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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Buying Shoes Off Amazon + Black Friday

Buying Shoes Off Amazon + Black Friday
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Thought I'd create a little haul of all the stuff I got during the major sales from Black Friday and Cyber Monday now that they've all arrived. I also bought the epitome of statement boots from Amazon of all places. Keep reading to see the links of everything I got + my experience on buying shoes from Amazon.



Reformation


Denim is a closet staple. Rather than continuously buying denim from fast fashion stores, I figured it was time to invest. Reformation is known for being environmentally conscious while curating amazing collections. Now that I own multiple pieces from Reformation, I finally feel like a true Los Angeles girl.


ASOS


Some well-needed pieces to update my wardrobe for the colder months. My ultimate goal is to own word association between myself and star prints.



EGGIE Shop


I'm an avid YouTube watcher, especially for styling inspiration. One of my favorites, Jenn Im, released her own clothing line and I've loved the latest additions. Look out for trousers and pants with white stitching because the "industrial" look is in.


Zara


I love stripes and space-related anything. What more can I say about that?



Amazon


Ever since Chanel released their glitter boot, I've been scoping out for the best dupes. Booties, especially those that extend beyond the ankle, are my go-to shoes for nights out because they elongate your legs and don't give a tall girl like me too much extra height. (I don't enjoy towering over people that much.) Since I proudly have large feet, I knew I couldn't find pairs at fast fashion boutiques...or anywhere in the mall. I tried my luck on Amazon and I was seriously impressed. They're definitely trying to take over the Internet and they have seriously elevated their clothing selection.

That being said, if you're going to buy shoes on Amazon, especially a "no name" brand be sure to wait at least a month for your shoes to arrive. My qualms with these shoes are the shape of the toe and the zipper detailing on the back. The toe looked far more pointed on the site, but they look more camel-shaped. Ideally, I would have liked a more subtle zipper perhaps on the inside face of the shoe. But in shoes like these, no one's looking at the zipper. 

BRB while I kira kira these bad boys to my hearts content.

What did you get during the craze of the holiday sales? I can't wait to style what I've got.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Do It For The 'Gram: Pop Princess

Do It For The 'Gram: Pop Princess
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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I love having an excuse to dress up. 

Oval sunglasses | Mesh top | Glitter tank top | Striped trouser

If my Spotify playlists tell you anything, it's that I am an unapologetic lover of all things pop music. Though I am a creature of habit when it comes to my listening history, some of my favorite artists have inspired me to be bold. I jokingly call these trousers my "Charli XCX pants" because they remind me of the pop singer's style. Her influence has clearly taken over me as she also compelled me to take those cliché squatting photos.

I wore this outfit back in October for Tyler the Creator's Camp Floggnaw, but I really just needed to dedicate a post to these pants. I'm obsessed with them and everyone knows it.  

Concerts are my favorite places to be more experimental and fun with my clothing because NO ONE IS LOOKING AT YOU! Some people find this as an excuse not to dress up, but where's the fun in that? Ideally, you should be having the time of your life at a show and when you're having fun you're also feeling confident. There's no better moment to take fashion risks than while you're in the best mood ever + hearing some great tunes live.




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday Deals 2017

Black Friday Deals 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now synonymous with Thanksgiving, but so many retailers have stopped waiting for the weekend when it comes to giving us the best deals. After all, what's more fun than shopping for clothes after you've been binge eating for a weekend? Apparently the answer is shopping so much before thanksgiving so you have new things to be thankful for.

Gone are the days of waking up at 5am and camping in parking lots! Thanks to the internet, shopping for deals has become so much easier for both your wallet and your well-being. 

So many sales have started TODAY so I figured I would make a list of some of the best deals this week and update them as they come and go. Hurry before some of these deals expire tonight...

