Saturday, March 29, 2014

Liebster Awards!

I was honored to be nominated for a Liebster award by Shelby of Extraordinary. I really enjoy interacting with other bloggers and supporting one another, and opportunities like this are the perfect chance! I've answered these 11 questions below and have tagged 10 other new bloggers and asked them 11 questions at the end! I hope they continue the chain. 

1)    If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

Lately I've been so inspired by young people traveling the world and living a nomadic lifestyle, such as blogger Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage and vlogger Louis Cole from FunForLouis and FoodForLouis. It makes me want to drop everything and set off on a great adventure! However, the reasons apparently outweigh the pros, considering I haven't done so. My lifelong dream has been to be a costume designer and I feel like while I'm making strides, I don't want to pull out of the industry until I'm in the Costume Designer's Guild (the union). I feel like at that point, either between productions or instead of doing a season for a show, it would be a safer time to travel for an extended time, whereas right now I'm getting Costume Production Assistant jobs and making valuable connections since I just graduated in May. It is still tempting a little bit to drop everything and travel for a career but I don't know if I'm cut out for it or have the means. However, I am currently working on possible ways to see more of the world in the near future, even if traveling doesn't or can't become my career. My roommates and I are going to roadtrip to Montreal this Spring since it is only 6 hours by car in NYC. I had to cancel a San Francisco trip to see my sister this winter, but I plan to go there as soon as possible also! 

2)   If you had the choice to move ANYWHERE, where would you go and why?

Probably Paris, France. Or London. It's such a cop out, I know! After visiting China and Hong Kong, I couldn't imagine being comfortable living somewhere quite so exotic and far from the U.S. and what I'm used to for too long though I adore visiting places! In terms of traveling, I need to see Tokyo, India, Greece or Italy as soon as possible! 

3)   How did you decide on what to name your blog?

My blog was originally "ChicsShoesChick" which I made up when I was younger- it was the AIM name for a character in a story I was writing in middle school. I wanted something easier to say that was more me, though, because people tended to confuse the words "chic" and "chick" and everyone thought that I focused on shoes. I searched around for a couple words that described me, and modern and romantic were perfect. I talk about it in this blogpost, but essentially while I'm a modern independent, strong young woman, I still love and wear many of the styles of the more feminine, olden days. I love this article about girly and successful feminists on Hello Giggles, focusing on Zooey Deschanel. 

4)   What is your go-to look?

A cute blouse with a tucked-in skirt, a cardigan, leggings or tights, boots, and a couple fun accessories with a quick side ponytail. Of course I'll bring a long, strappy purse with me too. 

5)    What is your blog about?

I do outfit posts bi-weekly about my personal style and especially focus on vintage clothes, or pieces that myself or my mom has made. Each post features song lyrics that express my mood at the time, or relate to the outfit I'm wearing. I love the connection between fashion, and music. Occasionally I'll also do a post inspired by a film or something of the sort. In addition, myself (and a couple writer friends) cover different fashion events around the city whenever I get the chance, that people might not get to hear about if big publications don't write about them. I also use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin' to promote my blog and interact with other bloggers! 

6)   Glass half empty or half full?

Full! I think of myself as the happiest most negative person sometimes. Yes, many parts of life are tough and terrible...frowning and moping won't make it any better so SMILE! 

7)    What is your favorite accessory?

Sunglasses. If you understand how completely different cat's eye sunglasses are from round frames or oversized rectangular frames are and how much they can change an outfit, you will understand! Plus, who doesn't like to pretend to be a celebrity...or somehow feel safer when men on the city streets cat-call or stare at you? 

8)   What is your favorite quote?

"Be careful, you may end up in my novel." - Anonymous 

9)   When life gives you lemons…

Put paint on them and do some cool artistic lemon stamping! I love sewing, DIY, and designing. 

10)  What is the number one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?

Be as successful of a costume designer as possible, with a myriad of period productions under my belt. 

11)   What is your favorite song/band/singer?

I'm going to answer them all because I adore music and this blog is partly about how fashion and music intertwine. I am such an early 2000's kid when it comes to sounds and ideas of indie music were such a highlight of the music industry for me, and shaped my teenage years. Sufjan Stevens is my favorite singer, Los Campesinos! is my favorite band, and my favorite song is "Pitter Patter Goes My Heart" by Broken Social Scene. The favorite song question is so tough. 

Here are 10 new bloggers I really like with less than 200 followers on BlogLovin' that I've tagged. 

Secret Hipster by Adele 
The Style Fringe by Janice 
ARTTIRE by Alexandria
Closet Space by Ashley
Flourish by Greta
These Tatters by Annie

I truly hope that you all choose to accept my offer and answer the questions below on your own blogs, and then tag 10 new bloggers (with less than 200 BlogLovin' followers). Ask them 11 questions of your choosing and share it with them to continue the chain and spread the Liebster Awards! 

