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Step by Step Fashion Illustration Tutorial With Famed Fashion Illustrator Alfredo Cabrera – How To Draw Beautiful Fashion Sketches

Posted in Art & Music, Fashion with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Hello Fashionistas! We’re very lucky today to have the famed Fashion Illustrator Alfredo Cabrera as our contributing editor to show us how to sketch up a beautiful fashion illustrations!  He is a seasoned fashion designer whom had designed for Geoffrey Beene, Polo Ralph Lauren, Victor Alfaro also had lend his talented fashion illustration skills to ad campaigns & window displays to Henri Bendel, Missoni, Gianfranco Ferre, Tommy Hilfiger, Hollister and many more famous fashion houses.  Today, he gave us a step by step tutorial how to draw a beautiful fashion illustration! so now get your pencils and color markers ready!

A good friend suggested that a “How To” post on drawing M & B would be of interest. The task: Babes sporting one of Marni’s sweet little cocoon suits for fall. I’ll try to go step-by-step.

Step 1: Consider the silhouette and what pose will show it best. In this case, hands in the pockets will emphasize the cocoon shape and knees together will keep the slim skirt slim. Map out the gesture. Be sure she’s standing firmly on the plumb line.

Step 2: You aren’t technically “drawing” yet, so you don’t want to use contour and fashion sketches should be editorial, so SIMPLIFY; block out the masses of the figure with geometric shapes.

(Tip: Once you have a well proportioned figure who’s standing you can create dozens more by simply changing the placement of the arms and leg that isn’t carrying weight. Flip these figures on a Xerox machine and you double the number.)

Step 3: Dress the figure. After you’ve drawn a zillion of these you can skip step 2 and just start blocking clothing shapes on the skeleton. Be mindful of proportion: Where does the jacket hem hit? How many skirt lengths fit into a jacket length? Don’t be afraid to exaggerate a little to get at the “essence” of the look.

Step 4: Using your penciled shapes as a guide, block out the skin, hair and clothing shapes in color. Don’t just “fill in” what you’ve sketched but try to build the masses with color. It’s ok to go outside the lines or not fill them in to the edge.

Step 5: Build shadows and start adding texture in color. Don’t draw in ribs or cables or other texture in pencil, but in color- it’s closer to visual truth.

Step 6: Render the tweed. This beautiful Marni suit is in a great saffron and black, nubby tweed. We’ve already laid down the yellow base color and shadows, now we’ll go in with the side of a black Prisma pencil. My trick is to use a textured surface (shown peeking from beneath the sketch) to get the slubby look.

Step 7: This is the point to create darker shadows, punch up texture and add prints or patterns- BEFORE going in with a highlights and holding line. I used a white gel pen for the pattern on the sweater and a darker brown marker to add dimension to the sunglasses and block out the shoes.

Step 8: Believe it or not, this is where the actual drawing comes in. Some artists like a soft look and may use a soft pencil for a sensitive thick & thin contour line. I like a more graphic look and uses ball point and felt tip pens to get variety of line. Don’t outline everything; you may even want to leave some areas undrawn. (Baby’s hair never has more than a few curls drawn in.)

Finally, add highlights with a white Prisma pencil and a white-out pen, which you can also use to clean up bleeding edges and mistakes. Voila! You now know more about Babes than you have any right to.

XOXO Alfredo Cabrera

Ok everyone! isn’t this tutorial fabulous & easy to follow? Remember, practice makes it perfect! So don’t get discourage when your first couple sketches doesn’t look as good as Alfredo’s ( well to my opinion, not many people can sketch as good as Alfredo! His sketches are just one of the kind fabulous!). So whenever you have time, sketch away! Let your creative mind go wild and develop your own style of fashion illustration!

If you are interested to see more of Alfredo’s fabulous artworks, don’t forget to visit his official blog “Mamie N Baby” ! Click on the link here to visit

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug 🙂

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2010 Bags – Photos & Price Lookbook

Posted in Balenciaga, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , on March 27, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

We all love Balenciaga’s fabulous bags! Thanks to our friends at Balenciaga, we just got the latest photos & prices for their new spring 2010 bags!