Deals good until Black Friday or Cyber Monday:
alexander wang 40% off sale
allsaints 40% everything online and in-store
american eagle 40% off all week long
coach 30% off select styles "thanks17"
dollskill 25% off everything black, no code
fraiser sterling jewelry 40% off sitewide "blackfridayvip" until Friday
j.crew 40% online and instore + free shipping "thanku"
levis 40% off everything "indigo40"
lucky brand 50%-60% everything sitewide
madewell 25% off your entire purchase "dontstress" online and in-store
missguided 50% off dresses "dressybabe" or 40% sitewide if you're a student and sign up for myunidays
nastygal 50% off everything sitewide, no code
rebecca minkoff 25%-70% off select styles "black25"
reformation 30% off online and in-store**
revolve up to 50% off sale*
shop bop 30% reg price 70% sale "more17"
shop re/done 70% off all styles*
ssense up to 50% off**
unif clothing 60% off sitewide, no code
valfré 30% off sitewide, no code ends Sunday



Ending Tuesday/Wednesday:
asos 60% off shoes and accessories until Wednesday night
forever21 50% off partywear; ends Wednesday
urban outfitters 50% in-store and online; ends Tuesday
h&m 60% off everything with the code "9054"; ends Tuesday

Ending Thursday:
wildfox couture 40% off with "allsmiles" until Thursday

All Black Friday:
anthropologie 30% off sitewide***
aritzia 50% off selected items***
asos 30% off site wide with the code "epic30"
farfetch up to 50% off, plus 10% off with the code "X1017"***
free people multiple discounts on their site***
glossier 20% off site wide***
lulus up to 90% site wide with the code "bestfriday"***
mango 30% off everything with the code "black17"***
need supply 20% off site wide with the code "shop20"***
public desire 30% off excluding sale with the code "cyber30"***
ulta check their website for Black Friday deals
urban outfitters 50% off everything and BOGO free***
zara 30% off online and in-store

All Cyber Monday:
anthropologie 20% off site wide
bagatiba 40% off everything with the code "bfcm40"
barnes and noble 15% off entire order with code "shopallday"
boy smells candles 25% off the entire site with the code "pinkpromo"
brandy melville 20% off site wide
byredo free shipping on all orders + 30ml hair perfume for orders over $75
clare v 30% off select styles in-store and online with the code "cvcybermonday"
colourpop cosmetics 30% off site wide and 20% off palettes
cult gaia 20% off entire site with the code "veryrare"
dollskill 30% off sitewide
express 50% off entire order online + free shipping
farfetch up to 50% off select lines
flynn skye 20% off entire site with the code "flynn20"
foot locker 25% off orders over $99 + free shipping with the code "cyber25"
for love and lemons 25% off entire order
h&m 30% off everything online and in-store
jo malone three complimentary miniatures with orders over $100
lou & grey 25% off orders of $125 or higher
nars cosmetics 20% online and in-store, sign up for their newsletter for the discount code
nordstrom 20% off select sale items
opening ceremony up to 50% off sale in-store and online with the coke "blkfri20"
pop and suki 30% off everything with the code "blackfriday30"
pretty little thing 40% off online with the code "cyber40"
princess polly boutique multiple cyber deals on their site
rag and bone 30% off entire purchase in-store and online with the code "take30"
realisation par 20% off site wide with the code "cybergirl"
skinstore skincare 25% off with the code "cyber"
steve madden 30% off + free shipping with the code "merry"
sunglass hut 20% off all styles
topshop up to 50% off select lines
vanessa mooney 40% off sale



Definitely check back here for more deals as they roll in. I'm always looking for a good deal throughout the year, so if you are a student I suggest signing up for MY UNIDAYS because they give great discount codes, especially during the holidays. Check your spam folders too because so many brands give exclusive codes through their newsletters. Don't forget to shop small too!

* = updated Wednesday November 22nd
** = updated Thursday November 23rd



Monday, November 13, 2017

Character Style Guide: Stranger Things Edition

Character Style Guide: Stranger Things Edition
Monday, November 13, 2017
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Louis Vuitton SS18

There was no doubt in my mind that I would love Stranger Things. I mean, a Winona Ryder resurgence? Sign me up. 80s music? Finally the unabridged knowledge of Oingo Boingo and New Order my dad has been feeding me would become useful in conversation...but I digress.
Stranger Things is only on its second season, but judging by the many Halloween costumes + the public obsession with its stars, it's clear the show has already solidified its place in popular culture. Between its perfected mix of sci-fi and nostalgia, it has definitely created a following simply for its aesthetic alone. 

