September 30, 2011

Visual Friend Friday: 50's Style with a Modern Twist

Finally I'm back on track with the my regular posting. I feel like I haven't done a Friend Friday in a month...okay no that's right it HAS BEEN a month. Well I'm glad to be back in the swing of things and this post is all about 50's style (brought to you by GSLillian). The saying what goes around comes around holds especially true in the world of fashion. Everything get modernized and we hold on to a lot of the same cuts from different decades. Two of my favorite cuts from the 50s are pencil skirts and fit and flare dresses. Designers and retailers have redesigned these cuts like cutting the hems a little shorter (typically 50 style dresses and skirts feel below the knee).

I've had this plaid H&M skirt for a few years now. I have gone back and forth between keeping it and letting it go. It's a weird love hate relationship I have with it. Well...this season I love it (even though it fits looser then it use too). I love that it hits right above the knee, that it's high waist, and it's slim fitting. The problem I have with can be a little school girl/nun looking (it's the Catholic school girl in me). To take away from the school girl look and to make the skirt more modern I tried dressing it up with my Target oxford shirt that has a chambray sort of look for it and my new Forever21 collar necklace....also toughed up the look with my A. Wang replica bag.

(PLEASE DON'T MIND THE LOOK OF THESE PHOTOS....My boyfriend bought me a new camera for my birthday so we are still learning the settings...)

Shirt: Target
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Zara
Necklace: Forever21
Bag: eBay

September 29, 2011

ARROJO Hair Final Picture!

Now that I have my time back and done with playing catch up from NYFW I thought I'd FINALLY share the ACTUAL final photo from the ARROJO Hair Experience taken by the lovely talented David Ducane.

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September 28, 2011

Outfit Post: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Forever21
Bag: eBay
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Ring: Forever21
Earrings: Forever21

I love my Maddow Jeffrey Campbell shoes! I got them from my parents for my bday. I knew I was getting these since I had picked them out and ordered them myself. I'm a brat I know. But hey I waited a whole MONTH....I could have begged my mom to give them to me as an early bday present, but I didn't. I love the girlyness mixed with the tough edge with the cut out feel and buckle. Also sorry guys, this is probably the BILLIONTH time I posted this skirt. Sorry to say this skirt isn't going anywhere, soon enough I'll be pairing them up with tights. I can't get enough of it! POLKA DOTS POLKA DOTS P O L K A D O T S! 

ANYWAY 8 more days till NEW ORLEANS!!! And I'm definitely taking these shoes with me! 

Steep vs Cheap: Miu Miu vs Steve Madden

Miu Miu

Miu Miu high heel boots, $745
Miu Miu high heel boots, $890

What girl doesn't love these glitter suede heels from Miu Miu? They are the perfect little pizzaz for this fall. You can girlie them up with a little dress or tough them up with a leather jacket. But for this little pizzaz comes a steep price tag, a pair of these Miu Miu shoes at retailers like Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter will cost you $890. Many of us don't have that type of cash just laying around so lucky for us Steve Madden came out with a pair of shoes that is very compareable in style- the Steve Madden HASST shoe. Made of glitter and suede just like Miu Miu, but unlike Miu Miu these Steve Madden's will only will only cost you $169. That's a $721 price difference! And that's what I call a STEAL!

What do you guys think? Would you go for the Steve Madden HASST shoes?

September 26, 2011

Inspirational Monday: (It's My) Birthday!

Happy Birthday

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want not really but TODAY is my 25th birthday. I'm a quater of a century old...and wiser. It's funny to look back and see how far I come and where I am today. At the age of 5 I wanted to be a veterinarian and a princess, at the age of 15 I wanted to be a enviromental lawyer or start my own recording the at age of 25....I feel like a princess thanks to my charming boyfriend but I'm still working on that what I want to be when I grow up part. Although I am closer to my goal then I have ever been and I feel proud to have grown into the woman that I am and to have accomplished what I have in my 25 years of life. I would have never thought that I would be going to Fashion Week, rubbing elbows with designers and celebrities, have a loving boyfriend, be moved out of my parents and living with him. Dreams do come true....sometimes  you just have to make it all happen. There are a few things I'll be wishing for when I blow out my candles tonight. I feel that 25 is going to be a great age, lots of good things to come. 

