Monday, April 21, 2014

Trending: Scenic Prints, Fast Food + ....Normcore?


cenic prints, fast food fashion, and what the heck is this new buzzing trend dubbed 'normcore' all about? These days it seems like the ordinary is becoming ironically chic. All the hipsters are saying, "wait, that was my thing before it was cool." Is the future of fashion anti-fashion? 


SCENIC PRINTS
Being that pop art has been all the rage this season, it would make sense that an art inspired print would make it's way into our closets. I've been particularly aware of blouses and dresses dawning nature scenes as of late, many with highly saturated in color.

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FAST FOOD FASHION
In case you missed it, Moschino and Chanel took to the runway with a foodie's dream approach to fashion this season. You know those super decked out women you see casually perusing the isles of the grocery store on sundays? Lagerfeld dedicated a whole collection for those diamonds in the rough. You can watch the models from the A/W 14 Paris show below in their "natural habitat".



But the food theme didn't end there, Moschino's Creative Director, Jeremy Scott took us back old-school happy meal style. Complete with trays, visors and what would appear to be a huge copyright infringement, ripping off McDonalds (with all the perks of being ready-to-wear). For more on what we were all thinking when we saw this hit Milan, read this article
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NORMCORE
It's obvious that normcore is rich in 90s flair, from the lightly acid washed jeans to the Nike swoosh. According to Chictopia, the term was "originally coined by New York trend forecaster K-Hole, normcore has transgressed from a trend to a phenomenon as fashion sources like The Cut, Lucky Magazine and Refinery29 have all attempted to decode its meaning and guide us towards achieving a look that’s been characterized as “a fashion statement that doesn’t make a statement." 
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So...basically normcore is more or less dressing like Jerry Seinfeld. Yeah, I'm not so sure I'm on board with this or at least not calling it a trend. It's more like the essential wardrobe of a late 20th century sitcom star. Is it me or is this just how everyone dresses on laundry day? Would you devote hours into pulling off this effortless look like so many others are doing already as if to say...

I want to hear from you guys what you think about this "trend." Vote below.

Would you go normcore?
 
 
  
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Making the Move

New York City- commonly referred to as the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, and the City of Dreams. It houses everyone from the financial gurus to the Williamsburg hipsters. While I'm neither of those, that doesn't stop me from being able to officially call it home. And not in some short-lived rebellious teenage kind of way where I feel like skipping town in an effort to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a rockstar, which results in me couch crashing at some friend's house for a couple of weeks after opening for a band no one's ever heard of. No, I'm grown now.

It's a type of surreal feeling, like something out of a novel. 

Though at work I'm just behind the scenes and must remain professionally unfazed every time a major star's name is dropped, I cannot confirm or deny that I wouldn't be star struck if someone I admire from the silver screen was breathing the same air as me in Starbucks one morning. Heck, I might even wander aimlessly into the street in awe, dribbling that hot latte all down my silk blouse. Don't judge me. It's strange to be living in a city that at any moment could become under siege by Spiderman, Transformers or maybe even (but hopefully not) a scene from The Day After Tomorrow. Hey, it could happen. I suppose eventually, with time and enough metro card swipes, this city will lose some of its luster, but it's fresh now so I'm going to marvel in it. 

One of the things that keeps me grounded is finding those little moments in the day when you catch someone doing something nice for someone else that they easily could've left up to another passerby. Like the other day I saw a woman crossing the street who spilt all the contents of her purse unto the ground and two women stopped to help her. You gotta ride the little waves sometimes in this big sea of people. Do small things with great love and stay humble...but I digress.

I like a good challenge.
I know you're thinking-- with virtually no breaks in the past three years from school, not one trip to Miami or Cancoon for spring break, why would you jump right into the real world without a little break?? I didn't want to allow myself any time to rethink what I knew I wanted to do. No time to be lazy and have things handed to me. I just went for it. That being said, the last month has been a whirlwind, which explains my less than average updates to the blog as of late. In two weeks I had graduated from college and moved (twice actually) to NYC. (But seriously, no more homework ever again? I'll take it.) Staying in my home state would have been easy, I'm not ruling out going back there eventually, but I knew if I didn't get away to start my career and step outside of my comfort zone I'd be spending a lot of time thinking "what if?". If you want big rewards you've got to take big risks, right? As cheesy as it may sound, I can't help but want to strive to be a woman that would make the five-year-old-circa-'97-Lisa-Frank-lovin' self proud. No pressure.


Instead of writing about some of the things I've been up to lately, I thought I'd share some instagrams. You guys like pictures more than words anyways.
Capturing the hustle and bustle atmosphere of Times Square

View from the High Line

Brooklyn brownstones

On my way to grab lunch in the ridiculously cool Chelsea Market

THE INTERNSHIP
While I can't give away too many details for confidentiality reasons, I can tell you that I am working closely with major magazines, a-listers and top stylists. Striving for perfection can cause a lot of pressure. As an example to put it in perspective, if I don't do my job correctly Beyoncé might not get her look for tomorrow night's red carpet event and Vogue could miss out on their first pick for next month's cover. A 'my bad' moment could cost thousands. So...yeah. Public relations ain't for the the weak of heart, that's for sure!

Dear future interns, 
ALWAYS
1. Wear comfortable shoes-- you'll be on your feet a lot
2. Do your best to find what you're searching for or figure out how something is done before asking your boss-- the less you stress them out, the better. You're there to make their job easier.

