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


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

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