Monkey See, Monkey Do…and sometimes don’t

20 Mar

Celebrities are inspiration to so many different trends…hair, makeup, clothes, shoes. You name it, they wear it, and we want it. They make the bold first decisions that give others the courage to break out their bright, bold oranges and over-sized sunglasses. They set the trends and like small children so many of us follow them. Our culture has this imitation obsession and if you aren’t careful, you could end up wearing some outrageous stuff (i mean i have a few examples…but I’ll keep them to myself this time).

What does it mean to have your own personal style? Where do you find it?

That’s easy…well maybe easier said than done. Just look around you. Everyone you see has been inspired to dress a certain way. Fashion expresses their personality and can capture the essence of the individual. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Everyone around me is in yoga pants or sweats, What kind of inspiration is that? Okay. Good point. Don’t incorporate everything you see…that might/could/would be disastrous.  Look a little bit further and you’ll find it. It might be the girl wearing a funky necklace or a pair of earrings that pop on a basic outfit. These are small fashion victories. I love it when I see someone so casually dressed, but it’s so individual. It’s as simple as a flower in their hair or a bright ballet flat.

Here are some of my favorite defining pieces that I found this weekend.

      

However, there are those ensembles you see and you should definitely never replicate that in your personal wardrobe. When you’re looking to celebrities for fashion inspiration, maybe don’t aim for the 5 inch platform heels when you’re walking out of the airport. Any normal person would land on their face. Those may not be so practical….or well, fashionable. Remember, practicality isn’t the celeb specialty… Look to them for color schemes or accents, club attire, or outfits that you could dress down for school or weekends. They have a lot to offer because they are willing to take fashion risks. I love flipping through magazines just to look at outfits or watching Fashion Police to see what terrible fashion no’s they made this week. Just think of everything as possible inspiration.

It’s a Betsey Prom

14 Mar

Betsey Johnson exemplifies quirky. Her designs take risks and are always super cute and fierce. Since Prom is right around the corner for so many high school students, I thought I’d put together a list of my personal 2012 favorites.

All of her dresses take something that is a bit unusual and make something exquisite and beautiful. I just love how she plays with color and dimensions.

1. Blue Hues.

You definitely won’t be singing the blues in this formal dress. Below is an example of a fun, flirty, and simple dress that will compliment so many different frames. Something important to keep in mind when shopping for formal gowns is definitely simplicity. You don’t need a complicated, bedazzled gown to be stunning and beautiful. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom make my dresses for me so I was able to design them and  have them fit like a glove. Not everyone has that luxury. So, you want to make sure that you are showing off your best features (whatever they may be)! This dress is a great cut for many body types and the feminine bow cinches at the waist to create one fabulous silhouette.

2. Edgy.

If you’re a little bit edgy in your everyday style and love taking risks. I recommend this dress. While the color scheme was be simple, the dress screams individuality. LOVE IT. The tulle showing at the bottom along with the black overlay is perfection. The black allows you to be bold in your accessories. Try to add a bright pump (possibly a bright blue, pink or red). You’ll definitely shine is this Betsey number.

3. Girly 

If you’re anything like me, then you love everything pink and everything girly. This Iona dress will be the belle of the ball for whoever wears it. I love the bright pink cinched waist and the lace overlay. This dress has feminine perfection and will enhance the natural beauty of any young girl. It’s a modern version of Pure Princess Elegance.

…and lastly the shoes. If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I’ll never leave out the shoes. I LOVE them too much. These pumps are so amazing. I want them in my life NOW. They are rocker sheek, yet the bow is so girly. This is something that could be paired with a super elegant dress to make a statement. Take your accessories to the next level….get out of the typical prom shoe rut. Don’t just buy what’s plain and boring. Go for sparkles and bows (I know, I know, I’m shoe-obsessed). I love simple dresses because you have the ability to focus on something like a shoe and honestly, it just pulls the entire ensemble together into fashion harmony.

Think of these ideas as starting points. You have the ability to take your personal style to let that shine on your prom night! Always remember that you don’t have to spend a lot to look amazing. Look at what designers have out and then searchlocally to find similar pieces. Create your own look, don’t think you have to take something piece by piece from  a magazine.

Pick a simple style and have fun dressing it up with statement accessories (both bright and bold)! As I’ve mentioned before: less is almost always more. You’ll be stunning and perfect, turning heads right and left if you remember that.
Embrace your natural beauty and choose a dress that enhances everything that is wonderful about you!

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she IS beautiful.” 

Film and Fashion

29 Feb

Things were white hot on the red carpet with a few splashes of pale hues and bright bolds. The stars were on their fashion A-game Sunday night.

My best dressed list is as follows: Stacey Kiebler in Marchesa, Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera, Mila Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture, Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive, and Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen.

Kiebler wore a metallic gold and the side detail on her hip looked perfect on her frame. I just can’t get enough of it. Obsessed with Kiebler’s fashion choices this Awards season… I think having Clooney on your arm makes anything look better, but Kiebler has no trouble standing fashionably firm on her own two feet. Kudos!

