Muse Review with the lady with the red urge of passion

A lady in red can be compared with the lady who sees the world with fire red urges to her lifestyle. I wasn’t expecting to find this red dress, but I did in the most adventurous way. The last couple of weeks I decided to take my camera and go to the fashion district in Downtown LA to do street photography. I found my muse walking with a hand full of fashion magazines and clothes. I was scared to go up to her, yet I had that fire urge like I was saying earlier. She had it too, and I could tell by her first few words of revealing she was a vintage shop owner of Quirk. And other adventurous skill sets of being a Head Stylist and Coordinator​,  Melynda Choothesa started her own fashion consulting company called Couture Zen. 

Photo by Lei Phillips

As warm hearted as she can be Melynda invited me to her 1 year anniversary party by the third time I went to her shop to interview her. And going back to that day I asked her if I could take a picture of her outfit. Melynda replied with a sure and, ” but I need to open my store first.” When we started to strolled down the path of Main St. there was no sign of silence. Melynda and I chatted like old friends without hesitation. Once we steered closer to her store Melynda started to search for her keys to open the gate of her shop. Once Melynda got settled I captured her in that moment with garments of clothes and magazines in one hand. In that moment Melynda became my muse. Here is her story and how she got started: 

From the first time I went to Quirk I saw a fire red vintage wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. I knew I wanted it and thanks to Melynda with her fire red urges to live life in passion I said yes to the dress. See Rebels! 

Check them out Quirk at:  

616 S. Main St. |Los Angeles, CA. 

Photo by Heather Carr

Now that concludes my muse review until next time. Don’t forget to rebel with your style and your lifestyle because life is too short to be stuck in your ways. 

-xx Lei Phillips

Muse Review of Pocket Square Clothing Pop-up Shop

Two upcoming designers at Pocket Square Clothing where normally housed with menswear. Both lovely souls with a talented passion in minimalist design and the other a woman’s need to dress freely in her own way.

Kestan’s was built on taking responsibility for the environment and staying simple through shades blush to neutral colors of pale pinks and grays. &nicole created by Natalia named after her sister and wanted to have her brand stand for women. The use of leather and Navajo  prints are just teasers of what is to come.

Their lines will be still on display until the March 31. So check it out if you live and breathe for new talent that is as rebellious in what they do.

Pocket Square Clothing

205 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Nicole Miller’s pop-up shop kicks off LA Fashion Week for this Rebel

As the last sun-rays filled the Sunset Blvd Nicole Miller boutique location fashion enthusiasts walked into see the SS2017 collection. Undertones of the new collection of elements brought traditional Panama with modern New York City mixture of the inspiration. The evening night of the gowns captured the eyes of few invited.

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As the movers and shakers moved along the store of influencers, photographers, and select few customers sat around on a bright colored melon couch and glazed. Once the models came around and stood in front the Nicole Miller glass wall some stayed sitting. Others went striding around the store to capture photos of the models. Some shopped around and went to the fitting room to try on a few items.

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Others were influencers and photographers who sought out for the trends. They themselves revealed their #OOTN in front of my lens.


The night clashed the pasting time when the previous models walked out in new looks. Instantly there was one jacket I craved for and still think about today. Ooooooou the fab leather jacket with geometrical embroidery design of “mola” pattern from indigenous Panama; I want you. As well one look I adored was the intertwined braided soutache dress in off-white with bold black embroidery.

That night might have ended, but I am ready to kick off fashion week. So check back for more of my accounts of my muse reviews Rebels!




Rebel By Caring And Give A Key To Pay It Forward

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As the day goes by and my intuition rises to a point that tells me to stop at The Grove. My stride to the middle of the grassy area leads my eyes to a retail bus right smack in the middle of this outdoor shopping center.  Across from it and around it are stores like Nike blasting their music and Nordstorms shoppers shuffling inside and out. Then there is a black bus in the middle of the grass next to a stage of musicians getting ready to play their instruments is an accessories company called The Giving Keys.


