Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Wishes

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{1} That I can indulge in the fluff of the past and stay there for a while or forever.

{2} That I can put on a smile and get my job done without losing sight of my bigger responsibilities.

{3} That I can see the silver lining in every cloud (go away, grey skies).

{4} That I can appreciate even the smallest gifts (I do).

{5} That I don't spend half my monthly salary on online shopping next month.

{6} That I will make more time to listen to my mom vent about her day.

{7} That I will take an active role in planning my future.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lost in the Hollywood Hills

Young, beautiful, soft, lonely, ethereal, light, easy, blank, contemplative, whimsical, free.











Monday, September 26, 2011

On the List

Oh, how I love pretty little things. My fall wish list keeps expanding and my paycheck just can't keep up! The Cambridge Satchel Company Pink Fluro Satchel (13") has been on my list since early summer, when every blogger/fashionista decided to adopt one and take it around town on paparazzi playdates. Optional embossed monogramming? Yes, please!! It's the only item on this list that doesn't come in my preferred shade of "muted."






That said, this fall is all about the statement piece: the statement necklace, statement handbag, statement shoe. Hell, if you can incorporate a crazy-cool pair of olive green wide-leg pants into your fall wardrobe, you're golden! Animal-inspired accessories, heavily textured jewelry, and totally tantalizing footwear are DEFINITELY on my list. What's on your fall wish list? Tell me!

1. Michael Kors Lizard Effect Leather Saddle Bag
2. Stella and Dot Pegasus Necklace
3. Forever 21 Wide Leg Pant
4. Miu Miu Glitter and Suede Peep-Toe Ankle Boot
5. Yves Saint Laurent Arty Gold-Plated Glass Ring
6. Cambridge Satchel Company Pink Fluro Satchel

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday Style Envy - Hanneli Mustaparta


Are lace shorts over? I don't think so. I still haven't gotten a pair and if Hanneli says they're still in, then they're still in. Look! She's even rocking the color that has painted the runways with a bold burst of sunshininess all season. And only the most fashionably responsible ladies wear orange. She somehow manages to turn this spiffy "so now" outfit casual enough for a lazy stroll with those rugged ankle boots (similar here).

Anywho, this week couldn't have passed any slower. I can't wait to rest and recoup this weekend. Much needed. Maybe I'll find somewhere fun to wear this flirty, feminine, and oh-so-cool daytime outfit. Shouldn't be too tough. Ta ta!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday Style Envy - Emma Stone Red Carpet

Ahh, it's FINALLY the weekend! Time to get personal: I eventually recovered from the "Cold from Hell," even though, while I was writhing and hallucinating on my sickbed, there was no end in sight. Well, it kinda went away and then came back with a tiny vengeance. I guess it's just not ready to graduate. So now, I'm resting up before heading to a "WTF are you wearing?" party, which I am so looking forward to, mostly because I get to ignore all the rules of fashion and comply with the only rule, which is "wear something that makes someone say, 'WTF??'"

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Someone I will NOT be looking to for inspiration is Emma Stone at the Venice Film Festival in this vibrant, mustard yellow Roland Mouret "Maxim" textured-silk lace wedding dress from fall 2011. The color is perfect for the redhead, who paired the gown with the most intensely rockin' Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Alexander McQueen clutch. I'm green yellow with envy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursty Thursdays - "Who Wants Jell-O Shots?" Classy Edition

I was never really socially adventurous in college. I hated apartment parties (claustrophobic; violated air space), I've never done a keg stand (everyone sharing the same spigot? Ew.), and I certainly never woke up after a night of debauchery and embarrassed myself by walking shamefully down frat row (germs, duh). That said, I never trusted barely-twentysomethings with their homemade Jell-O shots and the potential bacteria that lied therein. I mean, who knows what they touched before they handled that jiggly, alcohol-soaked mold? I think I may have just diagnosed myself with Howard Hughes disease.

Colorblocked for your pleasure. Food can be fashionable!

In an effort to relive my youth and "live the life" (are they still saying that these days?) I found a grown-up alternative to salmonella-laced, Red 4-soaked cubes of set gelatin. The best part? They're so super gorgeous, that you can still serve them at your rockin' adult parties! Go Bruins!

