Saint Laurent Mens  SS15 Paris Fashion Week

Saint Laurent SS15 Menswear Style

The BOS Word of the day is Thankful.  Need a reason  to be thankful?  Saint Laurent has officially stolen the weekend and that’s reason enough for me.  If your weren’t in theaters viewing the Saint Laurent flick; then you were probably attending the menswear runway show in Paris, right?  A girl could only dream. Not to worry, I’ve included my fav’s looks from the YSL show for your viewing pleasure.  However your weekend transpired,  I’m sure you experienced the many highs and lows of life–me too, and here are three lessons I learned along the way.
Every blessing has a battle:  It just comes with the territory:  Always remember, the battle arrives to ignite levels of greatness.
Be thankful for the battle: Don’t get frustrated! Try writing thank you cards!!
Confidence can speak louder than the battle : Always be confident in God’s ability to change  ANY situation.. Just think of Peter ( from the Bible) who was stuck in jail. Yet while he slept soundly, he was untied and set free.   Now that’s pretty amazing, right?   The power of God is awe-inspiring to be exact.
When trouble comes, I immediately pray for wisdom AND  find my most stylish outfit to wear. In the past, I have actually changed my clothes  twice in one day.  Double trouble means double the style.
Lastly remember, you’re way too blessed  to be stress. Get ready for your week with God.. It will change your life.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite looks from the  Saint Laurent Menswear SS15 show. All images are courtesy of Fashion GPS 
Saint Laurent SS15 Mens via Paris Fashion Week
Saint Laurent SS15 Mens via Paris Fashion Week
Saint  Laurent SS15 Mens Paris Fashion Week
Saint Laurent SS15 Mens Paris Fashion Week
Saint Laurent Mens  SS15 Paris Fashion Week
Saint Laurent Mens SS15 Paris Fashion Week
Saint Laurent SS15 Mens Collection in Paris
Saint Laurent SS15 Mens Collection in Paris

Givenchy SS15, Game Of Thrones and Sunglasses

Runway Rewind: From the Givenchy SS15 collection to the Bites of Style  tweets of wisdom, here’s hoping you’re inspired for years to come.  Check out the week in tweets  below!

Bites of Style Runway Wisdom

Image Givenchy Menswear  SS15 “You’ve been brushed with greatness. Maximize every moment”

 

Givenchy SS15 Photo FGPS
Givenchy SS15 Photo FGPS

 

” A heart of gratitude is always in style” Image via Givenchy SS15 

 

Givenchy SS15 Fashion GPS
Givenchy SS15 Fashion GPS

 

Goliath was a giant,who was also BLIND,yet he was defeated! Sunnies via @CarmenMarcValvo #InstinctandGoliath #Perspective

P.s. You can find #Insider Eyewear inspiration for national sunglasses day from  Designer Carmen Marc Valvo HERE 

 

Brandy Sebastian wearing Carmen Marc Valvo Sunglasses. Photo Thomas Garza

Brandy Sebastian wearing Carmen Marc Valvo Sunglasses. Photo Thomas Garza

“You gain courage because of adversity”- Malcom Gladwell #InstinctAndGoliath #BStyleWisdom

Givenchy SS15 Collection  Photo via FGPS
Givenchy SS15 Collection
Photo via FGPS

Once you’re in the right position, the blessings will shower you with greatness. @vancleefarpels jewels Photo via WWD

Vancleef and Arpels  Jewelry. Photo via WWD
Vancleef and Arpels Jewelry. Photo via WWD

 

“The lens of greatness radiates through your clothes. Maximize each moment. Image Harper’s Bazaar 

Givenchy SS15 Fashion GPS
Givenchy SS15 Fashion GPS

 “Changing your perspective can change your life” Image @MaisonValentino #ss15

Sunglasses Valentino ( photo via Valentino)
Sunglasses Valentino ( photo via Valentino)

 

 #BStyleWisdom “When you sit down, God stands up.” #GameOfThrones Image via @ELLEfrance

Queen  Elizabeth visting the Game of Thrones Exhibit . Photo via Elle France
Queen Elizabeth visting the Game of Thrones Exhibit . Photo via Elle France

 

Even after everyone have given their opinions, God will Always have the last words. Bishop Td Jakes” #BeSeated #BStyleWisdom

 

Greatness never goes on sale. Maximize the moment Image via FAUSTO PUGLISI

 Designer FAUSTO PUGLISI Resort 2015 Collection Photo via FGPS
Designer FAUSTO PUGLISI Resort 2015 Collection Photo via FGPS

No one can beat you at being YOU. #BStyleWisdom #ootd .@Appaman via .@zappos Btoy @Target benefits .@freethechildren

 

 

 

Photo BrandySebastian son  (Photo credit:  Bites of Style)
Photo BrandySebastian son (Photo credit: Bites of Style)
Burberry SS15 Men's via Twitter

Fashion Bites From Burberry SS15 to Banana Republic

Hi Everyone,

It’s FRIDAY, Yippee!!   We’re halfway through the year, and  there’s still time to maximize the moment and do more for others!!   Here’s a look at my favorite Bites of Style tweets from the week…..

