Thursday, 29 December 2011

Runway Report: Pre-Fall 2012

You'll never believe it, but I can be pretty busy sometimes. Between the Twelve Days of Trendy-  that was a blast- and my British holiday, I've barely had any time to blog. But don't worry, I know you were really worried, I'm here and ready to keep you updated. First up: Pre Fall 2012. Although I sometimes find this series of runway shows to be a little superfluous since Fall 2012 is so soon, there are so many collections that I was obsessed with. I don't know how long this recap will be, Pre-Fall 2012 was that great,  so I apologize in advance.

Oscar de la Renta
In my mind, Oscar de la Renta can literally do know wrong. From his ladylike day wear to his show-stopping evening gowns , this collection is so feminine and chic. The vast array of colors throughout this collection is absolutely stunning. Though some silhouettes are very similar, the different colors make each look special. I also love how de la Renta always incorporates jewels into each look. Each collection doesn't just showcase some new clothes; instead, Oscar de la Renta offers a mature and glamourous lifestyle through his collection.   (Photo Cred)
This might have been my favorite collection of the whole preseason. I'm serious when I say that I loved every single look. From the oversized trousers to fun party dresses, every look is youthful and  fashion-forward. Throughout the collection, there's a mix of a feminine flare and versatility. To make the collection a little more edgy, the sassy berets and red lips are the perfect finishing touches. What made this collection so fabulous, at least for me, is Stacey Bendet's use of different colors, textures, and silhouettes. Since every look is truly unique, the collection feels more like a sneak-peak into a super glam girl's closet.  And can we talk about that finale?  The jeweled bodice plus the flowing silhouette equals perfection.  (Photo Cred)

Diane von Furstenberg 
In my mind, this collection is the perfect juxtaposition between Jackie O's style and a rocker chick in London during the 1960's. That subtle struggle between good versus evil truly made me love this collection. Honestly, if this collection was purely one or the other, I wouldn't have liked it as much; however, this conflict makes it  something special. (Photo Cred)
Zero & Maria Cornejo
Not only does this color experiment with different prints and  textures, but the execution of these pieces are awesome. Many of the pieces serve as a blank canvas to me,  therefore they are extremely versatile. The silhouettes are rather primitive; however,  each ensemble is executed magnificently. Execution is more important than innovation in my mind.   (Photo Cred)

I'm usually not a fan of sports-inspired collections; however, I'm such a Rag & Bone fan. Unlike most sports-inspired collections, this collection is promising because of its versatile pieces. The cozy sweater, for example, would look awesome with skinny jeans, a maxi skirt, or even a bodycon skirt and chunky tights.The red leather skirt would also look fabulous with a chunky sweater or a slim-fitted shirt. I always need options and Rag&Bone gives me options!  (Photo Cred)
Temperley London
I love this Temperley London collection because it's like feminine overload.  From the narrow silhouettes to the use of sequins and brocade-inspired pieces, this collection did not disappoint. I feel as if femininity is now a fashion taboo: we're now encouraged to dress androgynously, which I don't love. However , this collection shows us that we should be unapologetically feminine.   (Photo Cred)
Thakoon Addition
This collection is so cool because a lot of the pieces are quite weird. For example, the initially awkward silhouettes are definitely an acquired taste; however, they evolve into very chic and versatile pieces. Additionally all of the prints are borderline abrasive, but I kind of like it. However, I like my fashion like I like my people: weird. I love collections with stories and oddities. But that's what fashion should do: it should make you think. As a whole, the collection is definitely off-beat, youthful, and thought-provoking.   (Photo Cred)
3.1 Phillip Lim
I like this collection because it covers two different sides of the spectrum. The straight silhouettes and impeccable execution gives this look a very serious vibe. On the other hand, the funky comic tops prove that fashion is supposed to be fun. I love juxtaposition and some comedy in fashion.  Best of both worlds, right?  (Photo Cred)
Theyskens' Theory 
Reminiscent of his past, this collection depicts another  Olivier Theyskens designing peak. This collection strays away from clean-cut casual attire and explores a more gothic side of Theory. I love the long hemlines, quirky patterns, and layers overload. Also, there's something quite grungy going on here, and I like it.  (Photo Cred)

