October 31, 2010


Shirt: DIY
Shorts: Forever21
Tights: American Apparel
Shoes: H&M


Me and my friends went out last night to celebrate Halloween. My cousin (who is seen above) is sporting my old Mad Hatter costume that I bought 2 years ago. I had refused to actually go out and buy a costume this past year. I just couldn't. I just didn't want to buy something that I'll wear once and never wear it again. Anyway, the boy and I teamed up and were Sea Shepherds (you can read more about them here: seashepherd.org). Last night I must say was a lot of fun. We stayed local in our neighborhood. We ended up at this tiki bar that has game board games and we all played Trouble. I haven't played that game since I was a kid. My dad and I would play ALL the time since it was both our favorite game to play. We ended the night at some dive bar that had a pool table, free popcorn, darts, and an interesting playlist. The music would go from 80s rock to 90s hip hop but either way we danced into the early hours of the morning. It's sad that 3:30 is way late for me and I'm still recovering from it. I'm not sure how I made it through college.

This morning in our neighborhood they had a little kids Halloween parade around the park. It was way adorable. All the little ones and their parents were all dressed up. My favorites were: the dad dressed up like a big chicken and the mom and the baby were bumble bees and the dad was the bee keeper! HOW CUTE IS THAT!? Love it. It makes me miss being a kid and going trick or treating. Those were good times. Now I just need to borrows someone else kids so I can go trick or treating.

I hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween and Weekend!

October 30, 2010

Outfit Post

Sweater: Roxy
Vest: The Gap
Jeans: H&M
Bag: Zara
Earrings: Topshop (from my best friend/roomie from college who went to London and bought it from the London Topshop!)

This morning the boy and I went for a walk before going food shopping and cleaning the apt. We stopped at Ted & Honey where I got a Hot Apple Cider. We just sat at this tiny little historic park called Cobble Hill Park. It's so cute and there's this alley way on the other side of the park that has really old homes. They look like old stables. They are quite fascinating.

I'm exciting for tonight! I'm so ready to rock my DIY tshirt and my faux leather shorts!!! I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.

October 29, 2010

Outfit Post

Shirt: Free People
Undershirt (tank top): Forever21
Jeggings: Aeropastle
Shoes: H&M

This was my other buy from the Free People sample sale the long sleeve shirt. I love how soft this shirt is. I also love that it is floral pattern. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine....just like these wedges. Which I am OBSESSED with. They are totally comfy!

THANK GOD ITS THE WEEKEND!!!!! Tonight I finishing up my costume, catching up one some TV, maybe watching Ironman 2, and drinking some wine!

Things that I Loved this Week 10/25/10 to 10/29/10

1 & 2. H&M Wedge Shoes and Maxi Skirt

I bought these from my latest trip to H&M. I can't walk into that store without leaving with something. You can view my rant and full outfit on my blog post here.

3. Rumi's Alexander Wang Jumper
Rumi from fashiontoast.com look amazing in her jumper by Alexander Wang. There is something very child like and playful about this jumper. Sure it sort of looks like PJs but it looks so cozy and it really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling on the inside. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my mom would buy me onzies PJs. I HATED the foots of them. My mom would have to cut the footies off for me. Alexander Wang gave the onzie a grown up playful look. Alexander Wang you make my heart melt!

4. Florence and the Machine

I finally downloaded Florence and the Machine's cd! And my god am I in love with it! I can not stop listening to it. Her voice is just pure gold. Her lyrics are perfect. And the beats are so catchy! My favorite songs are of course Dog Days Are Over but I also love Kiss with a Fist and Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). Plus her flaming red hair is goregous. She has a rocking out of this world sense of style! I'm so sad to have just found out she is playing Terminal 5 here in NYC on Monday and Tuesday and BOTH shows are sold out! I mean awesome for her but sad for me! To late in the game! Hopefully she comes back to NYC soon!
Hope everyone had a great week! And has a great weekend!!! Can't wait to go out tomorrow night for Halloween! Does anyone else have Halloween plans or anything else going on this weekend?

