2013 is was really insane. I’m ready to make a fresh start with the new year.
I thought it was the perfect time to return to blogging. I stopped of several reasons. I got busy, I traveled, had some health issues and had to return to dealing with an abusive relationship that exhausted me mentally and psychically. But as I said, it’s time for a fresh start with the fresh year. I have tons of goals for 2014 that I’m really hoping I will be able to stick to. Fitness, clean eating, continuing my education, and of course more Chanel!
I recently learned of The PinkPanel which describes itself as “the most beautiful and fun consumer panel in the US”. As a member you can get rewarded for applying to test and review free beauty products, plus you’ll automatically be entered into their monthly giveaways. The PinkPanel is run by The Beauty Company, a research branding firm and if you’re interested in seeing how they use all your reviews you can check out these cool infographics on their website. To join simply head over to their Facebook page, click “join” and fill out a short survey. The PinkPanel is also giving away three $250 Sephora gift cards to new members this month, just mention my blog in your signup form.
I was compensated for this post (in beauty products of course)
top - Forever 21, shorts - Raven Denim, shoes - Jean-Michel Cazabat, hat - Callanan, cuff - Chanel, sunglasses - vintage
The sun has finally come out to play after what seems like non-stop rain. I spent last week celebrating my birthday between the rainstorms in New York at The Standard and in Greenwich with friends and family after some shopping on the avenue. I also ended up meeting a really interesting lady named Liz who aside from being one of Geoffrey Beene’s muses also worked in Paris for a time for both Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld! Can you just imagine? I had always pictured Karl as a sort of God-like dictator of style and Yves as more of a quiet and sensitive genius, but apparently Karl was much more laid back and approachable.
I love to tee I’m wearing, one of my friends found it at Forever 21 and when I saw her with it I needed to get one for myself. I’m wearing an x-small but it still fits very loosely which I think works well with my teeny tiny shorts.
bracelets - Charriol, watch - Burberry, rings - antique and no-label
Summertime is finally here. Beaches, boating, parties and killer sales - it’s all just beginning. It’s time for me to get some extra hours of pilates in and break out my beloved big summer hats. I’m looking forward to be able to share all the fun and adventures to come on my blog.
Blast From the Past
Ever since the cave people started wearing loin cloths and furs, we humans have had fashion history. This week’s roundup delves into the past and how it has inspired our future. From the swinging 60’s impact on sunglasses, to a look at Eurovision’s pop music style evolution. For those of us who can’t get to the MET one blogger shares her experience and for those of us who haven’t yet seen the Great Gatsby, we have a look into Gatsby style in the mix there as well. So get your cup of tea, reflect on years gone by and check out these links!
Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup
- Attire Club: The Two Sides Of A Coin: Men’s Body Image Considerations
- Beauty and the Budget: The Evolution of Bangs
- Caught in a Tale: Shopping in Marrakesh Souks: Top 5 Tips
- DressCode:HighFashion: Colour Trend S/S 13: Ink / Royal Blue
- Fashstash: Swinging Sixties | Sunglasses for SS/13
- Folio V: Denim Deco
- From Runway to Style: Dior’s Cruise 2014 Sensual Freedom
- Jessy Dust: Photo Editing Apps for Instagram
- Jolly Caucus Race: Eurovision Style Evolution
- La Vie en Couleur: Grab Some Popcorn: 7 Must See Fashion Documentaries
- Le Simply Classy: Minimalism in Fashion
- Ms. Fabulous: PUNK: Chaos to Couture
- My Bougette: The Great Gatsby: extravagant excess
- Rising Colors: Maxi - The Classic Stunner
- Rose and Pine: My 5 Favorite MAC Shadows (and drugstore dupes of them all!)
