Happy weekend, pals! I’m having a busy one with all the Highball activities and fittings going on. That’s also why I’ve been posting a little lighter than usual over the past few weeks. I feel like a broken record saying this, but this girl is busy!! I really appreciate you all who are hanging in there with me during my most hectic time. A better posting schedule will resume soon.
In the meantime, let’s bask in the glory of these people who are nailing the internet. Please enjoy my favorite links of the week!…
1 Sometimes the simplest DIYs are the best. I absolutely love this mullet hemline for fall because it shows off your boots but it still creates an elongating line for the leg. (Honestly WTF) | 2 This apple crumble recipe has so much to offer: it’s relatively simple, naturally flourless, and just perfect for this time of year. Sign me up! (Zanita)
3 These painted thrift store baskets are such a clever (and inexpensive) way to add major visual impact to your home. (Alisa Burke) | 4 I loved this behind-the-scenes look at how Anine Bing boots are made. I can’t wait for more from this series! (Who What Wear)
5 I did this eyebrow massage the other day and it was like the clouds parted to reveal a shining sinus-headache-free slice of heaven. Plus, just how calming and gorgeous is this woman? (Into the Gloss)
Some more to love…
The oven mitts! The Jessica Simpson glitter lotion! This 10 Weird Things About Twilight list is hilariously accurate. (Man Repeller)
Are you all on the Scream Queens bandwagon yet? I definitely am, but to be honest I was before the show even started. As soon as I saw the candy-coloredChanels looking like a Millenial Clueless in the preview I knew that I would follow this creative direction wherever it led. I have been really pleased in the first several episodes that the show is actually hilariously clever. But, like a Wes Anderson film or a Marc Jacobs show, I also don’t have to care where it’s going. The visuals are just that good.
I love that Scream Queens costume designer Lou Eyrich is not simply replicating current trends, but rather something much more interesting: she’s giving us an entirely new way to look at dressing. Much of the pieces are classic, yes, but the femme-glam volume is turned up to completely new, totally over-the-top, levels.
Scream Queens is a visual wonderland and this costume girl’s dream tv show.If I were a teenage girl, I would be wearing a lot of this head-to-toe. Pink fur, knee socks, the works (my family can attest to this). But what about now? How can a grown woman incorporate some of this fun opulence into her wardrobe? And should she? I can’t answer for all of you, but I say yes… subtly. I’ve been thinking about this style a lot lately and have come up with some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe when you, like Britney, are well past your not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman years.
Here are some of my favorite trends…
1. Pop Pastels
Oh my goodness, those colors! Almost every scene in Scream Queens is like an acid-soaked bubble gum factory. Head-to-toe candy-coated pinks, yellows, and blues scream classic prep in an ultra-femme way that is both timeless and incredibly current.
Bright pastels are a great way to give your fall/winter wardrobe an energetic boost. If you’re looking for a somewhat quieter approach to this look, try incorporating just pops of color in separate pieces, fun accessories, or as a fun twist on your standard beauty routine.
The Chanels make a strong statement for wearing faux fur and feathers on just about everything. It’s old Hollywood style in the softest, coziest format possible. The Chanels take this luxe texture up a notch by incorporating their signature pastel colors.
A bright faux fur jacket or feather trimmed skirt can be a great unexpected take for a Saturday night out, while just touches of fur or feathers add a bit of fun to classic accessories.
The most inspirational look for me from the series so far has been all the gorgeous sparkling hair accessories. From bling to pearls to brooches, vintage-inspired jewels are incorporated into the Chanels hairstyles in almost every scene. Moral of the story: this fall, if it sparkles, put it in your hair.
My favorite (easy DIY) way to recreate this look is by twisting or braiding two front pieces of hair and pinning together in back. Then you can simply frame the pieces with your favorite sparkly necklace using bobby pins- just make sure to hide the clasps/chains under the hair. You can also pick up some (legit) hair chains or get a similar look with some sparkling headbands, barrettes, and bobby pins.
I love Eyrich’s use of classic 50s-era silhouettes, especially in the Chanels’ accessories. Structured handbags, ankle-strap heels, and dainty belts are seen in spades as well as the resurgence of the glove as a must-have accessory.
These classic accessories can work for anyone in practically any venue. If you want to go a little more kitsch with bows or very girly colors, you can balance them with tougher, menswear-inspired pieces to keep the look grown-up.
You can’t have a group of girls called the Chanels without a constant stream of iconic Chanel style (and a Karl/Choupette name drop or two). The girls are practically walking advertisements for the fashion house, taking style cues from all eras.
Classic channel elements- tweed suit seperates, collarless jackets, simple shift dresses, quilted leather, long draping pearls- work for anyone at any age. If wearing these looks in pastel colors feels too juvenile, you can always opt for the classics: black, white, beige, and grey.
