Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Happy New Year! by brainyblondie
2008 has probably been the most eventful year ever for me. As a college sophomore, I've had a lot of new experiences...exploring the city, internship hunting...
But 2009 is almost upon on. While a lot of people deride resolutions, I like them and am actually pretty dang good at keeping them. So far, I've decided I need to cut down on the coffee, keep my boudoir cleaner and drink more water!
I have some great cocktail recipes I'll try to put up here soon.
What are your resolutions? Any fabulous parties to attend?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Oh, Wes Anderson. At times you try a bit too hard to be quirky, but that's OK. I still love you. Or at least your movies. These grey, chilly mid-November days remind me of the gloomy but warm scenery in "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Rushmore."
Margot Tenenbaum by brainyblondie
Strong & Sexy by brainyblondie
First of all, get over the idea that you can wear leggings as pants. Even at the gym, this is unforgivable. If you really think leggings keep your legs happy, just wear them underneath cute matching shorts. Give up the idea of capri workout pants too. Capris have the ability to make even the slimmest girls' legs look short and stocky.
Also, make sure everything fits on top. Few things are an embarassing as a bulgy, ill-fitting sports bra. Realize that over-sized t-shirts will only make you look bigger. Know that darker fabrics are going to make any potential sweat more obvious, but avoid white because it can stain. There are a lot of amazing, breathable workout fabrics out there nowadays too.
Shoes are the one thing I'll give everyone a fashion break on. They really just need to get the job done -- don't automatically gravitate towards the pretty ones because they may not have the same support. I tend to gravitate toward the old, reliable basics for running shoes -- Nike, Avia, etc. (There are cute and functional shoes out there; it's just a matter of how much you're willing to pay. If investing in cute shoes might gets you to the gym more often, do it.)
In terms of hair, makeup and jewelry, the key is simplicity. No chandelier earrings, obviously. Keep your hair pulled back neatly, with a hairband if it's long or some bobby pins if it's short. My favorite gym look is tiny stud earrings, some sheer lipgloss and a touch of eyeliner below my eyes. Waterproof makeup will last through the sweating you'll on the way to become a healthier, stronger person.Have a happy workout!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My first Halloween party is on Thursday and I'm going as a rocker, but I need another idea for my party Friday night. What are y'all dressing up as?Unfortunately, I'm not as committed as these girls and will likely not be wearing face paint.
On Flickr by bnittoli
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I've wanted a piercing forever. Ears are too common and I don't show off my navel enough for that to be worth it. I like the septum piercing (shown here on lovely Scarlett), as it's unique but can be hidden inside of your nose when necessary.
What do you think? I have a face that is feminine enough that I think I could pull it off. I'll probably do it no matter what you guys say, so this is more of a preview to the kinds of comments I'll be getting.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
These are like the classier version of both of those. Unfortunately class costs $2,200.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Earlier this year I saw a girl with super-cute boots and complimented her on them, asking where she got them. When she asked me if I'd heard of Frye boots before and I said no, she looked at me like I was totally out of it. Now I know why...Frye boots rock- the styling is basic but trendy and the leather is gorgeous. The Owen Lace-Ups above are amazing- they fit with my tough feminine look. Unfortunately they are $298 and I doubt there's a replica this sexy. I did just shell out some big bucks on my first Nikon though, and I'm so excited!! Once in comes in the mail I'll be the biggest shutterbug ever- I'm dying to create an amazing Flickr account. But I digress.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I’m a bit ashamed of it, but I’m really getting into the 11th season of America’s Next Top Model. Right now I’m absolutely in love with Marjorie and her look. She’s such a sweetheart- like a blonde version of Audrey Tautou. (I did try to find a better picture of her than the one above...I'm not crazy about the high waisted overalls and spikier hair.)
Although I should probably be coming on fashion rather than personality, Clark and Hannah drive me insane. Clark seems very bland and ditzy, while Hannah needs to be more open-minded and get over herself.
And while I like Sheena, I’m glad they pointed out her fake breasts…but it makes me wonder how many of the other contestants have had plastic surgery. I feel like there are a lot more unique, unusual faces in the competition, instead of just pretty ones.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I'm also currently OBSESSED with these sugar-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies from Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck). The words sugar-free & vegan might not sound promising to all of you (as well as the fact that they contain tofu), but I they taste just as good, if not better, than "normal" cookies. I hope they sell them at your local Whole Foods too, because they are phenomenal.
This isn't meant as a big advertisement or anything. (Although I would appreciate it if someone from Luna read this & sent me a free liftetime supply. Hehe. How 'bout it?) Just like I don't want you to miss out on great fashion, I don't want you to miss out on great food!
