Monday, September 30, 2013

Fashion With a Purpose: Angela and Roi

I have to be honest, I am a sucker for a great bag (as seen by the multitude of purse blogs here at The Reclaimed) But when you pair a great cause with a great bag, I'm sold. 



And that's just what Angela And Roi have done. They use their own chic, cool, and sophisticated designs to help great causes.

How do they do it? Simple. The color of the bag reflects the color of the cause aided when the bag is purchased. Five Dollars of ever single sale goes to aid these particular groups. For example, this grey stunner above, known as the Square Grey Tote, would benefit Diabetes Research.

This gorg and very in style right now Brink-Pink Sunday Tote would benefit Breast Cancer awareness and research.

And this uber cute Caramel Classic Crossbody would benefit research for Childhood Cancer.


From their site: "Angela & Roi was founded by a couple, Angela Lee and Roi Lee. They decided to name the company Angela & Roi because their relationship is the most important part of their lives." These two together have established something beautiful that not only makes women look good by carrying their bags, but makes them feel good by both choosing and supporting a cause based on the color of that bag.

With their unwavering commitment to quality, uncompromising dedication to their causes, And uncommonly elegant and artistic style, Angela and Roi are making the world a little more fashionable and closer to cures one beautiful bag at a time.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bullseye at Target

I love Target. I really do. Where else can you buy the mundane items like toothpaste and pasta next to beautiful fashions next to the latest in books, movies, and electronics. No other mega store has the reach in scope of appeal like Target, appealing to singles and families, pre teens and Tweens and the elderly, the uber chic and the plain jane will always find some reason to find a Target.

My favorite part of this mega brand is their fashion collaborations. Anya Hindmarch, William Rast, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta are all gracing my closet because of the collabs with the Bullseye Boutique.

One of the funniest I've seen is Chris March (known from Project Runway) for Target, these awesomely large and loud foam wigs for Halloween (don't judge me if I get one for the fun of it, they are EPIC!)


Recently I blogged about the ultra hit of 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target... Well guess what?

I finally got mine!

In all honesty I went to Target to pick up some Gorilla glue for my Michael Kors bag (looooooooong story) but what should I find as soon as I take ten steps into the store but this beauty.


Stunning...


This bag is STILL on the Target website listed at 54.99, which very honestly is little compared to what 3.1 Phillip Lim usually runs. But that price was still out of my budget. However...I did not pay that, or anywhere NEAR that.


Yeah, you're reading right (trust me, I had to blink 3 or 4 times in order to make sure I saw it right). For a price cheaper than the small size of this bag, I nabbed the big one. God loves me, He really must.


This bag is also listed on websites like eBay, Amazon, and Poshmark, for $80 and up. Super thrilled. My Sunday night has been made!


I think I carry it well. What do you think? (Oh yeah, if that top looks familiar, it's the Nicole Miller high-low from the mini treasure hunt. Like?)




Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Mini Treasure Hunt

With all that was going on at work and in ministry, I decided with the bit of free time I had, I would treat myself to a little mini treasure hunt. This one did NOT disappoint!
Ooooooooh what goodies await within the holdings of this seemingly ordinary plastic bag...

BAM! These were my 1st choice...
JUST KIDDING!! Y'all should know me better than that by now.


Here was my actual 1st choice. Crammed in the back of the jacket section of my favorite thrift store was the super cute and ultra feminine quarter length sleeve vintage looking jacket...

I've never heard of this particular company, something to research later, but I really love the jacket. Done deal!

What about this? By now you guys have seen how much I love free flows tops and bright colors. This one was no exception. Sunny happy high-low gauzy blouse, right?

Nicole Miller? Oh yeah! Grabbing it.

Then there was this...Ultra mega super chic body conscious dress, right? Looks barely worn, made with quality and care...

BCBG Max Azria? Winning!

Very happy with my findings. What will you find when you go thrifting?





Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall/Winter 2013 Worthy Trends Guide

Okeydokey dears it's OFFICIALLY Autumn, favorite season of most fashionistas. Autumn and winter both open up the possibilities for astounding fashion much more than spring and stiffing summer ever could. Amazing jackets, well tailored coats, incredible boots, scarves, all excite us as we switch out our warm weather wardrobe for cooler, in every way, items.

