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, 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.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


When it gets cold, there is certainly no need to sacrifice glamour for the sake of staying warm. Take a cue from Goldie Hawn and daughter Kate Hudson. While vacationing in Sundance, the two women wore fabulous fur coats to stay warm, while at the same time staying stylish. Of course you also don't need to wear real fur, there are plenty of alternatives, especially this season where things like faux fur vests are all the rage. Everywhere from Old Navy, to designers like Anna Sui are selling them, and you can find a variety of styles as well as prices.
On a side note, Beyonce looks hot in fur in NY recently:

Some other options for faux fur:
Gap's "Snow Fur Vest" $49.50
Urban Outfitter's "Ecote Faux Fur Vest" $98

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dakota is all grown up

I love this dress. I wish i knew where I could find it, I would buy it in a heart beat! As you all may have noticed I'm a tad bit obsessed with leopard. This looks classy, classic, and edgy without being too stuffy. Her hair doesn't look half bad either.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Style Spotter #10

Carolyn, a business management major, displays her girly yet tough style by matching and pairing unexpected elements throughout her whole ensemble. Carolyn wears a light chiffon flowered dress from H&M synched with a pretzel style metallic belt from T.J. Maxx, and matching taupe H&M tights to pull the similar hues all together. Carolyn contrasts the different shades of taupe and muted feminine neutrals with edgy pieces in black such as her cropped leather jacket from H&M and offbeat but on-trend combat-style leather boots purchased from a boutique in SoHo, New York City.  Her accessories include sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, and a pair of oversized pearl earrings bought at a vintage store in Cambridge. We asked Carolyn a few questions about her charismatic and unique sense of style:

How do you describe your style?
“I would definitely say fun and outgoing. Not boring. One day I can look completely girly and the next I can be grunge.”

Where do you like to shop?
“H&M, T.J. Maxx, Urban Outfitters. American Apparel because you can get so many basics and I love their tights. I also get a lot of my stuff from vintage stores because no one else is going to have what you buy.”

What inspires and influences your sense of style?
“I read Harper’s Bazaar a lot so I get a lot of inspiration from those pictures. I also attend New York Fashion Week every September and February. I definitely take a lot of what I see on the runway and put my own spin on it.”

What is your favorite item in your closet right now?
 “A sequined mini-dress I just got from a vintage store.”

If you like Carolyn’s style follow her very own fashion blog-

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Style Spotter #9

Dara Rattanasone, a health science major here at UMB, shows off her laid back and comfortable-cool style full of layers, fall neutrals, and great accessories. Dara, whose outfit is perfect for staying both trendy and warm on a cool fall day, wears a light brown leather jacket from Express, a ruffled white tank and cardigan from Forever 21, black leggings also from Express, and stylish chunky black leather boots purchased from Nordstrom. Her outfit is complimented by her stand-out accessories which include a tweed hat from Macy’s, a ruffled tweed scarf from Nordstrom, metallic rose-shaped earrings from Forever 21, and of course the classic staple Louis Vuitton “neverfull” tote bag. I asked Dara a few questions about her style:

How would you describe your style?
“Comfortable, while at the same time being trendy. It’s important for me to keep warm in the cold weather. You don’t have to be revealing to look trendy.”

Where do you typically like to shop?
“I like to shop at Express, Forever 21, and H&M. I like Forever and H&M because they have a good variety but at the same time it’s affordable, especially since I’m a college student.”

What inspires your outfit choices?
“It’s more of a personal interest, like if I go to a store and see something I like. I like neutral colors, nothing too vibrant. “

What are some staples in your closet right now?
“Leggings because they’re comfortable and warm. Also loose-fitted cotton tops to balance everything out. I love things I can layer and accessorize.” 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Perfect Winter-Weather Boots

Speaking of ski trips, I've lined up two of the best examples of snow boots I could find. The first pair is from Ugg Australia, but its not the classic style Ugg you may be thinking of. It the Ugg Adirondack Boot ii ($200). This boot can be found at most sporting goods stores, and even places such as Bloomingdales. They're warm and insulated with shearling, water-proof, and extremely durable. Perfect for a heavy and very cold winter.

My next example is a more classic style of the duck boot. Tis pair is from Land's end and is also very similar to the LL Bean version of this boot. The Land's End pair however, is much less expensive at only $69.50. This pair isn't really insulated but that problem can be solved by simply wearing a pair of really cozy knit socks. Super water-proof, and a classic staple for the New England Winter, these boots can be worn on rainy days throughout the spring and fall as well.

Ski Trip Cothing

In the midst of planning a mid-december ski trip with some friends the details of the house and activities have taken a back seat only to the outfits I plan on buying/wearing. There's the ski pants and jacket from Land's End, some sweaters, thermals, knit socks, anything traditional and everything cozy. I think Land's End is such a perfect place to start when looking for classic New England ski and winter clothes. Everything is affordable, very good quality, and if you don't feel like ordering online or from their catalogue, simply stroll into any Sears where you can try things on before you buy. I found some really great stuff that I feel will truly be an investment in other future ski trips.

Ski Jacket
on sale from $169.50 to $79.99

Ski Pants

Cable-knit turtle-neck sweater
On sale from $89.50 to $79.50

Corduroy pants

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Style Spotter #8

Nicole Yeager, a sharp dressed MBA student here at Umass Boston, wears a classic and well fitted Emanuel Ungaro navy blazer with gold hard wear accents, a simple gray tank from Ann Taylor, dark wash blue jeans, and trendy over-the-knee flat suede boots also from Ann Taylor. Her accessories included a brushed gold cuff and drop earrings from Francesca’s Collection (matching the gold accents on the blazer perfectly) and a black quilted tote bag from Ann Taylor.  I caught up with Nicole to ask her some questions about her very chic outfit:

How do you describe your style?
“I think it’s classic, trendy, modern.”

Where do you typically like to shop?
“I like to shop everywhere, I [also] like to find a good deal, but I love designers. You can always find me at Saks on the weekend.”

What is your favorite thing in you closet right now?
“I’m all about the blazers right now, any blazer that has a good fit and you can roll up the sleeves.”

What was this outfit inspired by?
“I would have to say, Kris Jenner. I love her blazers and over-the-knee boots!"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Why do I lovee this?

Chanel black cap toe lace up sneakers ($695)
*also digging her YSL t-shirt ($285)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rainy Day Fall

Its cold, its rainy some days, and its fall. So what's a girl to do? Its way way to early to be breaking out those slush-proof winter boots, and way to cold/gross to be wearing flats or moccasins on a rainy day. Solution? Hunter Rain boots. These boots, known simply as "wellies" in the UK, are extremely popular across the pond (seeing how it mostly rains there) and finally catching on here. Of course celebrities like Kate Moss and the Olsen Twins (all of whom are my own personal style icons) have been wearing them for years. I bought a pair my freshman year in college when they weren't so popular and now I'm starting to see them around more and more. I can see why, they're super comfortable, extremely durable, and look great with any casual-inspired outfit.

Here are some pics of celebrities sporting the popular and trendy boots:

Of course the trendiest hunter boot of all is the "Jimmy Choo Hunter Rain Boot" in Black. These run for around $425, but don't worry the classic Hunter boot is only $125.