Category Archives: Designer Obsession

Material Girl in a Material World

Normally, I’m your classic New Yorker with an allergy to department stores, or I was until the Material Girl collection dropped for Macy’s. Since it’s launch I’ve been an avid lover of each collection and delivery. Flowey tops, trendy blouses, perfectly sheered dresses…The line is so on-trend at such a great price, with just the rocker edge to go with my style.

On my most recent excursion to Macy’s there was just so much I loved about everything they had available! While obviously I couldn’t afford all I wanted, I went home with this gorgeous blue sheer top, with bat-wing type sleeves. It’s perfect for my style! I immediately knew how to work it into my closet in so many ways, the first way with these higher-waisted pants from H&M (since the top is slightly cropped) and my beloved wedges.

Also borrowed my BFF/roommates purse, by Worthington. I was in need of a change of bag, but something still classic and basic. This quilted and chained bag has been treating me well for the past couple of days!

PS Don’t forget to check out my Hallie Friedman Jewelry giveaway by clicking this link! And now I leave you with a candid photo of me later this night that I happen to love. Mostly for the fact of the Detroit sign in the background (the bar was called “Motor City” and is Detroit/auto shop themed).

The Living Room with P. Luca

Last weekend I met up with an intimate group of my fellow NYC Fashion Bloggers at the W Times Square’s bar “The Living Room” for some drinks and a special presentation from the ladies behind P.Luca for Barami.

We had some drinks, took a ton of pictures, and laughed alot. Smiles all around with some amazing ladies by my side. The girls from P. Luca were hilariously real as we talked about everything from our blogs, to their fashion line, to boys. They showed us images from their new fall line and the upcoming spring line, and I’m so excited! For fall, there’s chunky knits with skulls, leopard jeggings, and gorgeous wraps. We were also gifted these fun zippered tops, which are so versatile, I’m in love!

Forever 21 Corselette

H&M Skirt

gifted American Apparel sheer top

Nine West shoes

TopShop necklace and bracelet

It was such a nice break from my dismal reality, and so fun to just relax with the ladies I feel like I haven’t seen in so long. I’m excited for this potential new venture, and the new friends I made with Neda and Nika.

Devon Thomas

After the Stevie Boi show it was back in line to be checked in for the Devon Thomas show, which started almost immediately after my arrival. The collection was quite a contrast from the Stevie Boi show, with more classically influenced pieces with modern trends. Some pieces were fluid and drapey, which was gorgeous along the runway. Other pieces were more structured with strategic cut outs, which obviously I’m a fan of.

All in all, I’m digging this fairly new yet versatile line of clothing. Also, DYING for the ensemble with the green top and flowing skirt, as well as the cut  out blazer!

HVS at Brooklyn Stone Boutique

Friday night I was invited to attend the in-store launch for DC brand House of Versatile Style.

This gorgeous little boutique located right in the sweet and serene Clinton Hill, Brooklyn carries a number of lines and has no just began carrying HVS (House of Versatile Style).  The event itself was a blast; a small intimate group of fashion and beauty bloggers, including my dear Monroe, with delectable sangria and cupcakes in a range of flavors. The designs being sold by HVS are a curation of the past couple of season’s lines, but still just as fashionable with shiny, sparkly, tribal, and versatile pieces. The store will also be carrying some HVS jewelry which is just as flashy and are great statement pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Apparel leotard

American Apparel skirt

Forever 21 belt

TopShop clutch

H&M jacket

Peter Grimm hat

Aldo wedges

Rebecca Minkoff Resort Preview

While I am fully aware that resort season is MONTHS away (November is when the collections will be dropping) I’m still too giddy to not share what I saw at the Rebecca Minkoff Resort Preview. Granted, no picture taking was allowed, but I think this calls for me to finally WRITE something worthwhile for this blog and utilize my extensive education in English and writing.

I arrived at the exclusive preview event to a still-working-in-the-corner Rebecca (working on her collection of men’s accessories, Ben Minkoff) and a small group of mingling bloggers. Four mannequins lined the floor to ceiling windows dressed in the new collection, with a garment rack of more designs off to the side adorned with bloggers scoping it out and commenting on their favorite pieces.

The collection is said to be inspired by Rebecca’s favorite vacation destination of Saint Tropez, which was distinguishable in the collection. Bold turquoises, neutral militant greens, nautical themes, flowing hemlines, and minimal structure were all represented. Blogger favorites included femme moto jackets of either laser cut suede or white lace with contrasting zippers and asymmetrical hemmed maxi dresses. My personal favorites? A monochromatic teal ensemble of a lace top, lace shorts, and gorgeous tailored blazer that I cannot WAIT to get my hands on. I also quite enjoyed an abstract printed dress with a triangle cut out in the small of the back. What can I say, I love the subtle sexiness of random bare skin.

Next, on to what Rebecca Minkoff is known for, the handbags. The new collection held a piece for every trend and style; Navajo/native, nautical, classic leathers, vintage inspired muted tones, vintage inspired pastels, punk leopard and leathers, black rocker studs and bondage…you’ve got a style, they’ve got a bag for you! Of course, most of the bags come in the coveted Morning After Bag or Morning After Clutch, as well as wallets and strappy shoulder bags. Obviously, I’m craving everything black, leather, and studded.

The event also included Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl margaritas and fresh fruit, as well as guided tours through the collection amongst the mingling.

Anyway, be sure to keep an eye out for when the collection drops, I know I’ll be sharing more with you!

MTV Movie Awards: Heavy Metal

I personally pride myself on not having cable in my apartment. Sadly, last night I was dying not being able to watch the MTV Movie Awards strictly for the style. Thank god for Twitter and Tumblr, though, for keeping me up to date.

