Thursday, February 22, 2007

Randomness Takes Over: Pictures of My Room

"Sometimes I wake up and I think I should start wearing a beret, but I don't do it. One day, I'm gonna, though. You bet your ass, I will havea beret on. That's ridiculous, but it's true. I always fight with wearing a beret." - Mitch Hedberg

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Look Into My Closet

"Ooooh - I love my closet (except for the limited storage)." - Lauren_the_it_girl
I was too excited to look up a quote for this post. This afternoon, I went on a scavenger hunt to create outfits from my closet (not all of it) and take pictures of them on my mannequin. Here are some of the pictures. Hope they inspire you to look funky and chic! Descriptions of pictures below: green bow flats: $50 sale, Nordstroms. brown embroidered flats: Rocket Dog, $30. Uggs: $175, Nordstroms again. White babydoll top and blue belt: top $20 sale, belt $15, Nordstroms :). Polka dot blouse and jacket: blouse, $80, Anthropologie, and jacket, Juicy Couture, $55, tank and plaid skirt: tank, American Eagle, $7 sale, plaid skirt, Delia*s $35. orange tank and necklace: tank, Scrapbook $35, Nordstroms and necklace, $20, Nordstroms. green dress and necklace: green dress, Red Dot boutique, $80 and necklace, Sears, $12. bird boots: Sugar, about $30,

Happy Blogging! - Lauren

Go International: Patrick Robinson

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence." - Yves Saint Laurent

I wasn't pleased with my local target's selection of Proenza Schouler pieces for the Go International line. I hope that the next designer flying into the mega-stores, Patrick Robinson, will have a bigger selection at my local Target. The Target Corporation announced that designer Patrick Robinson will be showing off his styles after Proenza Schouler takes a bow. I am excited for this designer, because his traditional, Abercrombie-esque designs are completed with a tropical twist. I am already in love with the neutral colors - brown and beiges and whites. Robinson also incorporates light and navy blues to make his clothes cool and soothing. The most exciting thing? There are matching bikinis to go with his beachy preppy collection! Oh - I must stock up before I go to Hawaii in June! Are you as excited as me?

Monday, February 19, 2007

Jinkies, Nancy!

"Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style." - John Fairchild
I would be blogging non stop if it weren't for the highly addicting Nancy Drew CD-ROM series. I ordered three of the mystery games from Amazon, and after playing "The Secret of the Scarlet Hand" for hours on end, I finally finished the case this morning! My computer is currently downloading "The Curse of Blackmoor Manor" which has been recommended by all the reviews I've read. In the games, you play Nancy Drew, and no matter where you go, there is always a mind-boggling mystery to solve!

One of my favorites so far was the fashion design-inspired "Danger by Design," in which Nancy goes to intern fabulous Parisian plus-size fashion designer Minette, who will not take off this scary phantom of the opera-esque mask. There is someone sending mysterious threats to the studio, and this is making Minette go crazy! Set in the beautiful city of Paris, Nancy gets to swim in the catacombs, bargain with market-sellers, and bake cookies with Minette's beautiful size 12 model, Jing-Jing Ling while solving a creepy mystery. I can tell you this - the fun never ends with these games.

So, playing the Nancy Drew games has inspired me to post about these ah-dorable fedoras from Gap. Do some sleuthing on your own with this menswear inspired cap - pair with a cropped double breasted trench and skinnies - and you're ready to be the next Sherlock Holmes!

- Lauren

Friday, February 16, 2007

"But Daddy - I Want a Squirrel...."

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." - Oscar Wilde
We all want something, correct? Whether it be a MacBook, a million dollars, a boyfriend, a new wardrobe, perhaps? Well, Veruca Salt got EVERYTHING she wanted - which is totally not fair. Oh well - I guess I'll have to live without a laptop until I'm 14, but I probably will be able to snag a few trendy pieces for spring with a low budget. These, ladies and gentleman, are Lauren_the_it_girl's top ten styles for spring 2007:
1. shift dresses. check out Juicy Couture's psychadelic shift that graces the pages of the March Teen Vogue. Can you say A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E?
2. the boyfriend pant. Gap has got some new khakis that I'm ready to snag off the racks. In four different colors (white, black, caramel, and stone) these would be the perfect edition to my closet.
3. nautical flare. anchor necklaces, red, white and blue totes, and sea-worthy pants and shoes, this all-American tradition are sailing back into picture.
4. rompers are starting to pop up in stores like Top Shop, Forever 21, etc. I'm not quite sure about this trend, yet I'm sure I'll eventually see someone wearing one on the streets.

5. skinnies. i know - Vogue's January issue proclaimed skinny jeans are okay for spring. I think I'm going to invest in a pair of cropped skinnies from Seven For All Mankind that I saw at Marshalls the other day....
6. cropped trench coat. perfect for sunday school. The look is very city-girl chic. Note to self: don't buy one in mint green or baby pink, you may look like a nurse. :P
7. eyelet. In the Victoria's Secret clothing catalogue, I spotted the most amazing green eyelet halter. it is ah-dorable!!! this is such a fresh, spring-has-sprung kind of look.
8. patent. though most patent accessories remind me of the 80's - overly shiny stuff, I think that this trend could revive itself again. I've already spotted big red patent purses being carried around. I like the idea of patent wide belts as well. :)
9. Futuristic. The big fashion spread in the March Teen Vogue on silver, shiny, futuristic apparel really made me think: is this what style will be like in 50 years? I hope not, or I'll be a 63 year old granny wearing metallic jumpsuits and weird space goggles. My grandchildren will be embarrassed....
10. Personal Flair. Whether it be bows in your hair, a cardigan obsession, or green and pink striped shoelaces, I think everyone should have something that is their own style and something they adore - no matter if it is in or out.
Happy shopping!!!! I'm very excited for this spring,

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I Go To School With Fruit Loops On My Chest....

“I don't think women should look like costumes. I don't think they should look like fashion victims. I think these (clothes) are for women that want to look sexy. They want to look smart.” - Ralph Lauren

As Heidi Klum says on the television phenomenon Project Runway, "You're either in, or you're out." Well, does that apply to the comfy, cozy screen tee? Known as both a fashion do and a fashion don't, the basic tee has been modified thousands of times to advertise food brands, tv shows, movies, and music stars. My question is, "Are they cool for school?" or should you stick with a bold pattern instead of the advertisement-on-the-boobs look? Not all screen tees look like this, though. Juniors stores such as Delia*s often have the cute, cozy cotton shirt with a cute pun on it, or funny drawings of fruits with faces on the chest. What annoys me are the Bobby Jack monkey shirts, with lame scribble and a cartoon monkey wearing grills or blowing a piece of bubblegum plastered on the front. There is no class at all in a shirt like that, yet are the fake "vintage" brands such as Junk Food able to be pulled off when paired with the right accessories? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

I'm Singing in the Rain (La-de-da-de-da-de-da)

“If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?” - Linda Ellerbee

February showers bring March flowers.... and Target brings wellies back in style! Shopping at Target for shoes is not my cup of tea - the local mega-store I go to has a terrible shoe section. Luckily, has all the cute styles that aren't available at home. So, while browsing the shoe section I found these gorg pairs of rainboots (or as the English say, "wellies") that are a both a deal and a steal. My personal favourites? The citrus, floral, and magic carpet patterns!