Happy weekend, friends! I don’t know about you but I’m LOVING this colder weather. I’ve got a busy working weekend ahead, but there’s always time for some great links, right?
Here are a few of my faves…
1 My heart stopped when I saw this collection of rainbow glassware. Yeah, I’m going to need one of those… (A Beautiful Mess) | 2 And speaking of rainbows, I am so into the colorful stained wood floor trend. What’s your vote on this look? (Apartment Therapy)
3 Olivia Palermo’s collection for Bauble Bar is seriously beautiful. I’m especially loving the Queenbee Cuff, which for only $58 is a total steal. (Bauble Bar) | 4 Drawer separators always seem like such a great idea, but also like a project I don’t really want to tackle. This DIY, however, is brilliant, totally versatile, and seems easy enough to actually accomplish. (I Heart Organizing)
5 How about a little dance break for your weekend?! I could watch this dance scene mashup all day.
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What’s a great way to spend a Sunday? Sharing in some awesome links, of course! Here are my favorite internet finds of the week, selected for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
1 Halloween is my favorite holiday so I’m thrilled to see that bloggers are already shelling out great ideas! I really love this “Tortured Artist Party.” I mean, the costume options are endless and incredible. (The House that Lars Built) | 2 And how about this adorable DIY Pantone couple’s costume?! Seriously, will Pantone-themed things ever get old? If you said no you get an A+. (Sugar & Cloth)
3 It’s no secret that bandanas have been the accessory of the year, but do you really know how to tie them yet? I love these chic and easy ideas for major neck scarf inspiration. (A Pair & A Spare) | 4 And speaking of trends this year, this affordable statement art DIY is a great way to bring a bit of the palm leaf trend into your home. (Chapter Friday)
5 Because you deserve a good laugh today- check out this adorable prankster baby and be reminded that the world can be pretty stinking cute.
NYFW is a time when I am most thankful for the wonders of technology (we can’t all be front row ticket holders). No, instead I, along with most of the world, take part via the screen. Thankfully sites like Vogue.com have the best trend updates and live videos of shows so that you can feel just like you were there.
In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve compiled what are, to me, the most important, most innovative, most trend-forecasting shows from last week. And the best part? Ten minutes is all you need to get to know the collections that will be making a major impact this spring.
1. Marc Jacobs
You can always look to Marc Jacob for an imaginative collection, but this season was an absolute theatrical extravaganza. A tight Americana-inspired color palette creates cohesion among what could easily be considered an overly whimsical mashup of Wild West/Old Hollywood/Evel Knievel/Drum Majorette(/just about anything else you can think of) references. The entertainment factor was an at all-time high, but let’s not forget that Jacobs is always at the epicenter of what is next in fashion, and judging from these looks, the message is simple: fashion should be fun! From fringe to sequins to those incredible face prints, maximalism is in and anything goes! (Marc said so.)
The rock-inspired romance seen on the Rodarte runway speaks to my very core. The 70s trend (which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon) is elevated with layered textures and romantic silhouettes. The collection ranges from overtly feminine, seen in the tiered lace dresses, to having a certain “with the band” edge, a la the skinny scarves and more relaxed silhouettes. The glam 70s influence is strong, but it’s married perfectly with timeless, romantic turn-of-the-century nods. Inspired by poetry, this collection fuses soft Victorian-era necklines and delicate silks and velvets with a harder, rock-and-roll attitude to create this soft and dreamy glam rock wonderland that could easily make my personal top 10 collections of all time.
3. Alexander Wang
The king of au courant streetwear, Alexander Wang’s 10th anniversary collection encapsulated everything street style stars will be snapped in next season. Moto-inspired details, thick chains, wide striped denim, army surplus jackets, pajama dressing, and fringed leather were all present, creating a downtown cool vibe that seemed incredibly New York and yet also very LA. Overall, the collection hailed as another success in the career of the unstoppable (and super cool) Alexander Wang.
4. Proenza Schouler
Spanish influences were a common thread among many shows at NYFW, but no one seemed to present such an innovative take on it as Proenza Schouler. Classic silhouettes were deconstructed and turned on their heads, producing innovative lines and asymmetry that is so fresh and modern. The design duo was said to have been inspired by a banana peel and that’s very apparent in the decision to forgo traditional closures, opting instead for rivets, ties, and bows that essentially kept the pieces from falling open and “un-peeling.” The thoughtfulness that goes into creating a collection focused on reinventing the classics in such a daring way is something in itself to be respected and appreciated.
