Category Archives: Fashionista

Win Your Bracket and Look Good Doing It

First of all, this is not the subject of this post, but The Hunger Games movie was sooo good. Besides the expected fact that they had to cut it down into a 2 hour theatrical performance, it was seriously really great. They captured every image while reading the books so perfectly, and the young actors and actresses were top notch. I especially enjoyed the fact that when a Twilight preview came on before the movie, the hardcore Hunger Games fans laughed. Yep, I definitely was were I belonged 🙂

So, I have a fashion dilemma, and as usual, decided to research the subject on the Internet, but came up short (no pun intended for those of you who know me). The issue is my team is still in the NCAA Tournament (GO CATS!), but what do you wear when you’re going to a restaurant or bar to cheer on your team?

As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I’m not really a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. Tailgating during football season is a bit easier – it’s the South, so many girls are dressed in super cute skirts, dresses, etc and they don’t look out of place; until November, that is. Even then, you sport that blue and white with a classy shirt, cute scarf, peacoat, etc. No t-shirts here.

But basketball season is a different animal. Hanging out in a low-key bar is a little different than hanging out at Commonwealth Stadium. Plus, we’re grown ups now. So, what is a post-grad to do? As usual, I’m here to answer that.

  • Option 1: vintage tee, cardigan, cropped pants, ballet flats: This is a casual approach, but will not leave you feeling frumpy in the slightest. Accessorize with some pearls and oversized handbag.
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  • Option 2: V-neck (in school colors), jeans, lightweight scarf, blazer depending on weather, and Sperrys or boots: Again, this is really casual, but the scarf adds a bit of class.
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  • Option 3: Button down shirt (in school colors), jeans or shorts, Sperrys, boots or ballet flats: I love this option because in really any situation, it works!
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  • Option 4: Casual dress; or skirt with white tee: A really casual dress may work if you’re going to be outside or to a fancier destination than the neighborhood bar. Pairing a high-waisted skirt with a t-shirt dresses it down quite a bit. Add boots!

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Whatever you wear, have a smile on your face, cheer your lungs out, and HAVE FUN!

Add a little GREEN to your wardrobe

I learned to love St. Patrick’s Day in college. I mean, really, who didn’t? I remember my first St. Patrick’s Day when I was of legal age in the Bahamas. Luckily, Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day usually coincide in The Bluegrass State. What better way to celebrate??

Anyway, since then, I have realized that a great outfit for St. Patrick’s Day is equally important to all other holidays here in Kentucky – Derby, first Keeneland race, Christmas parties, UK football games. I mean, there will more than likely be photos taken, right? Last  year, I rocked a black and green dress. While it was super cute, it felt a little too dressy for the bar I went to. So, this year, I promised I would find a look that was appropriate for the holiday, stylish, yet simultaneously appropriate for wherever I end up – and share it with all of you, of course! Enter this gem of a video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeTTZhjFk8I

Colored skinny jeans are so IN this spring, so I thought, what a better way to wear my green? When I searched for green skinny jeans, this fashionista, whose channel is called OOTD (outfit of the day) led me to a pot of gold; that is, the white shirt, green skinny jeans, leopard print combo that I NEED for Saturday. I love her hair, too!

I’ve ordered my skinny jeans, got my white blouse, and now all I need are some bold accessories and cute heels. What are you planning on wearing? If you still aren’t sure, here are some dos and donts so that you have the luck of the Irish while spotting your outfit 🙂

DOs:

1. DO wear green. I know girls who are “too cool” to participate. News flash: you look silly in a bright pink dress if you’re out on St. Patrick’s Day.

2. DO wear comfortable, yet stylish shoes. If you want to wear those new stilletos, have a back up pair of ballet flats. Who knows when you will get the urge to start dancing?

3. DO find the perfect clutch for your outfit. You don’t want to be messing with a big purse all night!

4. DO dress appropriately the place you’re going. If you are hitting a trendy club, sure, you can get all dolled up. If you’re going to a pub, something like the outfit I’ve posted above will be perfect.

