Thursday, May 24, 2007

Life through Rose Colored Glasses

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Think what you want about the Dior Cruise collection; call it excessive, outlandish, or breathtaking. One must admit that Galiano knows a thing or two about color. After seeing seasons of oversized black & tortiseshell frames I thought it was refreshing and fun to see his models rocking colorful shades. Definitely an aspect of the show one can wear this summer. For the super adventurous, try the chromatic frames in fifties cateye styles. Personally, i'm going to keep my eyes peeled for a pink pair like in the picture from the Dior show lately i've been loving all things pink, perhaps in rebellion to all the black & white mod i've been wearing lately!
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Shift Happens

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A trend that's been seen all over runways the past few seasons is the revival of the shift dress. Shift dresses, made popular in the 1960s by designers like André Courreges and Mary Quant. The dress was easy to make and thus mass manufactured. Nowdays the look comes in a variety of colors and styles but still maintains the same basic shift dress shape. Too keep yourself from looking too retro avoid go go boots or white patent leather accessories. Try this look with: ballet flats or stacked heels, a long necklace, and carefree sixties spirit. The dress is flattering on all body types and fun, timeless piece to keep in your wardrobe.

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for me!

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Let me first express my extreme excitement about the third installment of the Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End. I don't know what it is about pirates that makes them so intriguing, besides the fact that Johnny Depp is amazingggg. Technically we should despise them since they're heartless plunderers, but, I'm just so inspired by their style! Even though skulls are "so last year", there are so many other understated pirate influenced pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe for fun. When I was a little girl I always loved the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disney World and now was an eighteen year old I still love the fantasy that surrounds these infamous figures of history. Even though they roamed the high seas hundreds of years ago Pirates are still influencing fashion!
xoxo, lauren

Friday, May 18, 2007

Crazy for Clutches

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We just got an adorable line of foldover clutches at my work & they're selling like crazy! Definitely a new trend in purses.. Some "foldover clutches" can be worn by
holding onto the handles or folding the handles over converting it to a clutch. Dressy and casual clutches in this style are being sold everywhere and you can drop anywhere from $10 at Target to $10,000 at Jimmy Choo. Stars like Hilary Duff, Halle Berry, and Victoria Beckham have been spotted carrying the bag that started it all, the Metallic Jimmy Choo Foldover Clutch. I would love to hear if these bags are as functional as they are cute. I usually have a difficult time minimizing my purse space to fit everything into a clutch, but I might sacrifice to carry a cute clutch like these!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's about Time!

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Lately i've been loving oversized watches, especially masculine looking ones! Nothing works better to make wrists and arms look tiny and delicate! It perfectly compliments an uber feminine outfit with its unexpected rugged and oversized quality. Although I dont usually wear watches I've been borrowing one of my dad's huge silver ones to try this look out for fun! My inner baller must be coming out because i'm especially drawn to the ones with huge circular faces surrounded by bling.. embarassing I know!
On a totally unrelated note I AM DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL! We had senior breakfast today and handed out senior superlatives.. I recieved Best Dressed which was the only one i cared about getting, everyone at my school knows how obsessed I am with fashion! I'm glad they can appreciate my unique style instead of thinking I'm crazy :)

xoxo, lauren (class of o7'!)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Beckoning Betsey

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(all from forever 21 except: leather jacket (ridewear.com), and steve madden leopard heels)

Today i'm highlighting clothing inspired by Betsey Johson's style. Right now she is my favorite designer, I love her feminine clothing with a punky rock and roll edge. She definitely inspires a lot of my outfits as I try to achieve the perfect balance as she does in her collections. I love going into her stores, the interior decor is amazing! Some common motifs found throughout her collections (mostly consisting of dresses) are: rosebuds, animal prints, gold, crystals, eyelet, hot pink, studs, and marilyn monroe. I got my prom dress from her this year and it was definitely different from everyone else & I'll wear it again. It's easy to incorporate a little bit of betsey into your wardrobe. She is great style inspiration with her designs that remind you not to take yourself too seriously!

