Friday, August 31, 2012

Style Icons of Middle Eastern Origin

If any of you have ever wondered where this crazy curly hair comes from, it comes from Egypt....yep, I'm quite nearly 100 percent Egyptian! I have great aspirations in the fashion industry (don't we all?!), but it is sometimes daunting to look at most of today's fashion icons and street style stars from my eyes. Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Miroslava Duma, Jenna Lyons...I love them but I can't help but feel a little distant from them based upon my ethnicity. I want someone to look up to who has hair like me!

But the longer I work in and study fashion, the more I am discovering that there are indeed fashion insiders with Middle Eastern origins, just like me. To name a few:

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Yasmin Sewell may call her her home nation Australia, but the style maven is of Lebanese descent (the last name was taken on from her first husband), and she has had stints in London and New York as well. She works as a trend forecaster and fashion retailer consultant, and is well respected in both fields. Source

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Caroline Issa is the executive fashion director of Tank Magazine, which has been called one of the top 10 independent magazines. Born and bred in Montreal, Issa is half Chinese, a quarter Iranian, and a quarter Lebanese. She started out working in management consulting until she happened to meet the folks at Tank, and the rest is history. She's such a unique beauty, and for some reason, just based upon her photos I feel like she must be a really nice person. Oh and look, here she is with Yasmin Sewell. Source

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Sama and Haya Abu Khadra are young, glamorous, wealthy guessed it, twins! Personally, I don't find their personal styles appealing at all, but they are fashion week mainstays, first getting noticed while they were scouting for their mom's store, Dubai's The Art of Living, at the tender age of 15. The twins are of Palestinian heritage but call Dubai home. Source

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Preetma Singh isn't of Middle Eastern origin, but she is Indian, which is equally fascinating and different. She's also my personal, ultimate style icon, so naturally I'm always going to try and find a way to work her into anything! Originally working in corporate law, Preetma left her job and joined Refinery29 as an intern. Quickly rising as a street style star, she then worked at Vogue as the fashion assistant, and recently came on at Marie Claire as the associate market editor. Source

Anyway, I hope this blog post doesn't offend anyone! It was by no means intended to be offensive in any manner.

Images via StreetFSN, Street Peeper, Citizen Couture, All the Pretty Birds, Shop Stone, Vanessa Jackman, Lee Oliveira

Thursday, August 30, 2012

057: Vagabond Girl

Peplum top - Banana Republic, Pencil skirt - Vintage (similar here), Vagabond Jacket - Citizen of Humanity, Tote - Vintage Gucci, Sandals - Ash, Sunglasses- Chloe 2145 (similar here ), Necklace - Gorjana (love this one)

Not lying at all - I've actually been wanting this bag for about 8 years, but couldn't afford it. As I entered adulthood (my obsession started in college, I STILL couldn't afford it), finally, it came to Crossroads...the rest is fashion history.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What I'd Like to be Wearing: Floofy Skirt

Nude as the News

Skirt - Ermanno Scervino, Shirt - (similar here) , Clutch - Asos (sold out), Collar Necklace - Modcloth, Nail Polish - "Good as Gold" by Essie, Sunglasses - Paul Smith "Kismine"

Now that the weather's cooling down, I'm ready to wear floofy skirts and multiple layers again. Oh, who am I kidding...I have worn them all summer long. 

UPDATE: Yes, I know floofy isn't a word. I made it up, and it's of fluffy and poofy.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

056: Panels

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Skirt - Line & Dot (also like this), White Blazer- Zara (similar here), Pink glitter belt - Forever 21 (similar here and here), Necklace - JCPenney, Heels - Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses - Chloe 2145 (similar here), Embossed tote - Ted Baker, White Button-Up - Vintage (similar here)

Working in fashion marketing, it's hard to remember that I need to stay on top of trends, but still take them all with a grain of salt. It's taken me some time, but I've finally got a grasp on differentiating between what I personally do and don't like when looking at the runways.

