About a year ago a friend of mine called me to see if DKNYC wanted to collaborate on a project to benefit women veterans. As a native New Yorker having experienced September 11th first hand, our safety is often something that I think about. But as someone who is lucky enough to go to work…
Venice, Italy for Carnival. I wore this pink wig around the city and I had a BLAST. Everyone thought that we were some famous girls on a water commercial. We went along with it! :)
It’s only here once, yesterday is over and tomorrow is not promised - LIFE. If we only knew back then what we know now… right? I try to look at it this way, I’ll be saying that in 5 years so why not just live today as if I have nothing to fear. I realized something recently that my little sister has been trying to teach me for years, stop taking life so seriously. I’ll admit it, I’m one who is full of the if only I… I wish I woulda… I shoulda… but I can’t! I can’t have those moments back. I wish I woulda danced instead of standing by the wall but I was too scared that I would look silly. I shoulda talked to that person but I was afraid I would be rejected. I coulda laughed more instead of worrying about what others might think or worrying about troubles I had no control over at the moment. At times, ok, most times I take life a little too seriously.
Goofing around while shopping! Fashion should always be fun.
This has been a year of self reflection for me. Looking in the mirror would be a better way to put it. I’ve taken a break from life as I’ve known it. I’ve traveled the world, dove head first into a life long dream, spent some much needed time with my family and old friends, danced like nobody was watching, giggled until my stomach was about to burst, cried until the tears were gone but most important… I’ve let go and laughed. I’m still a little shy, but I’ve learned to embrace silly. Being able to laugh at yourself is a very admirable trait and if you haven’t tried it, I recommend that you do.
Paris, France. The day was amazing but I was stressed from walking so much and carrying that huge board through the entire city! My sister turned around with a camera and yelled… say FROMAGE! I laughed and replied… BONSOIR as loud and high pitched as possible. Goofing around like this is not common in Paris, to say the least. Once we got home she added a few things to the picture and a year ago I would have never shown anyone. Today, I think it’s hilarious and freeing to be able to laugh at myself! :)
Inspiration – Where do you get yours? When it comes to fashion, I get mine from: editors, stylists, bloggers, and the newest thing? PR girls on Twitter. These people are constantly putting out information that intrigues me, styling outfits in ways that are new to my eyes and showing me brands with personality behind them. I’m inspired by all of it. I take it all in and then figure out how to incorporate it into my daily life. Fashion is an inspiration. it’s an art form, a way to express who you are without saying a word.
My posts are here to help inspire you, to figure out what to do when it comes to all of those options. You get the magazines, the emails, the catalogs. Then after all of that, you walk into this giant mall, and you’re supposed to know what to get? Not necessarily. Shoptopia gives me a way to share with you how to get the most out of your shopping experience. Whether it’s letting you know how to wear the latest trend, sharing my shopping lists or just to chat fashion.
Taking fashion and creating personal style isn’t always easy, but I’m strong believer that if you look good, you feel good. And you always look best when your ensemble is an outward reflection of YOU!
Rachel Zoe recently came out with a line of clothing, and the 70’s boho chic that exudes from the line inspires me in every way. The looks are glamorous, sophisticated and so chic. The 70’s are back (well, in terms of fashion trends), and you can find a way to embrace it, a way to wear it where it shows off who you are.
Here are some of my picks for incorporating the trend into your personal style for fall. I’d love to hear what pieces you’re inspired by, can’t wait to wear and how you’ll wear them!
Looks I’m crushing on for fall
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Why live a life you aren’t fully in love with? We don’t choose our circumstances but we choose our emotional state. We wake up each day and have the choice of chasing dreams or to just go through the motions of life. We have one life to make the most of, one chance to be fabulous. So why not? What’s stopping you from squeezing the most out of this opportunity called life?
Stand for what you believe. Help someone else make their dreams come true. Work as hard as you can and play even harder. Smile at the little things and laugh as much as you can. Continue to learn, you will never know it all. Dress up always, when you look good you feel great!
Decide your dream and begin to chase it a little bit each day. Because, happy is a dream chaser. Hey… You never know what could happen. One day you’ll wake up with fabulous life you once believed was only a dream.
