Hello lovelies! I hope you all are doing well. It is early morning here and of course I am feeling inspired. Recently, I have been in a really great state of mind. I got rid of negativity and put positivity out into the world and back into my life. Of course this positivity led to a new spark in my life. It is pretty crazy how the world puts things together.
I titled this post about self worth because some people are put into your life to make you think in ways you never thought you would. They make you see yourself differently or possibly make you see the beauty of YOU! They also make you see that how you have been treated makes you who you are today and you should not be ashamed of that.
Of course no one needs to show you how worthy you are of the world and how worthy you are of you, but sometimes it is nice to have someone open the door. No, I do not mean someone to literally open the door, I am speaking metaphorically. (Just in case you did not know). I mean if you like having someone open the door for you, do you boo haha
Everyone who knows me knows I love makeup. I have an addiction. I work at a makeup store, which equals my paycheck going to makeup. I mean I am doing research for my customers right? Maybe it just sounds better when I put it like that. I am bringing up makeup because a beauty vlogger who I love on YouTube (KathleenLights) brought up self worth on her snapchat story yesterday, and let me tell you I had a revelation. Boys should never define your worth, it is that simple. Kathleen talked about how (in high school) she used to think boys were so complicated and of course guys think girls are complicated. This is a common belief, not just in high school. But she came to the realization that it is not true, at first I questioned her. I continued to listen and it made complete sense. If someone truly likes you, or if you like someone, things are never complicated or confusing. Someone will go the extra mile for you! I promise you. Just give it all time, waiting is key.
It is funny how some of define our worth based on men. I am currently in a class that is about feminist theories and it is so interesting. There’s a few guys in that class which really make it quite intriguing.
Self worth is something I believe is not something just women struggle with. As a society we all base our worth for someone based on weight, looks, how much money we make, etc. It is ridiculous. None of those things define who you are and they should not. If someone judges you based on those characteristics they have something they are battling with within themselves. If that makes sense. Obviously, you just need to look out for those people and stay away.
Something I struggle with everyday is body confidence, it is just something anyone can struggle with. When you have been bullied by boys in your youth for how you look, it really screws with your mind. Up until I started dating, I never understood how someone could love me, or accept me for who I am. But what I did not realize was the fact that I had never been myself around people. I was hiding so I could not get hurt over and over. I still struggle with being myself but it is okay. I have been more myself recently than I have in years. I don’t know if it’s from doing some early “spring cleaning” in my life or if it’s due to that spark I was talking about. Just stop over analyzing certain situations in your life, it eliminates confusion and negativity. Of course, I struggle to take my own advice at times, but that’s life right? Someone who sees you will not judge your appearance, only the appearance of what is on the inside. Let me tell you this is true. I know it is.
All of the guys that have come and gone in your life served a purpose. It leads you to finally see how worthy you are of so much happiness, joy, and love. I don’t necessarily mean to have those things come from someone else, they can come from yourself. You have to love yourself.
I think that I could go on and on about this topic, but I don’t want to keep you all reading forever. I guess I sort of talked about self worth and accepting positivity and love into your life. I thought it was something great to touch upon because Valentine’s Day is approaching. I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day loving yourself, family, or your significant other. We all deserve to have a lovely day.
I know that my blog is supposed to be about fashion and what music I’m listening to, but today I am going to change things up. Someone recently asked me to write something for them and I think it came out pretty good. It’s a little deep at first, but I think it has a good meaning behind it. It shows a little more of my creative side, so I thought I would share it with you all. Warning: It’s kind of girly, but then again a women wrote it lol. I know there are probably some grammatical mistakes, so please be gentle and kind. I am opening up to you all so please take that into consideration. In the end I will also share some music on my playlist!
“She is nothing more than crimson red hands that leave marks on her wrists
Or the same hands that leave imprints like battle wounds
Those battle wounds in which gush out what is left of her soul
Slaughtered like some sort of animal.
She is nothing more than red hands that slap across her pale, white face
With nothing to be seen then the red fingerprints that linger on her face
Like a branding of some unusual creature.
She is the woman you see in the store who always wears a smile on her face
She is the girl who never gives up because she believes in the virtue of every human
She is the woman who gives more than she should
She is a girl who is lost and stuck.
He was once the star quarterback who had a promising future
He is the guy who looses his temper
He was the boy who lost it all
He is the guy who sits on the couch doing nothing but living on the elixir of whiskey
He was the guy who said he knew how to treat a woman
He is the guy who looses control for the fear of no control
He is the guy who blames her for everything he has ever lost and what he will loose
His red hands of hate now only define who he will ever be.
