New Music Thursday: Gotye

Honestly, I don’t really feel like VH1 is good for much, other than Flavor of Love (kidding, never seen that show) and Pop Up Video (truth). However, I have become quite a fan of their You Oughta Know section. I found last week’s Dawes there and this week, they deliver another amazing new artist.

An Australian singer/songwriter, Gotye describes himself as someone who made music in his bedroom “using a mattress and a 386” on his very witty autobiographical page. VH1 describes him as someone who doesn’t compose music, but sounds instead.

I really don’t know what any of this means. All I know is this song is G-O-O-D good. Check it.

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!

New Music Thursday: Dawes and MUTEMATH

So sorry I forgot about New Music Thursday last week! To make up for it, here are TWO new artists/groups that I’m in love with. Very different from one another, but both spectacular.

Dawes has kind of a vintagey, laid back sound, while MUTEMATH, a band that’s actually been around since 2003, is more alternative and are definitely influenced by their New Orleans roots.

Enjoy!

And the Oscar Goes to…

Ah, those are the best 5 words of red carpet season in my opinion. I just LOVE The Academy Awards – the celebrities, the drama, the glamour, the really not-so-hilarious jokes … it’s times like these I wish I was an E! correspondent chatting it up with Brangelina about who they’re wearing and how much they adore one another.

Anyway, as you may or may not know, Oscar nominees were announced today. You can check out the full list here. It’s pretty much as expected, though, with a few surprises – like Melissa McCarthy of “Bridesmaids” being nominated for Best Supporting Actress (yay!) and a few let downs – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 getting only nods for art direction, makeup, and visual effects (boo!).

But something I’ve always wondered is how the winners are chosen. I mean, when Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney are in the same category, how does “the Academy” choose?

Here, ABC lists the ways that a movie is sure to score Oscar recognition (keep in mind this list is 2 years old). I’ve also added a couple of my own as I’ve observed and learned in my wannabe E! correspondent days.

1. Star a Handicapped/Disabled/Mentally Ill Character

Jenna Maroney was right — more often than not, if an able-minded, able-bodied actor can convince audiences he or she is otherwise, the academy will bow down. Leonardo DiCaprio scored his first Oscar nomination for playing the mentally handicapped brother of Johnny Depp’s character in 1993’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

“Milk” nominee Sean Penn earned his third Oscar nod for playing a mentally handicapped father in 2001’s “I Am Sam.”

Billy Bob Thornton won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for “Sling Blade,” about a mentally disabled man jailed for murder.

“Tropic Thunder,” this year’s Oscar-nominated satire about the movie industry, uses Penn’s “I Am Sam” loss to illustrate the phenomenon. Kirk Lazarus, played by Robert Downey Jr., points out several not-so-politically-correct examples to explain to Ben Stiller’s Tug Speedman why his over-the-top performance as a mentally challenged man didn’t bring home an Oscar:

Kirk Lazarus: “Everybody knows you never do a full retard.”

Tugg Speedman: “What do you mean?”

Kirk Lazarus: “Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, ‘Rain Man,’ look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Count toothpicks to your cards. Autistic. Sure. Not retarded. You know Tom Hanks, ‘Forrest Gump.’ Slow, yes. Retarded? Maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and he won a ping-pong competition. That ain’t retarded. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. Don’t believe me? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, ‘I Am Sam.’ Went full retard. Went home empty handed.”

Also, it should not go unnoticed that in real life, Downey, who is white and American, has been nominated in the best supporting actor category for his turn as the multiple Oscar winner Kirk Lazarus, a white Australian playing a black man.

2. Make a Movie About the Holocaust

The academy loves history and few periods lend themselves to drama more than Nazi-era Germany.

Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” won seven Academy Awards in 1994, including best picture. “The Counterfeiters,” a 2006 film about a Nazi plot to financially destabilize the United Kingdom, won Austria its first Oscar by scoring the best foreign language film award.

Hoping to take advantage of the trend this year: “The Reader,” about a Nazi war crimes trial, is up for five awards, including best picture and best actress for Kate Winslet.

3. If Not the Holocaust, Make It a Period Piece

As noted, Oscar voters veer toward films with historical grounding. Elizabethan England’s fared well with the academy — 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love” won seven Oscars, including best picture and best actress (Paltrow); 1998’s “Elizabeth” and its 2007 sequel, “Elizabeth: the Golden Age,” both scored a slew of major nominations and won awards for makeup and costume design, respectively. Depression-era films like “Cinderella Man,” which picked up three nominations in 2006, also stand to do well. This year, Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” could further that legacy.