Penelope Cruz never fails to look fabulous. I adore her choices year after year. This Armani Prive gown is so wonderful. The powder-y blue color and off-shoulder design compliments her skin tone and frames her body perfectly. It is a timeless and elegant choice.

Mila Jovovich was brilliantly bright in a pristine Elie Saab Couture gown. White is a color for spring this season and that was clearly evident at Sunday’s Oscars. The one shouldered dress and intricate beading make this an absolute hit for fashion critics. It has a feminine flow which is perfectly delicate.

Tina Fey looked flawless in traditional black. She always wears basic dresses, but they look stunning on her. I love the peplum, it adds the perfect amount of drama to Herrera’s design. I must say that Carolina Herrera is receiving high marks from me this Spring. I love her ready-to-wear line and this fabulous gown.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen incorporated a simple color and a delicate bronze design. The colors looked beautiful on her pale skin and were just overall exquisite. The Help star shone brightly on the red carpet as Octavia Spencer went on to win Best Supporting Actress. I love it!

While the Oscars were in full swing fabulosity and Stacey Kiebler looked divine in Marchesa (and next to my man Clooney) …my group was editing our short video project. It was a learning experience, but nonetheless very beneficial. Service is a very important part of the Saint Joseph’s Community and as Appalachian Experience approaches (t-minus 2 days) students are preparing themselves for amazing opportunities to learn and grow. These “touchstone” moments will help define the individual because giving back is about engaging with a community and learning from the people around you. It is indescribable and we wanted to capture that throughout short film. Learning how to detach the audio and insert pictures with audio is a skill that I know I’ll use in future courses or endeavors. This breaks up the interview and gives the viewer a mental break while pulling in other important elements. We felt that this was beneficial way to approach the Service profile. Bianca, Grace, and I wanted to engage the viewer by showing them images from a primary source, Andrea. iMovie is an important tool to understand for the Communications field, especially with the rise of social media and global connectivity. Because of this experience I feel much more confident taking on a project of this sort in the future.

 

Color Me Happy

26 Feb

My mind is buzzing with ideas. What colors will I wear this spring?!

Now, of course I love to incorporate colors and fashions from the runways into my daily style. I just bought the most fabulous light gray belt with a double buckle (A-M-A-Z-I-N-G). I got this great find at Buffalo Exchange in Center City Philadelphia. I’ll definitely be back for great clothing at prices which compliment my broke college budget!

 #1 rule: No matter what the “trends” are, I find that staying true to your color-identity is most important because you have to wear things that you feel comfortable and beautiful in. Embrace your favorites and possibly add in the season color trends (expand your wardrobe’s color palate).

My fav spring 2012 colors: Mint, Pale pinks, and Blue hues

Mint is so adorable. It is the perfect amount of spring to add to your wardrobe! Here is a great way to incorporate mint into your spring/summer collection. There is a balance between colors which ties them all together in perfect harmony (yes, that sounds totally cheesy…but it’s true).

Pale Pinks are my favorite new shade. I love the girly vibe and the sophistication of these hues. Pinks are always a great color for spring and summer because they are light and feminine. I love the warm colors of fall and winter…ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you Winter is my favorite season because of the clothes, but I just can’t resist adding pale pinks into my wardrobe. I recently bought the most fabulous mauve boyfriend blazer. I can’t get enough of it. Then, because I was on a total “pink-out” I purchased an oversize cropped button up top (so difficult to explain, but such a great piece). It is the softest thing I think I’ve owned in a while and I’m obsessed with pairing it together with a long gold Betsy Johnson chain necklace with an eclectic purple feather. Thank you best friend for that Christmas present, it’s so unbelievably perfect.

So, pale pink is perfect for spring. Embrace these girly hues!

   

Blue. By far, blue is my favorite color. I own it in every shade. I love them all. Cobalts are a bright, vibrant blue perfect for spring and summer. You can pair them with different shades of blue. My favorite fashion trick is to pair a navy top with a cobalt accessory. The accessory pops on the dark top and it is just such a fun combination. Another great spring color is definitely pale blues. They are light, airy and superbly summer.

 

Always remember that fashion is about trying new things and finding what is right for you! It’s about defining your personality through the pieces you wear and bringing everything to life.

Don’t be shy, be fabulous and fierce. 

Rave Reviews…well sort of

21 Feb

I was asked to evaluate my blog to make improvements on it. Life is a constant learning experience filled with growth on various levels. I take this evaluation and improvements as another step towards greatness. Trial and error with a little bit of guidance goes a long way. I’m trying to market this blog to a larger audience of fashionistas and style guru’s. I have begun a small following of other fashion bloggers, as well as friends and family, but I hope that this is something I continue to use because I greatly enjoy discussing my fashion favorites (shoes, icons, colors, designers. You name it, I want to talk about it). I recently added a sidebar which I will continue to altar and edit as my blog grows and evolves. To do this I have begun tagging and categorizing my posts as a way to improve my search engine optimization.

