Monday, September 29, 2014

Qs with Alexa Curtis

Today I'd like to do a post in honor of the lovely Ms. Alexa Curtis with a Q&A! Her fashion blog is"A Life in the Fashion Lane", which if you're not reading..what are you doing?
Follow her here 
She lives in New York City and Connecticut, she's is on the cutting edge of the fashion industry. She's super sweet, down to earth, and stylish!
So without further ado please virtually "meet" Alexa Curtis...

Q: For starters, what made you start your blog?
A: I started my blog coming from such a sheltered and small town, while being in public school and having no place where I fit in. I hoped that by starting my blog, I'd be able to reach out and connect with other young girls who were facing the same insecurities I was. 

Q:What was the biggest hurtle you had to overcome as a new and young fashion blogger? 

A: Getting taken seriously, especially because of my age. Regardless of whether I have more experience or not, a candidate who is 10+ years older than me and a college graduate will likely always get the job I apply, but that's something I have accepted, and instead focus on projects that suit my age so I'm not always competing with older people. 
Q: Any advice for new fashion bloggers like myself? 
A: In this day and age, starting a blog right now is going to be very difficult, since there are so many other bloggers out there trying to do the same thing. You have to find something that makes your blog worth reading, and something that makes you different from other bloggers out there. Once you find that, go with it, and push all that content out! 

Q: To you, why does fashion matter? 
A: Fashion was something I turned to when I had no one and nothing keeping me going, and that has been the motivation for every project I have worked on over the past few years. Fashion delves deeper than tall models and $2000 dresses- it can change and develop a person, if you allow it to benefit you in the right way. 

Q: How would you describe your personal style? Do you have a style role model? 

A: My personal style is definitely preppy mixed with a edgy vibe. I absolutely love Alexa Chung (as a person and her style!) so she constantly inspires me. 

Q: Is beauty really pain?

A: Depends on the situation! During New York Fashion Week, for sure. When I'm home, you'll catch me in sweatpants and my Converse every single day, so I guess it depends on how hard you are willing to try to look good...
Q: What is your essential accessory? 
A: My Rebecca Minkoff bag from probably 100 seasons ago. It's purple, totally worn out, and likely at the end of its life, but I adore it. 
Q: What are your other passions apart from fashion and writing about it?
A: I'm a huge foodie, so I love to cook and bake. I'm a huge workout fanatic too, so I'm definitely asking for a few SoulCycle classes for my birthday coming up (I know, so embarrassing). 

Q: What's your favorite new trend or style for Spring and Summer 2015? 
A: I'm digging the overall trend I'm seeing come back, especially leather overalls. Seriously SO cool. 

Q: What do you love most about your job? What do you hate? 
A: I love being a voice to give young girls a reason to be happy and love themselves, and especially show the public you don't have to be "rich" or popular to make it in any field, because I certainly wasn't. One of the downsides of my job is definitely working 24/7, but if you absolutely live and love what you do, it becomes worth it. I've definitely had to work with some not so nice people in the fashion industry too, so that's never a fun thing to deal with! 

Q: At one point in your career, you were working to be a model. I read your article Runway Model or Role Model and was thoroughly moved. What is your advice for young girls looking to model as a career? And, considering body image is such a central part of the media, what would you say to young girls who struggle with their appearance? 
A: Thank you! I continue to struggle with my appearance, even after stopping my modeling career, and it's something I'm realizing so many girls struggle with. My best advice is to give yourself credit for all the other positive things in your life (maybe you're a great runner, or a fantastic writer, head of student body etc..) and try and take the focus off your body as much as you can. It's not an easy or short process, but once you change your focus, learning to love your body will follow. 

Q: Lastly, what is your favorite thing that you did today? 

