Fashion fades, only style remains the same. - Coco Chanel

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tropical Fantasy

In a few days I will be en route to the warm sun and Caribbean breezes of the Dominican Republic. I can hardly contain my excitement, and so today's post are the outfits I would pack for this trip if I could afford these beautiful splurge items.

From JFK to Santiago:
Vacation- Departure
I love every thing about this look, its city chic, but the color palette is soft and works for the warm Dominican climate. Blazers are a staple of my closet and a must have for chilly airplane cabins. The t-shirt and jeans provide comfort, while the flared-leg and McQueen Skull, keep the look fashion forward. All travelers need an good time piece and I love the girl-meets-boy aspect of this rose gold Marc Jacobs. Lastly, the bright toned Givenchy bag hints at the lovely hues to be found upon arrival in the Caribbean.

Resort Days in Punta Cana:
Vacation Dreams
Vacation attire should be easy, fun and versatile. All the pieces above can transition from sight-seeing days to fine dining or a night of dancing. I love this figure flattering one piece bathing suit, because its practical and sexy! The Goyard tote is perfect for hauling my sunscreen, beach reading, souvenir purchases and there will be room left over to tuck in those amazing Lanvin wedges, when my feet start aching for flip-flops.

Island Nights:
Vacation Night
For every vacation I pack multiple pairs of evening shoes, which will only adds to the bulk and weight of my already overstuffed luggage. I usually end up wearing only one or two pair.  Packing a nude heel is a smart solution to my problem.  Nude will work with most evening looks and elongate my freshly tanned gams. A celestial cocktail ring paired with a bright dress is my ideal tropical evening statement. (85% of the items from this set are from Rachel Roy- she is genius).

I take off on Thursday, and I promise when I return there will be real outfit posts (sadly not as fabulous as these) and full recaps of the trip!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Notorious P.I.G.

Via Instyle
Friends with Marc Jacobs, beating out Gaga in the quest for Kermit's heart, not aging a day since her career first lauched...who's flyer than Miss Piggy? In the latest issue of Instyle the Notorious P.I.G shares her five style commandments:

1. Style is about expressing your inner self, capturing your personal ethos, and most importantly, spending someone else's money.

2. Being stylish means constantly maintaining your image, updating your look, and destoying old photos that show you with big hair and wearing spandex.

3. Always, always dress for yourself. Otherwise, it gets way too crowded in the dressing room.

4. Clothes are like friends: They should always compliment your appearance.

5. Beauty is always about loving who you are, and if you have problems with that might I suggest that you try loving who I am?

So here's a fun question: Who are the most stylish cartoon characters out there? Is they anyone who could rival Miss Piggy? 
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stylespiration: The Androgynous Zone

I've mentioned several times on this blog that I really admire menswear for women. I also admire those ladies who and are not afraid to explore androgyny further like Tilda Swinton, Agyness Deyn and today's Stylespiration Elly Jackson.

Elly is the front woman for British synth-pop duo La Roux. You probably wouldn't expect to find haunting vocals and poignant lyrics in synth-pop, but that unexpected combination is what makes La Roux so remarkable. That, and the David Bowie/Flock of Seagulls inspired look that Elly has perfected:

La Roux means "The Red One" in French- a reference to Elly's hair color.

All photos via Google Images Search "La Roux Style"

I was fortunate enough to see La Roux perform at Terminal 5 last year and they were great. Elly's voice is as beautiful live as it sounds on the CD and the band was great. For the performance Elly wore all black with a white tuxedo jacket and her signature pendant. I'm hoping they release a sophomore album soon, but Elly has stated in an interview that their touring schedule has been so hectic that they have not been able to schedule studio or song writing time. Until a new album drops, I'll admire her whip-cream dallop hair, multi-finger rings and collection of structured jackets.

 Happy Hump Day- I can't believe Halloween is only a few days away, sadly I'll be working the entire day and evening, so I won't be able to partake in the festivities, but please post your costumes, I love to see all the wacky and creative ideas people come up with.

I am also guest posting for Courtney at I Can Be Many Things, so hop on over to check out her blog and get inspired by Courtney's manifesto of blogging openly about all topics and not limiting ourselves strictly to style blogging.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where's Liv?

If that question fleetingly passed through your mind while perusing your blog rolls this week, here I am! First, I want to say thanks so much to my blogging friends who continue to visit and comment, although my posting has been less frequent lately. I'm bummed about it- life is busy and its been complicated arranging photo ops- but I am not giving up. I'm thinking of ways to conquer time, I love this little space and I miss interacting with all of you (same goes for visiting your blogs).

