Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall trip!

I'm taking a little fall trip, not to Scotland like the Cherry Blossom Girl (see link below), but to Baltimore. I can't wait to explore the Inner Harbor area and check out their Art Museum and local shops. Any tips on what to eat, shop, see? Also, today is the deadline for the best game-day look contest, but I am extending it through the weekend. On Monday I will post the top three looks and you will get to vote for your favorite look. Hope you enjoy your weekends and these links:

Visit Be In Style to see their best of the web where they list different blogs to follow. This week there are inspirational fashion blogs. You will even see this little blog there.

Did you hear? I love Brad!

I love sheer flowy dresses. Good thing I can borrow my mom's.

Love this bathing suit and Elizabeth Taylor.

I am all about these capes.

Design ideas for when you own a flat in the Cinque Terra region of Italy.

Lovely list of ideas for a rainy day.

Now you can smell like Maine.

Living in: Love Story, a great guide for the preppy at heart. 

(Photo via the Cherry Blossom Girl)

The Cosmopolitan Clevelander on DC Dating Divas

Please hop over to DC Dating Divas, a blog on dating in the DC area, to check out a post that I wrote on first-date fashion. Also check out their tips on dating and hilarious dating stories.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Outfit conundrum

These two outfits probably appear to be very similar, and so my conundrum probably looks very small and silly in reality, but I am having a hard time deciding what to wear for my trip Thursday. I am flying to Baltimore to visit the boy while he is out of town for work, and I can't decide between my poofy skirt, striped shirt, and jean jacket, or my denim pencil skirt and gray and white striped crew neck sweater. These images are the closest I could get to describing the outfits. What do you think?

Movies to watch for 70s style

The 70s are back in the form of flare-leg jeans, camel coats, and ponchos. Based on Spring 2011 runways such as Derek Lam, the decade is here to stay for a little while longer at least. To better get that 70s look, I have compiled a list of movies to look to for inspiration. Some of these are late 60s, but they were too good not to share. They are not only good for style but classics that everyone should see at least once. Annie Hall is another good one, but I think that movie has been covered ad nauseum lately.

Kramer vs Kramer (1979) Meryl Streep & Dustin Hoffman: Brown slouchy boots, tie-neck blouses, ponchos and turtle necks, and denim shirts

The Thomas Crowne Affair (1968) Faye Dunaway & Steve McQueen: Camel turtlenecks, halter tops, short swim trunks, aviators, and three piece suits

The Graduate (1967) Dustin Hoffman & Ann Bancroft: Polos, fur, and lots of sheer blouses and dresses

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Roger Moore & Barbara Bach: Billowy blouses, big collared shirts, maxi dresses, and rad bikinis

Monday, September 27, 2010

Enter by Sept. 30

The entries have been great so far for this contest! So far a lot of Gators fans. And some impressive accessorizing. Please enter by September 30 for your chance to win a Victoria's Secret gift card.

Working girl: Pearls and Army green

If there is one trend or one style that I have picked up as a blogger, I would say it is mixing girly clothes with the tomboyish ones. The contrast can make an outfit so much more interesting. For instance, with this outfit, I usually would have worn the sequin top with a black cardigan. That looks cute too, and is more appropriate in certain situations, but it's not challenging me in any way to think outside the box. Don't get me wrong, thinking inside the box sometimes works wonders for a wardrobe, like not wearing that miniskirt that is so trendy to work (Thank god we have all moved on to longer skirts). But every once in a while throwing a kink into your normal dressing routine can take you by surprise. I was really happy with the results in this instance.
J.Crew shirt; The Limited top; H&M pants; Nine West shoes; Vintage necklace; Macy's pearl earrings

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cheers to the weekend!

Cheers to the weekend! It's finally here. It's homecoming at my Alma Mater this weekend, so I will likely be catching up with friends. And I won a "Diva Night" at my local gym. So we will see how that goes. I will keep you posted, but I think it will be your standard yoga/pilates combo. What are your plans?

Enjoy your weekend and these links:

The lucky girl who got to wear Audrey Hepburn's gown from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This little place is a dream. (pictured above)

Living in I am love.

I am adding D&G to my favorites at Milan. 

A love story by Gant. I love the music.

Built by Wendy for fall looks delicious.

I wish I was in Milan hopping on the back of a Vespa

Mustard and stripes are meant to be.

Kate Spade's packing guide for her hometown, Kansas City. What's part of your barometer?

Initial impressions: Spring 2011 London and Milan

Loving orange and cobalt blue from Fendi.
Also from Fendi, I'm loving this long skirt with fun pattern.
Loving this lace mini and 70s hat from Alberta Ferretti.
Loving this bold 1920s Parisian-style ensemble from Prada.

Loving the colors and shapes at Jonathan Saunders.

Leather jackets and military looks are still in at Burberry.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

S|Bella Jewelry

I first heard about S|Bella Jewelry from Katie, and immediately loved the idea of mixing vintage pieces with modern materials and beautiful gemstones. These pieces are all handmade by the talented Jenny Schretter. I recently got the opportunity to ask the DC-based jewelry designer some questions and found out what inspires her, who her style icons are, and what her favorite piece is from the Harriette Collection.
I love the idea of combining vintage pieces of jewelry with contemporary stones and gems. It’s one of those ideas I wish I would have thought of myself because it makes so much sense. How did you think of it?

I wanted to create custom pieces exclusively around melding the rich history and uniqueness of vintage period pieces with fresh, romantic, edgy, modern style and for most of the designs, I found that incorporating contemporary gemstones was the perfect bridge for that. When I get really lucky on a scouting trip, I'll find very rare c1950 Mediterranean salmon-colored coral or c1930 Amethyst faceted nuggets and that is incredibly exciting to be able to use as well.

