This week’s gallery is really more of a collage. I was inspired after speaking with my cousin earlier this week regarding her June 2013 wedding. She’s getting married at a resort on the gorgeous Priest Lake in Idaho! I am beyond excited because this location is one of the most magical places in the US!! Her mother grew up vacationing on this lake, so it has special meaning to my cousin and her immediate family. And, because it will be a summer wedding on the beach, she chose a bright color palette of orange and lime! These bold colors will play will with the gorgeous natural background of the lake. My favorite idea so far? The bride and groom are going to take photos on their wooden boat!! With all this exciting wedding planning, I couldn’t help but make a collage! I even included some pics of the resort where the wedding will be held ;) I am so thrilled for you, Liv, and you are going to be such a beautiful bride!
Have a great weekend, and stay warm!
Well, once again, Miss Annie K is off on a fabulous vacation (black-tie wedding in NYC. Yes, please!), so she’s asked me to once again help out with a little guest-blogging. Lucky you, loyal readers. I am also going to reveal some very embarrassing info about AKL’s fearless founder, so stay tuned! My gallery idea came about when I was getting ready at Annie’s house today, where I am currently dog-sitting her dog, Max, as well as my two insane creatures. It’s a bit of a full house, so to distract myself from the constant fur/slobber/barking, etc., I’ve been taking full advantage of the extensive iTunes collection at the Archie house.
Although I had to wade through a lot of weepy country and heavy metal, I’ve also found a seemingly never-ending supply of divalicious music, including Miss Aguilera’s newest album, Lotus. So, in addition to inspring a lot of diva-handing, it has also inspired today’s Burlesque post. As much as I still love Xtina, let’s be real. . . girl kinda peaked in this movie. A big group of us girls went to see it in the theater and as cheesy as this movie was. . .we also immediately went to Target afterwards to get the soundtrack. Even though, I can’t really bring myself to get through this movie without busting out laughing anymore, the soundtrack is still a fun listen at any time — especially on a morning when I can’t figure out to work the Archie coffee machine, I’m 80 pages behind in reading for one of my classes and am having what can only be considered an epically bad hair day. And don’t even get me started on the status of my Spanx tights right now. . . So, rather than pay attention to my first class today, I put together this little collection of sexy ladies. (And pink champagne, because well, it’s pink champagne.)
And while we’re on the topic of sexy ladies. . . while we were at Target getting this soundtrack, Annie dropped a bombshell on us. Apparently, girl does one hell of a Cher impression! Now, I’ve been friends with her for a shade over a decade — and I’ve yet to see it happen. So, this is my challenge to both Annie and all her fellow readers — we need to make this happen, because watching her do a Cher impression would most likely be the greatest thing since pink champers!
With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast (everyone please be safe!!), and well, it being a Monday….I thought something pretty and inspiring was in order! I have always LOVED fashion illustrations. Something about the possibilities and creativity behind each drawing. To me, the illustration is the fantasy of what the garment can be. No limits, no boundaries, just imagination!
I was lucky enough to acquire an illustration of my wedding gown drawn by the designer. (Peter Langner) Priceless!
But, my fascination with bridal illustrations did not start there…..I remember that my favorite day in my college fashion illustration class, was the day we learned “bridal shading”. Not the most talented illustrator on the block, I whipped up a little “Valentine’s Day” themed bridal ensemble, (what can I say, I was a cheeseball when I was younger!) and it might be my favorite illustration of mine to date!
I also LOVE the idea of decorating with fashion illustrations. They are so sophisticated, and can instantly add a touch of glamour to any room!
I always think it’s fun to see the beginning of a design, so here are a couple illustrations from the AKL collection! (Keep in mind, these illustrations are more for production than anything else) Do you recognize them? They are the ‘Lace Chemise’ and the ‘Fly-Away Chemise’!
And last but not least, here are some great illustrations that I hope you enjoy. (starting with the illustrations from the Neiman Marcus + Target Holiday Collection collaboration!!) Happy Monday!
(Visit AKL’s Pinterest page to see more lovely illustrations and inspirations!)
Though I can hardly believe it, it’s true! I leave for Italy tomorrow!! A week in Rome, 2 days in Florence, a day in Siena, and 3 days in Cinque Terre!
As I stare at my tiny (TINY) carry-on suitcase, I am highly skeptical that it will be able to contain all the clothes, shoes, and accessories I will need on this fabulous vacation. Alas, I will definitely have to scale back, and I can’t help but daydream about what I WISH I could bring. My mind wonders to a dream involving me, unlimited funds, and Neiman Marcus. Here’s my imaginary packing list!
1. An outfit by Bruno Cucinelli. 2. An outfit by Versace. 3. Dress by Dolce & Gabanna. 4. Dolce Vita’s Roy Fur Vest. 5. Missoni’s Melange Infinity Scarf. 6. Deco Double Platform Bow Pump by Fendi. 7. Suede Wedge Sneakers by Giuseppe Zanotti. 8. Valentino’s Allover Rockstud Sandal. 9. Valentino’s Ruffled Lace-up Biker Boot. 10. Raso Stones Satin Framed Clutch by Prada. 11. Bottega Veneta’s Woven Leather Tote. 12. Papier Leather Crossbody Bag by Balenciaga. 13. Fendi Leather Bracelet. 14. CHANEL Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eyeshadow. 15. CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine. 16. Prada’s Baroque Sunglasses 17. Walnut Aviator Sunglasses by Balenciaga.
In reality, Hudson jeans will have to replace the Bruno Cucinelli leather pants. An REI windbreaker will be packed instead of the Versace coat. There will be no Valentino’s or Giuseppe Zanotti’s making the trip. (A pair of Sperry’s will go in their place.) I’m going to carry an old Coach cross-body purse instead of the gorgeous Bottega Veneta tote, (sigh) and I’ll be wearing Ray Ban Sunglasses instead of Prada or Balenciaga, BUT I’m bringing my CHANEL eye shadow and lipstick!!! I may look more “American Tourist” than “Italian Trendsetter”, but I will not skip out on a fabulous Italian smoky eye or a subtly stained lip!!!!
More posts from Italy to come!! Have a lovely weekend!!