Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas & a Merry New Year!

Dear loyal readers,
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the love and support through out this year. Your feedback on this blog and on other social networks gives me the opportunity to better the blog and really get to know my readers. I started this blog last July with the hopes of doing two of my favorite things and those are Fashion & writing. I've had a blast writing every article and I look forward to writing more next year and many years after that.

As this is my last article for 2012, I'd like to share with you the highlights of 2012:
- My Very First Article: "Introducing Me"

- Most read article on DiFashionista: "Oscar de la Renta RTW SS2013 Collection"

- 2nd Most read article on DiFashionista: "Gossip Girl: Fashion. Forward."

- My new favorite Designer: "Dion Lee"

- My Favorite Brand: "Burberry"

- Lana Del Rey, the face H&M's Autumn/Winter Collection: "Lana Del Rey for H&M"

- Vera Wang's LoveStruck Prequel: "LoveStruck by Vera Wang's LoveStruck Floral Rush"

- Summer Solemates: "Summer: Heel or No Heel?"

- Teen Choice Awards 2012: "Teen Choice Awards Red Carpet Looks"

- Comparing Models & Supermodels because the word Supermodel is overused: "Model Monday: Model or Supermodel?"

- Project Runway Season 10: "Project Runway: Meet the Designers!"

- British All-Star Supermodels at the Olympics held in the England: "All-Star Supermodels Go for Gold"

- The trend: Shorts on the Red Carpet: "The Short Story Part 1: Leather Shorts"

- My favorite Ready To Wear Spring/Summer 2013 Collections: "RTW SS2013"

Since this is my last chance for 2012 I'd like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays. I will be spending the Holidays quietly with my family enjoying the short vacation that I have and I will be back releasing new articles around January 7th 2013.
Until then a Happy Christmas & a Merry New Year!
Much Love,
& Family.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Stacey Bendet & Rachel Roy for One Kings Lane for Charity!

Dear Fashion Enthusiasts,
As you know Fashion is not all about Shopping till you're Dropping, but giving the fact that the holidays are around the corner I'd like to share with you the amazing opportunity to give back by buying designer wrapping paper. Not just designer wrapping paper: Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet & Rachel Roy's specially designed wrapping paper! They have both chosen wonderful charity's that benefit both children and women.

Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet

As most of you know Stacey is known for her humorous and colorful designs when it comes to Alice + Olivia's collections. For this wonderful holiday wrapping paper she took influences from her latest collection and transformed it into fun and Christmas-influenced paper.

The Inspiration:

There are a total of three designs for the A+O wrapping paper. I found the looks that they were inspired by. The first one has a green base with lace on it and it was inspired by a look from A+O's Fall 2012 RTW collection. It's a long strapless dress with a peplum that has rock influences in it.
The second print is a dark red floral print that is also inspired by a look from A+O's Fall 2012 RTW Collection. It's a strapless cocktail dress that matches the normal Christmas red that would look totally amazing under your Christmas tree!
The third print has an artistic vibe, with the different shapes and colors. It looks like a holiday painting, that I would love to hang. The third one is also my favorite print from Stacey.

To order Alice + Olivia's holiday wrapping paper on One Kings Lane, visit: Stacey Bendet for One Kings Lane.
Alice + Olivia will donate to an organization supporting girls with talent and a dream Girls Who Code.

Rachel Roy:

Rachel Roy has a more sophisticated design when it comes to her collections because she most of the time designs for the working woman. For this occasion she designed prints fitting her artistic side which is what this holiday is all about: being creative! Rachel played with less Christmas-influenced colors, but that might be fine for people who find it cheesy to wear or wrap with red or green. 

The first print has a white base with a blue floral (some might say paint) print. This one is my favorite print from Rachel Roy.
The second print has a light blue base with different types&colors of feathers on it. 
The third print has a white base with red and gold vertical, horizontal and sloping stripes.

To order Rachel Roy's holiday wrapping paper, visit: Rachel Roy for One Kings Lane.
Rachel Roy will donate to an organization helping children in Africa: Orphan Aid Africa.
DiFashionista also blogged about Rachel Roy's latest Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

The holidays are really a time to reflect and  be thankful for the people around you, but part of receiving is also giving to those in need. This is a wonderful cause and I 100% support it, but there are other ways to give back in your own community without spending a dime. Time is precious and donating time is worth just as much (maybe even more). 'Tis the Season to be Giving, so let me know what other causes you will be supporting this holiday to make this world a better place!

