Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Etsy Items!

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Items Include:
  • Emerald green sequin and silk top
  • Floral hippie dress
  • Black and white geometric-print vest
  • Black bolero jacket with gold embroidery
  • Red and navy military vest
  • Arabian Nights velvet vest
  • Floral hippie peasant top

Travel Babble: A Weekend in Amsterdam

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During March, my friend Rae and I took a trip to Amsterdam for a long weekend, 2 days and 3 nights. My tips for enjoying a short journey to Amsterdam:

1. CouchSurf! We used the website CouchSurfing to find a place to stay (mostly because we waited too long to book a hostel) and I was so glad we did. I contacted Judith, a German fashion design student, who luckily accepted! It was the best way to get to know an area, as well as another person! Judith made me realize how positive humans can actually be: willing to warmly open her home to random strangers. She was creative, funny and of course, incredibly kind. Also, she lived near the Jordaan area, the prettiest part of Amsterdam if you enjoy sidewalk cafes, small art galleries, and kitschy boutiques.

2. Stay out late but also get up early. AKA, enjoy the coffeeshops and the sites. Don't forget that Amsterdam has great museums and sites as well as fantastic places to smoke and drink. You can sleep on the way home. My favorite museums were the Stedelijk Museum (modern art), the Rijksmuseum (the Royal Museum with Vermeers and Rembrandts) and the Vincent Van Gogh Museum (wonder which artist is in there...). Another stroke of luck: we ran into friends from school who lent us their museum passes so we were able to visit all of them FOR FREE.

3. Buy cheesy postcards and souvenirs. I'll be wearing my giant tulip-print clog house slippers for the rest of my life. Also, as corny as they are, postcards will be much appreciated by your family and friends!

4. Explore areas outside of the Red Light District. Mentioned earlier, the Jordaan is on the west side of the city and is much more charming than the other neighborhoods. Vondelpark is another beautiful area for picnics and frolicking with lakes, swans, willows and more. Also, head up to the docks in the northern area. The Nemo children's museum has a great view of the ships and is wonderfully fun even for adults.

5. Don't feel guilty about not eating Dutch food. The Dutch aren't well-known for their meals so gobble down the diverse array of other nationalities' dishes. For example, chow on Chinese Wok to Wok (stir fry perfect for late night munchies), Middle Eastern felafel, and German pot roast. One Dutch dish you do have to try is stroopwafel, crispy waffles with caramely syrup in the middle. Also, you have to drink Heineken while there. It's much more refreshing closer to the factory where it's produced.

6. Take advantage of the amazing public trans system. The trams and the trains are both fast and cheap, in and out of the city. Also, rent bikes! They're even cheaper and give you more flexibility. You can see much more the city without having to do as much walking.

Now for some photos:

Hat/scarf: Free People, Sunglasses: H&M

Wooden shoe know?

White Swan

The Zeeburg docks

Rae running with children

Grilled cheese and mint tea



A crane in Vondelpark

More beautiful Vondelpark

Art from the Stedelijk Museum (the contemporary art museum)

The trees were reflective.

Our new friends!

Our amazing Couch Surfing host Judith working on design final

Our beautiful little room!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

7 days, 7 faves: summer staples [blogstyle]

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Sarah B. from The Stylish Heart: Why not wear your nudes at once? Sarah charmingly dons rose, camel, cream, and white all together.

Flavia from Fashion Coolture: A large patch of pattern is offset by a multitude of accessories like a leather belt, wide-brimmed hat, and textured vest.

Sarah from Vive La Mode: While her French bulldog is her best accessory, Sarah's turband and wedges are great add-ons to sophisticate a summer look.

Jenny from From the Block: A pair of puffy shorts prove a perfect mate for cream crochet, bringing a sweater from winter to summer weather.

Yuu from Let Me Dream: A stiff calf-length skirt keeps boho details, like a floppy hat and feathers, more uptown.

Nicola from Nicola Claire: It's easy to make any t-shirt modern, just make sure it's oversized, and tie it in a large knot as Nicola has done.

Olivia from Fashion Salade: Sheer, textured lace makes the hippie vibe current, especially with round frames and platform sandals.

Key trends to try:
- Strappy heels
- Wedges
- Floppy hats
- White crochet and lace
- Round frames
- Maxi and mid-length skirts

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fashion Favorites from Cannes 2011

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Upcoming A-lister Astrid Berges-Frisbey pairs a casual updo with a Chanel Couture dress at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

In Giorgio Armani Privé, Zoe Saldana dons elegant red and white stripes, a look normally reserved for candy canes, at the premiere of The Tree of Life.

Younger sister of Mary Kate and Ashley, Elizabeth Olsen wears a charming lace maxi from their line The Row at the photocall for Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Gwen Stefani sports a shimmery Stella McCartney jumpsuit and Roger Vivier clutch at the premiere of The Tree of Life.

Star of last year's Alice in Wonderland, Mia Wasikowska chose a neutral lace Valentino dress for the Restless photocall.

Brazilian actress Gaia Bermani Amaral struts at the festival's opening ceremony in a long, blue Roberto Cavalli gown.

Supermodel Natalia Vodianova keeps it minimal at the Calvin Klein party.

Rachel McAdams wears an ornate Marchesa gown at the festival's opening ceremony. Her side part and soft curls give her the feel of an iconic '50s starlet.

Diane Kruger flaunts her figure in pale gold Calvin Klein at the Sleeping Beauty premiere.

All photos from Harper's Bazaar.