Monday, June 14, 2010

Keeping Up With Ever-Changing Trends!

I threw away a pair of Prada wedges six months after I bought them because I thought they were hideously out of style and would never ever come back.  Three months later, they CAME BACK, grrrrr.  I find I do this with most things.  High-waisted jeans, skinny jeans, black jeans, MOM JEANS!!  I have long since thrown away all of my slouchy, Flash Dance-esque Genera sweaters which have now been back for 3 years and haven't gone anywhere yet.  Remember pashminas?  Yeah, had twenty of those, threw them all away and have now taken to replacing them with the $5 knock-off version from the guy on the street corner in Manhattan.

They craziest part is I remember my being told when I was little about how cyclical fashion is and that it all comes back around.  I remember liking my mom's old plaid mini-skirts from the 60's when I was in high school, but what is the deal with modern trends?  It used to be that it took twenty years for something to become kitsch or retro-cool.  Now wide-leg pants with nautical buttons up the front which I would normally throw in the trash can just be shelved for about 3 months and wait their turn for Kate Moss or Sienna Miller to resurrect them and see the entire world wearing them.  Amazing!! I mean it.  Trends go in and out within 6 months time.

These days literally anything goes.  I mean, my God, the 80's has reared its ugly head again!

Here are a few wardrobe staples that I wrote down for a gorgeous friend of mine who wanted a "trendy wardrobe update", but is in her thirties and didn't want to throw her entire life's savings at a bunch of clothes that were going to be out of style in a month and were not age appropriate.

Aqua Boyfriend Blazer with Striped Lining1. Black boyfriend blazer. (3/4 length sleeve is a relevant look, but better to get full-length and push up in the interest of keeping classic)

2. Distressed (you can do this yourself and save about $100 give or take) skinny jeans.

3. Worn black (faded to grey, not grey) skinny jeans.

4. Racer back burn out and soft jersey tanks (A-line or long-waisted only.  NO ribbed.  It's for no one's pleasure!)

5. Slouchy sweater, off-white, heather grey, army green or khaki/taupe.

6. Boyfriend jeans (distressed or faded).

7. Plaid button downs.  Rails ( makes really comfy soft, great color-combo shirts like this.

8. 3/4 length sleeve black or grey leather (or pleather if you are keeping green) jacket.  Madewell has an amazing blue/grey elastic waist jacket that I LOVE.  Mike and Chris makes an amazing leather jacket.  Love all of their leather.

9. 2 or 3 girly t-shirt dresses or tunics in bold colors like purple or blue.

10. V-neck (plunging V) burnout or soft jersey (ie. Splendid or Three Dots) boyfriend T's.

11. Pencil skirt and banging pair of concealed platform nude or black heels.

12. The YSL platform sandal in natural. (see You can also find a knock-off wedge.  Great trans/seasonal shoe and color for Southern Cali.

13. Two pair of trendy t-strap sandals, simple in nude or metallic and black (flats).

14. 1 pair of white Vans (lace-up) or low-top Converse All-Stars or Black or Red Converse All-Stars.

15. 1 pair of creme or black oxford wing-tips.  ( $60 bucks!!)

16. A pair of thick black leggings or jeggings. Three Dots makes a great pair that really suck you in.

17. Short trench or rain coat.   

18. White denim is great for Summer.  (I wear it all year with navy blue.) I know, I know....

Dolce Vita on Melrose PLACE is a great place for sandals and pumps.  They also have great boots for Fall/Winter.  Very moderately priced and have great sales.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chain Emails!!!!!

HATE THEM HATE THEM HATE THEM!!!! Do you have a friend that sends you an email (make that hundreds of emails) with the subject line: "fwd: 
fwd: fwd: fwd: fwd:...." then a thousand published email addresses, including your own!??!  Umm ever consider bcc:?  Anyway, more annoying that having my email address advertised to the free world is receiving an email that literally insists I annoy 50 of MY friends by sending this email and if I don't, my family will die or I will suffer a horrible fate, etc.  NIGHTMARE.  

I'll admit.  I am more superstitious than the average bear, but not superstitious enough to actually believe that by breaking the email chain "that has literally never been broken, don't break the chain and ruin it for the world" I will cause actual harm to myself or my loved ones, but it sort of puts it out there, you know?  It's maddening.  

I would love to hear from the sender who is usually a friend I haven't spoken to in a while, but when I excitedly open an email from said friend and realize it is actually some preachy bulls%$t or a "send this to 100 fabulous women that you know or I'll have 25 years of bad luck", it REALLY IRKS me!  I have asked to be taken off of these chains.  I have enough bad luck.  I certainly don't need the brain damage of decidedly and purposely eradicating such a chain and hence posssssssibly inviting bad luck into my already hectic world.  Thanks a million you selfish, childish, have way too much time on your hands friend of mine who should lose my email address.  

The next time you feel possessed to send me an email that says if I "read the whole thing, don't skip to the end! Send to 10 people! Don't cheat!! Don't break the chain! Make a wish and spin around four times, send your personal info and bank account, this REALLY works!" etc, pick up your phone and call me, write me an actual personal email that maybe says, oh I don't know "hi, how are you?" or write me a letter OR don't write me at all!  If my name only pops into your head when you hit the button marked "ALL" then I want to be "none".  Another productive use of your time would be to reply to your own email about writing to Microsoft who is giving away free money if you send them your bank's routing number and your social, along with your blood type and the deed to your home.  Then when you get all that free money, you can buy yourself a life!!!!  Don't break the chain!!!

xoxo ~ Kate

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What Happened to the Virgin in White???

Gone is the day of the Vestal Virgin in white.  Why do today's brides want to look like sluts?  It is NOT Halloween, the every-woman's day to be "sexy kitten"!  It's your WEDDING DAY!!!  Has no one heard or does no one remember that it is inappropriate to have uncovered shoulders, or in this day and age, strapless, in church!?! (I know, I know...I'm even guilty of the cute strappy sundress or the strapless bridesmaid dress in which I felt like SJP) It was not so long ago that a woman would not set foot inside a church without having her head covered.  Let alone attend a Mass.  Let alone YOUR WEDDING MASS!!!

I see show after show, attend wedding after wedding and am always so surprised, rather shocked, when a bride is wearing a Grace Kelly-esque, demure gown and is covered up like a present waiting to be opened, as frankly, it should be.  It seems to me that no one has humility or obsequiousness anymore.  As old-fashioned as it may sound, it is not a day to be sexy.  Quite the opposite as a matter of fact.  It is a day when you are presented to your future husband as untouched, unscathed, vestal and pure.  Hence the white dress.  I know none of us love the idea of having our groom watch in hopeful anticipation only to see the "snow beast" lumbering towards him or have such a veil on that we end up flung over or hung up on the alter steps.  Just a modern day version of this perhaps.  I have more respect for the brides who opt for the blood red or neon green wedding dress and have the thing at a luau or underwater or while jumping out of an airplane.  

If you are going to get married in church, cover it up.  The sexy time comes later, so get some slutty lingerie.  Then, there's a payoff for your new husband that the entire guest list isn't privy to.

Best wishes beautiful BLUSHING brides!!

~ Kate