Tuesday, December 27, 2011

napa valley

the day after xmas was spent wine tasting in napa with my cousin and her college pals
couldn't think of a better way to spend the day

Sunday, December 25, 2011

merry christmas!

to all that are celebrating the holiday, merry christmas!
hope your day is filled with joy and love

Sunday, December 11, 2011

mrs. claus

santacon in a nutshell
so this is my first christmas/winter in NYC. to be honest, I am a little upset it hasn't snowed at all. except that one time in october...regardless I expected to be ankle high in snow by now. but what do I know, I'm a california girl.

I've tried filling up my free time with some christmas activities but am failing miserable due to the extremities of submitting final papers, trying to get a decent amount of sleep and food into my body, all that good stuff that comes with school. I turned in one of my finals tonight and needed a break so here I am posting.

last weekend was an epic celebration of santas and birthdays. I attended the NYC SANTACON which I am so glad I did. there's no other time in the year where you can roam around the city in a santa costume. I also have to say that the subways looked hilarious - santas were everywhere.

definitely take note to prepare in advance. this outing was so last minute that I threw on an outfit just minutes before stepping out my door in full-fledged santa gear. I dug up this cape from American Apparel which really brought my whole modern day mrs. claus outfit together; added green tights, a santa hat and presto. I had my costume. oh and I wrapped myself around with some cheap tinsel decorations from CVS, which left an obvious trail around the bars we hopped at.. I was so impressed with everyone's costumes I wish I took more photos but it definitely gave me some ideas for next year!

did you go to santacon this year? tell me about it in the comments

Thursday, December 8, 2011

brenda walsh's wishlist

Beverly Hills, 90210 was nothing without Brenda's presence. 
the once naive, small-town girl from Minnesota transformed to the coolest chick in the 90210.
she was the rebel & stood her own ground, the trendsetter from being beach chic to wearing all black everything (not until the college years, that is), and was the hottest activist of her time. 
Brenda was the most cynical and the most intelligent female character, and quite frankly who didn't want to be her at some point?

as an ode to season's 1-4 (which were also the shows best seasons, don't even try to argue), here's a list of what this beverly hills bad ass would want for christmas.
notice that all items are under $100 - being the eco and economically friendly gal Brenda is, it's only natural that she'd wish for presents that are reasonably priced, correct?

1. oversized blazer
(left) ASOS oversized boyfriend blazer, marked down to $72 @ asos.com
(right) Petites longline blazer, $86 @ miss self ridge

I think it's safe to say that Ms. Walsh was way ahead of her time whenever she rocked one of those xxl jackets, and it's still a fashion do. here are two perfect blazers to add to her already large collection (no pun intended)

2. passport cover

leather orange vines passport cover, $16.49 @ o.co

ah, the forgetfulness of Brenda Walsh...specifically the time in Mexico where she and Dylan were held up at the border because she forgot to bring her passport. though she can never live that moment down, you can help her to not forget the next time she travels outside the country. this passport cover is the perfect choice since it's fair-trade and strictly vegetarian!

3. statement necklace
(left) Asos leaf collar, $62 @ asos.com
(right) Urban Outfitters DLC mesh choker, $34 @ urbn.com

Brenda isn't big on layering the accessories but we often see her with a nice statement piece. a choker seems to be her weapon of choice, usually so here are two collars that she can pair with nearly everything in her simple, yet edgy wardrobe.

4. lace-up boots
Modekungen spike boots, $74 @ modekungen.com

now that Brenda's all grown up, she should probably retire those doc martens. to retain her style but dress her age, get a similar lace-up boot with a heel for a more sophisticated look, and she'll be set for 2012.

5. dancing queen package
XBOX 360 Dance Central 2, $49 @ amazon.com

maybe this seems like an odd gift idea, but if you know Brenda well, then you know she is the best dancer in the 90210. remember when she and David won that couples dance-off at CU? or even at those West Beverly school dances, I could never keep my eyes off her hips - they don't lie. Dance Central 2 is the most bombin gift for this babe. just make sure she has an xbox..

Factory by Erik Hart tank dress, marked down to $69 @ the outnet

and while we're at it, why not throw in a LBD? Brenda knows how to work a sexy number like this one, and it's perfect for a night out dancing in hollywood. now that she's legal.

