Friday, August 29, 2014

#IconCity: I'm Simply Obsessed with Kerry Washington

This week, the Emmy's were on (on a Monday night, no less) and somehow, I survived the entire show without falling asleep. Despite the valiant efforts of Seth Meyers, some jokes just didn't translate into laughs and the evening continued to drag on. For celebrities, it's a lovely event as well as an occasion to get all dressed up and hope for a win. For us common folk, it's just background noise while we compulsively check our social media combined with a bit of FOMO.

Anyway, one of my favourite parts about these awards shows is the Red Carpet (if you hadn't already figured that one out). One of the standouts at every event is Kerry Washington. Not only is she beautiful, but she is ALWAYS best-dressed. Everything she wears looks like it was custom made for her (and this time, it actually was) and she's consistently a stand-out. Watching her walk the Red Carpet makes me want to check out Scandal for more of a glimpse at her style. With a repertoire of films, I definitely have a lot of catching up to do. For now, let us just marvel as some of her best looks.

LOOK 1
You wish you looked this good in white. Wearing a classy Cushnie et Ochs suit with a slight peplum, Kerry looks enviably amazing. Let's not forget to mention her pop of colour with those red Brian Atwood pumps and that standout Kate Spade New York clutch. I'm dying for this.
via InStyle
LOOK 2
Only a girl with serious style savvy could pull off this high-low dress in electric orange. As soon as I saw this Michael Kors look on the runway, I knew that only a true diva could wear it and own it. Kerry wears it beautifully and with a stunning bun that we're all fantasizing about.
via thefashionspot.ca
LOOK 3
This look accentuates Kerry's gorgeous curves and once again, that pop of red was exactly what this outfit needed. Not afraid of a bold print, Kerry proves that she really is an icon to admire.
via berrysa.blogspot.ca
LOOK 4
Has your jaw dropped yet? This is so incredibly beautiful, I want it to be my wedding dress. And that hair is a complete dream. I'm speechless.
via InStyle
LOOK 5
This is definitely my favourite Red Carpet look on Kerry and that says a lot considering that I love ALL her Red Carpet looks. I'm obsessed the perfect fit of this mermaid Zuhair Murad gown . And her hair is, simply put, amazing.
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What do you think of Kerry's style? Which is your favourite look?

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Story of A Magazine Addict

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Ever since I was a pre-teen, I've been devouring magazines like they were my birthday cake and it was my birthday every month. It started with J-14 and M Magazine (remember those, 90s kids?). I proceeded to purchase gossip tabloids (because who hasn't gone through that phase?). All I wanted to do was follow celebrity gossip and find out who was dating who and which hubby cheated on his hot wife. After a while, I grew sick of these false stories being told by journalists craving a good story in US Weekly and InTouch, because honestly, who the hell cares? At this time, my interest in fashion started to grow and suddenly, I found myself addicted to this genre of magazine.

Today, it's all about Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, FASHION, Flare, and InStyle. It's about those magazines I'll never get sick of. As soon as I spot them on the racks at my local drugstore, I can't resist the one with the prettiest cover. I yearn to turn those pages and discover the latest fashion news, the photoshoots, and the cover story.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I confess to my addiction with an open heart. I am fully aware that I am obsessed with magazines and my only means of self-control is someone I really hate gracing a cover. I keep my archives because frankly, isn't that what fashion is all about? Nostalgia? Reminiscing? Inspiration from past collections?

So, when my parents ask me why I can't let go of my magazines, I tell them just that. Every page is reminder of the rich history of the fashion industry. Perhaps I don't have access to 1893 Vogue, but my 2008 version is just as good (sort of). It's a memory of my own evolution as a fashion lover.

Back in my awkward teenage years, fashion was simply an afterthought. Today, I look at these old magazines with new eyes. I am no longer that girl who just flipped through the pages, casually eyeing the photographs. I'm the girl who analyses and nitpicks every element that goes into it because I can finally appreciate the art that is involved.

