Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Accessories: Statement Necklace

This is one of my favorite statement necklaces I have seen so far. (Besides mine of course) It is simple, cute and most importantly $26 at Fred Flare. I think this one could be easily made, as long as you didn't spend more than $26 on your supplies because then what's the point?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday night birthday

I had a great time over the weekend celebrating the 30th birthday of one of my friends, and today is another friend's birthday. We are celebrating by going to the Greenhouse Tavern, yet another new restaurant to pop up on East 4th street. As implied by the name, the restaurant tries to be green while having farm fresh foods. I am very very excited about trying the Ohio tomato pasta with yellow tomato, basil, summer squash, and pancetta and the goat cheese tart with Lake Erie creamery goat cheese, heirloom tomato salad, and herbs. I am also very intrigued by some of the items on their menu of libations. They have a cocktail called Old Rye Sour, which has fresh orange pulp, preserved cherry, sugar, homemade sour mix, bitters, rye whisky, and soda water.
I would love to sit outside on the patio, however, it is raining, cold, and windy here.

Editor's Note: Since I wrote this post I have tried this restaurant and the following are my thoughts. I ended up starting with the House made Fromage Blanc, which was mixed with thyme and served with grilled bread. It was a delicious and light starter. I had the Apple and Butternut Squash Risotto as my entree, and it also was surprisingly light, but very, very good. There is something a little weird about the way the menu has been written. There are a lot of different serving sizes on the menu, and If I had known my serving was going to be so small I would have ordered a side. The Old Rye and Sour was not very tasty, and I should have taken the recommendation from the waitress to add some grapefruit juice. Overall, I would guess everything on the menu is really good, just find out the serving size from your waitress and take recommendations when ordering cocktails.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Photo booths at weddings

I have noticed that a lot of bloggers get really excited about wedding planning. I am not exactly there yet, but I do appreciate good planning and detailing for an event. That's why when I went to this wedding in Dallas, I was really excited to find out that they had a photo booth for all of the guests to take silly photos. After the wedding the bride and groom could look through all of the funny pictures of their friends and family. What a great way to remember everyone who was there to help you celebrate. Here I am with my beau trying to be silly for the photo booth.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

NYC Spring 2010 Day 6

Vera Wang had beautiful silk dresses and tulle overlays paired with gorgeous crystal statement necklaces. Grays, silvers and blacks were dominant here.

Badgley Mischka also used black and white together very well. Pops of coral were dropped in as well as gold and turquoise accents and jewelry. Swimwear and dresses were very casual and comfortable but sexy.

Rodarte had distressed pieces with strips of material arranged interestingly. There was something celtic about it.

Max Azria had many plain pieces accentuating color, shapes, and cutouts.

A lesson in glamour

Diane Kruger is definitely glamourous. There is no doubt about that. How does she do it? I can make several guesses.
1. Volume: Her hair, especially with the poof and subtle curl at the bottom, is slightly old hollywood.
2. Smoky eyes: The thick black eyeliner really makes her already beautiful eyes the center of attention. And it doesn't hurt to have a sultry stare.
3. The right outfit: That white dress with the gorgeous black floral detailing is amazing.
4. Something unexpected: Neutral lingerie paired with blue high heels. There is your sexy factor.
5. Confidence: Looking sexy, not like a deer in the headlights when being photographed.

(Images found by Daniella)

Original Penguin sale

Original Penguin has some super cute stuff on sale like this jacket for $59.97 and this dress for $49.97.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gray Fall Boot

$49 Newport News

French Connection $268

Mudd $36.99

Steve Madden $170

Piperlime $100

Marc by Marc Jacobs $450

I have recently become obsessed with gray ankle boots. I love the different embellishments like bows, buttons, and zippers. There are a variety available for every budget. I would gladly take any of these home. I especially love the Steve Maddens and the Mudds. What pair do you like best?

Day 5 NYC Spring 2010

Day 5 was one of my favorites especially with pieces from Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan.

Jill Stuart was studded, spandexy and short. It was hard to pick out a favorite. The touches of the eighties were not my favorites and despite having an original twist at times the looks did nothing aesthetically for me.

Zac Posen was martian green with strange lips, hearts, and hands as embellishments. Other colors including hot pink were mixed in making it look either like a character out of Willy Wonka or an eighties music video. See-through jackets? Some big prints and color pairings were right on, like the use of pink and orange and the draped evening dresses.

Donna Karan really looked feminine with structured yet flowing materials and shapes.

Thakoon certainly had original pieces: Large graphic prints on geometrical dresses, some scuba-inspired leggings or pants, loose fitting and tight clothes paired together creating interesting shapes. Some of these pieces were not really my cup of tea, but I found some draped dresses and floral prints that appeased my senses.

