Archive for February, 2012

February 22, 2012

Asymmetrical Maxi Must-Have

So, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I love anything asymmetrical. I think having a difference in lengths really spices up the silhouette of an outfit. When I saw asymmetrical maxi skirts and dresses trending for spring, I was so excited. I absolutely love the look! It shows a little bit of leg, but still gives the comfort of a long maxi skirt. Gotta have it.

This Funktional Doppler Skirt is so cute with a floral print . $145 at Revolve Clothing

I actually own this one, it looks best rocked with a striped tank. $19.80 at Forever 21

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February 21, 2012

Jane Fonda: Well-Dressed Feminist

To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.

Most people who think about Jane Fonda, probably recall the 1980s image of the fitness video guru in a unitard that left little to the imagination.  But, before becoming a workout icon, her early acting career was launched by movies like Barberella, which worked to, in a very interesting way, change the way women were viewed. Forty years later, Fonda co-founded the Women’s Media Center and has spoke out against female genital mutilation. In 2001, she even established her own organization called the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health.

During her many efforts to fight against patriarchy and improve the plight of women all over the world, it is no secret that Jane Fonda has also continued to have a great personal style. Making her obviously, a well-dressed feminist. Check out this interview with Fonda on feminist.com and this timeline of her iconic looks.

February 21, 2012

Flashing for Beads?

Today is Fat Tuesday the start of Mardi Gras in the good ol’ New Orleans. This occasion is significant in many ways, it marks the day before the start of Lent and is filled with feasting, parades and well, boobies. As I thought back to my childhood, Mardi Gras meant that my grandparents would send me an envelope full of colorful beads that they had collected during their time in Louisiana, how exactly they got them.. well I do not know. Anyway, the point is, Mardi Gras is an excuse for men to nag women, “show me your tits” to give them a five second show, 7th grade style, on Bourbon Street. So of course I wanted to find out, how did this become a tradition at Mardi Gras?

Here is an explanation from the Mardi Gras website:

Answer: As a fifth-generation New Orleanian, let me say this was never and is still not a tradition.  Saying it is “tradition” is like saying that people who get drunk and pass out on Bourbon Street are following tradition as well.

Thankfully, this does not occur everywhere in New Orleans during Mardi Gras — but just on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter area. An area known for its strip joints (where those interested in this sort of thing can see it year round). Let me explain why you may have heard this rumor. Within the last 10 or so years, a few spring-break age tourists visiting our city get drunk after the parades, go to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, and lose their inhibitions. The others are onlookers. The end result is that certain types of individuals are now attracted to the French Quarter in the evenings after the parades.

That was about the best explanation I could get. Unfortunately, this ten-year-old “tradition” can lead to exploiting women all in the name of 10 cent beads, which I must say are extremely tacky.

During my searching, I also stumbled upon a website that explained flashing as empowering to women? Oh yes, how empowering to show your boobs on command. It’s not women throwing beads to women, I am pretty sure this just another situation where patriarchy is in full-force.

To be sure, as Wilkie points out, Carnival has long provided a forum for women to express and celebrate their sexuality, thereby contesting society’s gender ideologies and hypocritical views of femininity. And, indeed, many flashers do seem to find the ritual empowering, even addictive. “Enticing the men to solicit them becomes a form of sexual control for the women…,” writes Wilkie. “While some women perceive the display of breasts to be merely a transaction to earn beads coveted within the Carnival atmosphere, men may perceive this willingness to mean that the women are symbolically for sale, that their bodies can be purchased. Likewise, women are just as likely to perceive men as easily manipulated into providing bead wealth. Through the control of her body, a woman can exercise sexual control over men.”

I think I could probably write a book on why this quote is so utterly disturbing, but I will forgo that for now. I would really like to know how do women feel about this..?

February 19, 2012

Long & Short: Blouses

As I gear up for the warmer weather, I am absolutely stocking up on the short front, long back blouses. I am a total fan of a crop top, but having a longer back just takes it to the next level.  If I had it my way, everything I owned would be asymmetrical. I am really  digging the look of a solid color asymmetrical blouse paired with a patterned short and wedge for summer.