I know what you're thinking. Did I seriously waste my time reading this testimonial when I could've been on Style.com? Perhaps you did. And if so, maybe it'll make you realize that your magazine addiction is not the worst thing in the world. Everything in moderation.

Ponder That,

XOXO,

Bella

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#EMMY'S 2014: Another Best-Dressed List

For the first time since 1976, the Emmys were held on a Monday night and the world was in an uproar.

Just kidding.

Nobody had anything better to do last night than sit back, relax, and watch Seth Meyers' make awkward puns about all the celebrity presenters. It was a night filled with awkward comedy (Weird Al Yankovic) and a few tears were shed when Billy Crystal paid tribute to Robin Williams. Other than that, most of the evening was fairly dull with a few wisecracks and inside jokes only an elite group of celebrities would understand.

Now, let's get to the main event: The Best-Dressed List.

Since I haven't made one of these in a while, I am very excited to share my choices with you. This was a difficult list to make as many celebrities were well-dressed on the carpet this year (much to our utter surprise). The stylists clearly know their clients and that definitely made it slightly more worth our watch.

Here it goes:

NUMBER 10
Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad
As soon as this Orange Is The New Black star hit the Red Carpet, her sleek gold number stood out. Sexy, yet tasteful, this look could not go wrong. After all, everyone loves a little shine on the Red Carpet. It may not have been orange, but I get the feeling she's just sick of the colour.
via Huffington Post
NUMBER 9
Halle Berry in Elie Saab
I did not spot Halle's dress until she got on stage to present an award and needless to say, I was very impressed with the choice. The soft dusty pink complimented her skin perfectly and the thigh high slit is always a crowd pleaser.
via Huffington Post
NUMBER 8
Heidi Klum in Zac Posen
It wouldn't be an awards night without a Zac Posen dress gracing the Red Carpet. Of course, Heidi Klum was the perfect candidate for the part. This classy coral number made her skin glow and accentuated those enviable blond locks.
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NUMBER 7
Julia Roberts in Elie Saab
Yet another Elie Saab dress makes the best-dressed list. Maybe I have a soft spot for the designer or maybe Julia Roberts looked too stunning not to make the list. Choosing a short dress was definitely a risk for the Emmys, but Julia pulled it off with ease. With a perfect V and an adorable ruffled skirt, she stood out from the crowd.
via Huffington Post
NUMBER 6
Kate Mara in J. Mendel
There's something about this dress that was just right. Perhaps the flowing white fabric or the intricate floral appliqu├ęs at the top. Maybe white just projects an angelic vibe like no other colour. Whatever the reason, I really loved Kate Mara's dress last night.
via Huffington Post
NUMBER 5
Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier
This dress was that jaw-dropping kind that everyone was talking about the moment, Masters of Sex star, Lizzy Caplan, hit the Red Carpet. Classy in the front and party in the back, Lizzy was the envy of everyone in the room. She's come a long way from her days as fierce Mean Girls character, Janice Ian. 
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NUMBER 4
Sara Hyland in Christian Siriano
Only a young starlet like Sara Hyland could wear a crop top to the Emmys and look utterly chic. The sliver of skin was just right and let's not forget to mention that gorgeous coral skirt. Extra points go Hyland for the high bun.
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NUMBER 3
Kerry Washington in Custom Prada
Maybe Kerry is number 3 on my list because I have a girl crush on her. Sporting the colour of the evening, ORANGE, Kerry looked stunning and the glimpse of sparkly hot pants peeking out was the perfect finishing touch to this look.
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NUMBER 2
January Jones in Prabal Gurung
Red was another theme last night and I'd like to award best red dress to January Jones. It was elegant and ostentatious and that is exactly why I loved it.
via Huffington Post
NUMBER 1
Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli is one of my favourite designers and therefore, Allison Williams' decision to wear it automatically landed her on this list. I love the touch of yellow at the waist and the feminine bow at the bust made it feminine and chic. Did I mention I'm in love with it?
via Harper's Bazaar
What are you thoughts? What would your best-dressed list look like?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Monday, August 25, 2014

The #VMAS: Let's Face It, It Was All About Beyonce

Let's get one thing clear. The VMA's are not about fashion. Or about music.

