Glittering Touches

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Sweater, American Apparel Tennis Skirt, Zero Gravity iPhone Case, Robert Lee Morris Rings, J.Crew Ankle Boots

     Bring on the glitter! I'm not talking buckets of it à la Ke$ha, but rather, as a finishing glittering touch to a simple look. To add some sparkle into my cranberry colored outfit, I sported rhinestone hair clips, disco-ball silver nail polish, and a shimmering rainbow cellphone case. I'm all for putting on the glitz during the holiday season!


Je t'aime Times Ten

     So I've fallen in love… With a sweater. And it's not just any sweater. Non, non, non. Embroidered onto the sweater is my daily mantra. Je t'aime Jane! Gainsbourg is God!
     Okay, so I don't actually say that all the time, but I have developed a deep love for Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. From listening to their music much too frequently, to watching Slogan (the movie where the met), to finding photographs of the two for style inspiration, you could say I'm obsessed. They shared such a passionate love and it seemed utterly utopic! 
     Recently the sweater was only being sold on Bella Freud's website (a UK shop), but now, to my uncontrollable excitement, it has arrived at Net-A-Porter. Unfortunately it's too pricy a piece for a teen like me, so… Hey, Natalie Massenet? Wanna turn into an elf and stuff the jumper in my Christmas stocking? I'd be forever grateful.

If you could have a sweater alluding to your favorite 
legendary couple, what would it say?


Wham! Bam! Pow!

Lisa Perry x Roy Lichtenstein Dress, Comme Des Garçons Wallet, Urban Outfitters Comic Balloon, Ouch! Bandages, Khai Khai Ring, Sarah's Bag Clutch, Roy Lichtenstein T-Shirt 

     As a little kid, comics (of the superhero genre) weren't really my thing. I did, however, have an obsession with Archie Comics, which I've become nostalgic for after seeing Charlotte Olympia's Cruise 2014 Collection. I find comics extremely aesthetically pleasing. As a fan of modern and graphic art, I love how comics incorporate primary colors, bold shapes and oversized fonts. 
     Comic books have undoubtedly become an inspiration for both the art and fashion worlds. At Fashion's Night Out last year, I enjoyed seeing the comic-infused 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, featuring striking "Ka-POW!" prints in red, yellow and blue.
     Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein truly epitomizes the use of comic books in the art world. Through his famous polka dots, Lichtenstein created paintings that often featured wild explosions and women depicted in a variety of emotions (from crying an ocean of tears to singing a haunting tune).
     You don't have to be Comic-Con crazy to incorporate a comic book look into your wardrobe. From starry, explosive shapes to simple vibrant polka dots, the cartoony vibe can easily enhance any outfit.

And with that, I leave you with a song from two of my favorite Frenchies… Shebam! Pow! Blop! Wizz!

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2012

Girl in Mirror by Roy Lichtenstein

Ohhh… Alright… by Roy Lichtenstein

Explosion by Roy Lichtenstein


Say Yes To The Dress

     It turns out recurring themes don't just come up in AP English class. There's been a recurring theme in my life for the past couple of years. And guess what? It's a dress.
     During tenth grade, when I dove into the world of Gossip Girl on Netflix, my inevitable fashion-crush on Blair Waldorf began. In the seventh episode of the first season, Queen B wore a frock that I fell in love with at first sight. The lacy, long-sleeved sea foam green number with a ruffly neck and sleeves featured black trim on the neck and arms, complete with a thin, black bow belted at the waist. I was smitten. The picture of the dress remained clear in my mind, along with dozens of screenshots saved onto my computer's desktop.
     Months later, on a Tumblr-filled afternoon, I came across a stunning, black and white photograph of Elle Fanning clad in a piece that instantly reminded me of the coveted Blair Waldorf dress. After some research on Style.com, I came to find that the dress was from Valentino's Spring 2011 collection. Seeing it in color definitely caused some drooling. The garment was absolutely stunning, from the sheer nude fabric to the teeny flower appliqués and bow-tied waistline. I decided it would be the older sister to Blair's dress.
     And whaddya know… Another sibling to the dress appeared on an afternoon while scouring ASOS. It was Boutique by Jaeger, it was polka dotted, and it was perfect. Unfortunately this discovery happened some months ago, so the spotted piece isn't for sale, but (to my excitement) the silhouette is currently being sold in a couple of other prints!

I'm curious to know… Have you had any recurring clothing themes?

Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl

Elle Fanning photographed for Interview Magazine

Boutique by Jaeger Dresses: 1, 2, 3


Well Said

Rodarte T-shirt, Kate Spade iPhone Case, Sophia Webster Clutch, Clare Vivier Clutch, Lanvin Necklace, Amanda Catherine Des Pencils (Paris & Reminders)

     Let your clothes and accessories do the talking. A lot can be said with a simple word or phrase, so why not make a statement by wearing one? From Sophia Webster's silly speech bubble clutches to Rodarte's pun-filled tees, several designers are getting daring with their diction. 
     Despite the many word-filled fashions, I'll always consider Ed Ruscha to be the master designer of wordplay. In his paintings, Ruscha uses striking typefaces, simple compositions and impeccable color palettes to highlight phrases that are perfectly well-said. I'd love a screen-printed tee with one of his clever sayings!
Cemetery for Nerves by Ed Ruscha
Dance? by Ed Ruscha


Do It Like A Dude

J.Crew Gingham Shirt (Dad's), Boyfriend Sweater, and Booties
Levi's Jeans, Tiffany & Co. Locket

     The fashions of teen girls today seem to be getting tighter, showier, and shorter by the minute; it's not my thing. To try something new and go against the grain, I decided to put together an outfit completely borrowed from the boys. 
     I paired my dad's gingham button-down with my new boyfriend jeans (that I picked out from the men's department) and layered my cozy cashmere boyfriend sweater on top. The look is far from my feminine sartorial tendencies, but ease and comfort have cemented the tomboy style as a regular in my wardrobe.


