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.