Why Improve?

Fashion evolves daily. So, the way we talk about it should too. I’m on a constant journey to figure out who I am in this vast world. Where do I belong? What’s my calling? How can I make a difference? Does anybody actually care what I have to say? I carry all of these questions with me on a daily basis. I’m always thinking about how my words can affect someone else. Everyone connects with something and if writing is your release, then share your ideas. I like to tell myself that someone out there has the same love for the First Lady’s fashion and Jimmy Choo shoes as I do… or that Jason Wu’s designs, Fashion Week, and Award Shows are as much of an obsession.

If you have something to say…say it.

Let’s Reflect

15 Feb

Today I did a “digital log” to measure my digital usage. I lost the battle…I’m in digital overload and it’s no wonder I never get anything done (without logging off from the world). Even as I write this, I have various social media sites and my email account open. What I should be doing is writing the paper I’ve been trying to start for the last 3 days.

I wake up in the morning and after making coffee and breakfast the first thing I do is check my email. … Facebook and Twitter aren’t far behind from the constant email checking.

At work today, I attempted to write a pretty heavy paragraph for a paper that is extremely important. It’s the basis to the whole analysis. It took way longer than it should have because I

  1. Had to answer the phones for work and take messages
  2. Checked my email 4 times and read a new blog post from someone I follow.
  3. Texted my sister about multiple things happening in my life right now
  4. Had to reference online articles for the paper

It just never stops. I need one of those weekends where you go and turn off everything from the world. Problem: if I disconnect I might miss an important message. I’m constantly worried about missing a phone call or email from a possible opportunity. Just like in “Grown Up Digital,” Don Topscott argues that our generation is the future and we are reshaping politics and communications daily. We can be the unstoppable force for change. Barack Obama built his 2008 and now his 2012 campaign by creating a social-digital network of supporters. It is now possible to engage massive amounts of people through our digital usage.

I love the “digital world,” but sometimes I need to shut it off and get things done. This is probably the hardest thing for me because I like being connected. I enjoy checking my email and knowing what professors want me to complete. My calendar is constantly growing and since I was basically born organizing my clothes in a color coordinated fashion it’s important to my time management. I enjoy being connected to the fashion world and “what’s new” or “who’s new” … you can’t get everything from a fashion magazine once a month. Fashion media is my release from heavy school-work. However, I’ll be the first to admit that I need to watch my usage. I have a major rule: no texting while talking with friends or while out to dinner. I like my in-person time to be just that: in-person and fully engaged.

But…I did learn some stuff today:

  1. Obama’s approval rating is at 50%!!! Yay, Mr. President!
  2. The Colosseo in Roma has been damaged by the snow storms (NOOOOO. Non mi piace. Mi manca l’italia)
  3. And in fashion… well there is always something new in fashion. BGBCMAXAZRIA took spring’s hottest trend, color-blocking, and completely transformed it into a wonderful fall line. …And then there’s Diane Von Furstenburg’s Fall Collection. It’s bold and daring. It celebrates women. LOVE IT.

Designers I adore: Jason Wu

11 Feb

Jason Wu is one of my favorite designers. I first fell in love in January 2009 when Michelle Obama stepped out in his gown for the Inaugural Ball, but more recently I’ve fallen  for his perfectly tailored designs which play on femininity and strength. I love that he tapped into his cultural roots in the Autumn/Winter 2012 line. The warm colors and structural designs are perfect for fall. All of these reasons are why I am over the moon excited for the Target Collection he just launched because now I can finally afford a little piece of Wu!!!

Some media sources considered Michelle Obama’s choice to wear a Wu design on multiple occasions (Barbara Walters special and a Vogue cover shoot) are the reason for his career launch, but I just think she just has an amazing taste for fashion and went with the best designer. Now, maybe I’m a little bias in the First Lady’s favor, but I find that she is a style icon and one of the best dressed females in the public sphere. I love her daring choices and her ability to transform herself from collected and casual to gorgeous in designer gowns.

  

Everything which I had predicted as a trend for the upcoming fall season, Wu hit spot on. He utilized velvets, military inspiration, bold colors (red!), cinched waists, and draping. I’m such a fan of military (as evident from my previous post) and bold colors never fail. I mean, color blocking is going to be everywhere this season (shoes, accessories, and apparel). Cinched waists are a great way to create proportion and they almost always make an outfit look better (a friend pointed out to me that Jane in Abc Family’s Jane by Design is a perfect example of how belts can make the look). The draping element is something that I love to see on runways and on red carpets. There’s something delicate about it which I’m drawn to.

Here are some of my favorite Jason Wu looks from the Autumn/winter 2012 line:

 

 

  

I’ll leave you with this thought:

“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity”