Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ps- You Need to Check Out this Site

One of the people I follow on Twitter recommended this blog called PS I made this for DIYers and I had to check it out! When I did, I found quite a few DIYs that I wanted to try. The best part? All of them are really simple, I have most of the supply in my house already, and sewing is probably the highest skill set required to do the PS DIYs!

I picked a few of the DIYs that I'm going to do ASAP:

I'm definitely going to need to a trip to the hobby store soon!


Monday, June 28, 2010


I'm indecisive. Not really when it comes to clothes. That must be the reason I love fashion so much. I get it. I can make quick decisions because I know what I like. And when I don't have the answers, my mom usually has a pretty reliable opinion.

This time I'm asking my readers: which way looks best?

I'll explain: I picked up this shirt from Walmart (can you believe it?) for $5 (can you believe that?). I'm not calling it "chambray." It's denim. Plain and simple. I paired with an American Eagle tweed skirt, a HandM embellished t-shirt, and Steve Madden booties.

I styled it three ways: with a scarf (it's vintage), on it's own, and tied around my waist. I'm submitting this photo to the Teen Vogue Chictopia contest (for fun!) and I'd like to know which way looks best.

I like all three pretty well, but what do you think?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wallet Relief

Sewing projects aside, I'd like to show off some goodies I just bought!

This Target dress was a little expensive for Target (at just under $30). The dress is actually about four inches longer than this one, but I've already hemmed it. Can't wait to wear this one out! It came in olive green, but since olive/army green (I have such a hard time with that shade of green! I feel like it doesn't look good with anything!) are pretty trendy I went with a more classic khaki.

I finally found the "jeggings" I'd been wanting. These probably won't be worn until fall rolls around, but the fit is great and they are so comfy!

I found this dress on my way up to the register to buy the jeggings. It only came in petite sizes (I just so happen to be on the petite side) and it's not on the store's website, but I am so pleased that I found it! Such a cute wrap dress in a very summery color.

 The jeggings and the dress are from Ann Taylor Loft. They had a sale for 40% off of sale! Some wallet relief--Thank goodness!

I also figured out how to add a search bar to the side panel. I always remember old posts from my favorite blogs and spend hours going through the archives to find them, so I thought I'd make it easier for any readers who care to search SD. Search away!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Me and my mom have gotten pretty good at picking out patterns and making clothes... (My mom is the expert and I'm just learning. Actually, I'm kind of bad at it...). Our summer project: Dresses.

One is going to be a house dress, something kind of casual and comfortable that I can still wear out for errands and dinner. The other will be a little nicer for going out, to class, etc. Hopefully both will transition well for an NYC fall/winter. I'm going to pick out fabrics later this week, but I wanted to give you all an idea of what I'm going to be doing. I'll continue to update on our progress, as well.

Here are the patterns, if you like doing DIYs or making clothes. They're both Vogue patterns:

We're making the dress in white...

Without the sash it's nice and loose and comfy. I want a comfortable gauzy cotton for this one. It needs to be light and flowy. 

You can purchase this pattern here.

This is a DKNY Vogue pattern. I love the fabric they chose!

I'm hoping to make both pieces in heavier fabrics than the one shown, so they can be worn separately. We'll see how it goes...

You can find this pattern here

I can't wait to pick fabrics. It's the best part of making clothes. It makes the vision come to life! AND I get to choose all the crazy color combos and patterns that I want, which is very exciting!

Does anyone else have any DIY projects in the works? I'd love to see them!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Must See

If you haven't seen Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) you most definitely should. I won't give you a plot summary or spoil the ending, but it's the story of the ill fated romance between two teens (Geneviève and Guy). 

Sounds like it could be interesting, right? But did I mention that the movie is sort of like an opera? Yup, that's right. Every word of dialogue is sung. Beautifully so. I'm a sucker for a musical, so it's obvious why I loved this movie.

But if that doesn't do it for you, maybe the film's bright scenes and candy colored wardrobe will. It's a stunning film to look at (has anyone seen Pushing Daisies? It's like that.) and the clothes are just lovely in late fifties, early sixties style.

I love this story. It's visually beautiful and the singing just adds to the movie's magic. The ending will break your heart (lost romance, a life that was never meant to be, what could have been... all that good stuff).


Catherine Deneuve as Geneviève.






Also, I have to mention that the score in this film is FANTASTIC! Just another reason for you to see it! And if you have seen it, what did you think?

Hope all is well,

Photos: Koch-Lorber Films

I found this while browsing a copy of Lucky magazine. Alison Lewis designed a collection for Target inspired by The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. I can definitely see the inspiration there. Cute dress!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Just Wanted to Say...

If you've become a follower, followed me on bloglovin' or Twitter, left a comment, just stopped by, or supported SD in any way, I just wanted to thank you. I really appreciate it! Keep it all coming!

That's all.



Monday, June 14, 2010

No Shoes? No Problem!

You know what I like? Not wearing shoes. Don't get me wrong. I mean, I love wearing fab shoes. However, sometimes after a long day it's nice just to bum around the house in a cute outfit sans shoes. Don't you agree?

