Riot on the Runway


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The only thing better than a chic, statement-making runway show is a chic, statement-making runway show that draws attention to a good cause. Chanel has been a leader (if not THE leader) on the high-fashion scene since, well, pretty much forever. The fashion house always creates buzz during Paris Fashion Week, but this time the buzz wasn’t just about fabrics and silhouettes.

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Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s head designer and creative director, turned the runway into a life-like Parisian boulevard. Eighty-five models marched down the boulevard in staged protest, demonstrating for women’s rights. The models held signs with sayings like “History is Her Story,” “Votez Pour Vous,” “We Can Match the Machos,” “Feminism Not Masochism” and many more. There was even a sign emblazoned with the words “He For She,” the phrase that Emma Watson created and has since gone viral.

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Big names like Cara Delevingne, Gisele Bundchen, Kendall Jenner, and Georgia May Jagger marched in the show. The message also applied to the fashion aspect of women’s rights, of course. Seventies-inspired garb and rainbow-colored suits were paired with signs reading “Be Your Own Stylist” and “Be Different.”

Chanel’s anything-but-traditional show is just the kind of statement we need right now. Great job, Mr. Lagerfeld – thanks for being “For She.”

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#trending: GiGi New York

Me working in retail is like an alcoholic working in a liquor store. But since my family hasn’t staged an intervention yet, my shopping addiction will continue to be exacerbated by my part time gig. Let’s just say I don’t always take home a paycheck. The latest line that I’ve been lusting after from behind the register is GiGi New York. The brand hand-makes leather bags of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Although the company has been around since 2010, GiGi has received amazing exposure in recent months via social media. Fashion bloggers of all kinds have been posing with their personalized clutches, crossbody bags and satchels. I am a sucker for anything monogrammed as well as anything bright, and GiGi kills those two fashionable birds with one leather-covered stone.

image via What Courtney Wore, www.thecourtneykerr.com

image via What Courtney Wore, http://www.thecourtneykerr.com

When the bags first began popping up on my Instagram feed, I wasn’t necessarily head over heels purse. They were certainly cute, but by the time I clicked through to the site (www.giginewyork.com) and did some browsing, I didn’t think the simple bags were worth the price tag. When I saw them in person at work, though, I was immediately drawn to the bold hues and gold initials.

The clutches start at $105 before monogramming, but of course I am drawn to the bigger (and pricier) items like the Hayden Satchel, starting at $495. Maybe in my next life.

The Hayden Satchel

The Hayden Satchel

As a born bargain hunter, I still won’t be jumping on the GiGi train just yet. Instead, I’ll be spending all of my paychecks on a plane ticket to Florida – sun is perhaps the one thing I worship more than clothing. If I get a big check one of these days, though, you just may spot me with an embossed python GiGi… an “HMB” emblazoned on the front, of course.

Hint, hint – I didn’t just post my initials for kicks. 😉

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Maybe it’s just me and my sick social media addiction, but I get so excited when I find cool new accounts to follow on Instagram. From adorable puppies to trendy humans, my feed is always full of interesting photos. I figured I should share the wealth and compile a list of some of my favorite accounts. Double tap til you drop!

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@dailydougie

 

NON-HUMAN CELEBRITIES

@dailydougie: I found Dougie the shih-tzu via the popular page a month or two ago. It was love at first sight. You know that best friend that you have a silent agreement with to like every single one of each other’s Instagrams, no questions asked? That’s me and Dougie. Except it’s one sided. When I saw videos of Dougie refusing to get out of bed and ignoring the ball during fetch I knew he was my spirit animal.

@barkleysircharles: Sir Charles Barkley is a French Bulldog with 262 thousand followers. He also has a clothing line. Enough said.

@_unlikelyfriends_: This is the story of Miss Zoe and Mr. Bailey – another French Bulldog and a Balinese Cat that are the best of friends. I’m normally anti-cat, but a cat and dog cuddling while wearing funny outfits? I’m in.

@theodorefitzpatrick: One of the first non-humans I followed. He belongs to @carly, aka The College Prepster (another great account). He is a golden toy poodle with the cutest little smile and the most fabulous life.

 

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@_unlikelyfriends_

 

HUMAN CELEBRITIES

@hilaryduff: If you don’t know I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with all things Hilary Duff, you clearly don’t know me at all. She is beautiful, talented, has awesome hair, and is so sweet… ok, so I don’t know her personally. Whatever. Her unfairly adorable son Luca makes lots of cameos as well.

@jessicasimpson: I follow for her picture-perfect blonde family. She has also gotten super in shape and I could always use a little fitspiration.

@itsashbenzo/@shaym: I combined these two because they both star in Pretty Little Liars. Yes, I am aware that I’m too old to be watching that show. Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell are both trendy, fun, gorgeous, etc. So if you choose to be a PLL hater, your loss!

@emmaroberts: My friend gave me a heads up about Emma’s account because she always posts the books she is reading on Instagram. I even went through hundreds of her Instagrams recently to write down/look up all the books she has recommended. Bookworms, you’re welcome.

 

FASHION

@thecoveteur: Because I ‘covet’ everything they post. Obviously.

@coffeenclothes: Who doesn’t love coffee? Who doesn’t love clothes? Who doesn’t love the two combined? If you answered “me!” to any of those questions, you probably have some reevaluating to do anyway.

@barbiestyle: Yes, like the doll. But this is Barbie like you’ve never seen her before. Whoever runs this account is a genius. They dress Barbie in these amazing clothes and pose her around the city. She even goes to the gym and reads Elle.

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@barbiestyle

 

OTHER

@girlwithnojob: Talk about a girl after my own heart. Funny posts to get you through the day, employed or not.

@humansofny: I’m sure everyone is already following, but Humans of New York gets me so emotional. I laugh, I cry, I throw the phone. All signs of a top-of-the-line Instagram account.

 

Book Reviews (in Bulk)!

I’m ashamed at how much I’ve been slacking with my blog lately, but I haven’t been slacking with my reading. That being said, I’ve combined some of the books I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of weeks into one review. Gotta make up for lost time! Happy reading, bookworms!

 

If you’re in the mood for something DARK, read DANGEROUS GIRLS

A friend recommended this one to me since we both loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Although it probably won’t be winning any awards for its literary value, Dangerous Girls is as gripping as they come. It’s a modern-girl’s murder mystery, centering on a high-school spring break gone wrong. One of the friends in the group winds up dead, and the protagonist tries to find out who did it. Author Abigail Haas has a way of tricking the reader into thinking they’ve cleverly figured out the outcome, only to throw another curveball. I finished this one in one day and was late to meet my friends because of it. That’s when you know it’s good.

 

If you’re in the mood for something SEXY, read UNCOVERED

As an English major, I should be ashamed to admit that I purchased a 99-cent Kindle pick because I didn’t feel like paying for a ‘real’ book. But I’m not. Emily Snow’s bargain read was surprisingly gripping. This one is part mystery, part romance. It has some Fifty Shades of Grey influences, but the plot is fifty shades more interesting. The protagonist receives an anonymous call informing her that her father’s death may not have been what it seems. She decides to take on a fake identity to find out the truth, but things get even more complicated when she meets a man. Isn’t that always the way?

 

If you’re in the mood for something MINDBOGGLING, read THE GOLDFINCH

Donna Tartt’s novel kept popping up as I searched for my next read. The Goldfinch was all over the bestsellers’ list, but I couldn’t figure out what it was really about. To tell you the truth, I’m still not quite sure – and I finished the book a couple of weeks ago. Although the novel could’ve done the same job in half the length, in my opinion, it was a refreshingly different novel. As annoying as this sounds, there really isn’t a way for me to describe the book without giving anything away. But I’ll just say that it follows a young boy whose life is complicated by a piece of art. Vague, much? I’m not sure that I loved this book, but I will say that Tartt is a talented writer. Not like the guilty-pleasure quality writing I reviewed above.

  

If you’re in the mood for something RELATABLE, read THE VACATIONERS

This summery novel by Emma Straub was a quick and easy read, in a good way. Although it doesn’t follow the typical build-up–climax–resolution format, it reads sort of like a group diary. My favorite aspect of the book is that we are given the perspectives of all of the different characters. When you think you agree with one character’s point of view, the perspective changes and you realize things aren’t always so cut and dry. Everyone has a story. The Vacationers will make you realize that the only way a family can be considered ‘normal’ is if it is flawed. The novel is a relief, in a way. We’re all screwed up, and that’s ok!