6. guides to acting

(left) "Inside The Actors Studio - Icons" dvd, from $6 @ amazon.com

(right) "An Actor Prepares" by Constantin Stanislavski, from $6 @ amazon.com

being the impeccable drama queen she is, a few essentials for the contemporary actor are much needed to break a leg. help Brenda prep for her next role with the Actor's Studio dvd and the classic Stanislavski book on the method so the next time she auditions, she won't have to *ahem* take a seat on the casting couch - oh, whoops, just a rumor.

7. parisian mementos
(left) "Living in Paris" by Jose Alvarez, from $30 @ amazon.com
(right) "Chronicle of a Summer" dvd, $7.99 @ ioffer.com

that summer in Paris with Donna was a memorable one. she could brush up a little on her french accent so I figured why not let Brenda re-live the joie de vivre of Paris by way of photography in coffee table books and cinema verite?

8. charity donation in her name

Brenda always took part in some form of social activism throughout her time in Beverly. from volunteering at the teen crisis hotline to getting arrested in a PETA-like movement in college - and who could forget the time she housed the homeless santa claus during christmas? the ultimate gift for this pretty partisan is a charity donation in her name. ChangingThePresent.org offers a number of charities to donate to, including some that are close to Brenda's heart:
National Alliance to End Homelessness donation

what would be your perfect gift for Ms. Walsh? tell me in the comments & stay tuned for next week's character-inspired wish list

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

who's that chick?

no, really though
who is this??
from a distance, maybe you'd think an Olsen twin but N to the O
it's Lindsay Lohan, y'all

she cleaned up well, I wonder what the remedy was

Sunday, December 4, 2011

cher horowitz's wishlist

if you read the Urban Outfitters blog, you'll know where I got my inspiration from for this post
the bloggers at Urban made up some wishlists for our favorite '90s style icons, asking "What Would ___ Want?"
subjects have been Married With Children's badass daughter Kelly Bundy and the bff duo we all wanted to be, Cher and Dionne from Clueless
if you know me, I live for the '90s and was thrilled to see these faux wishlists. I started thinking, if these chicks lived in todays culture, what would they want?
so here I am, decided to do the same thing, 1) because I'm bored and out of ideas and 2) because it gives me a good excuse not to write papers!
such an exemplary grad student...

for my first stab at this xmas wishlist with Cher Horowitz, my all time favorite character in a film (which also happens to be my all time favorite film)
the following is my idea of what Cher would want today
and hey, if you personally know a Cher - someone who embodies her character - feel free to use this as some inspiration for your xmas shopping!

1. the white, collarless blouse

(left) Elizabeth and James embellished blouse, $395 @ farfetch.com
(right) Alice by Temperly embroidered blouse, $325 @ net-a-porter

because her maid, Lucy, has somehow forgotten where Cher's shirt from Fred Segal went (maybe the cleaners?) here are two options for getting that "responsible" look she was going for

2. the Shakespeare collection

the BBC collection, from $141 @ amazon

we all know how much Cher loves her Shakespeare, especially when Mel Gibson plays the starring role. why not gift her the ultimate film collection? as she would say, "tis a far far better thing doing stuff for other people"

3. the Bar Method workout dvds

Super Sculpting I & II dvds, $20 each @ barmethod.com

Buns of Steel is so 5 years ago! ..ok more like 15 years ago so keep Cher up to date with the hottest workout, the Bar Method. the dvds are an excellent alternative to taking class in studio, though the Brentwood location is perfectly convenient for our beloved 90210 blonde...why not gift a few classes as well? the introductory month is just $100 and it works

4. the perfect red lipstick
Exude lipsticks, $29 @ online

these cosmetics are all the rage & totally loved by Rachel Zoe. get this modern lipstick in a bold, seductive red and Cher will be ready for any date.

5. the red dress

Calvin Klein red jersey dress, € 289,00 @ luxyuu.com

so we all know that awful robber ruined Cher's Alaia after the "val" party so gifting her another red dress might help her forget. and best of all, it's Calvin Klein! daddy will approve this time.

6. the essential spanish tutor

Rosetta Stone Spanish Level 1, $179 @ online

let's be honest, Cher needs to know that Mexican isn't a language and the only way she can communicate with Jose is to habla espanol. Rosetta Stone is the perfect gift for this clueless betty.

