Shoe Love….

April 18, 2009

So I’m going to introduce my top five shoe styles for the Summer of 2009:

Art Deco

Colors and ribbons aren’t enough these days… this summer designers are putting out shoes that more than wearable- they’re street art. And who says fashion isn’t art?

lamb-495 L.A.M.B.  $490

louboutin-995 Christian Louboutin $995

louis-vuitton-785 Louis Vuitton $785

marc-jacobs-645 Marc Jacobs $645

prada830 Prada $830

Bandage It!

Back in Japan they used to bound feet because smaller feet were viewed as much more prettier… but since we know feet of all size look good in shoes- Summer ’09 is about fashion AND function. I totally support the change.

balhmain695 Bahlmain $695

manolo995 Manolo $995

opening-ceremony-405 Opening Ceremony $405

proenza-schouler-595 Proenza Schouler $595

sergio-rossi Sergio Rossi $670

39000_in_m Fend $615

Straps n All

They may look like torture devices but they look like the top of the line bonafide bad diva  torture devices that any fashionista would gladly put on for the task. Strap up!

fendi-830 Fendi $830

givenchy-795 Givenchy $795

jimmy-choo-785 Jimmy Choo $785

lanvin-110 Lanvin $1,110

loeffler-randall-695 Loeffler Randall $695

yves-sain-laurant-1290 Yves Saint Laurent $1,290

Part II to follow


The position of the First Lady as more than just a wife is certainly not recent- First Ladies throughout the history of the United States have been their husbands closests advisors, confidantes and even stepped into the light of policy themselves. But this blog isn’t about politics- it’s about fashion, and First Ladies are forced to be… fashionable!

Now being forced to be and actually going down in the history books as a style icon are two different things. Most people recognize Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Michelle Obama as leading ladies in fashion but they were not the first.

In the 1800’s  Dolly Madison explored European couture,


Frances Cleveland wowed the American public with her bare shoulders and décolleté,


Florence Harding pushes the envelope in her pants,


and we all know about the legacy of inauguration gowns.


First Ladies have held a visual postion showing off their fashion decisions and I would like to explore the two most talked about: Jacqueline Onassis and Michelle Obama.

Jackie Kennedy

539w this style of dress has become my number one fashion inspiration. I loves the 50 style dresses. Not only are they flattering over my curvy hips but they just look so classy and elegant.


jackie_kennedy-1Gorgeous Wedding Dress- Check out Vera Wang Spring ’09 to see the influence.


The pill box hat- claasic. Setting style.


Let’s us not forget how the style maven has changed our thoughts about “The Jackie O” Sunglasses. That’s a style maven!

Michelle Obama

Papers call her the modern Jackie Kennedy, the stylista of 2009 and magazines are clamouring over themselves to see if she delivers- and Mrs. Obama does not disappoint.



I for one love her ability to mix and match, she’s the true american dream girl. She wears J.Crew with her Prada, unknown designers with her Manolos…. Gap with ther Gucci. She’s one of us and she dresses like one of us and we can look up to her to see how we should do things.



She shared a cover with Lady O. The FIRST person period to ever share a cover with Lady O. I think that says enough.


The infamous dress that sold out from White House/ Black Market as soon as she hit the view:


She also tore up the campaign cycle with her fabulous outfits:

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And of course the inauguration

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Isn’t she lovely?!?! Onassis and Obama… Outwardly Confident and Fabulous.


February 8, 2009

I am sooo infascinated with the gowns that flowed down the runway for spring 2009. I know inauguration season is past but there are always a million and a half reasons to wear a gown.

Long gowns for the spring, are flowy, flashy, and flowery.

blumarine blumarine – I heart the “belt”

diane-von-furstenberg Diane Von Furstenberg. The color palette is to DIE for here. It’s so funky-fresh.

giorgio-armani Giorgio Armani- **jumps up and down** I want it! I need it! I crave it!

narciso-rodriguez Narcisco Rodriguez- The bodice is the best one I’ve seen all season. I like the complicated top and the simple bottom. Gives people something to stare at.

robertocavalli Roberto Cavalli- the bottom speaks for itself. This is a work of art.

In undergrad a lot of the sororities and fraternies had balls and I was never one to wear the long flowy gowns but I loved short beauiful dresses and I like to think of how it distinguishes one from the norm!

louis-vuitton Louis Vuitton- Not exactly ball worthy but dammit if it doesn’ tmake a statement! This is one of those dresses where you find a place to go to.

verawang Vera Wang- My favorite! It’s both classic and innovative. Sexy and Demure. Fabulous and Fantastic.

hbz0108cl013-de-2038388I can’t remember who made this… and I wasn’t particularly found of it but hte shoes grabbed my attention!

