I'm 22 today, which feels startlingly old to me! 21 felt like a natural progression of age, but 22 feels like a huge jump! I'm really in my 20s now. And not long from now I'll be done with college and start working in the Real World, and then I'll maybe meet someone and maybe get married and maybe have kids and then never retire because I'll have wasted all my money sending the maybe kids to college, and then I'll grow older and DIE. 22, guys. It all starts now.
Aaaanyway, I ordered myself a gift last week while in a finals-induced haze, but it arrived just in time for my birthday! Which means I get to include it in my annual birthday post. Exciting!
I got the spike necklace and these earrings from the Alex & Chloe for Forever 21 collection. Here are some awkward photo booth pictures of them!
These are the earrings. They are absurdly heavy and I'm not sure I'll ever wear them, but I'm pretty happy with them in terms of appearance and quality.
I'm not sure why the rhinestones in the necklace were picking up pink light here. They are not pink.
You're never too old to take pictures where you look about 5 years old. NEVER.
The verdict: Having birthdays comes highly recommended. So does Alex & Chloe for Forever 21.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Monday, December 12, 2011
The title of this post is a bit misleading, in that I'm not sure this is the type of gift guide one normally considers a gift guide. You see, this isn't a guide to shopping for your mother or your English teacher or even your best friend. It is, however, a guide to shopping for me. (And, you know, yourself.) As far as I can tell, we all deserve to buy ourselves presents! It's been a difficult fall for everyone I know, and as winter approaches, we should reward ourselves for being awesome and hardworking all season long. Plus, it's really hard to buy holiday gifts for other people without buying something for yourself as well. It's a scientific fact.
But this gift guide isn't just special in its selfishness; it's special because it has a theme. Are you impressed yet? I keep finding myself drawn to accessories I have graaandly dubbed "luxe pseudo-goth." These are items that are dark and rich, meant to be worn with messy hair and some serious attitude. They are a play between soft and hard, opulent and minimalist. I like them - you should too!
1. Alex & Chloe for Forever 21 Spiked Pendant Necklace: The hardness of the black spike and chain are offset by sparkling rhinestones! I ordered this for myself last night when I was trying to shop for my sister, shh!
2. Alex & Chloe for Forever 21 Pearlescent Chandeliers: Pearls and spikes - what could be better? I may have ordered this for myself too, double-shh!
3. OPI Nail Polish in Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous: On its own, this nail polish is far from Gothic, but ages ago I saw an editorial pairing dark silver nails with black, ripped-up clothing and I haven't been able to forget about it!
4. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey: I've been wanting to try this cult favorite for a long time. Sleek and dark in the tube, light and universally flattering on the lips. Or so I've been told.
5. Vans Authentic Lo Pro Sneaker in Astral Aura: It's been a month or two since I started obsessing over these. I imagine them worn with black - black party dress, black skinny jeans...
6. ASOS Chain Detail Lace Cuff: The lace makes them feminine, the chains give them a slight edge, and the lack of finger or thumb holes keep them out of Madonna territory.
7. Coilhouse Magazine: Alt culture inspiration is a must for the pseudo-goth, and I can't think of anywhere better to find it than a self-described "love letter to alternative culture." Plus, it doesn't hurt that I've pictured every item on this gift/wish-list being worn by co-founding editor Zoetica Ebb at least once. (I mean, c'mon - those shoes are the exact same color as her trademark hair!) At the very least, tuck it under your arm for added street cred.
...And there you have it! Seven good reasons why there is no longer any good excuse for buying me presents I don't like. Mwahahaha. (I jest, but only a little.)
Posted by Kori at 11:29 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Monday, October 10, 2011
And finally, here it is...the Boston Fashion Week 2011 post!
Sadly, my homework interfered a lot with my ability to attend shows and events. I had to decline several invitations in favor of Chaucer and astronomy, so I ultimately only made it to a single show, Daniel Faucher Couture. But what a show it was! Boston Fashion Week was quite a scene this year.
But first thing's first: What did I wear?
A Bebop dress (you can't see here, but the back has a funky exposed zipper), H&M faux leather jacket (which I mostly carried around because it was a warmer night than I had anticipated), The Sak bag, and THE Rockport boots.
Let's take a closer look at those, shall we?
