Ever since the September issues came out this year I'm craving fringe. It started with that beautiful Michael Kors show that had touches of fringe throughout- the standout being the skirt. It packs such a major punch while being so effortless. Paired minimally with a chunky turtleneck, it's insta-outfit. If you don't feel brave enough for the skirt, try incorporating the look into accessories. Just be careful not to go too "costume-y"...you know what the Project Runway judges would say about that! Even so PR designer Sean Kelly went for it with his signature fringe looks during the season finale- and it payed off! The inspiration and interpretations below.
The inspiration- Michael Kors Runway Show
The inspiration: A look from Sean Kelly's show on the Project Runway season finale
Literal interpretation- H&M fringed skirt
Or, try it on top! Ivona Black Fringed Faux Suede Jacket
OK, truth time. When I'm getting ready in the morning the last things I think about are my undergarments. Actually the last thing I think about is remembering to unplug my steamer before running out the door, but right before that, definitely my underwear. For me, it's more about functionality and much less about fashion. Until now. I was recently invited to a lingerie pop-up shop of sorts when the Journelle Airstream Boutique traveled to beautiful Castle Hill. The inn has partnered with the lingerie shop, which as you can imagine is a match made in luxury heaven! At stunning Castle Hill, you can book the "Journelle Getaway" or at Journelle, check out the Castle Hill inspired lookbook! Maybe it was the view, or more likely- maybe it was the rose', but either way I was inspired, and couldn't resist picking up a pretty little lacy thing for myself. And you may want to, too- since Journelle's semi-annual sale is going on now!
I am still recovering from PLL100. So much to discuss! The Emison kiss, Caleb's weird hair, Ezria forever...and ohh the massive explosion??! But most importantly- the fashion. Hanna's hangover chic is simply inspired. Obsessed with the shades. And Alison can't keep a dead mom and budding lesbian romance keep her from a geek chic cat T-shirt. Taylor Swift would be so proud. Those and more odds and ends from PLL100 below. Meow!
Hanna's sunglasses- "Prada oversized square sunglasses"
Hanna's beanie- "BDG Cuffed Rib-Knit Beanie"
Alison's Cat T-shirt- "Sandro Elie Top"
Alison's trench- "Bebe Bianca Coated Trench Coat"
It's happened to all of us before. Shopping fatigue. You've gone to every store, tried on ever shirt, pair of pants, dress...whatever, only to find, yup you guessed it- nothing! Truthfully, I have a higher tolerance than most for digging through racks to find exactly what I'm looking for, but even I've been in a spot that an extra shot of espresso can't pull me out of. Enter Stitch Fix. My very fashionable, albeit tired of dragging through the mall and finding nothing she liked, friend turned me on to this new service.
Here's how it works: you create a profile so they can get to know your style, then they send you five items that their stylists pick for you based on said profile. You keep (and pay for) the items you like then send the rest back. And the fee for all this styling goodness? $20! I think that's pretty reasonable if they do a good job. Plus if you keep any of the items the fee goes towards what you keep. So,you ask, "Do they do a good job?". I can tell you from my friend's experience that I thought overall they picked items that fit her style well.
Things to keep in mind: you don't really know what you're going to get. You may like nothing, or you may like something but it's not in your budget (average item price $65). If you consider this going in and have reasonable expectations, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If the stylist does a good job, that $20 is SO worth it. If you don't really like anything, consider the $20 an entertainment fee. One thing I really liked was the option to provide them with a specific pinterest board. I have one that is just dedicated to my own personal style, so I supplied that one as inspo for my stylist. My overall verdict? If you have an extra $20 this month, and you're tired of shopping all the usual spots- give it a try! I just placed my first order to arrive next week, and I have a feeling this could be my new obsession! Check back to see how my personal order turns out!
Rain, rain- go away! You may have noticed that Noah and his ark didn't only arrive in theaters over the weekend...it's also here in New England! I'd love to believe this is the end of the April Fool's-like weather, but let's get real- the joke is on us, and there is likely plenty more precipitation to come over the next month. Time to upgrade your spring showers gear- with some affordable, but oh-so-chic basics!
