Le Hand

I took pictures of my artwork for my art portfolio today and figured I’d like to share this. We did a figure study in class (which is one of my favorites things) with colored graphite. I loved how the highlights and shadows are shown with the sketchy lines of the graphite. I love this drawing, especially since hands are so freaking impossible to  draw! I still want to improve, but for now I’m happy with this one. (P.S. I took this picture outside and it was very cloudy and almost drizzling so ignore the little raindrops!)


Twice as Nice

Gwyneth Paltrow looks amazing here as she works her Jimmy Choo booties in both ensembles. Houndstooth is making a big comeback and the shape of the coat is so sixties (yet another trend). That pop of red is the perfect addition to the look. The second look is a Lanvin jersey dress which is draped beautifully on her amazing bod (does this sound like a girl crush?). While channeling the color blocking look, Gwyneth puts those Jimmy Choo’s to use again. Both outfits are way chic, yet the shoes make two different statements. Bravo, Paltrow.

Peter Pan in Pearls

Hello! I’ve been MIA since school started…so. much. work. But I have found time to do some vintage shopping. I bought this faded pearl collar over the weekend. I knew it was meant to be; it was 25% off! It ended up being $15. It’s kinda discolored, but I think that’s what gives it a cool antique-y vibe.  I was ecstatic. It was one of those purchases your really hesitant to commit to, but once you do you’re super excited. Plus, I love this Peter Pan-ish collar trend that’s emerging. Neck’s are very graceful and showing them off can look very sleek. I can’t wait to display my vintage find!

Perfectly Polished

I am falling in love with this revival of the classy, lady-like look. The loafers, collared shirts, everything screams chic and can be anyone’s go-to for a classic look. I got these shoes at Topshop in London, and, despite the price, they were the last pair so I had to seize the opportunity.

I can’t wait to wear them with the black, sheer silk blouse. And can you believe that it’s a brand new Etro top? (Yep, that’s the tag) $66! I got it from a high end consignment store where I live (Richmond, VA). I pretty much flipped out when I tried it on. It’s so incredibly soft and flowy and romantic. This is only the beginning of a closet of smart designer finds.

The dress is from River Island in London (I did some good shopping). I love how it has a collar, yet the gathers at the bottoms and asymmetrical hem give it a cool edge. Ah, I am anticipating fall way too much over here in the 95 degree heat. Can’t wait to look perfectly polished!

Thanks Hurricane Irene

So as most of you (hopefully most of you), Huricane Irene came and wreaked havoc on us here on the East Coat this past weekend. And not basing this off of any other “Irene’s”, but she was a bitch. Trees are everywhere, power outtages are widespread, and bags of ice are flying off the shelves faster than Alexa Chung’s line for Madewell. Because there is no Internet, I can’t post any pictures, which frustrates me. I’m a visual person, and let’s face it: you guys want to see pictures of clothes and trends. (Am I wrong?) I can put wordy posts such as this one up from my iPhone, but for some reason I can’t put pictures up.
So, I’d just like to say I have to put a pause on the visual posting until a) Dominion Power does some serious business, b) the Internet magically restores itself, and c) I finish a butt load of summer work….

Living in and Loving Leather

Leather has recently become my new obsession. I have to admit it had a bad spell there around the new millennium, but now designers have managed to turn it into a cool way to make a statement. I’m all about statement-making and wearing leather in different ways is the way to do it. If it’s too out there for you, try some piping or pocket details that add an extra edge to your outfit. Here are some of my favorites ways to wear leather.

BB Dakota skirt

Asos crop tee

Alice & Olivia pleated skirt


Vince dress

Back to the 70s

Have you ever wondered what decade you’d go back to if you could time travel? For me, it’s hands down the seventies. I love the luxe fur and glamorous hair. Which is why this winter I can’t wait to wear one of my favorite coats of all time. I got this vintage 70s coat for Christmas when I was about 14 and didn’t know if I had reason to keep it. I followed my instincts because 1. it’s hard for me to let go of clothes and 2. I got a hunch I could wear it in the future. Turns out it was the smartest decision I ever made.