Monday, October 22, 2012

Goodies to accompany a lovely autumn day

It's mid-October, AKA 'The best time of the year', AKA autumn. The weather is perfect, it's football season, mother nature looks glorious, pumpkin-scented everything is available to buy, and Halloween is right around the corner. People are just happier during fall.

As such, it makes perfect sense to properly indulge in this much-too-short season. Here are some goodies to help you and friends revel in the glory of autumn.

I love the warmth of fall scents, whether it be pumpkin, burning leaves, apple pie, tailgating, and more, so here are a few ways to pamper oneself while luxuriating in those delicious aromas.

Philosophy Maple Cake shower gel


Philosophy Homemade Pumpkin Pie shower gel

Philosophy Trick or Treat shower gel set

Philosophy QVC three-part fall shower gel

Lush 'Wicked' bath bomb

China Glaze Wicked Collection

And it wouldn't be a proper fall celebration without food and drink to munch on and imbibe, so here are some ideas of what could consist of a splendid autumnal feast.

Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spice & Apple Cider

Williams-Sonoma Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Mix

Crate & Barrel Sweet Pumpkin Pesto

Amy's Cookies Autumn Tower

Warwick Valley Winery - Doc's hard ciders

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

And then onto the entertainment. Whether it be a classic, feel-good movie or a sleep-with-the-light-on thriller, make sure to bring out a movie, show, or book that will keep the autumn spirit alive.

Practical Magic

Hocus Pocus 


House of Leaves

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fashion Week Olympics - Which city wins gold?

Fashion month is the jam-packed time a few times per year where hundreds of designers present their runway shows in one of several international cities. Though many countries host their own fashion week in order to showcase offerings from native designers, the four main venues that host well-known talent are New York, London, Milan, and Paris. As pictures, reviews, and videos of the designs, backstage commotion, and front rows of every show are delivered instantaneously to eager, global audiences, this month can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. I, for one, was guilty of experiencing anxiety when I wasn't able to check my phone or computer for hours while at work, as I knew that and New York Magazine's The Cut would have already posted  several new blog articles and runway pictures and I was dying to scroll through the new content.

The fun part about checking out fashion week pictures is being able to play judge and jury, similar to the way audiences decree which films look worthy enough to see when viewing previews at a movie theater. More and more websites are foregoing the act of waiting to post runway pictures until an accompanying review is able to be displayed alongside it. Instead, live streamed videos and pictures are posted alongside a small blip which reveals that the review will be posted later (after a writer has had time to write it). Everyone wants to see things nownownownow, which means that we can no longer wait for a style writer to compose a stream of sentences to sum up the feel and look of a designer's collection before we actually see pictures and make our own opinions. And I'll admit that when a slew of new shows roll in, my scrolling finger gets its fair share of exercise as I vie to see every.single.look from two.times.through.

As the shows roll in and we see trends popping up, it's fun to compare designer's seasonal aesthetics against each other.

Which designer's use of lace was preferred? 
Whose equestrian-chic undertone was most appealing?
Which grunge throwback was most appreciated?

And so on.

Here are a few trends with offerings presented from various designers, with various cities; designers being compared. In this international fashion match-up, who gets your vote for each trend?

1. Best Little White Dress (LWD)

New York: Robert Rodriguez via Style

London: Temperley London via The Cut\

Milan: Blugirl via The Cut

Paris: Elie Saab via The Cut

2. Best Menswear

New York: DKNY via The Cut

Milan: Salvatore Ferragamo via The Cut

Paris: Saint Lauren via The Cut

3. Best Mod

New York: Kate Spade via The Cut 

Milan: Moschino via The Cut

Paris: Louis Vuitton via Style

4. Best Print

New York: Mara Hoffman via The Cut

London: Erdem via Style

Milan: Mila Schon via The Cut

Paris: Christophe Lemaire via Style

5. Best shoes

New York: Narciso Rodriguez via The Cut

London: Tom Ford via The Cut

Milan: Versace via The Cut

Paris: Elie Saab via The Cut

6. Best peplum

New York: Christian Siriano via The Cut

London: Peter Pilotto via The Cut

Milan: John Richmond via The Cut

Paris: Giambattista Valli via The Cut 

7. Best blazer

New York: Donna Karan via The Cut

London: Antonio Berardi via Style

Milan: Just Cavalli via Style

Paris: Paul and Joe via The Cut

8. Best glitz

New York: Marchesa via Style

London: Giles via Style

Paris: Talbot Runhof via The Cut

9. Best gown

New York: Zac Posen via The Cut

London: Antonio Berardi via Style

Paris: Elie Saab via Style