Taylor Swift Talks Fashion and Her Keds Collection

Still not quite sure how I feel about this collaboration, but I’m not going to lie, I loved her adventure in affordable junior ready to wear with Wal Mart a few years back. Despite what a high schooler in Beverly Hills might tell you, it is not necessary to be walking around in Helmut Lang, James Pearse or Marc Jacobs. Maybe a bag. Maybe.

Regardless, this venture seems to be a very Taylor, and I do love the prints. Paired with some cute high waisted denim shorts and a bright top, you too can look like an “easter egg” just like Taylor.

This Guy! Makes Us Fashion Girls Sound Oh So Fab!

Working in retail and surrounded constantly by fashionistas, I laughed so hard when I saw this. I don’t know what it is about watching Sex and The City, online shopping, reading Vogue and being social media whores that make us sound like this, but ladies and gents, this guy does us good.

So if you have ever referred to a SATC character like you knew them personally, or made a negative remark about Forever 21, honey this is for you!

“You Can Go Naked, But With The Right Shoes.”

Since I ventured out on this exciting path of being a fashion blogger, I have essentially started taking mental notes of interesting fashion ambassadors if you will. And this woman is no exception.

Labeled the “Lady Gaga of Fashion Week” and more importantly Editor for Vogue, Japan, Anna Dello Russo is the epitome of a fashionista and deserves a shout out. Girl! I like your style. Not only does she own a closet full of haute couture that even Carrie Bradshaw would drool over, she possess a sincere passion and love for every piece she owns. This woman knows her personal style and owns it! And that my friends is what loving fashion is all about. I simply adore her! Not only does she inspire me to save up for the next Paris Fashion Week, but she inspires me to continue investing into this lifestyle of being a fashionista. “Fashion for me is a communication of my soul.” Amen to that!

My favorite part of this interview, the end when she is asked if there was a fire in her building which piece of clothing she would try and rescue. Dello Russo’s response, “I would get the shoes, gold shoes. I tell you dress, I can be naked but with the right shoes.” Classic, answer for a classy gal.

In case you needed a reminder of all the MUST HAVE TRENDS for spring 2013…Top Shop’s got you covered

While I have yet to venture out to a Top Shop, (still can’t believe I’m only an hour away from the closest one eek!) I know I’m sold on the goods they have to offer before I even step through the door.

And this video is just a reminder as to why I love their concept. It’s rumored that their concept to production to delivery to the fashionistas around the globe’s closet is impeccable. Umm did we not just see these looks on the runway? Bold prints, bright colors, vintage looking lace pieces. The graffiti print leather jacket with the studs…AMAZING! Does this piece remind anyone else of the paint splattered clutch featured in the Carrie Diaries? No? Just me? I can deal with that.

Top Shop? More like one stop shop!

In the spirit of award season and updo mania…one of my favorites!

So while I am extremely opposed to placing a sock in my hair, this is actually a really cute idea. During the summer I saw a few celebrities rocking a fun twist to a classic princess ballerina bun. I tried this once before but apparently the key to the success in this bun is using lots of braids. I only braided about 4 pieces and only two showed up. Also, again while I’m not a fan of placing something ordinarily meant for feet in my gorgeous locks, I do like how the model utilizes this to get extra hair (perfect for gals with long hair), and wrap it around the bun for a more finished look.

Friendly tip: As a former employee of Club Libby Lu (Donwtown Disney representing!) where the “Princess Du” was as daily a work routine as using a stapler in an office, it is embedded in my brain that the only and proper way to do a bun is first place hair in a high pony tail. Separate hair into about five pieces (think of this like a flower.) Take each section and roll under pinning on the sides. Do this with each section, and bibbidy boppedy boo you’ve got a princess do! After about 4 years of doing this I’ve discovered this technique only works on people with a sufficient amount of hair.

New York Fashion Week 2013

Whelp, New York Fashion Week has come to a conclusion and now it is time for the fashion power houses to strut their stuff in London.

And what did we learn from New York Fashion Week? Well for starters, it appears as though once the leaves start falling from the trees we are going to see tons of navy, lots of leather, and fur trimmed outerwear. Also, to remind us of the season immediately following, lots of winter white. And who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?

Some of my favorite runway presentations were the following:

BCBG MaxAzria had a beautiful show case. From bold prints to sheer overlays, everything about this collection was true to the brand, and also brought something memorable to the runway. Again, sheer, floor length top anyone? I know Christmas is almost a year away but I will most certainly be asking Santa Clause for some of BCBG’s leg warmers.

