This past week I had the pleasure of attending an Exclusive Blogger Preview for this new season’s collection. I heard about it through my friend Karen and we were honored to go. The event was hosted by bloggers @kimberly_lu and @feastfashionfaves at The W Hotel where several LA designers presented their new collection and afterwards we got to enjoy the complimentary cocktails and our VIP gift bags. I have to say not a bad night at all!
The showroom took place at W Hotel’s lounge area where the ambiance was set by crystal fire places, chic cocktails and fellow bloggers enjoying the evening with excitement for show to start. As a new blogger I am having so much fun joining these events and getting to know remarkable people in this industry; it really inspires me and makes me love what I do that much more.
It was a great evening and am really excited for new projects to come! Follow my Instagram for more;)
This weekend I went to LACMA to see W Magazine’s Exhibit and it was brilliant! The exhibition was created as a way to remind us of the value of photography and to pay tribute to those who have contributed over the years behind camera such as stylists, makeup artists and the photographers themselves. In the world of Fashion it is easy to forget about all the work and effort its put into every photo shoot, about the message it conveys and the talent behind it. The visual overload we go through on a daily basis has lead us to devalue that creative form of expression. This is a celebration of W Magazine’s best work over the years.
On this visit I of course wanted to walk around LACMA and visit other exhibitions so I took a few photos of my favorites from that day. There are some amazing paintings from Matisse and Picasso that I really loved as well as a few from Andy Warhol. I wasn’t aloud to take photos of those and I believe you should always respect the art so I took my time and enjoyed every piece. As I was doing just that, I see a blogger I really love and admire… ChiaraFerragni, she was walking right in front of me with her crew. I had no idea she was going to be there so it I was really surprised, but I couldn’t let the moment pass. I was with my friend Karen so we walked right up to her, greeted her and her company and asked if we could take a photo, she accepted very nicely in her italian accent so we took the photo and let her go on with her busy day. I have to say, meeting two bloggers in one month is more than I expected, I feel very lucky! But wether you run into your favorite blogger or not it is still pretty fun to visit a museum. There’s something about walking around on a rainy day and admiring the paintings around you that gets me all inspired. So I invite you to pay a visit this month, you won’t regret it! Here are some photos I wanted to share with you…
The W Magazine Exhibit will be there until February 22 so for all of you who are in the area stop by! And I have to be honest, although its beautifully done it is also very small, the good thing is that entrance is Free also you get as many free W Magazines as you want and afterwards you can always enjoy the rest of the museum. So in my opinion its not a bad way to spend the day. Stay inspired!
Thanks for reading,
Here’s a video I posted. Follow me on Instagram for more!
A few weeks ago I came across a brand called Toni, they have beautiful leather goods (I especially love their clutches) and they are based here in LA. As I was going through their Instagram account I noticed something exciting… they did workshops! As you may know by now, Im constantly looking for new things to do and I’ve never worked with leather before so of course I signed up right away.
The workshop took place yesterday at Clark & Madison pop up shop in LA who they had partnered with for the event. I went with my friend Karen and as usual we were the first ones there, my excitement cant ever be controlled. As soon as we walk in the door Toni walks right up to us and greets us by name, we’ve never met before so it took me of guard but I felt it was such a nice gesture! for her to know each and every person attending her class made me feel very welcomed and got me eager to get started. While we waited for others to arrive we decided to explore the store and being a Fashion Merchandising student I was in love with their visual displays. Clark and Madison describe their brand as Adventure in Style and it really is! Displays went from a beautifully handcrafted hammock to a teepee tent in the back and so many unique and interesting items in between that I was floating on inspiration. Soon more people began to show up so we went up the stairs to a little area overlooking the store where the workshop took place. They had a large table across the room with all the materials ready for each person to use and an area with food and beverages, which I was very grateful for. Everyone had their own vegetable tan leather belt to work with and we where given two options, we could either learn how to dye the leather or learn how to hand stitch beautiful and intricate details into the belt. I’ve always been fascinated by the process of dye so I went for that one. First we did all the measurements, used special tools to cut the leather, marked down where the belt holes would go and detailed the leather along the edges to give it a nice finish. Toni had several colors we could choose from and they were all gorgeous tones, especially the sand one but I went with tan, its more my style. The whole process of dyeing was so much fun! And everyone had the best attitude, we were all laughing and getting to know each other while trying not to mess up but Toni was very helpful. The whole time she was going one by one making sure we were on the right track with the type of look we had envisioned for each of our belts and would help us make tweaks here and there so they all turned out really good. We let them dry, added the buckle and we had our belt! Looking at the end result I couldn’t believe I had just made that, it was really beautiful.