She looks out the mirror of a house that feels more like a prison
Through the darkness she is still able to see the beauty of life
The moonlight illuminates the night, the stars twinkle, and the crickets sing a
Melodic tune that make it a midsummer dream, whisking her off to another whimsical land.
Through the midst of the woods and the glimmer of the moon, she sees the most striking creature.
“Is that a nightingale?” she asks herself.
She has never seen one in real life; she has only heard that their singing is one of the most glorious sounds one can hear.
She is amazed that this little creature has come upon her windowsill, and started
Singing a melodic tune, that transports her anywhere from where she is.
She needed this nightingale; she needed to remind herself that she could no longer be a victim.
With a twinkle of a star, she packed her bags and sneaked out the door by the very tips of her toes.
Her nightingale was her sanity, her new home, and with the help of her new friend she flew away from the lions nest.
With the moon as her protector and the stars as her guide, she never looked back.”
My favorite Band ever: The 1975 (I would literally post every song up if I could haha)
Formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenburg, the Belgian born designer is known for the iconic wrap dress. For me, she is known for having some seriously killer style! Her Spring 2015 collection is inspired by the 1950’s French Rivera, which is represented as cheerful and yet simple. I never really enjoy much of runway fashion because it is not practical to wear for the everyday woman, and let’s face it, there are some pretty crazy pieces of clothes out there. (Don’t forget to check out her new show on E! ) I always try to break the looks down and see if part of the outfit would work in an everyday look. So I will attach the pieces of clothing that seems most practical. So keep an open mind and let your creativity flow. Enjoy!
If anyone knows me they know I love the 80’s. (Well almost everyone knows). This post was supposed to be published a while ago, but of course it did not happen. Sorry! I wanted to do this post because I was watching a movie called Just One of the Guys, and I had my next inspiration. I mean, what’s not to love about the 80’s?
If you did not already know 80’s fashion has made quite a comeback in today’s fashion. When someone walks down the street you can pinpoint it. Is it safe to say the 80’s are back? Not quite. It will probably never be the 80’s again, but we can try to make it even better. Enough of this chit chat, let’s move on to the fashion.
Can you smell the 80’s yet? The jean jacket with the studs is 80’s enough, but it does not stop there. Leather shorts and a cool t-shirt…Just take me back already. With fall coming up this could also be a good transition piece. Swap out the leather shorts for leather pants.
I am sure we all have seen this during the summer. Did you think it was 80’s fashion? Well, it was. High waisted jean shorts were definitely in this summer, and with a simple unused shirt to tie around as a belt, you were tapping into your inner 80’s.
This is one of my favorite looks, and Cher Lloyd pulls it off with so much edge and grace. I love her little British self! If you did not see the 80’s in her hair, earrings, jacket, shirt, necklace, pants, and bandana, you are blind. Point. Blank. Period. This is also another piece that can transition into the fall, just add more layers as needed. Any of these looks could be easily transitioned into the fall.
Anyone miss Saved By the Bell? I know it isn’t really considered 80’s but I miss it.
It seems as though celebrities are always on point with the latest fashion trends. But I’ll let you in on a little secret…the public is in on it too! Some fashionista’s may not be able to afford the designer labels, but heck, I think the knock off’s are always a little better. You don’t need to be rich to have the “rich look”.
In the first photo above, Alexander Wang’s shirt costs a whopping $995, I do not know about you but I am not willing to pay that much for a shirt that will probably be hard to clean and maintain, as it is white. If you have the means to do so, go for it!
This shirt is the perfect pairing for any casual look, while being hipster, with a hint of class. Bloggers, including myself, love this outfit. This is pictured perfectly by NanysKlozet because it is the perfect way to show off our style, while not overdoing it and overwhelming a bunch of people. I also believe that the shirt in the picture is not by Alexander Wang, but I am not sure. Although you can’t really tell a difference. Maybe that’s why it is hard to figure out! lol.
Another trend that I have seen with most celebrities is the #allwhite look. Most notably on Khloe Kardashian, in the same Alexander Wang shirt. All white adds an overall freshness to your outfit, and raises the bar for an understated elegant look. I encourage you to try out this outfit and let me know what you think. Remember it’s not about how much money you have, but the style that can come with it! Fake it until you make it!!
