Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Goodbye N-Y :-(

Wanted to update with a 'GOODBYE NY' post. I've been hectically packing gigantic suitcases the past 3 days and shopping and returning the last few articles of clothing that made the cut for the summer 2011 outfit list. My maxi dress picture is still on the way - but it will be from my Athens headquarters.

Hopefully, there won't be too much of a delay for the next post, since August 5th i'll be going to the Greek island my family is from, where I will not have internet access or modern technology around me. It will be a month of relaxing taking in the simple life, and enjoying the earth's surroundings. (While looking absolutely stylish of course.) Even if you are going to the middle of nowhere, staying fab and fresh is a way of life!

Before I sign off, I wish everyone a happy month of August, and soak up every second we have left of summer 2011, because before we know it, it's gone....


What do you get when you mix:
Greek Frappe +
     The beautiful Aegean +
             My new Victoria's Secret bathing suit?
                         = A GOOD FREAKING TIME

Friday, July 22, 2011

Great Debate: THE MAXI DRESS

Even though it is almost 5 in the AM, I am sitting behind my pink laptop furiously searching through tons of pictures to post for this article. I feel like I needed to address the rise of the 'maxi dress trend.' This dress style starting slowly creeping onto retail shelves about 2 summers ago. (~2009) At first they were just really plain and made me think, "Oh, hey that's cute and extremely comfortable, let me try that bad larry on." But lo and behold it just looked absolutely terrible on me. Over the next two summers the maxi dress gets fancy. And now it seems everyone is wearing them these days. You can't go into a store without seeing a whole mess of them on an entire rack. And every summer they come back, I keep wanting to give the maxi another chance, but continue to be disappointed with how UNFLATTERING they usually make me look.
Happy to say that today that all changed! I think I found one maxi out of a slew of atrocities, that really looks quite nice. So, it made me re-evaluate the maxi dress altogether.

What makes a maxi dress look nice or not? What body types are able to wear a maxi dress and actually look good? Why was the cotton maxi dress designed in the first place?
......I wish I could answer all these questions with confidence, unfortunately after my research I have come to the conclusion that NO ONE IS SAFE.

It doesn't matter if you are the most fashionable celebrity (achem...Kim&Kourt Kardashian) It doesn't matter if you are a 6 foot tall skinny model with no curves, and it doesn't even matter if you are a little heavier and curvier......the maxi dress can potentially make anyone look horrendous.

All I know it definitely has to do with hem lines and the way it falls, patterns, and color schemes - that all play a crucial role on making the maxi dress either a HIT OR MISS.

The things I look for in a great maxi is either a solid color or a subtle print. Not too much should be going on because then it looks too gaudy and not so easy on the eyes. Also, any maxi with some ruffles at the top or is a halter that gathers under the breast line to create dimension is very flattering. Tube top maxi dresses tend to look bland. That type most likely will not flatter any kind of body shape, and could look just like a draping of fabric wrapped around you.

First i'll be posting A LOT of different pics of celebs, and non-celebs wearing maxi dresses that I would say are in the 'miss category.' Then, I'll post the pics of celebs and non celebs that I think worked it well and why they did so.

THE MISSES... (Click any image to make it larger)

1. Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Garner have no breast support their maxis hang on them like quilts.

2. Model has a perfect shape and nice control on top with the halter tie but those colors are what really ruin the whole look. And the hem towards the bottom doesn't seem to go It seems it was put there as an afterthought for extra character, which was a mistake.

3. & 4. Beautiful, tall and skinny victoria's secret models can't even make these maxi dresses look presentable. So that's a good hint for shoppers ---> If victoria's secret models can't pull it off, chances are you can't either. :-/ It's a harsh reality but someone has to break it down. The kelly green tube top does nothing for her shape. There are not even hemlines around the breast to give the dress a little definition. And 4 maybe could have worked if it wasn't for that plaid pattern. Anything red plaid makes me think 'back to school' or 'tablecloth.' And these are both two things I wouldn't want to be thinking about when putting on my maxi dress for summer fun.

5. Model is shorter and very thin. Although the color block scheme is in this year, and the cool blues are appealing to the eye, the fact that is gets wider and wider towards the bottom is what makes this maxi a miss. Also, halter top maxi's are designed for more top heavy women so a very thin body type that wouldn't fill out the halter part also would make the dress look awkward.

6. Kimmy kimmy kim kardashian. I don't know how that happened but she is my style goddess and even she made a bad maxi decision. Yellow and blue loud print, and there is just so much fabric that doesn't end, i would be afraid that I would trip over it and make a spectacle of myself.

7. What is there to say. Maxi dresses are mostly modeled by girls with this body type. Honestly, it makes the miss list because it is too short and the light blue subtle strip pattern reminds me of long john pajamas.
WOW, this update was obnoxiously long, and the debate is still not over!
I'm going to continue with another post, but this time I will be showing how women PULLED OFF the maxi dress and made it look fabulous! Plus, I'll post a picture of me in my new maxi and then you can tell me If I made a hit or miss myself! Lots of fun stuff to look foward too!

Until next time....to be continued. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I have a good explanation of why I have not updated. I promise! It's probably because I have NOT been happy with the fashion trends lately. I don't know why but since i've been to (pull&bear, ZARA, Blanco, H&M, wetseal, forever21, mandees, AND charlotte russe) there was nothing to really go crazy about! That's why I got to keep it real with my own style, and sorry to say this but I think im going to have to keep old trends going that I can't give up yet. Until, a new style comes along that is - that makes me hyperventilate in the stores while im shopping. That's how you know there are good trends. :-) When you want to buy the whole store. Unlike now, where I have to search and search for that one piece of clothing that makes the difference!

Anyway, let's get to the point of this update.
I wanted to show how you can put certain key pieces of clothing together to make a very classy and high fashion look - just like our favorite celebs. Then, I want to COMPARE an outfit, which is the complete opposite of cute.
They are both outfits on the forever 21 website. And sometimes I really question what stylists are thinking when they are putting things together. It's one thing to be different and eccentric, don't get me wrong, because that is my favorite type of look. But it's a completely different story when you look like a downright foo!
(I meant to spell it like that)
Here's what I mean:

1st. The Match Master
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The black fitted blazer, with the black and white polka dots obviously match together perfectly. You can't go wrong with black and white. The long red shirt gives it an extra 'pop' of color and life which makes that sophisticated look of the jacket more sexy. The beige mary-jane style heels work to make your legs look longer and it makes the difference! Wearing plain black heels would be the obvious thing to do, so the nude platform makes the whole outfit just a tab more fashion forward! 

Now this....  :-/
2. The Match Disaster
Ok, ok maybe you are thinking, 'what? It's not that bad!' Oh no but it is. Stylists are selling us this trend and expecting the less fashion fortunate to believe this is ok to wear. From the businessman gray socks to nude platform patent leather pumps, red sweater and kelly green skirt?! I just don't see wear this has anything to do with being stylish. Back to the drawing boards fashion designers WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!

Sorry for the rant post. But I felt it was needed. I've seen outfits like this over and over lately, but this one was the straw that broke the camels back.
Next post will be more exciting. I swear! 

Until next time, Happy Shopping.........If you manage to find that diamond in the rough.