Friday, May 30, 2014

"Strawberries, Cherries and an Angel's Kiss in Spring, My Summer Wine is Really Made From All These Things"

So as of today I've hit 10,000 page views if what it says on my google analytics is true! Hip, hip, hoorah. Thank you so much to everyone that has read my blog or even just skimmed through my photos on here or my Instagram. Also a very special thanks to everyone that has photographed me so far. It's been over six months since I've started this project and it's been so much fun along the way. I can't wait to see where it goes next. Bigger and better things are still coming your way so thanks for being part of the ride. I love sharing my fashion advice and personal stories with you all!

Onto the blogpost for today! Just as a side note, I try to get them up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but since this is something fun and relaxing that I do, I vary it slightly if I'm busy or tired. 

It doesn't get much more Caroline-esque than this bright blue dress that I made myself! I wanted the perfect, flattering summer dress that I could wear to almost any event and dress up or down. I also made it in a way that you can tie a knot in the front or a bow in the back with the waist tie. I got the fabric from Mood and made it a few weeks ago while home. A floppy hat and some wedges by one of my favorite shoe brands, hoop earrings, and Kelly & Katie are the ideal accessories for this look. 

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Handmade dress by moi.

Style Tips: Every girl needs the perfect summer dress in a cotton or linen fabric. If you wear something comfortable yet chic, you'll feel gorgeous inside and out!

Song of the Day: Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"My love, my love, my love, my love, shines on, and on, and on!"

How can you wear a hippie-style floral maxi dress dress but not look unkempt? While I love costumes, it's not always the right time and place to dress quite like Janis Joplin. I pulled it off by not going too bohemian on the accessories, except for a pair of turquoise fringe sandals that are a bit seventies. Wearing a somewhat preppy gold braided belt and a gold and gray chain-link purse with a basket weave front tones the look down. In addition, doing your hair in a style other than messy, flowing locks looks more modern and less like you are a gypsy. Of course it's definitely fine to take a photo with a gypsy wall painting if you do see one! 

I did my hair in an interesting but quite easy style, just braiding it halfway down on the side and wrapping the ends so it turns into a ponytail. I was thinking of doing a quick and easy youtube hairstyle tutorial sometime soon of things that I like to do if anyone might be interested!

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: Vintage dress from my mom when she used to live in Saudi Arabia and Francesca's green flower stud earrings

Style Tip: Always belt a maxi dress that's not fitted! I personally would only not belt a dress if it was a short trapeze of shift mod-style dress. Otherwise it just swallows you up. 

Song of the Day: "Spiritus" by Lisa Mitchell

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Who'd You Rather Be...The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?"

I know of a free modern art museum, and it's called East Village. This post features yet another array of beautiful and free, public art seen on a storefront, as well as another garden! My outfit consist's of one of my most low-key and easy looks. It's perfect for the summer lifestyle of a busy New Yorker that wants to be stylish and cool (but literally) in a simple way. An embellished black dress and simple accessories can easily go from day to night as the sunsets. 

Photography: Chelsea Lynn-Schulz

Outfit Highlights: The perfect LBD is comfortable, wearable, and works for different occasions. I love that this one can be dressed up with heels, worn simply with flats like I did, or make "rocker" with a leather jacket and boots if I want. 

Style Tip: Even if you adore color like me, sometimes wearing black and white feels so fresh and classic once in a while! And it looks good on anyone. 

Song of the Day: "Gimme Sympathy" by Metric 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"I Turn My Head Up to the Sky; I Focus One Thought At A Time"

I love clothing inspired by architecture, whether it is done three-dimensionally, or printed like this dress! Samantha Pleet designed the gorgeous piece, which resembles a classical side of an old building but looks more geometric from further away. I was having my blue period during this shoot, I suppose, since the wall we found in East Village fit perfectly. This is another example of one of those times when a blogpost of mine more than demonstrates what my blog name means and how it fits me! 

Photography: Chelsea Lynn-Schulz

Outfit Highlights: Samantha Pleet, handmade belt by my mother, Nordstrom tights, and Kelly & Katie flats

Style Tips: To emphasize a unique dress, wear understated accessories like my gray and black ones. They go with the moody, "blue" feel of my ensemble.

Song of the Day: "Neopolitan Dreams" by Lisa Mitchell

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Life Can Be So Sweet, On the Sunny Side Of the Street!"

East Village has so much graffiti and a large amount of quaint, original gardens that the photoshoot options are just endless. One of the best gardens that I have ever visited there is "The Creative Little Garden", which my photographer Chelsea found. I would highly recommend visiting the adorable little space and be transported to another world...until you walk back out onto the city sidewalk! 

Mustard yellow is my favorite color hands-down so I immediately snatched this dress while vintage shopping a couple years ago. Even though Prince William said Kate looked like a banana in her yellow dress, I totally loved it! In fact I think that any dress that is one, bright color makes a fabulous statement on any woman, as long as that color suits her skintone. Speaking of which, I hope that everyone appreciated that I did not photoshop my bruises, because they are something that normal people get! 

Photography: Chelsea Lynn-Schulz

Outfit Highlights: Vintage dress and Urban Outfitters flats

Style Tips: Two-tone shoes go just splendidly with vivid mustard yellow!

Song of the Day: "On the Sunnyside of the Street" by Frank Sinatra

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"You Go For A Walk In The Park 'Cause You Don't Need Anything"

What's black, white, and red (read) all over? A newspaper! Or, myself in this look. The great thing about a classic polka dot piece is how you can transition it throughout different seasons depending what you wear it with. If it was a little cooler out I would layer my red wool blazer and red tights with this look. I prefer to be able to wear as many pieces year-round as possible, which I'm not sure is more strange or practical! For my summertime ensemble though, I simply wore a printed red belt, red flats, and a red necklace with it. 

I had the great pleasure of working with an old friend from Madison who also moved to New York somewhat recently, Chelsea-Lynn Schulz. I had met her at a local fashion show in the UW-Madison community where she was modeling and I was showing a collection. She's discovered another passion, photography, and I was so happy to collaborate with her for a recent shoot! She is brilliant in her ability to beautifully capture a mood, and we shared a similar feel for what kinds of scenery and backgrounds we both like. The world is an exciting place that is just made for artistic collaborations of all sorts. 

Photography: Chelsea-Lynn Schulz

Outfit Highlights: Vintage this, vintage that

Style Tip: You can't really go wrong with red, white, and black. 

Song of the Day: "Walk In The Park" by Beach House

Friday, May 9, 2014

"Don't Know Why There's No Sun Up In the Sky; Stormy Weather..."

This silk dress, designed and made by my former classmate Xiatong Zhao was definitely one of the coolest pieces that I had ever worn! She handprinted the empire-waist dress in an exquisite black, blue, and grey design. The tulle and other fabrics she added underneath created a fuller shape and made it very fun to walk in, since it sort of swung around me as I walked. My favorite element was the strings that she sewed around the hem in varying shades of blue for extra drama. Shooting the look outside on a cloudy day was the perfect moody, dramatic setting. Please check out Xiatong's other work on her website!

Outfit Highlights: Dress by Xiatong Zhao

Style Tip: If you're lucky enough to wear a designer dress like this to an event then accessorize it simply and eat before you put it on or wear a napkin to be spill proof! 

Photography: Maryann Samreth

Song of the Day: "Stormy Weather" by Billie Holiday