Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Like any fashionista, I love New Year's Eve because it presents another opportunity to get all dressed up! Another plus about New Year's is that you can get away with wearing sequins without looking like you're stuck in the 80's. Something about a sparkly frock seems perfect for this night. While I'll be spending my New Year's Eve in the mountains in North Carolina, don't think I'll let that stop me from going all out.
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Forget boys; clothes are at the top of my Christmas list this year! I've been lusting after these Alexander Wang boyfriend shorts for a looong time. I wanted to DIY them, but it's harder than you think to find a pair of baggy denim. The price tag is out of my price range and Santa's too, but a girl can dream!
I can't believe there's only a few days left till Christmas! I'm a bit in disbelief, I honestly haven't been keeping track of the days just trying to stay busy while I'm home. I've been occupying my time with christmas present wrapping, line dancing, and scrapbooking old photos! Also, working on the blog--- what do y'all think of the new layout? I think it's a nice update.
What have you been up to over Winter Break?
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I've only been shopping for a couple of days and I'm already sick of the lines and crowds! It's easy to get sucked into the materialism & hustle and bustle of the holiday. So, I think it's important to try to take some time to stop, relax and enjoy!
As much as I complain though, I love shopping for other people. I get alot of pleasure out of picking out the perfect gift for each person on my list. When it comes to giving gifts everything down to the giftwrap and tag has a lot of thought put into it. I've been enjoying the break from school and getting in the Christmas spirit.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Last year I took the "Buy Handmade Pledge" & had so much fun picking out individual & personalized gifts for each person on my list and support independent crafters. This year, I've been inspired and I'm making my gifts for all of my friends. I think it means a lot to receive a gift that someone made & you can't buy in stores.
Etsy.com is the biggest resource for locating unique handmade gifts. These were just a few items that caught my eye, but I've literally spent hours on the site before oogling over the talent of everyone on the site! If you're up for saving some dough there are great DIY sites like DIYStyle & Craftster.org
Is anyone else making their own gifts this year?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
If there's one thing I've learned as a college girl on a budget it's that you've got to be able to wear clothes more than once. Sure, it seems obvious, but sometimes at least for me, I get this celebrity state of mind where I feel like I can't be photographed out in the same thing twice.
That's why i love Blake Lively's reinvention of the ho-hum v-neck cardigan that's sitting in everyone's closet right now. Basically, it's just a cardigan on backwards with the V facing the back. Some people called her out on it saying it's a fashion faux pas, but I disagree. I think it's a risk, but she can pull off almost anything. I'm all about getting more than one use out of a garment & this is a creative way to do that!
What do you think.. creative or too out there?
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Even though we're only going to be at school for another week and a half my apartment looks right out of a Martha Stewart magazine. We have a Christmas playlist blasting throughout the house. Our color coordinated faux christmas tree, garland wrapped columns, and evergreen scented candles are definitely getting me in the spirit.
I've yet to start my own Christmas shopping yet, but I'm going to provide lots of suggestions throughout the month for finding the perfect stocking stuffers, gifts, and of course outfits for all of your holiday extravaganzas!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
First of all, my deepest apologies for the lack of photo editing! I'm at home for Thanksgiving break without a laptop so I'm pretty much limited to Paint.. yikes!
Anywho, after seeing the huge jewels at the Prada show the image of them against a plain backdrop has stuck with me. A solid colored white, black or navy tee with jeans and a huge hunk of jewelry just sounds so fabulous yet casual at the same time. I'm all about drama when it comes to my clothing choices so I think it's a great pick. I prefer the necklaces or chandelier earrings in rich jewel tones like emerald, magenta, citron, and royal blue.
I love the new Teen Vogue's editorial with Twilight's Kristen Stewart. If you've read the book or seen the movie you'll see that this look pretty much describes her character Bella; simple yet beautiful.