7. the guides to sex & finding love

(left) "Sex Signs" by Judith Bennett, from $0.1 @ amazon
(middle) "The Rules" by Eileen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, from $0.1 @ amazon
(right) "Become Your Own Matchmaker" by Patti Stanger, from $7.50 @ amazon

Cher may have found true love in Josh, but a girl still has to keep up with all the rules. Kate Middleton is a self proclaimed "rules girl" and Cher should be too, so "The Rules" book is the perfect gift. she also is akin to reading body language (she was soo right with Mr. Hall and Ms. Geist) that Judith Bennett's classic is a great addition to her, I'm assuming, small book collection. and to top off this gift bag, our modern-day Emma should have some recent dating tips from Patti Stanger. since Cher is a matchmaker herself, why not learn from the best?

8. the perfect faux fur
(left) Topshop faux fur longline chevron gilet, $75 @ topshop.com
(right) Dorothy Perkins cream purse, marked down to $17 @ dorothyperkins.com

don't let Dionne think she has to "skin a collie" to wear fur...faux is the way to go! now that it's winter, this Topshop vest is a go-to for windy LA nights. throw in this chic Dorothy Perkins evening purse because you can never have enough faux.

stay tuned for more character-inspired wish lists!

25 days of gaga

calling all little monsters
 this GAGA frenzy at Barney's flagship puts the "awe" in "awesome"
the "extra" in "extraordinary"
ok that was super cheesy
but this workshop is the BUSINESS

I was expecting more window displays, and actually a more festive theme to the workshop but Gaga did me wrong in that department
Gaga's Boudoir was the only display that caught my attention and had the most detail & thought. it's all hair!
the other displays were a bit blah to be honest, kind of disappointing but the Gaga elves at barney's totally made up for it once you enter the workshop..

the mini maze at the men's department leading to the workshop was like a portal into the world of Gaga, I felt like I was at disneyland
I didn't expect anything less, Gaga knows how to put on the theatrics in every arena of life
you could easily spend an hour here because there's a lot to look at, I especially loved the fine jewelry display (sorry didn't take a pic of it) and the clip-on nail decals, aka perfect christmas gift! *hint hint*

from chocolates in the shape of skulls & platforms, to monster cookies and plush toys, makeup of all sorts, flamboyant sunglasses and leather jackets, you could probably find a christmas gift for anyone here, the only downfall is the PRICE - which is expensive
I mean, would I really spend $65 on one teacup? or $95 on a chocolate-shaped shoe?

still, this merchandise is fun to look at and hey, I commend anyone for buying these products, after all 25% of the proceeds go to Gaga's Born This Way Foundation

to see & shop the collection visit the website or head over to Barney's 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

it's november but...

the world has been counting down the days til christmas. 
it feels as though the holiday season crept up slowly these past few weeks. 
with all the lit up buildings and trees around 5th ave, the opening of Union Square's holiday market, and of course Gaga's Workshop inside Barney's...to me it just feels christmas is coming all too soon.
not that I'm complaining
quite the opposite, actually. christmas means that I get to be home finally and enjoy some freedom from the books, while I catch up with my fam and favorite friends.
oh, and not to mention getting presents from santa.
and speaking of santa...
if you're having trouble shopping for presents here's a very posh and trendy (and not to mention utterly marketable, innovative take on advertising) "12 Days of Christmas" music video/lookbook from NMRKT that is sure to inspire creativity in your gift-giving.

you should definitely watch all installments but here are my favorites:

Eleven Pipers Piping | Eight Maids A Milking 
Six Geese A Laying | Five Golden Rings

Saturday, November 12, 2011

fux with the 1%

I know, I know. it's November but I had to post about my first nyc halloween.

I joined my friend Jason at the Standard Hotel for Susanne Bartsch's halloween bash. turned out to be a very flamboyant, very over-the-top, but stunning night of outrageous costumes (some of the best I've ever seen in my life) and techno music.

with halloween being so close to my birthday, I always find it a point to dress up, considering it's an extension of my bday celebration too - not selfish of me at all.
I had a gnarly eye infection so I had to be creative with my costume and incorporate my glasses somehow. naturally, I went with some cultural inspiration from the occupy wall street movement and hence, I dressed up as the 1% (fux with me)
if you don't understand who the 1% is, read this article from Tiger Beatdown

being politically incorrect is always the best route to go if you run out of costume idea, I suppose. such a coincidence that Jason was an OWS construction worker, which made for a perfect costume duo.
while I'm not exactly sure how big of a statement we made that night, the growth of this wall street protest has hit almost all corners of the world, it's pretty incredible. I was in new york when the first protests broke out so I really feel like I'm a part of history - in essence, we all are.

