Monday, August 31, 2009

more styling by me

i decided to once again use my little sister as my model and muse and style her for a mini photo shoot. I took her shopping which was so fun because she looks absolutely adorable in everything. And surprisingly I was able to find a lot of cute things in her size. We shopped at H&M kids, Abercrombie kids, Nordstroms and Icing by Claire's.

latest obsession

There are so many influential people in fashion you can learn from, my personal favorite happens to be Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is a fashion stylist working in LA best known for working with celebrities, fashion houses, beauty firms, advertising agencies, and magazine editors. She has worked with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Nicole Richie, and Keira Knightley. I absolutely LOVE her and her show. I would die for her job. She currently has a reality show called The Rachel Zoe project on BravoTV which just started it's second season. On her show you learn about how Rachel and "team zoe" put together and style outfits for their clients. I really recommend you watch it not not only is it major eye candy for fashionistas but a really good way to learn about the styling industry!

styling my me

outfit to the left: headband & belt: LF, top, clutch & jeans: urban outfitters, boots: aldo, belt: american apparel. outfit to the right: jacket, dress, shoes, hair clip: LF
outfit to the left: top and jean shorts: LF, hat: street vendor in nyc, sunglasses: ray bans. outfit to the right: tiara: vintage, dress: forever 21, ring: marc by marc jacobs.

As much as I love fashion and styling lately I've been really into fashion photography. I absolutely adore dressing people up doing hair and make up then taking pictures. Recently I did a photo shoot with these gorgeous twins who photographed really well, I thought they had a great look and would be so fun to dress up.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Anna Wintour, editor in cheif of Vogue magazine, is one of the most influential people in fashion. To Vogue the september issue is THE MOST important issue. This documentary follows Anna Wintour and her team at Vogue as they put together the september issue which teaches us the inner workings of the magazine. Almost like the truth behind the devil wears prada! It comes out in NYC the 28th of september and in L.A. and select cities, september 11th. Visit to learn more and watch the trailer! I'm so excited to see this!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gap gets stylish

I have never been a huge fan of gap jeans but they seem to have reinvented themselves with their new "america's best fitting premium jeans" well priced starting at $54.50. They feature seven new styles for women, my favorite being the "always skinny" jean. Above supermodel Anja Rubik sports the "always skinny". Visit to learn more. I love it what do you think?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

natalia vodianova as vogue's little red riding hood

the first editorial from vogue's upcoming september issue has been leaked and all I can say is i'm obsessed! the spread, titled "into the woods" and features model Natalia Vodianova styled by Grace Coddington as a chic little red riding hood. I absolutely love it! what do you think?

pretty please?

When you're getting ready to go out, you've completed your outfit, done your hair and makeup, painted your nails and picked out your favorite heels.. do you ever feel like you need just one more finishing touch? Choosing a lipstick color is don't want to be too bold..but you don't want to go nude either. You also want a color that could go with all your outfits. If you haven't seen it before Pretty Please lipstick made by MAC is my favorite lipstick. It is a very delicate, feminine pearl pink color. It's also hydrating for the lips with it's smooth texture and moderate shine. It also contains Vitamin E and Vitamin C, and if that wasn't good enough Vanilla is added for aroma and flavor! It's absolutely divine! And happens to have such an adorable name! I love it most because it's soft and almost natural looking. So try it out...pretty please?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

don't forget to watch!

This Thursday on Lifetime!!!
Project Runway
Catch The Season 6 Premiere at 10p/9c
visit for more details

real style real people

outfit to the left: sunglasses:street vendor in nyc. blouse: zara paris. shorts: urban outfitters. flats: steve madden. bag: longchamp. outfit to the right: hat,dress and sweater: LF. belt and tights: H&M. boots: vintage.
outfit to the left: scarf: nafnaf in paris. top and jeans: urban outfitters. sweater: LF. shoes: aldo. bag: topshop. sunglasses: street vender in Manhattan. outfit to the right: dress: LF. ankle boots: urban outfitters. sunglasses: four seasons, mexico.

sweater, top, leggings: from urban outfitters. belt: from H&M. boots: vintage unknown. bando: american apparel. fedora hat: street vender in Manhattan. bag: forever 21

TOPSHOP for this coming fall

Over the summer in New York City where I was studying fashion design at Parsons, the new school for design (home of Project Runway) I fell in LOVE with Topshop! It is a British clothing store with amazing prices, almost like an H&M but much more stylish and fashion forward. Topshop's new looks for fall are TO DIE FOR. I've selected a few of my favorites above, (the first look is my most fave.) If there isn't a topshop in your area visit to shop online!

lincoln park after dark

Who doesn't love mani-pedis?? well next time you go and you're torn on what color to choose, if you haven't already fallen in love with it, I have four words for you: LINCOLN PARK AFTER DARK!. it is only THE most beautiful color for nail polish! It's a deep deep purple that would almost look black at first glance but looks dark purple in the sun. It's my absolute favorite I get it every time and it seems to go with all my outfits! Try it out you'll love. And it's a great color especially coming into fall!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

latest obsession

Have great ideas and need to get them out? A great way to put your ideas into perspective is collaging images! one of my favorite things is making collages, and is just the place to collage anything you want from artwork to your favorite outfits! be creative and let your true style emerge as you play on this truly magnificent site! I'm constantly making new creations but two of my favorites are the ones above, the first being a favorite outfit of mine and the second using major fashion icon Audrey Hepburn as my muse for a collage of other things I adore. Check out polyvore you'll be happy you did.

enter to win ashely olsen's chic fall wardrobe

Who better than style icon Ashley Olsen to be holding this contest!If you're a fan of the clothing line: The Row, designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen you should enter to win this &100,000 sweepstakes! If you're interested or want more information visit to enter now! Why pass on free clothes? Plus Marie Claire is one of my favorites magazines for reading up on style trends.

savvy shopper?

A perfect guide to savvy shopping is "The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart" written by Nina Garcia (fashion director of Marie Claire and judge on Bravo's Project Runway). This little book shares Nina Garcia's tips and pointers on becoming a savvy shopper with the three essential guidelines of 1. TAKE INVENTORY 2. MAKE A NEED LIST 3. INVEST IN THE ESSENTIALS. To learn more about Nina's book visit

80's purple

LOVE LOVE LOVE this website: for those of you who like to shop online 80's purple is one of my favorites, it features many different styles from punk rock to hipster and has sooo many cute things at reasonable prices! visit

Monday, August 17, 2009

when in at LF

LF! My latest obsession is LF! It is an AMAZING clothing boutique with ALL the latest trends as well as new and upcoming trends. I couldn't ask for a better place to shop. The staff is friendly and always very helpful! And at the moment they happen to be having MAJOR sales with 60% off the whole store. Check it out! There is no way you'll walk out without buying something. And if you do you have major willpower. They have several locations including NYC and San Francisco. Check out their website to learn more.

Pearl as muse.

Along with styling I love fashion photography and I thought I'd use my little sister as my model to show two of my favorite looks. The first being a purple scarf worn as a headband, vintage lace cropped tank over a plum american apparel bikini top with distressed jean shorts. The second is a silver headband, long tank with jean vest, skinny jeans, and gold necklace.

smells like summer

have a magnificent fragrance to match your outfit, best summer fragrances i've fallen is love with are: 1. daisy by marc jacobs 2. miss dior cherie 3. chanel number 5

summer trends of 2009

as fashion continues to evolve my favorites this summer have been:
1. hippie headbands
2. boyfriend jeans
3. sandals sandals sandals

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