I've been disappointed with Abaete for Payless, but I can't help being psyched for Lela Rose's Payless collection. Look at the preview photos! Aren't they pretty?
Friday, August 31, 2007
It's no secret that corsets have been gaining popularity. Not the kind that women wore historically - I haven't seen any women walking around with corseted waists this tiny - but a healthier imitation of the corset. According to Wikipedia, "While modern 'corsets' and 'corset tops' often feature lacing and/or boning and generally mimic a historical style of corsets, they have very little if any effect on the shape of the wearer's body."
Well, my friends, that seems to be changing. ASOS is now offering the below "waistcincher," which, although not labeled as a corset, is defined by Wikipedia as a type of corset.
Am I the only one who finds this scary?
I don't generally have a problem with modern corsets. They can be beautiful, and they don't constrict the waist in a way that can cause the wearer to have trouble breathing and possibly deform the ribs, stomach, and liver as historical corsets did. I haven't tried the ASOS waistcincher, so I can't be sure what it does to the body, but I do know that the model in the picture looks like the corset has tightly cinched her waist to an unnatural thin-ness. I'm worried about the health and comfort of women who choose to wear it - at least those who plan to lace their corsets too tightly. But I'm also worried about what it says about our society that women might choose to wear such a restrictive garment.
Women's rights have come a long way in the modern world. American women can vote, work at high-powered jobs, and are mostly free to do what they want to do with their lives. There are many places in the world where women do not have the same kind of freedom, places where women aren't allowed to make their own decisions, or even speak for themselves. What does it say about us, the women who are lucky enough to have a lot of freedom, that we might choose to wear a restrictive corset? Does it say, "I wear a corset because I choose sexiness, and the power that comes from looking good," or does it say, "I'm willing to restrict my freedom of movement and cause myself discomfort just so I can look good"?
I have a problem with the idea that women might wear something that inhibits their ability to give a fast-paced lecture at the office, or run to catch the bus, or even just sing along with the radio. Some women can't do these things for fear that they might be beaten or killed, so can we really justify giving up these things just for the sake of looking thinner? Why is that okay?
In my opinion, it's not okay.
That's pretty much all I can think to say on the subject right now, but I guess I'd like to add that writing this post has made me wonder if high heels are similarly problematic. It's easy enough to rant about the issues I have with corsets coming back in style, but I happen to wear heels every now and then, and I can't help wondering if that's just as bad.
Edit: Thanks to Ashe Mischief for pointing out some gaps in my research. I hope this didn't offend anyone, and please take a look at the comments to read what she wrote on the subject.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Plain sweater dresses are easy to find. They're in pretty much every store this year, and I fully intend on picking up a few of them for the fall/winter. But interesting ones? They're not so common. That's why I'm thrilled that Lulu's Fashion Lounge just got in three unique, colorful sweater dresses!
Cutest sweater dress EVER. Seriously, I love it. Adorable
Pretty, no? I'm lovin' those colors!
The most unique of the bunch, I'd say. At first, I didn't like it, but it's kinda growing on me...
Okay, so the fact that the dresses don't have long sleeves is kinda impractical (Does anyone else find it annoying that so many fall items have short sleeves this year?), but they're so cute and fun I'm having trouble caring. And at $43, they're priced pretty reasonably.
My only concern? How can I keep from buying all three?!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
My latest fashion-y desire? A leopard print skirt. Either pencil-shaped or a miniskirt. I don't know why, but I so want to pair one with black tights for the upcoming season. Done right, I think a leopard print skirt can look classy 'n sassy, but it's easy to wear the skirt in a way that will make you look decidedly trashy. I scoured the internet for non-trashy examples of how to wear the skirt - they were pretty hard to find, to tell you the truth - and here's what I came up with:
The last two examples are from Hot Topic and Urban Outfitters, but I think they're over-priced, so I'm gonna have to keep looking for my skirt. As for styling, don't you think that top picture is fantastic? I am so lovin' it.
Bring on the spots! Me-WOW!
