Thursday, January 24, 2013

50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day... Because I have an effing sailing day to enjoy this Saturday! As a Southern Cali girl, I still have NO idea what to wear when the temperature drops below 65. I decided to put together an outfit that would match this gloomy weather, yet making you look just as chic as ever. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Carry Change. Carry Della.

A friend told me about this brand and I think it’s amazing and I hope you do, too.

It’s called Della. And they empower women through fashion. Della is a fashion line based in Los Angeles that is driven by the awareness for the need for a global market that produces socially-responsible, quality products. This isn’t charity. This is responsibility.

Their philosophy is based on the saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." And that is exactly what Della does. They recognize that direct charity creates dependence rather than independence. Instead, they empower women in Ghana by giving them jobs, education and skills training to help them create a lasting, better way of life.

I love the tribal print and bright colors that each product incorporates. I especially love the stylish and school-friendly laptop cases that the make and the patterned headbands. Those headbands are very Nicole Richie-esque and a perfect accessory for Coachella coming up in April. 

Each product is handmade by one of the 30 seamstresses using authentic West African textiles. An average of 400 of these goods are produced each week.

They are mothers, sisters, daughters and friends ranging from the ages of 19-43. Over half of them have never traveled outside of their small region of Volta and even less have received an education higher than the 8th grade.

By buying one of Della’s products, you help give these women:

·     social security benefits
·      national healthcare benefits
·      weekly literacy classes
·      management mentorship
·      team leadership skills
·      computer skill training
·      maternity leave

and so much more.

In the words of my friend, Whitney:
The emergence and success of TOMs proved that consumerism is not an inherently bad thing; it can significantly improve the lives of many if used in a good and innovative manner. Della began to build upon that model and focus on another need- the lack of opportunity for talented women. Instead of creating a non-profit and depending on charity, Della invested in the talent and minds of women in Ghana. The result is a for-profit company based in Ghana that is sustainable, successful and incredibly empowering. 
The brand signifies that fashion isn’t simply aesthetics, money and notoriety. The interest and love for clothing extends beyond how one looks. It’s a universal, tangible and creative means of expression. Women in Ghana have style. They have an interest in textiles. Fashion doesn’t simply exist only on runways or catalog. it doesn’t have boundaries.

What I love even more about Della is the products they didn't include in their lookbook! Currently they are creating private label collaborations and are currently sold in Nordstrom, Free People and Apple Stores. Their products have even been see in Foam Magazine and People Magazine! Right now they are in the works with a big name brand that is TOP SECRET- but I'm definitely on the look out for now.

Check out more Della LA here!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Clueless-Inspired Wildfox SS13 Collection

Okay. So hold up. A Clueless-inspired Wildfox collection? This might be my favorite collaboration since Rachel Bilson did a cameo on Gossip Girl.

Clueless was my absolute favorite movie when I was like, in 4th grade. As a ten-year-old, I idolized the iconic Cher Horowitz and her sassy, fashion-forward ways. I honestly think it molded me into the little brat that I was. I mean, who wouldn't want a rotating closet and the pleasure of driving around (unlicensed) in Beverly Hills in a super cute white Jeep with an equally popular best friend? However, upon watching the movie over and over as I got older, I realized that this movie was so much more than a spoiled, self-centered popular girl trying to go through high school. It was full of inappropriate and drug-related comments that elementary me had no way of understanding, but what makes it hilarious and entertaining now (literally- NOW. I'm currently watching it on Netflix).

Okay- I know that Mean Girls is the ultimate chick flick of our current generation, but thinking about it, that movie was a total knockoff of Clueless. I'm not saying I don't love the total betchy flick starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams (one of my favorites) and Amanda Seyfreid, but it's totally unoriginal. Think about it- Popular girl discovers ginger-haired new girl in high school and makes her over. Before she knows it, ginger-haired new girl turns out to be a babe and surpasses the hot blonde as the new Queen Bee. 

Anyway, enough of my Mean Girls and Clueless compare and contrast. Let's focus on the clothes.

