Archive | October, 2012

School Girl Goes Baroque

24 Oct



While browsing the online pinboard website Pinterest I came across this cute outfit. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to recreate the look since the pleating on the skirt reminded me of this Jacquard BCBG dress that I bought years ago on sale at a Macy’s in Houston, TX. Something about it drew my attention back then, but for some reason once I had it home I wasn’t very inspired to wear it…sadly years later I’ve only worn it a total of one time. So now you know why the excitement over this outfit, and to add to the awesomeness, Baroque is in style this Fall and Jacquard is one of the fabrics that make up the Baroque style. So voila!

What I wore:

BCBG Dress (similar)

Joe Fresh cable knit sweater (similar)

Liz Claiborne button up (similar)

Oliver Peoples Lipsofire Sunnies (same style)

Ink Boots (same)

Fall Fashion Trends: Look 2 – Geometry in Fashion

17 Oct


Welcome to my second post dedicated to the Fall 2012 fashion trends. Like last week’s post, this look is part of the “Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing” trend; but it’s expressed in a much different way. Unlike Ralph Lauren’s earthy approach, brand Band of Outsiders took a sharper and cleaner approach to the look, incorporating geometric patterns and bold colors. This is exactly what inspired me about the outfit. I don’t own a long cape, but I do own this funky blazer with a black and white geometric pattern on it that gives off a similar feel. Same goes for the pencil skirt; it’s not striped but has clean lines and a bold blue color. I think this has actually turned into one of my favorite outfits!



What I wore:

Express Skirt (purchased during a sale at Express)

Liz Claiborne button up (purchased from El Mundo)

Max Studio blazer (TJ Maxx)

Calvin Klein booties (purchased from El Mundo)

Hue socks (Century 21)

Fall 2012 Trends: Look 1

10 Oct

Fashion Weeks all over the world just finished  showcasing the Spring and Summer 2013 collections and that got me thinking…well what was shown during the Fall 2012 shows!? My research led me to this amazing article in Harper’s Bazaar on all of the current season’s trends. As i clicked through Harper’s slideshow, images of items in my closet that I could use to recreate the looks started dancing around in my head.  Today’s look falls under the “Girls’ Guide to Fishing and Hunting” category. I won’t be goin’ fishin’ or huntin’ any time soon, but i sure can enjoy the look ;).

What i wore: vintage skirt, Banana Republic sweater, United Colors of Benneton tweed coat, Soft brand shoes, NYC street vendor scarf and hat.

Left: Inspiration photo from the Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 collection. Right: Me.

Arrr…Hi Thar Bucko!

3 Oct

Left: Heidi Klum, Right: Mariel Abreu

Heidi Klum

Mariel Abreu

Why does the approach of Halloween make me want to speak like a pirate?? I even went as far as looking up how to say “hi there friend” in a pirate dictionary for this post. I’ve only ever dressed up as a pirate once, promise! Most other years I’ve strategically used pieces in my wardrobe, and my infamous hat that I’ve owed for something like 10 years, to be a witch. This strategy is definitely good on the pockets, but not very fun. Luckily I have friends that are much more creative than that! For today’s post I interviewed my dear friend and fellow fashionista, Mariel Abreu, on the DIY crow costume that she wore 2 years ago. She did an awesome job and looked abso-crow-lutely stunning! (I know I can be a cornball sometimes).

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: When did you first come across Heidi’s crow costume and what did you like about it?

MARIEL ABREU: I came across Heidi’s Costume while chatting with a girlfriend and browsing the internet. My girlfriend mentioned she loves Heidis yearly costumes and I should take a look. When I saw the Crow costume I immediately fell in love.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: What inspired you to create your own costume instead of buying one?

MARIEL ABREU: I initially searched to buy a crow costume but what I found was nothing close to Heidi’s. I then set myself up to try and assemble it myself. Didn’t know where to begin.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Where did you source the materials for the costume? How long did it take to create?

MARIEL ABREU: I sourced out my materials from the garment district in NYC. I figured there I would be able to find all sorts of feathers and fabrics to help me create this costume. I browsed the neighborhood and showed vendors my picture for directions on where feather shops were located. I also researched a bit in the internet. I took me about a week to gather all of my supplies. The costume took me approximately 3 hour or so to put together. It was surprisingly easy.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Would you say you saved some mula by creating it yourself? How much did you end up spending on it?

MARIEL ABREU: I sure did save some money as I’m sure a custom costume like that would range over the 300 dollar range. I ended up spending aprox 100 dollars in feathers. News to me, feathers are very expensive.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Would you do it again?

MARIEL ABREU: Absolutely! It was fun, creative and I was the highlight of the Halloween party I attended that year.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Do you know what you want to be this year? Will you be making your own costume again?

MARIEL ABREU: Not sure yet what I want to be this year but once you venture into creating a unique costume you don’t want to go back. I have been creating my own costume ever since I started to create the crow.

Have we you inspired to try something new and/or DYI this year?

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