Jul
24
2013
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Why Did You Wear That: Up on the Roof

kirsten smithWhen I walked out of my grey carpeted, grey walled, grey everything office on my last day of work, I knew I never wanted to be stuck in a corporate cubicle ever again.  Ever.  I started WhyDid while working that 9-5 (more like 8-8) job and made it my priority a year later.  Sure, I wrote my first book at age ten, but I hadn’t even realized how much I enjoyed writing until over ten years later.  I’ve now been fortunate enough to turn something I love to do, into what I do for a living.

While not having to report to an office sure has its perks (like wine at lunch), working from home can become pretty isolating.  I don’t have to get dressed or even shower before making it from my bed to my computer.  I don’t need to come in contact with humans on a daily basis if I don’t want to.  And it’s fairly easy to get totally sidetracked.  I have a beautiful apartment, but staring at the same four walls day in and day out can be less than inspiring.  Luckily, I have a very special creative oasis just an elevator ride away.  Arguably, I have one of the best rooftops in Manhattan.  I can see in all directions, and being by the water allows for a little breeze, which is crucial during these oppressively hot summer days.  I mean, there’s even WiFi.  My only complaint?  No electrical outlets, which only allows me to work for as long as my batteries will last.  So, management, if you’re reading this…

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

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kirsten smithtop: Brandy Melville (similar), shorts: Brandy Melville (similar), sunglasses: Ray-Ban, bracelets: Alex and Ani, necklace: Nina Nguyen, shoes: Charles David, bag: Diane von Furstenberg (similar), dog: Smitty

Rough day at the office.

xx,

WhyDid

Photo credit: Michael Stiegler

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Jun
04
2013
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Why Did You Wear That: A Good In-Vest-ment
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

Let’s play a little game of word association, shall we?  When I say, “denim vest” what’s the first thing that pops into your pretty little head?  I bet it was a mullet… namely in the form of Billy Ray Cyrus (you know, Miley’s dad).  But forget hoe downs and achey breaky hearts, cause the denim vest is one of this summer’s hot ticket items.  Just like all good things and some ex-boyfriends, denim vests have made a comebeack and here are three cool (and slightly unexpected) ways to wear one.

 Dressed Down Date Night:

1. MINKPINK Wonderland Mini Dress, 2. Mossimo Supply Co. Cropped Denim Vest, 3. Forever 21 Neon Lucite Trimmed Clutch, 4. Calvin Klein Vivian High Heel Sandals

Beach Baby:

bikini denim vest1. ABS Ombre Dip Dyed Denim Vest, 2. Joie Layana Silk Shorts, 3. DosMares Jade Halter Bikini, 4. Yosi Samra Flip Flops

Gal About Town:

1. Levi’s Trucker Studded Denim Vest, 2. MOTHER The Looker Skinny Jeans, 3. Truly Madly Deeply Tri Blend Slouchy Pocket Tank, 4. Diane von Furstenberg Anette Suede Pumps

Don’t break my heart, buy a vest.

xx,

WhyDid

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May
07
2013
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Red Carpet Recap: Requirements Were Met.

Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi, Zandra Rhodes, Madonna in Givenchy, Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon

Since 1948 the Metropolitan Museum of Art has hosted the Met Ball (also known as the Costume Institute Ball) to fete the opening of the fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute.  Every year, the event has a theme that attendees are encouraged to channel with their chosen attire.  This year’s theme was deemed Punk: Chaos to Couture and that got the fashion world in a bit of a tizzy.  A stripped down rock starting between 1974 and 1976 characterized by DIY principles and sub-culture rooted in anti-establishment and rebellious youth, would fashion’s elite really relate to the theme seeing as some of them hadn’t even been conceived when punk was present?  The red carpet proved to be a bit of a crap shoot, which was made especially apparent when Hailee Steinfeld referenced Avril Lavigne as “punk.”

Some ladies played it subtle by simply accessorizing with studded jewelery or faux-hawk coifs.  Dramatic dark smokey eyes and deep berry lips were also favored on the red carpet.  But the real stars of the red carpet were the women who really went for it.  Anne Hathaway went full blown blonde, SJP sported an exquisite mohawk headpiece by Philip Treacy, and Madonna said, “to hell with pants!” in Givenchy.  Rooney Mara, Nina Dobrev, and Minka Kelly were the perfect mesh of modern and punk embracing the look in sexy lace and smoldering makeup.  While Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, and Amanda Seyfried were stunning, they veered to the side of safe.  Which can’t be said for some like Coco in Emanuel Ungaro, a tie dyed Elle Fanning, and a seemingly confused Olsen twin.  And I’m left wondering if some of these ladies didn’t get the memo or are just party poopers who simply ignored the theme altogether.

