Friday, August 31, 2012

QOTD - Dani Stahl

If you are a reality TV junkie chances are you know who Dani Stahl is, she starred in E!'s reality tv show Scouted, where we got a peak at how models are discovered. Currently, she is Editor at Large for Nylon magazine, jewelry designer for Lia Sophia & an independent stylist and consultant. So what does she think no one should ever wear?




Quote via Fashionista

Thursday, August 30, 2012

ShoppingTips - Asos Aztec Strapless Dress

I am jumping the gun a bit with this post as it must be mentioned the Asos dress has yet to arrive. However, as I was falling asleep last night this outfit just came to me! I had to immortalize the look before going on with my day. So here is my future outfit!




1. Asos Aztec Strapless Dress $33.21 (image via Asos)
2. BaubleBar Onyx Glitz Drop Earrings $26.00 (image via BaubleBar)
3. Christian Louboutin Rolando Pumps $745.00 (image via NeimanMarcus)

See why I chose these...


Sunday, August 26, 2012

StyleInspiration - Fashionistas like You and Me


This past week I had my annual performance review at work, you know the job which enables me to purchase pretty things and eat yummy meals. Anyhow, these annuals check-ins are something I dread. Why, you may ask? Well as it is I am pretty critical of myself and take criticism to heart. Though, I have gotten better at convincing myself it’s not personal it is business. I still wasn't happy with the 'stable, reliable, dependable' marks. Aren't we amazing & irreplaceable? I think so!
As usual the review left me in a contemplative state... wondering & looking for signs that I am on the right track. Even though, I do not have the answers as to what path my life is to follow (I am pretty sure that is OK)... and don't we usually believe everyone else has it all figured out? So that is exactly when it hit me, in the past week, I had related to three very stylish women whose interviews I read/watched this week. So hey maybe I am on to something (and so are you)!



Let's begin with Rachel Zoe. How can a person with such a fab life be like us? Well if you caught the interview above (Part of Harper's Bazaar's The Look Web Series) Rachel discusses how far she has come along in her career. This in part because she worked hard and (most important) she was flexible. Her only goal was to be the best at her job, while continuing to try new things. Rachel states she would have never predicted she would be where she is now, ever, and it is that lack of predictability which we should be aware of. All too often we forget we have no idea where we are going and that it is OK, it’s probably somewhere fantastic anyway, as long as we pay our dues along the way.

So getting the deep stuff out of the way we can move onto fun stuff. The two remaining stylish women I related too, Lea Michele & Jaime King, were on a more superficial level: shopping & dressing. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

QOTD - Christian Louboutin

Found this amazing Christian Louboutin quote on We Heart Style blog. Adore the message - shoes transform!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

SpotlightOn - PETRA FLANNERY

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein at 2011 Golden Globes.
image via Styleite
Many of us covet the effortless style of many celebrities. In particular I adore the red carpet and street style looks of Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana. They manage to always look on trend without the "I tried too hard" look. Cue in my surprise, when flipping through the September 2012 issue of Glamour magazine, I find out they share the same stylist: Petra Flannery. Sidebar: she also styles Andrew Garfield!








Sunday, August 12, 2012

RecipeTime - Blood Orange Mimosa

Blood Orange Mimosa at Toro Restaurant
With less than a month of summer left, our days of legitimate day drinking are numbered. Inspired by many a Sunday brunch at my favorite Toro Restaurant in Boston (coming soon to NYC), I sought to recreate this delicious drink. The result was pretty successful, if I do say so myself.

Ingredients:

1 bottle of your choice of Prosecco
1 can of San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda
1 Orange of your choice
1 dozen ice cubes
1 Granny Smith Green Apple (optional)

In a pitcher or carafe you have laying about mix the prosecco, Pellegrino soda and ice cubes. Chop up the apple and orange into small cubes and add to pitcher. Serve immediately and impress your guests and self alike. For added presentation zest, garnish glasses with orange skin.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

QOTD - Marisa Berenson

Always a restless curious, I settled in to watch 'About Face: Supermodels Then and Now', HBO's documentary about the modeling industry throughout the past few decades. And, of this documentary I extract today's quote by legendary supermodel Marisa Berenson. I recommend the documentary if anything for the refreshingly honest interviews from the beautiful Carmen Dell'Orefice, China Machado, Christie Brinkley. Christy Turlington, Isabella Rosellini among others.






Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fashion Reads - Getting to Me!

Recently, I heard about a soon to be published book by Andrea Linett cofounder of Lucky Magazine. Her fashion resume is impressive to say the least, she has also worked at whom has also worked at SassyHarper's Bazaar and eBay. Reading the preview of the her book, titled 'I Want to be Her!: How Friends & Strangers Helped My Style', got me thinking. It is clear our style is an expression of our personalities which evolve as we grow and mature, but what isn't so clear is pinpointing how on earth we became the stylish persona we are today. I for instance can go off on a tangent on how I have consumed US monthlies such as Vogue, Elle, & Bazaar since I was 13, yet, it wasn't until college when I became exposed to a diverse collection of individuals from all sorts of places & with their own style perspectives, that a sense of experimenting & developing my own sense of style was truly fostered.

I cannot wait to read this book by Andrea Linett but in the meantime let me introduce you to the books that so far I can assert have influenced me stylistically.