Wednesday, July 31, 2013

POP Culture [ deCode ]

Seattle Times | more here
They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad. 
Wednesday is worse...   

When In Doubt... Go Black! | more here
 ...until you click that highlighted link that takes you into a fashion code -- drédin style.

Strawberry Letter 23 | more here

#codekeepers know that we have a heART for it. And we share it not because loving you was red, but turquoise.

Dishing out the code is fun for us, and then there are times when we not only get to have fun but make a difference. Like dré's recent trip down the runway for Kris Owen's Fundraiser Benefit Fashion & Art Showcase.

Independence Day | more here

And find fun ways to say thanks and show appreciation.

As well as connect with other fashionistas and be recognized by designers, which can make a girl feel pretty good!

Although we're West Coast girls by birth [ West Coast represent, now put your hands up, oh! ], we blog from coast to coast.

Some folks in Hollywood think the best way to sell a magazine is to be nude. But aren't you glad Katy Perry's first Vogue cover was everything but? And that's exactly what you'll find from us, an expression that will be edgy, layered, and always authentic. Oh, and most likely in no less than 3-inch heeled shoes. Have to keep it sensible!

Larger Than Life | more here
We're so excited for what's to come! 

Now You See My Face...I'm a Belieber | more here

Thanks for keeping the [ code ]. Enjoy the day!

xo | din

[ Musical Inspiration: Stormy Monday by Eva Cassidy | Red by Taylor Swift | I Ain't in Checotah Anymore by Carrie Underwood | California Gurls by Katy Perry ]

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

[ Pomme ]

When dré and I went to NYC, we were given a couple gifts from her mom-- or Mom Pom as I call her because I get to claim her, too. Pom is so fancy, we should start calling her Pomme. [ French is so much fancier, oui? ] She gave me these fab earrings just to say 'have fun and I love you.' How sweet! Thank you, Pomme!

I hope your Tuesday is delicious!

xo | din

Monday, July 29, 2013

Now You See My Face....I'm A Belieber!!

I'm going to go ahead put it out there for those that do not know....I have BIEBER FEVER!!!! Call me what you will...crazy, obsessed, a cougar....I accept it all! I'm a belieber and there's nothing I can do to stop it!

On a recent shopping trip with my girls to Toys R Us, I saw this shirt hanging across the way. And let me tell you, that shirt was in my hands so fast, it couldn't have seen me coming! I'm looking forward to the lifelong relationship I'm going to have with it! I <3 U Justin Bieber!!

Justin Bieber shirt | Toys R Us
Jean shorts | Guess
Wedges | Mossimo
Silver ring | Lia Sophia
Turquoise ring | handmade by a local vendor
Cuff | from a booth at a summer festival
Nail polish | OPI's Alpine Snow


Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Comedic Cuff

I love summer festivals! One of the best things is finding little treasures made by local venders. I could hardly contain my excitement when I found this cuff! Made from the clip of a comic strip, it reads, "MEANWHILE IN THE CITY A FASHION VICTIM IS ABOUT TO MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE ON A PLAIN PROM DRESS." It's so fun! What do you think?


Saturday, July 27, 2013

[ Strawberry Letter 23 ]

blazer | H&M
shorts | H&M
cami | Express
heels | BCBG
envelope clutch | JustFab
necklace | Forever 21
knuckle rings | Forever 21

I can still hear the tune to Tevin Campbell's Strawberry Letter 23. Remember that one? Love it. Every time I hear it, I get a little pep to my step. Just as I do when I throw on an accent color as bold as this strawberry blazer. Add in an eye-catching clutch and I've got the makings for the soundtrack to my runway.

xo | din

photos | Reflection Photography

original version | Strawberry Letter 23 by The Brothers Johnson

Friday, July 26, 2013

[ Larger than Life ]

dress | BCX
belt | old
shoes | Jessica Simpson
manicure | OPI's Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?

Life can be really hectic and at times make you feel like your going crazy. Just keep in mind, through the stress and madness, you are still in control. The excitement you have for your future is still possible. And that possibility is available now.

Because you, my dear, are sitting on top of the world.

xo | din

photos | Reflection Photography

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kris Owens Fundraiser Benefit Fashion + Art Showcase

The time has come for me to walk! Though I walked in 3 shows just earlier this year for the UNCF fashion show, it feels like it's been far too long for me to hit the runway!

I'll be honest. I love the craziness, the hectic schedule, the artistic vibe surging through the room between hairstylists, makeup artists, and designers. And I can't fail to mention, I LOVE playing dress up!

So what could make this whole experience better than what it already is, then to make it benefit someone that's so deserving? By going to the Facebook event page for Kris Owens Fundraiser Benefit Fashion + Art Showcase, you can find out all the exciting details! I hope that everyone who is able to, can make it out for this great event!

This is one of my favorite looks I wore when I walked for Richard Blayne. I can't wait to see the fabulous ensemble I get to wear for this show!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nutti Yogini

Last month, when I ran the Seattle Rock'n'Roll half marathon, I came across a booth at the pre race expo called Nutti Yogini. I was pleased to meet the creator, designer, and owner of the company, Jessica Alexander.

Her yoga style clothing can easily be taken from the classroom to the streets. This blush colored top I got, particularly caught my eye, and I'm in love with the gold accent of the brand's image label. As you can see, I had fun playing with gold accents throughout my outfit!

Top | Nutti Yogini
Shorts | House of Deréon
Shoes | Puma
Panther ring | Cartier
Other rings | Forever 21
Watch | Charlotte Russe
Nail polish | OPI's Let Them Eat Rice Cake


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

[ It's in the details ]

bracelets | 'Edward Smiles' by JULES Smith, multi-chain by LOFT
knuckle rings | Forever 21
necklace | Express
hi-lo skirt | Forever 21
sandals | old
tank | LOFT
belt | H&M
shades | Charming Charlie
bag | Miztique

Accessories are so fun! The 'Edward Smiles' bracelet is something I won from the awesome jewelery designer Jules Smith a couple years ago. [ A few days before my birthday, matter of fact! ] My bird ring has a long history, too. It was a yearly purchase at the Central Washington State Fair. Yearly because I lost it. Every year. [ The original was purchased by my dad-- the consecutive ones, too. Hey, I was young! ]

What are some of your favorite accessories to wear?

xo | din

Monday, July 22, 2013

[ Casual Monday ]

 As you know, I spent the weekend roadtripping to and fro' Cincinnati. This definitely called for a casual Monday! Yes, I work in DC; and Yes I can wear jeans-- in the summer anyways!

The conversation from my colleagues was hilarious when they saw me in jeans. It went something like this: "Those are great! Are those new jeans?" Thanks! No, they're not new. "Really? I don't think I've seen them." That's because I don't wear jeans.


Hope you're having a great Monday!

xo | din

shades | LOFT 
slouched, faux wrap top | Classiques Entier 
jeans | American Rag

Sunday, July 21, 2013

[ Traveling Light ]

What was supposed to be an 8 hour trip from DC to Cincinnati, OH turned into a 10 hour road trip. Met up with my dad and a few family friends yesterday for a tour around the city. Hangin' out with my dad a bit this AM, then back on the road to DC.

Looong time to sit down to say the least, but to see my dad, I would've traveled a 100 more miles.

separates | Forever 21*
black leather cuff | MetroPark
metallic flats | AirWalk

xo | din

[ *fun fact: the tiger screen print glows in the dark! ]
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