Until next time.

Peace, Love and Happiness

January 30, 2009

So I’ve been thinking about occasionally adding a look book on here for how to physically match up some of the seasons hottest looks and today I actually decided to do it! So without further adieu- here is Muse’s version of the hippy look for Spring ’09. outfit3

The first one is uber casual. Toss on some aviators and you’re ready to go shop it up for Summers cutest looks. This is also probably the most “far out” of them all as it not only channels the hippies but it also channels in some old school denim and the elusive 2008 vest trend. Plus, who doesn’t love moccasins? I do think to keep the outfit very 2009, a large bag that says “statement” without screaming it (no bright colors, absolutely no patterns) will work.


This outfit is probably most me. I would throw on my big ole bug eye glasses and hit up Georgetown for lunch with the girlies. Very Boho but safely. I’m absolutely obsessed with gladiator sandals and while I like the flat pair Clergerie is calling my name about the wedges. Man I love wedges. However you decide to dress it up this outfit is about accessories. Bangles, Pendants, BIG belts, and shiny “look at me bags” are what brings spice to the outfit. And yes, the white skinny jeans are a must. One it’s spring and it’s time to bring the white out (please forget that white is for summer only old time rule) and the skinny jean allows you to show off the pretty first pedicure of spring.


Finally for those who are a bit dressier, I’ve included a cute and very sexy option of the minidress (you can also substitute a longer dress- billabong has a really cute off the shoulder dress). This dress due to it’s length looks so much more bohemian with calf length or thigh length (if you’re really trying to sex it up) boots instead of your normal short boot which might take you over to a nother side of sexy… bedroom sexy only. A small belt helps you to reign the dress in to emphasize your curves (or lack thereof if that’s your thing) but a big belt will make the dress look even smaller so try and go for small braided or studded ones. Finally, if you do a sharp boot do a sharp bag also to contrast with the style so you are so hippy dippy.

I hope you’re feeling the mood man, cuz fashion around here just got a lil bit sweeter…

til next time- grosses bises.

Magazine P(l)aythings…

January 24, 2009

So I’m going to doublepost today to make up for my many months of abscence…

It’s Ad Season!

One of the best parts of buying Vogue is not the editorials but rather the pages upon pages upon pages of beautiful ads teasing this little Muse with purses, sweaters, shoes, dress, jewelry… Seasonal ads are like the Picassos of the advertising world and the Mona Lisa’s of magazine pages. Without further adieu- Muses favorites…

Gucci- Winter ’09

In addition to the hippie style that I am SO feeling for the spring (peasant dresses and knee high gladiators anyone?), I like the creepy doll like poses and most importantly I like the fur. She looks like a Russian Heiress and they are just so darn glamorous.



Gucci- Spring ’09

At this very moment I am refusing to buy food in hopes that I can afford the purple dress and the killer stilettos. Well I’ll buy dog food for Jaasper but the spending stops there…



Alberta Ferretti got me with the cool girls in the bar ad… Everybody loves a fly girl with a drink in her hand. Especially if she she bought it herself.


STOP THE PRESSES. Not only do I love the “peepshow” tone of this photo but that dress needs to be plastered onto my body with the Gucci heels (see above) and onto some fabulous party. Like Yesterday.


I’m not really a Missoni girl but… School Pictures! Genius!


Prada has done it again. Not only do I want nearly everything in these ads but they make me want to study ad-chitecture because these are fabulous. And then more fabulous.



Finally Roberto Cavalli has managed to combine my love for the 1950’s as well as my favorite actress Marilyn Monroe. Many Cheers Cavalli. You win my best of Spring ’09.



Uber gorgeous fashion model Chanel Iman is making waves in the modeling world with her frank discussion about not only the lack of African American models in couture but even the lack of minority models also.


Iman remarks It’s not just black girls. It’s ethnic girls in general: Brazilian girls, Hispanic. You really don’t see a lot of Asians either. A lot of designers think that if every girl on the runway looks exactly alike, then people will come to the shows and buy the clothes because they won’t be focusing on the models…” Muse says – Phooey. There are some beauitful minority LEGENDS who know how to work the clothes so that they show off the designers creations. And let’s just be real, the fashion shows are not just about clothes anymore- models run the scene. My final note before I illustrate my point is that if you’re worried about the model upstaging your clothes- ur doing something quite wrong.

African/Carribean/Black/African American Models:


Naomi                                                    Alek                                                   Iman


Jourdan                                           Tyra                                                           Liya (my fav)

Hispanic Models:


Arlenis                                                Daniela                                         Sessilee


Cecilia                                                Camila                                           Bruna



Carol                                                               Kangana                                             Lakshmi


Du Juan                                                   Han Jin                                                Mo Wandan

And these are just a selection…. so no Arak Yeramyan, there are more minority models to choose from. You just don’t care to take the time to look!


