DIY Halloween Costume: Gumball Machine

It is that time of year again! Instead of going to the halloween store and dropping major cash on a costume, use that cash to buy yourself something nice that you will use over and over again. I personally only spent $7 to make this ADORABLE gumball machine costume and I have all of the details on how to make one of these for yourself below!

What you will need:

Gumballs- go to the candy store and buy a gumball machine refill pack. It was only $6!

Old bra you don't care for anymore

Pink or Red pencil skirt

Glue gun

Black Sharpie (optional)

Silver colored shipping bag or just duct tape (optional)

 

How to make it:

Line the bra with a strip of the hot glue and quickly begin adding the gumballs. I added pink across the top and mixed up the colors as I moved down the bra line by line. It is important not to put glue all over the bra and think you could quickly add them on there. You really won't and it will be a HOT mess. Literally! GREAT TIP: Do not put gumballs on your shoulder straps or the back part of your bra as those need to stretch around your body and the glue will not allow for your straps to stretch. Voila, your delicious bra is done!

Lucky for me I had a pink pencil skirt already in my closet so I opted for that but if you want to TRULY look like a gumball machine, opt for a red skirt. You can find these at Forever 21, H&M or any fast fashion store. OPTIONAL: With duct tape or the silver shipping bag (as pictured above) create a square that you will sew or glue on to the front of your skirt. On the silver square, write 25 cents to make it look even more like a gumball machine!

This literally took me 25 minutes to make. Easy as pie! Good luck and feel free to email me if you have any questions!

xo

Posted on October 28, 2014 and filed under diy.

Fashion Meets Art: Javvy's Art Series at the LACMA Museum

Three things I respect so much are Art, architecture and fashion. I am grateful to live in Southern California as I am able to enjoy the amazing ever-changing exhibitions at the LACMA museum. One thing the LACMA is famous for is Chris Burden's "Urban Light", which is a built in exhibition of light-poles in front of the museum. They look airy and beautiful during the day and at night when they are all lit up, it can give you a glimpse of what it feels like to be walking around Paris at night. 

I wanted to pair my outfit with the art I was viewing, so you can see here I wore a two-piece set that matched the Mark Rothko painting inside of the museum. The outfit details can be found below the pics!

Top and skirt: Rules of Etiquette (similar)

Shoes: Prada

Journey with Javvy: Paris- Sacré-Cœur, Parc Monceau, Arc de Triomphe and Maison Ladurée

My third day in Paris was quite the long adventure! I wanted to hit some major landmarks and also find some time to do my favorite thing in Paris, which of course consumes of unapologetically consuming dessert. Hopped in cab and went to the beautifully historic and charming area of Montmarte, which happens to be where the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located. This famous landmark in Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The architecture and art within this church are truly awe-inspiring. The ceiling mural will cause you to question how on earth someone was talented enough and patient enough to paint something that intricate. I highly suggest you go see it (address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France)!

To enjoy the surroundings in Montmarte, we rented bikes through the public transportation system which is absolutely the BEST way to see Paris. You are able to see more throughout this large city and if you like a certain area, feel free to stop and park your bike and roam around. You will find these public bike stops all throughout the city. You essentially register online with your credit card and pay a couple of dollars and it is so simple to use. Here is an insider tip: switch your bike every 30 minutes whenever you see one of those bike stops because your ride will be free!

After finishing in Montmarte, and of course stopping to take photos in front of the infamous Moulin Rouge, we ventured to a more local upper-echeleon area outside of Montmarte filled with yuppie children with their nannies, business people roaming around on their lunch break and simply just ladies of leisure (umm sign me up??). We noticed that this particular location was where Parc Monceau lived (address: 35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France). This particular park was on my top 10 spots in Paris I wanted to visit so I was delighted that it was right there before my eyes. We parked and ditched our bikes and literally just sat and people watched. The roman-styled architecture was so incredible we did not want to stop staring at it. Since our hunger began to set in, we spotted a little cafe right across the street from the back entrance to the park and brought our croissants and sandwiches back to the park to continue enjoying the structures and people.

