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.