Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One Flight Down Cover - Julia Hunt

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This isn't fashion related but this is a huge part of who I am other than fashion. I absolutely adore this song and it happens to be the first non-musical theatre/classical piece I've recorded for youtube.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"dressed up like a million dollar trouper, trying hard to look like gary cooper"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I am SO happy to welcome back the sophisticated trend form the 1980s!  For the past several months I have been noticing numerous designers extremely accentuating the shoulders in their latest fashion lines and it is beautiful.  Rather than using shoulder pads to solely broaden the shoulders,  these pads are giving women a hand with the hourglass shape--without adding bulk and creating a look of classic Hollywood glamour.  Being such a huge fan of taking a classic look and reinventing it, I, myself, am taking the liberty in using shoulder pads in my personal designs and creations.  I can not wait to see how this trend will blossom and I do hope it sticks around for quite a long time!

These four lovely ladies are looking more glamorous than ever
with these classic but modern dresses.

Other 1980s trends that are popular now:

Doc Martens :)

[textured, coloured, destroyed, etc.]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

my creations

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here is the t-shirt project fully completed! I am very happy with the way they turned out.  The red one is being sold at a store near my school.  The purple/gray dress is for me to keep!

The arm has black, metal chains hanging down as well.

You can't really see from this picture,
but there are sequins lining the pockets
and the bow has sequins.


To read my article explaining the project click here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

oh, the blinding glamour

Saturday, October 17, 2009


It has been one of my dreams to style and design for BCBG one of these days.  Max Azria has several beautiful lines but one of my all-time favorites is BCBGeneration.  This collection is geared towards the younger crowd but still remains classy.  Here are two of my favorites pieces at the moment.

Cute and sassy, right?  I am very inspired by these pieces right now and I am in the process of creating a black, textured, velvet mini skirt for the winter season!  I'll post pictures once it is finished!

Friday, October 16, 2009

only aladdin can pull off harem pants

Friday, October 16, 2009
I...I....I just can't figure out why harem pants are the next big thing.  What is it with these pants?  I just don't find them flattering to a women's figure in the least bit. The lower the crotch, the more disproportionate the person wearing it appears.  I am a fan of pants that elongate the legs and create nice sleek lines following the natural curves of the body.  To be honest,  I don't want to be curvy between my legs.

Maybe it is just me in thinking that these pants are a flop.  I love how the fashion trends are constantly changing but this is one trend I am not going to follow.  The harem pant was actually first introduced in the 1920s but as the fashion cycle continues, we continue to dig styles out of the fashion graveyard.  Perhaps it should have stayed buried.  Yes, I saw some celebs, such as Rihanna, sporting the harem look, but as much as I dig Rihanna, it did not flatter her beautiful, strong figure.  It is too penguin-esque.  We should just leave the harem trousers for Aladdin and try a different trend.  Hopefully the harem fad fades and quick!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Why, Ralph Lauren?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm disappointed in you, Ralph Lauren. In a world where people criticize even a size 2, I would never think RL would stoop to that level. That is detrimental to the health of future generations. Society needs to stop being so superficial and realize people of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. The idea of beauty and what is socially accepted is entirely distorted to the point where young girls feel they need to be dangerously thin in order to fit the "norm". Hello? THIS IS NOT NORMAL. Photoshopping a perfectly proportional and already slim model to look like a distorted alien is not what this society needs. I think America, like Europe, should put health stamps on the photos that have been edited. The young people looking at these ads need to realize what they see is not real. It is a computer-enhanced photo and no one is that flawless. I completely understand the pressures. I STILL, to this very day, feel pressure to look like the inhuman computer-made race that our society is deeming as beautiful or sexy. They are not real. Don't believe it for one second because you will set your standards too high for any human to meet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

pumpkin and spice, you don't have to play nice

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

dark and free-spirited

B Edgy. B Bold.pumpkins and spice
My Polyvore
These are some mood boards I put together for this season. I am just dying to own those Jeffrey Campbell over-the-knee city boots......why can't money grow from trees??

Thursday, October 8, 2009

my style diary

Thursday, October 8, 2009

i keep a diary of my different outfits and creations.  check it out and keep visiting back for more posts!  Click the link below :D

xox, jules

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

set your minds free

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I've been quite the busy college student this past week---so busy that I haven't been able to blog.  In my Fashion Visuals class we are making a clothing line made from plain white 100% cotton t-shirts.   My group's line is called "Criminal".  Our look is 1990s Seattle Grunge/ street urban chic.  Imagine chains, studs, black, and bursts of dark color.  We dyed our shirts a dark grey and some reds, splashed bleach on some pieces and now we are sewing away.  Instead of making a shirt we are making dresses.  We purchased men's XL v-necks from Walmart and we are cinching the waists.  It is such an exciting project and it is really coming together!  On top of our company's lines, we are also making one personal piece which reflects us and our own style.  My dress could probably be described as "gothic and distressed baby doll".  It features black lace, a ribbony trim, along with a hint of sequins and elastic-drawn waist.  I will be sure to post pictures once we are in the final stages!  Our teacher will be choosing designs to be sold at a store outside of Kent, Ohio.  We will get the profits.  I am so excited to show you our creations!  Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

david bowie knows fashion

Sunday, October 4, 2009

David Bowie is one of the most stylish men of all time.  It's true.  He has not only made a giant impact on our culture and the music industry but he has left his mark on the fashion industry as well.  He is  a risk-taker and an influential man of the 20th century.  Notice the skinny tie that STILL looks super sharp even forty years later.

