Celebrity to Watch: Elle Fanning

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Celebrities are so often the key to spreading fashion trends. Designers seek them out for ad campaigns, brands pay them to be sponsors, and beauty companies convince them to license their name. We love celebrities, we idolize them, we want to be them, and thus we will buy anything they endorse. It is the way of the world. Celebrities are bigger than life. There are dozens of fashionable celebs roaming the streets these days, most notables: Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Bilson… the list could go on and on. But I want to talk about one of the youngest fashionistas, Elle Fanning.

By the time Elle was 13 she had been featured in more editorials than the number of years she had been alive. Her rise to fame has been swift and at 14 she has already completed 37 films, been on the cover of over 6 magazines and was the face of Marc Jacobs. She has achieved more than most women do by the age of 50 and she still has two years before she gets her driver’s license.  I have been keeping a weather eye out on this one. I feel like Elle is coming into her own and I think she will be on every designer’s radar in the coming years. She has already began to show us she is not afraid to have fun with fashion. She is quirky some days and utterly refined on others. She is still young enough to be playful and take major fashion risks. Elle is the type of girl who will translate to women both young and old. Elle Fanning is one to watch!

P.S. All the images shown are linked back to my Pinterest page, with all the original links. There were just too many sources to list.

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2012 {outfit post} Wrap Up

Saturday, December 29, 2012

It's official, my second year of blogging has commenced. 2012 has been one of the best years to date and I have expanded my knowledge of blogging, social media and the internet in general far beyond anything I could have ever comprehended. I've stated before that my first year of blogging was a throw away year, but a very crucial part in my learning curve. This past year I really found my footing and my voice. I am so very thankful to the numerous people who support me. I have reconnected with childhood friends and met some amazing blog pals across the globe. I never ever envisioned my life going in this direction, but I am thankful that I committed to this 2 years ago. When I graduated college, all my professors were pissed when they asked me what my career plans were. My response was simple "I will let the universe guide me." That response may have seemed like a cop-out but I felt my life had be unraveling for far too long and the harder I gripped onto what I believed to be the right path, the more twisted the path became. At 24 I decided to open myself up to any and all opportunities that came to me. Blogging was one of those unexpected opportunities.

I was an artist growing up, but words were never my strong suit. I preferred math and science to English and creative writing, and here I find myself. Writing countless paragraphs every week and researching every article about blogging I can get my hands on. It's funny how things work out. However, I would have never ended up here if I had kept my tunnel vision and not opened myself up to the universe.

So, what I'm trying to say is, it's been one hell of an odyssey! I am so excited to see what 2013 brings and I am eager to keep learning and to keep growing. Here is a look back at the past year, it is just a small sample of my closet, click the "outfits" tab at the top of the page to see all my ensembles since day one. Thank you for continuing on this journey with me!!

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pleated poppy

{outfit post} vintage & lace

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I'm not sure why, but I have been drawn to vintage pieces lately. I never considered myself a vintage connoisseur, but I do appreciate the unique pieces I have been discovering. Part of my affinity for vintage is the rarity of the garments. In the past we never made clothing to the scale we make them now. There was never a Forever 21 who made thirty million of one top and sold them in stores across the world. Don't get me wrong, I love my Forever 21, but I also appreciate uncommon garments. One of my favorite ways to wear vintage is by combining a unique vintage piece with a modern outfit. It's a great way to wear vintage clothing without looking like you just stepped out of a period piece.

I recently found this rose gold over coat. At first glance it seemed a bit geriatric, but the longer I looked at it, the more I fell in love with it. I love the metallic material and the big gold buttons. I also love that it is light weight and can be worn during any season in LA.

Total Outfit Cost: $49.96
Estimated Retail: $249.94

{vintage coat}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

brand: Liz Claiborne
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: Ross
estimated retail: $110.00

brand: unknown
purchase price: c/o my friend Katie

brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $19.99

{lace dress}
brand: H and M
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $39.95

brand: unknown
purchase price: $19.00
purchased from: Go Jane.com
estimated retail: unknown

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DIY Tassel Earrings

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Okay, so I am probably a little late on this DIY, but I finally decided I wanted to make a pair of tassel earrings for myself. The internet is filled with various DIY's for tassel earrings, but this is my (incredibly simple) take.

What You'll Need:
Scissors (not pictured)
Needle Nose Pliers
Jump Rings
Fish Hook Earring
Tassels (4 for $2 at Hobby Lobby)

The tassels come with one inch looped rope on top of them. You could hang them directly from that, but I wanted mine shorter.

I snipped the extra rope from the top, but left the little knot to keep the tassels from unraveling.

Next, I wiggled the knot loose and put a jump ring through the middle of it. You will have to use the needle nose pliers to open the jump ring, and then squeeze it back together once it is attached. Then I used a dab of liquid stitch to keep the knot from coming undone.

Lastly, after the glue dried, I attached the fish hook earring to each jump ring. You have to use the pliers again to open the bottom of the fish hook, and then squeeze to close once your earring is attached.

Voila! It so simple and it takes no time at all! The cost per pair is under $2! I will definitely be giving some of these out for Christmas!

I am planning on making a few more pairs with beads and painted ends. These are just the basic model, but there is so much more you can do with these!!

