7 Chic Pieces for a Rainy Day from Hunter x Target

The latest designer collab with Target is rainy-day chic!

Target has been known for its chic designer collabs popping up in stores, from Lilly Pulitzer, Victoria Beckham, and Magnolia’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, to name a few of the sold-out-within-hours collections. Next up, a fashion and accessories collection with famed British rain boots brand, Hunter.

Arriving Saturday, April 14, Hunter x Target is “inspired by family, festival and forces of nature” for a limited-edition collection “built on a philosophy of everyday adventure and a forecast of fun,” the Target site reads. The collaboration includes boots, outerwear, clothing, shoes, accessories and outdoor gear for the whole family.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fun, casual and cute Hunter x Target picks that will be sure to perk up any rainy day this spring.

1. Hunter for Target Women’s Waterproof Rain Boots

How could you do a Hunter collab without featuring their famous boots? That would be totally impossible! Boots for women, men and kiddos will all be available in different colors, patterns and height (knee and ankle length options). K, adding to my shopping cart now.

2. Hunter for Target Women’s Hooded Trench Coat – Khaki

I love this chic trench coat: perfect to keep your ensemble dry on rainy days without sacrificing style. A fun red stripe adds style and color to this hooded rain jacket. Where do I swipe my credit cart already??

3. Hunter for Target Women’s Side Zip Pencil Skirt – Black

I’m absolutely OBSESSING over this pencil skirt. It looks perfect for work hours as well as for after-hours and weekend days. Must-have list, for sure. And it’s black, so it’ll go with everything. Win-win.

4. Hunter for Target Small Pouch Bag

Available in a variety of hues, this small clutch is absolutely adorable to carry all your necessities for those days when you can’t lug a big tote (see below) around. I’m personally fond of the black and red options.

5. Hunter for Target Outdoor Blanket

Even though I’m not the most outdoorsy person, I find this outdoor printed blanket (in both red and blue patterns) to be absolutely perfect for a summer picnic or curling up with a book under a tree in the park. Sign me up!

6. Hunter for Target Rubber Handle Tote Bag

Walk around town carting all your belongings in this big bright tote that can hold it all. I think this would be absolutely perfect for my family’s vacation up in Idaho this summer, especially when we go up to the lake for a day! It’ll perfectly hold all of our beach belongings, while looking super cute. Or just using while running daily errands. Either works.

7. Hunter for Target Bubble Umbrella

Stay dry with the large and bright umbrella to keep your look in tact when it’s pouring out. It’ll add some much needed cheer on those dreary, rain-filled days! Cute and practical: just what I’m looking for in an umbrella!

Met Gala 2017 Red Carpet Review

Tonight is fashion’s biggest night (the Met Gala), and here’s your red carpet fashion review, from the comfort of my sofa. (Wish I had a ticket to fashion’s most exclusive gala! But alas, settling for a social media viewpoint.)

  Anna Wintour aka Queen of the Met Gala looks positively regal. Who would even dare critique her?

 I love Rose Byrne’s red dress with the tulle, neckline, and cutouts. Gorge. However, I’m not digging her super-curly ‘do.

 Priyanka Chopra is tonight’s showstopper. Who else could pull off a trench coat to a gala? My only thought: wouldn’t that train be heavy to wear all night.

 Laura Osnes is currently starring in my favorite new Broadway show this season, “Bandstand,” and while her leading man onstage is with his wife as she gives birth to their first child, Osnes is wearing an absolutely stunning custom Christian Siriano gown to the red carpet. Pure perfection. BEST DRESSED. (And fingers crossed for tomorrow, Miss Osnes. For you and the show.)

 I really like Allison Williams’ ensemble here. It’s structured and tailored to perfection, coupled with a stunning hair and makeup choice.

 Does Nick Jonas ever not look great in a suit? Just wondering.

 Love Mindy Kaling’s vintage-inspired and glitzy off-the-shoulder gown. Gorge.

 Katie Holmes looks amazing in her Zac Posen gown. Bravo, Mr. Posen! (as usual)

 I think Laura Dern is one of my favorites tonight! Its simplicity just makes it that more stunning.

 Lily Collins has gone the haute couture route tonight, and it works well. Love that tulle skirt paired with the bustier top.

 Ansel Elgort has mastered the dapper man look tonight. Love a white jacket on a guy!

 Wow! I absolutely love Lena Dunham’s look. Normally, I’m not one for plaid, but I love this. Stunning.

 Selena Gomez: Meh, it’s nice but too simple and underwhelming.

 I’m normally not a fan by Dakota Johnson’s style, but this Gucci dress is gorgeous and high fashion to a tee.

 Diane Kruger is one of my favorite. This Prada gown is so chic and effortlessy elegant. Love.

 Jennifer Connelly looks edgy and trendy here. In a dress that’s totally different from everyone else, she stands out and I’m really digging this look.

