Everything Is Beautiful: June 2009

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Good girls go bad

Check out Leighton Meester's amazing appearance in Cobra Starship's new video. This girl's got some serious singing chops!

Fashion obsession of the day

I haven't been sold on the open-toe bootie trend ... until now. These half sandal half bootie from L.A.M.B. are vampy and badass. Wear them as the ultimate accessory - perfect with an oversized shirtdress or cropped skinny jeans.

(Photo from Shopbop)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

This LBD from BB Dakota is so 1950s glamour. Pair it with crimson lips, a classic updo and these amazing Louboutins that are 10 times (literally) more expensive than the dress. I love the idea of pairing inexpensive pieces with luxury ones. "Don't you love this dress? I got it from Target for $19. Oh my shoes? They're Prada."

(Photos from Chick Downtown and Saks)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New camera

I just got my new Canon Rebel XSi yesterday, and I'm excited beyond words! Remember when you would get that toy you always wanted as a kid and you just would not put it down? Well that's pretty much how it's been for me - I've had the camera around my neck for the past 24 hours. I'll be posting photos next weekend, as I still have to get a memory card converter. Enjoy these photos from one of my favorite photographers, Matt Schwartz. (You can buy his prints at his Etsy shop!)

(Photos from She Hit Pause Studios)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Anna Sui for Target

Anna Sui's new Gossip Girl inspired line for Target is ooh la la sexy and so adorable! My fav is the white lace dress with the flirty baby blue ribbon - so cute with a pair of maryjanes and a huge bow headband, like this one from Ban.Do. The line is set to debut September 13, so make sure you get there quick - this is going to sell out fast!

(Photos from Target, via The Cut)

Fashion obsession of the day

I'm just now discovering the wonder of Mod Cloth. I think I love every single item on the site, and almost all the items are under $75. Today is payday ...

Don't you just love the whimsical print on this dress?

This skirt reminds me of scales on a fish, but so chic!

The perfect picnic frock!

This one's perfect for an outdoor BBQ, too! I think I'm going to need all of these dresses!

(Photos from Mod Cloth)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gloomy disposition

So the weather in good ol' upstate New York is approaching 90 degrees, and I'm a huge lover of the heat. So much so that I book my Las Vegas vacations in August. So why am I in such a blah mood?

Gorgeous days like these remind me of the life I had three years ago, before full-time jobs, car payments and DVR as my main source of entertainment. I remember spending lazy June days outside at my apartment soaking in the rays on the rooftop deck, only getting up for a popsicle or a refill of pink lemonade. I would stay out there until my skin felt like it was about to boil off or until it was time for me to go work the phones as a salon receptionist.

Those are the days I think about now, cooped up in an office with air conditioning and a complete lack of windows. I just wish summer vacations lasted a lifetime.

Maybe I'll just do this on my lunch hour instead:

(Photo from Glamour)

Fashion obsession of the day

This crazy comic book doodle dress from Topshop has a flirty bubble hem and an edgy exposed zipper in the back. Definitely not for the fashion faint of heart!

(Photo from Topshop)


Love21 is Forever 21's new contemporary collection. Some (OK most) pieces from Forever 21 look and feel cheap, but this collection looks luxe. I haven't had the chance to see it in person yet (I don't think my Forever 21 carries it yet), but I have high hopes when my order comes in the mail!

(Photos from Forever 21)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

This colorful, striped frock from Tracy Reese has a voluminous hem and a cool racerback. I'm in love. I love it with this gold plated butterfly necklace.

(Photos from Anthropologie)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

This easy jersey dress channels the 80s with a cutout shoulder and a super short length. Throw it on with a pair of slouchy boots or gladiator sandals and you're off! I just love these easy pieces that are one stop to a chic look.

(Photo from Shopbop)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Feel the love

So I'm totally in love with these posters from The Love Shop. I might have to add that I already fall for any design that includes the beautiful French language or the Eiffel Tower. I love the way the language escapes your lips, how it looks written out and the romance behind the culture. But these prints would be so adorable in black frames above your couch. J'adore!

(Photos from The Love Shop)

Fashion obsession of the day

Lolita meets Laura Ashley in this adorable ruffle front dress.

