August 31, 2011

Steal the Fall Trend for Less: Leather Skirts

There aren't many other things sexier then leather...That's why many designers sent models down the runway with leather skirts on for their Fall 2011 collections. Leather skirts paired up with basic sweaters to chambray tops to stomach bearing crop tops. These skirts can be dress up for a work day or dress down for lunch with the gals. Either way there is no need to spend a thousand plus on a leather skirt when you can steal this trend for less.

Racheal Comey Comfy and Cool in Leather

Leather Skirt- Rachel Comey

MTWTFSS Weekday blue sweater, €30
H M flared skirt, £20
Michael Antonio brown boots, $50
Forever21 braided belt, $5.80

Racheal Comey paired up her pleated black leather skirt with a simply comfy sweater. This look works for those casual days in the office or for meeting your boy up for coffee. The leather skirt adds a bit of edginess to the look but the sweater brings it back down to earth. All you need to pull of this look is a comfy blue sweater like the one from ($40) and a black leather (or pleather) skirt like the flared H&M skirt ($33). Pair the whole look up with brown ankle booties and a brown little belt.

3.1 Phillip Lim Layers in Leather

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011 Fall Skirt

J Crew boyfriend shirt, $98
H m coat, £60
Forever21 a line skirt, $23
Zara leather booties, $90
Forever21 wayfarer shades, $5.80
UGG Australia Rib Knit Scarf Brown One Size, $75

A longer leather skirt, one that hits the knee or right below, says work day ready. 3.1  Phillip Lim bundled his model down with a long black jacket, scarf, chambray shirt, and leather skirt. The chambray shirt also adds a bit of casualness to the whole look. What is fantastic about this whole look is that many of us have the essentials hanging in our closet already; like the black scarf, jacket, and chambray shirt. I love when designers carry over spring trends into the fall, makes it easy on our wallets! Of course the whole purpose of this look is the skirt and Forever21 has a fantastic A-line "leather" (or "leatherette") skirt that is very compatible in look of 3.1 Phillip Lim but definitely not in price. The Forever21 skirt will only cost you $23! Another fun twist on this look is the asymmetrical shoe, which you can find at Zara for $90!

Would you guys rock the leather skirt?

August 30, 2011

Outfit Post: All that Glitters is Gold

Shirt: Target
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Earrings: Urban Outfitters
Ring: Forever21
Sunglass: H&M
Bag: EBay

Along with the yellow cardigan being one of my favorite recent buys from Target so is this button down top. I have thought of a billion things to pair this top up don't get sick of this shirt just yet! Do you own anything that you can pair up with everything?

Can you believe Fashion Week is right around the corner!? Fashion Night Out is next Thursday and I can not wait! Still need to figure out where to hit up....first!

IFB Homework: Evolution of Fashion Media

This week IFB's Homework is all about what fashion blogs, magazine, websites that we read and check out on a daily basis. Its funny to see how fashion media has changed and even my own websites have changed. I remember using Myspace and Buzznet more like a fashion website (mosting pictures of myself). I think Audrey Kitchen and Hanna Beth were the ones to first really get me into nonstop self portraits. Then I ran across Fashiontoast's blog and thats when the game plan changed. It's funny to see yourself go from different sources and it's funny to watch everyone (not only readers but companies as well) switch gears as well.

Today my top 10 blogs, magazines, websites, etc (in no order) are:

1. Vogue. Who doesn't love Vogue? I grew up reading Vogue with my mom. Thanks to her and this magazine for sparking my interest in fashion. I always looked forward every month sitting with my mom and reading the newest issue. It was a fun bonding time point out stuff that we both liked. I will always remember my mom ripping out editorials and ads of things she loved and tacing them up on her wall for her source of fashion inspiration.

2. Nylon Magazine. Nylon magazine is one of my favorite fashion magazines because it's demographic is for the younger fashionistas. My age group and young. I like the young, hip, funky vibe that this magazine has. Also I like that it's not full of designer names, that they use independent designers as well as lower end names like H&M. I get a lot of my own outfit ideas from Nylon. They just make their editorials seem more real....and do able.

3. Fashiontoast. I'm not sure how I ever came across Rumi Neely's blog but this was my first fashion blog that I came across. She pretty much inspired me to start my fashion blog. Knowing that a fashion blog can be successful definitely was inspiring. Plus I she has a great sense of style, even if I can't afford half the clothing she wears.

4. Late Afternoon. I love Liz's sense of style and that she mixes high end with low end. I discovered her through since she is also a model and now works for their website.

5. Lauren Conrad's website is so refreshing, it stands out from the clutter of fashion sites. It's nice to have a beauty website that gives really great make-up and hair tips. I especially enjoy the tutorials. It feels like your girlfriends giving you helpful tips. I do like to try or make my own adaptation of their hair tricks since my hair is a medium length and I can't do longer looks. Her website has inspired me to do so beauty tips. I think a lot of girls with medium length hair like me feel stuck and don't feel like they can do much with it. I figured if I can figure out my own adaptation of it why not share it on my blog?

 6. Refinery29. I enjoy Refinery29 for their youthful approach to fashion. I love that it's like a online magazine but it's more like a blog. I also enjoy their tutorials as well.