 Elle Fanning’s Miu Miu dress is 100 percent Disney princess. And love her headband.

 Blake Lively is THE best dressed. Oh my gosh. She looks like a golden peacock and so amazing. NO COMPARISON. Phenomenal.

Oscar night red carpet review!

It’s Oscar night! Ballots ready?

So, that means it’s time for my review:

 

gettyimages-645649314 Naomie Harris looks gorgeous in such a simplistic white, high-low gown, with the tiniest little cutout,, to keep it classy obviously. And the pop of color in her shoes is genius! Newest fashion star to look out for, world!

gettyimages-645650504 Charlize Theron looks classic and elegant as always…

gettyimages-645640414 Nicole Kidman is wearing SUCH AN AMAZING GOWN. I love it. Fave. Gorge.

gettyimages-645640460 Emma Stone also goes for the gold (pun intended) in a vintage-inspired gown. Love her hair, makeup, jewelry, and gown! LOVE. My fave.

gettyimages-645640866 Viola Davis, once again, looks fab on a red carpet. And really stands out from the rest in her pop of red.

gettyimages-645639126 Janelle Monae, just wow. So couture. AND I AM OBSESSED WITH HER HEADBAND.

gettyimages-645630808 Andrew Garfield looks as dapper as ever.

gettyimages-645634466 Kirsten Dunst goes for edgy and couture. Fab.

gettyimages-645634498 Ginnifer Goodwin aka Snow White ahmazing. My absolute fave.

gettyimages-645634956 JT and Jessica Biel are Hollywood royalty. Yet, her dress isn’t impressing me.

gettyimages-645637814 Dakota Johnson: Meh. So, Victorian. Not liking the the weird fan-type fabric in the front. Pass.

gettyimages-645630974 Taraji P. Henson looks phenomenal. Flawless.

gettyimages-645631088 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are Hollywood goals, and fashion-wise, they both can do no wrong.

gettyimages-645630064 Emma Roberts looks ahmazing, love her vintage gown and perfectly curled hair. Old Hollywood and classic. Love.

gettyimages-645614460_master Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo is wearing such an amazing dress. Wow. I mean, as such a powerhouse, you need a bold dress.

gettyimages-645624980_1 Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mom (who liked my tweet about BroadwayCon… just needed to put that out there… lol) look adorbs. Repping Broadway with pride tonight!

gettyimages-645629804 Sunny Pawar: here’s your daily dose of cuteness. You’re welcome.

gettyimages-645623976 I love Felicity Jones’ ballerina-inspired dress. Others may say it’s too plain, and perhaps they are right– it could have used some more bling or a belt. But regardless, flawless.

What are your favorite looks of the night, worthy of Oscar gold?

Now onto the show!

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SAG Awards Red Carpet Review

Next award show: SAG Awards. Check.

Next blog: red carpet review. Here we go!

rs_634x1024-170129165832-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-natalie-portman I don’t know what I think about Natalie Portman’s dress. It’s very high fashion, yes, but I’m not sure if it’s ready-to-wear? It seems a little too editorial for a carpet. I do love the sleeves though.

rs_634x1024-170129165845-634-emma-stone-sag-awards-2017 Emma Stone: meh. I don’t like this split personalities of the dress. Does it want to be sexy and lace? Or floral and bohemian? Individually,the styles look great but together? Not so much.

rs_634x1024-170129165629-634-salma-hayek-sag-awards-2017 Salma Hayek: yikes. The color yellow is very hard to pull off, the pink ruffle looks horrendous and the weird pink ribbon tied around her waist. It looks like a bad bridesmaid dress.

rs_634x1024-170129165101-634-kerry-washington-cm-12917 Kerry Washington looks stunning. Love how it looks effortless, vintage-inspired and still glamorous. Best dressed.

rs_634x1024-170129165010-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-michelle-williams Michelle Williams is simplistic and elegant, and yet it works.

rs_634x1024-170129165315-634-meryl-streep-sag-awards-2017 Meryl Streep looks effortless and boho chic.

rs_634x1024-170129163440-634-sofia-vergara-cm-12916 Sofia Vergara went for something totally different here and it works. I love the midi length and the tulle skirt. I just feel like it’s a little youthful for her.

rs_634x1024-170129165028-634-julia-louis-dreyfus-sag-awards-2017 Julia-Louis Dreyfus looks chic and elegant in her black and gold gown, two colors that can never go wrong.

rs_634x1024-170129164623-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-gina-rodriguez Gina Rodriguez is super high fashion meets RTW, and it works. Gorge. End of story.

rs_634x1024-170129164348-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-taraji-p-henson Taraji P. Henson gets her princess moment in this pink Reem Acra. Love it.

rs_634x1024-170129160926-634-emily-blunt-sag-awards-2017 Emily Blunt goes for the gold here. Very nice. Just wish she added something to her neck, it’s pretty bare.

rs_634x1024-170129160329-634-sophia-bush-sag-awards-2017 Wow, Sophia Bush’s dress is bright, neon pink. Okay, now that my eyes have adjusted— I like the shape, very fashion-forward and couture. Love the little embellishments on the ruffle thing.

rs_634x1024-170129163529-634-2017sag-awards-yara Yara Shahidi looks stunning for the teen star. Gorgeous choice.