A: All I've done today was make breakfast and do school, so let's make it the latte I'm about to go treat myself to. ;) 

So why does fashion matter to you guys? Is beauty really pain? What's your essential fashion accessory? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you to Alexa for such amazing responses! 
Keep being style seekers!
Much love,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Drop that Beat

Yesterday, I went up to Carlsbad for the Carlasbad Music Festival to hear the lovely Opus Orange play. (Seriously check out their songs Balance and Fortress, they're a wonderful local group!) 
While I was there however, I stopped by The Beat Clothing. 
This store is an eclectic  mix of California casual and rock n' roll. 

There was some really fun stuff, everything from graphic tees to leather pants and flowing summer dresses. It's the kind of stuff you'd dream of flaunting. On top if it all, the staff will actually offer to pick out an outfit for you and style you; jewelry, purse, belt, every last detail.
Here's a sample of something they've put together: 

Unfortunately, I didn't anything. But, I always love peeking inside local boutiques. They often have so many unique finds. This one definitely left an impression.

Keep being style seekers!
Much love,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sheena Trivedi S/S 2015: NYFW Show

Another, heritage inspired lines livens up Spring and Summer 2015! 
Sheena Trivdei's NYFW 2014 show, in the gorgeous Designer's Loft, featured a variety of looks pulling from her Indian heritage. While a lot of it was quite subtle, sometimes unable to be seen, it was felt in the use of bright color, prints and billowing fabrics as well as the bindis on all the girl's foreheads. That last bit was a nice touch I will say.
This collection was so lightweight, and to put it simply, pretty. I wanted to look at it. I wanted to wear it. 
    I mean come on, I'd die to put any one  
    of these gorgeous pieces on, take a 
    walk, go dancing, or just stand & stare    
    at it! Also that hat kills me. Can I have 

The color schemes were predictable but fun and totally perfect for days under the glaring sun and trees in full bloom.
A lot of the Indian culture's clothing centers around colors and patterns; this line focused on just that.
 Most of the pieces were those vibrant spring and summer time shades we're all so familiar with; orange, red, green, yellow, and blue. Often, these summery staples popped off white basics. Trivedi then incorporated print through a bold lighting stripe here or an interesting, geometric neck line there. The collection was youthful and often introduced fun details like feathers (as seen above), or draping fabric, into simple silhouettes.
     Classic looks with just the right
     amount of flare. Trivedi adds interest                
     with either a blue jacket or print on the  
     dresses' side.

The weather outside was warm and this collection was a nice, iced lemonade; classic, fresh and sweet. Can't wait to see more from Miss. Trivedi!  
Keep being style seekers!
Much love,

Monday, September 8, 2014

David Tlale S/S 2015: NYFW Show

David Tale's Spring and Summer line this year was bright and bold. Tlale pulled from his his African heritage this year, using bright colors and bold patterns on pieces like long flowing skirts, high waisted shorts, and pants as well as incorporating the wildness of feathers into and skirts and tops. The collection had such an allure, it was dynamic. 
I had a standing ticket but since I got their decently early (the fashion's world's version of early) I got to stand right by the center runway in the front. The view was awesome! I was so close to the models I could've leaved out and touched chiffon if I felt like it. 
I love love love this baby pink feathered skirt, I don't know when I'd wear it but I'd find a way. 
The shorts in the third pic had this great tribal-like pattern on the front which I liked but she turned and the back was covered in dark red feathers, so cool. 

He also played around with the iradeacent look, which in this first gown below worked flawlessly.                                         All the pieces had colors that we often place with the African planes; golds, oranges, pinks, reds, browns, etc. They were exciting to look at and they made each model wearing them look so confident (more than they already do) and light on their feet. 
I love when designers look to their heritage to create their collections, they often end up more personal, you feel connected with them somehow because you know the inspiration that drove their work is something central to their life. 
This collection had just the right amount of colors, prints, close fits, loose fits and beautiful flowing skirts and tops to make me fall in love. Gorgeous show! 
Keep being style seekers! 
Much love,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chasing Runways and Fleeing from Humidity

