Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Woody Allen made the androgynous "Annie Hall" look famous though Diane Keaton's character in his film Manhattan. Menswear staples inspired by the movie are back with a vengeance. Think oversized tweed blazers, pinstripe oxford shirts, men's watches, suspenders, vests, and high waisted pants. Each piece on its own gives a look a boyish charm.
Paris Vogue recently paid homage to the tomboy style in its Annie Hall inspired editorial.
I think it's a perfect fall look, and we can all learn a few things from the boys.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I think I need the messenger bag in this picture for school! What an amazingly chic alternative to a backpack or bookbag plus it matches with everything... do you think I could justify it as a "school supplies" expense?
Monday, August 24, 2009
What are you wearing for your first day of school?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
1. Take advantage of all the free stuff at college
- There is always stuff being given away for free on campus from pizza to fun events like carnivals. Also, take advantage of all the facilities included in your tuition like the gym, resume advising, lake, movie theater, or football tickets!
my cute little dorm room my first year of college
2. Just because there's all you can eat cookies in the dining hall doesn't mean you should literally eat all you can
- The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies can be oh-so-tempting sometimes, but overdoing could easily lead to the dreaded "freshman 15"!
3. It's okay when your high school relationships don't work out long distance
- There's so much to change and adjust to during your first year of college, that sometimes the relationships you thought would last forever can fall apart. Take it from someone who's been there.. it's okay! You're at a new school full of potential friends to make; they can fill the void of a high school sweetheart!
4. Don't waste your money buying books from the school bookstore
- The school bookstore sells books for quadruple for what they buy them back from you at the end of the semester. You will save a lot of money buying them from somewhere like Textbooks.com.
5. HAVE FUN! These are the best years of your life.
A corny cliche, but so true! After college comes a full time job and real responsibility. Enjoy all your time to explore your interests and find a career that you're passionate about!
What advice would you give your new-to-college self (if you've already been there)?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Lately I've been throwing on my worn in denim jacket over everything. When I was in Europe, I wore my leather motorcycle jacket everywhere; it gives an outfit an instant kick. I think that's why im in love with this denim/biker jacket hybrid by trendy Australian line, Mink Pink. I could wear it with everything I own this autumn!
I love the shot from their S/S 09 Lookbook.. very Swedish street style looking with the bun on top of the head, and the studded boots. Since motorcycle jackets are usually leather, the denim softens the look up quite a bit and makes it a bit more feminine and tailored.
ALSO, just wanted to announce the winner of the KanDi swim contest (drumroll please)! Congrats to the Polished Sense blog.. thank you everyone for entering!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the generation defining weekend music festival that took place in the monumental summer of 1969. Woodstock was about more than just music; it brought together 500,000 free thinking individuals. Here they gathered spending 3 days, sleeping in hot tents often through muddy rain sharing their ideals for the new generation.
Woodstock has inspired fashion for generations. Take a peek in your closet.. odds are there is some tie dye, fringe, embroidery, peasant blouse, or peace signs giving it some bohemian flavor. What is ironic is that the hippie generation wore clothes to make an anti-fashion statement yet it's become one of the most trendsetting looks in the history of fashion!
The pictures from the Woodstock festival can't help but make you wish you were there too in your patched up denim & macrame shirt watching Janis Joplin rock out on stage.
Also can't wait to see the movie, Taking Woodstock that's coming out next week!
Friday, August 14, 2009
- Black Boyfriend Blazer: Perfect to add a little something to any outfit, whether thrown over a dress, or paired with a graphic tee and jeans.
- Floaty Tank Dress: A dress that is versatile enough to wear out on the weekends or paired down for school will get a lot of wear!
- A Roomy Bag: I prefer to bring a roomy purse to stick my notebooks in instead of a backpack.
- Stylish Flats: Even I can't do high heels at school, but a cute pair of teeny wedges like these is a great compromise!
- Colorful Notebooks: Moleskines have been used by generations of writers such as Ernest Hemingway. Record your fashionable thoughts in style!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Summer may becoming to an end, but swimsuit season certainly isn't! KanDi Swim by Dani Kates features dessert inspired swimwear to satisfy every fashionista's sweet tooth. I love all the feminine ruffled details and names of the suits; Linzer Tart, Black & White Cookie, Lemon Meringue, Rainbow Cookie, and Bakery Box. How adorable right?
The swimwear is designed by Parson's grad Dani Kates, in cuts that flatter the female body and accomodate a variety of sillhouettes. The swimwear is created with european fabrics and sewn embellisments for the girl who wants some fun and sophistication in her swimwear.
KanDi Swim has been gracious enough to give away one of their Bakery Box bikinis to La Petite Fashionista readers! The contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry!) and ends on August 18th!
There are two ways to Win:
- Leave a comment below with your favorite dessert (and email!)
- Gain an extra entry by twittering about the contest or posting about it on your blog!
Good luck girlies!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
This photo is from an idyllic little garden at Styall Mill, a textile mill from the industrial revolution outside of Manchester. We took a tour and saw what life was like for the children who worked there in the early 1900's. They had a beautiful countryside area and I had to take an outfit shot. It was so peaceful, I never wanted to leave!
Being surrounded by pretty manucured flower gardens inspired me to to sport some summer florals. I picked up this sweetheart neckline dress at Topshop for only 15 pounds and had to pair it with tights because it was so unexpectedly cold! I paired it with a teal cardigan and my favorite turquoise chandelier earrings. It's one of my favorite shopping finds from my trip!