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Discount Line to Watch For: Jason Wu for Target

As we all know, only a select few determined and (probably) tough fashionistas actually nabbed anything from the Versace for H&M line in Fall. The day the line was released, a news broadcaster on NPR radio commented on how H&M employees had to hand out wristbands and numbered tickets because of the amount of people waiting to bust through the doors to snatch a piece of Versace gold. Most stores sold out within the day. And the Missoni for Target line wasn’t much better. I breezed into my local Target only a few days into the release of the Missoni line to find nothing but a few infant items that the employees had placed on the Women’s displays in a desperate attempt to keep the racks from looking barren.

Maybe, this one’ll be different. You may remember First Lady Obama’s gown Inaugural Ball, the one she wore as she danced with the President to Beyonce’s rendition of At Last. If you don’t, here’s a refresher. Well, that gorgeously poofy dress was designed by Jason Wu, a now 29 year old Parsons alum whos designs are known for being “fuss-free” but still striking and chic. On February 5th, he will be releasing a ready to wear line with Target that promises to capture the simplicity and chicness of his designs with a much lower price tag. In fact, prices will be decently gentle on your wallet, ranging from $19.99 to $59.99.  The line will include accessories, like bags and scarves.

Click here to see Target’s page on the upcoming line. They don’t offer much more that a few glimpses as of now, but it does wet your palette. Personally, it an not into printed shirt-dresses unless the prints are something crazy, like cats, but we’ll have to wait and see what Mr. Wu has up his sleeves. Mark your calenders. This line will only be available online and in stores from Feb. 5th to March 6th, 2012. I’d recommend getting there early!

Street Fashion in Central Park, 10/08/2011 New York City

Last weekend, I took a trip to New York City with my boyfriend to visit my mother and to do some sight seeing (it was my boyfriend’s first time in NYC). We explored the city and had a great time! I wore my new Dolce Vita for Target boots. I found them on eBay for only $15 including shipping! I wanted to buy them when they were available at Target, but they sold out in my size. They are actually more comfortable than my old sneakers, amazingly enough, and I was doing A LOT of walking.

We spent much of Saturday touring Central Park. I must admit, the park keeps getting nicer and nicer. One thing that never changes about New York is the fabulous street fashion. I managed to snap a few photos:

And, by a complete stroke of luck, we ran into the Occupy Wallstreet movement in Manhattan as they were leaving the park they’d been protesting in and were relocating.

Film Review: Bill Cunningham New York

If you’re out on the streets of New York, you might catch a glimpse of him. He rolls down cluttered streets with total disregard for his own safety. His eyes aren’t the road, but instead fixed to his camera, poised to snap the next shot. His life’s passion: fashion. Sounds like a hip, young fashion blogger, doesn’t it? Well, not quite. If you don’t already know who Bill Cunningham is, you’ll be surprised to know that he’s over eighty years old, and only ventures as far in personal style as blue street sweepers’ jackets (because, he says in the film, the camera won’t tear them as easily as fancy jackets). Bill’s was photographing street fashion decades before there were blogs. In a way, Bill ‘s New York Times columns, “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” and his previous work for Women’s Wear Daily, were proto-fashion blogs.

The film, Bill Cunningham New York, released March 16th 2011, paints an intriguing portrait of Bill’s life. I watched this movie hoping to see some inspiring New York street fashion, but this film is less about the fashion, and more about Bill’s passion for it. When asked by the filmmakers what religion means to him, Bill could only say that as a child in church, he was much too busy checking out the women’s hats. It becomes clear that fashion is the driving force of his life. He explains that he isn’t concerned with celebrities and they’re “free dresses,” but rather “private women,” as he calls them, who haven’t just slapped a straight-of-the-runway garment on their bodies, but have instead taken garments and worn them in their own way. He is uninterested in plain clothes, saying the world would be a boring place if everyone dressed like he does. Throughout the film, we see Bill Cunningham skipping lunch and risking his life in New York traffic on his Schwinn bike just to be that much closer to printing the perfect column. It is touching to to see someone who whole-heartedly loves his job.

We see his home, a teeny apartment wedged in a corner of Carnegie Hall, is filled with stacks of fashion books and dozens and dozens of filing cabinets jammed-packed with film strips, chronicling the decades of street and evening fashion he’d captured thus far. It’s then when we see that Bill’s life is lonely. Fashion has left little room for personal relationships. At one point, his former editor from his days spent working for Women’s Wear Daily, is called the love of his life. He is unmarried and has no children, and he’s nearing the end of his life. When asked if he regrets it, he laughs. It’s only when he speaks about his love of fashion at a French event in his honor that he breaks into tears.

