I have been just dying to see the movie “The Great Gatsby,” that just rolled into theaters last friday. The film is about Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her cold husband, Tom Buchanan(Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
In this short clip you will get an inside scoop upon the saucy 1920′s costume(s) in the film,”The Great Gatsby.” This includes an interview with the designer herself, Catherine Martin, as she speaks about her collaboration with Mui Mui and Prada.
This is Grace! She is a family friend of mine who knows quite a bit about hairstyles. Today I will be sharing her top three “go to” looks when it comes to hair.
Sophisticated Side Braid
This is a cute and easy hairstyle for girls with longer hair. This look can be worn either to school or to work. It’s sophisticated yet fashionable. Who doesn’t want that?!
Difficulty Scale(1-10) : 7
What you need: braiding skills, hair tie, bobby pins
These girly luscious curls are perfect for those special occasions, or simply if you are mood to dress up. Although this is more of a easier hairstyle, it is pretty time consuming if you have straight hair. So plan enough time to do your curls before an event!
Difficulty Scale (1-10) : 4
What you need: curling iron, strong hairspray, bobby pins or hair clips
Before anyone asks, yes this is her real hair. It is possible to magically turn your hair into a bow. This fabulous hairstyle would look wonderful for a party or a night out, yet it’s just as wearable to school or work.
Difficultly Scale (1-10) : 8
What you need: hair ties, bobby pins or clips, hairspray, and a glitter headband (optional)
If anyone wants a tutorial on one of these three looks, please leave a comment below.
Are you tired of your same old decor that you’ve had in your bedroom for years? Here are six simple ways to brighten and organize your room, without spending too much money.
1. Bedspread- You might find yourself suprised of how much a bedspread can change the vibe of a bedroom. Therefore, it’s important to pick a spread that matches your personality. I invested in this teen vouge comforter because it’s cute and reversable. I can just flip over the sheets when I want to mix things up.
2. Above Headboard Decor- This gives your room that extra flare of personality. Also it’s something from keeping your walls looking bare. It could be something as simple as hanging art, posters, or photographs above your bed.
3. Cute Storage- To keep your room looking less cluttered you can use storage bins. I recommend buying or making decorated ones, especially if they are going to be laying around your room or on top of shelves. Colored or decorated storage has more of a clean look as oppose to clear bins.
4. Flowers- Personally, I love using flowers as a way to brighten up my room. Although, I perfer buying fake flowers because in the long run they are way cheaper than real flowers. Fake flowers never die and they have a variety of colors and sizes you can purchase at your local craft store.
5. Photo Collages- If you have an empty wall that you just don’t know what to do with, I recommend personalized collages. They can be of your and your friends, family, or photos matching the theme of your room. Since I love photography, I took pictures of these beautiful flowers around my neighborhood and made a collage. I bought the frames at the dollar store and spray painted them white. Lastly, I hung each photo with a nail and hammer.
6. Magazine/Book Shelf- This is a helpful shelf organizer to have, especially if you are in school and you don’t know where to store your books after school hours. Personally, I find it useful because I know where everything is and I don’t have to search under beds and closets to find missing books or homework.
Spring is finally here, for real! Although you might want to clean out your closet and put your winter clothes into storage, hold on right there. You can make your dark winter clothes work for the spring and summer by adding a pop of color such as bright chunky jewelry, pastel skirts or shorts, or even neon colored shoes.
So I was looking through the Urban Outfitters blog, and I stumbled across this music video called, “Blew My Mind.” I basically fell head over heels in love! It has a unique upbeat tone that almost catches you off guard. The lyrics are sweet, thoughtful, and quirky. The two alternative music artists, Timothy and Jared, came together and formed their band titled ”Dresses.” You can purchase their full album this summer on itunes.
