A Word About the H&M Wedding Dress…

Via Huffington Post

Via Huffington Post

Okay, I know I know… who would get married in sweats, whatever. The real point of this post is to give a shout out to H&M for creating a $99(!!) wedding dress. Before any of you dream-wedding-that-you-planned-on-Pinterest snobs point out that your wedding will absolutely fall apart if your dress is not custom made by Vera Wang herself, I need you to try reeeealllyy hard not to think about yourself for a second. Also, relax. Chances are, you’re not that big of a deal.

Anyway, we currently live in a wedding-obsessed society driven by consumerism and so on and so forth. TLC, Bravo and just about every other lifestyle TV station capitalizes on this with dream wedding shows, bridal gown shopping extravaganzas, and the personal bane of my mother’s existence, TLC’s “Four Weddings.” Who actually invites strangers to their most important day just to have them judge it on food, venue, dress, etc? Really, really insecure narcissists. 

In the real world, every girl (and guy) spends a variable amount of time thinking up their dream wedding, family and friends present. Truth is nobody really gives a shit about what color the roses were in your centerpiece, or how expensive that custom lighting was. Guests won’t remember how many ounces their steak was, or how many years of experience the bartender had. And, sorry, but nobody really cares how much you really spent on your wedding dress. Cry about it. Maybe, just maybe your guests will remember shedding a tear or two watching two people who could tolerate each other enough to get married.

How about you open your eyes and acknowledge that we live in a slowly recovering post-recession America and the average bride can’t afford a $10,000 dress. Perhaps she doesn’t want to lean on her family for thousands of dollars they don’t have. Perhaps the couple has other things to spend their hard earned money on. H&M made the right move offering this simple, sweet wedding dress for a fair price. And for all those naysayers criticizing the style of the gown– if you saw this exact dress on the runway at Monique Lhuillier, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference so do yourself a favor and swerve. I’m definitely hoping to see more styles produced at a bargain by H&M and I’m banking on other fast fashion retailers following their lead. When the dress takes a huge chunk of the financial burden off the budget, perhaps the happy couple can afford to get those adorable place markers you saw on Pinterest after all.

 

Click the picture to read the full Huffington Post article, darlin’.

 

xo, B.

 

Where Have I been?

Mark-Miller-Furs

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Don’t be dramatic. I’ve been busy working on a couple other projects, like this one:

But I’m back after a brief hiatus and I’m sure you all have gone back to wearing sweatpants tragedies so I have my work cut out for me.  The concept is simple, really. Take some pride in the way in which you present yourself to the world. Do you have to dress like editrix queen Anna Wintour? No, actually please do not attempt. Let’s just start with wearing a clean, wrinkle-free shirt today and no sweatpants and we’ll move on from there.

 

Be back soon.

xo, B.

Daily Sweatpants Alternative

Via Imachicnation

Via Imachicnation

Oh, fantastic. It’s Monday. Except in the freelance writing world there are no weekdays and I usually have no concept of date and time until I have a deadline coming up. Anyway, I’ve been too busy obsessing over 15 year old Russian figure skating sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya to do much of anything else. When I was her age, I had been skating for 10 years and was definitely nowhere near her level. And her free program costume was a nod to the coat dress. What a trendy little infant.
So today’s sweatpants alternative features one of my favorite outfit combinations as well as a familiar element or two. The two basic pieces for this outfit are a long white tee/tank and a pair of leather leggings. Add a long black blazer and booties and you’ve successfully ditched the “did I or didn’t I roll out of bed in this” look. She pretty much murdered the look with the hat and the not giving a shit attitude. Look at her. Worship her. Appreciate. The end.

xo, B.

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Get Out Your Hatboxes…

Afternoon, peasants.
Someone recently asked me how I felt about ladies wearing Snapbacks. Aside from the fact that I have no idea why anyone thinks I should be the foremost authority on street wear, I had to think about it for a second. In my hometown, (right across the river from Boston, we’ll keep it at that) Snapbacks became synonymous with “douchebag.” If you’re reading this and you’re from Medford, and you’re offended because you’re wearing one right now and you are, in fact, a dbag I’d suggest you pay attention to your homework so you can graduate and go back to watching those 2009 reruns of Jersey Shore.
Anyway…then I did some research myself and managed to look into my own closest, most of which is now on my floor. I found that I do actually own one, and wear it all the time to rehearsal. That’s me in the picture above casually wearing completely inappropriate attire to ballet rehearsal. But it works wonderfully to hold my hair back without the kink of an elastic.
So, to answer your question, darling, I think ladies can absolutely wear Snapbacks if styled right (read:low key!!!) and anyone that says otherwise is just so basic and you shouldn’t listen to them anyways.

xo, B

Daily Sweatpants Alternative

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Mornin’ Darlins!