Balenciaga Classic City Bag Linen Stripes Green $1395
Available @
Balenciaga Classic City Bag Linen Stripes Yellow $1395
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Balenciaga Classic City Bag Linen Stripes Brown $1395
Available @ Bergdorf Goodman
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Balenciaga spring 2010 Classic Straw Beach Bag $945
Balenciaga spring 2010 Extra Large Sunday Tote Bag $1395
Available @
Balenciaga spring 2010 Large Sunday Tote Bag $1345
Available @
Balenciaga spring 2010 Transformer Leather Bag $1395
Available @
Balenciaga spring 2010 Transformer Linen Stripes Bag $1395
Available @

so which one is your favorite? I want all of them! haha. Until next time, be well and look fabulous!



Alan +  Mei-Mei the pug

The Fabulous House of Versace & Donatella Versace Exclusive Interview by Colin McDowell

Posted in Fashion, Versace with tags , , , , on March 26, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved anything that’s in bright vivid colors and growing up in the 80s and 90s, when “More is more” very much the mantra in the fashion scene and glammed-up supermodels reigned supreme, of course Gianni Versace was one of the designer who inspired me to perused fashion design as an carrier.

I am sure all of the fashonistas remembered the super talented designer Gianni Versace! Whom dominated the late 80s and early 90s fashion world by storm with his vibrant, colorful & daring designs that has set himself apart from the rest of the designer & lured us into his fashion fantasy world till he was tragically allegedly killed by his casual encounter Andrew Cunanan.

After Gianni’s death, his sister Donatella Versace had shown strong courage to take over this fashion empire and continued his late brother’s legacy and successfully brought the company to a higher level of glamour & style that we all love today!

Versace 2010 Spring-Summer

Donatella Versace (born May 2, 1955) is an Italian fashion designer, as was her brother, the late Gianni Versace, the founder of the Versace clothing brand. Her current title is Vice-President of the Versace Group and Chief Designer of the fashion line. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent. Donatella’s daughter Allegra Versace inherited 50% of the company stock after Gianni Versace died.

Allegra Versace (Left) & Donatella Versace (Right)

Versace was one of the fashion house that’s responsible for the early 90s “Supermodels” phenomenon! & paid each supermodels $10,000 per show, back in the days that’s a record high price for a 30 minutes show!

Gianni Versace 1992 Ad Campaigns
Versace 1997 Ad Campaign Featured Rock Singer Bon Jovi
This plunging deep V-Neck Versace dress skyrocketed Jennifer Lopez‘s career & capture the world’s attention! OMG! can this dress be anymore FABULOUS?

Here is an exclusive video of Donatella Versace, interviewed by Colin McDowell for Click on the video below to see

Donatella, thank you for carrying on your late brother “Gianni” work and his company so we can continue to enjoy and admire Versace’s fabulous creations season after season! And YOU GO GIRL! Donatella! It’s not easy to be on the 24/7 non-stop Glamazon!

Here is a video to walk down the memory lane of Versace’s 1992 fashion show features ALL the top supermodels …. Ah the golden era of fashion show the early 90s !

To see more of the fabulous VERSACE collections, please click here to visit their official website

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Get The Rocker Girl Chic This Spring With Givenchy Melancholia Studded Shoulder Bag

Posted in Givenchy, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug
I am so excited the bag I’ve been on the wait list for couple month has finally arrived!! (I feel like a kid opening the christmas presents haha) The Givenchy Melancholia bag with brass spikes strap. Givenchy updated this bag with rocker girl chic for their fans this spring & summer 2010!

This bag is has the perfect look & functionality to be carry during the day and when the sun sets, it’s also a perfect bag to carry for the night out! The bag is made of super soft matte finished leather with a subtle Givenchy Logo at the bottom & contrasted with this super edgy, downtown rocker look “Spiked” shoulder strap makes this bag stands out of the crowd!

I love it that you can wear it as a shoulder bag or carry it as a oversized clutch and let the spiked strap hangs at the front. The roomy bag measures 8.5″ H x 11.25″ W x 2″ D that can fit all your stuff in perfectly!