They're about one celebrity outdoing the other. In this case, everyone's goal was to outdo last year's Miley and Robin Thicke performance (without the backlash).

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A lot of amazing things happened last night that you may have not noticed, so pay attention. We saw Lorde dance to Beyonce, which compensated for the absence of a performance from her. Blue Ivy did a little shake and it was the cutest thing we've ever seen in our lives. Obvi, Taytay couldn't help herself either and you can expect many gifs about it in the near future. Rita Ora's face during Anaconda took the cake for most blatant expression of utter shock. Nicki Minaj held her dress together during her trio (triette?) with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. because clearly something wasn't working and a wardrobe malfunction was in our midst (ALMOST). Kylie was WAY better dressed than Kendall (just had to get that one out there). Miley Cyrus' compensated for last year's fiasco by giving a shoutout to the homeless. AND Usher spanked Nicki Minaj (ERR...)

So, let's make this a contest or an "award show", if you will, in honour of the true meaning of the VMAs.

BEST GLITTER:
Nominees: Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande
And The Winner Is...BEYONCE
Apparently, one MUST wear glitter on stage to attract the most attention possible. Obviously, nobody can compete with Beyonce when it comes to glitter or sequins or sparkle. Though Taytay made a valiant effort, even she knows that she could not possibly beat out the Queen.

BEST BUTT:
Nominees: Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Ariana Grande
And The Winner Is...BEYONCE
I know you all think Nicki deserves this award, but Beyonce made her butt look tasteful somehow and that is no easy feat. Nicki's may have been more prominent, but Beyonce's drew us all in and therefore, she still gets this award.

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Sorry, Nicki, Better luck next time.

BEST RAP:
Nominees: Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Usher
And The Winner Is...BEYONCE
Just kidding.
Of course, Iggy Azalea is the best female white rapper on the scene right now. Usher tried to rap (ish) it at the beginning of his performance, but I think that moment had us all confused. What are you doing, Usher? You're a soul man. Nicki is runner-up once again, but I'm sure she's fine with that. I'm still waiting for the Nicki and Iggy rap-off to happen.

MOST EMOTIONAL:
Nominees: Sam Smith, Beyonce, 5 Seconds to Summer
And The Winner Is...BEYONCE
This time, Beyonce wins for REAL. Evidence? I actually cried during the last five minutes of her performance. Her tribute to Blue Ivy was beyond beautiful and that shout-out to feminism had me a little teary-eyed as well. Sniff Sniff. Go Queen Bey!

CUTEST FAMILY LOVE:
Nominees: The Beyonces, The Kardashians, Ariana Grande and her Nonna
And The Winner Is...THE BEYONCES
We're going to call them "The Beyonces" because clearly, she runs the world, girls. Blue Ivy's little shake during her momma's performance was probably one of the top five cutest things I've ever seen. Jay-Z looked snazzy and super proud of his wifey, who he is probably not divorcing despite the rumours. Let's hope they stay together forever and ever, guys.

via MTV.com
The Beyonces

SEXIEST PERFORMANCE:
Nominees: Usher, Beyonce, Adam Levine
And The Winner Is...BEYONCE
As much as I love these two beautiful men, Beyonce still takes this one because she's Beyonce and let's face it, she can probably turn any straight woman. Considering that I am in LOVE with Adam Levine and Usher, that says a lot about Queen Bey.

BEST DRESSED:
Nominees: Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner
And The Winner Is...BEYONCE (kidding again)
Because this had to be a category, I've decided to choose Katy Perry. She paid tribute to the 90s, keeping up with the current trends. We all miss Britney and Justin's adorable puppy love and Katy Perry brought their sexy back. I think we were all pretty pleased with the result. #feeling nostalgic
Actual best-dressed: KYLIE (even though I'm not a huge fan of the Kardashian clan, this Alexandre Vauthier was so goth chic and I seriously loved it)
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HOT STUFF
Who would you vote for? Do you think Beyonce deserves the crown?

