"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Completing fall wish list

I apologize for my lack of posting, but I was on a much needed, relaxing girls weekend at the beach with my family! Could there be anything better than a weekend of tanning, swimming, reading magazines and spending time with my really awesome mom, cousin and aunt?? I don't think so! We really had a blast, and it was so nice to finally give my brain a rest, since it had felt like it was on over-drive last week. Now, I am back to the grind but have much to look forward to with multiple weekend travels ahead, including a trip to my lovely alma-mater, my first real visit to the fabulous NYC, a birthday surprise for a friend at my brother's school, a celebration of new life in Pennsylvania for my favorite cousin's baby shower and capturing the love of a beautiful couple during an engagement photo shoot! Basically I am going to be packing, traveling, unpacking and doing it again for all of september!! Can't wait!

Well, I am definitely ready to start blogging about something other than my fall wish list, even though I do love salivating over beautiful fashion, so this will be my wrap-up segment!

7. Two trends that I have seen everywhere for this season are the trench coat, and the color camel. I am dying to combine the two and purchase a camel colored trench coat! I have wanted to do this ever since I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn's iconic look at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and now I really wish I had had the moxy to try the look before it became a trend. 
Most romantic movie kiss ever, in my opinion!
Though I missed my opportunity to be ahead of the game on this trend, I plan on jumping on board anyways and updating my idol's classic look, hopefully with the purchase of this fabulous trench!
Hoping to score this topshop camel trench during my visit to NYC in a few weeks!

8. This fall I really want to embrace texture, pattern and feminine details by incorporating trends such as suede wedges,big cozy knits, animal print and sequins into my daily wardrobe. As I have said many times before, my style is consistently classic girly and this fall I am all about breaking out of that mold, by mixing elements of other styles with my girly fashion. Still working on finding some great knits, and any suggestions would be very appreciated!
Faux suede, but they still accomplish the purpose
Or maybe I want to mix a little chiffon in with the suede?
Not sure I am ready for a full on animal print dress, but I can definitely handle these adorable ballerina flats!
Dying to try the sequin skirt look!
9. It used to drive my grandmother absolutely nuts that I could leave the house without a lick of jewelry on and think that it was ok. I always ignored her pleas to amp up my femininity and tried to explain that as a swimmer it was not practical to be constantly bejeweled as I was spending the majority of my day outside of school in the water. Now that I am not swimming on a regular basis, I have no excuses not to experiment with jewelry, and this season I intend to do just that. I hope to add a few fun pieces to my collection this season, particularly with regards to cocktail rings and chain necklaces. I like the bit of edge that they can add to an outfit.
I tend to gravitate towards flower shaped rings, such as this.
Love all the different layers
10. I have already editorialized about my love of boots in practically every post of my new blog, so you probably could have guessed how excited I am for the thigh-high socks peeking out of boots look! As a little girl, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls( I know, I know!) and even though I was a total tom-boy back then, and thus obsessed with sporty spice, I always adored baby spice's thigh high socks! I even dressed as her for some silly college costume party once. I was thrilled when I realized that this look was finally making an appearance on the run way without looking costumy!
The black makes it hard to see,which is why I prefer in gray, but these have three adorable buttons at the top, for an added girly feel!

So now that I have exhausted you by sharing my fall wish list I want to hear about yours! What items are you hoping to see in your closet this season? Share your obsessions girls!!


(Images from topshop.com, torrid.com and polyvore.com)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stepping out of the box

I am fairly predictable when it comes to fashion. My style is pretty girly and very rarely do I incorporate any other elements of style into my look. Yet, I often find myself lusting after more bold looks in magazines. So this fall, I am determined to step outside my self-imposed style box and become more creative with my wardrobe choices. I have seen many bloggers whose looks still maintain a girly vibe, but with a bit of edginess mixed in and I really like it! Thus, this portion of my wish list contains items that I wouldn't typically pick out for myself, but have always eyed longingly when others pull off the look.

