Thursday, July 31, 2008

Channeling: Daft Punk

Just in time for August, I've got my motorcycle gear ready. The epitome of this tough look resides with old electronica favorites, Daft Punk. Rock this look with head to toe black, unexpected quirky jewelry and a serious panache for incognito-look-at-me-ity.

Really Obsessed: Karen Walker Shades

As I was organizing my sunglasses collection yesterday evening (wahoo), I happened to notice that the ratio of aviators to non-aviators was a disgusting 5:1. But the problem with aviators is that, at least for me, they never seem to last very long. Most of mine had a missing nosepad or were bent funnily. One sad pair only had one lens. I'm on the lookout for chunkier frames made from near indestructible plastic so they can survive my penchant for sitting on them, dropping them on the ground, or stuffing them deep into my bags only to be crushed by heavy textbooks. Karen Walker shades scream "ABUSE ME, BABY", which, to be honest, is the only thing I want to hear my sunglasses screaming right now. Funeral for Aviators#12 and Aviator#7 will be held next Tuesday : (

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fresh Junk: Cloche Hats

I was on the lookout for a fall/winter hat that's a little more structured than my collection of knit hats. These cute felt cloches are perfect for keeping my head warm and balancing out the masculine-y feel of my fall wardrobe. I just recently popped into Urban Outfitters (who is having a super rad sale now, yes yes!), and saw that their entire lot of cloches were on the sale racks (wtf). With the additional 50% off on sale items, the hat wasn't more than $10. It seems that this hat has skipped right over the Misshapes crowd and right into the pages of Vogue, which, if you ask me, makes wearing one WAY less annoying.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mad Delusions: Sequined Hoodies

Seriously. In this getup, I'd be the hottest sci-fi watching, discotheque hopping, head shaking, eye batting, glamazon alien queen ever. I'm not kidding. Why isn't this mine? Jen Kao makes amazing conceptual (yet very wearable) pieces in a self-described "rough and tumble spirit."

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fresh Junk: Paper Bag Waist Skirts

This GORGEOUS silk skirt from Prada has been popping up on girls since last winter. I tried to recreate this look by bunching up a skirt that's a few sizes to big with a belt, but all it did was make me look like I had a cottage cheese ass. The Topshop skirt is a few steps down from the Prada, but considering my bank account, this might have to do.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Really Obsessed with: Plaid Dresses

As the perfect outfit for a date with the Brawny man, a plaid dress is a must-have for any girl who likes to get down and dirty (and then clean it up). I picked up two at H&M this weekend (upper left corner - $15 each). I can see myself in them already, lounged out in a soft meadow somewhere, annoying the birdies around me with a grassblade whistle. And then, behold! Over the hills comes my ruddy-faced man. "Why madam" Brawny says as he reaches into his pocket for an absorbant wipe. "You've got a bit of blueberry jam on your lip." Create your own idyllic delusions with these (from left) by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Forever 21 and Topshop.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


"Well shucks," I first thought. "Props to that girl for being brave enough to wear a miniskirt when she has that bad a case of eczema." Upon closer inspection, I discovered that no, it wasn't the inflammatory breakouts of skin lesions that I had exepcted. It was, in fact, the most hideous leggings that I had ever seen. Ever. They were white, lacy, and close enough to her skin color for me to diagnose her with a skin disease. But, if you feel compelled to take your leggings/tights the lacy route, stick to black or neons. Anything else will make friend-making seriously awkward.

Really Obsessed With: Light Graffitti

Ok, so this post doesn't have to do so much with fashion (ok, so it doesn't have to do with fashion at all), but it does have everything to do with mad style. Something about this rogue temporary tagging excites me--enough so that I think I'm going on a short light graffiti escapade when the sun goes down. Wish me luck! (Ya know, gotta watch out for coppers) How to do it (according to the lichtfaktor, the artist above): Tools: A small collection of flashlights, biking-lights and flashing LED, camera, tripodSteps: The exposure should be around 10-30 sec. Stay in front of the camera and do your writing. To not overexpose, set the camera to about iso100, and close your aperture as much as possible. if there is still too much light you might have to use a nd-filter.

