The hiatus has come to an end.

In honor of the holiday season (read: CHIRSTMASTRAVAGANZA - because I'm obsessed), I'm thinking it's time to do some trimming.. of my hair, that is. See what I did there?

While there is a strong consensus that men love them some long hair, I feel like I've done the long hair for sooo long. I'm sure the minute I actually get to the salon to lop it off I'll have a massive panic attack and visions of pixie cuts from hell, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Now, to continue the tirade in the vain of trying to convince myself to part with the locks of love:

Who wouldn't part with said locks to have an updated, sleek & sophisticated (words of encouragement) shorter, more manageable hairstyle?


with every broken heart we should become more adventurous

I really want my summer travel bag to house all of these things. Those Repetto flats are what I've been searching for.. they literally match my lipstick today. And those perfect navy Sigerson Morrison sandals would pair with all the blue dresses I didn't think I would ever wear (and other things too, of course). Don't even get me started on the Comme des Garcons wallet. The whole Comme des Garcons wallet/bag collection is fantastic. Perfect for summer. I feel like I'm gushing about this.... probably because I am.



"i promised to wear the puffy shirt.."

Can we just talk about how amazing this it? Her and her sister have been my best friends since childhood... and by "best friends" I really mean I have loved everything Olsen since childhood. No shame.

There will be another post summing up all of my favorites from the 2011 Met Gala, but I had to put this up first.



i will never be over the (tomasi) hill.

Seriously, will never get over Taylor. I appreciate the risks she takes and her never ending ability to flawlessly execute her looks. Love her.


now boarding all rows

Packing for a trip used to take me an hour the night before I boarded a plane.. Now, I've got three weeks until I board the plane and I've already made three checklists (different categories and bags, of course). Not only have I made three different checklists, but I've also made a shopping list and to-do list of things that need to be purchased/accomplished before I call the car service to pick me up and take me to the airport. I've also written down my list of outfits... as if I know what my mood will be like that day, or even what the weather will be like. I know that it's twice as warm where I'm going so how do I expect to plan outfits for weather like that when I'm still wearing a winter coat because NYC hates warm weather? I've always been an organized person, but this is verging on neurosis.

One thing I know, I will have the most intricately packed suitcase to accommodate the  three different outfits I will have planned out for each day. They will be packaged according to day, preference and/or time of day appropriateness, all of course donning labels (possibly made out of cut up paint sample cards as a visual queue indicative of preference) because I'm taking this new found neurosis to new levels. VOLUNTARILY.

TSA ain't seen nothin' yet.


the difference in visual properties

I've never disliked a photo of Jacquelyn. Ever.

Also, where is spring? This photo reminds me of spring, and I'm seriously curious as to where spring is. It's April 12th.

I wish I looked this good with long hair... But I don't, which is why I'm cutting it off (if my nerves allow me to do so).


coral to cling to.

My favorite of the spring color trends. Seriously. Since I was a child I've loved this color.

Can't. Get. Enough.


"who's it by? what's the label?"

I've recently started to really discover the brands that represent my style. Everyone has a distinct style and specific brands that speak to their individual style, but when you're a poor college student paying your way through school you're not really shopping brands for your style, you're scouring Forever 21 for the "Fabulous Finds" that you can make work with your budget. Now that I'm all grown up and work full-time in New York City, I decided to focus my obsessive shopping habits (compulsions, rather) on discovering my "brands". Don't get me wrong, Forever 21 and H&M will forever be in my blood and I will never tire of those two fabulous stores - they got me through college with compliments like: "you always look so well put together," and "you're the best dressed friend I have," and "you always look so amazing," (yes, that was a throwback to the confidence boosters bestowed upon me by my all-too-generous friends).

I would say these brands really speak to my everyday clothing style. I generally switch up my theme depending on my mood - I mean, who doesn't? But if I'm looking for consistency, these are the brands I turn to for staples:


let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see

I believe these are my bathing suits for this summer:

I know we're going to be seeing a lot of high-waisted suits, but I've always been a fan of high-waisted anything.. Really the most flattering bottoms for my figure!

(Black Milk, American Apparel)


monophonic effect

So, I live with a buyer for a major retailer. I’m not going to say which, but I would say it’s the most famous, accessible department store – feel free to guess which it is. We often talk of trends and what they’re gearing up to release, or what the show rooms have for the upcoming season, etc. which I find as a relief because at least one of my friends is entwined in the fashion scene/is interested to the extent that I am. I think most of the reason I don’t promote my posts more is because my friends genuinely wouldn’t be interested in what I write about. “If your friends aren’t interested, who will be?” often pops into my head before I think about tweeting about a new post, or updating my status on Facebook to let people know to check it out – and maybe I’m jumping the gun and just assuming that because most of my friends aren’t interested in fashion that they wouldn’t be interested to read my commentary on it, but how will I know unless I shamelessly promote myself and hope to gain some more followers?