NEVER
1. Ask when you can leave-- you're there until the day's tasks are complete
2. Get an attitude-- they can find someone else to do your job who won't complain. #realtalk

REMEMBER
1.There will be days/moments where you feel completely incompetent...you're not, you're just still learning! Keep at it and don't take criticism personally.
2. Don't expect to easily find a paying fashion internship, but they do exist. What's most important is how this experience will look on your resume, but being able to afford to eat is always a plus too. Weigh your options before accepting the job.

FIRST DAY INTENRING LOOK
 (all from Target-- you go, bargainista!...now you can afford dinner!)
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THE LOOK BREAKDOWN: I kept my outfit fun, yet casually professional. The only thing I regret is not having gel insoles in my boots (especially since they were a half size smaller than I usually wear). I picked red because it's a captivating color that dares to express confidence, and who doesn't want to enter a new situation with self-assurance?


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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kendra's Night Out


ou may have seen travel expert, Kendra Thornton featured on television shows like Tyra Banks and Nate Berkus or read her tweets dishing out tips on planning, packing, and various other aspects of travel. Well, recently she asked me to create a few original looks for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas. She and a group of friends will be heading to Sin City in a few weeks and she's looking for a wardrobe that will compliment her travel plans to take her from daytime sightseeing to night on the Strip.

But before I reveal the looks, get the scoop with Kendra on her travel plans...

Fun Fashions for an Evening in Vegas
While I love spending time with my family, I’m really looking forward to my upcoming getaway to The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, but I need your help. I want to look great while I enjoy my time with friends. Your challenge is to help me create a fabulous outfit to wear on an evening in Sin City. To help you, I’ve included a brief description of one of the hot spots I plan to visit.

GhostBar
The Palms has several fun bars and clubs. One of my favorites, because of the spectacular views it provides, is GhostBar. Located on the 55th floor of the resort, GhostBar affords some of the most amazing views of the Las Vegas strip. I especially love the views from the glass panel in the balcony floor. This intimate lounge provides a more low-key atmosphere than many of the bars at The Palms. I plan to enjoy my visit here with a couple of drinks and perhaps a couple new friends.

This city has a unique style unto itself. To find the best hotels and hot spots in the city I read all the reviews I could from the experts on Gogobot. Whether I catch a show, enjoy some time gambling in the casino, indulge in dinner at one of the city’s fine dining establishments or catch up with friends over cocktails, I’m sure to have more fun if I look stunning. I can’t wait to see the fabulous fashions my readers recommend, and I look forward to taking your fashion advice out for a fun evening in Sin City. Doesn’t every mom deserve a night out once in a while?
-Kendra

Here's what I've whipped up for this travelista. 

Other recommendations...
                   

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A lightweight slouchy chambray button up paired with fitted crisp white shorts not only says comfort, but also effortless style. Step into a pair of printed flats and don't worry about lugging a giant purse around while you're sightseeing. Just grab your chic backpack filled with all your necessities, including a travel journal, camera, stylish shades and your new favorite nude lipstick, appropriately named, 'Viva Las Vegas'. 

 If you want more of a fitted look on top, bring in the waist by loosely belting just above the hips. I suggest a yellow skinny belt to cinch in the waist. 





Other recommendations...


GET THE LOOK

Red looks great with your complexion and blonde hair. Have fun and go bold with wild accessories like this translucent cuff, strappy pumps and sleek black polished nails. I chose this geometric clutch because of its triangular shapes, similar to that of the Luxor's pyramid. Also, I love the texture and movement of this dress. Can't you already hear people saying, "Where'd you get that??"

With these outfits, you're guaranteed to look fabulous and have an unforgettable trip. I hope you and your friends have a lovely time in Vegas!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring 2014 Colors You'll Love


appy March, fashionistas! I know you're dying for the cold to end so you can start stocking up your spring wardrobe. I am too...especially since winter on the east coast has been unpredictable! (We're talking one day it's 25° then 70° the next. The never ending battle of shorts vs. the extra thick sweater + scarf combo. My body is utterly confused at this point.) But before you go gallivanting around the mall, there's a few things you might want to consider, like the color palette for the season! (Did you know that color is the number one thing we gravitate towards when shopping?) Corals and shades of sea foam are major trends, especially among accessories. You'll be seeing lots of nautical themes, fitting for the beach so embrace starfish bangles and anchor earrings. The color of the year is one of my personal favorites, orchid. You can find it in an array of shades, so chose one that you find most flattering for your complexion. It's all about mixing bright yellows, oranges and pinks with neutrals (like grey and beige). Now, check out a few of my favorite pieces that I think you'll look lovely in this spring!

Orchid
photo cred: Colors Solution International
Photo cred:  Colors Solution International

Sea Foam




On my quest to find spring clothing appropriate for NYC I came across this aztec embroidered print skirt from Francesca's Collections (hover image to shop). At first I thought it wouldn't be that flattering on me, but after giving it a try in the fitting room I realized actually how flattering the shape was and how versatile having a piece like this in my wardrobe could be. Long story short, it came home with me along with a pair of flats and a vintage print crop tank. Success!
Don't think that I've forgotten about the Academy Awards! Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o (Best Performance Supporting winning Actress in the film 12 Years a Slave...congrats girl!) were a few that made my personal 'best dressed' list from last night's Oscars. All 3 of these gowns perfectly reflect the season's trends and color palette, not to mention they look stunning on these A-listers. Their stylists deserve a standing ovation. What was your favorite look of the night?

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