T.S.O.P.

Does anyone know what TSOP stands for?  It’s “The Sound of Philadelphia”.  The sound that I grew up on—that and Motown.

I know everyone reading this is probably scratching their heads.  How does a white/Caucasian girl from Jersey know all about groove and soul?

My mom.

My mom exposed me to all types of music growing up.  I’ve listened and fallen in love with everyone from The Mamas and The Papas to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes–Peter, Paul, and Mary to David Cassidy.  There is not a song I do not know from the 1960’s onward.  Folk to pop to rap to soul- I got you covered.

So you can imagine my surprise (and excitement!) when I saw John Legend, The Roots, and Common’s version of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’  “Wake Up Everybody”.  I’m so happy to see that the classic sound of Philadelphia is not lost.

All is well in the world.

John Legend’s version:

Here’s the original version:

For those who have never heard the song “T.S.O.P. The Sound of Philadelphia” by MFSB (Mother Father, Sister, Brother)


November 27, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

From Hogwarts to Haute.

Emma Watson! I’m absolutely in love with her haircut!  Then again, those of you that know me know that I am slightly biased when it comes to short hair

I think that short hair makes you look older, sophisticated, and it gives you serious style.  But at the end of the day, that is only my opinion.  Emma has received some harsh criticism about her new do.  She stated in an interview, “I was contractually obligated not to cut my hair” (or get a tan!) during the time she spent playing Hermione in the “Harry Potter” movies.

Now she’s got an the most adorable pixie.  She also scored the cover of British Vogue for December 2010.  I think she has definitely made the switch from tween idol to high fashion beauty. 

Emma in Rafael Lopez at the "Harry Potter" premiere.

Cover of British Vogue Dec. 2010

Photo from British Vogue Dec. 2010.

November 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

He’s so in right now.

Jeffrey Campbell is one of the most sought after shoe designers now.  His outrageous designs and sky-high wedges leave shoe lovers speechless. 

Though his designs scream “haute couture” to most, his prices are very affordable.  You can find his shoes at Nordstrom, with prices ranging from $50.00 (on sale) to $200.00.  The prices are not bad considering how much women spend a year on shoes alone. 

The shoes below are all from the Spring 2011 campaign. 

I love to see shoe designers create high end fashion at affordable costs. 

I'm in LOVE with these strappy wedges.

all images courtesy of Google.

November 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Ads, Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

I left my heart on the dancefloor.

This weekend was pretty epic.  I took a trip down to Atlantic City with my boyfriend.  Dinner at the pub was amaaaazing as always.  They have the best dinner and beer around.  After dinner, we met up with Kelly and her friends for drinks, dancing, and a little gambling.  I love to just get away for a night sometimes.

Good friends, good food, and dancing.  Life is complete.

Outfit details:

Sequined shirt: Vintage, thrifted

Black Pants: Target (so old)

Don’t Kelly and James look gorgeous?!?

Kelly and me

James and me

Kelly and me

November 21, 2010. Tags: , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Something borrowed, something blue.

I found this while browsing blogs, fashion pictures, etc.

Dior’s take on “something blue”. Love.

Swoon!

Pure perfection.


November 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Fall’s Fabulous Faux Fur.

Don’t you absolutely love my alliteration?  All the years I’ve spent in English courses…….

Anyway!  I decided to post this today.  I know that we are already into fall and its fashions, but I wrote this piece for my fashion column.  I write about fashion for my college’s newspaper.  Enjoy!

It’s warm, soft, and luxurious. And, though it does not lack in controversy, fur – both real and faux – has definitely left its mark as a major trend for fall.  Fashionistas are not sure if it is the hard economic times or the rise of eco-friendly clothing that has prompted the movement toward faux fur.  In any case, it is the trend to try for fall!

Faux fur has exploded into fall fashions this season.  Designers from Anna Sui to Uniqlo are selling faux-fur bags, faux-fur jackets, boots trimmed with faux fur and more. Even iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld featured head-to-toe fake fur in his fall collection for Chanel.  His collection is regarded as one of the best uses of faux fur ever in the history of fashion design.

Faux fur is the best choice for sporting the fur trend.  On fur farms around the world, animals spend their entire lives in small, filth-encrusted cages, often with no protection from the driving rain or the scorching sun. To save the lives of millions of animals around the world, choosing faux fur is best for both the animals and your wallet.