Here are my favorite trends for the season:

Tweed! (Classic, chic, and very warm)

Menswear (beautiful tailoring is never out of style. Pair feminine pieces with a masculine edge to best capture this look)

1940s Glamour (make the look even better by pairing antiquated 40's elements on modern pieces.)

White (yes! We don't have to follow that ridiculous rule of "no white after Labor Day". Look crisp, sharp and put together in this head to toe trend.) 

Patterns and Prints

Shades of Green (think less "green with envy" and more "emerald city")

Tribal and Folk Prints (my FAVORITE trend)

To see other trends for the Fall and Winter, check these out: 

Vogue http://en.vogue.fr/fashion/fashion-inspiration/diaporama/20-trends-for-fall-winter-2013-2014/12208/finDiap

Glamour http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2013/02/fall-2013-most-wearable-fashion-trends#slide=1


Say it with me...TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS


This hosiery as pants thing really upsets me. 


Like, look at this? Seriously? Does this even look good? We're you intending for your whole booty to be shown? Really?


Ladies, I honestly don't care what your body type is, this is NEVER  a good look.

I'm serious, and now with the cold weather actually present, there remains no rational (although there never really was) reason to let this happen.

I know, I know, you don't need nor want another blog ranting about the horrors of the ass-crackery that has been occurring the last few years with this trend. Too bad, you broads aren't getting it. So here's another...

Let me explain...

Pants: come in a variety of sizes shapes colors patterns textures fabrics cuts and styles. Pants are awesome. When in doubt, go with pants...please.

Leggings: I'll let this one slide for those who can pull it off without looking sloppy or trashy (i.e. The notorious muffin top, seeing every lump, bump and crevice of your lower body.) I also like the patterned legging look, but once again, you MUST be honest with yourself. Not harsh, but honest about what fits you and what doesn't. It doesn't make you any less beautiful that the leg trend that certain body types can wear you can't wear. You fit what fits and looks good on you and makes you feel amazing. 

I digress...these should be worn BENEATH a dress, tunic, or a sweater long enough to cover your lady lumps. Super thick ones you may be able to get away with, but still, PLEASE, C.Y.A.!

Hosiery: never...never ever ever ever to be worn without the accompaniment of another garment layer over them. Ever. Period. Unless you are a circus performer, ice skater, ballet dancer or some form of gentlemans club performer, we really don't need to see the fish net rose on your stockings goes all the way up to your booty. No, we REALLY don't. 

And no, putting on Tan Uggs and a denim chambray over them does not make it better if I can still see your thong.

Please do the rest of society a favor, if you're going to wear the legging trend, make sure:
A) there is the word "Pants" somewhere in the title (here's a hint, most pants aren't completely see through.)
B) that they are your size. Nothing worse than plumbers crack and an explosive muffin top for a girl who swears she's 2 letter sizes smaller than she is. 
C) they suit YOU. The fun of fashion is crafting your own unique but coherrant look. Trends are used to update the classics, but the classics will always stand. If this look isn't you. Don't wear it. Be true to you, not the trend.

In summary, think about what you wear and what it says about who you are. PLEASE VALUE YOURSELF! Do not relegate yourself to a terrible an embarrassing trend. YOU are the consumer. YOU have buying power. YOU will wear what you want and smart brands will be wise enough to make what you want to buy, not vice versa! Use that buying power, set your own classy and fun trends. And leave the hosiery for underneath a gorgeous dress or tunic...please. Pretty please.

Glad I have some fashionable people who agree with me... Check out what the Huffington Post has to say: http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/2718532

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Fall Bag...the Michael Kors Jet Set Tote


The leather open top tote. This seems to be the shape we are seeing and toting around this season. Celebs and us normal girls alike are rushing out to grab these, whether in signature, patterns, or in simple leather. Whether Furla, Coach, Cynthia Rowley, or in a lot of cases, my dream bag, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, these carry alls make things easier with their ample space. They, quite literally are "never full".
This one, however, is the Michael Kors Jet Set Saffiano Leather Tote. And this is my latest nab and grab on eBay. 

I love good hard wear. 



I really do love Mr. Kors. The last few weeks I've made some major scores bearing his name. Chic, current, and classic all at once.


This piece of arm candy is on the Michael Kors website for $278. But you know I didn't pay that! Thank God for eBay...now to save for my Never Full...


