Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you have some stockings to fill or simply need to pack light for holiday travel, these little bundles of joy are sure to help you out.  I put together a list of a few of my favorite things to make your holiday gift giving routine a little bit easier.  Click the link below and enjoy!

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Fun Fitness Friday

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If you are anything like me, then you probably hate the monotonous work out routine.  I much rather burn my calories while having a little fun.  In that spirit, I am starting a new tradition of Fun Fitness Fridays.  Every Friday I will post a fun way to burn a few carbs.  Considering that today is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, what better way to start of this tradition with a little Black Friday shopping.  In the words of a style icon, Carrie Bradshaw, “Shopping is my cardio.”

Fall Fashion Finds

Youtube sensation, Carli Bybel took showcasing her outfit of the day aka #ootd to a whole new level with this awesome video.  Through the use of new media, Carli shows us three of her new and favorite fall fashion finds.  No matter what your style is, Carli has an outfit for you.  Check it out and enjoy.

A Time of Mourning

I am sure you have heard by now that the recent Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris was a doozy and not for the usual reasons.  Creative Director of 16 years, Marc Jacobs announced that the show, was indeed his last for the fashion house. Reports stated that he would be leaving the iconic brand so that he can focus all his attention on his own namesake brand.  This isn’t an uncommon thing now days, designers come and go often, especially as of late, but with the rumor mill swirling, there is speculation as to why now.  Jacobs stated that the decision was made that morning to leave the house, but the show said otherwise.  One spectator even said that it was reminiscent of a funeral.  The color black was very dominant, and there were several stage pieces that were seen previously in past shows. Coincidence?  I think not.  Relationships have been tense lately between the designer and the brand. Both camps have leaked little tidbits here and there teasing that things had taken a turn for the worse.  The brand had seen an increase in profits the past year, but not as good as previous years and not as good as some of their competitors, according to Reuters.  Jacobs’ contract had been in negotiations since January, but with the recent launch of his beauty line, I’m sure that was the least of his worries. I, for one, am over joyed for the parting of ways.  I mourn the loss for the French house, but am anxious to see what Marc Jacobs can do with his own brand, now that he’ll be working from home full-time.

Crown Jewels

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As I scrolled through images of the spring collections, I couldn’t help but to be a bit astonished.  Yes, there were the typical pastels in play, but surprisingly, I noticed a lot of jewel tones paired with neutrals.  Doth my eye deceive me?  Color tones usually reserved for fall did in fact infiltrate the Academy of Art University’s annual New York fashion.  One collection that caught my deceiving eye was Ryan Morar and Melissa Avalos’ collection.

More fabric, more layers, and more drop-crotch pants seemed to be the inspirational theme behind Morar and Avalos’ S/S 2014 runway collection, or maybe it was Disney’s animated movie, Aladdin.  Either way, the collection definitely draws in its spectators with its rich jewel toned tops and its metallic-like chevron printed pants.  The designers did a great job of offering transitional pieces with more than half of their looks encompassing some type of layering piece such as an overcoat or a jacket.    The outerwear usually came as an unexpected pop of color that shook things up a bit in an otherwise drab look.  The mixing of prints is phenomenal.  It has just the right amount of balance to make it pleasing to the eye and completely wearable.  Did I also mention that I am in love with their metallic-like pants?  I am however, a bit taken aback by the sizing of the garments.  It seemed like the masculine aspect was over asserted.  The pants are big, the outerwear is big, the shirts are big, the lapels are big, and it all seemed a bit too, well big.  I would have liked to see some of the items tailored down and not so baggy.  After a while, the collection became a bit messy due to the oversized items, but all in all, I was intrigued and pleased.

The mixing of textures, prints, and colors gave Morar and Avalos’ collection a rich depth that was not evident in other collections this year.  The jewel tones were a pleasant surprise that stole the show.

Behind the Scene Beauty Queen

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Erika Bearman is the PR guru for Oscar de la Renta.  Can it get much better than that?  I think not.  Not only is this lovely lady surrounded by beautiful fashion on a daily basis, she radiates style herself.

From black-tie galas to 9-5 fashion, Erika’s style is always classic, which is why I turn to her for fashion inspiration.  Her looks are always glamorous and sophisticated.  The social media guru glams it up in ball gowns and rocks out with vintages tees paired with metallic pencil skirts.

I guess if what they say is true, “dress for the job you want,” then Erika is the perfect choice for my style inspiration.  Follow Erika and get inspired daily! http://instagram.com/oscarprgirl (photo: OscarPRgirl)