A documentation of fashion discoveries, inspiration, and trends.

I never need to check for Lady Gaga videos because, as soon as her videos come out, the world is captivated and it is so hard not to sense the change. If you haven’t seen the latest Lady Gaga video, please watch it right above. It’s lengthy, as most of her videos are, but definitely worth watching.

Now that you’ve watched the video, tell me, is it just me or does her clothing in this video take a much more conservative air? Monastery robes and long pants just never seemed to strike me as very “Lady Gaga”. And when she does choose to reveal some skin, no more leather bras and lingerie with studs, it’s a plain skin-colored bra and panty with solid black garters (are those even garters?).

To add on to this conservativeness, something about the whole video reminded me of communist Russia. Maybe it was the snow, the uniformity, I don’t even know! The setting in general definitely did not seem contemporary and brought me back to the mid-20th century. As usual, I will touch on the outfits in this video that struck me the most and proceed to provide some outfits related with those.

Outfit 1: The Cardinal?

In the two images above we see Lady Gaga clad in very, how should I put it, clothes closely related with religious icons. She is dressed in the traditional red and white combo in the first picture with a cross-like symbol very conveniently placed (ahem). In the second picture, she wears a robe with the same cross-like symbol on her arm. Eyebrow-raising indeed! How does one pull off such religious symbols in a day-to-day outfit? I’m not sure either, but let’s give it a shot with a tube maxi dress (robe-like) with some Gothic accessories.

Outfit 2: Nude

How convenient! One of this year’s hottest trends is nude. Nude dresses, natural makeup, etc. If by nude you thought I meant clothes-less, you are helplessly wrong, my dear. I am referring to the skin-colored trend.

Interesting how colorless Lady Gaga is in this video (after that explosion of colors we saw in “Telephone”. But change is good, for the most part, right?) When wearing the nude trend, don’t go overboard. You  don’t want to get drowned out in colorless-ness. Notice how Lady Gaga wisely adds black garters to contrast the rest of her outfit.

Outfit 3:

Sorry I don’t have a picture from the video for this one, but if you look at around 5:38, there is a picture of Lady Gaga in a very vintage jumpsuit. Reminds me of the disco age. Once again, another nice move on Lady Gaga’s part wearing the “jumpsuit/romper” way in a style unique to her. Way to go, Gaga! When imitating this outfit of hers, notice the black and white contrast and those sexy heels.

Outfit 4: And last but not least…Military Style

From the beginning to the end, we are shown outfits reminiscent of the military. Helmets and full uniforms are abundant in this video. Military has been a major trend for Fall 2009 and Lady Gaga conveniently incorporates it here. It’s pretty easy takings ome military and sticking it into your own outfit, but can you do it the Gaga way?

Tell me now. Are you Gagafied?

A.K.A…glamping, a term I recently saw in the H&M catalog which is essentially when a glamorous chick like yourself goes camping. Whether it’s to one of those camps for students with a group of friends or legitimate outdoors camping, I will do my best to outline essential outfits for GLAMPING.

Departure: You’re psyched. Everyone’s psyched. You’re hopping into a car/bus for hours. You’re going to wear comfy, but glamorous, clothes. And, of course, clothes that spell out fun! I chose a unique hoodie, a graphic tee, classic white shorts, and classic wayfarers.

Chilling/Exploring: Whether you’ve just jumped off the car, or it’s the last day before you leave. You are bound to just stroll with friends and talk and explore at some point. This calls for something not as hardcore as hiking clothes, but something casual and mobile, like a romper! For chilling/casual exploring, I chose a chambray romper, a soft sweater, a pair of casual shoes, and some sunscreen!

Hiking/Getting Dirty: And no, sorry to break it to you dears, but you can’t possibly go camping without getting dirty. This means that you can’t run around in rompers and Steve Madden shoes all day. Ha ha. No, not really. But, still! Who doesn’t like getting their hair messed up and getting dirty every once in a while? For this outfit, I chose a casual tee, a lightweight fitness jacket, denim shorts, and comfy walking shoes.

Lounging: This is different from chilling. Lounging is staying up with your friends playing cards and goofing off in the dark. This is the pre-bedtime period, where you’re all clean and fresh and just lounging until you feel ready to sleep. That’s why, comfy is key. A casual tunic, yoga leggings, a nice facial cleanser, and slippers.

