Friday, May 18, 2012

Showing Some Skin. How much is too much?

[This is an opinion piece - a reflection on some standards in the Fashion world. Please feel free to read if you are interested and tell me your opinions as well in the comments section]

Hello Fashion Followers,
I have been furiously writing school papers and haven't had the time to devote to updates. On a positive note, I am finishing my very last semester as an undergrad in 3 weeks. After the 15th of June, be ready for an update overload! 

I wasn't planning on updating at all this week but I came across something I felt I just needed to talk about. 

One of the very few cool things about being a woman is that our figure and curves are very sexy and we have amazing clothes that can show that off. But then there is always the question of decency. How much skin is too much? One of the trends this year have been the 'slit' dress. I honestly think there is nothing sexier than a slit dress from the floor to the thigh, on one side. The slit has to stop, though at a specific point, or else people might get a view of your 'peek-a-boo.' There is a very fine line between sexy and slutty, and I think its something women should pay attention to. I believe that not showing too much is sexier than having it all hang out. If you want to show your cleavage, with the new push up bra you got, than balance it out with a longer, curve hugging dress to the knee. If you wear a mini dress that shows a little bit of butt cheek AND have your cleavage all hang out, know that this is not attractive. Unless you expect men to treat you like a piece of meat. If you dig that sort of thing than don't question why men don't respect you. Sorry for being a little harsh today...Maybe it is the weather. But sometimes we got to face the truth ladies. It doesn't matter how skinny you are and if you can 'pull it off' or not. It is about sexiness, classiness, and self-respect. Those qualities are truly attractive.

Slightly getting off topic here. But what I really wanted to bring to people's attention is how pathetic it is that the fashion industry still promote sickly skinny models as the face of absolute beauty and chicness. I know a lot of people in this business may have come to accept the fact it's just the way it is, but I will continue to disagree and voice my opinion. Because, while they are being shallow to sell products and getting millions, they are creating false realities and insecurities for women everywhere. Not to mention the deep psychological problems that models face daily with keeping their weight down, like getting into drugs and developing anorexia in order to keep up with these requirements.

Honest opinions now, which celebrity looks better? 

***Side note: I love turquoise/aqua and coral together! What a great color combo for summer***

I will leave you with that thought. I don't think I need to elaborate on this topic any more...
I did not want to make my blog a place where I bash trends and people because beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is important to be objective. It is not my intention to be critical of anyone.But, again maybe it is the terrible rainy weather today that has made me angry when I saw that first picture. And the sad part is - f.designers would say the first model looks fantastic!

Forget the obvious for a second - that her pelvis bone is 100% visible and popping out, what about how high the slit on that dress is that you can see she is not even wearing underwear! EW. I am sorry but I don't find these extremely thin models sexy. It worries me. We all have our opinions. I personally look up to women like J.Lo, Kim K and her sisters, Beyonce, and Rihanna, all women who are not thin by any standards but they are all beautiful. Other people may argue and say that they are too fat. Well I think everything in life should be in moderation. That is the best way to go. Finding the middle ground between two extremes is where logic lies. 

Speaking of Jennifer Lopez...I JUST LOVE THIS ENTIRE LOOK! 
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I am interested in hearing your opinions on today's post. If you liked it or not. If I should just stick with fashion posts and lots of pictures and no talking? If you enjoyed it, maybe I will have opinion updates from time to time. Change it up a little, you know? 

Until next time, ~Happy Shopping

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Marlboro Men

When I see men in denim I think of cowboys. Yum. :-)
Denim is thriving this year. We started to see this trend slowly coming back into play last year. Now, wearing denim seems inescapable. Well, it's obvious why this craze has an extreme popularity...It is because everyone can wear denim. It's not a trend that looks good on some and not on others. Everyone can benefit from having the denim wave back in action. Guys and Girls of all ages and sizes can find some sort of denim button-up, jacket, or vest that can be worn with virtually everything. Another important plus of denim is that it's sooo comfortable. We can't forget denim jeans either. There is a reason why jeans never go out of style. Jean lengths and bottoms will change but the denim fabric is so versatile no wonder everyone loves it. 

This post is dedicated to those trendy men and their denim. I've comprised a couple of pictures of celebs and street styles that encompass the true meaning of "working it" without over-doing it. These guys have managed to pull off the denim shirt and look damn good too! 

Celeb Style                                                                                                       
Kris Allen, Singer

*If anyone is keeping up with season eight's American Idol winner Kris Allen, he is promoting the release of his second studio album entitled, 'Thank you Camilla.' In almost every interview from the press junkets he is wearing some type of denim button-up or jacket. Either he is just a denim kind of guy, and he isn't meaning to be going along with the trend, or he has got one amazing stylist!
Kanye West, Rapper
*Kanye needs no introduction. His style speaks for itself. Maybe other men won't be so willing to expierement with their style like this celebrity, but without a doubt his green pants, open denim button-up, and white keds are fresh to death. It's also a cute coincidence that Kanye's new lady-friend Kim Kardashian is also a style icon and one of my absolute favorite celebrity inspirations! 


David Beckham, Athlete
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*Davie boy gets two pictures just because he is super hot, super stylish and I couldn't decide which one I liked better. On the left, Beckham is sporting the modern/urban denim look with rolled sleeves, undershirt, and a beanie. On the right he is channeling the 'vintage' look. Either way he wears his denim there are no complaints from me! I wonder if his wife dresses him? :-) Because that is definitely something I would do. 

Street Style                                                                                      

Giorgos Karapetis, Fashion Student 
*I am honored to feature one of my good friends on my blog today. I've been meaning to showcase his style for awhile, and I thought this would be the perfect post to do it. Honestly his fashion sense is unparalleled to others, and I applaud and envy his ability at the same time. You will probably see more of him on this blog because he truly has a talent and great eye for fashion. I also want to wish him the best of luck for his aspiring dream to become a fashion designer one day. He has all my support! Besides Giorgos' awesome denim look, can I just say how cool this picture is with the train tracks behind him? 

George Roussos, My lover Boy :-)
*Ok, so you know when I mentioned above about David Beckham's wife probably dressing him, and that's what I would do.....Well, that IS what I do. lol. As you can see, the security tag and tickets are still on the jacket because he was in a dressing room when I snapped a quick pic without him realizing it. I immediately made him buy it. If he trusts my instincts, then hopefully he will wear it someday. I think he fits right in with celeb style! But that could just be me doting...


I would like to conclude that denim is freaking HOT! For girls, for guys, for everyone! I left it out of my last post because it needs a close-up on its own. I recommend to anyone that likes this trend to go out and buy a good quality denim jacket or button up. But be careful not to over-do it. Some people may be able to pull off denim on denim. A darker color denim with a lighter color on top. I personally do not like that look, and would never try to pull it off. 

As a farewell warning boys and girls, just try to never look like this:

I know...Scary. (Britney's face is freaking gorgeous though!!!)

Until next time followers, ~Happy Shopping

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spring Trend MEGAPOST - part I

Hello Fashion Followers,
I know a couple of weeks ago I did a fashion forecast post about what I think the spring and summer trends are going to be. This is a follow-up post about what is in the stores RIGHT NOW so if you are out shopping and want some tips about what colors and trends are 'in' then keep reading! :-)
It's going to be a MEGAPOST of all the great styles out this season. In the comments box feel free to tell me your opinions on what trends you like the best! First we will touch on specific STYLES and cuts that are in, then I will show you the dominate COLORS of spring, so if you aren't a fan of some of the styles, you can still get away with being 'in' this spring with the color schemes that are popular.

TIP 1: All of these trends can be mixed and matched! Denim vests and shirts go with leatherette leggings, that is really 'in' this season. OR you will see cold-shoulder dresses with embellishments and printed graphics. If you are lucky to find any such pieces you have got the look! There is nothing better than incorporating multiple trends in just one item or outfit! 

Spring Styles 2012
THE COLD SHOULDER and EMBELLISHED COLLARS                                   
I put two trends under one category because you can mix the two into one look. You can find each trend separately of course, but for the sake of time and space both of these trends may be seen together. 

TIP 2: Embellishing your chiffon or denim collar shirts is a simple and easy D.I.Y project! Most likely your local craft store will have studs and jewels where you can bedazzle your shirts any way your heart desires! It also makes any ordinary shirt a one-of-a-kind item! 
TIP 3: Any button down blouse that can be tied in the middle, which is also a trend this spring! Instead of making a separate post - you can put all three trends together! I couldn't find a picture with a cold-shoulder tie front studded neck collar shirt....(wow, that's a mouthful), but that is where the creativity kicks in and you could imagine how you would decorate this plain white collar! 
Nasty Gal

PEPLUM and square necklines                                                                          
Top Shop U.K

LEATHERETTE and corset/bustier tops                                                                           
Forever 21
Charlotte Russe 

FLORAL Pants and Shoes                                                                                
Nasty Gal

A/SYMMETRICAL Dresses and Skirts                                                            
Nasty Gal 
Top Shop U.K

GRAPHIC PRINTS chains, tropical, aztec and leopard                                  
Top Shop U.K

Nasty Gal

I know what some of you are thinking. What about DENIM? What about STUDS GALORE? What about cut-off FRINGE? Well, these three things I left out on purpose because they are such huge topics they need a completely separate post. So don't worry more trend updates are coming soon.

This spring there are A LOT of different styles to choose from. Luckily for those who absolutely don't like one trend still has so many other options that still look great. This post was a lot longer than I even expected so I am going to split the styles with the colors into two different posts. Colors of Spring will be up next. Also this week we have 'Celeb style for Le$$' and a 'Celeb style showcase'...Maybe a wishlist too, since I haven't done that in over a  year!

Until next time loveys, ~Happy Shopping!