Why Did You Wear That: Put Me In, Coach

By |April 10th, 2012|Look for Less, Why Did You Wear That?|

celebrity coachella fashionWith the arrival of summer comes the arrival of outdoor music festivals.  The first of which to kick things off is Coachella.  Coachella is not only one of the bigger music festivals, it’s one of the most photographed.  Let’s just say it’s a sartorialist’s wet dream.  The look is usually a bit boho meets Beverly Hills, but some have taken the hippy dippy look to extremes.  I can’t say I’ve ever had the desire to camp out for three days with no working plumbing, but if you happen to be someone who favors the port-o-potty over pate, then perhaps you’re headed out that way this weekend.  If that’s the case, you may be thinking, “What to wear?  What to wear?”  Well, I’ve come up with three looks that are sure to have you looking like you’re with the band.  (Just please do me a favor and keep your shoes on).

isabel lucas diane kruger coachellahat: Club Monaco Jody Straw Hat, $69.50, top: Roxy Sky of Stars Crochet Lace Crop Top, $49.50, skirt: Collective Concepts Crochet Waist Maxi Skirt, $78

coachella outfit inspirationtop: Blood is the New Black Metal Bears Distressed Tank, $29, shorts: RUNWAYDREAMZ Handmade Vintage Half Studded Shorts, $168, sandals: DV by Dolce Vita Archer Nude Sandals, $69

coachella whitney port alessandra ambrosiosunglasses: Ray-Ban New Wayfarer, $125, dress: Juicy Couture Daisy Guipure Crochet Lace Dress, $298 , boots: Report Marks Bootie, $110

This is also an opportune time to test out chalking your tresses!!

Rock on.



Beauty Buzz: The Root of the Problem

By |January 6th, 2011|Beauty Buzz|

So I’ve been sporting unintentional ombre hair.  It is “unintentional” because I haven’t had my hair highlighted since June (that’s 7 months, folks) my beloved hairdresser returned to her hometown in eastern Europe and I’m a lunatic when it comes to letting just anyone touch my beloved locks.  So, until I find someone who can properly  handle my strands of gold, I will allow my natural hue to emerge from my scalp.

While at times I want to punch my own reflection in the mirror, there are a few upsides.  One being that I’m allowing my hair a little bit of recovery time.  It isn’t easy being highlighted and flat ironed and tugged and pulled.  The other being that I’m apparently not alone in this hairy situation.  Celebrities from Whitney Port to Alexa Chung and Jessica Biel have been showing off a little root.

The first person I ever recall sporting roots and making it look cool was Sarah Jessica Parker back in the Sex and the City days.  I remember thinking, “She is so cool She can even make hair growth look good!” So what is ombre and how is it created?  Basically the top of the hair is left darker or in some cases dyed a bit darker while leaving the lower (middle to bottom) hair a few shades lighter.  It is supposed to be a subtle transitional look as to not channel “trailer park blonde.”

I actually really like the style on several celebs when it is done correctly. When the color is drastically different, I think it has a tendency to come off as more of a mistake than a choice.  Ombre hair looks best on brunettes and blondes who have naturally light hair.  Otherwise you may look like this:

Rather than looking like this:

Oh… I just realized another upside to ombre hair… I’m saving money!  While some may have to pay up to get the look, mine is as free as can be.  So what do you think? Would you rock the ombre hair trend?

rooting for you…



WhyDid Wisdom: Dressing for the Sexes

By |June 11th, 2009|Why Did You Wear That?, WhyDid Wisdom|


This is going to be half fashion advice, half love advice. Brace yourself, I’m not sure you’re going to love what I have to say, but sometimes, the truth hurts.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of eating at the new Hamptons eatery, Georgica. While the food was AMAZING (basically everything on the menu had truffles involved somehow), the crowd wasn’t exactly my speed.  If you’re a woman in her mid twenties to mid thirties, this is probably not the place for you. If you are a guy in your late twenties to early forties, this is your dream come true.  Seated directly to our right, was a table full of girls in their early twenties (if legal at all).  While the guys at our table (my bf included) were pretty happy about this, the women at the table weren’t as enthusiastic. A couple of the girls at their table had on some ridiculous outfits that only a 20 year old could wear (this included a skirt more like a tutu).  There was one that stood out from the group.  She was wearing something very, very simple, but very effective (in catching a male’s attention).  She had on a “Herve-like” black skirt, tight white tank top, and high heels. Someone (female) at the table asked, “Why would you wear that?”  She received a response (male) of, “Because she can.”