7. Elle. This is another magazine I have always read: Elle, MarieClaire, Allure, and Cosmopolitan were the magazines to read. Yes even as a teenager I read Cosmo...and Cosmogirl (is that mag still around?). ...and Seventeen. I still pick up VogueTeen every now and then. But Elle has really evolved and has become another stable in my magazine buying. While MarieClaire and Allure are the magazines I'll pick up if there is someone of interested on the cover and Cosmo only when I'm sitting in B&N flipping through mags. I don't find Cosmo appealing to me as much as I use to. Not like it was esp. in college. You really mean something if you have last this long in my magazine reading.

9. W. Another magazine that I grew up reading with my mom. Like Vogue it's a fashion magazine that is iconic. It's one that every fashionista needs to read. I get a lot of inpiration from these editorials.

10. Okay who doesn't live on when it's fashion week season. is the source to find what the latest trends are, always good to review what happened on the runway. It's a good place to refresh yourself.

Besides reading material and the likes I love watching shows like Project Runway and America's Next Top Model. Besides all the drama I love see the end product. It's also amazing to see something from start to finish. Both shows are inspiring in its own way. Like ANT inspires me to take better outfit photos...makes me want to "model" and Project Runway inspires my DIY projects.

How about you guys? What are your favorite fashion sources?

August 29, 2011

Outfit Post: Wild Child

Shirt: H&M
Cardigan: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Target
Bag: Ebay
Hat: H&M

Okay not really...just in my print. It's funny that I would choose leopard print or feel like I'm going on safari since today I ran into some other lovely ladies that were also rocking the safari look or leopard print: Keiko Lynn, The Man Repeller, and Fashaholic Anonymous. Glad to be in good company with these gals.

August 28, 2011

Photo Diary: Weekend in Pictures


This past weekend was an eventful one....between Dave Matthews Band Caravan on Friday and "Hurricane" Irene Saturday/ was a interesting one. I had bought my bf tickets to the DMB Caravan show on Governors Island for the Saturday show but they cancelled Sat and Sunday show due to the weather, they invited single ticket holders to come to the concert on Friday and we'll be able to go to the make-up date (hopefully). Then Irene hit....we had a leak in our kitchen ceiling....and that was really it. No trees down, no flooding, no power outage....nothing that they were expecting which I guess is a good thing but sadly disappointed....

August 26, 2011

Visual Friend Friday: Up Close and Personal

This Friday's Visual Friend Friday is brought to us by Ashley Getting Dressed. We are getting up close and personal with our favorite items! And I'm choosing two of my new items that I just added to my wardrobe.

One of my new favorite additions are my Jeffrey Campbell's Glitter Loafers that I picked up from the LF Store Sale of the Season. I had first I'd these bad boys at the beginning of the season when I was in the store. I held off on getting them since they were originally $110. The thought that ran through my mind was "wait till the sale of the season maybe you'll get lucky....again." So I waited and I was right I TOTALLY got lucky. I ended up buying them for $44! Anyway enough about the sale. Why I love them? THEY ARE GLITTER! GLITTER SPARKLY GLITTER! What is more girly and glamorous then glitter?! I really loved these shoes because they are practical. Much more piratical then the glitter Lita's. I can wear these loafers to work without getting total strange looks or standing out to much. Also the fact that they are flat and you can easily run around the city in them is nice. I felt like I would get more wear out of them them I would have the Lita's I also tried on.

I love them for the shape. I love the shape around the top of the foot. It isn't just round but has a nice curve to it. It also has a strip of glitter inside the shoe! What a nice hint of surprise.

Addition number Alexander Wang Rocco Mini Duffle Bag look alike. Okay okay okay I am NOT one to buy knock offs or replicas but lets be honest here....there is NO WAY that I am buying a bag that cost as much as the rent that I least my half...(no I'm not kidding). Right now I am not in the financial state to buy such an amazing bag. And believe me I still want the real thing...but when I came across this bag on ebay I had to...$40 vs. $875....well $40 it is. It looks JUST like it! Studds check, mini duffle size check, has the handles check, the seams in the front check, and the side pockets check. CHECK AND MATE!

Okay so this is definitely my first replica bag....and hopefully my last. Maybe one day I'll own the real thing....*slips into a day dream*

August 25, 2011

DIY Black and Gold Oxfords

I saw this DIY Project on Rebecca Minkoff's Minkette blog DIY Color Block Oxfords and I totally thought "I could so do this!" When I have a thought in my head I have to do it or else it will drive me crazy! Especially when I have most of the materials. Actually I'm really happy I stumbled across this project because I was seriously thinking about tossing my old Express Oxfords since I don't wear them and they are falling apart. This project came in handy to give my old Oxfords a face lift.

What You Need:
- Old Pair of Oxfords (or a cheap pair)
- Paint Brushes (one with a bigger brush and a smaller one to get all the small cracks)
- Fabric Paint

1. Start with the tips of the shoes. Start with one coat and then wait for it to dry to see if you need another coat, depending on fabric of the shoe you might need multiple coats (I think I was up to 4!).

2. Once you get all your coats done on the fronts of your oxfords start to paint the tongue in the same color of the fronts of the oxfords. This might need a coat of two as well.

3. Once everything is dried start to paint your sides of the shoes.


The last thing to do....take them out for a walk!

Sweater: Ben Sherman from LF Store
Shorts: H&M
Shoes: DIY
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bracelets: Charlotte Russe
Hat: H&M

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