Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Cop Lights, Flash Lights Spotlights, Strobe Lights Street Lights"

This will be my last post until the New Year! I'll be taking a little break and getting the blog ready for new things in 2014. Until then, I'll leave you with a New Year's Eve-friendly post. Keep your look classy and elegant to stand out. Too many people go overboard to finish off their last night of the year. If you're going to wear a sequin dress, like so many do, then let that be your outfit's focus and add one statement accessory to the piece. I adore snake-inspired jewelry, like this arm band that can be wrapped around and around. Its' head magnetizes to the rest of its' body so it fits anyone! I actually wore this piece to prom my senior year with a Grecian goddess-inspired gown. I can't recommend enough that you be careful with what you discard, and that you really do consider wearing old pieces in new ways! 

I hope you have a holiday full of blessings with family and friends, whatever you chose to celebrate, and I wish you a happy and fashionable New Year! 

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Forever21 Sequin Dress

Style Tip: Don't be afraid to shop at discount stores for dresses you'll only wear for a few hours, at a time...a few times in your life! We all have a budget.

Song of the day: "All of the Lights" by Kanye West, featuring Kid Cudi and Rihanna

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes Of Love and Dreams to Share"

While I'd have to say Halloween is my favorite Holiday, Christmastime is not far behind. There's nothing like curling up by the fire with your family, with a hot chocolate in hand all while wrapped in your favorite blanket. Well, what if that blanket ventured into the great outdoors, as a  poncho of sorts? I love the idea of belting a blanket over a sweater as an inventive and chic option to keep warm. This red and navy blanket was a present that my dad brought me back from Scotland on a business trip. I wore it with neutrals to keep my outfit classic. A pale brown sweater, brown boots, a brown belt, and my mother's vintage brown leather clutch will always look fantastic with plaid and jeans.

I took these photos while on Thanksgiving break in Connecticut with my best friend Devin's white puppy named Gigi. With the adorable Gigi by my side, I felt like I was in a cross between a Downton Abbey episode where they go hunting, and a Ralph Lauren Advertisement.

Photography : Devin Karbowicz

Puppy: Gigi Karbowicz 

Style Tip: You can never ever go wrong with neutrals and a beautiful, basic plaid. 

Outfit highlights: Scottish Wool Blanket and Vintage Riding Belt 

Song of the Day: "Christmastime is Here", the Peanuts Gang Holiday song which is my favorite. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of..."

It doesn't get much more 'New York City' than this look! Incorporating black, glitz, and a yellow taxi cab into this post makes me feel like I live here more than ever because those elements are so quintessentially NYC. Sometimes, I still feel like this city is some far away place I have yet to reach, because I've either gotten used to living here, or because New York is portrayed so much differently (more glamorously!) in television and film. But then, it hits me, and I realize that I do indeed live, work, and love it here. I know that I'm incredibly lucky to have moved here at 21-years-old, about a year-and-a-half ago, and wish that everyone had the chance to follow their dreams too.

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit highlights: Anna Sui Rouge Ring in color number 67 and Naturalizer two-tone flats.

Style Tip: Yes, I wear shoes from my mom's catalogs, or the more "comfy", "older" section at the department stores sometimes. Take care of your feet if you walk or stand a lot! Wear those $15 magenta sequin Forever21 heels that you only wear four times a year out on a Friday night. You're going to take a cab anyway, right?

Song of the Day: "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z, featuring Alicia Keys.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"I Gathered My Thoughts and Set Out On A Trail..."

As I do these blogs, I realize my style hasn't changed a ton since perhaps high school. I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but it sure makes it easier for me! Over time, I have slowly accumulated a lot of clothing and still re-wear it years later in new ways or with newer pieces.

This particular look is something I did, or would have worn in high school and it still really feels like 'me'. My outfit is an understated bohemian look made up of some vintage and hand-me-down pieces. My mom's old skirt (surprised?) works great belted as a dress with its a matching paisley print head scarf. Paisley is a type of pattern I swear that I will never tire of. When I'm missing nature and want to feel a bit more earthy in the busy city streets, I'll put on a look like this one and head to the park!

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: My grandma's eagle necklace and my Minnetonka Moccasin fringe booties. 

Style Tip: Wearing old clothes in new ways, like a skirt belted as a dress or with new accessories makes your wardrobe more exciting!

Song of the Day: "They All Surrounded Me" by Eisley

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Now My Heart Is Returned to Sister Winter"

One of my favorite parts about cooler weather is the textures of the season. I love fabrics like velvet, corduroy, and leather and you can certainly pile them on in fall and winter. It should be no surprise to you by now that my mother made this cropped velvet swing coat for me when I was in high school. It was probably a little too fancy for me to wear through the halls of my public Connecticut school back then, but I didn't care. I like how it has such a romantic, old feel to it. This whole look is Victorian-inspired, with a little punk attitude to it. You could also make a comparison to the great Karl Lagerfeld's style.

When it's a bit more mild outside, I jump at the chance to wear a lighter jacket, or a cropped coat with gloves like this look. I went to school at The University of Wisconsin-Madison before my senior year program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and let me tell you, there weren't really warm winter days. It's been nice to live in the Mid Atlantic with milder weather. I enjoy many parts of winter, but by March I tire of the cold, so it's great to have sporadic warmer days!

Photography by Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: A handmade (by my mom) velvet cropped jacket and green corduroy Uniqlo pants. 

Style Tip: Weather influences fashion oh so much. Check the weather so that you can jump on the more mild days and use your wintery but lighter outerwear!

Song of the Day: "Sister Winter" by Sufjan Stevens

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Spent a Week in a Dusty Library, Waiting For Some Words to Jump at Me"

This dress and the matching socks are part of my absolute favorite look from the Fall 2013 Anna Sui collection. I would highly recommend looking at her entire gorgeous line for the season. It's 1960's France-inspired, focusing on Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina as muses. This dress is interesting to me because it reminds me of the stone patterns you might see on an adorable European house, and the color accents are reminiscent of the French flag. I paired it with matching light brown sandals and didn't wear any jewelry to keep the rest of the look simple. 

I had the great privilege of interning at Anna Sui's fashion house in the design department my last semester of college while studying at FIT. It was a dream come true to experience the world of fashion in my favorite designer's studio and see the entire design process. For a few months this past summer I also worked at her beautiful SoHo boutique when I was right out of college and beginning to get into the freelance costume/wardrobe industry. If you don't already know why, Anna is my favorite because of her amazing ability to interpret culture, and history in a modern, wearable yet unique way. Plus she has the best runway soundtrack around, so what's not to love? 

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Tip: Don't ever be afraid to match accessories to your clothes. It's more interesting and fun in this day in age than people think, what with all of the mismatching going on.

Outfit highlights: Anna Sui Fall 2013 dress and matching socks. 

Song of the Day: "French Navy" by Camera Obscura

Bonus photo: My sister and I with Anna Sui at her in-store party (SoHo, NYC) this past September to celebrate her Spring 2014 collection and her new make-up products.