Ponder That,

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, August 22, 2014

#IconCity: When Bella and Bella Collide

I love Bella Thorne because we share a name. It cannot be denied that I don't really know anything about her other than the fact that she has amazing style and obviously, that we have the same name. Due to this embarrassing tidbit, I decided to do some research and here is what I discovered.

1) Her name is actually Annabella (so we don't actually share a name).
2) She's 5"8. I'm 5"1 (we clearly have NOTHING in common).
3) She played a young Taylor Townsend on The O.C once (I loved the O.C.)
4) She is a natural redhead (Mind. Blown.)
5) She sponsors a child in Kenya (she cares about people).

Based on the knowledge I acquired from IMDB, I've concluded that she deserves to be part of IconCity. Mazel Tov.

Here are some of her best looks.

LOOK 1
Yes, she is a Disney girl. So what? Does she not deserve to be an icon at such a young age? If anything, her early success is pretty iconic. Also, she knows that emerald green looks amaze on a ginger. 2 points.
via Teen Vogue
LOOK 2
Let's all take a lesson from Bella Thorne. Florals and neutrals look incredible together. This is essentially Adele's Valentino gone right. And the Pocahontas braid adds extra disney points. 3 points.
via outfitidentifier.com
LOOK 3
Somehow, Bella wears a crop top with cutouts and it looks perfectly classy. It's called "pairing it with a pencil skirt". Of course, this pastel hue looks perfect against her porcelain Irish skin. And add points for that bun, please. 4 points.
via Teen Vogue
LOOK 4
This is so cute. I'm Rachel Zoe dying for it. Palm trees are all the rage and this lady knows it. Besides, anything Fausto Puglisi gets points in my book. 5 points.
via stylevanity.com
LOOK 5
To some this may be a bit "whoa", but to me, that's an accomplishment. If you can wear head-to-toe prints and pull it off, kudos to you. Matching her hair to her outfit is genius and that messy bun is beyond.
via modamob.com
Holler if you think she deserves to be in IconCity. If not, that's fine too.

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What Your Nail Polish Collection Says About You

My Collection
I wrote this post back in 2013 about my addiction to Essie nail polish (read it!). For some inexplicable reason, I LOVE Essie (good marketing?). All my friends wear Essie, my aesthetician uses Essie, and it has every shade your brain could possibly imagine. When it is on sale, my heart leaps out of my chest and it instantly becomes the best day of my life. I can't explain why. It just is.

Yet, there are so many other amazing brands to choose from:
OPI
Deborah Lippman
China Glaze
Marc Jacobs
Butter London
NARS
Hard Candy
ZOYA

The list goes on. So, why Essie? It feels right to me and perhaps someday I will be open to other brands, but for now, this is my poison.

Your nail polish collection is not only about the brand you choose but the colours you select. Let me tell you, this says a lot about the kind of person you are. Based on my pre-conceived notions of people, I've decided to help you figure out who you are and whether you'd like to become more experimental based on your nail lacquer collection.

If Your Collection Consists Of...

MOSTLY Reds, Pinks, and Orange Tones
You're a classicist. You're not really a nail polish risk-taker, but you like it that way. You want to look classy and put-together at ALL TIMES. That is perfectly fine. I won't look down on you. I admire your loyalty to a chic selection of colours. Your number one is probably Essie's cult favourite Fiji. That's fine. I own it too. Keep on wearing Fiji. It's lovely.

MOSTLY Blues, Greens, and Shades of Black.
You're a little edgier than most. Your aunt might give your nails a looksie and cringe a little bit, but you like it. You want that reaction. The weirder the colour, the better you feel. Who needs those standard colours? You especially LOVE that there are so many versions of black on the market. After all, who can pick just one? You're probably a big fan of Essie's Butler Please, Turquoise and Caicos, or Devil's Advocate. Your nails are always bold and edgy, exactly like you. And who's to judge?