3. The military-inspired look is very hot for fall, yet I tend to just flip on by those pages in the magazines assuming I could never pull off the edgy items. But after seeing one of my friends whose style is similar to mine fabulously wear a military jacket, I have vowed to try to add a military-esque item to my closet this fall and rock it!
This Ann Taylor Loft jacket is my favorite so far and the girly/egdy vibe of this look really inspires me. 

4. Despite my obsession with boots (as noted yesterday), one style I have stayed away from in the past is the lace up bootie/heel. I don't have a good explanation for why, but it has just never been a style I was attracted to. But last weekend I found a pair at the Bloomie's Outlet that I LOVED and have been considering purchasing ever since. Again, I like the idea of diversifying my wardrobe and this is definitely a look that I do not have in my closet currently.
I love the rustic/woodsman feel of this BCBGmaxazria heel. 
5. Ever since I came home from Paris I have been tossing around the idea of purchasing a motorcycle jacket. It seemed like every European woman owned one and women with all different fashion styles were rocking the look. I have held off as I wasn't sure what I would wear one with, but with jackets as chic as this, I am not sure how much longer I will be able to resist.
Love everything about this Caslon faux leather jacket!
6. I never, ever thought I would find myself wanting a pair of clogs! I remember when they were all the rage in 7th grade, and I thought they were hideous. But I am slowly starting to come on board with the 70s inspired heeled clogs that have found their way back in style this season.
I think with the right sweater dress these Vince Camuto cover clogs could be beautiful!
Riding on the success of last year's fashion resolution (to wear dresses/skirts more, and jeans less) I am determined to follow through with my goal of expanding my fashion horizons. Now I want to hear what new trends you ladies will be trying to work into your fall wardrobe. Is there a style you have always wanted to try? Let me hear from you!


(All images from polyvore.com)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Boots galore!

Thank goodness boots are big again this season! It makes it a lot easier to justify my obsession, and the growing collection in my closet. I had never cared much for boots until I went to Paris in 2008 and realized that they seemed to be the only shoe European women wore in the winter.To me, boots only came in one style: ugly winter boots your mother forced you to wear to school as soon as the weatherman even hinted at snow. I quickly understood how wrong I was after I saw the myriad of beautiful choices these woman had as the windows of every corner boutique teemed with gorgeous boots of every color and style I could imagine! Unfortunately, I was limited in my purchasing options by my meager student budget, as well as my already overflowing suitcase. I still managed to acquire a small heeled black ankle boot that I can wear with practically any outfit in the winter, and a beautiful chestnut mid-calf heeled boot that is unfortunately in need of a small repair. Rest assured that once the weather permits and the boot is back in commission, it will make many appearances. Needless to say, boots are another must-have item on my fall wish list!

2. As alluded to above, I am fairly set as far as heeled boots go (especially considering I didn't mention the caramel colored mid calf boot acquired from Kohl's last season or the knee high steve madden black boot I recently purchased from DSW), but my wardrobe is definitely lacking in the flat boot category. Luckily, this style is all the rage this fall and I have many options to choose from. I mentioned yesterday that I am not a label snob on most items and the boot is definitely one where I am open-minded. However, I am careful to make sure that the boot is good quality and thus will last for more than a few wearings. Here are just a few of the boots I am currently loving.
Loving Steve Madden's Intyce boot in cognac. The slight wedge adds a nice bit of height for us shorter girls.
I definitely have a thing for Madden boots, especially the Bonanza in black. So comfortable and chic!
I think Madden Girl's Zaney in cognac may be my favorite! I adore the military-esque brass buttons!
Love the buckles on Madden Girl's Zeda, but the jury is still out on the over-the-knee look.
Ok, so I guess I am more interested in a boot with a slight wedge rather than a completely flat boot. What's a short girl to do? Which Madden boot piques your interest? What fall boot are you ladies ga-ga over? Comment it up girls!