When Amy wrote Clueless, the current fashion was grunge. Her vision for the film was to show the rich, upscale high school girls of Beverly Hills. The costumes were to be like characters in the film. Grunge was dark and sad so the color palette was very important to Amy. The clothes needed to be very bright and fun. I wanted the girls to be girls again, with over-the-knee stockings and Mary Jane shoes. We wanted to change the current look that was on the street and show teens how to have fun with clothes. -Interview with costume designer Mona May, by Frankie Mathieson 2010
The Clueless generation consists of girls who want it all- while looking fab getting it. Amy Heckerling, the mastermind of our favorite 90s flick, created a bright and bold wardrobe for Cher, Dionne and later Tai, to contrast against the grunge overtaking the trends of the era. Wildfox's Spring 2013 collection pays tribute to Heckerling, capturing the spirit of "Clueless" and their iconic leading ladies. They're the Kids in America! 
This collection is for the girly dreamers. For the girls who want to feel great in what they're wearing, for the nights they'll forever remember and the days they wish would never end. 
Wildfox designer, Kimberly Gordon notes, "I have always wanted to express something creatively that is more than just fashion, it's a feeling, a lifestyle, it's about being a girl. It's capturing a moment. I think I felt it first when I was about 12 around when Clueless came out and I was so in love with the characters, I didn't just love the clothes, I loved the girls who wore the clothes- which made me want to wear them even more."
The Clueless Collection is all about tees that start conversation, sweaters you can wear all day, sleep in and wake up to wear the day after. They're for throwing on so that you can run out the door and feel beautiful anyway. Classic Clueless phrases like, 'As If', 'Totally Bogus' and 'I'd Rather Be Shopping' bring the collection to life in a sassy and playful manner. The line is reminiscent of Clueless and 90s Bel Air babes with bright, girly colors!

As I thought I couldn't love both Wildfox & Clueless more, they've joined forces and created this:

Dionne and I were both named after famous singers of the past, who now do infomercials. 

I would just like to say that physical education in this school is a disgrace. I mean, standing in line for forty minutes is hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I've worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum.

Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex. 

Christian said he'd call the next day, but in boy time that meant Thursday. 

[about keeping her virginity
You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet. 

Okay, so you're probably going, "Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?" But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl. 

Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good. 

I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M's and like 3 pieces of licorice. 

Isn't my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972. 

Mel: So, what did you do in school today? 
Cher: Well, I broke in my purple clogs. 

She's not pretty, she's a full-on Monet... It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess.

So okay, I don't want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don't get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair - ew - and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we're expected to swoon? I don't think so!

Dionne: Hello? There was a stop sign. 
Cher: I totally paused. 

You're a virgin who can't drive. 

Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"? 

I felt impotent and out of control. Which I really, really hate. I had to find sanctuary in a place where I could gather my thoughts and regain my strength... (THE MALL!)

She's my friend because we both know what it's like for people to be jealous of us. 

I figured adding my favorite CHER-isms as captions to the pictures from this lookbook would give it an extra something.

Although I did leave out one of my favorite Clueless quotes on Cher's doubts on her current boyfriends' sexual orientation: He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship? That line alone forever skewed the way I view the opposite sex and their role in dressing inferior to me!

I hope you enjoyed these photos and my take of the new collection! As Cher would say, Alright, I'm outie!

Photos by Mark Hunter
Photo edit by Kimberley Gordon
Make up by Carlene K
Hair by  Anna Lee Fiorino and Tyron Dupre
NAIL SWAG nails by Natalie Nichole
Styling by  Kimberley Gordon, Meredith Leyerzaph & Emily Siegs
Executive Producer  Jimmy Sommers

Olivia Greenfield
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Tanya Katysheva

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Super Sexy Sober New Year's Eve!

New Year's Eve is a holiday that builds up a lot of anticipation and excitement. Who will be your New Year's kiss? What fabulous all-eyes-on-me dress will you be wearing? When will you find your perfect buzz? Where will you ring in the new year?

This holiday always conjures an image in my head of me in a glamorous outfit (an ensemble of some sort of sparkle and fur), confetti and glitter falling down all around me, fireworks going off, a flute of champagne in hand and of course, the countdown from ten in slow motion. These last seconds of the current year consist of me searching the crowd for that perfect boy to give me the perfect New Year's kiss to mark the end of the last year and the beginning of the new one.   
But that never happens does it? Well, not to me, anyway. More often than not, New Year's is like hooking up with a that hot guy you've been flirting with all semester. You've been thinking about it for a long time, built up excitement over it and then once it happens, it leaves you feeling unsatisfied and kind of sick. 

This year, my best friends and I decided to ditch the anticlimax we call New Year's Eve and instead, stayed in and created our own little NYE party. It's safe to say no midnight kiss is definitely better than one I regret in the morning.

Makeshift metallic/glitter foliage crowns with blue velvet ribbon.

Glitter mustaches!

Wine & apple cider in thrift store bought mason jars, flasks & glass bottles.

This whole little set-up cost us less that $20!