Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve outfits

My top picks and arrangements, put together using Polyvore.

Herve Leger dress, BCBGirls stillettos, Forever21 jewelry & clutch

Vintage dress, Stuart Weitzman clutch, D&G stillettos

Moschino vintage t-shirt, Intermix tights, BCBGirls watch, Stuart Weitzman clutch, Miss Sixty shoes, Forever21 necklace

Happy New Year, everyone!


The best candy bar

On Friday, I woke up early to catch an Amtrak train ride into the City with my boyfriend. We had been dreaming about roaming around Manhattan for months, and finally the opportunity arose to make it a reality!

After walking to Central Park in hopes that the ice skating rink would not be too busy (hah!), I was distracted by passerbyers carrying Dylan’s Candy Bar bags of deliciousness. Just last week, I was watching VH1’s “Fabulous Life Of…” and saw this candy store mentioned! We decided to pass on waiting in the never-ending ice skating line, and instead walked over to 3rd avenue in search of this candy store.

When we arrived, we waited in a short line before being released into the two story (soon to be three) candy-lover’s paradise. I practically trampled over young kids just so I could get my grapefruit slices and Haribo candies I had been craving all day! After picking up a bag for myself, and some old-fashioned candies for my parents, we headed to the check out, being left with a “Have a sweet day!” from the cashier.

If you are ever strutting around the Upper East Side like a Gossip Girl and are in need of a candy fix, I recommend Dylan’s Candy Bar to help settle your sweet tooth.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Blush you!

One beauty product I started to crave after receiving a Sephora catalog before Christmas was Smashbox’s O-Glow. The claims seemed too good to be true: just rub a clear gel onto your cheeks with your fingertips, and watch your cheeks blush their natural color. Nevertheless, I was intrigued.

I was so happy to receive O-Glow as a stocking stuffer for Christmas, and promptly tried it out after all the present-opening was complete. And it worked! I found my pale self blushing a light shade of pink that stuck with me for the rest of the day. Although it is definitely different than my favorite peachy Nars blush in Orgasm, it is so easy to use and fun to watch it work its magic.

Picture Key – Top left: O-Glow (Picture from, Top right: Before trying it, Bottom left: Excited!, Bottom right: Glowing

I wonder how it does it!


Sunday, November 25, 2007

"Upscale" cheapies?

Cheap no more.

Every now and then, fashionistas like myself I'm sure head to a Goodwill or other thrift store in hopes of finding a name-brand bargain. There's a certain thrill that comes with finding a vintage hat or purse for a few bucks, rather than its original hundred or so. But yesterday when I ventured to the Westport, CT Goodwill in hopes of finding such a steal, instead I found Burberry trench coats for $90, and real fur coats for $300+. Is Goodwill really allowed to charge that much?! I was so shocked and disappointed at the price of these jackets that I left with nothing in hand. (I also found a pair of Marc Jacobs jeans ... an incredibly ugly pair, nonetheless).

Today, I went to a more local Goodwill, not ready to give up so fast on my search for a vintage-y item. There were also $100 fur coats there, and jewelry grab bags for $20. Once again, I bought nothing.

A few minutes ago while browsing Fashionista, I came across an ad for Patricia Field for Payless, a limited edition holiday collection. I adored these boots, but when I saw the price, I was shocked. $55 for Payless boots?! Are you kidding me?

Is anyone else shocked by the new 'upscale' ways of cheap stores? Have you found an item you love, only to discover its higher-than-average price tag? Or is all this frustration completely irrational?


P.S. I'm back! All of my college applications are done, with the exception of F.I.T. ... my portfolio review is on December 8th though, so I'm still working my tail off!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I apologize for the complete lack of posts. College, AP art, and life in general has taken quite a toll on my life. I have narrowed down my list to the Fashion Institute of Techonlogy, Philadelphia University, University of Vermont, Marist, and Assumption. I know I need to focus on actually getting accepted into each school, but I'm really struggling now about where I want to go and what I want to do. I mean, Vermont and NYC are complete opposites!

Any how, I would like everyone to know that I am still reading all of your blogs, and try to comment when I get the chance; reading them keeps me sane during the complete whirlwind that has been this month!

Hugs & love,

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Photo by Kipernicus, via Flickr

Fall is my favorite season, hands down. So since the weather has continuously been 80 degrees and humid in Connecticut, I have not been a happy camper. Luckily, my family had been planning a quick Vermont visit so we could visit UVM. When we arrived in Burlington this afternoon, I was in heaven. The air was chilly and crisp and the leaves were changing colors; what more could a New England girl ask for?

Granted, I have yet to visit all of the states. But ever since vacationing there two summers ago, it has become one of my favorites. I adore the laid back lifestyle, the weather, and especially the locally produced food. It's funny how I know I want to go to college in New York City or Vermont--they are complete opposites! For those of you ever planning on visiting, here is a must-do activity list:
  • Visit the Ben & Jerry's Factory; I've gone on the tour three times and each time just gets better and better! (I am a bit ice cream obsessed, though..)

  • Shop downtown Burlington; with an American Apparel, a myriad of Vermont-made stores, and great food, you could spend all day here and not get bored.

  • Rent a cabin on Lake Champlain; This is the definition of a relaxing vacation: being surrounded by the wilderness and the lake is just amazing!
  • Buy your food at local co-ops; Supporting local farmers is a great way to do your part in helping to save the environment (plus the food is just better that way!).

While in Burlington, I picked up a few American Apparel necessities...

Images from American Apparel

Happy Columbus Day weekend!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Loving Mooka

While browsing Fashionista last night, I watched their newest Girls Gone Styled video, featuring Mooka Kinney! I had never heard of the duo that is Rachel Antonoff and Alison Lewis before, but I instantly fell in love with them and their clothes. They are the cutest girls ever, creating the cutest vintage-y clothes you'll ever see. According to their website, they're inspired by all things magical such as "Peter Pan" and "winged ponies". If you're like me, and live under a rock (apparently...I hate being the last to know about designers!), I invite you to watch the interview of Rachel and Alison on Fashionista, and then hop over to their own website. I gurantee you'll fall in designer-love with them too!

Photo credit: Mooka Kinney


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Highly waisted

Honestly, when I bought these Cheap Monday jeans last month, I didn't realize that they were high-waisted. I think I might've gotten lost in how amazing they fit my body while in the dressing room at Urban Outfitters. They're a little long, and a little loose around the waist, but I'm really bad when it comes to returning clothes or exchanging them, so I'll have to deal. Anyways, it was really chilly today! I saw plenty of people wearing flip flops and short-sleeved shirts at the mall, but I was freezing my bum off. The outfit:

-Laila Rowe aviators
-Gap blue & white striped shirt
-Kohls' necklace & belt
-Cheap Monday skinnies
-Chocolate Uggs ; (It might've been too early in the season to break these out, but I was just dying for a chance to warm my feet with them!)

At the mall today I picked up some goodies including Chanel mascara, a rust-colored (or "curry"-colored, according to my mother) knit tunic, and a knit floppy hat from H&M. I was a bit disappointed with my mascara results, especially after my mom told me my eyelashes didn't look much different than when I use my cheapy Maybelline mascara. Oh well.

Photo credit: F21


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Guilty pleasures-9/15/07

It's been a while since I've posted my current guilty pleasures! Here it goes...
  • Dairy Queen's cotton candy blizzards; Everyone else thinks they're too sweet, but they satisfy my sweet tooth in a way no other ice cream can.
  • America's Next Top Model reruns; Seriously, are they either on VH1 or MTV every day? I think I've seen every episode of each season at least three times, yet, I continue to watch. (ATNM Fact: They film "____" Next Top Model in over 180 countries!)
  • Nickelback's "Rockstar"; This is such a catchy song that I always find myself belting out the lyrics to in my car rides.
  • T.J. Maxx; I found the coolest plaster-cast peace sign there the other day. (And the most hideous Salvatore Ferragamo shoes--at $299.99, though, they didn't seem like much of a bargain to me.)
  • Procrastinating; Not a good thing now that college application season is right around the corner...
What's your latest guilt-filled lust?


Friday, September 14, 2007

Tired and cold

Those were the two words to describe my early morning. Ugh, I hate having to wake up at 6! I was never a person who slept in until lunchtime, but I like waking up a little later than that. This blog and reading others has really inspired me to dress a little differently each day. Last year, my daily outfit consisted of a t-shirt, jeans, and Birkenstocks (no lie!), yet I still read style magazines religiously and would dress up on the weekends. Now I try to only wear jeans a few times a week, and layer! My mom's friend told me that layering is just an excuse designers/stores make up so that we buy more clothes, but I completely disagree. I've never gone into a store to buy a whole outfit; buying different clothes from different stores and throwing them together makes fashion so much more fun! My outfit for today:

- H&M tunic
-Laila Rowe obi belt
-My mom's brown sweater
-F21 leggings
-Old Navy flip flops (I had no flats that matched!)

