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Style Icon: Fan Bingbing

By March 5, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
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There are some women who exude glamour, confidence and originality no matter what they wear. Chinese actress and singer Fan Bingbing is certainly one of them. I first stumbled upon her style after seeing the above image of her at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. What an oriental dream! The dress is classic East meets West and I immediately went into style stalker mode.

She is a true style star in a sea of red carpet clones. Her aesthetic is divinely classic with punches of her culture. Fan looks stunning in everything from a 1940′s style Christian Dior suits to bejeweled turbans.

Check out Fan Bingbing’s feminine, colorful and polished style.


For more of Fan Bingbing’s style check out Style Bistro

What do you think of Fan Bingbing’s style?

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What I Wore: Dresses of a Feather

By February 29, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style, What I Wore
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I feel very strongly about dresses on every level – a dress feels like underpinning. ~ Donna Karan


Dresses are my sartorial passion. They are feminine, fanciful and free-spirited and whenever I wear one I feel a combination of demure, powerful and lovely. There’s so much ease in wearing a beautifully patterned dress and letting your attitude be the show piece.  Take notice of a woman in a beautiful dress; she floats and she glows. Dresses are powerful things.

This bird-print Ark & Co dress is one of those pieces that I throw on when I want to wear something charming, snappy and beautiful.  Originally drawn to it because of the kooky birds, I’ve grown to love it because of its ties, pearlized buttons and the girly way it makes me feel.

For work, I paired it with hot pink tights for pop,  my trusty American Apparel thigh high socks and Nine West boots. All in all a comfortable and cute outfit that makes me feel divine.

Ark & Co dress (similar print) / Nine West boots (similar boot) / American Apparel Tights / Mix of Vintage & New Jewelry

Photography by Ricky Codio

Are you a dress fanatic? What style of clothing are you in love with? Let me know in the comments below!

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What Would Carrie Wear: Who’s our next Style Icon?

By February 20, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
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I’ll be the first to attest to having an undying love for Carrie Bradshaw. Her stealth skill at dressing, her whimsical style, fun prints and her curls; I’ve been forever smitten and owe a lot of my own style maturity to Lady Bradshaw and Pat Field.

But you know what they say “out of sight, out of mind” and with nearly 8 years off the air, Carrie Bradshaw’s influence on fashion as a whole has begun to fade. I know what you’re saying, her effortless style and panache will never truly fade. However, Carrie’s quirky dresses and accessories are the stuff of style legend and whether we like it or not a Quintessential Style Icon has yet to throw her hat, or stiletto, in the ring.

While Carrie will forever melt our hearts with her floral head adornments and vertiginous heels, there’s clearly room for another style icon to be revered and copied.

Here are five picks as the next to inherit the Style Throne.

1. Zooey Deschanel


Zooey is the reigning queen of quirk! Her heart print dresses, tuxedo nails and sweet vintage style make her a shoe-in for the Bradshaw seat.

2. Solange Knowles


Ever-growing fro, eclectic prints and color abound are all signatures of songstress and DJ Solange Knowles. She stands apart from the style crowd by being herself and truly coming into her own.

3. Dita Von Teese


Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese’s style may be an acquired taste. But make no bones, she is the epitome of modern retro glamour and totally worthy of the style icon title.

4. Blair Waldorf


The only fictional character, Blair Waldrof scores points for her massive hair adornment collection, bows and coat collection.

5. Katy Perry


The pop star never shies away from having fun with her style. Whether she’s dying her hair pink or wearing a skin-tight latex cat suit, Katy is daring and has a sense of humor.

Who do you think is the next Carrie? Who’s worthy for the style throne?

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Ten Terrific, Vintage Loving Pinterest Accounts to Follow

By February 13, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
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Pinterest is all the social rage! And with good reason. The clutter-free, inspiration board website is digital crack for designers, style obsessives, foodies and decor freaks. Needless to say I love it! Pinterest lets you create themed boards and organize your inspirational photos and quotes for all to follow! You can repin images from the people you follow and the pinning action keeps going! It’s a vertible visual playground!

With over 11 million users, that’s a lot of pins to weed through. Don’t worry, we’ve scoured the boards and found some of the best Pinterest accounts to follow and add to your inspiration heap. If you love vintage imagery, fashion from yesteryear and hue-tifiul color, these are the people to follow! They’re seriously addictive, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

1. ADORE VINTAGE

 Adore Vintage is a lovely online vintage retailer that specializes in all things feminine. Follow their boards for an overdose on frills, ethereal style and glimpses of the Adore life.

2. KATE SPADE

This one is a no brainer! Who doesn’t love Kate? Kate Spade NY has decadently colorful boards all spliced with amazingly graphic and beautiful images.

3. AMY LEADER

Boards organized by decade?! Gotta love a trip through time! Amy Leader’s Pinterest boards are chocked full of vintage imagery by decade and wonderful themes such as “Kiss” and “Time for Tea”.

4. MY VINTAGE ADDICTION

 Vintage Addiction indeed! This Mid-Century store features great boards like “Bridgette Bardot” and my personal favorite “Musicals”.

5. MODCLOTH

Does this one need an explanation? Modcloth has amazing boards dedicated to all things cute, crafty and sweet. Check out their “Behind the Stylebooks” board for an inside peek and follow “Textile Style” for great prints.

6. GALA DARLING

Everyone’s favorite playgirl Gala Darling packs a Pinterest punch! Follow her great boards on life like “Heros and Wisdom”, snazzy style influences on “Style Influences” and “Bicycles”.

