allows new and sometimes interesting “voices” to be heard.  We can easily access information on “niche” topics that don’t have a big enough market outside of the web to reach a multitude of people via journals or periodicals.  This proliferation of information ties not only like-minded individuals together, but reveals common ground between communities as well.

Hopefully, the emergence of information and perspective will foster better understanding between individuals and groups.

(to be continued…)

LIST OF REFERENCES:

The Editors of The Huntington Post and Ariana Huffington, (2008). The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging. pgs. 11-14

Louboutin may lose Red Sole Trademark!?! (article)

Wow.

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Subject: Louboutin May Lose Red Sole Trademark After Judge Denies Injunction Against Yves Saint Laurent

fashionologie
Louboutin May Lose Red Sole Trademark After Judge Denies Injunction Against Yves Saint Laurent
>> While it remains to be seen whether Christian Louboutin will retain its red-sole trademark, a Manhattan …

suggested reading…(img)

(Actual book title:  Children Make Terrible Pets)
…for celebrities with Hollywood syndrome…
Brilliant.

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Fitness Action Plan

Here’s a tool for staying the course of your fitness goals (developed by Advanced Athletics Inc.)

junk in my trunk (images)

I have junk in my trunk.

I have junk in my living room, in storage, in boxes, in my closet, in other people’s homes, …(I’ll stop here as this list could take me a while to write).

A lot of the “junk” are neatly packed inside boxes as a result of having to move out of my apartment unexpectedly and without a plan.  I never wanted to go through the ordeal of packing and moving out/moving in ever again after that experience. And, for almost a year, I left a lot of my belongings packed away inside neatly-labled boxes stacked  on one another like a Tetris game.

This past weekend, my new roommate and I curiously unpacked one of the boxes labeled “decor”.  Since I hadn’t seen the items inside the box in a while, I decided they’re obviously of no significance. Afterall, I’ve been living my life without needing to access these “insignificant” things immediately.

We opened the box…

vintage clock

I’ve been living a “gypsy lifestyle” since I moved out of my Hancock Park apartment last Fall.

This means, I tow around most items I need or think I need at all times in a shopping cart (just kidding).  I have my library and closet and vanity in tow scattered about in the backseat of my car, in my monogramed Longchamp bag, in vintage LV bags, in Paper Source shopping bags, in beautifully-printed Stephanie Johnson toiletry bags, and other seemingly useful containers that are no match for the gypsy lifesyle.

Kate Spade pouches and The Container Store can only do so much!

That said, I naturally feel stressed out when I think about all the other “stuff” I possess that I don’t keep with me on a daily basis.  The experience of packing and unpacking then packing and unpacking then repeating those steps every couple of years stresses me out.  Thinking about sitting in the hot sun trying to convince pedestrians to buy my brand new Frye boots for ten dollars ($10!) at a yard sale (then, failing and sending them to Goodwill instead) stresses me out.
There was a point where I would’ve paid others to haul my things away.  Nevermind, the experiences associated with each special flea-market find, or the huge discount I got from the Barney’s Sale at the Santa Monica Hangar ten years ago, or the flattering dress with all the sentimental value associated with it.
I wanted everything gone.


So, seeing a huge white box marked “decor” with a thick Sharpie marker just seemed like a huge ordeal I could do without.  “Extraneous”, I decided.  And, I’m so over being over-the-top.

My next thought: sell these flea-market antiques on etsy (etsy.com/shop/pinkponiesshop).

glazed green vase



“I’m gonna live a simple and Spartan life!  
I’m gonna be organized and efficient!  
I’m gonna do without the unnecessary!”
…screamed my brain-washed conscience.




1 of 2 glazed turquoise bud vases

But, as I sat there with my big ambition carefully unpacking each delicate item after delicate item, I started to remember why I kept these items instead of my Frye boots and all the other expensive things I threw away when I moved out…

…I fell in love with each piece and each piece made it a pleasure to come home…




…each piece made my home more…


…poetic.


minature antique bicycle, lacquered stationery box, little clock.