P.S. If you haven't already, check out these Girls Gone Styled videos via Fashionista. They're so fun to watch!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

The power vested in me

No pun intended, haha. Anyways, before school started, I went to Goodwill looking for a vest. Right as I was about to give up my search, I spotted a mint-condition Brooks Brothers woman's vest. The fit wasn't right though, so I figured I'd just take it in a little eventually.Two weeks later, I decided it was time to make it fit me. I pinched the sides, and sewed a dart on either side. It looks a little strange, since there's darts on my sides and it wasn't just sewed all the way down, but I don't think it looks too bad. Not too shabby for a $4 vest!Worn today with:
-H&M scarf
-Old Navy tank top & dress
-Bandolino wedges
-Mom's patent clutch


Wednesday, September 12, 2007


This week hasn't been the best for clothes and keeping up with NYC Fashion Week, and I apologize for the lack of posts. My boyfriend of almost 2 years and I broke up on Sunday and it hasn't exactly been easy. Every day I'm getting better, though, little by little, and thankfully I have great friends that have been there for me. It was sort of funny to watch my progression of what I wore this week though: Monday, I wore a gross outfit of sweats, Tuesday was a little better with jeans and a t-shirt, and today...well, today was a pretty good day in my opinion (see right).
  • Scarf: H&M
  • Blue top: Gap
  • Grey skinnies: Hollister
  • Greyish/blue shoes: Bandalino

Another positive? No school tomorrow! Thank you, Rosh Hashana. It will be spent sleeping in, relaxing, and working on my portfolio.

Have a good night everyone, and to everyone who may be Jewish, have a good holiday!


P.S. Check out the previous post; I've finally been able to post that picture!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Every Sunday

Photo Credit: Flickr

Religion has always been a topic I try to steer clear of for many reasons. My personal beliefs differ regarding my own religion and others as well, and I am at the time in my life where I am interested in learning about different religions and beliefs other than my own. Anyways, my parents are very religious people and we go to church (almost) every Sunday. Sometime in elementary school when I was living in Texas, I decided to use this regularity to my advantage: I began to dress up to go to church a little differently than I normally would.

Ever since then, I have used Sunday mornings as my excuse to try out new (appropriate) trends before wearing them out (if they are a little bit dressier) or to school. I love the challenge I give myself to mix pieces together in ways previously unimaginable. I may get a few strange glances from elderly members of the church who are a bit more conservative about their Sunday looks, but it's my small way to have fun and be different from the rest.


Here's what I wore:

Blue, green, and purple plaid H&M jumper

Navy 3/4 sleeve Gap zippy

(barely visible) gray-stripped tee

Purple American Apparel leggings

Gray, bow-tipped flats

Does anyone else do something similar to this? Use a common place they go as their advantage to dress up in new ways? It's fun! If you haven't tried it, thing about your outfit a little more before going to: the grocery store, out shopping, the library, a park, a bookstore...anywhere, really!


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A big day

Okay, so today wasn't the most important day ever. Nothing extra, extra special happened to me. But there were two pretty cool things that happened: 1. I got my bottom braces off (yay! now only forever until the top ones come off..), and 2. NY fashion week began!

I'm really dying by the lack of updating websites have been doing. I want to see some runway shots! I was interested by this post regarding the BCBG show. Selita Ebanks, being the celebrity she is, sat and watched whilst texting the magazine via Blackberry. Some interesting texts about the show? "Orange matte lipstick", "marigold organza dress worn with a belt", and "floaty transparent pieces". I'm absolutely dying to see some pictures, here!

Some more runway shows I can't wait to see coverage on:

Thursday: Miss Sixty
Friday:Vera Wang, Behnaz Sarafpour, Thakoon, Proenza Schouler
Saturday: Lacoste, Y-3
Sunday:Derek Lam, Diana Von Furstenberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Monday: Carolina Herrera, Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs
Tuesday: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Tory Burch
Wednesday: Donna Karan

Besides obsessing over how glamorous fashion week is, I've been back at high school as a senior. My classes this year are definitely challenging, but I am doing an independent study in environmental science that I am especially excited to start-- more on that later though.

Photo credit: MSNBC


Friday, August 31, 2007

So sorry!

I just wanted to stop in and let everyone know that I'm super sorry for the lack of updates. Please don't forget about my blog while it's in hibernation for the next few days! School starts for me on Tuesday, and I have quite the list of summer assignments to finish up. I have a lot of things to mention/show you when I get back, so make sure to come back in 4 days! Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend & make sure to be safe!


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Upset with Old Navy

I just got back from my local Old Navy, and am majorly bummed. There were a lot of cute styles there that looked sooo good folded, or on a mannequin: grey skinnies, a charcoal fleece jumper (pictured), a large pocket tunic, etc. But when I tried all of these things on, they were either too big there, or too small here. Talk about frustrating!

One successful piece I tried on (but didn't buy; I'm waiting for it to go on sale!) were wide legged, corset jeans*. I LOVED how they made me feel, and they actually fit pretty well throughout. The only problem was the length, but since I'm a shortie, that's usually the case.

But doesn't it just break your heart when you try an item of clothing on that looks like it'll be fabulous, just to find out it doesn't look good on you? Tear, tear.


*I would show you a picture of these fabulous jeans, but they don't seem to be on the Old Navy website! Hmm. Interesting.

Photo credit: Old Navy

T-shirt lovin'

My boyfriend and I went to New Haven last night for our last date before he went away to college. We both saw this shirt and thought it was so funny. Being the lucky gal I am, he bought it for me!

Going through his old t-shirts, there was a bunch that didn't fit him anymore. So I was also lucky enough to snag a few worn in, comfty t-shirts to wear to bed (or reconstruct..hmm..).

Long live the tee!


Photo credit: UO

Monday, August 27, 2007

Guilty pleasures, 8/27/07

Back when I started this blog, I wanted to have a unique weekly post under the same subject. After listening to the radio yesterday, I was inspired!; why not a "guilty pleasures" post? We all have them, and I know mine change daily. After posting my most recent guilty pleasures, I would love to hear everyone elses. C'mon, you know you have them!

  • Avril Lavigne's "When Your Gone" & Pink's "Who Knew" - I swear, that's all they have been playing on the radio, and even though I don't particularly care for either artist, these songs have nice lyrics.

  • Not having to pay for gas when I go out - Thank you, mom and dad.

  • Using my womenly-ness as an excuse to eat lots and lots of junk food

  • Free samples at health food stores - like this local one here.

  • Being excited for back-to-school shopping - even when I still have homework (and lots of it) to finish up.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Manhattan, part two

Visiting the city yesterday was ten times better than my Monday trip. Why? Please refer to this brief list:
  • Taking the train & seeing Grand Central Station for the first time
  • Seeing the memorial service for the NYC firefighters who recently passed away: it was such a beautiful, moving experience, and the amount of people who came to St. Patricks to watch was heartwarming.

  • Saks, and its shoe level with its own zip code (I felt awkward taking a picture here, so please excuse the horrible-ness of it!)

  • FIT (more on that later)
  • Chipotle burritos; have you seen the size of those things? Delicious!

I visited the Fashion Institute of Technology with my dad for one of its information sessions. After experiencing a casual, "how about YOU ask me questions and I'll answer them"-type session at Parsons, I wasn't expecting much. Instead, what we got was the most informative, well-rounded 2 hours of information I have heard from any college I've visited. More importantly: now I know this is where I want to go. Everything about FIT is perfect, it's almost surreal. And it's right in the middle of the Fashion District!

Today was spent spending more money than I should have, on items that really weren't necessary. I bought a cute little Moleskin notebook to tote around in my purse to replace all of my scrap pieces with numbers and times jotted down, as well as the latest issue of Preen (even though I still have to flip through the ginormous September Vogue; is it bad that I've been saving it for the right time, almost as if it's a special treat?)

I hope everyone has had a very stylish weekend so far!


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Funky fresh

I wore this outfit last night to my friend's house for our weekly viewing of The Hills (Team Lauren!). The whole time, I kept thinking that I should be doing jazzercise or something silly like that. And, I couldn't get Ciara's "1, 2 Step" out of my head.

Camisole -- Kohls
Tunic -- F21
Leggings -- A.A.
Flats -- Target

Like I said in the previous post, these leggings are the most comfortable bottoms in the world. If you don't have a pair...go treat yourself and buy one!


