Gatsby’s Back

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The amount of excitement I have for the Great Gatsby is starting to get out of control.  With newly released trailers, still shots, and songs coming out what seems like everyday – I can’t keep up and it’s stressing me out, because I want to know everything.  I have to say, this movie has had so much buildup, and it’s somewhat surprising that everyone is just as excited as they were when the first trailer was released last year. The Great Gatsby official Warner Brothers website features a page with 8 videos, a gallery full of probably the most epic still shots I’ve every seen, a guide to style, an about the film summary, a soundtrack sampler page, an about the book page, and more. Seriously, there’s more than that.  This is the most packed website I’ve ever seen, and I have spent relentless hours on there reading and watching basically everything.  This movie is so well marketed, I can’t help but fall for all of their gimmicks.  The Great Gatsby partnerships include Brooks BrothersfogalMACMoet & ChandonThe Plaza, and Tiffany & Co.  Each sponsor is more enticing than the next, check out the links above.  On the fashion end, the 20s is so iconic, and from what I’ve seen, Daisy Buchanan is dressed in head to toe perfection. Here are a few of my favorite fashion still shots, and of course, the trailer we all love.

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From TV to Fashion Reality

Television is one of my greatest sources of fashion inspiration.  Outfits on TV  always give me that “little bit over the top, can’t see myself wearing all of that together at once but I like the idea” kind of feeling.  I love the fact that the world of television provides the opportunity to wear sparkly pencil skirts as a doctor or $300 dresses as an unemployed quirky girl.  And although this lack of reality can be frustrating at times for us “normal folk,” I find it best to embrace and take advantage of all this potential fashion stimulus.  Here is a roundup of some of the best TV fashion sources of inspiration:

1) Mindy Kaling in “The Mindy Project

Sure she’s a doctor, and yeah, those are at least 4 inch pumps, but c’mon, it doesn’t get much cuter than this.

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2) Anna Sophia Robb in “The Carrie Diaries

This show is based in the 80s, and the outfits are about as 80s as you can get, but being based on Carrie Bradshaw’s life makes me definitely reconsider mixing leopard and polka dots.

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3) Emily VanCamp in “Revenge

VanCamp plays a rich, Hamptons socialite who “makes a living” throwing charity events and avenging her father’s death.  I can’t think of any better justification for her designer wardrobe.

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4) Nina Dobrev in “The Vampire Diaries

Sure, it’s totally normal for a High School Senior to wear a $1,500 dress to prom.  But she’s a badass vampire so we’ll let this one slide.

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5) Zooey Deschanel in “New Girl

Wearing Kate Spade while unemployed, a girl can dream.

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Do you watch any shows for fashion?

Here Comes the Bride

In case you didn’t already know, Bridal Fashion Week started Friday and is still in full swing.  So far we’ve seen amazing shows from Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Carolina Herrera (just to name a few).  You can keep up with coverage at Pop Sugar, The Knot, and of course Instagram!  Follow @nytimesfashion for constant updates.  I look forward to seeing the Oscar de la Renta show online tomorrow!  Here are a few of my favorite dresses so far, all pictures found at New York Times Fashion Instagram.

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Coast to Coast

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As most people may not know, my heart belongs to three places: California, Texas, and New York.  Here’s a little bit of my history.  I was born in Orange County, California and almost all of my family lives or is from the west coast.  Although I only lived there for 6 years, the relaxed Californian lifestyle has always run through my veins.  I dip my vegetables in mayonnaise, I’ve been raised on In-N-Out, I want to be mermaid – you get the picture.  After coastal living, Texas became the core of my life as I went through grade school and now college in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Although I had a hard time adjusting at first, I soon fell in love with the cowboy culture, southern pride, and of course Texas cooking. Lastly, New York.  Ever since I first visited when I was 8 years old, I was hooked.  The crowded streets, bright lights, and diverse people all contribute to my fascination of the city.  And of course, as the center of fashion, I know that my interests would definitely be in the right place.  All of these places are so different, yet they all provide me with inspiration and insight into the world of fashion.  I follow a lot of blogs, and I’ve realized most of the people that write them come from these places.  Here is a list of my favorite bloggers out of California, Texas, and New York.