One trend I noticed not going away just yet is heavy metals. Contrary to my textiles professor, metalic fashions are as hot as ever and look like they’ll continue to be. Here are some images of my favorite metal adorned looks from the awards show:

Emma Watson in Marchesa

Kristen Stewart in D&G

Lil Mama in Sherri Hill

Leighton Meester in Balmain

Nicki Minaj in an eclectic mix of Tom Tom, Atelier Versace, Pinko, and more

Mila Kunis in Balmain

Oh, how I love Balmain…someday, you guys, someday there will be some serious Balmain in my closet. And I personally love Lil Mama’s look with the black accents and contrasting white hair, despite everyone hating saying she’s just copying Nicki Minaj. Style is style and she’s doing what she can to stay on top of it, in my opinion!

**All images found on Tumblr.

Cynthia Vincent

On one humid NYC spring day, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent hosted their Summer launch at their SoHo flagship store. With the help of blogger Saucy Glossie and her avid readers and other NYC bloggers,the night and event was a great success.

Pictured with Saucy Glossie, Yanil of The New Yorker Style, and Stephanie of Kitschy.Tumblr.com

Wearing a dress from Target with shoes from Bakers. I had also been wearing my favored cream blazer from Forever 21, but the spring humidity deemed it unfit to keep on all day/evening.

I played dress up for a bit, in some great pieces from the Cynthia Vincent new collection, as seen below. I was definitely channeling my inner angelic side with these soft muted colors.

The pink dress was handed to me, told it’d look great on me and I must agree. It draped perfectly overly my self proclaimed awkwardly proportioned body. Though I love it, I think I’ll be heading back for the sheer blouse first; the asymmetrical hem is so on par with the current trends and would go well over a bolder bustier for subtle sexiness.

Now, for a few more images from the night:

How AMAZING are these sandals? The color/dye jobs are perfect.

The entire line is full of versatile styles and prints; good for classy day wear as well as boho chic inspired whilst being possible to by punked out or girlified. Or, for lack of better words, perfect for my wardrobe.  If any of that makes sense.

Anyway, be sure to check out the site here, or if you’re in NYC pop on by to their SoHo location at 253 Elizabeth Street between Houston and Prince.

Also, here are a few images I scanned from their lookbook!

Hope you enjoyed the post and don’t forget to check out my giveaway here!!

Satya Jewelry

As previously stated, Thursday I was invited to the Satya Jewelry Blogger event with the New York Fashion Bloggers. I was greeted by the lovely and hospitable Christina and handed some champagne while I perused the collection.

Satya Jewelry is a great line of yoga inspired and spiritual jewlery as well as stones and other great pieces. The designers are adorable and hip, and their shop is located in a fabulous section of Tribeca on North Moore street.All of their pieces are of high quality; 100% silver, sterling silver, and gold, which makes them moderately priced, but perfect.

Rainbow dress

Qupid pumps

Guess bag

TopShop bracelet

H&M Necklace

I picked up a few pieces for myself as well as some gifts for the notable ladies around me. I’ll post images of those another time, but for now enjoy! and be sure to check out Satya’s site HERE. Or, if you live in NYC they have a few locations, one being right in Grand Central Station!

Abbey Dawn Tee Shirts

Growing up I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Abbey Dawn designer Avril Lavigne. When she first broke out I loved her fearless tomboy/rocker style. I was insanely jealous of her rocker Sum 42 Boyfriend, then husband, now ex all-of-the-above. Avril was never on the top end of the fashion/gossip columns, yet she’s maintained a love for the industry. When her line, Abbey Dawn, released, I was skeptical. But, against the odds, her line has been going strong, and even expanded into men’s tees.

I was recently asked to model some of their tee shirts, which aren’t half bad. They’re the usual brights of the season, with graphic prints and designs, similar to what I was most commonly seen wearing back in my high school days.  Many of the shirts bear designs common to the current “rocker” or “scene” trends; mustaches, thick rims, diamonds, etc.

Also wearing Armani Exchange Jeans.

Here are a couple more tee’s from the set shot by Manny Hui.

Be sure to check out the site AbbeyDawn.com if you’re into rocker tees and accessories!

R&Em Spring 2011

One recent stormy NYC evening I attended the Rebecca Minkoff R&Em Spring 2011 handbag party held in Chelsea. The event was an experience, bringing together some of the top bloggers of the NYC area. The party was in honor of the release of their spring lookbook featuring miss Keiko Lynn, who I personally follow on BlogLovin and am hugely in love with.

I walked in to my jacket being taken, hugs and kisses from friends, and champagne being handed to me. Fruit and pastries were also available as guests mingled, oggling the new collection.

It was so great to see Yanil and Janique, who I’ve both seen rather recently. It was also great to meet even more amazing bloggers, including Nicole of Black Shoes Diary and Clotaire of Spenderella who’s an international blogger!

As you can see, we’re all clutching our brand new gifts, courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff. Yanil and I both opted for the same black satchel, while Clotaie and Nicole for straw bags and clutches.The event also boasted bouquets of flowers for us to build ourselves. We could pick from unbloomed tuplis, roses, babies breath, and other spring flowers to brighten the stormy air.

The rest of the collection was stunning, a perfect mix of punk meets classics with studding, prints, furs, and pinks.

Totally dying for these faux fur bags….

All of these great bags are sold exclusively at Macy’s and Macy’s.com, and are fairly well priced.

It was an amazing experience and I had so much fun!

Wearing:

Aldo Wedges

American Apparel Skirt

Wet Seal Tank

Vintage Necklaces

Clutch from TopShop