Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Charlotte Free is the new face of Maybelline New York!
I wasn't supposed to tell, but P'Trique did first, so...

I think the pink-haired punk will give a cheeky, modern edge to the classic brand. I'll always swear by my Great Lash. Nothing beats the pink and green tube! P'Trique knows what's up. Loved the cameos by Derek Blasberg and Betsey Johnson!

(Saw it first on MTV Style)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ombre Tresses

I've decided that my hair needs to be this color.
(The pic is Erin Wasson for Zadig and Voltaire.)
That is all.

Can't Ignore Denim

I was flipping through Elle when it hit me square in the face...denim is having a MAJOR moment. On practically every page I turned, a model was pouting prettily in some denim ensemble. Usually I wrinkle my nose at overalls, denim skirts, and denim-on-denim looks, but lately something about those styles screams "Chic!" I've compiled a pretty serious list of every denim piece you need to stay on trend this Spring/Summer. From colored, to patterned, to boyfriend, to classic, there's something for every denim lover.

The Re-Vamped Jean Jacket
ASOS Cropped Denim Boyfriend Jacket
Who wants a typical jean jacket when it can be this ridiculously cool overdyed peachy red color? How cute would this be over a patterned bra top paired with a high waisted skirt and wedges? Umm, can I have it now?!?

The Patterned Jean & The Pop of Color

 Elizabeth & James Low Rise Skinny Jeans/[BlankNYC] Skinny Jeans
The print of these crop-legged lovelies is called "Spearmint Python." They're begging to be further toughened up with a black leather motorcycle jacket and classic black pumps. You could always go floral print instead, but IMO python print is heaps more stylish.

I debated over every color in the rainbow, but eventually settled on this pretty turquoise hue. I've discovered that this color looks awesome with orange, which might sound weird, but trust me, it does. Another life-changing colored denim discovery I've made is that every color looks good with leopard print, as the model is demonstrating here. Pair these skinnies with an orange dip-dyed top and copy those leopard flats and your look is sure to be a color blocking win.

The Classic Denim Shirt
American Apparel Unisex Denim Long Sleeve Button-Up Shirt
Throw it over a bikini, your favorite tank, or a striped long sleeve tee on those random chilly days. Wear it with a light Springy scarf, over a casual dress, or pop the collar and tie up the ends. This denim shirt is definitely the most versatile item in your Spring wardrobe. It's a perfect go-to piece when you don't have time to put together a fussy outfit, or when you need to add another layer. Since it's "unisex" buy it two sizes too big, belt it, and wear it on its own as a dress. The "I stole this from my boyfriend's closet" look is always a good one.

The Crocheted Cutoffs
NastyGal Crochet Bonita Cutoff Shorts
I love the way these cheeky denim cutoffs are styled on the model. Since the crochet detail is so eye-catching, going for a simple easy blouse is key. Add a thin belt and some gold jewelry, and you're ready to parade those legs.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pretend Shopping at Zara

When I'm bored, which is often, I pop around on my favorite online shopping sites and pick out the fabulous things I'd buy if I had loads of cashito. Today I looked at Zara and cried a little on the inside because I couldn't actually type in my debit card digits.

I've been lusting after blazers lately, so I chose this bright little baby.

I clicked on T-shirts thinking, "Meh, a T-shirt is a T-shirt."
But Zara's T-shirts are not just T-shirts, evidenced by THIS.

I fell in love with this skirt when I saw it styled ever so cleverly on Pinterest.
I was delighted to find that it's from Zara, too.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Inevitable Coachella Post

I didn't go to Coachella...GASP! Turns out I'm too busy with school and a job and too tragically broke to spend any amount of time frolicking about in a mullet skirt, crop top, and a crown of flowers. As fun as it would have been to crowd surf to bands I've never heard of and get snapped by fashion blog photogs, the pain of not attending the event that has taken over my Twitter feed for the past few days was not particularly crushing until I stumbled upon THIS PHOTO. This one broke my heart and made me wish with my whole soul that I was there. I just want a high five from Rih's claw nails and maybe to get nearly stabbed in the eye by her dangerous studded shorts! Is that so much to ask? Out of all the Coachella fashion slideshows I've mechanically scrolled through, this look has been my favorite. Maybe I'm biased, because Rihanna is my favorite. She just looks so cute and fun! Please can we be BFFs, Rih?

ASOS posted this on Facebook earlier today. There were other great style shots, in case you feel like doing some Coachella-related pouting yourself.

For the Love of Lisbeth

I realize that I'm late to the party, as is my custom. I'm late to everything. Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been wildly popular for quite some time, and I just finished it last week. Its insane popularity may have made me reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. (After being traumatized by the likes of Twilight, I try to veer away from what the masses are reading.) But when the American version of the GWTDT movie premiered, my curiosity was sparked. I HAD to read the book before I saw it, and I'm glad I did so.

By the time I turned the last page, I was not only pleased with the compelling mystery, but also kind of obsessed with the female heroine. In most books that focus on females, the lady in the spotlight is funny with a touch of awkward, charmingly self-deprecating, modestly ambitious, blah blah blah. These are all qualities that any girl could identify with. What made me so attracted to Lisbeth Salander is that she's far from any of those things. In fact, she's rather hard to pin down. Despite (or probably because of) her troubled background, she's unapologetically bad-ass. She skulks around in all black, fucks who she wants to, and keeps her astonishing intelligence to herself.

The tiny part of me that wants to BE Lisbeth grew after watching the movie and falling head-over-heels into girl crush city with Rooney Mara. Mara's performance personified to a T what I expected Lisbeth to be. Never before have I wanted to be tattooed and pierced with inky black hair sticking up in all directions and a bitchy slogan on my tee. The bitchy tee is probably the farthest I'd venture outside my style comfort zone, but Lisbeth/Rooney continues to serve as inspiration. I strongly recommend reading the book and immediately watching the movie. I'm halfway through the second in the series, The Girl who Played with Fire, and haven't yet experienced a Lisbeth Salander overdose. She's too cool to get sick of.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

From the second I opened Sam Wasson’s highly addictive work of literature, I felt as if I had stumbled onto a film set, or into some exclusive club in which deeply interesting bits of pop culture knowledge are revealed with the aloofness of casual conversation. Not only does Wasson describe in great, entertaining detail the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but he gets to the bottom of why its star, Audrey Hepburn, was such an enchanting girl, and why she still is today. The cast of characters within the volume is vast. Everyone from Truman Capote, to Edith Head, to Marilyn Monroe pops up. If they had some influence on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or Audrey Hepburn’s life, a snippet of their story is told. The text reads like a novel destined to be a classic. I found myself turning pages late into the night and even as my eyes drooped, didn’t want to stop. Wasson’s prose would have the same affect on film buffs, celebrity enthusiasts, and especially fashionistas. My favorite story within the story was the tale of how Audrey became muse to Hubert de Givenchy and how she and his Little Black Dress reinvented fashion. This book seems like such a necessity, I’m surprised there are not more like it. I would recommend this to almost anyone. If you are interested in films, Broadway plays, actresses, Hollywood, costume, history, feminism, fashion, etc. (It is a never-ending list.) you would enjoy this book. Even if you’re not a reader and would rather look at pictures, check the middle for exclusive shots taken before and during the production of the iconic film. It is undeniable that Sam Wasson’s book should be on the shelf of every fashionable lady with a little Audrey in her.