50’s Style Photo Shoot!

I’ve always loved retro clothes, dressing up in full skirts, fitted tops with pops of color & fun prints from different era’s especially the 1950’s. Celebrating a friend’s 50’s themed birthday party last summer reminded me of my love for that time. However,heading back home to London 2 months ago was so inspiring to me in every way but especially in fashion. Hitting up one of my favorite 50’s inspired stores called Collectif Clothing in Camden Town (best city in London) was the inspiration I got for my latest fashion shoot.

Location.
Deciding to have the Photo shoot at Hotel Adeline was a no brainer being one of the newest boutique hotels that re-opened up this February in Scottsdale, Arizona.The aesthetic was perfect from the welcoming influencer inspired pool area to the old school air conditioning unit in their suites, vintage orange-colored mini fridge, classic chaise lounge chair & spacious bathroom with funky tile work.

Hotel Adeline are willing to work with influencers & gave me free rein to rent the suite, explore & take pics all over their Hotel so cheers Hotel Adeline!

Clothing.
I went with a classic white & red gingham print dress from Collectif clothing that portrayed true retro style from the 1950s. My Photographer Alyssa recommended swimsuit looks (especially as they had a pool to-die-for) so I went in search for the right swimming costumes to compliment my curvaceously strong figure. I asked all around for thong swimsuits as I planned to get a little steamy in these shoots & I was informed the term is now called “cheeky bottom” lol
My last hope after finding no swimsuits with a cheeky bottom was Everything But Water the designer swimsuit store at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ironically I was the Assistant Manager there 10 years ago so it was sweet visiting it. I found my 2 swimsuits so quickly & the help that I got from the Staff was outstanding! A nude Luli Farma & yellow Vitamin A swimsuits were the winners.

Props/accessories.
I already had my Vintage dress picked out, bag, shoes & accessories being a fan of that era i’d accumulated bits & bobs over time so next up was setting the scene & I needed Props. A coverup & sun hat for my swimsuit looks & possibly flowers… I headed to Victoria Secrets & found a green printed kimono style floral silk bathrobe, done!
Finding a sun hat was impossible as I looked everywhere & wanted something unique & still couldn’t find it so I thought why not try vintage stores, take it waaay back!
I perused Old Town Scottsdale & came across a quaint & boutique called Twice Boutique (instagram: Twicescottsdale). I met the owner Brittany whom was lovely jubbly so I bought a flamingo sunhat (which I LOVE) & Her store was full of so many hidden gems & I can’t wait to visit that Boutique in old town Scottsdale again! Furthermore whilst I was admiring the decor at Twice Boutique Brittany very generously offerred me all the sunflowers she created herself that you see strewn in the picture below… how sweet!!After that my looks were complete!

Hair, Makeup & Lashes.
Looking for a typical 50’s era hairstyle online, I went with one pincurl & loose waves that my hairdresser of 5 years Renata Henderson (instagram:rhhairstylist) styled so effortlessly. She is a joy to work with & I can’t tell you how the entire staff at Hotel Adeline knew which era I was representing based on my hair alone. We added a wire covered bandana first in white with black polka dots then an animal print loose scarf.

A friend who works at the same luxury brand I run my business through Britney-Rae Sanchez (instagram:brinnyrae) who is an internationally published celebrity makeup Artist offered to do my photo shoot & what an offer! Britney decided to create a natural glow with retro cat eyes & finished my look with her own custom lipstick concoction of an Armani red lip gloss then added red glitter from a costume store to seal the look! Genius! Britney warned me the glitter would get everywhere & she wasn’t wrong as it got on my teeth,face,inside my mouth & all over my chest but cheers to Britney I was prepared.I had tape & 2 touch ups worth of both said glitter & lip gloss & it turned out so well…

I’ve been seeing my Lash lady Miss Carmen (instagram: eyelashedarizona) for over 6 years & I never go anywhere else. Carmen is a true Artist battling my insanely curly lashes adding extensions to accentuate my big eyes & give me that glamour that I truly believe cemented my Pin-up look.