Xoxoxo

Brandy Sebastian 

God is always near, even when you walk away!!

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Every day there are endless opportunities disguised as problems.”Designer Burberry SS15Men’s Collection

Burberry SS15 Men's via Twitter
Burberry SS15 Men’s via Twitter

 

“You can’t walk in a room and ask people who you are? You have to know who you are!” TD Jakes-  Designer Burberry SS15 Men’s Collection

Photo credit Burberry SS15 via Twitter
Photo credit Burberry SS15 via Twitter

 

#SchoolCoolFashion- “It’s not where you sit, but where you serve that matters.” Mayor Cory Booker mentoring young girls

 

Mayor Cory Booker via Twitter
Mayor Cory Booker via Twitter

Wake up with a plan. Go from sleepy to chic in seconds. Thanking God for accessories #ootd belt

 

BOS Founder Brandy Sebastian Wearing  Christian Roth Eyewear, Banana Republic Dress, Lola Dress, and @Lafayette 148 Dress ( photo via Bites of Style)
BOS Founder Brandy Sebastian Wearing Christian Roth Eyewear, Banana Republic Dress, Lola Dress, and @Lafayette 148 Dress, Shoes Franco Sarto ( photo via Bites of Style)

 

 

Audra McDonald 6 Tony Awards Harvest

Audra McDonald just made  history with her 6  Tony Awards winning  harvest!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Our BOS Word of the day is Harvest. Sometimes it’s hard to trust that our sacrifices are working in our favour– similar to  my tulip scare last year. But  by  faith,  God promises that our harvest will surely bloom!! Trust  the process, sow a sacrificial seed , and watch it grow.

 

 

Audra McDonald Tony Award Winner (2014)
Audra McDonald Tony Award Winner (2014)
joy

How To Steal Jewels

 

Our BOS Word of the Day is: Steal

Steal: to take (another person’s property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.

This week, someone broke into my fashion closet–right up under my nose. I assumed  it was a friendly thief–perhaps my older sister borrowing my clothes–but I was wrong.  It’s ridiculous the things you don’t notice until their gone, right?  Every morning, I riffle  through my  fashion closet to decide on a covet ensemble to wear.  Expressing myself through multifaceted outfits brings me sheer joy –until now– suddenly one of my greatest joys turned my world instantaneously  sour. Who knows when it actually occurred, but on this stark morning absolutely nothing fit –except my shoes! I was suddenly in need of a closet verification, but  sadly the contents belonged to me.  I frantically tried, I on several different outfits– finding one dreadful look I hated, but it must do.

Photo from Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture/Everett Collection
Photo from Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture/Everett Collection

And then the day gets worse–because this is what always happens, right?

I…..

  • Forgot to pack my sons lunch
  • Drove to the wrong building
  • Arrived at the wrong meeting
  • And the list  of craziness continues..

By the end of the day, my  joyous heart  had flown the coop–not to mention– I felt like a failure.  Now has this ever happened to you?

How do you stop a few bad moments from stealing your joy all day long?  One word..

Strategy

1. Be thankful and stop complaining

2. Recognize the issue and fix it

3. Go Help someone else..IMMEDIATLY

The minor problems I encountered were nothing compared to real problems in the world.

REAL PROBLEM -#BringBackOurGirls  Minor Problem- Getting Dressed!

Philippians 2:14 -15 says “Do all things without complaining and disputing,  that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

Remember- Joy is a HABIT, so wear  your light  well

 

 

BStyle Fashion Question of The Day

What goes with joy?

Jewels of course!

SEE the joy beaming from my face ? It looks good on everyone and tribal cuffs  do too.

Bites of Style Founder Photo via Bites of Style
Bites of Style Founder Photo via Bites of Style

The Base Project is a socially-motivated fashion brand building a bridge between artisans in the developing world and the U.S. fashion market. They believe we should “wear our impact” fashionably while inspiring others. Finding quality hand-made affordable–not to mention–gorgeous gems that give back is still a  rare discovery.  But The Base Project has really hit a home run. I am sporting jewels from the Deadvlei Namib Desert and Skeleton collection– hand-carved from discarded water pipes–with designs inspired by animals, landscape and the rich history of Namibiato. My team  tried to steal these gorgeous cuffs off my arm, but I ended up buying the cuffs to give away.

What makes these jewels so special? 

1.They’re made with LOVE for others

2. They’re Creatively Up-cylced

3. They’re the perfect GIFT

You can learn more about The Base Project HERE

How To Wear Your Arm Candy:  Pair the desert inspired cuff with a bright color for an instant outfit upgrade. My Banana Republic Heritage Collection A-line mini skirt is slimming and just the right hue to pull together my outfit and wear my impact.

 

 

Bites  Of Style Founder Brandy Sebastian Wearing Trina Turk ( Photo via Bites of Style)

Trina Turk: How To Get The Swimsuit You Really Want

 

Do you find it hard to stay the course on a project no matter how hard you try? Well it might not be your fault.

Our BOS Word of the day is Urge

Urge: to push or force along; impel with force or vigor

God wants us to be strong, but some days it’s easier said than done, right?

