Thursday, April 29, 2010

Preach, Coco!


If you're like me, you love a good book. Even better if it's filled with life lessons imparted by none other than the fashion queen herself, Coco Chanel. The book is titled "The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman" written by Karen Karbo and features tons of tidbits on how to achieve a glamorous life while keeping true to yourself and acting in a presentable way.

 
The best parts of this super cute book are the hand-drawn illustrations by Chesly McLaren that fill up the pages. So swanky and fabulous, this book book would make a great gift for any fashionable female! Some Coco pearls of wisdom include " A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future" and " Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door." Read it. Learn it. Love it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lazy Locks

I am extremely lazy when it comes to grooming. The less I have to do in the morning, the better. My makeup routine is super simple and has been the same since high school. I've fine tuned it enough to be able to apply foundation, bronzer, mascara and eyeliner on my way to work. I pride myself on my ability to make myself look presentable in a snap, but doing my hair is another story.

I wash my hair once during the work week and once on the weekend (if I'm really feeling productive). It doesn't get greasy until about day 4, after which I put it up in a ponytail. I'm so sick of the average high pony and needed to find new ways of concealing the grease without having to wear a hat, especially to work. Here are a few styles that are perfect for a girl on-the-go or just for someone craving a new summertime look.

Kim Kardashian definitely wins points for perfecting the slick-back pony, making it look sleek and stylish without looking like she tried too hard. This look works best when the ponytail has been flat-ironed or else your scalp will look too slick and clash with the voluminous cascade in the back.

If you have to get ready for a special occasion but don't have time to do a quick blow-dry, this look will make you look like you stepped out of a salon for little-to-no effort.

The side braid has been done and doesn't do much to detract from your oily locks, but this wraparound braid undoubtedly inspired by Swiss milkmaids is a new twist on a classic. The texture of the braid will add texture to a greasy scalp and draw attention to the funky halo-like plait around your head.


Another great look from my favorite fashionista, the head scarf look is perfect for day or night and requires the littlest effort. Just take a wide, patterned scarf and wrap around your head, close to the hairline and partially covering your forehead to hide the greasiest part of your hair. You can keep this look as casual or as sophisticated as you wish, incorporating designer accessories to add haute flair.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Clogs, Ja?

After accepting harem pants, bubble shorts and high-waisted bottoms on the fashion forefront, designers are trying to round out the tacky trifecta in a stylish way. Don't get me wrong, I will totally rock any and all of those recent trends, but I definitely remember getting a few crooked glances the first time I wore skinny jeans in college. So, what's next on the radar for summer? Curiously clunky and seriously stylish clogs. They give off a natural and feminine feel that will transform your warm weather outfit into a luxe bohemian ensemble. What's great is that you don't have to go all out with the trend to rock the look. It's super easy to incorporate this style into your everyday wardrobe without looking like a Dutch folk dancer.

 
Steve Madden "Daynty" Clog, $99, SteveMadden.com

 Jeffrey Campbell "Charlie" Clog, $126, LorisShoes.com


Miu Miu Cat Print Clogs, $495, Net-A-Porter.com

Hervé Léger "Freida" Cork Clogs, $525, Net-A-Porter.com

Elizabeth and James Woven Slingback Clogs, $425, Saks.com

Miu Miu Suede and Wooden Clogs, $495, Net-A-Porter.com

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Motel Chic

 Though Victoria Beckham isn't my top fashion idol, I do love her dry wit and impeccable style. She always looks great and always gets it right. Here she is in the May 2010 Vogue Germany shot by Alexi Lubomirski looking every bit the classy broad in this gritty glam spread. Who else would look this put-together stranded in a drive-thru town?

Zac Posen for Target

Since we're on the topic of haute retail, The Cut and Nitrolicious posted pics and prices for the upcoming Zac Posen for Target collection which, in my opinion, is the most developed and stylish since Proenza Schouler's collaboration 2006. I hope these pieces look as good in person as they do online. The most interesting detail about this line is that it feels like a full and cohesive collection with relevant prints and on-trend fabrics such as chambray. The volume of the Two-Piece Ruffle dress is to-die-for. The dress was made to be worn in four different ways. I love the fully ruffled skirt. It's definitely on my style radar this season.