I have to say, this was such a great workshop! I had the best time, met really cool people and learned so much. I had always been interested in working with leather, now I can say that I have and I have my beautiful belt to prove it;) For anyone out there who is interested in taking a class I fully recommend it, Toni is amazing so you’ll learn a lot from her. Personally I cant wait for her next workshop! For now here are the photos I took yesterday…
And the end result…
Thanks Toni for such a great workshop! For anyone that is interested I will leave the links below…
So yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite fashion bloggers! She is an inspiring woman with a great sense of style and who turned out to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Of course I am talking about Sincerely Jules. I follow her account on Instagram and a couple of days ago I saw that she was launching her very first pop up shop and I had to be there! A friend and I drove to LA and got to hangout with her, shop her new Tee collection and meet some awesome people.
The event took place at 313 N Edinburgh Ave, Los Angeles this past Friday the January 30th. I wasn’t sure how the event was going to be but I jumped at the opportunity to be part of it. Traffic going up to LA was horrible as usual but get we there and realize we were one of the first one’s to arrive so that gave us the opportunity to talk to her for a while. And truth be told, for such a famous blogger, with more than a million followers she was surprisingly lovely and down to earth. You never know what to expect and of course I didn’t want to bother her either but she was really easy going and happy to greet everyone. All this time I wasn’t even sure that she would be at the event so I was extremely happy with how things turned out.
The pop up shop was small but beautifully decorated. It was easy to see her unique style represented in every inch of that place. There were art pieces hanging on the walls, clothing racks on each side of the store with her new collection of tees, a dreamy Flower Bar were she would help you arrange your set of flowers, a mini cupcake stand and many cool people just as excited as I was. Among them were other famous bloggers such as Eat Sleep Wear who by the way had the raddest shoes.. I had to compliment them! and later on I found out that Lovers Friends LA and AnineBingstopped by as well and I happen to admire them very much so you can imagine my excitement!
All in all it was a very fun event and of course I couldn’t help but shop her famous CÉLFIE tee and left the pop up shop with a huge smile on my face. It was very inspiring to meet someone like Sincerely Jules who has one of the coolest jobs and is basically living the dream. I just created this blog but it made me want to work hard at it and keep writing about different places, topics and people I meet and hopefully you’ll find it inspiring as well.
I’ve already shared mine but I’d love to know Who is your Favorite Blogger and Why? it doesn’t have to be about fashion, just anyone you admire;) Leave a comment below! As always, thank you for reading.
A blog about Fashion, Travel and Everything that Inspires
My name is Erika, Im 26 years old from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and I am a wanderer at heart. I currently live in Newport Beach where I continue to study Fashion Merchandising and get my daily dose of vitamin D by the beach. I grew up traveling the world with my family, from Dominican Republic to Brazil, the U. S., Argentina, you name it… we moved every year. As I got older that traveling bug remained with me therefore I’ve kept changing my address the same way. I’ll probably never know what its like to have a house that treasures all your childhood memories, but what I do have is a collection of different places around the world that when put together tell the story of who I am. And to me thats pretty exciting too. Today this is how I continue to live my life, whether its local or far Im always searching for new places and things that will keep me inspired. I’ve realized there’s hidden gems everywhere you go, maybe a new art exhibition or event, a cozy new bookstore, a new restaurant or a hidden beach somewhere waiting to be found, its the little things that make my day and I know Im not the only one. So this is how Wander With Love was created, as a way to share those little discoveries with anyone who enjoys exploring as much as I do. I encourage you to wander with love for Culture, Music, Places and People. I believe that you should wander with love for whats around you, to be inspired and inspiring.
I am very excited to begin this new project and hopefully I’ll get to meet great people along the way, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment or question below, I´d love to hear from you!