1) Why did you decide to start a fashion blog? Please describe your blog. 

2) What are your personal goals for yourself this year, whether or not they are fashion and blog related?

3) Who is your fashion icon and why? Describe your ideal day spent with them!

4) Tell us about your personal style and what inspires you. 

5) If you could pick three cities to visit for free, where would you go and why?

6) If you could only wear one designer or brand who would it be? 

7) How and when did you gain an interest in fashion? 

8) Which band would you love to style?

9) What's your favorite movie?

10) What memory would you love to relive if you could? 

11) Which fashion magazine would you work for if you could pick? 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is This My Life, Am I Breathing Underwater?

Cadbury eggs (my favorite candy ever) are finally in stores, which means that not only is Easter coming up, but that it's time to break out the Spring pastels! I wore a pink lace vest over a simple pink tee shirt and paired it with white and gray floral jeans. This is an easy look to wear that's perfect for a casual weekend outing downtown with friends, like brunch or a stroll in the park. I made this collar necklace out of leather, chain, and buttons that's a great color scheme and goes with so many different looks. My accessories add little pops of color with peachy and green accents. I just have to throw on a leather jacket, and I'm ready to go! 

If anyone is interested in how I made my necklace, comment below and I will do a youtube tutorial for you! 

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Style Tip: 

Outfit Highlights: Marc Jacobs woven clutch, Urban Outfitters oxfords, Uniqlo floral jeans, and a handmade collar necklace

Don't forget to follow me on instagram @modernromantic if you aren't already! 

Song of the Day: "Breathing Underwater" by Metric

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

"Mustard" yellow-gold is my favorite color because it evokes a vintage nostalgia of the 1960's and 70's while maintaing an exciting and positive feeling. With this happy color, I paired gold accessories including a vintage bejeweled pendent that resembles an animal tooth, a gold Ralph Lauren necklace under my collar, a ribbon for a belt, and a lovely and colorful bangle from Francesca's. Colorful menswear-inspired tights that look like a men's tie in a tacky yet wonderful way from Simple Vera Wang at Kohl's add another pop of color to the look. A simple flared skirt and my mom's old prarie boots complete the outfit Between the collared shirt, tie-printed tights, and androgynous boots I feel like this look is masculine with fun feminine accents that I added. It's a perfect "transitioning to spring" ensemble with a light jacket thrown on top!

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: Coldwater Creek shirt that I added darts too, a Ralph Lauren necklace, a bangle from Francesca's, and tights from Simple Vera Wang 

Song of the Day: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bob Marley 

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Little Darling, It's Been A Long Cold Lonely Winter"

 On the first day of Spring, I journeyed to the highline with one of my oldest friends. While the gardens on the west side park hadn't begun to bloom yet, it was still nice enough weather to wear a light coat and sweater! Layering is important when the season turns to spring and the weather is nice in the afternoon but cool in the evening.  I love this rose scarf that my boyfriend gave me because it is red and green in a fresh, non Christmas-y way, and picking out the colors from it for my other pieces is fun. I matched a red necklace and sweater, and green earrings with the scarf. A tidy hairstyle is also key when the spring winds blow along the rivers! 

Photography: Jen Embree

Outfit highlights: Jacket from Forever 21, Earrings from Francesca's, Sweater from Max Studio, Jeans from Macy's

Style tip: Try pulling your accessories from a scarf in your closet! 

Song of the Day: "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Art House Director, We Lost Magic Light Until Tomorrow Night"

This past weekend was hopefully the last really chilly one we'll have this winter... *fingers crossed*! I went to Christie's Auction House with my roommate who had interned there, and knew of the free and public viewings on Sundays. It's actually Asian Art Week in New York City right now, and the exhibit featured ancient and more modern art from China, India, Korea, Japan, and more. We joked that we wanted to bid on the cheapest item, a Chinese Brush Painting that was *only* estimated at $800! I can't imagine having one of the even more exquisite pieces in my home. I would be afraid someone would come in and rob me in the night but I suppose whoever can afford these has a bodyguard. One of the most expensive and most ancient pieces, the Min Fanglei, was a ritual wine vessel from probably 11th Century B.C., and I heard it was estimated at about 50 million.

Anyway, I had my roommate snap a few photos of me once we got to the big high rises more uptown, which I don't usually get to do since I live near much smaller buildings by the East River that I usually take my pictures around. I realized that I hadn't worn the winter coat that I wore the most in my blog yet! My Anne Klein wool pea coat is my most obvious item to blog for winter, but somehow I forgot about it. I bought this coat last year towards the end of the season and it was just the type of wrap waist-style coat I was looking for. You can wear it with absolutely any color and anything, and it would look excellent on many different body types. It was from Burlington Coat Factory, which has so many great quality brands and steals especially at the end of a season! I wore some cozy knits with it while I still can, including a small but chunky white infinity scarf that my mom made me.

