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Ms. Audrey

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

When I think about style, a million things go through my head. There are so many trends, so many people with gorgeous personal style that I would love to emulate. But above and beyond anyone else is Audrey Hepburn. She had an amazingly elegant, beautiful sense of style that is still relevant today. And most likely always will be.

I try to stay current with the way I dress, and follow trends to a certain extent, but I’m not too terribly “trendy”. It just seems such a waste to follow each and every new trend that comes along, and no one want to be a slave to fashion. I used to think this meant I didn’t have much of a sense of personal style, but in reality I’m more often drawn to thing that never go out of style. I think I have a “classic” style, and just never realized it. I’m starting to see this isn’t actually a problem, I just need to own it and allow myself to invest in the pieces that suit me.

Here is the trailer for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, my all time favorite Audrey movie. As you will notice, every thing she has on could be worn today. You could seriously base your wardrobe around this film and still be quite fashionable.  The huge glasses, the trench, the beautiful necklace she wears at the party, her adorable dresses. Love it!

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Learning to pack light

It’s Spring Break time, and I couldn’t be more ready for a break from everything. At the moment I’m packing up to head to Texas with the boyfriend. No beaches this year, unfortunately, but at least we are getting out of town.

Packing for a trip is one of the biggest challenges for a girl who loves clothes. I usually wind up wearing about half of what I take, but I want to be prepared for every possible event that might happen to come up. I have, however, learned a few tricks to cut down (a bit) on luggage size.

First, I’ve started rolling my things. It honestly does save a ton of space to just roll up your jeans, sweats, and t-shirts. Usually, if I’m traveling in a car, I hang up anything nice, like my dresses or nicer shirts. Also, I’ve learned to choose outfits that color coordinate to cut down on the number of shoes that I take. I take one pair of nice heels, one pair of more casual heels, and then flats or sandals. Fortunately it’s going to be warm in Austin, so I was able to pack sandals, which is one of the main perks of summer. They barley take up any room. Finally, I’ve broken my awful habit of packing 10 pairs of jeans, one for every occasion and mood. It’s ridiculous, because no one else will notice if you wear the same pair a few days. So I take two casual pairs to go with my flats, and two dressier pairs to go with my heels. Also, I’ve started investing in all the travel size toiletries.

I’ve saved so much room by doing this. Although by looking at my luggage right now, you might not believe it. But for a week long trip I am taking a carry on size suitcase, one medium size bag, and a few hanging things. Such an improvement from the biggest suitcase I could possibly find, plus a bag for shoes and toiletries, for a 3 or 4 night stay!

I hope everyone who gets a Spring Break enjoys it, and everyone who doesn’t, I’m sorry….one of the most dreaded things in my near future is no more Spring Breaks once I hit the real world. Hope everyone has a great time no matter what they’re doing!

Celeste


Barbie Update!

So I just read a very interesting story my boyfriend pointed out to me (so helpful!) about Barbie. Last time I posted about all the designers creating outfits for New York Fashion Week for her 5oth birthday, and quite a few people seemed to find it interesting. One of the things I said in the post was that I realize some people think Barbie portrays a negative image for little girls to grow up with, but I turned out just fine, and I played with my Barbies constantly!

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Well, apparently a lawmaker from West Virginia disagrees. Jeff Eldridge proposed a bill on Tuesday that would ban the sale of Barbies in the state. He says he doesn’t like that Barbie portrays the image that if you’re beautiful, you don’t have to be smart. Umm, what? Whenever I played with my Barbies they would be schoolteachers, doctors, whatever random career happened to pop into my head at that moment. I never thought my Barbie was stupid! Sure, some people love to buy into the whole dumb blond stereotype, but I am certainly not one of them! I think I’m pretty intelligent, and I just happen to be a blond myself. So where have we learned that Barbie is not smart? I don’t recall that being her image for the most part.