These items aren’t “extraneous” at all.  They’re special and that’s exactly why I’ve kept them instead of the five purses I sold for $5 bucks a piece.  There’s something fantastic about being in your own space surrounded by a collection of items that make you smile.


Somehow, these small reminders of who you are – outside of your crafted self-image and social “armor” or facade – helps the loooooong day melt away.  Sure, I could get a massage or do yoga, but having a room’s ambience to one’s exact specifications can do wonders for the soul.

It reminds you of who you are when no one’s there to judge you.
I filled each of these vases with flowers I grew on my balcony garden/personal yoga studio…
antique container, 2 blue bud vases, ceramic postage stamp box.

Each item was hand-picked and carefully considered.  Sometimes visiting the store more than twice before making the purchase.  These weren’t impulse buys…

I remember scheduling the Mortise & Tenon sale and looking forward to the great treasures I knew I ‘d find.  (Read:  I purposely and thoughtfully made time to look for these items). 
red container with feet + gold gingo leaf letter-opener

Actually, finding each piece at different times, then putting them together in the same space one by one, and somehow making them all connect and contribute to creating just the right “mood”, was an adventure in itself.  

Ever walk into a room or space and surprisingly find your mood elevated?  It was literally that feeling every single time I entered my bedroom or sat to read a book in our living room.
But, alas, our lives evolve and nothing stays the same.  So, now that my current state doesn’t allow much space for “frivolous” items of emotional luxury, should I get rid of these things???

3 gestures that foster friendship

(Note:  If you are not interested in being likeable, please stop reading)

Forget about eye-contact and firm handshakes, here are three ways to make a lasting impression…

related articles:
10 ways to make more time for yourself” by chronicbabe.com
“Nice girl = Bad Networker” (Thanks to Connected Life)

L.A.’s Fashion Identity

L.A. Weekly recently asked “Does L.A. have a fashion identity?”.   
Gendy Alimurung’s article supported the notion that L.A. is “behind” when it comes to fashion.  

Yet strangely, Los Angeles is not a town for high fashion, for $5,000
head-to-toe designer outfits. “We’re behind a little,” Cota admits. “Or
we don’t pay attention. Fashion Week in L.A. is not the strongest. It’s
not a priority.”

We disagree wholeheartedly.

There are many [mainstream] styles distinctly “L.A.” (that is, styles organically-raised by subcultures “born” in our town).  Those who contributed to the article seem to have been too busy to watch L.A. “looks” go from underground  to boutique to mainstream Wal-Mart.

In this case, the quote above was coming from the perspective of a designer/business-owner who is more likely speaking to the popularity of fashion and style in terms of business revenue.  “Style” in L.A. doesn’t always generate revenue for store-owners because not all L.A. socialites (unlike their East Coast counterparts) necessarily feel required to carry luxury-brand handbags to gain admission into exclusive social circles.  Some do.  However, others use some form of “cultural and/or social currency” (more on this topic of “cool” later) to “belong”.  It’s less likely for an L.A. socialite to be dismissed for not having blood ties to Andrew Carnegie.  Thus, display of “old money” is less relevant to become popular in this town.

That doesn’t mean “L.A. is behind”, Mr. Cota.  It just means we can use many alternatives to luxury brand clothing and accessories to demonstrate to others just how “cool” we are.


There’s certainly a backlash from all the unkempt and boho looks
perpetuated by non-L.A. folk which drive more and more Los Angeles
denizens to adopt tailored and manicured self-images just to counter the
stupidity of wearing $500-dollar printed Hanes cotton Tees marketed as
“vintage”.

L.A./So Cal is the birthplace of many now-mainstream-trends. Love ’em or hate ’em, here are a few distinct “L.A. styles” (among many others):

1) Chucks – “..The Mexican kids doing the…rockabily thing…” you
mention in your article above helped bring popularity to Converse’s
Chuck Taylors. Once only worn by “greasers”, these ‘played-out’ shoes
(in various patterns and flavors sold by shark-y Nordstrom salesfolk)
seen even on midwestern homecoming queen L.A. transplants were
popularized, if not born, here.

