Sunday, February 27, 2011

Look I Stole: Jessica Alba

My sister and I constantly check out celebrity photos from the website to check out which celebrity outfits we can recreate exactly so that dressing for work is easier another day. They do the work so we don't have to think if we are lucky enough to own similar pieces. Happily, my first example for you is easy for anyone to copy. I recreated this exact look over the weekend and my grandpa told me I looked so New York chic, the ultimate compliment from a style savvy 94 year old. I substituted the black blazer for a black leather jacket, wore my blue and white striped H&M tunic and nubby grey snood, tights, and booties.  

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Inspiration Board: Stylish New Yorkers listed the 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers today and the article was the best thing to ever happen to me during a work day.  I spent 20 glorious minutes poring over each photo of the painfully cool (and probably take themselves too seriously) New Yorkers that have access to designer duds among fashion's elite.

Jeff Laub, owner of The Blind Barber. Rawr, hey sexy.

Andrew Mukamel, formerly of "Kell on Earth," I miss you on my tv set each week.

Jenne Lombardo is everything I wish to be. I love her tough, goth style and attitude. The fact that she shaved her head in the middle of a photo shoot, awe-inspiring.

South Carolina's finest Kwesi Blair made the cut!! Cutie patootie and well deserved.

Olivia Palermo, need I say more?

Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller. That bow feels very Rachel Berry chic.

Reece Soloman, designer of Reece Hudson handbags. Her hair is how I dream mine to look as I grow out my highlights and pretend I'm tapping into the ombre trend, instead of too cheap to pay for another round of foils.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Support Apple to Support Justin Long

That's right kids, I switched over from a PC and today is the first day of the rest of my life. Clearly I need to accessorize my new accessory, the MacBook. What's more frivolous than picking out a computer bag?  I feel less silly if I convince myself that summer is just around the corner and I could totally double duty the purchase as a beach bag.....right?
J. Crew Vogue Print Canvas Tote, $10

Heritage Leather Co. Canvas Utility Bag, $37

Mar Y Sol Valencia Bag, $98

Michael Stars Calypso Tote, $85

And the always classic, LL Bean Canvas Monogrammed Tote in Medium, $20.95

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Olivia Palermo for Tibi SS11 Campaign

This is what perfection truly looks like. 

Download: Sleigh Bells

By now I'm sure you've noticed there is never an MTV show I shy away from, and Skins is no different. I am totally hooked. Its what I imagine my life might have been if I gone to public school instead of sheltered and sexily dressed in uniform at private school. But the thing that really stuck with me was the song used in the teasers on MTV leading up to the premiere. "Kids" by Sleigh Bells has been on repeat on my ipod for weeks now, its your turn to get hooked. Enjoy.  

Get it, Gurl

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A woman after my own stomach heart. Respect.

Obsession of the Moment: Long Sleeve Mini Dress

I've been thinking I'd like to pick out a dress or two with long sleeves to carry me through the next two months, when it goes from freezing to tolerable in the blink of an eye. This way I can get away wearing four times before I am truly called out from facebook photos. I can wear it twice with two different tights (perhaps a solid, then a pattern?) and then space out two times (MAX) where I banish tights and expose the gams before the dress is relegated to the back of my closet. Now I am not blind, I understand that one of the chosen dresses has only one long sleeve but just go with it people.

ASOS Scallop Detail Shift Dress, $62.76

Bat Your Lashes One Shoulder Dress, $32

ASOS Printed Bell Sleeve Dress, $62.76

Young Fabulous & Broke Angel Dress, $129.50

Madison Marcus Edge Long Sleeve Dress, $241.50

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Red Carpet Awards: Grammys


Florence Welch
Normally I am not supportive of some hippie dippie boho look on any red carpet, but I was surprised by how cool I thought her look was. Would I rock it? Hellz no, but there is something dreamy about it that keeps it just this side of intriguing instead of tacky. 

Julianne Hough
I love that she's back to her bleach blonde roots. Feeling the colors and serious cleavage with this dress.

Ricky Martin
Tight silver pants? Pure. Sex. Leave it to a gay man to upstage tons of women on the red carpet and snag a top spot on my list.

Amber Riley
You better WERK, gurl. That's my best Rupal impression that clearly doesn't translate in blogging.
She be lookin all kinds of fierce in that tight get up.