California:

1) Cupcakes and Cashmere (Los Angeles)

2) Song of Style (Los Angeles)

3) Fashion Toast (Los Angeles)

Texas:

1) The Glamourai (from Austin, now in Brooklyn)

2) Bag Snob (Dallas)

3) Kendra Scott (Austin)

New York:

1) The Man Repeller (New York City)

2) Atlantic-Pacific (formerly San Francisco, now New York City)

3) Sea of Shoes (New York City)

Which are your favorites?

Websites that put you into E-Commerce Comas

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I recently found this list of the “10 Shopping Sites To Lose Two Hours On.”  As an avid e-commerce shopper, I find this reference dangerous and exhilarating all at once.  Elle does a great job of reviewing each of the websites and also showing their “Editor Picks” that can be purchased on each (everyone go look at the Giuseppe Zanotti Fringed Suede Sandals that can be found on FEYT.com).  My favorite website right now is ShopBop.com, which made the list, but I’m excited to check out these other websites as well.  Tell me which ones are your favorites!

Taking “Kues” from the Kardashians

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The Kardashians always seems to bring up a lot of controversy whenever they are discussed among my peers.  And I totally get it – their fame basically came from Kim making a sex tape.  That being said, I can’t help but have a lot of respect for their family.  They are one of the most, if not the most, followed celebrity families worldwide, and they continue to expand their global image in our media crazed world.  They turn all of their bad press into an adored reputation which can’t be said of most other celebrities.  I mean, Kim married one of the dumbest people on this planet and then rebounded with Kanye West.  Kourtney made partier and binge drinker Scott Disick her baby daddy, and I’m pretty sure he’s everyone’s favorite “Kardashian.”  That’s good publicity.  Although their “reality” shows are pretty blatantly scripted, I still find myself tuning in every week to see what over the top (maybe even obnoxious) thing they are going to do next.  I hope you guys don’t judge me too harshly over this confession, but try to keep an open mind.  I’m convinced they are the most influential people in popular culture right now.  To prove my point, here are just a few of their current business ventures…

1) Keeping Up With the Kardashians (the show that started it all)

2) DASH boutique

3) Kardashian Kollection at Sears

4) Khroma Beauty

5) Arthur George (even Rob has a business now!)

6) Kim Kardashian Fragrance

7) Khloe and Lamar Fragrance

8) Kendall & Kylie x PacSun (can’t forget the Jenners)

…and this doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Coachella Craze

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Coachella has become one of the most fashionable times of the year.  I am constantly hearing about what everyone is planning for their festival fashions, and how they are going to max out on the very popular “hippie looks”.  Every e-commerce website knows that with Coachella happening this weekend (and next), every girl is looking for a little inspiration.  Here are my favorite lookbooks from this year, and also my favorite Coachella fashion moments from years past.

Lookbooks to check out:

1) Planet Blue x Foam Magazine

2) Nasty Gal

3) Free People

4) LF

5) Forever 21

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Blogging Burdens

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I by no means consider myself a seasoned blogger.  I still find myself wanting to make my posts sound more natural, create more original content, and make a good ‘blogging impression.’  Beyond that, because my blog is so new, I like keeping separate social media and blogging lifestyles.  I love social media, and I don’t want that love to turn into a burden (is this turning into relationship advice?).  One day, I hope my blog has the ability to influence others, but for now I am okay with just getting used to the process.  That being said, this article provides me with comfort for keeping blogging and social media separate for now, but also makes me realize that one day I can manage the two (if I so choose).  Do you think it’s ever possible to stop thinking about social media?

Mad about Mad Men (Fashion)

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My favorite show Mad Men returns this Sunday, and I could not be more excited.  The show joins basically all of my favorite things: fashion, suave men, advertising, and the 60s. While looking at Don Draper is always nice, I mostly enjoy seeing all the costumes worn on the show.  The 60s has always been my favorite time period for fashion, and there has been so many major fashion ensembles on the show.  I can’t wait for the show to come back, so I gain some more fashion inspiration.  In honor of its return, here are some of my favorite fashion moments from the leading Mad Men women!

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Giving Grace

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Happy Easter everyone! As my present today, I received Grace: A Memoir and could not be more excited to start reading.  I first became familiar with American Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington through the documentary The September Issue.  I feel like after watching her in her creative element, I gained the utmost respect for her.  She views things in a way no one else can, and she presents herself as a raw being, which is hard in the fashion world.  And I mean, if she can impress Jimmy Fallon, she’s acceptable in my book.  I look forward to reading her book, for now, here’s a link to her Late Night interview.

Part 1, Part 2