Style Guide: Dress To Impress at Your Summer BBQ

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we try to pack in as many fun-filled summer activities as possible, and with them, we always have to keep our ensemble of the day in mind! Looking for the perfect outfit to wear to your summer barbecue? Whether your style is girly, laidback, or even edgy, we've got you covered! The key is comfort, while still looking good in the summer heat while playing games or munching on snacks. Check out these three different styles that are perfect for your days filled with fun in the sun!

The Girly Girl

Pamela Love Collaborates With J.Crew

This year for the annual sponsorship of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, J.Crew has partnered up with inventive Pamela Love to come out with some new pieces for their collection.

"The collection was inspired by what my friends and I wear almost on a daily basis," Love explains."I'm a big fan of mixing bold statement pieces with more subdued vintage classics, and I think that blend is pretty well reflected in the collection."

This limited collection is a three piece line that includes denim elements which is a staple of J.Crew's style. All of the pieces are available online at and at select J.crew stores.

3 Local NYC Designers We Love

New York native Pamela Love started her line with humble beginnings by simply designing her own jewelry to suit her personal taste. And good taste it is! It’s no secret Love’s unique and rough around the edges designs have caught on and her eponymous line has grown out of her Brooklyn apartment’s basement to a more adequately sized 29th Street studio. (But not for long—she just won $100,000 from the CFDA we hear she’s signed a lease on a new studio space!) Love’s passions and inspirations—astrology, magic, and folk jewelry—can often been seen quite literally in her designs. Crystals, symbols, and daggers are all present in her most recent captivating collection of bronze, sterling silver, and brass. A favored collaborator among many of her design contemporaries, Love has work with Marchesa, Twenty8Twelve, and Yigal Azrouel accessorizing runway shows along with Opening Ceremony, Rogan, and Top Shop collaborations. We are super excited about her new mini-collection made exclusively for ShopStyle. It’s inspired by her Fall 2011 line and perfectly priced for our budgets!

Ballet Hispanico's Dance Into Fashion

Dressed to kill, and smelling spectacular after a tour of the Sephora Sensorium, Joonbug headed over to Kiss & Fly for the Junior Society of Ballet Hispanico's fundraising event Dance Into Fashion. Stepping into the world of fantasy yet again as the doors to Kiss & Fly opened to reveal the decadent red soaked entrance. The thick red curtains spread open to welcome all the donors, dancers, and partygoers as we ventured into the dark meadow-like lounge.

Your Weekly NYC Party Guide

This October has flown by faster than we can say street fair. No worries if you haven't stocked up on your weekl appearances though. Despite that its already mid-October, there's still a plethora of Fall parties, festivals, and those oh so favorite cocktail soirees. But we busy New Yorker's, with our Socialite bashes and constant tastemaking, wouldn't have it any other way. Read on and taste the carefully-selected fun we've prepared:

Monday October 17, 2011

Zagat Presents: Chef Akira Back’s Meal of Memories

CFDA Design Challenge Concludes

As a part of a L'Oreal sponsored design challenge, the 10 CFDA Fashion Fund finalists were asked to design ensembles for "Red Carpet Rebels" earlier this year.

The Fashion Fund Finalists include Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra; Pamela Love for Pamela Love Jewelry; Antonio Azzuolo for A.A.; Carlos Campos; Shane Gabier and Chris Peters for Creatures of the Wind, Alexa Adams and Flora Gill for Ohne Titel; Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie for Cushnie et Ochs; Dana Lorenz for Fenton/Fallon; Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for Suno; and Soraya Silchenstedt for Finn Jewelry.

And The Winner Is...

Last night, CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America, announced the 10 finalists for the 2011 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund. For 8 consecutive years, the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund has provided support and encouragement for emerging American designers. This year's winner will receive $300,000, a chance to design a capsule collection for the fund's head sponsor J.Crew, and mentorship from individuals highly regarded in the American fashion industry. Past CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund winners include Billy Reid, Alexander Wang, Doo.Ri, Proenza Schouler, Rogan, Sophie Theallet, and Trovata. The 2011 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund nominees are:

New Jewelry Collections to Keep an Eye On

While dogs may be man's best friend, diamonds are a girl's best friend. If this isn't enough proof that women are the smarter sex, I don't know what is. Providing a lifetime of dependability, joy, and elegance, it's no wonder why women have had such a long love affair with jewelry. Make sure you check out the newest collections from jewelry designers Pamela Love, Little Rooms, and Chelsea Kolakowski.

Debuting her first line in 2006, Pamela Love already has a few years of jewelry designing experience under her belt. Love finds inspiration in nature, religious symbols, and the poignancies of life, allowing her to create pieces that are artistically edgy and unique. Love has announced that she will be releasing her first Resort collection this October. Keeping true to her general design aesthetic, the new collection will feature many of the shapes prevalent throughout her past collections. However, this new line boasts increased wearability as well as lower price points featuring pieces made from lightweight, easy-to-wear materials such as multi-colored resins. A new hip and affordable jewelry line from a designer we can't get enough of; apparently Christmas will be in October this year.

Lunch With Lartigue

Wednesday night saved a spot for baggy fun; I attended Loomstate’s Our Magnificent Earth Day Celebration. The event was hosted by the label's designers Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn, with jewelry designer (and a Joonbug favorite), Pamela Love. I had an opportunity to speak with Scott about Loomstate's Surf capsule collection for Bloomingdale's; When asked about their competitors (i.e. Cynthia Rowley for Roxy and Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2010 collection), Scott seemed moved that his "hobby-turned-job" trend was being shared amongst a group of brilliant designers, and he boasted about Loomstate’s ability to keep their Bloomingdale's Surf Lodge capsule within an economical-friendly price range. The event housed a 20ft tall interactive psychedelic pyramid, which became the arena to 40 amazing drummers led by the magnificent Hisham Akira. Also available were face paintings, psychic readings and a guest appearance by fashion ‘it-girl,’ Becka Diamond.