Tommorow i'm going shopping (i've been deprived of a decent mall while away at school!) & this is one of the items i'm on the hunt for. I think it'd be perfect paired with a little black dress for a holiday party. Sure guy friends might tease you and ask if you're on my way to prom or something, but they'll probably secretly be impressed that you've got the guts to pull it off!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Around the holidays everyone's schedule are usually full of cocktail parties, gift exchanges and dinners. A tacky sweater holiday party is one that I've always wanted to host!
You can channel on your old elementary school teacher's bedazzled sweaters and hit up your local thrift stores for a donated treasure. The more reindeer, sequins, jingle-bells and light-up elements the better! Obviously, don't spend $100 on a tacky sweater, but seek inspiration from the examples above. Award prizes for the ugliest sweater!
Pour some egg nog, create a holiday theme playlist on your ipod (i recommend *NSYNC's Christmas album!), and invite all of your friends for a fun night!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
As a Floridian, whenever the temperature dips below the sixties I kind of spaz out. I just don't know how to handle the cold weather! I'm such a wimp.. All of the sudden a lightweight sweaters not enough and my ears and face get chilly. Of course, there is an easy fashionable solution to this.. the stylish winter hat.
Headwear is going to be big for winter and its come in more unique shapes than ever before. Slouchy beanies and berets are great for a laid back hipster look. A cloche offers a vintage fix in true twenties fashion. Skullcaps and beanies offer the most warmth & are coming in bright colors. The nordic ski cap with ties is a traditional look that mixes great with an edgy leather bomber or black blazer. A stylish altearnative to a hat is a knitted headband to cover the ears and not give you hat hair.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
-Some Thoughts on Fashion:
The media makes us feel guilty about the pleasure of fashion. There are concerns over issues more pressing than fashion. Therefore, its time to make some changes to the industry:
Fashion is no longer eurocentric, it has become much more global. Designers are going to where the consumers are (the super-rich are a bulletproof niche market, unaffected by the economic downturn), Kids are an important market because families will not stop spoiling their children despite a sour economy.
-Upcoming trends: 30's and 50's looks
* Chic & Elitist: a return to powerfully rich dressing as if everything is okay in your bank account (furs, embellishment, luxe fabrics)
*Ensembles: We're so used to items separately and mixing and matching a la Carrie Bradshaw so a pulled together look is refreshing and exciting.
*Tailored Feminimity: Jackets, blouses, and suits in fabrics like tweed, silk, and charmeuse and elegant trims like feathers and fur.
In modern times these are some guidelines that should be followed so that the fashion industry continues to thrive:
1. Design something people think they need;
- A timeless LBD
-An intervew suit for job searches
-Blouses (for underneath suits)
2. Make It "New"
-Descending hemlines; dresses and skirts can't possibly be any shorter
-Snakeskin seems different when reworked by big designer names
-Soft shades seem new to those wearing blacks, brights, and neutral.
-True newness like high performance textiles.
3. Provides Escape
-Fashion should offer an escape from a harsh reality. (Ex: Sex and the City)
4. Change and Reinvent:
-Delivery scheule needs to change in retail stores: people buy clothes when they want them. (bathing suit deliveries in december don't make sense!)
-No consensus on "what's in": there are too many trends going on at one time that people don't know whats in and what to buy.
- Fashion that is too far out of touch will not sell: "we can't afford to look ridiculous".
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Whenever I'm feeling less than inspired I stop by Shopbop's online lookbook. It's updated once a week with new shots and although its nothing revolutionary or editorial its great for outfit ideas. In the fall/winter I feel like its so easy to just throw on a sweatshirt or coat, but outfits like these showcase great style too.
In these particular looks I'm loving the unique hosiery, scarves, & outerwear that seem to "make" the outfits. Just because it's chilly outside doesn't mean you have to resort to drab options. The lookbook always seems to perfectly capture the ideas I have in my head for outfits and bring them to life. The styling is practical yet trendy and fashionable.
