Tuesday, January 31, 2012

An Ugg-ly Situation

I admit it - I wear UGG boots. When I bought my first pair (they were baby blue and I was 12 years old), I truly did think they were the cutest thing in footwear since Birkenstocks (why did this middle school trends exist? WHY?). Now, living in upstate New York for the majority of the year, I still don the furry boots when the weather gets snowy and cold (although their lack of traction has led to a few mishaps involving ice). I've realized that while UGGs may not be the most fashionable footwear, they just may be the warmest - I can appreciate them for what they are. However, there are some people that have such passionate hatred against UGGs. Maybe it's because of their extreme popularity. Or their rather simple design.

One school in Pennsylvania took their disdain for UGGs to a whole new level. The Cut recently reported that a middle school in Pottstown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, banned UGG boots from the school. Alright, it wasn't because of the administration's hatred for the furry boots. Students were using the spacious boots to hid their cell phones in during recess and then snuck them in to text during class (I have to say, this is brillant. No one at my middle school ever thought of this!). Student can wear the boots to and from school, so at least they'll have them to combat the weather - but they have to leave them in their lockers during the day. Parents are apparently already protesting, so hopefully, for these middle schoolers sakes, this 'shoe ban' will be lifted soon. Middle school winters without UGGs is like a Syracuse winter without a knee-length down puffer coat - unthinkable.

Photo via Hallak

Monday, January 30, 2012

SAG Awards Fashion

Oscar Nominations were announced a week ago, the SAG awards were Sunday - Awards Season is in full swing! I, for one, couldn't be happier. Although I had to miss the SAG awards due to sorority recruitment (that's a sorority girl problem if I've ever heard one), I headed straight to the web to catch what I missed when I got home. I was a bit disappointed. Obviously, I was gunning for Meryl Streep to win Best Actress, in hopes that it would secure her Oscar chances. It seems as though this Streep v. Davis battle has yet to declare a winner. I'm crossing my fingers Meryl will come out on top on Oscar night. It's been thirty years, people! Give this woman another Oscar!

Of course, besides the dramatics surrounding the actual awards, there was the clothes. I was actually not too impressed. When I was looking through Vulture's galley, there were more eyebrow raisers than I usually find. However, the ones that were good, were REALLY good. A personal favorite was Michelle William's red dress that was cut at the ankle. With a lace overlay on top and paired with a gold clutch, she looked so good she practically glowed. Check out her and some of my other favorites below:

Michelle Williams

 Berenice Bejo

Emily Blunt 

Viola Davis 

Sarah Hyland 

 Kyra Sedgwick

Sofia Vergara 

 Emma Stone

Photos via Vulture

Monday, January 23, 2012

Disney Cover Girls (And Boys)

We all know that just because you're in college doesn't mean your love for Disney has to diminish. In fact, after the late elementary school to early high school years of pretending you think Disney is 'so lame' in order to boost your own cool factor and show off how adult you are, our college selves find ourselves longing for the simple days of watching Cinderella. A Tumblr blog, Petite Tiaras, designs Disney princess graphics to satisfy that longing. As a magazine journalism student, some of my favorite graphics on the blog are the Disney princess magazine covers. Recently, the blog came out with magazine covers for the girl's male counterparts. Here are few of my favorites:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sex and the City Goes Back in Time

Like every fashion-loving, New York-dreaming college girl (and a writer at that), I'm obsessed with Sex and the City. There's nothing that makes me feel better than losing myself in the glamorous, always entertaining even though not always perfect world of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha.

The rest of the world (the female half, at least), seems to agree with me. After the show's finale there's been two movies (although many like to pretend the sequel didn't exist), and most recently, talks for a prequel television series, based on Candace Bushnell's book, The Carrie Diaries. Yesterday, the CW announced that the show, which will be produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the talents behind the OC and Gossip Girl, is officially picked up for Fall 2012.

When the idea for the prequel first came into the public eye a month or so ago, the project was going to be a movie, and the proposed cast was Blake Lively as Samantha, Selena Gomez as Charlotte, Emma Roberts as Miranda and new breakout star Elizabeth Olsen as Carrie. However, since the the would-be movie is now a TV show, obviously Blake Lively can't star. And it makes me sad to think that Olsen, who shined in Martha Marcy May Marlene this past winter, would go from intense cult thrillers to primetime on the CW. However, she probably has the acting chops to carry on the role of Carrie (no pun intended).

I also wonder if the show will follow the path of the show we all know and love, or be more based on the book, the Carrie Diaries. I've read the book, and it's plot basis is very different from the Sex and the City show (facts not lining up, etc.) And wasn't Charlotte not even a character in the original book? Despite my wariness of the show, I will definitely be tuning into this show come fall. As a true Sex and the City fan, how could I not?

