Style Strategy book review & thoughts

golden front cover & author

The Style Strategy is a small, yet elegant, fashion help book designed to give some direction and organization on one’s wardrobe. Nina Garcia, infamously famed Project Runway judge, writes her strategy on selecting personal style without breaking the bank (well, not too much). The above picture is Ms. Garcia, Jennifer Aniston look-a-like and all, in one of her many, solidly-chic plain sheath dresses.

On PR the show portrays her as an un-reachable, devil-ish figure with lavish and exquisite taste. And while this may be true of the runway judge, Nina relates to the fashionably-challenged public in a short and witty manner commentating on fashion 101 throughout the ages. (For some reason I noticed lots of Civil War/ WWI/ WWII mentionables in there lol).

But I found myself pushing through fashion rules that I already knew prior to being a fashion student, because her interpretation on dressing well this day and age was refreshing. She wants to bring out the best and brightest, most creative, YOU! Instead of dictating what to wear to various occasions, she states updated ways on how to transform the classics…much like she does living in the dog eat dog world of Manhattan.

The book is well orgaized planning out three distinct sections:

I. What you have
II. What you need
III. What you want

Each chapter is broken down into further detail of course and there was never a dull moment. Between the high fashion illustrations by Ruben Toledo and inserts from Tim Gunn I found myself turning pages, eager to finish the book. Now, I’m not saying this is the best fashion masterpiece but for $3.99 at TJMaxx you can’t get a better deal on styling tips than that. The glossary provides listings of the best vintage shops in major metropolitan cities and websites worth perusing your fashionable buck! From one bargain shopper to another, I’d say that’s money well spent on an investment coffee table book.

“When you are surrounded by what makes you happy your creativity is heightened” -Unknown

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All dressed up and nowhere to go…

Rachel Zoe does purple

I feel like that title post is the story of my life right now. As much stuff as I have from accumulating shopping trips do I have events to go to? No…guess I’ll just have a fancy soiree in my room. Everyone’s invited! Bahahahahahahaha

Lately I’ve been craving a purple suit or rather, violet suit and this one’s from Rachel Zoe! I have yet to own anything from her line since she turned stylist to designer. Preen has a richer, hue of purple suit that I would die for! Course all finer fabrics come at a price $_$

To top off such a statement color I wanted to keep the accessories minimal. I just ordered a ribbon necklace off of Hautelook like the one shown here! (Except mines red/ coral/ orange family not black). But I am loving this CC Skye kinda bulletted gold necklace. I got the Monique Lehsman necklace for a steal! $33.

And since we can’t walk around barefoot I googled Fendi platform heels and thought these peeptoes would go nicely. I am all about the hidden sexiness and unexpected details and I love the inverted FF symbol by the toe box! The artwork around the heel is divine as well, resembles a hot, fiery rainbow!

Rock of Ages~Chicago edition

Rock on…Tom Cruise?

The above promo image is of the movie set to release in a few short weeks! If you are not familiar with ROA, sorry for party rockin’! JK hahaha but all jokes aside..I’m pumped because my mom and I have tickets to see the broadway musical in Chicago 🙂 Nope, not New York but Chi-town! When I asked my aunt which musicals were showing in the Windy City she said this one. I really had my eye on Evita but that wasn’t showing 😦 Post living in New York I’ve been dying to see the Rock musical ever since!

Now I have the chance and I’m pretty sure I’ll be clueless the whole time they’re singing 80’s beats but that’s OKAY! What I lack in eighties culture I’m sure someone will be jiving in the theater seats. But do you know what I’m MORE excited about than previewing the musical? Putting my edgy rocker spin on something floral! Feast your eyes on my outfit I plan to style for the return of classic rock and turn up that Aerosmith! BD

What do you think? What would you do differently?

Blazer: H&M asymmetrical lapel neutral blazer
Top: Parker python cutout blouse
Bottoms: Paige floral denim capris
Shoes: Cynthia Vincent “Juno” black espadrille wedges
Jewelry: pile on those bracelets!
-Tiffany Co. Rubedo metal rose gold cuff
-Cartier gold skewed nail cuff
-Dailylook mixed rose & gold spiked bracelet
-CC Skye gold studded bracelet
Clutch: Urban Expressions black sweetheart

Turn up the music and blast the speakers in the house!

GRADUATION OUTFIT 1

WORK what ya momma gave you!!

A part of me is reminiscing about my Winter graduation; I think it’s all those happy times we all so longingly hold onto. For those of you who are graduating or will be graduating in the near future, not to fret! Cos I created a little Polyvore- type look of sorts of what yours truly will be wearing to my little cousin’s impending graduation.

Things to keep in mind if YOU are not the one graduating:
1. It is not your day and beware because the graduate may be bridezilla.
2. Dress down, but not too down! Think daytime cocktail party.
3. Wear shoes to withstand long periods of time. But if you’re like me, to hell with that and still wear heels!
4. It would be nice to coordinate outfits for photos?
5. If the school you are at is your alma mater then feel free to represent your colored school, patriotic spirit!

Dress: Simply Vera by Vera Wang online exclusive red&black sheath
Heels: L.A.M.B. black strappy sandals
Bracelets: Tory Burch wrap & Gorjana wraplet
Earrings: Alexis Bittar gold textured hoops
Sunglasses: Balenciaga cat eye black glasses