Monday, October 31, 2011

Stella McCartney Fall 2011-Inspired Nails

Stella McCartney's quirky, sexy Fall 2011 collection had several standout elements, but her surprising use of peekaboo polka dots outshone all the rest (even those amazing structured gold lame pieces). I love how she avoided the trap of overly sheer runway shows and found an inventive way to show off and enhance the female form. I knew the mix of nude and black would translate well to nails and that the extreme curves dots would add another element of fun.

For the base I picked my favorite nude, OPI Tickle My France, because it most closely matches my skin color. I used my trusty black with the most narrow brush for the curves and dots and threw in a white nail look for a little variety. I think these are my most favorite nails I've done yet!

All photos by Mark Iantosca and

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hey, Brah Vol. 2

1. Sporty: Made by Nikki's Knockout Underwire Racer Bra
2. Minimalist: La Perla's Sensual Underwire
3. Bright: Free People's Cheeky Lace Bra
I'm always on a mission to find the cutest bras that can handle actual boobs because no matter how much I love lingerie, it doesn't always mix with a full C. These three options each suit my requirements for a bra: support and something fun. Made by Nikki's Knockout Underwire Racer Bra has enough tough edge to make you feel like a little badass even when it is completely covered. I just bought La Perla's Sensual Underwire and couldn't be happier. Everything you've heard about La Perla being amazing is true. Lastly, Free People's Cheeky Lace Bra comes in no fewer than 10 fun colors. There's nothing better than knowing you have something fun going on underneath a season-worth of layers.

Check out Hey Brah Vol. 1 too!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pioneer Woman

I can't help but be completely drawn to this image by Kalle Gustafsson for Marie Claire's October issue that I discovered via StyleMint's excellent Tumblr. Horses aren't my thing, but side braids, cowboy hats, nubby sweaters and the great outdoors sure are. I'm thinking of going for the citi-fied version of the look with this Madewell Trailrider Poncho.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Proenza Schouler Up-Close

These are up-close images of Proenza Schouler's Pre-Fall textiles from their Paris Showroom. One of the most exciting things about Proenza Schouler's collections are how innovative they are with their textiles. Pre-Fall was inspired by Guatemalan knits and you can see the craftsmanship here. What I would do to put one of these on my body...

Photos via A Blog Curated By Proenza Schouler

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Need: Missoni Geometric Drop Earrings

Nothing says "I went on a roadtrip through New Mexico into my rich grandmother's jewelry box" more than these crafty-luxe Missoni earrings. And that is why I love them.

Missoni Geometric Drop Earrings, $275, at

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Christopher Kane Aqua Gel Clutch-Inspired Nails

I have a definite soft spot for fashion that is also fun. Christopher Kane always delivers on that front and his Fall 2011 collection was no exception. The item that stood out on everyone's list was his Aqua Gel-Filled PVC Clutch. I knew I wanted to adapt this piece to my nails if only to bring back so many memories of trading stickers during recess and being lucky enough to score a jelly one.

To get the look, I layered a Deborah Lippmann sheer purple with an Essie neon pink and swirled the two colors while they were still wet. After letting the colors partially dry, I took the back of my brush and drew wavy lines, revealing my natural nail underneath, then finished it off with a clear top coat.

All photos by Mark Iantosca

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Behind the Scenes of Spring 2012

I can never get enough of behind the scenes coverage from fashion week. For me it tells a much more interesting story than runway shots and street style pics. You can really see the texture and emotion that makes the fashion industry thrive.

All photos via

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Versus Versace Fall 2011-Inspired Nails

On an impulse the other day, I ran over to Bloomingdale's after work and picked up a few new bottles of polish including Chanel's Graphite. When it comes to metallic polishes, you cannot do better than Chanel. Their colors are so multifaceted it blows my mind every time. In my excitement, I had to find a collection to suit my new glittery, slightly edgy goodness and Versus Versace's Fall 2011 show hit all the right marks. I mixed up the base layer of Graphite with a couple of Nubar's polishes for variety and used painter tape as a guide to get extra-clean lines.

In the photos I am wearing my collection of rings, a Gorjana necklace, H&M sweater and have my favorite Power Support Tibi iPhone case.

Photos by Mark Iantosca and

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Need: Giles & Brother Archer Cuff

The clean lines on this beautiful Giles & Brother cuff make it a must-have. I usually favor daintier pieces, but this has enough heft to stand out without being a "statement piece." Fall's chunky knits and long sleeves tend to call for chunkier pieces. It doesn't hurt that the interlocking rings bring to mind Celine's knot bracelet either.

Giles & Brother Archer Cuff, $175, at

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Zana Bayne for Prabal Gurung

After clicking around randomly on Zana Bayne's website earlier this week, I discovered that she created the amazing harnesses in Prababl Gurung's Spring 2012 collection. I really think this is the most exciting thing and so amazing for Zana. I hope we get to see more young, creative minds working together in fashion, but I hope if that happens, it doesn't take random browsing to discover it. I really hope they sell these pieces because I am one step closer to being on team harness.


Monday, October 3, 2011

H&M Hair Cuff

I've been spotting a certain item across a few of my favorite blogs recently. That item is H&M's version of the Dries Van Noten Fall 2011 hair cuff. This was literally my favorite wearable trend from the Fall 11 shows and at an H&M price, it must be mine. Unfortunately both of these bloggers live in H&M's homeland of Scandinavia and so far, my combing of Manhattan H&M locations has proved unfruitful. If anyone has spotted this item, please let me know!

Photos via Afterdrk and Fredes Blog