Photographer.
This was to be our second photo shoot working together & if the chemistry between Alyssa Ryan (instagram:Alyssaryanphotography) from the first shoot was anything to come by then we had no worries. True to that thought we began in the hotel suite,took it outside to the balcony,by the hotel restaurant,influencer signs & lastly the pool, bar & shower. With Alyssa’s talent & openness to explore 3 hours later we got all the shots in the bag! I truly recommend Alyssa as she’s just so easy to work with, eager to make her own suggestions but willing to explore yours & is fearless.

What an amazing experience that was with all those collaborative forces coming together to create magic! I want to thank each & every one of these amazing people including Hotel Adeline who helped me live out my dream as a 50’s pin-up girl. Please go & follow them & show support.Catch you next time loves!

Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

The Bug!

After Zack The hubster & I’s Kitchen & bathroom renovation was complete people kept telling us we’d get the bug to have more work around the house done but we thought that would never happen! Guess what…We got the bug! We set our sights on the backyard as it was pretty much a dirt backyard with partly cracked concrete leading from the house to the yard with an orange & white checkered fence from the 70’s era surrounding the lot which was on its last leg!

We planned to have them build a new brick wall around the backyard, lay down pavers over the exposed dirt, some planters, build over the cracked concrete flooring, add some turf & lastly install 2 gates one leading to the front of the house & the other to the back. Firstly we had to look at hiring a backyard landscaper but wanted to get quotes …

Certain renovators were asking between $30,000-$50,000 & even one of them did a mock up of our desired backyard plan (we let them see another landscapers rough draft) & tried to charge us $500 to keep it! I know it’s a business but golly gumdrops thats a lot of Mula!

After much debate we ran into Sergio the Owner of Two guys Landscaping & he said he could do everything we asked for under $10,000- Thank baby Jesus!🙋🏽

It took them almost 1 month to complete & would have been sooner had their team not got a bad case of the flu which set them back a week! But Bravo to Sergio & his team for completing it all in a timely manner. Here are some pics of the before & after..

BEFORE.

AFTER:

We went with Tuscan Pavers & had the landscapers coat the concrete to give it a more effortless effect. The Hubster Zack & I love it & had been enjoying it until the 100 degree weather hit Arizona last week!😊

The Spring trend I’m exploring this week is called Logomania! This trend has been publicized in magazines such as In Style, ready to wear & has popped up all over the runway & what it entails is the logo of a brand sporadically placed throughout a garment. I have 3 alternate looks for you to look at based on your body type.

Look1:

This is more of a sporty look in the LogoMania trend with the red Palm Angels cropped logo hoodie $515.00 Givenchy logo snapback hat $525.00, Gucci logo belt pocket bag $1290.00 (The Dream!) Off-white Off cotton sweatpants $555.00 (that color though!) & Balenciaga all over leather logo slides $650.00.

 

Look 2:

 

More of a nighttime look with this delicious Jace Sequin- embroidered jacket from Alice & Olivia $595.00, Madeworn Bob Marley Crewneck Tee $160.00 (one love!✌🏾) Fendi Fever logo embossed belt $580.00 (Yaass!!) Seven for all Mankind floral embroidered ankle skinny jeans $279.00 & Gucci Lawrence faux fur mules $790.00. If your looking for an amazing bold lip color then try this Chanel rouge allure ink matte liquid lip color $37.00! Your welcome!😊

 

LOOK 3:

Look 3 is more of a casual daytime look in the Logomania trend with this Isabel Marant Carley Float print silk dress $1160.00, Moshino logo leather belt $275.00, Balenciaga explorer printed pouch $895.00, Forever Fendi logo strap sandals $550.00 & to get that daytime glow I highly recommend Lancome click & glow highlighting skin fluid $23.00.

Look 1 would be more for my petite ladies with the bare mid drift if your bold & also if you have more confidence than the average person as a curvy lady I recommend high waisted jeans & you should be good. Look 2 & 3 would be great for all body types depending on your taste.

