“Clothes should not define a person. It should accentuate their personality.”
– Mary SukiasyanBold. Chic. Geometric. Philosophical. Enriching.
These are only a few words that describe Shabeeg, a fashion brand founded by Mary Sukiasyan.The story behind this fashion line lies deep within Armenian culture.I had the honor to attend an exclusive viewing of Shabeeg at the LA Fashion District, and I spoke with the brand’s designer and founder.This Armenian female designer is making headlines. Mary is passionate about her culture as each clothing garment is left with an imprint of rich Armenian history. She not only spreads awareness about her culture, but she also empowers others with making their own fashion choices. It is more than just clothing. Each piece brings forth enriching stories and history that speaks across generations. Wearing Shabeeg appeals across genders and ages.This vision of wearing something beyond a fashion statement is something Mary wants others to take with them as they wear Shabeeg apparel.It was a pleasure meeting with Mary. She is such a light, demonstrating love and empowerment from within and taking it outward for all to behold. Thank you for sharing your vision and beautiful Armenian culture.
*Top pics taken from official Shabeeg sites*
Hey there, LALA here,
Just going over some feels about graduation. I wasn’t in the mood for the stereotypical grad photos everyone tends to do. Truth is I couldn’t hire anyone, and I did the shoot all on my own. I was not in the mood to drive to school, set up, and pray for it to all go well. I did a quick set up at the castle.
Here are a few features of that day. The lighting worked, despite it being a cloudy moody day. I tried on my favorite style: lace & a mask for fun! Just call me your little prop lady! My house is filled with masks. I may show it sometime if you’re down for it!
After watching a documentary on fast fashion, I am trying to be more mindful of where my clothes come from. The problem is… it is so expensive to get sustainable fashion! I can see why I did not think about this for a while. It will take time to transition to that great length, but I am beginning to open myself to the possibilities of creative ways to wear less fast fashion.
One thing I can think of is maybe thrift shopping to find vintage clothing, as fast fashion boomed a lot in the 1990s. It would be great to get staple pieces from the past; But for now, I decided to try for one month Rent the Runway, Unlimited subscription. I got a one month subscription due to it being discounted.
My first 4 items are below via YouTube, followed by how easy it was to pack it back up and send to a nearby UPS store. I think at the end of the month I will let you know the pros and cons to Rent the Runway.
Which item did you like the most?
Would you try it?
Comment below, check out some shots from the photoshoot, and I’ll see you on the gram.
~ xoxo LaLa aka LaTianna
Hey all you lovely people!
New Video on the youtube about how to style a one-piece swim suit!!
I’m super excited with this one. Which look spoke to you the most?
Hey Beauties and Beaus,
I loved going to Thailand!!! Asian culture is what I grew up with (I watched sailor moor religiously and still do!). Even my Japanese co-worker says I have some of their mannerisms (smiling when nervous).
I wanted to show you what I wore when going into mental health facilities and going sightseeing with my class. This outfit is styled by Forever 21! We needed to wear all black because their King passed away and they were in mourning. This was to show honor and respect. With any fashion style, you have to add a touch of your personality, despite the restrictions you may have in dress code. Fortunately all black makes all of us feel good and look good! My outfit was comfortable to wear throughout the entire day! Check it out. Is it a winner?
Thailand is a great place to obtain a wide range of photo ops. I went to Thailand in 2017 for a study abroad class, and I stayed with my classmates in Bangkok. We had our own personal guide: Dr. Paul and his wife Dr. Nop. Within a few days, we saw so many things on top of going to mental health facilities (click here to see that blog post). I think it’s important to know someone in the country you’re traveling to, because you will get the most out of your stay! Here are some highlights I recommend for food, photo ops and sightseeing per Dr’s orders 🙂 . Let me know which place you like best from the photos below!
1) The Grand Palace
2) MBK (Mah Boon Krong) Mall
3) Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (วัดใหญ่ชัยมงคล)
4) Maharaj Ferry Terminal Stop to the Grand Palace
Stickhouse Tha Maharaj
Kukunut (Shakes & Ice Cream)
5) Taling Chan Floating Market
6) Hello Kitty Store
7) Bangkok’s 360 Revolving Roof Deck
9) Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
10) Ban Mai Chay Nam Resort and Restaurant
“I don’t follow trends or try to compete with anyone. Everything I do stems from following my passion and my love for design.” -Guo Pei, interview with Forbes Magazine
Welcome to the world of Guo Pei. She’s made fashion waves across the globe with her haute couture creations. The details found on one gown can take a team several months, and even years to complete. Her inspiration stems from the world around her. From catholic churches, to her own Chinese heritage, Guo makes fashion its own genre of art. You may have seen her Masterpieces at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” show and on Rihanna herself.
