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With the weather finally starting to feel like Fall in Los Angeles, I’ve been inspired to fill my closet with rich hues, preppy silhouettes and bold accessories. Luckily, by visiting the SPRING app, I was able to shop for all of my fall fashion must haves in one place. With over 800 brands and collections for women, men, beauty and home, not to mention free shipping, your shopping experience will never be the same. Check out SPRING to shop these looks today!

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Fall Fashion Must Haves Under $100

Back to school means it’s officially fall. It’s sweater weather, indeed, time to pull out your scarves and boots for the cooler months ahead. While you still might be kickin’ it in your shorts and flip flops, there’s no better time to prep your autumn closet than at the top of the season. The best deals and biggest selection are available now. Rest assured, the following fashion must haves will take you to the head of the best dressed class, and they won’t break the bank. Who says you have to spend a ton of money to be stylish? Click here for more affordable fall fashion inspiration.

 

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I’m so happy to announce that Style Bites, the TV series I wrote, directed, produced and hosted, is airing daily on The Lifestyle Network! Check it out at 6am/12pm/6pm/12am PST on DirectTV, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Full episodes are also available on YouTube.

I was blessed with the opportunity to create my own show back in January and it’s been a whirlwind ever since! I haven’t had a chance to recap my wonderful experience as it’s been an extremely busy few months! So, I’d like to share a bit about my adventure with you now…

Style Bites is based on this blog, Your Gal Kara: Your Glam, Affordable and Luxurious Resource.

Watch Highlights from Season 1 of Style Bites here!

As you all know, I am a true fashionista! I love fashion magazines, watching (and walking in) runway shows and learning about new designers and collections. And like a true style savvy gal, I love a fashionable deal! After all, I’ve been working in the fashion industry since I was a teen; from modeling, styling and producing shows to creating PR campaigns for new and renowned brands, I’ve done it all!

Some of you may not know that I come from a family of restaurateurs. The Thai women in my family have been in the restaurant business since I can remember, and food has always been at the center of my life. I love to cook and experiment with new spices and recipes. And my biggest love in life is to travel and explore world cuisines! 

It seemed like a natural fit for me to create a show that combines my two loves, fashion and food! Style Bites grants exclusive access to the latest restaurants and hotspots, offers tips on how to achieve the latest trends and reveals coveted secrets from fashion and beauty insiders. "Style Bites is the ultimate bible on chic living," said Olivia de Jesus, Managing Director for ABS-CBN International North America.

Style Bites

Glam Guide breaks down the hottest fashion trends from the runway to the red carpet. Learn practical tips and discover affordable finds to help you live with flair. Featured guests include Halston Heritage, Liza Stewart Showroom, L.K. Bennett, IFBB Pro Gigi Amurao, Aerithe and Linea Pelle.

Designer Dish grants exclusive access to the industry’s top designers, exclusive events, fashion previews, and beauty hotspots. Indulge with an in-depth look at today’s most coveted style influencers. Featured guests include celebrity brow expert Kelley Baker, Traffic Women at the Beverly Center, butterflyzebra, Lou Razon, Calleen Cordero and Sew Down.

Style Bites also gives audiences a Taste of the Town, a premier table at must-try restaurants that guarantees to satisfy cravings for unique food finds and mind-blowing cuisine. Featured restaurants include supperclub LA, Crème Caramel LA, Crustacean Beverly Hills, White Rabbit Truck, Paiche and Cornell Winery.

And if just a taste is not enough, learn to Cook Like A Chef. Walk into the kitchens of renowned chefs and tastemakers as they share their most celebrated recipes that you can make at home. Featured chefs include Coreen Peralta of Tia Conchita Brands, Frankie Garcia of Local 1205, Nick Nishi of Hamakaze Sushi & Izakaya, Marius Blin of Esterel, Penpim Jittorn of Thailand Plaza and Carolos Tamazos and Lisa Crossman of Waterloo & City.

Check back here for behind the scenes photos from Style Bites season one, as well as full length videos of all 24 segments. I’d love to hear from you to see what you think of the show, so feel free to leave your comments below. And if you have a favorite designer, fashion tip or restaurant that you think I should feature in a future episode, let me know too!

Thanks to everyone for your love and support! xo

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Festival Fashion Must Haves 2014

Festival season is in full swing! With Coachella behind us, there’s a slew of amazing music events in the months ahead that require the right festival attire. No matter if you’re headed to the desert or the big city, or just want to look like you’re part of the in-crowd, proper festival style is a must. Channel your inner bohemian hipster with the following fashion essentials.