So pretty! So fun! So couture! My favorite runway piece from New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Stunning piece by BCBG

So pretty! So fun! So couture! My favorite runway piece from New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Stunning piece by BCBG

Marc Jacobs had a stunning presentation, as always. One of things I love most about Marc Jacobs is he never deviates from his own style. Bold prints, and unique use of color blocking are as signature to Jacobs as cherry red souls to Christian Louboutin. My favorite runway debuts were his cherry and crimson red color blocked mod dresses.

Loved Marc Jacobs' use of the best shades of red!

Loved Marc Jacobs’ use of the best shades of red!

My most favorite presentation for this season though was the collection by Rachel Zoe. Quite literally I believe my jaw dropped with every piece that walked down the runway. I loved several things about her collection. The first being her use of taupe, and white. There is something about taupe leather that makes my heart go a flutter. Unlike other designers who are typically known for creating very feminine pieces and deviated slightly from that for this seasons collection, Zoe discovered a perfect way to incorporate the dreariness and very structured trend that usually radiates from fall collections and made it girly. For example, an a line skirt with pleats, structured yet feminine, and a solution to the girly girl’s overly structured problem. Loved her sequined sweaters, and fur trimmed plaid outerwear pieces. Long story short, I just loved everything about this presentation.

This sequined cardi was one of my favorite pieces by Rachel Zoe to waltz down the runway.

This sequined cardi was one of my favorite pieces by Rachel Zoe to waltz down the runway.

The runway that broke my heart with disappointment was Betsey Johnson. Seriously, I’m sighing as I’m typing this. Don’t get me wrong, I love Betsey. I love that a woman of that mentality, who adores pink and sparkles as much as I do is a runway veteran and still does cartwheels on the cat walk. But work out wear? Really? The collection looked uninspired and prepared last minute. Bring back the pretty dresses! I have no doubt, next time will be better because really, it could not possibly get any worse.

While I don't love the Betsey Johnson workout apparel, I could see myself loving her work out accessories.

While I don’t love the Betsey Johnson workout apparel, I could see myself loving her work out accessories.

Usually when Fall officially arrives, I embrace it lovingly because that means Starbucks is once again serving Pumpkin Spice lattes and I can once again wear large cozy sweaters and cute scarves. But alas, that is what I’ve been wearing for the past 3 months and I am ready for Summer. But I’m glad I know what to shop for post Labor Day.

And my obsession with buns continues: Buns of Braids

Heidi Klum adds elegance to the braided bun by polishing the front.

Heidi Klum adds elegance to the braided bun by polishing the front.

So it is no secret by now that I am crazy obsessed with buns. For a gal who usually has to wake up before the sun, this is usually my go to hair style because it looks elegant, and takes hardly any time at all to put together.

Recently I’ve been obsessed with the knotted bun (simply tie your hair in a knot and pin any fly aways wherever you feel to give it a funky twist.) But after watching this tutorial I cannot wait to add this style to my resume of bun expertise!

With all of these new inspirations for up do’s I’m going to have to invest in a full set of highlights next time I go to the salon. Just great.

Drew Barrymore adds her own twist on the braided bun by braiding the front as well. Too bad french braids were never my thing.

Drew Barrymore adds her own twist on the braided bun by braiding the front as well. Too bad french braids were never my thing.

Get Catty with a Lauren Conrad tutorial

So not only am I obsessed with fashion, but I’m crazy about literature on the subject as well. And while I love Vogue just as much as the next fashionista and refer to it as “the bible” I also love reading about fashion icons and their interpretation of the basics.

Basics can refer to anything from your basic pair of jeans, to your lbd or your favorite basic t. But lets face it, basics are not just exclusive to the items that reside in your closet. There are also beauty basics, and the thing that I love about this tutorial is that its simple, and elegantly goes step by step over one of the most basic and classic makeup looks, the cat eye.

Lauren goes over her love for liquid eyeliner in her “Beauty” book and I’m not going to lie, ever since reading her argument I’ve been compelled to switch from my wooden pencil to this liquid heaven she describes. I love trying new things and I can’t wait to try this look!

Lauren makes liquid eyeliner red carpet ready

Lauren makes liquid eyeliner red carpet ready

Pros of liquid eyeliner-more pristine definition and drama Downside- requires more accuracy when applying, and is a little more messy when removing

Pros of liquid eyeliner-more pristine definition and drama Downside- requires more accuracy when applying, and is a little more messy when removing