Wednesday Wisdom

On the Kate Spade blog today is some style advice from one of fashion’s favorite ladies, Iris Apfel. Check out the documentary about the icon entitled Iris which debuts April 29th! 
 

Why I Didn’t Shop Lilly x Target

 Sunday April 19th was the release day for the much anticipated collection for Lilly Pulitzer for Target. The collection included hundreds of items from clothing to shoes to homegoods and makeup. Everything was reasonably priced as one would expect for a Target collaboration. As many of you know Lilly x Target made its debut online in the early hours Sunday morning. This created a frenzy and thus of course crashed target.com. The craze then followed when stores opened bright and early at 8am, causing items to be sold out within minutes. I’m usually one of those crazed fashion fans that is online right when a big Target collaboration drops online. Usually around here, in suburban Greenwood, Indiana, the designer collaborations go untouched. I’m usually one of the few raiding as many pieces I can get my hands on. But this time around, I wasn’t quite as excited. Lilly x Target is cute with its Palm Springs style prints don’t get me wrong. It’s simply not my style, and I never got into Lilly Pulitzer as a designer. For 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target I waited outside the store here in my neighborhood until they opened. Preppy prints and bright colors are great, but the beachy vibe for my everyday style isn’t going to happen. I’m all for affordable fashion. However, I’d rather spend my money on one great designer item I’ve been eyeing or an investment piece than some pieces from collaborations such as this. I know this will get some Lilly P fans panties’ in a bunch, but I don’t see her brand as high end or designer. Lilly Pulitzer is coveted and has a loyal following, but I’m not getting the hype I felt like when Alexander Wang x H&M dropped. Give me Helmut Lang for Target, and I’ll be drooling. Since Target started their collaborations with select designers in 2006, I’m fairly certain I own or bought at least one item from every single collection. This time I’ll have to pass on Lilly x Target. Simply put, this Target collaboration isn’t my style. Looking to buy something from this collection that sold out? eBay, Poshmark, Tradesy, and similar sites all have items up for resale from buyers who were lucky enough to snag items before they sold out. 

Monday Fitspiration via Nike

I know it’s been about a month since I’ve posted! I’ve been busy training for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon coming up on May 2nd! All I do lately is sleep, eat, work, and run. I also got picked from the random draw for the Run Nike Women 15K in Toronto in June! I am incredibly excited to be a part of this race. Running has officially taken over my life! Recently I saw this video posted by Nike Women that featured real women working out, not models or super athletes, and it’s pretty inspiring. Watch the video below, I know it’s not a fashion post but it’s great for some inspiration to get up and move on a dreary Monday! 

Cartwheels for Betsey Johnson!



On Monday the CFDA awarded Betsey Johnson the Lifetime Achievement Award. At the age of 72 she still doing cartwheels and splits on the runway. Betsey Johnson was and is still one of my favorite designers. She has a punk rock yet girly atheistic, which I could definitely relate to when I discovered her in high school. I remember visiting her boutiques in New York and Chicago when they were still open. I was in heaven. Tulle dresses, cute and kitschy jewelry, with a touch of punk was the epitome of my personality. I was so sad to find that she was closing all her stores in 2012. Never fear though, the ever resilient Betsey Johnson was far from done. Steve Madden bought the rights to her name, and now her designs are more accessible and in more stores than ever. I recently read this great article about the span of her career in The New York Times style section. Congratulations to Betsey Johnson! 

Blue Steel Steals the Show at Valentino



I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” Valentino always shows off amazing collections at Paris Fashion Week, but the FW15 show was all anyone could talk about. Besides the collection of beautiful clothes, some surprise guests stole the show. Zoolander and Hansel walked the runway to end the show at Valentino. Strutting their stuff in typical blue steel fashion and in custom Valentino couture, the pair caught everyone’s attention. To say this was amazing, would be an understatement. The appearance also happened to coincide with the news of the release of Zoolander 2, setting to arrive February 12, 2016. Watch the entire Valentino FW2015 show in all its glory on the website. P.S. I’m re-watching Zoolander on Netflix because of Valentino today. 

International Women’s Day









Happy International Women’s Day ladies! Here are a few of my favorite quotes that correspond with this day. In fashion news, Dolce & Gabbana sent mothers to be, and mothers and their children down the runway at Milan Fashion Week. This celebrated women in a truly uplifting fashion. Don’t forget to use #IWD2015! 

Monster Mash: Coach x Gary Baseman

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Attempting to rebrand, Coach has just launched a collaboration with artist Gary Baseman. Before the addition of clothing last fall, I felt Coach as a whole to be very bland and boring. The bags were very basic and nothing special until lately. Adding the full clothing line, Coach is looking more towards fashion trends trying to revamp its image. The Baseman collection features pastel colored leather bags with creepy cute creatures from the artist. The line also includes leather jackets, dresses, and sandals along with some key chains and phone cases. I knew of Gary Baseman from collaborations with street wear brand kidrobot. So, seeing Coach connect with this artist is right up my alley. Coach’s new image has me ogling over those Baseman bags. I would have never looked twice at a canvas logo covered brown Coach bag. The whole line is available in select Coach stores, online, and select retailers.

Smells Like… 3.1 Phillip Lim FW 2015

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… No, not Teen Spirit. 3.1 Phillip Lim brought the grunge game to the runway at New York Fashion Week yesterday. Oversized coats, plaid, and military vibes with hints of fur were seen throughout the Fall collection. Crimson red and grey dominated the color palette with some hints of tan and military green. Leather moto jackets and bombers accompanied the grunge vibe. Pulling it together were the asymmetrical hemlines, oversized sunglasses, and suede booties. Definitely loving this collection from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Watch a recap of the show from Elle. (Images via 3.1 Phillip Lim)

Mad for Plaid: Kate Spade FW 2015

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All the looks from Kate Spade’s Fall/Winter 2015 runway collection are here. (I do not own this image.) This collection is all about plaid and oversized coats. Kate Spade also threw in a little pink. The pink trend seems as though it is here to stay. The furry accessories paired with plaid gives me a schoolgirl vibe. I’m loving the pastel pink long line coat. However from these looks, I’m not seeing any signature kitschy Kate Spade accessories.