The paneling trend was one that I immediately took to. I remember being 12 years old and finding a top in Old Navy with the exact same color scheme as this skirt - oh how I begged my mom to get it for me! She didn't and over 10 years later, I still remember. Thankfully, I stumbled across this skirt a month or so ago. The gap in my heart is almost filled.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Current Coveting: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Boots

Elena Perminova
Images via Hanneli and Candice Lake
These Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony boots have been out for a while, but the more Hanneli continues to wear them, the more I am convinced of their versatility. They look so normal but they look fantastic with sweet dresses and leather alike. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

055: Black and White and Everything Nice

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Sweater - H&M, Sunglasses - House of Harlow 1960 "Emily" in Panther, Shirt - Romwe (horrible quality!), Pants - ASOS, Heels - Target, Bag - Ted Baker

In my opinion, nothing is more chic than a black and white ensemble with a touch of red lipstick.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Advancing with Style + Announcements

 image via pinterest

When I started this blog, I had no intention of letting it dwindle down to outfit photos and “Look at my new ____” commentary. I apologize if it has become a little like this lately…it’s hard because sometimes I am just too busy. 

So today, let’s talk a little more I have a few announcements to start with. First, as some of you may know, I’m the Fashion News Editor over at Chictopia. There’s an opportunity for a few  editors to go with Chictopia to Mercedes Ben Fashion Week every time it rolls around, and I was delighted to be selected among a few other editors. Thank you so much to Chictopia and Everybody is Ugly. I can wait to meet my fellow editors Amy, Syl, Sam, and Whitney. Here’s the original post announcing who is going. I signed on to Chictopia with the hopes of amping up my resume, so going to MBFW is a definite added plus (and a surprise).

Working at Chictopia has also given me some unforeseen exposure, which leads to my next announcement that I’ll be contributing to the Trend Journal UK in addition. Lots of writing happening over here!

Now that that’s said and done, I feel like I ought to write a little about the topic of my most recent post on Chictopia – age. I turned 27 this year and for some reason, it feels really different from turning 26. I’m squarely in my late 20s now, and there’s nowhere to go but up – the next big number is 30, and as crazy as this sounds, for some reason I thought I’d never get there. I’m not saying I want to die or anything, I just mean that as a kid I spent a lot of time imaging myself as a teenager, and as a teenager I spent a lot of time imagining myself in my early 20s. I never really imagined 30, possibly because I simply don’t ever want to be 30. I don’t want to age – I want to love creepers and say awesome forever and ever, without anyone telling me to act my age. But you can’t stop the wheels of time.

And I know from experience that once you end up in the latter half of your 20s, you have to start thinking about what kind of adult you want to be, and then you start to get annoyed, because you never really thought about what you wanted to be – you just were. I think that’s because being outlandish, or rude, or wearing wacky clothing is considered a symptom of youth, but the idea is that once you get to where I am, you have it figured out. I don’t think I’ll ever have it figured out, and I don’t ever want to not be myself or wear what I want because it doesn’t seem appropriate for my age. I’m going to continue doing what I am doing, liking what I am liking, and wearing what I am wearing – but now these will be conscious decisions about the adult I want to be. It’s hard not to stop and ask myself “Is this too young for me?” but I promise I will never answer with a “Yes.”

So consider this a  letter, so to speak, about what it feels like to be on the other side and still love who you are and your fashion. Madeline from Jean Greige apparently just turned 26 and wrote a great post on a similar topic. She really got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in the next three years. I, like her, want to write, but I want to write things beyond this post and my posts with Chictopia. I want to write a novel, and that’s been a dream of mine for many years. I even have an idea of what it will be about, and I saw the title and cover in a dream several years ago (really). I just need to sit down and do it.

I also just want read more. I remember that when I had my college personal statement looked over, the person who reviewed it told me I was a good writer. I was beaming with joy, of course, and while it took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do in college, I have always enjoyed words. Like my eye for photography, I feel like I’ve learned so much of what I know about writing from reading. As a child I simply gobbled books up, but I have lost that in recent years and it pains me when I have to scratch my head as I search for my next word while I am writing. I’m reading one of my favorite books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, right now. I eat my lunch at my desk and read it in my car, which is spiffy these days as it is warm and filled with sun.