MOSTLY Nail Art
You are the most patient person on the planet (in my biased opinion). You love YouTube because it offers a world of options. Who needs one colour on your nails when you can have 3? Louboutin nails? Love it. Polka dots? Bring it on. Multi-coloured french mani? That's the ONLY way to do it. You love experimenting and you're a major risk-taker. If you make a mess, who cares? It's all art, isn't it? You're a lot of fun to be around because you'll try anything once. People really love you.

MOSTLY French Manicures, White, or Nudes
You ONLY paint your nails on special occasions. You like them clean and cut. You are very clean cut yourself. You love a classic pantsuit for work with a chic bob or blunt bang. Your nude Celine handbag is your best friend. Who needs wild colours? Those are for children, you say. I'm ready to be a woman. You ALWAYS look sophisticated and people envy your for it. You don't need to try new things because you know what you like and you're more experience driven than trend driven. I salute you.

This may be a product of my imagination, but you might find some truth to it. Take a peak at your nail polish collection tonight and let me know where you stand.

Ponder That,

XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why We Need To Stop Rationalizing Our Shoe Collections

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We all have weaknesses and guilty pleasures that cause our brains to shut down and that stimulate our impulses. For me, this phenomenon occurs when I see an amazing pair of shoes and correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm almost certain that there are many others like me. Every time I spot a pair of shoes, I tell myself that love cannot be denied and I MUST have them. Let me confess that logic does NOT come into play. At least not real logic.

Sometimes I tell myself that I need a pair of sneakers for when I (don't) go to the gym. Occasionally, I'll spot a pair of sky high stilettos and justify them by remembering that it's my best friend's birthday next week and I HAVE to wear something new. Also, I'm 5" feet tall, so a pair of high heels is ALWAYS necessary. Fall is approaching and I obviously need a new pair of knee high leather boots. They are a closet staple, aren't they? The snow devoured last year's pair. Oh well. I also need a lower bootie for those slightly warmer days. Besides, they look ridiculously edgy with my new LBD. If I'm going to go out, I'll definitely need a high heeled version of both. I also need some Sorels for the snow because I don't want to get my nicer boots dirty. Can't make that mistake again. After all, they were a bit pricey.

Does this sound familiar?

If these words have played in your head every time you bought a pair of shoes, you fall into the same category as I do: The Shoe Addict.

How do you overcome it?

To that I respond: Do I have to?

To some of us, the shoe makes or breaks the outfit. With your basic white tee and jeans, that Sophia Webster heel may be all you need to take it from daytime chic to party on the town. While some spend all their money on clothes, all I need is a variety of shoes to dress up or down my simplest looks. Is that such a crime? Maybe trying to rationalize our shoe collections is pointless. Or perhaps we could all use that one perfect sneaker (unless you're my height). Whichever camp you fall under, fashion is NOT about rationale. It's about passion and self-expression. If that takes you straight into the arms of Valentino Rockstud Pumps, who am I to judge?

Perhaps we should all pay more attention to our shoes. Maybe being a shoe addict isn't such a bad thing.

But then again, that's also coming from a shoe addict, so who am I to talk?


Ponder that,

Bella

P.S 15 DAYS UNTIL NYFW

Monday, August 18, 2014

#TentFashion: My Own Nugget of Truth

How do you define fashion?

Is it the intricate and detailed haute couture at Chanel or Giambattista Valli?
Is it (dare I say it?) the fast fashion that is forever changing at stores like H&M and Zara?
Is it a staple LBD or a trendy asymmetrical skirt?

The truth is: I couldn't tell you.

I may live and breathe fashion, but its definition remains ambiguous and that has never been more clear to me than during this past week.

Allow me to explain.

This week, I participated in an event called Tent Fashion that brought Jews from across North America together with one common interest. Each of us were drawn to the event due to its connection to our own personal definition of fashion and the impact it has on our lives. For some, fashion was about change and innovation. It was about creating something meaningful that resonates with our own thoughts and beliefs. For others, it was about self-expression. It was about escaping the norm and inspiring boldness in a conservative community. For me, it was about discovery. It was about learning that fashion has a fluid definition that can never stay stagnant because it is an industry in constant evolution. While to some, Roots sweatpants and Tiffany bracelets are fashion, to others, these are simply material possessions or a right of passage at Jewish camp.


