It’s been over two months since I left my apartment in NYC and hit the road! While having a blast, living out of a suitcase can make fashionable dressing a challenge. I’ve learned that the key is having a few basics that can be rotated and mixed and matched, to create several outfits from just a few pieces. That’s why I love this Helena sandal by Naya. It’s sophisticated yet simple style is perfect for pairing with summer dresses, shorts, jeans, or pretty much any outfit that doesn’t require heels.
Over the past few seasons, I’ve started a mini collection of Naya shoes, including wedges, boots, and sandals. My experience with this brand has been a good one in that the shoes are comfortable (meaning I can wear them the entire day comfortably) and they always garner a compliment, or two, or three. The shoes have an element of simplicity mixed with a few unique details that show the craftsmanship and quality of the shoe. Additionally, Naya is committed to being a green and when possible, uses natural or recycled content fabrics, water-based cements, boxes made with 80% recycled paper pulp, soy-based inks and water-based glue, and the list goes on and on. It is for all these reasons, that I’ve decided to make Naya, specifically the Helena, my “Vixen Pick” of the month! The Helena can be found at Nordstrom.
Yesterday, Jennifer Lopez released her Fall 2013 line of women’s wear for Khol’s at Gary’s Loft in New York City. Wearing a sexy black jumpsuit from her collection, the former “American Idol” judge proudly displayed her most recent collaboration with the retailer and happily posed for photos. Lopez has been working with the company since 2010, when Kohl’s announced a partnership with Lopez and her then-husband Marc Anthony. Originally marketed as “the first celebrity couple to simultaneously design collections for one retailer”, the lines were marked as two separate brands following their divorce.
The Jennifer Lopez Collection includes contemporary sportswear, dresses, handbags, jewelry, shoes and sleepwear along with a home collection of bedding and towels.
Lopez has stated that her inspiration for her collections come from “all facets of her life: her life, career and travels around the world”. Jennifer Lopez’s collection for Kohl’s embodies modern lines and effortless style with vibrant colors, energetic patterns and quality construction.
About an hour away from Reno, Nevada is a quaint little town called Virginia City. Dressed in all the fixings of an old Western Village, Virginia City is replete with specialty shops, saloons, and vintage style gambling halls. The drive to Virginia City requires an ascent up a winding road with killer views of snow capped mountains in the distance. On our way up, we saw plenty of wildlife including large birds and two ferret-like creatures called fishers that were chasing each other on the mountain side – so cool! (Wildlife spotting makes me very happy)
Once there, parking is relatively easy to find and it’s fun walking around and exploring some of the town’s history, which includes a blackjack, or 21 table, known as the infamous ‘suicide table’. The table was given the horrid nickname after three previous owners took their lives following big financial losses – though it is questioned as to whether or not the third took his own life, or had it taken from him. Either way, the mystery remains and so does the relic – at the back of a dusty casino filled with adult delights like slot machines, cocktails, and what looks like an ancient burlesque stage. Continued after the jump…
After heading North from Las Vegas, JC and I decided to stop by Death Valley National Park and check out the lowest point in America. Located about 85 miles East of America’s highest point (Mount Whitney), Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is a whopping 282 feet below sea level!
Our drive to the valley was quite spectacular with the sun setting and barely a car in sight during the two hour drive. With the road to ourselves, the top down on the convertible, and the radio on loud, we were isolated in our own little world with sweeping views and the occasional tumbleweed. While large birds soared overhead, we were surprised to see two other wild critters that were certainly unexpected. For starters, we got to see our first road runner! A tiny little thing, but true to it’s name, it ran across the road causing us to slow down to avoid hitting it. We also saw a coyote! It came out of nowhere and just stood in the road looking at our car, seemingly unphased. (photo after the jump)
I love Vegas. I love Heather Graham. But, unfortunately, Heather Graham kind of hates Vegas. At least that’s according to a recent interview she did for Maxim Magazine. As June’s cover girl, Heather participated in a steamy photo shoot to promote the final installment of “The Hangover” trilogy, in which she plays the character Jade, a former exotic dancer.
At 43-years-old, Heather looks kind of amazing in a tropical bikini and heels, in the spread that was shot by photographer James Macari. During her interview, Maxim asked Heather her thoughts on Sin City and her reply was basically that she’d rather be doing yoga.
“I’m not really a big Vegas person. I’m more, ‘Let me go to a yoga retreat and do yoga three hours a day.’ I’ve definitely gone and partied, but I kind of hate Vegas, to be honest. It’s kind of disturbing.”
So sad – I guess I won’t be crossing paths with Heather at any Vegas pool parties in the near future.
As for her character in the most recent installment of ”The Hangover”, Heather says:
“Night and day. My character is completely different and in a totally different circumstance. She’s not a stripper anymore.”
One of the good things about living out of a hotel for the last couple of months is that almost all hotels have gyms. This really helps offset eating out all the time. The other day, I was in search of some new work out gear and hit about four or five stores before the light bulb went off that bebe has a sport section with cute gym outfits.
Sure enough, I found what I wanted and the prices are surprisingly reasonable! For this entire bunch – including three tops and pants (I already had the headband), I paid around $150. The cost of this same number of pieces would run only slightly less at Target – and wouldn’t be quite as cute. Plus, I tried Target first and could not, for the life of me, find anything in my size! I love the turquoise color in this bebe collection and the pants have a shirring on the side, which adds a nice touch. They’re also really light weight, super comfy, have a zippered back pocket (perfect for holding an ID and a hotel key), and have a nice sheen to them. Total score! To shop online, visit bebe Sport
I love me some Sofia Vergara! Her big smile and even bigger personality are great for turning heads- plus, I LOVE her sense of style, which definitely screams sexy!!! For June, Sofia is the cover girl for Cosmopolitan Magazine and while reading her interview with the mag, I was surprised at how many uncensored F-bombs she drops!
A true Colombian beauty, who stays true to her roots, Sofia talks about wearing thongs, tube tops mixed with mini skirts, her fighting style, and how she is still close with her girlfriends back home.
Check out a few snippets from Sofia’s interview below.
Recently, I wrote about Kmart’s Money Can’t Buy You Style Remix Challenge, which allows fashion lovers to upload photos of themselves remixing the Jaclyn Smith utility shirt for the chance to win a $500 gift card and a trip to NYC for a photo shoot! (Um, awesome).
I wanted to enter as well, so I headed over to the nearest Kmart, picked up a few items and headed out to Nevada’s gorgeous Red Rock Canyon which is only a short drive from Las Vegas. The canyon’s incredible skyline provided the perfect backdrop for taking some fun photos, which I’m posting below – there are more after the jump!
There are only a few more days to enter, so make sure you submit your photos by May 13th, if you want to enter to win the gift card and NYC trip – good luck!!!