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?


Take Me Out to the Met Ball

I know I’m a little late to the Met Ball party, but there are just so many dresses and people to look through that it took me a few days to decide who my favorites were. The Met Ball is kind of a big deal. Unlike the Oscars or other award ceremonies, the Met Ball isn’t about actors, singers, and the general celebrity culture. The Met Ball is a celebration of fashion. So naturally, people tend to take it up a notch (or ten) on the this-isn’t-clothing-it’s-art scale and the result is amazing. In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite looks of the evening:

Camilla Belle looking lovely in Ralph Lauren

Diane Kruger in a strangely awesome Prada

Chanel Iman in a jaw-dropping Tom Ford

Ginnifer Goodwin’s Givenchy gets the orange trend spot-on

Emily Blunt’s simple Calvin Klein is stunning

Kate Bosworth’s hairy Prada number is so modern-chic

I kind of can’t stand Rachel Berry, but Lea Michele looks pretty amazing in this Diane von Furstenberg

Also in the stunning category, Gisele Bundchen in Givenchy

Possibly my favorite dress of the evening, January Jones’ Versace. I could just stare at it for days. Actually, I kind of have.

The front of this dress is a little boring, but Candice Swanepoel’s dress is mesmerizing from the back. And it’s Rag & Bone!

Do you think there’s anyone else who should be on this list? Which dress was your favorite?

The London Look, 1

Outfit post time! I adore this dress from the latest Rag & Bone sample sale.

No idea who’s motorcycle that is, but I thought it was fitting with the jacket and all.

Do you think I could pull off being a biker chic? Probably not, but it was fun to try.

dress: Rag & Bone, jacket: H&M, boots: somewhere in Italy, watch: vintage

Pattern Mixing with a Pop of Pastel

Pattern mixing? Go for it. The only rule: keep your patterns within the same color family, or at least have a common color with all the lovely patterns you decide to layer on.

The skirt and the button down go together because they both have blue and white. And since I wasn’t cold while taking these pictures, it’s officially spring. That means every outfit deserves a pop of color, preferably a pastel one. I’m so trendy.

Hey guys, way to crash my photo shoot. I clearly take myself very seriously.

sweater: vintage Dalton Cashmere, button down: Rag & Bone, skirt: LF, boots: somewhere in Italy, necklace: Free People, green bracelet: J. Crew, black bracelet: vintage, watch: vintage

So, three trends in one outfit: pattern mixing, color-popping, and pastels. Beat that, I dare you.

DIY Peplum

For the past three years or so, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a skirt that’s anything other than high-waisted. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but when a trend is huge and I love it, I go all out. Peplum is going to be huge.

Peplum: A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse.

The trend is blowing up, like, now, and as you all know, I haven’t gone shopping in forever. This do-it-yourself version includes two skirts, a simple, black, body-con skirt underneath, and something else that starts at the waist, flares out, and is shorter that the base skirt. The double-skirt-peplum thing was something I tried with my sequin skirt, with relative success.

Fashion victory!

patterned top: Vena Cava, vest-ish top thing: Rag & Bone, black skirt: Topshop, pink skirt: Roxy, boots: somewhere in Italy

I have always had a hard time finding a way to wear this skirt, but today I found that the peplum style works with it perfectly. Like my outfit? Comment below!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all have a good weekend.

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.


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?

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.