5. DO drink green beer, even if you don’t like beer. Just once!

DON’T:

1. DON’T overdo the green. Wearing green pants, shirt, shoes, nail polish, a button, beads, and a hat? You’re doing too much. It should be effortlessly added into your wardrobe.

2. DON’T wear any tacky t-shirts with sayings like “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”. Please.

3. DON’T rock overly green eyeshadow, either. Green is one thing – neon is another.

4. DON’T draw shamrocks on yourself at any point during the night. Yes, I’ve seen it happen.

5. DON’T get so wasted that you forget where you are. Just not a pretty look on anyone.

Most importantly, DO have fun and be safe!

New York Fashion Week

I’ve been debating sharing with you all a recap of New York Fashion Week. On one hand, I mean, it is Fashion Week. On the other hand, I really don’t even want to think about the trends for Fall 2012 yet. At least not until I’ve had my summer fun.

Alas, here I am writing, mostly because unlike the forecasting for Spring 2012, there aren’t many huge revelations for this coming fall’s runway trends.

Disclaimer: Please don’t try to rock all these looks on the streets of Kentucky. You will look weird.

Florals, peter pan collars, metallics, and white after labor day continue to be popular trends for fall 2012, not changing much from what was seen on last year’s runway.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

There are some emerging trends this year, however, including shades of dark maroon and burgundy. Apparently, the world is saying for fall 2012 that “burgundy is the new black”.

Ralph Lauren

Enormous belts also adorned the runway last week. Check out the edgy, semi-Western looks below.

Herve Leger

Altazarra

Okay, so, can we talk about Spring/Summer now? A streetwear post to come!

Source: The Epoch Times

Bag Borrow or Steal

Ever wanted a designer handbag? (you: DUH) Ever wanted a designer purse but do not want to pay hundreds of dollars? (you: OBVIOUSLY!)

I have the solution! Bag Borrow or Steal lets you borrow, yes, BORROW, designer purses for anywhere from $10/week to $1600/week. There are a couple other websites out there like this, but none with as great of a selection as BBS.

So how does it work? Well, first you sign up to be a member. Then you spend a few minutes/hours browsing online for the guaranteed authentic handbag  you want and can afford. Many of them have waitlists, but don’t worry – if you have a membership, it won’t be long until you get the purse you want. Or you can browse by purses that are currently available so that it’s shipped immediately. After you’ve chosen the purse you’d like to borrow, you select your payment plan. You can borrow for a week, a month, or 3 months at a time. The longer you borrow, the cheaper the price. Your week or month begins when your item is delivered. When BBS ships you your purse, it will be clean and in good condition. And if it isn’t, you can send it back for a refund!

If you decide you want to keep your item, that may or may not be possible. BBS has a separate website called BBS Private Sale which sells designer bags for relatively cheap. Your item may be available on BBS Private Sale, but if it isn’t, you’ll just have to keep renting! It also may be possible to call customer service and try to talk them into selling you that item. If there’s not a waiting list, maybe they’ll consider it!

Now, let’s be realistic in that you’re not going to be able to borrow a Chanel or Louis Vuitton for $10/week. The $10/week items are usually Coach, Michael by Michael Kors, Furla, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, and Kate Spade. However, if you want to treat yourself a little, you could borrow a Chanel, Valentino, Chloe or Gucci for around $70/week. Hermes bags as well as the vintage couture pieces are the ones that are going to cost hundreds – if not thousands – per week.

What’s even better is that BBS recently changed their policy so that 1. Membership is totally free 2. Shipping, both borrowing and returning, is free. 3. Insurance is included.

BBS also lets you borrow designer jewelry, sunglasses and other accessories for your special occasions.

How do I know all of this? Well, I’m a member of course! I received my first handbag yesterday. It’s a little springy, but I absolutely adore it. And at $12/week or $35/month, it’s something I can afford 🙂  So cute, right?!