for a breakdown of what's been going on in Atlanta, Oakland, China, New York City, and everywhere else occupiers are, click through here and get updated, there's a ton happening and much change to be made.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

$ so tall that my barbie's gotta climb it

it's no surprise that finally, an ... eccentric Barbie doll has been born. 

with the development of a new tween generation - you know, the ones that text, play on their iPads and tumblr post non-stop, in addition to incessantly watching those horrible MTV shows like Skins, Teen Mom, Teen Wolf? I don't even know anymore...but kids today are different than those of the '90s and prior. their interests are different, trend-based. and this is where Barbie steps up her game, tattoos and all. 

wow. she's more bad ass than me.

Tokidoki always puts out the most vibrant, off-the-wall fashion accessories & toys which make the brand a perfect partnership for Mattel/Barbie, in my opinion. though this doll comes off a bit Jerseylicious meets Courtney Love circa 1990whatever, the fact of the matter is that kids these days aren't dressing a far cry from this. I'm almost positive you can find a similar outfit (minus the glitter platforms) worn by Disney channel actors.

the tattoos and pink hair make this Barbie a product of her time. the fact that children are idolizing Nicki Minaj nowadays (hello, Sophia Grace!) who contributes greatly to our culture shift in style, fashion & music, I don't understand the assaults poor tokidoki Barbie is getting.

ultimately, this is a collector's and limited edition doll, so most of these are probably in the hands of people over the age of 18, who could give 2 shits about her punk style. plus if you're going to name Barbie's cactus-dog pet "Bastardino," even more of a reason to release this as a doll for adults.

due to so much controversy with parents whining about the possibilities of their precious daughters wanting to get tatted up after playing with tokidoki Barbie, Mattel was forced to issue a statement which follows:

“Barbie has been dressed by more than 70 fashion designers over the years.  From Versace to Vera Wang, Tarina Tarantino to Christian Louboutin, Barbie has sported an endless array of styles.  Many of Barbie’s most pop-culture couture outfits have been designed for the adult doll collector.”

knowing myself years ago as a pre-teen, if I were growing up today no doubt this doll would 100% be on my xmas wish list. but in hindsight, if you're a parent, would you really spend $50 on a collector's edition doll just so your bratty tyke can play with it? (I've had experience with my prized Spice Girls dolls being abused by little cousins...I learned my lesson)

child/teen actors that take rides on the crazy train should be more of a concern to parents rather than a plastic toy doll. I'm no psychologist, but I can bet the actions of real life people that your kids love & watch everyday on tv & film have a greater impact on ruining their future in comparison to a pink-haired Barbie doll.

see more tokidoki Barbie greatness here

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

mermaid or whale?

Today, over 160,000 Facebook users, including a number of my own friends, shared this post with the image below attached. Here's what it read:

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn) Feel free to tag yourselves :)
Last comment: I'm not putting down thin people, being a thin woman myself (BMI of 22 maybe?) just saying that being large doesn't equate to being unattractive.

If you're a woman, like myself and millions of others, that have insecurities about your weight and the way you look, remind yourself that you are alive and you are allowed to enjoy living - not starving yourself (ok, well sometimes. kidding. this is why I'm not a motivational speaker..) or not being able to do what you love because you don't feel comfortable in your own skin.

I hope you were inspired by this post as much as I was, and thousands of others were to make this image, which our culture has deemed negative, into something positive.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

what's that jacket margiela?

No it's Kanye West, actually. 

The rapper debuted his first ever fashion collection in Paris last week (read the style.com review here) and I'd say it's a great first attempt at a runway show. I honestly don't think P.Diddy could deliver anything better with his Sean Jean line.

"The biggest hurdle I had to face is the celebrity designer or the hip-hop designer concept," Kanye reportedly said backstage.

There's definitely a stigma attached to the hip-hop/rap fashion scene. If you haven't noticed, the style is predominately urban street wear; for men, it's the baggy jeans and puffed air force ones, and for women, skin tight jeans and exposed mid drifts, cleavage, coin slots...

