I spend more hours in lecture and deep in textbooks than you care to know. But, you know that I know that what you do care about is what I’m wearing while I study… ya’ follow? Whether I’m at the campus library, a local café, or just holed up in my home office, I still incorporate style into what I’m wearing. Well, that’s a lie, at home I’m likely to be in pa’jammies. After all, you feel how you look, no?
The key aspect to dressing for a long day of studying is comfort!
This jersey knit maxi skirt is one of my most comfortable pieces. Top it off with a slouchy dolman T (Joe’s) + flat sandal, and I’m ready to attack a marathon of Gray’s Anatomy… not to be confused with the t.v. series!
My beloved Coach carry-all bag is ideal for stuffing with my study essentials and caffeine+power foods to keep the energy up! Add a shiny headband (Anthropologie) to effortless hair for a touch of glamour, but keep it simple with otherwise minimal accessories. Less fuss equals more focus!!
When was the last time you thought about your backside when choosing your look du jour? I’m not talking about the double-take in the mirror thinking “My booty looks damn good in these jeans!”.
The little details that really make your style yours are most often in the front, right? So why not give your backside a little lovin’? An accomplice to that great booty, if you will. I flipped my fancy shmancy headband (that my fabulous little sissy gifted to me) to the back! Intrigued? I bet you are!
The use of wallpaper may have been prevalent in the 70’s, but then again, so was the bell-bottom jean! An all over pattern can be really chic, and in this case, kitschy-chic! I picked the faint lime green wall color on a whim based on the mere fact that it made me smile. The freshly painted walls craved some special treatment, but I couldn’t quite figure out what. So I did as I always do, leave it ‘til the inspiration comes!
I love fresh flowers throughout the house; I put a single magenta tulip in a dainty vase on the guest bathroom sink. It looked as though it just belonged. So I endeavored to create ‘hand-painted wallpaper’ – a technique I’ve admired for some time.
Tips to achieve the ‘hand-painted wallpaper’ effect:
1. Pick a simple image that can easily be replicated without much variation.
2. Choose the layout of the pattern, i.e. staggered vertical lines, keeping in mind the placement of outlets, light switches, and other architectural features.
3. Practice on something other than the wall first!
Most important tip: Be creative! Be fearless! ‘Hand-painted’ requires imperfections! ☺
With the start of a new semester, comes the promise of a perfect 4.0, and with that, the promise of a life devoted to studying! So naturally this left very little time for browsing my favorite fashion websites, keeping up with beloved blogs, and maintaining the ritual of reading magazines cover-to-cover fresh out the mail carrier’s hand. Literally, the stack of fashion and interior design magazines are inundating their usual space on the office end table, and are becoming end tables themselves. I was thrilled to find out that Fashion’s Night Out events were taking place in Tampa! …desperately needed indulgence!
Having only a few minutes to change from what I wore to class — I converted the maxi dress I was already wearing into a maxi skirt, threw on a neon T-shirt, a bit of black eye liner, and a bright pink lip.
What better place to take photos after a night of shopping then in the mall parking lot!
The past several weeks have been chaotic! I’ve uprooted myself from the confines of Philly comfort and am now living in a whole new world. Well, no not really, but it certainly feels like it! It’s taken more time to adjust to the not-so-city, uber humid land of Tampa than for the tattoo of the liberty bell on my hiney to heal. Just kidding, mom! No I’m not.
The interior of every home should reflect the people who live in it, and my Philly home definitely did! In fact, it pretty much screamed my name! However, because style and design technique change with structure and environment, my new home has taken on different character. I recorded a little ditty to celebrate my Philly home in all it’s glory, like forever ago. I’m talking pre-packing, pre-paint-sprayer-disaster…
Don’t be fooled. I’m not moving in just three short weeks. I’ve already moved. Like four weeks ago. This ditty of a vidy is old! And unedited!
So frequently I fall in love with the styling of runway looks – though most are not appropriate for everyday. Personal touches to tweak the theatrical effects can lead to a much more refined look while still maintaining the brazen character of runway. In other words, you are less likely to get as many stares when out in public — though my mantra on fashion is: If you aren’t getting the attention of passersby, you aren’t trying hard enough!
My runway inspiration: Diane Von Furstenberg Resort 2010
Love the oversized bow headbands!
The bold colors and graphic prints are so fun, but a solid neutral is much more versatile. I made my oversized bow headband out of a stretch cotton in a slightly smaller scale. Emphasis on slightly. The first time I wore it was with a basic T and denim, with a bold magenta lip… To a family function, might I add. Best audience to test out a new runway inspired look! Did I get any stares you ask? Even better – I was asked if I had a head wound warranting such a bandage!
When worn backwards with a top knot, the bow gives some pizzazz to my backside! Makes for a very glamorous exit!
I am absolutely head over heels giddy for anything gilded. And I mean anything! Gold, in all varying tones, is consistently intermingled in every room of my house. I often associate gilded gold with old Hollywood glamour – even the slightest touch in the most contemporary room can be stunning.
a chair that acts as a catch-all for all my clothes, conveniently located next to my closet
metallic-glazed stripes that encircle the bedroom walls
inspiration boards made from antique frames gilded in gold
antique crystal and gold table lamp adds perfect lighting to a corner in the living room
one of many antique mirrors in my home, most of which are... gilded gold
favorite spot! hand-made sari duvet and throw pillow
Alot of my favorite things, whether gilded in gold or not, are found in antique shops. My grandmother and I spend every Sunday afternoon antiquing. While she has a tendency to go for the dolls and figurines, I gravitate towards baroque, gold, and romantic – she refers to my taste as ‘gaudy’, a word that makes me cringe! (I think she just enjoys teasing me!)
Most of the pieces I find go home with promises of a better life, or shall I say, a more glamorous life. Much more glamorous! New paint, new upholstery, new purpose. Stay tuned …or else! Juussstt kidding! But, seriously, good times are inevitable if you come back! So do it.
‘Twas love at first sight! Admittedly I was shoe shopping with an agenda, but these little beautiesbelonged in my closet. I love the way that a great shoe can transform even the most simple look – in this case, monochromatic blue. Sadly, this is the only leopard in my closet, and I’m not just talking my shoe closet. May be the beginnings of a leopard craze!
Zara blouse, J.Crew short, vintage necklace, Michael Kors watch, Express bracelets
This was taken along the perimeter of the Eastern State Penitentiary, which has the most exquisite old stone structure. The photos showcasing said historical beauty were tossed because, well, photogenicity is not a quality that I would associate myself with, even with an awesome boyfriend with iPhone camera photographer. So, ya’ get what ya’ get.. and that’s a big cheesey grin and a pose with an inanimate object!
But remember, this post is all about my uncanny ability to always appear so natural and un-awkward these shoes… right here.. see where I’m pointing?
Socks paired with platforms is quite possibly my favorite trend. It adds contrast to showcase the shoe, but also makes for an infinitely more comfortable run up the Art Museum steps.. just kidding!
With summer in full swing, I’ve been craving a sun-drenched kissed look, without the UV damage. While I go through more bronzer then I care to admit, my hair demanded the same attention. Enter ‘ombre’. I love the natural effect and even more so, the low maintenance! My personal makeup guru agreed to take on the challenge.
Beachy waves, a sparkly bohemian headband, or just tossed up in a top-knot, the color gradient adds instant glamour to even the most unsophisticated style… especially loving the ease of styling on mornings when I hit the snooze one too many times!
Ombre hair is a perfect way to top off a summer look and carry you into next season with little to no touch-ups required!
The video tutorial on how we achieved this look can be found here.