BRAMBLE JELLY SHOTS
Recipe by Toby Cecchini and reprinted from the NYT Magazine Blogs
For the float:
6 ounces crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur)
7 grams (1 packet) Knox unflavored gelatin
1 package (3 ounces) grape-flavored Jell-O gelatin
1 cup hot water
In a small mixing bowl, sprinkle the Knox and the Jell-O into the hot water and stir until completely dissolved, 5 to 7 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir in the crème de mûre. In a small, nonreactive baking dish or loaf pan, pour a few drops of cooking oil (grapeseed works well) and wipe out with a paper towel, coating the entire vessel with the barest layer. Pour blackberry float mixture in and set to chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to overnight, making certain it is level.
For the gin sour:
1 cup gin (lemon infused) (Note: vodka may be substituted!)
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
28 grams (4 packets) Knox unflavored gelatin
1 cup hot water.
Juice enough lemons to give you 2/3 cup juice, keeping the hulls as you squeeze. Roughly chop the squeezed hulls and put them in a coverable container along with the gin and the lemon juice. Leave at room temperature for at least 2 hours. It’s a good idea to do this before starting the float, so that by the time that has firmed up, your infusion is ready to go. When the float layer is firm, bloom the gelatin in the hot water by sprinkling it slowly while stirring, and continuing stirring until fully dissolved. Add the sugar and stir until that is also fully dissolved. Strain the gin mixture off from the lemon hulls through a fine sieve or chinoise and add it into the gelatin mixture, stirring well. Over a spoon, so as not to gouge a divot in the float layer, pour the lemon sour mix onto the float layer and return to refrigerator, again checking for levelness. Chill overnight. When ready to serve, cut into squares, or use a cookie cutter for shapes, and pull up carefully, using a cake spatula to get under the float layer. Garnish with a blackberry and/or a thin wedge of candied lemon. Or simply slurp.
 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rachel Zoe S/S 2012 Collection

Before her delicious and addictive reality show, which drove us ba-nanas for her catchy reactionary statements and enviable personal style, Rachel Zoe was just an average, everyday Hollywood stylist. Well, not really. She put Nicole Richie on the style map with her retro boho-glam style (practically reinventing the maxi dress and oversized sunglass trend), took Cameron Diaz from beach bunny to red carpet coquette and convinced a nerdy and bookish Anne Hathaway to ditch the Birkenstocks for Balenciaga. It's a mystery why she hasn't designed her own collection before now. What strikes me about this line is its seamless transition from tailored to high-glam pieces that recall the essence of the '70s, of Bardot and Hepburn, of the signature Zoe aesthetic that continues to shut. it. down.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NYFW, I Love You (This Time, I Promise)

Ok, so I lied yesterday. I'm kinda sorta in love with some more NYFW gems. I thought about it and got out of the conformist headspace that I tend to live in during the day. But, in my fashion fantasies, I'm not afraid to clash, crop, and kick ass in mixed prints, multiple layers, and slits up to there.

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff's show was one of the most wearable collections I saw this season, with her impeccably executed sheers and the color of the season - orange! Normally not one to gravitate towards color (esp. bold ones), this is one hue I can get used to. The silhouettes were flattering and fit for everyday with a little bit of slouch to give it a high fashion feel. Perfection!

Jenni Kayne

Did Jenni Kayne take a red pill (or was it blue?) and fall into Ralph Lauren's twentysomething daughter's daytime closet? I LOVE the urban chic feel of this collection! Believe me, it took me a while to pick and choose the three looks featured here. Carefully tailored denim trousers and structured-yet-fresh skirt suits were all the rage on this runway - perfect for a young professional with an eye for style. I mean. It's absolutely flawless.

Thakoon






Thakoon, Thakoon, Thakoon. Why must you torture us so with your quirky and cool collection? Bollywood meets Wild West? Genius! Though I would never dream of combining all of these patterns at once, I would love to incorporate pops of print in my closet. What I'm loving most? The wide shorts that kinda look like skirts, but are fresh and modern and perfect for a risk-taking fashionista.

Peter Som
Wow. Neon feathers? Sold. There is something so flirty and feminine about plumage and I loved the simplicity of the silhouettes at Peter Som. He accomplished something that most designers don't ever master: the ability to take monochromatic looks and mix them in a way that makes them pop. Oh, and that simple and sexy evening gown? Come on. That's the sexiest t-shirt I've ever seen! Leave it to a dude...