Think of her work as one-of-a-kind, like the process it takes to proclaim sparkling wine can be named Champagne. Champagne is called ‘sparkling wine’ everywhere else around the world, except for Champagne, France. It has to be produced there to a certain standard to hold this title. Guo’s work is considered, in a sense, the ‘champagne of fashion.’ The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris'( the chief governing body of the high-fashion industry) invited her into the group as a guest member. She meets the criteria to proclaim her work as Haute Couture and has a house in Paris where she showcases her work. Within the organization’s 151st-year history, Guo is the first born-and-raised Asian designer to receive such an honor in the organization’s 147-year history.
I got to see her work at the Bower’s Museum this past weekend, and she wanted every single spectator to know that her gowns are “Art.” Her creations reveal a rich history and love for her culture. She makes outfits for individuals in business realm, royalty, government, weddings, entertainers, and many more. She has ready-to-go wear that draws in anyone who wants to be seen. The word ‘innovative’ does not give her artwork justice. Her clothing pieces are out of this world! She is leading the next generation of craftsmanship. The details of her embroidery takes time and precision.
Guo inspires a lifestyle in fashion that requires us to show up and show out for our own cultural heritage and traditions. She also inspires us to find beauty within everything we see. When starting out, she was encouraged to “make things that sell” rather than creating couture gowns. She is very appreciative of her beginnings as a designer, especially because she was the first class to graduate from China’s first-ever fashion design school, the Beijing Second Light Industry School. She graduated during a time of growing economic openness under the post-Mao reforms implemented by Deng Xiaoping in the late 80s. With her previous employers, she learned the habit of producing 1,000 designs a year, and she continues this work flow today in her business.
Her work reminds me to always give honor to my own culture as well as for other cultures. She inspires me to wear clothing loud and proud, with no trails of shame. She helps me to see we should never stretch for the fame- just do what you love and you will be called in front of kings to display your talents. She knew she wanted to get into designing as she began sowing at the age of 2 years old. I was very ecstatic to see her gifting on display in the Bowers Museum. Each action she took was a step towards her ultimate dream. She now employs thousands of workers, some assigned as embroiderers, designers, pattern cutters and sewing technicians. Guo’s team of artisans are chosen from all over the country and she trains them in the traditional way of Chinese needlework, among other skills. She says that this tradition almost died during the communist era. Her team produces 3,000 to 4,000 couture items annually! She says she treats her staff as family, a value that proves to be promising and loving. I am inspired by her entrepreneurship. She never sells her gowns as she considers them masterpieces. She receives finances in other creative ways, making her a leader in the fashion industry. This Queen of Haute Couture has created a beautiful dynasty- a fashion kingdom China finds inspiring. I recommend for you to go and see Guo Pei’s work at the Bower’s Museum before it’s too late! She also has a documentary called, “Yellow is Forbidden.”
“About Guo Pei” – Guo Pei website, www.GuoPei.fr
Well, I have been officially 34 for a week now, and I feel not as much changed. All I can think about was the last 10 years of my life and the amazing things that have surfaced to lead me in this direction of blogging, fashion, and theatre arts. From working as a nanny and a private investigator (this will take another post to describe lol), to going back to graduate school and processing a lot of pain and trauma, I feel as if things are moving forward.
Becoming a participator truly is better than being a spectator!
I just wanted to share my birthday plans: Shopping at Miss Lola and Having a dinner at the beautiful Thai District Restaurant in Downtown Long Beach, California. My friends came from so many places, I truly felt loved for my birthday. Keeping it simple was the key to this success. I tend to get anxiety to plan things, because I want to make sure everyone can get there, and I would try to please other people’s thoughts and plans. This is why I am thirty- forwarding! No more past patterns to hold me down. I am keeping my royal mindset. I’ve come a long way, and I look forward to the new manifesting in my life.
Enjoy the photos and my youtube video on my birthday (Subscribe on my youtube site and comment).
Hey friends! It’s me LaTi, sharing 4 different fashion ideas to wear in this transition from winter to spring.
I’m cleaning out my closet and decided to share some ideas, which one do you like the most ?
1) Long flowy dress and light jean jacket (@Forever21), Jean heels(can’t remember where I got these )
2) White tube top (@winsor, green cargo pants (@AmazonFashion), and jacket (South Korea trip)
3) Pearl bustier and mint green pant(@AmazonFashion), white boots @charlotterusse, light kimono cardigan (Ross)
4) Yellow dress (Forever 21), & over the knee boots (@mydsw)
Exciting news once more!!
The founder of PsychoSocial, a media & mental health company, reached out to me to inquire about Fashion Therapy. I also did an exclusive photoshoot in one of my couture pieces. Check out the interview here. I discuss how I use theatre and fashion for mental health and wellness. You will learn more about my personal and professional experiences in this creative art field.
Let me know what you think beauties and beaus.