Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011!

Well, 2011, it's been real, but it's time to say goodbye. It's been an incredible year, with a lot of ups and downs and many memories made, but I'm ready to move on to 2012 and see what the next year has in store. I'm not really one to make resolutions - I never end up following them for long - but this year, I'm resolving to become a more reliable blogger. To start of 2012 right, here's 11 of my favorite pictures I took in 2011. I hope you all had a great 2011, and here's to an even better 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Closest Thing to Hermes

The Hermes Birkin bag is one of the most iconic handbags in existence. They're rare and exclusive - even if your name comes up on the multi-yearlong waiting list, you still have to fork over the cash for the astronomical price tag- anywhere from $9,000 to $150,000.

If you don't have a spare 10 grand lying around the house (and let's face it, if you're in college, you don't) - fear not. Company V73 has recently released a solid white tote with an illustration of a Birkin bag decorating it. Their bag is on sale for the much more reasonable price of $265. V73 is not the first to come up with the idea - Thursday Friday released a similar bag in January 2011. Despite the bag's popularity, Hermes sued for trademark infringement and the bags are no longer sold. V73 apparently didn't take the hint and still went along with the idea.

Personally, I'm a bigger fan of the V73 bag than the Thursday Friday, which was more like a simple canvas tote, whereas this bag is more formal. However, one of my lifetime goals is to own a Birkin, and I won't settle for a knockoff anytime soon. If you want to get your faux Birkin on, click here.


Images via PurseBlog

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's the most wonderful day of the year! Merry Merry Christmas to all my readers. I apologize for being bad about updating - blame finals and the whirlwind excitement of early winter break. Working again and seeing friends has taken up most of my time.


I hope you have a great day with family and friends and that Santa brought you everything you wished for!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The World's Priciest Cup of Coffee

Going against the norm for college students, I'm not a coffee drinker, or a caffeine addict in any form - I don't drink pop (I'm from the Midwest, it's not soda), or eat chocolate (I know how weird it is), so I really never even consume caffeine, as bizarre as it is. However, countless numbers of my friends are in Starbucks almost as much as their own dorms, so coffee talk is simply unavoidable. Browsing my blog feed, posts about these Jimmy Choo and Hermes coffee cup holders caught my eye. As cute as they are, could you ever really justify paying that much for something that simply goes around your coffee? And you can get cardboard ones for free? Both Jimmy Choo and Hermes's holders are crocodile skin, but Jimmy Choo's $165 ones are faux crocodile skin while Hermes's $250 holders are real.

Jimmy Choo

Hermes

What do you think? Would you fork over the price to have fashionable cup of coffee every morning?

Images via Fashionista.com, Styleite.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hollywood's Best of 2011

As the end of the year approaches, the thing I get more and more excited for is Oscar season. It brings out the best of the bleak winter months, leading me to spend way too much money on movie tickets. One of my favorite film bloggers, the Film Experience, posted this video in a post today. It's a cool montage of the best films of 2011. There's a lot that I've already seen in the video, but still so many more to see (Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher biopic, the Iron Lady and the silent film The Artist are at the top of my list). I can't wait to be back at home with a movie theater that shows obscure titles again! Besides the Oscar contenders in the video, it's just a great reminder of how powerful movies can be. Take a look below!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Brightest Clothes You Ever Did See

Obviously, as a girl under the age of 10 in the 90's, I was obsessed with Lisa Frank. The constant rainbows, the seemingly endless array of colors, the cute cartoon dogs and tigers, combined with some oddly proportioned girls made for the perfect childhood fantasy world, where everything was bright, cute, and colorful.

I was on Twitter a few days ago, and a tweet about Lisa Frank caught my eye - first, I wasn't aware the brand still existed, and second, I hadn't thought about it in forever. According to the Huffington Post, Lisa Frank is still alive and well - and selling clothing. The neon look may be in due to the world's obsession with raves and electronic music concerts, but I don't think this apparel will be catching on in spite of that. Some of my personal favorite looks include a tie dyed 'rainbow' denim skirt, a short sleeved tee with a dolphin design, and a bright pullover fleece. All of these items and more employ what Lisa Frank was known for - too many bright colors in one place.
Photos via Lisa Frank Store

Sunday, December 4, 2011

To Fur or Not to Fur?