It makes me never want to wear a baggy sweatshirt outside again!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
- Carbon Couture shares a bejeweled Lanvin shoe D.I.Y.
- Lauren Conrad is touring college campuses with her newest clothes collection
- Lisa of Solo Lisa y Nada Mas shares her spur of the moment political Halloween costume
- Connie of Pretty Legit has a tumblr site and its slightly addictive!
- The recession is wreaking havoc on the magazine industry (R.I.P. Men's Vogue, Radar and CosmoGirl
- What are the potential future women of the White House wearing?
- Stylista; as if i need another guilty pleasure fashion reality show.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Peace & Love my Fashionable Friends & Don't forget to vote on Tuesday!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
(images from style.com)
If there's one thing I love about the fashion world is that when it comes to costume parties they refuse to do things halfway. Allison Sarofim, a social fixture of New York known for her lavish parties throws an annual themed halloween bash each year for fellow fashion lovers and fabulous people in the area.
This year's theme was "Anime" and look how amazing and right on cue everyone's costumes were. I think i need to make it one of my life goals to attend one of her parties! How fun would it be to dress up for one? I think it's a common bond shared between fashionistas that we love Halloween because it's just another excuse to play dress up (as if we needed an excuse?)!
Happy Halloween everyone! What are you dressing up as?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I had an amazing weekend in New York at Teen Vogue Fashion University. I got to explore a lot of the city and made some fashionable friends. I even met the awesome Dara of Secretista & we talked about our hopes for future careers in fashion. I went to seminars by Tory Burch, Redken experts Kris Sorbie and Rodney Cutler, Peter Som, and Proenza Schouler (they are my designer crush!).The next day we head from Target designers Hayden Harnett, Sonia Kashuk, and Liz Lange. I took away different things from each seminar. All in all, I kept hearing these points:
- The fashion industry is a lot smaller than it seems, so don't burn bridges and network in any way possible
- You must be passionate about a job in fashion if you pursue it because it can be a very labor intensive and time consuming career, but if you love it, it won't feel like work.
- Equally as important as education are internships; you gain vital experience and connections working under and learning from industry professionals.
Lazaro Hernandez's Internship Story:
As a Miami native he was flying back to New York he saw Anna Wintour on the plane. His mom encouraged him to approach her & "ask her for a job". He was super intimidated by her so he mustered up the courage to pass her a note written on a napkin. He never heard anything from her, until a couple months later when he got a phone call direct from Michael Kors asking if he'd like to intern for him. Apparently the note got passed down from editors to designer and ended up in his hands. Everyone took it seriously because it came from Anna Wintour.
If that doesn't attest to the importance of networking, I don't know what does!
P.S. Check back for pictures from my trip in my next post!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
- Got a Package from Stella Accessories! (<3)>Took an awful macro exam. .blahh economics
- Attempted to put off grocery shopping by eating what's left in the fridge
- Wished I could be at Zumba class instead of studying for exam numero tres
4 Things On My To-Do List:
- Pack for NY- i'm quite the procrastinator!
- Buy my little sis a sick bday present; are they still lil' when theyre turning 17?
- Print out pictures of friends & fam, my walls are looking lonely
- Go get the 3rd Twilight book, i'm hooked! (thanks a lot Modern Marie haha)
4 Guilty Pleasures:
- Monday Night TV (the Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The Hills trifecta)
- 80's/90's night at my favorite college bar
- Making really amazing thrift store finds, i'm all about the bargains
- Splurging on starbucks, ah so bad
4 Random Facts About Me:
- I have a subscription to like 20 magazines, no lie. Gotta love leftover airline miles..
- I also write for College OTR, a site for college students
- I'm a huge college football fan, (go Noles!)
- I just started cooking this year and I've really enjoyed experimenting with new recipes; if you have any suggestions send them my way!
4 Bloggers that I'm Tagging:
It's always fun getting to know more about fellow fashion bloggers! I look forward to reading more about you all:)