Like fashion, television is milking our current addiction to nostalgia and romanticized ideas of decades past. Even Louis Vuitton has caught the Stranger Things fever: last year Nicolas Ghesquiere brought the cast to shoot for a campaign in Paris and this season featured a ST shirt. There are quite a few trends from the runway that can be seen in more wearable outfits within the show and vice versa. Call it a stretch, but it sure is a fun one. Ever since I saw Joyce Byers' leather trench coat and Nancy Wheeler's corduroy sherpa jacket, I knew I would be able to find fashion inspiration in this show outside Eleven's pink dress and Dustin's trucker hat. That being said, it's easy to extend these characters' outfits way past a costume if you focus on the right details.  Since the series takes place in the fall time, there's definitely inspiration for your autumn/winter wardrobe and future holiday parties.

This post is a bit lengthy with some eclectic collages so scroll slowly to see how you can revamp your wardrobe for the next few seasons to come, as told by the characters of Stranger Things.

P.S. Spoilers ahead.

Marc Jacobs FW17, Dior SS18

Joyce Byers
Like I said, ever since I saw Joyce Byers in that leather trench I knew she was going to rock some great coats. When this Dior coat was shown on the runway, it immediately reminded me of the BEST FICTIONAL MOTHER OF ALL TIME. Other designers like Calvin Klein and Chanel also showed similar coats on their runways proving this is no fluke. If the knee-length leather is a bit outside your comfort zone, cropped leather jackets with patent sheen have been making their way into the closets of street style icons. In the latest season Joyce gave Nancy Wheeler a run for her money in that corduroy trench. I love how Joyce is always wearing trench coats...probably because she's always sleuthing with Hopper since the whole town thinks she's crazy. Call me crazy but I'd love to see her in this Marc Jacobs coat sometime.

Public School SS18, Creatures of Comfort SS18, Fashion East SS18, Ports 1961 SS18

Nancy Wheeler
Let's begin the teens with our girl Nancy. Nancy's look is the pinnacle of the "smart good girl" type that has been thrown in our faces in every cliché teen movie since the dawn of time. It isn't a bad thing, but it's just boring predictable. Almost too predictable. (I like to think that if Nancy was a modern girl, she would be rockin' a Daniel Wellington watch.)

Because Nancy has very few variations, the two main components of her look worth mentioning are her love for classic patterns and sweaters. On the runway for Spring/Summer 2018, designers like Public School and Fashion East took the classic plaid print and gave it some edge by using it in a parachute-inspired romper and, respectively, in a body con dress under vinyl. If you'd rather stick to sweaters like Nancy, try finding sweaters with interesting proportions or tying them in different ways like Ports 1961 and Creatures of Comfort. Retire velvet for a night and try your luck at some updated plaid or reconstructed sweaters for holiday party season. I suppose sweaters for warmth are great too.

Nancy's main accessory this season has been Jonathan Byers aka the Instagram husband of your dreams/ an 80s version of whatever persona Cole Sprouse is shoppin' at the moment. Sadly, he isn't featured as his own stand alone style icon in this post..

Ovadia & Sons SS18, Bella Hadid for NIKE, Topshop Unique SS18

Steve Harrington
Steve is definitely one of the characters in this show whose outfit choices look as appropriate in 2017 as they do in 1984. Steve's main accessories this season were his hair and his bat of nails, but they aren't as wearable as his shoes and his jacket. Lucky for you, finding his exact pieces won't be too hard. His signature shoe since season one has been the Nike Cortez, which was recently brought back with a bang. Earlier this year, Nike definitely noticed the Adidas takeover and revamped the classic shoe with Bella Hadid as the face of their campaign. If there's already snow on the ground where you are, trust that these shoes will still be in style come the springtime.

 Bomber jackets are an essential to any menswear collection and any closet for that matter. If you really want to match with Steve, it's not that hard. Walk into any second-hand store, I guarantee you'll find a rack full of Members Only jackets fresh off the truck. Or if you're Filipino, your grandpa definitely has a few in his closet.