Bowie Inspires

How to Snazzify Men

The 7 Style Mistakes All Guys Make

I DID NOT WRITE THIS.  I just think this is a HIGHLY useful article--take notes, men!

The 7 Style Mistakes All Guys Make

… And how to correct them

Can you really blame a guy for wearing his jeans a bit too high on his waist? For grabbing a dress belt that’s not quite a dress belt? For not knowing what the heck collar stays are? Well, no. But we can offer advice that that will prevent him from suffering these flubs again, while guaranteeing better style for life.
Mistake 1: The Schlumpy Leather Jacket
Problem: There's nothing modern-or even retro-cool-about a leather jacket that fits like a rain poncho.
Solution: When trying on a new leather jacket, keep going down a size until you can't get it on, then buy the next size up. It should feel snug as a wetsuit but will take your body's shape over time. The coolest style right now? The bomber you see here.
Jacket, $1,695, by Dolce & Gabbana. Shirt, $375, by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiére. Khakis, $48, by Dockers. Shoes, $488, by Brooks Brothers Peal & Co.
Mistake 2: The Barack Obama Jeans
Problem: Whitewashed high-waisted jeans aren’t just dorky—they also emphasize all the wrong parts of your body.
Solution: Medium-rise raw denim jeans sit at the most flatter place (on your hips), follow your legs (instead of saddlebagging out from your waist), and form-fit to you as you break them in. Oh, and while you’re at it, replace the Seinfeld-esque running shoes with some lace-ups or classic sneaks.
Jeans, $90, by Martin + Osa. Sweater, $100, by Uniqlo. Shirt, $40, by H&M. Shoes, $560, by Alden. Watch by IWC. 
Mistake 3: The Cheap Printed Tie
Problem: Let’s pretend this tie isn’t a little ugly. And tied too long. It still isn’t working. Why? A cheap thin silk tie gets you an unacceptably tiny knot.
Solution: Go for a sturdier silk tie, which’ll make for a solid knot. Plus, keep any patterns understated. Also, a quick note on length: The tip of your tie should not hang below the waistline of your pants.
Tie, $135, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Shirt, $360, by Etro. Pants, $280, by Acne. Tie bar by Kenneth Cole.
Mistake 4: Sagging Suit Pants
Problem: Just bought a cool skinny suit? It ain’t cool if it stacks up at your ankles like baggy jeans.
Solution: Take your suit to a tailor and tell him you don’t want a break. Those are the words you should use: “I want this suit hemmed with little or no break.” Period. Remember: Tailors are used to working with guys who don’t know what they want. Be assertive so he understands that you’re after a specific look and don’t just want “the usual.”
Suit, $1,095, by D&G. Shoes, $395, by Calvin Klein Collection.
Mistake 5: The Pancake Collar
Problem: When you're not wearing a tie, the collar on your dress shirt flattens out and sinks beneath the lapels of your jacket. The look? Sloppy.
Solution: First, look for dress shirts with firm collars that stand up on their own., framing your face. Second, use collar stays. You know, those little plastic things. Every proper dress shirt has slots for them.
Shirt, $150, by Thomas Pink. Suit, $1,195, by Emporio Armani.
Mistake 6: Right Suit, Wrong Belt
Problem: You want Tiger Woods's swing, not his style, especially when wearing a suit. A silver-tipped faux cowboy belt is not a dress belt. If you've got one, retire it.
Solution: Invest in a high-quality leather beltthat's an inch to an inch and a half wide. If it smells and feels buttery, that means it'll age beautifully. And the buckle should be subtle.
Belt, $69, by Club Monaco. Shirt, $370, by Marc Jacobs. Pants, $195, by Boss Black.
Mistake 7: The Oversize Suit
Problem: You invested in a dark handsome suit, but you look a in it. Know why? It's a size too big, and all that extra material is boxing (shoulders), sagging (waist), and flopping (ankles).
Solution: Repeat the leather-jacket method from the opening page. When trying on a suit, keep going down a size in the jacket until it gets uncomfortable. Then go one size up and buy that. And unless you’re over six feet two, buy a regular length, not a long.
Suit, $1,395, and shoes, $395, by Calvin Klein Collection. Shirt, $360, by Etro. Tie, $150, by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

saks fifth avenue

Thursday, October 1, 2009
IN LOVE WITH THE SKIRTS (Page 3 is my favorite)

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