Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LOOK FOR LESS: [lanvin dress | ss rtw 2010 | look 13]

I know it's been a little while since I've posted a Look For Less but when I saw this one I knew I had to share it with you guys... Especially with my loving obsession with the Lanvin esthetic.

So this weeks LFL is from Lanvin's Spring 2010 Ready to Wear collection and although I wasn't able to find the exact price on the Lanvin dress, I know from experience that the dress most likely had a price tag of $2500-3500+ regular price.

This Look For Less is by Alice & Olivia, which they like to call the Melanie Halter Dress for $368. I think it's a great alternative to Lanvin's Spring 2010 RTW look minus the expensive price tag. It's still a little on pricey side but it has a nice fit and to me it's a classic piece. (the photo doesn't really do it justice.)

Until next time...

{source: alice + olivia,}

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FASHION: [versace | for | h&m]

Hi my lovelies!

So today I found out who the next designer collaboration for H&M will be... Versace! They've designed iconic pieces from iconic moments past & present. About 40 Women's pieces and 20 Men's pieces plus accessories to be in stores November 17, 2011 and shortly followed by a pre-spring collection that will be available online from January 19, 2012.

Here are some speak peek images for the upcoming collection...

I'm in love with the studded dresses and the mid high peep-toe booties. I can't wait to see what else the collection will bring. My personal style doesn't really go with what Versace is all about but from what I see so far from these photos, I can definitely make some of them work.

STYLING TIP: Never buy something just going based off the designer/brand name!
Just because something is made by a designer/brand doesn't always make it fashionable and fabulous for everyone and anyone. You should always spend you money on pieces that fit you will, and fit into your style. Always look for quality, fit, style and longevity. Spending money on "trendy" pieces isn't very smart (unless you're rich), spending it on the classic quality pieces that will last a while is always smart. Also, just like buying based off the designer brand names... fallowing every trend isn't a must. If you want to fallow a trend, be sure to pick and choose and make it fit into your own style otherwise you'll come out looking like you're trying way too hard.


Until next time...

Monday, June 13, 2011

FASHION: [lanvin | kids | resort 2012]

Lanvin's Creative Director, Alber Elbaz debuted the new addition to the Lanvin family earlier today at the end of his Resort 2012 show in New York.... GIRLS CLOTHES!!

Those of you that know me and/or have been fallowing my blog, know that Lanvin is one of my all time favorite designers. So when I heard that Alber Elbaz was adding kids clothes to the Lanvin family, I was super excited. It makes me kind of want to have a baby girl, ha! I hope Lanvin comes out with boys clothes as well. It's so hard to find super cute boys clothes vs. girls clothes... so I hear!

But one word describes this little girls collection... ADORABLE!!

{source:, the cut}

STYLING: [fruity | engagement | shoot]

Here's another photo shoot we did earlier this year with our good friend Krista Mason of Krista Mason Photography that got picked up and published by The Wedding Chicks Blog.

to see more images check out The Wedding Chicks Blog post.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

STYLING: [vintage | inspired | wedding]

Earlier this year we did a vintage wedding inspired photo shoot with our good friends Krista Mason of Krista Mason Photography and Hair Styist, Jane Suh, along with many other amazingly talented vendors (full list below). The photo shoot was picked up and published on the popular Green Wedding Shoes Blog. Check out the post here!

Photographer: Krista Mason Photography
Event Planner: A Stunning Affair
Floral Designer: Peony & Plum Floral Design
Hair Stylist: Kutting Room
Reception Venue: Franklin Canyon Park
Invitation Designer: Shannon Vetere
Dress Designer: Winnie Couture
Cake Designer: Fantasy Frostings
Linens and Coverings: Premiere Party Rents
Equipment Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Calligrapher: Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier
Makeup Artist: GraceMakesPrettyFace
Personal Stylist: Nunn Better Design


Saturday, June 11, 2011

PERSONAL: [dylan's | 1st bday | party]

A little over a year ago, very good friends of ours had an adorable baby boy who they named Dylan. Being that Dylan is half Korean (half Chinese), it's in the Korean culture to throw a huge "wedding-like" 1st birthday party called Doljabi. In the past, there were high death rates in Korea and it was a milestone for the babies who were able to make it to their 1st birthdays. So when a baby made it to 12 month the whole town would come together to celebrate and that tradition is carried on to this day.

But with a baby who's already running around (yes, running!) before he turned 1, my friend Mina had her work cut out for her. As you can only imagine it was hard for her to get everything done by herself with an active baby around. So I was more than happy when she took me up on my offer to help out. I love to plan parties, it's so much fun!... minus the cost of everything. lol

The party planning process started out with picking the theme and Mina decided to have a vintage circus theme. Which I think was super cute and genius. It was kid-like but yet still for the adults as well. She then purchased some cute DIY vintage circus printables & invitations by The Candy Tree. From there I was able to create, manipulate and edit the files to work perfectly for the party. As well as any additional graphic that we needed to tie everything together.