Off-White SS18, APC SS18,  Calvin Klein SS18, MM6 Maison Margiela SS18
Billy Hargrove
One of the new character additions this season was Billy. He was a bit perplexing too. (Where'd he get all this anger from? Does he have powers? Why does he hate Dustin so much? Does he want to be Steve's friend?) Questions aside there was no doubting the California bro looked great in a Canadian tuxedo. Denim on denim with a chambray shirt underneath? Wow.

Denim is a staple in every sense of the word, but designers like Virgil Abdoh of Off-White and John Galliano at MM6 Maison Margiela have been giving the silhouette a bit of an update. Add a couple layers of gold necklaces and pendants the next time you wear an oversized denim jacket to channel Hawkins' new resident bad boy.

Louis Vuitton SS18, UNIF clothing, Chloé SS18
Max Mayfield
Mad Max is another new edition, but this time to Hawkins Middle School. Though I have yet to make up my mind on Max, her style is definitely one that so many people are already embracing whether they're aware of it or not. Her look reminded me of the poster girls for brands like UNIF clothing or Lazy Oaf. On top of that she skates, she kicks ass in arcade games, AND she's always wearing a zip-up à la Adidas' track jacket: the ultimate California cool girl.

Throughout the season, she was always wearing stripes in the form of striped tees and her red Adidas jacket. If you want to emulate the look of the iconic-three stripes without succumbing to wearing just athletic wear, find dresses with paneling like this one from Chloé or trousers with stripes down the side to achieve the same effect. Madrid skateboard and suede Vans not included.

Isabel Marant SS18, Acne Studios SS18, Calvin Klein SS18, JW Anderson SS18, Raf Simons SS18
The Boys
Will, Lucas, Mike, and Dustin
The members of Hawkins' AV club are not only fearless in the face of danger, but they also serve as great outfit inspiration because each of them has a signature item of clothing.

Let's start with Will. Besides his coconut head haircut, his most impressionable piece is his puffy coat. In the first season he was wearing a vest, but regardless he is the king of the down jackets. Puffer coats have been on the radar since Balenciaga's Bernie Sanders-inspired collection last year and most recently, Isabel Marant displayed her take during Fashion Month with this color block number. Puffer coats are now as fashionable as they are functional. Try your luck at it with puffer coats in primary colors, metallics, color block, or even cropped.

Lucas' defining detail would be his collars. Whether he's wearing his trusty sherpa jacket or a turtleneck and a flannel combination, the little things are key. The elongated and exaggerated collars from the Acne Studios and Calvin Klein collections really reminded me of him. If you want to expand the variety of necklines in your closet, I'd definitely look for ribbed collar shirts or boxy blouses with a more Western vibe. Collar ribbed tees and turtlenecks are perfect for pairing with skirts or, if tight enough, layered under dresses in the winter time.

Mike, like Max, sports stripes all the time. I won't exhaust my sentiment for striped tees any longer.

Dustin's hat is definitely the most recognizable piece in his closet though it's more of a blast from the past or a Halloween accessory than a closet staple. His graphic tees, however, are worth searching the Internet for. In fact, many people did: his Brontosaurus hoodie is sold out and there's now a waitlist for The Science Museum of Minnesota. Go figure. If Dustin was a modern and wealthy kid, I feel like he'd be really into Raf Simon's latest collection. The brand looked to the 80s for inspiration with band tees combining the likes of New Order with Joy Division, and even paying homage to the replicants of Blade Runner. Judging by the number of easter eggs and posters in Jonathan's room, it's safe to say he'd enjoy the collection too.

Self Portrait SS18, Chloé SS18, Prada Man SS18, Isabel Marant Resort '17, Public School SS18
Thank goodness the boys dressed as Ghostbusters so I could freely share my love for boiler suits. I've been looking for the perfect suit ever since I was studying abroad in London. In my eyes, this piece is extremely versatile. I've been scouring flea markets and second-hand shops around the world looking for my perfect match. It's like I have baby fever but with a jumpsuit. One of my dear friends found a vintage denim Tommy Hilfiger piece in London. Another found an authentic Ghostbusters boiler suit from the 80s in San Francisco. Why is the world taunting me? Oh how I wish I was joking when it came to the severity of my desperation.

