Dec
05
2013
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Why Did You Wear That: Post Traumatic Stress, or Lack Thereof

Kirsten SmithSpeaking of evolution, it’s amazing what a difference a year can make.  Cliché?  Yes.  True?  Also yes.  After having scraped myself from my father’s couch and moving back to New York last year, I was ready to put my shattered life back together piece by painful piece.  I had moved back to my old neighborhood (literally across the street from my old apartment), reconnected with my New York friends who hadn’t fled the city for life in suburban wedded bliss, and put my feelers out for new career opportunities and love interests- though only half heartedly on the latter.

I hadn’t been back to California since leaving that last time.  I mean, it’s a long flight, plus I wasn’t sure how I’d feel  about being back there.  However, my dad was long overdue for a visit and the way the weather was looking on the east coast, I was happy to suffer through a five hour flight for a stint in the sunshine.  Upon landing in LA, I immediately felt a bittersweet nostalgia.  Driving through familiar streets in Silicon Valley, I felt eery familiarity and the memories of my past came creeping back.

Kirsten SmithFortunately, I have a friend who is the kind of friend everyone should wish for.  She’s the “ride or die” type and the moment she got my sobbing phone call that I would be moving out of the home I shared with my ex, she was quite literally on a plane to come and help with the heavy lifting and to lift my heavy heart.  Her name is Katie and you may remember her.  Upon arriving at said residence, my ex had been so “kind” as to have already packed all of my belongings (well, everything he didn’t try and pilfer) and arrange them conveniently at the front door.  Talk about adding insult to injury.  But on the brightside, this gave us more time to spend together chatting rather than packing.  Katie having never done so, we hopped in her rental and took a ride down the PCH.  Remembering a must see recommendation from a pal Katie had made on the plane (she’s always making friends), we stopped somewhere along Big Sur at a place called Post Ranch Inn where we dined while taking in the views at Sierra Mar.  The views are quite literally breathtaking and those with acrophobia may want to refrain from venturing out onto the balconies.  I was so happy to be in such beautiful surroundings with my beautiful friend, but halfway through my second glass of prosecco, I broke down into tears.

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kirsten smithI wanted to share this place with people who love me unconditionally and make new memories that were joyful not jaded.  My middle brother, Andy and my dad are two men I know I can always count on besides Smitty and I wanted to take them somewhere I loved.  We hopped in Dick’s tiny sportscar (I generously relinquished shotgun and crammed myself into the backseat) and off we went down the windy PCH on our way back to Post Ranch Inn, stopping intermittently to snap photos at scenic overlooks.  Ironically enough, we were seated at the exact same table where Katie and I sat the year before.  This year, however, I didn’t cry into my garden green salad.  I guess that’s the thing about bad memories, sometimes you just have to face them, make new ones, and move on.

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kirsten smithtop: Free People (similar-and on sale-here), bralette: Victoria’s Secret, pants: 7 for All Mankind, boots: All Saints (similar here), bag: Balenciaga, jacket: Andrew Marc

Don’t worry, I didn’t jump.

xx,

WhyDid

photographs by Andrew Smith (my middle big brother- who you should also follow on Instagram)

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Apr
28
2012
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Weekend Playlist: Get Down Tonight
Written by: WhyDid | Weekend Playlist

roller disco partyHere’s a question:  What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a 70′s disco roller skating party?  Answer: There is no better way.  My favorite guest DJ and all around crafty lady, Katie (aka the best friend a girl could ask for), is celebrating her golden birthday this weekend.  No, Kim, that’s nothing even remotely close to a golden shower.  A golden birthday is when you turn your age, say 22, on the day, the 22nd.  Get it?

So, while we are combing out our afros and stretching out our leotards, we’ll be getting in the mood with this 70′s inspired playlist.  And probably drinking a little prosecco too.

Send Katie a little birthday love while you’re at it.

xx,

WhyDid

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Apr
11
2012
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WhyDid Wisdom: Hang in There
Written by: WhyDid | WhyDid Wisdom

designer closetA lot of you are probably doing some spring cleaning of your closets and while that is all good and fine (actually it’s applaudable), why not really give your closet a full fledged makeover?  Having an organized closet is not just about purging it of the old and re-hanging what’s left behind shape and color.  (If you need a refresher course in the art of closet cleaning, click right here).

Instead of just re-organizing what you’ve got, why don’t you go ahead and give your beloved closet a little extra aesthetic appeal?  Take a look at your closet.  Look at your hangers.  Seriously, look.  There are plastic ones, mismatched ones, clippy ones and even -gasp- wire ones.  You love your clothes so much, why on Earth don’t you treat them better?  They deserve a little respect, no?  I mean the top that accents your delicate cleavage without making you look like a tart.  The trousers that perfectly drape over your toned behind.  Your clothes are working hard to make you look good.  Show them some love, goddammit.