Crochet Back Shirt- Forever 21 $15.80

Painted Desert Short- Need Supply $58.00

Dolce Vita Wedge- Piperlime $189.00

February 18, 2012

Zelda Kaplan: Well-Dressed Feminist

“I hope to let every girl know that she is somebody”

Zelda Kaplan, New York City fashionista and socialite, was sadly pronounced dead shortly after collapsing in the front row of a runway show during New York City Fashion week. At 95, Ms. Kaplan was known for her young spirit and endless partying. But, as we mourn the loss of an NYC fashion icon, it is also important to remember the other accomplishments of Kaplan’s life, including her work towards women’s rights.

According to a New York Time’s article, “Ms. Kaplan expressed a less-frivolous side during frequent trips to remote villages in Africa, speaking to tribes about the perils of female genital cutting and lobbying for a woman’s right of inheritance.”

This passion for women’s rights was inspired after hearing anthropologist Margret Mead speak, ultimately influencing her several trips to Africa to educate women.

Ms. Kaplan was definitely the embodiment of a well-dressed feminist, a powerful woman who knew how to dress and how to make a difference. She will be missed.

February 17, 2012

Lace: Sexy and Timeless

I have always tried to incorporate crochet into my wardrobe regardless of the season, but spring and summer are the best seasons to wear this romantic and timeless open-work fabric. Whether it’s dresses, blouses, or shorts, these types of fabrics are ways to keep it classic or sexy. I love the way it has been inspired by French chic for the this season.

These are some lace and crocheted must-haves I have stumbled upon for spring. Check it out:

Haute Hippie Tiered Lace Shorts- $225


Eliza J Crochet Dress- $178


Topshop Strappy Dress- $72

February 17, 2012

Purple Please!

Spring 2012 has forecasted an array of refreshing lip colors. From pale pinks to retro reds, making a statement with your lips is a must. Some traditionalists may be weary when experimenting with new colors, but if you’re like me, going bold is always worth it.

Fierce violets fit perfectly with the eye-catching shades for spring and add an edgy flair. Many celebrities like Rihanna have been spotted sporting the lilac lip.

 

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 Two purple shades worth checking out are NYX’s Eggplant and Medussa. These tubes are relatively inexpensive and great for experimenting.

February 16, 2012

“Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal.”

In anticipation of the next chapter of my life, I decided that today I would clean out my closet, Carrie Bradshaw style. Although unlike Carrie, I didn’t have three other fashionistas there to aid my “take and trash” decisions, I did have just as many memories. Sifting through years of clothing and accessories holds more emotional and psychological “letting go” than one might imagine, especially when you have hoarding like tendencies.

When my grandmother passed away several years ago, I couldn’t help but be excited when the day came to go through her clothing, which took up approximately one small bedroom and two wall-length closets. As my style icon, each piece represented a memory that I had shared with her. When I had finally finished sorting through piles of clothing and accessories, I realized holding onto material things doesn’t make the memories any more clear, so I kept the Chanel scarves and rid the 80s style pumps.

As I approach my 22nd birthday and life after college, it was definitely time to get rid of those fashion faux pas that were packed in the deep depths of my closet. A mustard Kathy Van Zeeland purse and a pair of high-waisted Old Navy Jeans were just some of the pieces that got tossed. Of Course there were those “I will definitely wear that” or “I got that for my fifth birthday” moments, but I realized I am only lying to myself. With the exception of those timeless pieces of course. My ever evolving style had gone from my junior high school anything from American Eagle style replaced by my high school anything with skulls style which has long been replaced by pieces from fashion legends like Marc Jacobs, all which had found themselves in my mess of a closet. I guess the biggest lesson to learn here is that without getting rid of the old, there will never be room for the new. As Yves Saint-Laurent said, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”

So with that, goodbye Coach and hello Alexander Wang!

Also, I am happy to say that my blog has reached over 1,500 views. This is quite the accomplishment considering my lackadaisical approach to blogging.