Androgynous pieces like the work pant are becoming more common place and in turn are issuing the new wave of boiler suits to join them. So many suits off the runway have added modern details and silhouettes, too. Isabel Marant Resort updated it with cuts to accentuate the female figure. Public School added white stitching that is (and will be) a huge micro trend for seasons to come. If the boiler suit is too much, there's always coveralls and pinafore dresses to ease you into it.

Louis Vuitton SS18, Pacorabanne SS18, Self Portrait SS18, Brandon Maxwell SS18
Eleven
Lucky for us, Eleven saved the world and also saved us from a third year of pink dresses with a couple new looks! One thing that marries the seemingly incoherent outfits are the interesting shoulder pads. (I think I can hear my mom's closet rejoicing.) El's most "bitchin'" look from her adventure to Chicago brought us the slicked hair and eye liner we were so desperately missing in Hawkins. She definitely encapsulated the rebellious look in all-black, but you can take it a step farther with inspiration from the Louis Vuitton leather dress or this Parcorabanne two piece with barely there shorts. If you go for the latter option, exaggerated shoulder pads will make your waist look smaller and elongate your figure.

El's dress from the Snow Ball showcase two major elements you can add to your going out arsenal: prints and statement belts. For a while, statement belts made the belt buckle the ultimate accessory, often with a heavy-handed Western aesthetic. Now, it's all about belts and corsets with the classic square buckles in a single patent leather color. Save the Western vibes for your shirt. I love this dress from Self Portrait since it embodies everything El's dress as along with micro trends like the star print and the one-sleeve look.


I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed season 2. What did you think of the season?

All images were taken from Vogue Runway or Screencapped.net


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mars Bars

Mars Bars
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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photos by Noël Dombroski

Baker Boy hat | Oversized denim jacket | Graphic tee | Wide leg jeans | Suede mules

Happy Halloween! Nothing gets you in the spirit quite like overdressing for the pumpkin patch. 

I really just needed a reason to show off my favorite tee from Reformation. I bought it over the summer on a whim. Ever since I read Andy Weir's The Martian a couple years ago, my mind has been gravitating toward anything space-themed. From planet-adorned clothes to long form pieces on the great unknown, I've got it bookmarked. 

I'm loving this new spin on the graphic tee. Last year, it was all about ringer tees. This year, linen and semi-sheer graphics seem to be making a comeback. All black outfits are more lifeless than chic nowadays, so to break it up I added this suede red belt and borrowed this oversized jacket. While we're axing old habits, break up with your skinny jeans. See you later...I've got episodes of Stranger Things to catch up on.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Something Wicker This Way Comes

Something Wicker This Way Comes
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Cat Eye Sunglasses | Striped Top | Vintage-look denim | Leather Loafers | Wicker Bag

Even though the calendar says it's the end of October, the heat wave in L.A. has the city sweating like it's the middle of July. One summertime element that I'm (willingly) carrying into the fall time is the wicker bag. I found the PERFECT one earlier this month at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. The summer it-bag will definitely be an essential next year, but if you want to wear yours now just style smart! Combining smart pieces, like the collared blouse and loafers, will make the bag feel a bit more autumn appropriate. The cut of my Reformation top steers away from any overpowering office vibes, but the straight leg denim also adds an element of relaxation.

Dressing smart is definitely the best way to style your closet while you wait for fall clothing purchases to come in the mail...and if you've been trying to figure out how to combine your workwear with your daily life.





Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Carpet Looks: Emmys 2017

Red Carpet Looks: Emmys 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Dylan Penn in Dolce and Gabbana; Robin Wright in Mugler; Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan; The boys of "Stranger Things"
Nothing ushers in the beginning of fall (and Fall primetime TV) quite like the Emmys. Thanks to subscription cable and streaming platforms, we've now got better quality television shows and even more choice. It's the golden age of television and we're just livin' in it, baby! Though the Emmys isn't the most popular awards show, the mix of traditional A-listers with the fresh faces of TV makes the hunt for red carpet looks that much more entertaining. The vibes of the Emmys also show the way trends can be adapted for any aesthetic or age.

Though we may not all be able to walk down a star-studded carpet in couture, keep reading to see the ways you can incorporate certain trends into your arsenal this fall.

Jewel Tones

Issa Rae wears Vera Wang; Nicole Kidman wears Calvin Klein; Viola Davis wears Zac Posen; Shailene Woodley wears Ralph Lauren; Samantha Bee wears Rubin Singer

In case you didn't know, Pantone called "Greenery" its color of 2017. Though Pantone's color only means something in the world of interior design, it's lovely cousin "Emerald" should find its way into your closet. Follow Shailene Woodley's example in her wearable Ralph Lauren dress, or try your hand at anything velvet in a jewel-toned color. 

If you were into the off-the-shoulder silhouette that took over the summer, update your look like Issa Rae and try your hand at a one-shoulder ensemble. I've personally been gravitating towards red colors lately, especially since it's a more autumnal option than the blush-tones I've been obsessed with for the past two years. Both patent red booties and green heels should be on your list this fall, especially as accent accessories to accompany the copious amounts of checked pieces you'll collect.

Silver Sequins

Jessica Biel in Ralph and Russo; Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera; Tracee Ellis-Ross in Chanel Haute Couture; Uzo Aduba in Sally Lapointe; Anna Chlumsky in Sachi and Babi

While chainmail dresses ruled the summer, the 2000s inspired look just won't stand on its own this fall.  Trade in one silver trend for another: sequins. With the popularity of the synth-sound in current pop and everyone's obsession with Stranger Things, it seems like the 80s infatuation is comin' in hot once again. If you like being the center of attention, ASOS sells a very similar dress to Sarah Paulson's Carolina Herrera number...statement shoulders and all. Tracee Ellis-Ross's Chanel Haute Couture look is full of microtrends to keep in mind next time you're shopping. Don't overlook the smaller details like wide belts, billowy sleeves, and feather detailing.

 If anything the revival of sequins reminds us all that if you can't find a disco ball...just dress like one.

Suited Up

Evan Rachel Wood wears custom Moschino; Claire Foy wears Oscar de la Renta; Reese Witherspoon wears Stella McCartney

At the Golden Globes earlier this year, Evan Rachel Wood wore a suit on the red carpet to remind young girls that dresses are not the only option when it comes to formal wear. Amen, sister. It seems that there is one piece of the suit her and Reese Witherspoon have turned their focus onto: the blazer. Hint: Blazers are coming back again this fall, so be on the look out for ones with extremely ornate detailing, deconstructed elements à la Evan, or dress-length ones like Reese.

Tulle! Tulle! Tulle!

Mandy Moore in Carolina Herrera; Kiernan Shipka in Miu Miu; Thandie Newton in Jason Wu; Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein

Millie Bobby Brown's Calvin Klein look is the talk of the town. I especially love the use of the bandana as a belt. For us plebeians, try your hand at wearing a scarf as a top or layering piece. During the colder months, tulle is also a great layering piece under tops or as a dress over jeans. I tried this styling trick back in February and since then I've been obsessed! As for the other leading ladies, Thandie Newton and Kiernan Shipka prove that minor embellishments can easily elevate an outfit.

Technicolor Dream

Tessa Thompson wears Rosie Assoulin; Zoë Kravitz wears Dior; Gugu Mbatha-Raw wears Boss

These ladies did not disappoint. Women of color...in color! Though Zoë Kravitz's dress kind of reminds me of a piñata, it's still as mesmerizing as ever. Though a rainbow color palette may seem childish, it'll be the one to reach for when a graphic tee just isn't eye-catching enough. This fall, you'll be able to find it in embroidered patterns, out-of-this-world accessories, and 70's-vibe stripes.

