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Posted on: 11.30.2013

|| Marho : Illusion Jacket ||

She was a curious girl, a wanderer,
 who spent her summers chasing 
fluttering pieces of prose 
and eating strawberries . . .

Photos by: @ZoeMaks

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Marho  + TRIANGL SWIM    

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☽ . . SUBOO ✧ Giveaway . . ☾

Posted on: 11.28.2013

Follow these simple rules for a chance to win!
 Leopard Lovers . . .  are you ready to rock this stunning, , SUBOO dress?  The good news is . . . you now have a chance to win it for free!  I've teamed up, with SUBOO, to offer you a chance to win this gorgeous, Lunar Leopard, maxi dress.  If you don’t want to wait and take a chance, you can shop their luxe line ~ HERE

SUBOO’s stunning range of ready to wear apparel, swimwear, and accessories are perfect for the women that love modern elegance, clean lines and signature prints.  

  There are two ways to enter the contest -- Facebook or Instagram.

Instagram Option:

  1. Follow us on instagram -- @ suboostyle + CharcoalAlley 
  2. Comment & tag a friend on the photo HERE.  

Facebook option:

  1. Like both of us on Facebook  here →  SUBOO     Charcoal Alley.
  2. Comment on the FB image.  (Image Here)

This giveaway is open internationally.  The randomly selected winner will be announced Thursday, December, 05 , 2013.

xo xo xo



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. . [.[ Rising Tides ].] . .

Posted on: 11.27.2013

||  Lunar Leopard Dress : SUBOO ||
|| Jewelry: Charcoal Alley + SPELL + Vanessa Mooney Bones & Feather + ||

Nothing is absolute,
everything changes,
everything moves,
everything revolutionizes,
all flies and goes. 
-Frida kahlo -

 By the seaside, everything comes to life.  In this shoot, I felt like I was dancing with the sun and the crashing waves -- wearing this magical Suboo Leopard Printed Maxi Dress.  This Australian, silk, dress has a fresh take on leopard print with a clean black & white color palette.   It is flowing, and lets the sunshine cascade through the soft fabric.  I love how easily you can dress it up, or down.  Laguna beach was the perfect location for this dress.  I decided to go barefoot and let the wind tangle my hair!

 Exciting news!  Tomorrow, I am announcing all of the details for an awesome, SUBOO  Giveaway. One lucky person, will win the Lunar Leopard dress in their size.  Make sure to stop back, to find out how you can win! 

Peace, Love & Good Chocolate
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Photos by: Zoë Maks


Posted on: 11.14.2013

|  Celine Dress : Ronny Kobo |Fatima Bag: : Monserat De Lucca | Paulina Boot: Sam Edelman
|Hat: Vintage | Jewelry : Charcoal Alley + Bones & Feathers  + Monserat De Lucca 

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
e. e. cummings -

 Fall is the perfect season to purchase a new bag.  The Fatima tote is perfect for me. I love this simple - classic - design. Check it out here. [ Monserat De Lucca

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Janessa Leone

Posted on: 11.12.2013

Who doesn’t love a great hat?  There’s a certain sense of confidence and je ne sais quoi that comes from wearing a quality accessory - as well as a classic, timeless, design.  A great hat lifts your spirits and sets you apart from the crowd.  The label,  Janessa Leone, is a breath of fresh air because of its unparalleled craftsmanship and design.  I absolutely adore her "2013 Shadows Collection".  I loved getting better acquainted with this incredibly, lovely & talented, designer.  Read more below, to see what inspires Janessa Leone.

Designer:  Janessa Leone 

Star Sign:  Aquarius

Online Boutique:

Instagram: @janessaleone

How did your label evolve? 
I launched my very first collection about a year and a half ago, and I never imagined that it would become what it has.  I’ve always loved hats and have a collection of relics of my own.  The idea to start my own line didn’t come until a post college trip to Paris with my boyfriend.  We stumbled across a little vintage store, and I found the hat that inspired this whole journey.  I possessed a certain air when I wore this hat, and I knew I wanted to create a hat that would give people that same confidence.  I also wanted to make something that was really well made and could last several generations, perhaps finding itself in a vintage shop in Paris, many years later, to inspire someone else. 

Where are you located? Los Angeles, CA.

 Your 2013 collection is breathtaking.  What is your favorite hat at the moment? 
I really love the Vera.  It has a downtown edge that fits my style, perfectly. 

I love the names of your hats.  Are they named after people that you know?
I name my hats after the women who influenced some of Rock and Roll’s most timeless songs.  I wanted to dedicate this collection to the ladies who have inspired my favorite songs, but for whom we have no face.  I imagined who these women were, what they were like, and I came up with a style for each of them. 

Do you believe that hats are capable of altering your frame of mind? 
Sure! I think hats, like clothes, definitely have the power to alter your perception of yourself.  Hats, in particular, give you a certain confidence.  I love to see people’s transformation when they realize that they actually look good in a hat.  There’s definitely a unique attitude that people get when they wear hats, and I love to see it happen. 

You mention on your website that you take cues from a bygone era.  Do you have any favorite former leading ladies that have inspired you?
I am inspired by the both the style and craftsmanship of previous eras.  My personal style is very classic. I never want to look back on a photo of myself and be able to date when it was taken by the type of clothes I was wearing.  I’ve always wanted my style, and the things I create, to be timeless; both in aesthetic and quality.  

Who influenced your inherent know-how on creating such lasting pieces? 
Even when I was little, I always wanted to sleep in silk and dress up in my mom’s nicest clothes.  Fine craftsmanship has always been important to me, so when I set out to produce my hats, I did a lot of research to find the best factory in the states.  My hats are made in a 150 year-old factory by true artisans.  From start to finish, every hat is made by hand. 

 What is your favorite thing about wearing a hat?
I love how effortless they are.  It’s the easiest accessory that makes the biggest difference. 

Best advice that you’ve ever gotten?
Don’t let the business of life, or the excitement of success, take away from your talents. Creativity needs to be nurtured and it takes hard work at every stage. 

  Go pick out your favorite hat. 
  →  Janessa Leone 

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