Archive for May, 2011

Bright Blitz!

The 80-degree weather in NYC seems to be bringing out the bright side of everything!! I love these dresses from Issa because they prove that being ladylike doesn’t necessarily mean being conservative. Each cut is perfectly fit and flattering without being too tight or too short. They are, as I love to say; tastefully risque!And, If you don’t have an occasion for a lace party dress, indulge your bright side with one of these summer colors from essie.

Essie Colors from left clockwise; mezmerized, pretty edgy, geranium, blanc, golden nuggets, too too hot.

Images from Essie and Net-a-porter

Tempting Tibi

Everyone has a shopping weakness. Lately, I have not been able to walk into a department store or boutique without gravitating toward tibi. With ladylike sillouettes, elegant fabrics, and intricate details, the looks couldn’t be harder to resist.  I’m off this weekend to a family destination wedding in Las Vegas, and if my suitcase wasn’t already filled to the brim, I’d take along this beauty for the reception.

Cute Kitchen Wear

After reading this post from Dilly Dallas, I did a little exploring on Anna Maria Horner’s adorable website.  I’m already thinking up recipes to cook just so I can justify buying one of these aprons;


Blissful Inspiration

While working on my first wedding headpiece project for Nona E Rose, I came across La Boheme wedding accessories. Beautiful pieces and a great website full of inspirational images.

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All Images from loboheme.com

Sophie Gimbel Exhibit at Parsons-Must See NYC SNEAK PEAK!

One of the best perks about having friends in grad school is getting the head’s up on all of the the amazing events the NYC academic community has to offer. My good friend Liz, an MA candidate at Parsons gave me the tip on a great one coming up;

This fall Parsons will mount the first ever exhibition to showcase the work of New York fashion designer Sophie Gimbel.  From 1931 – 1969, Sophie designed and sold thousands of dresses out of her specialty boutique, the Salon Moderne, which she ran on the third floor of the Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship.  Pulling from its own archives the exhibtion, titled, Sophie of Saks: Sophie Gimbel and the Salon Modern, will showcases some of the designers most beautiful custom gowns, as well as best-selling ready-to-wear pieces from throughout her long career.  Sophie of Saks will likely open its doors in early September, but a sneak peak can been seen at http://fashion.parsons.edu/sophie/.

The importance of being archived

A few years ago, my Grandfather scanned all of our family photos, edited them, and sent everyone in our family a CD of the photos. The photos have been a constant source of inspiration since!

Here’s to two great moms pictured above, My mom, Ellen and Grandma Rose!

A Fashionable Address

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend The NYU Italian Department’s panel discussion, “Addressing Style” with special guest, Vogue Italia Editor-In-Cheif, Franca Sozzani. There has been a lot of press surrounding Ms. Sozzani recently about various issues including; her controversal spreads for Vogue Italia, the launch of Vogue.it, blogs(including her own),  her opinion of fashion models, and her campaign against pro-anorexia websites.

I could not have been more impressed by Ms.Sozzani(who spoke for over and hour and half) on a variety of topics; Her revolution of the Magazine from what she refered to as a, “Fashion catalogue” to the high fashion, artistically driven, socially conscious publication it is today, the creation and drive behind V Black and V Curvy, and how blogging on Vogue.it has given a face and personality to the magazine.

Especially interesting was her explanation of the thought process behind V Black, the section of the Magazine and website dedicated exclusively to African American Models and Celebrities.  While many think that creation of the section was influenced by the election of President Obama, Sozzani explained that during a particular fashion week, she kept thinking to herself how every model looked the same, tall, blond, eastern, and young. The models that stood out to her that season were Liya Kebede and Chanel Iman, two incredibly stunning African American women. Their beauty, confidence and uniqueness inspired Sozzani to create a section for the beautiful Black models and celebrities that were possibly not as frequently covered in other publications.

In reference to the women covered in V Curvy, Sozzani exclaimed,”Don’t they look happier than more of the other women!”.  Being somewhat curvy myself, I appreciate this section and its mission to draw on the beauty of curvy women.

In reference to the rumors that she dislikes fashion bloggers she spoke at length about how it is not that she dislikes bloggers per say, more that she doesn’t see the purpose in blogging negatively about people you don’t know(especially her) or simply blogging about your own personal fashion choices without substantial content to back it up. “If you only have negative things to say about other people, you obviously don’t have anything else say,” she explained…. as I really try to keep this blog especially positive, I couldn’t agree more!!!

Images from Vogue.it and NYMag.com