Campfire: The ultimate camping classic that has had fashionistas tearing hair out for years. A campfire! Hot and cold, outdoors but not dirty, what do I wear? My twopence: a cute tee, a cute hoodie, capris, and some nail polish.

Is the sun coming out for you as brightly as it is for me? For many of you, graduation has already gone by and you are already on summer break!

Not for me though. My college is on a quarterly schedule. Damn it, which means..I don’t finish school until June.

Either way, summer outfits are totally in and are definitely not receding until August/September.

So here we are, 5 of my favorite outfits for your favorite summer adventures.

Backyard Parties-Whether it’s with your family or with your awesome buddies, you’re going to have to go to a backyard party sometime. And, yes, barbecues tend to get warm so be prepared. I chose a cool, breezy (but very chic) dress, neon pink shades, T-strap sandals, and a fantastic Smashbox bronzer.

Pool Parties-Basically like a backyard party. Only be prepared to get wet, to fall into a pull, to swallow a mouthful of pool water, and yes, to knock that cute guy from your French class into the pool by accident. For this outfit, I chose a bandeau bikini (I’ve always been a bandeau sort of person since they are so much more secure!), a breezy cover-up, and a rockin’ pair of flip flops.

Music Festival-If you live in Seattle (like me), summer is absolutely gorgeous. Bumbershoot and a variety of other music-related things going on. You can’t call yourself a true Seattlite college gal without going to at least one of those events during summer. For this outfit, I chose a casual cardigan, a floral top, a pair of distressed denim shorts, and some Nars SPF 25 Lip Treatment to keep your lips feeling as good as the rest of yourself.

Summer Nights: Friends, your boyfriend, your family…you will be staying out late on summer nights. I mean, who could resist? Summer has nighttime temperatures higher than daytime temperatures during the rest of the year.Whatever it is you will be doing on a summer night, stay pretty. For this outfit I chose, a light sweater for the little chill you be facing, a cute and vintage tee, a bright skirt, and some of Benefit’s lip and cheek stain.

Camp/Outdoors: And if you’re more of an outdoorsy person, you’ll be going camping! I know I will be in a matter of weeks. When camping it’s important to feel your best and look your best, without looking too high-maintenance. Think casual. For this outfit, I chose a light, plain jacket, a casual (but summer-y) tee, a pair of rustic denim shorts, and waterproof mascara (raccoon eyes are a big no-no for campers).

Well, that’s all, have yourself a wonderful beginning of summer!

(A gallery of some more Kentucky Derby looks can be found here)

Whether it’s Churchill or Santa Anita, derbies have always been a crucial slice of American culture. Cute hats and lovely dresses. Oh…

But for some of us (me, included) derbies simply mean another afternoon nestled in front of my television waiting for the little snippets of celebrities and what they’re wearing while my eyes ooze with envy. Regardless, not being able to attend a derby does not mean that we are not able to bring bits of derby-style clothes in our own wardrobes. Here are my ideas.

Outfit 1-A Little bit of Derby, but Pretty All the Way: A subtle touch of pink, but pretty all the way. This outfit is cute for anything. To get this “little derby touch”, try putting a little pink anywhere into your outfit and top it off with a cute hat or a hat on a headband (like the one below). How much cuter does derby style get?

Outfit 2: Bold in Floral-Possibly one of the most popular trends that we’ve seen today is floral. And, yes, it’s true, you can go to campus wearing floral without looking completely ridiculously. After all, it is spring (and May, for that matter) and there is no better way to celebrate your enthusiasm for this season than with a beautiful floral skirt and a vintage flower hat.

Outfit 3: Sleek in Black-Yes, you can still pull off black at a derby. With style too. And, so, you can still bring Kentucky Derby style into your closet in black. With black, we’re going for less floral and cute, and more elegance and beauty. As we saw with Naomi’s sister Jen in 90210 (picture above), wearing black definitely enhances your figure and adds an elegant touch to a usually exuberant day. How so? Little elegant (but still girly) things such as lace paired with a black blouse, a vintage black hat, and any other variation of black that you would like completes your derby-inspired look.