Fine to the Touch

Jessica Lange; Julianne Hough in Marchesa; Yara Shahidi in custom Prada; Laura Dern in Proenza Schouler

This last category reinforces current microtrends. Jessica Lange's dress reminds me of the Asian-inspired floral embroidery that has been floating around since the resurgence of bomber jackets a couple years ago. (I'm pretty sure that's a golden dragon on her shoulder.) Julianne Hough's Marchesa look seems to solidify the pattern's influence today with the cherry blossom detailing. Yara Shahidi kills it in her custom Prada, though the style reminds me of collections from LA-based brands like For Love and Lemons. Of course I had to round out the cast of Big Little Lies with my girl, Laura Dern, who reminds us (again) that feathers are going to be on every kind of hem this fall.

Hope you enjoyed my recap, which look was your favorite this year? This year's Emmys were entertaining to say the least and thanks to the Spotify + Hulu student deal, I'll finally be able to catch up on TV's most talked about shows. 
Photos: Vanity Fair, Refinery29, Twitter
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trends: Roses, Velour, and Feminism

Trends: Roses, Velour, and Feminism
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Is the shopping bug starting to itch?  Before you touch your credit card, check out some of the best trends straight off the runway and the newsfeed.



designers left to right: vivienne westwood (spring 2017) , gucci (spring 2017), alexander wang (spring 2017 rtw) , adam selman (spring 2017) , maison margiela (a/w 2017)

Roses
The handful of people who actually read this blog might be thinking, "Hey, you mentioned this in your last trend report." Why, yes I did. I'm here to tell you to hop on this if you haven't already. This is also reminder that this print can be worn multiple kinds of ways, no matter your preconceived aesthetic. Take cues from the forever-rebellious Vivienne Westwood and the house's revamped camouflage featuring a Victorian version of the flower. Gucci wants us to sit pretty in pink roses and ultra-feminine billowing sleeves. Alexander Wang sticks to the "rose tattoo" motif, except this kind seems to be acceptable to showcase with your work slacks. Adam Selman's is the definition of Ready To Wear. I need this outfit in my life. Maison Margiela show the most understated rose printed jacket, but pairs it with another popular print: flames. You can choose to downplay the print or to make it the centerpiece. If you don't get a bouquet of roses anytime soon, just wear them instead.





left to right: alberta ferretti (spring 2017), valentino (spring 2017)  alberta ferretti (spring 2016), vetements (spring 2017),  marcelo burlon county of milan (spring 2017)


Velour
The second I noticed Juicy Couture was making a comeback I was ecstatic. Shoutout to my mother for holding onto my velour sets this long. Velour is notorious for said iconic sweatpants and they're coming back in waves through Vetements and Urban Outfitters collaborations. The fabric is not exclusive to streetwear and pants with elastic waists. Velvet was a huge trend recently and odds are if you bought something "velvet" in a fast fashion shop, it was actually velour. The slip-trend is starting its way out, find pieces like fitted dresses, those with tie details, or other bedroom-inspired wear.  I wouldnt count this fabric out, especially since we're taking the "effortless" dressing to a whole new level. 





left to right: dior, public school, prabal gurung, opening ceremony, and chanel fashion show (spring 2015)

Feminist Slogans
In the era of the Trump presidency and post-Brexit, people have become more vocal than ever when it comes to their beliefs and causes they support. From creating shirts for Hillary Clinton to hosting fundraisers for Planned Parenthood, the fashion industry and the individuals within it became its own force. Though some might say this movement is just capitalizing off the movement, I say we're just trading the hearts on our sleeve for mantras across our chest...just don't go around thinking your resistance stops there. If you wanna wear a $600 Dior shirt to show off your feminist pride, live your life. If you really want to benefit a movement, donate to Planned Parenthood or ACLU directly while you're out making moves. Or buy feminist wear from small-businesses and artists who are part of marginalized communities rather than cheap fast fashion corporations. Put your money where your mouth is instead of trying to keep up with Rihanna. That being said, a good graphic tee never goes out of style.

Check out some of my favorite smaller brands below:


Photos from: Vogue Runway, Refinery29, and Twitter