Making clothes involves what I like…color, pattern, shape and movement…I like the everyday process…the people, the pressure, the surprise of seeing the work come alive walking and dancing around on strangers. Like red lipstick on the mouth, my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life…drawing attention to her beauty and specialness…her moods and movements…her dreams and fantasies.” – Betsey Johnson

xoxo, lauren

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Where in the World is La Petite Fashionista?

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As my graduation gift from my parents I'm going on a tour of Europe with my mom and nana for two weeks. I am extremely excited to go abroad and see all the places i've only read about in books and dreamt about. The only thing I'm not looking forward to is that I can only bring one suitcase and I have to pack for a multitude of climates. I've figured out that the best way for me to pack is to bring a couple staple items of clothing & create different outfits around that staple.

The Black Lux Kimono Dress (Urban Outfitters) is gorgeous on its own, but it'll be easy to slip some leggings on for sightseeing in Amsterdam, put on that mustard yellow sweater in a chilly museum in London, or wear some bright skinny jeans for shopping in Milan. It will definitely be a challenge for me to limit the amount of clothes I bring, but I am so excited for this once in a lifetime trip!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

No Sweat!

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So, the end of the year is wrapping up and I've been bombared with final exams (I have a nasty AP Literature Test tommorow at the lovely hour of 8 in the morning). So I was inspired to create a comfy exam clothes post. Because even my enormous hatred for sweats will not let me sacrifice comfort on these dreaded exam days. It's impossible to maintain any level of comfiness when I'm wearing my favorite skinny jeans or high heels. Exam days are one of the rare times my peers see me in anything made of fleece or terrycloth in public. I managed to create the entire collage with only one reference to Juicy Couture.. be proud, be very proud. There are so many other cozy sweatpants or short options now that are halfway stylish as well. I love that you no longer have to forgo fashion to dress comfortably! Anyways.. good luck to everyone who has any exams this week or the next!

xoxo, lauren

Monday, May 7, 2007

I Want Candy!

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Caution: this post could cause intense candy cravings!

I have always loved bright colorful clothing and it seems like now more than ever there are more hues seen in stores than ever imaginable. Some of my favorite items for summer are colored denim pants & shorts which brighten up any outfit. The great thing about candy colored clothing is that it's so versatile. You can either pair it with white or black to give your outfit a colorful pop or with other colorful pieces to intensify the color even more. Even people who love outfits in simple and classic colors need some color in their wardrobe.
This weekend is my dance company's recital and the show's theme is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'm Violet Beauregarde so i get to chew gum the whole time and the whole show is based on songs from the movie or about candy and chocolate, it's really quite genius! On a side note, Anyone with a sweet tooth needs to check out Dylan's Candy Store in NYC, it's owned by Ralph Lauren's daughter and fully stocked with two stories of candy.
xoxo, lauren

Thursday, May 3, 2007

The art of Faking It

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Yesterday while i was at work i noticed a brand new case of jewelry that was really cute! (I work at stein mart so usually it's pretty midddle aged women-ish).. Anyways, i checked it out and its a line from Kenneth Jay Lane. There were a bunch of coral/turquoise rings and rhinestone costume jewelry pieces. I especially love the strawberry crystal necklace which we have for around $58 (still a lot cheaper than on shopbop or net-a-porter!). When the night slowed up I started reading the autographed copies we have of his autobiography. He's a pretty fascinating guy; everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Onassis Kennedy to Paris Hilton has worn his jewelry. He is the one who popularized costume jewelry and recreates expensive looking pieces with less expensive crystal. His work is definitely my style; i love all the animal motifs, fruit necklaces, and bangles. His book is actually very well written and I think i'm going to buy it along with the strawberry necklace!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Back to the Future

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I loved the futuristic clothing on Balenciaga's runway, but Futurism is a trend that is difficult to translate into the real world. Instead of the trendy American Apparel leggings which face it, don't look flattering on anyone, I decided to highlight the equally as cool and futuristic metallic silver or gold lamé bodysuit (@ American Apparel, $30). With a toned down bottom or top this is a great take on the trend. The bodysuit is pretty versatile; you could wear it lounging by the pool or out to a club looking like the next Misshapes girl! The look is very rock & roll rebellious yet fashion forward space age. One things for sure, fashion designers never seem to stop using their vision of the future as guidelines for runway inspiration!

xoxo, lauren

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