October 28, 2010

Steal the Look for Less: Alexa Chung

Every one's a favorite fashionista Alexa Chung was looking cozy in a knit sweater and leather shorts at the London Film Festival's Premier of Submarine.

Photo from people.com

Chung's look is the perfect day outfit for the fall. It is cozy, comfortable, and chic. There's really nothing better then wearing a knit sweater and watching a movie. What makes this look chic is the leather short, the high heel booties, and the chain purse. You can get Alex Chung's chic cozy look for less.

Alex Chung
Outfits from left to right: 1. Urban Outfitters Staring at the Stares Cable Knit Sweater: $48 - urbanoutfitters.com; Nasty Gal Riptide leather Shorts: $92 - shopnastygal.com; ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag: $27 - asos.com; Forever21: $30 - forever21.com; 2. Topshop Knitted Cable Boyfriend Jumper: $100 - topshop.com; Faux Leather Shorts: $52 - yesstyle.com; Mango Madell Quilted Small Zip Chain Shoulder Bag: $34 - asos.com; Aldo: $120 aldoshoes.com; 3. American Eagle Cable Knit Long Sweater: $59.50 ae.com; ASOS High Waist Brown Belted Leather Shorts: $93 - asos.com; Grosgrain Chain And Bow Long Strap Lock Detail Bag: $41 - topshop.com

Cable Knit sweaters are the fall essential. They are warm enough for those fall days to go with out a jacket but they are also perfect to wear under a jacket. To get the cozy feel try a over sized knit like the Topshop Cable Boyfriend Jumper (second from the left). These cable knits are more lose then form fitting. If you want a tighter more form fitting knit try the American Eagle Cable Knit Long Sweater (last on the right). You can also had a funkier look by going with a sweater that has a little details to it. The Urban Outfitters Staring at the Stars Cable Knit Sweater (first to the left) is less chunky then the Topshop and Urban Outfitter sweaters. The UO sweater also has a little detail with the three gold buttons on the shoulder line.

Leather shorts are popping up every where. They are now the new fall essential because they are warm and can be worn with different tights or knee high socks. Leather shorts are harder to wear during the summer since well leather in the sun isn't very comfortable. You can also go with different types of leather shorts: low waist, high waist, tight, or lose. It really depends on what your body frame is and how you prefer to wear your clothes. If you are into loser feeling try the ASOS High Waist Brown Belted Leather Shorts (last on the right). These shorts have a comfortable laid back look to them while the Nasty Gal Riptide Leather Shorts (first on the left) is shorter and tighter. The Nasty Gal shorts have a very motorcycle bad ass chick feel to them. This can be played up or even played down. By adding a girlier sweater to these shorts like the UO sweater it gives it a more feminine side to it.

To really pull the whole look together don't forget the booties and black chain purse. It had a little spunk to this look throw on some red lipstick too.

What do you think of her look?

October 27, 2010

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Maybe you're like me this year and decided not to buy a costume because you just refuse to spend money on something that you'll wear all of one time or maybe you can't find anything. Well why spend so much money on something you'll never wear again instead of buying clothing that you will wear again. Or maybe you already have clothing lurking in your closet that you never thought of turning into a costume. Here are some budget friendly last minute costume ideas!

