Kitten Heels to the Max!

I’ve always thought of myself as more of a dog person than a cat person… In fact, I’ve always kind of disliked cats.  But then, for some strange reason, that I still can’t explain, I decided to adopt a cat! And at first, it seemed I had made a huge mistake.  My new cat, who I renamed El Guapo, was a total terror!  He’d attack me and husband every time we walked by, he’d scratch and bite every time we tried to touch him or pick him up, and he was fussy, mischievous and an all around pain!  
But with some patience, training, and a lot of love and acceptance, El Guapo began to change.  As he got comfortable with us he became more affectionate, and more calm, though he hasn’t lost his cute, playful temperament.  He’s an all around lovely cat to have around these days and, (as you may be able to tell from my Instagram feed) I am a little bit obsessed with him!

So as a recent cat-convert, I find myself gravitating more and more to kitty-themed fashion.  I know I am about 5 years behind the trend, but I can’t help it!  I’ve always loved & secretly wanted these sweet ‘Kitty Flats’ from Charlotte Olympia, but they fall way way waaaay out of my price range.  

That’s why when I saw the adorable Kitty Heels from T.U.K Footwear on Modcloth, I threw caution to the win and quickly ordered a pair!  They are so cute, totally comfortable, and made me smile each time I glanced down at them as I wore them at work.  
Sometimes a girl just needs some literal kitten heels, ya know?  
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New Fashion Favorite: A Wallet That Charges My Phone

Like many of you out there, my phone is like an extension of my person.  I have it with me at all times.  It organizes my life, it helps me stay connected, it provides all kinds of entertainment, but it’s also a crucial part of my day job – managing and creating social content.
More often then not, I am using my phone all day for work and doing everything from uploading files, sending emails, taking pics, editing photos, posting content, and creating short films.  And there’s been a time or two when, no matter how prepared I am, I’ve been out in “the field” covering an event on social, often working in an area with a low wifi signal and my phone battery runs clean out.
So when I saw this adorable (and useful) wallet on Photojojo (a favorite website of mine) I knew I had to have it!
Not only is it totally fashionable and functional as a sturdy, zippered clutch for all my credit cards and essentials, it has a built in battery charger for my phone and the perfect little pocket for me to leave my phone to charge up while I’m on the move.  Brilliant.
I’ve only used it a couple times so far, but each time it works great and gets the job done.  Beyond functioning as a wallet, this would also work as a cute makeup bag, pencil case or sewing kit too! 

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Wardrobe Revamp Part 1

One of the things I love best about the blogging community is that it allows others to share so openly about their lives, ideas and challenges and so often, those challenges and feelings mirror my own.  Making it a sort of place for reassurance – Safety in numbers.  
I’ve been hating on much of my wardrobe for like a year now.  So much of what I own is darling and beautiful, but just hasn’t felt like me in a long time.  In fact, I haven’t felt particularly stable in my fashion sense for so long, I honestly don’t know what my style is anymore.  All I know is much of my wardrobe isn’t feeling right.  Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s a change in trends, but I feel like I need to overhaul my closet and revamp my style.  Big time.
Thing is, it seems that every one of the bloggers I read is going through the same issue.  Everyone is a buzz about the clothing time-capsule idea and reselling clothes on new sites like Twice.  I guess everyone is going through the same reappraisal and questioning how they can simultaneously downsize and make their wardrobes more complete.  
I’ve given it quite a bit of thought and have decided not to do the time-capsule thing, because I am not quite at that point of efficiency yet.  I still need to figure out what my style in my 32nd year actually is… So that requires a bit more wiggle room.  
But I have been cleaning out my closet and plan to sell a bunch of stuff over at Crossroads Trading Center (we’re are lucky enough to live just down the street from one.) And I done a bit of online shopping for a few key pieces – Mostly blouses and skirts.  I am hedging towards a classic, slightly preppy style that will work for all occasions, work and play.  But I’ve also purchased a few pieces that have a more bohemian/romantic style to them.  We’ll see what feels best.  
I also plan on trying the ribbon method in my closet, as suggested by A Beautiful Mess (aka – my blog bible!)  It’s a simple way to track what pieces from your closet you’re actually wearing and hopefully will allow me to make more closet cuts in the coming months.  
I’ll continue to share my trials and successes as I revamp my wardrobe, and hopefully, all of us in the blog world can regain control of our closets!

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Something for the Britannias

Each year, I have the ultimate excuse to get properly dressed up – The BAFTA LA Britannia Awards. This is the main awards event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles, and serves to honor 6 individuals for remarkable work in film, television and games.  In the past they’ve honored such greats as Ben Kingsley, George Clooney, John Lasseter, Warren Beatty, Helen Bonham Carter and Jeff Bridges, just to name a few!
This year was just as star-studded and inspiring, with Julia Louis Dreyfus, Robert Downey Jr., Emma Watson, Mike Leigh, Mark Ruffalo, and Dame Judi Dench all being honored.  It was thrilling to be in the audience and especially exciting to be wearing a dress from one of my favorite LA-based designers and friend – Bri Seeley.  
Bri Seeley’s Eleanor Dress was perfect for a glamourous Hollywood evening – stylish, structured, feminine and functional!  I felt beautiful and totally comfortable throughout the night.  PLUS, this gorgeous gown has pockets!  In my book that makes everything perfect!   
Here’s more pictures from the evening and further shenanigans can be seen on my instagram @Firebirdzine.
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Catching Up, Cutouts, and New Clothes

By Heather Toner

It’s been a whirlwind of a few days.  The aftermath of Giselle was so exciting, and rather all consuming.  Plus the preparations for the next show at The Music Center – James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, A Celebration in Dance has been taking up the bulk of my attention, since it opens this Friday.
If you follow The Music Center on Instagram, you may have seen my #JamesBrownAroundTown campaign, where I am toting around a cardboard cut out of a James Brown look alike…I’ve christened him Lil’ JB.  It’s been a fun Instagram campaign, and it reflects the fun style of the show, but it has been a bit of a challenge carting the thing all over Los Angeles!  
But in the meantime, I’ve been going through my closet and revamping my “look” so to speak.  It just felt like time to really assess my wardrobe and clear out some of my older pieces that don’t quite work anymore.  I will keep clothes until the cows come home, even when I probably shouldn’t!  I am making it my goal this month to be really strict with myself on what pieces are truly right for me, and which I need to part with…

What I am leaning towards is a more bohemian sophistication – Easy layers, pretty florals, all with a twinge of a western flair!  I also enrolled in a new online styling service called Stitch Fix after talking to my younger brother’s girlfriend about it.  Stitch Fix is a pretty awesome online service that helps you revamp your look at a fraction of the cost.  My first “fix” is the end of this month and I cannot wait to see what my stylist sends me!