Sunday, September 30, 2012

Who Is Charlotte Olympia?

A fan of the Charlotte Olympia shoe brand? Me too! These are my newest CO obsession...

Yes...I realize they're sandals and we are moving into fall but these are too fab to ignore!

I've blogged Charlotte Olympia shoes a number of times but never knew who the woman behind the brand was. So, I decided to do a little research and here she is!

She's half English, half Brazilian and 100% GORG...just like the shoes she designs. The 30 year old beauty comes from a prestigious family of real estate developers and of course, her mom was a famous brazilian 70's model.

It's always good to put a face along with a brand, especially one you love and when it comes to shoes, Charlotte Olympia creates some of the most creative and unique yet wearable styles. Wouldn't you agree?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Emmy Awards - 2012

Awards season is off to an awesome start! The red carpet fashion at the Emmy Awards this year was absolutely lovely.

Although I noticed a trend of yellow gowns, I can't say I was a huge fan of any of them...sorry. However, here's what I absolutely AM a fan of:

My #1 pick... Giuliana Rancic in Marchesa. Honey you did that! Period.

#2 Sophia Vergara. She killed it in this green sequined Zuhair Murad gown and she was my number one for the 2011 Emmys so I knew she would make top 3 again! As you will see going forward, the ladies in form fitted dresses really struck me this year. (Photo Credit:

#3 Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier. The color and cut flatters her body perfectly! Great choice Heidi!

#4 Lucy Liu in Versace. I love all things sparkly and this dress gives me "girly warrior". I haven't seen her in the "Best Dressed" line up on many other web sites but hey, that's why this one is called "StyleMayvin". I think you rocked it Lucy!

#5 Zooey Deschanel in this very princess-esque Reem Acra gown. I was fortunate enough to attend the Reem Acra SS13 Fashion Show which was beyond chic so it was great to see his work on the red carpet.

#6 Sarah Hyland in Marchsa. This is just sweet! Her hair, makeup and accessories looked perfect and to think, she co-designed this dress! (Photo Credit:

#7 Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood. This dress looks completely stunning on Ms. Tina. Here's that form-fitted look again! You betta do it chica!

#8 January Jones wearing Zac Posen. Now, I really liked this dress but I couldn't see it in the top three. Many others have placed it as a number one or two pick and while she looks gorg, there were a few others who ranked higher in my book. Still loved it tremendously though January. :)

Who wore your favorite look of the evening?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Versace - SS13

Why or why am I not in Milan for Fashion Week??? Arg! Well, thank goodness for the Internet! Here are my most favorite looks from Versace.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gourmet Footwear

Normally when the FedEx guy shows up at my door there's no question that the package is addressed to T.Strong StyleMayvin however today proved to be different. In fact, I'm starting to think that I've created a whole crew of mini shopping monsters.

Today's package came from what was a new brand for me, Gourmet, apparently a well known brand to my 18 year old son and his friends. Here's his most recent purchase.

I went to the Gourmet website and instantly fell in love with The 21 LX and Quadici LX.

I love both of these styles because camouflage is one of my favorite goes way beyond "trend" for me. I wonder how my son would feel if I got a pair for myself?

Fall is definitely upon us and I'm 100% sure I could style either of these shoes for a woman, with my own personal wardrobe in such a way, making it look as chic as a stiletto. Hmmm...I feel a change coming on! How about it Gourmet?

Miu Miu...What a Shoe!

I'm always fashion playing around on Lyst but when I came across these...I couldn't resist sharing these beauties with my SM readers. Come on now...tell me you love me.

Just look at these Miu Miu Studded Suede Ankle Boots! Could you die? I did...came back and died again! These are simply beyond words. Take it in shoe lovers...take it in!

Style Scout

If you're a smart phone user like me, you have more than a few apps on your phone but during my travels over the past month between the Team StyleMayvin "Road to the DNC" and the fun of New York Fashion Week, one app that was beyond helpful for me was Scout by Telenav.

It was literally, my "personal daily navigator" but because I couldn't always take a photo of my actual phone while navigating around the concrete jungle, I pulled a few from my fellow journalists online like this one (below) to give you an idea of how fabulously Scout looks...and it really works too!

Fashions Night Out is definitely a time when a Manhattan navigation system would certainly come in handy what with all the shopping and hopping from store to store so I put it to the test.

Scout proved itself to be a "must-have" for this season and beyond because coupled with one day of FNO events and the never ending list of fashion shows and parties I was expected to attend during fashion week, I want to be the first to explain to you how handy this system really is!
Traveling from NJ to NY every day for 8 days could have made for a miserable fashion week between the traffic getting into the city on the days I decided to drove... but on those days, Scout was great at using audio and visual traffic alerts to redirect me including rerouting if I missed a turn or had to take a detour. Ever want to know how to avoid speeding traps or want to be notified of red-light cameras when the last thing you wanted to do is be "fashionably late"? Scout's got you covered! And if you're more of a rule abiding driver (which I totally advocate by the way...) Scout already knows posted speed limits and gives you your current speed limit with an indicator to show if you are speeding. Isn't that awesome? Plus it's a must have on the back roads of I85...believe me, I know!

Back in the fashion capital, Scout made finding the best and closest places to meet my friends and colleagues for a quick bite to eat or a cocktail before the next fashion stop, super easy with a very comprehensive list of things to do, places to eat or drink...all right there at my fingertips.

