Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flickr: The White House

Ok, I will admit it, like everyone else, I have an obsession with the Obama's. I just found out that they have a flickr account. Here are some favorites. 

Street style: Missoni

I want to imitate everything about this Sheila from Sydney. I am obviously a big fan of the Missoni dress and big shades, but also the gorgeous sky and background. Even elements in the foreground make it interesting, like the detailing of the fence.

Photo via the Sartorialist.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

On relationships: date idea

Photo via Kerri Ladish.

I know this may sound a little indulgent, but on Sunday, when the weather was unbelievably nice, and we were in a little need of food and hydration, we went cafe hopping in the local Italian neighborhood. We had two different antipastis, several glasses of beer, and enjoyed conversation and people watching. The key to the system working is to walk around before eating again. We burned off some of the calories by walking to the art museum, which is several blocks away and then around the circumference of its park. But, then you can go right back to eating and being lazy. It's great!

La Dolce Vita

I'm sorry, but I like this look

Sorry for posting a picture of Paris Hilton, but whether we want to admit it or not she is a style icon—for good or for bad is not always certain.

But, for once I actually like one of her outfits. The dress has an interesting shape and I like her short bob and accessories. I mean she actually looks classy.

But, this is always fun to read.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Friday!

It's gorgeous outside, and I can't wait to wear skirts and bright colors! It may be even easier to stick to a recession friendly budget when the only addition you need to make to your wardrobe is a brightly colored shirt or accessory. Will you be using that tip this season? I have been drawn to buying pieces for my wardrobe that are one color, but one really bright or interesting color to spruce up a pair of pants or a skirt.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The media and our new first lady

There are an endless number of photos of Michelle Obama in the news and online. A newly found source is New York Magazine's Michelle Obama lookbook. It contains photos of what she wears almost every day. I just found a new way to procrastinate at work. But, it makes me think, is this too much? Or are we just feeling the effects of the digital age applied to a truly beloved first lady? What do you think?

New J.Crew and big red lips

You may or may not know that I have a retail obsession for J.Crew, despite the fact that I can't afford their regularly priced items. When I wear their clothes I feel effortlessly stylish without a ton of thrill and nothing too unexpected, just classic. 

So, the new arrivals are in, and I love the make up and hair styling of the models for this. I love that little attention was paid to the model's eyes, and she is wearing bright lipstick. She almost looks like an older Barbie Doll with just the really dark mascara and big red lips. 

I have seen this in one of the consumer beauty/fashion mags as a trend for spring. I might have to try it out. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A good beach read...

The biography of former Cosmopolitan editor and self-made woman, who made her way to the top by embracing her womanhood instead of letting it stand in her way and of course all of the juicy hook-up stories. She is called by the New York Times, the original Carrie Bradshaw. This may be my next book purchase. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rashida Jones: I love you, man

I loved every outfit Rashida Jones wore in the movie, "I love you, man". I loved her relaxed west coast style and at times business casual style. 

I even loved her bridesmaid's yellow dresses. 

Similar styles

I found this dress on Forever 21's Web site, and I know it's a stretch, but it kind of reminded me of the Built by Wendy Dress I posted a while ago. The only difference is that the top dress is $20 and the dress below is $200. I still like the Built by Wendy Dress better, but it is a nice, cheaper alternative.

Vintage look

I picked these up at a Web site called Gilt. They are Azaara and the stones used are crystals. They were originally $107, but they only cost $38 on Gilt. Gilt is a discount site for clothes from top designers, but you have to be invited. If you want the invite please leave a comment.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring time

This floral clutch would be perfect for a garden party or a spring event like Mother's Day or a Graduation party.

Cleveland theatre

So, over the weekend, I saw Heddatron performed by the Cleveland group, Theatre Ninjas. I could not have been more impressed by the acting and the entire experience. They transformed a Tremont church into an impressive stage and ticket prices weren't bad.

The play itself is a little hard to describe. Heddatron, by Elizabeth Meriwether, is about a pregnant woman who is abducted by robots and is then forced to perform Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. It sounds weird, I know, but you have to trust me when I say it was hilarious. If you are looking for something interesting to do in Cleveland this weekend you should go see this.

Pilgrim Congregational Church
2592 W. 14th St.
Cleveland, OH

April 17 to May 3
Fri, Sat @ 8pm
Sun @ 3pm
*Monday, April 20 @ 8pm
*Sunday, April 26 @ 7pm

Cosmopolitan woman

I don't know what could be more Cosmopolitan than Rita Levi Montalcini, 100 year-old, Noble-Prize winning scientist, and Italian senator for life.

She lived under Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime and in a recent AP article she said, "I should thank Mussolini for having declared me to be of an inferior race. This led me to the joy of working, not any more unfortunately, in university institutes but in a bedroom."

At her 100th birthday celebration she said, "At 100, I have a mind that is superior—thanks to experience—than when I was 20."

Happy Birthday from the Cosmopolitan Clevelander!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Friday!

Have a cool weekend!

Face powder

Featured at Sephora, Make up For Ever's HD Microfinish Powder, $30, looks interesting. It's translucent so it's for all skin tones and it is supposed to even out your complexion without altering your natural skin tone. It looks promising. Has anyone tried it? Does it work?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

San Francisco

Here is my picture slideshow of San Francisco. Bare with me this is a really long post.

Fountains in front of the Yerba Buena Gardens.

A pool of water and some tiger lilly's in the garden.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Matisse.

The fountain with the Moscone Center flags in the background and people just enjoying the sunshine. 

The Moscone Center.

A carousel I found.

Palm trees!
Blaclutha, built in 1886 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd., of Glasgow in Scotland, for Robert McMillan.
Cute little boats. 

The ocean. 

The Tiffany glass ceiling in Neiman Marcus in Union Square. 

One for One

TOMS Shoes is an awesome company that for every pair of shoes you purchase will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. What a great idea and an easy way to reward yourself while giving to someone in need. Below is one of their canvas shoes. 
The University Navy Rope Sole $58

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

American Eagle

Here are some summer pieces I wouldn't mind buying at American Eagle for these great prices.

Retro Halter One Piece- $34.95
Ruffle Tube Top- $11.95
Knit Party Dress- $19.99

The aviator

I got my pair of Ray Ban Aviators in the mail the other day. I chose the brown gradient mirror lens with gold metal trim. My friends may say that I look like a State Trooper, but I like their retro style and shape.

Ray Ban has been making these since 1965, according to Wikipedia, and they were apparently made for pilots because of the sun and glare. But they really hit their peak in the 1980s with films such as Top Gun.
I don't think anyone, however, could look as bad ass wearing them as General Douglas MacArthur landing on the beaches of the Philippines in World War II. 

I love the photos of the actual pilots from WWII wearing them best. I don't know who to attribute the aviators in these WWII era pictures. Was there a manufacturer before Ray Ban? Or did Ray Ban exclusively manufacture them for pilots during WWII?

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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