- She’s All Smiles: Friday Finds: Rings For Cat Lovers
- Stylonylon: Hair Tutorial With ghd Candy Collection Stylers
- Tangles and Chains: Promise Ring: Why, How and When to Wear it
- Frantic But Fabulous: The Core Wardrobe: Essential blazers for every occasion
- What 2 Wear Where: What to wear to the Royal Ascot (My Fair Lady)
See through bags are everywhere this spring from top designers like Chanel and Valentino to more affordable options from BCBG. Another must are embellished sunglasses, which could also make for a fun DIY project with some found objects of supplies from your local craft store. For a little bit of sparkle I love purple and green Amethysts, although I wouldn’t turn down jewelry anytime of the year. Statement earrings in bold colors whether they’re vintage finds from the Hester Street Fair or vintage inspired from Bergdorf’s are always a great way to add something fun to your look. Fresh scents are also perfect because we can’t spend all day out reading in the garden, unfortunately, but I think wearing same perfume as everyone else is just as bad as walking into a party and seeing someone in the same dress as you so I either mix my own scent or go for ones that aren’t sold at most major department stores.
1. Leather/PVC Rockstud Shoulder Bag by Valentino
2. Irregular Flowers Sunglasses by Prada
3. Various amethyst rings from My Jewelry Box
4. Tassel Earrings by Oscar de la Renta
5. Various scents by Le Labo
Last night was the Met Gala to celebrate this years Costume Institute exhibit Punk: Chaos to Couture which explores the impact the punk movement had on fashion and vice versa. Some of the guests went way to literal with the punk theme (I’m looking at you Miley Cyrus) and ended up looking more suited for a Halloween party rather than one fashion’s biggest events, but there were many who were spot on. My favorite looks were the night were honorary co-chair Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture (she arrived on the arm of designer and fellow co-chair Riccardo Tisci), Carey Mulligan whose understated Balenciaga dress featured a giant safety pin just bellow the neckline, Sarah Jessica Parker and her pairing of a Giles Deacon gown with a mohawk inspired headpiece by Phillip Treacy and Katy Perry’s hot off the runway look from Dolce & Gabbana. Cara Delevingne wore super low cut Burberry dress with studded details and I absolutely fell in love with Cameron Diaz’s purple Stella McCartney gown which featured a nod to punk with a gold colored spiked metal belt. I also was obsessed with Moda Operandi’s Taylor Thomasi Hill and her amazing gown by Thome Brown who pared floral and spikes in the most unspeakably beautiful way and I have to give an honorable mention to Lily Cole in Vivienne Westwood (whose designs are prominently featured in the exhibit).
Be sure to head over to Moda Operandi who helped sponsor the night, for exclusive pieces in their “Punk Shop”.
Punk: Chaos to Couture opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this Thursday and will remain so though August 14th.
photos via Getty Images and Vogue
Spring has finally come to New England and I feel as if I’ve been reawakened and renewed. Belle is healthy and so am I after a winter of being sick on and off. I just love this time of year. Finally I’m able to wear a skirt without needing tights and just go out into the sun. For the most part I don’t really like winter clothing, which is a big reason why I probably don’t like winter. It’s lovely to do my yoga a mediation in the morning sun again. Last week a photographer that I’ve worked with many times asked me to be in a short film he was working on. I’m excited to see the results and will hopefully be able to share them on here when it’s all finished.
photos by Joseph Arthur
I’ve been MIA because my dog Belle (who you might recognize if you have me added on Instagram) has been sick and we’ve been back and forth to the vet nonstop for two weeks. I lost my Yorkie a few years ago because her vet failed to do regular testing for common health issues related to the breed, and although Coton de Tulears are a very healthy breed I still want to make sure all the bases are covered just in case. Thankfully her last tests came back normal so and she’s feeling a lot better now so hopefully things are all good.
On a more positive note, spring is slowly starting to show itself, sales are going on and I’m reawakening from the winter gloom. In just over a month the Costume Institute will premier their exhibit PUNK: Chaos to Couture and Prince Harry will be here for a polo match (still not sure if I’m too interested in attending, although my parents will be).