Next up on my list was the Arc de Triomphe (address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France) which would then lead us to the famous street of Champs Elysees. It was really cool to see this extraordinarily large arch in the city. It sits right in the middle of an extremely busy roundabout and is filled with tourists directly under it. Speaking of tourist central, we then decided to do a little shopping on Champs Elysees at Lancel, Laduree and Massimo Duitti. Insider tip: Lancel is a beautiful high end designer store and I highly suggest you check it out. If you are not going to Barcelona, then I also suggest you shop at Massimo. If you do go to Barcelona, Massimo Duitti is cheaper there because it is a Spanish brand!

Now on to fashion. I kept it very comfortable this day due to all the walking! I wore a jumper, high tops, packed a light sweater and scarf for when it got cold at night. I brought the necessities so that I would not need to go back to the hotel. Later that night we ended up changing and going back to the hotel to go have a lavish dinner at Hotel Costes and later champagne at Hotel George V (thanks to my girlfriend Tammy for these reccos). This place is very boujie so make sure you are dressed to the nines! I promised no photos to my boo for that night so I am sorry I do not have any to share, but you can check out Hotel Costes here and Hotel George V here! Insider tip: These spots are an actual must to complete your Parisian affair!

Hope you enjoyed all of my insider Paris travel tips so far!

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Sweater: J Crew

Shoes: Superga

Jumper: Similar one

Hat: Merona

 

Fall's Must Haves!

I perused the internet to find you all the must haves for Fall! Here are a few of them below, but you can see the whole collection under my Shop Savvy section!

Posted on October 16, 2014 .

Casual Friday: Savvy Javvy x Piperlime "Moments of Chic"

I am very excited to announce that I have teamed up with Piperlime for their Moments of Chic campaign. My forte is corporate fashion and it could not be more fitting than to post an outfit from Piperlime as they are my go-to for business chic attire. I will admit, I also go on there and splurge on their cute casual wear as well since they have over 250 different brands on their site!

With this collaboration with Piperlime, I had an opportunity to play with Citizen's of Humanity denim and an icy creamy gold sheer top by Rhyme Los Angeles. To add some flair I added a blazer from Banana Republic and the it-bag of the year (which happens to be sold out until December 2014), the Mansur Gavriel mini black flamma bucket bag. This outfit can be dressed up with black pumps, or dressed down with some Superga white high tops (just ditch the blazer). Whatever your preference is, you will not go wrong with this outfit. Check out the pics from my #momentsofchic shoot!

xo


Ditch the blazer for a more casual look!

OR..ditch the blazer and the heels and throw on some high-tops for a daytime look!

Journey with Javvy: Paris- the Louvre Museum

I have a freak obsession with art, so of course a trip to the Louvre museum was on my mandatory list. This museum is quite the spectacle in Paris and it is ALWAYS busy (rightfully so). On my walk from the Westin Vendome in Paris to the Louvre, I ran into a cute street that had a ton of cafes and restaurants. It almost reminded me of the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade but a total upgrade from there. I made it a point to stop by as many dessert spots possible and try their macaroons and the raspberry mousse cake. I do not know what they put in the desserts in Paris but there is some incredibly special ingredient and I absolutely need to know (I bet you it is loads of butter). 

After I finished consuming dessert after dessert and maybe a croissant or two, I made my way over to the Louvre. The juxtaposition of the three-dimensional pyramid to the actual Louvre building was incredible. The architecture is truly fascinating all over Paris, but the Louvre is something quite exquisite. It looks as if it is a Palace filled with art..and to be quite honest it truly is just that. 

Fashion wise, I was in my first two days in Paris so I rocked some heels. Do I suggest wearing heels and walking for 5 miles like I did that day? Not entirely, but yolo. I did it and I looked fab! In order to match the "inverted-triangle-glass-windowed-pyramid" at the entrance of the museum, I picked a geometric square patterned skirt and kept a monochrome look to my outfit from head to toe! I have the links to my outfit below the pics!

Enjoy the pics from my special day at the Louvre, I have so many more days to share with you! Stay tuned!

xo

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Skirt: Yes Style

Blazer: Style Stalker (get similar here)

Top: Nasty Gal

Purse: Salvatore Ferragamo

Shoes: Nasty Gal (get similar here)

 

Journey with Javvy: Paris - the Eiffel Tower

First off, I have absolutely missed writing posts this month, but I needed the time to immerse myself in each city I was visiting in Europe so that I could come back and provide you all the dish on where to eat, shop, play and sleep!