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-10-51-51-am Rami Malek is the epitome of best dressed male on the red carpet! Edgy, but just edgy enough to make a statement. Rami, keep doing what you’re doing– I approve.

rs_634x1024-170129155542-634-2017-screen-actors-guild-claire-foy Love Claire Foy’s Valentino gown. Stunning. Perfection. Well done. And I can’t wait for next series of The Crown.

So many gorgeous gowns, can’t wait to see what’ll be next!

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Reviewing the People’s Choice Awards…

Tonight’s the People Choice Awards, so it’s only natural for me to review the fashions. Let’s go!

gallery-1484786346-gettyimages-632006766 I really like Chelsea Kane’s long black lacy dress with all the embroidery. Love. However, I’m not digging the vintage-y bob with the look, the two don’t really go well together.

gallery-1484787803-gettyimages-632010800 Golden Globe nominee (and star of the renewed series This is Us!) Chrissy Metz looks gorgeous. Princess moment! And love all the details on her navy gown.

gettyimages-632012350 There was some debate over Kristen Bell’s jumpsuit. First, you all know how much I love a tailored pantsuit– like this. And two, the color looks exquisite! Okay, maybe the bustier part is in a weird color? But, I’ll forgive when looking at the look as a whole– it just works.

gettyimages-632012182 Camilla Luddington (+ bump) wears a very simplistic LBD (compared to her castmates), but it’s impeccably styled to create a cohesive look that works.

gettyimages-632011934 Kelly McCreary, also of Greys, is rocking an edgy look with the skinny pant and cool, edgy teal top. Perfect for the PCAs.

gettyimages-632011912 Sarah Drew (yes, she from Greys too) also got the edgy memo, but this time in a navy and black dress. But, nonetheless, I love it!

gallery-1484790346-gettyimages-632015426 Blake Lively looks absolutely stunning in Elie Saab. Gorge. True perfection, end of story, period. BEST. FREAKING. DRESSED. FOR. SURE.

gallery-1484790080-gettyimages-632015200 J.Lo is J.Lo. Looks great per usual, stunning choice of gown. Yawn, that’s predictable to always write that (not that it’s not true!)

gallery-1484790408-gettyimages-632015654 Victoria Justice wears a gold minidress like she’s trying to be a showgirl? Dancing With The Stars B-list contestant? It just looks kind of cheap to me. Not reading edgy. Not feeling the weird beading off the front. Pass.

gallery-1484790658-gettyimages-632015418 Jamie Chung nails the bohemian vibe in this sheer yellow strapless dress and I really love it! It looks so flowy and effortless and I really like this look. My best dressed pick alongside Blake!

gallery-1484790725-gettyimages-632016022 Now, I love her show Quantico and her sense of fashion usually. But, I’m not liking Priyanka Chopra’s dress. The weird crop flowy crop top looks like it’s camouflaging a baby bump, the weird fringe half of the skirt and a weird wavy over-skirt. Not to mention the weird pale pink color. Sorry, this look was a flop.

gallery-1484791219-gettyimages-632016508 Caterina Scorcese (Greys sister!) went classic and trendy and I really like her floral dress with a pop of red in her shoes. Looks great.

gettyimages-632008838 Disney Channel’s Peyton List looks like she wanted to be high fashion, but didn’t get the best options. The weird polka dots? The bottom shape of the skirt? The clear material? Nope.

gettyimages-632010912 Youtube’s Lilly Singh looks so vintage and disco glam and I love it! So fab!

gettyimages-632012380 Originally, I thought Blackish teen actress Yara Shahidi’s dress was way too busy. BUT, as I spend more time looking at it, it’s growing on me as being so trendy and fashion-forward. Great choice.

Those are my picks at this red carpet! What about you guys?

Until next time!

 

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Reviewing the 2017 Golden Globes…

And, awards season has officially begun with the critically acclaimed television programs and films: the Golden Globes. Time for my red carpet fashion review.