I've been reading "Skinny Bitch" lately & they have great suggestions for other snacks. I'm considering the vegan lifestyle, even though I don't think I could give up tilapia & salmon. It'd be a good time in my life to try it though, as my college's food is pretty vegan-friendly.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Zzzzzz. I love the Brits & I love cheap, cool clothes. But TopShop has always bored me. It's the same stuff you find at the Gap. Yeah, the Kate Moss stuff is cool, but for those prices you could get way better pieces. Does Kate Moss really have a say in that stuff?
TopShop is like that guy you've dated. Everyone raves about him and he seems really interesting and hard-to-get. But then you end up with him and are bored.
Check it here. I love it. Time for her to mix things up...my 49-year-old mom's best friend just tried to get the same haircut as Victoria Beckham. When something becomes that popular, ditch it.
I've tried to pull this short of a look off, but it didn't work. I love that girl Marjorie on "America's Next Top Model". Love her, love her. She's like a sweet, French version of Agyness Deyn.
If you can't go to fashion week either, check out this link: NY Times Fashion Week. As usual, the New York Times does it best. And as usual, autumn is the best season, for clothes and everything else. Maybe I've been in school too long, but for me it always seems like the real start of a new year.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Yeah, I know you're still hungover from Sig Ep's party on Friday. But that doesn't mean you should walk into French IV twenty minutes late in your sloppy jeans and dirty Uggs with no makeup on. Remember all of those boys that asked for your number Friday night? Well, you could snag a few more today if you play your fashion cards right...& these might actually be worthwhile- sober men who show up to class.
I'm not saying you have to wear a D&G skirt or anything...but what about some nice colored denim just to keep things interesting? The lovely pair pictured is only $32.50 at Alloy. Throw them on with some non-Ugg boots, a well-fitted tee & a bit of lipstick. I'll be as happy as I was when I got that unexpected A in Russian Film.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
1.) Know your alcohol limits. Coming into college, I basically had zero experience with alcohol. I was super-nerdy in high school (OK, still am) and my parents were never big drinkers so there was no liquor cabinet to sneak sips from. When you go to college, you will definitely be surrounded by alcohol even if you try to avoid it. If you weren’t around beer much in high school (and even if you were!), take it slow. Mark on your hand or plastic cup how many drinks you’ve had, since it’s easy to forget when you’re socializing. Eat before drinking and have water or soda in between alcoholic drinks. Know what you’re drinking- that mystery drink could have way more alcohol that you expected, or even contain a rape drug. And yes, drinking is illegal if you’re under 21. It’s easy to forget that, but don’t. And remember that alcohol is often the cause of the dreaded Freshman 15- in many instances, I’d advise being skinny and sober.
2.) Boys aren’t always nice, but they aren’t always pigs either. I’m sure you spent plenty of time around guys in high school, but in college you’ll get to be around them 24/7...with no curfews! (Unless you go to say, Wellesley or Wheaton. Great schools, but I wouldn’t recommend it!) Don’t be shocked to find that many boys simply want to party, get drunk and sleep with you. Freshman guys often want to really live the ‘college experience’ and many upperclassmen guys will approach you, seeing you as naïve and therefore easy to influence. Know though that there are guys who want relationships, some who even feel ready to get married soon. You need to communicate what you want- a sweaty make-out session one night only or a boy to bring home with you on Thanksgiving break?
3.) Make friends with upperclassmen first. At my high school, upper and under classmen rarely spent time together, mostly because we were in different classes. In college, things are totally different. Upperclassmen aren’t scary- they’re usually more than willing to show you the ropes. They also often have cars and if you’re school is Greek, it’s good to have some connections. Plus they’ll buy you beer.
Monday, August 25, 2008
This AMAZING pair can be found at Urban Outfitters for only $14. I'm ordering mine right now.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sure, the shoes are cool, but my favorite thing in this photo are the stockings. Fishnets add a little spice to any outfit and make everyone's legs look a bit slimmer and more muscular. While I love the traditional pattern in matte black, my favorite is a brown pair with a slightly funkier pattern. Since fishnets are quite sensual, I would suggest keeping the rest of your outfit demure. Maybe a pencil skirt and slightly conservative sweater or button-down for the sexy secretary look?