So after a day out in a summery outfit, I decided to come home and do a post. But I didn't really like the shoes I was wearing and I was kind of OVER shoes all together. Here's my outfit minus the shoe portion! I hope you'll excuse my lack of footwear!

The dress is from H and M, the cardie from Banana Republic...

The belt is BR, too. Oh my goodness I love this belt! I actually love all of my BR belts. They can be pretty expensive, but are so worth it!

How about that for a casual outfit?

Have a good one,


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Links à la Mode- Ring Toss

I'm really excited to announce that my post Ring Toss was included in IFB's Links à la Mode! I'm sure most of you know of or are on IFB (if not, it's basically a social networking site for fashion bloggers). I'm so glad that I submitted my link this week! It was totally on a whim...

Check out my and all the other great links below:

Links à la Mode : The IFB Weekly Roundup: June 10

Fashion Blogger’s Delight

Edited by Jennine/IFB
After a small hiatus of Links à la Mode it was great to revisit all the wonderful links submitted to the community each week. As bloggers grow, so do concerns about growing pains. Sugar & Spice talks about bridging the gap between her online identity and real life one, Retro Chick ponders the pros and cons of niche blogging and Miss Vinyl Ahoy shares tips protecting your content with a Creative Commons license. But that’s not all… there are loads of interviews from Fasshionaburu meets Rachel Roy and M.I.S.S. interviews a vintage vixen for a stunning video (try saying that 3x). All a great mix, so grab a cuppa tea and enjoy!
Images via Poetic & Chic, Confessions of a Fashion Editor, Parker + Muse, and M.I.S.S.

Links à la Mode : June 10th

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

GLEE Style

In honor of the GLEE season finale tonight--which I can tell you I will be weeping the whole way through--I decided to share some GLEEful style icons.

When watching the show these two always stand out for me:

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry...

 the obnoxious, narcissistic, type-A, glee club star. She's all pleated skirts, knee highs, and loafers. I just love her look, even though it is obnoxious to wear on a daily basis...

And Jayma Mays as Emma Pilsbury...
 the school's guidance counselor with a severe (and somehow adorable and tragic) case of OCD. I have a theory she wears exclusively J Crew... Everything she wears has a bow on it... Seriously! Emma kind of goes where most people won't with color combinations, wearing bows top to toe, and monochromatic looks. It suits her character perfectly and Emma definitely has a style all her own! One that I envy, for sure!


*Photo credit: Fox

Style Challenge

So this week I participated in Jessica from What I Wore's style challenge, which was to create a ladylike or menswear inspired outfit. I chose to do a ladylike look and I think I ended up looking pretty retro... Thanks to Jessica for featuring me! You should check out her blog, if you haven't been on it!

Below are just some extra shots from the shoot I did. Check them out!

This is the shot I chose to submit. It's pretty small on What I Wore, so here's a bigger version.

Have a good one,


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Best Year EVER...

I went to my high school's 2010 graduation today and I got to feeling pretty nostalgic. I can't believe I was wearing the white dress and picking up my diploma just one year ago!


All of 2009 and the begining of 2010 have been pretty life changing for me! And I've finally gotten a chance to reflect on my year. So much happened: I got into college, had my Senorita Ball, I had prom, I graduated, moved to NYC, learned my way around, and lived on my own.

I wanted to share my life changing year in pictures! It was definitely one of the best years (year and half) of my life...

Here it is 2009-2010:

Me with a friend at our senior Prom 2009. In yellow, as usual. My dress is French Connection, her's is BCBG. The shoes are blue and sparkly (ha!) and my necklace (which you really can't see) is vintage.

My Senorita Ball (a New Mexican version of a Deb ball)... The dress is by Casa Blanca. It was so tight that I couldn't eat much and hated sitting, but I danced the night away, anyway! I felt so beautiful in my dress! The ball was definitely one of the best nights!

My graduation: May 31, 2009
(I used "boob tape" for the first time in my life, so worth it though...)

I'm hamming it up! I love this dress. Very Marilyn Monroe. It's by Dolce Vita. Naturally, we were told to wear white, so I just HAD to add some color. Right? Cue the purple Gianni Bini heels...

A few months later I was off to NYC for school.

Dorm room woes: no space for shoes... Truly, it was a task trying to fit all my shoes into a wardrobe.

I color code my clothes. It makes putting things together a bit easier. This was taken at the beginning of the year. The closet quickly became so stuffed that I couldn't get anything in or out! Those skinny velvet hangers really helped. Try some, if you're having a similar problem!

My desk at school. Must have: pictures and fake flowers... I tried to replicate my desk at home. I think it worked out pretty well.

This was taken back in October... That's my first trench coat by H&M and a dress by Chelsea and Violet.

Autumn in NY! Those t-strap shoes are Report.

Washington Square Monument in one of my favorite parks to walk through.

Outside the 3.1 Philip Lim studio downtown in Soho.

Kids play in the fountain in Washington Square park, others sit and watch, and many students  playing guitar. Great space to be in NYC in the spring time!

How photogenic is NYC?

Another NYC staple: tourists!

I just had to share my fantastic year... I hope you get a chance to get nostalgic and think of your best year, too!