I know, I know…there’s been quite a silence on my end here for a while. Rather than make up a bunch of excuses, I’ll just say: I don’t intend to leave you all hanging and be so sporadic with blogging. I can’t promise that I’ll go back to posting regularly either, sadly. I hope to post more – but “more” could mean with weeks in between. Hope you’ll stick with me though! 🙂
Don’t you think a little life update/random tidbits are in order?
I went to NYC for a long weekend recently. Man, that city never gets old. My weekend consisted of lots and lots and lots of eating and shopping. What else do you need?
On my “about” page, I mention, “I especially love Paris and New York City and hope to call each city “home” at least once in my life at some point (first I must learn French!).” Well, you guys, I’m hopefully one step closer to that Paris dream. You see, last Fall, I began taking French! Yahoo!
Related: “Impossible n’est pas français!” – one of my favorite quotes that has encouraged me with this whole goal, which some family members have deemed as purely a dream and a “pipe dream” at that. Nah. [If my goals eventually do change in life, I’m okay with that too!]
I purchased this top [exquisite detailing and a perfect fit on my petite frame]:
I’ve been taking art (drawing) classes and a photography class. One of my photos was entered into a competition. I didn’t win, but still feel greatly flattered.
What’s new with all of you? And, of course, if you have any questions for me, go for it.
I thank you all for your patience and understanding!
NOTE: If you have not watched Project Runway yet and still plan on doing so, STOP READING! There will be spoilers!
Well, what did you all think, for those of you watched???!!! How was the premiere of Project Runway for you?
I’m doing a little recap today, complete with my opinions. There will be some polls throughout, which I hope you’ll participate in, and then I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment with your own thoughts! I’d love to get a discussion going! Here goes…
Imagine walking through the streets of New York (Times Square!) in nothing but your pajamas. Oh, and a sheet. Most people would be absolutely mortified. As a true test of courage on the first challenge, the designers did just this.
Tim Gunn walked into the apartments (the beloved Atlas apartments, that is!) at the crack of dawn – i.e. 5 am – to wake the designers and take them across town to Parsons (side note: HOW COOL WOULD IT BE TO AWAKE TO TIM?!?). While Tim was spiffy in his suit as usual, the designers truly did just have on what they wore to bed, as well as one sheet from their bed. As Heidi said later on during the judging, it was a bit interesting to see just what the designers wore to bed. Right off the bat, I was drawn to what novice-sewer Anya was wearing – a gorgeous garment it appeared, indeed!
Having arrived at Parsons, the designers got their challenge – make any look using only the clothes you have on and your alloted one sheet, as well as any provided notions (buttons, zippers, trim, lace, etc). The designers got down to work, some with more panic than others.
Fast forward to the runway show – Anthony Ryan, Anya, and Bert were in the top, while Julie, Joshua, and Rafael were in the bottom three.
Anthony Ryan’s look: This certainly was nice, especially the top – very wearable. There’s no denying he made good use of the provided notions in order to thoroughly transform his pajamas. However, the skirt lacked a little something for me, and overall, the look just wasn’t incredibly original to me.
Anya’s look: I liked where she was going with each individual piece, but for me, while it was far from a train wreck, it lacked a sense of fashion. In other words, it seemed like it lacked a modernity (and originality, I suppose) that is so important in fashion.
Bert’s look: Aside from a styling perspective, Bert really did do an awesome job with this piece. He mentioned having worked for Halston, which I can see very subtly in this piece. There was something a little off about the bow in the front…it just didn’t seem quite right, but it didn’t detract too much from the rest. But really…the styling of it? Hope he can pull it together in the future!
Julie’s look: The construction on the pants was absolutely horrific, as was the combination of the particular print and color palette on the top (although the actual shape of the top wasn’t half bad). I do find it funny that she wore pajamas that seem so far away from her own aesthetic (I’m guessing as some sort of joke though). Luckily for her, she escaped elimination – but only because her look was slightly (slightly!) better than the other two.
Joshua’s look: There was absolutely no sense of fashion in this at all. And there were construction issues. Enough said.
Rafael’s look: While I was intrigued by the back detailing on his top, there’s no forgiving those pants! And really..why couldn’t he bear to “look homeless” and take off his head scarf to make better use of it the first day in the work room? Karma must have gotten him back for this, as he was sent packing at the end of the show.
Honestly, I could have been fine with either Joshua or Rafael leaving at this point, having not much to base this decision on other than what they made this week. Rafael though, was one I thought could have been cut from the top 20.
And now, the one middle-of-the-packer that I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for:
Danielle. I was actually surprised she wasn’t in the top – for me, her look was better than Anya’s. There was an innate simplicity with a touch of vintage that made her look great. If this look is any suggestion of what she’s capable of, I’m eager to see more! (Although it seems like she might need a bit of an attitude adjustment…)
On a final note, did it seem like there were a lot of tragic stories behind some of these designers or what?! Has it always been this way? One of my friends pointed out that she thought some of their stories sounded like Lifetime movies…but then reminded herself this is on Lifetime! Coincidence or not?!
