With everything from cute accessories, dresses to wonderful tops and bottoms, Topshop has it all. The mastermind behind this multi-national British brand is Kate Phelan, a former fashion director for British Vogue, has added pizzaz and promise to the brand in her blossoming time as their creative director. Read on for facts about the company, a bit of bio on Kate and sample outfits!
“We’re not looking for you to dress head to toe J. Crew — although, of course, we would love it if you did. But that’s not what our expectations are. We love customers who put their own spin on things.”- Jenna Lyons
J. Crew is synonymous with classic, but trendy fashion items. Yet over the years and fashion seasons, this brand has been more than just a yacht staple, but perfect for the everyday fashionista. Read on to learn more about, Jenna Lyons, J. Crew’s president and executive creative director, who is constantly bringing style and innovation to a wonderful brand!
As the name of my blog implies I love two things, bows, and sparkles! When looking for a way to brighten up your holiday ensembles, sequins can go a long way. From accessories, to tops, to dresses, sparkles, when used the right way, can make you shine brighter than a Christmas tree.
Whew what a week! I feel like life seems to speed up around Christmas time don’t you? Well regardless it’s time for this week’s Steal or Splurge?
Now the Splurge, is an outfit that I can see myself wearing to New Years or a swanky Holiday Party. The shoes are a satin pair of Lanvin pumps, with bows! You can’t put a price on bows! But unfortunately for me, the shoes ring up at $825, a bit much out of my budget. These shoes would pair perfectly with this adorable Mod style glittery frock by Ella Luna, and paired with Betsey Johnson earrings and a cute clutch you are ready for any party!
Have you started dress shopping for any upcoming parties? What’s your favorite this week, the splurge? or the steal?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you had a great day filled with food, fun, family and anything else that you’re thankful for. Thanksgiving has long since been a day of traditions, and every Thanksgiving morning, we lace up our running shoes for the Feaster Five Road race.
I’ve been running this race since I was a kid, and the race was an 800 meter dash around a kiddie track, and everyone finished with a medal. Once you move up to the 5k or 5 mile everyone gets a fun shirt and an apple pie at the end of the race, who doesn’t love a pie after burning some serious calories?
This year I decided to spice things up by dressing up as a present, which involved as you can guess a ton of bows! I safety pinned them to make sure that they would stay on during the race and even added one to my headband.
So I finished with a time of 31:33 which I was pretty pleased with, not that I was out to break any records! It’s a great way to start a holiday full of stuffing your face.
So hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Did you have any family traditions that you celebrated?
Stella McCartney is the daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and the late photographer and animal rights activist, Linda McCartney. She is a great English fashion designer, who sticks to her morals and creates amazing pieces. Read on for some fun facts and Stella inspired looks!
Fun Facts about Stella McCartney
- Her love of fashion started when she mad her first jacket at age thirteen, three years later she interned for Christian Lacroix, who was working on his first fashion design collection.
- She does not use any leather or fur in her designs and supports PETA. Her designs might have texts that go with her “no animal” policy
- She grew up on a farm in the English Countryside, Her strong connection to animals prompted her vegetarian lifestyle.
- In 2003 she launched her first perfume Stella
- She launched a lingerie line in 2008
- In November 2010 the Stella McCartney kids collection
- She was the Fashion director of French ready to wear Chloe from 1997-2001
- McCartney’s Autumn Winter 2010 collection was shown at the Opera Garnier at Paris Fashion week.
Now I have to start by saying, that this was originally not my idea. It is the brain child of a phenomenally creative blogger called Laura Thoughts, and you should definitely check out her post and blog, after reading this post!
This past summer I stumbled across Laura’s creation and thought, I have to try this. So here is my take on the magnetic make up board.
Materials for this Makeover
- A frame
- Piece of sheet metal
- Spray adhesive or staple gun
- Paint (if you want to)
So I started at my local Salvation Army store, where they happened to be having a sale on all framed paintings. So I snagged this painting of ugly flowers but with a very pretty frame.
After dusting off the frame, I started to paint the embellishments with either black or white acrylic paint.
