Cape Town (and Other Fashion Victories at the Oscars)

Okay, can we talk about the Oscars for a second? I’ve never actually watched an award show in my  life, but they are the perfect time for a fashion moment. So, earlier today I was on my style.com iPhone app as usual, and went to vote for my favorite “look of the day” as I do every day, and my jaw literally dropped at the first picture that popped up. It was Gwyneth Paltrow in that Tom Ford dress-and-cape gorgeousness.

Stunning.

Of course, I voted for her in the style.com poll. She can pull off a cape better than any model. This then prompted me to head over to the style.com website and check out what other celebs wore to the Oscars. Although I personally think that no one topped Gwynnie, there were some other fashion victories to be had.

A close second was Judy Greer wearing Monique Lhullier. I believe my exact words were, “I would go lesbo for her. Just to wear that dress.”

Esperanza Spalding. I have no idea who she is or who her dress is by, but it’s the ultimate dream prom dress and I really want it.

Kristin Wiig really brought it in this J. Mendel. She looks beautiful.

Stacy Keibler. Never heard of her, but I’m loving her Marchesa.

Jessica Chastain’s Alexander McQueen is flawless.

I love Kelly Ripa’s Carolina Herrera, but something seems a little off about it. Maybe it’s not quite Oscar worthy?

What do you think of these dresses? Is there another celeb whose look you loved?

I’m not typically one for men’s fashion, but Pharrell Williams is lookin’ gooood in his Lanvin.

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I Wish for Wedges

It’s been a really long time since I last went shopping. Like, I can’t remember the last time. It’s bad. Anyway, I stumbled onto Piperlime recently and, naturally, started looking at wedges. I look at clothes online a lot, but never buy. I am a firm believer that you need to see how it looks on you before you can make an informed decision on your purchase. I know a lot of online venues offer free returns, but that just seems like a lot of work. I am in desperate need for new shoes, especially wedges. As those of you who have seen my outfit posts, you are aware of how much I love my polka-dot wedges. There is no way those cost more than $20, I got them at Target when I was young. Like, really, really young. I have no idea how it’s possible that they even fit me now. At this point, they are literally falling apart. From the selection on Piperlime, these babies are my favorites.

Seychelles $110

DV by Dolce Vita $89

Coconuts $69

These are like snakeskin for the fainthearted, it’s awesome.

In terms of actually buying, I’m waiting until my trip to Europe, where I plan on making up for my lack of shopping. I can’t wait to show you guys what I buy! Do you love wedges as much as I do? Do you like these ones? Let me know.

Black and Blue (and White and Purple)

No one can pull off a forehead headband quite like Taylor Swift. You can hate on her music all you want, but don’t hate on her style.

After trying out the look for myself on Valentine’s day, I fell in love. I literally got out all my elastic headbands and all my flower clips and figured out which combinations I liked. What I wore yesterday was probably my favorite, the brown headband with the purple flower.

White and blue is cute. Black and white is classic. Blue and black is chic. And purple just makes me happy 🙂

top: Juicy Couture, skirt: Uniqlo, tights: Uniqlo, wedges: Target, necklace: Free People, headband: any drugstore

Vintage and Rag & Bone, Rag & Bone and Vintage

Vintage and Rag & Bone is the best combination of my closet’s contents that I can think of. This outfit is truly a mixture of time and taste. There will always be a special place in my heart for Rag & Bone, they were my introduction to daily wear of high end clothes and their sample sales are the highlight of my shopping experience every season.
The button down I bought at my first Rag & Bone sample sale. The jeans I bought at the last one I went to. The top was the result of my very first vintage excursion, and the vest is the result of my last one. I didn’t do that on purpose, I promise. It just worked out that way.

I’m a girl. I twirl my hair.

Ninja.

white top: vintage, button down: Rag & Bone, vest: vintage Parché Paris, jeans: Rag & Bone, boots: from somewhere in Italy, black bracelets: vintage, green bangle: J. Crew, flower ring: Marc Jacobs, watch: vintage

My friend once told me that this shirt looks like a maternity shirt, so I didn’t wear it for a few years. I figured it was time to break it out again. Like my layering?

The Great Debate: Neon Edition

In case you’ve been living under a rock (and props to you for getting internet connection under said rock), neon has been trying really hard to be a trend this season. The trouble is, neon is very difficult to get right. I myself do not own anything neon. I take that back I have neon post-its. I should totally figure out how to make a neon post-it bracelet. Chic, no? Kidding, unless paper is in. I don’t think I saw that at fashion week. I did, however, see neon bags.

So, I saw the latest cover of Seventeen and thought I’d write a post about how much I hate neon.

Then I saw Jenna Lyons, President and Executive Creative Director of J. Crew, and her Proenza Schouler and I though I’d write a post about how much I love neon.

Alas, The Great Debate. My previous post about trends, sneaker wedge edition was not a Great Debate because there’s no question. I love the sneaker wedge and I’m proud to say it. The neon trend, however, I am not fully on board with. There is a thin line between chicness and tackiness when it comes to neon.

So, Lily Collins’ Seventeen cover. I don’t know if she’s wearing even more neon in her spread because I didn’t feel the need to actually open the magazine. I’ll do some follow-up if I have the stomach for it. Back to the thin line between chicness and tackiness. Neon bag? I approve. Neon everything? Not cute. The magazine looks even trashier in person. It literally made me want to barf. Also, I disapprove of the collar-necklace-and-bib-necklace’s-love-child thing. But to the point, Seventeen‘s attempt at neon was a fail. Jenna Lyons, however, is a different story entirely. Not just because I love J. Crew and Proenza’s bags are perfection, but because the whole outfit is perfection. Neon is intense, and neon on neon isn’t the way to go. The way to pull off neon is to let it be the statement piece of the outfit. When the neon is competing for attention with everything else you’re wearing, that’s when it goes wrong.

