Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flavia in Color

Flavia de  Oliveira in Elle Spain July 2011 is a technicolor dream come true.   Feast your eyes on this rainbow overload.  Dreamy.


Monday, June 27, 2011

I'ma Copy You

Quite frankly, one of my pet peeves is straight up copying.  I hate when someone buys whatever the mannequin in the store is wearing, but I must admit, I'm ready to duplicate this look in it's entirety.  So beyond perfect for summer, here are the trends that must be tried asap.
  • Long braids
  • White on white for a breezy, summer feel.
  • That BAG!  Oh, my heavens, that bag, will be dreamt about.
  • The abundance of silver jewelry.
  • Beaded necklaces that give off a tribal feel.
  • A killer tan.

Image found here.

Friday, June 24, 2011


Art that surprises is the art I look back on and remember.  When I came across designers and artists Luzinterruptus, and saw the meaningful street art they produced throughout the streets of Madrid I was completely mesmerized.  They use lights as their medium, and create amazingly beautiful imagery that goes much deeper than simply being pretty.  Below are some example of what they have created and the messages their sending out to the people of Spain.

The photos above are all about preservation.  Encapsulated by glowing umbrellas, tiny animal figurines are place among illuminated foliage.  The message is clear and captivating.

The photos above signify how garbage baskets on the streets of Madrid are like stranded ships in the ocean.  They are stranded between the bustle of the city, and the tide can never quite reach them to take them back out to sea.

These are all poems that were apart of a poetry contest held in Madrid.  This was a magical way to display all of the entries, and were offered to the public as keepsakes.  The artists also wanted us to remember how letters and poetry used to be sent in the mail.

In September of last year, the beautifully colored umbrellas were placed on piles of dirt in the city to represent a sort of farewell to summer.  It also represents how the bustle of the city can at times make one feel chaotic and at other times feel downright festive.

Plants were placed in plastic containers and come to life thanks to the help of some eery green lights.   Placed on an old building's side, the art is showing the need for more greenery in city spaces. 


Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Cozies

DKNY has always been a brand I've loved.  The designs are classic, the clothes are excellent quality, and the pieces I've bought I've worn for years.   Recently, thanks to Twitter and an extraordinarily talented tweeter, I've taken note of the brand even more.  For those of you that are on Twitter it's essential that you follow the DKNY PR girl (@DKNY) who has taken tweeting to a whole other level.  She has become the voice of the brand, and with close to 350,000 followers, she's delivering fashion news in way that has never been done.  You get a behind the scene look at what it's like to work for a huge fashion house (because how many little girls dream of moving to the city and living their own version of "The Devil Wears Prada"?)  She gives advice, responds to tweets, and makes you want to check out all things Donna Karan.  With her snarky wit, fabulous fashion sense, and genuine tone, it's no wonder she has such a following. Browsing her tweets one day, I saw she mentioned something called the "cozy".  I looked it up on the DKNY website, and cozies are about as fabulous as they sound.  They're cadigans that are long and flowy, and can be worn a plethora of ways.  They come in a long sleeved, vest, and short sleeved, and I hear that they are working on a dress version.  They're available in a rainbow of colors and are made of cashmere and silk, so how they acquired their moniker is no surprise.  I'm hooked.  


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Coming Up Rosie

Rosie Huntington Whitely looks so breathtaking in this months issue of Elle UK, I couldn't not post these photos.  Although her beauty is overwhelming on all levels, I think my favorite thing has to be her golden, beautiful, voluminous hair.  This is a hair look that needs to be mastered.


Braided Beauties

One of my favorite looks during the summer has to be braids.  Whether they're halo-like crowns encircling the head, or a simply fishtail off to the side, I can't think of a simpler way to get hair off your face without sacrificing style.  Unfortunately braids are not my forte, and I'm still trying to master the french braid and the fishtail.   Below are some looks that I'll be trying to duplicate.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Makes Me Feel Fine

The most horrible thing about growing up has got to be the lack of summer vacations.   It's so easy to get caught up in work and life and not take time to do the little things that make summer, summer.   But this past weekend was spent at my parents house and between barbecues, lemonades on the pier, and evening at our favorite lakeside bars, it was finally starting to feel like summer.  And it felt wonderful.   Here are some more ways I'm going to incorporate summer into my everyday routine, so it doesn't slip by this year.  

Ultra bright makeup that compliments a tan.

Soaking sun and mindless reading all next to or on water.

A Summer Playlist
Like my music tastes it is completely random, but below are my favorites that get me in the mood for sunshine.

Madcon, Beggin'
Dave Matthews Band, Crush
Passion Pit, The Reeling
Paul Simon, Obvious Child
MIA, Sunshowers
Blink 182, Roller Coaster
Bassnectar, Magical World feat. Nelly Furtado
Zac Brown Band, Knee Deep
Mickey Avalon, So Rich So Pretty
The Outfield, Your Love
Rod Stewart, Forever Young
Vampire Weekend, (really, all songs)
Zion I, Coastin'
Deana Carter, Strawberry Wine
Jimmy Buffett,  A Pirate Looks at 40
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Southern Cross
Bruce Springsteen, Glory Days
Kenny Loggins, I'm Alright
The Brazilian Girls, Good Time

(and I mean, really, there are millions more.)

Only packing bikinis and sundresses for weekend getaways.

How are you celebrating summer?


Monday, June 20, 2011

Miss Moss for Mango

Just cause Kate Moss is still (as far as I'm concerned) the prettiest ever.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Living Doll

Yesterday's post featured a beauty I had almost forgotten about.  Miss Gemma Ward completely captivated me sometime during my college years.  I remember the first time I saw her (or at least really noticed her).  I was getting my hair highlighted (as I did every 4 weeks back then) and was sipping my fresh squeezed limeade and flipping through Harper's Bazaar.  It was then that my jaw dropped.  This other-worldly beauty was acutally a real person?  This wasn't a doll?  Someone's eyes can be that huge?  A face that symmetrical?  And flawless?  I asked my hairdresser Matthew if he's heard of this Gemma Ward character?  He giggled and scolded me for not knowing, "And I thought you read Vogue monthly..."   From then on I took note.  I adored her.  When Heath Ledger passed, and Gemma left the modeling world I cursed her name.  Silly, girl, giving up her amazing career to mourn! (How could she!?)  She did return earlier this year, and I'm hoping we'll be seeing much more of her in the future.  Below is the spread that introduced me this amazingly beautiful model.