Monday, August 20, 2012

how to go back to school

It's that time of the year again. Like I said in a recent post, Target's back-to-school commercials are flooding my TV screen. I decided to take to my blog and show my must-haves for the new year because I don't trust the weird teachers in the Target ads. I don't know-- maybe you do.

Let's begin with the cute necessities: pens, pencils, and planners-- all those sorts of things. I love matching my pencils and pens to my notebooks and erasers. I always go for bright colors; they're more exciting. Click through the list below to find my favorites. Don't miss the coolest USB flash drive disguised as a credit card. Thanks, Rebecca Minkoff. I really, really love you.

Now, onto the bags that will carry you through school. We have the backpack, the pencil pouch, the lunch bag, and the tech accessory cases. This pouch will help you practice your French and keep your pencils safe all at the same time. When choosing cases for my iPad and iPhone, I always turn to Dannijo and Kate Spade. Check out my other favorite bags below.

And, my favorite part begins. Let's talk about fashion. Collared shirts and blazers are the obvious scholastic choice. Who doesn't love adding a collar to a crew-neck? I always kick it in comfy shoes while walking up and down the stairs to classes. Oxfords and Converse are good, alternative choices. For makeup, I keep it quick and simple. I love Bobbi Brown's foundation stick, and these Crayola lip glosses are just too perfect for school. Stick them in your new pencil pouch for fun.

Friday, August 17, 2012

shop well at madewell

Each day I am forced to accept the fact that summer is ending. No more beach. No more bikinis. Just a little bronzer to hold onto that St. Tropez tan. But, in case you want one last summer purchase, head over to Madewell. I'm obsessed with their Mara Hoffman bathing suits and coverups, as well as their lightweight t-shirts. I was unable to photograph this super cute Mara Hoffman romper. Seriously, check it out.

a chambray shirt 
a travel-friendly scarf

However, if you're anything like me preparing for winter already, get ready for the sweaters and booties. They will soon be showcased throughout Madewell window displays everywhere. Get ready. And, stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

lanvin all chic & stuff

I have been obsessing over Lanvin ever since I first saw their legendary flats on Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen a la season one of Gossip Girl. Now, my love has spread to their chic, classic dresses and round frame sunglasses. A week ago I was walking through Bal Harbour Shops, literally a Mecca for the most stylish fashionistas, I was instantly taken aback by the perfection of the Lanvin boutique's window displays. Prepare to drop your jaw as you peruse the photos below.

shopping tote and similar pumps

equally fabulous dresses here and here

Friday, August 10, 2012

alice & olivia: the embodiment of summer

Summer's end is approaching: Target's back-to-school ads are cluttering my TV screen and pre-fall emails are flooding my inbox. I have to admit I save all my Barney's emails and for the most part delete the rest. But, Barney's clothes are just too stunning to delete. But I digress, when I look back onto my summer wardrobe-- the bright colors and fun prints, I instantly think of Alice & Olivia. I didn't wear it every day, but the pieces that I did wear were easily my favorites. A sequined yellow top and Picasso-esque dress were guaranteed compliments. They're too captivating to ignore and too sweet not to love.

I have officially added Stacey Bendet to my list of fashion icons, following Vanity Fair's lead. Her fun and quirky personality clearly projects through her personal style, line, and even her Instagram. I can't get enough! So, my vow this fall as I move up North to the land of black cashmere sweaters is to keep Stacey's design aesthetic in mind and bring on the color.

Monday, June 18, 2012

summer loves

So, recently I have turned away from window displays, delving into the world of personal style. I think its about time to bring back the windows, agreed?

I will begin my series of summer window displays at Nordstrom. Their Love It displays, as I like to call them, are full of super fun get-ups in bright colors adorned with the perfect accessories.