Marc Jacobs designs looked like visions that were artistic and new drawing upon old, but did not completely suspend reality. Button down blouses were paired with long frilly dresses, frilly dresses with large details and shoulders, and all of it with pale make up and tight ballerina buns. And not to mention one of the most beautiful blue jackets I have ever seen. I have never loved a shade of blue more.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Book List: Steve Hely

Steve Hely, Harvard grad, David Letterman alum, and now a writer for 30 Rock (I am peeing my pants in excitement for this season), has written a book about a character, Pete Tarslaw, out for vengeance against his ex who is now getting married. His plan is to become an insanely, fabulously successful writer. His plan to become a writer involves putting together a formula that all books on the bestseller list seem to follow and making the book marketable in any form. For example, he includes scenes of people driving in his book because he wants to reach out to people who might be listening to the book while driving. I heard Terry Gross interview Hely on the book, and I was sold. It sounds hilarious. How I Became a Famous Novelist is on my list of books to read.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A pot of gold

Sorry for my lack of posts and lack of finesse lately. A lot of my friends and coworkers got layed off this week, and my position has been completely changed. I am no longer working on the same magazine. I will be learning the ropes on two new magazines. Looking at this in a positive way, I realize that I still have a job, and that I will just be taking on new challenges. For all of my friends out there who don't have jobs, I hope they realize that they are moving on to new challenges as well. I hope they challenge themselves to take this as an opportunity to maybe change their life, or it might be a chance for them to grow closer to friends and family. Whatever it is I hope they find a giant heaping pot of gold at the end of their rainbow. Sorry to be sappy. It has been a rough week.

(Photo via Style Files)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spring 2010 Day 4

Diane Von Furstenburg, DKNY, Herve Leger, and Derek Lam

I feel like I am repeating myself because this day is like any other full of tribal prints with embellishments, navy blues and reds, brights and patterns, bold prints and polka dots, stripes....etc. There is a difference in the form and execution here that has my heart aflutter. So far this is my favorite day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Spring 2010 Day 3

The slideshow includes favorites from Lacoste, ADAM, Vivienne Tam, Christian Siriano, Georges Chakra, Andy & Debb, and Alexander Wang. I really liked Alexander Wang's spin on the sporty/military look.

The shorter the better

Look at Michelle Williams donning a super short haircut on the cover of Vogue. How Edie Sedgwick of her. I love it. Article here.

Spring 2010 Day 2

I liked Charlotte Ronson's flirty pieces, Preen and Yigal Azrouël's cool, edgy styles, and Jason Wu's brights patterns and colors and twists on classics.

(All photos via Style.com)

You can never have too much Jackie

LIFE has posted some rare pictures of Jackie Kennedy. If you haven't seen enough photos of her and are still having problems emulating her classic style check these out.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cheap & Trendy

My friend and I went shopping yesterday to look at the fall trends and accomplish some "missions". I know Vogue said that red is big for fall, but what I kept noticing in every store were a lot of grays and purples. I inevitably ended up with some gray tights and purple shoes. We also saw some especially cute frilly purple cardigans. In most stores you couldn't buy one for under $60 or $40. And for an item that is purple, that doesn't necessarily go with everything, you may not want to pay that much. So that is why I have to unleash my dirty little secret—shopping at Sears. I am totally one of those people who will buy all of my trendiness at places like H&M and F21, but why go there, the land of disintegrating clothes, when you can find cheap, fairly well made clothes at Sears. This cute cardi will only cost you $22.49, and it is not made of a material that will unravel as you wash it.

On the street: NYC

I have been very, very busy this weekend, so I haven't had a chance to update on Fashion Week. Running in Race for the Cure took a lot out of me, but I was able to beat my goal and ran it in 30 mins. Yay! I will be posting my favorite looks from the New York runways this week.

The Sartorialist caught this lovely girl in NYC with the perfect walk, perfect look.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

First day of Spring 2010 ready to wear

Here are some of my favorite looks from the first day of the spring 2010 ready to wear collections. I loved the classic trench coats, high waisted shorts and skirts, and neutrals mixed with brights at Ellie Tahari and Organic by John Patrick. BCBG and LAMB used brights and patterns as well as some edgier pieces. Edgy was very much the theme of Vena Cava while Prabal Gurung and Monique Lhuillier kept it feminine with bows and embellishments.

(All photos via Style.com)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Girl crush: Garance Dore

I hate to keep rattling on about this, but I just admire Garance Dore and her work so much. She is so talented and she has great style. Her exhibit in London is up, and I wish I could go see it. Maybe she should just publish a book like her man!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NY Fashion Week

On a lighter note, New York Fashion Week has begun. It's an exciting time. Designers are once again faced with the problem of a strained economy not only theoretically but a reality for some. People are definitely looking for quality, long lasting items of clothing and fewer of them. It will be interesting to see what walks down the runway.

(Find this photo and others at Fab Sugar)

Fashion Night Out is Fashion Lights Out

I have to mention Fashion Night Out, the event sponsored by VOGUE to promote shopping and consumer confidence. I am slightly disappointed. Although I think tonight will be a big hit, I don't understand why stores in smaller cities aren't participating. We certainly don't have an entire street dedicated to clothing stores in Ohio, but why couldn't malls stay open late to promote this effort? If they really were concerned with promoting consumer confidence they would have reached out to small cities who were hit the hardest. Even if people were still nervous about the economy, it would give shoppers a chance for a night out, at little cost, that would give the people reason to trust in retailers and go back when the economy does start to get better.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ballet slippers

I kind of want to break out my old ballet slippers and rework them as a piece in my wardrobe. What do you think?

