Im having a slight obsession with peter pan collars. They can provide an interesting addition to a simple design and really call attention to the wearer's face; plus regular collared shirts are getting a little tedious, I think. I recently ordered my own peter pan collared blouse from ASOS (they have a great selection) and am waiting eagerly for it to arrive. In the meantime I'll share some of my favorites, and what I would pair with them. Enjoy!
I love coming across a new blog or website that inspires me. One that I recently discovered thanks to both Refinery 29 & Daily Candy is The Coveteur (http://www.thecoveteur.com/index.php). The site not only gives us a glimpse into the closets of the fashion elite, it also describes the path they took to get where they are today, which as someone who would love to work in that industry is truly inspiring. Be sure to check out Senior Fashion Market Editor of Harper Bazaar Joanna Hillman's closet...it is to die for!
Apparently I am just obsessed with videos lately. I mean I love pictures of course, but something about happy videos really cheers me up. Naturally. Anyway, this short film was created by Jason Wu for the Jak & Jil Blog and its amazing. What adorable, sincere, fun boys? I want them all. Enjoy!
My favorite part of the American sportswear aesthetic is how accessible it is to the masses. The Tommy Collection by Tommy Hilfiger for Spring 2011 is no exception. Completely revamping the line's image to more closely resemble it's iconic past, the Fall 2010 Collection helped Hilfiger reclaim his rightful spot in American sportswear royalty. While I loved the equestrian and quintessential preppy elements of his fall line, his spring line is much more feminine and on trend with the bright pops of color so prevalent this season. As someone who loves when fashion and comfort are mixed I can not wait until spring arrives so I can wear some of these pieces. Oh wait, I live in Arizona. Spring began almost 2 weeks ago. Well I guess I better get shopping!
Scott Schuman, from the famous fashion blog The Sartorialist, recently made a video with Intel Visual Life about the process of creating his blog. I've probably watched it 3 times in the past 24 hours. The video is full of amazing footage, and is narrated by the extremely eloquent Schuman. I love hearing his thoughts on his photo subjects and fashion today. I might be in love. Im now on the lookout for more of Intel's Visual Life videos, hopefully they are just as inspirational as this one. Enjoy!
I worship kate spade. If I could live in a colorful kate spade world, full of balloons and pinwheels and exquisitely designed clothing and accessories, I wouldn't think twice about leaving reality behind. All of the designs exude happiness, and for this, I thank Katherine Brosnahan (and of course Deborah Lloyd). Kate spade has always been famous for its unapologetically punchy and bright hues, featured in all the products. The most recent kate spade campaign premiers a new color each month, for the rest of the year! What a treat! January begins with red. Among the irresistible red collection, I am particularly coveting the Year of Color January ring and the Double Bow Studs.
Along with the selected red items, the website offers a customized print (available for purchase) and video collaborations. If all the videos are as brilliant and inspiring as January, I might just die of happiness. Enjoy this piece of heaven, it certainly made my day and I hope it makes yours!
January in Arizona sounds ideal to almost anyone braving through a cold New York City winter. While I do enjoy the 70 degree sunny days, I still long to be bundled up in my favorite city. However this year, even New Yorker's can experience some of our mild weather with Openhouse Gallery's Pop-up park. With over 4,500 square feet, the faux park is complete with grass, trees, and even a small pond. They are even offering yoga classes (for a small fee of course, after all this is NYC we are talking about!) If I were in my beloved city I would hurry and take some refuge from the blistering cold before its too late. Like all good things, the park will only be open through January 30th. So to all my friends in New York, get a taste of home while you still can!
Why hello blog world, it has been far too long. I am beginning to feel more like a guest blogger than the co-writer of this blog. As you can see from Jenna's post, winter break has been quite busy for the both of us. While it was lovely, I am in great need of some type of normal routine back in my life. However I wish that did not have to involve work and school. Unlike Jenna, I am big on New Year's resolutions. While I have committed to the same resolutions as most of the country (like eating healthier & staying more organized), I have also vowed (sadly) to limit my clothing habit. However that does not mean I can not jazz up my wardrobe with some amazing accessories. I am hoping that one of the first things I purchase (finances permitting) will come from Lulu Frost's collaboration with JCrew. Known for blending antique and vintage items with today's modern looks, the pieces fit perfectly with the JCrew aesthetic. Below I have picked a few of my favorite pieces. While they are not one of a kind like Lulu's main line, the antique crystals used make them truly special.
So its a little delayed but... Happy New Year! I hope it was fantastic for everyone! Kacy visited me in northern California from the 29th to January 4th and we had a fabulous time! Pretty positive she'll be back again soon. So before I document the highlights of our trip I just have to say that one of my top new years resolutions is being more consistent with blog posts. Normally I don't make any resolutions, but this one is important. I spend so much time reading other blogs that one would think I have the time to put some effort into my own! Hopefully I can pull it off, even if I'm off to a slow start. First things first, a recap of the wonderful trip. We started off at the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco of course!
The weather was clear and beautiful, albeit a little chilly. After we got tired of all the tourists and people trying to bike across the bridge, we continued on to the Haight Ashbury area. I didn't take any noteworthy pictures there, mostly because its all secondhand stores, hippies and stoners but it's definitely worth seeing. The next day we drove down to Monterey to have lunch at Nepenthe. An adorable restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with great food and even better views.
New Years eve happened somewhere in between these days, which was actually quite fun considering NYE is one of my least favorite holidays ever. We returned to San Francisco later in the week to visit Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Fisherman's Wharf smelled awful but they just built a new building there entirely devoted to Boudin Sourdough bread...I was in heaven. Then we continued to Pier 39, where we saw a street performance by some hot British acrobats and watched the sea lions loaf around for awhile. Our last stop of the day was Crown and Crumpet, an English tea parlor that opened in 2008. After seeing the parlor featured on Daily Candy I became obsessed and have been waiting to go ever since. So basically, this was a dream come true for me. The place is decorated adorably and the tea and treats are divine. They have a cute little shop as well that sells all the precious, useless knick knacks I love to buy. Visit their website and I guarantee you'll fall in love as well. Don't these pictures just make you want to come to northern California? I forget why I ever left each time I return from school. Look out for some fun new posts soon! Even though I have been MIA, I've been doing lots of brainstorming and am feeling rather inspired.
Both struggling to find anything aesthetically pleasing in Tempe, Arizona, Jenna and Kacy found hope in one another's appreciation of fashion, food, design and all things right in the word. The longer they stay at Arizona State University, the more they realize they need to get out as soon as possible. The ultimate goal: living the fabulous life in New York City. But until they get there, the small successes and inspirations will keep their ambitions alive.