It's here, It's here! Can you believe it? Spring has sprung! The new season officially arrived at 12:57pm and all I can think about is flowers and sunshine! The sunshine may be free, but the flowers you'll have to buy. While I'd gladly accept a bouquet from an admirer, I'm more the type to buy it for myself. But, don't forget what your wise great-grandmother always said, "Flowers die, but shoes...they last forever!" So instead of buying myself some pretty peonies (my fave- for those keeping score at home), I'd probably be better served with some spring stilettos instead. Of course, I can hear Miranda Priestly's voice from "The Devil Wears Prada" echoing in my head, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Whatever, Miranda wasn't right about everything.
Can you believe it my little tulips, the end of winter is only a day away?! It's been a long, harsh season and you deserve to reward yourself for making it through! So what better way to usher in spring than with some bling (see what I did there)? The quickest, easiest, and in this case cheapest way to update your wardrobe for a new season is with a statement necklace. Seriously, you cannot go wrong. But, so many can be over-priced for what they are, which is why I was excited to hear about TV Girl Bling! The company, started by a news reporter & anchor, is a super-affordable collection of statement making pieces, inspired by what you might see on some of your favorite TV hosts. Currently, I'm crushing on the Blue Victorian Gem Necklace Set. Its navy accents remind me of all things New England, but the rhinestones make it a little more whimsical for glitzy girls like me. For $17 (yes, you read that correctly) you can't go wrong.
And just like that, the red carpet is rolled up! So many great looks from this year's Oscars. No one looked truly horrible besides poor Liza Minnelli- but at least she's fun! Overall my favorites were in the neutral, pastel, or metallic categories, but I had to throw in one HOT red dress! My "best dressed" for the 2014 Academy Awards below!
As expected, Lupita Nyong'o was best dressed and looked like Cinderella in Prada.
Another princess look: Cate Blanchett in Armani. This is a love or hate look. I love it.
Giving off that old Hollywood glam, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace looked so perfect for the occasion.
People can hate on Kim K all they want, but I think she is drop dead gorgeous in this Celia Kritharioti gown.
Ellen may have commanded the stage, but Portia De Rossi ruled the red carpet in Naeem Khan.
Looking just like a little Oscar herself, Kristin Chenoweth glittered in gold Cavalli.
It's a lot of look, but I adore Jenna Dewan-Tatum in this Reem Acra. Talk about a hot mama!
Happy awards season! Time to do my favorite thing: silently judge, then offer my opinion when nobody asked for it! And last night's red carpet did not disappoint! The sewage spill should have been a sign to us all of what was to come! I havn't seen so many bad dresses since my junior prom! There were a few shining stars in the bunch, but overall it was hard to even pick the worst dressed because there were so many! Some of my faves are below, but keep scrolling for the far more entertaining worsts from the red carpet!
Best- Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad
Best- Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Roberto Cavalli
Best- Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana
Best- Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Best- Cate Blanchett in Armani
Best- Margot Robbie in Gucci
Worst- Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung
Worst- Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana
Worst- Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Worst- Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Worst- Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung
Worst- Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
Worst- Ariel, I mean, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Image via MTV. Actually, I didn't think it was that bad until I started seeing the comparisons- check more out here.
I found myself waking up today with the winter blues. Have you felt it? No more holiday glitz, 0 degree temps, and everywhere you turn someone is coughing into their elbow (guilty!). Gross. Not to mention a post-holiday empty bank account- it's enough to make a girl hibernate until spring! But, what fun would that be? It's time to brave the most depressing time of the year and get back on track! When headed out into the elements the best way to arm yourself is with layers. I've noticed the chicest of all layers is the fur vest. Whether faux or fancy, it's nearly impossible to go wrong when topping off your look with a luxe little layer. As demonstrated in my last post by my friend Lilly, or in the pic below with my favorite vest, not only do you add on the warmth, but also depth and, if I do say so myself, sophistication. Now that's a winter pick-me-up.
My favorite vest!