As for the venue, they chose the beautiful South Coast Botanical Gardens with a huge open grass area which was perfect are for the kids to run around and play. I didn't think we'd even use the whole area but the kids took full advantage of the space.

I don't know about you but when I think of a circus, one of the first things I think of are those red and white tents. And what would a circus themed party be without those tents, right?! It would just be another party with balloon and food. One of my biggest suggestions for the party was to somehow pulling off the look of red and white tenting on a budget. Luckily, the South Coast Botanical Gardens area that they had picked out already had a wooden awning that we were able to hang things from. From there we did our research on how we could pull this look off without blowing their whole budget on just the tenting and Mina came up with the great idea of using the table covers that come in rolls... genius! With the tent, 30" balloons, signage and all the other little details a wonderful vintage circus 1st birthday party for Dylan was made.

Most of the planning was Mina and I just gave her my suggestions and ideas that were based off her original ideas. So great job, Mina! I think we made a great team along with the help of all of our friends and pulled off an amazing party for her son, Dylan's 1st birthday. It was so rewarding when we were all setting up for the party and people were coming by asking if we were event planners because it looked so nice and professional. Maybe Mina and I have a new career path in our future. ha ha!

To see more photo and vendors Mina used go to Krista Mason Photography's blog.

PS. the Balloon Twister: David Nguyen is absolutely life of the party and the best Balloon Twister i've ever seen. He's so creative and comes up with this you'd never think you'd be able to make from balloons. Well worth the money! My husband wants to hire him for no special occasion just for David to make him balloons. ha!


Monday, June 06, 2011

STYLING: [gentry | photo shoot | f11 & SS12]

Hi Lovelies,

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I know I sure did. This past Saturday, GENTRY asked me to co-style their Fall 2011 and Spring/Summer 2012 photo shoot with the amazing Ed Choi up at the Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills (photographed on the right). I was extremely excited and honored that they had asked me to help style they're shoot. On top of never really focusing on just men's styling before, I was also excited to be able to work with all of GENTRY's amazing men's accessories (neck pins, tie pins, tie bars, pocket squares, bow ties (new) and neck ties).

It's definitely a lot easier to style a shoot when you believe in the product, as well as the brand's vision. What I love about GENTRY is their effortless, classic with a modern take on men's accessories and of course their attention to details. I think that more men should start investing in their accessories. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that I see more men out their wearing tie bars but how about adding a little more character to the accessories?! Like GENTRY's Fitzgerlad collection. This is probably by far my favorite collection from GENTRY. I'm in love with the Carraway set and the clock tie pin is my all time favorite.

ATTENTION ALL MEN: please start wearing tie pins, I love them more than tie bars (but I love tie bars too). It's a nice suttle touch of character to an outfit and I LOVE that! All you need is just a little detail to finish a look. As shown in the photo on the left on the handsome Warren Baker, the face of GENTRY. Which is actually a sneak peek pic at one of the looks from the shoot for GENTRY's Fall 2011 campaign.

Ok enough about my love for GENTRY and men's accessories... Now back to the photo shoot. We started off the day shooting GENTRY's Spring/Summer 2012 collections. Since Spring/Summer is more vibrant and colorful, it was only natural to start off the day with the SS collection. Which I personally had the most fun with styling wise (I think Ed did as well). In the Spring collection we also wanted to show people that men's accessories didn't have to be tied down to suits and evening wear. As you'll be able to see a little peek at in the behind the scenes photos below. (click image to enlarge photo)

Models for GENTRY's Spring/Summer 2012 is Warren Baker, Brian Thomas Gove and Austin Stowell. Photographed by Carl Lindstorm

After we wrapped the SS shoot at the Stahl House around 3pm, it was time for the Fall 2011 shoot. Unfortunately, I was wrapped up in the shoot that I completely forgot to take some behind the scenes photos for the Fall collection but I'm sure the one with Warren in the top left is good enough for you guys. However, here is a photo of all of us at the end of the day.
Crew photo from GENTRY's Fall 2011 photo shoot at the Stahl House.

Co-founders: Ms. Imamura & Mr. Sato
Photographer: Everette Perry & his assistants
Fashion Stylist: Jen Nunn-Iwai & Ed Choi
Groomer: Jonathan Colombini
Models: Warren Baker, Alex Ulvsgard & Jonathan Isaiah

All-in-all it was an amazing day with amazing people and an amazing view! Loved every moment of it. Had a blast and I can't wait for the next one. Thank you... Annie & Greg for having me be a part of this photo shoot and Ed for being my partner in crime on this shoot. NUNN + CHOI styling, next stop... the world! :)

Also, I want to thank everyone else that made this shoot happen. Great Team! Can't wait to see all the photos.

Until next time,

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