For my medical device users look 3 would call for a removable storage compartment wheather an arm, waist or leg strap depending on where your device is placed. Look 1 & 2 has built in pockets so no thought necessary for storage.

Catch you next time lovies! Before I go how amazing is the quality of my featured blog post image?! Its all cheers to the Photographer @alyssaryanphotography so check her out, she’s talented & lovely jubbly!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

Sequins & Shine!!

Ello Lovies, if you haven’t already checked out my latest You Tube video then you possibly should as renovations madness occurred in its full capacity last week! Eeek!

Our Contractor whom we’ve been working with since April, planning our bathroom & kitchen remodel, finally came in & demolitioned our entire 2 bathrooms & after 1 week he quit!! WTF! Right? We were shocked too! I didn’t even know that that could happen! Zack asked 1 question which was “when will our pocket doors (that we were getting installed) going to be ready?” The Contractor replied that he was “going to step back” from the job as he felt like he was being rushed. He then went on to ignore Zack’s calls & my frantic text messages. After having his calls thwarted, Zack found another Contractor the same day…

Our Ex-Contractor cooled off then emailed the next day explaining himself & offered to finish our bathrooms but said we should find someone else for the kitchen. Zack wasn’t having any of it & after we discussed being left high & dry I replied to him that we no longer required his services. What a bloody mess!!

Designers are always playing with the boundaries of fashion, seeing how far they can take a trend & Sequins & Shine is a prominent one for pre-fall 2017. I mean who doesn’t love “bling”??  Recyclable as fashion is Glam rock & Bowie inspired sequins have been showing up on the runway with brands such as Jenny Packham, Roberto Cavalli (as i live & breathe!) Altuzarra & of course the ever classic Chanel…

 

Splurge Option There was so much to offer on this trend if you have beaucoup bucks as you can see. I showcased 2 night time looks & 1 day to night look.The first one a full on sequins on sequins on sequins for my petite ladies (couldn’t help myself okay!) The Roberto Cavalli Sequin Silk Dress $4680.00 & what a dress it is, BABY GOT BACK! Paired with Ginette NY Sequins Diamond & 18K Rose Gold Stud Earrings $975.00, Edie Parker Jean Glitter stripe Acrylic Clutch $1195.00 & lastly Giuseppe Zanotti Sequin 105 metallic Booties $895.00. This outfit does NOT mess around & what a punch it packs if I say so myself! 😉

Splurge Option 2 For my curvy ladies, I wanted to showcase 2 hot trends right now Gingham & of course shine! This Diane Von Furstenberg sequined midi dress is OFF THE CHARTS & at $468.00 yes please! Teamed up with BaubleBar Piñata Tassel Earrings $36.00 (i have them in hot pink, yaass!) Alice & Olivia Multi-stripe sequin clutch $495.00 & Lastly Louboutin Foilles Lace Red Sole Pump in Multi color $795.00. I would rock this outfit all night every night if i could, just fabulous!

Splurge Option 3 I went with this lovely jubbly NO.21 metallic sequined color block skirt $1260.00 & paired with this white Topshop Bardot Hook & Eye crop top $28.00, Sonix Ibiza 55mm cat Eye Sunglasses $98.00, nude Christian Louboutin So Kate Patent Leather clutch $850.00 & Kate Spade New York $88.00 (comes in white as well which is to die for!) I mixed some save & splurge options in here like I’ve said before not every piece has to break the bank, all put together this look is SMOKIN’!!

Splurge Summary I’m obsessed with this trend as it’s flattering to all body types both petite & curvy. For my medical device wearers it is a teeny weenie bit heavy in weight but other than that your good.Sequins & Shine is such a fun & funky way of expressing oneself, so go for it, i’ts a free fall for all!

Catch you next week Wednesday Lovies.

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

Denim Daze!!

