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February 04, 2015

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California Winter

Finally a moment to take it all in - I've been swamped with orders and working on the new collection in my shop so I haven't had a moment to update my Designer Diary! We've chosen winners for the Alyssa Nicole x Lookbook.nu Tuxedo Style Contest, check out the winners here!

While I was away from my Designer Diary we've photographed our new lookbook and I attended the SF Ballet Opening Night Gala! If you follow my Instagram - you've seen the sneak peek at a gown I wore from my SS15 collection to the SF Ballet Opening Night Gala.

Until my new arrivals are updated in the shop, Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 is 40% off with code WINTERSALE at checkout! 

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Navy Jacquard Skirt  - 40% off with code WINTERSALE
Sweater - Neiman Marcus, Jacket - Vintage Calvin Klein 
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January 25, 2015

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Running Out

 Currently working on Alyssa Nicole SS15 Collection & orders in the shop - will update the blog soon! xx- Alyssa Nicole 
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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Houndstooth Pleated Dress
Heels- Jeffrey Campbell 
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January 12, 2015

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Black Out

Some days I feel like my to-do list is never going to end, maybe it's just a Monday feeling. Right now we are finishing up pattern drafting new designs & finalizing styles for the next few seasons. The past few weeks I've been working on custom evening gowns for a special event coming up - I love any opportunity to design couture pieces - so although I'm super busy - I couldn't be happier! 

Today I was finally able to sit down and take a look at all the entries in the Alyssa Nicole x Lookbook Tuxedo Style Contest - and I have to say I was SO impressed by the stylish community on Lookbook.nu!  We'll be announcing the winners of the Tuxedo Contest soon so stay tuned!
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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Black Crop TopColor Block Aline Skirt
Mules- Saks Fifth Avenue
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January 06, 2015

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Timeless in the Tuxedo Dress

To design a timeless piece is by far one of the greatest accomplishments for a designer.  My original black and white dress for Alyssa Nicole Fall 2009 Collection is a piece worn over and over by my faithful clients and customers. 

When I set out to design my Signature Collection - I strived to design my original tuxedo dress in three different silhouettes. Pleated, flared, and fitted skirts are styles among the newly redesigned Tuxedo Dress. I refined this signature piece to exude sophistication. The fitted Pencil Tuxedo Dress is simple & elegant.

In honor of the release of Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection I have partnered with Lookbook.nu for a contest + giveaway inspired by Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection! Enter our Black & White Tuxedo Style Contest for a chance to win a handcrafted piece from Alyssa Nicole’s Signature Collection! P.S. - 2 days left to enter! 

 
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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Tuxedo Pencil Dress
Mules- Saks Fifth Avenue
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January 01, 2015

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Rosemary

It's a New Year and I am so excited to see what 2015 has in store for Alyssa Nicole! I've had to take a short break from the style blog as the holiday season is usually my busiest - but I'm so glad so many of my readers have had the chance to upload their looks into the Alyssa Nicole x Lookbook contest! 

Early on in December is when I start thinking about my New Years resolution. Last year I wanted reinvent my Signature Pieces [check], Relaunch my collection as Demi Couture [check], and spend more time blogging inspiration for my collections [check]! 

This year I hope to spend a little more time eating healthy - during stressful seasons I'm afraid to say I drink a lot of Redbull and eat unhealthy snacks while I try to fill and ship rush orders. In addition to eating healthy, my New Years resolution is to take note from DVF and become "The Woman I Want To Be" - in my collections and in my personal life. I have learned so much in my experience as a young designer & I can't wait to see what the future holds!

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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Houndstooth Crop Top Houndstooth Pleated Skirt
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December 20, 2014

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Alyssa Nicole x Lookbook.nu Black & White Tuxedo Style Contest!

Alyssa Nicole has partnered with Lookbook.nu for a contest + giveaway inspired by Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection! Enter our Black & White Tuxedo Style Contest for a chance to win a handcrafted piece from Alyssa Nicole’s Signature Collection! 

