Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Designer Watch - Clover Canyon

Straight out of the streets of Los Angeles, CA, Clover Canyon is one of the latest design houses that is starting to sweep the celeb streets and catch the eyes of editor's all over the nation. I just learned of the brand last week and have been all googly-eyed and obsessive of their collections ever since. Rozae Nichols design approach is descirbed as reflecting her "California urban landscape; casual elegance, diverse in culture and rich in inspiration." I'm here for all of it.

via StyleBistro

As a native Californian (by way of the Bay), Clover Canyon speaks to everything I love about Cali. It's laid back, casual, sporty yet edgy, urban, and super colorful. It's fun! It's like seeing your culture perfectly translated into wearable clothing; it's how I feel when I see designers interpret their ethnic textiles into perfectly constructed modern apparel. Designers like Duru Olowu, Riccardo Tisci and Bibhu Mohapatra are all people who are fierce with those sort of interpretations. Rozae reps California, but she reps it like it is a nation of it's own and I'm HELLA DOWN.

Khloe Kardashian in Clover Canyon via Glamour
Solange at SXSW 2013 via
Now, don't even get me started on their Resort collection for 2014. IT'S. TO. DIE. FOR. I honestly love and would wear every single piece but for the sake of this post not going on forever, I'll just post my faves. Keep your eyes on watch for Clover Canyon and Rozae Nichols in the future!

via Pynkmag
via fashionjunkie

My favorite, favorite pieces are the far right in the top row and far left in the bottom, but like I said, all of the pieces are flawless.

- Emmef

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moving to NYC!!!!

So, it's official. I'm moving to NYC for the summer!

More specifically, I'm moving there to be a starving intern at an online fashion magazine. I've never been this excited for any endeavor I've ever taken on, because ... well the other ones just haven't kept afloat my boat like the thought of this one does. It's exactly what I want to do and where I want to be.

In honor of this major 2013 (I knew this would be my year) move, I'm going to reincarnate As of Late! Whooo! Back in action!

Stay tuned for NYC-centric documentation of my life exploits and adventures!

"Post it on your blog, so I know it's real." - Unknown

xo Emmef

Monday, June 25, 2012


I actually wore this outfit about a month ago but I wanted to share on my blog because....I can. AND, it is one of my fave outfit creations because it was inspired by my room! My favorite colors are purple and green (not necessarily together) so I decided to paint my walls purple and line the room (window sills, inside of the closet, door frame) in a neon green color. The colors together actually don't look crazy, thus, I dedicated an outfit to it!

Everything in this outfit is either pretty old or thrifted but I will share anyways:

Crochet top - Crossroads
Neon tank - UO
Skirt - F21
Tights - UO

Btw, follow me on Instagram @mecca_f. Some pretty random stuff on there. Later dahlings!

xx Emmef

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ombre' Hombre

I'm kind of (ok, very much so) late to the ombre' train but I've always wanted to do it but didn't want to pay a lot of money when I've seen so many youtube girls do it by themselves. Plus, this is a look that has definitely lasted at least 2 seasons at this point. Soo, the other week I decided to take the plunge and just do Nike, you know. So here are the results! I really like it and trust me, it's not hard at all, you just have to work really really fast. It's a nice look for the spring and I like keeping the edginess and that certain "dark" appeal. It's the best of both worlds!

xo Emmef

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MET GALA | My Favorite Looks

This past weekend was the Met Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum and although (I'm being so honest, it's embarrasing) I'm not entirely sure what this show honors BUT it has always been one of my favorite ceremonies because celebs show out in some of the most peculiar yet gorgeous outfits! Forget the Academy Awards or The Grammy's, for some reason I just feel like the Met Ball brings out the regal yet avant garde side of our high fashioned celebutantes. Anyway, here are some of my favorite looks from the night:

Carey Mulligan in Prada
Solange in Rachel Roy 
Paula Patton in Vera Wang
Ivanka Trump in Peter Pilotto
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
Jessica Stam in Dior

Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy

Overall, for me, I thought that the floor-length figure-flattering gowns did the most justice  that night.  Most of the celebs didn't stick to the typical floor-length ball gown that we see at these sort of shows. No, a lot of them went for the traditional body-con/mermaid style however they incorporated trends like sheer, lace, cut-out, leather, studded, peplum and prints. Another aspect that I love about events like the Met Gala is that (although we see this at other places too) we get to see the models show their high fashion sense. I think as consumers of fashion and people who stay current, we see a lot of the "model on/off duty" pictures on Tumblr and other blogs however it is always nice to see the models showing that they are not just their to be fitted and photographed; some of them really do love fashion and they get to show it at events like this (and lawddd, Coco Rocha's hair is F.I.E.R.C.E.). 

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite looks, who do you think dressed, as some say, FOR THE GODS? (and who do you think dressed for the demons, in other words, was a hot mess)

xo Emmef

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Juvina's DIY'er | Button Tights

This is going to be a new segment that I'm going to run once or twice a month by my lovely co-worker Juvina! She is an up & coming designer here in San Jose and she also does some killer D.I.Y. pieces in her spare time. Enjoy, you crafty people you!

Edge shall never end. Seasons never seem to cut me back from throwing a little edge on to any outfit.
After getting much inspiration from fellow designer Rodarte and his exclusive collection for Open
Ceremony, I decided to make a replication of his slit button up tights. Litterly only spending $10 on the
tights (and using leftover materials from previous projects), looks like I saved myself $180 on the real
thing! And in a few short hours, so can you! :3

Step 1: Getting all your materials together!

I bought the tights at Target for $10. Choose any color or design, as long as it is PREMIUM QUILITY
(SUPER THICK!!) and NOT footloose! Thin tights will rip before your eyes so be careful on the quality.
You’ll also need a measuring/ cutting board, pizza cutting scissors, and florescent white buttons.

 Step 2:
One at a time, pull one legging over the board, stretching out the legging and giving it a stretched flat surface to cut a straight line on.

The first slits will be 8 in. from the crotch down and the next slits should be 10 ½ in. down from the first.
Two small slits should be made on both sides of the board, leaving just a little space between them. You
should be somewhere like this:

 Step 3:

Now that your slits are made, its time to sew on the buttons. With the little fabric space left between
the slits, pinch together each small piece and just sew the buttons right on.

Step 4:

This took me about 5 hours and you get this beautiful creation!

xoxo Juvina

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Trey Songz x GQ

The R&B crooner, Trey Songz, graces the pages of GQ in their March 2012 issue and he is looking suave! In the article, Songz gives us an in depth look at his upcoming album entitled, V, and also talks about life and love in general.  The singer expresses his more fashionable side in the editorial spread by rocking J. Cres, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and more in the latest men's spring fashion of sports coats, colored pants, and oxfords.  All I can say is, a man who knows how to dress AND sing is a winner to me!

See more at GQ

- Emmef xo