Friday, December 23, 2011

Ring in the New Year with LF- New Years Dash 2012









Ring in the new year with LF. Don't know what you'll be wearing with the big festivities rolling in in the next couple weeks? Don't fret. You can't go wrong on New Years with sequins, open back, lace, or cut-out pieces.

www.lfstores.com

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rachel Bilson: Take a Walk in Her Shoes



Almost the start of winter break, it is now the end of the dreaded finals week. While most students are going Adderall crazy, camping out in the library, and pulling all-nighters, I have been doing the opposite. Sleeping early, studying for a couple hours, baking for one of my class' holiday party, and most importantly, watching old episodes of The OC. Going back about 7 years to Harbor High with our favorite drama-filled teen soap opera students, my obsession with Summer Roberts returned.



The start of The OC was the start of my realization that Rachel Bilson was my celebrity icon. Sassy, small, and stylish, who wouldn't want to be her?! So because of my procrastination in studying and watching a few shows, I decided to do a post about her new line of shoes, called ShoeMint. This new collection, created by style icon, Rachel Bilson, her renown stylist, Nicole Chavez, and major shoe brand, Steve Madden, launched November 25. I know I'm a little late on the post, but I did sign up for the website before it launched, I swear.

So if you want to be anything like Rachel Bilson, our favorite O.C. bitch and Hart of Dixie sweetheart, you will start here by getting your own pair of ShoeMint heels from her limited ShoeMint 2012 Winter Debut Collection. Personally- I gear more towards the Edith pump and the Pauline wedge. And the best part about them? Each pair has a 6-inch heel and 2-inch platform- perfect for midgets like me. :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wildfox Couture Fall 2011: All You Need Is Love



A couple posts from this one, I put up my essay on the history of 70s fashion. Browsing through the Fall 2011 collection of Wildfox Couture was pretty much a verification of my much deserved A on the paper. The whole collection was dedicated to the hippie culture of the 1970s. It centers on a woman's inner Jackie Burkhart and Donna Pinciotti (mostly Jackie though, I hope) of That 70s Show and its pieces will turn anyone into the ever-so-fashionable that 70s hoe (with all due respect, of course).

The 70s was a time of revolution; a response to the negative events that was happening in America at the time. It was a protest against the Vietnam War, the prejudice of blacks, Native Americans, and women. It was the end of the uniformity of the 50s and its overwhelming culture of consumerism and standardization.

More interestingly, it was the time of a women's sexual revolution and liberation. Women's rights were more noticeably emerging, such as birth control and abortion, along with the openness of sexual activities. In celebration of this, Wildfox Couture has dedicated a whole line to this era that has influenced our way of dress even now.








 www.wildfoxcouture.com

Real Men Wear...

I would first like to say how pissed I am that I just wrote a huge, long blog about one of the many things that men should change about themselves-starting with what they wear... But I guess the gods were against it and thought I was being too harsh. Let's start over, shall we?

I'm going to open with a wise quote by the all-knowing Cher Horowitz of Clueless: "I don't get how guys dress today. I mean, it looks like they just rolled out of bed, put on a pair of baggy pants, and take their greasy hair, ugh! and cover it up with a backwards cap and, like, we're expected to swoon... I don't think so!"

I get it, boys- I really do. You are just sooo masculine and sooo unconcerned with looks and fashion because you are too consumed with your fantasy football team, protein shakes, and other manly things. Don't get me wrong-- I am not one to turn down a guy who can exude sex appeal while only wearing basketball shirts, a tee, and a hat. However, while some guys can pull off the "I'm so hot, I can just wake up, put on a t-shirt and throw on a baseball cap and look completely irresistible" look, the majority of men certainly cannot. Just as we are expected to put on a little bit of make-up, brush our hair, and show a little bit of leg, chest, or both, you are expected to NOT look like a complete slob. Unless your name is Ryan Reynolds or Paul Walker, who can walk out of the house only wearing a sock covering their ding dong, this post applies to you.

It's wintertime now and "throwing on" clothes no longer works, especially now. You can't just pick up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt off of your un-vacuumed carpet floor and be on your way. It's chilly out- you need a sweater, a jacket, or maybe even some sort of head protector from the breezy wind. Luckily for you, I'm here to answer a few questions you may have for this holiday season with some examples from Kitson Men (shopkitson.com).



Do you have extreme bed head and need something to cover it up, but the baseball cap isn't keeping your pretty little head warm enough?


Opt for a beanie. Girls are suckers for beanies. It gives you the "I don't give a f*ck about what I'm wearing and just threw this on" look while looking hot and keeping your head warm, too.

