Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: The LA Lakers Edition

This week's outfit post has nothing to do with basketball except for I'm wearing LA Lakers colors as the roommate was so kind to point out. Please ignore the backdrop, this was sort of a last minute shoot. I was going for something fun and flirty to wear out that was still casual and functional. It was a total accident that I picked out this color combo, it just looked good. I don't really watch basketball.

 These are probably my favorite pair of shoes, I wear them all the time. I've worn them in a more casual outfit before, but I'm sure they'll be making more appearances on the blog.

Here's a similar dress, similar cardigan in a different color, black tights, similar black platform shoes.

That's all I've got for today. What's your go-to color combination?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to Shop Vintage [VIDEO]

Fun news everyone! As you know, I love looking for vintage clothes. Well, I did a video a little while with Kim from FashionCents where I give a few tips on shopping thrift stores. Well it's finally live and I'm so excited to share it with you all! It was so much fun to do so I hope you like it and I hope you find my tips in the video handy!

What did I miss? Do you have any go-to tips when thrifting for vintage finds?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Design: A Colorful London Home

I have to say for those that love color, this chic London home is a house you could never be sad in. Sleek and modern style paired with luxurious furniture makes this London home feel rich, but the bright and bold colors in every room make it fun. How could you ever have a bad day sitting in a bright lime green chair in a hot pink room? Bursts of color flow from room to room in the same bold scheme which ties every room together into on cohesive piece while at the same time giving each room its own bit of character.

Designed by Rebecca James from the UK design firm Interior Desires, it is a bold and chic style that at times can feel more like a night club design, yet still manages to feel cozy. The three bedrooms are styled with their own individual color schemes, but all flow well with each other and the rest of the house. All images via 1 Kind Design.

Would you live in this technicolor kingdom?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Graphic Print Landscape Fashion

First off, I just wrote an article for CraftFoxes about getting that Oscar red carpet look with vintage finds - on the cheaps! Check it out please! It's a really fun site.

On to business, who's been seeing a lot of graphic prints lately? ::raises hand:: Guess what else? I'm loving it! I started seeing it in the SS12 Jimmy Choo collection and thought "that's amazing, how do I get something like that?" Well  I've been seeing more and more graphic landscape prints so I imagine getting something for cheap is in the near future.

In the meantime, I found this amazing collection of landscape print dresses and skirts that I love and just had to share with you guys. It's by Marios and I love how versatile all the pieces are.

Isn't it cool? I need a skirt with expansive skies on it for the spring and summer, it's settled.

What do you think? Would you wear a mountain on your crotch?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Floral Jeans and Platform Boots

Today's outfit post is about me wishing for spring already. Remember when I talked about floral pants trending? Well, I just got these awesome floral pants and couldn't wait to wear them even though it had snowed the day before. Thankfully it was really sunny the day we took photos. Also, I finally pulled together an outfit with the metal collar I made and I decided that I love it! I especially love it after seeing them all over the fall 2012 Phillip Lim runway, but that's a different story.

Some of you may remember this fur vest from a previous outfit post, but I have to say that I am not getting nearly enough use out of it.

 This is me almost falling over. Graceful ain't I?
 This is the metal shirt collar necklace I made. Like it? You can make your own with this tutorial. I am a fan a sharing knowledge.

 There is something so 90s about these shoes and as a child of the 90s I approve!

 Alright, here it is if you want the look: they don't seem to have these on the Urban Outfitters site anymore, but here is a selection of floral jeans that should fit your tastes, similar heeled boot, similar shirt, similar vest.

Anyway, are you itching for Spring yet or is it just me?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Trendspotting: New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Normally I hate thinking about next Fall when still in the middle of this winter, especially when the days are just starting to warm up a little. However, when discussing fashion trends it's impossible to hold on to this season when the magical month of fashion has started. The fashion world just wrapped up New York Fashion Week and has moved forward to see what London's top designers have to offer for Fall 2012. I couldn't resist and had to put up some looks from fashion week for fall 2012 from 10 of my favorite designers.

3.1 Phillip Lim

Holy black and white. It's back to the essentials in the fall 2012 collection. I love the thin silhouettes that Phillip Lim creates by piecing together black and white. The straight lines and tailored pieces definitely give a strong menswear touch to this collection. Something else I noticed was the heavy use of metal collar necklaces in the outfits. Now I'm really glad that I made one for myself!
View the whole collection here.

Alexander Wang

Heavy uses of leather and once again a heavy hand in black and white, but this collection feels strong and dominant. Warrior and post-apocolytic are words that come to mind when watching this colleciton walk down the runway. Alexander Wang's fall 2012 collection is ocviously for a woman who is prepared for a fight.
See the entire collection here.


Alice+Olivia's fall 2012 collection is extremely fun, girly, playful, and luxurious. Long lucious gowns pairs and fun party dresses give you lots to choose from if you're going to be shopping for holiday party dresses! I love every piece from this collection and it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to four. Let me just say that hot pink is also in the color pallet for this collection. I adore the way that Alice+Olivia manage to create a harmonious collection, but manage to mix causual, business, dressy. It's fantastic!
View the collection here.

Diane Von Furstenburg

Does Diane Von Furstenburg ever fail to disappoint? The correct answer is no. Each piece in the fall 2012 collection is fun, flirty, and feminine - exactly what you can count on from Von Furstenburg. I saw lots of jumpsuits, colors, and (of course) pattern play. A fun way to bring summer into fall without losing any of the playfulness.
View the entire collection here.

Erin Featherston

Long flowing gowns, sequins, and fun party dresses defined this season's collection. The girl wearing the fall 2012 Erin Featherston collection has too many holiday parties to attended, but more than enough outfits to show up at each on in style.
See the whole collection here.

Jason Wu

Pulling his inspiration from the orient, these pieces are strong with gorgeous embriodered details on lush fabrics. The first word that comes to mind for the Jason Wu collection is warrior. Even though I have never really been a fan of that Asian inspired fashion that was huge some time in the 90s, I would definitely mix and match a few pieces from this collection to add a little punch to my closet.
Find the collection here.


There is something oddly Katharine Hepburn about that first look. The fall 2012 Rodarte collection has straight, boxy shapes, yet is uniquely sweet and feminine at the same time. Something that I think is difficult to pull off. The fabrics, shapes, and hair make me think of updated war-era and I love every piece. I think Katharine would approve.
See the collection here.

Vera Wang

Vera Wang's fall 2012 collection is all about the neutrals, but she did some amazing things with pattern play and flowing fabrics that draw your eye without over powering it. What I wouldn't give just to be able to try on that last number. Doesn't it look amazingly light?
Find the collection here.


Another neutral heavy collection, it seems that the neon mania of 2011 is subsiding. To be honest, I wasn't overly impressed with the Philosophy collection, however I did enjoy the interplay of metallics with neutrals. The shapes were retro and classic, yet mixed with some heavy menswear influences. I could see pulling pieces out and mixing them, but as a whole it was a bit too bland for my tastes.
Find the collection here.

Rebecca Minkoff

Any time I see the first outfit in a collection and think "Are those sequin pants?", it is immediately a win. That's why I'm giving Rebecca Minkoff's fall 2012 collection three thumbs up! Granted, I'm completely biased because I have a huge girl crush on her at the moment, but take a look for yourself and tell me if you don't agree. I love the bright (not neon) colors mixed with bold prints. Everything about this collections is ready-to-wear. I could easily see girls walking through the streets of downtown Chicago wearing every one of these pieces.
Find the collection here.

So there you have it, some of my favorite deisgners from New York Fashion Week Fall 2012. What were some of your favorite looks?
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