Monday, July 30, 2012

I've Got a Pin-diction!

Almost a year ago, I first blogged about Pinterest. 

http://allthingsfashionating.blogspot.com/2011/09/very-pinterest-ing.html 

Unfortunately, I did not have the wherewithal to stick with it.  After one or two feeble attempts to create a board, I totally lost "pinterest."  Sorry, I know that was terrible but I just couldn't help myself.

Fast forward nine months: One of my BFFs Rachel is planning her 40th birthday in Napa and sent an email directing us to her Pinterest board to learn more about her birthday inspiration. 

It was brilliant!  I started to check it out and then found myself still pinning after two hours straight. I have always loved collages and getting things organized.  I find pinning to my boards to be so completely inspiring and fulfilling.  I even woke up this morning with the urge to start pinning.  Can you say addiction?

I am still trying to wrap my head around the sharing aspect of this social media.  I only have two followers so far so I am going to shamelessly ask my readers to go ahead and visit my Pinterest boards and follow me. I'd love to see what you are pinning too.

I am taking it one small step at a time: Today Pinterest, tomorrow Instagram.

Please visit my boards at http://pinterest.com/tracymausser/

Saturday, July 28, 2012

All Things Fashionating Gets A Make-Over

Even though it is a gorgeous day outside, I just felt like my blog needed a little love.  Although the Blogger Dynamic View was a super cool way to look at ATF, I wanted to allow my readers to access all the cool gadgets that weren't available in the Dynamic View.

Please feel free to share my posts via Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin'; become a Google follower; or get my fashionating posts delivered right to your Inbox if you don't already.

Let me know what you think of this new look because I am always searching for ways to make my blog better and more user-friendly.  Without you, there would be no reason for me to continue posting.

Happy reading!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fashion at Olympic-Size Proportions

Ralph Lauren Olympic Collection

With only an hour until the official Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London begin -- which I will watch televised later this evening – it is apparent that American pride is beginning to swell.
Personally, I am excited to watch all of the different 46 sporting events; with running, beach volleyball, gymnastics and swimming segments being at the top of my list.  However, since I am one fashion obsessed girl, I am also looking forward to checking out all the noteworthy fashions that will be on display.

Usually, when you hear the names Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Hermés and Salvatore Ferragamo you think of fashion week.  But not in this instance, they are the designer names who are dressing the talented athletes of the world for success.

It isn’t shocking that McCartney would be the ideal choice for Great Britain to lock down to dress the Brits as she has been designing for Addidas since 2004.  Yet I believe McCartney inspired the gamut of other designers to join in on the fun.

Team USA will wear uniforms created by Ralph Lauren, whose designs have always been the epitome of classic America fashion.   Lauren’s Olympic Collection includes fleece warm-ups, USA appliques and track suits. 

Georgia Armani has produced the Italian Olympic team’s official gear – lustrous white and blue apparel – and recently declared that the London 2012 games would be, “the most fashionable Olympic Games ever.”

Puma has teamed up with Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, to design some trendy duds which will include the colors of the Jamaican flag. Yeah, mon!

Earlier in the week, there was a big brouhaha that Lauren – the American as apple pie designer – had his uniforms manufactured in China.  The Huffington Post reported that lawmakers in Washington were up in arms over uniforms that were not “Made in the U.S.A.”

I agree that having an American manufacturer create the uniforms would be the most patriotic thing to do but, it is really about the games and not the duds, so I move on people.

For me, the focus on sports fashion at this year’s games certainly intrigues me, but I cannot wait to watch the extraordinary actions of athletes from across the globe as they compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze in fashionable attire.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Dropped My Guard and Almost Lost My Identity


I spent most of my morning yesterday in a work meeting at the Port of Los Angeles. 

Due to the high level of terrorist threats in the Port, Homeland Security has amped up its security measures and the building was like Fort Knox and the screening process very hard-core.  However, I know the drill, and it didn’t phase me too much until I was leaving.

I was the first to exit in my party. The security guard asked if I wanted the contents of my name badge back – a photo along with my name and company information were on that piece of paper –and I said no thanks.

I was with my company’s senior counsel and, upon walking out of the building, she said, “With so much identity fraud, I didn’t leave my information.”

As we walked back to our car, I almost asked if I could run back and get my name badge to shred back at the office, but thought I would seem a bit obsessed. (Who me?) But I couldn’t shake that nagging feeling that I had just done something stupid.

Once I was back at the office, I realized that someone had been blowing up my office and cell phones all morning long.  I checked my voicemail to find a message from an online clothing company asking me to call and verify my order which was to be sent via overnight delivery.

I phoned back and spoke with a customer service representative who confirmed the order with me.  It was a clothing store that I had never heard of and the sale was for almost $600.  Logically, I knew it was not my purchase but, my first reaction was, “Oh crap, did I use my company credit card to make a personal purchase.”

Then the rep told me that they had suspected fraud because there had been a $400 purchase yesterday and the billing and shipping information didn’t add up.

I started to freak out.