Project Runway guru Tim Gunn has been very vocal in his campaign against real fur. “With so many great alternatives, why would you buy the real thing? Why would you? I just don’t understand it.” Designer Marc Bouwer has never used fur, leather, or wool to create any of his designs.  He encourages designers to use faux materials to make their clothing and urges companies to stop the production of real fur.

For those who want to try this trend, it is important to keep it simple.  Do not go overboard when wearing faux fur.  A touch of faux fur on a handbag is an easy way to add a little flare to your ensemble.  Wearing a pair of faux fur trimmed boots (Uggs do not count!) is a great option for incorporating this style into your wardrobe.

Faux fur has been around the fashion circuit for some time. It has drifted in and out of popularity over the years.  What makes faux fur different for fall 2010 is the option for bright, vibrant colors!  Faux fur has broken away from the basic colors of camel, brown, and black

Colored fur is not for the wallflowers!  Those who opt to wear vibrant-colored fur must be fond of rising above the masses and truly standing out!  If you choose to wear colored fur in your ensemble, be sure to make fur the focal point of your outfit.  Do not splurge on accessories that take away from the beauty of faux fur!

So when you’re out shopping for clothes this fall, remember that sometimes you are allowed—in fact, the fashion world prefers you to “fake it.” “Technical advances are so perfect you can hardly tell fake fur from the real thing,” says Karl Lagerfeld. “Fake is not chic … but fake fur is.”

 

November 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!

As Duke Ellington so elegantly sang, “it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!”  And swing we did this weekend!  My boyfriend and I attended my college’s 1940’s dance-a-thon this weekend, and it was so much fun!

Duke Ellington also wrote, “Just give that rhythm  everything you got”, and we danced like I’ve never danced before!  my feet were killing me by the end of the night.  It was worth all the pain because we took 1st place in the dance competition!  I much prefer dancing swing than any other type of dancing!  There’s something romantic and care-free about swing dancing.  Everyone was dressed beautifully, in flapper costumes, sequined dresses, and bow-ties.

I actually purchased my dress last year for my 21st birthday party.  I found it at a local consignment shop for $5.00.  Any excuse to wear that dress and I’m in!  It’s not often I get the chance to wear it!  Paired with a handmade sequined feather headband, and JcPenney’s Worthington stilettos for $4.97 (what a sale!), I was good to go!

Thanks to the Dance Theatre Group for putting together a wonderful evening!

My ensemble:

Dress: Consignment- $5.00, Headband-handmade, Jewelry– vintage, my grandmother’s, Shoes: JcPenney $4.97

James (bf) ensemble:

Suit: JcPenney, Billy London, Shirt: Marshall’s, Shoes: Fossil (on sale!)

**Thank you to Amanda MacPhee for all photos!**

All the competitors!

dancing in the competition!

 

Just give that rhythm ev-ry-thing you got YES

November 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Disco is not dead.

According to my new vintage store score, disco is not dead!  I scored this amazing disco-glam butterfly shirt for under $10 at a thrift store this week!  I have no idea where and how I am going to wear it, but I’ll make it work.  I always do!  I have been seeing a lot of these around lately–I think they’re making a serious comeback!

 

November 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Shine language.

Ok darlings.  This may be a tad early to post, but I don’t care.  I’m in the mood.  I absolutely can not stand that the mall had both Santa and Christmas music on Nov. 1st, but that’s a rant for another day.

I am however in a festive mood—just a little!  I’m itching to get this semester over: the lesson plans, 90 hours student teaching, and no days off–it’s getting to me. I do love my soon-to-be profession though, don’t get me wrong!  It makes me happy to think of the holidays and winter break being around the corner.  I need and little R&R and some time with the family and boyfriend.

Anyway, this post is not about my personal life!  It is however all about festive footwear!  I’m sure you know me well enough by now–any excuse to buy shoes and I’m in.  I love festive shoes for the holidays.  The glitter, sparkle, and romantic colors get me in the holiday mood, plus, my feet look fabulous in them!

Saks Fifth Avenue has a great selection of shoes for this holiday season!  Pretty plaids and bright sequins will compliment an array of holiday attire!

Dolce Vita $185.00

Burberry $250.00

Giuseppe Zanotti $595.00

Valentino $885.00

Tory Burch $235.00

November 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Ads, Clothing and Accessories, Trends. Leave a comment.