Michael Kors 
Honestly, I think this is the first time I've ever become addicted to Kors. Don't get me wrong, Michael Kors is such a fabulous American designers; however, I've never really felt that strong connection with one of his collections. Until now. With a saloon- vibe, this collection is a combination of all-American and progressive minimalism.  Should we talk about that detailing? Phenomenal. I love all of Kors' fur accents: it may not be very logical when it comes to pre-fall, but I'm a fan! Additionally, I love how Kors plays with hemlines and color throughout this collection. Well done!  (Photo Cred)
Ports 1961
Although this collection is super small,  it's definitely one of my favorites. If there are two things I love in life, it's definitely long-sleeved dresses and prints. There's a retro je ne sais quoi about this collection that I'm in love with; however, there's also something progressive about this collection. All of these pieces offer an effortlessly chic canvas to accessorize. The long dresses, for example, would look great as is or piled on with fur, necklaces, or even a moto-vest.  Obsessed.   (Photo Cred)

Burberry Prorsum
As much as I love my fur, feathers, and all around glamour, every now and then I love me some classic collections. Burberry Prorsum, for example, is the epitome of fashion-forward and classic glamour. In this collection, Christopher Bailey did a phenomenal job making classic fabrics and silhouettes exciting. The rich colors and textures truly added something special to each look. Like that fur jacket? Breathtaking. From fur trim to dainty florals, Bailey successful made this collection a hit.  In addition, the reoccurring bow belt adds femininity to these very traditional looks. Also, it gives the collection an additional consistency. I would also like to add that the men's ensembles are also spectacular.  (Photo Cred)
J. Mendel 
This collection is awesome because there are so many details.  From the creatively bunched bodices to the skirts with the sheared detailing, each evening gown is something to go ga-ga over. Throughout the collection, there's this awesome play between different textures, ultimately creating a super luxe feel. According to Giles Mendel, this collection is all about "unapologetic luxury," which I think is so right-on.  The emphasis on leather, evening wear, and fur precisely hits Giles' inspiration right on the head. (Photo Cred)
Jason Wu
I think it's in my DNA to love everything and anything Jason Wu creates. Fortunately, this collection is no exception. I love Wu's ability to constantly make classic pieces innovative. Sort of like this Burberry Prorsum collection, but different. Unlike Burberry Prorsum, each of Wu's collections are both cohesive and versatile. Anyways, now about the fashion. The everyday apparel is so awesome. I love how Wu incorporated red houndstooth into the collection. In general, I love the edgy contrast between the simple silhouettes and the geometric lines and colors. While his casual wear is stunning, this collection's evening dresses are phenomenal. I'm so smiten with that beautiful cobalt blue dress with the beyond incredible neckline. Fash-gasm, my new fashion word. (Photo Cred)

If you want to look at some more Pre Fall 2012 collection, check out

Friday, 23 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Bringin' Home the Bling

Okay, ladies, let's be honest: who doesn't want some fabulous jewels for the holidays? Just what I expected: nobody. For the holidays- well all the time, for me- it's all about statement jewels. By now you guys should know how much I love my statement jewels. For the grand finale of The Twelve Days of Trendy- I can't believe it's over- let's look at some lust-worthy jewels that should be number one on our lists! After all, we need to look at some dream pieces.

Kate Spade Pearl Scallop Bib Necklace ($278): This necklace is literally breath-taking. The pearls are so classic; however, those details are undeniably glam.  How awesome would this look with an all black ensemble. (Photo Cred)
Coralia Leets' Large Teardrop Post Earrings ($423): These are phenomenal. The Peruvian Opal with the gold plating is absolutely gorgeous. I love these earrings because they could be dressed up or down. How sick would these look with a leather jacket, jeans, and moto boots?  (Photo Cred)
Wink&Flip Spike Necklace ($48): Ahh something more affordable!  I'm obsessed with this necklace. Those spikes are super cool and versatile. Something like this would be the perfect thing to wear with jeans and a tee.   (Photo Cred)
Oscar de la Renta Coin Portrait Cuff ($355): How gorgeous is this? The detailing on the cuff is literally to die for. Pairing it with a gorgeous floral dress would be so Roman Holiday(Photo Cred)

Well, ladies and gent, The Twelve Days of Trendy are officially over. It's been a blast, but now we must go back to talking about the wonderful world of fashion. Don't worry, there are plenty of fun blogposts coming up:

  • Pre-Fall 2012
  • London Style
  • Fashionistas to Watch in 2012 
  • Red Carpet Predictions
And more! 