Sweet Tooth

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish, PIQ Products Macaron Coin Purses, Topshop Coat, Proenza Schouler Clutch, Candy Bracelets, J.Crew Pumps, Candy Magazine #6

     I've got a sweet tooth. While it may seem to be the cause of post-Halloween candy craving, the real root of my sugary spirit is art. Will Cotton and Tim Walker, two of my favorite artists, frequently use sugar-coated subjects in their work. From Cotton's towering pastel cake sculptures and cotton candied backdrop paintings to Walker's photography featuring ginormous ice cream cones and rainbow taffy, I can't help but covet confections.
     With a sugary theme in mind, I put together a collection of clothes and accessories that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Just imagine… Nails covered in Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop holding Candy Magazine (featuring Jared Leto in pastel drag) and a Proenza Schouler clutch resembling a sheet of candy buttons. Tommy Ton would be sure to snap it!

Sweet by Will Cotton

Cotton Candy Hannah by Will Cotton

Mulberry Ad Campaign by Tim Walker

Mulberry Ad Campaign by Tim Walker


Margot Tenenbaum

American Apparel Dress, Carol Wright Coat, 
Bottega Veneta Handbag, Bass Penny Loafers

     Paying homage to Wes Anderson, one of my favorite directors, I dressed up as the mysterious Margot from The Royal Tenenbaums for Halloween. In each of Wes's films there's such strong attention to detail, and the specifics of Margot's character especially fascinate me. She's an adopted playwright who has been a smoker since age twelve, is missing a finger, and is in love with her brother, Richie. Interesting, huh?
     To capture the essence of Margot, I tried to replicate her look from head to toe. My blue polo dress, faux fur coat, and penny loafers covered the basics, but the details of the red hair clip, cigarette (fake, of course) and wooden finger totally made the outfit. I felt completely ready to meet Richie by way of the Green Line Bus!

What did you dress up as this Halloween?


All That Jazz

Marc Jacobs Dress, Kate Spade Pumps

     Ever since I saw Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, I've been eager to don a 1920s inspired look. My school's homecoming dance this past weekend was the perfect opportunity.
     To transform into a modern flapper, I paired my tiered ruffled dress with black patent leather pumps. I coiffed my hair into a relaxed version of the finger wave, which was highly popular in the era. 
     I totally felt like a fierce female from the twenties. I even began to empathize with them; they partied at speakeasies to take a break from fighting for their rights and I danced at homecoming to escape the toils of homework and college applications!


Puppy Love

Topshop Jumper, Isaac Mizrahi Slippers, Boutique 9 Slippers, Dogeared Charms (Bone and Heart), Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone Cases (Neon and Terrier), Swash T-Shirt, Dsquared2 Keychain, Paul Smith Wallet    

     Cats are stealing the fashion spotlight. Don't get me wrong, I love a furry feline (cough, cough), but lets give the pups a chance for once. I've rounded up some of the best woof-worthy pieces; hopefully Valentino's pug posse would approve! After all, aren't dogs a (wo)man's best friend?

What animal would you like to see have its 15 minutes of fashion fame?


To The Sea

Free People Tank, J.Crew Eyelet Capris and Booties, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Handbag, Emilio Pucci Scarf

     On my daily drive to school down the Pacific Coast Highway, I can't help but think how lucky I am to live by the ocean. Its blue-grey hue truly sparkles. 
     The beach and sunny California have definitely influenced my style, adding a bit of a laid back attitude to my typically tailored look. Here, for example, I paired a mellow ombré tank with textured navy eyelet trousers, a structured handbag and sleek jet black booties. 

How does your environment influence your style?


Cherishing Cher

Equipment Shirt, Topshop Trousers, Johnny Loves Rosie Headband, Lena Wald Earrings, Moschino iPhone Case, Khai Khai Ring, NCLA Nail Wraps, Marni Bag, Marais USA Heels    

     Here's the deal: Cher Horowitz is my spirit animal. The Jeep-driving, Alaïa-wearing, faux collie backpack-holding friend of Ren and Stimpy has served as my ultimate source of fashion inspiration throughout my high school years. I've even gone so far as to replicate some of her far from ensembly-challenged looks (see here and here).
     I felt it necessary to put together an outfit as an ode to the infamous virgin who can't drive. What do you think? (Hopefully that the look's far from being a full-on Monet!)


Penny Lane

Free People Dress, Marais USA Booties

     Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes... And in my dress! My new Free People Dress is named after the carefree character Penny Lane from Almost Famous. Penny has been one of my style icons for years now; I've even made a paper doll inspired by one of her bohemian rocker looks. Not only do I love this dress for its fire engine red color and airy chiffon fabric, but I also admire that it was inspired by such a free spirited girl.