New Year's Eve Dress Guide

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Now that Christmas is come and gone, everyone has moved into NYE planning. Most of you have already figured out where you will be going, but have you figured out what to wear yet? Odds are, No. We're women, we vacillate over what to wear for weeks and then change our minds 20 minutes before anyways. Hopefully my NYE dress guide will help you get on the right track.

The Party Girl: Millions will flock to nightclubs around the world for New Year's eve and ring in the new year with hundreds of drunk strangers, perhaps even finding a new someone to share that first new year's kiss with. This girl wants to stand out in the crowd! She needs something eye catching, yet suitable for dancing the night away in. Great trends for the party girl would be sequins or cut outs!

The Artsy Girl: Are you the type of girl who plans on attending an art opening, or an indie concert in a dive bar? If you are, you'll need a dress that is a masterpiece all on it's own. There are some really amazing prints to check out this season and don't be afraid to pick some eclectic accessories to accompany it.

The Modern Girl: Do you drink your martini dry with two olives? Are you planning on attending a friends party in their 12th floor flat in Manhattan? If you're a modern woman who appreciates clean lines and minimal accessories, this is still a time to shine. There are plenty of simple classic silhouettes to choose from this season and pair them with delicate jewelry.

The Modest Girl: Are you the type of girl would would rather leave more to the imagination? Are you planning on hosting a party at your own home with your friends and their kids? Does shiny, stretchy material make you cringe? I would suggest to a beautiful tweed or charmeuse dress.

What are your plans for New Year's? I honestly have none yet... I might end up on my couch drinking champagne in the comfort of my own home. But, you can bet I'll be decked out in sequins ;)

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Happy Go Lucky

T'was the night before Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve! Some of you may have noticed my blog has been lacking content the past week... Well that's because I have been home visiting family and preparing for Christmas. I grew up in a very small town in Central California, and parents live in the boonies of the town and neither of them have wireless internet (there aren't even any WiFi providers). So, on top of being busy, I don't even have an internet connection to stay linked up with the rest of the world. I have been going to Starbucks and my Mom's works to steal internet for the past few days. Needless to say, I haven't been communicating on here much. I don't think you all mind, as I bet you're preparing for your own Christmas gatherings. I hope you all have an amazing holiday no matter your traditions or religions! We had a little family get-together yesterday at my Mom's, now today I head to my Dad's family and tomorrow we spend the day with my in-laws. Here are few images showing what I've been up to.

My baby brother (Tanner) went with me to steal wifi from Starbucks. He's 13 and was very pleased to have his venti latte and youtube at his fingertips. He was not enthused to have me taking pictures of him.

This is my Mama! Beasley loves to cuddle her when she'll sit down for longer than 5 minutes. My mom has a tendency to always be up and cleaning or cooking.

This is my baby sister, Cassidy. She and I made some sugar cookies and she was having a blast trying to see how much frosting she could put on each cookie.

.... and this is why you don't let teenage boys wrap presents. My sister and I fired him from helping!

Teaching Cass bad habits while driving... She was taking pictures of herself and I photo bombed her while we were driving down the road.. at least my eyes are on the road.

The Freudian Turkey! My mom and I were having fun with the turkey before we cooked it. I was utterly grossed out when she told me my grandparents eat the neck... yuck!! We threw it away after our photo op :D P.S. that is the neck of the turkey and it was inserted into the neck hole, so there is nothing perverted about this image....

This was my first ever turkey cooking experience. We apparently cooked it too fast, even though we followed the directions. And we cooked it breast side down and all the dark meat fell off the bone. I joked with my grandpa when he asked why we didn't cook it breast side up and I told him we couldn't find the nipples :D All in All, it still tasted good!

Tanner and Cassidy showing off their ugly Christmas Sweaters

Everyone sporting my DIY ugly Christmas Sweaters! I made every single one of these! They were all good sports, especially my mom with the booby tassels :D

{outfit post} polka dot shorts & tights

Friday, December 21, 2012

I don't know if you caught my post last week about layering for winter weather, but one of my blogger friends, Marissa from Shabby Chic and Cheap, saw a outfit I put together and said she had that exact outfit. I started thinking and I realized I had all the same components myself. So, I challenged her to a style off of sorts. The goal was to take the items shown above and create our own look. Here is how I chose to style my polka dot shorts, chambray blouse, tights and burgundy heels:

Total Outfit Cost: $64.67
Estimated Retail: $139.30

brand: cotton+candy
purchase price: $10.90
purchased from: Thrifted
estimated retail: $25.00
brand: Mudd
purchase price: $23.00
purchased from: Kohl's
estimated retail: $40.00

Note: the dog was not part of the rules, but he sure is cute!

{mustache ring}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $1.99
purchased from: eBay
estimated retail: $6.00

brand: various
purchase price:$14.00
purchased from: Thrifted
estimated retail:$25.00

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $7.80
purchased from: Forever 21 (bought it years ago)
estimated retail: $7.80

brand: unknown
purchase price: $0.99
purchased from: the 99 cents only store
estimated retail: $16.00

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $19.50

Here's how Marissa did her version:

I think we both rocked it! I love all of Marissa's accessories and I prefer her booties to mine! What do you think?

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Let Them Eat Cake