Ann Taylor Fall 2013 Collection

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Trina Turk, Rachel Zoe, and Newbark NYFW 2013

I spent a couple days at Trina Turk’s showroom – seeing the stylist work her magic to put together looks, models coming in for castings, and to help pack the whole thing up to move it to Lincoln Center. It was great to be backstage for this show, steaming the clothes, helping dressers, making sure everything was in it’s place. It made it that much more special to see the models during the presentation, knowing that I had a part, though tiny, in getting in there.

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Dancing to Micheal Jackson while waiting

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The lighting, combined with the hats, made my poor iPhone struggle to get a good shot.

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Next up: Rachel Zoe. It’s always a whirlwind there. The paparazzi was extra heavy this day for two of Rachel’s guests – Miley Cyrus and model Erin Wasson. I only managed to grab a few pics.

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Last but not least, Newbark. They chose a gallery underneath the Highline to show off their new line of accessories. I wanted to slip my feet into most of these shoes and wander away.

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Two more days to enter to win the Thairapy365 Flat Iron! Enter here.

xo ZZ

Attack of the Beanies: DIY Jeweled Beanies

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If someone let me be in charge of the newspaper headlines last week, it would have read, “ATTACK OF THE BEANIES!!” (But, really, no one is stupid enough to let me near their newspaper. Can you imagine all the kitten related stories I would publish?) Anyways, Beanies are taking over the world. They are everywhere on the streets of NY. Women are dripping in designer clothing, Louboutin heels on their feet, and top the whole thing off with a hideous beanie. People are wearing them inside like they are necklaces. Even designers covered the beautifully done hair of the models, and sent them down the runway! That’s blasphemy to me. Beanies are meant for skiiers or robbers. No exceptions.

I was pretty hard pressed on this opinion until I saw Candela adorn theirs with vintage headbands.

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Fine, I’ll be a glittering robber.

I scoured Brooklyn up and down but had no luck finding an art deco headband, or even a broach that was pretty enough. So I headed to MOOD to find some muslin and beads to make my own.

Instead I found an entire section of crystal, beaded, lace, wedding gown trim. It was impossible picking which one I liked best (especially since they ranged from $49-$150/yard). I also found Swatch.  (If you want to make one with beads, check out this DIY by Honesty WTF).

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Swatch the Mood store dog

The left is the trim I chose, then used tiny scissors to cut off parts of it to make a better shape.

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I stretched it out on a football so I would sew it on in the right place. Today I learned, my head is the exact size of a football.

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The final product – I’m in love.

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Beanie-wearers of the world, you now have my permission to continue wearing your hats – carry on.

xo ZZ

Reem Acra Fall 2013 RTW Collection

Sometimes having a good view of the runway, means taking terrible pictures. My iPhone just can’t keep up with the models strutting the catwalk, and the bright lights and glittering collection of Reem Acra only add to the camera confusion.

Most of the pictures turned out like this:

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When this is what it really looked like:

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Here’s a few behind-the-scenes before I show you my favorites from this collection:

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Katherine Heigl and Reem Acra backstage.

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And my favorites. Somebody better show up at the Oscars wearing one of these!

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Which one is your favorite? Who should wear what at the Oscars??

 

 

Jen Kao stole my look, Fall/Winter 2013-2014

I wasn’t a big fan of Jen Kao’s collection this season. Aluminum foil spacesuits and denim patchwork bathrobes just aren’t my style. I can’t pull that off.

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I did love her signature geometric designs and pops of color.

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Also, I learned that we have two things in common.

1. Our love of seeing our name in neon.

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2. We shop at the same JoAnn’s for Dalmatian fabric. Though I do believe mine was more chic and thoughtfully used, sorry Jen.

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Here’s a few behind-the-scenes shots, and my view for the show.

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What do you think? Could you rock this collection?