Wednesday, March 28, 2012

an eye for change

Oh, hello.
Ever have one of those moments when you're only weighing your options for change in a certain area of your life, but low and behold things start to magically fall into place making this possibility a reality? Welcome to my current work life! A few weeks ago, due to a slow downward spiral in the management at the retail establishment I was working at, I began to simply skim through my options for employment elsewhere. It was important to me to find a job somewhat still related to my major (Textile and Apparel Merchandising), but after weighing my past employment experiences, I was also interested in working at a smaller, more local business. Well, you're lookin' at the newest Eyewear Consultant to a locally owned (and quite stylish) optometrist's office in the area! I wasn't sure about the job at first; Sure, I have office and receptionist experience from past employment, but it was so important for me to still deal with apparel and accessories of some sort to keep a professional relevance on my resume (regarding my major). But after one day of training, and hours of gazing around at the endless number of frames and suns (ha, which is apparently optometrist speak for "sunglasses". sure is.) I realized my inner fashionista would have no problem fitting into the job description. Of course, now I'm over the moon obsessed with every frame, especially the suns. Without a doubt, from the frames themselves to the case they come in, Kate Spade's optical design team takes the cake. Can you see why?


Thursday, March 22, 2012

departing dullsville

I can't explain what has come over me lately- be it the lovely spring weather we've been having lately or my desire to spontaneously change up my look- but I'm finally emerging from my neutral rut! (Yes I admit it! Despite my overwhelming love for neutrals, I'm finally realizing that it's really more of a rut that I've been in lately.) I think the final push that I've been needing to depart from dullsville and enter into a colorful oasis was the newest commercial out from Target- the one where people jump out of a hot air balloon and the old French children's song "Allouette" is playing- have ya'll seen it?! Ha, call me crazy, but I think the direction and idea of the commercial fits perfectly with this spring's trends as well as my need for colorful change!
Not to worry, I would never abandon my beloved neutrals. I'm simply realizing that the perfect balance between neutral pieces and colorful pieces can be achieved with the right inspiration, willingness to shake things up a bit, and some healthy spontaneity! 
So that ya'll can really grasp the direction I'm headed, here are a few pieces from Sheridan French's collection that have been serving as fabulous inspiration for me as of late...

PS- If you haven't heard of Sheridan, you can check her out here and here!

[Images via Sheridan French]

xo

Friday, March 9, 2012

assignment : exposed!

As I've mentioned before, one of the great things about my major is the assignments I am given, more often than not, end up being ones that I am passionate about and truly enjoy doing. It's also something that I feel very blessed because of on a daily basis and I am trying to make a conscious effort not to take that for granted. As with this assignment, I was excited to write about my absolute fav fashion leader, Olivia Palermo (ooof course). I wanted to share it with ya'll because it's similar to something I would have posted about (and have posted about) and because I ended up using a more creative format than just a plain old essay. Given that I feel as though I lack in the artistry and graphic design department, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out! (...Yes?)
Because the text is so small, here is what I wrote:
Olivia Palermo is a born and bred socialite of New York City, but she, alone, is responsible for making herself one of the most familiar faces and influential individuals of NYC’s fashion scene. Former Accessories Editor for Elle Magazine, Guest Editor for Piperlime, former collaborative designer for Roberta Freymann, high fashion model- her list of experience and contributions in fashion is endless. 
A fashion leader is someone who wears styles before they become popular with the general public, someone who is not afraid to indulge in the up-and-coming trends seen on the runway. Additionally, a fashion innovator is someone who adds personal touches to the newest styles and trends, someone who makes fashion pieces their own and isn’t afraid to add a personal touch by styling with existing pieces or vintage finds. I would argue that Palermo is both a fashion leader and innovator. Palermo possesses the qualities of a fashion leader by indulging in recent runway styles and trends not only before they become popular, but making them popular. She also possesses the qualities of a fashion innovator by finding new and unique ways to wear certain styles and not shying away from making an outfit her own with accessories and other existing pieces from her closet. Because of Palermo’s societal status and close relationships with many movers and shakers of the fashion industry, she is well known world-wide for her style, which is highly coveted and very much sought after by experienced industry leaders and budding fashionistas alike.
I attribute Palermo’s fashion fame and constantly duplicated style to two main things- the way she carries herself and her flexibility with mixing and matching not only textures and styles, but also price points. Beginning with the way she carries herself, Palermo exudes confidence, poise, and a fearlessness that is utterly contagious to all. Whether she is walking her dog, Mr. Butler, on the streets of NYC or stepping out for a red carpet event, Palermo is without a doubt on point with any current fashion trends while always putting her own spin on an outfit and adding a personal touch here and there. Palermo is not a familiar face hired by designer to wear a label around and promote a brand; She knows what she wants and how she wants to wear it and never fails to do so with such grace and poise, bystanders can’t help but swoon over her fearless ability to own everything she wears. Palermo is also well-known for, and well-respected for, her ability to mix and match brands and price points, making her style accessible to many different budgets and incomes. For example, Palermo may pair a high-end DVF blouse retailing upwards of $200 with a pair of floral patterned trousers from Zara retailing for a mere $70. In fact, Palermo is known for frequenting Zara and Topshop, both fast-fashion retailers, on a regular basis. 
Palermo truly has a keen eye for style, one that can only be developed through endless experience, knowledge, and a personal creativity only she could have been born with. Because of her constant style innovation and fashion fearlessness, Palermo is one of the most revered fashion leaders in the industry with a style that is unlike any other and coveted around the world.

As always, thanks for letting me share! Hope this was mildly interesting for a few of you... :)
xo

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

apt with tth

Okay, raise your hand if you saw the oh so fabulous peek into the apartment of Taylor Tomasi Hill with Vogue??? Uh-mazing. Just gorgeous. And really, really, really giving me the push that I've been needing to move forward with my decision to take a more architectural and interior design-esque concentration with my Textile and Apparel Merchandising major. (Inspiration!)
Things I REALLY love about her apartment:
1. That bedroom. The gorgeous color and mixing of patterns...
2. The light! If there is anything I have learned about living in small spaces, or even not-so-small spaces, there is no such thing as too much light!
3. I love that both TTH and her husband have backgrounds in industrial design and were able to incorporate different textures and elements (metal, wood, textiles) beautifully.

[Images via Vogue]

xo
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