Lastly, I promise to never stop taking photos. And I want my photos and writing to always seem personal – as if I am talking to you. As if it were meant for you to find this. Because I want to move you.

I promise to live  my life in a manner that makes me look back at it and think, “I fucking lived,” instead of being filled with regrets about what I didn’t do because I was scared. Insofar, I don’t think I’m disappointing myself. I hope path is full of flair, and I sincerely hope yours is too.

I realize this post has gotten kind of long. I want to keep talking to you, but I think I’ll stop and save it for another day so you can rest your eyes, assuming you read this far, anyway.

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Blue and Yellow and Tweed

Blue and Yellow and Tweed

RED Valentino sleeveless shift dress / Tory Burch fringe jacket / Trasparenze knee length sock0 / Fuschia clutch / Amrita Singh jewelry / Fresh water pearl jewelry / Christian Dior nail lacquer

Today I wish I were dressed like a lady.

Grunge Isn't Dead

A photo I took of my friend Jayinee yesterday. Inspired by this shot of Kurt Cobain, we shot this in the amount of time it takes to smoke half a cigarette and spent the rest of the day talking about boys and hipsters while sipping boba.

You can see more of my photography here should you wish.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

054: Gold Leaves

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Shirt - Poof, Skirt - Vintage (my roommate's), Sandals - Deena & Ozzy, Bag - Vintage coach, Foldable sunnies - Ray-Ban, Necklace - Gorjana

What better way to celebrate the coming of fall than with THIS skirt. Gah!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Girl Crush: Miroslava Duma

Images via Jak & Jil, Vanessa Jackman, Buro 24/7, All the Pretty Birds, Streetfsn, Stockholm Street Style
Miroslava Duma, former editor of Harper's Bazaar Russia and daughter of a sentor, might just be everyone's favorite style icon.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

053: Mullet

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Mullet skirt - Evil Twin, Dress worn as top - In Add Minus, Foldable sunglasses - Ray-Ban, Studded purse - Kenneth Cole New York, Necklace - Stella & Dot c/o, Leopard sneakers - H&M (similar here), Watch - Vintage Timex

It's crazy to think that not too long ago I shied away from patterns and bold colors completely. Since starting my job in fashion marketing/retail, I challenged myself to go out on a limb and try some new things. Now, I'm a pattern mixing fiend and even when I make some mistakes, I don't apologize for them. You have to try to grow.

On an unrelated note, I recently received an email from a fashion student who asked me where I shop in San Francisco, as she was working on a project to do with where the stylish (thank you, btw!) get there duds. I don't want you guys to think I pay full price for very much of my clothing. 90 percent of what I wear comes from buy-sell-trade stores and regular thrift stores. This bag, for example, was $5 at a Goodwill in Sacramento. The last 10 percent come from fashion fashion retailers such as H&M, Zara, Urban Outfitters and Asos, and on occasion I'll make a purchase at sites like Hautelook, MyHabit, or Gilt Groupe. I'm what they call an "Aspirational shopper," big time.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What I'd Like to be Wearing: A Beret and Leather

Rockstars Wear Berets
Dress - H&M, Shoes - Modcloth, Sunglasses - Miu Miu "Catwalk," Earrings - Iosselliani, Beret - SCHA - KÖLN (sold out but similar here), Nail Polish - Deborah Lippmann "Naked," Two-toned leather biker vest - KARL, Lucy leather clutch - Chloe

What I'd like to be wearing today involves a beret and two toned leather. Berets have had their ups and downs in the fashion limelight, but ever since watching the original Bonnie & Clyde, I have decided that I will always love them.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

052: Feeling Blue...And Green

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Mint shell top - Vintage, Boyfriend denim jacket - Vintage (similar here not the same, but love this one, this one, and this one), Chambray Shirt - IZOD (similar here), Plaid pants - Daughters of the Revolution (love these and these too!), Silver Necklace - Forever 21, Tassle Necklace -Gorjana c/o, Foldable sunglasses - Ray-Ban, Sandals - Deena & Ozzy

 Another color combination I'm favoring right now - green and blue. The days of summer are waning so I'm trying to take advantage of this time by (finally) dressing like it's summer, though the layering on my top half may attest to my failed attempt. Hope you're all having a lovely Tuesday!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Music: Kennedy