September 23, 2011

Elene Cassis Spring 2012

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How do you get the final show at the Lincoln Center started? With a rock and roll violin player of course! That's how Elene Cassis started her Spring 2012 runway show. To bad this was an epic beginning that then became an epic fail, the whole ambiance feel short. Being that it was the last show I had expected the tent to be packed but let's be real why they allowed so many people into the Studio, why they even held the last show at Lincoln Center in the Studio instead of the Theater or the Stage, and why they let little kids in is beyond me. The whole experience was less then pleasurable and took away from the show-- at least for me it did. I had a child push her way in front of me (for that split second I forgot I was at a fashion show and though I was at a concert) and then she continued to climb all over me and the seat in front of me to try and see the show. The mother? Well she didn't care...and she cracked her gum through out the WHOLE show. It was just incredible rude. I couldn't enjoy the clothes or the music, it was the first show that played Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger." I had been WAITING for someone to play that song, since when I first heard it I thought it would be the perfect runway show song.

Anyway, from what I did see...I liked. It was a nod to Jackie-O with a modern day twist. Classic feminine cuts in black, white, and pastel colors. I also loved the eye catching handbags that she paired her looks up with. All her looks were a bit basic and can transform easily from day to night with the right accessories.

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September 22, 2011

Outfit Post: Poncho Dress

Poncho: H&M
Shoes: H&M
Belt: J.Crew
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Yesterday was the perfect weather to wear my poncho. I have been waiting for this weather to breakout this poncho again. I decided to style it a little differently then just wearing it as a poncho. I unbuttoned the first button and looped the belt under and over the poncho creating a cape effect in the back.Which it then became more of a cape dress. The only problem is that you need to wear a slip or something underneath or you'll be bearing the world your undies. I wore my black Charlotte Russe tank top and my mini spandex slip skirt, basic black is usually the best call. All I can say is that I felt like I was wrapped in a blanket all day, and I'm a-okay with that!

What do you think of the poncho dress?

September 21, 2011

Guli Spring 2012

Guli's Spring 2012 Collection was desert perfection. Through out the whole show all I can think about was being lost in the desert wandering around with these beautiful, interesting dresses on and (shhh don't tell the boyfriend but...) with these gorgeous rugged looking men who walked the runway by my side...Or me riding a camel and them being my camel man. For the first time ever I was on a journey with this fashion show. Towards the end of the show woman walked the runway with wedding looking dresses and I started fantasizing how I would wear these dresses and what my desert wedding would look like. Crazy. I know. Yet exhilarating that this show could take me to a whole new level of imagination. Guli's designer Gulnara Karimova (also daughter of Uzbekistan's authoritarian leader) did a great job incorporating traditional Uzbekistan clothing and accessories with more modern clothing.

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Cirpriani restaurant was the perfect back drop to all these looks, with its dark rustic look and expensive looking charm. Sadly, Guli got the boot from the tents due to child labor protestors "alleging forced child labor in the cotton fields of her home country" ( I'm still not sure how to feel about all this...this was a revelation for me since I saw the protestors outside but didn't fully understand why they were out there till now...Even though they had a kid handing out flyers while they should have been in school (just saying!).  It's sad that if she uses these child labor cotton fields for her clothing becuase to me it really takes away from the beauty of her clothing.

Outfit Post: Slouch Fest

 Sweater: LF Store
Dress: Forever21
Shoes: H&M
Jacket: Michael Kors
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

This outfit made me feel like I jumped out of a Free People catalogue. They always tend to take a slouchy top and put it over a maxi dress or skirt. They love their layers. As do I. Funny thing is not a single piece of my outfit is from Free People. I think its great to be able to recreate something you saw using your own garments.  Anyway this knit was one of my finds from the LF Store End of the Season Sale. I love the slouchiness to it...that it's loose, can go with jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts, and dresses. The red also has a nice little pop to it. Yes, I already broke out the leather jacket....I couldn't help it!

Have you already broke out your fall stuff yet?

September 20, 2011

Tibi Spring 2012 Collection

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To be honest I was sad by the thought of not getting an invite to Tibi's Spring show but to my surprise I got an invite in my inbox asking to RSVP. YES YES and YES. When walking into the Stage and seeing the unique runway set up (they had a row of seats right down the middle of the runway creating two walk ways) I knew I was in for a thrill. Tibi's collection did not disappoint. Girly frocks, wide leg pants, clean and sleek lines ruled this runway. I'm a huge fan of clean lines (reasons why I love lines like Celine and Chloe)....and neutrals...and pastels....sooo Tibi's spring line was a grand slam for me. I was also please to see that mint green isn't going anywhere either since my closet slowly became full of mint green clothing this past summer.