Fresh Junk: Kara Janx Skirt

This summer, I filled out one of those voucher things that my airline sent me for free magazines. Apparently, I got a little too free-magazine happy, and ended up subscribing to a dozen separate publications. Now, our living room coffee table is overflowing with glossies that run the gamut from "The Economist", to "Upscale" to "Ebony" and "Bazaar". I'm sure my roommates are a little irked about the inundation, but at least they're never going to run out of reading material, right? Yesterday was crazy--we received four magazines in the mail, and one of them, "Radar", showcased this lovely little Kara Janx skirt (remember her from Project Runway?) on this lovely model who wears it as a dress, which I think is just way too freakin' adorable.

Model Spotlight: Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman is the next biggest super model...For sure!!
She's 18 years old from California and has only modeled for two years, but has already been recognized world wide.
She has walked for big names such as: Custo Barcelona, DKNY, Dolce and Gabbana, Issy Miyake, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Dsquared, Hermès, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui, Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney.

Chanel appeared with models Du Juan and Coco Rocha in the Spring 2007 issue of TIME Style&Design. In the May 2007 issue of US Vogue she was featured on the cover with fellow models Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Hilary Rhoda, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels.
Chanel also appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue alongside fellow American teenage models Ali Michael and Karlie Kloss in 2008.

Chanel is known to wink on the runway at a random person as she turns to head backstage.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gucci Hysteria

The reason for my fixation is simple: the fall handbag collection is particularly exemplary and it's definitely a challenge to look away from the gorgeous options.

Swarovski for Phillips

I mean...there's always more room for bling in your life, but...this is a little much. The Phillips-Swarovski Active Crystal collection definitely goes there, squeezing as many Swarovski crystals as possible onto some very cute electronic gadgets. Headphones=$149, USB=$179

Modeling 101 for Dummies

Wasn't that fun!

Color Blind

Historical Issue of Italian Vogue with Liya Kebede, Naomi Campbell, Sessilee Lopez, and Jourdan Dunn gracing the cover. A must have for any fashionista....and it still hasn't hit New York news stands...WTF?!?!?

Really Obsessed w/ Neck Scarves

I was looking at Kate Moss's line for Topshop launched earlier this year, and while the pieces in the collection are a little too Duran-Duran's Summer Tour in Bali, I did find myself gravitating towards these vintage looking scarves. I can't tell how big they are, but if they're substantial enough, I imagine wearing them looped once around my neck with the tie on the side(kind of sailer style, yaddadimean?). Wearing them hip hop-artist style feels a little contrived, but you don't want to get too saccharine by tying it in a bow around your neck.

Mad Delusions: Marc Jacobs Watch

I have a confession. I'm nineteen years old and I have trouble telling time. And not like "it takes me a fews second longer to read analog", but rather, "which is the hour hand? How long have I been staring cross-eyed and slack-jawed trying to figure out if it's 1:50 or 11:05." Lately I've been on the lookout for a wristwatch, but, ineptitude makes it impossible to get something tiny and chic. So, if I'm going to have to get something digital, let's make it outrageously digital. This Marc Jacobs watch fits the bill and is nerdier than anything I could have dreamt of. But the $245 price tag is a little pricey for indulging in my inner geek. I might look for cheap Casio versions on ebay instead.

Mad Delusions: Alexis Bittar

If there's one thing that I've learned about living out of a suitcase, it's that accessories are key in making pieces go from day to night. The same clothes that I wear to the CBS buildings are the ones that I have to pick from to make a trek to the grocery store, so it was super important for me to find simple ways to dress up a plain t-shirt and jeans. I've worn the hell out of my black beaded H&M rope necklace since it's so ostentatious and bizarre (aka, the perfect statement piece). This bracelet from Alexis Bittar has the same thing going for it, but at $375, I can only dream that Forever21 is going to do some sort of knockoff soon.

Just Purchased: Alexander Wang Uniqlo

Just so we get things straight here, I actually bought this dress before I bought my YSL's, and even though I paid to get it shortened afterwards, it doesn't technically count (okay? okay.). No doubt you've heard about the terrible, very bad, good-for-nothing heat wave in NYC, and it's seriously put a damper on my outfits. Thanks goodness I decided to wear this dress though, because I got lost on the train, and was running around Midtown like a blindfolded chicken (is that even an idiom?) trying to find my way to Bloomberg (which was awesome, btw). The open back kept me cool, and the folding and pleating in the front kept things interesting enough so I didn't feel like I was going to a funeral. The accompanying photograph is from an slideshow, but I wore mine with sandals and a blazer (which I promptly took off as soon as I left the office).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fresh Junk: Chloe Applique dresses

In the 4th grade, there was this girl on my block whose mother used to give her free reign when it came to her outfits. She came to school wearing sweatpants with Christmas tinsel taped to the waist and ballerina tu-tu's with barbie shoes hot glued to the edges. While I never wanted to sit next to her (for fear of casualty glitter attacks), her arts and crafts philosophy really had something magical about it-—which makes me sooo happy to see Chloe’s appliquéd dresses from Net-A-Porter. They make what would have been average looking draped dresses fun and youthful.

