Monday Style Quote

“There is only one really good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.” -Diana Vreeland

Love this quote! Diana Vreeland was a columnist and fashion editor born in France, who worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

Diana Vreeland, Photo Credit: www.wwd.com

Diana Vreeland, Photo Credit: www.wwd.com

Monday Style Quote

“Style versus Fashion: Fashion, by its very definition, is constantly changing. Style, however, is something else altogether, a distinctive way you speak, act, or dress. While there’s no doubt that style, or stylishness, comes easier to some than to others, we still believe – make that, insist – that every woman can develop great personal style. It’s just a matter of determining what works best for you.” -The New Secrets of Style by the editors of InStyle

The New Secrets of Style by the editors of InStyle

DIY Curtains

I have recently moved to NYC for a Fashion Marketing Internship with an independent designer, and of course because isn’t this where starving artists (writers) are supposed to live?? Luckily, I already had a place to move into (with the bf and roomie). Trying to save what money I currently have, I have taken to DIY projects and cooking/baking. One of these DIY projects were curtains. While we already had a curtain in our bedroom, it was sheer and didn’t block out the sun too well. We had some old maroon velvet tablecloths lying around, so we were using that as a make-shift curtain. I liked the fabric so much, that I decided to sew a real curtain out of it. Here are the before and after results.

Monday Style Quote

“Simple is better. It’s also important to know your age, and not take trends too seriously.”  -Tory Burch

Tory Burch is an American fashion designer who was raised and went to school in the Philadelphia area (my hometown!). She is very well-known for her ballet flats. I love this quote by her because this is how I view fashion – many times simpler is better, and in the end trends come and go. To read more about Tory Burch’s view on fashion, visit refinery29.com. Here, she talks about the importance of staple pieces, and how to pull off a “work-to-going-out” look.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch Ballet Flats

 

Subway Shoes

The fun thing (at least for me) about public transportation, is that there are so many different styles and fashions I get to look at. I saw these awesome boots on the subway the other day and had to snap a quick pic.

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I love these because they are just so unique – they look like a mix between bowling shoes and boots. The brown and black colors compliment each other nicely, and can be worn with practically anything. I must find myself a pair!

Rain Boots Vote – Shoes.com

It’s always such an honor when my friends come to me for fashion advice, since really there is nothing I like better. My one friend recently asked me if I could find her some rain boots, and so of course my answer was yes. To find her boots, I visited Shoes.com – a great new site I have just discovered, which has such an amazing selection of shoes. I love this site, because you can search for your shoe of choice, by really narrowing down your selection. For instance, you can search by brand or style or even by heel height! Here are a few rain boots I picked out for her…which is your favorite??

Shoes.com, Michael Kors Women's Coffee Mid Rainboot, $89

Michael Kors can do no wrong…seriously. I love these boots, and luckily Michael Kors is one of my friends favorite brands. I also like the height of these boots – they are mid calf, as opposed to many rain boots, which reach higher up on the leg.

Shoes.com, Tommy Hilfiger Women's Lee, $69

I went through a Tommy Hilfiger phase when I was younger – in middle school and high school I would buy only Tommy bags. Why, you may ask? I liked (and still like) Tommy Hilfiger’s all-American designs. I like these boots just for this reason. They make me feel like I should be somewhere sailing on a boat – I will buy almost anything that has a little nautical flair to it.

Shoes.com, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Women's Right as Rain, $33.60

I can sum up this boot in just a few words. Simple, chic, to the point, and worth the price.

Shoes.com, Chooka, Women's Signature Solid, $55.20

You can never go wrong with black, which is a big reason why I like these boots. I also like these boots, because they are very sturdy looking and do not have that shine that a number of rain boots have.

There are the 4 boots I chose – which do you like best?

I appreciate all your opinions.

If you are in need of shoes (and really, when are you not?) visit Shoes.com.

Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle – DC Expo

This past weekend, my friends and I attended the Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, expo in Washington DC, hosted by DC50. It was a fun event, which showcased products by Stella & Dot, Bebe, Salon Virage (along with many others), and even included a meet and greet with Nigel Barker. Unfortunately, we missed out on the meet and greet, but we did get the chance to browse through designers, watch a “What Not to Wear” type  of event on stage with stylist Monica Bartlett, and watch the fashion show (my favorite event there).

Heels.

LOOK at those heels!

My favorite dress at the event.

Fashion Show

Monica Bartlett, Stylist tips.

One question that an audience member asked stylist Monica Bartlett was, “Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?” Her answer was that yes, white is in style after Labor Day, but there are 3 rules.

1) Don’t wear white from head to toe.

2) Mix it up (for ex: wear a white top with dark pants).

3) Try to keep white above the waist.

Of course, there were exceptions to these rules such as, if someone lives on the West Coast where the weather is significantly warmer.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!