That is the question. At least is West Hollywood. Last Monday, on November 21st, West Hollywood passed a ban on fur sales. By September 2013, all fur must be gone from their stores. While you might be thinking that residents of West Hollywood (current temperature 67 degrees), don't have much of a need for fur, remember that many of the town's residents include celebrities who bop back and forth between coasts, fueling the need for warmer apparel (and they have the money to throw around on fur despite not needing it). Store owners and retailers are obviously none too pleased about the ban, calling it 'ridiculous' and 'super annoying'.

Personally, I've never owned any item made out of fur, although I do love how soft it feels. I'm not a vegetarian, but I still consider myself to be an animal lover, so I don't really know if I'd feel comfortable donning a fur coat. But an all out ban on fur sales seems like a bit overkill - don't people have the right to wear what they want (within reason)? But, animal cruelty is a problem and this could just be a step in the right direction to fix it. Regardless, the retailers still have two years to get the fur out of their store, and that's more than enough time to repel the ban. It's not like this is New Mexico, where the lack of fur doesn't fit the climate or won't be missed by the city's shoppers - this is Hollywood. I have a feeling people are going to want their fur.

Even Samantha isn't safe from the anti-fur ban

Photos via The Cut and Celebrity Fix

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marni for H&M

Fall 2011 has definitely been an exciting season for designer collaborations with affordable stores. Missoni for Target flew off the shelves in a mere few weeks, and Versace for H&M has earned a similar reception, with the line being so successful there's talk of another one for the spring. And now, spring 2012 is looking to be just as amazing. A couple months back, we got news of Jason Wu's spring collection for Target, and today, H&M announced acollaboration with Marni. According to the Cut, eager customers will be seeing the things the brand is famous for, "tribal-inspired prints, crafty jewelry, and fun chunky shoes". I love all these affordable designer lines - they give access to designer clothing to those on a budget, and at the same time, raise the high fashion bar for stores like Target and H&M. I can't wait to see what the H&M + Marni collection has in store!


Photos via She Finds

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Unexpected Finds

One of my favorite surprises in life is finding new things in unexpected places. I love this almost no where more than when I'm shopping. Walking into a store and expecting the clothes to be dowdy and matronly, only to find that perfect sweater you've been searching for. Or expecting your favorite pair of jeans to be out of stock only to find that a new shipment has just arrived. I had one of these surprises about a year ago and was reminded when I visited the store again over my Thanksgiving break about one of my favorite places to buy accessories - World Market.


World Market was always one of those places that I would drive or walk past, think it looked cool, but never really had a reason to venture inside. Of course, as a teenager whose personal space equalled a 12x12 bedroom, I didn't have a reason to explore this home and furniture store. Last Christmas, when shopping for a present for my mother, I took the plunge and went inside. Not only did I find my mother's gift, but I explored everything else the store has to offer: it's accessory collection.

A furniture and home store was probably one of the last places I would expect to find a treasure trove of accessories, but they're there. World Market has multiple racks and stands showcasing gorgeous accessories. Many of them have a Bohemian feel, some remind me of the vibrant colors and elaborate designs that I'd expect to see visiting India. The collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, et cetera is absolutely gorgeous. The best part? They won't break the bank - almost everything is under $20. It's the perfect place to find long necklaces, thick bangles, and dangling earrings. I picked up a beaded necklace and a cool calendar (Conde Nast magazine illustrations!) yesterday, but was tempted to buy much more.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family, friends, and most importantly, readers! I'm so thankful to be at home for this holiday with the people I love most. I hope you all have an amazing turkey day wherever you are.

Images via Pinterest

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pinterest

I'm a little late on the game, but I have to blog about my newfound love for Pinterest. I started using the online pin board system a few weeks ago and I think it's safe to say that I'm completely obsessed. For those that know me, they know I get obsessed with things fairly easily - my royal family love is proof of that. Pinterest is basically an outlet for people who love things to love them even more. You can create pin boards and pin your favorite pictures to whichever pin board fits them. While I haven't delved in this far yet, the site says that people use the pin boards to help them plan events such as weddings. I believe it - there's so much inspiration waiting on these pin boards. It's great for blogger inspiration too! Follow my pin boards HERE.