Happy Holidays!


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Delightful Dolls

Whoever said that we're too old for toys was seriously disturbed. If you're shopping for the fashionista who has everything, why not get them a designer doll? Designer doll? Yes, designer doll. Some of our favorite fashion geniuses created collectable Barbies. Um, these are necessary.

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Oscar de la Renta Barbie: Is it weird that I'm jealous of a Barbie doll's outfit? Nope? Didn't think so. I love, love, LOVE that outfit. And those earrings? Absolutely divine! 

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2004 Badgley Mischka Barbie: This doll is looking tres chic in that sparkly,white number. Fabulous. 

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2000 Givenchy Barbie: Umm...can we say glamourous?

While most of these fantastic finds have been unavailable for a while, finding them online makes this present even more special!  


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Seasonal in Sparkles

Sometimes, I truly believe that I am the poster child for "Eager Beaver Syndrome:" I'm always looking forward to the next big event and get truly sad whenever I sit still for too long. In true EBS fashion, I'm already excited for New Year's. Preparing your loved ones for the new year with sparkly finds is killing two birds with one stone: presents and New Year's Eve prep.

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When it comes to sparkles, especially when giving a gift, it's best to get them one show- stopping piece. As much as I love sequined minis, your recipient may not.  How glamourous is this Lipsy skirt? The gold sparkles are absolutely divine!  Forever 21's  Sequined Knit top is perfect for your token casual friend: festive, but relaxed.  Can we talk about this sequined bomber jacket? I would literally wear this to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If you don't want to break the bank, pick up an Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner: all of the fun colors will make a New  Year's outfit pop! 

Anything sparkly is the perfect present because, let's be honest, who doesn't love a little sparkle? 

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Merry Mittens

As fabulous fashionistas, we need to have some super incredible winter accessories. Whether it's a fab hat- I do love my hats- or a super luxe scarf, these accessories are imperative. Today, I bring you beautiful people Kate Spade's Air Quote Mittens.
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Only those with the best memories will remember that the snowball variation was featured on last year's holiday countdown. These mittens are way too cute to ignore. Since they're black and white, these mittens will go with most winter ensembles. Kate Spade always has the cutest accessories!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Around the World Shopping

The whole idea of Santa Claus is very thought-provoking. He happens to know everything you want even if you don't send a note. How could he eat all of those cookies without going on the Karl Lagerfeld diet? And how does he travel around the world in a single night? Although we aren't as skilled as Santa, we can shop around the world in a few clicks. What? You read that right.  Ladies and gent, I give you Boticca.

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Everyone has those friends who hate shopping mainstream. Instead, they love vintage pieces or obscure finds. Boticca is the perfect place to shop for these friends. The geniuses behind the website pick the best emerging designers from all over and showcase them on Boticca.  This site has fabulous finds at a bunch of different price points.  Personally, I'm obsessed with the Gold Swan Cuff: the detailing is phenomenal. Although I'm not a ring person, the Sun God Ring is beautiful, so drop $5,000 on me, please? I'm literally going insane over Boticca's fantastic statement necklaces. Breath-taking, literally.
Think of Boticca as travelling without a passport! 
Bon Voyage! 

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Lovely Loafers

The holidays always make me want to snuggle and watch my favorite holiday movies: Home Alone, Love Actually, Home Alone, Wish List, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, and Home Alone.  Sometimes, that urge to stay in and snuggle can stay with us even during a night on the town. So how perfect would a pair of smoker's loafers be?

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The best thing about this gift idea is that there are so many different colors, fabrics, and price points to make everyone happy. The Steve Madden Madee Loafer, for example, is super chic. In cognac leather?  incredible. Let's talk about the Sam Edelman Adena flat, shall we? The black plus the edgy spikes equals fashion magic. Obsessed.  If you're down to drop a pretty penny, I totally suggest these Alexander McQueen loafers. The skull element is hauntingly awesome. With so many fabulous shoes, which ones are we supposed to choose?