Monday, August 27, 2007
My Nubby Twiglet t-shirt finally arrived (I got the purse I posted about last week; it's fantastic), and I love it! It's made of the softest cotton and has the perfect not-too-tight-or-too-loose fit. Not to mention the design is wonderful in person. I don't usually obsess about t-shirts, but there's something to be said for finding a unique, fun one that is comfy enough you know you will wear the hell out of it. Needless to say, I am a very satisfied customer, and I strongly recommend ordering one of Nubby's lovely items.
My room is really a haven. It's not relaxing to most people but it looks the way I imagine my mind would look - you know, messy, crazy colorful, creative. It's full of magazine cut-outs, artwork, photographs, books, clothing, books, knick-knacks, etc. My favorite part - besides my bookshelves, seeing as I'm an avid reader - is my Wall of Inspiration. (Yes, I have named my walls.) My Wall of Inspiration is where I paste pages I've cut out from magazines that inspire me or that I find particularly beautiful. Most of the pictures are from editorials I like, but there are also pictures of celebrities I admire, musicians whose music I like, and other things. The wall is constantly morphing to fit my current obsessions. It's a living, breathing inspiration, so to speak. Magazines like Lula technically belong on the Wall, but I can't bring myself to cut it up. And you should know that the '20s Paris editorial from September's issue of Vogue (It was called Paris, Je'taime, I think) is currently awaiting its addition to the Wall. Well, here is my Wall of Inspiration in all its glory. (Click on the photo for a bigger version)
And here is my Hot Guy Wall for some extra eye candy. You're welcome.
Do you have a Wall of Inspiration? How do your room's decorations inspire you? If you want to share a photograph, that would be lovely.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Most of you have heard of Wardrobe_Remix, because it's probably the most popular fashion-related group on flickr. (And for a good reason, might I add. It's chock-full of amazingly creative and stylish people.) But have you heard of Wardrobe Swap Shop?
I've been involved with Wardrobe Swap Shop for longer than I've been involved with Wardrobe_Remix, and it's great. It's a group where you can swap unwanted clothing/accessories/jewelry, and since all you need to pay for is shipping, it's essentially guilt-free shopping. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to de-clutter your wardrobe. The picture above is of some of the goodies I've accumulated from the group (trapeze tank that I added sequins to, key necklace, mustard tights, red shoes). I've gotten more, but I'm too lazy to upload the images to the computer.
Swapping is totally addictive, and you can end up with some great stuff. I'm currently awaiting a beautiful skirt and printed babydoll tank. I'm so excited! Nothing makes me happier than getting packages in the mail. Well, almost nothing.
You can see all the lovely items I have for swap here if you want to swap with me. (Might I reccomend this top? The day I discovered it had goten too small was a very sad one. It's so unique, and I love it.)
That's all, my grasshoppers. Go forth and swap!!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
If you're going to advise teen girls to wear outfits that look like they jumped straight out of a Babysitters' Club novel, at least pick the right character for inspiration.
That's right. The Claudia look is IN.
Kristy, on the other hand...
P.S. Disclaimer: I have nothing against skirtalls or shortalls or any kind of -alls, provided that the styling is not that of a fashionably misguided pre-teen babysitter.
Posted by Kori at 11:17 PM
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Uh oh. I found a beautiful clothing line that wants to cause my wallet pain. The coats are to die for, the dresses are gorgeous and floaty, and the tops and knitwear are fantastic. Feast your eyes on the gorgeousness that is Mimi Et Moi.
Belted bubble coat $180, Cashmere bubble coat $599
Bubble dress $75, Ruffle dress $74
Not everything has bubble hems, but for some reason those are the things I ended up including in this post. There are so many things that I love at this website (especially this). Go check it out!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Knee socks and thigh-high socks are hot for this fall. I've made that abundantly clear. But what I haven't written about is funky, colorful socks, the ones that are good with color-blocked outfits and can make you look cool in a kooky sort of way. Susie Bubble has been experimenting with Prada socks and layering different lengths of colorful tights over one another, and I've been itching to try the trend. Prada socks aren't really in my reach, and I'm a bit too lazy and cheap to buy a bunch of tights only to cut them up. But check out these socks:
Great, right? The colorful dots are actually knee pads, and the socks are thigh-high. I love'em. You can also buy them striped. I think these will look so fun and unique with a black dress or a colorful dress and colorful tights. The $18 price tag is more than I would normally spend on socks, but I'm thinking they might be worth it. The purple and orange ones are the only ones available, but I don't mind 'cause they're my favorites. What do you think? Would you wear them?
Have you checked out the preview pictures of Cavalli for H&M on Fabsugar? There's not a lot to see, but I'm loving the black trenches in the pictures below, especially the one in the top picture. Very dramatic and beautiful.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Well, it's my third post today! I'm on a roll!
This post was originally supposed to be a short blurb about how Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is fashion eye candy (The reason for all the tv-related posts is that I've been exhausted and decided to spend a few days vegging out...I'm currently enjoying a Marilyn Monroe marathon), but when I went to look for screenshots on Google, I found a photo of Anita Loos. I was intrigued by her style, so I looked her up. It turns out she was a novelist and screenwriter, most noteworthy for writing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I find her style to be fabulous and inspirational, so I put together a lot of photos to show you. Prepare to be amazed.
See? Gorgeous. I love her hair, and I admire her ability to wear both super-feminine and masculine outfits. A true fashion inspiration.
YAY I'm excited! I haven't bought anything for a bit, and I finally caved and ordered a t-shirt and a Chanel-esque vintage bag. Buying things makes me oh so happy.
Sorry to start another post off with a mention of TLC, but...
Last night I was flipping channels, and I stopped to catch a minute of What Not to Wear. I watched, mouth agape in horror, as Stacy and Clinton ridiculed some poor woman in front of all of her friends. The ridiculing was standard for WNTW, but I was aghast at the reason for the ridicule. Apparently Stacy/Clinton found the woman's dress - one of those Mexican tent dresses we've been seeing all over the place - to be appallingly ugly and unstylish. And you know what? I thought the dress was great. I would've worn it in a second. In fact, I've seen numerous stylish women pull it off. So why was a room full of people pointing and laughing at it as the dress's owner timidly admitted it was her favorite dress?
Clearly, style is in the eye of the beholder. I realize this isn't a new concept, but it's something a true fashionista always needs to keep in mind. I think the WNTW crew was being awfully close-minded, which I find unforgivable. The only problem with the woman's dress was her attitude and styling. She could have used a hair cut and some makeup tips. Possibly the dress needed to be taken in a bit, or cinched with a belt, and paired with some bright shoes. And a little attitude wouldn't have hurt either; it seemed like the dress was "wearing her." But to dismiss the dress as unwearable? How boring and uncreative is that?
I think it's important to remember to see the potential in clothing, especially if you're trying to build a unique look on a small budget. I wouldn't buy a designer dress if I thought it was hideous, but I see no problem in scooping up some not-so-great thrift store or Forever 21 dresses and trying to doctor them up. The best, most exciting outfits can come from something boring or unremarkable.
The girl on the left made her skirt from her father's shirt! And she looks like a million bucks, no? I bet that a ton of women would pay to have a skirt like that. And the girl on the right made her scarf from what looks like a piece of fabric, and it's now the statement piece in her outfit. They both are unapologetically confident in their looks, which helps them pull it off.
Stacy and Clinton wouldn't approve. But I do.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
You know how fashion magazines always have those lookbooks? The ones that show how to wear the upcoming season's trends? Well, I'm going to make my own, full of moderately affordable things that I would love to wear. I'll start off the lookbook with the following look:
Fit for a Queen - Jewel tones, ruffles, and rich fabrics
This look would also include opaque black tights. It's very matchy-matchy, but in a good way, I think. The dress, coat, and shoes are so beautiful I can hardly keep from trying to claw them out of the computer screen.
1. Royale minidress, $60 Nordstrom
2. Ruffle collar coat, $140 Urban Outfitters
3. Slingback wedges, $78 Plasticland
4. Bag, $23 Endless
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Hooray! According to Rebecca of The Space Between My Peers, I'm a
Hooray!!! Thanks, Rebecca!