After watching this film, I realized that a documentary that would have fulfilled by craving for street fashion would have been boring. This film takes a more heartfelt and personal side. If you enjoyed The September Issue, you’ll like Bill Cunningham New York even more. It will inspire you to love fashion more than a street fashion documentary ever could. This film is a must-see for any fashion photographer or writer.

Street Fashion – Early Spring 2011 Trend Spotting

Pastel colorblocking, from

Color-blocking (wearing simple, one color garments all of different colors) seems to be on the rise again! I am not into mixing blues and oranges myself, so if I try this, it will be with pastels like the woman above.

A great 70s-esque look: flared jeans and kimono style sleeves.

The skinny jeans craze has finally ebbed enough to make room for flares and bell-bottoms again! People still appreciate how flared trousers create a balanced silhouette. This woman has a very 70s look going on, which in my opinion, is and always will be CHIC! I love flowy tops and brown leather.

Bird prints are in. Strange but awesome.

I’ve been seeing fabrics with birds on them pretty often lately. It’s cute. I have also seen kangaroo prints.

60's style empire waist dresses.

Another common sight right now is empire waist dresses and tops. (Empire waists are below the bosom, much higher than the natural waist.) Dresses with waists like these were very, very popular in the sixties.

My “trend-spotting” is in no way meant to make you feel like you need to follow the trends. I’m just observing and offering inspiration. I am the kind of person who likes the classics way more than the trends. If what’s trendy happens to be cute, I might imbibe but following trends that one doesn’t even like leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Anyways, happy Wednesday! Here’s to hoping Saturday comes fast! (That’s my Friday.) Weeeeee!

My outfit for a trip to a consignment shop — hype it on!

Click to hype and/or fan me on!

I wore this on Wednesday of last week when I went to a consignment shop in Carlisle called “Classy Rags.” I got a velvet bolero that looks like a matador jacket, a lace scarf, and a big turtle necklace. I am waiting for a sunny day to take photos. (And for my digital camera to cooperate.)

I wore:

A pink argyle cardigan from Old Navy, that was a gift.

An old dress from high school that I got at Ross for around $10. I think.

Vintage lace-trimmed slip from a thrift store, $2.

Zebra print gladiator sandals, also a gift.

Various jewelry, including a $1 Hello Kitty bracelet from the dollar section of Target.

A trend I want to get in on: Sheer black maxi skirts, street fashion photos

Sun H. of (click for her lookbook)

Autilia A. of (click to see her lookbook)

I love these skirts! I want one so badly.  If I wasn’t so permanently broke, I would drive to Forever 21 and get this:

$19.80 at Forever 21!

Japanese Fashion Inspiration Pt. II: Dolly-Kei

Dolly-kei is a genre of Japanese street fashion that draws inspiration from European medieval times and fairy tales, but also has elements of decora and kawaii fashion here and these. Sometimes, it seems hard to distinguish between lolita and dolly-kei, as I imagine they draw inspiration from each other. It’s so pretty! Japanese youth seem to have a lot of fun with their clothes. I am jealous!

Dolly-kei captures what I miss about being a little girl. I loved fairy tales, folklore, fantasy — all of it. This look captures a sense of whimsy that reminds me of “the good old days” to be cliche and cheesy.

Photo credit:

Grimoire Shibuya (pictured above) is a dolly-kei store in Tokyo — elaborately decorated in whimsical leaves, forest critters, and old-world looking dolls. Truly looks like an amazing shopping experience. has a nice article about it here.

I love the gold-leafed handbag and the corset. This girl captures a renaissance-y feel but somehow it doesn’t look too costumey. At least not to me, but I have loose standards.

These girls look more costumey, but still cute. It looks like they are mixing elements of kawaii, decora, lolita, cosplay, and dolly-kei. Neat!

Human beings have been decorating their bodies for thousands of years — and I see fashion as a part of that. If you have the means, why not have fun with what you clothe your body in? I see nothing wrong with it. Dressing up makings the dullness of my day-to-day life (especially now in my poor financial/career situation) just a little bit more exciting and fun. And if someone thinks it’s stupid, then fine. I dress for ME, first and foremost, but it’s always nice to connect with kindred spirits and share ideas! Blogs are the modern day “salons”! Okay, I am getting out of control. My cat is snoring next to me, and I keep mistaking it for someone talking outside my window — scaryyyyy.

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Thrifty Finds: Lips Clutch from Salvation Army

I got this little clutch on a Wednesday, where all apparel is 50% off (except for the tag color of the week). It was originally $0.99, but I got it for $0.50. It reminds me of Betsey Johnson, who I’ve been writing about a lot lately.

It’s fun, funky, and kitschy and for $0.50, well worth the cost! I’ve only used it a few times. I am very forgetful and pretty much need a purse with a strap or else I will sit it down somewhere and forget all about it. I know, I’m a mess.

