Strawberry Fields

I recently discovered that my birthday, last Saturday, is the most depressing day of the year. Now, a day that produced such amazing ladies as Edith Wharton, Mischa Barton and Maria Tallcheif (a famous ballerina) can’t be all bad, but weather waits for no one. January, especially in the northern hemisphere, can be a very drab time– snow that’s only half melted, acres of brown, wilted vegetation, freezing temperatures and still two months ’til spring.

A great way for a pick-me-up come the last week in January? Leaf through last summer’s old magazines. I recently found a pile of Teen Vogue and Elle from last summer, and the bright, summery editorials put me in  a much better mindset. Except for the swimsuits…those look freezing!

‘Strawberry Fields’ from the June 2008 issue of Elle is the perfect antidote to winter cold. It features lush green plants, quirky pink stockings, a great red/green color combo (bonus points for not looking like a Christmas tree) and cheeky style.

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In Pursuit of Perfume: Omnia Green Jade

Bvlgari’s Omnia Green Jade was one of the first fragrances I tried when I decided to get serious about finding a perfume for myself. I was first attracted to it because if its grassy notes–it smelled spring-like, fresh, and rather different from all the other perfumes I’d sniffed at that point. But once it was on my skin it turned harsh, like it had a Narcissa Malfoy-style bad attitude. It was really overbearing; perhaps it would do well with a lady with a far more forceful personality than mine.

One of the worst features was the bottle design. It was completely ridiculous. It’s impossible to hold it comfortably and work the spray nozzle at the same time. For an everyday perfume, I’m going to be spraying it quickly in the mornings while I’m dashing out the door. I don’t want to deal with an overly-fancy bottle. For the design alone, I wouldn’t buy the perfume.

» Breakdown: Spring Water, Green Mandarin, White Peony, Nasturtium, Pear Tree Flower, Jasmine Petals, Fresh Pistachio, White Woods, Musk.

» Does it pass the brother test? Nope.

» Verdict: Thumbs down.

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Zooey Deschanel

School, my social life and various other gremlins have consipired against me this week. In penance I give you this highly inspiring photograph of Zooey Deschanel. Doesn’t it make you want to slick on some red lipstick, don your best femme fatale stockings and take up smoking just for the excuse to use a long-handled cigarette holder?

Outfitted

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This has been my default outfit for the past couple weeks; when I can’t think of anything else to wear, out comes the grey striped shirt. It’s kind of a desaturated Where’s Waldo kind of look (I totally didn’t realize this until friends pointed it out!), but I like it. The hat gets lots of attention, I think because of the fuzzy pompom. Today I wore bright pink eyeshadow too, so I didn’t feel quite so dressed down.

Hat: Vera Wang for Kohl’s // Shirt: Gap // Jeans: Express // Chuck Taylors with checkerboard laces

McQ for Target

Not gonna lie, I’m a little bit disappointed in McQ for Target. I was hoping for something a little more awesome and a little less Hot Topic Goth, because when I think McQueen, I envision mad scientists from India or butterfly headdresses. And from the disappointments I’ve experienced at the Go International collections (what with Mass Market Saleability  and Low Cost of Production, etc etc), I can understand why the collection is more lackluster than normal McQueen. I think somehow I knew the end was near when I heard the colors would be blue and pink and not, say, red. Or plaid.

However, the proverbial fat lady has yet to make her appearance, so I’ll be waking up early to check these babies out come March. Maybe there’ll be some gems in person (I have my eye on that black blazer). We shall see.

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Nastia for Max Azria

I love it when designers choose to use gymnasts, athletes or dancers to show off their clothes instead of models. Athletes seem to be much more in tune with their bodies, and the sense of movement that emanates into the clothes is pretty cool. And, athletes can often pull off more and diverse poses. Sometimes when models try to dance, they fail spectacularly (as demonstrated by this editorial).

These photos of Nastia Liukin for Max Azria SS09 really show how awesome clothes can be. I love the fluidity of her movements (so weightless!), and how that’s echoed in her hair and the grecian feel of the clothes. I love how the photographer captured the fabric in motion; it’s almost like seeing the clothes in person.