Monday, September 29, 2014

Floral Fall

What I'm Wearing
Bowlers Cap // H&M
Denim // Lark and Wolfe (Urban Outfitters)
Dress // Lush 
Shoes // Make Me Chic
Bag // Forever 21

"People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: they hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters, they get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren't determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they're satisfied with small changes. Over time though, small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world."
-Beth Clark
I read that quote this morning and it really stuck with me. One thing that I was taught my whole life is that no matter what, through thick and thin, people come first. That reading really emphasizes that it doesn't take a whole lot to make this world a better place for everyone to live in, including yourself, but you have to start somewhere, a change has to start somewhere. I've got so many dreams-I talk about dreams all the time on my blog because I can't help but drive home how important I think having dreams, and even daydreaming is! Dreams push us to imagine pursuing what we've always believed isn't possible, they inspire other dreams in other people, they motivate, captivate, expand normal every day thinking and make us question what we are capable of accomplishing...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Last Days of Summer

What I'm Wearing
Denim Jacket // Lark & Wolf bought at Urban Outfitters
Necklace // Etsy
Crop Top // Pacsun (Tops)
Heels // Betsy Johnson

We walked holding the hands of giants 
knowing all too well the weight of their steps
And the places with which they could take us
It wasn't difficult to see you through the haze
From the way your light caught my eye
We've been through it all, but you've still got that smile
The one that breathes out the eases of home
  Leaving me naked and bare, full of air with no ground
I'm wrapped up in this story we've decided to write
Mixing up the beginning without pinpointing the end
So take my hand and let's just leave
As we step in place with the giants

I had a rather long weekend of working, and lately that seems to be my most productive days...Not sure how that keeps happening. This weekend though, and continuing on, is New York Fashion Week and I was so thrilled to get to watch all of the Instagram videos of the runways since I couldn't be there myself. I spent a good portion of last night trying to see a full length video of Ralph Laurens 4D projected water show in Central Park...(WHAT??) and it was absolutely beautiful! Getting to see New York fashion week is such an inspiring time, even when I'm watching from the complete opposite end of the country! All of the 60's style on the runways made me want to pull out my own bell skirt and do a fun end-of-summer post. I started with this bell corduroy skirt from American Apparel and paired it with this super comfy cotton Pacsun Crop top. By the way, every time I go into a pac sun lately I fall in love with so many items, which is a new thing for me...I just love they're sunny California boho style now! I then added one of my own Amethyst necklaces from my own line and some fun Besty Johnson heels.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall/Winter 2014 Trends

Summer is ending and Fashion Month has finally arrived from New York to London to Milan, making it's last stop in Paris, which means it's time for my 2014 Autumn/Winter trends post! This season was so incredibly beautiful fashion wise, from the retro-fresh 60's inspired catwalks of Gucci to the fur covered models of Fendi, I've got the total recap of this years Autumn/Winter designer runways and what you'll be seeing on the streets in the next upcoming months. You'll also find my own Autumn/Winter wish list that has some more affordable versions of the biggest trends on the runways, with all the shopping links provided. Happy Autumn/Winter 2014 shopping!
My Wishlist 
(see links at bottom of post)

Runway Recap
Coats, Coats, and Coats
As normal as this might seem, by far the biggest trend of this season and the staple piece of almost every designer's runway was the winter coat. But not just any regular coat, parkas, capes, ponchos, furs, biker jackets, boxy tailored blazers, long trenches, short shearlings, any type of outerwear you could think of walked each of the designers runways. This Winter's fashion is all about bundling up and  finding those core statement pieces that will serve their purpose, all the while being utterly classic and luxurious fashion wise.  A fairy tale like cape seen at Dolce and Gabbana was a particular favorite of mine. And how could you not love the custom initial stitched ponchos of Burberry,? (Thanks to Cara for rocking it so well) I was pretty surprised to see the Parka make it's return with quite a bang (it's hard to admit how well Balenciaga made such a marshmallow shape look so chic). There's really no wrong way to go with this one. Personally I'm going to be looking for some wild (faux) furs to rock, and if I can find a poncho that I can pull off, you better believe it'll be mine!

Swingin' 60's
Another huge trend for these next months is the swinging' 60's. So think short skirts and tall boots (or take a direct cue from the runway and go with pants), patent Mary Janes, pastels, shiny metallics, trapeze dresses...Even a brand new Go Go boot-anything to create the baby doll like style of 1960's London. This is a whole new look for Winter, it's brighter, fresher, and more effortlessly chic than the usual layered up, darker garb we're used to rocking through the cold. I'm finding this trend can be taken one of two ways, there's the way that Gucci did the 60's; with vibrancy, warm toned leather skirts, neutral toned bottoms like a classic trouser pant and a leather knee high boot-a definite tribute to that time. Whereas designers like Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent took it in a different