Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday Best

I'm not usually one to wear one color from head to toe, but sometimes that can draw just the right amount of attention to a specific part of your outfit. I coveted this skirt back in November and after seeing it in person, and opting for the green and navy version, I knew featuring it in an all navy ensemble would be the way to go. I think it really brings out the bold, funky pattern and accentuates the shape of the skirt.

Pins and Needles Bow Tie Sweater - Urban Outfitters
Tile-Quilted Mini - Anthropologie (seen here)
Erin Dot Tights - Banana Republic
Navy Peep Toe Wedges - Payless

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ready to Wear: Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012

It's no secret that I have a serious love of prints. Having already professed my love for Mary Katrantzou, it's no surprise that her spring 2012 RTW collection has left me speechless. Drawing inspiration from nature, Mary Katrantzou has become well known for mixing pattern with architectural design. What I like about this season's collection is the wearability, the shapes are classic and sophisticated. Now if only I could afford all the dresses below.

Click here to view the entire collection.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's Almost Here: Marni for H&M

The Marni for H&M collection hits stores in exactly two weeks! I for one can't wait. The pieces are exactly what I was hoping for. A playful yet sophisticated mix of patterns, textures, and vintage-inspired shapes. What really excites me is that these items look like real Marni, not the water downed version that often comes with collaborations. Below is my attempt at picking some favorites. I'm going to need to make that short-sleeved polka dot coat mine! 

 Click here to see the entire collection with prices.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Guest Blogger: The Other Side

The blogger that is normally in this space is the ying to my yang. I am what you might call plus-size (she is not, obvi). But I do like clothes just as she does. Liking clothes and being plus-size really don’t mix. I can still shop in non-plus size stores, but it is so hard to find cute clothes at the top-end of the sizes. Not cute tents, but cute clothes. They are either really boring, or blankets that do not flatter. This is part of the reason that I love shoes and purses so much, they always fit and you can always find really awesome ones.

It seems as though, when plus-size designers are making clothes, they think “Let’s find a way to make this plus-size woman look the plus-siziest she can.” Not fair. The clothing industry has done a much better job in the last 5 years of providing plus-size women with more options (sometimes at the detriment of petite women), but there is still not enough. I just want a fun Bermuda short. Or a pretty skirt (I like to show off my legs) that doesn’t make me look 5 sizes bigger. I am proud of who I am and what I look like, and as Stacy and Clinton say “You gotta fit the body you have now.” So I want the clothes I want. Now!

This is a guest post written by a childhood friend of mine.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Things That Give Me Rage

Jason Wu for Target Sizing
I was so excited that Jason Wu's fun and flirty designs were coming to Target. That excitement wore off quickly. I knew I was in for disappointment when I saw that the smallest size most things came in was a 2. I placed an order and crossed my fingers that things would run small. They didn't. Even the items that I ordered in XS were too large. I'm not asking for sympathy. What I am asking and hoping for is that in the future mass retailers accommodate all sizes because at the end of the day, too big or too small, it's always disappointing when something you love doesn't fit. 

Below is a picture of the Jason Wu look I was most excited about. In the promos, the skirt fit higher and tighter and the blouse wasn't as boxy. I am undecided about if I should keep it or not, I could always get the skirt taken in I suppose. Would love to hear your opinions.

Navy Floral Sheer Panel Top - Jason Wu for Target 
Navy Floral Pleated Skirt - Jason Wu for Target 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday Best

This year's mild winter has to be a sign that my obsession with shorts is a good thing. As much as I love all the winterized ones out there, I wanted to see if I could transition a summer pair into a season-appropriate outfit. Here's what I came up with.

Shawl Collar Sweater - J.Crew
Yellow Scoopneck Tee - H&M
Tiered Shorts - J.Crew
Black Tights - Target
Magenta Ruffle Flats - Target
Feather Headband - Urban Oufitters

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday Best

A couple of weeks ago while cleaning out my closet, I stumbled upon a stash of vintage silk scarfs. I decided to challenge myself to add these to my wardrobe. I'm really not a silk scarf around the neck kind of girl so I knew I was going to have to get creative. I pulled out this navy blue sweater and thought my newly discovered green scarf would be the perfect accessory for the nautical themed sweater. This is where I got crafty. I found a tiny little key ring to attach to the zipper, pulled the scarf through, tied a bow and voila! I think it adds just the right pop to the outfit.

Striped Navy Sweater - Old Navy
Vintage Green Silk Scarf - Thrifted
White Shell - Esprit
Bi-Stretch Wool Minnie Pant (last season) - J.Crew
Peep Toe Shoes - Nine West

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Is a Love of Giraffes a Precursor to a Career in Graphic Design?

I love giraffes and have for as long as I can remember. From an early age I was drawn not only to their coats, a pattern which is unique on each giraffe, but also their long necks and graceful bodies. It doesn't hurt that they are vegetarians either!

As I started meeting other designers, I noticed that most of them loved giraffes as well. A quick google search of giraffes produced blog after blog of designers and art students who write of their affinity for the animal. I started wondering why. Many people will say that it's obvious, designers are drawn to graphic things and giraffes are visually graphic. But so are zebras and cheetahs and leopards and tigers. The list goes on and on. Why giraffes? I really have no idea what the answer is, but it's interesting to think about. Are there small clues even at a young age that will predict what we will chose to do with our lives? Can something that is seemingly insignificant tell us a lot more than we think? When I was a little kid, I had never even heard of graphic design, but maybe my love of giraffes was a sign that I had already chosen my career path.

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