Missing out on blogging makes me feel like this:
Worn Out Holly on her Bathtub Couch
There is light at the end of the tunnel- or at least I hope there will be. Sometime around the holidays/New Year, I should have my replacement Mac Book Pro and posting will be more frequent. Around the same time I will complete my thesis, so my creative juices will be able to flow freely toward this blog (right now 80% of my reserves are going toward the thesis). So stick it out with me until then.

Please Santa- I've been a nice girl this year!

I have not forgotten the Tres Fly Challenge. We passed the halfway point and I have worn about half my pieces. The tan dress, the pink pumps and ruffle skirt have not seen any action, but I still have 11 days left.

What's on your holiday wish list this year? How do you fellow bloggers cope with balancing real life and blogging commitments?

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Ramblings- iphone 4s Epic Fail

Last night I laid in bed feeling like a kid on the night before Christmas. I thought to myself "It's finally here, after months of waiting in musical and technological purgatory- I'm going to wake up and join the modern world"...well as the saying goes, things looked quite different in the light of day. Alas, the waiting will continue, until "Wednesday, the latest" and I will have to suffer 5 more days with my ancient, cracked screen, G1. I deserve this extended sentence for believing aforementioned Sprint rep when he assured me yesterday that my phone would be waiting "with my name on it" at noon today. Well, at 2:43pm on a rainy Friday, the only comfort to ease my disappointment is Polyvore.

What I wish I was wearing today:
Contrary to the implications of the above dramatization, I would probably trade my spot in the iphone 4s line for this Burberry Prorsum leather trimmed trench, and then I'd try to do a "chat & cut" a la Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Awesome Update: Waiting was just unbearable, so after work I headed to the Soho Apple store in hopes of getting lucky. Long story short: I was lucky! I got my device within less than twenty minutes. I would advise anyone to go directly to an Apple store when shopping for iphones or ipads because the associates are lightyears ahead of the cell phone reps in terms of product knowledge and courtesy.
Comparing my new device with the old one, can you now understand my determination?
I think the answer is yes. So long G1, hello Gidgit (yes, I named my 4s Gidgit)
And because this is a stye blog, here is Gidgit's new Kate Spade coat.
Polka Dots with Hot Pink trim (inside the case the words "Have Courage" are printed in gold letters- Love it!)
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Guest Post: I Would So Rock This

Hi Lovely People! I'm still here, sorry things have been quiet at Brooklyn.Life.Style for an entire week. Things were hectic over the weekend (a party, a moving day and trip to Luna Park- it was jam packed). Instead of the usual Wednesday Stylespiration post, I'm guest posting today for Shea at I Would So Rock This. The photo below is a preview of my 70's inspired look, click on the link to see more.  I'll meet you there.

Be sure to scroll down and check out Shea's posts as well, she is a fun and adorable girl. Hope you're all having a lovely week. .

More Outakes for the Guest Post Photos:
Top: Old Navy, Belt: H&M, Jeans: Miss Sixty, Shoes: Banana Republic, Bag: Coach

Sunnies: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: H&M
Ring: H&M
Watch: Michael Kors
Scarf (attached to bag): MET Museum of Art
Nails: OPI Glitzerland

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stylespiration 2: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Typically this little corner of the net is dedicated to women's fashion and style, but there are several men who serve as constant style inspiration for me (Swizz Beatz, Marc Jacobs, my Dad & BF).  Lately, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been climbing to the top of my list. I've always been charmed by JGL as an actor, he has a vulnerability and an unexpected intensity that has warranted comparisons to the late Heath Ledger and the amazing Johnny Depp.

Beyond his acting chops, JGL style's continues to evolve and incorporate a blend of dapper haberdashery and hipster cool. I'll let the photos speak for themselves:

I want the female version of this look- actually we might be the same size...?
Via: Google JGL Style Search

Modern day James Dean- very swoon worthy.
(minus the nicotine- smoking is never sexy)
Via: Google JGL Style Search

These photos read as a potential Christmas list for the BF, I love every piece and all the simple details.
Via: Black Book Cover Issue
I have admired JGL since his early years in teens films like 10 Things I Hate About You ( I won't even get into 500 Days of Summer and Inception, basically I could gush about him all day). Over the weekend we saw in him staring in 50/50. I really enjoyed this movie, which dealt with a painful and serious issue in a way that was real and touching, but also provided great comic relief (hello Seth Rogan). As the old saying goes: I laughed. I cried. It was lovely. Can't wait to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt teamed up with Christopher Nolan on the last installment of the Dark Knight series!

Who are your male style inspirations? Have you guys seen 50/50? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

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