Zac Posen

If I were a famous actress invited to any red carpet event this season, I would look no further than Mr. Posen's perfectly poised evening gowns. How does he always kill it? Curve-hugging, architectural, soft, and structured. How does he do it? The grey dress with the sheer straps, plunging neckline, and fantastical mermaid hem...I have no words.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ten Looks From New York Fashion Week S/S 2012

Was it just me or were the Spring 2012 runways full of...not much? I hate to say it, but I feel like the looks were uninspired and a bit tired. Most pieces felt overdone and overexecuted and it was hard to really fall in love with anything. There were, however, 10 looks that stood out to me and I thought I'd share. These are in no particular order; I appreciate the detail and craftsmanship of each one. The styles and silhouettes are fresh, unique, and full of character. More to come on some of my very favorite picks!

L.A.M.B.

Prabal Gurung

Victoria Beckham

Kelly Wearstler

EDUN

Christian Siriano

Derek Lam
Jason Wu

Kevork Kiledjian

Jenni Kayne


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Style Envy - NYFW Street Style


I might be ahead of myself when I say I want to break out (and buy) the leather for the upcoming season. I want to turn on the seat warmers in my car. I want to cuddle with my down comforter and wake up with a frozen nose and warm body. California runs on a different schedule. California hates that I want to layer and legging (yes, it's a verb, look it up). California doesn't care that I am sick of shaving my legs and just want to hide under a chunky, cozy knit (and pants to spare you all from the permafur). And California laughs at my attempts at dressing for a chilly summer day/night out. Shorts, a long sleeve, and ballet flats? California scoffs.

Check out my fave fall look (Leandra of The Man Repeller) to help this cool Californian (Gigi of La Petite Gigi) transition from the scorching hot, hot heat of summer to the quite warm and oddly stormy mugginess of pre-fall. Leather shorts, a long utility vest, and cut-out leather booties to combat chilly toe syndrome, a phrase I'm certain was shopped around as a possible grunge band name in the early 90s. The best thing about this look? The neutral color palette is the best canvas for chunky jewelry and a bright, tribal print satchel (I WANT!). Thanks, Leandra, for letting me steal this look!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Model Moments: Karlie Kloss


Supermodels are named such to reflect their supremacy, a quality that is extensively glorified on the covers and in the pages of the world's glossiest magazines. To me, the term represents a celestial being, evocative of an otherworldly beauty, a lovely outcast of our average society, almost worthy of divine elevation. One of these cosmic beauties is Karlie Kloss, who has very quickly become the shining star of the fashion industry at only 19 years old. This month, TIME Magazine featured an inside look into Karlie's everyday life that reads like a modern fashion fairytale. The photo essay showed the front, back, and inbetween of her daily life, including a glimpse of the ethereal beauty in her magical prom dress (Dior, of course) and exhausted on her bed after a long day of mugging for the media. To be a fly on the wall...


Backstage at Dior

Dior


Pre-prom



Surrounded by stylists


Exhausted

At home in St. Louis

Teenage dream

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursty Thursdays - Bacon-Infused Vodka

If you haven't noticed, we try to do things a bit differently here at Gigi HQ. Why read about something here if you can find it somewhere/everywhere else? This is why I often struggle to update this ol' thing: I'm not as original as I think I am. As I come to terms with that, let me turn your attention to something you probably have probably probably never heard of before. Bacon-infused vodka. People try to infuse vodka with EVERYTHING these days. Mostly fruit. They've never really thought to add a deep and smoky bite to something already so sharp. I'm not sure if this is something I would necessarily try, but it would be a great mixer for martinis, bloody marys, and even fruit-flavored cocktails.


Modified from Heartland, The Cookbook,  by Judith Fertig.

2 slices thick-cut, smoked bacon
1 1/2 cups of vodka
1 tablespoon whole peppercorn

Identify a jar that will hold 1 1/2 cups of liquid with extra room for bacon and pepper. 

  • Cut two slabs of bacon in half, so they will fit, upright, into your jar with room to put on the lid.
  • Fry the bacon until cooked but not burned. Fry a few extra slices and have some as a snack, because the smell of frying bacon will drive you mad with want.
  • Remove the bacon and put it on a paper towel to blot off some of the grease.
  • While it is still warm, put bacon into the jar with the whole peppercorn and the vodka and cover with a lid.
  • Let it steep in the fridge for 2 or 3 days, shaking every so often.
  • Remove and discard the bacon and peppercorn and skim off any stray fat, which should be solidified.
  • Store in the fridge, and use in place of regular vodka for Bloody Marys
Tips: The combination of fat and alcohol will surely congeal, so you can put the vodka into the freezer for a few hours after you remove the bacon to make sure the fat is solidified, and then strain it out.

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