Thursday, May 19, 2011

prabal gurung for j.crew

Prabal Gurung for J.Crew launched online today. J.Crew joined with the CFDA Fashion Fund and is featuring 3 up-and-coming designers. The winners are each debuting their own collaborations with the brand. Prabal Gurung was one of the runners-up, but my personal favorite.
My favor towards Prabal may or may not have something to do with the time he tweeted about my Top 10 of 2010 fashion moments post back in December. Remember that?? I do. Prabal Gurung loves me + J.Crew owns me = perfection.
These are insanely cool. The ribbons remind me of pointe shoes and the pants remind me of jodhpurs. I can't wait to see these on the streets.
Probably my favorite piece of the entire collection. Look. At. That. Bow. And it's a blazer, and for the misinformed, having a blazer in every color of the rainbow is one of my lifetime pursuits. I adore this.
Just darling. Perfect for the 23094723 weddings going on this summer.
This one sold out fast. I can see why. Who wouldn't want to look like they're wearing an ivory bouquet of roses?
My second favorite piece and luckily the most affordable. Prabal did it just right with the oversized bows and rosettes. Perfectly feminine, a touch of preppy and a little bit couture. I love you Prabal. J.Crew, I am yours til I die.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

let me come over i can waste your time

I will do anything to avoid going running right now, including answering questions that no one really wants the answers to. I've wanted to do this post for a while actually. Sometimes in my mind I like to create a scenario called "What-would-I-say-if-I-was-being-interviewed-for-a-fashion-magazine?" In my mind I am dressed impeccably, and not making the ridiculous face or biting my finger like the above image. Here we go. My pseudo interview. I am ridiculous.

Q: Who is your style icon and why?
A: Icon always insinuates a historical figure for some reason, and the first person to come to mind is Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O. I like classic and feminine and I think both of these women exemplified those two. My mother is the most stylish woman I know.

Q: Describe your style
A: Feminine, girly, occasionally preppy. I like pink and ruffles. I prefer to wear dresses. Occasionally I will add tougher pieces to my wardrobe, like combat boots or a leather jacket, but if the weather allowed and it was practical, I would wear a dress or skirt of some sort, a cardigan and pumps every day. I enjoy dressing up, but I wear what makes me happy and what I love. Sometimes it's trendy, sometimes it's impractical and most of the time people wonder why I "look so nice." That's not meant to sound arrogant. I think I look overdressed a lot of the time, especially going to class. My philosophy is I'm stuck in a really drab college town for the majority of my young adult years. It's cold most of the year and 95% of the time I'd rather be anywhere but Provo, Utah. If wearing a dress in a snowstorm is what it takes to make me happy, I'm going to do it. It's a lot better than succumbing to other vices.

Q: If you could have anyone's wardrobe, who would you choose and why?
A: Real- Olivia Palermo. Fiction- Blair Waldorf. I think Blair is the fictional Olivia and Olivia the real Blair. I have never seen Olivia Palermo in an outfit I didn't like at least a little bit. She is the epitome of chic and feminine. That woman always looks put together, even if she's walking her dog or going to yoga. I think of all the images I have on my computer of street style, she is the majority of my saved looks. The #1 reason I watch Gossip Girl is because of Blair Waldorf's wardrobe. I applaud the costume designers for that show, because their choices for Blair are spot-on what I would envision her character wearing. Again, epitome of chic and feminine, two aspects that I hope to exude when getting dressed.

Q: Who is your favorite designer?
A: Christopher Bailey and Oscar de la Renta. In my opinion, Christopher Bailey has an incredibly difficult task constantly reinventing and maintaining a classic fashion house, much like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Sarah Burton and Stefano Pilati do of their iconic houses. The House of Burberry is such a staple in British fashion, and season after season Christopher Bailey delivers something completely new and refreshing to the house. I think Burberry Prorsum is incredibly classic and I am forever raving about how CB manages to revamp the iconic trenchcoat every season. It's amazing. Burberry is one of the few brands that I could honestly see myself wearing every single piece in a collection. Oscar de la Renta has established himself in womenswear and in my opinion, owns womenswear. He understands a woman's body and knows exactly what she should wear for any event to look perfectly feminine. His designs are flawless and compliment a woman's body. He has fun with his designs. I always look forward to Oscar's eveningwear because it's like watching a fairytale. I would describe Oscar de la Renta as the designer for princesses. Anything he creates would be fit for a princess to wear. I want him to do my wedding dress.

