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.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fashion as Fine Art

Legendary fashion and celebrity photographer, Mario Testino, blends fashion and fine art through his current exhibit, In Your Face, now on display at the Museum of Fine Art’s Gund Gallery.
Testino, best known for his photography of models and celebrities such as Kate Moss, Princess Diana, Gisele Bundchen and Lady Gaga, has contributed to magazines, including Vogue and Vanity Fair for years. He has become renowned for his photography style and images.
The exhibit, described as a “lively merger of museum and popular culture” by the MFA, juxtaposes black and white images with color, candids with photo shoots and nudes with fashion.
Immediately beyond the entrance to the Gund Gallery, there is a giant screen showing split images of Testino at various award shows, in the news and of prominent figures in the fashion world reflecting on working with him. Crossing through the double glass doors into the space where the photography is housed feels like walking through a giant glossy magazine - exactly how Testino hoped the gallery would feel.
Testino was very involved with the production of In Your Face. He said, “The way I work is intuitive, from composing and cropping an image-down to the size of the print and the color and style of the frame. I make certain prints very large to fill the viewer’s vision the way a photograph can fill an entire page.”
His placement of color next to black and white makes both types of images pop, and the different styles of images he used displayed the beautiful colors and contrasts within the various pictures. All photographs in the exhibit were digitally produced chromogenic C type prints or fiber based silver gelatin prints which served to make them subtly glow.
The photographs included recognizable images such as Lady Gaga’s March 2011 cover of Vogue and Madonna’s 1998 album cover of Ray of Light, candid shots of Kate Moss and Stephanie Seymour backstage at a Paris fashion show in 1999 and unexpected images of English singer-songwriter, Robbie Williams, wearing a sparkled British flag bikini top in London in 2000.
Testino tends to photograph unexpected images of men doing feminine things, such as putting on a dress, red lipstick or a pair of strappy heels. He also enjoys photographing celebrities doing things that would be seen out of character for them, such as Jennifer Lopez dressed in men’s boxing gear and swinging.
“I want to surprise,” said Testino. “I push boundaries to provoke, to break down perfection, to find the unique moment. That’s what makes the photograph work for me.”
Testino pushed Gisele Bundchen’s career towards stardom, saw something in Kate Moss that others couldn’t see yet and revived Gucci as a fashion house with his provocative ad campaigns. He also earned the trust of many celebrities, including the British Royals (his smaller exhibit, The British Royals, is on display upstairs).
You cannot help but respond to Testino’s images, and when walking through In Your Face, you feel as though you are walking through Testino’s fantasy world, where everything sparkles and provokes. His style is perfection, the lighting is unparalled and the photographs are art.
In Your Face will remain on display at the MFA now through Feb. 3, 2013. The British Royal Portraits can be seen now through June 16, 2013.

Holiday Cocktails: Festive recipes you can enjoy at home

Whether you’re hosting a holiday cocktail party with friends or just want to enjoy some cozy libations, this winter cocktail list will be sure to get you through the winter season.
Eggnog Martini:
This is a killer twist on a holiday classic. Add 2 ounces of a brandy of your choice and mix with 3 ounces of homemade or store-bought eggnog. Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass garnished with either pumpkin spice or cinnamon. Add a cinnamon stick for an extra festive touch.
Hot Toddy:

This drink is perfect for any cold winter day and also does the trick when you’re feeling under the weather. Add 1 ounce of brandy, whiskey or rum to a mug. Next, add 1 tablespoon honey, some cloves, and pour in the hot water. Squeeze in a small amount of lemon juice and then garnish with an additional lemon wedge.
Spiked Apple Cider:

This recipe makes a total of four servings. First heat 2 quarts of apple cider with 2 cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks. Add a shot of brandy to one of the four mugs and pour in your cider. Sprinkle a little nutmeg and add an orange twist to garnish.
Gingerbread Martini:

Who needs cookies when you can have a martini? First shake 1 ½ ounces Kahlua, Goldsschlager and Bailey’s Irish Cream with ¾ ounce vanilla-flavored vodka over ice. Strain into a martini glass garnished with whipped cream, cinnamon and a small gingerbread cookie.
Bailey’s Irish Coffee