This is a classic example of what I have talked about before in regards to males’ and females’ perspective on what makes a good outfit. While we, as women, think that having on the latest and greatest trend makes us stand out, it’s lost on a man.  Women tend to dress for other women, which is totally fine, but don’t get upset when your boyfriend/husband checks out the woman who is dressing for men.  This is going to sound totally sexist, but if you don’t want your man eyeing the other goods, be the hottest one there.  Granted, if your man has a ridiculous wandering eye, you may want to re-evaluate your situation altogether.  I’m just saying that a “typical” male will notice another beautiful woman from time to time (don’t act like you haven’t winked a cute bartender before). I know some women who hate on the ladies who are playing up their assets yet they aren’t playing up their own. Just because you are taken, doesn’t mean you can get lazy. Keep your man on his toes and deck yourself out from time to time. Trust me on this one.

jpers2022512397_prod_zoom_front_v1_m56577569831640800_sx201_James Perse Long Tank, $45

0488216600045r__a1_300x400Vince Ponte Pencil Skirt, $185

pelle2000611409_prod_zoom_front_v1_m56577569831502289_sx201_Pelle Moda Vicious Two Piece High Heel Sandal, $137.20




Why Did You Wear That: Shoot for the Stars…

By |March 6th, 2009|Why Did You Wear That?|

Alpinestars, that is.

Alpinestars was originally started over 40 years ago (1963 to be exact) making motorcycle gear for serious riders, but has now evolved into the rocker chick’s new bff and go to brand.  Designer Denise Focil has created edgy basics and key item pieces that every hip girl needs in her closet.

The line is a collection of  sexy, slouchy tops, vintage T’s,  skinny denim, and, of course,  leather motorcycle jackets.  Already, the line has a serious celebrity following too (Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Whitney Port, Taylor Momsen, Audrina Patridge).  Be warned, this is not a line designed with wallflowers in mind.


Pit slouchy tank, $59


Zip straight leg jean, $108


Piper dress- Limited Edition, $98


Crash Jacket, $398

WhyDid Wisdom: What “City” Are YOU Living In??

By |February 4th, 2009|WhyDid Wisdom|


Okay, so I just finished watching this Monday’s DVR’ed episode of The City (yes, lame, I know) and I have a few things to get off my chest.

Other than the fact that The City is basically just very well packaged air, I am a little disheartened by their depiction of what it is like to live in New York City.

First of all, the girls’ apartments in this show are ridiculous.  I believe that Olivia lives where she does (except they keep calling her an “Upper East Sider” and her apartment is actually in Tribeca) because she is clearly living on daddy’s dime.  Now, as most people who actually live in Manhattan know, there is no way on Earth, Whitney is able to afford her “Gramercy” apartment on her DVF fashion salary without either the help of her parental units or a sugar daddy.  I have friends who have worked at DVF and trust me, they do not live in massive luxury buildings in Gramercy.  Try more like a 5th floor walk up in the East Village.

And Erin?  I’m not sure what exactly she does (except that she now has some title-less job at One Management), but again… girls with entry level jobs in New York City are NOT living in apartments like hers without financial assistance.

So to people in Manhattan, we are very well aware that this show is basically B.S., but for little girls in Iowa who dream of moving to the “Big City” and pursuing a career  in fashion I feel sad.  They are getting an idea of something that is just not even close to accurate.  I get it, who the heck wants to watch Whitney squash cockroaches or ride the subway?  But that’s reality.  And isn’t The City supposed to be a “reality show”?

**Note: There was one highlight in Monday’s episode.  When model Allie asked Kelly Cutrone if she liked her outfit, Kelly replied that she hated the leggings.  Thank you, Kelly.  Your support in the “leggings are not pants” campaign is invaluable.