Monday, July 21, 2008


I shall not sing a May song. A May song should be gay. I'll wait until November And sing a song of gray. I'll wait until November That is the time for me. I'll go out in the frosty dark And sing most terribly. And all the little people Will stare at me and say, "That is the Crazy Woman Who would not sing in May.~Famed poet Gwen Brooks

Model Spotlight : Andre Ziehe

He's the next big thing!

Michelle Obama = Fashion Icon

In this purple sheath dress with a black waist belt, Michelle Obama proves that she has so much more style than that other potential first lady!

Michelle Obama proved her fashion prowess when she appeared on The View in June. (I love The should def watch!) The $148 White House/Black Market Empire flower print dress she sported became a hit. The Donna Ricco-designed black-and-white outfit quickly sold out.

When Michelle Obama met with Puerto Rican first lady Maria Luisa Gandara, she chose to embrace the wide belt trend. Who cares what they were discussing! Where'd she get that outfit?!?!

Michelle Obama embraces classical style elements here on the Campaign trail. She opted for a 1950s-inspired look — complete with the sweater wrapped around the shoulders...definitely a Gingham girl!

At the 36th NAACP Image awards in 2005, at which Sen. Obama was honored, Michelle Obama showed her glamorous side. Maintaining the classic comfort for which she has become known, Obama added to her elegance with a sweeping up-do and large earrings.

When was the last time you wanted to dress like the first lady?

HA! NYC Comedy Club...not too funny

This has nothing to do with fashion, and my ace Jamie made an appearance at HA! Comedy Club last night. The funniest thing about the show was the look on the audience's faces. The comedians were SOOO NOT Funny. The lighting in the club was really dark and sketchy and it looked liked the club was rennovating (but they weren't). You could tell the club was struggling in terms of upkeep of the place AND the comics are also required to be doormen until it's their turn to do a stand-up. On top of that, there was a 2 item minimum purchase for each person for things like soda and chocolate cake which came up to more than $20. Now, $20 isn't bad for Times Square but it is expensive for what they had to offer. Just last week, I went to Times Square Comedy Club and it was 100 times better with a larger selection of food, better drinks, and comics. So...I can cross HA! Comedy Club off the list of places I will be frequenting in NYC.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A nice read...

"Hot Mess: Summer in the City," a book about a pair of girls from the 'burbs who spend their summer vacay in Manhattan with sweet industry internships. Sound familiar? Just like me..

Driving Soles for Manhattan Streets

Tod's elasticized, pebble-soled ballerina flat is possibly the most perfect "walk around the city" shoe. Unfortunately, this student's income just doesn't allow for $300 shoes... especially not three pairs of $300 because deciding between these would be an impossibility.

Pop the Cork...

I really want these sweet Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes. They are cute and corky quirky, and would go with everything...

Best of all, they're insanely affordable. Well, in terms of Marc, they are insanely affordable.

Gingham Girl, Part 2

Speaking of gingham, I should mention my most recent adorably-patterned acquisition:
After eying the shirt dresses at Steven Alan for months, I kept shying away from the triple digit pricetag. Then just the other day, I happened to catch sight of this sweet ruffled style at Gap Kids of all places, and it fit like a dream!

When I caught sight of the $34 sticker, I thought I really must be dreaming. Now I'm trying to talk myself out of buying the pink-and-green floral print, too, because it's just so Lilly Pulitzer and I'm just dying to wear it with my beat-up boat shoes now (and shrunken navy blazer for back-to-school!).

Gingham Girl

I have an unusual fondness for gingham that dates back to a vague memory of a favorite frock from my childhood. I remember a crinkly cotton fabric with a dainty navy-and-white checkered pattern and a sweet white sailor collar. The countless gingham dresses in my drawers - and the unshakable need to purchase this one above too - must signify some sort of underlying psychological attachment to the fabric. That, or I just like it...

With shiny red shoes and a little bow headband? A little sassy, a little Alice in Wonderland, and just adorable.