Sailor Dress in Tiger Print – $39.99 | Braided Belt in Black – $24.99 | Snap Tape Dress in Blue – $69.99

 Tuxedo Jacket in Black – $49.99 | Pleated-Sleeve Top in White – $29.99 | Tuxedo Pants in Black – $39.99 | Scarf in Safety-Pin Print – $24.99 | Gown in Safety-Pin Print – $69.99 

Two-Piece Ruffled Dress in Red – $79.99 | Tank Dress in Tie-Dye Print – $29.99 | Two-Piece Ruffled Dress in Navy/Black – $79.99

 Pleated Tie Top in Pink/Tie-Dye Print – $34.99 | Ruched Skirt in Black – $34.99 | Braided Belt in Black – $24.99 | Zac Tee in Tie-Dye Print – $19.99 | Tuxedo Skirt in Black – $39.99 

 Short-Sleeve Top in Safety Pin Print – $26.90 | Chambray Bermuda Shorts in Blue – $27.99 | Braided Belt in Blue/Pink – $24.99 | Chambray Dress in Blue – $39.99 | Zac Lipstick Tee in Red – $16.99 | Braided Belt in Black – $24.99

 Cardigan in Black – $49.99 | Zac Lipstick Tank in White – $16.99 | Tuxedo Pants in Black – $39.99 | Moto Leather Jacket in Red – $199.99 | Tuxedo Bodysuit in Black – $34.99 | Braided Belt in Black – $24.99 | Tuxedo Skirt in Black – $39.99

 Sweater Dress in Black – $49.99 | Brocade Tie Dress in Floral Print – $74.99

 Cardigan in Black – $49.99 | Ruched Halter Bikini Top in Black/Gold – $19.99 | Brocade Skirt in Floral Print – $49.99 | Braided Belt in Black – $24.99 | Halter Dress in Black/Gold – $49.99 | Braided Belt in Black – $24.99

 One-Piece Halter Swimsuit in Black/Gold – $39.99 | Low-V One-Piece Swimsuit in Red – $34.99 | Scarf in Safety-Pin Print – $24.99

 Dress in Polka-Dot Print – $39.99 | Braided Belt in Blue/Pink – $24.99 | Pleated-Sleeve Top in Polka-Dot Print – $29.99 | Low-V One-Piece Swimsuit in Tie-Dye Print – $34.99

Raincoat in Yellow – $49.99 | Ruched Skirt in Black – $34.99

{Photos courtesy of Nitrolicious}

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Festival Fashion

If you were lucky enough to go to Coachella this year, I'm jealous of you. From Beyonce's surprise duet w/ Jay-Z to my personal favorite, The Temper Trap, there was a lot of magic swirling in the desert air. Every year, the guys and gals who attend the music festival put on their best bohemian garb from braided leather headbands to crochet dresses and sway to whatever is running in their system. I always pay attention to the outfits that celebs pick for such a low-key festival. I personally love B's casual cut-off shorts outfit and Kate Bosworth's boho-chic tie-dye sundress. What would you wear?

Check out my ideal Coachella outfit via Polyvore...




Beyonce

Kate Bosworth & Alexander Skarsgard

                   Pink                                                       Paris & Nicky Hilton
Daisy Lowe (Gavin Rossdale's daughter)

Agyness Deyn

Chloe Sevigny

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cartoon Couture

How would a floor-length organza gown look in 2-D? Elle España has answered the call for cartoon couture in this innovative and interesting spread that transforms top designers into Disney characters, complete with identifying characteristics that are both comical and creative.

Karl Lagerfeld

Alber Elbaz (Lanvin)

Marc Jacobs

Donatella Versace

Jean Paul Gaultier

John Galliano

Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana

{Photos courtesy of Elle Espana}

Cynthia Vincent for Target

I love a good bargain and love that Target teams up with high fashion designers to give everyone a chance to own a great handbag or a fierce pair of shoes for a fraction of the price. I have been so excited about the most recent Cynthia Vincent collection that debuts this Sunday, April 18. Though some pieces have already been released (and sold out) on Target.com, I can't wait to sit outside my local Target to snag a pair of these DIVINE spring and summer shoes! Here are my picks before I start getting excited about the Zac Posen for Target collection. Which ones tickle your fancy?

These printed wedges are first on my list!


The solid, bright yellow wedges come in at a close second:


The flats are TO DIE FOR and I can see myself wearing them all spring and summer:

...and I already have a couple of gladiator sandals but wouldn't be opposed to snapping these up for the upcoming warm weather:

I can't wait to (possibly) own a pair of Cynthia Vincent for Target shoes! How great would those printed wedges look with a black or white summer dress? I love the hardware and gladiator details on the yellow wedges. A fresh pop of color never hurt a fun springtime soiree...

{Photos courtesy of Target.com}
 
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