I thought they were comfortable and cute as a temporary student of ballet/figure skater. I wish I had the gumption as a young person to take more fashion risks. I would have been considered very ahead of the whole ballet flat curve. I did, however, design my own skating dresses. That's very risky. 

(Photo via Flickr)

Fall happenings

There are a couple of things that happen to indicate that fall is creeping in. The obvious one is that the leaves change. I saw my first completely yellow-leaved tree today in the office parking lot.
Another thing that happens that is slightly annoying is that it starts to stay dark outside even at 6 am and 6:30 am, so that my body thinks I should still be asleep. I will be in a hibernation-like state from now until spring time. I may just fall asleep at my desk for no apparent reason.
Probably the best sign that fall is right around the corner are the strange, pop-up Halloween stores that appear out of thin air. I am sure you are familiar with them. They usually have names like Halloween Town, and the billboards that line the freeway advertise them as if the world's largest ball of yarn has planted itself in your city for a short period of time. Even the most stable shopping center is not immune to them. Somehow, a vacant store that you didn't even notice before, becomes an awesome destination for your costume or wig or those funny little graveyard decorations that people put in front of their houses.
Sept. 9 is a pretty early sighting for one of these stores. This is probably another attempt to make the most out of our economic slump and create consumer interest. I don't know if shopping has picked up, but I would get to one of these stores fast if I were you. Last year all of the good costumes were taken by the time I visited one. It was a week before Halloween though.

(Photo by me)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Apparently my blog-o-versary has come and gone without me even noticing. I am only mentioning this because so many other bloggers seems to celebrate it in the form of a post. It seems strange that a word like that has even entered the English language. There are ways to celebrate literally everything. If I had more foresight I would have gone to this Web site so my blog could have been showcased for all to see on the special day (Sept. 2, 2008). The site also provides a timer to count down until my blog-o-versary.
It is weird to think that for the past year I have partially occupied my time by keeping a Web log of things that interest me. Before blogging I would have never documented any of these thoughts. I am pretty partial to keeping a journal, but now that has fallen to the way side for a more public means of expressing myself. I guess this is just one more area in which we can now document and store every passing thought. For example, I will never forget what I was thinking on September 3, 2008 because I blogged about it—that's weird to think about.
I also have noticed that I have gotten "good" at blogging. You would never think one would need to be "good" at compiling one's thoughts on a Web log, but I have learned from other blogs the unwritten rules of blogging. I have refined the point of my blog, but there is still room for more refinement. It's constantly evolving.
Anyways, these are just things that would never have occupied my thoughts before, and just like facebook and twitter, there are a whole new set of rules for communicating. So, in conclusion, I remain torn about the positives—organization of thoughts, reliving my interests, communicating with people normally outside of my reach—and the negatives—spending long amounts of time in front of a computer, becoming more egocentric and doing it publicly, and using up a lot of time.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thoughts on a weekend outfit: Dressy Plaid

There is one trend out right now that I think we are going to see for a long time this winter and fall. It has consumed every store in it's wake and in every form, from skirts to button downs and dresses. Every time I walk into a store there is an entire section devoted to plaid. 
At first I thought I would miss the trend and it would be out of stores before I could even decide between classic black and red and the various new colors that are being incorporated into the old pattern. So I made sure to buy at least one summery piece to wear right now. (I think one of my friends has bought at least five plaid shirts/dresses in the past month.) I just recently purchased a plaid print dress from Urban Outfitters on the sale rack for $9.99. I can't wait to see how people are going to make it their own and be original in the way they wear their plaid. This weekend I am rocking the dressy plaid look. What about you? 

Hope you have a great weekend!

(Photo via Shop Intuition)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Outfit vision

Do you ever get an inspiration for an outfit and it comes out of nowhere and hits you with the realization that you need to immediately seek out this outfit and buy it or you might self-destruct? This morning I was in the shower and for some reason I kept thinking about an outfit with navy blue high-waisted shorts and a flowery blouse. I must have seen it at some point in time, and now I can't remember where I found it. But I now have a craving for blue high-waisted shorts. Do you know of a good store that sells them? 

(Photo via Chictopia)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

I hope your week is going well so far! Yesterday there was a power outage in the city where I work, and we all got to leave at 3 pm. Even though I had lot of work to do it was so liberating to leave work early without using up one of my own vacation days. So if you're not having a good week, this moustachio on a stick should cheer you up. If I had this, I would only spend my time figuring out new places to display my moustachio on a stick.

(Via swissmiss)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Race for the Cure

I have decided to participate in Race for the Cure by running competitively. I have chosen to do this for a number of reasons. I knew it would motivate me to work out and would provide me with an interesting challenge that I have never taken on before (5k). But, more importantly, my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, and I think it is so important to keep women informed about their health and how they can prevent or detect this disease. If you are interested in the Susan G. Komen organization and its efforts, please pledge your support by going to my personal page. Thanks for your support!


I am smitten by these hounds-tooth and herringbone flats over at Gap. It seems like the classic motifs are very popular for Fall.

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