Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
It's currently snowing in Pittsburgh right now...but this past weekend was gorgeous!! It felt like summer. Every year Carnegie Mellon University has a carnival on their campus and I thought it was the perfect event to wear this new Boardwalk Romper from Pin-up Darling. Pin-up Darling is an online fashion boutique that specializes in vintage inspired clothing. Their pieces are classic, fun, and flirty. Needless to say when they reached out to me about doing a sponsorship I was thrilled! There's really nothing I enjoy more than stunning vintage clothing, I mean more than half of my closet is full of thrifted and retro pieces.
What I love most about this romper is the highwaisted shorts with the bow belt! The bow gives it such a flirty and cute touch to the outfit and I love how it ties the look together. I'm also crazy about the top half of the romper....it's this gorgeous lace overlay with cute little wooden buttons. I can picture myself wearing this romper non-stop during the summer. I threw on a cardigan I thrifted from Avalon Exchange in case it got colder in the evening and my favorite pair of flatforms! I'm really excited with how this outfit turned out. I feel like Ann Margret in some of these photos haha.
If you're loving this romper you should definitely check out the rest of Pin-up Darling's website and peruse the rest of their collections!! I'm personally in love with most of the dresses, they remind me of what the women wear in Mad Men.
Thank you for checking in!
Boardwalk Romper: Pin-up Darling
J-crew Cardigan: Avalon Exchange
Rosegold Flatforms: Go Jane
Friday, April 11, 2014
I was contacted recently by Casey Finigan, the Outreach and Closet Coordinator of Bib + Tuck, "a curated community marketplace of shoppable personal closets," about doing a collaboration and being an influencer for their brand! Bib + Tuck is basically a really cool way to bring fashionistas together to buy and sell their clothes. The idea is genius...have you ever shared clothes with friends or your siblings growing up or gave away the clothes that didn't fit or you didn't use anymore? That's pretty much what Bib + Tuck reminds me of. So here's how it works: users can upload photos on the site of pieces the user wants to sell (bib) and peruse other closets published that they would like to buy (tuck). The site uses virtual dollars ("bucks") as currency. The best part is that once you sign up you already get 10 bucks!! Along with earning "bucks" users can also buy "bucks." All of the money stays virtual for now but they're coming out with a cash-out option next month! You can check out more about Bib + Tuck on Refinery 29 and Vogue!
All of the clothing is AMAZING! The items on the site range from designer vintage pieces to YSL to Jeffrey Campbell. I had such a hard time deciding what to tuck because I adored everything! I eventually tucked this gorgeous T by Alexander Wang maxi dress!! I usually wear a small and this dress is a medium so it's a little big on me. When I tied a belt around my waist and wore some platform heels it didn't matter that it was a medium. The dress itself is sooooo soft, comfortable, and body skimming. There's just something about maxi dresses (simple or outrageous) that make me feel so elegant and feminine when I wear them, I love it.
My idea for the styling and photo shoot was to do something rather ethereal and in the spirit of Spring time. I teamed up with my insaaanely talented friend Katya McCoy for this shoot. Kat is such a brilliant photographer, I could stare at her images for hours....they're always just so breathtaking and innovative. She astonishes me every single time we shoot. Kat and I are also really great friends so I always manage to have the BEST time modeling for her. You can check out more of Katya's photography on her website and like her on Facebook! Thank you again for the gorgeous photos Kat!!
I'm so elated that Casey reached out to me and I was able to have this opportunity to be one of their brand influencers as well as becoming part of their amazing community! Thank you Casey and Bib + Tuck!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Thanks for checking in.
Alexander Wang maxi dress: c/o Bib + Tuck
flower crown: Burlington Coat Factory
Monday, April 7, 2014
I hope all of you had a beautiful weekend. My weekend was insanely busy but in the best way, I'm actually really amazed at all the things I was able to cram into Friday-Sunday. I'm even more excited for this coming weekend mainly because I'm going to see St. Vincent!! I've missed her the last few times she's been in Pittsburgh so I'm stoked that I finally have the chance to see her. I'm also going to see M.I.A. at the end of the month and I cannot wait!!!! I haven't gone to any concerts yet this year so getting to see two in the same month is incredibly exciting for me.
These photos were taken yesterday while the sun was still shining. I was out all night Saturday so yesterday I tried to keep my outfit super casual and comfortable. I got this rad cat crop top from Brandy Melville last year while I was in Santa Monica. I love this top because it reminds me so much of the cat Luna from Sailor Moon. It's also super comfortable and soft! I threw on these BDG Jeans and this black cardigan in case it cooled off later in the day. I don't mind still having to layer but as the weather becomes warmer and warmer...I'm feeling less motivated to wear socks and gravitate to all the flats in my closet. These cheetah print flats are my by far my favorite pair because of the pointed toe and the metal detail on the front.
I wasn't wearing any sunglasses yesterday but it was so blindingly bright outside that my blue eyes couldn't take it anymore. My friend let me borrow her sunglasses while we sat outside and drank our coffees. I'm a little embarrassed to say that during the two hours we sat outside I managed to get a little bit of sunburn! It's messed up too because it's only on half of my forehead and side of my neck! Hahaa, but I can't really complain too much, it was totally worth it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Crop Top: Brandy Melville
Cardigan: Forever 21
Velvet Purse: Vintage
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I cannot believe it's already April!! I'm really looking forward to this month...I'm going to concerts and booking my one-way flight to LA this week and possibly a mini trip to Florida to visit my uncle! I'm honestly just very stoked about starting new adventures.
Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous! It was 70 degrees and the sun was shining. I'm so excited that it's getting warmer here and I can finally start wearing all of my beautiful vintage dresses! I bought this one five years ago at a Goodwill in my hometown. I love the dark blue color and the lovely flower designs. I'm also obsessed with the length of this dress, it's kind of asymmetrical (a result of me putting it through the dryer...yikes). Although it was really warm yesterday, it was insanely windy and I was happy I didn't have to hold down my dress the entire day to avoid mooning all of Pittsburgh. I think my favorite thing about this dress is how I feel when I'm wearing it. I feel so elegant and feminine whenever I slip this beauty on.
That's all for now, thanks for checking in!
Belt: Forever 21
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I did a photo shoot with my beautiful and talented friend Katya earlier this week. She's been working on a fashion magazine that shows style throughout the decades. Her project turned out AMAZING! I was lucky enough to have her ask me to style the '80s for her. I have to admit...I don't own very many '80s pieces but I rummaged through my closet and found this Mickey Mouse sweater, tennis skirt, and these super funky Thigh Highs in Snowcone from StockingNoir x Streetheart Collection. I added these light blue Vans to emphasize the sporty vibe.
Nothing is more fun than doing a collaboration and photo shoot with an incredibly dear friend. Thank you Katya for the opportunity and lovely photos!!
You should check out the rest of Kat's photography at her website!!
Mickey Mouse Sweater: Vintage
Tennis Skirt: Vintage
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I wasn't entirely aware of the Liebster Award until Kim from Pretty Slick Chick nominated me, thank you so much pretty lady!! Since I wasn't all that familiar with the award I headed over to her blog to find out the details. Basically, the Liebster Award is a blogger recognizing another newer blogger for inspiring them and commending them on having an enjoyable blog! I am so thrilled and honored to have receive this award!
Here are the Rules:
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award
2. Answer the eleven questions the blogger gives you
3. Give eleven random facts about you, they can be anything!
4. Nominated eleven blogs that you think are deserving of the award (they must have less than 200 followers)
5. Let the bloggers know you nominated them
6. Give them eleven questions to answer
QUESTIONS FROM KIM:
Why did you start blogging?
When I was a freshman in college I would watch Youtube beauty gurus and frequent fashion blogs and lookbook.nu and became totally inspired by everyone's style and confidence to put themselves out there. I started blogging back in the fall of 2013 as a way to explore my personal style, utilize a creative outlet, and network with other fashion lovers like myself! It's honestly opened up so many opportunities for me, has given me more confidence, and has been so much fun!
Describe your style in three words.
Chic, whimsical, ecclectic
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
So I really love J-Lo as an actress...I could watch Monster in Law and Maid in Manhattan and the Wedding Planner again and again.
If your life were made into a movie, who would you cast to play you?
I've always identified more with French New Wave actresses, perhaps because the characters are always so lost and passionate. So let's go with Anna Karina.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
I love sleeping in! I always have to wake up early Monday-Friday so my weekends are when I can stay up as late as I want and go dancing or see friends and then sleep past 11am the next day.