Now I get to name some other rockin' girl bloggers:
-Jennine of The Coveted
-The Grey of Six O'Clock Style
-Amber and Eve of Painfully Hip
-Erin of Fashion Cereal
-Beth of The Vintage Society
I could go on and on (there are so many rockin' girl bloggers out there!), but I think this will do for now. What these girls have in common, besides the fact that they rock, is that they are creative, innovative, sweet, original, stylish, and generally awesome. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them had already been named rockin' girl bloggers, because - let's face it - they are!
Okay, I'm done now. Stay rockin'.
Posted by Kori at 9:02 AM
Friday, August 17, 2007
Apparently friday night is Fashion Night on TLC.
Imagine my surprise when I turned on the tv at 9:00 tonight to find that Stacy London (one of the hosts of TLC's What Not to Wear) has a new show. It's called Fashion Fanatic, and I loved it. I watched raptly as Stacy tried on glorious shoes, chatted with Christian Louboutin, toured the Ferragamo factory, and took stiletto fitness classes. I drooled over the rows of handbags as she explored the warehouse of Bag, Borrow, or Steal and interviewed Devi Kroell. And I learned a whole lot, like the fact that while Louboutin feels that placing platforms in the front of his shoes makes them more comfortable, he thinks women who want to run should wear sneakers (I guess he wouldn't approve of Carrie Bradshaw then). Also, I learned that wearing stilletos puts three times your body weight on the balls of your feet. No wonder they hurt.
After Fashion Fanatic, A Model Life with Petra Nemcova is on (I'm watching it now.) I've been meaning to mention this show for a while, just because I like it. Unlike other model shows (America's Next Top Model, The Agency, Janice Dickinson's Modeling Agency) the focus isn't on bitchiness, bickering, and unpleasant drama. Admittedly, I enjoy those shows, especially Janice Dickinson's, but I always get the distinct feeling that they're crap. A Model Life doesn't feel as petty and time-wasting. Petra seems down to Earth, as do the models. There is no competition, so the models get along. The whole point of the show is just to follow the models as they try to make it in the fashion world and find their way around NYC, and to watch Petra try to help them. I approve.
Before and after these shows is What Not to Wear. Hence my comment about Friday night being Fashion Night on TLC.
Fashion Fanatic, one of my new favorite shows, is on again at 11:00 if you missed it. Go check it out! (Unless you have more of a life than me, of course, and are actually out on a Friday night...)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Susie Bubble pointed out the sheer-sleeved dress Selma Blair is wearing in the new Dazed and Confused, and it reminded me a lot of another sheer-sleeved dress. Or rather, Dress. Everyone has an extremely special item of clothing in their closets, and for me, it's the dress I wore at my Bat Mitzvah, even though it no longer fits. It's the most expensive dress I've ever bought, and although I don't recognize the brand, it was imported from Paris. It's very unique, with silky wine-colored fabric, embroidery around the neck, and sheer lace-edged sleeves. I knew I wanted it the instant I saw it on the rack at this cute little dress boutique, and it fit me perfectly. It brings back such good memories, too. Here's a crappy scanned picture of the top half of it on my 13-year-old self:
One of the reasons I love this dress is because it was the first unique item of clothing I ever bought. Everyone else wore smart little suits or plain skirts and tops, and I decided that I wanted something less corporate-looking. It was my Bat Mitzvah, after all. I'm glad I was brave enough to wear it, because I was in my awkward adolescent stage where I mostly tried to fit in. I'm glad I broke the mold. The fitting in thing didn't really work out for me.
The other reason I love this dress is because I think it's gorgeous.
Do any of you have a special dress or favorite item of clothing? I'd love to see pictures (email me) or at least read a description. C'mon, don't be shy. Show me your most special clothing!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I've never really voiced an opinion about the high street stores copying designs. I guess this is because it's really a mixed bag for me. Clearly, it's wrong. It's wrong to steal the work of an artist, which is what the high street is doing. But my feelings on the matter don't keep me from buying cheaper imitations. I would never buy a "fake" prada bag or one of those kinds of knock-offs that you get from street venders, but I'm not above buying a "designer-inspired" top from Forever 21. If I had lots of money, I wouldn't support this kind of practice, but I don't and I deal with it.