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Silky Night

'Twas the night before Christmas and what do you wear? Personally, what I wear on Christmas morning is very important: a lot of pictures are taken and you want to look your best for 'Ol Saint Nick! Honestly, what sounds better than a pair of silk pajamas?

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One thing that every glamazon needs is a pair of silky pajamas. I don't know about you, but that absolutely screams chic to me. Any of your recipients will be thrilled to get a pair. Victoria's Secret's Silk PJ Set is super luxe and comes in a light rose or black. That's jojo*. For a youthful look,  pick Flora Nikrooz for Bloomingdales Silk Cami and Shorts because they are so fun! Looking for something for your boy toy? How about a pair of Majestic "Ethan" Plaid Silk Pajamas: the pattern is tres chic! If those are a little out of your price range, satin pajamas are just as fabulous.  Buy each of your best gal pals a pair of Victoria Secret Afterhours Satin Pajamas: with a plethora of lengths and patterns, your friends will be sure to love them!

Sweet dreams, style mavens! 

* Apparently, jojo is slang for "so cool." Thanks W!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Chic Lit

I have this really particular image of my adulthood: I'll have a stunning apartment, which I'll magically be able to afford. My apartment will have awesome bookshelves and coffee tables that will be decked out with gorgeous, fashionable books. How amazing would that be?  Let's face it: every fashionista- or fashionisto- secretly wants a plethora of fashionable books lying around his or her  humble abode. This holiday season, why don't you help out by purchasing Hal Rubenstein's 100 Unforgettable Dresses?

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From The King and I 's ball gown to Princess Diana's wedding dress to Julia Robert's art-deco  Valentino, this book really has everything! All of Rubenstein's picks are absolutely indisputable, which makes this book a must. And the foreword's by Alber Elbaz? I love that little man so that makes the book a million times better!

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Haute Chocolate

Every now and then, I need some help when it comes to these creative ideas. Enter the roommie: she and I were talking about "The Twelve Days of Trendy" and she came up with a pretty good idea. "Everyone loves hot chocolate," she said. It's true: who doesnt' like snuggling up with a big mug of perfectly temperatured hot cocoa? But of course this idea needs a glamourous spin, doesn't it? Ladies and gent, I give you The Trendologist's "Haute Chocolate" Set.

This chic present is affordable, pragmatic, and super stylish. The best part, however, is that this present is complete in two easy steps.

Step One: Find Some Really Yummy Hot Cocoa

Let's face it, the present's recipient can pick up hot cocoa at the supermarket anytime.  To give this present a super luxe spin, snag them some fancy hot chocolate mix. Personally, I'd get a canister of Godiva's Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix: the dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate and who doesn't love Godiva? If you're looking for some hot chocolate with a bit of a kick, try Chuao Chocolatier's Hot Chocolate Spicy Maya. In the market for some adorable packing? Look no further: order one of Moonstruck Chocolate's Hot Cocoa canisters! Precious. What if these hot cocoa mixes are a little out of your price range? Good 'ol Ghirardelli will be fine! The bottom line: save Swiss Miss for your recipient's super market shopping spree!

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Step Two: Find a Super Chic Mug

What does your friend, family member, annoying co-worker have once this hot cocoa is consumed (and it will be)? Nothing? Come on, this is the holidays! We shouldn't be that stingy. Instead of leaving your recipient empty handed, add a stellar mug to the present. I'm obsessed with the Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. mug set: I honestly just wish I could live in a Jonathan Adler store. All of the brand's things are quirky, great quality, and undeniably chic! But what if you don't want two mugs?  Jonathan Adler also has some mugs in fun prints!

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With this Haute Chocolate Set, each sip will be as glam as the last! 


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Top Socks

Socks are the quintessential lame holiday gift. Usually, the neglectful aunt or uncle will send you a pair of boring socks and maybe some money. Well, my lovely readers, Topshop socks- or Topsocks, as I call them- are socks that you'll actually put on your wish list.

Before wearing Topsocks, I used to hate socks: they're awkward and always fall off of my feet. Well these socks are completely different: they're cozy and long enough that they won't fall off your feet. Don't worry, lovely people, they're short enough so they're not awkward.