And, as a finish, enjoy this classic ASCOT scene from My Fair Lady:


It’s amazing how much Rihanna has changed since the first time I heard her. She went from small, hip-hop singer to huge pop sensation in, what, 1 year? That’s a huge jump! She’s also become one of those people that you just run into on the radio, oh, about every 5 minutes or so? Her most popular single at this moment is a new song called “Rude Boy”. Check it out below:

When I first watched this video, it immediately left an impression. All the outfits, makeup, and hair in this video must have taken a great amount of time and stylists. What better way to celebrate a Sunday morning than to blog about Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” style? ;)

Animal Print:

A recurring trend in this video is animal print. Leopard print pants, snake-pattern scarf, and a zebra outfit? This girl is going to the zoo! And so are you if you try out these outfit inspirations:

Outfit 1-Getting Wild Mixing up peacock, zebra, leopard, and elephant has never been more fun.

Outfit 2-Night Prowler


Hardcore Rock:

Perhaps what fashionistas recognize as Rihanna’s domain is her hardcore rock style. She certainly doesn’t lose this style in her music video with that opening scene of caged pumps and metallics.

Outfit 1: Glitz ‘n’ Glam + Rock ‘n’ Roll


Bright Colors (In A Very Tribal Sort of Way): Rihanna is such a trend-inista in this video! Hard metal, animal print, tribal colors. Dang! That girl has definitely been looking at some runways. But, regardless, her incorporation of abstract patterns and brights were definite fashionista eye candy in this video.

A Touch of Tribal:

So…I guess it’s time to go out there and show you wild side isn’t it? Go for it!

It’s not easy being a fashionista. People expect a lot out of you. If you show up wearing sweats and a t-shirt simply because you were running late, people will stare in awe. Therefore, I am giving all of you fashionistas a big break. No more restraints and rules about what to or what not to wear. It’s time to truly enjoy yourselves. Here’s how to add a fun touch to any outfit.

Preppy+Quirky Tee/Shoes=Schooltime Fun

If your idea of fun is your awesome, quirky tee from that music festival/concert/boutique you went to all those months ago, pull out that tee and mix it with some preppy pieces for a great look!

Bohemian+Retro Accessories=Music Festival Style

If your idea of fun means retro and a rainbow of colors, go for a bohemian maxi dress that is perfectly compatible with any retro accessories you have.

Girly Meets Gothic

If your idea of fun is something a bit more on the naughty and sexy side, go for some Gothic elements in your classic girly wardrobe.

Simpler Ways to Look Fun? Socks and sunglasses.


Recently, a friend L– told me that I should do a blog post about clothing in “The Graduate”. With the seductive and manipulative Mrs. Robinson and her preppy, Berkeley daughter, how could I resist?

In sort, this film tells the story of a recent, award-winning, track-running, college graduate Benjamin, who is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (a married woman of course). Things take a wrong turn when Benjamin meets and falls for Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine.

Let’s start with…well….none other than Mrs. Robinson

Mrs. Robinson has become iconic as a seductress. How do I know this? Well, when you’re parodied, it means that you are so well-known for something that people actually find it funny. How many “Graduate” parodies of famous Mrs. Robinson lines/moves have I seen? Quite a few.

Her style is very classy though (didn’t all seductresses look like classy, slick people?). Fur coats, black dresses, and very typical 1950s/60s. It is very important to remember one thing when imitating Mrs. Robinson’s style: bring out your inner appeal. She may be twice Benjamin’s age, but she still has something about her that is so darn attractive.

Outfit 1:

Outfit 2-Party Perfect

ELAINE! I mean…Elaine Robinson:

Elaine is an icon of innocence in this film. Her plain Berkeley girl style along with her doe-eyes makes her a significant contrast from her mother. That is also quite evident in their clothes. We see Elaine wearing white, from her first date outfit to her wedding dress, whereas her mother is seen clad in black and sly as a vixen. Here are a few of my interpretations of their clothes:

Outfit 1: Old School-The key about looking like Elaine is to look effortless. Simple pieces that are totally stylish. My interpretation? A basic parka with a vintage tee and some girly white jeans.

Outfit 2: Party Perfect

A bientot!

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