7. DOLLY DAHL

Glitter, kitsch, Dolly Dahl is my kind of lady! She loves pink, pinups and Zooey Deschanel! Follow her for a dollup of Dolly!

8. MY VINTAGE VOGUE

My Vintage Vogue is exactly what you think; incredibly curated images from yesteryear. This archive features stunning images from 1920s to 1960s. Get lost in Vogue!

9. PAMELA CASTILLO

Pamela Castillo is the founder and owner of Market Publique, the online vintage marketplace. An avid vintage lover, Pamela pins great images from the MP collaborations, lookbooks and her love of vintage.

10. STYLISH THOUGHT

Shameless plug here! Follow Stylish Thought boards for deliciously polka dots, quotes on life or our lack there of and a heavy does of pin-ups!

Are you on Pinterest? Post your Pinterest links below!

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Vintage Vanguard: Blast from the Past with I Love Vintage

By February 8, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style, Vintage
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It’s no secret that my fashion sense is engulfed with vintage eras! From the 20′s to the 70′s the past is ever present in fashion (and in my wardrobe) and my love of vintage shows no signs of letting up. So imagine my sheer delight when on a recent Internet trip, I stumbled upon I Love Vintage!

I Love Vintage is an Amderstam shop and Europe’s leading online vintage and repro shop . I Love Vintage offers, it’s “discerning clientele” a time travel through style. Founded by Faranak Mrjalili, I Love Vintage is a tribute to the yesteryear of craftsmanship when sophistication was revered and elegance mandatory.

Co-Founder Faranak Mirjalili

I recently got to ask Faranak about how I Love Vintage started, what her favorite eras are and why she loves vintage!

ST: Why did you start I Love Vintage?

Faranak: I Love Vintage stands for the same today as it did since it started – an absolute madness and passion for vintage clothing and the golden old days. You could say that making clothes back in the day was a real art because it was done with such passion and vigor for quality.  It was very different to what happens today; these days it’s more about heavy branding and getting famous fast. Back then it wasn’t as pretentious, it was much, much more sincere. That’s something we can all definitely learn from.  ILV believes in that.  We’re not just about bringing back a certain style and glamour, but bringing back the whole experience and pride that comes with owning beautiful clothes.

I Love Vintage’s Amsterdam vintage wonderland!

ST: Which eras in fashion are your favorite?

Faranak: I’m a great fan of the 20′s. I just love the glamour and subtility of it. It’s also one of the most important times for both fashion and women in general. Of course I LOVE the 50′s, because that’s just too feminine and romantic. And I have to say…I have a secret crush on the 80′s as well…All the decades are just lovely in their own spirit and feel.

ST: What is your favorite piece in the shop right now?

Faranak: Well, difficult to choose, but I absolutely love our 20′s line right now. Also I have a favourite 50′s one which has an absolutely adorable print.

The Nouveau Tabard / The Frenchie Dress

ST: What advice would you give a vintage neophyte on wearing vintage?

Faranak: Try out new things, try out the different decades, you can always discover a certain new style that looks very good on you. Don’t mind what’s hip or trendy in vintage scenes, just find different parts of yourself from what the amazingly great history of fashion has to offer. 

ST: You have the awesome Love Vintage Timeline. What other cool features are on the horizon for I Love Vintage?

Faranak: We are always busy with innovating, that’s the fun part of my job and the close team I work with. But for now our lips are sealed….. ;-)

Isn’t the I Love Vintage spirit infectious!

Uncover more reasons to love vintage by checking out ILoveVintage.com and for local ladies visit the store at Prinsengracht 201, 1015 DT Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Do you love I Love Vintage?

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Everything & A Ruffled Sock: Jason Wu for Target

By February 6, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
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Jason Wu for Target is here! I haven’t been this excited about a Target collection since Erin Fetherston and Rodarte. The NY designer pulled together feminine and springtime looks for us ladies who love an A-line dress, penny loafer and ruffled sock. And who doesn’t love a ruffled sock?!

Jason Wu for Target is available now at Target stores and online.


(Images: Glamour)

What do you think of Jason Wu for Target?

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Retro-Grade: Prada Spring/Summer 2012 Gets an A+

By February 1, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
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1950 Ford Thunderbirds, Flames on Heels, bumper bangs, the stuff of fashion past. Ahead of the curve fashion house Prada takes us on a style blast from the past with the their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

With a slice of classic Americana, Prada makes us long for the good ole Happy Days. Shot by Steven Miesel, Prada’s vision of spring is going to be spent at the car hop, pumping gas in your T-Bird all while rocking classic cat-eye glasses, aged floral prints, flamed heels and head scarves to keep your coif in tact.

Check out more images from this Swinging 50s editorial and watch the rockin’ video  found via Vintage Vandalizm below!



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Are you feeling the Nify Fifties vibe of Prada S/S 2012?

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The A to Z Guide to Personal Style

By January 24, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
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“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” ~ Marlene Dietrich

All the world’s a runway and we merely models on the catwalk. In our visual world, what we wear often says so much about us. Are you a prim & proper pearl-wearer or do you love leather & chains for a gritty edge? Finding and developing your personal style is key in showing the world who you are and what you’re about.

I tend to classify my style as Neo-Retro; a melding of the past with the spunk of today.  No matter what label you give your personal style it’s your calling card and it should be just that – personal. Wearing what’s natural, authentic and feels good for you is the first step in honing a truly curated style. And forgetting about the fashion mag style rules and listening to your own style barometer is the only way to true personal style.

And to have a little fun, here are 26 ways to perfect your personal style!

Check out the ABCs of Personal Style

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