Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bye 2012 and hello 2013!

2012 will soon be history and in 2013 we will be making history. It seems that the number 3 is our number. There's 3 of us, we were born in the 3rd month (March) and on the 31st. We'll be celebrating our one year blog anniversary on February 1st and will be embarking on new blog adventures and projects. Thank you for your continue support and love! We will be back in the new year, in the mean time, explore our past blog post of 2012. Happy holidays and Happy New Year! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Fashion in the past, present, and future

Vintage, antique, retro and modern. These 4 words get used a lot but what are their differences?  If you've been wondering , then you've come to the right place. And if you weren't, that's okay but it might come in handy when you're the next contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

The term vintage refers to items, like clothing and cars, that are less than 100 years old but more than 20 years old. Make sure you don't confuse vintage with antique which refers to items that  are at least 100 years old. Lets put this into numbers. Items that are from 1912 and below are considered antiques and items that are from 1912 to the late 1980s are considered vintage. Some may considered the 1980s as "new vintage." It's crazy to think that the decade (80s babies) we were born in is actually vintage! 

Antique, 1800s
Vintage, 1920s
Now, what about the 1990s? Those items are what some will call outdated. But to us, they're a collection of vintage style mixed with modern. Modern, another word that is used when it comes to fashion, refers to the present, the now, and recent times. Low rise skinny jeans, red bottoms, and yes even jeggings are part of the modern fashion. 

Skinny jeans

Now, somewhere in between this, retro comes into play. Retro refers to items that are out of date for that current period and is usually considered to be the 1960s through the 1970s, much like the mod styles of the 1960s and the hippie styles of the 1970s. This is where vintage and retro are a little interchangeable. It's also good to note that retro also refers to items that are not just old, but new items that reference something from the past. The wardrobe from the TV show Mad men would be considered retro fashion (some also call it vintage). The show is set in the 1960's but is filmed in the present. 

Mad Men
As the world evolves and seasons change, these words will continue to have new meaning and new interpretation. Like history, fashion repeats itself, so what is modern now will someday be antique or vintage! But of course with an update of the present time. 

By all means, we are not experts on this subject but are only giving our humble opinion and many years of magazine reading, runway watching and fashion blogging to share what we've learned. Let us know your thoughts on the subject matter. Happy Christmas Eve!
XO Wil 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas + New York = Magic

Christmas and New York City? Yes, please! New York during Christmas time is a pretty spectacular time and place, magical even. We'll be celebrating our Christmas in the amazing city of Atlanta, but we can still get a little bit of the Big Apple with one of the best Christmas movies of all time, Miracle on 34th Street! 

In a nutshell, this movie is about Santa Claus posing as Santa Claus. Okay, it's a little bit more than that! This enchanting Christmas movie is about Susan (Natalie Wood), a six year old girl who is told the truth about Santa Claus by her mother (Maureen O'Hara) and thinks she's not going to get the one thing on her Christmas list. But there's a Macy's department store Santa who says his real name is Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn). Everyone thinks he's insane (who wouldn't) but a young lawyer (John Payne) defends him in court saying he is indeed the real thing. Can this Santa give Susan something to believe in again, a Christmas miracle maybe? 

This black and white classic is filled with timeless 1940s fashion. It was an era where little girls looked like little girls and women dressed like women. Be inspired by knee length skirts and coats, dainty pearls, peter pan collars, fedoras, and femininity mixed with a touch of masculinity. Christmas and fashion? Yes please!

What's your favorite Christmas or holiday movie?
XO Wil Harris 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The award show that sets trends!

The Golden Globe nominations were announced last week and the first thing that came to our minds were the amazing beautiful gowns that will be walking the red carpet. This prestigious award ceremony has span a lifetime, 70 years to be exact! This means 70 years of greatness and style.

Aside from fashion week, fashion on the red carpet sets the trends for what we'll see in department stores world wide and in prom and wedding dresses. The very next day, you'll probably see looks for less and look-a-like inspired dresses worn by the stars. We can't wait to see what big trends will show up and show out at the Golden Globes on January 12, 2013! 

It was hard, but we've picked our top 10 looks, in no particular order, from previous Golden Globes.

Reese Witherspoon: Best Golden Globe Dresses Ever
Reese Whitherspoon was absolutely radiant in this canary-yellow Nina Ricci gown designed by Oliver Theyskens. This knee length strapless cocktail dress was a nice change on the red carpet and those red Brain Atwood shoes were a nice touch (2007).

Emma Stone glowed in this gorgeous body hugging Calvin Klein gown. What do we love more than her lighter locks in an elegant up-do? The demure neckline and sleeves.

Marilyn Monroe wore this timeless sequined emerald gown by Norman Norell. This is proof that sparkle never goes out of style (1962)!

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Eva Mendes wowed when she stepped out in this gorgeous white silk Dior gown. She wore a Van Cleef and Arpels turquoise necklace for a little color, sparkle, and glam (2009).

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Anne Hathaway definitely sparkled in this beautiful antique rose Armani PrivĂ© gown. This backless gown was naughty from the back and sweet in the front and the details on this dress is just stunning (2011).

