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ELEVENPARIS Minimalist Allure

ELEVENPARIS Minimalist Allure

Some women demand attention as soon as they enter a room. The reason is, they exude confidence. Confidence is an interesting concept that intimidates many. In fact, we've all had moments that we didn't feel our best. Hell, it's the reason a lot of Stars create alter egos. I find the best tip to gain more confidence, is to pretend to be - after awhile the real confidence will kick in. 

ELEVENPARIS is a Parisian prêt-à-porter (ready to wear) brand rooted in minimalist high quality designs paired with silk screened T-shirts. It was founded by two friends with a vision to combine creativity, contemporary style and pop culture. You’ll find pop culture references that are fun, cheeky and humorous. Some of the designs include models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne doing finger mustaches.

ELEVENPARIS succeeds in creating a high end company inspired by what’s going on in the cities around us. The celebrities they feature are strong, independent and rebellious. Cara Delevingne changed the perception of models with her unique look and personality. While Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss are legendary fierce boss ladies. Have you seen Naomi on Empire on FOX?! She slays. ELEVENPARIS was made to inspire your inner rebel and create some mischief. That’s what life’s about! 

Elevenparis Cara Delevinge T-Shirt
Cara Delevingne Elevenparis Savage shirt
Naomi Campbell Elevenparis Jumper Sweater

For this indie fashion collaboration with ELEVENPARIS, Cute LA was gifted the SAVRA Cara Delevingne "Savage" T-shirt, Suncamp Naomi Campbell Moustache Jumper and FOEBE Jacket. These were styled with a vintage bag from my great grandmother's collection. Love the sparkles! All of these items star in the fashion video below featuring the song”"Elastic Heart" by Sia. 

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Have you ever created an alter ego to feel more confident before a big event? If not, would you? 

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Cindy + Johnny Designed For Ambition

Cindy Johnny Clothing

If you have ambition, congratulations, you're one of the lucky few. Don't ever let those who have no drive or passions - tell you your dreams aren't important. When you're working towards a goal, you'll have to find balance between your personal life and work. This means days turning into nights without a break. Trust me, all of the hard work will be worth it. 

Cindy + Johnny is a clothing brand for the ladies that sometimes don't have time to stop. Going from a business meeting to drinks with friends. The new Spring 2015 Collection is made with luxurious fabrics, pops of color and versatility. When you're a successful boss, entrepreneur or creative - you want to look good while feeling good. Cindy + Johnny is successful in updating the classics for comfortability. They know you need clothing you can live in, with breezy silhouettes and feminine designs.

Cindy Johnny Hanna Peplum Top
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Joy Rider Mellow World Bag Ada Tank

For this indie fashion collaboration with Cindy + Johnny, Cute LA was gifted the printed layer dress, ADA tank and Hanna peplum top. These were styled with the Joy Rider Bag from Mellow World, which was a birthday gift! Love the power color, red. The dress and tank, part of the Spring Collection, star in the fashion video created below for Cindy + Johnny. The song is Ludacris feat. Miguel "Good Lovin'." Enjoy!

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Cinquante A Touch of Quirkiness

Cinquante Jewelry

Statement pieces are an integral part of making an outfit come alive. Especially for the days that could use an extra spark. I have those days... almost everyday. Trust me, throwing on cute accessories can bring a plain outfit, into the world of runway. At least, that's how I feel. Lately, I've been a fan of more dainty jewelry - subtle charms, studs and rings.

Cinquante The Label is a handcrafted jewellery brand made in Adalaide, Australia. Creating affordable, elegant pieces with fine silk thread, sterling silver and brass. They gifted Cute LA with their brass palm tree necklace, sterling silver diamond necklace, and popular heart ring. Each symbolizing a unique aspect of Cute LA - Palm tree for Los Angeles, Diamond for my name and Heart (Love) for Live.Art.Love.

What I love about Cinquante is the ability to mix and match fun limited edition charms you won't find anywhere else. Hello! They have a freaking Pacman Necklace! Their necklaces are lightweight, easy to adjust and great for stack. The ability to layer, at different lengths, makes it exciting to wear charms that resonate with your personality. Check out the photos below for a closer look at this elegant and quirky label. Showing that, yes, you can be both!

Cinquante Packaging and Branding
Cinquante Handcrafted Jewelry
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Lauren Moshi Pullover
Cute LA Cinquante Jewelry

These pieces from Cinquante were styled with a Lauren Moshi pullover (ridiculously soft!), Paige Denim and Steve Madden heels. 

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What charm would you get from Cinquante?

