12.30.2012

Sixties Shifts


     I'm quite a picky shopper, but every once in a while I'll come across a brand that has me completely smitten. Currently it's Boutique by Jaeger. The line, sold at ASOS, is described to have a "...60s playfulness with a clean, contemporary aesthetic..." To me this translates to utter perfection.

12.28.2012

Playing With Peplums




J.Crew Top & Pants, Vince Cardigan, Marais USA Booties, Tiffany & Co. Locket, CC Skye Bracelet, Handmade Chain Bracelets

     I'm typically not a strict trend follower, but every once in a while a certain style will have me head over heels. Luckily, I love peplums, which are very in style this season. So I was super excited when my grandmother gifted me this peplum top for Christmas. It's such a fun update from an ordinary striped tee!


12.21.2012

Cat in the Hat


Nasty Gal Caterina Hat $235, Eugenia Kim Felix Black Cat Hat $155, Topshop Cat Lace Ears $12, Urban Outfitters Lace Ears Headband $12

     There's quite a craze for cats in the fashion world. It began with the kitty flats and now it's all about kitty hats and headbands. Let's just say there's a fervor for feline. 

12.19.2012

How To: Chanel Inspired Bracelet

     I've always admired the classic quilted Chanel handbag. This infamous purse is simple and elegant, which are also two qualities I look for in jewelry. Using the bag's chain as inspiration, I created bracelets of a similar style. Even though I may not own the bag, now I can have a little of its essence on my wrists! Here's how you can make your own...

     What you'll need: jewelry pliers, jewelry cutter, chain nose pliers, fabric scissors, lobster claws, gold chain, and leather ribbon. 

     Measure the length of your bracelet by wrapping the chain around your wrist. Try not to make the bracelet too small; it won't be comfortable if it's too tight.

     Cut the chain with the jewelry cutters.

     Weave the leather ribbon through the chain. To make sure the bracelet looks neat, avoid making twists in the leather.

     Tightly tie a knot at each end of the chain.

     Trim off excess ribbon with fabric scissors. Keep the tails small but not too teeny, because if the knots come undone they will be difficult to re-tie.

     Use the jewelry pliers to hold the jump ring on the lobster claw, and twist to open it up with the chain nose pliers.

     Insert the jump ring through one end of the chain with the jewelry pliers.

     Close the jump ring using the jewelry pliers and the chain nose pliers. And you're done, enjoy!

12.17.2012

Underneath It All


Clockwise: Zinke Lace Crop Bralette, Scallop Edge Crop Top, Lacey Basic Hipster Undie, Galloon Lace Halter Bra, Lovely Lace Godet Slip

     I love Free People + I love lingerie = I really love Free People lingerie. From scallops to lace to pastel colors, the pieces are all très feminine and dreamy. 

12.15.2012

Queen B





Free People Dress, Hue Tights, Marais USA Booties, Coach Bag, J.Crew Headband

     The all black outfit is back again, and this time it's infused with a bit of Blair Waldorf charm (see sparkly headband). I paired a drop-waist dress with tights and leather accessories. The leather bows on the dress add a touch of femininity.


12.03.2012

Silhouettes



     I vividly remember going on an outing with my mother to Barneys New York and falling in love with Carter Kustera's silhouette artwork that was on display. Since then I've grown really fond of silhouettes and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into photography. I decided to create a silhouette stencil and print images through it in the dark room. First I made a simple black print. Then I filled the silhouette with an image of my paper dress and another of a palm tree. I really enjoyed using this technique and am looking forward to experimenting with it more in the future!

11.21.2012

Polka Party




     I've been Kusama-fied. Yayoi Kusama, an artist acclaimed for her infamous polka dots, has been popping up frequently in the art and fashion worlds lately. In my photography class our most recent assignment was to emulate an influential artist's work. I was eager to model my project after Kusama. Here are some of the final shots!
          

11.14.2012

Edge




     Film photography has been a current favorite of mine. As opposed to digital photography, film is more hands-on since you can print the pictures yourself in a darkroom. My most recent prints are ones I took of my sister. We had an edgy fashion photo shoot complete with black winged eyeliner, a studded vest, and scruffy combat boots. 

11.12.2012

Snake Charmer

Jules Smith Necklace, House of Harlow 1960 Ring, Jules Smith Cuff, Dream Collective Studs & Bangle

     Although snakes scare me, I love snake jewelry. It's interesting to see how different designers interpret a snake's traits. Focuses on pattern, curve, and movement seem to be evident in most snake jewelry. I especially like pieces that show a snake wrapping itself around something, which in this instance can be a finger or wrist. 

11.10.2012

Nancy Drew




Asos Dress, James Perse Long-sleeve Tee, Urban Outfitters Army Jacket, Hunter Rain Boots

     My friend Allison insisted that I looked like Nancy Drew when I wore this outfit to school. Her point was really spot on, but I also think that the army jacket and rain boots added a little edge to the preppy plaid shift. 


11.05.2012

The Perfect Purse

Splurge (Clockwise):
The Cambridge Satchel Company Crossbody $175Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha $368J.Crew Edie Purse $238Coach Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse $198 

Steal:
Urban Renewal Vintage Coach Bag $69, Deux Lux Basketweave Crossbody Bag $42, American Apparel Leather Cross Body Satchel $58, Cambridge Crossbody Bag $48

     For my birthday a few years ago I received a brown Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body handbag that I carry all the time. People often tend to compliment me on the purse and I believe this is because it's rare for people to find great, classic bags.
     To me, a neutral leather handbag is an essential accessory. It can be worn with any outfit, at any time of day, and during any season. Here I've rounded up some perfect everyday purses, some on the pricy side and others more affordable. 

11.03.2012

The Blondes







     My friends and I were out to lunch one day and we overheard some girls sitting near us talking about how my whole group looked the same. I found this really interesting because to me, my friends all look very different. 
     I decided to take this idea and incorporate it into my series project for photography class. I shot five of my friends using a film camera in the studio at my school. Then I processed and printed the film in the darkroom and mounted the photos on black poster board. I'm thrilled with how the final piece turned out! 

10.29.2012

Blackout




Zara Top, J.Crew Pants, Del Toro Slippers, Tiffany & Co. Locket, Ariel Gordon Love Knot Ring

My mom once told me that when she was young she went through an all-black clothing phase. The idea has always stuck with me, and I recently decided to try it out. I paired my black cropped pants with a pleather-inserted top and added leopard print smoking slippers to keep things interesting.


10.25.2012

Vintage Fashion Expo

An ethereal lace dress that hung from the ceiling. 

     I've dreamt about the Vintage Fashion Expo for years and I finally got to go this past weekend. Held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the venue was humungous and overflowing with vintage pieces from the 1800s to the twentieth century. I was overwhelmed to say the least, but I found some great treasures amidst the clothing chaos. Here are some of the highlights...

Structured coats that fit perfectly into this season.

Quilted Chanel heaven.

Fun bow-topped Vivienne Westwood heels.

The grand finale: high-waisted leopard print underwear.