It’s Not Fall Until It’s Fashion Week

And thank god it’s Fashion Week. As you probably know, Fashion’s Night Out is tonight, which kicks off New York Fashion Week, which kicks off all the Spring 2013 shows. But as much as I wish I was in SoHo right now, unfortunately I’m still on campus. Not that college isn’t awesome, it’s just that Connecticut will never be able to measure up to Fashion Week. I tried to get myself home in time for tonight. For the love of fashion blogging, I tried, but it didn’t work out with the train schedule and like a true city girl, I can’t drive. So I’m forced to observe this FNO and NYFW from behind my computer screen instead of behind my new camera.

But enough complaining about not being in New York City. There is a greater implication of NYFW that effects even the students at Connecticut College. It’s fall. Finally! I never thought I would follow “it’s fall” with “finally!”, but that’s the interesting thing about fashion. Summer has always been my favorite season. You know, sun, beach, no homework. Normally I would never want to rush summer to a close, but as my love for fashion has grown, so has my appreciation for fall and spring. Why? Because they are the most fashion-friendly seasons. Obviously wearing the same winter coat with jeans and boots every day is not the most fashion-forward outfit I can think of. Summer gives you much more room to breathe fashion-wise, but the heat does put a major damper on exercising your layering skills. My point is that my three pairs of denim shorts got old at least a month ago and I really missed my blazers. Apart from the fact that the beginning of the school year this time around didn’t seem like total doom and gloom since college is much more fun than high school, and not only is FNO and NYFW a fashion blogger’s best friend, but this year I’m excited for fall because unlike it’s predecessor, the sartorial opportunities are endless. Welcome to Fashion Week.

Side note: I would love to get outfit posts back up and running, but I have yet to find a photographer here, so… I’m working on that.

Side note #2: I survived my first full week of college classes! Wooo!

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While Away

I had a particularly difficult time packing for St. Thomas (remember that Caribbean island I was talking about?) because nearly everything I put in the suitcase, my mom took out and told me that it was too nice to take. I wasn’t allowed to bring my new Derek Lam knit top or my wedges from Florence. White girl problem? Absolutely. But still, I was reduced to jean shorts and t-shirts, which is kind of uncomfortably casual for me. So since I’m home and can wear heels again, I thought I’d make a post on the items whose absence was greatly felt.

Rag & Bone feather print jeans:

These are my favorite pair of pants that I own. They’re the same print as the Rag & Bone dress that I wore in London. Usually I try to wear skirts and dresses as far into fall as physically possible, since my winter wardrobe of jeans and a sweater is rather boring and un-fashion-forward. But ever since I got my hands on these beautiful babies, I’ve been looking for any opportunity to wear them. And it’s August. I bought them right before I left at the beloved Rag & Bone sample sale. And look! Joan Smalls has the same ones! I have the same jeans as a supermodel! And she wore them on page 76 of the August 2012 issue of Teen Vogue!

Loeffler Randall platforms:

I’ve mentioned these shoes a few times before on the bog, so you already know how much I love them. I wore them to senior project presentation night, senior banquet, graduation, and just out to get coffee. They might even beat out my neon shoes from Italy and my Jimmy Choos as my favorite pair of heels, which is quite an accomplishment.

I Love Juicy shampoo from Lush:

I have been using this shampoo for what feels like forever. I’m almost out of my second bottle of the medium size. The tiniest bit thoroughly cleans out everything in your hair and leaves it feeling refreshed. The smell is so distinct and spring/summery, I think I missed the smell more than anything else. It’s very fresh, light, and lemony.

My stuffed animal, Snowflake:

Snowflake and I have shared a bed since second grade. I got him at Hamleys, a toy store in London. He was much whiter and softer then. Since he’s rather large, it was impractical to take him with me to St. Thomas, although when I was in third grade I demanded that he come with us on any trip longer than a week. I believe we had to take another suitcase because of him during my family’s two week trip to South Africa that year.

What items/products/stuffed animals do you miss most when you go on vacation?

The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

Or maybe not, it depends on how emotionally invested you are in things having to do with my prom dress. But I’ve been told that I’ve created quite the buildup, so…

Readers, meet my prom dress. Prom dress, readers.

And also my friend Steven, who was not my prom date.

This is Emmett, he was my prom date.

He gave me a corsage and everything

Steven, again

This is the closest thing I have to a shot of the back of my dress. That’s my friend Hannah admiring the front of it.

I had to throw this shot in here, I love the depth of it with the two boys looking the same way, and the action of it with my hair flipping.

And of course you know my shoes. I wore Tart Deco by Essie on my toes.

My shoes are way cooler than Emmett’s. And far less comfortable.

The clutch and rings are my mom’s. I wore Van D’go by Essie on my nails.

And since I know that you want to meet more of my friends…

From left to right: Miral, Taylor, Steven, Danica, me, and Emmett

From left to right: Thomas, me, Margot, Emmett, Miral, and Talia

These six amazing people are my closest group of friends. From left to right: Lucia, Hannah, Olivia, Sasha, Steven, Genevieve, and me

…Where’d Lucia go?

So about the dress. It’s vintage, as I hinted at before. It’s from the 60’s and was made by this guy:

I was so mesmerized by the design at the top, I took a picture of it in the in the store’s dressing room

Some people were surprised that I went with a short dress since it’s not the “princess” look I said I wanted, and all the other prom dresses that I mentioned on this blog (here, here, and here) are long. But in the end I’m glad I went with something different. Nearly every prom dress I saw, either in stores or in people’s pictures on Facebook (especially Facebook), was long, strapless, and pastel. Honestly, if I had worn a prom dress that looked like everyone else’s prom dress, I wouldn’t be staying true to my personal style. That’s why it’s called personal style. I like to take sartorial risks, seek out a one-of-a-kind dress, and fall head over heels in love with a short, black, velvet dress with a beaded silver and gold (together? gasp!) top, and wear it to prom.

When my sister saw the pictures, she immediately asked me what I was wearing on my lips and asked to borrow it. Just in case you’re wondering the same thing, I was wearing my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never. It’s amazing.

Now for the last burning question: where have I been for the last two months? Well, an island in the Caribbean, mostly. I tried to write this post before I left, I swear, but I have been having technical issues with WordPress. When I write a post, WordPress is supposed to automatically save it as I go. But occasionally it gets temperamental or something and decides not to save it. The problem is that I can’t tell that WordPress decided not to save it until I’ve already lost everything I’ve been working on. So my break from the blog was out of frustration. Then I went on vacation to a beautiful place with a lot of beaches. The downside is that it is a place devoid of fashion inspiration. And, at times, internet connection. But now I am back in New York and ready to blog. Speaking of inspiration, Fashion Week is just around the corner…

It’s good to be back.

Senior Project Presentation Night

I apologize for the two week silence, I’ve been really busy with end-of-year stuff, you know, writing papers and rehearsing presentations. Speaking of presentations, tonight was senior project presentation night. Overall I think it went really well. I enjoyed seeing my classmates’ presentations even though I didn’t get to see nearly as many as I wish I could. My presentation was on fashion blogging and trends for Spring/Summer 2012. That presentation was my last graduation requirement, and this post is my last school assignment post. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere, I’ll just be talking about my high school a lot less. The entire third trimester internship and blog combo had worked really well for me, it was fun, I learned a lot, and it gave me a chance to enter the fashion world.

I can’t promise regular posts in the next week since I still have work to finish up, but on Saturday you’ll all see my Prom pictures (!), and I’ll probably do a post on what I’m wearing to senior banquet and graduation as well. The blog will get a lot more attention once I’m done with school. Can’t wait to get back to you all.

The Ultimate Princess Dress

Today’s post is another story of a prom dress I didn’t buy. (If you need to catch up: here and here). I went to Second Time Around, a vintage store near school, on the hunt for the dress. This one immediately caught my eye. I’ve always been a sucker for the princess look, but this dress made me feel like I should own castle.

The tight corset and the big skirt is exactly what I was looking for. It was made in the 90s by this guy:

So, if I’m so in love with it, why didn’t I buy it? Well, my ribcage was too big and I couldn’t get the zipper to zip all the way up. Sad, I know.

But this isn’t really about the dress. Yesterday I went to New York Vintage, a different vintage store, with no luck. I was so frustrated that the perfect dress was evading me, that I turned to Bloomingdale’s. I know¬† it’s not a crime to look for your prom dress at Bloomingdale’s, but I really wanted something vintage and one-of-a-kind. If I showed up in the same BCBG dress as five other girls, it would not be pretty. In my desperation-turned-online-shopping, I wasn’t comforted. The dresses I saw online at Bloomie’s were okay, but I didn’t think anything was particularly stunning. So I started today’s prom dress search feeling a little down about my prospects. And then I saw the princess dress. And even though I couldn’t fit into it, it gave me hope. It gave me hope that there is a perfect dress out there with my name on it, and it’s not in Bloomie’s.