The lips look identical (well may to the ones Betsey Johnson clutch:

Unfortunately couldn't find a retail price for this.

It is also a bit reminscent of those Lulu Guinness bags that are really popular with the celebrities (they are pretty sweet…):

This one, encrusted in Swarovski crystals, retails at over $1,100.


New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2011 – Betsey Johnson Fall 2011 Collection

Click here for photo stills of each outfit in the ready-to-wear collection.

Despite having faced bankruptcy last year (the line was saved by Steve Madden), Betsey Johnson still delivers an amazing collection for Fall 2011. She has incorporated many of the current trends (like the use of silky and sheer fabrics for maxi skirts) but makes them her own (puce green leopard print) as always. I love the silky leopard pants. What are your favorites?

Street style round-up: Harajuku, Leopard print, Marie Antoinette, High-waisted shorts and more!

As always, I share with you some looks I thought were neat. Let’s see why these looks work so we can try them ourselves!


Natsi W. of

A lot of people make Japanese fashion trends look tacky, but this girl wears it well. I think it's a very cool idea to take a shirt-dress, like the pink and white plaid one she's wearing, and wear is as an open jacket. Especially good if you aren't quite ready to wear a tight fitting dress on its own.

Rose B. of

There are a lot of things I like going on in this photo: silky button up blouse, cardigan sweater, side braid, and simple make-up. This outfit looks effortless and not overdone, which is a feat, considering that leopard print jeans had their run of popularity and run the risk of looking tacky. I've had my eye on a pair for awhile, but never made the purchase. I have a pair of red and black ones (the ones from the Miley Cyrus/Max Azria collection) and have yet to let them see the sunlight. This look inspires me, though. The loose fit and Buddy Holly-ness of the cardigan balance balance out the leopard pants. Likewise, she's kept her hair and makeup simple.

Anina M. of

So, this isn't an outfit you'd wear to the grocery store or to work, but it has some pretty cool elements. If only we could always dress so fun! This outfit is Marie Antoinette inspired, with a high piled updo and pastel colors. Again, we see a sweater over a button up blouse. The top half is simple, so she's chosen a more dramatic hosiery... Or maybe those hearts are just glued on? Either way, so good.

Devreaux J. on

I really love those tights.

So, I am getting bored with Creative looks are few and far between and mostly everyone must be rich to afford a zillion pairs of Jeffrey Cambell shoes. Those things can be like $500.

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Street Style Round-up: Combat boots, Doc Martens, Dread-falls, and Velvet

These are from the Easy Fashion of Paris blog. This is one of my favorite street style blogs, ever. Those Parisians really know how to dress.

I post these because they have inspired me, and hope they can do the same for you.

The drape-y dress looks like she rouched it up herself. Looks great with the Doc boots. Also, those sunglasses -- I got ones that look IDENTICAL at a $0.99 store in Vegas.

That coat is to die for. Looks vintage. I love the dark wash jeans with the white Doc boots. I want to try and do a look like this with my faux fur leopard vest.

What's not to love here? When you have a brightly dyed hair color, you can get crazier with hair accessories. They purple headband looks great with her dreadlocks poking out behind! You can find similar headbands at dollar stores, or could easily attach a large bow to a headband you already own. I love the colored chain link choker as well - it would be very inexpensive to recreate. Also, this girl is gorgeous!

This a very classic look that appears to have been inspired by Anne Bancroft's character in The Graduate. I love chiffon tops and dresses, especially in animal print. I have a chiffon night gown by New York & Company that I got for a couple bucks at a thrift store. I wear it as a tunic or a dress. I can belt it at the empire waist or tie a knot in the side and let it be a flowy peasant blouse. This woman has belted hers with a cord or rope, which looks like the kind they sell as curtain tie backs. (You could use that to make your own belt!)

This last one is from

I post this girl's looks a lot! I love velvet, and I love lace. Both are readily available in thrift stores, especially since they were both so popular in the 90s. Forever 21 also has (or at least had) velvet skirts like this one for only about $12-13. I know, because I bought one. I am also a fan of this girl's hair.

Street Fashion Round-up: Plaid, Lace, Velvet, Cream fabrics…

New favorite outfit…

The big, bold polka dot bolero is from a church thrift store, where you can fill a paper grocery bag full of stuff for only $2! I love that place.

Zebra cropped cardigan was from Ross (discount store) — I think it was something like $5 because it had a tear that I eventually mended. The purple top was originally a dress but it shrunk in the wash, so now it’s a shirt! It is from Susie’s Deals, a store I came across in Las Vegas where everything is $5.99 and up, but nothing was really over $10. This was $9.99.  Shorts are old and from Old Navy a few years ago, and the sandals are Mossimo from Target.

