Fall is here, now what to wear next.

This time around I decided to take my black jeans and rip them in the knee, throw on a boyfriend fitted white button up shirt and some small black boots to start the year with a fall look. Black and white are my go to apparel pieces.

Nothing can be wrong with wearing red lipsticks.  I’m wearing mine in memory of my Mom before she passed we would tell her to put on her red lipstick to feel better.  I decided to put mine on because I knew with this outfit it would be my accent color.

Now with the whole outfit, the white button up is something every women should have in their wardrobe. You can wear them dressed up or down. They are simple, but classic for the fall or any season depending on how long they are. You can wear them under tights or leggings. Even you can put on a trench coat, or  leather jacket or cardigan to stay warm.

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Knee Ripped Jeans, Black booties

The ripped jeans I ended up cutting them at the knee because I got bored with them. I’ll share a link to a video below.

What’s your go to outfit you like to wear for fall?

Until next time, rebel with your style and lifestyle !

-xx lei.phillips

New month new me

This month I decided why not go ahead and start something new.

Hello November 2017,

I found myself wondering what would it be like if I thought this was my last days on earth. Life has thrown me different lemons like for instants, I got a warning from my Doctor that my blood cells were lower than what they should be at my annual check up. The results of my blood test was showing signs of a possibility of me having leukemia. And that made me think that life is too precious and valuable then to waste more time with worries, doubts, and sadness. I have been through a lot and I want to continue to be happy and content.

So my project to myself is do a self portraits and ootds in black and white in order to get back into the basics. Join me and see what I create. I’m a creator with dreams and aspirations.

We create what we want and need, follow me to do that. My IG account as well for more visuals @LeiPhillips.

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

City Street Styler Photography

Last weekend on a Sunday afternoon, I decided to go out and shoot some street wear photography in my home neck of the woods at the Sunday Historic Market in Downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The nerves kicked in as I asked each person to take a picture of them. My friend that was with me told said, “You’re just going have to get use to it and ask!” As blunt as it sounds I knew I had to put my negative thoughts behind me and just shoot. Even though this wasn’t my first time taking photos. This always happens and once I get over my fears I just do.  If you don’t try and put yourself out there Rebels you will never know what your true potential is.

Take a look and tell me what you think and please follow me on Instagram @CityStreetStyler.

xx

-lei.phillips

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.

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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

“HE HAD SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SOUL. AFTER I GAVE HIM THE NECKLACE HE THANKED ME, GAVE A HUG AND A FLOWER. I WAS SO THANKFUL TO HAVE MET HIM. TILL THIS DAY HIS STORY ENCOURAGES ME TO BELIEVE.

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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

The Limitless Rebel Muse

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Photos by Heather Carr

Today, I got a feeling of hope and inspiration from that inner voice you seem to forget that is there. The little things count and rebel muse is my space to give back power to you rebels. I believe life should be lived like their are no limits. These days you maybe in your own way of living the fullest. But, let me tell you something that I continue to forget about: Everything will be okay and will work out. There are plenty of opportunities out in this world that you may have not tapped into. So, be your own rebel muse today and everyday.

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Be that muse who:

  • Creates a path that you are happy to take
  • Don’t let the limit of life get in your way
  • Change the things you can change one day at time
  • Enjoy nature and dance your butt off to the sunshine that shows up on your doorstep

Lastly step onto that faith, jump, dive deep and be your own rebel muse!

 

Signing out my rebels–lei.phillips

x.o.x.

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? 

 

photo credit: 9to5.com

 
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. 

Alexa Chung Photo credit: unknown

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 

Weekend Fun With Some Silky Harem Pants

I have been so stoked this whole weekend. And finally, I got a chance to go thrifting with my friends. I decided to do a #ootd (Outfit of the Day) after we got our treats. I will share what I got in another post.

The one thing that makes me happy are harem pants by MINTYMEETSMUNT and pockets. Comfort in your pockets is where anyone and myself would like my hands to be.  You can call this my Aaliyah songstress look. She was a force to remember and always dressed to her comfort zone. This is what I’d like to inspire. So be comfy and your style will shine through. The top I have on is something I had in my closet from Forever 21. Cropped tops are a hit or miss. The way to wear this you can pair it with high waist trousers, shorts and or skirt. Here’s the look for a weekend out with your girls my rebels:

  

Til next time enjoy the rest of your weekend #sundayfunday

xoxox,

lei.phillips

All Photos by: Melissa Lopez

Blow Them Out of the Water And Rock in Style: Ruby Rose Rebel Style Icon in my Eyes

In three days I noticed how I binge watched Ruby Rose, in Orange is the New Black. She took my attention away and I had to google who she was. Model, DJ, and actor Rose have captivated me and other people as well. It has to be her gaze and how she is able to interact with Piper to point she is hooked. There have been talks of women crushing all over her. She has a great sense of style, knows who she is and doesn’t give two cents what others think of her. 

  
Photo by: James Worthington

On my search on Rose I found this lovely video from YouTube on gender fluidity. In a past article on Elle.com Rose explains what it means to be gender fluid. “I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one,” says Rose. “So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes.”  

For Rose she is able to move into two identities that she is content with. Rose adds,”I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman.” So look at this video that questions this notion: 

LA Fashion Week with Concept Show Spring/ Summer 2015

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

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JBURGOS

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.

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Mathiasen

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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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Photographer Freeman McFaddden