Here are some awesome bloggers pulling off (or not) the trend:

The Blonde Salad offsets her bright dress with some classy black accessories. That gorgeous girl is the definition of class.

In theory, the pop of neon is cute. In practice, it’s ruined by everything else she’s wearing. I don’t like to hate on people’s personal style, but I’m not a fan of this look. Eat. sleep. wear. is usually fashion savvy, but the green tights take away from the neon and aren’t flattering.

The Man Repeller, a fashion goddess, pulls off a neon denim jacket by dressing it up with a feminine skirt, some Chanel booties, and her own Proenza bag.

Forget everything I just said. Jason Wu has convinced me. I adore neon.

Fish in the Sea

And on my dress.

Good morning all! It will probably be afternoon by the time I post this since I have yet to take pictures, but I’ll pretend it’s still morning. I like this outfit and I hope you do too. I’ve had this dress forever, it was a hand-me-down from my sister. I think the first time I wore it was four years ago. Since it’s extremely short, I thought I should wear it with extra-thick tights since, you know, it’s still winter. The dark purple tights bring out the light purple in the dress, and I like the contrast between the dark purple and the red stripe. My everyday boots and denim shirt keep it casual. As much as I love designer clothing, you don’t need a label to look good.

I call this one “The Angry New Yorker”

dress: vintage, belt: from somewhere in Italy, boots: from somewhere in Italy, tights: Hue, denim shirt: Madewell

Happy Wednesday!

Valentine’s Day: What I Wore

Being a designer must be really hard. Every season, they put themselves out there to be judged by the likes of the Queen of Fashion, Anna Wintour. I can only imagine the courage it takes to see your own creations go down a runway, not knowing how they will be received. I have no interest in being a designer myself, but I would like to give a little salute to their bravery by putting myself out there today. This is by far the wackiest thing I’ve ever worn to school. But hey, what’s the point of being single on valentine’s day if you can’t wear a sequin skirt before 7 p.m.? A forehead accessory? Polka-dot socks with polka-dot wedges? Everything all at once?

I call this one the “I wear sequins. Deal with it.”

t-shirt: Rag & Bone, bra: Victoria’s Secret, black skirt: Topshop, sequin skirt: re-purposed costume from my high school musical, tights: Uniqlo, necklace: Juicy, sweater: Marc Jacobs, socks: Hue, shoes: Target, dance belt (worn as headband): Capezio

I got a judgmental look from an old lady on the subway this morning because of the flower on my face. It was pretty awesome. The two-skirts-at-once thing was inspired by the man repeller, one of my fashion icons. The sequin skirt is actually part of my costume for the school musical, Aida, but more on that later. The headband is actually a ballet belt, pinned in the back to fit size of my head. Playing it safe is no fun.

Hope you all had a great valentine’s day.

Trend Spotting for Spring: Sneaker Wedges

I really wish I was important enough to be invited to fashion week shows. That explains why I abuse my style.com app so much. But that’s not what this post is about. This is about… take a guess? Yes, trend spotting for spring. I first noticed this trend when I saw some of my favorite bloggers wearing these Isabel Marant shoes.

Let me just say, I loooove wedges. Despite my 5’9.5”ness, I love the extra height that heels give.  They can improve any unflattering silhouette and make my legs look way more awesome than they are. But, since my pain threshold is not at a super-human level, I can’t stand to wear them as much as I would like to. Wedges give height as well as support and are infinitely more comfortable.

Enter sneakers, the opposite of what comes to mind in a fashionable shoe word association. They aren’t necessarily ugly, just not particularly high fashion. Until now.

Enter the sneaker wedge, the shoe everyone will be wearing come spring. I know, I know, it’s weird. I was freaked out at first, too. It’s one of those love it or hate it trends, and it just so happens that I love it. Not the Isabel Marant ones in particular, those are actually kinda ugly, but the trend as a spring staple. I need to get me some fashionably acceptable sneaks. Since the absolutely beautiful ones like these Guiseppe Zanotti’s are, um, $650, I wouldn’t blame you for reconsidering your reconsideration of the sneaker wedge.

But wait, there’s more. Since the fashion industry works in mysterious ways, (just kidding.) a budget-friendlier option has surfaced in everyone’s favorite place to shop: H&M (kidding again.) But seriously, I might just brave all the poorly made clothing that people seem to think is actual fashion for a pair of these awesome shoes. $35 for the next hottest trend? Yes please.

And if you don’t think that white shoes are a practical option in New York City, I understand. I have an option for you, too. I like the black ones more than the taupe, even though they are more money. $63 is still not bad.

Happy trend setting!

Looking for a Mentor

I may be mistaken, but I don’t think that there are any teachers at LREI who are quite as obsessed with fashion as I am. Therefore, I’m not looking for my relationship with my mentor to stem from this commonality, although an appreciation for fashion would be great. I want a mentor who will keep me motivated and on top of my work. My mentor should be someone who is organized, someone who will be supportive, someone who I have worked with before and know that I work well with. It would be beneficial for me if my mentor is able to help me improve my writing skills, seeing as I will be writing for my internship.

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Senior Project Proposal

I want a career in fashion. This has been my goal for the past few years and I have already taken steps towards achieving it. I had a three week internship with Edit, a clothing store on the Upper East Side, and have taken two classes at FIT, a college for fashion. For my senior project, a want an enriching internship in the fashion industry to further my fashion knowledge and abilities.

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