Each one of us has felt disconnected from our communities at some point in our young adult lives. Whether we were being told "Why are you dressed so fancy?" or "What's up with those hebrew letters tattooed on your arm?", our version of self-expression was inadequate to someone somewhere at some social function. However, I've come to discover that this is exactly what fashion is about. Fashion doesn't have to be defined. It should make eyebrows rise and pupils dilate.

Another thing we all had in common was that we were Jewish and inherently part of a larger community despite some of us feeling somewhat disconnected. Regardless of our common religion, we were all different in the way we dressed, spoke, or thought. There's a misconception that Jewish people look a certain way and that you either look Jewish or you don't based on certain characteristics constructed by society. This event made it very clear that Jews are just as difficult to define as fashion and therein lies the connection. We may have all been Jewish, but we're also people with individual characteristics, interests, and connections to fashion. You may not be wearing a streimel, but does that make you any less Jewish? Isn't it possible to have a Jewish identity and fashion identity that are separate from one another? Or perhaps they are intertwined in some subconscious way that we are unaware of.


Tent Fashion wasn't just a program bringing Jewish artists together, but an eye-opener about the importance of diversity in fashion. If everyone were designing the same thing, where would fashion be? We're all trying to identify with something that makes us feel unique, while staying connected to our common traits. That's what makes us human. If you attempted to define fashion, you'd come to realize that it's as silly as trying to define the word "funny". It's all relative and ever-changing. If your mom is laughing at your jokes, it IS possible that she isn't just doing it to make you happy, but because you may actually be funny. Stop second guessing yourself and just follow your instincts. If YOU think something is fashion and if YOU think you're funny, isn't that all that matters anyway?


Ponder that,

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, August 14, 2014

End of Season! End of Season!

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The end of season deserves two exclamation points for a number of reasons. Though the end of summer may seem like a very depressing time as stores begin to stock up on their fall collections and magazines start advertising fur coats and leather boots, we can't help but feel that spurt of excitement at the thought of a new season commencing. A new season always feels like a page is being turned. We get to experiment with new fashion trends we may have never tried before and dig into our creative souls for inspiration on who we want to be this year. Fashion is all about self-expression and as a Canadian, you have the privilege of wearing every type of clothing possible due to the disparity in weather conditions upon each season. What is the correlation, you ask? With all of these diverse temperatures, the world of fashion is open to you and the explorative options are endless. While living in the heat may be wonderful and pleasant, you'll never know what it's like to slip on a luxurious fur a la Rachel Zoe and feel that warmth as you step outside in -30 degree weather. In Canada, anything is possible and therefore, your self-development can go a long way. Now, allow me to get to the point.

Let's talk about 8 reasons the end of season is the best time of year.

NUMBER 8
Sales, Sales, Sales
Though this may seem obvious, it is crucial to this list. We can detach ourselves from those sad emotions arising at the thought of winter by heading to the stores and getting all our favourite summer pieces on sale to store for next year. It may sound like unhealthy depression shopping, but who's counting.

NUMBER 7
New Collections
This is the perfect time to get a taste of what's to come. With all the stores giving us a sneak peak, it's the perfect opportunity to plan that new wardrobe.

NUMBER 6
Fashion Week
The absolute BEST part about the end of season is that it is usually followed by Fashion Week. Though the thought of winter may be depressing, Spring Fashion Week in September reminds us that the warmth is still within our reach.

NUMBER 5
Wardrobe Surprises!
Allow me to elaborate. Remember last season when you
 bought those leather lace up booties and couldn't wear them because the weather wasn't quite there yet. You can now take them out of that hiding place and slip them onto your feet because Fall is here!

NUMBER 4
New Beginnings
New clothes generally signal new beginnings. Though one chapter is ending, another is beginning. It's time to start dreaming again.

