Thursday, December 30, 2010

Must-Have Fashion Apps

I have recently been introduced to the App world since my mom received an iPad for Christmas and I updated my cell for an iPhone, and I cannot help but go straight for fashion. There are so many different Apps out there, for brands, fashion houses, magazines, and styling. Most are only available for the iPhone, but there are still plenty for the iPad, too! Here are my favorites (many of them also chosen by blogs and columns including Refinery29, The Cut, and Huffington Post).

For iPhone and iPad: keeps you updated on the best of ready-to-wear womenswear and menswear straight from the runway. View full collections from season to season, including couture runway coverage. It also includes's video library and fashion party coverage in photos and reports. The basic essential.

Get the best of the shopping experience with the Net-a-Porter Magazine App. Shop weekly editorials, watch videos, and share favorite items from your wish list with friends! 

The Gilt App is simply Gilt Groupe on the go! What could be better when those designer sales begin and you are on the move? 

For iPhone Only:

Stylebook is one of my absolute favorites! Download photos of your clothing (which is automatically made into a silhouette!) and try out new outfits. You can even layer and resize your clothing to show how accessories would look. Preview your closet when deciding on an outfit, track when your clothes and outfits have been worn, and categorize your closet! This App is amazing and useful for looking chic for any occasion!

Chicfeed streams the most influential blogs in the fashion blogosphere world. Get live updates from The Cut, StyleBubble, Refinery29, the Satorialist, and more!

Glamour Ask a Stylist is your best friend for getting dressed. Take a photo of your outfit and send it to style experts or take them shopping with you for something new. Answers come back within minutes!

Lucky at Your Service is your digital shopping concierge, who will find your favorite products, picked by Lucky's editors, near you. You can also be directed for finds online. They will even confirm availability with the store and hold your items.

Lustr Fashion Finder is essential for constant updates on fashion events, store promotions, and parties. You can even plan your shopping trips and store your favorite places.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

(before) London List

My friend and I have come up with a fun list of things to do before I leave for London and before she goes back to school. Feel free to add any fun ideas or try out some of ours!

  • Sloshy Sledding (sledding while slightly intoxicated)
  • Girls' night out in the city
  • Black Swan
  • Ice-skating (Sarah, we are going)
  • Visit Caryn in Michigan
  • Swimming laps
  • Tony Hawk and/or drunk Mario Cart

Saturday, December 25, 2010

making spirits bright

a very merry vogue christmas to all! 

georges lepape illustrated cover, vogue 1929

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WWD on chicago

today the leading influencers in fashion touched on the street styles of chicago. WWD's article they are wearing: chicago, acknowledges the different street chic of uptown (gold coast) and downtown (wicker park and north) chicago. the gold coast, known for big names and multi-story department stores is home to a more refined elegance. it is not surprising to see women and men dressed in designer-wear from head to toe. classic dress coats, towering heels, and large sunglasses are commonly mixed in with the noticeable tourists in jeans and puffy down coats. north michigan avenue and oak street are home to a number of designers including ralph lauren, bottega veneta, chanel, louis vuitton, j. mendel, yves saint laurent, and the brand new barneys building (which is gorgeous and so fun to wander around in).

the northern neighborhoods of the city, like wicker park, definitely have a different vibe. with a variety of boutiques, vintage and antique stores, the streets are full of layers of unique clothing and accessories. the styles are usually more of a bohemian and urban mix. the area is more laid back, but also more edgy and styles can surprise you. my favorite vintage pieces have come from store b, located in wicker park. the north end of the city is great for vintage finds!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

florence, the vocal machine

florence welch has captivated the music world with her magical voice. the singer of florence + the machine,  her vocals are all-consuming and the music makes you want to dance and maybe even cry at the same time (in a good way). it evokes multiple emotions and provokes thought that fills up your heart. instruments, such as the harp, which seem to be extinct in this day are some of the main acoustics you hear. the lyrics create imagery of fantasy complimented by her deep vocals. i cannot decide whether i like the recorded tracks or the live versions best.

“I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,” says Florence Welch. “It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you’re either going to explode with it, or you’re just going to disappear.” (

her music is nothing short of this.

the group's music videos evoke the same all-consuming emotions, where florence captures the feelings of the music and her own voice; the unique choreography is nothing short of perfectly imperfect. the atmosphere in each of the group's videos is completed by the wonderful styling of florence and her back-up. it is pure fashion in motion. even her live performances have credited her stylist, christina adami, as the winner of stage design.

(photos courtesy of

it is hard to believe that the the beauty of miss welch's porcelain skin and fire-red hair can become invisible behind her explosive voice.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

go-to look

this fall and winter my go-to look has developed into mid-calf motorcycle boots paired with tights, and a skirt or girlie dress. it is the perfect balance of girlie and edgy. because i often wear button-up shirts to work with my skirts or jeans, the boots prevent my outfit from looking too preppy. the motorcycle boot has become my winter staple, perfect for the snowy weather and adding a harsher element to my looks. the more distressed they get, the more i love them!

*my go-to pair (j.crew 2009 fall)

*one of my favorite dresses to wear with them!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

style like u

what would a peek in your closet say about you? most likely it would say a whole lot. personal style is deeply engrained in our everyday lives, even if most of us don't realize it or put much thought into it (that also says something, which would probably be understood by looking in your closet). our personal style is one of the most expressive ways of showing someone who we are. is a special experience that visits the closets of inspiring people from all walks of life and around the world. individuality is an understatement if possible, when looking through the many different styles of their interviewees. the closets and everything in them are truly inspiring and manifest into wonderful editorials, personalized to represent each person's style and view. all editorials are complete with style stories. this site will make you think about the way you are showing yourself to the world through dress and give you inspiring stories and styles from some very interesting men and women. you are also able to write about your own style and express your view on fashion! features videos, photos, and a blog.
check it out! the videos are awesome.

here are some recently visited closets:

1. dotti- make-up artist

2. elfee duquette- actress, stylist, designer

3. tamara lowe: creative director, writer, film director

4. zelda kaplan: scion of nightlife

1. lindsay jones editorial

2. becca diamond editorial

3. "anastasia and snegurochka" editorial (starring ladyfag)

4. rachel tratchenburg editorial

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

lauren's j.crew world is featuring a little journal of lauren hutton's tips for style and shopping, especially at j.crew! the slideshow is equipped with favorite outfits and great advice that everyone should keep in mind while getting dressed! hutton's simple elegance has captivated the world for decades and it continues to inspire. she is truly wise and a wonderful style icon.

Monday, December 6, 2010

that's a wrap!

looking to make your holiday gifts stand out? anthropologie is selling handmade gift wrapping paper, fun vintage ribbons, and an assortment of gift tags! with their beautiful complimentary gift boxes, you can customize your holiday presents with these fun little notions! the handmade paper is $10 for a set of 3 large pieces. this may be expensive compared to the rolls and rolls of regular holiday paper, however; the paper is so pretty and you can always save it for your favorite friends... otherwise the velvet ribbons, pompoms, and metallic firework ribbon is an easy way to dress plain boxes up! I am using the ribbons to decorate my tree, which looks really cool. they also have vintage stamps and christmas cards to make your holiday fully anthro.

handmade gift paper

velvet ribbon

metallic ribbon

gift tag assortment

A fun little guy to hang from your gifts!

Vintage stamp set