Sunday, June 29, 2014

You Can Do Anything That You Want, World Is An Oyster"

You've got to make the most of having colored hair while it lasts! Wearing black and white with minimal accessories really makes your crazy color the statement of your look. This is the perfect summer party outfit that I would wear to a club or dance bar. Summery crop tops are perfect for baring skin in the right place, yet staying covered elsewhere if you pair it with a high neckline and high-waisted bottoms. If you haven't quite done all of your crunches like me, the lower part of your tummy won't be exposed which makes life a lot easier. 

I want to give my friend Lindsay a special shout out for letting me use her Upper East Side roof! It provided some interesting backgrounds for photos as well as...toilets that had randomly been stashed up there and added some humor. Thanks, Lindsay!

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: Crop Top by Tobi and hand-me-down booties from my sister from ages ago

Style Tips: Add a touch of color like pink hair and a dangly necklace with red gems to a minimal, black and white look. 

Song of the Day: Paris by Kate Nash

Monday, June 23, 2014

"And Me and My Guitar, We Strummed Along"

While the Michelle Branch song lyrics I chose for this post don't have too much to do with my turquoise outfit, I've been thinking about music and singing a lot lately. A couple friends and I are working on a few song covers (and maybe some songwriting too!) to perform at a coffeehouse. I hope everhone in the city will come for a fun and chill night. I'll announce it! I really missed singing and it's been so nice to even do it a little bit lately. I was in honors choir in high school and sang all four years, but in college joining the music booking committee didn't lead to any musical engagements unfortunately. Singing and knowing a coffeehouse performance is in the near future has made me so happy! Michelle Branch was one of my favorite growing up, and someone who's music inspired me to sing even if not professionally.

Anyway, onto the blog post! Sometimes I want to wear head-to-toe turquoise. Everyone has their colors, and blue is one of mine. I would wear this out to a club and make a bright statement. Even with dyed hair you shouldn't be afraid of adding more color. Summer is especially for fun, color, and happiness, so live a little!

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Skirt by H&M and sandals by Fioni

Style Tips: Everyone goes dancing in sequins or black. Wear one bright color like turquoise to stand out and make a statement! 

Song of the Day: Sweet Misery by Michelle Branch

Friday, June 20, 2014

"They Judge Me Like A Picture Book By The Colors, Like They Forgot ToRead"

This past weekend I did something a bit sporadic. I got pink ombre! I had thought about it a few weeks, and when one of my best friends from way back in the day, Lindsay, said she wanted to try purple hair, I thought why not?! I originally wanted a more coral color like Sienna Miller and Lindsay wanted a lighter lavender but we comprised slightly in Chinatown to get a good price at "V" Salon. Crazy colors are semi-permanent anyway, and they will fade over time in the wash. While I'm not big on make-up, hair-related activities are fun for me! I feel way more spunky and exciting with my new hair. It's a perfect compromise between keeping your more natural color and dying your hair. I keep forgetting I have it and wonder why people give me double takes. Luckily where I work in film and costumes, anything goes!

On the day of the hair dye, I wore a somewhat simple vintage-y, summery outfit and ran into a Lana Del Rey poster promoting her fabulous new album, Ultraviolence. Since then I downloaded it from iTunes and adore it! "Brooklyn Baby" is my favorite, and reminds me a lot of something Metric would do. She has varied her singing style a little bit in other ways. She gets really spunky on "Pretty When You Cry" and it reflects Karen O in The Yeah Yeah Yeah's for me. I definitely recommend listening to the album. She is a 20-something female's spirit animal. This post was a little random and not so fashion related, but the next one will be! 

Photography: Lindsay Ontko

Outfit Highlights: Vintage, vintage, vintage (aka thrifted finds)

Song of the Day: "Brooklyn Baby" by Lana Del Rey

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Cause you give me the electric twist and it kicks and it kicks yeah"

It doesn't get much more NYC than lounging on a rooftop with the Empire State building in the background! This was from the last photoshoot I did around my old apartment building. There happened to be some lounge chairs sitting around the roof, and one matched my bag perfectly, so voila! 

My basket purse is actually a fishing bag from a sporting goods website! I put a pretty scarf over the top...because there was a hole for a fishing rod, I kid you not. My look consists of sweater shorts, a floaty top, and some vintage jewelry. I adore chunky summer sandals and this pair isn't too high or platformed for daytime and walking. I like to take care of my feet, within reason because you have to be somewhat fashionable as often as possible here.



Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Shorts by Urban Outfitters, thrifted boho top, and a real fishing bag with a vintage scarf on it!

Outfit Highlights: Wear old fashioned jewelry and accessories with a modern outfit!

Song of the Day: "Electric Twist" by A Fine Frenzy

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"If you'd 'a took to me like a gull takes to the wind..."

 I had the lovely opportunity to visit Texas for the first time ever for my cousin's wedding a few weeks ago! My sister was born in the state and my family lived there before I was born, so it was exciting to be able to see a place that had been so important in there lives. Besides that, Texas was just fascinating to visit, although I'd say that about any different, new place because I absolutely adore any kind of traveling. It was like a different world, and being quite into "prarie" and Western/Southern culture to begin with was fun because I found a lot to look at. I definitely romanticize what it's like to live in the South and West, but some of it is definitely old fashioned and quaint in the best possible ways. It was nice to get into a slower pace where everyone politely called me m'am! 

Anyway, this is the look I wore to my cousin's wedding. I wore a Tracy Reese dress from her brand "Plenty" with the flower I took off the dress and put in my hair. I think I must be obsessed with wedges that have a basket weave detail, because I've now worn two different pairs in consecutive posts! These comfy and cute gold wedges matched my purse and belt nicely, and then adding a little jewelry and painting my nails were the last additions. This was the first time I've ever completely done real make-up on myself, the whole nine yards. I still didn't use much more than foundation, concealer, blush, lipstick, mascara, and eyebrow pencil (what else am I even supposed to use?) and I'm not certain I put it all on correctly, but I think it looked alright. I'm learning! I spent so much time growing up obsessing and focusing on clothes and costumes and fabric that I skipped the make-up lessons or something. Perhaps that's my OCD side! 

Photography: Ashley Laurel and Beth Wilson

Style Tips: A printed, colorful dress works great with metallics such as my gold shoes, belt, bag, and jewelry!

Outfit Highlights: "Plenty" by Tracy Reese chiffon dress with a vintage purse, H&M belt, and coin bracelet from Sparkle

Song of the Day: "New Slang" by The Shins

Sunday, June 8, 2014

"Change Clothes And Go"

Rompers are a touchy subject for most. It's hard to find one that suits your body type, let alone fits you well. It's especially hard being a tall girl but I got lucky with this gorgeous piece from Tobi. I adore open sleeves because they remind me of the Renaissance, and this particular tie front assures that the fit is right for you. With such a bold style like this, the classic blue color was elegant and was a great choice. The shorts are a tad bit shorter than what I'm used to, but I'll rock it! I can also wear it in the fall with tights and boots. I added a statement ethnic bangle, a pendant, and some sweet basket-weave vintage wedges. They were from St. Vinny's in Madison. I only buy used shoes when they are totally awesome!

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Tobi Romper and vintage wedge sandals

Style Tip: Try on a romper if you can rather than buy it online, especially if you are tall. I got super lucky but I also bought the biggest size for the length and then pulled the tie front really tight, as well as safety pining it to make it less revealing.

Song of the Day: "Change Clothes" by Jay-Z

Thursday, June 5, 2014

"When I Met You In The Summer..."

I said goodbye to my beloved roof in Gramercy with one last photoshoot! Though my apartment there was the tiniest, most unpleasant one that I hope I'll ever live in, I had some great times there for a year. Also, the roof had a to die for, close-up view of the one and only Empire State Building. I am excited to now live in Queens just a few stops from the city, though, and get a much better deal and place for about the same price! 

This is an outfit I would wear out at night to a semi-casual place such as a dance bar in Brooklyn, or a casual club in LES. The beautiful yellow Roberto Cavalli piece was one I bought for a great price at the Black Box wardrobe sale when I worked on that show! There is no shame at all in saving on money, whether or not you wear any designer or no matter how your income is. I personally go for what I like, not brands and own a mix. I am all about pairing high end with low end and choosing design and quality over names which might fall apart too! I paired the open silk shirt with a fairly simple but hip outfit. If I was going to wear this during the day, I'd throw on a hat and some flat sandals. Happy Summer!

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Roberto Cavalli silk shirt (open), vintage basket weave purse, vintage jewelry, and sandals from DSW I wore to high school graduation

Outfit Tip: Pair designer, vintage, and medium/low-end brands together for an extra unique look