Look at some of these prints? So precious, right?
Plus, these socks are Topshop. Can you ever go wrong with Topshop?


Now that Topshop is in the United States, they're more available.  Topshop also has this stella never-ending sale where you can buy three pairs for $15. If that's not a deal, I don't know what is! 

PS: Big thanks to my sister, Stephanie, for creating the "Twelve Days of Trendy" logo!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: The Gift of Being Green

Lately, I've been all about living a healthier and greener life. I know what you're thinking: "But green is so...Birkenstock." Not necessarily, my beautiful readers. Going green is actually on trend. My absolute favorite all natural purchase is the Indie Lee & Co Moisturizing Oil. I may be a little bit biased- I've been a major Indie Lee fan since forever and know the powerhouses behind the brand personally- but this is by far the best all natural brand I've ever had the pleasure of using. Ever.

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'Tis the season for dry skin. With this oil, my skin feels super smooth and glamourous. Made from natural oils, this buy is a must for your beauty stash. I use this pick everyday after showering. Though I'm obsessed with all three scents, my favorite is the original: I love the sandalwood, patchouli, and ylang ylang oils so much.

Not only is the product amaze- as all Indie Lee products are- but the story behind the company is the most inspiring thing ever. Indie Lee, a fun-loving and charismatic wife and mother of two, experienced the unexpected. Though she lived a healthy lifestyle, the woman even has a greenhouse in her backyard, Lee was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was only 37 years-old. Although the tumor was successfully removed, Lee still wondered why this happened. After learning that environmental factors were probably the culprits, Lee knew that something had to change. Just like that, the seed for Indie Lee & Co. was planted. With a can-do attitude,Lee cannot promote a healthy lifestyle enough. "What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it," Lee always says. With the best all-natural ingredients. the company has some stellar scrubs, soaps, and body balms, for example.

But why listen to me? Check out her stuff for yourself! 

Indie Lee & Co products are an emerging trend. I mean, the brand was just featured on HatueLook! Do yourself, your friends, family, coworkers, and everyone else you know a favor: get Indie-fied. By purchasing this fabulous gift, you'll be a trendsetter for sure! 

Monday, 12 December 2011

Twelve Days of Trendy: Tech-Saavy and Stylin'

'Tis the season to be shopping! The holidays are coming up quicker than we all think, so it's time to get down to business. And by business, I mean holiday present shopping. To ring in the holidays, ladies and gent, I am blogging twelve days straight about the most fabulous holiday presents on the market. Whether you're buying for someone else or giving yourself that TLC you deserve, I have you covered. I proudly present...

If you've spent five minutes with me lately, you probably know that I desperately want an iPhone. My Blackberry and I have hand our up's and down's- sheesh, over three years of them- but I need to move on. As the eager beaver that I truly am, I've already picked out some apps and a iPhone case. In honor of the first day of trendy, let's take a look at some chic technology accessories, shall we?

Diane von Furstenberg iPhone case ($28.00): This is one's on my Christmas list! Diane von Furstenberg can simply do no wrong. The message is so cute and the overall deign is uber girly. obsessed.  (Photo Cred)

Kate Spade New York Rigid iPhone Case ($40.00): The subtle cheetah print is super feminine chic, which is awesome. This case is pretty versatile!  (Photo Cred)
Marc by Marc Jacobs "Madamoiselle Danger" ($34.00):  The black and red are such a dramatic contrast. Also, the hearts are adorable! (Photo Cred)
Ted Baker iPad Bow Case ($70.00) How adorable is the bow? The cream and black combo is tres chic. Don't fear, my lovely readers, this iPad case comes in so many different colors. (Photo Cred)
Diane von Furstenberg Embossed Python iPad Case ($275.00) : Umm...are there words? The detail, the color, and the practicality, oh my! This iPad case is super sleek and I love it.   (Photo Cred)
 Rebecca Minkoff Stitched Laptop Sleeve ($95.00 for 15 Inch): Incredible. The pseudo keyboard is adorable and the hot pink is so Elle Woods. This laptop case also comes in black, which is so sleek!  (Photo Cred)