(Photo from Need Supply Co.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Great molasses

Sundays are my day to bake, and today I'm making these delicious molasses cookies. I add an extra 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar and a splash of vanilla extract - makes all the difference.

(Photo from Simply Recipes - as soon as I get my DSLR I'm gonna be taking pics of everything I bake!)

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'm just a girl

Tonight I'm going to see No Doubt in concert and I'm so psyched. No Doubt was actually the first concert I ever went to when I was 12. Eleven years later, and they're still my favorite band. Gwen Stefani was my fashion role model growing up - and still is. I always loved her bedazzled bra straps, DayGlo bikini tops and bold scarlet lips. She's the main reason I had pink hair for a semester in college.
(Photo from Consequence of Sound)

Fashion obsession of the day

How fitting! The statement necklace meets the tank. They make such a cute couple!

(sass & bide available at ShopBop)

Statement necklaces

For me, the ultimate accessory is a bold, eccentric necklace that can turn a tank top and jeans into a look suitable for a night out. These are perfect for the fashion risk-taker or if you're just beginning to explore the amazing world of statement jewelry.

(Rachel Leigh available at ShopBop)

(Forever 21)

(Kenneth Jay Lane available at ShopBop)

(Urban Outfitters)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ready to pounce?

I seriously can't keep up with all the other fashionistas on The Outnet. I know they're sitting there, refreshing the "Just In" tab at 8:55 in the morning waiting to pounce on the latest 3.1 Philip Lim dress on sale for 70 percent off. The truth is I'm a very indecisive shopper. I don't like to spend my money on just anything. I'll put things on hold at the mall and think about my online finds for days before I bust out the credit card. So I shouldn't be surprised when I look on The Outnet during my lunch break to find everything worth buying is already sold out or out of stock in my size. Oh well, maybe one time I'll find love at first fashion sighting.

Like this Zac Posen dress that's 60 percent off!

And this adorable colorblock dress from Mayle. Swoon. Maybe next time.

(Photos from The Outnet)

Fashion obsession of the day

Anna Sui knows how to make such a cute babydoll dress into something that's oh so sexy. It also might help that this dres is so short you wouldn't dare bend over in a bar. But even better is the way Net-a-Porter styled it to make it adorable and edgy at the same time.

(Photos from Net-a-Porter)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Notte Sento

This gorgeous and romantic video from Italy was created using 4,500 still photographs. Isn't it every girls' dream to go on a European adventure and fall in love? I think it might be time for me to take that overdue trip to France.

Fashion obsession of the day

The 80s are definitely back, and this t-shirt dress screams "I want to be in a Robert Palmer video." Pair it with some patent leather booties or strappy gladiator sandals and a leather cuff - the perfect summer date outfit with a bit of an edge.

(Photos from Urban Outfitters)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

This casual striped dress from Juicy Couture is the perfect piece for when you just don't feel like putting on makeup or styling your hair. Throw on a pair of oversized sunglasses and flip-flops and off you go - still looking stylish.

(Photo from ShopBop)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

I love, love, love hoodies - especially on a bad hair day. No one recognizes you when put the hood up. This is the chic, summer version of a hoodie. The open back gives it an air of sexiness, and is perfect for a beach cover-up, too.

(Photo from Bloomingdales)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kristybee Photography

Etsy is the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning. There are so many talented artists and photographers, like Kristybee Photography. Her photos are ethereal and simple and so gorgeous. I'm going to buy four and hang them over my couch.

(Photos from Kristybee Photography)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

This dress puts a smile on my face - the scribbly hearts, the 50s inspired shape and the back, oh the back! I couldn't get a picture of it here, but it's an open back in the shape of a heart. This is one of those dresses that's so unique you'll have it in your closet and get compliments on it forever.
(Photo from TopShop)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fashion obsession of the day

This mini from American Apparel is comfy and chic. The perfect skirt for summer paired with an easy tee. And at $28, it's such a bargain.
(Photo from American Apparel)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Max Wanger Photography

Don't you just love this wedding photo? One of my favorite photographers, Max Wanger, has an amazing gift for capturing quirkiness and romance.

(Photo from Max Wanger)