1. Hello Sailor

Halloween- Sailor

Outfits from left to right: 1. women's Armani Jeans stripe cotton top: $83 - julesb.co.uk; High Waist Sailor Short: $44 - ardenb.com; Mary Jane Peep Pump: $23 - wetseal.com; 2. Rare Sailor Button: $78 - whatruwearing.co.uk; Charles David Women's Sailor Wedge Sandal: $85 - endless.com; 3. Sailing into the Sunset Dress: $98 - modcloth.com; Ankle Striped Sandal: $37 - yesstyle.com; 4. Criminal Damage Victoria Corset Black: $44 - chaoticclothing.co.uk; Draven Shoes Women's Hold Fast Flat: $20 - endless.com
Accessories: Poppy Enamel Bow Ring: $68 - coach.com; Anchors Aweigh Drop Earrings: $12 - shopplasticland.com; Proud Merry Pendant: $13 - modcloth.com; The Sailor Card Holder: $22 - unique-vintage.com; Anchor Pring Tote: $54 - yesstyle.com; Sailor Knot Headband: $9.52 - missselfridge.com

Remember how during the spring/summer the sailor trend was pretty big. I'm sure some of you have high waist down button shorts, stripe shirts, and/or sailor styled dresses and skirts. You thought it was safe to put these away why not dig these back out! During the spring/summer we didn't want the look to look costumey but now is your chance to play it up. Take your high waist shorts pair it with a stripe t-shirt through some red pumps on and put on some fun costume jewelry like a anchor necklace or earrings. Or take your striped skirt and pair it with a corset double breasted button top for a sexy look. I think red pumps are perfect for this look and if you don't have any red pumps now is your reason to buy a pair esp. since red is one of the colors for the fall. Red pumps will give any fall outfit a nice pop of color. If you already have wedges or even sandals that would work with your outfit then go with that. Just don't forget the red lipstick to pull the whole look together!

2. Military Girl

Halloween- Military

Outfits from left to right: 1. Women's Aerie Military T-Shirt (Khaki Olive): $25 - ae.com; AE Women's Cargo Jegging (Deep Forest): $30 - ae.com; GIANMARCO LORENZI Pump: $855 - farfetch.com; Slotchy Military Tote: $22 - fredflare.com; 2. Delias Harper Military Shirt: $40 - delias.com; Forever21 Skirt: $18 - forever21.com; Anne Michelle Ignite-44 Button Military Bootie: $25 - urbanog.com; Oslenboye Military Backpack: $27 - jcpenney.com; 3. AE Rugged Bomber Jacket: $120 - ae.com; Military Bandeau Dress by Love**: $68 - topshop.com; Fendi suede military button knee high boot: $625 - flannelsfashion.com; Lucky Brand Front Line Canvas Tote Bag: $99 - nordstrom.com
Accessories from top to bottom: BKE Military Pin: $8 - buckle.com; Gold Military Necklace: $11 - windsorstore.com; Fossil Button Coin Stud Earrings: $12 - fossil.com; Fossil Dove Shield Pin: $18 - fossil.com; Love More Necklace: $10 - jacvanek.com

Why not go shopping for this falls trend and then play it up to the max. Military style is in for this fall. Cargo jeggings, military green, military style booties and bomber style jackets galore! Why not pair up everything that is military together? This a firm statement. For accessories do dog tag type of necklaces and military style pins. These would go great if your pairing a military type of pants or skirt with a plain top. If you want to do a sexy military girl pair the look up with a pump or a bootie with a heel. If your going for a bad ass look try a combat boot or a boot with a wedge heel.

3. Get 'Em Cowgirl

Halloween- Cowgirl

Outfits from left to right: 1. Siren Plaid Roll-Sleeve Henley Pullover: $98 - candccalifornia.com; Acne Kex Fresh low-rise skinny jeans: $260 - net-a-porter.com; Ariat Belt: $41 - zappos.com; Carvela Wrestle Cowboy Boots: $162 - asos.com; 2. Bolsa Chica: $25 - hollisterco.com; Tony Lama:$72 - zappos.com; AE Women's Rip & Repair Denim Shorties (Vintage Destroyed Wash): $30 - ae.com; Ariat Women's Heritage Stockman Cowboy Boots - Round Toe: $140 - sheplers.com; 3. Character Hero Plaid Double Cloth Dress: $48 - urbanoutfitters.com; B-Low the Belt: $142 - zappos.com; Sam Edelman Women's Nile Short Cowboy Boot: $150 - endless.com
Accessories starting from the left: Only Room for One Cowgirl Earrings: $15 - modcloth.com; Long chain drifter necklace: $63 - modcloth.com; What are to Steering at Necklace: $20 - modcloth.com; Asos pearl horse shoe earrings: $6.74 - asos.com; Cute Reindeer Necklace: $7.80 - forever21.com

Everyone has to have a plaid shirt....or two....or three....or more...right? Cowgirl outfit is pretty easy to do if you have the main two: plaid shirt and cowboy boots. I'm sure almost everyone now has cowboy boots. Pair your plaid shirt up with skinny jeans or torn shorts (give it the Duke's of Hazhard look) and throw on some cowboy boots. To take your look to the next level accessorize with a embelished belts from Tony Lama or Ariat. Do some fun jewlery like horse shoe earrings, a deer head necklace, or fringe like earrings. You can even do a cowgirl type of brooch like the Horse Head & Horse Shoe Crystal Brooch and pin it to your shirt or plaid dress. To even take it another step further you can do a cowgirl hat! If you want to really costume it up go to a local costume store and buy a holster, banda, or even a sherif badge! YEE-HAW!
Looking for more fun pratical costume ideas? American Apparel's website offers up some good ones like:

Girl Scout:

If you want to see more from American Apparel visit their website.
Remember be safe, have fun, and don't get to spooked!
Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so what are you going to be?

October 26, 2010

Outfit Post

Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: H&M
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Zara

I found my perfect maxi skirt! And of course it's from H&M. I love the feel of this skirt right down to the prints. I was online in the store buying the shoes that I have on when from the line I spotted this skirt hiding in the corner. I paid for the shoes and ran over to the rack. I got so lucky they had only two sizes left and one of them was mine! I ran, well more like speed walked around all the tourist, to the fitting rooms. Waited online for a good 10 minutes tried it on and was in love with first fitting. I got back on the ridiculous long slow line but did get $5 off since I got a little couple when I bought the shoes. I'm so glad that I spotted this skirt from across the room. I would still be on my endless hunt for a maxi skirt. Anyway, I decided to wear it today to work with my new boot wedges! I'm in love with this whole outfit. It's probably going to be my new favorite outfit.

After work I got my nails done at my favorite place in my neighborhood. I picked this OPI color:

I'm not sure what the name is BUT its a great fall color. It's a nice warm pink color.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far!!

October 25, 2010

Inspirational Monday: The Runaways

On Saturday Night I watched the Runways with the boy. I'm in love with this movie and in love with Dakota Fanning. She has grown into such a beautiful woman and an amazing actress. Her portral of Cheri Currie was phenominal. You can sense all of her emotions and you take that downward spiral with her. Kristin Stwert did a good job of potraying Joan Jett. Her I don't give a f**k attitude and clothing really rocked it. I loved this movie beyound just the acting. I always wished I grew up in the 1970s and early 1980s. I would have been one bad ass punkster. I remember in high school going to CBGBs for the first time to see a friend's band play there. As soon as you walked into that place you felt the grimeness of it, the dirt, the history, it was punk rock to a T. It really makes me sad that they had to close the place down because of the rent. The Bowery is def. not the same dirty creepy Bowery that it use to be. It's hella posh now with it's grand hotels, condos, and resturants. The Bowery was nothing like that even when I was in high school. Walking to CBGB's at night was creepy and dark. Going south of St. Mark's place at night was not that much fun. CBGB's is one of the many concert halls that has closed, changed, or relocated since I've been out of high school. I spent most of my high school nights and weekends going to concerts. Sundays during the day the Continental use to have all ages shows and my friend's band played quit a few of those. My best friend and I saw bands like Kevin Devine, All Time Low, From First to Last, and LOTS of other bands there. They now no longer hold shows and is just a bar in St. Mark's Place. The Knitting Factory was another place that we spent a lot of time at which is now relocated in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Rosaland Ballroom use to have TONS of shows they still have concerts there but not as much as when we were sophmores in high school. Music has always been a huge part of me and I miss my concert going days.