The summer's hottest trends are included in these two window displays-- everything from the pop of color to the pop of white. Peruse my list of favorite trends and items inspired by these Nordstrom displays. 
  1. The color block dress- Parker (pictured above with an orange shirt)
  2. The easy, breezy white dress- Diane von Furstenburg
  3. The graphic dress- Nicole Miller
  4. The carryall tote with a pop of color- Tory Burch (pictured above in three colors)
  5. The fun, printed short- Paige Denim
  6. The bright blazer- Gibson (pictured above in yellow)
  7. The super cool, retro sunglasses- Lanvin
  8. The pretty, silky scarf- kate spade new york
  9. The simple beach bangle- Ippolita
  10. The funky wedge- Jeffrey Campbell
I hope you find inspiration and fun in my list of must-haves! Clearly, I like the word "the" and summer dresses. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

summer fashion 2012: the hi-lo dress

Xhilaration dress, Tory Burch clutch (old) similar here and here, Steve Madden wedges (old) similar here, Prada sunglasses (old) similar here, MAC lipstick Costa Chic

Today was one of those perfect summer days when the sun shines nicely, meaning you should take out the sunscreen. But, don't worry beads of sweat won't be dripping down your face. So, I decided there was no time better than the present to show off my new hi-lo dress. I've been obsessing over the style for months, among an incredibly long list of trends. 

I met my favorite summer hi-lo dress in the Target foyer of sorts, where the big, red carts meet the overpowering aroma of Starbucks. I spotted the colors, forgot about the cart and the coffee and walked right over to pick my size. There was no need to try it on. Thought? Is my hi-lo dress really that captivating? 

I must say I take pride in this outfit for its thrifty-nature. Although I have some designer accessories, they're all old items I rediscovered to help out this cheap, but super cute dress!

Monday, June 11, 2012

what to wear in the sun

T by Alexander Wang shirt, Trouve shorts, DV by Dolce Vita sandals, Karen Walker sunnies, Tory Burch iPhone case

Although I've spent most of my trip to Islamorada lounging at the beach in my bathing suit, light and fashionable outfits are still so important. I am obsessing over these Trouve shorts. I know they look a little  like a tacky Hawaiian shirt, but I can't get enough of them. And, the yellow T by Alexander Wang shirt is so comfy- I would live in it if I could. Comfort and tacky tropical prints--the perfect combination for a vacation to the Keys.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

the outfit post

Halogen tank, Pins and Needles lace shorts, DV by Dolce Vita sandal, Karen Walker Number One sunglasses

I am in the Keys for the weekend, taking in the sun and enjoying summer, and I decided it was time to document my outfits. So, let the outfit posts begin! 

Friday, June 8, 2012

trends for the summer

June 1st has come and gone, the sun is powerful, and all the windows are aligned with tropical prints and cute summer catchphrases. It's the perfect time for a new wardrobe. So, I have tracked down summer must haves: bathing suits, makeup, and shorts--the works. I also included some stores with sales! Take a look at the BCBG Max Azria and Nordstrom windows.

A window display for every summer dream:

Town House


Juicy Couture-- check out summer looks below


BCBG Max Azria


After a longtime and I believe, a well-deserved fear of velour tracksuits, I made my way into the Juicy Couture store. The window was cute and ready for summer so I felt as though I needed to give it one last chance. I did not touch any velour item and found that Juicy has quite a few cute sundresses and even a super fun romper. So perfect for summer.
Juicy Couture
Juicy Couture

I, along with every other girl, have been on the hunt for the cutest swimsuit to tan in this summer. (Please tan responsibly. Don't forget the sunscreen.) I have not found one suit in particular but a whole collection of bikinis and one pieces from We Are Handsome. I simply cannot get enough. The colors and images are so cool and unexpected. I also fell in love with Giejo's line of mix and match suits. 

We Are Handsome
In the quest to complete my summer wardrobe, I have found many tropical shorts--some slightly more ridiculous than I would like. I own the Trouve shorts pictured in the Nordstrom window. I admit--they're crazy, but I love them all the more for their quirky attitude. And, they're on sale! If you're really willing to invest in a fun tropical short these Stella McCartney shorts are a must. 
Stella McCartney
Below is a collection of the must have accessories for summer 2012. The colors pop, and they're easy to throw on with anything. After all, neon is the new neutral, according to me anyway.

Daniela Gregis
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Rebecca Minkoff
Now to finish this summer fashion guide, I have compiled my favorite easy makeup essentials all bright, fun colors for summer. Enjoy!

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick-- so easy
Bobbi Brown
Dior Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Pink Veil
Dior Nail Lacquer Riveria