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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Polyvore's Daily Find: Topshop Sequin Pencil Skirt

Hey loves! I hope everyone is having an amazing day, what with baking, Christmas shopping, making plans to hang out with friends, and of course, coming home from the holidays with passing grades! The Holiday Season is filled with cheer, delicious treats (that we shall feel guilty about later), and my absolute favorite: sparkles! For this post, Polyvore's Daily Find is a Sequin Pencil Skirt by Topshop. Get the look with these sparkling ensemble choices!

Holiday Party in Gold

At holiday parties, you cannot afford to look plain. Sparkle and shine with a gold, sequin pencil skirt with a cobalt drape shoulder top. Ankle cuff stilettos are just perfect for this look, as well as gold pieces, such as a bangle set, angel wing earrings, and ring set. Complete the look by sporting a high ponytail!

Woman On the Go

If you're like me, you find any opportunity to dress up even if you're out shopping for Christmas gifts. Pair ankle booties and a turtle neck with a pencil skirt with sequin accents. Simply tousle your hair for an effortless look, and a "girl on the go" never leaves home without her darling tote and gold watch!

Hanging with the Girls

Sometimes you don't always have to wear gold and black. Wear this pencil skirt with sequin panels and pair it with a loose top and tights to keep warm. A trench coat will keep you toasty and stylish, and cutout booties in Wine will steal the show!

Happy Holidays, loves! Keep sparkling ;D
~~ReneA P.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ways to Wear It: Cape

Hey loves! Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. I may not have gone to a party or Trick-or-Treating, but I had a blast carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds with my sisters. Now we must get in preparation for Thanksgiving and the chilly weather. And one style that I believe will catch on are capes (but not the Superman/Batman capes). Capes provide comfort and chicness, as well as warmth for the upcoming winter. Here are a few ways to wear this style!

Knit Cape Sweater

If you're looking for comfort with a little edge, pair a knit, cape sweater with a pair of distressed jeans. Suede boots will keep you feet warm while a knit beret will look effortless. Finish off the ensemble with a leather wrapped bracelet, a wrapped watch, and stone earrings.

Sheer Cape Blouse

When I saw this sheer, cape blouse, I thought how cute this would look in a set! Pair this adorable piece with a midi skirt, like this tartan print skirt. Stick with basic, classy pieces like a pair of ankle strap pumps, a tote bag, and pearl jewelry pieces. As a finishing touch, wrap your hair into a top bun.

Embroidered Cape

Looking for a more daring look for the winter? Pair this embroidered cape with a baroque-print mini-skirt. For extra warmth, wear sweater leggings and boots. Complete the outfit with feather earrings and stack rings, perfect for a rocker chic appeal!

Happy styling for the winter, loves! Remember: layers, layers, layers!
~~ReneA P.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How-To Halloween Costumes and Ideas

Before the big day comes along, I want to post one more article with Halloween Ideas. This week, I'm gravitating to some of my favorite shows that have the best fashion inspiration!

2 Broke Girls: Max and Caroline

2 Broke Girls Max and Caroline Channing are one dynamic duo, and a great idea of a couples costume. Get their iconic waitress look by taking a mustard-colored dress and outlining the sleeves with red ribbon. Add more ribbon along the front and back as seams. Use a red apron to complete the look. Decide between you and your friend on who will be Caroline and who will be Max. One person will wear black, knee-high boots and cuff bracelets, while the other will wear clunky wedges or ankle boots and a pearl, statement necklace.

Scandal: Olivia Pope

One tip we can all learn from Scandal's Olivia Pope is to stay strong, even if everything seems to be crumbling around you. Not only is dressing up as Olivia for Halloween will be easy and simple, you get to possess a sexy, business woman attitude! Every woman should own at least two pantsuits in their wardrobe, so just throw that on with a pair of pumps and a statement necklace. Conservative, yet creative for the holiday. Just curl your hair, and bonus: you can check your phone throughout the night and say, "We are Gladiators in suits." (I double dare you to!)

Teen Wolf: Lydia Martin

Self-centered, 5'3", strawberry blonde Lydia Martin is adorable, strong, intelligent, perky, and a banshee! Like me, she's short, so she always wears short dresses and skirts, and I'm pretty sure she's never caught at school without a pair of heels on. Get her look by pairing a short, floral dress with a jean jacket. Throw on a pair of ankle booties, and gloss your lips with a flirty pink that will  even have Stiles crushing for you, too!
That's all I have for you loves! Happy Halloween!
~~ReneA P.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How-To Halloween Costumes and Ideas pt. II

Last week, I provide you all with a few Halloween tips to try. Today, I'm adding more to the list by centering on one of my favorite time periods in the History of Fashion: the 90's!

Clueless Idea

Even though, according to my mother, no one actually wore clothes like in Clueless, that doesn't mean you can't dress up like one of your favorite characters. Get the Clueless Idea when you pair this skater, tartan dress with a pair of Mary Jane pumps. Complete the look with knee-high socks, a floral headband, and long, wavy curls!