Besides this movie being nostaglic to me and wishing I grew up back then. The fashion killed it in this movie. Whoever styled for this movie was dead on. I loved everything Cheri Currie (Dakota Fanning) wore. From the sequin tops, to the jumpers, to the demin on demin everything was spot on. I also totally love the scene where she's at her high school talent show and she lip sings to David Bowie dressed up as David Bowie! There was a poll of IFB where someone asked if music influneced their fashion. I was surprised to see that a couple of people said David Bowie influnces them. It surprised me in a good way and reminded me of this scene.
I also loved Joan Jett's (Kristen Stwert) DIY style. Which totally matched Joan Jett's I don't give-a-f**k about what you think attitude.
All photos from Fanpop.com

This movie is a real fashion inspiration esp. since I've really been feeling the 1970s vibe lately. I put together in inspiration to the movie.

The Runaways

Outfits from left to right: 1. Leather Satchel: $1,265 - joanshepp.com; Prada Leather Platform Pumps: $750 - barneys.com; Vince Demin shirt: $98 - net-a-porter.com; MOTO Indigo Pleat Front Flare Jeans: $66 - topshop.com; 2. BCBG Max Azria Two-Tone Sequin Clutch: $128 - amazon.com; Steve Madden Smokkerr Boot: $210 - heels.com; KENNY 5709 BLACK SILK LACE COMBO BLOUSON TOP : $205 - farfetch.com; MiH Jeans Vienna low-rise corduroy skinny jeans: $185 - net-a-porter.com; 3. Ramones T-Shirt: $63 - zalando.de; Subtle Rock Skinny Jeans: $8.99 - forever21.com; Harris Leather Biker Jacket: $800 - allsaints.com; Vivienne Westwood - Too Fast To Live Ring: $304 - zappos.com; Jeffery Campbell All Studd: $270 - solestruck.com; Lionette Venus Necklace - Max and Chloe: $200 - maxandchloe.com; Tylie Malibu Runaway Bender Backpack: $679 - endless.com

Have you guys seen this movie? If so what did you think of it? If not will you?

Things That I Loved this Week 10/18/10 - 10/24/10

Sorry I'm falling behind on this!!! I will call this Things the I Loved LAST Week...and will run it to 10/24 which was yesterday, Sunday.

On Thursday I went to a sample sale for Free People, French Connection, Milly, Vakko, Just A Cheap Shirt, and a few others. The best advice I can give for going to sample sales to hold out on go until the last day or so because they usually slash the prices lower. Yes you might miss out some stuff but as I have learned sometimes waiting is even better. Thursday was the last day of the Sample Sale and there was still a good selection and Free people stuff was lowered from 65% off to 75% off. French Connection jeans were then $28 or 2 for $58. These are steals! I had picked a long sleeve shirt and a long sweater jacket from Free People's fall 2010 collection. The shirt was originally $58 but I got it for $15 and the sweater was originally $228 and got it for $58! I got these awesome throw back tailored high waist flared jeans for $28 from French Connection. Makes me wish I picked up 2! So here are my things that I loved LAST week:

1. Hello 1970's Sweater Free People Sweater $228

Okay so the model must be wearing a small or extra small because I'm probably shorter then her and I probably have bit wider frame then her...I bought this same sweater in a Large and the sleeves are much longer (which I love) and it's down past my knees (which I love). Whatever the case I probably would not have liked this so much if I just saw it online. It really isn't anything special online and I wish they would have given her a large to show how long this actually is. It has a great 1970s feel to it esp. because of the print and the little fringes around it. Pair it up with the flared jeans I'm throwing it back to the 70s and feeling like a hippy! I also love that I bought this for $58 and it's still online for $228. I did a outift post of this last week.