Yum, right?! This was my first time wearing them for a significant period of time, and while they looked beautiful, I have to be honest with you: they hurt. Not at first. Many Rockport shoes, including these ones, use Adidas technology to make their shoes more comfortable. And man, do you notice the difference. I can hardly walk in anything higher than two inches, so the fact that I don't feel wobbly in these tall platform boots is a damn miracle. I was fine on the way to the show, fine during the show, and fine after, but when I decided to take a 10-minute walk down Boylston Street, my toes began to feel like they were permanently damaged from supporting all my weight. I have a feeling this is normal for high heels (I wouldn't know!) but I had hoped the Adidas technology would help avoid this. I ended up swapping them for a pair of beat-up black flats so as to avoid the possibility of gangrene on the way home. (I am NOT being melodramatic! Okay, so maybe I am.)
My friend Rebecca accompanied me to the show, and she seemed to have no such problems with her (really cute) shoes. But then, she's an expert in the field of heel-wearing. She looked utterly stylish in jeans, strappy sandals, beautiful heavy earrings (they pulled her earlobes but she informed me one must suffer for fashion!), a lace shirt, and a tank top she cleverly wore backwards over it.
We arrived at the Mandarin Oriental a half hour early and made our way through the lobby, up the stairs, and (after signing in), into the pre-show lounge. Now that was something: pretty little accessory displays, mixed drinks, tuxedo-clad waiters passing cupcakes on silver trays, and a crowd full of Bostonians dressed to the nines. We got on line to enter the fashion week tent located in the nearby courtyard, snapping photos like crazy people.
Everyone filtered into the tent, the photographers set up in the press pit, and the fashion elite made their way to the front row. Rebecca and I contentedly found a pair of seats at the back and waited for the show to start. The murmur of excited whispers continued even as the models pranced down the runway, and the audience audibly gasped over some of the more dramatic looks.
My verdict? Daniel Faucher makes beautiful dresses. Not all of them were my taste, but all had elegant silhouettes and really lovely movement. I favored some of the more unique pieces over the sparkles, poofy lace, and wedding dresses, but I could appreciate all.
Here are some of my favorites:
By the end of the show, the models were twirling about the runway in head-to-toe white...
...and I was ready to get to bed. After, of course, settling down with a cup of tea and a pile of homework. Ah, the life of a student is glamorous!
Did you make it to any Boston Fashion Week events?
Posted by Kori at 12:42 PM
Friday, September 30, 2011
This McQueen dress has been part of my header for so long (years!) that whenever I spy it in a photograph, I immediately think, "Oh, that's MY dress!" It really does feel like mine, at this point. I actually have the photo in my header torn out from Vogue and hanging over my bed at home. It's just so pretty. I think it would be so special to own.
And honestly, I can't think of a better way to rock the dress than with spiky purple hair and a dog I initially mistook for a pig. You go grrl!
Boston Fashion Week update soon.
Posted by Kori at 11:37 PM
Sunday, September 18, 2011
- As many runway shows as you can weasel your way into (DUDES, New York isn't the only fashion week with tents!), especially The Launch because it looks rad and you should always support emerging designers
- Emerging Trends. Pricier than I can afford on a college student's budget, but if you're willing to shell out $50+ I hear it is the event to be at. We're talking international, emerging designers in New England's biggest fashion show. You sold yet? (If not, just check out the pretty website)
- Look at You Boston (starting today), which is an exhibit of street style images by Martini Severin of Beyond Boston Chic. I met her once at an event hosted by Rockport Shoes, and she was super nice, to the point of yanking a particularly stubborn boot off my foot when I was in a pickle and too shy to ask for help. Also, she takes amazing photographs and has quite the eye for style. (Also, Rockport gifted me the most beautiful pair of boots approximately one year ago, and I have yet to share them with you! For shame, Kori! I promise to wear them during fashion week and give you a peek - they are glorious!)
- Surrur, which is a DIY workshop hosted by Marimekko! I love Marimekko, and I love DIY. I am so down. I couldn't find a specific link for you guys, but you can locate the workshop on the BFW schedule for 9/23
Posted by Kori at 11:00 PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
You guys. You GUYS! So here's the deal: I know I barely ever write here anymore. And I'm sorry; that's kind of crappy of me. But I'm about to make it up to you by sharing what may henceforth be known as The Best Find Ever. Laugh all you want, but it will change your life.