I then enlisted the help of my dad who cut a piece of sheet metal to fit the inside of the frame. Using the black and white damask fabric that I used for my office chair, I covered the sheet metal and folded some of the excess on the back.Due to the shape and depth of my frame, I used the originally ugly painting behind the sheet metal to keep it in place. I then used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the painting, and the painting to the back of the frame.
Next I went to the local hardware store for some strong magnets, since my fabric was on the thicker side I made sure that the magnets would stick to the frame before I bought them.
Then using a hot glue gun I glued the magnets to my makeup. After a few months I have run out of certain make up items and the magnets are super easy to remove and reuse over, and over again.
Laura for her board used an old medicine bottle to hold all of her brushes and other makeup that can not be glued to a magnet. So after cleaning my room I found an old locker organizer that I used in middle school. So after some black acrylic paint, I hung it on the board to hold my brushes, and I think it matches perfectly!
So here is my final product,
Would you make a make-up board? Let me know!
I don’t design clothes, I design dreams. – Ralph Lauren
People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.
- Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren Bio
- As his quote suggest Ralph Lauren was born on October 14, 1939 in The Bronx New York.
- His parents were Jewish immigrants from Pinsk, Belarus, and their last name was Lifshitz.
- When Ralph was 16, his brother Terry who was his legal guardian changed their last name to Lauren.
- Ralph discussed the reason for changing his last name on an episode of the Oprah show: “My given name has the word shit in it, when I was a kid the other kids would make fun of me. It’s a tough name. That’s why I decided to change it.”
- Went to Baruch College to study business but dropped out after two years.
- Served in the United States Army from 1962 ro 9164.
- Later worked at Brooks Brothers as a salesmen.
- In 1967 with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Lauren opened a neck tie store where he sold solid ties under the label “Polo”.
- Married Ricky Anne Low-Beer in NYC, they have three children named Dylan, David and Andrew.
- He loves to collect automobiles, and has over 70 valuable and rare cars in his possession.
- Was the stylist for the movie The Great Gatsby.
- Rachel, from the hit television show Friends worked for Ralph Lauren on the show, and the designer even appeared in an episode!
- In September of this year Forbes estimated his wealth at $6.1 billion dollars making him the 173rd richest person in the world.
They know they’re going to look beautiful, and I don’t think women should look like costumes.
They shouldn’t look like fashion victims. – Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren is the epitome of preppy American style so for my first look I channeled the essence of Polo, Ralph Lauren.
This outfit is all about keeping it polished and pretty. To start I found a lovely Ralph Lauren button up, that matches with this Romwe skirt (a steal at $25 dollars!), then layered with a maroon sweater and Polo blazer. For accessories I included some gray thigh high socks, for a school girl sort of look, brown oxfords and this fun retro bag.
It’s the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept… It’s not about age. It’s about taste, and it’s about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything.-Ralph Lauren
This photo caught my eye as I was scrolling through the Ralph Lauren Holiday collection. The pattern is called Beacon, and is inspired by the south western frontier and the Navajo patterns in clothing, and it brings and earthy vibe to Ralph’s sophisticated clothes.
Personally, I don’t own any tribal prints, but they are super easy to add into any wardrobe. If you have an earthy sort of style to start then you can add a full tribal dress! But if you’re like me, start to add a piece at a time like the skirt, shirt, or sweater. Or you could try any some of the fun accessories, from the bracelets, to the earrings and chic choker necklace.
I think the accessories look very modern and very exciting. These big earrings, these big hoops. I think the girls are sort of falling in love with… collars, neck collars. -Ralph Lauren
Ralph’s past collections, have always included mens wear as a staple for women. For this look, I did three different outfits, each one with a different Ralph Lauren signature styling. The outfit on the far left has a pair of boyfriend jeans, which Ralph used in his 2011 Spring Collection, paired with a collared black shirt and a navy and black blazer. For shoes, heels are perfect if you’re on the shorter side as they make you look longer. For the middle look I loved this collared white shirt, that pairs perfectly with black shorts and polka dot tights. The look on the far right starts with a black pair of skinny jeans and is topped off with this cream colored blouse that has a fun color and flowy sleeves.
Do you own anything from Ralph Lauren? Would you buy any of these looks? Comment below!