This one’s easy, and with winter break coming up you’ll have something to look forward to every morning when you wake up. Add one shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream to your favorite mug, fill with coffee of your choice and top with whipped cream. Yum.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wathoo Siwapornchai: Dec. 4, 2012

Sophomore biology major, Wathoo Siwapornchai looks cute and girly, wearing a sheer black blouse with an embellished collar purchased at a Thai flea market, a red tweed mini-skirt from, and black tights from Forever 21. She combines all of this with a pair of black leather boots from and a neutral oversized tote also from Siwapornchai says she admires Rachel Bilson’s style and looks to for inspiration, as well as just “looking around the street.” Siwapornchai shops at websites like, and, and states, “It’s fun to mix and match because you never know what might look good.”

Jojo Mawejje: Nov. 14, 2012

Looking chic and urban, Jojo Mawejje, a senior psychology major, wears a white and gold striped tank purchased at Nordstom, H&M black leggings and open cardigan, and a cream wraparound scarf, also from Nordstrom. All of this she pairs with some Steve Madden brown mid-calf boots, a copper-brown satchel, gold Michael Kors boyfriend watch and three Alex and Ani bangles. Mawejje describes her style as “trendy and energetic. I like things that are energetic, not dull.” This fashionable lady shops at ASOS, Nordstrom, Express, H&M and Marshalls and states that she is inspired by people she sees on the street and by trendy magazines. Mawejje leaves us with some fashion words of wisdom, “As long as you feel comfortable and you look good, that’s all that matters, it doesn’t matter where you got it.” Well said, Jojo, well said.

Ivie Igbineweka: Oct. 31, 2012

Ivie Igbineweka, a senior political science major, looks stylish and put together wearing a flowy patterned shirt from Forever 21 layered over a black H&M tank, H&M skinny fit khakis and a classic fitted trench coat. Her accessories include black lace-up wedge booties by Nine West, a large black leather tote from Marshall’s, silver choker necklace from H&M and a fun and colorful headscarf. Igbineweka describes her style as girly and says, “I’m into a lot of colors and things that flatter my body.” She also states that she likes to shop at H&M, London-based website ASOS, Igbineweka says she finds inspiration for her style in her fashion icons Beyonce and Nicole Richie. Igbineweka’s fashion advice to us? “I don’t really like following trends, don’t let trends change the way you style yourself.”

Juan Gaspar: Oct. 4, 2012

Sitting outside the Campus Center looking polished and fabulous, Juan Gaspar wears a gray H&M blazer, maroon-hued jeans from Zara and a white and gray striped t-shirt. He matches all of this with a pair of classic brown leather loafers by Cole Haan, a black linen scarf from Gap and some seriously stylish aviators from H&M. This senior psychology major gathers inspiration from GQ Magazine’s website, especially, he says, from the street style section. He describes his style as “very urban but also clean cut” and declares, “I always have a scarf on during the fall and winter.” Gaspar enjoys shopping on Newbury St. at stores such as Zara, H&M and French Connection and claims that his favorite fall trend is the denim jacket. When asked if he had any style advice for us, he said, “I feel like everyone should own a blazer…and a scarf.”

Chloe Kim: Sept. 19, 2012

Chloe Kim, a senior marketing major, showcases her dark and trendy style with lots of black and plenty of leather. Kim wears a basic white v-neck tee underneath a leather jacket from Guess, black leggings and a beige linen scarf purchased from Zara. She pairs all this with a black leather flap bag accentuated with metal studs from Urban Expressions and a pair of open peep-toe booties from Tom Boy. “My style is a little bit urban, I like leather,” says Kim, who also admits to stores like Zara and Guess being among her favorite places to shop. For inspiration Kim looks to blogs such as Song of Style and Ring My Bell. “I read a lot of blogs to find styles I like; also look-books.” When asked which fall trends she is loving the most right now Kim replied, “Leather, studs and gold.”