I just don’t really think this is necessary. Actually, I think it’s a little ridiculous.  There are more important things to worry about. I mean, Barbie has officially been around for 50 years, and I think for the most part we’re doing OK. Yes, there is an obsession in our culture with youth and beauty, but I think that probably  has more to do with our fascination with the unattainable beauty of celebrities than with Barbie.  Anyway, I just thought this was a pretty interesting little story. Just click here if you want to check it out for yourself.

Celeste


My Summer shopping list!

I haven’t been shopping in a couple of months….and by that I mean real, splurge-a-little  shopping. As in when I buy more than just a couple of new shirts. So therefore, I cannot wait until I get the chance (and a little extra money) to do so! I’ve already got a few things on my list of desires.

First up, I really want a Maxi dress, which is one of the flowy, ankle length dresses people were wearing last summer. I went back and forth last year on whether I was too short to pull one off (I wonder that often being 5’2″), but I’ve decided I don’t care! I’m not a huge fan of shorts, and when it’s 100 degrees, as it often is in Oklahoma in the summer, I really hate suffocating in jeans all day. These dresses are adorable and comfy, and I’ve decided as long as I add a pair of wedge heels with it, it should add enough height to make me look alright!

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Next, I’m really loving this old-fashioned maillot swimsuit I saw in the January issue of Vogue. I didn’t know the term “maillot” before, but basically it is a one-piece swimsuit with a vintage vibe. Google it and you will find plenty of results.

Another item on my list is a pencil skirt. I’m hoping to find a PR internship for the summer, and a pencil skirt is such a classic, professional look. I’ve tried a few on and have realized that for any girl with hips, you may have to go up a size. I tried on my regular size and it wasn’t happening. They are just so form fitting, but I think that’s basically the appeal. They’re very sexy without looking unprofessional at all. Forever 21 actually had some great ones last time I was there.

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Something else I’m planning on getting for my internship is a wrap dress. You really can’t go wrong with these. They are flattering on basically any body type, and so cute while being quite comfortable for a dress at the same time. Also, they rarely go completely out of style, so they’re always pretty easy to find.

I’m also needing a couple new pairs of wedges. It looks like they will be in again for the summer, which I absolutely love! They give me the added height I’m looking for without absolutely killing my feet like stilettos. This summer I plan on buying some in bright colors that I normally haven’t bought before.

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So that’s about it! I’m sure over the summer there will be many more things added to the list, but as of now those will be my first purchases of the summer.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Celeste


Looking Good on a Budget

As we have all heard a billion times by now, the economy is not so good at the moment. So I’m sure shopping for new clothes is the last thing most people are thinking about. However, if you are anything like me, it’s one of the first places your money will go. I realize it’s not the smartest investment, but I honestly can’t help it.

For me, shopping on a budget is nothing new. I have been living on the “poor college student” budget for almost  six years now. Yes, six. When I finish it will have taken me about seven years, on and off,  to receive a Bachelor’s degree. But that’s not the point. The point is, I know how to shop for clothes with very little money. Granted, I have been very lucky that my parents have paid most of my rent and bills over the years, but after the first couple years they really cut down on the extra spending money! (Can’t blame ’em)

Over the years I have jumped from store to store, depending on my age and style preference at the time, but three stores have remained my favorites throughout it all.

First and foremost, Forever 21 is my absolute favorite. They are up to date on all the trends, but still have all the classics you need to build your wardrobe on. I just bought the perfect little black dress there for New Year’s Eve, and I believe it was only $28 (give or take a couple bucks). They have super cute jeans ranging from $12.50 into the mid-$30’s, and I just got my new favorite pair on sale for $9.99.  They also have shockingly good deals on random items. Sometimes you can find the perfect summer dress for $12 or a jacket for $18. It is by far my favorite store, and lucky for all of us, they are opening in malls all over the place. In fact, most old Gadzooks stores are being replaced by them.