So, who got punk and who got punk’d?

Perfectly Punk:

met gala 2013 red carpet best dressedDonatella Versace, Anne Hathaway in Valentino, Rooney Mara in Givenchy, Lauren Santo Domingo in Dolce & Gabbana, Minka Kelly in Carolina Herrera

Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors, Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung, Dakota Fanning in Rodarte, Carolyn Murphy in Nina Ricci, Allison Williams in Altuzarra

Punky Pants:

Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney, Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier, Jaime King in TopShop, Jessica Biel in Giambattista Valli

How Supermodels Do Punk:

Karolina Kurkova in Mary Katrantzou, Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello, Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello, Cara Delevigne in Burberry, Brooklyn Decker in Peter Pilotto

Punk Princesses:

Julianne Hough in TopShop, Taylor Swift in J. Mendel, Blake Lively in Gucci, Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela, Amanda Seyfried in vintage Givenchy

Pretty, but not Punk:

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino, Anna Wintour in Chanel, Kate Upton in Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Beckinsdale in Alberta Ferretti, Heidi Klum in Marchesa

 Pieces of Punk:

Jaime King, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Lawrence

Emmy Rossum, Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba

You’ve Been Punk’d:

Ashley Olsen in Dior, Elle Fanning in Rodarte, Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs, Nicole Richie in TopShop, Nora Zehetner in Marchesa

Coco Rocha in Emanuel Ungaro, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci, Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood, Beyonce in Givenchy

Who were your favorites?

xx,

WhyDid

 

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Feb
06
2013
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Gift Guide: It’s Getting Hot in Here
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

valentines day gift guide1. Diane von Furstenberg Lock Heart iPhone 5 Case, $40, 2.Diptyque Rose Duet Candle, $65, 3. Jennifer Meyer Gold Small Heart Stud Earrings, $350, 4. Eberjey Gisele Short PJ Top, $58, and Bottom, $40, 5. Jacquie Aiche Double Ring with Bezel, $132, 6. Mary Green Good Girl/Bad Girl Reversible Sleep Mask, $28, 7. Hanky Panky Cross Dyed Signature Lace Sleep Set, $90, 8. Oscar de la Renta Gladia Sandals, $895, 9. Honeydew Emma Elegance Lace Chemise, $46, 10. Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Candle, $29.90, 11. Cosabella Never Say Never 30 Pack of Thongs, $500, 12. La Perla Shanghai San Bra, $245, and Thong, $115, 13. Kiki de Montparnasse Bonds of Love Kit, $210

The only holiday that may be more difficult than Christmas to navigate regarding gift giving is Valentine’s Day.  I feel as if Valentine’s Day is almost like some type of booby trap that we, as women, created to find out just how our men feel about us.  For instance, last year, I didn’t get a dang thing from my then fiance.  Not so much as a card.  That’s basically how I knew it was over.   It’s kind of like when our boos ask, “What’s wrong?” and we reply with, “Nothing,” throwing down the gauntlet that he better figure out what’s wrong.  A Valentine’s Day gift is essentially the same thing.  You hand me a bunch of Gerber daisies or a faux velvet box of drugstore chocolates and I’m going to hand you the phone to call a cab.  And to throw an even bigger curveball to our man friends, there’s that whole level of sexual appropriateness.  Three weeks in and you gift me furry handcuffs? Eh.  A year and a half in and you present me with a coffee table book?  Double eh.  Basically, guys are screwed, so why not just do them a solid and leave this page open on their browsers?  Not like I’ve never done that at an Apple store.  And if you’re unattached (much like myself), get yourself something extra special to celebrate YOU or get together with gal pals and do a sexy gift exchange.  At least you know you’ll get something you like.

Is it hot in here?

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
31
2012
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Setting the Mood: Shine and Shout
Written by: WhyDid | Setting the Mood

sparkle glitter beauty

Maybe you aren’t the “sequin dress” kinda gal (really?) or maybe you just haven’t had the time or funds to go out and fetch yourself a sparkly ensemble.  That’s no reason for you to be anything less than bright this evening.  Whether you’re a little sparkle shy or simply looking for a last minute fix, there are several ways to shine.  Grab a jewel encrusted clutch, put on your party shoes, or just add some sparkle to your peepers to spruce up any look.  You aren’t a wallflower so you certainly shouldn’t look like one.

nye accessories

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Striped Skinny Jeans, $225Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter, $14Gianvito Rossi Glitter Effect Satin Twill Pumps, $595Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Small Crystal Clutch, $395

Wishing you a beautiful, bright, and happy New Year!

xx,

WhyDid

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