Saturday, April 30, 2011
Oh how I love Lucky... pure fashion. While I love couture and edgy editorials, Lucky is so much more grounded. They had a recent change in editors
All Around Best Fashion Magazine
This is a great magazine for anyone who has a general interest in fashion, beauty, and the arts. If you are familiar with most designers, models, and photographers you should enjoy this magazine and the editorials.
Runners up: Elle, British Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar
-People Style Watch
This magazine tends to focus on celebrities and their style. They make layouts for how you can replicate the looks within the magazine on your own. Not a magazine for the individualist or for street style.
While this focuses less on celebrity style than People Style Watch, I feel that it is one of the main components of the magazine. My aunt and I often comment that it is too celebrity heavy for us even though they do have great interior decorating sections. I once found a great article on bookshelf organization within this magazine and loved it.
WWD has long been a fashion industry staple. A year-long subscription is very expensive but I somehow lucked out and got a subscription for $75 on Barnes and Noble's website. I get the paper Monday-Friday and love it to death. It deals with the various aspects of the fashion world such as business, finance, and the after parties. IF you do not want a subscription to the daily paper you can purchase my recommendation, the WWD Collections magazine. This shows the various collections from NY, London, Paris, and Milan during the spring and fall collections. It costs about $10 at a bookstore but is included in the daily newspaper subscription.
Artisitic yet fashionable
- Nylon Magazine
I started reading Nylon magazine and can credit it as the cause of my great personal style shift.
It was around 2007 when I started reading this magazine and began collecting it. The magazine offers great fashions editorials, music recommendations, travel stories, and fun make-up tips. One thing I always loved about the magazine was the final page which includes the purse/bag of a select person from the fashion/entertainment industry. They display the bag and its contents is done in such a fun way.
Runners up: AnOther, Zink
My most recent magazine subscription
This is a canadian fashion magazine that I bought a digital issue of in the winter. I loved it. It reminds me of one of my favorite defunct fashion magazines, Ellegirl. Although the ads and prices will be in Canadian amounts I think I can look past that as my focus is the fashion.
Hope this helps you the next time you are at the newsstand!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Photo from School of Style website, Lauren and Luke
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I bought the coat below back in the fall and have been waiting until now to wear it. I love the color. The dress and coat are both from Forever 21.
I hope you all have a happy Easter Sunday. If you live in the Northeast U.S., enjoy this weather!!!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
My first recommendation would be Front Row: Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in chief. This biography by Jerry Oppenheimer tells the life story of Nuclear Wintour as some call her. From her careless youth in London to her move to NYC, this is a great account of Anna's life and ascent to editor of the fashion bible.
For thos of you who are interested in street style, I recommend that you give Scott Schuman's book The Sartorialist a look. For those of you are are thinking, "Who is Scott Schuman?" you might want to check out his photo blog. He captures great street style shots from around the globe from models to mortals. Here is a link to his blog.
The next duo of authors are Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. Their book Influence tells the story of their inspiration for their fashion lines. It is a great coffee table book and shows that these girls have come so far from Walmart glitter eye shadow (I will be the first to admit that I had multiple cosmetic products from their line as I was too old for the clothes). They have great interviews with fashion industry heavy hitters such as Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld and DVF. The pictures are great as well.
Another great book if you are interested in street style is Street: The Nylon Book of Global Style . I really enjoy this photo book and all the faces and places that are encountered such as New York, London, and Paris. As far as I know a new edition has been released but I have not purchased it yet but probably will in the future as street style is such a huge inspiration to me and my personal style choices.
If you ever watched the show Kell on Earth on Bravo, you know that People's Revolution tycoon Kelly Cutrone is very ehh honest... to say the least. Her book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You is a look inside her fast paced lifestyle as one of the most famous fashion publicists of our time. Although she lives a rather normal life now, she had quite a few trials and tribulations in the past. She is releasing a new book on May 3rd called Normal Gets You Nowhere, pre-order it here.
I hope you get a chance to check out at least one of these books! I have linked them all to websites where they can be purchased. If you are on a budget don't forget about the library!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I know to some of you the whole Sex and the City era is over, but to me it will always be an illuminating view of personal style that bends our minds past normalcy. Besides the fashion aspect of the show, we are given a new view of New York, no knock-offs from Canal or burgers at Planet Hollywood. We see NYC at its best, from Buddakhan to Barney's. If I could trade lives for one day with any fictional character, Carrie it would be. Let's take a look at her closet and choices...
I can only imagine what first time viewers (I can assure you I was not one of them, way too young) thought of Miss Carrie and her vintage furs and naked dress. When I saw them many years later, I was in love.
Photo courtesy of A Gal’s Right to Style
Carrie’s style is still a lot of fun but she talks about evolving her look because of the lack of evolution with Big. I love this fishnet/bra combo that is so daring and fun.
Photo courtesy of HBO
I feel as though in season 3 Carrie’s style becomes very romantic especially in the beginning of the season with her vintage Halston. I actually got to see the dress below at a vintage store in Westchester county.
Photo courtesy of MyStyle
One of my favorite outfits from season 4 is Carrie’s business chic look for her meeting at Vogue. Love the cameo she pairs with it. So memorable.
Photo courtesy of BriTunes 2
I love this season because Carrie cuts her hair short and looks so dramatically different. My pick from this season is the final episode’s pink dress that was made for SJP but Pat Fields to hide her baby bump.
Photo courtesy of Couture Rehab
Ah so many outfits in this two part season but I do have a favorite…
Photo courtesy of Style Feeder
Carrie Bradshaw will go down in fashion history as an icon, I have no doubt in my mind. Her character opened my mind to new styles and to a new place… NYC. I am so thankful for re-runs because I have to say that Carrie’s earlier looks were my absolute favorite. I think I will leave off with a quote by Carrie about fashion…
When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.
Now I think I will go watch some re-runs… they never get old for me.