(Semi) New Music Thursday: Angel Taylor

Okay, so first of all, I want to plug a new great blog I stumbled upon from Pinterest called Pretty, Preppy, Southern – 3 words that always catch my attention 🙂 For all you Keeneland-goers and J-Crew junkies, it’s a must-have on your fashion inspiration list. Unfortunately, there is no contact information or anything about the author, so I can’t get in touch with her to tell her how great it is.  But still, check it out here!

So, the artist of this week is not new to me, but is new to pretty much everyone else. Angel Taylor, a pop artist from LA, had a hit that was even played (sort of) regularly on the radio and VH1 called “Like You Do”. I was OBSESSED with this song my senior year of college, just ask my friend Bailey 🙂 She has toured with Gavin Degraw, another favorite o’ mine, and Adele. Who doesn’t love Adele?

But now, in an effort to boost her career, she is competing on the hit show “The Voice”. I don’t know how I missed this episode, especially because I love the show – oh yes, actually I do know. I was watching “The Bachelor”. Damn it, Ben. Oh well, it was probably a good thing because I would have alarmed the neighbors with  my incessant screaming/singing.

Anyway, I think it’s super cool that “The Voice” gives a chance to those who have been in the biz for a while, and needless to say, Angel is now my favorite Voice contestant. Check out “Like I Do” and her performance of Adele’s “Someone Like You” on “The Voice”. Oh yeah, and she picked Adam as her coach. Coincidence? I think not.

GO GIRL! I will be voting!

Jason Wu for Target

Remember when I posted about Missoni for Target way back when? Well, since I didn’t get to jump on that bandwagon (still bitter), I am looking forward to Jason Wu’s Spring collection, which will be hitting Target stores this weekend!

While many designers (Missoni, Versace for H&M) just imitated their regular collections by substituting lower quality fabrics, Jason Wu created a completely new collection for Target. You’ve probably seen the adorable commercial with the cat by now, showing us that the line is all about fun, flirty, and even slightly mischievious pieces ranging from $19.99 to $59.99.

I got my hands on some of the lookbook images, and let me just say, Target may become my new favorite store for the next month or so. Here are some of my favorite pieces. Get them before they’re gone!

The Forecast: Spring Fashion 2012

I don’t know if it’s the unseasonably warm weather, the fact that the Holidays are over, or the absence of snow, but I have Spring Fever like no other today. While I am not really ready to start buying pieces for my Spring and Summer wardrobe just yet, this mood is proving to be productive so I can share with you some Spring 2012 runway fashion and home trends. (Sources: CNN Living, We Connect Fashion, Thread NY, New York Fashion Week)

Disclaimer: these are RUNWAY trends. So while supermodels are rocking the trends forecasted below, regular people (Regies, as I have so affectionately dubbed us), well … just not-so-much. Please see my streetwear forecasting post in the days to come for a list of what will actually be seen, you know, in real life 🙂

Colors: I think the most interesting part of trend forecasting is the color schemes because they are easy for us Regies to integrate into our wardrobe, including shoes and accessories. This Spring, Canary yellow, Tiffany blue (!!!), Poppy, Navy, and Honey are predicted to fill every store. In home décor, the combination of Tiffany blue or Navy, white, and peach is especially popular.

Patterns/Materials: Last season, bold patterns were all the rage, but in a very heavy, manly way. That will be the case again this year, but it is more artist-inspired than grunge. You may need to trade in your Native American-inspired pieces for African ones as New York Fashion Week photos prove. Also this season, flowers make a huge comeback, but not with the slightest late-60s vibe: think more tropical than grandma or hippie. While lace made an appearance this winter, it will become increasingly popular through the warmer months. Bold accents for your home are always in fashion, but for this Spring, Chevron will be the go-to pattern.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Official Coverage - Best of Runway Day 1

Chevron stripes (in case you didn't know)

J Crew florals - Fashion Week 2012

Oscar de la Renta African print

Styles: Apparently The Great Gatsby inspired the runway at Fashion Week with looks from the Roaring 20s, including flapper-esque dresses, feathers, and even pajama-looking separates. Clean lines and feminine silhouettes are perfect for Spring 2012, unlike last year which was more Chanel-influenced with manly sportswear and goth styles. Color blocking, although popular for the last couple of years, will take on a new meaning this year – going from simple blocks to all-out geometric looks. And, as I expected, asymmetrical dresses and shirts are still in (although I wish they weren’t because they look terrible on me!).

