August 24, 2009
I love the mix-match patterns and especially love how she's worn her hair!

She Said:
skirt: vintage '50s via Ebay
tee: thrifted
sandals: thrift (remixed)
satchel: vintage '70s, thrifted (remixed)
watch: my grandfather's

I don't know if you can see it very well, but I'm actually wearing two novelty prints at one time! First I thought it wouldn't work, but I decided to go for it. It was quite a fun combination: the tee has little umbrellas printed on it and the skirt has little rabbits and turtles, like in that story! Or this Animal Collective video.

I wore this at the visit to the Mucsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest.

Photo courtesy of: Cats and Flowers from the She Wears Vintage Flickr Pool.
One of the reasons I adore Rachel Zoe's style so much is she really sticks to what she loves and what looks good on her. And of course, she is also a huge fan of vintage and advocates wearing it on a daily basis (hurrah!)

Here are some pictures of Rachel Zoe at Vogue's 1 Year Anniversary Party For 3.1 Phillip Lim's LA Store wearing a vintage 1970s maxi dress with a lovely paisley and floral print. It has a folky glam feel to it, don't you think? Well actually, I think it's more just folky...but since Rachel Zoe just adds a bit of glam to everything she wears... it becomes folk glam.

Photo credits: wireimage via theFashionspot
August 18, 2009
Aren't these photos so pretty and lovely? I love the color pink, but I tend to favor fuchsia pinks and peony pinks versus Hello Kitty pink though. You have to be careful decorating with this very feminine color, you don't want to get too crazy and do everything in pink... I think these rooms have just the right balance.

August 17, 2009

I personally love red lipstick. I've always loved it ever since I was able to get my hands on my Mom's Revlon back in elementary school (and hastily rubbing it off on the bus ride home...oh, but she KNEW...haha!) I don't wear red lipstick everyday, but there are some days I wear it to feel prettier and some days I wear it to feel more confident or just give me that little "I'm a vintage puh-rin-cesss" vibe. No matter the season or whatever the trends are in make-up, red lipstick will always be a classic and will always be in style. But how to go about choosing the right color for you?

Warm Skin Tones: Orangey reds, Warm reds, Tomato reds, Brown based reds, Golden reds, Tawny reds.

Cool Skin Tones: Pink tones of red, Berry Reds, Blackberry Reds, Brick Reds, Blue tones of Red, Plum tones.

All Skin Tones: Think London bus red. A true red.


1.] Try it on! And when you do try it on, don't try it on your hands please. Red lipstick is going to look much different on your hand than on your lips.

2.] If you don't know what your skin tone is just remember cool skin tones have fair complexions with pink undertones (think Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson) and warmer skin tones have olive or blue undertones (think Penelope Cruz, Keira Knightley, or Freida Pinto)

3.] Red lipsticks with blue undertones will make your teeth look whiter.

4.] If you're not sure you can pull of red lipstick you can always go for a red lip stain or red lip gloss. My favorite is Russian Red by M.A.C.

5.] Who says it has to be evening to wear red lipstick? Red lipstick is fun and cheery! If you're having a bit of a grey day, swipe on some red lipstick and you will feel better, I promise!

6.] Help keep red lipstick on longer by using a lip primer. Also make sure your lips are not dry or chapped before putting on red lipstick (or any lipstick for that matter).

7.] The secret to wearing red lipstick: BE CONFIDENT! Wearing red lipstick should give you just a little more "oomph" in your step. Make you smile a little brighter. It makes me happy that's for sure.

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+ Quick Tips: Picking a Red Lipstick
+ How To Wear Red Lipstick
“My home?” asked Marilyn Monroe. “It will be a place for any friends of mine who are in some kind of trouble. As for me, I just want to be an artist and an actress with integrity.” Throughout her life, Monroe occupied a series of residences, owned no jewelry and counted books, records and a picture of legendary actress Eleonora Duse among her most cherished possessions. Even after attention-getting roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950), she still kept a modest, one-room apartment at the Beverly Carlton Hotel in Beverly Hills. “I’m not interested in money,” she once said. “I just want to be wonderful.

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I have to be honest, I really don't understand what is currently "hot and trendy" in fashion right now. I'm not a fan of the 80s, neon, shoulderpads (shudders), or the androgynous look. I don't care for torn jeans, or shoes that look like they could double as a weapon... flipping through issues of ELLE this afternoon made me really nostalgic for the whimsical, feminine, soft, and pretty styles from a few years back.

August 14, 2009

Most people know the infamous redhead from the hit ABC sitcom "I Love Lucy" which aired in 1951.

But did you know Lucille Ball was first a model then Broadway star? (The photo above is from 1933 during Lucy's modeling days and also very, very blonde!) During her stint on Broadway, Lucy went by the name "Diane Belmont", a name that suggests girl next door and glamour (at least in my opinion)

During her career (which spanned nearly 40 years), Lucille Ball was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards (and won 4 of them).

Lucy is of Scottish, English, Irish, and French descent. You can view her ancestry tree here: Lucille Ball's Ancestor Tree The earliest "Ball" to arrive in America was Isaac Ball who arrived in the US in 1747. (Just fun FYI)

Lucy attended the School for the Dramatic Arts in New York City (with fellow screen goddess Bette Davis). She was sent there by her Mother who disliked her relationship with a certain gangster's son, Johnny DeVita (how Romeo & Juliet!), and thought some distance was needed between him and her daughter.

Lucille Ball died at the age of 77 on April 26th, 1989. She is buried in Jamestown, New York, where her relatives are also buried.

"I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways."

A fan-made video of Lucy and Desi. (It's kind of a tear jerker, sorry... it's so sweet)