23bb7f034789c7bc02c6526085fde834 Lily Collins is perhaps one of my best dressed picks of the night in this absolutely stunning pink Zuhair Murad gown. Princessy and elegant.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-7-32-18-pm Tracee Ellis Ross looks glam in this Zuhair Murad sheer, sparkly dress. And the hair and accessories perfectly accent the dress.

gettyimages-631241146_master Star of my fave new show “This is Us,” Mandy Moore looks regal and elegant in this simplistic Naeem Khan navy gown with a flawless cape.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-6-21-55-pm Mandy’s costars (her set husband and son), Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown pose together. Awww.

gettyimages-631241936_master-1 Ruth Negga wearing a perfectly tailored silver metallic Louis Vuitton pantsuit. Love. Edgy but still elegant.

gettyimages-631240756_master Kristen Bell, posed with husband Dax Shepard. One, cute celeb couple alert! Two, love her gown. So elegant and tailored to perfection.

gettyimages-631240754_master Little 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown is already a fashion icon before she becomes a teenager! Flawless.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-7-31-53-pm Natalie Portman shows off her baby bump in a bejeweled Prada frock that I think she was inspired from her role as Jackie Kennedy. But she looks good, but perhaps another color?

gettyimages-631243444 I love Sarah Paulson’s Marc Jacobs metallic gown. Gorge.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-7-32-51-pm Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are red carpet royalty! Love her Elie Saab gown, with the different textural elements that add interest yet still keep it elegant.

gettyimages-631242266 Star of my latest Netflix obsession “The Crown,” Claire Foy looks positively regal. (Haha punny considering she was nominated for playing the Queen.) Very vintage-inspired. Some people may not like her lilac belt or the puffy sleeves– but I think it adds to the vintage elegance charm of the look.

gettyimages-631242178 Carrie Underwood: Yikes. I don’t know what’s going on here between the chest ruffles, the sleeves, the crop top. Normally she always looks fab, ehhh not today. I do give her props for her beauty look– hair and makeup look very nice.

gettyimages-631242138 I really like Busy Phillips’ Stella McCartney black embroidered gown. It’s very different from others on the carpet, but it works here. I’d maybe just do her hair a little cleaner?

gallery-1483919606-gettyimages-631240942 Drew Barrymore is giving me vintage vibes with her gown choice, and I like it. Chic and elegant. Love the sleeves and placement of the embellishments.

gettyimages-631239732 Priyanka Chopra, star of my fave show, “Quantico,” wears an amazing custom Ralph Lauren golden gown. How appropriate given the venue. But it looks flawless.

gallery-1483919168-gettyimages-631240452 I’m a huge fan of Alessandro Michele’s work for Gucci, and Felicity Jones’ dress is no exception. Stunning. Love this little embellished bow detail.

gettyimages-631241268 Michelle Williams is classic in a lace Louis Vuitton and I really like this look. So chic. And love her simplistic choker to accent the look.

gettyimages-631244030 Rachel Bloom may be elated to be nominated again after her previous win OR that her great musical television show got picked up for another season on the CW. But, love her dress. So classic and gorge.

gettyimages-631244006 Gal Gadot is the perfect example of baby bump chic.

gettyimages-631243792 Kerry Washington goes for haute couture in this Dolce & Gabbana dress. Gorge. Love the shoulder detail!

gettyimages-631243614 Love Brie Larson’s Rodarte red dress. So timeless and elegant with gorgeous beading detail. Best dressed list for sure.

gettyimages-631243582 Zoe Saldana in an amazing Gucci dress. Love the ruffles and the bow. SO pretty. And so different from anyone else on the carpet.

gettyimages-631243426 Anna Kendrick: Meh. It looks good, it’s just red carpet predictable.

gettyimages-631243384 SJP looks so chic in her Vera Wang gown. I mean, she’s the ultimate fashion icon, and this is no exception.  Love.

chrissy-metz-golden-globes  Chrissy Metz of my fave show “This is Us,” looks great. She’s positively radiant and the dress totally suits her. Congrats on the fantastic role, you are a true star.

c1ssbhcwgaac05u Ryan Gosling looks dapper in his white blazer.

c1smvgdw8aac2ro John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have a parents night out in their chic ensembles. Love her peplum gold dress. Gorge. But I cannot believe she actually SAT down on the red carpet for their interview with Ryan Seacreat– lol!

c1slebtxaai-3jr Emma Stone stuns in Maison Valentino. Wow, so amazing. I love. Best dressed tie with Lily Collins??

So many gorgeous looks tonight! Let me know your thoughts. Onto the show!

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My Latest Fall Obsessions

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy, hectic fall semester full of homework, keeping up with the election news (ugh, so overwhelming), job applications and my senior seminar research study, which is why I haven’t posted as much. But, I’m back now! Yay! (I choose to believe you, my loyal readers, are just as thrilled to be reading this as I am to get to write this.)

With the fall season, in between the serious news and workload, there’s been plenty of new pop culture to immerse oneself in.