I am in love with this whole look for spring. Who said fashion can’t be comfy and chic? The clothing may be simple but the accessories give it the extra pizzazz and life to the whole ensemble. I would wear this outfit whenever I get the chance to, it reminds me of where I want to go on vaca this summer. It reminds me of Nashville! Don’t ask lol. I just feel that in Nashville the style is very laid back, but there’s also a twist to anyone’s outfit. I would probably wear this when it is not completely hot out because the jean jacket might make it hotter. Definitely wear this for a cool night out on the town with some friends. But I absolutely j’adore this look. Great look Sincerely Jules!
This past Saturday I encountered the best night of my life thus far. PROM!!! If you have ever been to prom you know what I am talking about. I was not expecting it to be so amazing, but I fully embraced the experience. It was a night in “The Phantom of the Opera”. The decor was on point, and there were crystals all over the tables. I even managed to take a centerpiece home and some beautiful champagne glasses. I mean diamonds are a girls best best friend, too bad they were not real! (I would have taken more 🙂 ) lol. I decided to share my night the only way I know how, through the pictures. The night was full of dancing, laughter, and fun! I could not have asked for a better night with wonderful people and good friends. Love you all ❤
(I went with a chiffon dress because I am a fuller figure, and a girl has got to have her bling so I have those touches throughout. I absolutely loved my purse for the night!) I hope you enjoy and see who I really am through my pics. I think there’s a saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Check out my instagram to see some videos of the night: @Crystal967
There’s nothing a girl loves more than gossip, but finding that one show who truly understands the meaning of gossip, is a rare gem that was found when Gossip Girl first aired. Who does not love Gossip Girl? The bold fashion choices, the drama, the city, the heartbreak, the men…the men. SLAP! OK, I am awake of my daydream about Chuck and I living happily ever after, and sailing off into the sunset. (It could still happen). JK. But seriously, this show has had an impact on American culture, maybe you have not watched it, but I am sure you have heard of it. I was inspired from my friend who just absolutely adores this show, who recently discovered it. Thanks J! I hope you enjoy.
“What’s on trend Gossip Girl?”
“On the Upper East Side, the rules of battle are simple: there are no rules.”
The fashion is no exception! Let’s take a look at the girls who make fashion a crime…the good crimes of course! WATCH OUT THIS COULD BE SCANDALOUS!!
Serena van der Woodsen
Serena, the “it” girl, the one who does not live up to her potential. The one we absolutely adore.
Crime #1: Looking absolutely fabulantastic for spring!
This gorgeous dark coral color jacket brightens up any look for spring, and with another pop of blue in the purse, what more could any fashionista want? The nude heels tie the whole look together without conflicting with the bold colors in the look. The jewelry makes this outfit elegant enough to transition from the morning into the night, with the right amount of pizazzle and sparkle. Be the one that everyone envies in this springtime look.
“Of course no girl and Serena would be complete without her BFF, let’s see what crime Blair Waldorf has committed…this is going to get fascinating!”
Crime #2: Never Going Out of Style.
Say Hello to “Queen Bee” and the wife of Chuck Bass, and of course Serena’s BFF. Ohh, how I strive to be in her position… Let’s see what Dan has said talking about Serena about Blair: “Well, uh, she’s best friends with this girl, Blair Waldorf, who is basically everything I hate about the Upper East Side distilled into one 95-pound, doe-eyed, bonmot-tossing, label-whoring package of girly evil.” Is the New York charm evident?
Even though the show ended in 2012, it does not mean all the great style and gossip has gone out of style. It is quite the contrary. Polka dots are one to never go out of style, it adds an elegant twist to any look. Pair it with a pop of color in a skirt, as pictured above, and be bold with the jewelry. To finish add a simple pair of heels and a great bag for all of your necessities. I would have put the links for all the items in this look but I checked it out and all of them are not available anymore 😦 but it doesn’t mean you can’t find something better!
“If you really want something, you don’t stop for anyone or anything until you get it.” -Blair Waldorf
No fashion battle would ever be complete with the girl you love to hate, the one we all thought could have been Gossip Girl:Georgina Sparks.
“But our most dangerous enemies are the ones we never knew we had.”
Crime #3: Color is not a crime!
Watch out Blair and Serena, Georgina is ready to spice things up! No matter what season it is, Georgina is always rocking the edgy glam look. Since it is springtime, I looked for something with pops of color, and I am in love with this purple ensemble and a trace of green necklace. Take a lesson from Georgina’s fashion book, you’ll thank me later!