Inspired by the classic tuxedo - Alyssa Nicole’s Signature Collection is a line consisting of chic little black & white dresses. Alyssa Nicole’s Signature line has been refined and polished into a new sophisticated demi-couture collection. Each piece, youthful in feel, is carefully tailored and crafted to exude sophistication. 

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Use Alyssa Nicole’s mood board for inspiration or the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection Lookbook as inspiration to create an ethereal black and white look. 

Simply show us your Black & White Tuxedo Inspired Look and tag your post on Lookbook with #ALYSSANICOLE OR #ANLOOKBOOK. 

Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of the following prizes: 

1st Place: Alyssa Nicole Signature Tuxedo Dress
2nd Place: Alyssa Nicole Signature Skirt
3rd Place: Alyssa Nicole Signature Crop Top

Winning looks will be judged by Alyssa Nicole based on creativity, originality, unique style, and presentation.

Enter HERE
December 19, 2014

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Shake It Off

It wasn't until a few days ago that I realized my first Tuxedo Dress was designed in 2009. I can't even believe how time has passed by so quickly. I never would have guessed this dress would have been my customers closet staple over the years. Since then, I have tailored and carefully crafted the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection so that each piece exudes sophistication. 

In honor of the reinvention of my signature pieces I have partnered with Lookbook.nu on a contest +  giveaway for Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection! 3 winners will get the chance to receive a custom piece from the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection! Simply enter your black and white holiday look inspired by Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection on Lookbook.nu for the chance to win! 


I can't wait to see everyone's amazing entries! xx - Alyssa Nicole
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Wearing Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Tuxedo Dress
Heels- Jeffrey Campbell, Lipstick - Marc Jacobs Beauty
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December 16, 2014

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Inspiration: Mood - Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection

Here's a look at my real life mood board for Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection. I had been gathering my inspiration for my Signature collection on Pinterest before posting tear sheet images up in my studio and designing my collection. My original black and white tuxedo dress was the source of inspiration for the Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection. See my inspiration board on Pinterest to see what was inspiring my Signature Collection here.
 
 
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December 15, 2014

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The Looks: Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection

Our reinvention of Signature Alyssa Nicole pieces have been tailored and carefully crafted so that piece to exudes sophistication. Crafted in our San Francisco design studio, our signature Tuxedo Dress exudes ladylike charm. Our original black and white tuxedo dress was the source of inspiration for Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection. 
 
Houndstooth jacquard, soft organza, and woven cotton poplin in shades of black in white were used throughout the line.  A touch of feminine charm is found in bows accentuating the waistline. Flared skirts create delightful aline silhouettes. Full pleats on flared skirts illustrate playful sophisticationSee the looks below!
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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Lookbook by Jess Sorensen, Hair / Makeup Styling by Hedy Lavinsky, Featuring Marina Dodson
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December 08, 2014

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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection Lookbook

Since the relaunch of Alyssa Nicole as a demi-couture collection - I put my signature styles to rest - until now. For months I've been secretly working hard to redesign my signature Tuxedo Dress and High Waist Skirt for my new Signature Collection. These pieces have been refined and polished into a new sophisticated demi-couture line. Each piece remains youthful in feel - however I've tailored and carefully crafted each piece to exude sophistication.

I worked with one of my favorite photographers Jess Sorensen and Hedy Lavinksy -who happens to be an amazing hair and makeup stylist - on creative direction for my Signature Lookbook. We set out to style an ethereal lookbook to compliment the naif chic looks in the collection. A soft cat eye and nude lip accompanies loose curls and wispy hair styling. As always, the San Francisco fog created a moody dreamlike atmosphere which created a sense of restlessness and fragility within the lookbook.

This collection was a bit nostalgic for me as I reinvented some of my most popular styles. I began my line with a few simple designs before my collection began to grow and blossom. The girl I thought about when designing this collection is feminine and naive - but simultaneously rebellious and strong. See the lookbook for Alyssa Nicole's Signature Collection below!

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Alyssa Nicole Signature Collection 
Lookbook by Jess Sorensen, Hair & Makeup Styling by Hedy Lavinsky, Featuring Veronica Boyer
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