1.  Netflix’s new show, “The Crown.”

mv5bnju2nza5mzgym15bml5banbnxkftztgwndawotuxmdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_As of this past Sunday, November 6, I began binge-watching the latest Netflix original series, titled “The Crown” and chronicling the early days of the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith). May I just say, in my opinion, it is one of the best dramatic series that Netflix has created. It very much resembles the British shows that I became so fond of last year while I was abroad. While I’m only four episodes in (no spoilers please!), I’ve become hooked, as the storytelling is well-done at expressing the Royal Family “as Kardashians,” as the stars jokingly referred to it during talk shows and press interviews. Now enjoy some of my random thoughts that crossed my mind while watching:

  • Is there a certain quota of Matt Smith’s bum shots to include per episode?
  • Is it [the bum shots of Matt Smith as Prince Philip] historically accurate??
  • Time to pull up Wikipedia for a historical timeline and family tree…
  • Oh no, I can relate to such bad fog over London! 😦

2. Netflix’s acquisition of one of my favorite BBC shows, “Doctor Foster.”

maxresdefaultWhile abroad in London (one year ago *insert sobs here*) and taking classes in British media, I began watching a new series called “Doctor Foster,” a five-part story of British GP Gemma Foster living a happily married life as a wife and mum until discovering a single blonde hair on her husband Simon’s scarf. The show tells the story of a woman finding out about her husband’s infidelity and the lengths she goes to find the truth. Such a powerful story courtesy of the Beeb, and I truly recommend you all to watch it. Truly brilliant, and it’s such a shame it is a British show because I have absolutely no clue how I’ll be able to watch the second series (now filming) when it starts airing.

3. Kenzo X H&M collaboration

screen-shot-2016-05-25-at-8-23-15-pmUpon the release of H&M’s latest designer collab (remember how genius the Balmain one was a year ago??) with Kenzo, I immediately went to the lookbook and was instantly obsessed. Knowing I couldn’t get it all because most of it was sold out was sad, but I chose an adorable off-the-shoulder printed floral blouse and I cannot wait for it to arrive later this week, because I have already planned outfits around it. (Too much?)

4. Gagged Chokers

gagged-chokersCreated by Broadway’s Princess Jasmine (Courtney Reed), a new business venture has emerged and created handmade, unique chokers for the cool girls. And they made a Broadway collection. Seemed like a no-brainer to me. After careful consideration of what was in stock and various styles, I chose the Memory choker: a leopard-print (alternating with a plain gold) choker inspired and named from the Broadway revival of “Cats.” It was the appropriate mix of edgy, trendy and cute, and once again I have outfits planned well in advance to match. (Is that too much?)

5. “The Magnolia Story” book

I just started this weekend “The Magnolia Story” of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV hit “Fixer Upper.” While I’m only on chapter one and two, I’ve instantly become transfixed by the humor and cuteness of real-life home decor couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. I start thinking, “Aww! They are so cute!! ❤ *melting into a pile on the floor*)

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6. My calming mechanisms

The one thing that can always calm me down after a stressful day: HGTV. Watching any HGTV show never fails to calm down my nervous energy brought on by the amount of stress I’ve been feeling as a senior in my last semester of college ever. So, sometimes it helps to calm down and de-stress, which this blog is also helping.

7. The tear-jerking dramedy on NBC, “This is Us.”

Ever since binging the first episode, I was hooked on this new show (which clearly the rest of the world was too, as it was picked up for a full season hours after the pilot aired.) It’s so well-written and does such a great job at telling human stories, interwoven with the perfect sprinkle of humor. The one downer: I. CAN’T. STOP. SOBBING. Literally, this show has (on average) reduced to me to tears at least twice an episode. The only show where my emotions can play tennis, and alternate between laughing and ugly crying every few minutes. Kleenex, you should get on this– I smell a perfect corporate sponsorship opportunity here.

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8. Niall Horan’s new single, “This Town.”

I know Directioners, this may seem like a tragedy that the day long feared as arrived— the 1D boys’ solo projects. Which for me, signifies the end to a 1D era. But, Horan’s debut single is so different, but I love it. More reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s ballads, it’s so beautiful and I love listening to it… Sometimes on repeat. (No judgment, please.)

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9. Little Mix’s new single, “Shout Out to My Ex.”

Shortly after Horan’s single another UK-based single was released, this time X Factor winning girl band Little Mix. And while you immediately start debating whether or not this was meant as member Perrie’s ex (and 1D’s ex-member) Zayn and his rather quick turnaround of a relationship with model Gigi Hadid, I’m over here jamming out this smash hit. So fun, and pure Little Mix, which is perfect, rumors aside of who it is based on with the title “shout out to my ex.”

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10. I’d be crazy if I didn’t include the upcoming Netflix “Gilmore Girls” revival…

Yes, I am so excited to see where literally every character from my favorite adolescent television show has ended up. And before you even ask what team I am— I’m Team Right Guy at the Right Time for Rory! (They were all great prospects for the time they were together, I think everyone can agree on that.)

Those are some of my obsessions this fall season! Go check them out yourself, and let me know your thoughts!

And make sure to VOTE tomorrow! Whatever side you choose, remember that it’s YOUR voice and you have the chance to make YOUR voice heard and count, because everyone’s voice matters.

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Too busy to blog, but I’m back… again!

