November 30, 2011

Inspiration: Pink Lettuce

I absolutely adore this ruffle-y pink flower and the gorgeous raindrops that were still on it when it was photographed. It reminds me of lettuce for some reason.

Unfortunately I don't know the actual name for this pretty flower and it died once the weather got cold. Since I know the internet is totally genius - if you know the name of this flower - please leave it in the comments! That way I can get a new one for next year (and probably try to take better care of it).

November 27, 2011

Finding Holiday Shopping Zen

Photo via AllWomensTalk

Holiday shopping seems to have increasingly become a blood sport, ranging from increasingly earlier "Black Friday" hours to outright pepper spraying others to sink your claws into an Xbox before they do. Scary.

So here are some tips for the fashion conscious to maintain your chic mojo and avoid going Naomi Campbell on your fellow shoppers.

1) Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Your chic wardrobe will not be built in one day either. When you read interviews of women with fantastic closets - do any of them say that it's due to any particular shopping day of the year? Nope. Mostly you get responses that they tend to collect fashion, and shop very discriminately to build a wardrobe that has quality pieces, not quantity. Therefore, if you're a bit late or missing out on one shopping event at some store, just relax. Part of your Black Friday Anthro order got cancelled? Happened to me too - trust me, it won't kill you or your fashion cred in the bigger scheme of things.

2) Shop less not more. Set aside only part of the day to shop, and the other half to relax. For example, I prefer to shop in the mornings, have a nice lunch and relax the rest of the day. Hopefully you've been smart enough to buy presents throughout the year rather than reserve it for a last minute panic attack. Enjoy time off to do other things in your life and spend time with your friends and family. It is called a "holiday" for a reason. I personally enjoy baking and cooking during the holidays.

3) Munch and move. Skipping a decent, healthy breakfast or any other meal is a bad idea any day of the week. But just think about it - during the holidays your body needs proper nutrition to help it deal with the stress. A good walk outside, yoga session, or whatever your preferred exercise version is will help you stay sane and more relaxed.

4) Your mouse is your friend. Increasingly I've preferred to just shop online during the holidays to skip crowds altogether. There's many a good deal online during this time to be found without the time and stress of navigating the herd of people at the mall or having to wait hours in line freezing your butt off. Just have a Plan B in case a favorite item gets sold or or is unable to ship on time. Don't throw a cow or your laptop if that happens. There's plenty of other things you can buy instead.

5) Donate or volunteer. Many are not as fortunate to be even thinking about shopping strategies during the holidays. Heck they are thinking about where to get their next meal. So take the time to donate to a charity or volunteer your time - it'll make you feel good inside and help somebody else out.

Hope these tips helped!

November 22, 2011

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

This is a great, charming video on scarf tying from WendysLookbook. Hope you find it as informative as I did!

November 20, 2011

What I Love Now - Digital Edition

Lately, I've been exploring the digital app universe lately and these are some of my favorites:

Tumblita for Tumblr - I've finally caved in and decided to give tumblr a go. I'm not sure if this will eventually mean a move to tumblr entirely but for now I'm keeping my main blog and my tumblr as a niche art blog. Tumbling has been a useful app..although I do wonder at times why Blogsy can't post to tumblr and blogger to make life even simpler.

Chicfeed - for all the street photo goodness you need to stay inspired with fashion

Flipboard - basically the app I use to aggregate all my twitter, rss, and fashion news feeds into one beautiful graphics driven layout that is fun and gorgeous to explore.

I'm still on the hunt for the ultimate yoga app...

November 18, 2011

Item of the Week: Flapper Gown

This limited edition gown is just so gorgeous.. I love the layering and modern flapper style. The shoulders and tiers are stunning.

$700 at Free People

November 04, 2011

Sumi-e Meets Fashion

Lately I've been playing around with sketching in Zen Brush - an iPad app that mimics sumi-e style ink brushes really quite well. If you've seen Japanese or Chinese style ink paintings you'll be familiar with the style. Because it's ink on a brush, it means you have to work fast, no dilly-dallying with the brush, or in this case, your finger. Otherwise, the digital paper just soaks up tons and tons of ink. Also it only let's you undo once - so there isn't a lot of room for error.

Hope you like the drawing! I was trying to do an evening gown with a wrap type of look above.

November 02, 2011

Item of the Week: Cha Cha Chocolate

This Kate Spade clutch really looks like a piece of candy wrapped in gold foil. Absolutely delicious!

$295 at Kate Spade

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