how does one pack up one's own life?


This is half of my closet. Only half. And somehow I have to bring it all to college in two days and jam everything into a cramped dorm closet. I'm told that I need to choose, choose what articles I find most important, most neccessary for my survival at school. 

But how does one choose? I love every single item of clothing that hangs from this closet. That's why I have these pieces! Because I love them so! 

Packing in general is very stressful.

bling it on

Oh god my titles are just getting cheesier and cheesier and I can't do anything about it. I'm sorry.

But seriously, if you are looking at buyin' some Bling with a capital B then I would totally suggest Juicy Couture. I'm in love with their Fall 2012 Jewelry Collection, and I usually don't geek out over jewelry (I mean yeah I love sparkly things and all that but frankly I find most jewelry overpriced, especially for plastic pieces and fake diamonds). And these pieces are overpriced, that's for sure, but they are soooo pretty that you can kind of overlook that Juicy is asking $148 for a cuff (albeit a gorgeous cuff).



The color pallet of purple, gold, black, and silver and art-deco geometric shapes are what's got me goin' crazy (a la Britney) so if that's your kind of thing then go for it! Me, I'm now a poor college student, so I'll just oogle at these shiny beauties over cyberspace.


Baroque Era

Opulence is all the rage these days, and it is time to get out the embellished sweaters, decorated headbands, and heavy, rich prints. Dolce & Gabbana was the leader of the trend, with Oscar de la Renta and Balmain following suit. Will you bring on the glitz this season with your most ornate outfits?


 And if you want to get the look:


the monarchy of style


As a soon-to-be art history major and costume design nerd, I've created a side blog dedicated to the stylish lives of history's queens and monarchs called Monarchy of Style. If you are a fan of historical fashion, history, or costume design, go ahead and check it out! I've already got a list of twenty or so royals I want to talk about, so there will be many updates soon!

cat power

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in this summer's The Dark Knight Rises

I think we knew this would happen the moment it was announced that Catwoman would be making an appearance in the last of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, but cats are making a bit of a splash in the fashion world. There's just something about felines- you can go from super cute to super sexy in a second with cat-inspired clothes, which is probably why people are eating them up. Here are my favorite cat-inspired picks:


wolf or rottweiler?


When I saw this Just Cavalli T-shirt I immediately thought of the infamous Givenchy Rottweiler T worn by literally everyone last year (Kanye, Rihanna, and every model off duty). People either loved or hated the shirt, and now it looks like Just Cavalli has its own canine shirt.

If you ask me, both shirts are a little over-priced (the Just Cavalli one retails at $195, and I'm sure the Givenchy one is even more) but if you are in to trendy tees, these are worthwhile investments.

So, are you a fan of the Cavalli Wolf or the Givenchy Rottweiler?

helvetia

I'm back from my week-long trip to Switzerland with my mom and I must say I had the most amazing time! The chocolate, the architecture, the Alps! All of it was absolutely delightful.

Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland
Darling houses with bright shutters, including a pink and lavender combo that reminds me of my house :)
The medieval-era village of Stein on Rhine, decked out for the First of August (Swiss National Holiday)
Stein on Rhine
The old bridge in Lucerne; inside the bridge are hundreds of old paintings depicting historical scenes
A cool square in Lucerne, complete with picturesque cafe
All the buildings are painted or have bright colors, everything is so decorative!
See what I mean! A family tree displayed on the side of a building
A colorful outdoor market
The elaborate gold depiction of the Ascension of Mary at the Catholic Cathedral in Lucerne
Our last night in Switzerland. Such a beautiful place!

(images taken by me, edited with Aviary iPhone App)

fancy footwear

Minimalism has come and gone (thank goodness) so that extravagant fashions can once again reign supreme. Fall has given us plenty of baroque-inspired glitz and glamour, and even accessories are wildly whimsical. For the woman who likes a statement piece to be on her feet, here are some insanely elaborate shoes seen this fall.

Meadham Kirchhoff might have succeeded in creating the frilliest, most glittery flatforms in the history of the universe. Blush pink ruffles, rainbow glitter, and a furry pink pompom give this shoe its decadent look. 

 Tennis shoe heels are popping up on every street style sight, but these Giuseppe Zanotti sneaks may be the brightest of the set. For the spotlight lover who wants to add a little athleticism to her wardrobe- just don't try running in these babies.

Looking for a literal translation of the Greek flat sandal? Try these winged flats by aptly-named Ancient Greek Sandals if you are looking to impress Hermes (the messenger of the Gods, not the luxury French brand, though I'm sure they would get a kick out of these shoes as well!).


Prada is no stranger to the fabulous shoe, and fall's statement piece is no exception. This season's heel comes with a signature curvy heel and plenty of mix-and-match embellishments that will have any foot feeling extremely fancy.

More Marie Antoinette chandelier or Laduree cake than shoe, this Dolce & Gabbana masterpiece is perhaps my favorite shoe of the season. Truly a work of art, this high, high heel comes in both blue and white, both versions lined in gold paint and adorned with tiny pink glass flowers. Sweet and fabulous all at once, this is a truly Great Shoe.

What is your favorite shoe from Fall 2012 collections?