Of course I have a royal pin board #obsessionproblems

Friday, November 18, 2011

What I'm Wishing For


1. J. Crew Excursion Quilted Vest in Candied Cherry
2. Steve Madden 'Tapps' Oxford
3. J. Crew Heatherstone Snood in Heather Emerald
4. Sorel 'Sorelli Tall' Boot
5. J. Crew Sparkle Figure Eight Necklace
6. Ella Moss 'Arabella' Faux Fur Vest

Arrived via train back at home in Chicago this morning for Thanksgiving break. Being back at home really makes it feel like the holidays are in the air. Of course, my mom asking me what I want for Christmas really didn't hurt the festive mood. What are you wishing for this holiday season?

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Coziest Sweatshirt

I'm not going to say that it's winter yet, despite seeing some flurries this morning, because for all I know it could be 70 again in a few days. Even so, cold, rainy days like today make me want to do nothing more than curl up in bed with my coziest sweatshirt, worn out fleece blanket and watch a movie (maybe I'd drink hot chocolate too if I wasn't a chocolate-hating mutant). My personal go-to for comfort and style is J. Crew's sherpa zip-up hoodie. It's lined with sherpa on the body and hood, and it's extra thick for extra warmth during the coldest nights. I bought mine in light gray last year, but now they have even more great colors, like 'walnut', a light pinkish brown, and 'chili', a bright red. Right now, it's available at JCrew.com for $59.50. What's your favorite garment to cozy up with on cool fall nights?

This Is Why I'm Broke

If all college students could agree on something, it's that they're oftentimes short on two things: time and money. With long hours in class, cab fares, piles of homework, late night food orders and a procrastination habit that just won't quit, time and money seem to consistently come up short.

Which is why I'm showcasing one MORE opportunity for my like-minded collegians to waste even MORE time and money. This Is Why I'm Broke shows off all the stuff we have absolutely no use for, but still think of a long list of reasons why we have to have it. A few of my personal favorite items from the site are listed below:

Inflatable, climbable iceberg

Suit pajamas - For the Barney Stinson in all of us

A cookie bowl mold - when only ice cream just doesn't do the trick

For those in long distance relationships (or just need to cuddle)

Photos courtesy of ThisIsWhyImBroke.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kate and Pippa in Plastic

As you could probably guess, I'm not one to turn away from Royal Wedding memorabilia. I have a keychain, bag, mug, plate, even a mousepad. In my defense, many of them were bought for me by a family friend (and I eagerly accepted). However, this latest form of Kate memorabilia to be released is weirding me out a little TOO much. American toy company Herobuilders recently released Kate and Pippa royal wedding 'action figures'. The company seems to be taking the title of 'action figure' a little too far, however - the dolls look like buffed up, almost inhuman versions of the sisters. The asking price for these bizarre looking dolls is almost $200 - each. Sorry, Herobuilders, but I don't think you're going to be making much of a profit off of these. Kate the doll's dress doesn't even really resemble her dress from the wedding. I'd sooner buy another Wills and Kate mousepad than invest in one of these.

Saving the world, one outfit at a time

Photos courtesy of The Cut

Monday, November 7, 2011

Japan's Night Out

In the United States, we celebrated Fashion's Night Out almost two months ago, but on the other side of the world, the festivities waited until November. Japan had their first Fashion's Night Out this past weekend (November 5th). Hosted in Tokyo, the event brought all the Vogue editors in the world to the city to celebrate the inaugural event, including the infamous Anna Wintour of American Vogue.

Besides just the usual overwhelming amount of participating stores (400+) and lots of celebrities (Michael Kors, brings me back to FNO 2010 when I met him...sigh), the event had a bigger purpose: to help to reboost Japan's economy following their devestating earthquake last year. The night was a huge success, especially for Wintour, who, according to Women's Wear Daily, reached 'rock star status', with hoards of people following her everywhere she went. Not that I can blame them, if I was there, I would have been following right along with them.

To get Wintour's take on the event and Japanese fashion, check out this great interview in the Wall Street Journal. Wintour embraced Japanese culture fully, hammering rice to make rice patties at Theory. After watching the Devil Wears Prada, who would have thought they'd see Wintour doing any form of manual labor?!

