The Real Sasha Fierce

Sasha Fierce 1 You know those girls that you see when you're out and about at a bar, store, or restaurant that you simply can't stop staring at, all of a sudden realizing that you've become completely obsessed with them without even knowing it? Well today's inspiration Angelina pretty much has that effect on me... every single time. With a natural ease that instantly makes her everyone's bestie but with the low key epic swagger of Sasha Fierce (aka Beyonce), Angelina knocks everyone automatically dead when she walks into a room. Born and raised in LA but now a year long resident in the Big Apple, Angelina's been able to incorporate her spicy Cali ways into the ever changing weathers of NY. Really loving the androgynous boyish school girl vibe that's taking over this fall, Angelina gets her main point of wardrobe inspiration from her grandma who would mix and match with her grandpa's closet-- bringing in that feminine touch with statement accessories. Getting inspired in the city that never sleeps, Angelina and her co-partner Milo (featured as a previous inspiration) started a clothing line called IIA (short for Insomnia) that sets out to encourage and inspire ambitious teens to build on their creative paths through streetart, music, photos, and fashion. With today's outfit that's simple and sweet with just the bold letters of IIA across her chest, it's easy to see (even through just these pics) why Angelina truly doesn't even need more than that to be a fashion killa.

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Top: IIA NYC // Bottoms: Wasteland // Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // Purse: Rachel Roy // Sunglasses: miu miu // Jewelry: IIA NYC (cuff bracelets), Fendi (watch)

NYFW Spring 2014: Street Style

If there was one thing that was equally or possibly even more popular than seeing the shows at NYFW, it was seeing the ensembles of all fashionista attendees. I heard there was going to be some street style watching going on, but definitely didn't expect it to be like it actually was when I rolled up to Lincoln Center. From professional photographers like The Sartorialist to mere fashion onlookers and lovers snapping photos on their iPhones, the definition of paparazzi was taken to a whole new level during Fashion Week. Whether you're a designer, celebrity, blogger, or simply an attendee, people stop you for your good style and taste and ask to snap a pic (or casually do so paparazzi-style as you're walking by). And rightfully so! Because lemme tell you Fashionlainers, people brought it full force this Spring 2014 Fashion Week. And being one that didn't want to feel left out of the company, I too chimed into this street style craze, sharing some of my favorite outfits below that I snapped around town in NYC.

Black or White? Typically it's one or the other for me. Or if it's mixed together, it's usually in subtle solid forms, not so much checkered or striped patterns. But these two girls caught my eye the second I saw them, giving me a major lesson in not only how to mix my two favorite colors together, but how to mix and match some patterns as well while we're at it.

These two super cute Italians were so beyond with their outfits that I had to ask them if I could take their picture literally seconds after they sat down for lunch. With a white embellished jacket and a gorgeous peach dress with a pop of neon underneath, I instantly wanted both of their outfits ASAP.

Only a few can really slay the all black look, and only fewer can throw a cap on top of it and still make this look uber chic, dressy and upscale. From head to toe, this outfit was beyond perfection, making me shocked about why I never thought this combo up myself and making me instantly want to run home and throw on a cap with a heels.

As it has been evident lately on my blog, I've become a lover of hats. Yet, not being able to take the hat craze too far yet, my fedoras and floppys have remained of solid, neutral, and user friendly colors and styles. But this girl showed me that it's ok and actually easy to werq it in a hat that has both a pattern and mix of colors.

Not to be mistaken for Will Smith and his Fresh Prince of Bel Airs days, this guy stepped it up with what I deemed a modern take on young Will with a fly vest, button down, and slacks-- making his outfit perfect for a transition from day to night. (Phone case holder turned into stylish almost fanny pack included).

Recently becoming an obsessor of having tops and bottoms that match in patterns, I practically oogled over this girl's outfit for like 15 minutes. Whether in spring, summer, fall or winter, this look is definitely on the rise this year and needs to be considered as a must in everyone's closets.

Crop top, blazer, colored skirt, and are those sandals?? This girl's outfit was probably one of my favorites all week (and probably the most comfortable!). With a style and look that could've been easily confused for a celeb, all subtle yet well thought out mixes together of everything from articles of clothing to accessories made for an epic look.

Jeans to a fashion show? I would have never thought it. But when I came across these two, the jeans were the last thing I noticed about their attires. Showing that it's really about what you pair your pieces with to make for a hit look, with a silver metal bow tie and a beyond amaze floral headband, it was really all about their accessories that got people wanting to snap pics of these two.