I walked over and eyed the quotes on their chalk board like bus with wonder. One of the woman dressed in all black with short chopped blonde hair greeted me with a smile. Finally another woman said hello and asked if I heard of their company and what they do. So, let me give you the low down on what I learned on The Giving Keys from these lovely ladies and their site:

  • They are a company that employ the homeless transitioning back into a home or/ and job
  • The story started with a key from a hotel in New York where, Actress and Singer/Songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, would wear it as a necklace on tours and any where else.
  • Caitlin started to engrave this key and other keys of words of encouragement
  • What was next was what you call life falling into place is when Caitlin ran into a couple Rob and Cera on Hollywood Blvd. At the time Caitlin saw them in the rain holding a sign that read, “Ugly, Broke, & Hungry.”
  • Caitlin asked them out to dinner.
  • While they were at dinner Caitlin found out Cera knew how to make jewelry. Caitlin then asked if they could be business partners.

The rest is yet to come and they are on their way of rebelling by caring.

“Keep your eyes open to all the needs you see around you. They are all over the place”

– Caitlin


-ELIZABETH (quote on the front the bus)

The boutique inside of this bus showcased necklaces, charmed bracelets, and chokers necklaces to try on. There inside the white interior with wood displays and white trays laid out a foundation to giving back and the rewards The Giving Keys has an impact on especially on Taylor Swift. She was given one by her friend and now this paying forward extends to Swift to pass along once to someone else.


This is how they became The Giving Keys company paying it forward for others to inspire and give back to the homeless that are in transition. One person would buy a necklace or bracelet with a word that is a goal that they want to achieve and they would have to pass it to someone who needed it. Some of the words read: Faith, Create, Believe and Hope.  Then that person would do the same and pass to someone else. They team up with organizations like LIFT and Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) in helping the homeless to transition back into society with a job and a place to live.

This chalk board bus will be at the Grove until this Sunday August 14th (189 The Grove Dr. Los Angeles, Ca. 90036). So check them out. Tell me what you think.

I’m inspired by Caitlin’s words at Ted Talks see her explain her story. There is always a story behind every great rebel. Keep dreaming big and go out there! Go for it Rebels.

xoxo – lei.phillips

Cropped Flaired Jeans Trend: To Flood or not Flood

When I was in middle school I dreaded the feeling to never have my pants flood, but now we have a new trend out: Cropped Flaired Jeans. Is this something you rebels would rock or naw? 


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It is interesting beacause this trend is very much stylized. Take Alexa Chung’s look below. Chung has that ability and is known to be able to wear whatever and make it work. But how is she able to pull this look off you must ask? Well it is in the way how she styles her outfits with close attention to be proportionate throughout her cropped flaired jeans. What she pairs with these is a slimming tailored jacket with a normcore blouse and a small cute bunny rabbit pocket book this gives the allusion of long legs even though she is already tall. Basically the jeans allow her to look long and lean. So keeping your look simple and letting your strong assests show will accomplish your true mission to making this work for you. Some trends need a little personalilization to work. Don’t follow the trends if it doesn’t make sense. 

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The moral of the story rebels is follow what works with your body type and use porportion as a tool to get what you want. 

Until next time my lovely rebels. Keep rebeling with your style. 

Xx -lei.phillips 

Get That Sporty Look, But with a Edge my Rebel Men!!!

Jacket BoohooMan, Poka-dot T-Shirt BoohooMan, Indigo Apron Harem Pants Matiere

Your worries and prayers are answered now. My favorite menswear line that gives any man an aha moment of excitement is Matiere.  The line maintains “a clean, understated, and refined point of view.”  Modern silhouettes, creative, and pushing the boundaries of fabrications are seen through-out the line. In the picture above, the indigo apron harem pants are great an addition to your wardrobe. Rock it with a simple graphic tee BoohooMan and letterman style jacket BoohooMan to add a sporty look.

IMG_2959(1)Floral Suit by AZUL by Moussy,  Yellow Thermal Shirt AZUL by Moussy, Grey Leggings

The second look I pulled together is a all floral suit by AZUL by Moussy. When wearing all floral you must not be scared to try something new. By pairing the grey leggings it makes a sporty look and adding the tennies will add that causal look. Sporty with a touch of edge is a great look to experiment with and can be effortless. Try it as bit of inspiration pick and choose what works best for you. So get the look by following the links below.



