Masculine Femininity

From On March 31, 2010

Another beautiful day at the lake, what can I say? Today I wore this shirt-dress by Plastic Island. I loooove this brand! I remember walking into their showroom at the California Market Center in Los Angeles a couple of years ago. It was during one of their monthly sample sales and I racked up on three pieces for a really good price. It was love at first sight, for sure! So when the brand made its debut at Shopbop I was more than thrilled. When I saw this dress I bought it without thinking twice. I love its feminine draping on the sides and its boyfriend button-up appeal. Thank you, Shopbop (again)! This website is my absolute favorite and it never lets me down when it comes to providing the best, fashion-forward pieces. Now the shoes are by Jessica Simpson. I chose to pair them with the dress to give it that edge.

Oh, and these photos were also taken by Kenny. Thank you! They are lovely and make me wish you were around all the time! View more of his photography here!

Trend Alert: Beauty Marked

From On March 29, 2010

You’ve probably noticed an abundance of animal prints for the last couple of seasons. Well this season it’s been intensified. It’s everywhere and even on the smallest of things. I’m not a huge fan of animal prints, well not in large doses. I will wear it in moderation though. I have a leopard print scarf, but that’s about it. I wouldn’t mind an animal print mini dress, a few pieces of jewelry or maybe even a clutch. You just won’t see me in it from head-to-toe. Although some people pull off the trend beautifully, if you’re more like me and think less is more you can try animal print accessories.

On Model: Plastic Island Sophia Jumpsuit; Shopbop
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Cardigan; Net-a-Porter
Betsey Johnson Animal Print Sunglasses; Urban Outfitters
City Safari Coat; Forever 21
Tory Burch Cynthia Mini Bag; Bloomingdales
Jeffrey Campbell Python Print Bootie; Shopbop
Animal Pring Legging; Arden B.
Alexander Wang Natasha Choked Pump; Shopbop

Ruffle Fling

From On March 25, 2010

I definitely went out and took advantage of the nice weather on this day. Cloudy skies and warm temperatures are good in my book. It’s been a while since my friend Kenny took some shots of me. So as you might have guessed, I got dressed and we headed down to the lake. The natural setting never gets old and it will only become more beautiful once the flowers start to bloom.

I love this look. It’s really fiesta-like with the ruffles, the colors, and the earrings. I wore a shirt from the Gap and the skirt is from Urban Outfitters. Isn’t it adorable? I couldn’t pass it up. The orange studded belt is also from the Gap, while the cream studded belt is from The Levi’s Store. I have an obsession with belts, but it’s weird because I barely wear them. The shoes are by Pour la Victoire, one of my favorite shoes brands.

The pictures turned out really well. Thank you so much to Kenny! Check out more of his photography here!

All About Lanyapi

From On March 23, 2010

Meet 24 year-old jewelry designer Daisy Bandera-Duplantier of Lanyapi. I came across the link to her Etsy website via Twitter and decided to check it out. I found her jewelry to be so cute and quaint. I really wanted to introduce my audience to her work, so I contacted her and asked a few questions about her background and jewelry. She also sent me some pictures and even they’re gorgeous. Enjoy!

Q: What does Lanyapi mean & how did you come by that name?
A: Lanyapi is derived from Lagniappe which is a French word common in Louisiana. My parents grew up in New Orleans and that word has always been a part of their vocabulary. It means “a little something extra”, so for example, if you are buying a dozen cookies and the baker throws in some free extras for you. You’ll often hear them say, “I threw in a little lagniappe for you”. I actually didn’t really know it was a unique word until I moved to the east coast for school and found out that not too many people knows what it means. I love the name because it shows my roots and has a great message. Everything I make has a little something extra you won’t find anywhere else.

Q: Did you go to school for design?
A: No, I actually studied Spanish and painting in school.

Q: How did you get into designing jewelry?
A: I took a class with a friend and haven’t stopped creating since.

Q: How long have you been designing?
A: I have been designing for about 2 years now!

Q: What inspires you?
A: I am inspired by nature, vintage style, and travel. Usually my items fall into one of these themes.

Q: Where do you find the items you use to make your jewelry?
A: I am always on the hunt for supplies and creative findings. Whenever I travel I make sure to stop at a local bead store and a local flee market. I’m always looking for vintage pieces I can incorporate into something new and fresh.

Q: How often do you make new items?
A: I make new things every week. I always have ideas floating in my head and don’t want to forget them so I try to keep jewelling on the regular to keep it fresh and exciting. Often many of my pieces are one of a kind and can’t be recreated.

Q: Is there anything we should be looking out for from you?
A: I am most excited for my pieces that are functional. I love art that is useful. I’ve created new necklaces in the shop that feature pens, perfume bottles, mini pocket knives, and other practical items that I just adore.

Q: What is the price range for your jewelry?
A: I have something for everyone’s price range. Items start at $10 and go up to $70.

Q: Any recent news, articles, or posts on you and your work?
A: I was recently featured in the DC Examiner and The Frisky! I also list all my press on my Etsy site.

Q: Is Etsy the only place we can buy your jewelry? If not, where else?
A: I also sell my jewelry in boutiques in DC. Nana‘s on U street and Nido in Georgetown. Both great shops!

Q: Is there anything else you want people to know about you or your jewelry?
A: I accept custom orders. I am always willing to work with a customer to make their vision a reality.

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Slouched With Brass Studs

From On March 22, 2010
I LOVE this photo!

I LOVE this photo!

(I took these photos about 2 weeks ago, but I have to post them quickly for it is getting too warm to wear this.)

Here I am in yet another chunky knit sweater. This is one of the only reasons why I love the fall and winter months. I get to wear huge sweaters and boots all the time, my favorite. I recruit them heavily as soon as I see signs of the seasons changing. I love the mauve-y pink tone of this sweater though. It’s perfect with neutrals like creams, tans and even browns. My brown came in the form of some cognac-colored Steve Madden knee boots I bought a few years back. Slouched with brass studs, it’s funny to see how studs are back and in a major way. The toe is more rounded than almond-shaped, very comfortable. The unexpected open back on the sweater is refreshing, but may not be practical in freezing temperatures. Still different and very cute, nonetheless.

The snow from the storms we got a little over a month ago is almost gone, but there are still mounds of blackened snow hiding in shaded spots. It is finally getting warmer and spring is officially here. I never thought I’d be so happy to experience 50 degree weather again, but we’ve been lucky enough to be enjoying 70 degree weather in March. My mom took these photos for me in our backyard where it’s still pretty lifeless without the leaves on the trees and the floral scenery. She’s getting pretty good at it. We figured the limestone bench would have to do for now.

What I wore:
Topshop sweater, Forever 21 leggings, Steve Madden knee boots, Target scarf, Urban Outfitters bracelet with clock charm