As the title suggests, I’ve been a little preoccupied to update this in a few weeks. Oops. Well, better late than never, right?

So, my last post concluded with me seeing American Psycho in its final weekend. So, next was work as usual– I’m a full time intern, which means Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm. My daily tasks range from fashion research (finding new looks and compiling inspiration into mood boards and look books), runs (where interns such as myself go drop off clothes and accessories, pick them up or find things for a client or shoot), and general organizing, unpacking/ packing of clothes (as per the Styling Intern title I possess). I do have to say– this internship is the best exercise I could ever hope for: you run around all day, all over the city, carrying different weighted objects… what workout could be better? or easier?

Then, Saturday, June 11, I woke up super early and arrived to the rush line at 6:55am (where I was first in line, thank you) to get rush tickets for that evening. I went to see Fiddler on the Roof (pre-Tonys). My rush seat was literally in the THIRD row, orchestra. Like, I was super close to the incredible cast! AND the show was amazing! Then, as expected, I had to stagedoor. I met patriarch and matriarch as played by Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht, and their five daughters, as well as the rest of the cast. And at the end, Alexandra Silber (Tzeitel) came out and asked if we were excited about the Tonys tomorrow (of course we said yes.) And then I asked how she felt “getting married” on live television. To which she said she always envisioned having a small wedding. (You know, a small wedding counts as millions watching it on live TV, right?!?!)

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The next day, as I was planning out my schedule, I realized in the two weeks I had been here– I hadn’t made it to Shake Shack yet. WHAT? How could that be? So, I had no choice but to rectify that immediately, as I headed for a milkshake at lunchtime. Who cared about real food, I clearly just needed a milkshake, obviously. And that night was the Tonys– or as I like to call it: An Ode to Hamilton. Rant time: as good as Hamilton was/is and how much I enjoyed it, there is/was SO many other amazing pieces of theatre out there this season that got shut out of the awards because Lin’s genius work, and I just wish the awards could have featured those more too. (Like did we really need Cordon’s intro and exit song to be just the Hamilton cast?? No.) I mean, Hamilton is good yes, but in no way could anyone call it one of the top musicals of all time… Like, I’m sorry, but you can’t say a hip-hop rap musical is better than all the classics even the cast and creative team of Hamilton so revered their entire lives… Sorry, just had to speak my mind while thinking about it…

Another work week went on as usual. And Friday was the most rigorous exercise yet! So, I had to drop off two huge shopping bags full of Jimmy Choos off uptown. So: picture me walking across town, up several series of steps carrying to full bags of stilettos in each hand– pretty good exercise opportunity, while accomplishing a work task.

Then, yesterday (Saturday) I went to a Standing Room line at 4:30, waited until 6pm when I could officially by my ticket to Shuffle Along, or the making of the musical of 1921 and all that followed, that night, featuring the legendary stars of Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon.

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Let me clue you in: Standing Room Only (SRO) are tickets, often sold in place of rush tickets, where the seats are just places standing at the back of the theater at orchestra level, see pictures below. (And who cares about standing for two hours?? It was so amazing, I hardly realized I was standing at all.)

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My “seat.” AKA, leaning up against this half-wall.

But the show– everything was phenomenal: the sets, the costumes, the dancing (Savion Glover is a genius!), the talent. I mean, Billy Porter, Adrienne Warren AND Audra??? Like, wow. AH-MA-ZING. Then, per usual, I went to the stagedoor.

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Billy Porter

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Adrienne Warren (From a Bring it On cheerleader to a Tony nominee!)

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Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon

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Brian Stokes Mitchell (yes, he was Rachel’s dad on Glee…)

That’s the recap. Be back soon. (I’ll actually try to keep that promise this time.)

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One week in and it’s been all about theater and fashion… But is that a bad thing??

As this post title suggests, it’s been exactly one week for my second Manhattan summer and basically everything I’ve done involves fashion and Broadway. But, that’s not a bad thing at all, right?!?

To start, on Wednesday I decided to try my luck at the Ham4Ham lottery (though I knew it’d be fail, as it was last summer.) To clarify, the Hamilton lottery is best described as a needle in a haystack, where thousands of people head to the Richard Rodgers for the sole in-person Wednesday matinee lottery for $10 front row seats or a few standing room options, where they put their name in a huge barrel of a basket— yeah, chances are slim. Knowing it’s highly unlikely that I’d win, I mostly went to see the Ham4Ham show. So, two hours before creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a New York Times article about the Hamilton softball team in the Broadway league, which was “required reading” for the lotto… Unsure what that meant, I went anyway with no thought of what would be performed.

I wanted show you all what it’s like to go to Ham4Ham, so enjoy the video below. (Sorry if it’s hard to see– it was really crowded and I’m vertically challenged.)


After I lost the lottery (as expected), I still felt like seeing a matinee, so I walked one block over to Waitress. I heard they had Standing Room seats, but the show wasn’t quite sold out, so I decided to get the cheapest available option in the mezzanine– and I’m so glad I did, because the show was great! (Been listening to the cast album on repeat all week!)

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Then at the stagedoor:

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Cute sisters McKenna and Clair sign Playbills for their split role as Lulu, Jenna’s daughter in the epilogue. #tooprecious

 

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Oh, hey- Chris Fitzgerald! I just had to congratulate him on his TONY NOMINATION!

I went home to get ready for my first day of work in the morning.

If you don’t know, I’m a Styling Intern at Brandon Maxwell (if you don’t know who he is, he runs a luxury fashion label and is a stylist.) What’s life as a fashion intern like? I’m hear to tell you… So, on Thursday (my first day), tasks included unpacking and packing garment bags and trunks of clothes, picking up a giant crystal pennant from Swarovski, dropping off and picking up garment bags, and at the end of the day, drop off gifts for models at IMG and Women Management. I also learned that heels are great aesthetically, just fashion interns are on your feet all day, both standing and running errands, so let’s just said I had some bad blisters… by lunchtime. Yea…. Then, on Friday my tasks included, drop offs, organizing the design studio, creating PDFs of the looks, running to Barneys to find 11 pairs of Manolos  (such a hard life, right???), sending out trunks and packing. Very busy, but I love being deeply immersed in the fashion industry!

When I got home, I made dinner and promptly went to bed. Then, my alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. (See I had a logical reason!) I got up, got ready and headed to 45th Street (aka Broadway) and planted myself on the sidewalk outside the Gerald Shoenfeld theater where I was tenth in line for day-of rush tickets to American Psycho, closing June 5. After waiting for three hours in the longest rush line on 45th street (it went passed the Booth and looped into Shubert Alley!), I was able to get a ticket for the evening show.

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It was a really great show! Ahead of time, I knew nothing about the musical, the book or movie– and I think that’s better. If you don’t have any expectations, you’ll enjoy it more and can’t get let down. Every aspect was phenomenal, it’s a shame it only got Tony nods for lighting and set (well deserved, but still…) and that it’s closing…

Side note and brief theater rant: It’s a shame how so many amazing Broadway productions are closing because of low ticket sales and no Tony love (probably because Hamilton got everything); just because a show is completely original, artistic and different from anything I’ve ever seen (yes, I’m talking about Psycho here!) doesn’t mean it should close…. Sad face that Broadway can’t keep the greats…

And after the show, of course I had to stagedoor– getting autographs and even a photo! (And at the stagedoor, I noticed Bob Lenzi aka Miles from Tuck waiting there for his girlfriend at her stagedoor– talk about an adorable Broadway couple.)

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A photo with Jen Damiano!

And later, guess who I learned also went to that show? Why none other than LEA SALONGA. SHUT UP, that’s so legendary– that I was in the same room as her, watching a show!

So, I’d say fashion and theater will be the major themes of this summer!

Until next time…

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Nothing is more fashionable then the Met Gala…

Sorry, it’s been a while! My schedule has been way hectic between homework and classes, assignments, writing jobs, spring break and my internship search, and unfortunately, this blog sort of got cast aside for the time being. But, fear not! Because, I’m back! And hopefully with regularly scheduled posts! Yay!

And since tonight is the pinnacle of fashion events for the year, I thought I’d post my red carpet review.

This year the theme is Manus X Machina (aka the intersection of fashion and technology) and I know visiting the exhibit will be on the top of my NYC plans this summer for sure. Here’s Vogue’s exclusive peek at the exhibit. Can you say gorge??

And on top of that, the documentary about the gala prep (First Monday in May) will be released on iTunes tomorrow– so excited for that. #fashionobsessed

Now onto my review:

Che688DU8AAtxm4 Oh wow, first arrivals and killing it: Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture and her daughter Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen. Both stunning.  But when can Miss Wintour do wrong with fashion??? (The answer is never.)

gallery-1462228713-gettyimages-527337240 There’s something about Alicia Vikander’s Louis Vuitton dress that I kind of like…. I’m normally not a fan of the mismatched look, but there’s something here that is so edgy and it does fit with the gala theme that just works…

gallery-1462227541-gettyimages-527325454 Poppy Delevingne’s Marchesa dress is gorge! The whole look is ahmazing, but then again Marchesa is one of my all-time favorite formalwear designers. I’m not a huge fan of the chunky necklaces though…

ChfJudaUkAAN4z7 Co-chair Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton: love it! I haven’t been the biggest fan of her new platinum ‘do, but here, it’s growing on me as it perfectly matches the vibe of her edgy dress… and THOSE SHOES.

ChfQwAKWgAEjYw1 Love Karlie Kloss’ cape over the dress. Super sophisticated, but as soon as she removed the cape, it becomes a super sleek, tailored dress with cutouts galore. Stunning. And for the after party, Brandon Maxwell literally just cut off the bottom half– and it still looked just as amazing.