There are so many elements to admire here! It is a must-have for all fashionistas to add it into your wardrobe! The bag is available at

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Front Row View of Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2010 Collection, Fabulous!

Posted in Dries van noten, Fashion with tags , , , on March 24, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

With the tempature still rather cool & chilly in most the cities in the U.S.A & Europe, watching the new Fall & Winter 2010 collection just taken place last month was a treat! all the beautiful coats, jackets and sweaters wants me want to buy them all! (I can’t possibly wait 6 more months till they show up in the store! haha). Dries Van Noten’s fall winter 2010 collection feels just right for these cold weathers still hoovering over us. Here is a front row view of the Dries Van Noten’s beautiful collection!

The collection was a serene piecing-together of classic menswear tailoring, washed-out military fabric, fifties & sixties lady like shape and sweatshirting. What makes it’s cool is that all the pieces are such a simple, in a very wearable way that none of the pieces screams “FASHION!!” and the subtle details and “feel” of each pieces that mix the uptown girl look with a street feeling. Not sure how to explain it, but that shows the genius of Dries Van Noten!

Click on the video player below to see his fall-winter 2010 collection

To see more of his collection, please visit his official website:
Dries Van Noten or click on the photo below
Until next time, be well and look fabulous !
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Utterly Fabulous Artistic Short Fashion Film “Portent” by Nick Knight & SHOWstudio

Posted in Art & Music, Fashion with tags , , , on March 23, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’ve been a big fan of this super talented photographer Nick Knight! his unique vision as captured many unforgettable images for many famous fashion houses such as Dior, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, YSL to magazines like Vogue, V-Magazines….etc. His vision doesn’t just stop at taking utterly beautiful photos, now he has also taking his visions into short films! It is truly a “Moving Art” !

Naomi Campbell for V Magazine in 2007
Devon Aoki for Alexander McQueen, Visionaire, 1997
A photo shoot for “Fashion Fight Against Racism”

Here is one of the “Fashion Film” I am just in love with! A unique collaboration from a wealth of fashion creatives, “Portent” is a sensual, delicate and poetic exploration of romantic Classicism almost a little Gothic through the male and female form. This, Nick Knight’s latest fashion film, was specifically created to celebrate the introduction of women’s collections to, the online ‘department store’ launched by YOOX Group. Released in tandem with the collections’ appearance online, the film showcases an allegorical love-story expressed through Autumn/Winter 2009-10 fashion from a raft of the world’s finest designers, including Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens and Viktor & Rolf. Here are some of the images from this fabulous film.

Ocourse those beautiful screen shot can’t do justice of how beautiful this film is, click on the video player below to view this utterly fabulous fashion shor film “Portent”


To see more of his work, click here to visit his official website @ Nick

Untill next time, be well & look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Jazz Up your Look with Fabulous Jewels for Your Shoe & Anklet For Spring Summer 2010

Posted in Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Hello everyone, I would like to introduce to you our contributing editor Michele Gramesty who is an amazing jewelry designer and a fashion insider at New York City. She had lend her design talent to various of famous design houses such as Halston, Ralph Lauren, Carolee Jewelry….. just to name a few! Today she would like to share with how you can dress up your shoes with a touch of sparkle & update your look!

I have been quite intrigued by the Prada plastic shoe with jewels since they strutted down the spring 2010 runway show, having said that I would never wear plastic shoes..

This Prada collection of shoes served as great inspiration for more shoe jewelry, ankle adornment and chic shackles designed by Mish.

If you are interested in ordering a custom pair of Swarovski crystal shoe jewelry email me at our store should be up and running very shortly so please stay tuned.

(Chanel platform wedge sandal, Michele Gramesty Swarovski crystal ankle jewelry)

xoxo Mish

Don’t forget to check out her fabulous blog for her newest report on “Aspen Fashon Week 2010” that was just taken place last week! Click here to visit her blog @ The Mish Dish

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Street Tough Look & Biker Girl Chic with CHANEL’s Temporary Tattoos – Les Trompe-L’Oeil De Chanel

Posted in Chanel, Fashion, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , on March 22, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

OMG you guys! CHANEL’s temporary tattoo has finally available for purchase on !! These temporary tattoos are named “LES TROMPE-L’OEIL DE CHANEL” it is only $78 USD, small price for super fabulous looks! It’s such a bargan! can you imagine going to the club with a gorgeous CHANEL tattoo on your leg or arm? Can I say, FABULOUS!! Of course this is not just for girls, guys can wear these awesome tattoos, too!