(Images from stevemadden.com)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Start of the fall wish list

For the first time in 18 years, I am not headed back to school. As a recent college grad, summer is no longer a holiday for me, but merely a season. But that is certainly not going to keep me from having a fall fashion wish list! I think fall may be my absolute favorite season for fashion and this year is no exception. After some much needed retail therapy last Friday, my wish list is slightly shorter. The first ever Bloomingdale's Outlet opened at our local mall and mom and I decided that was something we couldn't miss! I had been searching for the perfect pair of skinny jeans and finally landed on the 7 For All Mankind Roxanne skinny jeans in destroyed beverly glen.

Not a fan of these paired with sneaks, but with heels they work!
It seems like every fashion mag I picked up in August had a feature on the ever-popular boyfriend blazer. I had held out so long on this trend, not sure if I could pull it off. But I decided to at least try a few on and see if I found anything magical. Boy did I ever when I came upon the Elie Tahari jennel jacket in navy blue! I loved the fit and it looked great with the skinny jeans. I am still working on outfit pairings for this blazer, but I am so excited for the weather to get a little cooler so I can try it out!!

Can't find a pic in navy.

After spending forever in the clothes section, mom and I ventured over to the shoes and handbags, where I proceeded to drool over practically everything! And here is where a majority of my fall wish list was created!!

1. The item I most want to add to my wardrobe this fall is an over-sized brown designer bag. I am not a label snob on most items, and I do not currently own any designer bags (Coach aside), but I am really attracted to a lot of the designer bags for this season. Not to say that if I found exactly what I was looking for in a bag at Target that I wouldn't go for it. I have not totally decided on the style I want, but I am leaning towards a slouchy hobo, or a tote. I am pretty sure that I would prefer a cocoa/chestnut color, but I have also seen some beautiful camel bags, therefore I am leaving the color scheme a bit open-ended. The price range is still to be decided and will be based on how many freelance jobs I have in September, so most of the bags below that I am currently lusting after will not be a possibility, but it is still fun to look!
I think this Marc by Marc Jacobs tote is divine!! 
Also loving this Rebecca Minkoff, and I found this one at Bloomie's Outlet in my price range!

Sorry it is small, but I adore this Badgley Mischka! Found at Neiman Marcus, but a little out of the range. 
Doesn't do the detailing justice, but another Badgley Mischka that I am eyeing.
There are plenty more handbags that I would love to see in my closet, but those are a few that I saw out and about last weekend and loved! Which one do you lovely ladies like best? What fall bag are you dreaming of right now? Leave the love ladies!!



There is something so entirely wonderful about blankness. I love staring at a page, whether it be on a computer screen or a journal, and knowing that it is all mine to turn it into whatever I wish. It is absolutely freeing and inspiring.

Well, the quote on my header pretty much sums up my feelings about life, and the fact that it was spoken by my life-long idol, Audrey Hepburn, is the icing on top! I believe in pink so much that I once purposely left a red sock in my whites load so I could have all new pink clothes. Oui, je sais que je suis folle!

If you couldn't tell by now, I have a strong love of all things French. I was lucky enough to study in Paris for four months, which is when my obsession for fashion all began! I had always enjoyed clothes and fashion magazines, just like any girl does, but I was never the girl who put that much effort into outfits. I was more the grab-something-and go girl. But, after four months of being surrounded by the most perfectly coiffed women I had ever seen, I was absolutely hooked! I became the girl who never leaves the house in sweats and can be seen wearing high heels 90% of the time (and the higher, the better in this short girl's opinion). I started reading three or four fashion magazines a month and gradually became brave enough to try some of the looks I was loving in those glossy pages for myself. Eventually, I discovered the world of fashion blogs, which lead to a major addiction to online sample sales shopping, and now after having been an avid reader of many of your fabulous sites, I have decided to plunge head-first into the life of a fashion blogger myself!

I am so excited to see where this journey will take me and I would love to hear any advice other bloggers have for me!

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