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Saturday, February 23, 2013

How to Be Fashionable in a Coffee Shop


Today will begin a series of style posts giving you suggestions on what to wear to certain dining establishments. I wanted to start out with something basic and common to most people, the coffee shop. I myself do not drink coffee, I drink tea. However, I do love to go to coffee shops for the sweets and people watching. Now matter where you are in the world, a coffee shop is a place where people can gather to work, relax, or meet up with friends.

My idea for the collage below came from the cafes of Europe where people take their coffee seriously and dress with the same attitude. Neutrals found without your accessories are perfect additions to the colors found within your core outfit. Here, mint and coral complement each other perfectly. Why is this you may ask? They are hues of red and green which are complementary colors on the color wheel.

The idea here is to dress chic and look your best as you never know who you will run into in your local coffee shop. Save the sweats for your workout!

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Look of the Day: From Trash to Treasure


This blog got its name because of moments like this, trash turning to treasure. This sweater is amazing and it can be yours! It is currently up for sale on the ASOS Marketplace, the new home of my vintage shop. It is perfect for the winter but yet light enough for fall and spring. 



Sweater- Vintage
Shorts- TJMaxx
Tights- Calvin Klein
Booties- Libby Edelmann
Watch- Fossil

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Order Yours Today: Meets Obsession Magazine Print Edition

As some of you may know, I have been writing for Meets Obsession Magazine online for quite some time. When I first applied I had very little writing experience but they took a chance on me and I have been there ever since. I have been lucky enough to work with some great people during my time there and write about some very interesting topics. Check them out below.


In a digital world it is not uncommon to see a print magazine fall apart. Meets Obsession Magazine, however, is currently selling its second print edition online and on select newsstands. This is a huge achievement and I am so proud to be a part of something so special. 

If you would like to order an issue of the magazine click here. You will be supporting young writers and a young magazine that has unbelievable potential. 

For a sneak peak take a look at two fashion spreads featured in the magazine by yours truly!







What are your favorite magazines? Tell me below! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Best Places to Shop

It is Fashion Week in New York City and bloggers everywhere are writing all about the collections for next fall. If you are like me, you are probably drooling over every piece that makes its way down the runway until you think about the cost of wearing designer clothing. That being said, you do not have to be rich to look fabulous. The main focus of runway collections are the trends that are seen: colors, prints, time periods, etc. Many stores today base their (affordable) collections on the trends seen in New York, Paris, Milan, and London making it easy to be trendy and save some money. Below you will find a list of places (some may be brand new to you depending on your country of origin) to shop for each season's most popular trends.

Topshop - This UK transplant is a fantastic place to shop. If you have never been to the Topshop in NYC, I highly recommend you check it out.

Asos - This UK store offers shipping to the US and has some really unique pieces and accessories.

ModCloth - A really great place to find fun clothing (and vintage clothing) for reasonable prices. Items sell out fast so if you see something, buy it!

Go Jane - Cheap clothes, hands down. Great site for items that are super trendy without the price tag. I get a lot of "going out" shoes here.

Joe Fresh - Like H&M, online shopping for Joe Fresh is not available yet but it is worth a stop in NYC.

Mango - The first time I entered a Mango (as well as Zara) was in Mexico. It was a really eye-opening experience for me as the styles were much more chic and cleaned up versus the Forever 21 type of clothing that I was used to in the U.S.

Zara - I was in NYC for work in September and could not help but notice that everyone had on these great leopard "pajama-style" dress pants. Where were they from? Zara of course!

C. Wonder - This is a really great store that is fairly new. Created by Tory Burch's ex-husband Chris Burch, there are some really great items for reasonable price points.

Bleudame - A great little site that I love for accessories shopping.

Anthropologie - Once I grew out of my Urban Outfitters phase (Urban is great but after so long you must grow up and move on.) I started shopping at Anthropologie, its older and more sophisticated sister.

J.Crew - Most of the time J. Crew makes me drool.  The styling that goes on for their campaigns and style guides is bananas. Don't like the large price tags? Try J. Crew Factory.

Next - Another U.K. store (I swear I was British in another life.) that offers clothing for everyone from newborns to adults.

Miss Selfridge - Love this place. I can thank the many U.K. based blogs that I read for turning me on to Miss Selfridge.

Aldo - This place can be overpriced considering that most of its shoes are composed of man-made materials but if you can find a sale item then you are going to get some cute shoes for a reasonable price.

Nordstrom Rack - This store can be a lot of work but if you stick to online shopping it might seem less overwhelming.

Warehouse - An edgy UK store that offers some really great pieces for going out.

Hue - I am not much of a jeans person so I wear a lot of skirts and dresses. This is a great site to buy tights and leggings.

Dorothy Perkins - I was introduced to this brand while writing for Meets Obsession. A truly unique place to shop.

Lucca Couture - A great brand that has some funky pieces for everyday and going out. I recently got some sequined dresses from there that are perfect for a night of dancing.

LOFT - This is a store that has really turned itself around for the better as it appeals to a wide range of young female professionals.

DSW - A truly awesome chain of shoe stores that offers a great rewards program as well as high-end designers.

I am sure that along the way I forgot to mention some stores! Did a favorite store of yours not make the list? Tell me below!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Fashionable Read: Lolita

"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta."

If you have never read Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece then now is the time.  It is not an easy read by any means but the language in it is just plain beautiful.  Dolores a.k.a. Lolita is the (very young) love interest of a  writer named Humbert who is staying at the home of Lolita's mother.  So yes, the story does deal with pedophilia and is really taboo but it is done in a really romantic way that makes you forget about the ages of the characters. Some of my favorite quotes are listed below:

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” 

“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece” 

“And she was mine, she was mine, the key was in my fist, my fist was in my pocket, she was mine.” 

“I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita.” 

So how is Lolita a fashionable read? Well, all it took was a film by Stanley Kubrick and some heart-shaped sunglasses to form an iconic image that will forever be associated with the character. 



Photo from Wikipedia

Lolita was set in the 1950s so the general fashions in the film are very feminine and retro. 


Photo from Vogue Italia

Sue Lyon (above) was 14 when she was chosen to play Lolita. Her high waisted bikini bottoms are a sign of the times and have been a comeback look over the past few years.  


Photo from Polyvore

I am loving the starfish brooch that is attached to her dress, this is definitely a good way to give an old dress new meaning. 



Have you seen Lolita? If not, who are some of your favorite fashionable characters from literature?