Okay, so I know this doesn’t exactly count as a “sweatpants” alternative since it’s a shirt combo, but last time I checked I make the rules here so you can calm down. Anyway, let’s call this a Sweatshirt Alternative and call it a day. Shall we go step-by-step?

  • First, start with a cool, edgy semi-thin crew neck sweatshirt. Band sweatshirts are always a great choice, but please make sure you choose a band or artist with talent or that isn’t annoying (I’m looking right at you, Justin Beiber). Bonus points for a classic band like the Ramones. The fit and color of this particular one are perfect. Too loose and you’ll look like a cereal box; too tight and you won’t be able to move your arms. the WORST. I love the maroon color. It’s a little something different so why the hell not?
  • Next, try to find a nice, soft oxford shirt to go underneath the sweatshirt. White always works well, but bonus points for experimenting with different color combinations. For obvious reasons, go for one that is on the thin side so it fits comfortably under the sweatshirt. Let the collar sit casually over the crew neck.
  • For this look, roll back the sleeves of the sweatshirt first, then double cuff the undershirt so the collars are visible about halfway down your forearm. This works great for covering my new scar from a third degree burn I got while working at Starbucks during my last semester of college. (True story.)
  • Accessorize with a couple loose bracelets and no-fuss hair. That chain thing on her collar may be the coolest thing ever. The only part of this outfit I’m really not a fan of is the bag. I don’t like the shape and I think the color is just off. A navy, (navy can act as a neutral) black, tan, or patterned bag with a bit more structure would work much better here. That, of course, is just my own personal preference.
  • The best part about this outfit is that it is really easy to recreate. H&M, Brandy Melville, Forever 21 and other fast fashion super cheap retailers are ripe with stuff like this. Because what good is high fashion if no one can wear it?

 

Ciao!

xo, B.

Daily Sweatpants Alternative

Cheerio!

  • I’m busy being an actual person today, so I’ve decided to take two past favorites and combine them into one fabulous sweatpants alternative. First, we just talked about ways to dress up your plain white tee, but what about pairing it with another fav- a maxi skirt? Now, both are acceptable forms of dress, and I’m not sure you can get any more comfortable, really. In theory, it’s like a pretty Snuggie, so keep telling yourself that. Please note: do not wear an actual Snuggie. Wearing a Snuggie out of the house will not achieve desired results.

This girl to my left simply tucked her white tank into an earth-tone maxi skirt and sealed the look with a belt tied around what appears to be her natural waist. As always, pay attention to the fit. Notice that both the skirt and shirt are relaxed, but not too loose. This keeps the look from appearing sloppy. She finished it off with an oversized clutch also in an earthy tone, cute flats, and a couple simple bangles. Brava! So easy!

 

Ps- I found this little piece of scrumptious inspiration from the “Southern Charm” tumblr. Click on the photo to see her stuff. I love it!

 

xo, B. 

The Anticipation is Killing Me…

Peter Pilotto for Target

Peter Pilotto for Target

As a writer I make approximately zero dollars and negative cents on a daily basis, give or take a few pennies. Naturally, this doesn’t mesh so well with my taste in clothing, accessories, food, or wine for that matter. So obviously I can barely contain my tears of joy when I hear that one of my FAVORITE designers is doing a line for Target. Broke peasants such as myself can now get their hands on some of the wildest, coolest prints the fashion world has to offer. In my time as a wardrobe consultant for a luxury retailer, Peter Pilotto pieces always caught my eye. The prints are loud and unabashedly bold, the the garments are expertly fitted and draped to remain flattering to a wide array of body types. For us starving artists, the regular collection is far from reach price-wise, so this target-priced capsule collection is going to make my head explode/already has. 

Peter Pilotto for Target

Peter Pilotto for Target

Soooo soon. The collection is available February 9th.

Preview the collection here:

http://www.target.com/c/peter-pilotto-for-target-brand-shop/-/N-55hsm

Find me a paper bag. Deep Breaths…

Daily Sweatpants Alternative- Jumpsuit Edition

Via http://markdsikes.com/

Via markdsikes.com

We’ll keep this one short and sweet. Ditch your sweats and rock a hot jumpsuit. It’s flattering on quite a few body types, as long as you don’t go tight…or polyester. For a smaller frame, try a jumpsuit with a wider opening at the bottom and a pair of killer heels. If you’re taller, try one with a tighter opening at the ankle so length isn’t an issue. Add, of course, a pair of bold heels. Want a challenge? Try a print, but only after a few practice rounds, and I don’t mean the alcoholic kind. The best part is that it’s only one piece. SO EASY. You know, Coco Chanel once said that, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” You should listen to her. Word on the street is that she started a pretty important fashion house…

xo, B.

Yours truly in a printed variety.

Yours truly in a printed variety.

ASOS

ASOS

Found: Vintage Letterman Jackets

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ICYMI: LF’s winter sale is going on right now. From my days spent as a starving stylist there, I can honestly tell you from personal experience that the prices are outrageous and completely inflated during the normal season. $115 for a synthetic T? Not so great. BUT during sale, this place is ideal for snagging some cool stuff for dirt cheap. The designers are exclusively contracted through the company, so their stuff cannot appear in any other stores. Of course, that doesn’t mean these items are completely unique, or worth their regular price, but the Vintage brand, Furst of a Kind (Named after the owner’s last name…ha.) is pretty cool. This vintage letterman jacket is 60% off now and if you wait a little longer, things will be pricepointed even lower. The shoes are also a pretty good deal.

The Newbury Street store is always packed during sale, but the Harvard Square location (across from the Border Cafe) is usually pretty calm. Go see Melanie and Julianna. They’re the sweetest and love to dress people up.

One last thing: please be nice to the stylists and salespeople. They’re criminally overworked and underpaid.

xo, B.

Daily Sweatpants Alternative- Plain White Tee

I’m back!

So for today’s sweatpants alternative, I’ve decided to incorporate a wardrobe staple that is bound to be in every college girl’s  (or post-grad’s) closet–a simple, plain white tee. I’m not sure it gets any more relaxed than this comfy sweatpants companion. Don’t lie to me, I know you’ve worn it with that five-year-old pair of Fila sweats that were never cool, and now just have torn stragglers hanging on the bottom from too much schlepping around the morning after a night spent drinking luke-warm Bud Light (does that even count as beer?) from a keg. I digress. I promise I’ll let you keep that Tshirt if you pair it with some high-end (or high-end look alike) threads. Do you follow? Let go of the Fila sweats or I’ll pry them from your trembling hands. We’ll take this slow.

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

Okay. Take a moment to appreciate this ***Flawless business. First. Please direct your eyes to her shirt. It is simple, white, and only slightly oversized. Actually, I wouldn’t even say oversized. It’s a little loose; relaxed, perhaps. Take note of the tuck. I became a tucking drone over many years of board folding and form dressing in retail. Listen, here:

  • Take one side of the shirt, I usually use the right but I suppose it doesn’t matter, and tuck it in starting right at the button.
  • Continue tucking until you reach about your hip bone.
  • If you have an absurdly lanky torso like me, simply lean back and the shirt will pull out. If you are a normal human, gently pull some of the material back out until you reach the desired level of casual “IDGAF about this–but I really do” look.

Great. You’ll notice that her jeans are nice and dark. Simple, no frills, no fuss. Not necessary. The casual shirt and jeans are a blank canvas for killer accessories. Please look at her shoes. DO NOT LIE TO ME AND TELL ME YOUR UGGS ARE BETTER THAN THESE. These leopard heels perfectly compliment her neutral black and whites, and they’re WONDERFUL. Cold? Throw on a thick, chunky scarf and a leather jacket. She finishes it off well with an oversized leather bag and the usual “I woke up this flawless” attitude. AND IT WAS SO EASY.

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Next. This outfit is a little riskier, and maybe requires a tiny bit more effort. Please notice her relaxed-fit white tee, this time with a V neck…red bra peek optional. Her pants are also mainly white, which spells disaster for me (have you ever tried to get a red wine stain out…) but for most, they are perfectly doable. The pattern is key here. It seems to be something like snakeskin, but it really works because the pattern is present to break up the white, but subdued enough to create a nice long line that I love so much about black-on-black. The accessories are spot-on again here. The black belt works with the white and the grey in the pants to break up the white, and the low-profile ankle strap heels are SICK. Don’t wanna wear heels? Deal with it

 or just pair them with a low profile sandal for summer, or oxford for the colder months.

There, there. Don’t be upset. It’s time to break up with those sweatpants. Pizza stains and all.

xo, B.