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


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

Images via,

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
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