Monday, January 30, 2012

SAG Hags

Okay, so they're not hags in ANY respect, but actually goddesses (I honestly just liked the rhyme). The SAG awards were last night and there was so much to take in! Yay "The Help" winning best cast!! ( I am a little sick of "The Artist" sweeping across the boards...) And congrats to Betty White, who, at 90 years old, still made me laugh during her acceptance speech.

I have included pictures of the best of last night (in no particular order)

Viola Davis=Grecian Goddess! So stunning. 

Stacy Keibler wearing the most beautiful lace Marchesa gown, and George is looking pretty snazzy too. 

Kyra Sedgewick looking 10 years younger and showing off her rockin' bod in a Pucci gown. 

Cutest couple of our generation by far. I love Emily Blunt's bold color choice! With her neutral accents she looks awesome. 

Okay, I might be a little biased because Modern Family is my favorite show and purple is my favorite color, but how good does Julie Bowen look?! You go Mrs. Dunphy. 

Okay, mixed feelings about the look, but loving this cut on Kristin Wiig. The choker lived and died in 6th grade..let's not bring it back. 

Not going to lie, I screamed when I saw Meryl. This is perfection! Everyone was freaking out because she was wearing Vivienne Westwood, a british designer, and paying homage to the UK because of her most recent film. Bravo, Meryl. 

This might be my absolute fave of the whole night. I would give my left foot to look like Naya Rivera, and this dress I would wear until the day I died (probably from a botched foot-removal surgery). 

That's all folks!! (Until the Oscars...and Grammys.....)

All photos courtesy of NY Daily News

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Wu" Tang Clan

If, by chance, you have been living under a rock, then you may be unaware of the ridiculously incredible designer lines that have been coming to Target over the past few years. This year, February 5th to be exact, the great man himself, Jason Wu, has designed a line exclusively for target.
If you are iffy on who exactly Jason Wu is, first of all, shame on you. Second of all, he designed the inauguration gown for a Mrs. Michelle Obama.
Remember this little number?
Yeah, no big.

ANYWHO, now his simplistic and chic designs are finally at a price point we can all be happy about. Although the collection itself is incredible, I have to say I am more excited about certain pieces than others. To name a few...
I am a huuge proponent of mustard, both the color and condiment, so this simple silk (with a peplum) shirt is perfect! And don't even get me started on the skirt. Thank you private school for making me believe pleated skirts are necessary. 

I'm not too too crazy about the skirt here, but the shirt is to die for. Lighter fabric shirts are so effortless and look so darn chic! Buttoned all the way up is definitely the way to go. 

So this is a little reminiscent of the straw bags older women would wear to beach functions and to cocktail parties at a country club (maybe even reminds me of a little Dirty Dancing?) But who cares, I like it and its neutrality and versatility. 

And the bag comes in a complementary clutch. Love. 

I'm not sure why I am drawn to this scarf considering my hatred for the feline species, but they're wearing scarves. Darn you Jason Wu for making me want it. 

 So obviously I am going to be dragging some friends out of bed in the wee morning hours of February 5th, and I suggest you do the same!! The collection is only available until March 6th!

All pictures of collection provided here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Not that I'm complaining....BUT this New England weather is seriously messing with my wardrobe choices! For example, this past Saturday I opted for a long-sleeve dress under a legitimate parka to a formal due to the 11 hours of straight snow status. Using this mindset, when getting ready for class today, I chose red jeans, heavy wool socks, leather boots, undershirts (plural) under a long sleeve chiffon shirt, all covered by my anorak jacket and thick circle scarf. HOWEVER, mother nature must have been having a hot flash because within moments of stepping outside, both the anorak and circle scarf were immediately  unnecessary, and the thick socks became a regret.
How is a girl supposed to deal with the schizophrenic "winter" we're having up here? I have devised a fool-proof guide to layering in a changing climate. (Thanks polyvore!)
1. The key is to choose light layers. Heavy layers not only add unnecessary bulk, they also don't give room for average temperature days, they leave room for either snow or the beach.
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Here, I layered with extremely light fabrics, easy to remove and shove into your bag if need be. Starting with a light cotton tank, pair with a chiffon printed blouse, and finally with a draped cotton-blend blazer. I like to somewhat match my scarf to my top so there is a light brown scarf that could be warn close to the face (as pictured) or more draped if unwound. On the bottom, I chose leggings and some heavy-duty boots. This could obviously be paired with a heavier jacket for those really cold days, but on days like today you could get away with pretty much just what is pictured.

2. Tights! One great tip is to use tights, especially printed ones! 
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Tights are typically pretty thin and airy, and can make you look covered in days when showing bare legs is not appropriate, yet don't suffocate you like jeans. Worn under skirts, dresses, or heavier-fabric shorts, tights are a great opportunity to not only showcase those gams, but also some personality with the print. 

3. Cardigans

Not the 90's band........

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Cardigans are something that are instrumental in nice layering. They can be in a variety of fabrics, and easily layered with others. The ones above vary from heavy (wool, bottom left) to very light (cotton, upper right). Cardigans also look so cute when belted, so if you have a ton of layers on under the cardigan, throw on a skinny belt over the outer layer so you don't lose your waist!

Let's hope these tips come in handy over the next few weeks, and we keep lucking out on the snow status! (If I jinxed bad)


Right as the holidays closed this year, I was able to stay in Manhattan for a few days with one of my best friends. On a particularly windy day, we decided we were all "after-christmas sale"-d out and wanted to be more culturally aware. We went to, in my opinion, one of the more underrated museums and true beauties of NYC, the Morgan library and museum.
via here
Due to the time (11am on a Friday morning), we were a minority in the museum. The demographics were basically ages 7-11 (field trip), and 50+. Ignoring the little ones, many of the museum-goers were older, elegant, and worldly women. While people-watching (one of my favorite past-times in museums), I began to notice something. Each of these women were wearing some sort of lipstick. Whilst my friend and I checked our coats, women were either scrambling to put on one more coat of their Chanel rouge, or had just gotten their coats back and seemed somewhat comforted when they felt the lipstick in the front pocket of their Ferragamo jacket. This intrigued me, as I have, for most of my life, been fascinated when my mom always put on lipstick before leaving the house for almost every errand. I constantly find Chanel lipsticks hidden in almost every room of the house. I asked my friend if she had noticed this and she said, "I find lipstick everywhere, in the kitchen, the pantry, even in the basement next to the treadmill!"

I began to wonder, is this "signature color" something that just missed our generation? You don't see girls or young professionals scrambling to put on lipstick in between classes, or after their morning coffee. 
Granted, the red lip trend is definitely in, but I think that the majority of younger women use lipstick solely when posing for pictures, or before a night out. Day-to-day lipstick is maybe even considered overkill. 

I believe, quite possibly, that younger women fear they simply don't have time for this added step in their daily routine. However, in the this fast-paced age, in the fastest city in the world, I saw these older women taking their time with their lipstick and ensuring its application perfection before immersing themselves back into the hustle and bustle. 

Maybe women today have adapted a complex where they fear making anything their "signature", their one-and-only anything because it will make them miss out on something, on changing or bettering themselves. We grew up in a world with options, choosing just one is something we don't know how to do. We can't even choose one thing to do for more than six seconds. Want to write a paper? Well, let me do that while I check Facebook, twitter, listen to music, and write a blog post dedicated to lipstick. 

Why I believed I needed to dedicate an entire post to this, we will never know, but to end on a good note, here is something hilarious.