I was looking through the Life Magazine archives and found these amazing pictures of Coco Chanel doing a fitting. It’s always interesting to see shots of her at work, especially because so many designers today aren’t as hands on as she was. A lot of people put Chanel on a pedestal without really getting to “know” her. She was a pioneer business women who listened to her instincts and not what others said which I think is more important to remember about her than just the “classy and fabulous” quote you see all over pinterest. I actually think one of the most interesting things she said (I can’t remember the exact quote) was that you have to wear something that’s expensive like it’s cheap. There are many things I admire about her, and also many things that I don’t, but she really did have an understanding of fashion that is not often found.
I haven’t been out and about too much this winter because I’ve seemed catch every bug that’s gone around which has also meant there hasn’t been too much for me to post about lately. I (think) I’m finally starting the feel better though and the snow is now quickly melting from Friday’s storm so it’s about time for me to think about coming out of hibernation. Anyways, we had our last big snow so I decided to bust my dearly neglected mink out from cold storage at least once this winter. The platforms probably weren’t the best idea for the snow because I took a major topple and now have a very sore ankle. Maybe it’s time to invest in more practical footwear…but that sounds very boring, so maybe not. The tights I’m wearing I bought years ago, practically forgot about, and rediscovered still in their package when I recently had my new closet done. The bag was given to me when I was 15 and I carried it to school a lot until I overstuffed it and broke the strap. It still works as a nice clutch though. I think vintage Chanel is so effortless, which is the way Coco intended Chanel pieces to be worn (and carried), but they so rarely are anymore. There’s something special about timeless bag that can be handed down, sort of like heirloom diamonds.
Get ready to go behind the seams of Hollywood’s hottest vintage outfit. Don’t miss the all-new Smithsonian Channel series LA Frock Stars featuring Doris Raymond and her team of vintage virtuosos as they give fine vintage frocks a second chance to shine at today’s biggest red-carpet events. LA Frock Stars premieres this Thursday at 8pm ET & PT / 7pm CT on Smithsonian Channel. Go to smithsonianchannel.com to find the channel on your TV.
I watched the first episode and am already hooked! We see the goings on of the LA vintage boutique The Way We Wore, and as a vintage collector I’m in awe of the collection amassed by Doris, the show’s star. I was really excited and surprised when I instantly recognized a gown she comes across as one I was contacted about and passed up over a year ago (at the time I had no plans of visiting the West Coast and don’t feel comfortable purchasing vintage clothing without first seeing the condition close up) and can now stop beating myself up over not buying. But even if you don’t know a lot about vintage fashion LA Frock Stars is a show you can enjoy as they do go into some of the history of the pieces and their designers, plus it has a really fun cast.
To celebrate the premier of LA Frock Stars I have 10 copies of Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style to giveaway to my readers!
Click here for the entry form and good luck!
A few pieces I’m still obsessed with from NYFW…
I’ve been in the midst of re-decorating so haven’t had much time for blogging. These pictures were taken in my closet right after everything was ripped out (hence the horrible lighting and splotchy walls). I’m still having some trouble picking out a new bed because even though I know basically what I’m looking for all the subtle differences in shape and color are making me a little crazy. Anyways, this is about how close to “dressed down” as it gets for me. I don’t usually wear jeans often, but the winter has been so cold I’ve almost started to value function over fashion. The oversized printed cardigan isn’t my usual style, but it looked so cozy that I had to have it. Now I should probably get back to painting my bedroom since I have to go over a very bright blue that I put up over the weekend and ended up hating.
dress- Tibi, bag - Chanel, necklace - Vintage
I attended The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show Wednesday night. The Heart Truth supports women with heart disease and I was especially happy to be there because I have two holes in my heart. It was different than most fashion shows as it’s almost more of a party and of course there are celebrities instead of models. Kelly Osbourne wore a gorgeous Zac Posen gown that I’m completely obsessed with and Jillian Michael’s Cushnie et Ochs dress (that I literally almost wore to the event) was another favorite of mine. I’m back in Connecticut recuperating (I’ve been sick and almost didn’t make it to the show) and bracing for the big storm headed this way, but I should be back in the city in few days if the weather permits it.