Next up is Wet Seal. I shopped there a bit in junior high, and kind of rediscovered it after high school. I actually worked there for quite awhile a couple years ago, and it is still my favorite job of all time. They have great accessories for super cheap, a lot of times with deals like 2 for $8 or $10. And their sunglasses are usually really cute and are on sale 2 for $10 most of the time from what I remember. Also, great jeans if you don’t have to have expensive brand name ones. I personally can’t afford to care anymore! They’ve got trendy tops for going out, usually never much more than $30.  For college-age girls, this is a wonderful place to find great deals.

Finally, Charlotte Russe is another favorite. I’ve kind of gone back and forth with this store, but for the past few seasons I’ve been pleasantly surprised with their stuff. I buy a lot of jeans here, because they often have 2 for $30 sales on their Refuge jeans, and I’ve been pretty happy with the fit of these. I also find a lot of dresses here, and they have great deals on accessories as well. Out of all three stores, this is the first place I look for shoes. The have a ton of choices, and always have the latest trends.

There are a lot of other great stores out there, but when I have money to spend on clothes, these are the first places I go. It honestly took me awhile to adjust to shopping on a budget, but once you are out of mom and dad’s house, you really don’t have much of a choice. Especially if you don’t want to rack up your credit card debt! I’ve been able to completely avoid it by shopping this way. Of course I wish I could still buy $80 jeans and $150 boots, but until I’m out of school, this is the best way I’ve found to do it!

Check out the links, and I hope I’ve helped someone out!

Celeste


Barbie might be the luckiest girl EVER.

So my lovely boyfriend pointed out a great story to me the other day about Barbie’s 50th anniversary. Apparently this weekend for New York Fashion Week,  50 fashion designers (we’re talking huge names) will be designing 50 outfits for Barbie  in honor of her 50th birthday.

Life size stand-ins will be modeling creations by designers ranging from Badgley Mischka to Nicole Miller to Vera Wang. I would love to be sitting in on this show. It will be incredible I’m sure.

If you really think about it, Barbie has been at the top of the fashion game forever. She is always trendy and up to the minute, and has the cutest clothes, cars and accessories. Playing with Barbies is probably most little girl’s (and maybe some little boy’s!) first experience with fashion. I know a lot of people have had issues with her possibly leading little girls to view beauty in an unrealistic way, but I don’t care! I had a million Barbies and I’m just fine. If anything I’m just jealous of all her stuff!

I can’t wait to see the photos from the show. I’m sure the clothes are going to be unbelievable, and most likely even start a few new trends. If you have a spare minute check out the Web site http://barbiestyle.barbie.com/index.html. It’s actually a really fun site with a lot of interesting things to look at. Barbie even has a blog! Too cute.

Until next time!

Celeste


Fashion Books To Live By

This past year for Christmas my mother gave me a box set of Nina Garcia’s books The One Hundred and The Little Black Book of Style. These two books were by far my favorite gift I received.  Any woman who is remotely interested in fashion should read these books. They are fun to read, have great illustrations, and honestly have some of the best fashion advice I have heard.

For those who don’t know, Nina Garcia is a judge on Project Runway and has worked for both Elle and Marie Claire (also two of the best magazines out there). She has been in the industry for years, and truly knows her stuff.

The Little Black Book of Style is sort of a guide to finding your own sense of style. It includes advice on the few basics that every woman should own, unique places to find inspiration for your style, such as particular movies or musical artists, and it also includes a guide to dressing for particular occasions (first date, job interview, summer weekend, etc.).  After reading this book I cleaned out my closet (which she suggests) and completely changed the way I shop. I’ve always followed the trends to a certain degree, but one of her suggestions works perfectly for me. It was to follow the trends more so in terms of accessories, and always dress more classically. Perfect!

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The One Hundred is a book focusing on the one hundred pieces every woman should own. I loved this book. It includes things ranging from an A-line dress to Converse Sneakers to a sarong. It also includes interesting little details and suggestions on each item.

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These two books are truly the best fashion books I have read so far. I have a few others on my list to buy, and can’t wait to read them. And I’m sure I’ll be giving my opinion on those as well. But honestly, any woman looking for a little guidance, or even someone who simply loves fashion, should definitely own these books.

Well, I suppose that’s all for now….until next time!

Celeste