Favorite TV show right now.
I don't have cable in my house so I tend to watch shows on Netflix. I've been really into the original series of Star Trek right now haha. It has the perfect mixture of science, technology, and mystery (kind of like The Twilight Zone). And it's all about adventures and friendship!
Heels or Flats?
Flats. I'm usually late wherever I go and need to be prepared to run. I'm also pretty clumsy.
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
The public transportation in Pittsburgh...the buses either aren't running or they're late or early. It's so frustrating!
If you could travel back in time where/when would you go?
I want to say the 1960s when movies were incredible, YSL came out with Le Smoking, art and music was so progressive and influential or to the Library of Alexandria before it burnt down or at any point when I could have met Carl Sagan. But honestly, I'd go back to my senior year of high school and spend more time with my grandmother before she passed away and let her know how much I loved her and appreciated her.
What's on your shopping wish list right now?
Jelly shoes, dresses, and high-waisted shorts! I am in complete Spring/Summer mode right now. Anything that isn't pants or boots I am excited for!
Would you rather be a wizard or a super hero?
I watched a lot of witch movies when I was little...you know "Teen Witch" or the Mary Kate and Ashley "Double Double Toil and Trouble" or "Practical Magic" and "Hocus Pocus." So I'd have to say wizard.
ELEVEN RANDOM FACTS:
1. I like my coffee black
2. I'm obsessed with anything Space or Carl Sagan related
3. My favorite poets are e.e. cummings and Pablo Neruda
4. I changed my major three times before I stuck with Global Cultural Studies
5. I love love love shoes
6. I have three tattoos
7. I'm a natural redhead
8. I have one younger sister...we're only 16 months apart
9. I love animals, especially dogs
10. I'm moving to LA in June (!!!!!)
11. I love the ocean and swimming
I AM ALEENA
Feel the Beat
M&M Fashion Bites
Melodic Thrifty & Chic
this is screaming photo opportunity
The Style Bender
QUESTIONS FOR THEM:
1. What's the story behind your blog name?
2. Where are your favorite places to shop?
3. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
4. What is your "go-to" outfit?
5. What book(s) are you currently reading?
6. Who is your favorite fashion icon?
7. Coffee or Tea?
8. What are your plans for Summer?
9. What beauty product do you splurge the most on?
10. What is the last concert you've been to?
11. What do you look for in a blog?
Thank you so much again Kim for the nomination! I am so honored and I look forward to seeing what the bloggers I've nominated have to say!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
So today is officially the first day of Spring, although it's grey and dreary as can be in Pittsburgh. However, the last couple days have been so temperate and reassuring that the worst is over. I love this time of year because it feels like a new start: the days are longer, flowering plants bloom, icy rivers begin to melt and streams start to swell with the excess water. I also feel more productive and inspired during Spring. I'm looking forward to everything Spring has to offer this next few months and I'm working towards a big change that will happen in the Summer!
These photos were taken last week when it was GORGEOUS outside...I'm talking so sunny that I barely even needed this cardigan. The photographs were taken by my dearest friend Remington Brooks of The Indigo Project. He's also a brilliant designer and actually did the design work for the StockingNoir lookbook in my Lunar Gala Fashion Show Post. I met Remington my freshman year of college when we were both photography majors (right before I changed my major, oops) and we've been amazing friends ever since. As you can see, he's incredibly talented. I had the so much fun posing for him and he knew exactly how to capture what I wanted from this look!
I've been obsessing over this floppy hat lately. I bought it at a cute boutique near my house called Pavement. Anytime there's sunshine I just feel like building an outfit around this gorgeous hat. My hair is also always terrible so throwing a hat over it makes me feel so much better. I bought these beautiful patterned silky pants last summer from Forever 21 and I'm so happy the weather is finally warming up and I can bust them out! The sheer white tank is also from Forever 21 and the cardigan is BCBG that I discovered at a local thrift store. My rings (and heels) are a part of the secondhand collection that I got from my good friend. I got this funky triangular necklace from Burlington Coat Factory. Sometimes the triangles just want to do their own thing...as you can see haha.
Enjoy the first day of Spring! I hope it's warm and sunny wherever you are!
Pants: Forever 21
Tank: Forever 21
Cardigan: BCBG/ Avalon Exchange
Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory