Monthly Archives: May 2010

Day.30.

Whatever tickles your fancy

I know this is my last post for my 30 Day Challenge and I should have a huge grand finale planned, and I did . . . however what currently “tickles my fancy” is what I am wearing today.

It is a Free People romper.

And I am in love.

Free People Romper

That obviously isn’t me in the picture, but isn’t it adorable?

I love that it doesn’t completely look like a five year old would be wearing it to a birthday party, but it is still fun and sweet enough that it doesn’t think too much of itself.  It is a romper remember.  (And yes, clothes think).

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Day.29.

 Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days

I hope, dream, and plan on getting an internship at Vogue magazine spring of my sophomore year of college. 

That is basically what I hope for most.

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Day.28.

This year, in great detail

This year (May 2009-May 2010) has for the most part been a year of firsts and of milestones.

I graduated high school last June (finally) and moved into a dorm in Chelsea in NYC where I also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology.  My first semester there I was a Fashion Merchandising Major but then I promptly did an internal transfer to a new major which I love, Advertising and Marketing Communications.

October 2009, I got an internship with a great personal stylist, Dale, who created the company DaleStyle (www.dalestyle.com).  I learned so much through this internship and it was an amazing experience.

In January I got a much coveted internship at Elle magazine in the fashion closet.  I was there two full days a week and every minute of it great.  I got to see beautiful clothes straight off the runway, clothes that other people have to wait months to see.  I also had the chance to interact with editors and PR companies and visit various showrooms.  It was not necessarily easy work, and anyone who thinks fashion is mindless and simple should spend just a few hours at a magazine to see how complicated it really is.

And now I am back in Connecticut, doing pilates in the morning and working in a boutique named Grace (http://www.gracestores.com/) during the day.  I live in a cozy beach community complete with tourists and clam shacks, and though I much prefer New York City, it is nice to come home to relax once in a while.

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Dear Sarah,

It is public knowledge that I love Sarah Jessica Parker.  She can do no wrong in my eyes.  I don’t think I have ever said a bad thing about SJP.  Until now.  And I honestly cannot believe I am doing this, but fashion takes no prisoners.

Yesterday, I was casually looking on the French Vogue website, like any other girl my age does, when I happened across a picture.  It was a bad picture and an even worse dress.  I wanted to see who was wearing this unattractive dress in public so I innocently clicked on the image.

And then my world came crashing down.

It was Ms. Sarah Jessica Parker.  The creator of Carrie Bradshaw.  Fashion Icon.  Style Maven.  Insert cliche fashion phrase here.

Now, SJP isn’t the only one to blame, the dress was Valentino haute couture, so I suppose some of the blame must rest in the current Valentino designers hands.

To me, it looked like a very well made junior prom dress with poorly done hair and make up.  If she wanted to make this sunshine yellow dress work, I think that the hair needed to be pulled up in a tight bun (which she pulls off so well) and the makeup needed to be a bit brighter, she looks washed out in this image.

Now the dress, with it’s high side slit awkwardly up to her knee and then a long train on the other side, is not good for her (or her fashion image) at all.  I also really don’t like the neckline, I think it makes her look shorter and just completely cuts off her chest.

And now for the picture:

Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino at the Sex and the City 2 premiere.

I do understand that it is not an ugly dress, it is Valentino, Valentino dresses are very rarely ugly, however this is Sarah Jessica Parker we are talking about, she usually does much better than this.  My problem with the choice is that the dress is not fashion forward, it is not a new fresh designer, it does not scream avant-garde or even fun for that matter. Frankly, I am disappointed.

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Day.27.

This month, in great detail

This month, I will be honest, has not been super interesting.  I really do not feel the need to discuss it in “great detail” like I did my past week.  This month has mainly consisted of me studying for finals (ish), preparing for my Creative Fashion Presentation final fashion show, and interning at Elle every Thursday and Friday.  Oh yes, and shopping.  But that is not out of the ordinary, I always shop.

I also went to Brooklyn and explored the area called DUMBO (which stands for, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) for a day, which was actually pretty fun and a nice escape from the busy streets of Manhattan.  I went to the famous Jacques Torres chocolate shop and got a “wicked” hot chocolate, which is seasoned with chili powder, and there were some great little stores and art galleries all over the area.

This Saturday I got home from NYC and I began work today at an adorable boutique in Niantic, CT named, Grace.  It is nice to be home and have the ability to relax, though I have a feeling that once I start working again I will begin to have less and less time to myself.

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Day.26.

Your week in day in great detail.

I’ll admit, I have been dreading these final 30 Day Challenge posts.  My week in great detail?  My week really isn’t that fascinating, but I suppose I could try to be creative and make it sound fun and interesting.

I think since today is Monday, I should do my past week, which also happened to be my last week at both FIT and Elle for a few months.