A few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to spend a long weekend in the windy city. My family and I had the opportunity to visit Columbia; an extraordinary liberal art college in the heart of Chicago. While there, we were given information about the schools fashion and journalism programs. Also, we were able veiw students impressive sketches, portfolios, and fashion designs. The most astonishing part of it all was touring the research center and study collection. The research center consisted books, magazines, journals and other materials related to fashion history labeled as early as 1860.
The study collection, also known as “the vault” by regulars, includes a large variety of garments sorted into categories labeled: designer, historic, and ethinic fashion. The designer collection contains with nearly 400 articles of clothing and accessories from designers both national and international.
The historic collection consists of everyday and special occasion clothing from the 19th and 20th century. Styles such as athletic wear, uniforms, wedding dresses and more. This provides visual history of the evolution of fashion and cultural styles.
Lastly, the ethinic collection includes contemporary, historic, everyday, and traditional garments from several different cultures. This was added to the study collection in 1992, and represents the wide range of materials, textiles, and techniques used around the world.
Thanks to Columbia I had a fantastic time in Chicago learning about the history of fashion and a sneak preview to what is to come from future designers.
The spring season puts me in the mood to reorganize my surroundings, such as my locker, my bedroom, and my make-up drawer. Now you might be wondering: “How do I know when to get rid of my make-up?” This is the ultimate make-up guide to know it’s time to toss that eye liner that’s been hidden in your bathroom drawer for ages.
Primer- 2-3 YearsEye Shadow- 12-18 Months
Concealer- 1-2 Years Mascara- 3-4 Months
Foundation (powder)- 1-3 Years Eye Liner- 1-2 Years
Foundation (liquid)- 8-12 MonthsLip Stick- 2-3 Years
Blush- 6-8 Months Lip Gloss- 1-2 Years
Nail Polish- 1-3 Years Lip Liner- 3-4 Years
It’s important to throw out your make-up after a certain period of time because bacteria can start to grow on the product. If you are applying the infected make-up onto your skin it can cause acne or rashes. Store your make-up in a cool and dry environment.
Tip: Clean your make-up brushes after every one to two uses. You can simply clean them with luke warm water with a mixture of dish soap and olive oil. The dish soap cleans off the bacteria and germs that may be on the brush, and the olive oil conditions the hairs on the brush so it won’t dry out and ruin the brush. If you want to be extra clean, I recommend investing in brush guards.
The sun is out, the birds are cherping, and flowers are blooming. Spring is finally starting to emerge in the midwest! (: Over the long winter months I have missed the beautiful flowers and butterflies that came along with it.
This gorgeous spring line interwines butterflies into the piece one way or another, from the fabulous designer Alexander Mcqueen in 2010.
The runway pictures sparked an idea to create and sketch a piece of my own using butterflies as the main theme and inspiration of the outfit. I was searching on the internet and chose to work from using the shapes and patterns of the Japanese Papilio Butterfly.
I wanted the dress to have a shimmery navy blue (fitted) chest area with shoulder pad-like sleeves to enhance the frame of the models body. Also, a flowy high low bottom and a pattern that reflects the butterflies wing design.
Even though embellished collars have been a trend on the rise for quite some time now, I thought I would post about them anyway. Stylist are getting crafty and creative by designing their own collars and turning them into works of art. Although I have never been a huge collar fan until recently, I found these pictures fascinating and inspiring.
(collar photos from google images)
My friend bought his sister shoes for her birthday and got a fantastic deal at JustFab.com! Here are some pictures:
Speaking of Just Fab-
Have you seen their awkward commercials?
If you don’t recall, let me re-jog your memory:
It was so strange when I first saw that on the television! Have a great weekend (:
I tend to have these weird moments where I burst out singing a song or attempt to dance. The people who I’m with just walk away and pretend they don’t know me. It happens in the strangest places too. Like in grocery stores, hallways, locker rooms. Yeahhhhh…I’m that girl.
So I thought I should make a playlist of the songs that are playing in my head when I have one of those spontaneous moments.
So here you go:
A playlist of alternative music to which you can let loose, sing into your hairbrush, and dance like nobody’s watching.