Tory Burch flapper dress

Rachel Zoe Fashion Week 2012

As for home décor, the Chevron print is usually paired with preppy or modern rooms, but the eclectic style seems to be capturing everyone’s attention. Because eclectic means not sticking to one style, you can combine elements of any trend, making it fashionable for years to come. It will definitely be my inspiration when I finally decide to shell out the bucks to do some designing!

Dream eclectic living room

Accessories: Overall, the feminine, flirty, romantic floral patterns seem to be most exciting to Forecasters this year. So, what does this mean for accessories? Put simply, trade in your wedges and clunky heels/boots for pumps and stilettos. Accessorize simply, with dainty pieces like dangle earrings.

New Year’s Eve with a Splash of Color

New Year's Eve with a Splash of Color
I love the idea of pairing bold colors with shimmery, muted ones for New Year’s in Eve. In fact, I’m having a hard time deciding between these two outfits 🙂
P.S. If you love to play around with outfit ideas like I do, check out Polyvore. You can make your own outfits, including accessories, then enhance your page with magazine cutouts. It’s another way to create a virtual pinboard, but piece by piece, unlike Pinterest. Plus, it tells you where you can buy them!
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Breaking the Rules

When it comes to fashion, there are a LOT of old rules that are no longer applicable in 2011. Here, I share with you the top 9 (thanks to Divine Caroline) that are so out of date, you should probably channel your inner teenager and conveniently forget them all.

1. Don’t Wear White: at weddings, after labor day, etc. Wear white if you want to wear white, people!

2. Match your Purse to your Shoes: Yeah, just don’t. Too matchy-matchy is never cute.

3. Don’t Wear Brown with Black or Navy with Black: As Divine Caroline points out, these colors are all neutral, so they will match anything, even each other.

4. Redheads shouldn’t wear red: My mom is a strong advocate for redheads wearing whatever color they damn well please. And she does.

Amy Adams in red

5. No suede or leather in the summer: This can be tricky, but wearing some lightweight pieces will not hurt.

6. Never mix metals: If you have a gold necklace and silver earrings, they can complement one another very nicely. Experiment and layer pieces before leaving your house. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

7. Always be up on the trends: While it’s fun to see what the runway trends of the season are, a lot of times, they are not meant for streetwear. You know your own body best, so if the trend this season is a maxi dress, but it accentuates your worst flaws, then don’t wear one! It’s that simple. I know from personal experience.

8. Stay on your side of the store: Thanks to Coco Chanel, women can and should wear men’s pieces. Enter the “woman wearing an oversized men’s dress shirt” movie scene. Classic.

9. Hosiery is essential for the classy woman: SO wrong! When was the last time you saw a woman our age wearing pantyhose? Um, never? Okay, good. Tights and leggings should be a way to express your style or keep you warm, not to keep you more sophisticated. Bare legs do not equal sluttiness.

Sperry Socks

Here in SEC country, Sperrys are pretty much a fashion must-have. While mine are a little old and dirty, they provide the preppy casual look that I occasionally sport on the weekends.

Recently, my friend, Sheehy, asked that I do a blog post about Sperry issues because he, too, just hopped on the boat shoe bandwagon. His one complaint about his Sperrys was the amount of blisters he obtained the first time wearing them. In case you’re unaware, Sperrys worn with socks is a major fashion faux pas.

The solution? Sperry Socks. While I haven’t tried them, I choose to believe the website – yes, there is an entire website dedicated to this life crisis -, which claims that the liners are both discreet and solve the blistered-feet, smelly shoe problem we all loathe. They even come in a variety of sizes and styles! (You would only understand this excitement if you’re like me and have a need for cute socks even when no one sees them.) They would even be great with a pair of TOMs!

To channel the creators of Sperry socks … “You’re welcome, world.”