And then something crazy happened: I found that dress. It’s on hold at the store, literally with my name on it, and it’s so vintage it hurts (don’t worry, that’s a good thing).

Meet the Newest Member of the Family

When I buy something new, you can always tell how much I like it by how soon after the purchase I wear it. Yesterday, I dropped by the Loeffler Randall sample sale again, hoping to score the “sexy clogs” or the loafers. The loafers were long sold-out and there weren’t any clogs in my size. That’s the bad part of going to a sale on the last day. The good part? 20% off. At the sale preview, they said there wouldn’t be any markdowns, but I knew they were lying. There are always markdowns. So, my beloved Darcy Platform Pumps


were $120. Considering the fact that they were originally for $400, I’d say that’s a ridiculously good deal. And since the first sentence of this post is not irrelevant, I wore them this morning when I went out to get breakfast. Getting coffees at my local Joe’s did not, by any means, require platforms, but what can I say? I love them. And I only walked half a block before I got a compliment on them. Now that’s some good shopping.

3,087

I was planning on writing a little reader appreciation post when I hit 3,000 views. When I left the house last night it was in the 2,900s so I figured it would happen at some point later today. Well, this morning I woke up to 3,075. It is now 3,087. But this isn’t about numbers, it’s about you. I started this blog exactly four months ago today, and I never dreamed that I would be where I am now in such a short time. I have all of you to thank for that. I really mean it, thank you. It makes me so happy when my next-door-neighbor messages me on Facebook to say that my blog is what modern fashion wants to be, or when a girl I used to go to school with who I haven’t seen in three years writes on my wall to say she likes my bog, or when a classmate tells me that her friend who I don’t know is reading it. It’s amazing to have a space to express everything I have to say about something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really happy that it has been received so positively. I have no idea how many of you are out there or who all of you are, but I appreciate each and every one of my readers. Thank you for helping me get to 3,087 views. I appreciate it more than I can say.

Oh, by the way I started a Pinterest. My username is lookslikejamie.

Have a wonderful day!

Saint-sational Sale

So the other day I covered the AllSaints sale and I splurged and bought myself something. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately, so hopefully this will shake things up.

It’s very similar to this Rag & Bone skirt I got over a year ago, which I always wished was fuller, flouncier, more fun.

Because it’s so long and flat, it feels a little… I don’t know, old? I feel like I have to always wear heels with it to keep it interesting. My new AllSaints skirt is everything I wish my Rag & Bone skirt was. I still love the Rag & Bone and I’ll still wear it, but I’m excited to integrate this update into my wardrobe.

Outfit post coming atchya later, stay tuned!

Sparkle City

I still don’t have a prom dress, and I still won’t show it to you when I get it, but I said nothing about the shoes. Behold: The Prom Shoes.

Is your mind blown? If not, you have no taste in shoes. Sorry.

Guess what? They’re Jimmy Choos. And more importantly? They’re mine. You have no idea how happy it makes me just to look at them. You should look at them too.

A wise girl in one of the FIT class I took once told me that it’s not about the dress. It’s about the shoes. And right she was. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on having the most incredible dress there, but honestly, it doesn’t matter what you wear when your feet are blessed with some sparkly Jimmy Choo.

So, remember when I said I wouldn’t get into the sale? Well I got into the sale. It was miraculous, really. I was in line for all of five minutes before I got in. I met this awesome woman in line who knew someone who worked in the sale and could get us in, jumping the hour-long line. She’s a jewelery designer, check out her website here. I owe her my life. Perhaps not my life, but at least my Prom Shoes.

These are my first pair of designer shoes, which is, like, a really big deal. What is a fashionista without designer shoes? When I have my own apartment in a chic neighborhood and my closet takes up half my bedroom, these shoes will have a special place on my shelves. And when Bluefly Closet Confessions interviews me, I’ll tell them about my first pair of designer shoes (1:44).

So, I know your all wondering: just how much of my soul did I sell for these babies? Surprisingly little.

The sparkle-less (read: inferior) version sold for a whopping $950. Guess how much I paid for mine? $75. The gods of sample sales really do love me. And I love them.