$31.95
Krochet Kids International
Adult's Black 5207.5 Beanie






Do you have to run to class or want to hang out with friends and recently finally realized that basketball shorts or God-forbid... sweats are just not appropriate and even offensive to the eyes of others?


Wear jeans. It takes the same amount of time slipping on a pair of these and slipping on a pair of those wastes of fabric. It's simple, really. Just make sure they're fitted, dark-washed, and kept up. Simple. As. That. Well... Actually, I take that back. I do have a few rules when it comes to jeans.

1. Really. Keep it simple! I do not know how to stress this enough. Just pick a nice, dark pair- void of any "distressed wear", studs, paint, colorful stitching, large logos, glitter, sequins, or whatever else pansies wear on their jeans now. I repeat, NO LARGE LOGOS. Keep the label-whoring to us, ok boys? I don't mind a pair of nice designer jeans, just keep it subtle... but when I see a True Religion logo larger than my head on your ass, I want to convert to a different religion- one with a God that doesn't allow such hardships and suffering to take place in this world. And yes, the suffering I am referring to is me having to look at your attention-needing denim.

2. Color is important. and easy. Go for dark, dark, dark. Do not even lay a finger on things that are labeled "light wash". I am talking about those disgusting Wrangler jeans.. whenever I see those sad excuses for denim, I want to wrangle whoever is wearing them. Just don't do it. You're not mowing a lawn, herding cattle, or tending your crops. And even if you were, I would feel like projectile vomiting everywhere anyway.

3. Like Cher said, baggy is a no-no. If you feel like you can fit a small, Cambodian child in your pants, you shouldn't wear them. End of story.

Here below are great example of ideal denim. And if you're feeling a little adventurous, go for another exciting color... Gray!

                                           

1st: $188. 7 for All Mankind Standard Ghost Squiggle Denim.
2nd: $198. Dylan George & Co. George Coated ISK Pants.
3rd: $178. 7 for All Mankind Slimmy 2.0 Skinny Denim.









Are you a little chilly but don't want to resort to the sweatshirt you wear everyday with the bold, lettering of the name of whatever college you go to?


This sweater needs no explanation. Just as easy to pull over as the sweatshirt 400 other kids are wearing that day, but more put together and better fitting.

$58.00
Alternative Apparel
Timbers Hoodie




Are you going to a kickback or casual holiday party but don't want to look too dressed up, yet want to look more put together?


Go for a dressier sweater, like the last 2 pictured below. Sweaters are simple and look good on any body type. It's comfortable to wear and girls love the cozy look. Also, button-ups would be perfect too. Picking the right fabric is key-- it determines how formal or not the look is that you are going for. As for the one below, it is casual enough to wear out in the day, yet dressy enough to go out at night.

                    

1st: $128. J.C. Rags Dusty Denim Button Up.
2nd: $268. Autumn Cashmere Wide Stripe Crew Sweater
3rd: $78. Original Paperbacks Clothing V-Neck Berkeley


Are you bored with your outfit and wish you had some sort of accessory to personalize it a bit?

Invest in a good watch! Forget any other accessory-- bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and worst of all, rings. Those will make you look like someone Clay Aiken would be interested in dating. Stick to a nice, masculine watch. The more monochromatic (same color), the better. Nothing too huge or flashy is what you're aiming at. 


1st: $275. Michael Kors Black Runway Chronograph Watch
2nd: $400. Nixon Black Rubber Watch


I apologize if this post was a little boring and lack-luster. It got old after a while, especially since I was already more than half-way done with this same one before it all got deleted. Just remember, real men wear real clothes-- not just sweats or t-shirts that you've had since high school. Put a little more effort in, boys, and maybe you'll actually get some. ;)

All these items are from shopkitson.com.

PS: NORTHFACE ARE NEVER ALLOWED. NO MATTER HOW COLD IT IS. ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN. THANK YOU.