Hmm. I can't decide. Any thoughts?
Yeah, me neither. I've been searching for affordable, fun fall/winter booties like some kind of shoe-crazed bounty hunter. I can't bring myself to look at any summer footwear, hence the fall-related posts of late, and for some reason I can't get high-heeled brogues, oxfords, etc. out of my head. Here are some more finds:
1. Justine heels, $64 Emma Pink How fun are these? They come in pale green, black, and dark chocolate.
2. Parker heels, $39 Mia Shoes Not available till September, but look how nice and glossy and old-fashioned they are.
3. Harlow heels, $39.99 Oh Deer I didn't like these at first, but they're totally growing on me. They come in cream, dark brown, and blue denim, and they've been marked down from $130. Bargain alert!4. Tribeca heels, $72.95 Zappos Classic and perfect. These also come in brown.
I'm crushing on all of these right now, but chances are that #1 is the only pair I can walk in...
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I have been mildly obsessed with this girl's wardrobe_remix photos. She gives off such an amazing retro vibe, and you would definitely notice her on the street. She knows how to dress herself so that she always looks amazing, and current trends be damned! I love it!
Monday, August 13, 2007
I just noticed that Style Bakery has a code (Enter SV89 at checkout) to get 50% off sale items at Bloomingdales. Do you know what this means? We're talking Marc by Marc Jacobs slingbacks for $66, BCBG Max Azria skinny pants for $33.60, and this gorgeous Sandy Starkman dress (My favorite!) for $45. Not to mention a whole bunch of other amazing finds. You'll have to buy quickly if you want top get the good stuff, because a dress I was going to buy and two kinds of Marc Jacobs shoes have disappeared since last night, so get your butt to Bloomingdales and buy, buy, buy! Know that I only say this because I care about you.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Oh, joyous rhyming title, how you make my heart sing!
But on to some complaining...
I am very frustrated with Newport News. I ordered a swimsuit from their website in mid June, and it never came. Granted, it was on backorder, but I'm still annoyed. I recieved a message saying that it might take a month to arrive instead of the promised two weeks, and then about a week ago I recieved a message saying that the supplier had stopped making the swimsuit. Grrr. I'm pretty sure this was a one-time thing, but I would encourage you never to order something on backorder from Newport News.
That said, I think they've really gotten some nice shoes in for fall...
I usually find peep-toe booties to be kind of...well....dumb, because why on Earth would you want your toes to be unprotected in cold weather? But I love these ones. It would be worth it to wear them with thick knee socks and just suck it up (or sock it up...gotta love those bad puns...), especially since they're only $25.
These are the perfect high-heeled oxfords (so hot right now)...if you can walk in them. Which I can't. But I can still admire their beauty from a distance. $29.99.
Yet another ankle breaker, but still so wonderful. These remind me of the Olsen twins' shoe choices. And at $39.99, they're a good deal.
I would never wear these, but I'm loving the fact that they look like they just soared in from the past. I'm not really well-educated in terms of historical fashion choices, but I could picture these on the feet of some Victorian Lady, or perhaps Marie Antoinette. The right person could totally pull these off. $29.
Last but not least, these shoes are fierce. I don't usually like snakeskin, but the black and gold is so nice here. They would be fantastic with black tights. $34.
If I could walk in any of these shoes, I would be reaching for my credit card and giving Newport News a second chance. Sadly, my klutzy nature seems to be permanent.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
You know her as a Disney villain and wannabe puppy murderer (boo!), but Cruella Deville should also be considered a fashionista. Because the slinky black dress and red pumps are always in, and she was rocking the colored fur years before it came in style. She may be an inhuman beast (who ought to be locked up and never released), but she knows how to look fabulous. Although her hairstylist must really hate her to give her such a hairstyle. (And who can blame him/her...?)
Here's how to get the Cruella look using this season's trends. Without murdering puppies.