NUMBER 3
Transitional Clothing
Nobody will judge you at this time of year for wearing boots with shorts. Take full advantage while you can.

NUMBER 2
Another Excuse To Shop
For those of you who shop scarcely throughout the year, this is your time. You may not shop often, but end of season is deal time and that money you've been saving is about to get its due.

NUMBER 1
Time To Discard
This is the perfect time of year to refresh that wardrobe but getting rid of items you no longer wear to make room for the new. And there's nothing more refreshing than cleansing.

It's time to look at the positive. Stop thinking it's the end and start looking at it as a new beginning.

xoxo,

Bella

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Onlineshoppingophobia

Yes, it's real.

The symptoms?

- Pre-purchase anxiety
- Fear of identity theft.
- Compulsion anxiety
- Fear of shopping addiction
- Fear of debt

Essentially, it involves a lot of fear and anxiety caused by irrational worries that plague the mind upon the mere glance at Asos and Nasty Gal. Minds such as mine are prone to the disease because of natural anxiety issues and paranoia. Therefore, despite my obsession with shopping, I cannot bring myself to press that final button.

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Am I missing out on amazing options offered by online retailers?
Am I depriving myself of the endless world of possibilities that is the internet?
Am I limiting my own creative flow?
OR
Am I justified in my worries?
Is online shopping dangerous?

For many reasons, it can be perceived as a danger. For one, it encourages more shopping at times when one cannot physically be inside a shop and thus, one can make purchases at every time of day (which results in many more purchases). Late nights on the computer with nothing but your own temptation. The thought of debt slowly slips away into the back of your mind. The options are endless and somehow, it's almost impossible to know when one should stop.

HOWEVER, are we missing out on the full shopping experience? Is walking into a store and touching the fabric what it's all about? Is a big part of the fun trying on the clothing and creating styles with your imagination and spotting your coup de coeur?

Is online shopping the end of store shopping as we know it?

If you're me, then let's hope not. As much as I love technology, I'm not quite over my onlineshoppingophobia yet. And maybe it's for the best. Who knows? Call me in five years.

Ciao

Bella

Monday, August 11, 2014

#ForTheSakeofFashion: The Transition Edition

Transition period is challenging for all of us. As summer becomes fall and the weather becomes as unpredictable as Justin Bieber's music career, getting dressed turns into a challenge. At this time, one begins to wonder whether boots are appropriate. When can I take out that leather jacket? When should I move my shorts to my bottom drawer? Knee high socks, a yay or a nay?

All of these questions parade through our minds during transition season, which is why we all need to ignore them. That's right. At the end of the day, it all comes down to experimentation. Maybe Mable doesn't want to wear boots just yet, but you're ready. That's totally fine. What's magical about this time of year is that you can wear something completely impractical and nobody can question it. It's the only time of year when a fur with sandals is acceptable (ish). When else would you wear a sweater with your mini skirt?

If you're still slightly confused as to what I am talking about, here are five examples of items that can be worn #forthesakeoffashion simply because it's transition season and anything goes.

NUMBER 1
Sweaters with Mini Skirts
As the mod movement begins to dominate the fall fashion scene, we're all dying to get those mini skirts on. Transition period is the perfect time to highlight those long legs with a mini and an adorable fluffy sweater to create proportions you never thought possible.
via alltheprettybirds.blogspot.com
NUMBER 2
Skirts With Booties
In the winter, no tights are not an option. Therefore, little booties always seem to be worn with them. Transition period is a time where we get to wear short skirts with little edgy boots. Are you ready for this?
via playwithfashion.net
NUMBER 3
Socks with Sandals
Back in the day, you thought this look would forever be reserved for middle-aged men. Today, it's the mark of a fashionista. You can't wear this in the winter, so embrace it while you can.
via Elle.com
NUMBER 4
Wool Hats
No, they don't cover your ears nor shield them from the horrifying winter wind, but they look damn cool. Big hats are back, so wear them now while your ears are still warm.
via ontheracks.com
NUMBER 5
Capes
I already spoke about capes in the first #forthesakeoffashion post, but they are entirely relevant once again. You won't be warm enough for this giant blanket in a few weeks, so now's the time to take advantage of this chic piece of clothing.
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So, there you have it. Wear it #forthesakeoffashion, because what other reason should you have?

