October 30, 2014

baby don't lie

Can we all take a moment to admire and obsess over how gorgeous Gwen Stefani is? I mean, does she ever age? From her days in (one of my favorite bands ev-er) No Doubt to going solo with her music, all the while being one of the most stylish moms ladies in Hollywood, Stefani never ceases to amaze me with her fashion sense. She's stuck true to her own personal style ever since she rocked anything and everything punk and grunge, with a feminine, flirty twist. In her most recent hit and music video Baby Don't lie, we can see just how spectacular Gwen is at showcasing her signature red lip and platinum 50s hairdo alongside the perfect way to dress up in a retro, single pattern look without going overboard.

I love Gwen's combination of polka-dots from head-to-toe; by pairing a small print on top with a larger print on the bottom, it creates a unique, artistic element and allows you to pair the same pattern without wearing too much of it. Towards the end of the video, we see her in an even bolder, yet more casual, polka-dot tank and belt (of course her back-up dancers look just as awesome!) She's definitely given me more inspiration to put together creative retro looks with my polka-dot jeans!

What is your favorite way to incorporate more than one print into your outfit (and which print)?

all images via Vevo

October 21, 2014

"Fashion is about dressing fashionable. Style is more about being yourself" - Oscar de la Renta

In sad news, Oscar de la Renta passed away yesterday at the age of 82, but his beautiful designs and loving, kindred spirit will live on. In more ways than one, de la Renta set the tone for American fashion, dressing First Ladies from Jackie O to celebrities like Taylor Swift. From his early days designing in the 1960s, de la Renta has been known to follow a feminine, dramatic, and powerful model. The flirtatious designs range from polka-dot frocks and big hats to fitted florals and bold faux furs, each demonstrating a flirtatious and sexy tone with the utmost class. Some of his trademarks include striking flamenco ruffles, bell sleeves, tropical prints, and boleros, often topped off with an equally as showstopping hat.

Below are just a few of my favorite designs created by Mr. de la Renta throughout the years.

Holiday 1979

Spring 1982

Fall 1990

Spring 1991

Spring 1994

Fall 1995

Fall 2001

Fall 2002

Spring 2004

Spring 2005

Spring 2006

Fall 2008

Spring 2009

Fall 2009

Spring 2010

Fall 2010

Spring 2011

Fall 2011

Spring 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Spring 2015
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October 11, 2014

Spooky & Pretty Halloween Inspiration

With the recent premiere of American Horror Story: Freakshow (which was absolutely incredible and I'm so excited for the rest of the season) and the anticipated season premiere of The Walking Dead tomorrow, I'm definitely feeling Halloween more and more, alongside its tendency to creep up on me sooner than I expected. Last year, I was everyone's favorite childhood ventriloquist doll, creepy smile and all. I simply can't justify buying a pre-made Halloween costume anymore, unless it's designed impeccably well and I'm in a hurry. Plus, I've really been eager to amp up my make-up and design skills, so I've browsed around for some inspiration!

What are your plans this Halloween as far as costumes and festivities?

all images via Pinterest