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September 19, 2011

VLOV by Qingqing Wu Menswear Spring 2012

I can't believe I attended my first menswear show a week ago today. When it comes to menswear I'm either very traditional (tailored lines, fitted but masculine) or I have a rugged side (loose fitted jeans, loose fitted button downs, a bit disheveled). VLOV Spring 2012 collection had some traditional looks but with Qinging Wu's own take on it-- a mix of more fitted looks then what I'm used to on men. Wu was inspired by the letter V this season which you can easily find in his asymmetrical cuts and asymmetrical zippers. He also divided his collection into two themes "gray representing introspective elegance along with blue and white representing hope." I overall liked his more traditional looks then his fitted looks-- since some were to feminine looking for my eye. Also some the fabrics he used in the non-traditional menswear looks were a bit to bright or to shiny to see the "every day man" in.

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Break from NYFW Updates for an Outfit Post: Fall is Here?

 Shirt: Smitten
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Hat: H&M

It feels like we literally got smacked in the face by fall weather. It just happened over night, no slow progression...just one day sunny warm high 70s the next jacket/sweater weather. I love fall for pumpkin spice everything, hot apple cider, sweaters, and of course my birthday. I already am breaking out the leather jacket and going to have to get ready to trade out all my summer clothes for winter clothes. This outfit was from Friday. My Smitten sweater was the easiest sweater to get my hands on since it was sitting on hanger in the back of my closest. This is also one of my favorite sweaters that I couldn't wait to wear again. It's a throw back to the 80's yet still now and can be worn so many different ways. Fall here I come and I'm already jumping in with my pumpkin spice lattes and I just picked up some Apple Cinnamon Spice Tea at the grocery store.

Are you guys ready for fall?

September 18, 2011

Lela Rose Spring 2012

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Neon Graveyard usually not the type of theme you hear at a Spring fashion show. Sounds a bit depressing...maybe even a bit lacking in the color department? Well Lela Rose is not neither depressed or lacking in color. Her inspiration came from Coney Island and the Neon Museum in Las Vegas...old neon signs that have lost their luster. She used a lot of grays with pops of yellows and orange as if they were broken neon signs missing some lettering. Her inspiration was unique just like her clothing and patterns that she used. Lots of stand out pieces, beautiful dresses, and playful functional clothing. All I know is that I need to get my hands on her brown coat with the orange lining! 

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September 17, 2011

Parkchoonmoo Spring 2012 Collection

Parkchoonmoo who? Chances are you never even heard of this line or the designer Demi Park well things are about to change my friend. I honestly didn't know who or what Parkchoonmoo was until after I found her on a list for fashion week, something about the name jumped out at me and made me want to Google it. Google I did and from the moment I landed on her homepage I knew I was in for it. I looked over her Spring 2011 Collection and Fall 2011 collection and from those two shows alone I KNEW I wanted to be at her Spring 2012 collection.

Park didn't show under the tents but instead at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center down in Chelsea. This space was PERFECT for her artsy take on her homeland Korea. Beautiful deconstructed clothing with overlays of fabrics. Pops of reds and blues stuck out between the blacks and whites. Models walked down the runway to sick beats that couldn't help but make you feel like you were in an underground grunge club. The whole look and vibe of the Parkchoonmoo show was probably my favorite out of all the shows that I had attended. And some how I got to enjoy it all in the front row.

photos courtesy of Parkchoonmoo by photographer Olivier Cassise

September 16, 2011

Farah Angsana Spring 2012 Collection

As much as I love fashion shows I also really enjoy fashion presentations. Presentations allow you to get up close and personal with the different pieces. They allow you to truly taking in and appreciate all the details that you might miss out on the runway, especially if you are 4 rows back peaking over people's heads.

There was no better way to view Farah Angsana Spring 2012 Collection then through a presentation. Her gowns are one of a kind-- the details in the fabric and the beading make the dresses. I can not begin to tell you how amazing all her dresses are and how much work must have went into each and everyone of them. Beading, sequins, feathers, much detail! Color was also not lacking in this collection, bright bold colors, along with unique take on wedding dresses, and pastels. Her collection is every girls dream-- I just want to play dress up in each one of her gowns!

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