Pop Culture

06 Feb


I love Fashion Week about as much as I love ponies (which is alot!) It is definitely on my bucket list of things to do in this wonderful lifetime...

Not only are the collections, the music, the sets and the people watching full of inspiration and ridiculous creativity...I love how that same energy is captured in the designers invitations to their shows. Getting one of these in my mailbox would be squeal-worthy!

Here are a few curated by Refinery29 that caught my eye and could be oh-so coolly translated into an invitation to any chic wedding, save the date or dinner party. (Okay maybe not exactly the petrie dish by Mathieu Mirano but it is cool and you get the gist...)

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Now if only we could all RSVP to one of these fine shows?!? In the meantime, think beyond the runway and jump ahead of the curve with invitations so chica!


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Photo credit: Refinery29

07 Sep
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There's nothing like getting a heads up from Atlantic Records about some fresh new tunes coming from one of my favorite bands, Matchbox Twenty.

So attention all brides and sentimental ballad lovers, I am loving "Overjoyed". With it's raw indie-influenced sound, it is sure to be an immediate fan favorite and playing on wedding reception dance floors before you know it.

And I love the video. Sigh. Swoon. It takes me back. Great storytelling...that makes the song even sweeter.


Be sure to check out the rest of their first new studio set since 2002, "North", released just this week.

I am overjoyed to see Rob Thomas and the boys again!


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21 Aug


Bravo. Lifetime. It doesn't matter to me. I can completely watch Project Runway for hours. Long live the weekend marathons!

Maybe it's because I'm secretly afraid of my sewing machine. Bobbins. Tension. Eek! Oh, I wish I could create what even the most unconventional contestants can create.

And now to see PR alums with their ridicoulously beautiful bridal collections, I wanted to share some of my favorites!

Christian Siriano - Season 4 Winner

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Irina Shabayeva - Season 6 Winner

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Rami Kashou - Season 4

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Chloe Dao - Season 2

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Carol Hannah Whitfield - Season 6

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Austin Scarlett - Season 1 & All Star - Season 1 Winner

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Nick Verreros - Season 2

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Leanne Marshall - Season 5 Winner

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Leanne Marshall IS lovely. I have seen this dress in person at Flutter and I pick it up EVERY time and try to come up with a party I need to wear it to. I heartPink it.

Last time I was in NYC, all I wanted to do was wander aimlessly around Mood and meet Swatch, the store mascot. It was closed. Sigh.

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Next time, I 'll MAKE IT WORK!


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25 Jul

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Between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Summer Olympics...not to mention the ongoing fairytale romance of Wills and Kate, London is the perfect backdrop for some brilliant wedding details.

Here's what I find to be truly the bee's knees when infusing some British charm...

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Absobloodylootely irresistible. How does one not fancy all these British lovelies and want to jump the pond for a visit??! Let's go!


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11 Jul

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I am a bit obsessed with these hair ties (along with everyone else including Jennifer Aniston, Demi Lovato and Jessica Simpson)

The color palette and patterns work with any color crush or wedding party. And I adore how they not only look good layered but also on my wrist with the rest of my arm candy.



I originally was a fan of the basic hair tie but i {HEART} how they have embellished them with crystal.

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...and their multi-strand headbands are gorgeous.


I do have to admit they are also the Perfect DIY hair tie if you are the DIY'n kind. I was actually able to make the basic ones easy-peasy as I loved to be able to pick my own colors and patterns. A tutorial is not even really necessary but here is a good one if needed.

The key is finding the elastic and embellishments. I suggest trying Elastic by the Yard and ArtBeads.com as they have worked well for me!


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11 Jul

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Get Ready...Everyone will be seeing dots!

Louis Vuitton released its collaboration with the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. WOW. Kusama is known for her avant-garde fashion and signature polka-dot style.

Simple combos and intuitive contrasts make this a sure-fire recipe for success - even for the most conservative.


The collection is called "Infinity Kusama" and features bangles, silk pajamas, handbags, scarves, dresses and shoes.


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See the entire collection here.

For those of us who can't afford a piece of this where fashion meets art, Louis Vuitton will debut an iPad app where users can take photos and turn them into a Yayoi Kusama motif.

How cute to add a touch of polka dot in your wedding....balloons. bow tie. sash.cake. clutch or even your photo booth back drop? Irresistible fun & happy!


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09 Jul

I am Olympics junkie. Hands down. I stay up way too late watching trials, qualifying heats, medal ceremonies and back stories on athletes.

I love the anticipation of the Opening Ceremonies and wondering who will be holding the American flag? how will the torch be lit? and most importantly...what will Team USA be wearing?!?!

Not being good at surprises, I had to at least do a little sneak peek and see who is designing for the athletes...and a few are my all-times faves!


Team USA {Ralph Lauren}

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Mr. Lauren exudes Americana and is undoubtedly a perfect choice - classic, a bit preppy with a bit of a sporty edge. L.O.V.E.


Team Great Britain {Stella McCartney + Adidas}

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I love the contemporary and modern feel to the Union Jack flag. Sporty Spice would thinks this represents. Brill!


Team Italy {Giorgio Armani}

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Armani is hoping to have won gold with his designs as he included the words to the national anthem of Italy on the inside of the opening ceremony jacket. Figgata! 


Team Jamaica {Cedalla Marley + Puma}

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Not only may Team Jamaica have the world's fastest man in Usain Bolt, the designs of Cedalla Marely, daughter of Bob Marley, may prove the most interesting. The meshing of the Jamaican flag and likeness of the jungle canopy found on their island proves fashion forward and sporty.


 Team Canada {The Hudson Bay Company}

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With a team of designers at The Hudson Bay Company including Chantel Burton, the Canadian uniforms are quietly confident and represent the great outdoors and summer north of the border.


Team Australia {Sportscraft + Volley}



Australian athletes actually collaborated with the designers at Sportscraft and Volley on the classic yet modern uniforms in the retro green and gold. The shoes by Volley are all the rage and getting a major thumbs up from the Aussies.


The influence of fashion on the 2012 London Olympics is amazing. Opening Ceremonies uniforms were even unveiled this year at some of the  Mercede Benz Fashion Weeks all around the world?!!?

With this many people center stage from all over the world, you can't find a better place for inspiration on many levels - hard work, patriotism, dreams, drama, entertainment, flags and personality. Set your DVRs if you have to because you really won't want to miss this!


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06 Jul

Celebrity weddings are so-crazy hyped - and I'm the first in line to see pics of THE dress. SO curious what these brides will choose as they often have endless access to designers?!?

With Drew, Matthew and Alec just getting hitched...and the ongoing mumblings about the where and whens of Angelina, inspired me to think of my top celebrity wedding dresses.

It was an easy list...here they are. I SWOON over each of these!

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Timeless. Stunning. Wishing for happily ever after (even if it isn't in this dress).


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06 Jul



Not only am I little obsessed with the TV show, Bun Heads, I am totally digging the top knot that is quickly trending this summer to be the hottest (or really coolest) up-do of the season.

Learn how to do the perfect top knot here and here...while checking out some of my faves!

Top, side, low and messy...

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It's hard to mess up - and you don't even have to use a brush! Add a vintage comb or barette for effortless chic. Simply fab.


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21 Jun

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I'm not sure if I'm channeling my inner-Beyonce or Rhianna but I am a fan of painitng my ring fingers different colors than the rest.

So fun - especially with all the great nail colors out there! I am always debating between a couple colors anyway so this is a perfect option. And super cool when accenting an awesome ring.

My personal favorite is neutral on all nails with a bright or neon shade on the ring fingers. Love.



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