November 19, 2008

One of my favorite fashion women in this world is Cassie.



Sure some may argue about her talent (I LOVE official girl), but she’s got the body of a model and looks good in just about anything she throws on. Her style is impeccable and I’m officially a fan because of it.

8d19c950 She wears LIME green and kills it! I’m sorry but not everyone can pull of bright colors.

cassiegucci Another example of her colorrificness.

SPL62001_001She also really rocks the rocker leather look which I’m really starting to get into. 

cassie-2 Being a shoe girl myself I must admit that her shoe collection is amazing and I am constantly in search of the shoes she has…

Singer Cassie attend the launch of Madison Square Garden's new series "NYC Sound Tracks" at Metrazur Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal on July 1, 2008 in New York City.For instance, I begged for these Valentino shoes as soon as I saw them on her. What’s good for Cassie is good for me.

cassie-1 I also like that she can be daring and sexy without looking skanky. Although granted you can’t do that shirt if your Vicky Secrets is a size C and above.

cassie1 Another example of classy not trashy.

My final reason that I love Cassie’s style is that she’s not afraid to be bold. I can live vicariously through her until I decide to come out of my shell.

prada screening outside 090908Short length, a bunch of colors- it works!

cassie This outfit is not for everyone. I repeat: 

cassiebootsPatent leather thigh high boots!!!! It works though because she keeps the rest simple and let’s the boots do the talking.


Anyhoo- hope your day has been fun, fabulous and fashionable.


Until next time, grosses bises

Sweet Cravings

November 18, 2008


I thought I would share with you one of my favorite places on the net. I’m a Gucci, Christian Lacroix girl… I’m a Gap, Anthropologie girl too. I still love finding places on the path less taken to find cute clothing that you probably won’t see other people wearing. Unfortunately the task of finding all of these deliciously tasty places is just too much for the working (studying) girl so viola! Daily Candy has stepped in to fill my need.


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En Vogue….

November 16, 2008

The one trend I’m latching onto this week and not letting go is lace.

Lace jackets, lace shirts, lace tights… you name it. I want it. It’s uberfeminine, sexy, and can be safe for work and work functions if you play your cards right. And by right I mean not skanky.

This dress for instance by Thurley $695, is not safe for work:


May I also add that we not pair it with silver pumps? Let the dress do the talking and keep it simple.

This top by Diane Von Furstenburg $275


is very safe for work provided you pair with a nice pair of slaks or a skirt, a cardigan, and a belt.

Another safe for work option is this jacket by Marc by Marc Jacobs $470:


which I would personally dress up for a night of sushi and drinks with some skinny black or silver jeans, a white tee and some tall black heels.

All of these of course can be mixed and matched with some cheaper items, as well as you can finnd similar items for not so steep prices (i’d check forever 21 and h&m first).

til next time- grosses bises.

Thou Shalt Not Covet…

November 16, 2008

I’ll be the first to admit…. I shop like there’s a Princess title in front of my name. I’d rather starve than go without a pair of cute shoes and I’d surely trade a few of my love ones for this week’s Muse Must Have… Just kidding. Kind of.

I’m not trendy.. or rather rarely. But I really want a pair of booties. Ok a few pairs and these by Chloe are running the game…. A little peekaboo and alotta sex appeal. My type of shoe!


Chloe Key Hole Bootie

It’s Jacket season! Only my most favorite time of the year and I’m a junkie for anything military and really funky and Milly and Moschino are peaking my interests…


This coat is a clear reminder that military need not be associated with all things masculine. It’s the yin and the yang: the puffy feminine sleeves combined with a structured jacket.


This is my #1 favorite item this week. While granted my mother (the anti-fashion) would tell me that I could take my paintbrush and have a white coat without coating her A.Express with Moschino… I say this is the one coat that you don’t need to dress up. A colorful scarf and some leather gloves and you’re set for the cold winter! I know I’m excited.

I’m not one for purses that scream at anybody who passes by, but the Gucci Babouska collection have some bags that have been screaming my name. I think the key to wearing these bags, or any really “heavy” bag is the rest of your outfit must be simple. Wear too much at one time and look out for yourself in Glamour’s “Don’t” section. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


my final must this season is straight off the runway and just in time for turkey holiday with the relatives. Looking at the pretty pattern on your shoulder will help distract from those awful questions by your great aunt sophie about when you’re getting married…. thanks Erdem.


til next time…. grosses bises.