Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best Dressed of the Decade

As 2009 comes to a close tonight it is time to say goodbye, not only to to a year of great fashion, but also to a decade of style. called the Olsen Twins the Style Icons of the Decade, but I think Keira Knightley also desirves style icon status for her many great looks throughout the decade.

At the 2005 Premiere of The Jacket
Photo: Yahoo Movies

At the 2006 Academy Awards in Vera Wang

At the 2006 premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in Gucci

At the 2007 LA Premiere of Atonement in Rodarte

At the 2008 Elle Party for The Edge of Love in Erdem
Photo: The

At the Spring 2009 Chanel Haute Couture Show

I hope you're stylishly enjoying the last blast of '09!

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Delicious Debate

I forgot to mention that I went to the Magnolia Bakery while in NYC the other day. I have tried their vanilla cupcakes and their lattes (or maybe it was a mocha) at the Greenwich Village location and they were very good, though the shop was crowed and I had to wait in a very long line. The day after Christmas I bought a decedent Red Velvet cupcake with whipped vanilla icing topped with an adorable dark chocolate Rockette disc.

Photo From: New York Blips

I know many people hate this bakery because they find it too small, too expensive, and filled with tourists who push and shove you just to grab what ever cupcakes they can get their hands on, but I thought this cupcake was definitely worth it. This is probably because I was not pushed around and waited in line for only about 2 minutes before paying. On top of that, the bakery was giving all the customers a free raisin bran muffin, which was also delicious. The Rockefeller Center location was far less crowed when I went than the downtown one, probably because of the latter's appearance on Sex and the City. If your ever near one of the Magnolia's 3 locations, I encourage you to go in and judge for yourself wether or not it is worth the hype.

Saks Fifth Avenue adorned with Snowflake Lights

I love Christmas in NYC, especially when I visit Saks to look at the windows and do some shopping.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Greeting Cards Have All Been Sent, The Christmas Rush is Through

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! My family and I attended midnight mass at the Cathedral on Christmas Eve. It was so beautiful and a such a meaningful way to begin the Christmas Season.

Cardigan: The Limited, Blouse: Richard Chai for Target, Skirt: Juicy Couture, Tights: Ellen Tracy, Shoes: L.A.M.B., Necklace: Gift from my Advent Angel

I wore the above outfit to mass. This outfit has some of my favorite pieces in it; namely the Juicy skirt and L.A.M.B. Deven flats. Not only did the shoes go well with the rest of the outfit, but they were also very practical and comfortable. I wore heels to midnight mass last year and that was NOT a smart idea!

Jacket: DKNY Jeans, Blouse: Richard Chai for Target, Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, Shoes: L.A.M.B., Mesh Cuff Bracelet: Heigh Ho Silver, Necklace: Advent Angle Gift from a past year

I wore this outfit to celebrate Christmas with the family. I usually don't wear jeans to the family party but I'm glad I did since I had to endure unexpected traffic that lead to a 4 hour car ride to the destination. What a way to spend Christmas! But it was worth it to see my family members again.

The Tree In Rockefeller Center

Today I spent the day after Christmas in Rockefeller Center. I love going to the Rock to see the tree every year and squeeze in some ice skating if I'm lucky. Although it was raining and I go every year, I still managed to take some touristy photos. I returned from New York today and I am pretty tired but I'm hoping to hit the mall for some after-Christmas shopping tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Get in the Spirit!

Christmas is almost here!!!
So those of you who haven't finished shopping better hurry up! To get in the Christmas Spirit I've posted some pics of my favorite red and green party frocks of 2009. Enjoy!
Jennifer Connelly at the He's Just Not That Into You Premiere

Zoe Saldana at the Star Trek Premiere

Shailene Woodley at Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Party

Claudia Schiffer at the British Fashion Awards

Zoe Saldana Photo: Harper's
All Other Photos:

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Elements of Style

Images from: Vanity Fair, Urban Outfitters, Real Simple, Vogue, J. Crew, and Harper's Bazaar

Last night, instead of going to bed, I was overcome with the desire to make a collage. Since the collage is so big it obviously wasn't going to fit in my scanner so you'll have to make to with the photo I took of it.

This collage perfectly describes my personal style; it's all about contrasts. As I'm sure you've noticed, I wear a lot of classic pieces, but I love to mix them up with unexpected elements. My favorite part about getting dressed is creating a juxtaposition of styles. I love to mix menswear with girly items, play with different textures and fabrics, and emphasize volume, proportion, colors, and prints. If you've ever wondered what sets your style apart, collect some images that you like from magazines, cut them out, and put them together. Making a collage or inspiration board is a great way to acknowledge the characteristics of your style.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Red Stained Snow

Sorry about the slowdown in posts. A huge snowstorm + a cold I came down with on Friday has basically left me inside the house where I have been drinking copious amounts of french vanilla hot chocolate and tea while reading New Moon and catching up on episodes of Glee. So needless to say, I haven't worn an post worthy outfits or gone shopping. But once the roads are cleared of snow, I intend to go to the mall to find the perfect shade of red lipstick. I wonder if I'm brave enough to pull it off. I'll update you when I finally try it! Anyway, it's almost Christmas!!! Get in the spirit!

Red Lips at Dolce & Gabbana F/W 09 Photo:

Applying Red Lipstick at Gucci F/W 09 Photo:

Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Premiere Photo:

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red Photo:

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Blazer: Proenza Schouler for Target, T-Shirt: J. Crew, Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, Boots: Nine West, Necklace: H&M

One of the most important pieces a girl can have in her wardrobe is a blazer. The blazer is the perfect piece for dressing up or dressing down. When worn with a pair or riding boots, it creates a classic look that can be modernized with funky accessories and bright colors, like wore last night. Also, blazers can add to the edgy-ness of a look if they are oversized or accented with studs and worn with a short dress, leggings, or skinny jeans. I have 2 navy blazers and if I could, I'd also own a black double breasted blazer, and a grey school boy blazer. Here is one of my favs:

Silence and Noise Studded Boyfriend Blazer
Photo: Urban Outfitters

Friday, December 11, 2009

I Got Chills, They're Multiplyin'

Happy Friday (almost Saturday)!!
Today, I thought it I would share the story of the beautiful shoes that I spotted a week ago. They are fabulous L.A.M.B. Deven perforated metallic and patent leather flats I discovered hidden in the sale racks of Baltimore Pike Shoes. The minute I tried them on, I knew I had to have them and at a 90% discount off the price they would have been in a department store, it would have been a sin NOT to buy them. Since the Fashion Show was the next day, I wasn't sure how much money I'd need there so I held off my purchase. Fortunately I didn't spend too much the next day, went to the store to pick them up and ended up paying less than the sale price on the box! Don't you just love it when that happens?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tis the Season

Although Black Friday was the start of the holiday shopping season, I chose not to face the crowd of crazed mall-goers fighting to get the best bargain. Instead, I waited until my school's Christmas Luncheon and Fashion Show to begin my Christmas shopping. There were many great vendors there today and I scored a really cool sliver chain bracelet from Hi Ho Silver and picked up a gift for my cousin. The fashion show featured some great evening-wear looks from Elizabeth Maar Boutique and Just Girls.
For the event I decided to debut one of my favorite Fashion U purchases:

Dress: H&M, Heels: Calvin Klein, Fresh Water Pearl and Rose Quartz Earrings: Type 0(-)

This dress calls to mind not only the lingerie centered aspects of Christian Dior's Couture Collection, but also the nude-colored minimalism seen on on the Spring 2010 runways:

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2009

Celine SS/2010

Also, on my way home I bought a pair of amazing silver L.A.M.B. flats for an incredible price. Will post about them soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

To Tie-Dye For

Happy Friday! Since today was a tie-dye themed dress down for the seniors at my school I felt that it was the perfect time to wear my tie dyed jeans. My look was inspired by the Balmain Collection that I absolutely loved.

Cropped Jacket: H&M, Shirt: Mossimo by Target, Jeans: Levi's, Flats: Rocket Dog

Balmain SS/09 Photo:

Also, I thought this would be the perfect transition into my post about the cool tie-dye looks that designers presented for SS/2010. These are not your average psychedelic T-shirts; designers fused these prints onto cocktail dresses as well as casual Ts. Here are a few of my favorites:

Tory Burch SS/2010

Blumarine SS/2010

Proenza Schouler SS/2010

Proenza Schouler Resort 2010

All fashion photos:
This is a look I saw in the December 2009 issue of Lucky Magazine that describes pairing tie-dyed t-shirts with classic box jackets, an idea I fell in love with instantly. It's fun way to dress up a casual look. If you want to see more of these spring looks click on the link above. Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

If You Could See It Then You'd Understand

Blazer: J. Crew, Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters, Jeans: Paige Premium Denim, Shoes: Made By Elves, Bag: Juicy Couture, Stole the scarf from my mom

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
Yesterday I visited the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Inspiring Fashion Exhibit. This exhibit consisted of 17 looks from many design houses in tribute to Philadelphia fashion great Tom Marotta, former vice president of couture for Saks Fifth Avenue who died 2 years ago. The fashions were all contemporary, the oldest one a black Oscar de La Renta dress from 1995. The exhibit also featured video interviews with Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischkca, Ralph Rucci, and Peter Som. If you can, I encourage you to visit the museum and view the beautiful pieces as well as the surreal designs of Marcel Wanders in the Daydreams exhibit.

To learn more about the exhibit and Tom Marotta follow these links:
Philadelphia Museum of Art Article

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

O Beautiful for Pilgrim Feet

Happy Thanksgiving!
In celebration of the holiday I thought it would be fitting to show the pilgrim's mark on fashion with these Roger Vivier Pilgrim flats:

These high end shoes can be found for a 32% discount at but if you'd like a similar style at a reasonable price check out these Yaki flats by Nina:


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blue Period

Stained glass window in Navy Chapel, Annapolis

If you look closely at my clothing choices, you will realize that I have a penchant for prints and adore the colors blue and green. So naturally, I was very excited to see these elements included in the Spring 2010 RTW collections of my favorite designers. The looks pictured here call to mind this beautiful stained glass window. Enjoy!

Alexander McQueen

Emilio Pucci


Proenza Schouler

All Fashion Photos:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Madness

This photo I took of King Leer by: Seward Johnson at Grounds for Sculpture earlier this month reminded me of the spectacular Givanchy Haute Couture Show. If you haven't already seen it, it is amazing. Hopefully these photos will inspire you to take a look.

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