Monday, May 17: I didn’t have class until 5 pm, where I only had to hand in my final paper, so this was a lazy Monday, the best kind.  I decided to go for a run in the gym to relax before my week of stress and studying.  After, I handed in my paper to my Strategic Planning teacher, he decided to read it then and there while I watched nervously.  He said that he was very impressed by it, garnering my paper an A.  Later I began studying for my Psychopathology final exam which would take place Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Then I was in my friends fashion show dressed up like a “Sleeping Beauty” which was pretty fun and then I went out with another friend for sushi.  This is where I discovered sweet potato tempura rolls, a new obsession of mine.

Tuesday:  I had my Workshop in Direct Marketing presentation at 9:30 am.  It was a 30 min presentation in front of a panel of esteemed judges, who were not afraid to interrupt the presentation to ask questions and comment.  Then at 1 pm my photographer godfather, William Heuberger, took a picture of some of my friends and I for a project he is doing on FIT students.  After this I had to run to a lunch for new student tour guides, where I managed to eat a lot of lunch. Directly after this I had my last Creative Fashion Presentations class, where we looked at pictures and critiqued our amazing fashion show that we put on last Tuesday, which went flawlessly.  Then, since I couldn’t focus on studying for my exam, I went to the gym for about 40 minutes.  My Psychopathology exam began at 6:30 pm  and I was finished by 6:38 pm.  It was 25 multiple choice questions, and I studied for hours so I was not happy that it only took me eight minutes.  I studied for my morning exams for a few hours then paused to watch Glee and The City (only because they film it at Elle and I might have a cameo on it).

Wednesday: In the morning I had my Biology final exam, which was fairly easy, and then I had my Journalism final exam about an hour after it.  Since I was done with my freshman year at FIT I just lounged around the dorm reading magazines and catching up on tv that I had missed over the past few weeks.  That night my three roommates and I went out to dinner, as our last night together, at Serendipity, a.k.a. one of my favorite places in New York.

Carrot Cake and Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity.

Thursday: I had my second to last day at Elle today and had to train new interns for the fashion closet.  It was a busy day but so much fun.  I was really sad that the next day was my last.

Friday: My last day at Elle was bittersweet because I was obviously sad to leave, but it was such an amazing experience and I was happy to be able to go home for a few months to relax.  I met one of my roommates after work to go shopping in Herald Square and then we had amazing thin crust pizza and frozen yogurt.  That night, we packed for a few hours then had a mini Friends marathon.

Saturday: One of my roommates moved out early Saturday, so I was up since 9 am.  Then after cleaning my room, packing and showering my mother and brother arrived to move me out.  It was a bit stressful, but we were able to go to Whole Foods to pick up some of my favorite foods that I can’t get in Connecticut and we bought 30 bagels from Brooklyn Bagels, which I had the pleasure of holding on my lap for the 2 hour car ride home. Needless to say I ate one.

Sunday: Sunday was a leisurely day consisting of bagels and CBS Sunday Morning.  Then my best friend came over and we attempted unpacking my things, which resulted in getting two of my 12 bags unpacked.  Then we decided we are going to repaint my room this summer and rearrange it.  I also discovered that I have eclectic taste when it comes to room decor and that I want my room to look like a Parisian Anthropologie catalog.  I ate two dinners this night, one from my favorite Chinese restaurant and the other at my friends house, which consisted of homemade pesto pasta and salad.  Then I finished the night with my first trip to Dairy Queen of the summer and my new book The Girl who Played with Fire, by Steig Larsson.

So that is basically my week in great detail.  I hope it was interesting and gave a sliver of insight into my life, my Type A personality, love of food and, of course, fashion.

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Thank God for Rachel Zoe

Well, kind of.

This past week I have been obsessed with finding the perfect pair of skinny green pants, cargo-esque.  However, I am not prepared to spend $6,540 on the amazing leather Balmain ones (obviously) and I really, really don’t feel like saving up money for the J Brand ones at $225.  (And since my last pair of J Brand leggings ripped after a few weeks in a rather unfortunate place at a rather unfortunate time, I am not very inclined to save for them.)

So this morning, I get a personal email from Rachel Zoe (okay, I subscribe to her emails, whatever) and apparently I am not the only one with this military obsession.  She is too!

In her emails called “The Zoe Report” she picks an item each day that she “loves” and writes about it and such but then at the way bottom of the email there is a part that is called “Parallel Universe” which is a lower priced item similar to the expensive designer one.

So there are now green cargo pants at Lucky Brand for $79.95, and though they aren’t nearly as cute as the other two pants it is still a much better price and a total possibility.

I think this shows that Rachel Zoe and I have ESP…or a similar fashion sense, either of which I am perfectly fine with.

Balmain pants that started it all.

Balmain pants from Rachel Zoe's email.

J Brand Cargo Pants

Lucky Brand Cargo Pants

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