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KAT&GAB Vintage Loves

Cute LA and KAT&GAB Collaboration

Kathleen De Almeida and Gabby Blandino-Vasquez are two ladies on a mission to create their own opportunities. Best friends since childhood, they recently founded the online boutique, KAT&GAB. Their unique store carries a little bit of everything: vintage finds, handmade clothing, home decor, upcycled goodies and refurbished furniture. I love what they did to the jewelry armoire with chalk paint (below).The inspiration behind KAT&GAB is fueled by Kathleen and Gabby's desire to save money for college. 

KAT&GAB Refurbished Jewelry Box
KAT&GAB Refurbished Chalk Jewelry Armorie

 Always one to root for entrepreneurs and small businesses, I was honored when they asked to collaborate on an outfit post. They sent me a lovely vintage wool skirt, silk blouse and handmade patterned denim shorts. What's unique about KAT&GAB is the joy and care given to bring these vintage finds new life. There is a personal touch put in every item they sell. They'll even create custom designs. Given the passion of these budding entrepreneurs, the possibilities are endless with what they can create.

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Cute LA Kat&Gab Vintage Wool Skirt
Cute LA Kat&Gab Vintage Silk Blouse and Upcycled Levi Shorts

KAT&GAB is well on their way to becoming a successful small business and lifestyle brand.  With their sharp eye for style KAT&GAB will inspire you to find the beauty in vintage. I'm confident this is just the beginning and their college dreams will come to fruition in no time. Then, they'll be unstoppable.

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Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide!

Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide

Every holiday season while people are lining up outside of their favorite stores for black friday, I wait patiently for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. With the new challenge every year to take care of all holiday shopping within those two days. I've been successful a few years in a row now! Which doesn't matter when my best friend, without fail, drags me to the mall the day before Christmas.

I decided to share my favorite small businesses for 2014 and where I plan to get most of my holiday shopping done. I love to give gifts that tell a story and that are unique. A healthy mix of beauty, fashion, and subscriptions. These small businesses are owned by hardworking entrepreneurs that took the steps to make their dream a reality. 

good hYOUman was started by my friend, Brett Novek, in honor of his wonderful father, David Novek, who passed away from cancer. An inspiring company, good hYOUman is made in Los Angeles, CA and includes tops, bottoms and accessories for men and women. Each top is hand screened with a graphic of your choice. Favorites include: "my life story will be a good one," "born to create," and "thankful."

I've been purchasing good hYOUman since day one, they're hands down the softest shirts I own. Highly suggest jumping on their mailing list, they have flash sales all the time exclusive to their newsletter.

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Commodity Fragrances

I recently did a post on Commodity Goods, and had to bring them back for this holiday guide.  In fact, Commodity Goods has a gift set perfect for the holidays. The gift set allows friends or family to sample ten mini fragrances, pick their favorite online and have the full bottle shipped to them.

I plan on getting this for a few friends, since I find people should have the experience of picking their own scent. This gift will surprise and delight them.

Commodity Goods: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Angela Roi Handbags

First off, Angela&Roi handbags are gorgeous. These bags are made of vegan leather in every color you can imagine. Angela&Roi's mission is "donate by color." Meaning, each bag's color signifies a cause in hopes to bring awareness and support. With the handbag and color of your choice, a percentage is donated to the cause it's associated with.

From your best friend to grandmother there's a cause and style for everyone to believe in. 

Angela&Roi: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

For those beginner DIY people or the more experienced, Darby Smart has a DIY craft kit for them. You'll find DIY kits in fashion, jewelry home decor and food just to name a few. Gift your friends with subscriptions or pick out individual kits that fit their personality.

Last Christmas, with an awesome promo code (from their mailing list!), I gifted myself with a year subscription. It was such a treat to get a surprise in the mail every month. Never disappointed, a lot of kits include supplies to use for many future DIY projects.

Darby Smart:  Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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I worked with Tautmun earlier this year and love their branding - minimalist and stylish. You'll find great basics, sweater, knits, accessories etc. at an affordable price point. You can stock up for all your girl friends, sorority sisters and secret santas. In addition, there's a black friday sale going on now and free shipping in the U.S. with no minimum

You can't go wrong with Tautmun for those that like classic styles in black and white. We all have those friends that make a white t-shirt look flawless. This is the store for them this holiday.

Tautmun: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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I love make up, I buy it from everywhere at all price points. However, when it comes to everyday wear, I stick with Alima Pure. It's a natural cosmetics line that allows you to find the perfect match for your skin. They understand diversity and all skin is not created equal.

This gift is perfect for the beauty obsessed in your life. Get them on mineral based makeup and their skin will thank you for it. Bonus, I have sensitive skin and this never breaks me out. 

Alima Pure: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Do you have a favorite small business you plan to shop at this holiday season? Shout them out in the comments! Would love to learn about them.

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Please Note: I wasn't paid to include any of these businesses and I do NOT belong to any affiliate programs. :)