I have not been posting lately, but I felt like I needed to today. One of my dream jobs is to work in the City and become a famous journalist. This may or may not happen, but that is why I will always keep dreaming, and working towards my dreams. I would love to work at The New York Times as a fashion or music journalist, it would just be so cool. I decided to read a bit of The New York Times today and wanted to share an article I really enjoyed. I do not take any credit, I just want to share the news:) I assume you already know the title of the piece, since it is the title of this post. I hope you enjoy!! 🙂
Fashion in the Age of Instagram By:Matthew Schneier
In the Dries Van Noten exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is a video that stitches together sequences from 20 years of his runway shows — a “supercut,” in online argot. On a tour of the show not long ago, Mr. Van Noten nodded along as memorable moments flashed: male models pedaling bicycles, women stalking the length of an enormous dinner table. But what stood out most were the ghostly points of light illuminating the audience’s faces in the recent shows.
It was, Mr. Van Noten said, their smartphones.
The professional photographers on the risers facing the runways now represent only a fraction of those furiously jockeying to document each outfit, accessory and bit of set dressing. Nearly every show attendee, from the front row to the standing section, now arrives with phone in hand and Instagram account primed.
So unremarkable is a smartphone camera in every hand, said Danielle Sherman, the creative director of Edun, that when she commissioned a director and a fleet of 20 borrowed iPhone 5s to create a video of her fall 2014 show, hardly an eyebrow was raised. “No one said anything or questioned it, or even noticed it,” she said.
This is fashion in the age of Instagram, a heady era in which digital media is changing the way clothes are presented and even the way they are designed. As shows are calibrated to be socially shared experiences, and fashion itself is rejiggered to catch eyes on a two-dimensional screen, some skeptics wonder what is being lost or sacrificed as fashion becomes grist for the digital mill.
Beyond question, the advent of digital media has fundamentally altered fashion, the designer Alexander Wang said: “The way that we shoot it, the way that we showcase it and the way that we make the clothes and design them changed.”
Digital media has also changed the way fashion is reported, consumed and shared. Trade papers and websites that once held court as the home of collection coverage have had their turf invaded by individuals. “I see the shows on Instagram now,” said Eva Chen, the editor in chief of Lucky.
“In some sense, every single person in the audience is their own media outlet,” said Keith Baptista, the managing partner of Prodject, the creative agency that produces runway shows for clients like Mr. Wang, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. “They’re all capturing these moments in this live experience to tell their own stories.” (Consider that Ms. Chen, for instance, currently has more followers on Instagram than her magazine does.)
Creating a unique — and, by extension, shareable — experience for jaded showgoers has become part of a designer’s mandate. Shows are designed to wow not only those in attendance, but also all of their followers. (That could be considered a necessary return on investment because, according to Julie Mannion, the president for creative services at the public relations and production firm KCD, a major show can cost $2 million to $8 million, in some cases reaching as much as $10 million, and last fewer than 10 minutes.)
Few shows can compete with Chanel’s for over-the-top theatrics. But the company set a higher bar for itself in February, when it erected a Costco-size supermarket stocked with some 100,000 Chanel-customized faux products. (The hams in the meat case, for example, had labels printed Jambon Cambon, a nod to the street on which Chanel maintains offices and a store.)
Before the show, spectators goggled through the aisles, taking supermarket selfies before the models, pushing shopping carts down the runway, filled their baskets. It was the show that launched 1,000 Instagrams, with “likes” in similar proportion: a photo from Susanna Lau, a.k.a. the blogger Susie Bubble, received more than 2,670, more than double that of many of the other shows she snapped; one by Ms. Chen had 2,330, several hundred more than the several others in close Insta-proximity.
The fervor was such that the collection itself was somewhat eclipsed. (Perhaps aware of the attention the mise-en-scène garnered at the expense of its fashion, Chanel declined to speak about its sets.)
It is not only the richest labels that think big. Mr. Wang has earned a reputation for social-media-friendly spectacles. In February, his show closed with robotic-looking models rotating on a platform as blasts of heat changed the color of their thermo-sensitive garments, a moment tailor-made for Instagram. “We try to think of the pictures that are going to come out online,” he said, “what the photographer pit takes versus what the audience sees.”
The picture, Mr. Wang added, is “something we always take into deep consideration, even developing a collection. Sometimes, I have to admit, as a designer, you get into this trap of thinking about clothes for a picture rather than what’s going to go into the market or showroom.”
The attention now paid to digital extends beyond scenography and staging. It has crept in, say designers and critics, to the design of many collections. Tiziana Cardini, the fashion director of the Milanese department store chain La Rinascente and a contributing editor at Italian Vogue, has noticed the change.