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My Fashion: Dali Art Gallery Exhibition

Getting dressed up for openings for the art gallery that I work for at college is a lot of fun. Not to say that the art is somehow less important. I really enjoy fine art, and this particular exhibition was a collection of Salvador Dali prints illustrating The Divine Comedy. Super cool. So here are some cool outfits from that night…

Super cool vest and great maxi-dress.

Gorgeous dresses!

My outfit...

Weirdly lit face, and my outfit again.

I am wearing:

Leopard print button up top, Burlington Coat Factory, $9 ish

Faux leather waist cinching belt, Body Central, $9

Vintage leather pencil skirt, thrifted, $2

Silver faux snakeskin platforms, Steve Madden, $3o

I can’t resist Steve Madden shoes. Those were expensive, but I had to buy silver shoes for my friend’s wedding when I was a bridesmaid. Love them though.

Street Fashion Round-up: Boyfriend jeans, Crust-punk pants, and Versace platform shoes.

I haven’t been keeping up on posting at all lately! I am in the midst of the end of the semester here at college and I’m only a month away from graduation!!!! AHHHHH! So, that’s why you’ll be seeing large bursts of posts all at once and then periods of no posts. Please forgive me.

Decided it was time for another street style round-up, so I chose some cool outfits from and Easy Fashion. Enjoy.

Cropped blazer, boyfriend jeans.

I love this outfit. It’s simple and casual enough that it’s actually practical. I really want a pair of boyfriend jeans.

Garter stockings, shredded top.

I think she’s wearing pantyhose that are made to look as if she’s wearing a garter belt and stockings as well. Very sexy but still edgy.

Leopard dress, denim vest, studded cuffs.

Love, love, love, LOVE. Everything about it. I would wear this outfit, if the dress were a bit longer. I don’t like to have to worry about my underwear or butt-cheeks showing. Just makes me wanna not wear a dress when it’s so short that you can only really be standing. Nevertheless, this is a bomb outfit. I wanna stud my denim vest. Think I’ll wear it tomorrow.

Killer boots and crust-punk pants.

Despite how delicate those pants would be, it’s a really cool take on the way crust-punks alter their pants. They will sew patches upon patches onto their pants until the pants are virtually gone. This person (I assume they made them, if they bought them that’s sad) must have taken a lot of time to sew all these little sections of denim together. Very cool. I really like that they’ve used dental floss as thread too. Seems tacky, but floss doesn’t break as easily. Hand sewing with thread makes the item delicate because the thread doesn’t allow for stretching.

Gorgeous platform shoes.

I think these are Versace shoes, if I am not mistaken. They are fabulous. So fabulous that I’m now angry.

Well, that’s it for now. Please, please, please leave comments! Stay tuned for more madness.

Street Style Round Up: Leopard, Headphones, Striped Tights, Leather Pants

From The Style Scout and so on.

Beautiful woman with great style.

Great jacket, great shoes...

Street Fashion Round-up: Mickey Mouse, Gaga, Fascinator Hair Pieces, Mustard Skirt

Here are some of my favorites from Lookbook this week…

The belt really helps set that dress off. The scarf, the big bag, and the hair accessory (looks like feathers) are all nice as well. She has made great use of accessories. That dress might have looked boring without them.

This girl is sporting those Mickey Mouse-like sunglasses that Lady Gaga wore in her “Paparazzi” video.

Just a great blazer.

I love this whole outfit. The mustard colored leather skirt looks amazing paired with that bat wing top.

Street Fashion Round-up: Pillbox hat, Klaus Nomi, Parisian Style

From The Style Scout.

Beautiful red plaid coat and matching scarf! Her piercings and hair style are excellent as well. I have a coat similar to this. I love her pill-box hat. There are a lot of patterns and textures going on in this outfit but she pulls it off well.

From The Style Scout.

I could be wrong, but that jacket looks to be Klaus Nomi inspired. Not a huge fan of it paired with the skirt (or dress?), but separately, they are both great pieces.

From Easy Fashion Paris.

Just such an exquisite outfit from head to toe. I love all black outfits that mix different textures of black — like the gloss of leather against the matte look of cotton. Lovely. I want to marry this girl. Seriously.

From Easy Fashion Paris.

This woman is striking! Fabulous hair, great earrings and bell-sleeved jacket she’s sporting is to die for. Plus, she’s found a way to wear beige and make it look daring.

From Lookbook.

I am a t-shirt girl at heart, and this galaxy t-shirt is great. I have a vaguely similar shirt, but it’s nowhere near as cool.

Street Fashion Round-up: Bycycle Sunglasses, Geometric Prints, All black.

Here are some neat outfits from!

Bicycle sunglasses!

Nice patterns.

All black...

That’s all for now. I’ll be posting some winter fashion picks real soon.