Bella

Friday, August 8, 2014

#IconCity: Introducing Jamie Chung

Great style deserved to be recognized. That is why I created IconCity in the first place. The newest member to arrive is Jamie Chung. No anti-climactic drumroll necessary. After several small roles in some hit films, Jamie introduced herself into the fashion world as one to watch. Though she is known for her breakout role in The Real World, her ability to look amazing at every possible social event is what qualifies really got her noticed (in my personal opinion).

Take a look at some of her best look.

LOOK 1
NYFW S/S 2014 BCBG
Leather and denim is a killer combo that nobody would have thought of pairing together. Except Jamie Chung. And let's not neglect to mention her #forthesakeoffashion choice to wear her jacket over the shoulders AS SHE SHOULD.
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LOOK 2
Marchesa Bridal Show
As soon as she wore it, this mesh Elizabeth and James skirt landed her on every best-dressed list. Topped with a chic red blazer and killer shoes, we'd be crazy not to kill for this outfit.
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LOOK 3
Street Style
Who else knows how to mix prints in such an expert fashion? Jamie Chung showcases this AMAZING look with her hair casually pulled back. That Isabel Marant jacket is to die for.
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LOOK 4
Launch of Brancott Estate Flight Song
So simple, yet so perfect. The classic white Zara crop top and midi skirt ensemble projects an angelic vibe while her studded BCBG jacket begs to differ. This is exactly what I stand for.
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LOOK 5
Summer 2013
Clearly a fellow print lover, Jamie Chung proves that a dress in itself can make a bold statement, no accessories needed. 
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Keep your eyes out for Jamie Chung. She's definitely a force to be reckoned with.

What do you think of her style? Does it merit best-dressed status?

TGIF!

Bella

Thursday, August 7, 2014

When It Comes To Hats, The Bigger The Better Is Our New Mantra

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I apologize for the excessively long title, but it was only to emulate the size of the hats that are currently taking over. After spotting Pharrell's Hat for the first time at the Grammys, we all wondered whether it would start a trend or just become one of those things we try to forget ever happened. Several months later, we've got our answer on the cover of Teen Vogue. Though it seems an unlikely place for this resolution to come about, it did! And with Kendall Jenner on her very first cover.

It's clearly a big day for everyone (Pharrell, Kendall, and myself included).

After gracing the cover of Teen Vogue, Vogue's baby sister, this hat has shown that larger-than-life hats are about to make a major comeback. Don't have a hat head? That's fine. This is your moment to experiment. You may have believed that these gigantesque hats would remain in the 19th century and period films/television shows/novels, but they've eased their way into modern day.

It should come as no surprise that this has finally occurred. With everyone obsessing over shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey, it's no wonder we're all craving a little hat magic.

If you still aren't sold on this look, allow me to give you 10 reasons hats are the bees knees.

NUMBER 10
It Protects Your Head Against Dangerous Heat Rays #underratedreason
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NUMBER 9
It'll Make Us All Look Wealthy/Like Royalty
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NUMBER 8
You Can Now Look Like Kate Middleton At A Horse Race Or Wedding
via www.instylemag.com

NUMBER 7
Or Pharrell, If That's More Up Your Alley
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NUMBER 6
People Will Definitely Stop In The Streets At The Sight Of You
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NUMBER 5
Which Will Inevitably Land You On A Best Dressed List
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NUMBER 4
Or Worst Dressed (Any publicity is good publicity)
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NUMBER 3
You Can Become: The Girl With The Cool Hats
via denimtherapy.com

NUMBER 2
It'll Give You Yet Another Accessory To Jazz Up Your Normcore Look
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And The Number 1 Reason Hats Rocks Your Socks Is...
Bad Hair Days Will Cease To Exist
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Time to go hat shopping, guys! 

Later!

Bella