“Fashion is supposed to be fun, there’s a lot more to life than clothes, but if you have to live your life in clothes, you might as well make them fabulous! Style is our way of showing the world who we are. It’s expressing yourself without saying a word. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you’re the best version of YOU.”—
The warm months are quickly approaching, and although we may naturally grab our go-to tanks and easy-to-wear flip flops, we need to think twice when dressing for the office. Flip flops are better when left for the weekend (and even then, please make sure the toes are pretty!) and tanks are tricky when worn at the desk.
With a few guidelines, inspiration from our first lady and then some, you will be well on your way to dressing in a perfect office fashion!
This summer it’s all about: The Dress – Brandon Holley editor-in-chief , Lucky Magazine
Oh the dress. But not just a dress, it’s a staple for the daily grind. A sheath dress with a simple line, good length and thick shoulder, a la’ Michelle Obama, can be done so many ways with the right switch of accessories. Every woman needs this dress in her closet, and I just LOVE it in a pop of color for spring/summer.
"I would probably summarise my whole personality by saying I’m very…cardigan.” - Reese Witherspoon tells ELLE UK
The cardigan is where we want to go in the office. It can make almost anything acceptable and appropriate for the office. Think Mad Men style! I am obsessed with it. These women know how to do office style… and beyond! Cinch in your waist over a cardigan with a belt, cover a strapless dress for day and remove the cardi for night. It works perfect with a sleeveless blouse and as a top half of an updated suit look.
Do not to wear corduroy to the office under any circumstances. In addition, “no wife beaters, no cleavage, no belly buttons, no muffin-top, no stilettos or heels over three inches…no gold lamé” — and last but not least no cross dressing.
–Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside
She might be a little harsh, but she knows what she’s talking about. I’d like to add, “No flip flops” (I mean… hence the name?) to that list. Shoes make the outfit, and the outfit portrays you. If you want to be taken seriously, dress like it.
You’ve heard it all before: The sky is the limit, Reach for the stars, Dreams really do come true. And so on and so on…
Truth be told, these are all great, motivational and inspirational sayings but something is missing. Behind every dream that came true there is a whole lot of hard work and dedication to be found. You must live, eat sleep and breathe your dreams, but they can be yours for the taking.
Day dreaming can be fun, but it won’t get you far. Our “dreams” tend to consist of the glamourous moments, right? You see the red carpet, rubbing elbows with celebs, your name in a magazine, front row at fashion week or sipping champagne at a posh Parisian hotel. Those moments will come as long as you’re willing to do the dirty work. Like the story of an unsung hero, living the dream takes a lot of work that will go forever unnoticed.
I’ve gotten a lot of advice along my journey (not that I am even close to my destination) and by far learning to just ASK has been the number one piece of advice. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to experience a lot of things that were once only a dream. I’ve been on TV, interviewed by magazines, conducted interviews with designers, hosted fashion events, rubbed some elbows with a few celebs and the list goes on… but none of this fell into my lap. I was consistent, persistent and I asked A LOT.
I have found that most people are more than willing to answer your questions or give you the opportunity you’re looking for. As, Rich Tong, fashion director of Tumblr told me, people who get it, get it and want you to succeed too. Hey, the worst you can get is a no and then… on to the next!
Don’t find an excuse, find a way.
I was not asked to be on television, CBS did not come knocking on my door. I had a moment of bravery, sent the producer my idea and asked if she would have me on the show. Get this… she said YES! A little moment I like to call - superfreakingout
My inspiration to do such a thing came after reading Kelly Cutrone’s book, “If You Have To Cry Go Outside”. If you haven’t read it I suggest you do so now, immediately followed by, “Normal Get’s You Nowhere”.
From time to time I’m in the area where a designer visits and I’ve found myself wondering what it would be like to interview them. But wait… why would they let ME do that? I don’t write for Vogue, I don’t have thousands of blog hits or even an inside connection. But I do have passion and when it’s sincere, people notice. So now what do I have? The experience and proof in pictures and blogs where I can go hey, look… that’s me and celeb X, designer X etc. etc. etc. I really got to do that! Yet another series of superfreakingout moments.
Believe it or not, my motivation for contacting designers came from Twitter. Yeah… really! After following @dkny and some of her conversations that gave me a peak into the fashion industry, I realized that these are just real people who happen to work in fashion and are living their dreams. If you’re not contacting a PR rep just so that you can try to get front row fashion seats, they really are the most helpful and kind people.
So what will you do today to come one step closer to that dream? Take action, ask… and you shall receive. :)