4. Make a Straight Actor Play Gay

It worked for “Brokeback Mountain.” The 2005 film about gay cowboys, played by straight Hollywood heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, won three Oscars and was widely favored to take home best picture, but lost to “Crash.”

“Milk,” starring Penn as the nation’s first openly homosexual elected official, will attempt to take home the big trophy at this year’s awards.

5. Make a Hot Actress Not Hot

It’s the “take me seriously” syndrome: Often, to score an Oscar, the industry’s most attractive actresses put their looks on the chopping block in the name of their craft.

// // Hilary Swank successfully did it with “Boys Don’t Cry,” when she shed pounds to assume the stature of a homosexual teen boy and won a best actress Oscar for her performance. Charlize Theron shed her image as a Hollywood glamour queen to play a serial killer in 2003’s “Monster,” winning critical acclaim along with a best actress Oscar.

This year, in “Rachel Getting Married,” Anne Hathaway gave up her red carpet glow for a drug addict’s pallor — like her predecessors, she’s also up for a best actress award.

6. Make a Hot Actor Not Hot

By the same token, stripping a Hollywood heartthrob of his hunkiness has a way of wooing the academy. Granted, Javier Bardem can pin last year’s Oscar for “No Country for Old Men” primarily on his acting talents, but it didn’t hurt his case that he was able to pull off that performance sporting one of the ugliest haircuts known to man.

Adding a little weight doesn’t hurt, either.

Brad Pitt let makeup mask his chiseled good looks in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” awing audiences with the transformation. Considering the film’s bevy of nominations, including a best actor nod, he amazed the academy as well.

7. Feature a Dead Actor

When an actor dies, the academy perks up. Oscar voters have a long tradition of bestowing posthumous nominations. Among the most famous: James Dean scored two nods after his untimely death, for 1955’s “East of Eden” and 1956’s “Giant.” But winning a statue from beyond the grave is not so easy.

The last time the academy awarded a dead actor with an Oscar was when Peter Finch won best actor for 1976’s “Network.” The late Ledger could advance the trend if he scores the supporting actor Oscar for his much-lauded performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

8. Feature the Comeback of a ‘Has-Been’

America loves a comeback story; so too does the academy. After an almost 20-year-long absence from the movie industry, Depression-era star Gloria Swanson burst back onto the scene and scored a best actress nomination with her role in 1950’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Mickey Rourke did the same with his career-reviving turn in “The Wrestler.”

9. Give It Subtitles

In the same way that Americans sometimes assume Britons are intelligent by virtue of their accents alone, sticking subtitles on a film can instantly make it seem smarter and more worthy of an award.

The 1998 Italian-language film “Life Is Beautiful” went beyond winning the foreign language category to score Oscars for best music and best actor. Star/director/writer Roberto Benigni’s ecstatic, energetic acceptance speech stole the show.

// // This year’s subtitled nominee: “Slumdog Millionaire.” Though it’s acted mainly in English, a few key scenes are spoken in Hindi and feature an on-screen English translation.

10. Make It the ‘Feel-Good Movie of the Year’

Sometimes the Oscar goes not to the film that was the most aptly acted, the most visually stunning, the most precisely directed or the most well written. Sometimes, it goes to the movie that simply made everyone go “Aww!” at the end, like “Forrest Gump” in 1995, like “Titanic” in 1998 and, perhaps, like “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009.

11. Cast a Well-Known Actor or Actress as the Opposite Sex

Case-in-point, this year’s nominee Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in “Albert Nobbs”.

12. Age a Young Actor/Actress

Several movies, like the aforementioned “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” age young actors or actresses. Those movies also tend to get some sort of recognition.

 

“God has a sense of humor.”

I’m taking a timeout from my usual lighthearted posts to share something very personal.

My parents got divorced when I was very little. I’m not complaining in the slightest – I had a great childhood with 2 parents that loved me more than anything in the world. They got along, and I was able to see either of them any time I wanted. I know many kids who were only able to see their dads every other weekend or sometimes less than that if they lived in different cities. Joint custody was the best thing that happened to me, which is a weird statement, but so true.

