“I die”.

You can imagine my excitement when Women’s Wear Daily broke the news of Rachel’s new fashion line.  I went ba-na-nas. (Insert Rachel Zoe-isms here!) The clothes are clean, sleek, and tailored.  The clothes, in collaboration with Li & Fung, rang in price from $250 for a day dress to $700 for a full suit.  Apparently, both LF & Zoe felt that she already targeted the “afforable” market and audience with her line for QVC.

Well, excuse me!

Anyway. Rachel has partnered with LF USA to design the Rachel Zoe Collection.  The total collection will include apparel, accessories, shoes, and eventually home decor!  Rachel has been quoted saying that she always saw herself on the “design side”.  She loves styling and will continue doing so.

In addition to stylist and designer, she can add mother to her list of accomplishments.  She’s seven months pregnant! For those that watched the Rachel Zoe Project, you are fully aware of Rachel’s insane schedule.  It will be interesting to see how everything plays out!
Rachel was interviewed by WWD about the new line which will debut sometime next spring (line is still in production).
“You will definitely see me in the clothes. Like, you will absolutely see my trademark pieces. I’ll definitely do faux furs and incredible leather jackets and great trousers. But I’m catering to a broader audience.”

I think she “shut it down”.

Sick of my Zoe-isms yet?

Side note: Apparently “I die” and “Bananas” have since by trademarked by the Zoe camp.  All “Zoe-ism” phrases are courtesy of Rachel Zoe.  I wouldn’t want to be sued! 🙂

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January 16, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Ads, Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Christmas wrap-up.

My, how fast a week goes!  I feel like Christmas was just yesterday and now it’s 2011!

My boyfriend and I were hosts to a wonderful little dance party with all of our friends last night.  It was a blast to ring in the new year with such great people!

With the crazy snowstorm that hit last week, I did not get a chance to exchange gifts with my boyfriend’s family.

James surprised with me a beautiful Bulova watch!  I was so stunned! It’s the most perfect gift—I can dress it up or down!

I got a beautiful Whiting and Davis Cameo necklace from James’ mom and dad which will go great with my Whiting and Davis bags.  Remember this post?

My beautiful Bulova watch!

A great fur stole I got for Christmas!

Gorgeous Whiting and Davis Cameo necklace.

I wore this for the New Year's Eve party! A vintage Christian Lacroix dress!

I wore these Charlotte Russe platforms on New Year's! Fabulous!

January 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Meet me under the mistletoe.

I’ve been so busy the past two days getting ready to see family, wrapping gifts, and visiting my 1st graders for their holiday party!

I hope everyone is enjoying Christmas Eve!

Have a wonderful Christmas!  I’ll be back to posting in a few days!

Here are a few pictures from Target’s new holiday campaign. They really get me in the festive mood!

so cute!

 

I found the video here:

http://www.stephanierausser.com/www/#/motion/

December 25, 2010. Tags: , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Workin’ girl.

I took my last final for the semester this morning! Thank goodness—I’m finally on winter break! Most would take this time to relax for a few weeks before student teaching.  Not me!  Honestly, with how busy my semester has been- school 4 days, teaching 1 day, work 2 days–having time off feels weird to me.

I’m picking up a few extra shifts at work before the craziness of student teaching starts!  (I work as a secretary at a real estate office)  It’s been the most perfect job since I’m still in college.  The hours are perfect.

But anyway, let me get to my point.

What I am wearing to the office:

I purchased these Michael Kors slingbacks a couple of years ago–I think they were the beginning of my high heels obsession.   I wore these today:

And paired them with khakis, pearls, a white T-shirt and this cardigan:

Charlotte Russe cardigan- $5.00! (I found it at a CR outlet store!)

This cardigan looks so feminine and pretty with pearls and khakis!  What an effortless ensemble!  Enjoy the day fashionistas!

xoxox

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

‘Tis the season!

A list of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season:

1.  Watch White Christmas until the DVD breaks.  It’s  on repeat in my house.

2.  Drink endless amounts of hot chocolate.

3.  Cuddle under a blanket near the fireplace.

This is not my fireplace!

4. Play in the snow.

 

Nothing completes my holiday routine like a new sparkly outfit for Christmas and New Years Eve!

Of course,  I got the shoes covered first:

Charlotte Russe---What a steal!

I haven’t thought about the actual outfits yet…..I’ll keep you posted!  Enjoy the last week of shopping and craziness before Christmas weekend!

xxoxo

Kate

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

Read much?

I know my blog is usually reserved for fashion-related posts, but I could not pass up the opportunity to post this!

In addition to my obsession with all things fashion, I love classic literature.  I love to read and I will be the first to say that I am truly a bookworm—have been for the past 18 years.  (I started reading around age 4, I’m 22 now!)

Do you think you can beat me?  Here is your challenge:

The BBC believes that most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books listed below!

I have read 44 out of 100 books! There are some, not in bold, that I have partially read.  This gives me the motivation I need to finish some of the books I’ve already started!

Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

 


December 19, 2010. Tags: , , . Fashion, miscellaneous, Trends. 2 comments.

Oh, pretty please?

I want these for Christmas.  They are not my normal go-to pair of shoes—I’m almost always in heels, but with the weather we’ve been having lately, these are perfect.  I’d pair these boots with a pair of skinny jeans and a chunky sweater.

Swoon!

Forever 21 boots-- $35.80!

December 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011

Oh my goodness! Oscar de la Renta never disappoints!  His Pre-fall 2011 collection is to die for.  The textures, patterns, glitz, and glam are the perfect pieces to a cohesive collection for next season!

Cohesive? It’s a funny word to throw around Oscar de la Renta shows because his collections do not follow a single theme or pattern.  He has multiple looks with numerous designs but it always works perfectly for the runway!  He is pure genius and I think these designs can speak for themselves!  I am in love with the gowns from this collection!

My favorite gown.

love the patterns!

I want this is my collection!

perfect weekend ensemble.

Can't forget a fabulous fur coat! (I hope it's faux fur!)

 

 

Watch the runway show here:

December 10, 2010. Tags: , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. 2 comments.

White after Labor Day: No longer a faux pas!

In the midst of a recession, a torn economy, blah, blah, blah—the fashion industry has seen change in profit, designs, and what consumers will pay for “luxury”.

In order to save some dollars when it comes to your winter wardrobe, jump at the idea of transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall and winter.  I know–summer is long gone but you can still rock your white pieces!

By pairing a fabulous long, white skirt (because maxi skirts are so in style right now!), you are killing two birds with one stone.  I hate that phrase! But, it’s true!

You can easily transition your white pieces into winter by pairing them with a dark-colored sweater, a wrap shirt, or pretty cardigan.  To keep your legs warm in these winter months, wear a pair of leather boots to offset the white summer skirt!

I really want to try this! It saves me from having to buy wool skirts for winter.  And, no offense to wool, but it is so itchy to wear!  This is my new solution for winter ensembles!

P.S.–Want to find a white summer skirt on sale? Try Jones, New York!  You can purchase this skirt for winter and save it for summer too!

Here’s inspiration:

image courtesty of Glamour.com

December 1, 2010. Tags: , , , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, Trends. Leave a comment.

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.

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