The legendary Anna Wintour with her daughter, Bee Shaffer

Outside Dior on Fashion's Night Out

All of the world's VOGUE editors

The opening ceremonies

Anna making rice patties

Photos courtesy of Women's Wear Daily, MYFDBlog and The Cut

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Today Show Takes On Halloween

If you didn't catch the Today show this morning, you missed the group Halloween dress-up as the British Royal Family. Of course, I was obsessed. Meredith Viera saying "I can't believe this is what my life has been reduced to" was a favorite moment of mine. And of course, Al Roker as Prince Harry was a perfect match.

They weren't the only ones to emulate the wedding of the year (Kim Kardashian's wedding isn't even close to a threat anymore - like it ever was - after today's divorce announcement). Kate Spade recreated the wedding scene in a photo posted on their blog, Behind the Curtain, today in honor of the holiday.


Images Courtesy of USA Today and Duchess Kate Blog

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Hall of Fame

Despite the fact that the calendar has yet to hit October 31st, in my eyes, Halloween is over. At a school like Syracuse, when you're involved in Greek life, Halloween is a weekly occurrence. However, this weekend gave students the freedom to dress up as anything they please, without the constrains of a themed party.

This year, there was (of course) parades of sexy nurses, cowgirls, and cats. There were some who dared to go above and beyond and rocked my two favorite costumes from this past Halloween. And if you're planning to continue the celebration tomorrow, take note!


I adored the Darren Aronsofky film Black Swan, about a psychologically instable ballerina fighting between her inner white swan and black swan. Obviously, in terms of costumes, the black swan is much more fun and unique (and you'll look like more than just a ballerina). I saw a lot of girls dressed up as a black swan this weekend, and I wish I had thought of it first!

I'm absolutely a twitter addict (@dianapearl_), so I was loving all the twitter-inspired costumes I saw around campus this Halloween. From hashtags to logos to the actual twitter bird, social media definitely had it's place in this year's Halloween.


Images courtesy of Etsy, Haitham.Info

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Project Runway's Sister Show

For those who are dreading the end of Project Runway tonight, fear not! The show's first spinoff, Project Accessory, premieres tonight at 10:30, right after the Project Runway season finale. The Heidi Klum of Project Accessory is jewelry designer/actress Molly Sims. The Tim Gunn will be Eva Lorenzotti, CEO of Vivre (but no one can replace Tim Gunn!) and the judges are InStyle Editor Ariel Foxman (a man, despite sharing the name of the Disney princess), and Kenneth Cole.

Obviously, the show is a spinoff, but the panel seems to be trying almost TOO hard to replicate the original, down to the occupations of the judges (respected designer and top fashion editor?) The panel is great and respectable, and I'm sure will have great things to say about the designs, but it is a little cookie-cutter. However, since the same team is behind the spinoff, it's sure to produce the same drama and glamourous looks that Project Runway has been giving us for seasons. I feel like accessory designers often don't get enough credit and can be out shadowed by clothing designers, so hopefully the show will propel its winners to accessory-designing stardom.

Lorenzetti, Cole, Foxman and Sims

Photos courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The End of Indian Summer

It's been in the 70's and 80's for the majority of the past month and a half of the semester here in Syracuse. While I shouldn't be complaining - warm weather in Syracuse past September is rarer than a pair of flats from the Missoni for Target collection (why didn't I order off my phone? WHY?), so we should appreciate it as much as we can.

However, I can help but be a bit disappointed that my favorite season - Fall - is being cut short. Fall has the best foods, the lead up to the best holidays, some of my favorite weather, and of course, my favorite clothes. Fall is a season that should be filled with soft sweaters and classic boots, creating simple but chic ensembles for class, dining out, or lounging in your dorm. Cardigans, pullovers, patterned and solid - sweaters will always make you feel cozy and comfortable. Check out some of my favorite sweaters, all from J. Crew (my fashion heaven), below.


A good pair of boots is also a must for the season. I'm personally obsessed with riding boots, especially knee-high pairs. Riding boots are practical for the season, and in neutral colors, can go with most outfits. I'm eyeing a two-toned pair from Frye currently, seen second from the right below, among my other favorite pairs for the season.


Photos courtesy of J. Crew and Piperlime
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