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Maxi Dresses, $19 & Up Lulus.com

To read more Festival Fashion Must Haves, click here.

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Fall 2013 Must Have Shoes

Fall is upon us fashionistas!  With some of the hottest shoes to hit the scene in years, Autumn 2013 will definitely be a supremely stylish season.  To get you excited about the cooler months ahead, here are some of the best, must have trends in fall footwear:

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Alice and Olivia, DSW $234.95

Hello Stilettos

Making an elegant return to the forefront of fashion are pointed toe, stiletto pumps!  These sexy heels are classic and sophisticated, great with everything from dresses to pants.  Add a little spice with dainty bows and embellishments, hardware and animal prints. 

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Steven by Steve Madden, Nordstrom $148.95;
Kurt Geiger London, Nordstrom $385.00

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Aldo $110

Wedge Booties

This season’s wedge booties are the perfect combination of style and comfort!  These must haves shoes run the gamut from casual chic suede to dressy leather with gold detailing.  Pair this look with cropped pants or skinny denim.

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Tory Burch, Nordstrom $395; Vince Camuto, Nordstrom $148.95

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DV by Dolce Vita, Nordstrom $98.95

Geometric Color

Make a bold statement this fall in colorful footwear with geometric inspiration!  Vibrant hues merge with neutral tones, a fresh way to add a pop of color to your ensemble.  Materials like suede, leather, and reptile combine for a dramatic, scene-stealing look.  This trend is so wearable, expect to see it in clothing, jewelry and accessories too!

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Sole Society $59.95; 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Nordstrom $295
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Rachel by Rachel Roy, DSW $129.95

Ankle Strap Art

This season’s sexiest heels and booties feature ankle straps that draw serious attention to your lower half!  Like artwork for your feet, heels are adorned with intricate straps, studs, zippers and buckles.  Whether you prefer thin or thick straps around your ankle, there’s something for everyone this fall!

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Sam Edelman, Nordstrom $174.95;
Enzo Angiolini, Nordstrom $119.95

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Diba, DSW $49.95

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What to Wear to a Class Reunion: eHow Style Video

Whether your 5th or 40th class reunion is coming up, figuring out what to wear can always be a daunting task.  The biggest mistake you can make when dressing for this occasion is selecting clothing that you’re not comfortable in.  The most important thing is to showcase your personality and style, and it doesn’t matter if it’s vastly different from your high school or college persona!  From casual to formal class reunions, select a few simple items to create an outfit that is comfy, stylish and chic, and not to mention, the best representation of you!  And remember, the best accessory is confidence – so stand tall and proud…and smile! 

Here are some sophisticated wardrobe choices for any class reunion:

1)  LBD:  You can’t go wrong with a little black dress!

2)  Knee length dress:  Solid colors and refined prints are best.  Opt for a style that fits and flatters your figure, such as a sheath or a-line skirt.

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3)  Slim pants:  Depending on how formal the event is, slim black pants or dark denim are great options that can be easily dressed up with a blouse, heels, and pretty jewelry. 

4)  Blazer:  Pair this classic piece with everything from a floral dress to pants and a silk tank.

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I recently shot a Style video for eHow.com, with a classic and fabulous option for a casual 40th class reunion.  Just because the invitation says casual doesn’t mean your look has to be frumpy!  Watch it by clicking here. 

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Good Dresses for Traveling: eHow Style Video

The summer travel season is officially upon us!  But before we head to distant lands for some much deserved R&R, we need to do a little prep work – the most important being to pack a well stocked and versatile wardrobe!

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Here are some tips to keep in mind when packing for your upcoming vacation:

1) Pack clothing and accessories that are versatile.  Jeans, nice shorts, skirts, and good fitting dresses (short or maxi) are great travel options that can be dressed up or down.  Solid color tanks, tees and blouses are also smart choices.

2) Create multiple outfits by mixing and matching your items.  For example, wear a dress with flat sandals for day and when night falls, swap them out for sexy heels and jewelry.

3) Select items that travel well, are breathable and don’t wrinkle easily.  Cottons, knits, poly-blends, and silk jersey are best.

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I recently shot a Style video for eHow.com, with some great tips on how to pick the best dresses for traveling.  Watch it by clicking here.

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