I was even more blessed (although I may not have thought so at the time), when they both met the love of their lives. My stepparents are just that to me – another set of parents.  My stepdad and I have such a great relationship, just like any dad and daughter would. We cheer on the Wildcats together, he gives me great advice, works on my car when needed, and even took me to a couple of my high school daddy-daughter dances when my dad couldn’t attend. He has been there for me since I was 8 years old, and I consider his family as much a part of my own as my blood relatives. Of course, I wouldn’t trade my own dad in for anything, but those of you without stepparents probably have a hard time understanding that.

Heather, my stepmom, is the most generous, thoughtful person I know. Although we had a rocky start (no girl wants their daddy taken away!), she has become someone I can literally talk to about anything. I think she really understands my love of HGTV and is always up on the celebrity gossip. She’s pretty hip, I’d say 🙂 I look so forward to our time together in the future… planning my wedding shower, baby showers, picking out my wedding dress – all the things a mom and daughter should experience together. She and my dad are nothing short of perfect for one another and seeing their relationship has given me the strength to find someone who will treat me the way my dad treats her. I know both her and Al consider me their daughter – for that, I am so grateful.

My world was turned upside down, though, when I was 12 years old and found out Heather was pregnant. I mean, I had been an only child for TWELVE YEARS. That’s a long time. I was so upset! I couldn’t imagine how things could change for me so quickly. I liked being an only child. I liked having all the attention. I liked my life being normal. This was so unfair! In short, I was selfish. When Hali was born, I tried to dislike her, but that didn’t last long. Babies sure do have a way of finding a soft spot in your heart.

Everything changed again when I was 13 and my mom sat me down and told me she and Al were adopting a baby. My response, “you have to be kidding, right?” My mom knew everything I went through when Heather was pregnant, so I just thought, this can’t be happening again. Even though I loved Hali now, it was still so unfair! But that had no effect on my mom and Al’s decision, and obviously, looking back, it shouldn’t have. Anyway, Adriana, before she had that name, was growing inside a seventeen year old girl. The young woman decided giving her up would be the best decision, so my mom and Al committed before she was even born. They were there the day Adriana, Ana for short, breathed her first breath. I came the next day, a big sister again at the age of 14.

Although I love my now pre-teen sisters with my entire being, I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been difficult for me. In high school, I sometimes felt like a live-in babysitter instead of an older sister. I mean, I could play with them, but I couldn’t talk to them like sisters do. I always wanted someone close to my age to share secrets, stories, even argue. It was the American dream in my eyes.

As I went away to college, it got even weirder. My sisters were only 4 and 5. Not only was it difficult for them – they didn’t understand why I couldn’t be home all the time – it was weird coming home and trying to fit back into a family that had resumed its usual activities without me. In a way, instead of a nanny, I felt like a weird aunt or something. I think now, though, I have mostly gotten over that and realize that family is always family, even if you’re not a part of each other’s daily lives. My moms and dads love me all the same and my sisters love when I am around. Plus, I’m only 70 miles away, so I can really see them anytime.

I like where I am with Hali and Ana now. They are old enough to talk to and to hang out with, which is awesome. Ana helps me with my hair and Hali and I like to play Mario Kart. I finally feel like they are my sisters instead of my little mini-mes or something. I look forward to the times when they call me for boy advice, ask me to teach them to drive, and become aunts. Then I will be the one with the built-in babysitters 🙂

But, as we all know, life throws curveballs. Last July, my dad told me he and Heather thought they were pregnant. I am not going to lie – I literally prayed she wasn’t. God had already made His plans, though.

I was more in shock than anything else. While Hali and Ana could be my nieces, this child could really be mine. I mean, my mom had me when she was 23. One of my best friends is married and pregnant. So yes, I was upset, but not because of a lack of attention or because my world was changing all of a sudden. All I could think about is what other people will think of our weird little family, how my relationship with this baby will be different, and that I really won’t be able to talk to them like a sister until I’m, say, 60.

Oh, and then there’s my dad. I was more than a little surprised at his seemingly careless reaction to all of this. His immediate response was “God sure does have a sense of humor”. Then he went on to explain, “I think babies are a blessing no matter what.”

As of late, my dad taking everything in such stride has made me reflect on all of this – outsiders will think what they want. If they come up to me and say, “Oh, what a cute baby! But aren’t you a little young?” (like in that episode of 7th Heaven), I’ll just smile and say, “She is beautiful. And yes, I am too young to have a baby. Thanks for noticing.”

