Musings Of A Stylista Giveaway!

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of those who have followed and supported my blog over the past few months.  I had been thinking once I reached 50 followers I’d do a giveaway… Thanks to you, I am well over 300 and counting!

The following are the criteria for entering the giveaway:

1.) Subscribe to Musings Of A Stylista by entering your email address and clicking on “follow”

2.) Leave a comment letting me know which prize you’d like: 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices please

3.) Leave your email address along with your comment so I am able to contact you

  • The deadline to enter is Sunday, September 23 2012 at midnight, any entries received after this time will not be accepted
  • 3 winners will be randomly selected via, announced on my blog and contacted by Monday, September 24, 2012

Without further ado, here are the prizes I’m offering as a token of my appreciation:

Versatile braided pewter necklace, which can be dressed up or down…

Stylish double bracelet in a vegan-friendly material with just a touch of bling…

And last, but not least, this Deborah Lippman nail polish in Fashion, a neutral tone wearable for most skin tones.  In addition, enjoy this cute little travel manicure kit which contains: tweezers, scissors, nail clippers and nail file.

Thanx again everyone!

Shelly Holmes, Los Angeles Based Pop Artist With Style

After a much needed respite from Los Angeles, I’m back and rested from my excursion to Memphis, Tennessee where I had an amazing time with my dad and extended family.  I’ll share more about the culture and tourist attractions in a later post.

For now, I’d like to introduce you to Shelly Holmes, pop artist extraordinaire, who invited me to take a glimpse of her world on a recent shoot at her loft apartment in Los Angeles.  Not only is her art eclectic and novel, but so is her style sensibility.  First thing first, come along with me on a little art showing…

Right before entering Shelly’s kitchen area, her guest’s are met with this precious mural.

As we enter the living room area, the eye is immediately drawn to the purple sofa and chair, this neutral toned mural adds just the right amount of balance.

As we set off for to our next destination, this collage of pop art embellishes the hallway to the entrance.

Here we are at I Love Lulu Hair Spa, an innovative hair salon located in Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile, where Shelly’s unique design aesthetic in culmination with the owner’s, is reflected throughout, with her pieces adorning the walls along with witty quotes.

In addition to being quite the talented pop artist, Shelly’s affinity toward fashion, comes as no surprise.  Her style is a fusion of conventional and edgy, chic.  She’s not one to follow trends, but wears styles she is attracted to and work well with her frame.  This perspective is a key ingredient to achieving a look which is not contrived.

To view and for more information on Shelly’s pop art, click here.

Photos: Donyale Anise/ Top & Boots: BCBG/ Skirt: Odille/ Accessories: Vintage

Summer Holiday

There are few things more gratifying than enjoying summer with family on a much needed vacation. I’ve been pleasantly surprised while visiting an area of the States I never thought I’d appreciate so much… Memphis, Tennessee.  I’ve been deeply inspired, shared much laughter, learned so much about my culture and I’ve still 5 days to go! Stay tuned for more on my summer holiday when my journey ends, including a very delayed giveaway (smile)…

Ciao for now,

Styled By A Stylista

Southern California summer’s usually mean the same tank and shorts you may don for daytime will leave you with a bit of a chill come nightfall, as the temperatures tend to drop substantially.  Of course, our recent heatwave has been the exception to this norm.  Given the average summer day here in Los Angeles, light fabrics that can be layered are ideal.

This Rachel Pally maxi dress is perfect for a hot summer day because of the lightweight choice of fabric.  It hangs and flows beautifully, I usually like to utilize strong accessories with it because of the nude shade and simple cut.  I appreciate Rachel Pally maxi dresses because they are flattering on most figures, however, my dilemma is often finding one that drags the ground, with my 5’8″ stature (6′ with the ideal platform), Ms. Pally delivers.  Although it gets a bit dirty as it goes about the day dragging the ground, I’m able to throw it in the hand wash cycle with Woolite and cold water, and it’s back to new again.

The bodice has a lovely Grecian feel, with an asymmetrical cut, the one sleeved look has become classic. with a tasteful kick of sex appeal

Belt:  Urban Outfitters/Kimchi Blue

Layering with this H&M oversized boyfriend shirt is one of many options.  This transforms the look to the bohemian, and because I enjoy layering so much, I might also add a beanie and summer scarf depending on how cool it gets.  I have a few of these shirts and they are now a staple in my wardrobe, so comfy, I often find myself reaching for it.  Because it can look a tad masculine, I always wear feminine accessories when I choose this style… at $12.95 the quality is outstanding.

I endearingly refer to this piece as my “chandelier” necklace, I’ve had more than a couple of observers share with me how it reminds them of just that.  I totally agree, which is probably the reason it is one of my favourite pieces, I happen to have quite an affinity toward chandeliers.  It is from one of my favourite consignment boutiques in Chicago, Selections, where one of the city’s most talented stylist’s, Konah Hatcher, is available to help enhance your look and personal flair.

These Jean Paul Gaultier leggings have become a staple in my wardrobe, I wear them with so much.  Although the Rachel Pally dress covers them, in certain lighting because of the transparency of the dress, the pattern can be seen.  Sometimes I knot the dress to one side so they are revealed which also changes the look entirely.

What’s a maxi dress without a great platform?  Still a lovely dress… nonetheless, I opt for these great canvas Steve Madden’s.  Owning a pair of Steve Madden shoes is like owning a Japanese car, in my experience, both are made to last a lifetime.  I have yet to wear a pair out, I typically end up giving them away.  I can just see all you shoe snobs now with brows raised as you read this, and yes, I appreciate a great pair of Loub’s or LV’s as much as the next girl, but until I can freely purchase them with cash while living within my means, I know they’re in safe keeping at my local Barney’s, Neiman’s or Saks.

For some reason, whisking about the city in a maxi dress and tote is so idyllic and apropos.  It also gives me plenty of room for my beanie, a lightweight summer scarf and all the other “girly” essentials.  I am a true fan of Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B apparel and accessory line, the pieces are constructed well and super edgy, this tote has been through the gamut, yet when it starts to show, I just toss it in my trusted hand wash cycle with Woolite and cold water… ahhh, back to new again.


Stylista Muse

Photo: Stockholm Street Style

Lately I’ve been drawn to dresses and skirts, I simply cannot go into a clothing store as of late and neglect either.  It seems my style evolves every few years, and with each evolution I feel more comfortable with the skin I’m in, as well as the clothing  I layer on top of it.  This lovely little dress has the perfect feminine silhouette, and the detail is simply divine.  The delicate, simple accessories create just the right amount of balance… way to go Tamra, Stylista Muse of the day!