The wrapping paper from Stacey & Rachel cost $15 and have been launched today, Monday December the 3rd. They will be available till Thursday December the 6th to be delivered in time for Christmas.
Remember: this Christmas love the Giver more than the Gift and the wrapping paper!
Much Love,

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rachel Roy Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Rachel Roy is certainly no unknown designer especially when it comes to work-wear. This Pre-Fall 2013 collection is no different; it's filled with clothes for the modern business woman who plans on turning heads. The collection has a total of 22 looks, ending with a black deep V-neck lace dress, which was my favorite look from RR's Pre-Fall collection. 
Next to that you will find a lot of knee-length skirts, blazers and wide-leg silk pants. The pieces are very much wearable separately and they certainly don't need a lot of styling and over-accessorizing since most of them have the accessories hints and elements in them already. 
The inspiration for this RR's collection goes beyond your typical vacation sight-seeing or even the always funny cat inspired story! Rachel has an interest in delevoping countries and she is currently busy with meetings in Haiti and Kenya, helping local women come up with new ideas for businesses. So she was inspired by their culture and of course hers too. It's really more of a women helping women situation. Her talent is really bringing urban and modern together.

Designer - Mother of 2 - Stylist - Philanthropist: Rachel Roy

The 38-year-old designer is a member of the CFDA since 2007. Before she started her self-titled collection in 2005, she worked for Rocawear, as an intern and later as creative director for the women's and children's division. The American designer has a Dutch and Indian heritage and has a long list of Charity Projects, and this is most of the time her inspirstion. Next to Rachel Roy, Rachel also has two collections: RACHEL Rachel Roy & Rachel Roy Signature. They can be found at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman & Nordstrom.

Here are a couple of my favorite looks:

My Favorite Look

Here is the rest of the Rachel Roy Pre-Fall 2013 collection:

One might say maybe it's not such a great idea to make a collection full of clothes for the modern working woman, but the collection also has a couple of resort& dinner-and-a-movie pieces (like the crop blazer & the sleeveless metallic jacket) that give it sort of a balance. If that's not enough: some might argue that the business woman is the business lately! A lot of designers and magazines are focusing on and supporting the modern business woman. Think about it: Marie Claire launched Marie Claire at Work with ads for the business woman who goes from work to dinner or another meeting. Lately designers also have one or two blazers or work trousers in their collection.
Women supporting Women certainly seems like a new trend I am willing to follow, what about you?
Much Love,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mallzee: Making Shopping Social

Dear Fashionistas and Fashion Enthusiasts, 
I have come across a wonderful online shopping website that takes the words online and shopping to another level. Instead of your typical search and buy esthetic, Mallzee offers you a chance to personalize your online shopping options while connecting with friends. On top of that, Mallzee also gives you the best deals, it's like Black Friday every day of the year!

Mallzee is truly a work of art of wonderful & innovative people who have a love for Fashion and that can be seen in the way they plan to change the way we shop online. If you're as excited as I am...wait till you hear the brands they are working with! There are about 200 brands including Zara, All SaintsUrban Outfitters, Office and Miss Selfridge.

Mallzee gives you the opportunity to create your own mall with clothes that you favor. They (or you) can pick them by doing a Mallzee Product Test that will find you the clothes in the stores closest to your taste. To put the cherry on top: Mallzee pays you whenever you shop online via Mallzee. You can donate the money to charity or shop some more at their partners. Who knew charity and shopping could fit perfectly in one sentence?

Mallzee is planning to launch at the end of the year, around Christmas, but here's an exclusive preview of how the website will work and look:

To be one of the first to get an exclusive pre-launch invitation sign up on their official website: and bring your friends with so you can create an amazing shopping experience that will last forever.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Gossip Girl: Fashion. Forward.

Gossip Girl doesn't need an introduction. I mean fashionistas, teens and drama lovers were hooked on GG since September 17th 2007, when the show aired. Can you blame them? The drama, the fashion, the boys and the Upper East Side. Honestly the actors are great, but a great set of signature style upgrades every well written script. From a stan (stalker-fan) point of view everyone wants to be one of the cast members just to be in their shoes (and clothes) or to date their opposite male character. 
Sadly this season 6 will be the last time we get a chance to see them on our screen. I'd say Gossip Girl has left their mark on our TV's, in our hearts and most importantly, in our closet. I still hear Blair Waldorf say "leggings are not pants" in my head every time I see someone wearing leggings as pants. Sometimes I even pull a WWBWD (What Would Blair Waldorf Do?)! Blair Waldorf is way past Style Icon (and even Princess), she's Queen B if you didn't know! Have you seen Nina Garcia quote Queen B on twitter?