“Fashion has become bi-dimensional,” she said. “It’s just flat. I see that designers, especially young designers, are considering the shapes and volumes in a totally different way; the colors, also. I think they pay much more attention to the photogenic value of an outfit.” Asked why, she replied, “It’s the web, definitely, that has changed the language.”
Young editors, too, have been conditioned to think of fashion in the flat plane of the digital screen.
“What concerns me is the generational shift,” said Ed Filipowski, the president for media relations at KCD. “So much of the younger generation does not look at the clothes for the first time with their eyes. They’re trained to see clothes for the first time through photographs, two-dimensional as opposed to three-dimensional.”
(Was it this tendency that Rei Kawakubo, the Delphic savant of Comme des Garçons, was satirizing — or celebrating — in her fall 2012 collection, which consisted of felt garments flattened like paper dolls’ clothes? “The future is two dimensions,” was her explanation of the show.)
Both Mr. Filipowski and Ms. Cardini noted that the shift they have described is not necessarily a negative one. KCD, in fact, has implemented video “digital fashion shows” that exist only online, though Mr. Filipowski said that these are not meant to replace the traditional show.
The changes wrought by the flat screen do come with potential downsides. Though several designers mentioned the ability of Instagrammers to capture a garment at more angles than before, intricacies of cut and construction can vanish when reduced to two dimensions. Shows that may be gripping live may be done little justice on-screen. Junya Watanabe’s fall collection, all in black (notoriously hard to photograph), was composed of pieces of many fabrics sewn together to create a patchwork. On-screen, the nuances often failed to come through. Couture, relying as it does on minute handwork, may suffer even more. “People can’t see what couture is very well on a computer screen,” Raf Simons of Dior complained to Interview.
Online ubiquity can also result in overexposure and copycatting. Phoebe Philo of Céline restricts photography, refusing to allow attendees to shoot smartphone pictures at some of her presentations and supplying news media outlets with her own photos only when the collections arrive in stores. In 2010, Tom Ford took a similar tack by barring photographers and cellphones — the news media protested — when he showed his first runway collection in years.
Tellingly, Mr. Ford eventually gave in. His recent shows during London Fashion Week were seen online as most shows are — which is to say, in their entirety, nearly instantaneously.
While some labels still attempt to curb access — “There are brands that actually will block cellphone and data signals during shows,” said Mr. Baptista, the producer, declining to name names — most willingly accept that the genie is out of the bottle, digitally speaking.
There are, after all, positive gains as well as potential drawbacks.
The London designer Mary Katrantzou has been aware of the possibilities of showing work online since her student days at Central Saint Martins. After she made a collection that included several bustles, she recalled Louise Wilson, the outspoken director of the school’s master’s program, bellowing: “The front, Mary! You only see the front on Style.com!”
Her brilliant prints and color palette, like that of many in her generation, may have been affected by the digital space, as Ms. Cardini suggests, but Ms. Katrantzou credits it for making her work stand out from the crowd on the web, effectively giving her an advantage over those designers who aren’t attuned to the online palatability of their wares.
The digital world can also open a more direct line of communication between designers and their fans than was previously possible. “I want to share with people,” said the dedicated Instagrammer Riccardo Tisci, the creative director of Givenchy, during a recent visit to New York. Mr. Tisci prefers to use the medium to share not necessarily his clothes, but the inspirations behind them, like the Giò Ponti architecture and design that influenced a recent pre-fall collection. “In Ukraine, a girl who doesn’t know who is Giò Ponti” likes the collection “and doesn’t know how I get to that,” he said. “To see the beginning of the story is quite beautiful. I think Instagram, if you use it in the right way, it’s a positive.”
Designers are not the only ones embracing the freedom offered digitally. The stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, a fixture in the industry, now hosts a YouTube show and is Instagramming merrily. Though she has worked with photographers like Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel, she recently took matters into her own hands for a fashion story in System magazine. Every photo was, as the opening page made clear, “Shot with my iPhone.”
Her prefatory note enthused: “New World / No Retouching, No Assistant / No Budget, No Brainstorming, No Moodboard / Heaven!!!”
And crucially for designers, in the new world, any phone can be an instant till. When Ms. Katrantzou introduced e-commerce on her website, she Instagrammed a photo of an embellished minidress called the Midnight Chrysa to her followers. It is “an imposing dress,” she said, which costs $8,680. She sold three that day.