No need to outdo yourself or others around you to get other's attentions. These two guys showed that throwing on a (not so) simple necklace and adding an extra umph of swag is really all that's needed sometimes to make a look chic.

Teen Choice Awards 2013

Yesterday was the Teen Choice Awards and seeing a bunch of statuses, hashtags, and excitement built around the award show that I used to devotedly be in love and obsessed with took me back to my teen youth days when the pages of YM, Teen People, and J-14 covered my walls (...and if you don't recall any of these magazines, then MAN do I feel old). But why did I love this award show so much? It definitely wasn't anything as big as the Oscars, Grammys or even the VMAs. Yet, seeing things like (what was for me) iconic clips such as the one above of Britney and Justin winning Hottest Male and Female, the Teen Choice Awards always had a special place in my heart. Watching last night's show with the incredibly adorable Darren Criss and Lucy Hale, I quickly soon realized what it was about the show that made it so special. Other than the incredible excitement of seeing your fave celebs take the stage which has gone from my days of N*Sync to One Direction, Britney Spears to Selena Gomez, 7th Heaven to Glee, and Charmed to Pretty Little Liars, what's the true heart and soul of this award show is the strong connection us past and present teens feel with everyone in attendance. I remember when I would avidly count down the days until the Teen Choice Awards (even taking on the role as a Seatfiller a few times). I would really take in every single word that my favorite celebs would say, admiring everything about them and the messages that they were trying to push through. And it's evident to see how the Teen Choice Awards still remains the same. Whether we all cried along with our Glee family and Lea Michele as she was talking about Cory Monteith or if we were jotting down mental notes and getting inspired by Ashton Kutcher's motivational speech, the Teen Choice Awards reminds us of a time when it was ok to open our hearts, dream big, and be open to the endless possibilities that the world has to offer. As we grow older and enter the real world, we forget about our careless and stress-free days and worry too much about the present and the future. So today's post is dedicated to inspiring us once again to remember those much simpler times in life and remember to "work hard, be smart, and live life" as the wise Ashton Kutcher just said last night.

And of course, this would be no proper post without giving my breakdown of my top fashion picks of the most fashionable teens that  werqed yesterday's blue carpet

Obviously I have to start out with the Prince and Princess of yesterday's show, the co-hosts Lucy Hale and Darren Criss. I think what I love most about their styles is that they always manage to look so amazing, yet it always comes off as no effort at all was put into looking like such flawless stunners. With Darren's dapper suit and tie and with Lucy's shout out to my crop top/high waisted skirt obsession combo, these two definitely were dressed to run the show.

Lucy:  Top: Houghton // Skirt: Houghton // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // /Earrings: Topshop // Jewelry: Sophie Hughes // Clutch: Kotur

Darren: Suit: Emporio Armani

It would be no fashion breakdown if I didn't include the dreamy One Direction boys or (1D as many people like to abbrev). What's perfect about this to-die-for boy band, is that they not only have the talent and looks, but they all collectively know how to always kill it with their style.

Shake It Up's Bella Thorne definitely worked it yesterday with this cute palm tree dreamy look. Not typically a fan of prints, she 100% won me over with this adorable getup.

Top: Fausto Puglisi // Skirt: Fausto Puglisi // Shoes: Candie's // Clutch: DvF // Jewelry: XIV Karats

Selena Gomez without a doubt always brings it to the red carpet. A huge personal daily fashionista favorite of mine, I'm always excited to see what she's going to wear next because I know without a doubt that I'm going to quickly obsess over everything she wears.

Dress: Cushnie et Ochs// Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood // Jewelry: Neil Lane

The cast of one of my all-time favorite shows right now , Pretty Little Liars, (actually, I'm pretty sure that's the only show I watch right now) was definitely part of the royalty on the blue carpet yesterday. So excited to see what each of these super popular fashionistas were going to roll up with on the carpet, I must say, Shay Mitchell definitely won me over the most with this fabulous romper and gold metallic heels.

Jumpsuit: Jenni Kayne // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: Kimberly McDonald

Last but certainly not least, I couldn't leave out Lily Collins. This outfit was wayyy to die for to not include in my roundup. An ode to Bella Thorne's palm trees print, this different take with the top and high to low skirt resulted in probably hands down being my favorite outfit of the evening. Lily knows how to own it every time I've seen her on a carpet, and this time was definitely no exception.

Shirt: Houghton // Skirt: Fausto Puglisi // Shoes: Brian Atwood