Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sh*t Fashion Girls Say

I am feeling a little under the weather today so I thought these videos would be good to post. They are truly hilarious to anyone who has a grasp on the fashion world as the comments made are pretty specific to various events and people. Please enjoy!

 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

When did my love for fashion begin?

I really wish I knew an answer to the question above. But I don’t. I have been sitting for a good hour now pondering it and have yet to come up with a definitive answer. I can’t say that I have always loved fashion the way I do now but I have always loved something about it. Maybe it’s the creative aspect of dressing yourself, the blending of colors, or the mixing of patterns and prints.

I wrote a post a while back about how my experiences at Catholic school with a uniform and public school with a dress code helped to form my yearning for all things colorful, eclectic, and fashionable. I still believe this.

In my free time I was always wearing something fun and funky. I don’t think I wore actual jeans until third grade. I was always in leggings, probably why I love them so much today. When I was little I didn’t have high heels  per say but I did love the fake princess heels from Kmart that I wore for dress up.

I suppose it was my first trip to a Goodwill in high school that I really started to love vintage clothing. I saw people all around me buying second hand clothes but I was on the lookout for the perfect 80s clutch or 70s belt. I still have some pieces from those first trips to the Goodwill that I probably won’t ever throw out.

My mom bought me my first Vogue when I was, well I really don’t remember to be honest, but I was definitely too young. All I remember is being awestruck by the colorful pictures and clothing that seemed so foreign to someone who grew up in a town where most people didn’t worry about what they wore mostly because they couldn’t afford it.

With all of these inspirations for me I slowly but surely developed my sense of style over time. My final conclusion is that my style will always change. And that’s okay in the end. No one should look the same as they did five years ago. Every day is a chance to evolve your look and who you are, take some risks. There is inspiration everywhere.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Top Five Reasons to Invest in Quality Snow boots

1. Warmth- If your winters are anything like the ones that I grew up with, your feet are going to freeze with an unlined boot. Most snow boots today have some sort of liner that will keep your feet cozy and warm. My snow boots actually have Thinsulate insulation that works wonders to keep my feet toasty. Before I go any further I want to note that Uggs are NOT snow boots.

2. Traction- Nothing spells disaster like a pair of shoes without traction on ice, snow, or slush. The boots you buy should have a good amount of grip on the bottom to help you walk and prevent slipping.

3. Dryness- This goes hand in hand with warmth. Snow boots are meant to keep your feet warm and DRY. My suggestion to you is to get a pair that comes up to your knee as ankle boots may allow deeper snow to go inside of the boots. If you don’t get blizzards, ankle boots will be fine for a few inches of snow.

4. Durability- When you buy a quality product, you get an item that is going to last. This is important as snow boots are going to be in the presence of salt and other types of chemicals that can cause erosion over time.

5. Appearance- Gone are the days of ugly snow boots. Just about every winter weather boot maker under the sun makes appealing snow boots now. See my favorites below.

Storm by Cougar Alpen Bootie Storm by Cougar Alpen Bootie, $69.95

Sporto Women's Wendy Boot Sporto Women’s Wendy Boot, $59.94

All photos from DSW

Get yourself a pair and go play in the snow!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Evil Eyes

Back in the summer I decided to start collecting evil eye talismans. In many cultures the evil eye is used to ward off bad feelings, such as jealousy, from those around you. The evil eye has become quite popular as of late being seen on necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

This bracelet is from a jewelry shop in Cape May, New Jersey.

IMG_2129I bought this small pendant on sale at TjMaxx. They usually have a large selection of evil eyes in all shapes and sizes.

IMG_2131This is by far my favorite talisman. It was purchased at The Green Eyed Lady in Kennett Square, PA. It is made of glass and is incredibly heavy. It came on a piece of ribbon but I wear it on a leather necklace I bought in the jewelry making section of Michael’s crafts.

IMG_2132IMG_2134 Get your evil eye today to ward of the bad feelings of those who envy you!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rainy Day Look

It is a rainy day here in Pennsylvania and I think people often forget that a dreary forecast doesn't mean your style has to take a nose dive. Some advice for looking good on a rainy day:

- Wear a hat! If you are like me your roots will go flat anyways so curl the bottom and throw on a beanie or some other type of hat.
- Ditch the cutesy rain boots for a real pair. Believe me I had a leopard and zebra pair in college but I don't muck around campus anymore. Invest in a grown-up pair for yourself. This doesn't mean you can't have stripes or even a bright color, just ditch the flowers and whatever other juvenile print you have.
- Get a good raincoat. Peacoats and other types of coats made from wool aren't meant to soak up water. Get something that is waterproof.
- Invest in a good umbrella. I think Totes is one of the best brands.
- Longchamp bags are great for the rain as they are waterproof. They also look very chic and can work with just about any outfit provided you get a neutral color.

Here is a look I created for rainy day outfit inspiration:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Inspiration for Spring 2012

Tangerine Tango has been named the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012. Below are two looks I created inspired not only by the bright hue itself but also by other colors that are sure to brighten your spring.




Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be Careful What You Click For!

I was given a suggestion to read an article from the Huffington Post  written  by AOL senior editor Lori Fradkin. Lori, like many of us living in today’s society, decided to make a  purchase from an online sale where she got a Luella Bartley dress for $1. At the original price of around $750, she saved about $749. Or did she?

Fradkin, using her grandmother’s wisdom of buying  in the moment in order to live without regret, bought the dress feeling that she found a true treasure. Until she got it in the mail. Fradkin could not get the top of the dress to zip leaving her to send it to the tailor. His charge? $95.

After the dress hung in her closet for a year, she took it out for a special occasion. When trying the dress on she noticed that now, it was TOO BIG. Another trip to the tailor cost her $75.

Was the dress still a good deal? Yes. Does this teach us a lesson? Yes.

No matter what, when you shop online be extremely careful about what you purchase. The only exception is if you absolutely, positively, know your sizing for certain products. Examples would be tights from American Apparel or Jeffery Campbell shoes. Accessories are a lot easier to pinpoint than clothes.

My advice to Fradkin is to be careful with anything corseted like the dress she bought. I hope that she is happy now with her purchase and can find various ways to wear it so that she doesn’t have to tuck it away for years on end. 

Suggestions:

- Pair it with wedges, a great straw fedora, and some chunky bangles

- Wear it as a transition from beach to cocktails

- Wear it in spring with a nice cardigan to fight chills

Photo courtesy of The Outnet

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The International Fashion Stylists Association Conference

I am so proud to announce that I will be attending the annual International Fashion Stylists Association Conference on February 6th in New York. This sure to be a memorable event where the best creative minds are gathering for a one day event filled with guest speakers who I consider the gods and goddesses of the styling industry.

I am excited to hear that Luke Storey, my teacher from School of Style, is speaking on a panel during the day’s events. I will be there representing as an alumnus and cheering him on.

Photo courtesy of The School of Style

Besides Luke, two of my favorite stylists will be present. Pat Field and Phillip Bloch.

For those of you who don’t know who Pat Field is, I will give you a hint below…

Photo courtesy of Shiny Style

Pat Field was the head of wardrobe for Sex and the  City during its entirety.She has won two Emmys for her work as well as numerous Costume Designers Guild Awards. She took the women of SATC and made them into fashion icons who women (and some men) still look to for inspiration today. Beyond excited to hear her speak and listen to her wisdom.

And finally…

Photo courtesy of Broadway World

Phillip Bloch has modeled, acted, but most importantly styled the stars! Check out his bio because the list in LONG. He is covering some really great topics during the conference such as the importance of understanding body shape.

Here is my agenda for the day. Looking forward to giving you my review on the experience!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Items in Shop and Coupon Code

Hello all! Although we (and by we I mean the East Coast)  haven’t had much of a winter, one can still feel those winter blues creep in now and again. We long for days at the shore, barbeques with friends, and the smell of summer. While I am not mother nature, I would like to think of myself as your fashionable fairy godmother. Use the code ‘WINTERBLUES’ during checkout in my shop to receive 10% off your purchase!

I have added the following items recently…

Nine West  Gold Woven Flats Size 7.5

These are really great vintage Nine West leather flats! The leather is in great shape and they really fit the whole ‘loafer’ trend going on right now. Perfect for every season.

Rainbow Check Tee Size 6

This color block tee is sure to make any drab outfit colorful and memorable. Great to wear with anything black!

Short Sleeve Red Dress with Belt- Size 8

Love, love, love this dress! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Pretty Pink and Pearl See Through Sweater

If you like more peek-a-boo look with your sweaters, this one is for you. Very girly, pearls and everything!

If you have questions on sizing, please email me! bm628825@gmail.com

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas Gift: Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

I have been waiting a long time for a Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch and I finally got one! It was a really great Christmas present from my boyfriend AND is my favorite color! PURPLE!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Vintage Pattern Books and Catalogs from the 1960’s

My aunt lives about 45 minutes north of New York City and is constantly finding cool stuff at tag sales. She got me a vintage Christian Dior bathrobe for Christmas and these catalogs and pattern books back in the summer for pennies. I’m not kidding, the lady running the sale sold her 13 catalogs and pattern books for under $1. I’ve seen just one of them selling for $15 on EBay. Enjoy the pictures!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Favorite Vintage Piece of 2011

It has been a long year but I am very excited to begin 2012. I have decided to do a post on the best piece of vintage that I have acquired throughout the past year. So here it is!

black and purple flower dressIt is a really great two-piece floral dress and overcoat. The shoes are a great way to complement the look as they are from the same color family but not exact.

black and purple flower dress full set  The look with the overcoat on.

black and purple flower dress hands on wall  The necklace is perfection!

If you love this two piece set it can be yours! It is for sale on my Etsy site! Feel free to browse around my shop and email me with any questions. Some pieces have gone pretty quick so don’t hesitate as I only have one of each!