Then, for the times that I spent on the subway train going from venue to venue, Scout made those experiences bearable and if you know anything about the NY subway system, you know what a challenge that can be. Ever loose your connection while riding the train? Sure you have! Scout came up with a great answer to that issue...Offline GPS! This feature allows you to use the map and directions even while you don't have cell service! All you have to do is download the map to your phone before hand and you can totally spend your time in transit figuring out your next move instead of having to stand aimlessly, in the way of other commuters on the street after coming up from the station thinking about which way to go. Yeah...I used to be that girl but with this app, I made it safely to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center successfully everyday, without fail. Thanks for saving me Scout!

For more on the Offline Nav feature check out the press release below. And if you want to download the iPhone app click HERE or the Android App HERE! Don't forget to follow Scout on twitter too "@Scout".

***Press Release***
Telenav Adds Offline GPS Navigation to Scout for iPhone
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Aug 14, 2012 - Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), the leader in personalized navigation, published today an update to Scout™ in the Apple® App Store, to include Always There Navigation, downloadable offline navigation that provides GPS navigation service at all times, regardless of whether or not drivers are in wireless coverage. Scout also now comes with free speech recognition, allowing users to conduct hands-free local business and address searches with voice commands.
"When you are driving in an unfamiliar area, the last thing you want to worry about is losing
your GPS navigation if you drive out of wireless coverage and take a wrong turn. With our latest version, we are ensuring that this will no longer be a concern for our users," said Ryan Drake, Scout product manager at Telenav. "Scout will guide you anywhere, anytime – with or without wireless coverage."
Offline Navigation
Scout's Always There Navigation is now available for download by U.S. region – Western, Central or Eastern. With a simple download, Scout's voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation service is now accessible with or without wireless coverage. Customers always have the option of downloading different regions at any time to ensure they will have GPS navigation if they are
"We originally launched offline navigation last year as part of the AT&T Navigator iPhone app," continued Drake. "It's been a popular feature that we are now very happy to offer to our Scout iPhone customers."
Speech Recognition
With the addition of speech recognition, Scout makes it safer, faster and simpler to search for nearby destinations. With the touch of one button, a user can activate voice commands and hands-free search and begin speaking to Scout immediately with any command, such as "Find Starbucks" or "Drive Home." Based on each voice query, Scout will either find nearby results or create the best route summaries based on traffic and current location.
Download Scout Today

Road To The DNC With Toyota

The Democratic National Convention was a huge deal for the residents and business owners in Charlotte, NC as well as for the visitors and politicians so of course, with this being one of the biggest parties of the was an event the StyleMayvin team wouldn't dare miss!
Our friends at Toyota made the trip possible with a stylish red, yes...I said red, 2013 Camry. We realize that red is the color which represents the Republican party and we were coincidentally traveling to a convention for the Democratic party however, we - A. Love the color red, especially on the 2013 Camry,

...because it reminded us of the FW12 McQ Alexander McQueen, red wood double breasted jacket we fell in love with while shopping on Net-a-Porter last month.

B. When sharing any political information (and this is a first for SM), we wanted to be as open and fair as possible considering we would be covering overall political "party" style!
...and C. Red, white and blue really are very fashionably complimentary colors! Wouldn't you agree?

So, before the journey begins, there were a few things to consider. Most importantly, "what to wear?" because this ride certainly isn't your Mom's Camry! It was time to step it up just like the Camry's designers did and The First Lady, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were the perfect examples.

Once the packing was done and it was time to hit the road, we decided to use a combination of Camry's navigation system as well as Scout by Telenav. If you don't have scout downloaded to your smart phone, you can get it HERE and let me tell ya, it is beyond a lifesaver!

We took it along during New York Fashion Week as well so stay tuned for more about this fabulous app.
Still curious about what made our experience in the 2013 Camry so enjoyable? Of course you are!
-It was super easy to drive wearing heels!
-Beautifully refined interior

-Side/Curtain Airbags...Safety first!
-2.5L 4-cyl. Engine
-Up to 25 cty/35 hwy MPG which was a great savings while traveling
-A longer life expectancy than almost any other car in it's class. This is what we in the fashion industry call "classic style"!
-New technology and a beautifully designed information center

-Priced at around $22k
-One of the most popular cars in the US...and who doesn't want to be the most popular girl, especially for all the right reasons?!?
Needless to say, a great time was had by all on this trip thanks to Toyota. We made it back safely and in style! Here's a few more pictures from the convention. Great job #TeamStyleMayvin!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Random Acts of Fusion

Even through rainy weather, the StyleMayvin always comes out to play with my friends at Ford.

This morning, Ford along with Ryan Seacrest came out to announce a fabulous new contest where anyone can win one of 4 Ford Fusion cars!

In fact, they gave one away today! The lucky winner who said "I never win anything!", is from Canada an will now be going home with a fabulously stylish new Fusion!

So what's so stylish about this particular car? Just check out the grill on this baby!

That look is something you would recognize from a mile away... Just like a Diane Von Furstenberg classic wrap dress!

You'll always look like million bucks in a classic DVF and stepping out of an immaculately designed Ford Fusion puts you way beyond the mark of gorgeous dah-ling!

Wanna know how you can win one all for yourself? WATCH THIS!