Thursday, July 21, 2016

ROSE EMBROIDERY: A STUDY

For all the people that didn't get any roses for Valentines Day (or skipped out on impulse-buying that tiny bouquet at the grocery store that was just really pretty and would be a nice little addition to your room, maybe by the window?), you're now getting them on any clothing item you want, all thanks to the current activity within the fashion world's trend-sphere. Maybe there is a reason behind the rise of certain trends… is the universe, or maybe the most recent Bachelor or Bachelorette, looking out for us? It's all connected, guys.


 Cailin Russo (@cairusso on Instagram)

Rose embroidery is a trend I've been seeing everywhere lately, and I completely approve. I'm not sure why people (including me) love it so much… maybe because having something so delicate and dainty on your clothing kind of makes you feel delicate and dainty, but it also has a bit of a "this adds a pop of color to my outfit but in a cool and mysterious way" edge to it. It can be executed in a more elegant and girly way or in an edgier, more eclectic way like on Cailin's oversized camo jacket above. I saw a pair of vintage white Levis at the Melrose Trading Post with a pink rose embroidered on each knee, and I accepted the nonexistent dressing room situation and changed in front of a couple strangers just so I could see if they somehow fit (they were a couple sizes too big, but I felt like I needed to try and hope for divine intervention). This summer, I've been seeing bigger stores start selling products with rose embroidery, kinda like:

YOU GET A ROSE, YOU GET A ROSE, YOU GET A ROSE, EVERYBODY GETS A ROSE!!!

Take a look at the trend below, and get yo-self feeling rosy:

Cropped Embroidered Jeans- Zara:





Lazy Oaf My Collection Jacket- Lazy Oaf:









Not legit enough for you? Take a cue from Dolce & Gabanna FW17. They can even be used as shoulder pads!

(As if Dolce & Gabanna didn't already make an entire F/W 15-16 collection based off roses....)

Fine, I guess citing Dolce & Gabanna is a relative form of cheating because roses are D&G's thing (or at least were at one point, as shown above). How about Fendi, then? Roses can be couture - but more importantly, they can be worthy of a date at the Lizzy McGuire fountain.



Exhibit C: Di$count Universe, aka the extremely intriguing (and Australian) brand responsible for Kylie Jenner's sequin bikini look at this year's Coachella. There's roses on almost everything over there... I'm not complaining, I'm just bitter that I don't have sequin roses on my ankle boots.



Case closed. Roses are red, often pink when embroidered onto clothing as a 2016 trend, and violets are blue (but apparently irrelevant in terms of embroidered jeans), I love rose embroidery and you should too!!!!!!! If you want to.

(All photos are not my own).
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Striped Culottes: 3 Ways

While I was in California, I experienced an epiphanic moment of utter earth-shattering importance: the purchase of my first pair of culottes, courtesy of LF. Yes, this purchase did take place during (or even after) the apparent "decline of the culotte," but in my mind culottes are still the coolest thing ever and this striped pair is one of my favorite things in my closet right now. They're a fun alternative to denim shorts or jeans, which is right up my alley considering I suffer immensely from Stage 1 Silhouette Struggles. To make my case for the magical wonderland that is the culotte, I styled three different outfits with the same glorious pants! 

Don't let my straight face in some of the following photos fool you: I was ecstatic about the fact that my neck scarf from Brandy Melville could double into a strapless top. I love the way the colors and pattern of the bandana look against the muted colors of the culottes. I thought adding a chunkier piece of jewelry would make the look more summer-y (my necklace is from Urban Outfitters) and I paired the outfit with some high tops from Zara to make it a little more playful and boyish.





This next look makes me feel like a business woman who frequently goes yachting and makes sure the landscape of her front lawn is pristine. Maybe she has a chow chow dog whose fur compliments her nude sunglasses. I've been wearing this pair of sunglasses from Toms so much this summer, and what drew me to them was the thick nude frames- I feel like they match with everything and I love doing nude on nude and pairing them with things like these nude shoes from Zara. My shirt is also from Zara- I love the ties on the sleeves!


Third look!! I played with pattern-on-pattern and paired this Forever 21 striped cropped top with the culottes. Even though more fitted tops usually work better with loose bottoms like these culottes, I love the way the loose shape of the shirt looks against the snug waist of the culottes. My shiny shoes are from Zara.

Woah! A bonus look! I'm currently very intrigued by the idea of slips worn over things, so I decided to throw the closest thing I have to a slip, this lavender dress from Free People, over the culottes and play with the look. Tucked in or not, I think I like how it turned out- it looks a bit like street pajamas to me, which is a look I'm also really intrigued by right now.

The ode to my striped culottes is officially over. To this pair of culottes, I love you and I am glad we are such great friends right now. To the extremely attractive boys who saw me wearing these and made fun of me by asking me what I was wearing, THEY'RE FREAKIN CULOTTES and also I hope you're not reading this
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