Friday, January 20, 2012


I will be taking a short break from blogging to focus on midterms and SAT prep. 

Some random school-related news:
  • I am applying to be a staff photographer on the school newspaper
  • I am writing my English research paper on the role of fashion in The Age of Innocence! 
  • I am (trying) to start a fashion club at school
  • I will start Digital Photo II second semester

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Midi Town

Madewell skirt and fedora, Ralph Lauren sweater, Matisse booties

        The midi skirt. I've always admired its ladylike silhouette and curve-defining abilities, and I've forever dreamed of taking this 1950s staple for a spin. So I was more than happy when the midi stole the spotlight at fall/winter fashion week and became the subject of countless magazine editorials—from Teen to British Vogue. You can bet my inspiration board was overwhelmed with runway shots from the midi skirts at Balenciaga and Rodarte as well as the originals from Christian Dior's New Look. But I soon began to wonder how I, a teenage high schooler,—neither a 6-foot-tall model nor a Betty Draper-esque housewife—could pull of a midi skirt. 
        That's where Marc Jacobs comes in. The eccentric designer sent a myriad of uber-cool yet completely wearable midis down the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway. One was slim with a metallic finish, some more fluid with graphic prints, and others preppy and button adorned. What unites them all is Marc's signature, quirky styling, like slouched ankle socks, clunky oxfords, and wide-brimmed hats. But as much as I wish I could, I can't parade around in a head-to-toe midi look right off the runway. I can, however, translate the feel of Marc by Marc Jacobs into my own unique (and preferably less expensive) ensemble.
        Taking a cue form the collection, I donned a berry-hued midi with a cable knit sweater and rustic fedora. To bring my own personal style into the mix, I added a leather shoulder bag, suede ankle booties, and knitted tights (the latter was primarily to hide my ghostly pale legs). After wearing my skirt to school and walking around town for a bit, I came to the following conclusion: pulling off a midi—or any piece, really—is about more than just the right styling. It's about feeling beautiful and confident. And in a pink skirt that swishes oh-so-perfectly in the wind, how can I not?  

Sunday, January 08, 2012


Matisse ankle booties from LF stores

        I scored these babies on a spontaneous visit to LF the other day. Just the fact that they're ankle booties is enough to make me swoon, but the weathered toe and chunky zipper have me borderline obsessed. The stacked heel is just short enough to wear to school yet still gives me little a boost in the height department (and most importantly, makes that cute clicky noise on the floor when I walk). 

+ Stay tuned for the rest of the outfit in my next post!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Time for Tea

H&M button down blouse, Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater, embellished necklace from Bloomingdales, Rugby toggle cape, mittens from LF stores, in my bag: Sephora compact mirror, SephoraCollection lip gloss in "shimmery golden peach," Fresh Cosmetics "supernova" mascara, bag by Michael Kors, photos by me and Elizabeth. 

        Tea at Bergdorf Goodman was absolutely divine. From the moment I approached the reef-adorned store, I knew it would be a charming afternoon. The atmosphere at Bergdorfs is one of dreamy fashion heaven. Parisian cosmetics inhabit one floor, while sparkly gowns and shoes to die for reside on the next. And unlike most chaotic department stores, Bergdorfs is quite serene around the holidays. The tea room was a cross between a french cafe and Alice in Wonderland, with emerald egg-shaped chairs and tiered silver tea trays. I sipped nuit à versailles and jardin bleu tea, nibbled on dainty finger sandwiches, spread raspberry preserve on a buttery scone, and sampled an array of petite sweets (the vanilla bean truffle was my favorite). Our table was especially scenic with a view overlooking 5th Avenue and Central Park West. It was the kind of place you'd expect Blair Waldorf to go on Gossip Girl. Speaking of Blair, she was the first thing that came to mind when I imagined what tea at BG might look like, so it seemed only fitting that I model my outfit after her. Translation: whimsical headband, preppy collar, embellished jewels, and a creamy cable knit sweater. After tea, my mom and sister and I braved the mob of tourists to see the beautiful Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza (if a girl's going to act like a tourist in her own city, it might as well be during the holidays, right?) I tossed on my woolen toggle cape, bundled up in frilly ankle socks and suede brogues, and slid into a pair of fur-lined mittens; it was a true Blair Waldorf moment. Beauty-wise, I mimicked Blair's classic coiffe by teasing my hair to add volume at the crown and draping a loose strand around my ear. To get her rosy but not too made-up makeup, I dusted MAC blush in "mocha" on the apples of my cheeks, curled my lashes and applied a few extra coats of Fresh "supernova" mascara, and used Bobbi Brown face touch-up stick in "warm ivory" to even out my complexion. The finishing touch was Blair's signature glossy pout, which I painted on in SephoraCollection "shimmery golden peach." The only thing missing was a dashing beau on my arm and a few Franklins in my purse, but I'd take my endearing mom and sis over all that any day.