Recently, my best pal, Katie, decided to give her closet a mini overhaul and I convinced her that she NEEDED to make the switch to velvet hangers in the process.  These hangers are not new to the market, but if you haven’t heard about them or you have yet to convert… now’s the time to do so.  Not only do they take up (literally) half as much space, they keep all your strappy straps stuck on and they just look a lot nicer.  Proof:

closet plastic hangers

closet velvet hangersAsk Katie if she loves her new hangers.  (She’s shaking her pretty head “yes”).  My closet has been 94.2% converted completely to these hangers and I will never go back.  Buy them in bulk or do it little by  little, but seriously… just do it.

velvet hangersJoy Mangano Huggable Hangers

Cleaning out your closet can be hard, but just hang in there.

xx,

WhyDid

 

image via Elle Decor

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Apr
05
2012
1


Real People, Real Style: Got Me on My Knees, Leila
Written by: WhyDid | Real People Real Style

Leila Moghim LarsenWhen I met Leila, I liked her immediately.  She’s warm, funny, and genuine.  A lot like her brand, Silly Lips.   Last weekend,  I was lucky enough to assist styling at the Silly Lips photoshoot with photographer extraordinaire, Aaron Katen.  All of the Silly Lips girls were so fun to be around and it was a pleasure getting to see the girls in action (and living up to their monikers).  Find out a little bit more about Leila and fall in love with her too!

Name:  Leila Larsen

Wearing: Aryn K blouse, Genetic Denim jeans, Forever 21 wedges, accessories from Zou Zou Boutique

Occupation:  Owner/President of Silly Brand, LLC (silly lips lip balm)

Hometown/Current Town:  Memphis, TN / Orlando, FL

1. I would describe my style as:  Girlie but laid back…  I would say it’s simple- spiced up with accessories.  I am kinda obsessed with bracelets.

2.  I can’t leave the house without:  My evil-eye.  If I’m not wearing it, I have one tucked away in my purse at all times… and of course some Silly Lips balm!

3. Based on wardrobe alone, if I could live in any time period, it would be:  This is a hard one.  I’m torn between the 50′s and 70′s.  I really love the 50′s and how everyone dressed up (poodle skirts, skinny capris, scarves, etc.) but the 70′s brought us a variety of laid-back styles that I still love today.  Okay, if I had to choose one, I would say the 70′s.  I look way better in platforms than in flats!

4. Best/biggest splurge (worth every penny):  My wedding dress.  I wish I could wear it everyday.

5. Best fashion advice I’ve ever received:  “You should probably start plucking your eyebrows.”

6. Biggest fashion pet peeve (a trend that just needs to go away):  I am really not sure if I have an answer for this.  I guess I would have to say my biggest fashion pet peeve would be all of the trends that look terrible on me (i.e. palazzo pants & thong bikinis).  Ha!

7. What I would tell my 13 year old self:  Your parents actually do know more than you do.  You are not going to be a doctor….and please don’t throw away that hyper-color t-shirt (it’s still the coolest fashion “invention” ever!).

8. Weirdest beauty trick that I swear by:  When I don’t get enough sleep the night before, I put Preparation H under my eyes to get rid of the puffiness. Try explaining why you have a tube of that in your makeup bag!

9. Don’t care if it ever goes out of style, I’m going to keep wearing:  Big watches, big jewelry and HIGH heels.

10. I would love to trade closets with: Nicole Richie for everyday wear and Kate Middleton for formal events.

11.  This summer I can’t wait to wear:  Maxi dresses and wedges.

Fun fact:  I love arts and crafts :)  I made my own save-the-dates & wedding invitiations!  However, there should be a disclaimer that if you decide to do this on your own, you should factor in a lot less sleep and a lot more money, but for me it was well-worth the finished product!

Now go get silly with your own Silly Lips selves.

xx,

WhyDid

Photos via Kinky Katie

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Dec
12
2011
1


Why Did You Eat That: Candy Coated

For upcoming holiday parties, what’s better than a candy coated creation that can not only act as a centerpiece, but also as a party favor?  That’s right.  Absolutely nothing.  Precisely the reason why my lovely lady friend, Katie (who also guest DJ’s from time to time), whipped up some beautiful and festive candy apples for a party she was hosting.  (Is there anything this girl can’t do?).  Anyway, I was lucky enough to witness (and document) her working her wonders in the kitchen and have for you the secrets to creating the prettiest candy apples ever.  This isn’t rocket science, BUT it is a little tricky so follow directions closely and be sure to be patient (it’s a virtue, afterall).

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • Wax paper
  • Candy thermometer
  • 6 medium apples (we used Granny Smith)
  • Wooden dowels

Directions: 

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Wash apples, remove stems, insert wooden dowels. 

  3. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring.  
  4.  Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between degrees 310 degrees (about 20 minutes).

  5. When mixture reaches 310 degrees, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly (seriously), dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.

How d’ya like them apples?  As a disclaimer, I have to suggest that you don’t actually bite into these apples.  You will crack your teeth… and that’s not the kinda look you’re probably going for.

xx,

WhyDid

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