The show's original cast and would-be cast for the prequel

Image via MSNBC

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

T-Swift Takes on Les Mis

This is a delayed blog reaction, but it needs to be said. I love Les Miserables. It's one of the greatest musicals ever to hit the stage, with a powerful story, moving characters, and unearthly beautiful music. So, obviously, I was initially thrilled to hear to the plans for a film version of the Broadway show. So far, I've been fairly pleased with the casting - I love Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and while I'm a little worrisome about Russell Crowe's singing voice, he definitely has the acting chops to pull off Javert. There couldn't be a more perfect Mme. Thenardier than Helena Bonham Carter, and I fell in love with the adorable Eddie Redmayne in My Week With Marilyn. Broadway-trained Aaron Tveit will be an incredible Enjorlas, and Sacha Baron Cohen is just crude enough to pull off M. Thenardier.

Recently, the casting of opera-trained Amanda Seyfried as Cosette was released. This, again, I was fine with. However, along with this news came the announcement that country/pop singer Taylor Swift (and Vogue cover girl) was going to play Eponine. For those of you who don't know, Eponine is the meatiest female role in Les Mis and has one of the most epic ballads in music theater history. Taylor Swift just doesn't have the voice! I've already seen Phantom of the Opera tarnished on screen thanks to Gerard Butler (loved the movie, but he just can't compare with the likes of Michael Crawford and Ramin Karimloo). Not Les Mis too! I just don't understand how Taylor beat out stage veterans like Lea Michele (who has played the role on Broadway!) and respected actresses like Evan Rachel Wood. Lea Michele even has the Glee fame factor behind her now. Fellow theater fans, how do you feel about the casting of T-Swift?

Credits to Vulture for this incredible graphic

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Start of the Red Carpets

If you know me, then you'll know that it's no secret that I love awards season (just look at my twitter bio). The best movies of the year, combined with Hollywood's A-List (AKA people with actual talent), spectacular shows and ceremonies, and of course, gorgeous fashion. Thursday's Critic's Choice Awards and last night's Golden Globes officially kicked off the start of the big awards ceremonies, and there was plenty to talk about. Both of my favorite ladies (Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep), were awarded for their performances (Winslet in Mildred Pierce, a TV mini-series, and of course, Streep in the Iron Lady), as well as Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn, a film I adored. My favorite movie of the year, Midnight in Paris, won for best screenplay. So all in all, it was a good night. Fashionwise, however, there were some definite hits and misses in the fashion department. Here are a few of my favorites (and least favorite).

And my least favorites...

Check out the full gallery at Vulture (photos courtesy of)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Karlie Takes On New York

I know, I know - I just had a post about spring fashion campaigns. But this one was too cute to resist. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Fashion Foie Gras, last week and there was a post all about Karlie Kloss's new campaign for Free People. I love this campaign for several reasons - I love Karlie Kloss (we're Facebook friends!), I love Free People (it's Bohemian Chic without being grungy), and I love New York. So obviously, I'm in love with this campaign. It's shots of Karlie doing typical New York-y things, like buying a hot dog from a street vendor, riding the subway, hailing a cab, etc. Obviously, clad in Free People and being Karlie Kloss, she looks stunning while doing so. Check out a few of my favorites below:

Her legs may actually be a mile long.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Your Clothes Need A Pretty Home Too

One thing I've always lusted after is having a really beautiful, well-designed closet. Closets with lots of storage, decoration and color-coordination have always caught my eye and made me crave having the same (especially when I'm living in a dorm room with a closet that can barely hold my tops). While I've been lucky enough to grow up having a walk-in closet, I've just been too messy and lacking the initiative to ever make that goal a reality. My recent venture into reading interior design blogs has only heightened the desire for a gorgeous closet. Check out a few of my favorites below:

And of course, the closet to end all closets - Carrie Bradshaw's

Images via Pinterest

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Spring 2012 Ad Campaigns

This past fall semester, for the Fashion and Beauty Communications Milestone program (basically a minor, but not quite) I'm a part of at Syracuse, I took a class on Beauty and Diversity in the Fashion Media. It was more an in-depth look at fashion photography than anything else, but one project we did near the end of the semester was a paper on the "Perfect Fashion Advertisement". My group did the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 ad pictured below. I've obviously seen fashion advertisements many times before, but doing this project really opened my eyes to just how beautiful and creative they can be. They are almost like editorial spreads in itself. Many of the Spring 2012 campaigns have been released over the past couple of weeks, and many of them are eye-poppingly gorgeous. Some of my favorites are Chanel, Isabel Marant, Mulberry and Dolce and Gabbana, but there are so many beautiful campaigns. Check out many of them on The Cut's gallery.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010

Isabel Marant
Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Photographer: Tim Walker

Dolce & Gabbana
Photographer: Mariano Vivanco

Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld

Photos via The Cut
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