July 24, 2012

Ameila Earheart: Well-Dressed Feminist

Today on Ameila Earhart’s birthday, we celebrate the accomplishments of  an inspiring woman who made history.  As a pilot and author, her journeys set records and won her distinguished awards. She helped women achieve their dreams of entering the aviation field by helping establish The Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots and as a counselor at Purdue University. Amelia was able to break the barriers of gender and gain the respect she deserved in a male dominated field.

Here’s how you can recreate the look of the “queen of the air,” who has become such an American icon.

(Haute Hippie Pants, The Row Jacket, Topshop Scarf, Rag & Bone Shirt, MICHAEL KORS belt, LeBunny Bleu Oxfords, Belstaff Jacket)

July 24, 2012

Is this real– Period Tracker Lite?

Ok, so if anyone follows my blog you could probably guess that I am not that hip with technology, yes I can navigate my macbook enough to successfully maneuver the Adobe Suite, but I recently got my first iPhone, which is sadly just a 3GS. Anyway, the other day when I was at work, my coworker announced that there were 5 days left until her period. This particular statement did not seem strange to me until she showed me her iPhone screen that was covered in pink hearts and a tracker that clearly said “5 days left until your period.” My first reaction was, what the hell? I was totally put-off by the happy faces and butterflies. I mean first of all if my period is in five days I better have some stormy clouds and trolls, amiright?

Another comical aspect of this app is that the description says it is “simple and cute.”  Let me reiterate that there is nothing cute about a period.  I also don’t understand the relevance of the tree branch, but clearly I don’t get this, and as I researched this app I found there is a Lite and Deluxe version.  I understand that some ladies need to track their monthly visitor, but why does it have to look like this? I think it is a true reflection of the weird culture we have developed around menstruation– from “girly” Kotex commercials to “cute” period apps.

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May 31, 2012

Wisharawish Akarasantisook– Your New Favorite Designer

The Mango Fashion Awards chose it’s winner, Wisharawish Akarasantisook, yesterday at the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) in Barcelona after narrowing finalists down from over 250 entries from allover the world. The most recent 4th edition of the prestigious contest, occurs now every 18 months, seeking out the newest designers in fashion under 35 and  awarding them €300,000 to live their dream.

Wisharawish, is a designer from Bangkok, Thailand. I watched the video of his pieces and it pretty much blew my mind, the guy is a genius. In the video he speaks of incorporating an animal motif onto human bodies.  I really can’t wait to see what he does in the future. See for yourself…

May 24, 2012

I Heart “Pounou Hearts You”

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I have gone entirely too long without updating my blog, but life in the city has definitely taken a toll on my free time. Working in SoHo has proven to be a blessing and a curse. I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful fashion and design the city has to offer, but I spend entirely way too much time wondering what meals I can skip so that I can purchase them.

Regardless, the work I am in allows me to be exposed to a lot of different designers, many of which are based in New York City and stop in every once in awhile to see how things are going. This week I had the pleasure of meeting the illustrator behind the Pounou hearts you blog. Everyday she uploads a hand drawn illustration of Pounou and her chihuahua Em’Bo carrying out everyday situations. Each character has it’s own personality and the site provides some descriptions of the very relatable and comical characters that are used in her pieces (spoiler: Em’Bo is based off of her real life pup). The quirky and girly style is so adorable you will absolutely fall in love with it.

Pounou and her buddies are also featured on greeting cards, cosmetic cases and coin purses that you can purchase on Etsy or if you live in NYC you can find them at different markets listed on the blog. They are very unique and perfect for friends or significant others on special occasions.

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May 1, 2012

Thursday Friday Bags for Everyday of the Week

Living in New York means that you pretty much automatically become a bag lady (or man). I truly feel that I am constantly lugging around totes full of groceries, laundry etc. etc. and it is only a matter of time before I must adopt an abandoned shopping cart to transport my belongings. Well, as I was shopping around in SoHo this weekend I stumbled upon a little ray of sunshine called the Together bag by Thursday Friday. This bag is a flexible and roomy tote that has the print of what appears to be a designer purse, what the designers refer to as an “anti-status status symbol.”  

Not to mention, Thursday Friday is run by two smart and awesome ladies, Roni Brunn and Olena Sholomytska.  The trend for spring is bright bags so you can really kill two birds with one stone, functional and fashionable. Love it! The bags run about $65, but it’s a small price to pay when you can feel chic toting bags around the city. They also have a pretty cool blog, check it out here.

May 1, 2012

HELMUT by Helmut Lang

So, I don’t know about you, but Helmut Lang’s asymmetrical cuts and drapey fabrics are enough to make me drool. The only downside to Helmut Lang is that the pieces are usually pretty pricey, but good news, there is now going to be a capsule collection called HELMUT where T-shirts are more like $90 instead of $150. No, I don’t have $90 to spend on a T-shirt, but lower prices means lower sales prices and what’s not to love about that! Yay. Here’s a few pieces that you can purchase here before the line is even released in stores .