On the TLC Tip

With the new TLC biopic coming out soon, I've been reminiscing a bit, and revisiting some of TLC's best hits! So for this Halloween, I would go as Left Eye, since I just got bangs. To get the look, pair a cropped top with a pair of baggy sweatpants  over a pair of shorts (a signature TLC fashion statement). If you don't own a pair of baggy sweatpants, just borrow your brother's or  your boyfriend's! Complete the look with sneakers, bright eye shadow on the eyes, and a black mark/stripe under your left eye.


I seriously had the hardest time trying to figure out which 90's cartoon I wanted to feature for the blog! I began reminiscing just from looking through photos on Google. So finally, I decided to go with a simple look, and feature "Doug." This was one of my favorite shows growing up, and honestly, Porkchop is the reason I will never eat pork chops (I mean, come on! I was a kid, so you can imagine how weird that dish was too me!)
Anyways, combine a green sweater vest with a pair of khaki shorts and a white tee. Throw on a pair of white socks and a pair of red shoes. Carry around a purple, plush terrier puppy because Porkchop is just as important in this outfit as he is in the show!

That's all for now, loves! I have many more ideas for the perfect Halloween! BOO!
~~ReneA P.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Get the Look: Fall Looks in Nude

How-To Halloween Costumes and Ideas

It's my favorite time of the year, meaning candy and costumes! For this Halloween, take your costume to a new level and skip the cliché. Be bold and beautiful with these How-To ideas to make your Halloween a spectacular event!

The Cat's Meow

The cat costume can be so overdone, and every year there are many people who choose to go the ultra-sexy route. However, this Halloween, be edgy when you pair this printed sweater with a pair of printed skinny jeans. Edgy ankle booties with a studded bow will capture the attention of many. Keep the accessories simple yet unique, like these cat studs and cat pendant. For the day time, throw on a cat-ear beanie and a pair of cat sunglasses. And for the night time, wear this mysterious cat mask for a sneaky appeal.

Pretty Princess 

You don't see the Princess of Cambridge wearing a huge, poufy pink dress, do you? So for Halloween, pair a purple (the color of royalty) off-the-shoulder dress with burgundy or plum pumps. Finish off the look with a faux fur collar, a tiara headband, and a spritz of Vera Wang Princess.

Pirate's Life for Me

If you're a total fan of Captain Jack Sparrow (or just love pirates), then the Pirate's life is for you! Skip the skimpy, shredded threads and transform yourself into a headstrong and conquering pirate! Combine a white, loose blouse with a pair of harem pants and a stripe vest. Finish the look off with knee-high boots and a wide, waist belt. For the accessories, traditional skull earrings and pirate hat will go great with a fake (or real) pirate sword. Aaaarrrrgggghhh!

Harlequin Makeup Tips

Already have a rocking costume, but have absolutely no idea how to tackle your makeup? Here's one way to get the Harlequin look! Using white, or tan powder (something that's at least two or three shades lighter than your skin tone) and dust your face and neck. You will need about two or three layers to get that clown look. Next, using cream or peach eye shadow, cover the lid, crease, and upper crease. Maybelline Color Tattoo shadow will give you a cream-finish look. Instead of black eye shadow, use liner, like Stila Smudge Pot, for that crème finish. Get a little dramatic with the lashes with lots of mascara, and draw designs with liner, like Kohl Liner Extreme by Laura Mercier.

Have fun, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Polyvore's Daily Find: MSGM Heart Sweater

The Daily Find: MSGM Heart Sweater

Sweater weather is upon us, and this week I'm featuring a super cute sweater featured on Polyvore! The MSGM Fleece-Cotton sweater can be found on Browns Fashion, and has #Love imprinted on the back. Get inspired with these sweet looks!

Pretty Schoolgirl

Fall time means school time, and sweaters are perfect for chilly mornings and cold classrooms. This heart sweater is fuzzy and soft, so pair it up with a faux leather skirt for contrast. Crochet ankle booties and knee-high socks give off a sweet, schoolgirl feel to the entire outfit. Wrap your hair in a bun and carry around a messenger bag that holds are your school essentials!

Fashionably Late

Woke up late for class? Throw on a heart sweater with cutout shoulders and a pair of skinny jeans. Slip into a pair of sneaker wedges so that the outfit looks like it was planned ahead. And if you have no time to do your hair, a basic or studded beanie will hide that bedhead and draw attention to your fashion style!

Wild Child

Instead of a sweater, try a heart sweatshirt. Go a little bold and wild when you pair the sweatshirt with a miniskirt with appliques and camo combat boots. If the weather permits, throw on a pair of solid color tights in olive, black, grey, or navy. For the jewelry, try a wrap leather bracelet, earring cuffs, and a simple coin necklace.

Enjoy the fall weather, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Get the Fashion Week Look: Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson is by far my favorite designer! Her designs and clothing are always fun, flirty, and wild, perfect for my eccentric attitude. Betsey Johnson's runway show was filled with animal prints, tulle gowns, statement jewelry, and gorgeous pink hair! Get the look with these kooky sets I've created!