2) Graffiti prints – popularized
by Stussy, a retail brand which originated in the 80’s from Laguna Beach
became universally popular for its graffiti-inspired shirts. This
version of “cool” or “urban” – incorporating nuances from
skaters/surfers – was quite distinct from the NYC’s definition of
“urban” (read: hip-hop). The grafffiti/”bombing” style print was
exclusive to “L.A. identity” during the 90’s.

3) Terry cloth
loungewear (a la Juicy Couture)
– (image below) as hideous as they are (terry cloth
tracksuits + Ugg Boot combos) were born and raised in So Cal (read:
please blame Orange County). I went to USC and my girlfriends and I had nightmares about velour tracksuits even years after college (Thanks, Greek Row).  I’m not proud of the “I’m-gonna-wear-my-GOOD-sweats” look, however, it is
distinctly “L.A.” (if by “L.A.” you mean trends not associated with NYC
or other large metropolitan cities).

Lastly,
trust-fund-bohemian-types who labor to achieve the “…nonconspicuous
conspicuous consumption…”
I’m-not-vain-and-it’s-my-job-to-judge-those-who-blindly-consume-and-obviously-take-pride-in-their-physical-appearance
are the most unoriginal, self-righteous judgemental L.A.
transplant-types. (Totally non-sequitir, but I needed to vent).



meg@myprettypinkponies.com,
the girl who conspicuously consumes (and isn’t ashamed of it)
fin 

the worst gang in Los Angeles
Other good & bad popular (or, once-popular) “looks” originating in Los Angeles:
  1. Michael Stars and the comfortable yet fashionably sexy tee (no smelly bohos here).
  2. Baywatch and the tan, fit and “shapely” physique (medically-enhanced).
  3. (tbc..)





Sources:

princess diary: blogging & whining (images)

Finding and expressing one’s “voice” succintly is tough enough.  It becomes even more difficult when expressing your voice on a new medium… while learning how to communicate using said medium.

” waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!! ”

(this rant continues…)
I’m not just sharpening my pencil and erasing words…I’ve personally spent day and night researching other sites, reading pounds and pounds of books about HTML, CSS, blogging, design, art, etc…, interviewing programmers and bloggers, and updating pre-formatted templates by learning how to read CSS and HTML codes (not my native language).

Before this project, I had no idea what “user experience” technically meant.  Let’s just say I have much more respect for programmers and what they do to make sites “legible” and “pretty” to a wide range of people.

With all that whining (and hard work), I now consider myself ‘princess of blogging’, and her majesty needs new outfits for her new role.

option 1 (fantasy):  royal blue long gown

actual princess
option 1 (real-life):  royal blue sheath dress

 

Office-appropriate version (Reiss)


The royal blue sheath dress above is a beautiful option for running
around town during the workday.  We recently discovered the line “Reiss”, an actual favorite of Princess Kate Middleton’s.  The tailored cut makes this dress flattering and feminine preventing that I’m-desperately-trying-to-look-older-and-more-professional “look” that I used to rock ten years ago (good bye, ugly suits!).

This dress works [pun unintended] at the office (+ blazer), after work get-togethers, or (if he’s lucky) during your date this weekend (- pumps; + strappy sandals).

option 2 (wishful-thinking):  black formal gown
Princess Letzia of Spain & Co.

option 2 (real-life):  all-purpose black dress

 
image:  Reiss

The
cliched “Little Black Dress” is a cliche because it is undeniably a “must-have”  piece that belongs in every woman’s closet.  A flattering black dress,
or as pop-cultural fashion-themed shows call it, “the LBD” [enter Heidi
Klum], is the Swiss-army knife of your dress repertoire.  Its “look” can
vary greatly just by updating the key accessories one wears with it: 
shoes, handbag, jewelry, date, etc…If dresses are the solution to rushing out of the house with no time to pair separates, the  “LBD” is the optimal solution for busy go-getters.  Why do you think busy New Yorkers like to wear black?  Efficiency.


