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Archive for April, 2010

How to Dress Like Rihanna in “Rude Boy”

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!

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Adding A Fun Touch to Every Outfit

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.


Inspired by “The Graduate”

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!

Inspired by…”Jersey Girl” (1992)

I know that as you’re reading this, you will probably smack your hand on your forehead and sigh in exasperation, “Not another chick flick, Natalie!” But, yes, I just watched another old chick flick and, needless to say, was fashionistically inspired. The story is based upon a “Cinderella Story”, but it is so much quirkier and more fun than any “Cinderella Story” movies I’ve ever watched. Not to mention the oversized hair and fun style that Toby (Jami Gertz) embraces. The movie winds about Toby, an lower-middle-class single lady whose love life is clearly not going at the pace she wants, who meets an upper class man named Sal at a Mercedes dealership. She ends up pursuing Sal and gets in a “fender bender” with him and the movie progresses from there.

Outfit 1-Inspired by Toby’s Pink Top and Polka Dot Skirt

Outfit 2: Inspired by Toby’s Oversized Tees


Outfit 3: Downtown+Uptown=new outfit? You can’t just do a blog post about a Cinderella Story and not mix up the downtown and uptown elements. Toby and Sal…hmmm.

Hope this is inspiring! As for me..time to grab some breakfast.


A Giant Fashionista Shout-Out

I’ve had this blog for a little over 1/4 of a year now and just passed 3,000 views total a couple days ago.

3000 VIEWS! 3000 VIEWS! 3000 VIEWS!

To all my fellow schoolmates and friends who laughed, gawked, or read my blog: here’s a great shout-out to you all for being critical and fantastic…ahem…”fashionistas”.

To all the internet strangers who stumbled upon my blog through search engine terms, here’s a shout-out for being one of the best strangers I’ve ever encountered in my life.

To all my constant readers, you are the ones who truly make my day. You are the ones who keep me blogging and thinking about fashion even when my mind is helplessly polluted by chemistry and calculus problems.

If you fall into more than one of the above named categories, you truly rock my world.