Faux fur coat, $29.99 Alloy
Red driving gloves ('cause they're way cooler than opera gloves), $32 Patricia Field
Knit tank dress, $17.50 Old Navy
Isaac Mizrahi red pumps, $29.99 Target
Posted by Kori at 9:03 AM
Friday, August 10, 2007
Okay, so I've been tagged by Six O'clock Style to share 7 random facts about myself:
1) Just in case you couldn't tell from the photos, I'm kinda young compared to most other fashion bloggers. I'll just get it out there - I'm 17. Almost 18, though. I'm really grateful to all the other fashion bloggers for treating me so nicely/respectfully even though I'm so much younger. Having a blog is a great experience for a girl my age, and such good practice for someone who might want a career involving writing and/or fashion.
2) I'm a twin. I have a twin brother, and for some reason everyone always asks me if we're identical even after they know we are different genders. No, we are not identical. That would make him quite feminine. Ha. If you're curious enough to gaze upon our twindom (hmm...I'm kinda liking that word I just made up), then you can see a picture of us together here. I also have a little sister, but I suppose that isn't as unique.
3) I have other interests besides fashion and blogging (gasp!). I'm an obsessive and fast reader, and I read several books per week even when I'm busy. I love to bake/cook, and my favorite thing to bake is chocolate cakes. Mostly because eating them is so fun! I also like to act, although I haven't been in very many plays. My favorite play I did was A Midsummer Night's Dream. I was a hobogoblin and didn't have any lines, but it was great anyway. There's a photo of me and my fellow hobogoblins here if you're curious. The concept was that the play took place in modern day Central Park, so we were supposed to be able to be mistaken for a motorcycle gang if seen at night in Central Park.
4) I went to Israel last summer, and it was the greatest experience of my life. I went on a trip with a group of Jewish American and Israeli teens, and we spent three weeks in Israel and 3 weeks in the US. I made so many great friends, and I had some intense and fun experiences. I actually was in Haifa when rockets fell on it, so I had the crazy, scary experience of evacuating to Jerusalem.
5) I'm running out of things to say. Apparently I'm not as creative as I thought.
6) I have a goal of traveling the world. My cousin and I are planning to travel around Europe together when we're older, because our moms did it and we want to make it a family tradition. I am so psyched! Hopefully the dollar will be stronger by then, because I am so stocking up on Topshop clothing when I'm in the UK.
7) I actually started this blog as a place for me to write down the shopping websites and things I found so that I wouldn't forget them. So the blog was just for me. But I started reading more and more fashion blogs, and eventually it became clear that I really wanted one of my own, so I sort of morphed this blog into a fashion blog and set about getting readers. That's why my earliest posts are totally different than my more recent ones.
I hope that wasn't too boring for you all. I'm going to tag all of you, because most bloggers I can think of have been tagged already. Go forth and be tagalicious!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Apologies for the sporadic posting. I've been busy lately.
Yesterday I dressed in my quintessential cheery summer outfit (ignore the odd hairstyle...I'm so thrilled the back of my hair can finally be in a ponytail), because my main goal for the day was to cheer up a friend who had just had surgery. First I went to Target to look for some small gift-type things (a magazine, some cheeky-cute underwear, and plenty of chocolate did the trick), and then I went to see my friend.
It's not the happiest thing in the world to see your friend all drugged out on painkillers, so it was nice that I had some surprises waiting for me when I got home. My Urban Outfitters package containing Dolce Vita jazz shoes and pointelle tights had arrived! I'm kind of up in the air about the jazz shoes and will probably end up returning them, but I'm in love with my new tights. They're all wooly and cozy and look pretty hot, if I do say so myself. I highly reccomend them. Another surprise was that a friend of mine sent me the below ad:
The model in that ad looks exactly like me! It might be hard to tell, because all of the photographs on this blog feature me with my face at some sort of angle and oddly cut hair, but I assure you that this model is basically my identical twin. Okay, scratch that, I already have a twin. But you get the idea.
It's totally weird. I wonder if she's related to me somehow.
Have any of you ever found your double? Or is it just me...
Posted by Kori at 9:19 AM