Salma Hayek showed off her hourglass shape in this beautiful red Narciso Rodriguez gown. The gown has a simple silhouette but made a bold statement on the red carpet (2003). 

Eva Longoria made this black Zac Posen gown anything but boring. Love the fitted bodice that flared out into a beautiful train. The belted waist featured two diamond birds for added glamour (2011).  

Olivia Wilde in this stunning glittery Marchesa gown reminded us of a modern day princess dress that's big and dramatic. She definitely wore this dress instead of the dress wearing her (2011).

Beyonce Knowles showed off her curves in this silver sequined gown by Ellie Sabb. She completed her look with a gorgeous platinum and diamond necklace by Lorraine Schwartz. 

Sofia Vergara wore this stunning midnight blue mermaid gown custom made by Vera Wang. She finished off her look with Harry Winston earrings (2012).

Which dress is your favorite? Let us know your top Golden Globe picks in the comments below!

XO Wil Harris

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sock it to me!

Boots of any style are worn on stylish feet during the fall and winter seasons. It's one of our favorite fashion staples for when it gets cold outside. We love wearing our boots with socks, but instead of tucking them in, we like to show a little peek-a-boo action, kind of like an accessory for our boots. This is a great way to add color and texture to your outfit and it's a practical idea for those slippery boots and cold toes. Fashion and function at its finest! 

Style inspiration: 

Would you wear socks with your boots? Let us know in the comments!
XO Wil Harris

Friday, December 14, 2012

Plaid meets leopard, they fall in love, and live happily ever after!

Taking two classic prints, leopard and plaid, and mixing them together is a great way to remix your wardrobe. It's no secret that mix printing was and still is a huge fashion trend. We love it because you can get away with wearing your favorite plaid shirt over and over again, but with a different print each time! 

 This pairing will also make a great Christmas outfit while giving you a festive edge. Here are 4 ways you too can wear this look.

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Would you wear leopard and plaid together? How would you wear it? Let us know in the comments! 

XO Wil Harris

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Emerald City!

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2013 - Emerald 17-5641

Emerald green is a dramatic, luxurious, and regal color that can be worn for all occasions. It made its presences on the runway for the spring 2013 collections of Vivienne Tam, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, and many other designers.

This color is very versatile; bright emerald green for warmer months and deep jewel tones for the colder months make this a great transitional color. We like this timeless color with blue and white for a fresh look, brown and yellow for a warm feel and red and orange for a modern update. Don't wait for 2013 to wear this beautiful color; it's a great one to wear for Christmas! 

Past colors of the year:

Are you happy about the 2013 color of the year? Will you wear this color in the new year? What colors would you pair it with?
XO Wil Harris

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A is for A-line

It was the spring of 1955 that french couture designer Christian Dior reintroduced the A-line dress in a gray wool man inspired suit with a jacket and full, pleated skirt. An A-line skirt or dress is smaller at the waist than at the hem and resembles the shape of a capital letter A. This silhouette has been around for a while but it wasn't until Dior, that is was fully developed and trending. Vogue called it, "the most wanted silhouette in Paris and the prettiest triangle sine Pythagoras." 

The A-line skirt was seen in Dior's 1947 "New Look" collection. This collection was very feminine, had narrow waists, and a more fuller, sweeping A-line skirts with full underskirts. Even though the "New Look" was a hit, women sought out a more simple design and style like designer Coco Chanel's at the time. His fuller A-line skirts were transformed into simpler and smaller designs. It became even more popular when Jackie O started wearing them when she was first lady of the United States in the 60s.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

In 1958, Dior’s successor, 21 year old Yves Saint Laurent, updated the A-line with his first collection, the trapeze line. It consisted of triangular shape dresses that flared outward from narrow, fitted shoulders to a shorter, wider hemline just above the knee. 

Right and left pictures: A dress from the trapeze collection
Middle picture: Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent on left, 

The A-line and trapeze line became popular in the 60s and 70s. This style and silhouette is flattering on all body types, comes in many different lengths, and is a classic wardrobe staple. 

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Happy Tuesday!
XO Wil Harris

Friday, December 7, 2012

Style at the tips!

Holiday decor doesn't have to be only for Christmas trees and rooftops. Be festive this holiday season and let the holiday cheer inspire your next manicure. It's the perfect time of year to get your nails done. You can play around with color, sparkle, and design elements to get into the holiday spirit with a little bit of style at the tips.  

Red and green are the classic holiday colors and a great place to start. Try it with a little sparkle or a matted nail (like the green O.P.I nails below) for a more modern look.
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Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer are another holiday classic for the kid at heart and will give you something to talk about at your next holiday party. 
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Snowflakes have a very pretty and intricate design that will make a great holiday manicure. It is said that no two snowflakes are alike, so you don't have to worry about a perfect nail design.
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The holiday candy can make a cute statement for you next mani. Stripes are simple, fun, and easy to do. You can use a nail dotting tool, a tooth pick, or even scotch tape!
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If Santa and candy cane nails are a little too much for you, then this is the perfect way to go. Nude nail polish with a little sparkle are subtle yet bold and are also great to reign in the New Year!
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Which holiday nail mani is your favorite? How do you wear your nails around the holiday season? Have a great and fashionable weekend!
XO Wil Harris