April 29, 2010

City of Bows

Love them or hate them, bows are everywhere. Whether you are watching tv or shopping in a store, a bow is sure to cross your path. I am having a love/hate with the bow seeing as it has become so mainstream, and the fact Tavi got away with wearing a bow headband so large it could have eaten Marc Jacobs at his show. If I was behind her, there would have been issues. The bow does however, take me back to 1st and 2nd grade when my mom would always stick a huge headband in my hair right before we left for school. I think it was my trademark for a little while. Seen on the runways, bows are in whether I like them or not.  What do you think?

Givenchy (In Style)

Want to try the trend? Here is a look from Forever 21 and it's only $6.

April 24, 2010

Passion for Fashion

I recently did an interview with Miss Rachel Kossman, a student at Northeastern University, my old stomping grounds. Rachel was super sweet and I was more than happy to help her out with her project on social media today and what it can do to benefit a company.  We did the interview at the South End Buttery and she has come out with the finished product. Check out her site at Rachel's Fashion Passion. Here is a peek at her article:


In this day and age, everybody has an opinion. And now more than ever, it’s incredibly easy to share that opinion with the world. From blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress to social media and networking sites like FacebookTwitter and Tumblr, it seems like everyone has a voice. And in a world with a fiercely competitive fashion industry, young hopefuls desperately trying to break their way into the industry have an easy way to start: blogging.

Sarah McManus fits that mold perfectly. A 2005 Northeastern graduate, Sarah is a fashion stylist and blogger who started her own site, ShopSarahMac.com last summer.  Although she had been working privately as a fashion consultant for a number of years, she found that moving to the internet really helped her business. Within a week of posting the site, she already had a new client. “People have really been responsive,” said Sarah of her site. “It just picked up sort of a fanbase. I didnt even think I was a good writer or anything but people really started to like it.”
Sarah writes a weekly “Boston Trends” column for the Examiner and is a contributing writer for AnyWearGirl and ShopItToMe. Sarah began writing for ShopItToMe from a connection she made through her Twitter. Although she never saw herself as a “twitter-er” she’s found it is an amazing connection in the fashion world. “I just found a lot of fashion people putting up links to their posts. I found that when you do those things people really go to the page and really look at it. you meet the same people in your circle. I’ve met so many people in Boston that I didn’t know before.” 
A few weeks ago, Sarah went on what she describes as a “first date” with a Boston Herald writer that she met on Twitter. Although it was kind of awkward, she said it’s those connections that make utilizing social networking sites completely worthwhile.“ It really does make a difference. You can see who works where and get in with them that way. You just meet the same sort of people and then once you start talking it’s ‘Hey want to do a shoot?’, or ‘Do you want to be part of this style Boston thing?’ Staying in touch with those people is definitely a good idea and that’s how you can is by using Facebook and Twitter. It just seems easier now than anything else.”
Kara Weymouth is another Boston fashion blogger who utilizes social media. She has been blogging and tweeting under the name Bostonoista since she graduated from Emmanuel College in 2007. “Twitter and Facebook are definitely I think amazing tools if used in the right ways. It’s really unbelievable what you can do with that and I definitely have made contacts that way, in terms of editors and writing and it definitely is a great tool,” she explained.
Kara is currently working full time as a Kindergarten teacher. Although she hopes to one day break into the fashion industry, she isn’t quite ready to give up a steady paycheck to make the jump. In the mean time, she has found that blogging is a great way to get her feet wet. “It’s not exactly a great market right now,” noted Kara of the fashion industry. “I think blogging is a really great way just to get into it and to get yourself out there.”
For Sarah, blogging wasn’t even something she’d thought about until after her site had been up. But once she has the platform, she found that it wasn’t hard to write her own posts. “With my job I’m always looking for stuff, clothes and shoes and makeup,” explained Sarah, who uses those things as inspiration for what she writes.
For Martini Severin, blogger at beyondbostonchic.com, simply writing about fashion is what she loves. Martini started blogging when she noticed a lack representation of Boston fashion bloggers. “I was always interested in the arts, in photography and design and anything having to do with making things look pretty. Clothes and fashion seemed to be kind of an extension of that,” explained Martini, who works full time at a non-profit working on Child Development policy. 
“As a by product of that I started looking at a lot of the street style blogs, and just at blogs in general. I noticed that there weren’t that many in Boston. I thought, well you know Boston isn’t know for fashion however there are people who are quite stylish and doing quite wonderful things here. I wanted to be able to tap into that and capture the essence of the city.”
While Martini doesn’t utilize social media, she feels that being a blogger isn’t about hits or advertisements, but about having a conversation with other people on the internet.“ What you really want is to communicate with people and open a dialogue. I think I’m slowly building my community and really figuring out who my readers and what they’re about,” she explained. She feels her voice as a blogger is unique, and although it’s only her unpaid side job, she finds simple joy in thinking and writing about fashion. 
“It sounds really flippant, but it’s an interesting thing to think about what really shapes our society and to actively take time to notice how people are expressing themselves. I think normally I would just keep those things to myself, but because I’m a blogger, when something strikes me I can actually talk about it, I can open a discussion about it and see what people are thinking and feeling.”

