Fall Trends ; Rain Boot Edition

Well, fall is officially here!

And for those of us in Colorado, the first couple weeks of Autumn means some intense raining.

Seriously, flooding happens. Dams broke, roads were closed, I thought I wasn’t going to make it to work (and in all reality, should have probably weaseled out of that flood-plain adventure.). So, what’s an out-and-about girl to do? Not all of us can avoid the weather and hide inside sipping fresh apple cider and pouring over the September issues of our favorite mags again (wish as we might) so….
When the weather gets tough, the tough get rain boots!

I know. It sounds pretty horribly lame. Rain boots have this negative, childish connotation that seriously needs to end its reign here. (Get it? I’m punny.) They’re functional footwear, and there are ways to still look good while keeping your new pedi dry; here’s my top 5 looks for every personality.

The Classicist

Joules Women's Welly Print Wellies - Navy Floral

For the woman who wants to totally eschew the childish appeal while reaping the rewards of the wellies, we have this lovely pair from Joules. These lovely things are not only a classy way to incorporate rain boots into your wardrobe, but florals are completely on-trend for Fall/Winter 2013 (according to Stylesight, my dear love and forecasting service extraordinaire).
These are fairly inexpensive, but since they’re across the pond, you have to figure in currency exchange and shipping rates. They can be found here through allsole.com
 
The Colorphile
Whelp, is it any surprise I had to put these on here? I do adore orange.Tangerine is not only on tend for this Fall/Winter, but will continue to be popular into F/W 2014 as well! These are investment rain boots. Their simple design will allow you to add fun and POP into whatever you pair it with; show the world that rain only means you shine a little brighter. 😉
These can be found here on Topshop.com and also come in bright cyan and neon yellow.
 
The Rain Rebel

Boots

These are my maybe-someday-when-I’m-rich boots. But for now, I feel free to lust over them. Studded, belted, sexy. Who doesn’t want to dominate the wet pavement rocking these things? They definitely look more like normal shoes and could be a more neutral piece for those who just wanna look good going about their day. Not to mention attitude never goes out of style.

These babies can be found here at Burberry.com

The Inner Child

LAUREL PLAID

There’s just something so fun and appealing about dressing super-chic and then donning a printed set of wellies. Tartan is my personal fave, because I actually own some of these in slightly different colors. (And during my puddle stomping/grocery shopping yesterday, a woman insisted they were “the cutest wellies she had ever seen!”. They’re a crowd-pleaser; serious). They get a lot of compliments, but mostly they brighten my day because I get to be a little bit silly. These particular boots not only sport traction (more rare in rain boots than you might think/hope), but they’re super warm and comfy on the inside as well.

Scoop up these functional (yes, I went there. Yikes.) boots here at REI.com

So there you have it! Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to do it in style. There’s a ton to choose from, and the bottom line is to really feel good about the style you choose! 😉

How do you feel about rain boots? Yay? Nay? Not convinced by my selection?
(hey, I’ll track you down another pair if it means a successful conversion!)

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Oranges & Zippers

I promise I haven’t been neglecting my blogging.
I’ve just been doing it twice a week elsewhere, on FirstClassFashionista.com for my internship.

Also I went to the Nan Desu Kan 2013 anime and video game convention, finished my finals, quit my old job, interviewed and got a new job and had one whole day off to myself and my hunni.

It’s really a wonder my head doesn’t explode from all this multi-tasking. (Does anyone know what it’s like to have a peaceful day? I grew up near farmlands and honest-to-betsy COWS and I forgot.)

So here’s a re-cap of my writing:
Denver YKK Zipper Trend Event
Orange at Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week 2013
Fall/Winter Fashion Trends for Colorado 2013
Come visit me over on FCF and I’ll continue to cross-blog when I can! Gino Velardi, a local Denver designer, is having a show Oct 3rd (ironically, my last day at the old job) so I’ll be sure to have lots of great coverage from that!

xxoo ❤

Barrera International – Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Preview

I need to tell you what I’ve been working on.

Guess who will be representing First Class Fashionista this Thursday? (Because you’ll never guess, here, on *my* blog…)

Alright, it’s me! ^0^ I will be at the Barrera International Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Preview down in the Santa Fe Art Districts, dolled up and ready to cover the event for everyone who has an interest in fashion, especially locally.

Barrera FlyerPhoto credits: Designer Juan Jimenez, Erroll Perkins- Beauty Director, Ted Medina- Hair Lead Stylist , Photo Credit-Kevin Alexander , Model-Oumou D

This Thursday will be an amazing fashion event not to be missed; we here in Denver should feel privileged to host this show.

Join fashionistas, fashion industry professionals, and other fashion-enthusiasts in a night previewing the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection of Juan Jimenez. Jimenez, only 22 (youth in vogue!) , is the designer at the helm of Berrera International. He recently graduated from Johnson & Whales and has interned at Tom Ford. I don’t normally do quote-for-quote from websites, but I love this:

“Every piece in the collection has been cut, assembled, stitched and sewn by hand to achieve perfection. From luxurious evening gowns to simple staple pieces, be sure to find a wide selection of items to covet. The beauty of this and every Barrera collection will be the availability to customize every look and make each piece unique.”
-Barrera International.

Berrera International throws out the power words “luxury, character & exclusivity”. What woman doesn’t want to be described in those terms?!

Those attending will be privy to the first glance at his Asia-meets-French-Couture collection, as well as formally introducing the designer’s Menswear collection and the newest pieces in the Barrera International’s Ready to Wear and Couture concepts.

So. My local people all need to be there. Seriously.

It’s going to be down in the Santa Fe Art District, specifically the Space Gallery (765 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204), and doors are at 9 PM. Unless you go for broke and get a VIP ticket. They *are* a little costly, but you get a lot for your money.  Plus, who doesn’t want to feel like a red-carpet celeb for a night? (PS. I will be there getting mingly with the VIPs; black tie, camera, iPad recording software. I’m techno-chic.)

Doors are at 8 PM for  and hour of VIP reception. With that, you get includes a Latin/Asian fusion menu and specialty themed cocktails, private parking, and front row seating.

Black tie attire is mandatory. (But really, how often do you get to wear black tie? I’m excited!)

General Admission is $25; VIP is $100 for 2 guests.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Denver, serving victims of domestic violence and their children since 1977.

If you’re still unsure, I suggest you watch this video, taken last year by the First Class Fashionista team (now I’m on the team! Yay!), to get a feel for what’s gonna go down in D-town.

For ticket information [you will 😉 ] visit http://barrerainternational.eventbrite.com or email info@barrerainternational.com.

See you there! -xxo