Q: Where do you buy most of your clothes?
A: J. Crew. I began working there last summer, but even before, I have been loyal to J. Crew. I will say, I did not wear J. Crew in middle school, but my mother has been loyal to the brand, even before it was cool, because there was a point when J. Crew was straight up boring. I am so attracted to the east coast and preppy style and I think J. Crew does such a good job combining trendy with classic and still maintaing its signature preppy appeal.

Q: What was the first designer purchase you have ever made?
A: I've never made a designer purchase. Ok, that's not entirely true. You know how designers come out with their more affordable line, like Marc by Marc? I have stuff like that. But I don't actually own any straight up designer anything. I actually have made a rule for myself that I won't even go into a designer store until I can actually buy something. I imagine the first designer purchase I will ever make will be a black quilted Chanel 2.55 bag.

Q: If you had $1,000 to spend on clothes, where would you go and what would you buy?
A: I'd go to J. Crew and buy patterned pencil skirts, everyday dresses, obscure colored cardigans, grey trousers, silk pocketed blouses and a pair of tortoise ballet flats. The majority of my $1,000 would go to dresses though.

Q: What are you wearing today?
A: Dark Zara skinnies, beige J. Crew vneck sweater, Aldo combat boots, beige J. Crew headband and the same jewelry I wear everyday.

Q: Jewelry?
A: I wear a rose gold Michael Kors watch, a silver bangle with my initials and a heart-shaped Tiffany ring every day. Sometimes I'll wear my Tiffany necklace or earrings too, but I usually forget.

Q: Perfume?
A: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. I don't wear it every day because I only have a small supply since it's so expensive, but it's my favorite perfume and it lasts from morning til night.

Q: Any last style tips?
A: Wear what you love, what makes you happy and what you're comfortable in. You could be in head-to-toe Prada, but if you don't feel comfortable, it'll show through in your disposition and your to-die-for outfit will be completely forgotten.
That was satisfying. Sorry so long and boring. I like to talk about clothes.

the only complete realist

No man knows how bad he is til he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of the wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist -C.S. Lewis

This quote was shared today in my LDS Marriage and Family class, and I'm in awe of it. C.S. Lewis has put temptation into a perspective that I have never in my life considered. To think that those who give in to temptation are the sheltered human beings in this life is unheard of, but unbelievably true. I love this.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

daddy's smart and you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world

Today is the first Mother's Day I've ever spent away from my mommy. I miss her terribly. My mother is not my best friend. I know. Way to put a downer on things. But it's true. I don't tell her my secrets and it took me the longest time to admit in front of her when I thought a boy was cute. Many of my friends can attest to this, but my mother is kind of scary sometimes. Not in a crazy way. She's very intimidating. I wasn't allowed to do a lot of things growing up. I attribute it to the Asian parenting. This resulted in me making idiotic choices, particularly my senior year of high school. As I've been away at school, it becomes more and more apparent each day how wonderful my mother is and why she did the things she did. Moms are always right, and my mom is no exception. She's right about everything and will eventually know everything. It's scary and eerie, but it's the truth. She has infinite wisdom and to my luck, infinite love. My mother is patient and kind. She loves her job as a mother and professionally as a physical therapist. I see her patience and love through both jobs and I can see why patients are always requesting her. My mother has taught me everything I know, from the deepest and most spiritual, to the most frivolous. She is the most stylish woman I know and I only seek her approval when dressing myself. My mother is an angel and I miss her so much. I usually Skype my family once a week, and don't call my mom that often. Sometimes I think of something completely trivial and call her about it, just so I can talk to her. I love her, and if I can someday be half as wonderful as she is, I will be satisfied. I love my mommy with all my heart. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

osama bin laden dead

Since I'm treating this thing like a journal, I feel like I need to blog about the death of Osama bin Laden. After 10 years, the world's most wanted terrorist has been found.