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thank you Macklemore! Proud Celebs who Choose to Shop Thrift

Thank you Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for your song Thrift Shop.

Where as the stigma was drifting away and thrift shops were sort of cutting edge and semi cool, they have been catapulted into a whole new level of cool.

Now, more any more celebrities such as Jada and Willow Smith, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Elle Varner, Debbie Harry, and others are chatting up either past or current thrifting habits.

Here are some (of the many) links dedicated to celebrities and all things thrift:

The Bus Stop

The Bus Stop boutique is truly one of the gems in Philadelphia. I have stopped in a few times and have only ever encountered friendly staff and incredible and rare designs. 

From their page: "BUS STOP was born on April 14, 2007 by London-born Elena Brennan. Her passion for shoes led her to open the boutique and she carries hard-to-find designer labels and styles for both men and women, which were only available before with a trip to London, Paris, Milan, Rio or New York."

"Elena thinks every woman here deserves to be unique and funky." And I couldn't agree more. The Bus Stop is both, but also beautiful and chic. 


Look at these amazing shoes...


Guys you aren't left out either...


There are amazing accessories, bags, and of course, my favorite, jewelry.

This particular evening, to celebrate Philly Fashion Week, there was bag screen printing. I had to get one! (I do love a good and reasonably priced reusable tote)


Here is a link to their own blog: http://busstopboutique.com/category/bits/



Friday, September 20, 2013

Bella Boutique

Bella Boutique is a consignment shop that specializes in high end retail. If I want to go fancy, I go here.

I usually find the store EXTREMELYclean and the staff pretty personable. They are very particular about what they consign however, making them one of the premiere consignment shops in Philly. 


And you can see why! Look at this wall! As with consignments verses thrift, you will be spending a great deal more on items. Bella is no exception especially because the majority of their stock is so high end. So should you choose to shop here, be prepared. Otherwise, happy shopping!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why I'm Not Hype Over The Fashion Weeks


For the past month social and mass media has been flooded with it. The dresses and gowns, the menswear, womenswear, ready to wear, and haute couture. New York, London, Milan. Famous models walking down famous runways donning famous designers before crowds of famous other people. It's a big deal, it's a huge deal, it's the most biggest hugest deal ever...

And I just don't care.

No, it's not that I don't love fashion. Clearly, as you see, this IS a fashion and style blog, so I obvious like it somewhat. 

No, I'm not bitter than I didn't get invited to any shows. Full time work and what is known as real life would have prevented a visit this year anyway, however, I do eventually look forward to attending in the future.

I simply just don't care. Yeah I love clothes and I love designers. I love the art and the craft of forging something remarkable to wear. I love that a garment can make someone feel amazing, that a bag can show someone's personality, that shoes can say more about someone than words ever could. I do have a passion for fashion, absolutely

But as far as New York, London, Milan, Paris, or anywhere else is concerned, I'm just not that hype.

Why?

1) Because a lot of what we are seeing won't be available to us, the masses for some time. It's like seeing the birthday present six months before the birthday when you could actually have it.

2) A lot of what we are seeing on runways is more artistic than functional. (Think of it as your favorite art gallery, but with wearable works of art.) These designs will be mimicked by other creators to make them more appealing to the masses in design, functionality, and price. 

3) Fashion weeks, for the most parts, are all about the "show". Whose show had the best "this", who had more of "that", which celebrities came wearing "what", guess who was sitting on the front row of "fill in the blank"'s show. It's all about the entertainment factor, the drama, the competition of the show. And, to be honest, I just have never bought into it.


Not trying to pick on anyone or make fun, but I'm just being honest. I don't buy into the hype, never have and probably never will. Don't want to be a buzz kill, and I do love a good party. But sometimes, I feel like we in the industry make to serious what should always be fun and interesting and comforting, and ultimately empowering. We should be driving our customers and each other to a higher creativity, to better work, to greater craftsmanship, and then be awesome enough to commend each other in reaching our goals. I don't know, maybe I'm just a naive optimist.

So, my friend, I will continue to sip on my iced coffee, peruse racks of the gorgeous vintage and beautiful brand new, and appreciating the upcoming works of art from afar. 

Enjoy (seriously, enjoy) the shows.