Why Did You Wear That: Tell Me the Truth

By |July 10th, 2012|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?, WhyDid Wisdom|

kirsten smith not photoshoppedThe rampant use of Photoshop has stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the fashion and advertising worlds.  While it may come in handy in some instances, there is a huge difference between removing a blemish or brightening up a photo and giving a woman a total digital diet.  Seeing advertisements, magazine covers, and commercials showing already beautiful women Photoshopped to within an inch of their lives is disheartening to say the least.  Uh, that Adele Vogue cover?  At times, I can’t even tell who this month’s covergirl is.  Is that Kim K or Jessica Alba?  It frustrates me to hear friends talk about their children or nephews/nieces already dealing with body image issues due to the unrealistic pressures that society has put on them to be “perfect.”

That said, when Feel More Better asked me if I’d like to join 50 other influential bloggers to promote the Truth in Advertising message with their “Not Photoshopped” Story Tees, I was more than happy to be a part of it.


not photoshopped kirsten smith

For a chance to win a black “Not Photoshopped” Story Tee (like the one I’m wearing), Tweet me using the hashtag #FeelMoreBetter and tell me what you think makes a woman most beautiful.  I will pick one winner next week.  P.S. If you don’t win, you should still head on over and buy one yourself.  For each purchase made, a book will be given to an underprivileged girl! 

shirt: c/o Feel More Better, skirt/tube top: Express, booties: Members Only, bracelets: Alex and Ani, clutch: Expressions

Now remember what makes you beautiful.




Why Did You Wear That: For the Birds

By |March 6th, 2012|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

striped dress bird bathEveryday around the same time, a flock of birds shows up at this little bird bath.  I’m not talking like one or two.  I am talking about ten to twenty at a time.  It’s like birds gone wild at spring beak (too many fowl puns?).  Something about this little bird bath seemed very French to me.  I’m not sure why.  Do they even have birds (les oiseaux) in France?  Doesn’t matter.  It seemed like a perfect place to put on one of my favorite knit dresses with wedge booties and beret and channel my inner French girl.  While it’s been abnormally warm, the air does start to chill when the sun goes down.  That’s why it’s imperative to always have a jacket and scarf on hand.  Cherry nails and lips are the perfect accents for an all black and white ensemble.

striped black and white dress

striped dress details

striped dress black and whitedress: Zara, jacket: Andrew Marc, cashmere scarf: Nordstrom, hat: Urban Outfitters, shoes: Franco Sarto, bag: Kwigy Bo, nail polish: Essie Lacquered Up

1. Dolce Vita Bayley Dress, $176, 2. Bark n Bag Monaco Pet Tote, $48, 3. Cooperative Woven Wedge, $109, 4. Members Only Sylvia Leather Jacket, $140, 5. Wyatt Black Wool Cashmere Knit Hat, $85, 6. John W. Nordstrom Cashmere Scarf, $56.90

And I never leave home without my best accessory… Smitty.



Look for Less: xxxo, WhyDid

By |August 11th, 2010|Look for Less, Why Did You Wear That?|

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I love, love, love M.I.A.’s new video for xxxo. I mean, the entire thing is aesthetically pleasing, but I can’t decide if it’s how amazing she looks. the swans, leopards, or the UNICORNS. Whatever the fact may be, I like that director Hype Williams took a different approach on a music video. It’s kind of poking fun at itself… and who doesn’t like that?

Wanna recreate M.I.A.’s look?

Picture 4Member’s Only Gold Bomber Jacket, $247.50

Picture 5Michael Angel Printed Leggings, $166

81398365-02Forever21 Gold Hoop Earrings, $2.80

prodImage.msChamak by Priya Kakkar, $27

Fevi Reyes Sparkling Lotus Ring - G - LFevi Reyes Sparkling Lotus Ring, $213

pink-shoe-FZRepetto Legende Flat, $150

Picture 1Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Red Light, $19



Pinch Hitter

By |December 7th, 2009|Uncategorized|

I realized after making my Fall Must Have list, that I left off a key player.  While sitting barside at Bill’s Bar & Burger (R.I.P. Hog Pit), a male friend was discussing a date from last week. He said it went great and it wasn’t because she was a Harvard grad or had great legs.  The first thing that came out of his mouth was, “She was wearing fur!” Yeah, I know, bizarre. However, my other male companion was equally enthusiastic about this statement. Hm..? Did her fur make him want to reach out and give her a bear hug or did she just look incredibly chic? Probably both.

I, myself, own a beautiful vintage mink fur (sorry, PETA, better than a coyote hat, right?). Here are a couple of options so you can give your next date some warm fuzzy feelings.

_5908427Members Only Faux Fur Vest, $98


 Lafayette 148 New York Raccoon Fur Vest, $598

Pair these with a pair of skinny jeans and boots or top a frilly frock to give your girly look some edge.