How did you first get interested in jewelry design?

I've always been happiest when I'm creating things, piecing things together, and admiring/trying on/collecting anything that involves jewelry. After college, I moved to the SoHo district in NYC and worked in finance. I lived a block away from Prince Street and would stop by jewelry vendors all the time on my way home from work and on the weekends to see their new creations. I was so intrigued by all of it. One day, I stopped by a vendor whom I was a regular customer of, and asked if he could change out certain parts of one necklace with the stones and chain of another piece. We both loved the end result. Thereafter he started asking me for my opinion and suggestions regularly. One day he said to me very matter-of-factly, "You should be a jewelry designer." To be honest, I didn't even think it was a feasible option at that point because I had no formal training and I was already working in finance but that didn't stop me from taking a moment to say "I wish"...and truly mean it. I started teaching myself beading and wire technique and began making pieces on the side as a hobby. As soon as I started, I couldn't stop. Making and designing jewelry became an incredible passion of mine and the activity that made me the absolute happiest. When strangers started approaching me on the subway about where they could buy the earrings I was wearing, I just thought, "You know what...why not?!" and launched S|Bella very shortly thereafter.
What inspires the different designs?
I get inspired by the actual vintage pieces themselves, as well as the juxtaposition of different textures, colors, and materials. I have a mental catalog of my inventory - and as crazy as it may sound - a lot of the time, designs will morph out of those and I'll run home to make it or wake up in the middle of the night to write or draw it out so that I don't forget. I love playing around with all of the materials and being able to use my eye for what color stones/chain combinations I think would look best. I make the pieces to be transcendent of any trends - something that you want to wear a month from now, a year from now, seventy years from now.
What is your favorite stone or gem to work with/wear?
I've made about thirty new pieces and counting since the launch of the site, and lately I'm really loving pyrite and citrine. The gold detailing on the stones match beautifully with the vintage costume chain that I work with.

Who is your style icon?

 I think both Rachel Bilson and Sienna Miller have impeccable, amazing style. I think style should be expressive of who you are as a person, and have the ability to make you feel strong, beautiful, capable, smart, and confident.
Who are your favorite clothing/jewelry designers?
For jewelry, I love unique pieces that make a statement. I have a lot of respect for Erickson Beamon and Camilla James and think they do really amazing work centered on eye-catching designs that say something. As for clothing, I adore Alice + Olivia, Stella McCartney, Pencey dresses, Helmut Lang's edge, and I think James Perse and Alexander Wang T-shirts are probably the most comfortable things ever made.
What is your favorite piece from your current collection and describe the perfect outfit to go with it:
That's a really tough one - there are too many to choose from! The Thelma necklace is one of the most unique designs I've made and I'm really proud of it. It's always a huge conversation starter whenever I wear it and it looks amazing on everyone. For the Fall months, I'd pair it with a pair of skinnies, a v-neck and a fitted blazer or leather jacket, polished off with a pair of boots (I love Sam Edelman and Frye) for an effortlessly chic look that can be worn day to night.
This first collection will be available exclusively through retailers (which are in the process of being solidified and will be posted on the website very shortly) because every piece is one-of-a-kind as a result of the unique, premium vintage materials that are used. However, interested customers can order their very own one-of-a-kind, custom-made piece(s), which will be designed exclusively for them by contacting Jennifer at:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Win a Victoria's Secret Gift Card!!!

Show your creativity and spruce up your old jersey with a scarf or button and enter to win a $20 Victoria's Secret gift card. Check out the details here.

First day of fall poem and outfit post

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
- Robert Frost
Now that we have heard from Mr. Frost, we can move onto fashion for the day. It was actually quite green when I took this picture. A more recent walk through the park and some of my more recent photos show that the leaves have begun to change. For this outfit, I did something I normally wouldn't do. I wore something very long with something kind of baggy. Usually I think that drowns a person, especially me at 5'4. I'm in that weird in between height that isn't tall but isn't short either. I don't want to go too much in one direction. Nicole Richie seems to be able to pull off the whole baggy bohemian look, and she is a lot shorter than me, but she is also a lot cooler than me. Anyways, for some reason I like the way this tunic looks with these wide leg jeans. The tunic is actually nicely fitted throughout and the belt helps too.
Forever 21 tunic and necklace; Seven for Mankind jeans; J.Crew necklace; Banana Republic belt; Ann Taylor (thrifted shoes)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The original "Sweater girl"

If any of you read the September issue of Vogue (which I am undoubtedly sure that you did), you noticed the entire editorial devoted to sweaters, and specifically a very retro take on sweaters. This particular page caught my interest because this sweater is actually a cardigan worn backwards (J.Crew's merino-wool cardigan to be specific). I thought that was so creative, and I can't wait to try it myself it with a pencil skirt I just bought. I also started investigating the actress referenced as the original "Sweater Girl", Lana Turner, after her debut role in 1937's They Won't Forget.
The retro sweater is very curvy, which can be attributed to the infamous bullet bra. No wonder people started referring to her as "Sweater Girl". 
I never knew much about Lana Turner's career until I started investigating her on Wikipedia where it said she had a reputation as a "glamorous femme fatale". This reputation was enhanced by her performance in the film The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her acting career was a successful one, having been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Peyton Place (1957).

(Top photo scanned from September issue of Vogue, can't find original sources for Lana Turner photos.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Working girl: Preppy/70s

This outfit was a mix of preppy, striped shirt and blazer, and 70s, flare leg pants and floral scarf. I actually really liked the contrast. I especially like the way the striped sleeve sticks out of the jacket. It made me feel very Tory Burch and the jacket very Gossip Girl.
Forever 21 jacket; Target scarf; Ralph Lauren (outlet) top; The Limited pants; Nine West shoes 

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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