Friday, December 9, 2011

American Heritage/Personal Identity Essay: A Fashion Blast from the Past

Recently, I had to write a 750 word paper on any aspect of history. I wrote about the current trends of today and how they reflect those of the 70s. Upon receiving a 94% on it, I felt pretty good about myself. I wanted to bring out the inner arrogant, obnoxious know-it-all you sat next to in class back in the day and boast about my grade/paper... So here it is. I've added pictures at the end to make it a little more interesting. Enjoy.. just like my professor did. ;)
 
Jordan Santos
11/17/11
HIST304
Miller
American Heritage/Personal Identity Essay:
A Fashion Blast from the Past

            Mini skirts. Leather sandals. Cigarette-legged or frayed jeans. Maxi dresses. High-waisted bottoms. Chunky knit sweaters. Fur jackets. Tribal print. Fringe. Worn-looking shirts. Headbands. Crop tops. These are the kinds of things you would find in my closet or any fashion-forward girl’s closet, as a matter of fact. These items are all the rage right now, worn by any trend-watching fashionistas to the fashion icons we call celebrities. While many think that these new, hot clothing pieces are the latest trends- they’re wrong. These items women consider never-before-seen and innovative are actually garments that were popular before most of us rocking these threads have been born. They originated in the 70s, the time of the ever-so-chic hippie and the hardcore punker.
            I identify myself as a human. A Filipino-American. A Christian. A Southern California local. A woman. Most of all, I consider myself a fashion enthusiast of the highest degree. Ever since I came out of the womb, I adored fashion- clothing, accessories, models, purses, shoes, everything! At the age of 5, I would throw temper tantrums so extreme, bystanders thought I was getting kidnapped by a middle-aged stranger. In reality, I was just very upset that my dad would not take me into Claire’s, the pre-teen accessory store, to buy me earrings. At the age of 10, I started drawing my own clothes, pricing and naming each one. At the age of 14, I began using the internet to look at fashion websites, such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Christian Dior. So frequent were these website visits that you would think it was my day job. At the age of 16, I began subscribing to Vogue, Seventeen, and InStyle magazines to be up-to-date on the latest trends. At the age of 17, I was voted “Best Dressed” in my senior class, which was, sadly and proudly, the highest achievement I had experienced thus far. At the age of 20, currently, I got hired as an intern at a fashion PR firm in Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue, known for its boutiques and vintage shops. Fashion is a part of me, just as my heritage, religion, and region is.
            That being said, it is no surprise that I supplement this self-understanding with some historical backing. As I have previously noted, you can find me walking to my next class, shopping at the nearby mall, or socializing at a happening party, club, or bar donned in the latest trends. While the obvious questions that may come to mind to an observer is: “Where in the world did she get those distressed denim jeans?” or “Where can I buy those high-waisted tribal print shorts?”, I encourage that everyone should replace them with more thought-provoking and historical questions such as: “When and where did these types of clothing originate?”
            While these trends originated in the 1960s, they actually popularized and became more widespread in the 1970s. The largest influence on this natural look that consisted of worn-looking clothing, distressed fabrics, headbands, tribal prints, furs and fringe, among many others, was the hippie counterculture that began in the mid-1960s in the United States (Welters 494). During this period, negative events in American history, such as the Vietnam War and the prejudice of blacks, American Indians, and women were occurring. Hippies, the young generation of this time, were rebelling against these movements. It contrasted highly with the previous generation-the stale uniformity of the 1950s, with the images of cookie-cutter homes in suburbs and housewives. The youth began to act out against this prosperous culture of consumerism and standardization and instead humbling their would-be polished looks into ones that made them look deprived and living in poverty by shopping at second-hand stores. They reflected their self-sufficient image in how they felt towards the government- that they could only take care of themselves since the US administration couldn’t (Welter 494). “The clothes are earthy and sensual. They express an affinity with nature… not the colors of the machine…” (Reich 252), which opposed the plastic, non-natural neon colors of the early 60s. They were individuals-and could not be molded into something mass manufactured, like the clothing made in the factories.
            The feminist movement of the 70s also was a factor in this kind of dress. Women began blaming the fashion and beauty industry for women’s oppression (Peiss 260) and wanted to cease the way fashion was used for men in portraying women as sexual objects. In response, feminists began to do away with the complicated, hardened with hairspray, hairstyles, leaving it very long, parted in the middle, shaggy, or cut short. Overly tight clothing and loud make-up were done away with, with loose fitting t-shirts and ethnic inspired prints replacing them. The popularization of the tribal prints goes hand in hand with the spreading trend of headbands, fringed leather, and precious stones such as turquoise and coral. These trends were influenced by the opposition to the unfair treatment of Native Americans (500 Welters).
            While this image of self-imposed poverty may sound uncivilized and grotesque, it was actually more presentable and fashionable than one would think. It soon was seen in the most popular fashion magazines, such as Vogue. In the 1967 edition of Vogue, they deemed California, the origin of many of these trends, as the “go” state, which meant cool (Vogue 128-31). In the 1969 edition, they featured pictures from the Woodstock Festival that December, noting on its fashion and what everyone was wearing (Vogue 194-201).
             This image is further supported in a Woodstock video of Country Joe McDonald’s “F-U-C-K Cheer”/ “I Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die”. What was “in” in the fashion world was obvious. Everywhere, people were wearing printed or leather headbands on their long, natural hair, flowy tops in earthy tones, and crop and bandeau tops, while singing along lyrics about the Vietnam War: “1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for? Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn, we’re going to Viet Nam.” (Woodstock ’69). The Charlie’s Angels Season 1 Trailer, a popular TV show in the 70s, also showcased many of the trends. They sported high-waisted shorts, vests, lace-up tank tops, and many crop tops (Charlie’s Angels Season 1 Trailer). My Auntie Emma, who lived in the 70s, affirmed my findings when she talked about what she wore back in the day. According to her, “everyone in the 70s was all about the not-trying, very un-put together look. A lot of my friends wore those bell bottoms with the peasant blouses and headbands, while others dressed more punk, influenced by Andy Warhol and the Ramones. They wore lots of Doc martens and ripped clothes. Mostly, style back then was a statement to society. The youth didn’t want to conform to parents or the government. They just wanted to express themselves even though most of the time they didn’t know what the heck they were expressing.”
            Pick up any fashion magazine and you will see today’s celebrities dressed as if they had just come from protesting for birth control or rocking out to The Beatles’ concert. Vanessa Hudgens, on the trend-watch section, along with Ashley Tisdale, are both wearing distressed high-waisted denim shorts, designed by MINKPINK. Whitney Port and Khloe Kardashian contain their bedhead with a braided, knit headband on the way to the grocery store. InStyle magazine headlines that Nicole Richie is coming out with her newest jewelry line, which showcase silver metalwork and turquoise stones. While the world around us may think that these stars are unique and creative in how they wear and design clothes and jewelry, you and I, and whoever else lived or studied fashion in the 1970s will know that they actually committed the best form of flattery-imitation. As for me, I will credit the hippies and the punkers of that decade in creating this natural and “just rolled out of bed” look. Not only will I walk away from typing this paper donned in my cropped chunky knit sweater and torn-up denim jeans, adorned with a long-stranded coral stone necklace, with my hair parted in the middle, but I will walk away wearing something more important- the knowledge and history of where they all originated.