Ello Lovies, since the end of March the Hubster Zack & I have been collecting furniture for our kitchen & bathrooms re-model so the house has started to look like a hoarders dream palace..seriously! It’s been 3 months planning but I’m so ecstatic to say the demolition started yesterday, thank baby Jesus!

If there ever was a “sign” on the counter top choices we’ve made for our remodel this weekend was it. The two bars we visited, the first one, a sports bar in old town, Scottsdale had the Victoria quartz counter top choice we picked for our bathrooms (mostly white quartz stone with swirls of grey). We both agreed upon it instantly as its subtle, light in color & will open up our bathrooms as they’re small. LiveWire was the second venue we went to see a live band that had our Kitchen counter top choice Volcano granite wrapped entirely around both their bars, bloody brilliant! We’d disagreed over the counter top volcano for the kitchen as it looks just like its description, I thought it was too busy but Zack didn’t. However, after placing a sample of our new maple cognac cabinets we’d picked out against the Volcano stone I was a goner! Get in!!!

This week I wanted to speak about the many perils of denim! I’m considered somewhat a denim Specialist in the luxury brand I run my business through.Trying on denim is as difficult as bra or swimming costume (swimsuit) shopping, I’m not taking the piss, its what I’ve heard! I didn’t fully commit to wearing denim until the age of 23 because it was just so difficult to find the right pair to fit my big bum & athletic thighs comfortably :-0

There are a multitude of different washes, cuts, textures & styles of denim. Different brands fit differently on the body so your size can fluctuate depending on the cut, style & brand itself which can all be so confusing! The trick is to find the right fit of denim first then focus on the wash & everything else…

Splurge Option My favorite go-to denim for curvy ladies & medical device wearers is AG (Adriano Goldschmeid). You can actually sleep comfortably in them, no joke (I have on the plane flying back home to London). Not only are they stretchy & the fabric is so soft but I own over 10 pairs! Golly gumdrops I know its a lot but once I got my first pair of premium denim there was no going back. AG denim hinders my self consciousness as it’s tailored to fit my curves & works well with my CGM (medical device). Side note NEVER use a dryer for your premium denim,hang dry it as they will be ruined. Here I teamed the AG Farrah Skinny $255.00, a high-rise pintuck Step Hem skinny jean (a huge trend for fall denim 2017) with this Topshop Florence off the shoulder top $40.00, camden heights Aviator Sunnies by Quay Australia $60.00 (heck yeah!) Gucci soho disco leather bag $980.00 & Raphael sandals from Topshop $75.00.

Splurge Option 2 For my petite ladies I recommend Frame Denim. It doesn’t have as much stretch as AG but the fit is phenomenal, fabric is tip top & once you get it on you’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life. I styled the Frame denim Le nouveau high-rise slit released hem $249.00 (another trend for fall denim 2017) with this Nordstrom embroidered Gingham top $55.00. I own about 2 dozen of these Alex & Ani wire bangles (ssshhh) at $28.00, Chloe Mini Marcie leather cross body $890.00 & Gucci glitter sneakers $650.00 which are what dreams are made from!

Save Option These frayed uneven hem crop jeans from Blanknyc denim (Nordstrom rack, again I know!) are $39.97 which is such a BARGAINl! It meets the denim fall trends list being distressed, frayed & uneven hemmed & the funkiness doesn’t end there, it’s a high rise which makes everything look seamless.The fabric was a little stiff but other than that, great find (i’m patting my back as you read this 😉 This paired with a graphic Tee by one of my fav bloggers Sincerely Jules $49.00 which is so fun, Pave “X” studs, Nordy’s rack $12.97, BP shades $12.00 & faux leather mini backpack $39.00 both from Nordys are stupid steals & Steve Madden sparkly slide sandals $59.95.

Splurge Vs Save Summary With denim try on at least 5 pairs unless you have a go-to brand that you love. Just go with what fits the best, try not to focus on the size & price so much but what looks good & most importantly feels good for you.

Catch you next Wednesday lovies, have a lovely jubbly week!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T