What about you guys? Did you agree with the judges’ top three? What about their bottom three? Which middle-of-the-packer should have been in the top – or bottom? Which designer(s) has caught your attention most?
…And who’s already excited for the next episode? That would be me!
This weekend I spent some time in NYC while on the east coast visiting with some family. My whole trip, short as it was, was unbelievably great. I really do love spending time with family…I never laugh more than when I’m with family (one of my family members actually said something like this, and I couldn’t have agreed more).
Anyway, I did do just a bit of shopping while in the city, so I have some reviews for you! No, they’re not Anthro reviews, but a sister-brand – Urban Outfitters! Ready to get started?!
This was great…it fit wonderfully (perhaps a tiny bit big in the bust – I’m a 32A). This would be great for its versatility…you could certainly layer tops over it (possibly belting) to give it a whole other, skirt look. The red color it comes in is also quite lovely, although it would not have looked good on my pale reddish skin. Highly recommended!
Silence and Noise Doulbe Breasted Chiffon Cardigan (black) – $68
tried on: x-small
As you can probably tell from the photo, this is quite sheer. Nevertheless, it could be a fabulous piece to layer with that won’t add too much heat during warmer months. The only problem? Much too big for my small frame (height probably had a large something to do with it – I’m just shy of 5 feet). Recommended if it fits you!
I spotted this just before I went to the fitting rooms..and good thing, too, because I adored it! Yes, it is a relaxed, loose top, so the bagginess of it on me didn’t matter. This would look great tucked in or out…it’s just a beautiful piece! Recommended!
I don’t think the picture nearly does justice to these shorts…they fit me to perfection! Sitting at the natural waist, they’re perfect for tucking tops into (the top above is gorgeous tucked into them!). Recommended!
This is a lovely turquoise color in person…it fit me perfectly and would be a great summer staple, transitioning well to the cooler months as well with some tights! Recommended!
Unfortunately, while I tried on some other items, I can’t find them online! One of the items was a gorgeous dress…if I see it pop up online in the next few days, I’ll be sure to tell you!
Now here was my problem: Nothing, except for the sheer cardigan, looked bad. Therefore, I fell in love with many, many pieces…too many for my wallet to handle. In the end, I narrowed it down to the Ecote Chiffon Tee and the Sparkle & Fade Printed Paperbag Short. I’m going to watch for the first dress and the dress I can’t find online to hit sale, as those are my next two picks, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get them!
So, my question is: what do you do when faced with the issue of having to narrow down pieces to be bought? Any hints?! Thanks!
Hope everyone had a great, hopefully extended, weekend!
Thanks to everyone who voted for the woman whose SAG Awards look will be used as inspiration! I told you I would do stylings for the three top vote-getters. And, I’m staying true to that! However, we have a tie for second place…well actually, you could technically call it a tie for third place. Anyway, to decide which lady I would use as inspiration first (I didn’t want to play favorites!), I went to random.org, and had it pick a number (I had assigned our tied ladies each a number). This may seem extreme, but hey, I wanted to keep it fair, fair, fair! So, our tied winner who we’ll style today is….
It’s Nicole Kidman!
According to the poll on my original post about the SAGs, while half of you loved the look, the rest of you either hated it or just thought, “meh.” Nonetheless, Nicole’s look will still be great inspiration – who said you had to love a look to use it as inspiration?!
Here’s a picture of the back of the dress, which had an amazing zipper pull, as well as a bow:
The shoes, pants, top, and bracelet are a very classy, nearly timeless look. Just like the back of Nicole’s dress was unexpected, the bag serves in this same way. If you wanted to trade it in though for something a bit more subdued, you’d still be left with an elegant look.
I’d like to think Nicole would wear something as seemingly effortless but totally as chic as this on a weekend. The laid-back while still being a bit dressed up vibe of this look is in tune with Nicole’s SAG Awards look.
Tuck in this top to the textured skirt, and then layer on the necklace. It’s a deceivingly simple look that is loaded with texture to keep it interesting. Isn’t that what Nicole’s look was about?!
And that concludes this post! Well, almost…
I had grand plans today to complete this post (which I started yesterday), get the other two posts with the SAG Awards stylings finished, and create a Super Bowl inspired styling for Sunday. Well, let’s just say my workload (off the blog) did not cooperate with these ambitious plans. Yes, I managed to get this post completed, but I didn’t have time to do any of the others! Why was I wanting to get so many posts done in so little time, you ask? Well, tomorrow I’m off to NYC for the weekend! That means, unfortunately, that I won’t be able to post or visit any of your blogs (I’ll catch up on your blogs when I get back though!). However, it does mean I should be visiting Anthro and hopefully have some great reviews for you! I’ll also be recapping my trip for you – which I’m positive is going to be a great one!
To recap, this means: No new posts until Monday (maybe Sunday night if I can manage once I get home!). SAG Awards stylings with our final two winners will be completed after my trip.
Thanks for your patience! (And do any of you have any last minute must-dos for me in NYC? I’ve been many times before, but I’m also up for suggestions!)