- The "least scary" way to colorblock is to pair the same color in different shades together (tonal colors), such as pink and red, lavender and plum, extra.
- Pairing opposite (complementary colors) hues together is much bolder, but super fun. Think blue and orange or purple and yellow.
- Choosing one super bright color and one less saturated color is a more subtle way to color block. Think hot pink and hunter green, neon yellow and plum.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I own a pair of great wedge booties that cut down in the front like this - you get the bootie silhouette and still elongate your legs for a double win!! I wish mine were hot pink like these Jeffery Campbell ones though! Buy at Nasty Gal for $168.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So I heard about a new TLC show, "Big Sexy." It's a reality tv show featuring plus size women, promoting "big girl" acceptance.
It comes down to: everyone is different. Pushing your body to an unnatural extreme will always be unhealthy, but that doesn't mean you can't naturally be plus size (or size 0) and 100% healthy! In fact, in 2009 a study showed that people who were slightly overweight lived longer than underweight, average weight or obese people!
I think the best thing we can do is to stop promoting "size acceptance" and start promoting "health acceptance!"
Doo.Ri Chung graduated from Parsons in 1995, started selling her eponymous label in 2001, started showing on the runway in 2003 and won the coveted CFDA’s Swarovski Perry Ellis award for emerging talent in womenswear in 2006! Somehow known for both fluid draping and architectural details, she has a super loyal fan base (I count myself as one!) that's growing every day!
I adore this faded python effect, gives the traditionally bombshell sexy print an edgy rocker vibe! And the loosely drapes silhouette also balances out the sexy appeal... I'm seriously having trouble keeping my credit card in my wallet for this one! Buy at All Saints for $135.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Hooray, I finally got myself a purty pair of leather shorts to have and hold and love forever and ever!!! Thanks Midtown Girl for pushing me over the edge! ;) But hmm, how do I wear them? I used my leather shorts inspiration board to, well, inspire me and...Hooray, my first summer to fall outfit of the year! Ok, it was a touch too hot for a jacket, but it sure looks good! I think the key with leather shorts is making sure you're not trying to look sexy. The shorts shouldn't be too tight, the top loosely tucked, and confidence is a must!I'm getting much better at accessorizing this year! See all my pretty jewelry? Hmm, probably should have rolled up my blouse sleeves, not big on them sticking out past my jacket cuffs.
I'm wearing: beautifous Gryhon leather shorts from theOutnet.com, leopard print blouse & earrings yoinked from my mom's closet, Elizabeth & James jacket my sister bought for me from TJ Maxx, ASOS field boots and armor ring, horizontal glass ring from Banana Republic, studded and chain bracelet from Juicy Couture, just studded bracelet from J. Crew, tiger bracelet from CUSP, P.A.M. vampire necklace, and Coach purse also a gift from my sister. Whew, now that I really accessorize it takes forever to write it all out!
I feel very animalistic in this outfit, RAWR!
Time for swimsuits to go on mega sale! This bikini has a great supportive top and awesome print! Best of all the top is down from $98 to just $19 and the bottoms down from $78 to just $10!!! A whole high quality bikini for less than $30 - unheard of!
We first starting seeing this trend last year, with designers like Balmain and Cavalli showing luxe rock looks for fall 2010. Well for fall 2011 more designers like Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui hopped on the Baroque & Roll train - a crazy mix of opulence (I has it), boho and rock that somehow works.
Friday, August 26, 2011
- Jewel toned pants - Colored pants have made a sudden resurgence in the past few weeks, and colors like teal or eggplant are perfect for fall!
- Maxi skirt with slit - So zexy and fun, I've been seeing maxi skirts with slits all over for te past few months!
- A cape - Capes are just fall to me, look for ones that belt so you can keep your shape.
- Heeled loafers - I own some heeled oxfords but no loafers - obviously my closet needs a pair!
- Leather shorts - I just got my pair of leather shorts and I'm so thrilled with them! Wear them now with a tee and ballet flats, later with tights!
- Southwestern sweater - Frontier style inspired many designers for fall, and a cozy sweater to wrap yourself up in is always chic!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It's true that sometimes I put together an outfit with the sole intent of shooting outfit posts and pretty much nothing else. So I'm going to working on randomly deciding to snap pictures of what I wore to every day occurrences. This is my "I need to wear my work separates together in a new way" look. You've seen all these pieces before, but never together!So this is what I wore to work earlier in the week. I admit that there isn't anything really standout, but it's a great example of how a real woman who works and doesn't have unlimited shopping options or money can pull together a look
I'm wearing: Rachel Rachel Roy blue tank, LOFT skirt, red Zara pumps, Marc by Marc Jacobs blazer, Marc Jacobs belt, necklace from Last Call NM, Betsey Johnson earrings and sunglasses, sparkly leopard head ring courtesy of Pretty People Vintage.
You don't have to look rich and glamorous or rail thin and hipster chic to look good!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Monday, August 22, 2011
I recently caved and got myself a great pair of leather shorts! But hmm, how should I style them? Taking my usual inspiration from personal style sites, celebrities and how stores showcase their own pieces, I think my favorite way to rock a pair of leather shorts is with a a half tucked silken blouse, wedge booties and some sort of layering piece on top, like a vest! Add in a crossbody bag and some tights when it gets cooler out, and you're good to go! Since leather has an inherent tough sex appeal, I recommend going for a slightly casual, sightly disheveled look similar to how models off duty in the meatpacking district may look! Think slouchy layers and a casual cool attitude, no bombshell corsets or stilettos needed!
