Thursday, April 28, 2011

my 5 favorite things...

1. Lindsay Trial Fashion: (& her jail sentence in general)

Lindsay is one of my favorite trainwrecks, as she is not alone in her craziness, because a whole slew of other Lohan characters constantly follow her around, mirroring her antics with behavior just as bizarre. Complete with a stereotypical nutjob stage mother with Jersey skin more leathery than the Birkin-bag she undoubtedly is dying to get her grubby paws on, a sister who looks 35, and a father with a jail rap sheet as long as Lindsays. And her bizarre choices continued throughout her trials, as she made such odd and inappropriate fashion choices, like a skintight white dress, or sheer lace black top, plunging necklaces, and 6 inch sky-high stilettos. Not exactly oozing innocence. However, in her most recent court appearance, she wore blue linen wide-leg sailor pants that I loved. Detailed with buttons on the front, they were perfect for summer, but once again, not exactly screaming courtroom appropriate. I can see these with a tube tucked in, or sheer top with a tie at the neck, and some awesome bright espadrilles. 

2. Plum Sykes & the Royal Wedding 

I love Plum Sykes for her witty and hysterical banter in her perfect-for-the-beach summer reads, Bergdorf Blondes and Debutante Divorcee. A frequent featured columnist for Vogue, she writes the way I imagined Carrie Bradshaw did for her Vogue column, and I recommend her books to any girl who loves an easy, breezy, fun read. But beware, she might make you resent your lack of Louboutins in your closet. And any girl who watches the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will appreciate her resembalance to Lisa Vanderpump-Todd. Naturally, I would love Plum's commentary she made on Pier's Morgan's show as a coorespondent for the royal wedding, my current favorite topic. I personally am planning on manning a huge wedding-based-hub at 4am in my living room, hopefully complete with tea and crumpets. Regardless, you can bet I will be up and ready at 4am, a sacrifice I am willing to make, since a royal wedding, and event of this caliber only happens every 13 years. I am dying to see what Kate wearing, though secretly I am rooting for the ethereal concoctions of Sarah Burton, head designer for McQueen. Plum wore the designer for her wedding before his death, so be sure to check out the link, even if its just to see the gorgeous shot of Plum is her McQueen gown. 

3. Amour necklace

I am obsessed with Sydney Evan's gold & pave diamond amour necklace. It's a pricey for my student-budget, but it's definitely a future purchase of mine. 

(all images via Vogue)
4. Mary-Kate & Ashley's Vogue shoot

Being a girl of the nineties, it's no surprise I would love Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. A fan since their book and television series, I have admired the way they have maintained their sense of self despite the Hollywood machine, and its frequent tragic downfalls. Maybe its the heavy vintage clothes, or maybe its the fact that they have been millionaire moguls since the age of 6, that always causes them to look so bored, but they always look miserable! As if their precious Starbucks ran out of coffee or something. Call it edgy, mysterious, glamorous, whatever, I loved Vogue's recent photo shoot of the pair, since they look so playful and young! I always forget how young they are, and the shoot captured by Bruce Weber captured the essence.

5. Eric Clapton pre Eric Clapton: Derek & the Dominoes

Eric Clapton, like most of my favorite, and the most famous artists, comes from the across the pond, and is most widely known for hits like "Tears in Heaven" or "Layla." While he was in many bands before going solo in the 1980's, including the Yardbirds, the famous band Cream, and Blind Faith, my personal favorite of his first musical efforts was Derek and the Dominoes. Formed in the 70's before he went solo, the group featured Duane Allman from the Allman Brothers, but was short lived due to many tragedies. The death of Jimi Hendrix has Clapton distraught and unable to perform, and Clapton was madly in love with friend and bandmate, George Harrison's (of the Beatles) model wife Pattie Boyd. While Clapton later stole Pattie from Harrison and married her, I am thankful for his pursuit of Pattie, as their relationship inspired and birthed many hit songs like "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight," and my personal  favorite, "Bell Bottom Blues." I love the soulfulness of the song, and how the guitar solos sound just like wailing, and a yearning to obtain something unobtainable. (listen below)

Song (Video) of the Day

Im obsessed with Beyonce, her style, and her energy in this video. A video as part of a campaign to promote exercise, and a healthy lifestyle aimed toward kids, B proves she's a role model in more ways than one.

& I just want to feel the way B looks in this video, all summer.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Summer Goals

1. Create an awesome summer playlist
2. Actually MAKE those road trips to visit friends
3. Go to as many outdoor concerts as possible
4. To walk more! doing errands, exploring, exercising, to local restaurants, whatever
5. Do a giant overhaul of my closet & throw out literally half of my clothes (then donate)
6. Go vintage shopping and buy some really classic pieces
7. Explore photography
8. Attend as many local festivals as possible: food, art, wine
9. READ MORE. go to old book stores
10. Buy really great, expensive, and life-changing shoes
11. Find lots of great costume jewelry
12. Visit New York and Savannah 
13. Go to some art gallery openings
14. Fix all of my broken jewelry
15. Be better about blogging (and writing in general)
16. Paint!
17. Find a cocktail thats simple to make, refreshing, & that I actually like to drink--(preferably a martini)
18. Learn how to meditate, and practice yoga regularly
19. Find a crockpot recipe that I can actually master
20. Open a mutual fund: I must learn how to save my money better $$$

Friday, April 22, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

my 5 favorite things...

