Wednesday, June 29, 2011

5 Minutes inside Jaime's Closet

One of the best parts of being back in Long Island for summer is seeing my old friends. It was a warm evening, the sun was just setting as I arrived at Jaime Lefkowitz's house around 7pm on Monday night. She greeted me with one of her usual cheery hugs as I walked inside. She was wearing a loose colorful tie dye t-shirt with a pair of easy cotton shorts.

I have known Jaime since high school, and we became best friends at the age of fourteen. Needless to say...we have gone on many shopping trips together, shared style advice, and everything in between. Now, Jaime is entering her junior year at New Paltz, studying Art Education and Art History with a concentration in ceramics. She's the artsy/boho/hippie type with naturally dark curly locks and a free spirit that is lucky enough to pull off crop tops and harem pants.

Basically, I went over to hang out but also to have our annual closet clean out. And what is this, exactly? Well, every summer we clean each other's closets and get rid of clutter to free up space for the new. After sorting out a bunch of old shoes to the reject section- it was time to ask a few fashionable questions...

Wendy: You seem to have a very eclectic closet. What do you think about while getting dressed every morning?

Jaime: I always have to think about what's the weather like, what will I be doing that day, whether it will be a lazy day or not a lazy day. Also when I paint, I like to wear big tees like the one I'm wearing. When I work with ceramics, I never go for jeans. The button of the pants would always go into the wheel when I lean over to create the ceramics. Leggings are definitely more comfortable. And I usually have to wear an apron!

Wendy: So I see lifestyle plays a large part in your fashion outfits! Moving on in college, how has your style evolved?

Jaime: I think I've definitely grown to be more mature with my style. If I could I would wear high heels everyday to class, but that's not possible. If I were to take all art history classes it could work...but I always need to think of comfort.

Wendy: How is style in New Paltz different than in Long Island?

Jaime: More bohemian and laid back. The weather is the same. I just stand out wearing these. (Points to blazers on the left side of her closet.) People associate you with that- My classmates and suitemates...everyone wears jeans and t-shirts. I don't do that or feel comfortable in that. This fall, I can't wait to wear my long skirts to class.

Wendy: What is your current favorite item in your closet?

Jaime: My new Tory Burch bag! It's perfect for summer.

Wendy: I love it! How would you describe your "signature style"?

Jaime: Boho Chic- but it changes. But I always stay true to boho. I could have a preppy day here and there.

Wendy: What designers do you admire?

Jaime: Right now, I'm loving Chloé. But my heart goes out to Prada...I love the colorblock I've seen on the runways, Miu Miu, and of course, the classic Chanel.

Wendy: And how many pairs of shoes are in your closet?

Jaime: Too many!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Maschere Italiane!

My best friend, Nicole went on vacation to Italy and brought back these crazy souvenirs. Who knew masks can be so fashionable?

Above: Me and Nic

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Badgley Mischka Swim Shoot

Yesterday, I assisted freelance stylist Katharine Polk in a lookbook shoot for the upcoming collection of Badgley Mischka swimwear. The collection was beautiful- innovative designs with a few pieces of bright bold colors thrown into the mix, along with a few neutral and printed pieces. There was a balance between one and two pieced suits, creating a variety of styles. But what really made the shoot exciting was the accessories. The Badgley Mischka jewelry collection used on set definitely livened up the shoot. The jewels were chandelier earrings, cocktail rings, statement necklaces, and oversized cuffs. The sunglasses created a cool affect, and as for the hats? They were oversized and floppy- we ready to see this trend all over the beach!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Would you rather receive a love letter in print or through email? Obviously, your choice would most likely lean towards the print version, right? There's just something a bit more personal if the letter is handwritten or typed-addressed and delivered to you. So does this same philosophy apply to the world of magazines today? The question of print versus new technology is not a new topic as the controversial sides of each have been overlooked ever since technology began growing rapidly. Recently the Apple iPad 2 developed and changed the world as we know it. I, for one I am and always will be for print. But my stubbornness to stick to hardcopies has definitely softened a bit when my magazine subscriptions offered free versions to my iPad. I tried it out, and I am very impressed. Images can now be three dimensional! Jumping to a website link referred on an editorial credit is incredibly easy and fast. Not even to mention its convenience on not having to lug around five extra pounds of weight with me.

I recently read through the June issue of Allure, finding Editor-in-Chief, Linda Wells letter from the editor "Love Letter." Allure is now among one of the many mags that have moved on to the technology world- allowing the digital magazine to come to life. Especially the fact that Allure is a magazine focused on beauty, the iPad App definitely benefits the reader to explore all the behind-the-scenes videos and process on how to apply make up. In the May issue, the Allure's digital issue allowed the reader to view the model Hana Soukupova's hair ideas in a three dimensional view. Wells writes, "I love the iPad, but not because of the gigabytes or silicon or whatever is stuffed into its aluminum case. I love it because of the words, images, and ideas it projects." I completely agree...and to those who thought the industry of fashion magazines is dying, well here is news to you- it is only growing!

June Cover of Allure
Editor's Letter

Monday, June 6, 2011

Red Carpet Style @ 2011 MTV Movie Awards

If you watched the MTV Movie Awards last night, who was on top of your best dressed list? In my opinion, I absolutely loved Emma Stone's Bottega Veneta lace overlay dress, styled perfectly with Veneta stain pumps and clutch. It seemed like Balmain was a crowd favorite; Leighton Meester, Kristen Stewart, and Mila Kunis all looked sophisticated yet rocker chic in Balmain.  Other favorites: Selena Gomez in Giambattista Valli and Hailee Steinfeld in a Louis Vuitton menswear inspired suit.

Emma Stone in Bottega Veneta
Leighton Meester in Balmain
Kristen Stewart in Balmain
Mila Kunis in Balmain
Selena Gomez in Giambattista Valli
Hailee Steinfeld in a Louis Vuitton

Photo Credits (respectively):