headbands in the 70s.
headbands now, worn by Ashlee Simpson & Vanessa Hudgens.
fringe in the 70s, worn by Jimi Hendrix.
Fringe worn now, by Vanessa Hudgens.
layered necklaces worn in the 70s.
layered necklaces worn now, by Blake Lively.

 Works Cited

Charlie's Angels Season 1 Trailer. Perf. Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett.
YouTube, 2009. Website.

Peiss, Kathy Lee. Hope in a Jar: the Making of America's Beauty Culture. New York:
Metropolitan, 1998. Print.

Reich, Charles A. The Greening of America. New York: Random House, 1970. Print.

San Antonio, Emma. "Style in the 70s." Telephone interview. 14 Nov. 2011.

Vogue. "'All Nature Is But Art': Woodstock Music and Art Fair." Vogue 1 Dec. 1969:
194-201. Web.

Vogue. "The State of Go: California." Vogue 15 Aug. 1967: 128-31. Web.

Welters, Linda. "The Natural Look: American Style in the 1970s." Fashion Theory 12.4
(2008): 489-510. Academic Search Complete. Web. 12 Nov. 2011.
<https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=133b42a167cfbd45&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D3c2c57bc1b%26view%3Datt%26th%3D133b42a167cfbd45%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbRiwjBFSbIAMx8RcaGYSZWbzR5nCg>.

Woodstock '69 :: Country Joe McDonald's "F-U-C-K Cheer" / "I Feel Like I'm Fixing To
Die" Perf. Country Joe McDonald. YouTube, 2009.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Miranda Fortich.

I know I wrote a post like 2.5 seconds ago, but an idea just dawned on me. Because it is my absolute favorite person's 20th birthday today (December 6), I decided to dedicate a whole blog post to her and her style. 


Meet Miranda Fortich. My best friend of 20 years, ever since she came out of her mother's you-know-what. In our adolescent years, Miranda had always been the tomboyish one between us. While I sat cross-legged, twirling my hair, and sucking my thumb (not kidding, this is typical Jordan at the ages of 2-10), Miranda was doing karate moves, turtle wrestling, or breaking her arm trying to do gymnastics tricks. However, while all doing this borderline-dyke actions, Miranda was always wearing the cutest clothes that made me super jealous. Her mom dressed her up in the prettiest lace dresses, the most luscious satin bow headbands, and the cutest floral prints. Today, if you're lucky to know Miranda at all, you will know that her childhood has somehow crept up into her present. Rough masculinity, yet gloriously feminine. Any of Miranda's close friends would describe her style as Rocker Girl chic.

A secret style doppleganger (although not as intense, thank GOD) of Miranda's would probably be former Gossip Girl bad girl, Taylor Momsen. As I write this post, Momsen's band, The Pretty Reckless, is the Pandora radio station that I have tuned into for some background inspiration music. Miranda is in no way, shape, or form a depiction of goth girl Taylor Momsen. If she was, I probably would deem her as that weird suicidal cousin that I try to avoid at all costs during family functions. Rather, Momsen is kind of like a style icon whose wardrobe you only take one piece of clothing from at a time to work with.

The keys to this rocker girl/bad-ass style vibe are the following:
1. Look like you want to drive a sledgehammer into the face of whoever is closest you.
2. Give off the feeling that daddy probably didn't love you enough as a child.
3. Someone spilled fruit punch all over your favorite Doc Martens you found in an alley behind your neighborhood park.
4. You get the idea.


If you still don't understand, let's look to Taylor Momsen to better explain. 





From the descriptions I gave you earlier, you probably were imagining those strange kids in middle school or high school, who wore the tacky, shiny combat boots, with the bright pink fishnet stockings, band shirts, and leather jackets with various patches of bands you have never heard of. The ones that made you scared to lay a step in Hot Topic. Right? Despite the negative feelings you've had before, after looking at the pictures of Momsen, you can't help but want to draw out the inner rocker girl inside you yourself. If you had to be a wrist-slitting goth, it'd be her you'd want to be hands down. 

You don't have to go all out in wanting to dress like a total bad-ass by following Momsen's combat footsteps step-by-step; just throw on some sheer, sexy thigh-highs, black, leather, studded Jeffrey Campbell Litas, a tight, lacey slip/dress/skirt, and then a smelly, old band t-shirt you found at Goodwill. Just add some fake hair extensions, MAC's Carbon black eyeshadow, and lots of eyeliner and BAM! you're basically Taylor Momsen-- or maybe even better, Miranda Fortich. :)

Happy Birthday, Miranda!! <3

Monday, December 5, 2011

Big Girl Season

What do you mean I can't wear my shorts and crop tops anymore?! Accept it, ladies. The days of perfect 75 degree weather and warm sunshine are behind us (yes, even if you do live in Southern California like I do.). The days are getting windier and the nights are getting chillier. Our tan legs and bare shoulders are no longer allowed to be flaunted as they did a couple months ago in this God-forsaken weather. While you thought maxi skirts and those sheer button-up blouses were suitable for the time being, you are probably beginning to learn, like me, that the feeling of hairs growing back on your legs or unfashionable goosebumps can no longer be ignored.

What to do about this dilemma? For me, anything below 72 degrees is not only unbearably cold, but prevents me to wear anything I want to wear. Basically a midget, standing at a sad 5 feet and 1 inch, I look like a spitting image of the chubby little chode that you call your right big toe if I try to bundle up for this arctic weather. It's either I freeze to death or tolerate looking like a disgusting troll escaping from under the bridge, with no doubt resorting to kissing myself underneath the mistletoe this holiday season. Between those two ultimatums, I would choose to freeze to death, hands down. This year though, I'm determined to find a way around it. 

While many would choose to throw on some jeans (a staple item I refuse to wear), Uggs (don't even let me go there), and a sweatshirt donning some Greek letters (that I will never understand), I'm going to give you a better option. 






What do the previous five pictures have in common? DING, DING, DING! They are all wearing sweaters. Not only will these keep you nice and toasty, but don't make you look like a total granola either. 'Tis the season to be a big girl (term coined by the very big girl, Jasmin Navar), for these wardrobe pieces will hide those not-so-lovely lady lumps that Thanksgiving and soon Christmas has tag-teamed to produce on your formerly decent bodies. More importantly, they give you the "just rolled out of bed and didn't take over an hour to get ready like I actually did" look that you love to give the impression of. These sweaters, with multi-colored stitching, winter prints and wool trim, cable-knit detail, and even sequins (I know, I know, try to keep yourself from jumping up and down.),  keep you warm without requiring you to look grandma. All these sweaters are from shopplanetblue.com.

Like was said before, I do not wear jeans. If you're like me (like I hope you are), you will invest in some nice, thick, non-cheap looking leggings, cute tights, or even some inexpensive knee-high socks you can find at Urban Outfitters or Forever21 to wear with the types of sweaters shown above. 

Happy Holidays.