AZUL by Moussy


All Photos by AJL-C

Model Evan Gomez

Styled by Lei Phillips

LA Fashion Week with Concept Show Spring/ Summer 2015


Concept LA is about making fashion the art piece in a gallery with dramatic lighting. 



JBurgos collection showcased their line for a business savvy woman who isn’t afraid to take risks. My favorite look is the short high low a-line salmon dress is a great look for a night on the town. Its counter-part to that dress the salmon colored slim fitting hitting above the knee garment has my heart. My third look I’m loving is the Lust Green jumper. The collection as a whole is cohesive with contrasting pieces shows how diverse it is. Take the world by storm and be bright and vibrant this year.



Color blocking, playful print, bold colors is here this coming Spring/Summer 2015. The pop of my life is the colors used in Mathiasen’s line is playful and sophisticated. Who says you can’t have a good time and look professional.  The preppy jackets, zig-zag print aline dress and top, and abstract flora printed trench coat is a great pieces to pair with in any outfit. Young and bold is in all of us deep down. Rebel on 🙂


Mike Vensel

Who says art is the only thing to focus on when you have models to be the center of attention. From the modern woman to the cool girls who want to be seen would wear Mike Vensel’s collection. All black everything is the rebel thing to do. Of course a rebel would. From the cut-out garments to the sleek sophisticated looks will make any woman to decide to wear this line.


Aeneas Erlking

Rock on to this collection. From the makeup to the clothes show us how to rebel. Taking the color white and making it badass is the thing to do if your a rebel without a cause. I love the use of plaid and this trend is a classic. Especially if you can mix plaid and floral in on shirt is great juxtaposition. More leather and more leather is the amazing to have for every season.


Photographer Freeman McFaddden 


Sofia By Vix House Party

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Ain’t No Party Like a Malibu House Party

I’m kicking it off in Malibu sponsered by Teen Vogue to give you rebels the goods on Sofia By Vix the Summer 2104 line, LUX NailsTrish McEvoy makeup, and Beats Music. On Thursday July 10, 2014 was eventful with a day full of meet & greet with other bloggers alike coming to view Sofia By Vix Swimwear to have a personal up and close encounter of one, two piece swimming suits, and coverup dresses. Below is my top ones I adore and photos of the event. Plus, I have a discount for all my rebels that I would like to share and the code is HOUSEPARTY. Be sure to use it soon. It expires on July 31, 2014.


Siberia Ripple One Piece

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It was even fun to have Trish McEvoy’s makeup gurus giving pointers to get that summer glow by putting on a little  shimmer blush on the top of your cheek bones is way to get a sun-kissed fresh summer look. What I love about Trish McEvoy is the fact you could have a set of makeup all in one called a Makeup Planner. This includes eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and eyeliner is an example of what you could get in a set with a cute makeup bag.

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Nail polish can be easy as LVX Nails, which I love the high gloss of the color of the polish. LVX brings luxury and fashion without compromise and a fresh color palette from the runway. This nail polish has gel-like finish,cruelty free/ vegan, and long lasting stay. The color I got in my gift bag was in laguna color. Their summer colors are lemon drop, viola, laguna,  porcelaine, aster, and lolli.

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Concept Show Los Angeles Fall 2014 Hit the Spotlight of Rebellion with Sumie Tachibana

This season of Concept show made me truly excited about fashion. The designers this year blew me away. Especially, Sumie Tachibana and her design elements of her collection was eye catching. Structural, high lows of blacks with white, and panel pieces was the focus point of Sumie. Futuristic designs are modern for our times. Tell me what you all think leave a comment. So take a look below:

Sumie’s collection screams rebel and who cares just wear it already. If you can’t it wear out on a normal basis then choose a place like a artsy event or fashion event. But, if your brave enough go with it and wear it. Be that fashion rebel. I’ll lead the way of showing you how to rock this type of clothing.