First stop, was the motherland of fashion..Paris. Paris was as everyone had described it; beautiful, incredible, magical blah blah blah, yes it was all those things, but Paris during fashion month was absolutely SPECTACULAR. I had an opportunity to see this city at the start of fashion month (September, of course), and towards the end during the infamous Paris Fashion Week (#PFW). This experience was complete high-fashion overload and food and dessert overconsumption. Let’s just say I got to see Paris as a tourist and as a local thanks to having cousins living in the city, so I have some fantastic recommendations for you that I will pass along in my #journeywithjavvy Europe series posts throughout this month!

There truly are so many places to see in Paris, but I plan on telling you about some of my most favorite places I had an opportunity to see, and my recommendations may take you down memory lane and make you want to hop on a flight and head there tomorrow. I promise, I would be your biggest advocate and may even want to join you!

For this first #journeywithjavvy to Europe post I am going to focus on none other than the most recognized monument in the world..the Eiffel Tower. This beauty is just breathtaking. If you are like me and it was your first time visiting the city, you will practically cry when you see this. I had spent years dreaming of seeing this beautiful tower. I have connected this tower to fashion, love and freedom and to have this very tower right before my eyes was truly a dream come true. Every day on this trip with my PIC (boyfriend/partner in crime) and I would walk by the tower or go have a picnic at Champs de Mars, which happens to be the largest open green space in Paris (park open day and night). Stop by a local boulangerie and patisserie (bread and dessert shop) and pick up some sandwiches, spreads, croissants and some vino. I recommend Sicard (on Rue Suffren, Paris, France). Sicard is close by the tower so you won’t have to walk far!

Fashion wise, if you are going to the Eiffel tower, spend one day looking as fab as you possibly can and take pictures, but all other times make sure you are wearing flats or sneakers because the area around the park is not friendly to walk in heels! For my fab day at the Eiffel tower, I had to wear a statement piece I would always remember, and for this I wore a long black fancy skirt I got from one of my favorite boutiques in San Francisco (can buy online or when they open their LA store soon!). The rest of my outfit details you can see below the pics! Next stop? The Louvre or Sacre Coeur? It is a surprise!

xo 

NYFW BCBG Max Azria Recap FW14

Romance was in the air today at the BCBG Max Azria fashion show in New York City, NY. Soft pale hues and silks were combined to make quite the ethereal chic look. BCBG never disappoints at  Mercedes Benz Fashion week, but I would have to say this year they took it up a notch. We have seen a lot of these beautifully soft colors lately on style stars like Nicole Ritchie and Kim Kardashian and goodness did it look absolutely unreal on the catwalk. I will do my best to keep you all updated via instagram as I am off to Paris this weekend and will be sharing my own street style throughout the month! Follow my adventures @savvyjavvy. Hope you enjoyed my fashion week 14 recap from today's BCBG Max Azria Fashion show!

xo

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Parisian Chic for my Parisian Affair

My dream is coming true in 3 days. This dream I speak of is to go to the land of all love stories and fairytales. The land where the biggest fashion powerhouses were born and have flourished. The land that boasts with history, beautiful architecture and plenty of vino. This land I speak of is Paris! A few months ago my boyfriend surprised me with a poster (which he proudly made himself), that happened to be an itinerary to this dream vacation to Europe that we would be able to embark on all of September. Dream place with my dreamboat boy? I cannot wait!

Just to kick start this Parisian and European theme, my outfit today was shot at this lovely café. Of course I had to have my favorite thing in the world, a croissant which looked so perfectly paired next to my espresso and Celine bag! I made this dress work from day to night by wearing a tweed spiked blazer during the day and allowed for a low back and shoulder-baring look for happy hour. You know how I love versatility and I believe this outfit allows you to achieve just that.

I will miss writing to you all the next  month but stay up to date with my travels via Instagram @savvyjavvy as I will be updating that as much as I possibly can. I promise I will write recaps of each city I visited when I get back!

Xo

Photographer: Runak Chavoshi

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Dress: Tobi (similar here)

Blazer: Tobi (similar here)

Heels: Pour La Victoire (similar here)

Bag: Celine