I spent this weekend at the beach with some lovely ladies for my bachlorette party! I decided to do a swimwear outfit post - you can still look stylish while being sun and surf ready! I used to be obsessed with bikinis - at one point I think I owned maybe 14! I've managed to get my addiction under control, partially due to this suit. I mean, it's so amazingly fabulous, why would I need any others?? I love the colors so much and it's the only triangle top that provides support like it has underwire!
Don't forget about accessorizing a swim look. I know that being out in the elements and accessories don't always mix, but there are still a few swimwear basics you'll probably want anyway, so why not make them cute? Certainly a bag of some sort - don't just grab the ugly free tote you got at a conference 10 years ago, look for something functional and cute! And of course you want a coverup - there are a bazillion cute ones out there! And everyone should bring a hat to the beach. Add some cute sandals, maybe a minimal necklace and your shades... See how just those items take you from bathing suit to complete look??
I'm wearing: ViX bikini, cowboy hat from Urban Outfitters, oversized, thin cardigan from Anthropologie, DV by Dolce Vita sandals from ideeli, gifted Dogeared Karma necklace, Tom Ford sunglasses, beach bag from a Hanii Y fashion week presentation many seasons ago!
Looky, I found you all oodles of options at various price points!
Her I am with my lovely bridal party - thanks so much for the great weekend, ladies!!!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I've been wanting a pair of leather shorts since fall of last year! Since they're not something I could ever wear to the office I've held off, but I'm thinking fall 2011 will be it :D If you're finally breaking down and buying a pair, here are some great options, both real and faux, for you!
I know the headline is scandelous, I should first clarify that the line is actually considered "loungerie" - apparently that's a cross between lingerie and lounge wear. That being said, what horrible parent would put a 4-year-old in something remotely related to lingerie???Starting from the beginning, Jours Après Lunes seems to have launched a line for four to 12-year-olds features a range of panties, bras, camisoles and T-shirts with lace edges, ribboned bow detailing and nautical stripes. Ok, the above picture doesn't really bother me, it's just a girl in a tank top. Maybe this is all an upset over a word that isn't actually relevant?!*$^@%^@&
Seriously, what is this? I really debated on it I should even put this picture on my site, but I wanted people to see just how icky this whole thing is. OK, I guess any pictures of prepubescent girls in underwear can be disturbing, and I have seen girls as young as ten in bikinis on the beach.I try to approach issues like this with a level head, but I can't shake the ick factor. Until you hit 12, underwear should be functional, not shown off. Are these pieces different than the My Little Pony print underoos I had. Is it just the photography & styling? Maybe. But either way, I have to say I'm grossed out and wanted to share that feeling with all of you :P
UPDATE: Wanted to point out the the designer made some comments, which you can read all of here. Some of the points she made (translated from French) that I think you should definitely see include:
The materials of my products are used in their underwear because they are highly qualitative: cottons including value-added elasticity, of viscose soft and easy to maintain microfiber wrongly untapped sector of the child. There is no vulgar connotation: the material is totally opaque, no transparency, no lace.Does this change your opinion at all? I suppose if all the girls were wearing bathing suits the pictures wouldn't be considered sexual. And it's possible that Americans see sexuality in things that are innocent because we seem to see sexuality everywhere. But the pictures still rub me the wrong way... is there a right way for children to model underwear or should it just be laid flat?
About the term “Loungerie” the word coined by large firms and international style echoed by many brands and many fashion items simply means that my products are mostly opaque parts Loungewear inspired and created with materials from research in the field of lingerie. I recall that in France, the word refers to the linen industry as a whole underwear for women, including men and children. This term alone does not induce sexy concept
All pictures show children playing children’s games as we all did. If you look in detail, you will find many of them small pieces of children’s games: farm animals, dinette, doll accessories, cake timber … There is no second reading to have no vulgar connotation, the postures are not biased. There is only one interpretation: that of children playing together at all. Children do not wear heels, or nail polish or lipstick. Hairstyles are exaggerated as are the games and the world of children.
And I'm sorry, but this is a total date night look:
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
So I got an email today about Brides.com's new virtual salon where you can try on dresses and makeup! I have put a little thought into my makeup, but wanted to spend time playing around and not doing work so, without further ado... Not bad - a realistic portrayal of me in eye shadow, liner, mascara, foundation, concealer, blush and lipstick! I went with a pinkish eyeshadow since I'll be switching to my purple contacts for the reception and it really makes the color pop!
This is my Taylor Momsen look - too heavy for my preference but most of what I like is so subtly different that I felt like I need to change things up a bit!
This is a bit of an adjustment from the very first look I posted - slightly less red eyeshadow used as I discovered I could change the colors depending on where they were applied - I put a highlighter shimmer on my brow bones instead!
The hair options don't work out so well, but it's kinda fun to look at them! This was a "One Click" look - I think we have a winner! :P