On the Run

 This look is sporty chic with a hint of wild glam! Get the look by pairing a pair of Capri, sweatpants, a black hoodie, and a pair of Nike running shoes. Refrain from carrying around a fanny pack (seriously! Who invented those?) and place your phone and money in these adorable wrist cuffs by Victoria Secret!

Party All Nights

With fall right around the corner, take in the Autumn air as you're walking the school courtyard or having a blast at an outdoor party when you wear this black, maxi dress with a pair of ankle-strap ballet flats. Go all out with the accessories! Try anything with studs--like this studded belt and star cuff--rhinestones, and skulls!

Hey Little Lady

Animal prints are fun and flirty! Pair a cheetah-print, skater dress with a cropped cardigan. Statement pieces, like this geometric necklace and drop earrings, compliment the print. Be a little edgy, yet soft by wearing a pair of kitten heels and carrying around a slouchy tote.

Happy styling, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Get the Fashion Week Look: Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2014 Ready-To-Wear
The first two weeks of September hosted the Mercedes-Benz 2013 Fashion Week. With designers and models showcasing trends for the upcoming Spring/Summer season, there is no doubt that eager fashionistas will seek inspiration from these looks. Be inspired by Nicole Miller's "Ready-To-Wear" designs.

Whimsical Florals

A summer, whimsical look will have all heads turning as you strut down the street! For a youthful look, wear a floral, mid-thigh dress. Pair the dress up with a white, quilted Moto-vest and strappy heels with studs. Finish off the outfit with dangling, chain earrings and an envelope clutch.

Mysteriously Chic

Mystic and mysterious, the grudge trend promises edgy clothing and eccentric styles. Get the look in a pair of black, distressed denim  jeans and a printed T-shirt. A contrast sleeve jacket will compliment this hot style, as well as a pair of ankle-strap heels with a wild design. Keep your makeup simple, but try a bold lip color.

Baroque Maiden

Pair leather pants and a ruffle top with a baroque inspired cardigan. Finish the look off with a statement necklace, like this multi-chain necklace. If you're looking for a comfortable pair of shoes, op-out for heels and wear flats. With CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara, you can bat those lovely, maiden eyes in the presence of a handsome knight!

Be inspired by other Fashion Week collections by visiting Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website. Talk to ya lata, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Art and History of Fashion Modeling (Part I)

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is receiving all the rage and hype over the week. With designers like Tory Burch, Zang Toi, Ralph Lauren, and Betsey Johnson, the runways are filled with aspiring designs, and the streets host as catwalks with fashionistas wearing hot styles and new looks. With notable models—such as Joan Smalls, Ajak Deng, Karolina Kurkova, and Jourdan Dunn—showcasing the collections, I have decided to shine light on the art of modeling and why this industry is widely competitive and equally entertaining!

The Father of Haute Couture: The Founding of Modeling

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Charles Frederick Worth was an English fashion designer in the 19th Century. Known as the "Father of Haute Couture," he was the first designer to introduce fashion modeling. In 1853, Worth had asked his wife, Marie Vernet Worth, to model his designs. Afterwards, this practice was typically used in Parisian Fashion Houses, and these models were known as “house models." Measurement requirements were not needed at the time because designers used women that varied in size to showcase the variety of the designs.
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First Supermodel and the 60's

Fashion Photography developed during the beginning of photography. Though models were paid poorly, one of the first known models was Lisa Fonssagrives—Swedish model from the 1930s. She appeared in about 200 Vogue covers, which lead to her fame as well as Vogue's involvement in developing modeling careers.
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The 1960s hosted as the evolution of the modeling industry where agencies were established. Most models, however, did not travel to Paris or New York during this time (it was uncommon and quite absurd). Models in Italy during the 60s were paid in cash, for Italy was in need of models for their magazines and fashion houses; however, many of these Italian models did not attain work visas. Hotel raids were rumored to be set up by rivaling Italian agencies.

London was considered a more organized market for modeling agencies. At the time, shorter models were not signed while taller models with smaller bust sizes were in demand. A prime example for the new standards was supermodel Twiggy, who stood 5'6" with a 32" bust. 
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During the 1967, seven of the top model agents in London formed the Association of London Model Agents (ALMA). This association changed the fashion industry by emphasizing the importance of a more professional attitude toward modeling. Models were required to have hair and makeup done before their arrival to a shoot, and modeling agencies took responsibility for a model's branding and promotional materials. During this time, Wilhelmina Cooper developed her own fashion agency with the help of her husband, called Wilhelmina Models.

By the late 60's, models were paid better and treated with more respect. Ford Models was one of the first agencies to allow teen models. In February 1968, an article by Glamour Magazine used the term “supermodel" to describe 19 of the most famous models during the 60's. And the first African American model to appeared on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal in 1968 was Naomi Sims.

Supermodel Verushka||View her and the other 19 Famous Supermodels on Cult of Aphrodite Vintage

More to Come

The next article will be about modeling through the 70's to now, and I'll also shine light on the Model Controversy and the "Ideal" Woman. Until next time loves!
~~ReneA P.