My best friend discovered Kill Hannah when they opened for Placebo in a show during the early 2000s. What ensued afterwards was a craze, both of us gobbling up their music as fast as we could. When they released their first album, they had a deal where somehow you could get some free Kill Hannah gear and the album cover signed by all the members. It resides somewhere in my desk, a figment of my late teens.Thanks to their very inclusive band profiles they used to have on their website, I also discovered some of my favorite books, like the Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the Dust.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hair Update

It's been almost 3 months since I chopped my hair off, and here's how it's changed. I think there's a visible difference, but the new length isn't bad. I told my hairdresser to give me something that will grow out well, and I have to say that he is pretty much a genius. Regardless, I'll be going under the scissors again tomorrow!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

051: Lost in Nirvana

White blazer - Zara (similar here), Nirvana shirt - vintage, Sunburst pendant - House of Harlow 1960, Emily Sunglasses in panther - House of Harlow 1960, Pants - BCBG Maxazria, Black and white peep-toe oxfords - Sam Edelman

I used to dress quite androgynous. Like really androgynous. But Annie Hall androgynous, not tom boy androgynous. But I guess I still do now and then.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What I'd Like to be Wearing: Pre-Fall Leather

 Top - Karen Millen, Sunglasses - Miu Miu "Catwalk," Jacket - ALICE by Temperley, Shorts - Carven, Shoes - Modcloth, Clutch - Elie Saab, Watch - Karen Millen, Lipstick - Lancome Rouge in Love, Nail polish - Essie Black Licoric, Earrings - Iosselliani

Don't get me wrong - I freaking love summer. This entire summer I haven't managed to get the sand out of my flip flops, because every time I do, I go romp in the sunshine again, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But when it comes to dressing, I admit that I'm sort of a fail. I prefer button-ups to tees, trousers to shorts (In fact, I simply don't wear shorts), and layering to not. Summer's on its way out (wahh!!) but at least I can now wear leathers in peace. I was so inspired by all of the colored leathers in Cynthia Rowley's fall 2012 line, so colored leather shorts would be perfect for the shorts-wearing gal in the Pre-fall season. Hopefully I can get an inkling of its amazingness from H&M or something...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Music Monday: Love is an Unfamiliar Name

Another band and song on my old, dead iPod. I used to be obsessed with the lead singer's hair.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Urban Outfitters Sale Top 10

I think we can all remember our first encounter with mega retailer Urban Outfitters. I was lucky enough to experience the store at the tender age of 12 due to the fact that one resided right next to my parents favorite Berkeley restaurant. Over 10 years later, I'm amazed that I can still find stuff I like there. I now live walking distance from the exact same store. Some things never change, I guess.

As you can imagine, at 12, I couldn't actually afford anything from there, as I had no money of my own. Now, I'm still a fairly modest spender, so when Urban Outfitters has a sale...I'm there. Online or in line. When I received an email saying the Goodbye Summer Sale was starting I (1) cried "Noooo!!" (2) immediately clicked the link and started searching. I'm always impressed how in between the hip, hipster, and hippie garb, there are very current, very trendy pieces to be found at fractions of the original runway price. So you don't have to go through 25 pages of sale like I did, here are my top 10 picks.

High waist pastel pink jeans by BDG $19.99 (was $58.00)  
Colorblock extreme cat-eye sunglasses $9.99 (was $16.00) (really resemble these)  
Striped pencil peplum skirt $39.99 (was $59.00)  
Bleached/destroyed jeans by BLANKNC $49.99 (was $80.00)  
Pyramid box bag by Deena & Ozzy $34.99 (was $49.00)  
Crochet Cap $24.99 (was $38.00) 

And now...the shoes... 

...(which I am posting here more because of the incredible prices and cuteness, as opposed to how current they are. But they're also pretty current)... 

Frye Maye Vintage Wedge $88.99 (was $189.00)  
Miista Slingback Platform Heel $99.99 (was $222.00...holy cow, $120 off these bad boys)  

Messeca Crochet Wood Bootie $69.99 (was $169.00)