My fall reading list (when I’m rich and famous)

In honor of National Read A Book Day (at least that’s what twitter tells me), I’ll post this picture. For the month of August, the shelf above my desk/cubicle looked roughly like this. Jealous? Yeah, me too.


While I might not be awesome enough to actually get to keep all of these amazingly beautiful books, I did get to write about them for InStyle.com – check out my story here!


I think this has been my favorite assignment for InStyle.com so far, even though unlike the others it didn’t become the main story of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I have in mind which books I’d keep if given the opportunity, but you’ll just have to guess. In the meantime read my article!

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OOTD

Everyone has an item of clothing that gives them confidence, makes them feel ultra sexy/skinny/and all-around better. For me, this pair of jeans does exactly that. They’re like insta-spanx – they slim me down, make my butt and legs look great and, perhaps best of all, leave absolutely no signs of muffin top (because, let’s get real – even if you don’t have it, many wrong pairs of jeans can give anyone muffin top). The dark color, with no fading or whiskering whatsoever, make them great for work, happy hour, date night, etc. Seriously, this pair can do no wrong. The flare might be a little 70’s for many people’s taste, but with an hourglass shape (I pose so you can’t tell, but I have some seriously wide hips), the flare at the bottom balances me out.

The silk top, while tailored, seemed just a little bare, so I belted my waist. Since it’s August (but thanks to Irene, a little cooler out than normal) I rolled the sleeves, which left me wishing I had an awesome cuff to wear at my wrist. Actually, I’m holding out for this Michael Kors rosegold watch. It’s as close to perfect as something could ever be. I’m not a gold person, but my complexion is too warm for silver (that and most of my handbags actually have gold hardware), so the happy medium is this gorgeous timepiece. At $250, it’s a little out of my constantly-broke-intern price range, but I’ll own it one day.

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Pitbull + Lanvin = WIN!

Dancing (ahem, flailing) models? Check.

Alber Elbaz joining in at the end? Yes, please!

I like it more than the stop-action movie campaign Lanvin did for spring 2011. While that one was on-trend ad-wise, this one has a sense of humor and you can totally tell everyone is enjoying themselves in the process. I bet they even went out line-dancing afterwards. Ok, maybe not. But this campaign is fresh and fun and I hope to see more designers taking their ad campaigns in a similar direction. I can’t wait until this starts popping up as an ad on the side of various blogs – I’ll actually watch it rather than muting it, or turning it off altogether.

Looking forward to spring 2012!

P.S. My Baylor peeps (ehh.. that doesn’t work, does it?) will understand how much I love this because it reminds me of All University SING! This could totally be the first minute of an awkward fraternity act – the moves are spot on!

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OOTD: Lace & Leather!

How does one make an ensemble of lace and leather appropriate for the office? Let me show you the ways!

First off, make sure the lace isn’t too boudoir, it needs to be modest. Take a cue from my tee – the high neckline and scalloped hem keep it demure, and the golden beige color keeps it refined. When adding the leather, stick to something loose. If I just told you I was wearing a leather skirt, you’d probably conjure up images of something tight and short, but that’s not cute for the office (unless your office is the Cat Scratch Club). This particular leather skirt earns mondo bonus points for having pockets! Pointer no. 3: in order to keep the outfit modest from head to toe, opt for ballet flats instead of heels. The leather skirt and lace blouse have enough heat on their own (even if they are this modest), adding heels would almost kill the whole thing. I chose a pair of black pointy-toe flats that have a little bit of edgy hardware to keep things interesting. Throwing a pearl and gold chain necklace over the whole thing ensures a “day” vibe. And if not for the skinny belt cinching my waist, this look would be pretty shapeless. Tada! Lace and leather that’s office appropriate! You’re still allowed to play Britney’s “Lace and Leather” on your iPod during your commute.

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OOTD

I know, I know – it’s been a while. I blame the summer in nyc, it’s just too much fun (kind of like this outfit)! When I woke up this morning with a strong urge to wear this pair of shorts. With the soft blush color and pleating detail at the waist, this high-waisted pair is perfect for summertime in the office. While I usually wear a button down with these shorts, I decided to break out of my box and try something different. I paused an extra second when looking at this nautical striped shirt in my closet and had a brilliant idea. The horizontal stripes in the shirt and the horizontal pleats at the waistline of the shorts work synergistic-ally and bring the two pieces together making this not just any ‘ole outfit, but a look. Add the heels and multi-strand necklace and lookout!, this is a phenomenal style. And it has a little French feeling, no?

Stripes are a major trend for summer, match yours with a piece that you wouldn’t usually think to pair them – chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised like me.

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InStyle.com: my editorial debut!

I’ve been interning at InStyle for about 6 weeks now (time flies!) and even though I’m a production intern, I’m trying tirelessly to get back into editorial anyway I can. Enter my newest gig: part-time blogger for the InStyle.com What’s Right Now blog! Here’s my inaugural post. And to top it off, it ran today as the main story on the homepage. A girl couldn’t be happier. 🙂

Emma Watson: A decade of premiere style

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Hermoine Granger and Haute Couture

Watching Emma Watson grow up with Hermoine Granger is only second to watching her grow up in the fashion industry over the last decade. From wearing Chanel (lots and lots of Chanel), to modeling for Burberry, to now stunning the masses in a straight-off-the-runway Oscar de la Renta silver and gray pouf, she’s the fashion ingenue of the early 2000s . Swapping the fur coat for the white blazer takes it to a whole new level of chic that would usually involve some kind of magic – I suspect she left her wand at home for this. Everything from the hair, the makeup, that signature left-lip-curl-instead-of-a-smile thing she does for the camera is absolute perfection. I can’t wait to see what her other premiere ensembles look like – NYC in T (minus) 3 days.

J.K. Rowling also wore Oscar, although I personally wished she’d worn the pink shrug (can you call it that?) that accompanied it on the runway.

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