Here’s a lesson I learned  by NOT giving into my urges.. Click HERE-

Bites  Of Style Founder Brandy Sebastian Wearing Trina Turk ( Photo via Bites of Style)
Bites Of Style Founder Brandy Sebastian Wearing Trina Turk ( Photo via Bites of Style)

 

It’s swimsuit season time-aka- Trina Turk time.  Last year I selected a Trina Turk retro swimsuits for the  Hottest Swimwear of the Summer but sadly it sold out rather quickly. Working in fashion I just knew I could pull a few strings. But nada! Take it from me-  DON’T give in to your URGES  and procrastinate. Buy your swimsuit NOW or you might be SORRY- Lesson learned!

When it comes to fashion, Trina Turk makes decisions on the basis of what makes her happy. But when it comes to business, she has learned to be methodical. Turk, who learned to sew at 11, launched her namesake clothing line in 1995, after years of designing for various clothing companies on the West Coast.Turk also has several licensing deals and recently partnered with Banana Republic, which carried a Trina Turk collection in 450 stores. When she isn’t working on her line, Turk uses e-commerce stats and other data to help plot her company’s growth. –as told to Liz Welch

Trina Turk produces 11 collections a year and each collection includes 65-70 pieces each. I am sure Mrs. Turk is has  urges all the time, but she stays strong to her vision- and so should YOU.  “In the beginning, I just wanted to work for myself. But now, Trina Turk has a certain DNA and identity. I see my role as design police and arbiter of what is Trina Turk: I make sure that everything that we produce is upbeat and happy”.

Here are some of my favorite Trina Turk swimwear  looks for summer.

Plumas Coverup by Trina Turk ( Photo via Neiman Marcus)
Plumas Coverup by Trina Turk ( Photo via Neiman Marcus)
Festival Folkloric Bikini ( Photo via Neiman Marcus)
Festival Folkloric Bikini ( Photo via Neiman Marcus)

 

Prisma One Shoulder Wonder  ( Photo via Neiman Marcus)
Prisma One Shoulder Wonder ( Photo via Neiman Marcus)
 Zebra Bandeau One-piece Swimsuit Trina Turk ( photo via Neiman Marcus )
Zebra Bandeau One-piece Swimsuit Trina Turk ( photo via Neiman Marcus )
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From Setback To Success Chanel Cruise Rules Dubai ( Video)

Chanel Cruise Collection Dubai Photo via Chanel
Chanel Cruise Collection Dubai Photo via Chanel

Our BOS word of the  day is Setback

Setback – An unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse. 2. a. A step like recession in a wall.

Have you ever experienced a setback? How would you define setbacks in your life?

Here are a few of my current setbacks this week!

  • Late to work
  • Forgot a birthday gift
  • Left the house without money
  • Forgot to make my child’s lunch
  • Employee quit within 4 days. A world RECORD
  • Forgot to return a very IMPORTANT email.
  • Forgot to buy the ingredients for dinner

Setbacks suck!!  I never say,” Thank you  God for this setback.. YUCK.  .. But maybe I should? Take  a look at some of the lessons I have learned from one of my most recent setbacks. Video HERE

 

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Lessons From The Encouraging Tutu

It’s #ThankfulTutu Day.. And I am thankful for each and every one of YOU

Giving Thanks With Help from My Thankful Tutu Photo Credit  Bites of Style
Giving Thanks With Help from My Thankful Tutu Photo Credit Bites of Style

Don’t you  just love a free gift? I do, especially if it’s a thoughtful  gift.

There are so many gifts we can give one another, but one of my favorite gifts to give are words of encouragement .

Not only is it free, but it can really lift up others.

Our BOS word of the day is Encouragement – the act of encouraging, lifting up, motivating.

We all get so busy that often times we compliment others, but don’t encourage them.  It happens to me too. Take a look at a valuable lesson I learned about the power of encouraging words.

 

BOS Lessons from the  Encouraging Tutu Video

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How To Save Time

 

Photo via Brandy Sebastian  Photo Credit Bites of Style
Photo via Brandy Sebastian Photo Credit Bites of Style

When I am bored having too much time on my hands is no bueno. But when the clock seems to run slower in me favor- like this weekend when my 13 day old hydrangea flowers are STILL ALIVE- I tend to do the happy dance. I still can’t believe they are alive.. It’s truly a Mother’s Day miracle.

Our BOS Word for the day is TIME

What does time mean to you?

Time : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues

Eph 5:14-16 says  So be careful how you live. Live as men who are wise and not foolish. 16 Make the best use of your time.

Making the most of our  time doesn’t always happen, but with tenacity ANYTHING is possible. Take a look at a few motivational tips for managing your time. HERE

 

 

BOS Fashion Tip:  Don’t Get Mad Get Inspired by Time 

Now what’s the one item in your closet that’s chic and ALWAYS fits?

Your sunnies

Here are a pair of my favorites from Christian Roth Sunglasses inspired by this vintage watch..

Photo Credit Christian Roth Eyewear
Photo Credit Christian Roth Eyewear