The rep said there was nothing to do about the first purchase because the clothes had already been sent overnight, but she would cancel the second order for $600.

I immediately got off the phone and called my corporate credit card company and, within a half an hour, they had cancelled the card and assured me that they would take care of the fraudulent charges without penalty to my company or myself.

I hung up relieved for about a millisecond and then I remember the discarded name badge with my personal information on it.

My mind started spiraling out of control; High anxiety. I could not figure out how anyone could obtain my work credit card number.  While online, I started scrutinizing my work purchases over the past several months which are usually pretty far and few between…and boring: office supplies, parking validation, a fastrak pass, pizza or sandwiches for an office meeting.  I just couldn’t reconcile how anyone could have gotten my card number as well as my work information (billing address, direct dial and cell phone numbers).

Then I became paranoid that someone actually took the information from my wallet.  This is completely unrealistic but I just couldn’t help but get myself all worked up.  I had to phone each of my credit card companies and then check all of my bank accounts.

Luckily, it seems to have been an isolated case with just my work credit card information being compromised.

But this wasn’t my first rodeo and it surely wasn’t the first time someone had tried to steal my credit card information or even my identity.

Yet, it is hard to shake that feeling of being violated when a stranger purposefully steals your information and takes advantage -- for their own personal gain -- at my “financial” expense.

As someone who strives – and I emphasize the word strive – to live my life being the best person that I can be, it disgusts me that there are so many immoral and corrupt people breathing the same air that I breathe.

I am not naïve.  Bad people are out there in the world.  I mean we see it every day in the news.  People losing their whole life savings from bad apples like Bernie Madoff and Robert Stanford, just to name a few. Not to mention the total crazies out there who take it one step further who actually abuse, hurt or kill senselessly.

I will graciously get off my soap box now.

The bottom line is that I was lucky the online vendor saw the red flags and alerted me to the fraud that was taking place.  I was lucky that my credit card company was so helpful and willing to resolve the situation.  I truly believe this situation could have been so much worse.

Even though I doubt there is anything I could have done differently, I’m going to chalk it up to a learning lesson but I will certainly be more careful about guarding my identity.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jeans Made in Heaven

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Breathless

With so many great designer jeans out there -- like J Brand, True Religion, Rock N Republic, Diesel and Hudson -- who would have thought there was room for one more...actually a slice of heaven that you can wear.

The British denim label MiH (the name is inspired by the jean brand Made in Heaven from the late 60s) is all the rage.  The denim styles in this brand -- which is lauded by celebrities from NY to LA and across the pond -- are slim-fitting but not too tight and dressy enough to go from the office to dinner to playing it down in the park.

I was uber excited to read that Glamour Magazine teamed up with MiH jeans and right now they are offering their Breathless skinny jean at only $116.50 (almost half the regular price).

Check it out while supplies last: 
http://us.mih-jeans.com/glamour/the-breathless-archive.html?linkid=2670&linkid2=2680

Monday, July 23, 2012

Jump Start into Summer Jumpsuits

Mossimo Jumpsuit @ Target

Two years ago, I was looking for an outfit for my husband's 40th birthday weekend in Vegas.  I found the perfect black strapless jumpsuit at Bebe of all places.  A bit on the dressy side, that one-piece wonder has certainly received its fair share of wear.


However, one of the hottest trends of this summer season, still seem to be jumpsuits but not just your basic black.  We are seeing lots of prints in Diane von Furstenberg's collection and other top designers like Stella McCartney, Vena Cava and Elie Saab are in on the action too.


Lightweight fabrics in sleeveless, strapless and halter styles are just a tad bit dressier than a maxi dress and keep you looking and feeling cool during these hot summer months.


If you are concerned about breaking the bank,  Mossimo at Target has the cutest jumpsuit right now.  A convertible knit jersey gives you oodles of options to take this jumpsuit from day to night.  It comes in basic black, grey, brown, ruby red, and oxygen blue (my personal fav).


The options are endless.

http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-women-s-multi-style-convertible-jumpsuit-assorted-colors/-/A-13830512#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Breaking News: Barneys LA Warehouse Sale Cancelled

As reported by Racked LA last night, the Barneys LA Warehouse Sale -- which is annually held twice a year at the LA Convention Center-- has been cancelled.  With the exception of Barneys New York Warehouse sale which will still take place in the Big Apple (so jealous of all my East Coast peeps), the sale will be moved online.

According to Racked LA, this is the official statement they received:

"As part of our digital strategy to create a true omnichannel experience for customers, Barneys New York has brought the Warehouse Sale online this August. The exact launch date has not yet been announced. To accomplish this and allocate appropriate levels of inventory to the digital sale, the Los Angeles warehouse sale will not be taking place this season.

Barneys will still be hosting the physical Warehouse Sale shoppers know and love in New York, August 23-September 3 at the 17th Street Barneys New York location."

It is certainly an end of an era.  I remember buying my first pair of Prada sandals at the former site of Barneys' sale -- Barker Hanger -- almost 10 years ago.  The roar of the private jets and prop planes flying over head were a familiar white noise that is nostalgic to me. 