5. Diane von Furstenberg
For her insanely impressive 40th anniversary collection, Diane von Furstenberg did what she does best: she presented a runway that was an exact replica of herself. That is, everything reflected her knack for looking equally effortless and sexy. From Studio 64-era one shoulder gowns in brilliant saffron and pink chiffon to the iconic wrap dress presented in perfectly patch-worked florals, DVF knows how to flatter a woman and she consistently wows. Even the beauty, in fresh pinks, big waves, and a flower in the hair, represents how women will want to look in real life this spring. And isn’t that what great design is all about?
Welcome to “Life Lately,” the new, updated version of my regular “Currently” series. I thought it was time to switch the format up a little and I also wanted to work my love of music into the blog more. So each month, I’ll be sharing my regular prompts as well as a new work playlist. Check it out and feel free to share a few of your own answers to these prompts in the comments. I love to hear about your lives!
Here’s what my life looks like lately…
Dreaming up some paintings I want to make to liven up my apartments bare walls. I’ve talked about these diamond paintings by Kurt Pio before and I’ve basically been thinking non-stop about how I can attempt to recreate them on a budget. Must. Have. Diamond. Painting.
WatchingYou’re the Worst. Have you seen this show yet? I think it’s hilarious. Equally hilarious- the new season of The Mindy Project on Hulu! You’ve got to love a good Joseph Gordon-Levitt dream sequence.
Reading so far nothing this month except the September issues, but I’ve got Go Set a Watchman and Why Not Me? on my list for next week (did I mention I like Mindy Kaling?).
Feeling cozy!! I get so excited when the temperatures start to drop. I feel like this might get me a few unsubscribes, but does anyone else love to see the summer go? Bring on the fall festivities!
Eating macarons from Pistacia Vera. It’s basically the first place I take anyone from out of town. They seriously could not be better. Pistachio is my favorite. Mmmmm….
Working on our costume collection for Highball. Ankara prints are basically taking over my life.
Wearing boots! It’s not quite cool enough here in Ohio to warrant them, but I just couldn’t wait. This awesome patchwork pair and these olive western boots are topping my boot wishlist right now.
Listening to this awesome style-inspired playlist! Whether you’re obsessing over NYFW or just back-to-school shopping, September, to me, is all about style. This playlist is so fun and upbeat- perfect for a dance party break! You can listen to it on Spotify here.
Happy Sunday, pals! I have so many links to love this week- let’s dig in!…
1 I’m fascinated by the amount of detail in these tiny paintings by artist Karen Libecap. (Bored Panda) | 2 The Dress the Rainbow project is one of the most brilliant, aesthetically-pleasing ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Click through for a video of the full rainbow. (The House that Lars Built)
3 Oh my goodness, the detail in this editorial is ah-maaaz-ing! (Honestly WTF) | 4 Adding “bake these Paleo Pumpkin Bars” to the fall to-do list. They look and sound like gluten-free heaven. (Hummusapien)
5 I’m pretty stoked about this marble nail DIY tutorial. (And that matching phone case!)
Oh man, I can’t believe how fast September is flying by! Or the fact that I am just now getting around to my monthly goals! Mainly it’s because I’ve still been trying to finish up what was definitely an overly-ambitious list of August goals. Normally, I would like to repost that list and go through each goal one by one and report back to you how I did. Except I’m generally 75% done with all of it so basically you can just apply “sort of” to all my goals last month and that’s where I’m at.
Overall it’s been a pretty productive month for me. My design partner and I made some serious progress on our collection for Highball (a fashion/costume design contest), I’ve done a logo design and full re-branding for a local company, and I’ve gotten some work done on my own logo and branding for a graphic design site I hope to launch this fall.
I’ve still got a lot more design work to do this month, so I want to keep my outside goals kind of easy and fun. Here’s what I’ve got on my plate…
Why is learning a rap song on piano part of my goals list? Because why the heck not? I just keep seeing that YouTube video of the guy playing Dr. Dre on piano and I want in. Hopefully next month I’ll have a slammin’ video of my own to share.
Happy three day weekend for my friends in the states! My family is visiting today so I’ll be having the best day ever. And if you’re looking for ways to spend all your extra free time, why not sit back and relax with my favorite links of the week?…
1 Isn’t the color on these DIY alcohol ink mugs gorgeous?! Plus, the whole project seems very simple and inexpensive. (Babble) | 2 I know I fangirl out on Austin Kleon pretty hard, but his brain is just fascinating to me. Have you seen his latest series of Xacto knife poetry? Brilliant. (Austin Kleon)
3 I’m so glad she pulled this out of the vault, because this DIY sleeveless coat is basically what I want to wear everyday this fall. (…Love Maegan) | 4 Blueberry breakfast popsicles! Wouldn’t these be so nice to have on hand when you have weekend guests? (Style Me Pretty)
5 Did you know there is an app to help improve your mood and reduce anxiety?