(Don't mind my face here!)

April 22, 2010

My Favorite Cocktail

Everyone is always asking me where I got my cocktail ring. It has been so long, I can't even remember. I love it dearly and it is one of my favorite fashion staples. The bauble always stands out and gets me some nice compliments. Thanks to Finger Flair, I found a similar one for all you kids. Usually, I like to be different but I will share my ring with others as it has brought me so much joy. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :) 
Click here on where to find the fab ring. 

April 21, 2010

Erin Fetherston for Juicy Couture

Luckily for us, Juicy Couture has named Erin Fetherston it's new guest designer.  I love Erin for her airy, feminine pieces which are a great match for Juicy.  Maybe she can rework the track suit for it 10th birthday to take us into a new, juicy direction.  She will also continue on her successful line and look out for her interview in WWD coming out soon.

April 20, 2010

Boho Braids

Believe it or not, long before Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie starting wearing boho braids, there I was at twelve, rocking this trend.  It is easy and unique.  When I sport my braids, people stop and ask who braided my hair and are always shocked to find out, I did!  It really is simple and just takes some practice.  No idea where to start, just ask your stylist next time you visit the salon.

Barrel Your Sperry's

I went to a Catholic elementary school and all-girls Catholic high school so needless to say, I had been wearing a uniform until I was eighteen.  The only way to express myself was through haircuts, jewelry, backpacks and shoes.  I would occasionally throw on the "illegal" tights or sweaters but it was not like the looks we see on Gossip Girl.  Every fall and spring, I would look forward to picking out my new pair of shoes to show everyone at school my style.  In my earlier years, I always chose the original Sperry Top-Sider.  I loved the classic look and no one else at school had these.  The best part was tying the strings into the curly cue or barrel at the sides making the boat shoe a slip on.  

I recently ignited my love for Sperry's as my boyfriend came home wearing a navy pair he found one day.  For me, the originals will always be my favorite but I stumbled upon the new limited edition for Jeffrey New York.  Sperry created this special edition style for women to take the "Authentic Original" to another new level. Created in five neon patent-leather colors, these are only around for a short time making them even hotter.  The prices range from $85-$125.00.  Currently, I am obsessed with these metallic, platinum gold numbers. The little boat imprint lets you know it's a Sperry!

April 15, 2010

How to Find the Perfect Basic T-shirt

How to Find the Perfect Basic T-shirt

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Agyness Deyn's New Do

Agyness Deyn changes her hair more times than I change my nail color. Whether it's blonde or brunette, Agyness has taken her new do to the next level. What do you think?

Let's just call it the "little boy Agyness" if you want to request this at your salon.

Lauren Conrad's Denim Line for Kohl's

Former "Hills" star turned designer, Lauren Conrad, offers affordable and chic denim at Kohl's.  Right now they are on sale for $29.99.  Take a peek.

April 14, 2010

April 12, 2010

Stil Clothing Fashion Luncheon

Today I attended the Stil Fashion Luncheon at the Ames Hotel.  For anyone who has not been, the Ames is gorgeous and worth the trip to State Street.  Betty Riaz, owner of Stil,  picked the perfect spot to host her luncheon with 5% of sale proceeds going to Reach Out and Read, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy among children.  

The show featured Spring looks from Stil and designer Jodi Arnold.  Betty is known for her style here in Boston and it definitely translated to the models.  The clothing was bright and airy adorned with bold, chunky jewelry.  The Ames served up delicious sandwiches and Prosecco (my favorite) and the music was a highlight with Michael Savant behind the DJ table.  After the desserts came out, there was a trunk show held in the back room with all the looks from the show and much more.  It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.   

Always Makes Me Smile

"I wanted to thank you for all the work you put into helping me with all my outfits and overall "look".  It was such a relief not to worry about what I was going to wear, and just go into my closet and pick out a perfectly assembled outfit.  I felt confident, and if I do say so myself, looked great too.  So thank you for all the work you put into helping out this future starving actress :-) And who knows, maybe if I hit it big and become a star, you can be my personal Rachel Zoe and fly around the world with me to all my events ;-)  Keep in touch, and once again, thank you for everything."

*a lovely client

April 10, 2010

Gucci Westman for Revlon

Gucci Westman is known by celebrities and the beauty culture worldwide. She is responsible for many of the runway looks we see every season and is currently the Revlon Global artisitic director.  She recently created her first palette and lip gloss line for them.