This week most of my favorite things are fashion related. 

1. Linen Pants

Linen is the perfect lightweight fabric for warmer weather, because its so breathable and non-stuffy. I'm all about comfort, so any chic yet comfortable form pants is a go-to item for me. I especially leave Free People's dressier version, (pictured on model) but Anthropologie's linen pants can be worn anywhere from weekends, to even in the office. 

2. Turquoise jewelry

I love turquoise jewelry because it is so versatile, and adds a bright pop of color to any outfit. The best are found in vintage stores, or from travel, as my favorites have come from Middle Eastern bazaars. You can pile on the turquoise to bring any earthy edge to any outfit, and each piece is unique, which makes them extra special. 

3. Banana Republic's Stone foldover clutch

I love it for all of the same reasons why I love turquoise jewelry. Such a statement piece. A little pricey for being beads, but worth it. 

4. Jennifer Aniston's new haircut

She finally mixed up her look and chopped her hair off, and I love her for it. Sassy, sexy, its perfect for her single-independent woman status. It was definitely time for a change. She hadn't changed her hair since the "Rachel" and since we know she clearly only likes to wear it down, the only other option was a cut! I think I'm going to try this look on myself...

5. Red pants

Gorgeous. So stylish and boldly sexy. It takes a certain person to pull of pants of this caliber. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Song of the Day

In 1989 English alternative rock band The Cure came out with "Lovesong." When I was in high school, 311's cover of the song was huge, and I still love that Slightly Stoopid, reggae-esque vibe of their version. Now, on Adele's hugely popular album "21" she has her own soulful version, which ends up being a powerful ballad. But below I posted her performance live on Letterman, because she really is simply that good. It's interesting how one song can extend across 3 different genres and have such different interpretations. Which version do YOU like best?

The Cure
(sorry for the Espanol subtitles-I had to)



I'm torn between 311 and Adele, but maybe 311? Dah! I feel like I'm cheating on Adele for even thinking that.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Song of the Day

I thought about this song as I watched one of my favorite movies yesterday, Goodfellas.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pretty Things


My roommate showed me this great park today, that actually reminded me of that gorgeous one in one of my favorite movies, Notting Hill. You know, from that scene when Hugh Grant shows Julia Roberts that magical, enfenced, neighborhood park? I shot it in this cool 70's film setting, since I think the world looks better through rose-colored glasses anyway :)

my 5 favorite things this week....

Since my taste and style is so fleeting, I've decided I'm going to start doing regular postings titled, "My 5 Favorite Things Each Week."

1. Cigarette Pants

So stylish and so chic, Audrey Hepburn was the first to make them look effortless and high fashion. Now copied and emulated by many high fashion models and celebrities, they are sexily highlighted by super high platforms, or simple flats. Now they are worn by some notable fashionistas like Kate Moss, or one of my favorite fashion-forward ladies,  Zoe Saldana. Très chic!

2. Adele's sophomore album, "21"

Her hit single "Rolling in the Deep" is a strong first release, but I love her throwback track like "Rumor Has It," or others like "Someone Like You" and obviously, "Set Fire to the Rain."

 3. Nazars

I can't explain enough just how much I LOVE these! Nazars are amulets used to ward off the "Evil Eye," an evil glimpse given by those who carry envy or evil spirits. I've loved these symbols, worn for protection ever since I first traveled to the Middle East, visiting Greece and Turkey when I was five. They are most commonly worn and valued in the Middle East, but its influence has recently spread to Western traditions as well. I have a large glass one catching the light in my window at home, but I also love when they are worn as jewelry. Stacking them as bangles, wearing around your neck, whatever, I love the look combined with their cultural significance. 

4. Swamp People

A show on the History Channel, it follows the lives of several men who catch American alligators for a living in the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. The show is hilarious, as the men have unintelligible Cajun accents, making it literally impossible to understand them, and maybe one full set of teeth among all 10 of them. The frequent overall and bandana sightings, combined with the risks and drama of catching deadly animals, its no wonder its the highest-watched show in the History Channel's history.

5. Brain Trainer

An iPhone app that boasts "reclaim your brain," it provides 3 games titled "Shapes," "Memory Matrix," and "Lost in Migration" which all help work to keep you sharp. I use this app before studying or anytime I remember to use it before something important, and I swear it helps. Or it at least provides the placebo affect, and it gets my head out of its fog. It offers a free trial version, perfect to give it a whirl at no expense!