It features the iconic interlocking CC CHANEL logos, strands of pearls and the metal chains, a bird motif seems like a swallow.

I am going to buy couple sets of these fabulous CHANEL tattoos after I finish this blog posting! If you wanna get one, do it fast, as I heard it’s practically flying out of the stores as we speak! You can get your very own CHANEL temporary tattoos by click here to get it! Available @

Click on the video player below to see CHANEL spring summer 2010 collection

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

My Favorite Spa & SkinCare – Amore Pacific – Futuristic Skin Care Inspired From 5 Eastern Traditional Elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire & Wood

Posted in Amore Pacific, Beauty & Health, Fabulous Locations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since 2007, I’ve been a big fan of their spa in downtown SOHO area in NYC. I usually go have a facial or massage once a month when I used to live in NYC, now I am in California, I still make sure to visit their Beauty Gallery in Soho whenever I am visiting New Yor. What makes Amore Pacific so special is when you walked into the door, they will seat you down & offer you a cup of special blend of green tea before your appointment.

Then a thorough “Elemental Energy Analysis” inspired from five different Eastern traditional elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire and Wood will be performed by an aesthetician to determine which one of the five elements will best suit each client’s inner needs! I love it that they are really not just giving you a moisturizers and gives you a massage and send you home, instead it really follows the ancient Eastern philosophy of “Balancing the elements within” and by doing it will result a better well being & of course better skin.

Not just their products are amazing; the design of their spa is just wonderful! It mirrors the company philosophy of organic ingredients used to create its products. Within the architecture, the elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire are represented in either a literal or in a symbolic form. The atmosphere of the soothing warm light emanates from indirect sources behind the mirror and adjacent walls.

The signature ingredients are three Asian botanicals: Pure homegrown Korean green tea, bamboo and the precious & the amazing Red Ginseng. The green tea is specially grown for the company in farmland located at the foot of Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island, an dormant volcano that has 1846 SQKM surface and located 130 KM from the southern coast of Korea.

It is there that fresh water & volcanic soils lie and the climate is ideal for the growth of the tea. Also the slow growing Red Ginseng they use are at least 6 years old plant that provides the most potent essence benefit to the skin. The elements in the products reach the deepest layer of the skin and are intended to help increase the rate at which your cells reproduce themselves.

Here are the secret ingredients that make Amore Pacific skin care stands out from others!

Bamboo is the most resilient plant on the planet and is often revered for its unique quality of incredible strength and utmost flexibility. Referred to in Asian culture as “Divine Water,” bamboo sap has been prescribed for centuries for purification, well-being, and longevity. It is carefully collected over 12 hours only in the peak months of May and June. Originating from a plant of amazing vitality and resiliency, bamboo sap is used in every AmorePacific product to strengthen the skin’s self defense. Benefits from this exclusive, patented, ingredient include:

* Increases radiance and vitality; hydrates and nourishes the skin

* Delivers vital minerals and amino acids to recreate a healthy environment for the skin

* Strengthens skin’s self defense against the environment, ultimately promoting age-resistant, resilient skin

Used exclusively throughout the entire AmorePacific skincare line, Korean red ginseng has extraordinary healing powers and has been used as a medicinal “cure-all” for hundreds of years, including promoting overall well-being. Having a positive impact on the entire body, this mineral-rich botanical nourishes the skin, helps ensure balance and strength, and provides important antioxidant benefits, making it an ideal ingredient for age-fighting skin care. The most powerful and highest quality ginseng in the world, Korean red ginseng (harvested after six years of growth) is used throughout the entire AmorePacific Skincare line. Benefits from this potent plant include:

* Improves radiance and vitality; rejuvenates skin energy

* Provides antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Minimizes lines and wrinkles

