I didn't really plan on entirely changing up my blog, I actually only started on a few tweaks since the site where I got my original green and black background was undergoing some kind of reconstruction. I got this amazing new background from the same site, shabbyblogs.com. They have the most beautiful collection of backgrounds, extras, buttons, and blinkies. I love them all, it makes me have a hard time choosing another one! After the background change, I started moving around the placement of objects, font colors, and sizes. I love the new look of the blog, I've had this site for a year now and I'm really glad I kept writing. Many great opportunities have arose from it. Be sure to vote for my items this month on The Shopping Forecast. Click here or the link on the right!
I have been in Long Island the past week fews for winter break, living in the room that I grew up in. And I turned it upside down, cleaning everything...old clothes, shoes, books, pictures, basically all of the things I acquired throughout my teenage years. And there it was...under my bed was a giant clear box holding all my magazine subscriptions since the age of twelve. And another in the back of my closet. I think it is safe to say, I was and still am obsessed. The glossy pages of every fashion magazine I had subscribed to had never turned away my attention. Does anybody remember the publication, YM? It was then my favorite read, the best part of my day when it came every month in the mail. I still remember that last issue that YM produced in December/January 2004 featuring Usher on the cover. I was disappointed that the publication ceased, the assets of YM were then purchased by Conde Nast publications and I was led to a subscription to Teen Vogue.
Last year I found an April 1993 issue of Harper's Bazaar, lonely sitting on the "Discarded" section of a library. With not even a second thought, I brought it home with me. I finally got around to reading it today, I love how fashion changes all the time and how reading an old issue brings you back to past styles, such as structured suits. And how some things never change, like TOD's shoes still stay true to their originals. And how a large chunk of people in the fashion industry are still shining; Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani... Of course I found one particular article very interesting. On page 261, "Down to Earth" is written about a jewelry designer Ted Muehling who opened a charming little shop on Greene St. in Soho. He started out collection shells and other precious natural elements such as berries, sea pearls, and rocks. Using his creative imagination, he developed unique jewelry. Creating a work space was supposed to only serve as his studio, but from a friend's suggestion, he turned it into a shop. Today you can find its current location on 27 Howard St. Check out the website http://www.tedmuehling.com/store.html
Read this article from WWD. I've honestly never really given much thought about men's clothing before. I mean, suits are suits. And yes that crisp button-down shirt can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And ties are one of the few accessories a man can use to dress up an outfit, right? I was totally wrong. This winter break, I spent everyday working in a men's furnishing section of a department store. It wasn't my ideal job, but it turned out to be one of the best things I've ever done. I totally discovered a world of dress shirts, ties, cufflings, scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, wallets, money clips...only naming a few. It became fun to sell Burberry, Gucci, Ferragamo, Boss, and more brands. The article on WWD quoted from Marc Gobe, president of Emotional Branding LLC, "It's also not impossible that men are discovering what women have known all along- that buying new clothes is psychologically rewarding and not a vast experience." It's true, ahh the power of new clothes.
A controversy topic in the fashion world for years, fur never quite faded away as a trend throughout the years. And there's a significant reason for that; I find furs to look very classy, sophisticated and upscale- no matter if it's a full length coat, a cropped fur vest, or a small chic handbag. I love the quality that fur adds to an outfit, but would probably never go as far as wearing real fur...I'm all for faux. I remember as a five year girl, I had my favorite faux white mink coat that I would happily wear around everywhere during the cold winter days. This past summer, I interned for a wholesale fur showroom and gained quite a bit of knowledge about furs. They are still in pretty high demand, and much of the furs are shipped here from far eastern countries. Before then, I never really gave fur very much thought in their affect to the world. In a way, it is sad how we kill animals for our own vanity. Organizations such as PETA have been fighting for years to stop fur for fashion. Many designers such as Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, and even Karl Lagerfeld are saying no to the use of fur in their designs. This is a positive move, I mean if we can still achieve the look of fur without using real fur and hurting animals (and save some serious $$!) -why not? Maybe it can even be your New Year's resolution! Faux fur is just as glamourous-take a look at some of my finds: