Friday, February 7, 2014

Istanbul Diaries

Hi loves! Soo I've been really busy last couple of months. And recently I went on a business trip to Istanbul and I took my baby and my mom along with me. We had lots of fun! I've been to Istanbul countless times but it was my first time to visit this beautiful city in the Winter. The weather wasn't so bad, so we got to stroll a lot and explore new neighborhoods. Also,one of the main attractions of Istanbul, is of course-FOOD! We visited the newly built Zorlu Center which is a whole new level of shopping and dining in Istanbul! Here are some highlights from my trip:


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Today is a big day! I am exhibiting my shoe line at Transit shoe show at California Market Center in Los Angeles. It's my first time presenting them, so I'm really excited!
I've been working on this for two years, so I'm finally here among all these brands and it feels surreal.
So let me tell you a little bit about my shoes, they are casual boots inspired by California lifestyle. Therefore, they are very comfy and easy to pull on. I especially put a lot of effort into making the insole super comfortable so it features a cushioned footbed and heel. I am working on the website right now, but you can go check it out here---> CALIBUT.NET
I don't yet have online shopping, since this is just a start-up so it's all coming soon!

Here are some highlights from the exhibit:

They chose my boots for the display at the lobby!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Strolling in Santa Monica

Nice weather, good company, Santa Monica...what else is there to say?
My beautiful friend Delia shot these photos of me. She now lives in London and misses California sunshine. And I miss her...


#style #fashion #lifestyle #losangeles #santamonica #ootd #lookoftheday

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Sunny Day on Rodeo Drive

Hello again,

In this post I will share the #RodeoDrive tour which I took once again with my cousin. It's so much better to go on Rodeo Drive with someone who appreciate fashion as you do. For me it's different though. Being a designer I don't look at the price tag, I rather look at the fabric and construction. Which is why my favorite store is Barney's, which is not technically on Rodeo Dr. But it's the same neighborhood! I love Barney's because it's like an open admission museum, you roam around between these beautiful pieces of art, you touch them, you can even try them on! I always check out the new designers, as I want to see my clothes hanging in that section one day! This time I really liked #Erdem, #Alaia, and #Lanvin.

Until next time,
A {xo}

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Venice beach

My cousin was visiting from NYC last month, and I took her to Venice beach for a tour. I'd never really explored Venice beach myself, except walking on the boardwalk. So that was fun. It's amazing how much you can learn just by walking around, asking questions..We met some VB natives who owned shops there, many of them surprisingly didn't know where the "Starry night" mural was. We asked around, googled it, mapped it..still couldn't find it. Well, maybe next time. Our goal was to take photos in front of every beautiful mural we can find. Then we found a great organic place called #KreationCafe on #AbbotKinney, where we had kebabs for lunch. They also make amazing juices! I'm planning to check out Gjelina next time I'm in Venice. I've heard so much about that place, but never been. Overall, Venice beach is a great place to hang out. Very hippie (we also dressed for occasion), so I wouldn't live there, but still a nice place to spend time on the beach with your girlfriends and have some shopping on Abbot Kinney!

#venicebeach #losangeles #tourguide #beachday #murals #fashion #lifestyle

Milan Fashion Week SS14

So, Milan fashion week is over, and I'm impressed. Bold colors, crazy prints and great shoes! Some of my favorites were #FaustoPuglisi, #Ferragamo, #MSGM. But my best pick from Milan is of course, Aquilano.Rimondi. I have three words to describe this collection: beautiful, polished, rich. Take a look yourself:

Aquilano.Rimondi show on

#fashion #fashionweek #milanfashionweek #aquilanorimondi

Friday, September 20, 2013


My name is Ayla. I am a mom to a two year old boy Jay by day and fashion designer by night. I initially opened this account to blog about my life as fashion design student and motherhood. But life was too crazy back then and I didn't find time to do it. Now that my son is grown up and started preschool I have some time to run my business and run errands( which requires much more time and energy than running business let me tell you). Anyways, this is my first post, sort of an introduction. But there will be lots of fashion and mommy stuff, so behold! Until next time,
#bloggermom #fashion #designer #california #motherhood #fashionstudent