Many of is think that good makeup has to be expensive but not always. Another leading makeup artist, Pat McGrath, is responsible for many drugstore finds as well such as L'Oreal Liquid Liner Intense for the cat eye look.  She created the popular DiorShow mascara out of using  a toothbrush to gain more volume at a fashion show. Hence, the ultimate Dior wand.

That is why when I heard about Gucci's new line for Revlon, I had to find out all I could. Gucci was inspired by ice cream colors and the sixties. She added a milkiness to them to work with any skin tone. They are wearable summer shades starting at $8.99. My personal fave is the Colorburst Lipstick in Coral. I am going to try to be more bold with my lips this summer. Get to your nearest CVS and pick up this collection.

As for the fall trends, Gucci predicts, "Probably a sense of Seventies chic, those Newton women in Vogue......a lip, warmer, deeper shades, sheer tawny chocolate browns, reds, emerald greens, greys for the eyes and healthy luminous skin" as told to Vogue.

April 9, 2010

Leighton Meester becomes a Global Ambassador

Leighton Meester was just named as Global Ambassador for Herbal Essences.  Her friend, Charles Baker Strahan probably had something to do with it seeing as he is the celebrity stylist for the brand.  He also transformed Meester into her infamous character Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl who is known for her chestnut curls and head bands.  Meester is normally a blond.  She will be included in all the advertising.  Wonder if Blake Lively is jealous?  After all, they do share Charles as their stylist.  

Top 10 Reasons You're at a Bad Salon.....

I have been to MANY salons.  I can smell a good one from a mile away.  There was the time in eighth grade when I wanted the "Rachel" and that was not what I got.  I cried and even screamed for hours in misery fearing what they would say at school.  I didn't look like Rachel, I looked like a boy.  Then there was the time my mom took me to a salon she claimed was of better caliber.  To her that meant, a deal, to me another BAD place.  This time, I wanted the "Kelly" from 90210, and instead I got "Dylan".  When I was assistant fashion editor at the Improper, my boss sent me to try the nominee's for Boston's Best for three years.  I tried them all.  The best of the best and the worst of the worst.  I found my loves now at Jeffrey Lyle where I know I am safe and my hair is going to be treated like a princess.

  1. If the address ends up being a residential home, GET BACK INTO THE CAR AND DRIVE AWAY. This just can't be good.  I highly doubt that they have the most up to date technologies used in salons such as better, less harsh bleaching systems and training on finding ammonia free dye.  Basically, you are paying to get your color done at someone else's house!!! 
  2. If the price is too good to be true, there is a reason why.....Think about it.
  3. If the salon is not in Boston, beware. Just saying...
  4. If it is a major chain, Supercuts, perhaps, they may think they know what you're talking about when you say you want the "Rihanna".  It's usually the first stop for girls fresh out of beauty school.  Opt for more experience.
  5. If they don't have regulars coming in and saying hello, they probably don't have returning customers.  In any successful salon, you WILL notice regulars coming in and greeting everyone, indicating that they have been going there a long time.  They are happy to come back again and again.  I know everyone at my salon and their life story.  It's like seeing a good therapist and getting amazing hair at the same time!
  6. If you start to feel dye dripping down your neck on forehead, be careful and cover your eyes.  These dyes can cause blindness and it has happened.  This should never happen in a salon and your stylist should know the trick to avoid that from happening.
  7. If your scalp is burning, uh oh, BAD salon.  Getting your hair colored should not be painful.  It should be a fun, relaxing experience.  Pain is not always beauty in this case. 
  8. If you see a chunk of hair a few inches more than you wanted to cut fall onto to the floor just STOP right there.
  9. If your blowdry was painful and later you feel and smell bleach, lord have mercy.  They messed up.  How is your color.....all you dreamed it would be? Doubtful.
  10. If you feel like crying and that you wasted your money when you leave, you probably did.  It's okay.  You learned a lesson and don't make the same mistake again.   

April 7, 2010

Longing Fashion Video

This is the fashion video to accompany the Pier 7 photo shoot. Let me know what you think......

April 1, 2010

Zac Posen for Target

Zac Posen for Target is another designer line heading our way.  It arrives in Target stores on April 25th and with the line being so affordable, it is guaranteed to sell out fast.  The look book is all over the web and I chose a few of my favorite looks from Zac.
Total Prom Dress!
Love the unexpected pairing of the purple with the polka dots...
The detail in this so cool and rocker chic....
This is such a unique top...

This is my favorite.  It is NOT to be missed between the print and the colors.
What a steal at $39.99!!

Get in line ladies! Go to Target for locations.

Here is the video directed by Gia Coppolla
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