Jennifer Lopez
YESSSS. There is a reason I worship this woman so much that in my University of Miami entrance interview, when I was asked who is my role model, I blurted out "Jennifer Lopez!" I was able to spin it by discussing her branding and entrepreneurship, but really its cause I relate to her kickin curves, fly dance moves and sexpot style.

Love me some Lea Michele, gotta continue to support a fellow member of the tribe.


Jordin Sparks
Really?! You had this monstrosity on and thought, "Damn, I look good."

Kim Kardashian
I know this is kind of blasphemy since my love for the KDash sister trinity runs deep, but this just seemed too forced, J. Lo does it better

Willow Smith
Is it terrible that I have a burning desire to punch a 9 year, seriously.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Model Stalker: Reality Stars

If you watch enough bad reality as I do, you begin to recognize the faces in their post-tv endeavors. My favorite are seeing models trying to make it big on my favorite online shopping sight or in a magazine. That and spotting former Real World-ers trying to live normal lives, like when I saw Paula "Walnuts" from the Real World: Key West bartending at some dive sports bar in Chelsea.  Lately I came across a few images of former reality girls trying to find success in the modeling world, and thought I would play "Where are they now?" with some of the C-List faces.

MTV's "The City"
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Allie has modeled for a bunch of online retailers like Shopbop and Revolve Clothing, but recently her images on Revolve were actually removed from the website because of her lollipop stature (big head, stick figure) and concern for her health.....hope you can get it together girl, sometimes a tasty burger really hits the spot and can change you life.

MTV's "8th and Ocean"
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Ah, Heide. The girl who made a short but splashy appearance on the one and only season of my FAVE modeling show. She was the little harlett who stole Teddy from Brie. While others from that show have come and fizzled out from the modeling world, she still consistently works and is most recently the face in the Treseme ads.

"America's Next Top Model: Season 7"
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Can barely call herself a model, but at least she recently snagged herself Jim Carrey?


The success story. Mallory went on to model for J. Crew, Abercrombie and Fitch, and even had a steamy stint as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Her slammin body makes me hate every ounce of late night ramen I've ever eaten. All that AND she used to date hottie Ace from her seaon? JEALOUS.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Man Meat: James Marsden

James Marsden in the Spring '11 lookbook for Band of Outsiders. He is to die for....those cheekbones....swoon. Plus some of the images are pretty funny, bonus points. I have loved him since his teen thriller days of Disturbing Behavior in the late 90s and fell completely head over heels after his role in 27 Dresses. All together now ladies, with feeling......SIGH. Total dreamboat.


*images from Band of Outsiders

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I Love Lamp

I must give props where props are due. Katie Clifford, I salute you. She purchased this lamp from Pier 1 and every time I am at her apartment, I can't stop lusting after it (strange, I know. But when you ain't got no man, these are the things that get your motor running). I love the soft ivory color, and the trim on the shade. For an object that can generally be pretty boring, there is nothing boring about this lamp. Totally makes me want to move just so I can have an excuse to decorate around it. While I have zero room in my tiny New York apartment for more objects, I hope one of you helps find this pretty lamp a nice home.

Ivory Tassel Table Lamp, $99

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On The Hunt: Snake Bracelet

Well dear readers, I was given another task and I think I have cultivated a lovely selection to choose from. When my friend Anella asked me to help her find a snake bangle, it called to mind a shopping mistake I made a few months back that I can't forget. ASOS had an adorable and affordable black snake bangle with emerald eyes, but for whatever reason I held out on buying. BIG MISTAKE! That hot piece sold out in a heartbeat and I still mourn the loss to this day. Anella, hope you have better luck than I with one of the below.

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1. Rachel Zoe Slinky Snake Cuff, $39.84
2. The Met Store Snake Bracelet, $85
3. Bebe Snake Wrap Bracelet, $24
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Serpent Bangle, $57.72
5. Alkemie Textured Snake Bangle, $155

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Brand Obsession: Elizabeth Cole

I was introduced to this brand through my stylish friend Katie Wright a couple of years ago, and I must thank her for helping me find the gorgeous crystal buckle bracelet that has carried me through countless cocktail parties. I love the heavy glam statement jewelry, full of chunky metals and crystals. For someone who tends to make her jewels the focus of an outfit when my closet seems utterly devoid of options, this brand is right up my alley. Easy outfits made with the slap of a bracelet to the wrist or sliding on a door knocker ring. Below are some of my current favs:

Dagger Earrings, $88
Mini Mohawk Posts, $118

Ram Head Ring, $173

Braided Chain and Black Crystal Bracelet, $338