Photography: Alexandra Nasto

Outfit Highlights: Anne Klein wool coat and a scarf made by my mom.

Style Tips: If you live in New York or somewhere that's still cold, pile on the cozy knits while you still can!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"I Could See For Miles, Miles, Miles"

After several weeks at home rehabilitating a leg injury, I am finally back in my beloved city today! It feels exciting to be able to see my friends again here this weekend. Today's look is a comfortable traveling outfit. It's about as casual as I will get! I'm wearing an old men's plaid flannel shirt (either from my dad or grandpa) that I took it on the sides, with a belt. My mother made me this gorgeous purple, blue, and green infinity scarf that's been one of my go-to winter staples because of how soft and cute it is. I'm wearing my Uniqlo heat tech corduroys and my snow boots from Clark's. I feel like I'm bringing a little bit of Wisconsin country to this city with this look, and I love that. Going back and seeing my New York friends reminds me of all of my UW-Madison friends that I haven't seen in ages, so of course today's song of the day is by Bon Iver. 

Photography: Alexandra Nasto

Style Tips: Snag a large flannel shirt from a man in your life. It's great to wear with skinny pants or leggings and boots, or you can even dress it up with a girly wedge.

Outfit highlights: Snow boots by Clarks and corduroys by Uniqlo.

Song of the Day: "Holocene" by Bon Iver

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"All The Leaves Are Brown, And The Sky Is Grey. I Went For A Walk, On A Winter's Day..."

I own a coat or jacket for almost every mood. In February or March, winter tends to get me down because I love nature, but more so the green and sunny kind. I feel like everyone gets a little bit of Seasonal Affect Disorder if they live in an area with true seasons. When I'm feeling the winter blues I put on the winter reds instead! There's nothing better to wear in winter than a bright, cheery coat to make you smile when you look down and see a corner of it amongst the pavement and snow. No matter what you're wearing underneath- you can add color so easily. I paired this coat with cranberry jeans and my beloved rust colored boots. And of course some fun floral sunglasses!

Photography: Steven R. Wilson

Outfit Highlights: Via Spiga wool coat

Style Tips: Different hues in the red family can compliment each other in an interesting way. Take a cue from how I paired my cranberry colored pants with the pinkish red herringbone pattern coat. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"My Heart Finds A Dream In These Unseen Hues"

Occasionally I wear pants (gasp!) and when I do, they're either some cool and comfortable pants or some well-fitted denim. These J. Crew trousers feel nice to the touch, have a gorgeous print, and have lovely leather detailing on the pockets. I still can't shake the notion that leggings, tights, or bare legs are more comfortable, but I do like the look of pants sometimes with certain shirts or shoes. 

I opted for punches of color with these pants, including a vintage mustard blouse, a Gap cardigan, and my beloved mulberry Anna Sui lace-up wedge booties. These jewel tones work together well because they're all around the same amount of color saturation. I accessorized with a collar necklace I bought at a market in China a couple years ago, and the bag that I take almost everywhere with me lately. It's hard to find a bag that's stylish, the perfect size (fits a water bottle!), matches almost everything, and I can wear or carry. It's made by the Lord & Taylor brand but I found it at one of the L train thrift shops. When I go out on weekends I tend to vary my bag choices, but during the work week I like to know all of the things that I need will definitely be in there.

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: J. Crew pants, Anna Sui wedges, and a Gap cardigan

Style Tip: Try to create a look that flows with every piece being an entirely different color! If you incorporate neutrals and the saturation is consistent, you'll come up with something not only colorful but refreshing.

Song of the Day: "Windstorm" by School of Seven Bells

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cinematic Inspiration: "The Shop Around The Corner"

Ever since I saw "The Shop Around the Corner" from 1940, I've wanted a criss-cross suspender and skirt combo like Margaret Sullivan wore opposite Jimmy Stewart in the film. If you haven't seen the movie, it consists of love letters, cigarette boxes, and Margaret playing an independent young shopgirl with lovely forties fashions. I definitely recommend the film, especially around the holidays, and Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 8.4 just for reference.

The skirt and suspenders combination is so wearable and can be dressed up or down; made more modern or given a real vintage look. I paired this pleated black skirt and suspenders with a beige pin-tuck front shirt and a brown and black cloche hat. Combining elements from the twenties (hat) and forties (skirt) still looks like "today" with messy waves. Classy ladies back then would never dare to be seen with my mop of hair!

I've been in Connecticut the past couple of weeks, not taking freelance work and recovering from a minor knee injury. While the weather outside is a bit frightful, it always makes for a nice, contrasting shot with the snow in the background.

Photography: Beth L. S. Wilson

Outfits Highlights: Fantastic Marshall's finds and Lord & Taylor flats

Style Tips: You can always make your own detachable suspender straps with ribbon or fabric and buttons/buttonholes to hold them onto the inside of a skirt!

Movie Trailer (instead of Song of the Day!)