What
jet-setting princess wouldn’t want to add an element of efficiency to
her dressing ritual for the [unlikely] days she’s running [a tad bit] late?

option 3 (fantasy):  date with a prince
option 3 (real-life):  dinner date
 
Another
essential item for socializing princesses (whether imaginary or
legendary) is a classic cocktail dress.  The dress above is another design by Reiss
which can be worn to a dinner date or dinner-party.  The classic A-line
is a feminine and traditional choice creating a ladylike image (a la
our favorite Spanish princess).  It’s feminine, elegant, flattering and efficient
(see “option 2” above).

In conclusion, during those moments when you want to reflect regal elegance, stay towards the less ostentatious side of the frilly / not-frilly continuum.

Fallen Princesses Exhibition

Adding to Basics (images)

i was running an errand at my favorite stationery store and had to park my car around the corner.  i was drawn to the interesting aesthetic of a particular store window i hadn’t seen before, and decided to stop in…
although the style seemed familiar (think:  American Apparel), the style of the brand was a bit edgier…more chic.  the store was filled with soft cotton basics in solid colors albeit cut in trendier styles.

while the pieces looked like items one can find in other stores in L.A., the interesting interior design and paintings on the shelves made me curious.  i was greeted by the boutique’s lovely host, miss ashley.  ashley gave me the low-down on the store’s genesis and eventually introduced me to the owner and his family (thanks, ash).


i write about this to point out how easily one can create various “looks” starting with “basic pieces”.  coming straight from a corporate setting, i walked into the store wearing:  a silk cami + sweater, black slacks, pearls, and a pair of black pumps.  by updating my top (read:  throwing something over my cami), i created various styles…with just one piece.
+ classic shirt in navy
+ striped sweater
+ fine cotton hoodie
+ classic shirt + hat
+ light cotton tank
+ kate moss screenprint tank



1.  basics + classic shirt in navy
2.  basics + striped sweater
3.  basics + fine cotton hoodie
4.  basics + classic shirt + hat
5.  basics + light cotton tank

6.  basics + kate moss screenprint tank


thank you jessy, mariam, joy and ashley!!!  this is one of our favorite new stores!!


stores that offer alterations:

Save time by considering the option of getting your new slacks hemmed by the store from which they were purchased.  Usually, having your slacks hemmed by the store will cost you less money and time than taking them to a tailor…

Ranges between 7 to 15 dollars:

J.Crew
Banana Republic
Nordstrom
Club Monaco

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Gorgeous day in Sta Monica!

Koi and turtle-watching at the Fairmont hotel.
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Are you "web savvy"?

to our gen-x readers:  you follow blogs…you have a facebook page…heck, you even text instead of make phone calls…so, do you consider yourself “web-savvy”?

With the increasing popularity of generating buzz about oneself on the web, many web users and marketing-zealous individuals have posted all sorts of personal information, thoughts and other information that they wouldn’t necessarily want the universe to see.

I get goosebumps thinking about how mortifying it was to be the last to hear that I had sent an accidental social-media invitation to my bosses and their bosses’ bosses by being “trigger-happy” with the ‘send’ button…This is one of many many accidents that can occur when registering on sites.  And, while it has taken me a while to learn that everything written online is not only “written in ink”, but “etched in stone and stored forever”, I’m now more careful (perhaps not prudent enough) with what I post and what information I send on the web.

While we don’t have time to do extensive online researches of our names, companies and brands, one quick way to manage your reputation online is by signing up to get notifications when your name(s) – and any permutations thereof – are published online.

Google offers this service for free, and it takes less than 5 minutes to set up alerts if you already have a Google account.  


Here’s how:

  1. visit https://www.google.com/dashboard/
  2. Scroll down to the “Me on the Web” section
  3. Select “Set up search alerts for your data.”
  4. Select relevant boxes
  5. Add variations of your name(s) (i.e. “prettypinkponies”; “myprettypinkponies”; “pink ponies blog”; etc…



xo,


meg@myprettypinkponies.com