Friday, July 6, 2012

Work vs. Play: Grandmother's Rehearsal Dress

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I've had a lot of trouble finding the motivation to keep my blog going lately, mostly because it felt self-interested but also because I never felt I had one outfit worth posting. Consequently, I've decided to start a "Versus" feature, letting you decide which outfits you like while also revealing the potential for versatility in your own wardrobe. I've found when getting dressed, I come up with multiple options for one outfit, more than one look using using the same basic pieces, so I'm excited to inspire you with my options. Easily bored with my wardrobe, I have the tendency to overshop although I have perfectly great pieces to remix. Hopefully this new section will encourage you, along with me, to stop mindlessly purchasing and be a little more creative instead!

Glasses: Bonlook / Dress: vintage Kramer / Leopard belt: Target / Ring: House of Harlow / Oversized clutch: thrifted / Heels: Stuart Weitzman 

Dress: vintage Kramer / Cuff: Banana Republic / Bracelets: markets and thrift stores / Purse: vintage / Lace sneakers: Aldo

I'm so excited to share this dress as my first piece of the new feature. Yesterday I was going through an attic closet at my parent's house (where I'm living this summer) when I found this fantastic tan dress with an intricate beaded neckline. I assumed it was one of mother's many vintage dresses but upon asking her about, she informed me it was my grandmother's wedding rehearsal dinner dress from 1954. How cool! I was actually named after my grandmother; her married name is Morgan. It's great to carry her name on, as well as her style. On a side note, I'm so blessed to have all four of my sweet grandparents in my life! It's wonderful to learn from their many years of wisdom, as well as simply enjoying their humor.

My grandmother's dress reminded me that with clothing trends, what goes around, really comes back around. We all know pockets and neutrals were recent trends, but longer lengths have been making a show all over the runways for fall 2012. Right at the knee or lower, hems have stayed traditional for most designers, like Ralph Lauren and Valentino. Also, the ornate embellishments of the Baroque period seems to have influenced current designers, like Balmain and Louis Vuitton, who featured intricate beadwork on their pieces for the fall. As seen at Stella McCartney and Etro, botanical ornamentation in particular were another Baroque-inspired trend I found in my grandmother's dress. So let this be a lesson to all of you youngsters like me: you don't have to buy something new every season; there are classic pieces that will last you a lifetime (and maybe even your granddaughter's) if you chose carefully.

Beading detail on the dress

For the more traditional feel of the work outfit, I chose an oversized clutch, leopard belt and House of Harlow ring to keep the look current. Remember, to keep your legs from looking stumpy in a longer dress, wear open heels. Booties or ankle straps will the line of your leg off. For the playful outfit, I chose my lace sneakers to balance out the white embroidery of the collar line. I also pinned the hem of the dress to create the asymmetrical look that's become quite a trend (and to make the cut more flattering of course).

So what do you think? Do you prefer the classic or the playful? Or would you have styled it completely differently? Vote and leave comments!

Which way would you wear the dress?



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mojo Magazine: My Senior Capstone

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share with all of you what I worked my final semester at AU. To complete the Honors program, each student had to create an independent study in literally whatever we wanted. Since my passions lie in the magazine industry, fashion, and fine arts, I decided to meld everything into my own fashion and fine arts magazine, Mojo Magazine. I'm blessed to have incredibly talented friends - artists, models, and everywhere in between - who helped me the entire process. Being able to control my own publication entirely - photography, design, styling, everything - taught me how incredibly well I'd thrive in a creative position in the fashion world. I'm so proud of my work and can't believe there have already been over 20,000 unique page views. Take a chance to look through it and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Leopard and Denim [mystyle]

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While in New York last month, we visited the Met mostly for the Egyptian and Modern art. I loved seeing my absolute favorite post-Impressionists: Matisse, van Gogh, Cezanne. The colors, the brushstrokes, everything becomes more unbelievably beautiful in person. Life goal: to own one of the great modern masters.

Leopard jacket: vintage / Denim shirt: thrifted / Sweater: Michael Kors / Jeans: Banana Republic / Boots: Freebird by Free People / Purse: Urban Outfitters / Glasses: BonLook

How ombre looks braided

Monday, February 27, 2012

NYFW Street Style

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Hi all! I went up to NYC a few weekends ago to visit friends and decided to stop by Lincoln Center for a bit. Unfortunately, I didn't make it there until late in the day but I still managed to snap some stellar looks. Enjoy!

Loved the short, colored dip-dye. Great idea for those of you with shorter cuts!

A fellow photographer looking fabulous in faux-fur.

So much neon!

A girlish take on menswear.

I'm digging the vest and the thigh-high slit (not quite Angelina Jolie though, eh?)

Bowties, leather, spikes, and fur. and insanely great hair.

How seventies! I love how her palette is all in the same range.

Friday, February 10, 2012

First Post in Forever!

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Hi everyone! Wow, I can't believe the last time I posted was in September... Time has certainly flown! As you may know, I'm in my senior year at American University and I graduate in MAY. but this is turning point in my life I'm actually looking forward to as I've gotten to the point where school seems to be holding me back and I just want to break free and use that time to pursue other interests. Like blogging. I've seriously had no time to even take photos but I'm not complaining because I love what's running my life: AmLit, Bethesda Magazine, and now Katzen. More updates later though, I've got a busy weekend ahead of me - heading to NYC!

Coat: American Apparel / Shirt: UO / Cords: K-Mart c/o of Teen Vogue / Belt: Value Village / Boots: Park Avenue Thrift / Purse: Aldo / Glasses: Bonlook

Here's a shot of how my ombre has evolved! I really love it - I never thought I'd have this much fun growing my hair out!

The AU Museum at Katzen where I'll begin graphic design and marketing work soon!

Cory and I made proscuitto, pear and goat cheese pizza tonight!

Instead of sauce try olive oil, grape tomatoes and arugula!

More soon! Glad to get back into the blogosphere. :)