Manhattan, part one

Manhattan was even better than I remembered it being. There is so much to see everywhere you look; the city is like a never ending supply of eye candy. First, I had a quick lunch with my parents at an Au Bon Pain, and then it was time to do some shopping!

We made quick stops at Anthropologie (if I could choose one store that is the embodiment of my natural style, this would be it), Juicy Couture (um. Let's just say I couldn't afford anything there), Levi's for my mom, and American Apparel! I finally decided to purchase a pair of purple leggings, and now I want them in every color. They're super comfy, and I just want to live in them 24/7!

Then it was off to a quick, informative information session at Parsons on 5th avenue. Frankly, I loved everything about the college. It's right in the heart of the city, borders other colleges (part of NYU's right next door), and the diversity of the student body is astounding. Please accept my application, Parsons!

On the way out, we passed by S'MAC, a simple East Village restaurant specializing in mac n' cheese. I'm praying we'll make a stop there Friday, when we go back to visit FIT.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Speaking of boots...

On Monday, I'm going to visit Parsons in Manhattan with my parents. The downside: it's supposed to be pouring out. And of course, if I'm going to visit one of the schools I'm most interested in applying to for fashion design, I might as well look as good as possible on a dreary day. I found this super cute pair of rain boots at Laila Rowe in New Haven last night for $35.

And I already know what dress I'm wearing to match...=)


Friday, August 17, 2007

The Great Debate

Some swear by them. Others claim they are the UGGliest boots ever created. This debate seems to be never ending between my friends and family; but really...why hasn't the trend of Uggs gone away?

For as long as they've been popular in my town, I have considered them quite unattractive--especially the "short" ones. I could never wrap my head around why people wear the short Uggs. But then, I found an ad in a magazine for this gloriously hippie, flower-embroidered pair. I drooled over their uniqueness that set them apart from other Uggs for months. But when I finally had enough money to buy them, the wait list was over 4 months long, and winter would be long over by then.

This season, I considered the idea of purchasing a pair of Uggs ahead of time. The only pair I would ever wear are the "tall" ones in either Chocolate or Black. Before I knew it, I was ordering a pair of chocolate Uggs last night on Shopbop. I'm still not positive I should've bought them. My rationale is that a) winter is FREEZING here, and my Birkenstocks probably aren't the best winter shoes, b) they will last many, many years to come, and c) brown (or shall I say, "chocolate") goes with my whole wardrobe, so it won't be too hard to find clothes that look good with them.

I guess it's a little to late now, but what does everyone else think about Uggs? Have you given in and bought a pair of this never ending "trend"?

Photo Credit: Ugg Australia


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The cupcake gal

Yesterday I had a sudden urge to bake delicious, icing & sprinkle topped cupcakes. I didn't want them to be the same ol' vanilla batch, though, so I went recipe hunting for a simple vegan cupcake recipe. I found a super-easy one here, on wikiHow; the only difference between this recipe and regular cupcakes was the use of soy milk in place of regular milk, and the use of oil instead of butter and eggs. (*I am neither vegan nor vegetarian, but always love trying out such recipes to see what I can do differently) I then decorated the tops with raspberry and orange frosting and pretty star sprinkles. Unfortunately the frosting itself was not vegan.. I didn't have time to make my own and instead purchased it pre-made.

Today, I ventured into work today, cupcakes in tow, and waited for my coworkers to try them. They liked the denser texture, and subtle sweetness (I used a little less than 1.5 cups of sugar for 24 I don't really understand why they didn't taste sweeter).

I also figured I'd dress up in a cutsey dress for such an occasion.

Black top & dress: H&M
Pink leather purse: my mom's
White flats: Target

I apologize for the picture overload of moi! I didn't think to take pictures of just the cupcakes. My friend and I decorated them together, and decided to go photo crazy.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Rain, rain

Today I woke up to the sound of rain. It sucks really, waking up to that, because it just makes me want to stay in bed all day. So after having to force myself up and start my day, I had to meet with my art teacher for the school year and show her my summer homework progress. Basically, I have a lot of work to do. Sometimes I think I'm too sensitive for criticism, even when it is constructive. I need to learn how to change that, asap!

Now it is almost Saturday, the rain is still trickling down, and I am freezing. Wearing winter pajamas to bed in August is just crazy! At least the rain will make for a good night's sleep.