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April 20, 2012

Another Post About the Whiteness of Girls

Even before the premiere of ‘Girls’ last Sunday, the show seemed to be hyped up by every media outlet.  Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy was even named “the ballsiest show on TV” on an April New York Magazine cover.  Although the show stayed true to the awkward and ironic style of her film Tiny Furniture, it sure disappointed a lot of people.

It is almost kicking a dead horse to keep posting about the whitewashed portrayal of Dunham’s group of friends and well, New York as whole, but of course I have to weigh-in. The first time I stumbled upon an article addressing the lack of racial diversity in the show, I was surprised I hadn’t noticed it myself. I spent hours writing a final paper in college about the lack of nonwhite characters in Sex and the City during my final semester in college.  I think it was necessary that people were criticizing what could potentially be a show of that stature for our generation.

Anyway, I guess the true controversy comes with the backlash that readers and writers have had defending the show. Things like “why does this have to be a representation of your life (nonwhite person)?” Lesley Arfin, one of the writers behind the show, was brilliant enough to tweet “What really bothered me about Precious was that there was no representation of me.” I love sarcasm.

I mean I don’t think that there needs to be one person of color to every white person, but is a group of all white friends and a cameo from an Asian that’s good at Photoshop really represent our generation? Definitely not mine. To be completely honest, most of my friends can’t even afford HBO to watch the show.

At least MTV’s ‘I Just Want My Pants Back’, which also revolves around 20-somethings in Brooklyn had an interracial couple.  Some people can’t understand why it is important to incorporate underrepresented groups in shows. They name all the other shows that have all white casts, only making the point more obvious. I think  with all the high expectations that people made surrounding ‘Girls’, the fact that is wasn’t more ballsy, when it came to going beyond an all white cast, is pretty disappointing.

April 19, 2012

Travel Style

Over the years I have found myself traveling more than ever and making a lot of mistakes when it comes to picking my en route outfit. Although going on a trip can sometimes be stressful, picking out what you are going to wear can be very fun! I always try to look my best when traveling, but also stay comfortable. I never know where I am going to get swept off to once I arrive, so I have to be prepared.

No matter what season I am traveling, I always find that I am freezing on the way to my destination. In order to combat any extreme temperatures, I plan my outfit in layers. This can also be helpful if the weather at your destination is warmer or cooler.

 Shoes are very important decisions. They must be cute but practical. I have tried to travel in heels, but I have learned the hard way that this is not the best choice. A ballet flat or loafer will due the trick.

It is also important to pick fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily, you don’t want to arrive looking all crumpled. This is why I usually stick to a chic skinny jean instead of a skirt. As far as make-up goes, I usually try to keep it simple, but reapplying a fresh coat of lipstick can really liven up your look and keep you fresh.

 Overall, color choice should be neutral because you may be transitioning from day to night during your travels.

April 17, 2012

Summer Festival Chic

Coachella opened this past weekend, providing us with an array of fashion dos and don’ts for music festival season. This is a time of year that I look forward to not only for the amazing performances, but also to see what everyone else is wearing! It is very important to keep comfortable, cool and chic.  Check out these outfits I put together for looking summer festival fashionable.

This outfit is for total comfort. Shorts are great because you have a lot of flexibility and less worry when it comes to sitting and moving around.  A tank will keep you cool when those temperatures are scorching and a headband can keep the hair out of your face!

This look is a little less laid back, but still comfortable. The backpack is a great item because their tends to be a lot of vendors and handouts at festivals. A short floral dress is always a go-to when the weather gets warm and it looks super cute! Jazz it up with an ankle boot and some earrings and you can look simple chic.

This outfit is definitely cute for a day at a festival. The long maxi is cozy, but if you have plans for night it can be a great transitional piece. The floppy hat will shield you from the suns rays and the wedge sandal can also transition great for your plans after the show.

 

April 16, 2012

Short Shorts

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Short shorts have definitely made their way back on and off the runway. Although I love this look, because for one thing it reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw, I am very weary to sport the booty short. How short is too short? I have experimented over the years with different short lengths and well most of the time, as cute as they can be, shorts can be extremely uncomfortable and unpractical for wearing in public, especially if you have a little junk in the trunk.

Thinking back, I haven’t ever really seen anyone sporting this look, except for the scantily clad American Apparel girls and celebrities, but it never looks quite as classy as the runway. I am definitely not the conservative type, but when is it okay to show a little cheek? I mean I am not planning on going to a roller rink or disco anytime soon. Anyway to anyone daring to rock the hot pant, I say, “You go girl.”

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