* Enhances benefits from all active botanicals

Over three decades ago, AmorePacific was the first to utilize green tea extract from its own green tea gardens into a skincare formulation. The AmorePacific green tea plantation is located in the Pacific Eden of Jeju Island, nestled at the foot of Mount Halla, where pristine fields and mineral-rich volcanic soil form a perfect microclimate for green tea cultivation. There, it’s nurtured in an environment unmatched anywhere in the world. The only cosmetic company to cultivate and hand pick its own green tea, AmorePacific has unlocked the secret to skin longevity and wellness, utilizing every vital component of the green tea plant—including the leaf, stem, flower, and seed. Each vital part of the plant is harvested at peak times, ensuring the purest nutrients and antioxidant properties are used in all their formulations, delivering unprecedented benefits to the skin including:

* Antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Vital nutrients to promote a healthy environment for the skin

* Continuous deep hydration to combat dehydration, fine lines, and wrinkles

If you like to make purchase some of these amazing products, it’s available at or and

To find out more info about this amazing skin care collection, click here or the photo below to visit their official website

Remember, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! and the true beauty having a balence mind, body & soul!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Get Stoked With California Style! Surfer, Bohemian, Skater Girl Chic

Posted in Beauty & Health, Diane Von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Shu Uemura with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok, I am officially sick & tired of the cold weather & so glad the Spring has officially arrived & temperature has finally warms up! After organizing & put way all my cashmere sweaters into the storage, I change into my short sleeves Quiksilver Tees and hibiscus floral board shorts and headed to an outdoor café to enjoy the sun. To our readers who is not living in the sunny California but dreamed about soaking up the sun on the beach, enjoy the warm salty breeze & cruising with the top down going shopping while celebrities sighting on your next vacation to Southern California, here are some “California Looks” you can try it out at whatever city or country you are at now & looking Chic in “California Style” !

First, remember, California girls dress all different ways! From Bohemian Goddess to Surfer girl and the skater girl looks. Don’t assume we all look like the girls from the reality show “The Hills” or “Laguna Beach” on MTV! The most important thing to remember is being unique and show off your individuality! But typically the “California style” is a more laid-back and casual look. Here are some of the looks I think its super cute!

The Surfer Girl
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Waist Tricolor Pants
(Available @
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Skirt Tank Dress
(Available @
Proenza Schouler – Sequined & Feathered Silk Mini Dress
(Available @
Diane Von Furstenberg Paulita Ruffled Mini Skirt
(Available @
Alexander McQueen V-Neck Ocean Wave Sweater Dress
(Available @
Alexander McQueen Biker Faithful Satchel
(Available @

Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi Charms Sandle
(Available @ Bergdorf
Dont forget to add some of the “Sun-Kissed” look on your face, so your skin will have this healthy glow just like the surfer girl hang out at the beach!!
Chanel Make-up Les Impressions Collection
(Available @
The Bohemian Goddess
Helmut Lang Italian Linen Slouchy Sweater
(Available @
Diane Von Furstenberg Beach Tabalah Kaftan
(Available @
Chloe Multi Strap Leather & Canvas Sandls
(Available @
Prada Mistolino Swarovski Crystal Tote
(Available @ Bergdorf
Don’t forget to add a touch of color on your cheeks and lips but keep it natural and light !
Clinique Juiced-Up Colour Collection
(Available @
The Skater Girl
Ann Demeulemeester Leather Vest & Zipper Wrap
(Available @
Burberry Knotted Epaulette Jacket & Loop-Knot Skirt
(Available @
Givenchy Melancholia Bag
(Available @
Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Ring
(Available @
Fendi Logo Leather Cuff Bracelete
(Available @
To finish off that “Edgy” & “Stree Tough” look skater girls has, go bold with your eyeliners! make it dark and smoky! Black color nail polish & natural color lips
Shu Uemura Egerie Make-Up Collection
(Available @

Ok! after all these fabulous ideas showing you how to achieve that “California Look”, now! go to your closet dig up some of your already own pieces & go out to shop for some new stuff to create your own unique style to let out your “Inner California Girl” this summer !

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug