Trends, Tips, and Snippets

This Blog was created due to my obsession with list making and keeping all of the things I wanted to buy organized. Eventually there were just too many lists, so I decided to start this, a blog where I could keep all of my thoughts, ideas, and prospective shopping all in one place.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cheap & Chic

Chloe Sevigny x Opening Ceremony $230

OR

Sparkle & Fade for Urban Outfitters $68

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sephora OPI Holiday Collection

Check out the new OPI "Holiday Gems" nail polish collection, exclusively at a Sephora near you this holiday season! The colors all look equally posh, coming in shades of reds, silvers, and golds, some even with sparkles. In obvious OPI fashion, each color has their own adorable names and puns such as:
Merry Me!
OPI Looks Like Rain Dear
OPI What's your point-settia?
212 Sephora
Sample Sale
Only Gold for Me
Sephora by OPI Flurry Up Top Coat



With their rich, jewel-like colors, your fingers will be sparkling as bright as the star on top of your Christmas Tree!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Valley Girl/ The Graduate



Just finished watching the 1983 movie Valley Girl, and I think it's no coincidence that it ends almost the same way as The Graduate does. In the Graduate, Ben (Dustin Hoffman) crashes Elaine's (Katherine Ross) wedding, fighting off everyone with a cross, and subsequently whisks her away. As they ride away after escaping in the back of a bus both look unsure of what they'd just done however. Valley Girls shows a similar ending in which Randy (Nicolas Cage) shows up to Julie's (Deborah Foreman) Prom and steals her away from prom date, Tommy. Randy fights Tommy (although not with a cross) and then Julie and Randy continue to fight off other prom guests by throwing food from the refreshments table. When Randy and Julie escape and are shown sitting in the back of the limo, the pair looks nervous and unsure just as the couple in the Graduate did, however they both get over it and begin to smile and feel assured of what they'd just done. The Graduate is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I must admit that Valley Girl (now that I've finally gotten around to watching it) is quickly rising to the top of my list as well. I love anything having to do with 80's pop culture, and feel that Valley Girl is highly under-represented compared to other 80's classics such as 16 Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, etc. (maybe because of its rather low budget in comparison to the other movies). Nevertheless, Valley Girl is definitely worth watching with its 80's fashion, hilarious "valspeak," and amazing New Wave soundtrack; it's considered a cult classic/favorite by many. Don't forget to mull over the many obvious and subtle similarities between Valley Girl and The Graduate while watching! (That is, unless I'm just imagining these overlaps).

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Bohemian Winter

It can be tough looking chic and bohemian in the middle of winter, what with the cold and all. Layers are obviously key, but that doesn't mean you have to get lost in heavy thermals and fleece. Some simple ways of staying warm and in vogue during cold winter months is by layering loose fitting maxi-skirts over thick opaque tights, adding leather jackets, and loose artful scarfs. Pulled together this look will keep you warmer than a mini skirt and tights while still looking very bohemian. These skirts obviously look great during warmer summer months, but can also be transformed and used alongside your winter wardrobe. Here are some pictures from the 'street style' section of Lucky Magazine's website:

FROM THE STREET:



FROM THE RUNWAY:

Dries Van Noten, Peter Som, Richard Chai Love, Aquascutum

Michael Kors 2010 Winter Collection
Michael Kors 2010 Winter Collection

FROM MAGAZINES:



Missing the Summer?

Me too...
I hope these pictures hold you over

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Style Spotter #11


Alyse Algera, a biology major here at UMB, shows off her casual yet sophisticated style, blending neutrals with black basics for a classic and simple look. Alyse wears a cropped camel pea coat from Zara, a long black sweater purchased at H&M, an American Apparel black fitted cotton skirt, and black nylon tights from Target. Brown leather boots from Bakers complete the look, while her studded Gianni Notaro bag adds a dash of color with its bold forest-green shade of leather. I caught up with Alyse in the campus center to ask her a few questions about her look:

How do you describe your style?
“Eclectic. I go for everything. I mix classic staples with more trendy things.”

Where do you typically like to shop?
“I really love Zara. I kind of shop everywhere. I also frequent H&M.”

Who’s style do you admire most?
Rachel Bilson’s style. She always looks very put together and classic.

Anywhere else you look towards for inspiration?
I read a lot of fashion blogs on Tumblr, and my two favorite fashion magazines are Vogue, and Nylon. 



Thursday, December 2, 2010

LADYLIKE BUT WITH AN EDGE





These fun and fabulous pics prove that it is possible to be both tough and girly at the same time. Chanel and studs? Make it work girls.

Long Wrap Sweaters


One of my most favorite and comfortable things to wear during the winter season is a simple outfit consisting of just leggings (usually and almost always black, and preferably from American Apparel), a cotton long-sleeved shirt, and a sweater long and roomy enough to balance out the tighter pieces of clothing. Shoe's you ask? Moccasins if the weather permits (before it's absolutely freezing out of course), tall leather boots, or depending on the weather some rain boots, or a sturdy pair of winter duck boots. Its all very New England, very Boston if you ask me. The reason I like this outfit so much, and declare it my winter-weather-uniform is because its so freaking comfortable. I love leggings since to me they're so much more comfortable than stiff jeans, and long sweaters are so warm and classic looking. Its really a way to dress like total scrub (due to its comfortable and relaxed vibe) without actually looking like one. There is no need to hide in sweatpants and sweatshirts all winter, here are some cozy sweater options:
ByCorpus Popcorn Sweater : $68

Gap Cable Cardigan: $69.50

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fab Four Inspiration


So the Beatles were finally digitally released on itunes last week (woohoo I've had every CD and some vinyl for years now). Even though most fans already own the albums it gives new generations of potential listeners an opportunity to be exposed to the greatest band that ever was. However, with all this talk of the Beatles lately, I must admit my love for them has been reignited. Especially seeing George Harrison on all the commercials itunes has been cranking out playing alongside "Yesterday." George Harrison ('the quiet Beatle') is also my favorite Beatle. He's so underrated behind the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership, but he has written some of my favorite songs, like 'Something' and 'Here Comes the Sun.'
I'm putting up pictures of George Harrison and Patti Boyd (Harrison's first wife), because I think these pictures are stylish and inspirational. For a time she was a model in the 60s and also his muse, inspiring songs like 'Something' and later when married to Eric Clapton songs like 'Layla' and 'Wonderful Tonight.' Imagine what it would have been like to be a Beatles' wive or girlfriend at the time of Beatlemania? Insane.