27 July 2010

N Is For Nanette Lepore

      Recently I started looking at different fall/winter lines for ideas for the upcoming school year, and came across designer Nanette Lepore. I saw her line and instantly fell in love with her jackets, cardigans, and tunics. Most of all, I love her velvet pieces and an embellished tank, though it will be a while before I will get to wear them considering how hot it is where I live. Her designs range from elegant to quirky and fun, and will definitely influence my fall and winter wardrobe.

Images from: http://www.nanettelepore.com/index.html

21 July 2010

M Is For Melissa

While browsing Nylon magazine's website one day, I came across an article about jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning and her unique pieces that, besides being chic, are handmade and better for the environment by way of materials used and the use of  biodegradable packing material as compared to many other jewelry manufacturers.  The pieces themselves are works of art and are inspired by nature. I love her jewelry, and you will too.

Images from : http://www.melissajoymanning.com/

19 July 2010

Part I: M Is For Music

Once again, I am splitting up a letter; however, I'm only doing so because I have a quick question for all of you who read this blog. Part II is going to be a fashion post.

Since I was two years old, singing along to my mom's CD's in the car, I have loved music and have wished to perform. So, I'm taking my own advice from my last post, though I am not able to audition for what I originally planned, I have found another audition, and wanted to know what you think of my voice. I would love to have as many comments on this as possible, and please be honest. I love constructive criticism. Thank you.

I've recorded myself singing a snippet of "Lettin Go!" by Janelle Monae, so please tell me what you think:

14 July 2010

L Is For Lanvin

I love Lanvin, especially its spring collection. The silhouettes, the material, the color palettes,and accessories all have pulled me in and enchanted me. The models looked as if they were playing dress up with their grandparents' clothes...their very high fashion grandparents. A mixture of soft silhouettes with sharp ones is implemented by the use of ruffles and feminine aspects and the sharp lines of menswear. My favorite pieces are the bodysuits and blazers, but I know you don't want to read any more of my rambling, so I'll just give you some photos.

11 July 2010

K Is For Knowledge

I've thought about this particular post for quite a while, but nothing seemed right. So I decided to just let it come to me when the mood struck. This is going to be a list of things that inspire me and that I know for sure. I hope it inspires you too.

I Know That...

1. ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. Music has been called the universal language, because it is something that anyone can get. In a world where you can talk to someone on the other side of the world with the click of a button, music can spread like a virus. It can be used as a force for good, one for inspiration and peace. I'm an amateur composer, finally starting to put down all the melodies that have been buzzing around in my head for quite a while, as well as some words. Already I've discovered some forces that have been working to change the world (more on that in later posts), and am starting to try myself. So readers, express yourself in any way that you can and see what happens.

Bob Marley

Margaret Atwood

(By the way, she is an amazing poet. Check out some of her works)

2. IF YOU DON'T TRY YOU'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE. My very best friend has been telling me this a lot lately, because she knows that I love music. Ever since I was little I've been singing into hairbrushes, on top of my bed or toybox, to an audience of stuffed animals or just my mirror. As of late, she's been convincing me to try out for American Idol. Now, I never watch this show, but I know that it consists of trying out in front of a panel of judges, and that terrifies me; however, auditions are this month. Wish me luck. So readers, if there is anything in your life right now that can have a positive outcome and you are scared to try, do it! You never know what will happen. (And I will tell you if I can get transportation to the auditions and what happens if I do)

3. BEING YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT WILL BRING GREAT THINGS. No matter what you do or what your passion is, being yourself truly opens people's eyes. You stand out and give a lasting impression. If you need an example, look up Of Montreal, Janelle Monae, and other artists. Stick to what is you, readers, and I promise that you will be happy with the results.

Deep Cotton

Of Montreal

07 July 2010

Part II: J Is For Janelle

One of my all-time favorite singers, whose unique performances are matched by her equally unique style, is Janelle Monae. Her album The ArchAndroid that came out in May has received much appraise, as had her fashion. Monae's uniform of white and black menswear and pompadour-like coif are making waves in the fashion world and redefining what it means to be a diva. Monae is the diva for this generation, one who, through fashion and music, defies the rules of gender and gives us a message of hope.

Besides having amazing style, Monae has toured with Erykah Badu, released two top selling albums, and performed at quite a few award shows. Here are a few links to some of her performances and videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHgbzNHVg0c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_LYX7ya38s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-NpATPAa08 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deeOF6Q4kzM

06 July 2010

Part I: J Is For Jane

I have two style icons that begin with the letter J, so this letter will have two parts. My first is Jane Aldridge (sea of shoes). She is so creative with her outfits, and always has the best accessories and vintage pieces. I often get inspiration from her blog for my outfits (and add my own twist, because I can't really afford designer) , and you'll probably recognize her picture from a few of my earlier posts.

images from: sea of shoes

02 July 2010

I is for Illusion

When I was little, I loved magic shows and the circus. The animals, balloons, makeup, and costumes kept me enraptured, and nurtured my love of performance and performers. Second to the animals, the costumes were always my favorite, so here are a few pictures I've found over time that remind me of those shows. Images from: http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/2009/03/magic-of-fashion-editorials.html http://www.photoradar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=746 http://dustjacketattic.blogspot.com/2009/08/day-at-circus.html http://runawaycouture.wordpress.com/