2. The Runaways

Saturday night the boy and I watched the Runaways with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. To be honest I'm not a Kristen Stewart fan but she played a really good Joan Jett, her acting skills sort of kicked in. Dakota Fanning....she blew my mind. She was beautiful and amazing! It's so crazy how grown up she is. She also at times reminded me of Lindsay Lohan not the way she acted but the way she looked. It must have been the make-up, blond hair, and her drug/alcohol addiction.

Anyway, I loved this movie. If you are a punk rock fan, if you ever wished you grew up in the late 1970s early 1980s to be around when CBGBs was the place to be at you should watch this movie. Plus the fashion in this was incredible. Who ever styled for this movie did a fantastic job. I loved all of Cheri Currie's (Dakota Fanning) clothing. Lots of sequins, flared jeans, and even jean on jean action! Even Joan Jett's I don't give-a- F**K clothing was great. Esp. when she made her own Sex Pistols shirt. The clothing in this movie was inspirational, maybe not their actions such as the drug abuse and alcohol abuse but clothing hell yes.

Photos from imbd.com

3. Bregje Heinen for Flair November
Fashion Canvas posted these from fashiongonerogue and they are absolutely breath taken! From the clothing to the scenery! The models face in these photos are just so strong and stunning. I love the American Indian feel these photos.

4. Zara Magazine Issue 2

I love that red is playing a big roll this fall. Red gives the perfect POP of color in any outfit esp. in fall and winter when we all tend to wear darker colors. It's also a easy color to pair clothing with. I'm loving the Zara cashmere red sweater with the high waist pants.

5. Lavin Loves H&M Preview

We are getting closer and closer. I'm loving the teasers that H&M keeps dropping! I just can't wait to see the full line!

Anything you guys really love?

October 24, 2010

Outfit Post

Hat: Urban Outfitters
Leather Jacket: Michael Kors
Sweater: H&M
Leggings: Urban Outfitters

This is what I wore yesterday. Decided to dress up a bit to go grocery shopping and to make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

I hate Sundays because it means tomorrow is Monday which in return means work. I'm so lazy today. I woke up late, did my laundry, took a nap while watching the Eagles game, and now I have to go food shopping. Lazy lazy lazy.

In other news I can not wait for next Saturday! We are doing the Halloween thing and sticking around the bars in our neighborhood. The boy and I have decided to be Sea Shepherds (from the TV show Whale Wars) If you don't know what Sea Shepherds are they are group of environmental activities that go down to coast of Anterica to save the whales from being harpooned by the Japanese. You can read more about these here: Sea Shepherd.org. We are making our costumers from scratch really we are just making the t-shirts from scratch everything else we are pulling together from our closet and what not. Even though I'm going to sexy up the costume since well they are on a boat down in the Antartica I mean they usually wear bulky clothing but I'm going to wear my faux leather shorts with fishnets, boots, black knit hat, and my leather jacket. I do however need to buy some combat boots I did see a pair on forever21s website that I like that I might to go see if I can find! What are you doing for Halloween?

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

October 23, 2010

Making Whoopie......PIES!!

My boyfriend and I made pumpkin whoopie pies today thanks to a recipe that I found online from this lovely blogger called What Megan's Making. Except him and I didn't make the frosting....we cheated and bought Ducan Hinnes Whipped Fluffy Frosting. No we weren't being lazy the reason is we don't have an electric mixer! But none the less they came out AMAZING! I'm in love with these and can not wait to share them with my friends and co-workers.

Here's the recipe:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-2/3 cups flour

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 pinches of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract a few shakes of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the baking powder, the baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour.

Using a spoon, drop small mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

For the icing: using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 2 pinches salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon; mix on low speed until blended, then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Spread the flat side of half of the cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.

From What Megan's Cooking

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!!!
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