Back in School

Sorry for the lack of posting but I’m back in school and have been taking my scholarly efforts very seriously. However school will end for the semester in May and I will be coming back full force with style posts, dye’s, music, culture pieces and vacation pics. So stay tuned…

Bloggers that inspire me…Marina Says

I first met Marina when I started working part time at Victoria’s Secret. From our few encounters I remember her to be fun and unconventional(in a good way). She managed to make the dress code into a style all her own and to bring a smile to customers that she encountered.

In her blog,Marina Says, there is a recent post on ‘feeling like rock&roll.’ Not only is the post quirky and inspirational, the author really finds her voice in this post and I can’t help but to sing her praises. I’ve felt my fair share of adversity and situations that might cause some to hyperventilate; the best thing you can do is stay confident and calm. Marina has a few things to say about achieving self-confidence. In fact she has 4 tips to, “Boost your self-confidence:” Trying something new, Shopping, wearing your “hot girl” outfit and telling negativity to back off. For more of her awesomeness check out her blog Marina Says, you’ll be glad you did.

I Watched More than the Red Carpet

For once in my life I actually stayed up to watch an awards show, The Oscars. Yes, it was totally worth it. I started off by telling myself, ‘I’ll just watch the red carpet.’ Just the red carpet turned into, ‘Wow; I can’t believe The Oscars are almost over.’

This seasons Oscar gowns were very tasteful and had some classic silhouettes. Many of the gowns were even custom made to fit the baby bumps or just the actor’s style. My favorite gown had to be Lupita Nyong’o. It was a powder blue with a deep V neck and Grecian like accordion pleats. While on the red carpet the actress said that the gown reminded her of home.

Nyong’o was not the only well dressed actor/actress Sunday evening. Check out the best dressed list below courtesy of Refinery29

RIGHT AS RAIN|”New Harvest”

RIGHT as RAIN

RIGHT as RAIN|Astore terra

It has been awhile since I wrote about the brand/designer that grows the most glorious basic Tshirt.  RIGHT AS RAIN(Francesco Mugnaini and Sebastian Runde) are at it again; growing another batch of their green fashion t-shirts. They have expanded from growing Tshirts to a, “Astore terra. A two piece combination made of non-violent, wild silk, by Italian craftsman. Each outfit is unique and can be identified by its serial number.”

So if true green fashion is something you seek take a look at the, “New harvest,” on the Right as Rain website.

Photo courtesy of Right as Rain

Flicker Accounts Never Cease to Amaze me

When I’m not working as a social media manager or freelancing as an artist I teach swim lessons at the local indoor pool. While I was waiting for my private lesson to start I had an unexpected conversation with a co-worker about pop culture and art. Naturally our chatter progressed into photography, new media and graphic design when he mentioned that I should check out his brothers site. He said his brother dabbled with photography and graphic design, dabbled is putting it modestly. This kid is amazing, but don’t just take my word for it check out Nate Bittinger’s account on Flicker. He has found away to photograph/manipulate a world that many would only dream of. I can’t wait to see what he will come up with next.

You can follow him via Flicker at www.flicker.com/natebittinger

Photo courtesy of Nate Bittinger via Flicker

The Dream of Life
Photo courtesy of Nate Bittinger via Flicker

Direct TV Media&Technology Scholarship

Zeitgeists: ideas and spirit of time                                                                                      By: Mary FlaggMedia&Technology

Growing up during the 90s I could really see how ‘times were changing.’ I went to a small school and my class was the first to have a mandatory computer lab time. Naturally when your 8 you think, ‘Oh my gosh; I get to play on a new toy!’ Much to my surprise the class focused on typing and a game called math blasters. That was my first interaction with technology. If only I could tell my 8 year-old self that it only got better from there.

As the 90s progressed into the 00s so did technology. Software became more sophisticated and if you didn’t have a flip razor cell phone you were lame and your parents were the worst for not getting you one. Texting was all the rage and soon that would be the only way that you would communicate with your friends and family. As the years went on my cell phone became an extension of my body. I couldn’t go any where without it. I needed to stay connected, not sure to what, and feel like I could be reached at a moments notice.

The feeling of needing to connect turned into virtual interaction with friends, family and even strangers in some instances. Once I got a Facebook profile all bets were off. Social media became a form of human interaction. It was my way to communicate without actually having to talk to anyone. Some would say that being a child of technology and virtual worlds would have stunted my ability to be a people person and have actual human contact. Those people would be wrong. Being able to talk to people virtually gave me the confidence to interact with people in reality. Technology helped me to become a functioning member of society. Because of my drive to stay on top of gadget and fashion trends I got my first job. That job led to college, which led me to find my passion for fashion journalism and social media.

Today I run my on website, The Fashion Culturalist, and I am the social media manager for a small medical group. There is no way that I would be where I am today without the advances in technology and how it has become apart of my life and lives of many.

Spring is Coming…JK I think it may be here

I love the signs of spring creeping up out after a few big end of winter ice/snow storms. Today is the perfect example. Last night TheWeatherChannel called for a wintery mix which came and this afternoon is sunny and 52 degrees. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year because the weather bounces all over the place. But I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that the perfect 65 degree spring days are right around the corner.

Keeping that in mind here are a few frocks that are on my What I Want for Spring List:

Photos courtesy of:

Steve Madden.ModCloth.Hunter.Victoria’s Secret

Rihanna+Vogue=Fashion Muse

The ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ has landed on the Vogue cover for a third time. They’re calling her the most exciting fashion muse and I’d have to agree. For my first major design project my muse was Rihanna, urban environments and street art. She inspires greatness in others, i.e designers, photographers, musicians artists, and thats exactly what a muse is supposed to do. So here’s to Rihanna that she remain a fabulous muse for many more artists to come.

(Original Story and photos courtesy of Vogue)

Pants to Die for…

Well, maybe not die exactly, but my mouth is definitely salivating a little bit at how amazing trousers are these days. Growing up I remember not really getting to wear pants. I had old school parents and little girls didn’t wear pants. So naturally as I got older I became obsessed with pants. I love the prints, materials and how they make my butt look.

Pants are just great and have so much potential. They can be very sexy, dressy, feminine or causal and still maintain a certain level of chicness.  These are just a taste of the many fabulous pants out there just waiting to be debuted.

Veronica Beard:                                                                                                              The Skinny Trouser or The Trek Pant                                                                               Top Shop:                                                                                                               Gingham Flocked Treggings or Pleat Flower Cigarette Trousers                                       H&M:                                                                                                                         Loose-fit pants or Jersey Leggings                                                                              Urban Outfitters:                                                                                                        Cropped Ikat Harem Pant or Pleated Harem Pant

This Friday

VdayThe unspeakable day is drawing near. February 14th is many things. Some might call it a day of mutuel respect, others a day of love or even a day to dread. However to most its just Valentine’s Day, a day in which people give their loved ones cards and treats to show them how much they truly care.

When I was younger my mom would wake my sister, brothers and I with heart shaped pancakes and treats to share with our classmates. So I have always had a fondness for the day. It wasn’t until I was a little older when I realized how the day had become a little distorted. So I’m going to spill the truth(history) about Valentine’s day.

The following info is courtesy of TheHistoryChannel                                                          So it turns out that not only the 14th has romantic ties but the entire month of February. Some of you may have already known that Valentine’s day has a Christian and ancient Roman background tied to the story of St. Valentine. One story is that Valentine was a priest that married young couples illegally during Emperor Claudius II rule when young men were only permitted to be soldiers and forbidden to have families. Another account is that Valentine was imprisoned and fell in love with a jailor’s daughter who visited him. Before is death he wrote her a letter signed, ‘From your Valentine.’ All of the stories are fuzzy but they lead you to the conclusion that Valentine was a kind man with a giving heart.

Why have Valentine’s day on the 14th? It’s either because thats around the time Valentine died or was buried, so it’s to commemorate his death. The other reason is to ‘Christianize’ the pagan celebration of Lupercalia; a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus the Roman god of agriculture and Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome.

 

Crop Tops…Updated

I remember doing a Making a comeback piece about Crop Tops when they first came back into style. But now that they’ve stayed for a while designers seemed to have stepped up their creative juices giving the signature 80s look an upgrade. Turning crop tops from the ironic t-shirts with a trimmed hem line to high fashion.

Asymmetric Crop Top from Zara $79.90

Cropped Top from Zara $35.90

Knit Crop top from Zara $69.90

Embroidered Blouse from H&M $49.95

Crêpe top from H&M $34.95

Bustier from H&M $24.95

Naty Puckered-Jacquard Cropped Pullover by BCBGMaxazria $178.00

Rolled Sleeve Boxy Crop Top by Alice+Olivia $154.00

Making a Comeback: One-Piece Bathing Suits

I know its been awhile since I’ve written a piece in the “Making a Comeback” series so I’m bringing it back with a fashion piece that is worthing of making a splash for. I use to think that one-piece bathing suits were only for mothers or mothers to be. However designers lately have changed my mind and I’ve grown to like and even want a one-piece for the upcoming beach season. Even the popular lifestyle site Refinery29 wrote a piece on “15 Daydream-Worthy One-Piece Suits.” So I think its safe to say the one-piece is back and its putting down some roots.

Pinnacle of Happiness One-Piece by Mod Cloth

Tomato and Cream Scallop Swimsuit by Top Shop

Melissa Odabash+Julien Macdonald Tiggy cutout Swimsuit found at Net-A-Porter

Forever Sexy Halter One-Piece by Victoria’s Secret

You Know You’re a Shoe Lover When…

I know I’m definitely a shoe lover, especially once I started shoe shopping online. Sites like Shoe Dazzle, Just Fab and Zappos where made for me. However my most recent shoe find comes from my ole reliable DSW. I’ve finally found a shoe that I want in every color that they carry in my size. The ‘Heart Soul Gala Pump’ is not only cute but with its multiple color options its sassy as well. I’ve been searching for a quirky colorful pump for a while and I’ve finally found it and I couldn’t be happier. Now the true dilemma is which color do I get?!?!

Target is at it again…

Target is at it again. The affordable retailer has managed to snag yet another amazing designer to collaborate with. Peter Pilotto is a European label with 2 genius designers, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, that have way with patterns and female silhouettes. The collaboration with Target will just be another step of getting the brand’s name out to the masses on an affordable level. Check out some pieces from the Lookbook below and don’t forget to check out the collaboration with Target once it releases to stores on February 9th.

Photos courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com

To check out more collections go to PETER PILOTTO.com

Oooing and Awing over KateSpade

Kate Spade’s latest arrivals are now available online at www.katespade.com and I’m jazzed about the Cobble Hill Carson shoulder bag. It’s the perfect size bag for the girl who doesn’t like super big bags but needs to carry some extra lady things. This bag is only one of the super cute new arrivals on the KateSpade site so check it out!