As for the people who know me, they may think it’s kind of strange, too, but they are being as supportive as possible. Maybe my friend Sarah’s baby, who is due in April, can have play dates with little Emeri. Okay, maybe not. Some things are just TOO weird.

Despite all of my concerns, Emeri Grace will be so loved. I have vowed to myself and to my dad that I will be around as much as humanly possible. After all, the relationship I have with her is up to me until she gets old enough to reciprocate. And so what if we have a weird relationship for a while?  At least I can look forward to being 60 with 3 wonderful sisters to count on – something I never would have dreamed would happen to me 11 years ago.

And once I see that beautiful baby girl next month, I am sure I will be thanking God, and His sense of humor, for such a blessing.

Sparked: The Answer To the “I Don’t Have Time” Debacle

Time is the most valuable resource we have. I get that – I’m a busy girl, too. But to say there isn’t ENOUGH time is simply an excuse. I hear it all the time. In fact, I’m just as guilty of it as most of you are. “I don’t have time to work out” or “I don’t have time to volunteer” sound all too familiar, but somehow, you’re watching the Kardashians an hour later.

You make time for things you want to do; it’s as simple as that. I’m trying to live up to that motto in 2012 to stick with all of my resolutions, from shedding the pounds to keeping up with this blog to getting more involved in the community to just saying “yes” more often.

So, if you really WANT to give back, but think you don’t have the time, first, you must commit. Then, you must act.

I’d like to introduce to you Sparked.com – a place where, even if you have 5 minutes, you can do something to help those in need online and make a difference. No need to even leave your living room. Seriously, check it out! The best part is you can CHOOSE what you’re passionate about. Religion, politics, the environment, even food? All options.

The second best part is the ways to give back actually sound fun (and right up my alley!).  You choose your skills, including marketing, design, web development, social media, brainstorming, and, yes, even blogging.

Then, you choose your challenge and begin! Literally, there are options for a project that may take you all of waiting in line for lunch to a span of a month. Whatever you are able to commit, wherever you are, Sparked has the opportunity for you.

As they say on their website, “those little bits can really add up.”

Now, I dare you to tell me you don’t have time to give back again 🙂

5 Fast Food Chains That Need New Marketing Campaigns

As many of you know, although my career is in writing, I am extremely passionate about public relations and event planning. This includes everything from branding to social media to viral campaigns. I love it all.

I know this is more of an “industry” type of post, but it’s something I like to write about and share. Plus, who isn’t interested in food? I can go back to blogging about make-up and celebrities tomorrow 🙂

I’ve noticed a steep decline in the fast food industry over the past 5 years or so. I think it’s due, in part, to fast restaurants (in between fast food and a restaurant – yes, I made it up) like Qdoba and Panera, which, for a couple more dollars, are so much fresher and better than McDonald’s or Subway – to most anyway. Don’t get me wrong, though – sometimes a girl just needs a McDonald’s sweet tea and fries.

Mmmm, Panera.

However, McDonald’s and Subway are still super popular, probably because they are offering healthier options and changing with their demographics. An example of this would be McDonald’s McCafe, which now offers Starbucks type drinks for much less than the coffee giant. Very smart, McD’s.

Here are some chains that could definitely learn from their adaptability tactics. Seriously, when was the last time you ATE at one of these places? (After midnight doesn’t count)

  1. Rally’s
  2. Dairy Queen
  3. Hardee’s
  4. Sonic
  5. Pizza Hut

Image isn’t everything, but it’s a lot of it. McDonald’s tries to stay current with their ad campaigns, putting modern twists on their theme song and using different demographics to convey their message. It works to a degree, whereas Rally’s commercials are pretty much non-existent, Sonic commercials are nothing but average, and Dairy Queen commercials are just dumb. Something I’ve learned is that people need to feel a connection with a brand – in this case, a fast food brand – to choose it. Obviously, your stomach helps too, but seeing a hilarious or just plain good commercial plays a bigger role in your brain’s choice of eating out than you think.

I know Hardee’s is trying with their new commercials. They are actually pretty funny. But witty advertising for chicken strips isn’t helping. They also need to grow and change with today’s population, who, I believe as a whole, is more health-conscious than maybe 10 years ago, especially since organic and natural EVERYTHING has become “cool” again.

Pizza Hut may be a little different from the others in that people haven’t really stopped eating pizza, I just think they would rather pay a little more for a great chain (Donato’s!) or to go to a local pizza place than settling for something mediocre. Even Little Caesar’s has the right idea with their $5 pizzas. The quality isn’t good in my opinion, so paying just $5 seems fair.

I feel like the problem with these places is that they were serving only one type of food for so long, be it hamburgers or pizza, that they don’t want to offer salads or smoothies. It may go against fast food code, but it also increases sales. I’ll let them decide 🙂

New Music Thursday: Grouplove

Yes, I am an Apple groupie. I admit it. I got my first Apple product my senior year of high school (iPod Nano, black and white, but SO cool) and have never looked back. I am THAT person who will argue with a PC lover for days. And it’s not just because Apple products are trendy, but because they’re better. Period. My iPhone, MacBook, and (newer) iPod speak for themselves, I think.

Remember this? My first generation Nano.

I just totally outed how nerdy I am. Oh well, now you know the truth.

Anyway, besides my obsession with the quality of Apple products, I do admit I love how stylish their branding is. Enter: the famous Apple commercials with the catchy song that gets stuck in your head for days. I mean, they’ve used the Beatles, Matt & Kim, Coldplay, Spoon, John Mayer, Jack Johnson – the list of greats goes on and on.

Here is my prediction for the next great artist featured in an Apple commercial: Grouplove. Grouplove describes themselves as an indie rock band that formed in 2009. I think they kind of fuse Foster the People with Taking Back Sunday. Mindblowing, I know.

P.S. Sorry for the long intro. I just get passionate about my brand crush.

5 Reasons “The Bachelor” Ben’s Love Won’t Last

Alright, so, we’re 2 weeks into this season of “The Bachelor”, and I can already tell you that Ben Flajnik’s final rose will go to the wrong girl. Why is that? I mean, sure, the show’s track record is unbelievably bad, but even despite that, Ben doesn’t have what it takes to pick the right one. Here’s why:

  1. He already likes the drama queen: Courtney is this season’s Michelle, Wes, Bentley etc, – the one we love to hate. On last night’s episode, he mentioned the fact that Courtney is the whole package. Why can’t he see past her facade? Well, because just like with any other season of this show, Courtney is only nuts around the other girls. She’s an actress (or “model” as the show tells us).

    Courtney, acting crazy.

  2. He gave the group date rose to the hottest girl: In my opinion, Blakely is gorgeous, but she’s a slightly tamer version of Courtney – not as bitchy, but certainly the type of girl that other girls hate: aggressive, forward, and mostly, just really annoying. It was clear that Jennifer should have gotten that rose, and while she is beautiful as well, she’s no vixen like Blakely. Bad move, Ben. Bad move.

    Psycho Blakely and Ben

  3. He gives people too many chances: Jenna, who was emotionally unstable in the first episode, was even more so last night. He should not have kept her around, especially considering the first night is supposed to be fun and lighthearted. Crying in a corner is no way to impress a guy in my opinion. Sorry, Jenna, but your time should have been up a week ago.

    Poor Jenna

  4. He’s a hopeless romantic: I really do like Ben. I think he’s a genuine guy, which I can’t say about many of the recent Bachelors. However, I think he has a tendency to get swept off his feet by the experiences rather than the people he is sharing them with. I don’t really believe he was in love with Ashley, but more in love with the idea of her in these exotic places, which is one of the many reasons these relationships don’t work! They should be put in more real-life situations, not in Tahiti or Bali or wherever. Anyone can fall in love in Tahiti – anyone.

    Ben and Ashley in, where? Oh yeah, FIJI!

  5. The producers have gone off the deep end: While I love a bit of TV drama, I am SO unbelievably over these “jaw-dropping” moments the show’s producers set up. Case in point, next week, it was revealed that someone (I won’t reveal who in case you all are eagerly waiting), not an original contestant, shows up wanting a chance with Ben. Naturally, the other women freak out, and she is more than likely sent right back home. Still, it’s annoying when they meddle in peoples’ lives or purposefully upset the contestants, and I honestly think it only harms the chances of the relationship working out in the end. And really, I have no idea how much of the show is real to begin with, but I know it’s not much, at least since the whole Jason – Molly season.

    Jason "I picked the wrong girl" Mesnick and Molly, now his wife.

Let’s just hope that, as much as I love “The Bachelor”, it comes to a close soon.  I’m emotionally exhausted.

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.