ChfQxZDVEAA-WDZ Heartthrob status on Nick Jonas. That is all.

gettyimages-527343816 Rose Byrne gives Old Hollywood glam here and I’m digging its vibe from the classic silhouette, and simple hairstyle.

ChfMmxbUgAAepQE Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton just doesn’t work for me. One, it looks a little too informal for this famous gala. Two, it more closely resembles the punk theme a few years ago. And three, the other Louis girls have way better gowns tonight.

gallery-1462230991-gettyimages-527338244 Chloe Grace Moretz stuns in this gown. I’m obsessed. More than that, I want it. That is all. Hair, markup, wardrobe is pure perfection on the teen.

gallery-1462230797-gettyimages-527343770 From Selena Gomez’s bridal gown from last year, Vera Wang has taken a page from past Gala hits for Rita Ora this year. I just feel like it’s too much of a repeat from prior years, but it is impeccably tailored.

gallery-1462230873-gettyimages-527338072 Saoirse Ronan has gone— I don’t even know how to explain this. Yes, it’s high fashion, but does it have too much going on, I wonder? Between the feathers, the brooch, the collar– I wonder if it’s all too much together.

ChfLJG4WYAEv3XM Like a high fashion version of the Hamilton ensemble outfit. Is SJP trying to predict Tony noms for the show??? (which are announced tomorrow morning) But seriously, all I see HAMILTON. Someone please back me up– right???

gallery-1462232686-gettyimages-527344724 Kendall Jenner: the one Kardashian-Jenner sister with a bonafide career and she has the worst dress of her sisters… How did her sisters who are only really known for their E! show and social media get gorgeous custom Balmain gowns?? I just don’t understand.

gettyimages-527344554_master Hailey Baldwin looks like a glittery referee with Angelina Jolie’s leg slit, and I’m not feeling the look. Last year, I loved her Topshop mini, but she’s gone downhill this year.

gallery-1462232767-gettyimages-527344682 Kylie Jenner: congrats on being the best dressed Kardashian-Jenner sister at the gala! Her Balmain gown is impeccable and the bob shows a simplistic elegance that we’ve never seen on Kylie– but it looks ahmazing: welcome to the #BalmainArmy, Kylie.

gallery-1462232219-gettyimages-527344450 Love Demi Lovato’s black, gold and silver sequined gown with the slicked-back bob. Looks so chic.

ChfPlujXEAc3QFc Zoe Saldana’s TRAIN, oh my gosh! Truly stunning. The showstopper of the night for sure!

 

ChfU17DWkAAcUIo Kerry Washington debuts her baby bump tonight and some awesome purple hair! Love the dress, mesh gloves and the purple hair! A fashionista per usual…

ChfOYyzWUAEKiFL Jourdan Dunn: love her Balmain gown and her highlighted bob!

gallery-1462234323-gettyimages-527358752 Luptia N’yongo looks like a Disney princess in the emerald Calvin Klein gown! Gorge.

gallery-1462235072-gettyimages-527358312 Wow, love Karolina Kurkova’s Marchesa gown! Truly stunning.

gettyimages-527367856 High fashion it couple alert? Congrats to Zayn on his first Met Gala and I’m kind of digging the cool, edgy vibe of the “robot” arm thing? It looks super haute couture. He looks like a badass in Versace. But, Gigi decided to play it really safe and matronly– in other words, boring. I’m sorry, she’s 21: you should be taking fashion risks, like your boyfriend.

gettyimages-527359624 Matching baby bumps for Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde! Both beautiful gowns, but meh, not very exciting.

gallery-1462236968-gettyimages-527368416 Beyonce in Givenchy wins. Per usual, Givenchy knows how to create a showstopping gown and so does Mrs. Carter.

gallery-1462236615-gettyimages-527368044 I don’t care it’s it’s Kanye West– you don’t wear RIPPED JEANS and denim jacket to the MET GALA. Are you crazy, Kanye? And Kim’s look is too… blah, not a fan.

gallery-1462237374-gettyimages-527368274 I sort of like Kate Hudson’s gown? It’s very high fashion, yes, but I think it’s a little to many weird cutouts and pieces hanging off that take it to a level that I’m not a huge fan of… And the shape and color is reading bridal to me?

gallery-1462236363-gettyimages-527367920 Blake Lively is normally one of my style icons who can do no wrong as is Burberry, but this is just…. eh…. I don’t like how the photographers captured the train tulle thing. From other angles, it looks so elegant, but here it looks like way too much. But, great, sleek hair, makeup and earrings.

ChfkavkWMAIaNq_ How iconic for Marc Jacobs to walk the carpet with Bette Midler?? Legend. And he did a great job with her couture dress and headpiece.

Overall, some good, some bad, some meh– but all in all, there was no shortage of high fashion, which is just as I like it.

Those are some of my thoughts! Check out all the arrivals on Vogue for more fashion goodness.

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