Yesterday was amazing!
I started out the day at my favorite waffle place, Waffles and Dinges at Herald Square, and indulged in a waffle topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Yum. I mentally died it was so good. 
After lounging and watching the streets I headed over to the cute little boutique Pinkyoto on 23rd and 5th and snagged a cute new ensemble.
   Blouse: Pinkyoto, Shorts: Pinkyoto        
   Bandeau: BP by Nordstrom, 
   Bag: Fossil, Shoes: Steve Madden 
   Sunglasses: BP by Nordstrom 
After checking my watch I realized I had to bolt down to Lincoln Center for the Son Jung Wan show which was amazing! Her clothes are so beautiful. We lingered for a little while being dorks and taking pictures by the NYFW sign inside. Next, we headed over to Central Park where I hastily changed into sneakers. We took a long walk, listened to some musicians and just relaxed. Central Park is always gorgeous but with the music filtering through the trees and the green exploding everywhere it was magical.
 It got even more gorgeous when it started raining and we had to huddle under a tree for 10 minutes to wait it out. 
When it finally stopped we made our way to Strand Bookstore, browsed and then went to Bergdorf Goodman's for my first time ever where I bought Chanel lipstick next to Donatella Versace. 

She was just casually browsing and I was just casually browsing and busying myself with the wide variety of Chanel eye liners (while casually glancing her way of course). 
Later, we headed to the Highline and then I sprinted back to Lincoln Center for the Academy of Art University's S/S 2015 presentation, which was awesome as well! When that ended I found myself running frantically (yet again) to hail a cab and get over to 44th to see Mama Mia. Mama Mia was feel good fun. It made me grin like an idiot, especially when they closed with 3 consecutive songs and literally had the audience jumping out of their seats to dance.The night closed with soupy humidity, rainfall, and hiding in a little alcove on the street eating hot pizza straight out of the box. Prime.
Can I just stay in NYC forever? 
More shows and stories to come! Keep being style seekers!
Much love,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Son Jung Wan S/S 2015: NYFW Show

Son Jung Wan's show today focused on the idea of dualism; it brought together rough edges and coarse fabrics like Hemp with more minimalist chiffon pieces in white and beige. 
There were of course, parts I liked and some parts I didn't. I liked the loose fits, once again blurring gender lines is always great, and I also liked the contrasting side of the collection. There were sequined peices like rompers and multi-colored jumpsuits as well as looks with iridescent details.
Much of the collection was unified by a gold stripe with colors in the red and blue families. 
Most of it is not what I would classify as "my style" some of it reminded me a little of gymnastics but I did really appreciate the risk.
However, I did like the pieces that were more minimalist and some of the iridescent looks were also definite standouts. 
Overall, it was a fun show. It was my first one at Lincoln Center for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and to top it all off I actually saw Kelly Rutherford! 
Still more shows to come! Keep being style seekers!
Much love,

Katie Gallagher S/S 2015: FANTASM Show

Katie Gallagher poses with her models
after the show.
Set at the Highline Hotel against the blurs of chandeliers and a gothic cathedralesque room, Katie Gallagher's new collection felt eerie. 

Her show was my first one for NYFW S/S 2015, and it was interesting to say the least. I got into the city around 11 and after a little sightseeing I got lost on the subway and then literally ran to her show at the Highline.
The show was in a long wide room where the floor was split down the middle by white candels serving as the runway (you can see it above). A soft beat with a gentle voice broke the chatter and the first model walked out. 
Most of it was clean cut and cold but often contrasted with chiffon either to make a flowing skirt or to mask a model's face. The collection was very monochromactic, starting with a series of black outfits; button downs, mid-length skirts, sheer shirts, then fading to white, and later nude. The transition to each shade was seamless and all the outfits had the similar thread of sheer, clean cuts, and chunky platform shoes. 
Although none of it was very wearable, a lot of it was sometimes just underwear, tights, and completely see through shirts but it was definitely interesting to watch and was very carefully constructed. 
Will be back with more shows soon, keep being style seekers!
Much love,