I hope everyone else's day was sunny, or at least a good one!


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Fruity, perfume-y musings

Photo credit:

I don't recall the first time I smelled Betsey Johnson's perfume, but that is the day I fell in love. This "fruity floriental" scent (as described on the Betsey Johnson website) is an instant mood lifter. I hate being unable to smell the scent a few minutes after I spray it on. If it weren't for potentially disgusted looks I would get from passerbyers, I would spray this perfume on me every few minutes.

Fruity, sweet-smelling fragerances are definitely my thing. I never thought I would like Paris Hilton's perfume until smelling it in a magazine; it instantly reminded me of sugary grapefruit candy (I have a pretty intense sweet tooth).

What's your favorite perfume/perfume genre? I'd love to hear!


P.S. On a completely unrelated note, I still do not believe this is really Gwyneth Paltrow.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Remembering to breathe

Has anyone ever met someone...whether it be an acquaintance or new found friend...who is a breath of fresh air? To me a breath of fresh air is this: someone who stands out from the rest in all the right ways. Usually I find breaths of fresh air in the little things people do, i.e., holding the door open, smiling, saying hello, and I try to do the same.

In high school, 99% of boys are as follows: stubborn, arrogant, and sex-minded. I was lucky enough to meet one recently who does not fit that description, and is a down-to-earth, friendly person. I am now very glad we've become friends and consider him my most recent breath of fresh air, the 1%.

On a Hollywood level, Anne Hathaway has to be my favorite breath. She is a confident woman with a great personality and style to match. Always stunning, always different (no rehab for her!), she is the perfect role model for girls of all ages.



Tuesday, August 7, 2007

My newest lust: C.S.

Whilst browsing tonight, I came across Castle Starr, a line of playful party frocks in a mix of vintage and modern designs. Their website is instantly inviting with its jazz music and lusty feel. At around $600 for an intricately designed dress, Castle Starr isn't the most expensive clothing label in the world. If you have an event you could possibly splurge this much on, their clothing looks like it would be well worth the money. Their clothing has been featured in Teen Vogue (on Ashley Olsen!), InStyle, Nylon, and Allure, as well as other publications. Take a look at their site and you may just fall in lust as well.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Wishlist Part 1

Is anyone else already thinking about fall fashion?

There's so much I'm drooling over, including booties, wide-legged jeans, and funky blouses.
Betsey Johnson BootieMoschino Cheap & Chic BootiesDittos Wide LeggedGenetic Wide LeggedGap BlouseMarc by Marc Jacobs
Betsey Johnson booties, Moschino Cheap & Chic booties, Ditto's jeans, Genetic jeans, GAP blouse, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse.


Thursday, August 2, 2007

A mad hat & jeans

The closest Goodwill to my home is...mediocre. I once found a brand spankin' new, $98 Banana Republic tweed skirt there. That, however, is my only success story. After reading about/seeing very awesome thrift store finds over at other blogs, I decided to try my luck out again, nearly a year later.

My first find? (Or shall I say, my mom's first find for me? Gotta love the mother.) A Merrimac Hat Corporation wool hat (where they still used mercury to make them), with a "Macy's, New York" tag. I had no idea what this hat company was until I Googled it just now; unfortunately the factory is now a condominium development.
Vintage Hat
The ribbon around the back edge of it is totally off, as you might be able to tell from the safety pin holding it in place in the picture.
Then, I found a trouser-ish pair of Gap jeans that fit me like a glove (and somehow remind me of Carol Brady). There is no such thing as too many jeans!
Thrifed Gap Jeans
In conclusion, I have a new hope for this particular Goodwill.


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Fall fashion standouts

For some reason, I rarely go on a designer's website to view runway collections...probably because it is just so overwhelming and probably because I fancy too many designers to view regularly. But as I was flipping through the August issue of Vogue, I found some stand-out architectural pieces of clothing, my favorites being from Bottega Veneta and Marc Jacobs' fall collections.

Bottega Veneta Runway Fall 2007

Marc Jacobs Runway Fall 2007
(Photos from

The BV skirt suit balances just the right amount of fitted and flouncy; the color reminds me of a crisp autumn day. On the other hand, the MJ look is fitted and completely polished, and the pop of red on the collar is somewhat flirtatious and sexy.

These are only two of many looks I found intriguing in Vogue, and for once I was inspired to learn more by visiting the designers' websites.