This is the picture the mainstream media puts into our heads about hip-hop and rap.

Kanye West is changing that with his new line. There are still elements of the genre, with the very risqué necklines and use of leather & fur. I also spotted some '90s influence in some of the sweaters which I loved. He doesn't lose authenticity of who he is and what his music represents.

There is, however, the argument that a lack of ethnic models in the show. The african american model in the show is Chanel Iman. Is this a positive or negative thing? This could also be Kanye's way of breaking the assumed role of black females in hip hop videos and fashion advertisements. Hell, now white female rappers like Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea are breaking the mold too (Iggy btw is far better).

Either way, if Kanye's clothing label is any indication of what the future of hip-hop fashion, I think it's definitely going in the right direction.

see more photos here via modelcouture

Monday, September 19, 2011

the glance

spotted front row at Carolina Herrera: Anna Wintour & Nicki Minaj, an unlikely duo

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

front row chicks

Last Friday, Sept. 9, I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion Week shows. I accompanied my friend Lorraine whose awesome new job as a magazine reporter scored us the extra ticket that would allow me to watch the Luca Luca and Rebecca Taylor shows that day.

What an experience, what a scene it is to be at the fashion hub of the nation. To be surrounded by all who live and breath fashion is so different from my everyday life as a graduate student in a non-fashion related school (though my school is part of a very very important school of that sort..) was overwhelming and to be honest I felt totally out of place. Yet at the same time it reminded me of the reason why I started this blog 2+ years ago: fashion, my love and admiration for it.

Fashion is clearly not just about shopping or posting your favorite editorials on your blog. It's really a lifestyle, about understanding what defines you and how you want to be perceived by others. It's about taking the trends, designed by the most creative human beings knowledgeable in both the present and future of mankind (whats fashion, if not understanding its history, past present and future?), and making each piece unique to yourself only. You can be inspired without having to copy someone else's look, for instance. Kind of like the idea of saving face, if you hold yourself to a high prestige of being fashionable, you cannot let yourself fall trap to being an imitation.

This idea was so relevant during fashion week, which is essentially a who's who event - see and be seen, dress to impress. I can't tell you how many photographers and fashion bloggers I saw out at Lincoln Center that day, taking photos of each other, staring at each other, constantly on their phones...in my sandals and school bag, I felt totally intrusive attending these events but had such a blast being involved in the scene. Albeit I haven't even been in the city for a month and I had the opportunity to attend these amazing shows, be witness to upcoming trends.

I absolutely loved the Luca Luca show. It's so difficult to explain that feeling when the lights hit every side of the stage, the music starts blaring and the first model walks onto the runway. So exhilarating, and I think Luca Luca was a perfect gateway fashion show for me.

Absolutely loved the flirty, flowy and colorful numbers modeled at this show. I'd easily wear all of the pieces.

(here's an awesome article about designer Raul Melgoza's inspiration behind the ss2012 show)

Peering across the runway, you can spot the fashion elite, the celebs sitting in the prized front row (I also caught a glimpse at Kelly Bensimon, who sat closer to the back of the runway). To be honest, I can't even name every celeb that had front row privilege but as soon as each of them entered the tent, a crowd of reporters, photogs and flashing lights obstructed any & every view of them until the show finally started. Honestly, an experience of its own.

We had two hours to kill after Luca Luca, so Lorraine and I headed over to Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and chatted over our cold salads (fashion shows and models definitely alter your consumption decisions that's for sure). Stepping just a couple blocks away from NYFW made up realize that really, this crowd only makes up a small percentage of New Yorkers. It was a friday, so the day was as normal as it could get, with everyone at work and whatnot - maybe just 1% of the city gave a shit about fashion week #reality

 As for the Rebecca Taylor show, I was floored by the sophistication and coolness of each outfit. I think Lorraine said it perfectly here, "comfortable but flirty — with flowy dresses and slouchy sweaters...The layered skirts and loose silhouettes gave off a fresh vibe while the peek-a-boo blouses and asymmetrical glittery dresses exuded a distinct contemporary edge."

My appreciation for these designers has grown immensely since attending these two shows. I was already so inspired by RT's hair & makeup that I left the house with wet hair today and got a manicure to match the teal eyeshadow used in the show. The things we do for fashion...