TrendSpotting: Ballerina Bun

The ballerina bun has been popular for a little while now (thank you, Black Swan), but now with the summer heat and humidity swiftly approaching, I think it really will be everywhere.  I’ve been sporting it a lot lately after a week of low 90’s and extreme humidity and it was the perfect way to get my long hair off my neck and away from my face.  My go-to hairstyle for the summer?  Possibly.

Check out Lauren Conrad’s The Beauty Department for a great tutorial if you’re unsure of how exactly to go about getting the look.



Friday Playlist: 5/27/11

I’ve never observed the summer solstice as the first day of summer.  For me, summer’s true kick-off has always been Memorial Day.  I mean, really, that’s when the all pools open.  Normally us Philly natives head to the Jersey Shore for Memorial Day Weekend, but this girl is working instead.  Gotta make that money somehow.  Anyway,  this playlist is dedicated to the rest of you who unfortunately can’t do anything summery this weekend.

  1. Summertime – Will Smith
  2. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend
  3. Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
  4. Ocean Breathes Salty – Modest Mouse
  5. Island In the Sun – Weezer
  6. My Slumbering Heart – Rilo Kiley
  7. Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
  8. Playground Love – Air
  9. Angela Surf City – The Walkmen
  10. Down By the Water – The Drums
  11. Around My Head – Cage The Elephant
  12. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  13. If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow
  14. Heavy Metal Drummer – Wilco
  15. Summer Girls – LFO
  16. Sun of a Gun – Oh Land
  17. Go Outside – The Cults

Currently Coveting

I’m a sucker for a good, well-made t-shirt.  They’re so versatile!  You can dress them up and down or even somewhere in the middle.  I like mine to be soft, made of cotton, almost sheer and to have a drape-y effect but still fit well, not baggy.  Right now, I’m loving the collaboration between celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar and Fruit of the Loom.  Tees come in the three styles above and for now are sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s for $18 a piece or $40 for a set of three.

TrendSpotting: Nailed It

Lately, I’ve really been feeling Vanessa Hudgen’s nail polish choices.  From her soon-to-be signature of painting her ring finger a different yet coordinating shade from the rest of her nails to the cool smokey effect she’s also sported, Vanessa manages to have her cool and easy, yet put-together style come through even in the littlest ways.  It’s definitely a trend I’ll be trying out this spring.  What about you guys?

Rainy Day Woman

I don’t know where you live, but here in Philly it’s been raining for a over a week now, with more on the way.

Now, I normally bask in the the occasional rain storm – I love staring out a window at the rain, the way it smells, curling up with a good read and a good cup of coffee while I’m stuck indoors – pretty much everything about rainy weather.  But when it goes on like this, it can bring a girl down (not to mention ruin her outdoor deck cocktail plans.)

Luckily I have a go-to rainy day look that always gets me through even the nastiest weather and is comfy to boot.

  1. Topshop Light Grey Oversized Cupro Drape Trench Coat, $190
  2. American Apparel Ribbed Modal Over-the-knee Sock, $13
  3. Marc Jacobs Daisy 1.7 oz. Eau de Toilette Spray, $60
  4. Victoria’s Secret Short-sleeve Scoopneck Tee, $12.50 (on sale!)
  5. stack of magazines
  6. Starbucks
  7. J. Crew Cashmere Zip-front Hoodie, $188
  8. Fekkai Silky Straight Smooth Finish Serum, $24
  9. DKNY Stretch-jersey Leggings, $95
  10. Nine West Brunelda Rain Boot, $48.27-$62.06
  11. Target Bubble Umbrella Silver Ombre, $16.99
  12. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Medium Tate, $178

Art Into Fashion

I finally got the chance to check out the Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday.  I had been impatiently waiting a while to find the time to go and after viewing the presentation, I must say it was entirely worth the wait.

Cappuci’s structural designs were breathtaking in their innovative use of form, color and materials.  The inventive construction was so remarkable that many of the silhouettes left me and my mom wondering aloud how anyone actually wore these stunning creations, let alone sat (I guess they simply didn’t.)  Thankfully there were accompanying videos featuring scenes from Capucci’s runway shows (thought the models moved quite slowly.)

Check out some of Capucci’s designs below and make sure to check out the exhibit if you’re close by.  But hurry because you only have until June 5.

End of the World Playlist: 5/21/11

Since I was unable to post a playlist yesterday, here’s one to listen to before the end of the world doesn’t happens in about t minus 4 hours.

  1. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  2. Till the World Ends – Britney Spears
  3. Its the End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
  4. Break On Through – The Doors
  5. The Four Horsemen – Metallica
  6. 4 Minutes – Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake
  7. Apocalypse Please – Muse
  8. What A Wonderful World – Joey Ramone
  9. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  10. God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
  11. No One Would Riot for Less – Bright Eyes
  12. Knocking On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  13. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
  14. Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
  15. Staring At the Sun – TV on the Radio
  16. In My Time of Dying – Led Zeppelin
  17. The End – The Beatles
  18. Exit Music (For A Film) – Radiohead
 See you on Monday ; )