Archive | October, 2010

Lessons from the Disney Vault

28 Oct

School has really been kicking my butt lately. I’m not behind yet, but if I keep procrastinating the stack of homework in front of me I will certainly regret it tomorrow. Clearly what this situation calls for is a little blogging break to get my creative and productive energies flowing, right? I feel stressed, swamped, and generally overwhelmed at the amount of work before me. In times like these, I like to remember the little lessons I learned as a child, which happen to be mainly from old Disney movies. This was a time before Disney’s claim to fame was Miley Cyrus and the High School Musical franchise.

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Daring Trends: Leather Shorts

25 Oct

So, I’ve taken a hint from my last post, and I’m willing to try something trendy. As long as I can safely do so on a budget.

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Words of Inspiration from Diane von Furstenberg

22 Oct

“Be authentic and know who you are, regardless of what you’re wearing.” – Diane von Furstenberg

The legendary designer is interviewed about her personal style in the October issue of InStyle magazine. I love this quote because I’m always so hesitant to try out trends that I’m not sure mesh well with my personality. Taking risks in fashion is strongly encouraged, but you’ll never feel confident unless you stay true to yourself.

Bisous,

Rachel

My Little LA Get-A-Way

19 Oct


As many of you know, this past weekend my boyfriend and I made a short trip to Los Angeles to visit his family for his mom’s birthday. The trip, though sadly only 2.5 days long, was absolutely fantastic and exactly what I needed to get through the rest of this academically difficult semester. Although the weather was basically terrible, we still had a great time enjoying friends, family, and fabulous food. Unfortunately since the weather was a bit nasty I didn’t take too many pictures (also my digital camera is broken so that’s another reason) but I did snap a few with my smart phone. Here’s a little run down of my perfect mini-vacation.

We arrived Friday morning and had lunch at a delicious panini shop in Beverly Hills. Both my boyfriend and I were extremely exhausted from the week and just wanted to relax at the house for a bit so we spent the afternoon hanging out. For his mom’s birthday dinner we ate at Porta Via and I had the most flavorful and lean lamb dish I think I’ve ever had in my life. For dessert we all shared a delicious chocolate souffle (a la mode, duh!). Later at night the BF and I journeyed to Koreatown for some authentic boba tea which we had both been missing and craving. Continue reading

Center Stage

16 Oct

Greetings from LA! Just my luck that the warm weather left as soon as I got here… Unfortunately it’s been cold and rainy the entire weekend- but we’re still making the best of it. Tune in later this week for a complete run down of my relaxing weekend in the city :) To tide you over until then, I thought I’d write a little about one of my new favorite beauty trends.

ballerina/ballet pedicure inspiration

When I was little, putting on my tights and my leotard to head off to ballet lessons was one of my favorite parts of the week. Come to think of it, I may have even donned a tutu for the occasional recital. While those days may be long gone, I recently find myself drawn to ballet-inspired trends. My favorite for the moment is nude nail polish. I went for a pedicure the other day and decided to try a nude color for the first time, foregoing my usual hot pink or electric blue. I was hesitant at first because I thought it might be a little tame for me, but the result is classic, polished, and oh so feminine! For now I purchased a cheap drug store brand which is similar so that I can paint them myself. (On a college student’s budget a real salon pedicure is a bit of a splurge.) However, for the holidays I might ask my parents to treat me to this one from Chanel- tres chic! Designer nail polishes could make a great stocking stuffer for the fashionista in your life.

Bisous,

Rachel

Styling Ideas from Tucker for Target

13 Oct

We’ve all officially made it to hump day! The only thing truly getting me through this week is the fact that Friday morning I will be on a plane beside my wonderful boyfriend bound for Los Angeles. Midterm exams are coming up and this little vacay will provide a much needed break. So much for pulling out the sweaters I mentioned here, it might even be warm enough in the City of Angels for a day trip to the beach! But enough about me, the post I planned for today is about some cool ways to transition an outfit from day to night.

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Gaby Basora’s current line for Go International, called Tucker for Target, may only be in stores until October 17th, but inspiration from her well-styled models is here to stay. While going through the press photos for the limited edition line, I was not particularly impressed by the quality or fashion ingenuity of the affordable clothing. However, I was immediately struck by the selection of outfits for display, especially the seemingly effortless layering which would easily transition from work to play. (Teehee, I made a rhyme, unintentionally.) Here are three of my favorite outfits desconstructed, admired mostly for the assembly and not so much the pieces themselves. Continue reading

Night Moves

10 Oct

Happy Sunday everyone! One thing the weekend really does for me is allow me to catch up on sleep. I can’t believe how tired I am after a long week of classes. For me, getting ready for bed is a relaxing and repetitive process. I happen to be a very light sleeper… Unfortunately, this means I require some very specific and unusual things to sleep soundly and peacefully through the night.

Night Moves

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D-I-Y: Decorative Wall Letters

7 Oct

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Movie Review: The Social Network

4 Oct

This past weekend, a few friends and I actually made the sojourn to a movie theater to spend $8.50 (student price) to see The Social Network on its opening weekend. Being a budget babe, I ordinarily would’ve waited for this to come out on dvd or see it at the discount cinema to save a few bucks. However, after reading a very positive article about the film in Entertainment Weekly this week intimating the movie was already generating Oscar buzz, I knew I had to see what everyone was talking about.  (Don’t worry, the irony that not only am I addicted to facebook, a social networking website, in real life but have now also paid actual money to go see an entire feature film about it is not lost on me.) Continue reading

Words of Inspiration from Audrey Hepburn

1 Oct

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

Ugh. She’s the epitome of class. I die. Anyway, just an inspiring thought for the weekend. I’ve been so swamped with school work lately that I felt like I needed a little reminder of what the important things in life truly are.

Bisous,

Rachel

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