That aside has a point that relates to my roommate and I having fashion in common, I promise.

The other day, my roommate and I were discussing 2012 trends that they’re starting to buy for, and how to incorporate those into our wardrobes in the upcoming months so as to be fully prepared for the onset of the trend, etc. It was something that she didn’t have to inform me about first because I was, and am, already involved in the upcoming trends and formulating ways to dress them so that I still look like myself with the help of a few trendy pieces I find suitable. It felt nice to have the conversation aloud instead of via a blogging/twitter platform. It was also nice to recognize that while I may not be entirely engulfed in the fashion world (a.k.a. I work for a famous magazine publishing company, but we don’t specialize in fashion…), I still have my finger on the pulse and am educated (to an extent!) about it – I’m in the current, is what I’m trying to say – which can be questionable for someone like me who doesn’t get to spend all day researching, styling, or writing about the things I find the most aesthetically pleasing. If there were more hours in the day I would definitely gather more material and generate more content, but I have another job that engages my attention for 80% of the day (excuses, excuses). I have always been one of those people who wants to work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and then have a social life to top it off, but I always imagined that 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. being consumed with writing about/doing things that I love and the social life, well I always imagined that being consumed with a little bit of “shop talk” and a lot of being surrounded by people with common interests.. I think this is every ones dream, but only some get to live it.  

I'd like to have more of these conversations aloud. I really do have to take the time off and go to some of the events I get invited to.. It's the only way I'll be able to keep my sanity.

That was exceptionally long-winded.


he was using a crepe as a napkin...

I'm a really big fan of these pleated silk-crepe  dresses by Chloe. They fall perfectly and are very flattering with the added belt at the waist. I especially love the scalloped shape of the tube dress. Throw a white silk blazer over the coral dress and a cropped blazer with metallic embroidery over the eggplant, gold pointed toes with the coral and muted kelly green suede platform pumps with the eggplant - I'm going to need to consult polyvore for these dresses... Perhaps I'll post the end results.
(outnet, shopstyle)


"not since 0 became the new 2, and 2 became the new 4"

So there are a plethora of sample sales happening this week in the fashion capital (of America... because that's where I live... but everyone knew that, right?). Anyway, the bi-annual Hermes sales in happening as we speak, and I'm disappointed to say that I've heard some not-so-good reviews.. to the point that someone tweeted me telling me not to waste my time. That's a huge letdown for the enamel and scarf lovers throughout the City.

I mean, who doesn't want to walk away with this at 70% off? We all do, but, sadly, it doesn't look like that's happening.

Another sale happening now is the Phillip Lim sale - which appears to have some great prices, and all proceeds go to the relief effort in Japan. I might focus my energy on this sale in particular, even though Dolce & Gabbana and Escada are in the current as well.


clutch effort

So I'm thinking this is my next purchase because it's the closest thing I can get to this:

 Yes, I'm still obsessing.

(iwantbigcloset, thatswhatshethread)


"i bought vogue instead of dinner"

This has to be my favorite Vogue cover as of late... possibly my favorite cover ever. I’ve been grappling with paint choices for my room (I’m the most indecisive of people when it comes to design choices.. I am just a fan of pleasing aesthetics all around), and this cover made it that much harder. I’ve picked up almost 50 paint cards in the last few weeks – half pink and half mint green – and two different paint samples… I still cannot make a decision. I’ve also been into the idea of putting pink toile wallpaper somewhere in my room, which has thrown my other design ideas for a loop. What if I did the pink toile as an accent wall and totally changed it up with mint green on the remaining walls? Too much? Maybe for an entire room, but for Lady Gaga on the cover of the March 2011 Vogue it certainly wasn’t. And since when did my love for minimalism fall by the wayside? That was kind of always my shtick. Anna, you’ve really got a hold of me.

I know that it’s a little late to be posting about the March 2011 cover (C’mon, Amanda, it’s been out for weeks now – that’s such old news… I know, I know), but it was really a preface to the April 2011 cover featuring a stunning, sultry, fiery Rhianna.

Seriously, could they have taken April’s cover in a better direction? No, because it’s perfect just the way it is. It was the perfect follow-up to the delicate, pastel March 2011 that made all of us fashion mavens yearn for Spring that much more. Also, those of us who secretly long to be gingers, well I think Rhianna and the Vogue team just threw in a curve ball. And I thought Taylor Tomasi-Hill had the perfect shade of red, but Rhianna may be giving the fair Tomasi-Hill and her secret UES Salon a run for their money. Although I don’t think many people could pull off such a vibrant red, I still think it’s fantastic.


locks of love

is this style too outdated? i recently went for a cut and asked for something similar to the one below (only longer because i was too afraid to lose length - it took forever to get it this long!).. it didn't really turn out like this, so now i'm debating whether to take the plunge and go for a sleeker, shorter cut like the conrad look above, or attempting the mint green look again with a different stylist.