Since the show started we have seen all of our fav characters grow into their own as unique and fashionably centered characters and we have Eric Daman to thank for that! There's no doubt that the script is amazing and that the actors are impeccable, but Eric Daman is the man behind the signature looks of all the characters. I mean what girl from this century doesn't want to live in Blair Waldorf's closet? Six seasons, more than 120 episodes and thousands of amazing outfits. Every Gossip Girl, Serena, Blair and Chuck stan would like to thank and hug Eric for giving us six seasons of eye catching genius-ness.

Eric Daman
Eric is a costume designer, author and stylist. He was costume designer (along side Patricia Fields) for Sex & the City  from season 2 till season 4. Pat and Eric won an Emmy for their work for Sex & the City. Next to that he also modeled with Kate Moss for Calvin Klein and he designed a low-budget hosiery Gossip Girl inspired collection for DKNY. Daman partnered with Macy's and he is currently creative designer for their menswear collection, Threads and Heirs. Eric also partnered up with Swarovski for a live-streamed web serie called "The Daman Chronicles". If that is not enough Eric also designed an under $50 collection for Charlotte Russe with Gossip Girl worthy dresses - without the price tag that will make you go "no" of course. Gossip Girl's stylist also wrote a fashion advise book: "You Know You Want It: Style-Inspiration-Confidence" with a foreword by the show's most stylish character played by Leighton Meester. That's a mouthful of bragging rights for Mr. Eric Daman. Just the work he has done for Gossip Girl is enough to make someone say: Genius!

Gossip Girl inspired hosiery collection designed by Eric Daman
You Know You Want It written by Eric Daman
Eric Daman for Charlotte Russe

Here are the facts why Gossip Girl is the most Stylish Serie:

Blair Waldorf plays in it:

I don't need to explain it's obvious!

They have set and brought back a lot of trends since season 1

If it's one thing that nobody doubts about Gossip Girls it's that they are trendsetters. From the signature pieces from the characters to just the typical clothing and even sleepwear is high fashion. Just imagine THE Blair Waldorf sleeping in JCPenny PJ's (I have nothing against them!)! Would she still be Queen B? We all know the answer to that question. That's also one of the many reasons why I love Gossip Girl. It's about everything life has to offer and fashion. That includes hierarchy, success, failure, love, revenge and destiny which fashion is also about, especially when we're talking about hierarchy, success and failure. 

Here are a couple of trends they set:
Headbands (Blair Waldorf)
Trench coats (Serena van der Woodsen in Burberry Trench coat)
Colorful Florals (Blair Waldorf)
Lace leggings
Oxfords shoes
Plaid prints - even minions wear them a lot

Every style is represented in at least one character

Whether you're Blair preppy or feminine sexy Serena or even downtown Vanessa everyone can place their style in one (or more) characters from Gossip Girl. It's pretty awesome to figure out which character is more like you. They even have Lily Humpfrey and Eleanor Waldorf to show them how to dress fashion forward and age appropriate. They also show you how to have fun with not just fashion but also in life. One thing you shouldn't copy when you've figured out who you're more like: their signature pieces. A signature is simply one must create or figure out on their own. If you're known for your awesome sunglasses or very cool accessories or even LBD's let it be YOUR signature style. The word says it all: SIGNATURE! It's illegal to copy someone's signature and that's also an important rule on Fashion Planet. It's not a problem if you haven't found it yet, it's simply a thing of being at the right place at the right time: don't look for it, it will come to you! 

Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen style
Lily van der Woodsen style

They don't follow trends or rules 

they are not afraid to make mistakes

With great power comes great responsibility, well with high fashion comes a lot of mistakes. Season one doesn't have a lot of - let's call them: errors - but there are a couple of outfits where I'd say: "Uhm but why". I don't find that a problem because there are more than a hundred episodes so a few bad outfits do not really mean anything when we're talking about fashion. There are a few "even the best fall down sometimes" and even - in the words of Serena - "two wrongs make a twisted right" outfits that EVERY Style Icon has to face before becoming a Style Icon. It comes with the territory! Every Style Icon knows that they shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes and that's when they start building their bold, brave and confident self that will immediately reflect in their clothing.
I rest my case:

Everyone wants to be like them

Okay, let's set aside me and millions of others who want to be any of the G.G. characters, have you forgotten about Queen B's minions? B had two minions in high school (later four) and then in college she had two other minions. The headbands, the plaid prints, the colorful trench coats and those evil smiles....isn't it obvious who their inspiration is? If you're still not confinced... what about little-miss-Blair-wanna-be: Little Jenny Humphrey who was so set on becoming popular that she even TRIED bringing down Queen B (that's all you can do when you're messing with B).

Queen B's minions
Little J - nice hand me downs Little J

They give Fashion advise

In the words of Blair Waldorf: "Leggings are not pants!". When you strive to be the best another thing that has to be part of the plan is: charity - giving back. I'm not talking about Jenny wearing Queen B's hand me downs, it's more like Fashion advise. We all know that Blair is never nice about Fashion advise - especially when it comes to Dan, Jenny and Vanessa - but hey it's better than nothing. The result: look at Little J turning into Jenny Humphrey, B taught her well in a small amount of time.

Even extras wear designer everything

We've seen a lot of celebs hit the Gossip Girl screen from Hilary Duff, Robyn and Kevin Zegers to Tyra Banks and even Katy Cassidy and Elizabeth Hurley. They all have one thing in common with the main characters: even thought they're extra's they also wear designer high fashion. Elizabeth Hurley even tweeted once that she as an extra gets to wear runway worthy designers on the show. Hilary Duff actually wore Herve Leger (1st) and Marchesa (2nd) for her Gossip Girl debut. Katy Cassidy wore a stunning J.Mendel (3rd) and Tyra Banks (4th) wore a Marchesa gown.



Everyone makes GIFs of the cast

The rule in every fan base especially one who is for an actress or actor on TV knows that when you're good, there are GIF's made for everything! And by everything I mean for laughs, mocking, bragging and stanning. The movie that probably has the most or close to the most GIF's is Mean Girls. The most famous Gossip Girl GIF's are mostly from Georgina Sparks, Blair Waldorf or Chair because their lines are always so catchy and honest and that's what people really like and find easy to remember.

When we're talking about G.G.G. (Gossip Girl GIF's) we have:
"The facts":

I agree G!

And "the Yeah Sure's":

And "the Crazy B*tches":

And "the promises":

Don't make promises you can't keep G!

And "the See, I was rights":

And "the underestimated":

And "the romantics":

And "the support systems":


And "the masked":

And "the self assured":

And "the players addicted to the games":


And "the shocked":

And "the honest":

And "the famous":

And one of my favorites: "the epic soul mates":

They honor the great before them

No one can be truly become successful unless you acknowledge the greats before you. Sir Newton once said: "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulder of Giants". Gossip Girl is no different and both Blair and Serena have excellent taste in role models. Blair had a couple of dreams (some nightmares) where she played Miss Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and she also claims to want to be like Grace Kelly. Serena van der Woodsen dressed up as Marilyn Monroe and sang "Diamonds are a girl's best friend".

Blair Waldorf as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's 
Audrey Hepburn - Blair Waldorf

Serena van der Woodsen as Marilyn Monroe

He's Chuck Bass

Let me explain: "He's Chuck Bass".  In case you need more info: buy a house and move out of the cave you have been living in. At this point - in my Gossip Girl life - I'm convinced that if Chuck did yoga he would do it in a suit. I totally dig the whole artistic look, but seriously nothing beats a man who knows how to wear a suit. It's not the suit, it's the way he wears it: with grace, self-respect - preferably a bow tie -  and Chuck Bass. The only thing that's stopping me from doing a WWCBD (What Would Chuck Bass Do) is the fact that I'm not so fond of the color pink and bow ties aren't really my "thing". He is also the only man I'd ever award with the Style Icon title. Real life Ed Westwick is just as bold, handsome and creative in a suit.

Now that we've covered the truth let's meet the people behind the script:
Gossip Girl book serie version written by Cecily von Ziegesar
Gossip Girl the serie is based on a same-titled book written by Cecily von Ziegesar. Cecily made an appearance as herself in the season 4 finale. The book is a bit different than the serie, a couple of changes were made before airing it, most fans who read the books noticed that. I only read the first one so the changes I noticed were that Blair has a little brother and that Jenny is described differently than Taylor Momsen and if I remember correctly Chuck is gay. The show was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage who also started a new show last year called Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson, Wilson Bethel, Scott Porter, Jamie King and Cress Williams.

The impact they have made on people like me (& many more) who love fashion more than anything is greatly appreciated. This is simply an ode to the writers, Eric Daman, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick (& the rest of the cast) and everyone who worked on the show for the past six year. You have made my life better and I've made a lot of friends (for life) through this show such as Leighton Meester and Chair stans. Thank you and good luck with your future projects.
Much Luv,