When the sale was moved to downtown Los Angeles in the Convention Center, I felt that it lost a little of that loving feeling; but I quickly learned how to navigate the parking, the dressing room and the sale itself.  I began to feel like Katniss Everdeen in her second Hunger Games.

However, this move by Barneys will definitely level the playing field for all those bargain shoppers out there who don't have access to the physical sale.  I am humble enough to know that by living in Los Angeles, I have access to some amazing shopping and not everyone is that lucky.

Speaking of luck, now that the LA "Sale" is no more, I will always look upon my last score from the sale in February -- a timeless Versace LBD with fond memories.

You can read the whole Racked LA post at http://la.racked.com/archives/2012/07/20/its_true_the_barneys_la_warehouse_sale_has_been_cancelled.php







Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm Back in the Saddle Again

Chama, New Mexico

Howdy!

Did ya'll think I forgot about All Things Fashionating?  Well, I don't blame you one bit because I have been gone for a while.

My family and I landed in Santa Fe last week and then made our way up to Northern New Mexico to the Colorado border.  We had some tourist time in Santa Fe, a few days at a spa and then the remainder of a trip in a lodge on a lake. 

It was fabulous and I had been planning to make some progress with my blog, but we were completely off the grid -- no Internet, no cell...no nothing except for the deer, fish and one bear.

But I am happy to report that I am ready to get back in the saddle (figuratively speaking of course).

All Things Fashionating will resume to its normal schedule next week.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Little Hump Day Inspiration

Last night, on my way home from work, I was stopped at a traffic light next to a bus stop.  I saw a man -- probably not that much older than I -- get off the bus.  His body was crooked and misshapen from some illness and he carried a portable oxygen tank with him.  This man was dressed very nice and was attractive. 

Obviously, despite his hardships, he had to live; Even if that meant taking the bus to get somewhere and carrying what he needed to breathe as a burden on his back.  And, he wasn't done with his journey, because he continued to walk along the main drag toward his home I assume.

One thing that struck me about this man is how alone he seemed in his day. Yes, I drive to and from work -- solo -- as most of us do. But there is some sort of singularity about everyone being in their cars driving from point A to point B on the freeway. I suppose there is also a singularity with people who ride buses. 

Yet, there was an intense sense of aloneness when this man exited the bus. I don't want to feel pity, but it was a very profound moment for me for some reason.

In that one instance, I knew that I could never -- or rather I should never -- feel sorry for myself again.  Life is not always a box a chocolates and the reality is that things don't always go as planned or turn out great; however, in the grand scheme of things, I had an overwhelming sense of my extreme good fortunate.

I have a strong healthy body that carries me through my day without even a second thought;  I enjoy the benefits of being able to drive myself around town in a nice luxury car; But most importantly, I have the strong bond of family and friendship.

I ended my evening last night surrounded by a group of women who are some of the most important friends in my life.  They all bring something different to my world and it is all good.  I was so honored that each one took time out of their busy lives to join me in a celebratory dinner and I was extremely touched by the collective gift they all contributed toward.

Everything I absorbed yesterday was a good reminder that I am one of the luckiest girls in the world and, one thing I know for sure, I would always have a ride home from the bus stop.





Monday, July 9, 2012

Out of this World Cuticle Cure: Solaroil (TM)

Usually, it is the winter month's that run my cuticles ragged but, this summer, my poor nails have been suffering. 

As I am one to treat myself to a manicure more often than not, I was surprised to look down and find hang nails and a wee bit of blood last week.  Mind you, this was after a visit to the nail salon so I knew I needed to take matters -- or rather nails -- into my own hands.  (Yes, the pun was intended.)

Digging deep into my bathroom vanity, I found my trusty bottle of Creative Nail Design (CDN) SolarOil (TM).  For more than 30 years, this award-winning product has been used as a nail and skin conditioner by nail professionals and average peeps like us.  It truly is a miracle product.

After three days, my cuticles are finally healed and look normal again.  You can find it at beauty supply store, but Amazon.com has the best price for under $10. 

"Live long and prosper!"

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Nail-Design-Solaroil-oz/dp/B0002QB1SC

Monday, July 2, 2012

Brushing Up with Sonia Kashuk



Back in April, I bought this Sonia Kashuk five-piece brush set from Target.  Mainly because I needed new brushes but the Pucci-esque print really caught my eye.

According to Kashuk in the May 2012 edition of Lucky Magazine, these are the 5 makeup brushes every woman should own. "The big one is airy, so both blush and powder go on subtle and natural.  The smudger diffuses any liner into hazy perfection.  The angled crease makes shadow go on in the perfect shape.  The domed shadow blender also works to spot apply powder where your shiny.  And the concealer brush is synthetic, so it smooths on foundation like nothing else."

Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture Five-Piece Brush Set, $15 Target.

http://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-brush-couture-5-pc-brush-set/-/A-13955456