Swanky Scrunchie

Scrunchie – Whenever I’m chillen in my sweats, there is a 99.9% chance my hair is in a scrunchie. It’s the epitome of hang-time, the grungiest of grunge looks, and the cloudy with a chance of never leaving bed kind of spirit. Swankyadj. 1. A person or object that is posh, high-class, glamorous, classy, upmarket, etc. Paired side-by-side I consider this the godfather of oxymorons; quite frankly it is the paradigm that runs not only my life, but also my fashion style.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Puss in Boots





(Boots: Catarina Martins, Skirt: Elizabeth and James, Top: Forever 21, Bag: Botkier)

              While Puss and Boots may be animated, his combat kickers make a fashionable statement off screen. This getup reminds me of Puss and Boots gone Ace Ventura, the edgy boots can be attributed to the brazen feline while the collar and Hawaiian-esk pattern remind me of the crazed animal detective. Asymmetrical skirts that are shorter in the front are big right now; it’s the perfect way to show off your shoes. Sorry Pixar, the crossbones and skulls make the boots PG-13, but they are definitely a hit at the box office; I cannot take them off. This outfit somehow makes a feminine bohemian skirt mix well with a structured conservative top and some badass boots. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Black-Out






(Tank: Patterson J. Kincaid, Pants: Aqua for Bloomingdale's, Vest: Kenna-T from Nordstroms, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace: Stones&Stitches by Stacey) 

           White-out: probably the best invention since Post-Its; black-out: a perpetual state of obliteration and memory loss from excessive alcohol. A pun indeed, black-out when constructing an outfit constitutes of one thing only, all black-err-thing. It's no coincidence black is the color of choice for the Wicked Witch of the West; the dark hue is quite literally magical. Hips too wide?  Shoulders too broad? Black is the human eraser; it’s the ultimate slimming tool. That being said you can’t just throw on black sweats and a T and declare it fashionably forward, there’s a technique to this trick. Recipe: one suave layday, ingredients: different patterns, textures, shapes, and fabrics, mix 'em all up and you’ve got yourself a hot piece of cake. My favorite part of wearing all black is accessorizing with colorful jewelry, bags and shoes; it’s like a blank canvas waiting to be painted on with vibrant accessories. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pumps and Pinot Noir






(Sweater: Vintage, Blouse: Joie, Pants: Theory, Pumps: Brian Atwood, Headband: made by me (literally))


                Move over Moulin Rouge because Matted Rouge lips are in and Christina Aguilera is SO out. What’s hot? Opaque lips, think a few glasses of Pinot Noir mixed with Eric Northman’s canines after drinking Sookie Stackhouse’s blood (True Blood fans out there, you feel me?), enough with the pop culture references and onto my outfit. My mother gave me this sweater from the 80’s; she’s held on to some great pieces through the years, firmly believing “everything comes back in style at some point.” Well, kudos to her because it is definitely the statement piece of this outfit. Whenever I wear something bold I try to keep the rest of my outfit simple, hence the white blouse and black trousers. I must admit I adore side zippers on pants; it’s like a little peep hole for your pumps. I went through a phase a few summers ago when I was so obsessed with Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl that I made headbands inspired by her, this being one of my favorites. These pony hair black pumps are the perfect way to add texture to a rather bland outfit. Ever have those days when you try on 500 outfits and end up wearing all black? In that case I like to mix different textures to spice things up. In my opinion it doesn’t get more chic than pumps and Pinot!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Forever 21






(Blouse: Forever 21, Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti, Necklace: Forever 21)
         
              21, it’s that age we've pretended to be since we were 17 years old (thank you shady smoke shop on Sullivan and Bleeker for those dapper fake Maine IDs), but when that life milestone is in the rearview mirror, suddenly you want to slam on the breaks. Enough with the sentimental talk I get it, but I find myself wanting to embrace the child within (and I do not meant literally). What’s more Crayola and Gymboree than color blocking? This spring, neons and bold colors are everywhere; brace yourselves because matching is out and clashing is in. Yellow top, blue skirt? Wish I had a neon pink blazer to throw over this getup and some swanky green shoes, but hey, I’ll settle for this. Saddle up, because while 22 is just ahead, I can only wish to freeze time and stay Forever 21. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Serenaded in Silliness





Alexa: (Dress: Parker, Jacket: Grandma's closet, Headband: American Apparel, Shoes: Cynthia Vincent) 
Me: (Blouse: Joie, Button-Down: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: Hudson, Boots: Vintage) 

              The echelon associated with the fashion world is usually thought of as pretentious, however, at the end of the day, doesn’t everybody need to get dressed? I wanted to take down the intensity a few notches and make this post silly. Paired with a 12-inch 1920’s beatnik cigarette holder, a cloche hat, and a bob cut, Alexa’s outfit is my allusion of a contemporary flapper. My grandmother gave me this mink coat, which was most likely designed in the roaring 20’s. The same look can be pulled off with a faux; walk into any Forever 21 and I can almost guarantee you will find one for less than $50. Alexa’s ensemble is sexy, elegant, and chic; mine, on the other hand, is avant-garde, hipster, and head turnin’. I would compare myself to an LA street rat with some feminine funk. The skull and cross bones scarf tied around my head, the plaid button down rolled at the sleeve, along with these combat boots will kick away anyone who tries to mess. This soft blouse, delicately knotted, and pearls around my neck take the edge off this outfit in the same way a well-deserved drink does at happy hour. Never put your nose too far in the air; either swim in silliness or drown in derision. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Floral Flow





(Tank: Exclusive for Intermix, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender)

                 I welcome in the New Year with a frenzy of florals! Something about the warm Florida weather makes me want to mix and match creamy pastels. Pale pinks and powder blues give this outfit an ultra-conservative feminine flare, while this plunging neckline cranks up the heat. Ever since the trend of Brian Atwood’s beige maniac pumps spread like wildfire, I adore how nude shoes look with any outfit.  Not only do they match virtually everything, they are super-slimming and lengthen your legs. Asymmetrical skirts are big for the spring and I love how this particular one ripples like a wave when I walk, so runway-esk! As the 2012 wave hits the shoreline and spring is at the horizon, dive in with a floral fervor.