Young, Fabulous and Broke

Dress: Young Fabulous and Broke Sandals: Chanel Hat: Saks

Dress: Young Fabulous and Broke
Sandals: Chanel
Hat: Saks

While ordinarily I’m not a huge fan of giving an automatic shout out to a label, especially in such bold form as giving them the headline of a post, I am a fan of the collection which much like my lifestyle is actually called Young, Fabulous and Broke. It always makes me giggle when I’m walking on my sales floor and I overhear other admirers of this collection caught not necessarily by the pieces (which NEVER seem to have hanger appeal, but come to life once put on,) but rather by the catchy name. Yes, people believe it or not fashion girls get easily caught up in slogans and fun names. That’s what got me to commit to a Juicy Couture sweater years ago that said “for nice girls who like stuff.” I remember exclaiming to my friend who was with me during that shopping adventure, “I’m a nice girl! And I like stuff!” Her response, “oh God.” I still laugh about that till this day, and because of the fun memory I will never get rid of that piece.

Ok, but in all seriousness, Young Fabulous and Broke makes dressing boho chic look absolutely fabulous. If you ever stumble upon one of the jersey cotton creations at a store, I highly encourage you to try a piece on. I’ve known for years I like their pieces, but I’ve never committed until I found this dress. After all, tie dye, maxi and wrap effects? Sold! I’m already contemplating the various ways in which i can change it up. Dress it up with heels? Dress it down and give it more of a hippie effect? The possibilities for this piece are endless! And when you’re inspired or challenged by a piece to infuse it with your own personality I call that a successful investment. These days, since me and my boyfriend are saving up to buy a place of our own I need to choose my investments wisely. So at the end of the day I truly am, young, fabulous and broke.

 

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I love my Prada baroque sunnies so much I had to invest in 3 pairs. I may always be broke but I am always well dressed.

I love my Prada baroque sunnies so much I had to invest in 3 pairs. I may always be broke but I am always well dressed.

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Perhaps it’s because my parents were deadheads that tie dye naturally looks good on me. If only I had a dancing bear necklace to match!

Journey Of A Fashion Icon

 

"I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life - and I became that woman."- Diane Von Furstenberg

“I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life – and I became that woman.”- Diane Von Furstenberg

"Attitude is everything."- Diane Von Furstenberg

“Attitude is everything.”- Diane Von Furstenberg

“I design for the woman who loves being a woman,” Dianve Von Furstenberg. Today I finally committed to the adventure to LACMA where I had the opportunity to experience the legendary Diane Von Furstenberg’s exhibit “Journey Of A Dress.” Diane Von Furstenberg has always intrigued me. Yes, don’t get me wrong the title of “Queen of Eccentric” goes to my beloved Betsy Johnson, but Diane Von Furstenberg is a spirited fashion queen in her own right. And while I had known and respected the iconic designer for years, I feel like I truly did not understand her until today.

I have tirelessly attempted to educate myself on the fashion icons that regardless of passing years or decades ago, have left an imprint on the fashion world only to change things forever. Chanel, McQueen all have left permanent marks and opened up the fashion worlds eyes to concepts once frowned upon. Jersey knits? Antelope heels? Sure these were once thought to be strange notions to traditional fashion, although I guess antelope heels will only ever be ready to wear in the closet of fashion elite such as Ms. Gaga. (Yup, she’s probably the only one.) And while every designer strives to become the next Great One, only a handful achieve fashion house, or iconic status. I did not realize the power and influence Diane Von Furstenberg has had on this crazy world of fashion that I whole heartedly love, until today. I knew who she was. I knew she was featured countless times Sex And the City, which automatically elevated her status to awesome. I’ve seen her in interviews and she has always made me chuckle with her outspoken responses to journalists questions. She’s always been honest and clearly not afraid to speak her mind. Now, I have finished some biographies on notorious designers and one thing I’ve come to realize is that while yes, every single one that “made it to the top” incurred some sort of struggle, for whatever reason women experienced the most. Naturally I toes understand that women have been designing or making their own dresses since the invention of a sewing needle, but the concept of creating a successful business out of such things almost seemed trivial until Coco Chanel came along. (At least so far that I’ve read.)  One of my favorite things about dear Coco is that she made it a point to pay back her initial investor, a male companion who perhaps never believed she could make a name for herself, and seemed (again, at least according to some of the biographies I’ve read) to enjoy telling this male investor, his money was no longer needed because she was making plenty of her own. In similar fashion (pun slightly intended), Furstenberg has always seemed to design from the heart not just for the every day woman, but to prove with her designs that females should be embraced as powerful and strong individuals. Just like her prints, women should feel as pretty as a runway model, as important as a label, confident to bare a little skin in a wrap dress, and as powerful as the woman who makes them. Thank you for the journey Diane. Cheers to decades more of style!

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This story should have read, "Once upon a time there was a pretty princess who helped make other princess' around the world feel just as pretty in her magical dresses."

This story should have read, “Once upon a time there was a pretty princess who helped make other princess’ around the world feel just as pretty in her magical dresses.”

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"My mother never, ever told me about evilness. She only saw the beautiful things... she wanted to protect me from it."- Diane Von Furstenberg.

“My mother never, ever told me about evilness. She only saw the beautiful things… she wanted to protect me from it.”- Diane Von Furstenberg.

One of my favorites!

One of my favorites!

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Not just a pink room, but a pink room with leopard print! I died and went to heaven.

Not just a pink room, but a pink room with leopard print! I died and went to heaven.

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Side note...I'm obsessed with not just Prada Baroque sunglasses (I've had my original for going on like 3 years now.) No no, now they have BEDAZZLED ones! Naturally I needed them in both black and white. When unable to decide I just take both. The good news is I got them at the outlet so I got them literally both for still only half of what one of them would have cost at a regular department store. Yay me!

Side note…I’m obsessed with not just Prada Baroque sunglasses (I’ve had my original for going on like 3 years now.) No no, now they have BEDAZZLED ones! Naturally I needed them in both black and white. When unable to decide I just take both. The good news is I got them at the outlet so I got them literally both for still only half of what one of them would have cost at a regular department store. Yay me!

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