Friday, August 22, 2008
1.) "Wake Up Alone"
2.) "You Know I'm No Good"
3.) "F*** Me Pumps"
4.) "Amy Amy Amy"
5.) "Love Is A Losing Game"
She has kind of a cool style too, although I think she looks better when she has some weight on her. Not a big fan of the beehive on her either, but I think some of my readers could definitely rock it!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I am in love with this vest and it's currently on sale for $34.50. Here it's layered over a very basic tie and white shirt, which is a good idea. The idea of the vest these days is too look professional but artsy...you have to be careful, because if you layer it over something too bulky it can look geeky.
A lot of guys who are on the skinnier side have told me that Express is the best place to go for their jeans, although I know football players who shop there too. I like the grey wash and the cut of these. I'd probably have my guy pair these with a brighter colored shirt. $69.50
It's August now, but if you live in the Midwest like me, you know that colder temperatures are on the way. This black military jacket would look great layered over almost anything. $103.60
Monday, August 18, 2008
I really like her jacket here. It's like a basic leather jacket, but the shorter sleeves and texture spice it up. The bag is cute too, but it matches the texture of the jacket too closely. I would have used the pieces in two separate outfits. When you wear only one color, it's important to have a variety of textures.
I really don't understand her use of jewelry. I wear very little jewelry when I'm out at night- usually just earrings, so I can use a really glamorous clutch or top. Plus, this is cheap-looking, super boring jewelry. She could at least go for something bold or colorful. A lot of people just pile on the silver or gold jewelry thinking it will automatically make them look casually boho, but it can also just look mindless.
I am completely against the use of tights/leggings as pants. They rarely help out anyone's shape and it's not trendy at all. Mischa's legs are in fairly good shape, but the leggings make them look chunkier. Her leggings also look a bit sheer...I'm betting you would see a bit too much looking at her rear view.
No real opinion on the boots. I love leather boots in general and the cute little star on these, but they just don't seem to help the outfit much. These boots seem a bit more appropriate to toughen up a girly day outfit, rather than for use for a night out. When you're out on the town, I think you're shoes are the most important- it's good to have a heel, even if it's only half an inch high.
Overall, this outfit earns a C-. It's bland and not very flattering. What do you think?
Friday, August 15, 2008
My favorite things are trenchcoats, brightly colored pumps, chic dresses and fur coats. I am completely influenced by the 40's and early 60's. When I'm in a fashion slump, I look to the following muses. I know that some of these are a bit overrated, but I like them none the less!
French & Hitchcock films- Glamourous in a way that's mature but sexy rather than uptight.
Edie Sedgwick- A tiny advocate of short blonde hair, black leggings, huge earrings and fur coats.
Kate Moss- While I like Kate in general, I love this photo in particular. I remember seeing it when I was 15 or 16 and going wow, my flat chest can be sexy!
Edward Hopper- I love the rich colors in his paintings, the feelings of both complete security and loneliness. A world in which men wear hats, women wear sexy red dresses and coffee and is always within reaching distance.
Kirsten Dunst- I don't know why some people are so against her. She has the most playful, comfy chic wardrobe of any modern celebrity.
Roy Lichtenstein- So classic America, with a touch of irony.
Betty from "Mad Men"- Blonde waves, red lips and gorgeous dresses are musts. Gun and cigarette optional.
Nancy Drew- The literary world's sexiest crime-stopper.
"The Great Gatsby"
Thursday, August 14, 2008
But I am obsessive about the organization of my iTunes. Every song must be labeled properly. The album listed must always be the original CD- never a "Greatest Hits" or "Best Of" album. I've even taken to naming my genres very specifically in order to be a hipster/jerk. Think "surf & garage revival" and "post-modern art rock".
Helping me in this task is spiffy free software called TuneUp. It helps you find missing album artwork and label all of those songs named things like "Track 03". I give it four out of five stars. Download it here.
Ever see people wearing those shirts that say things like "Local Celebrity"? Even though they're completely dorky, I found myself doing a double-take when I saw a guy with one- just to make sure he wasn't Brad Pitt being ironic.
Here's another way to show off your popularity and make other people look twice. It's the Vanity Ring, which shows how many Google results there are for your name. I googled my full name (not Brainy Blondie, btw) and only had about 30 results that actually pertained to me!
A new season starts on September 3rd. Right now I'm loving the look of McKey, a fellow 19-year-old and Illinois-ite.
If you asked me to name my favorite music, I'd name lots of classical & jazz songs, plus several "indie rock" bands like Spoon, The Shins and Arctic Monkeys. But is that what I REALLY listen to?
Apparently not. The list of songs I listen to most on iTunes tells a different story.
"Vienna" by Billy Joel (50 plays)
Ah, how can you not secretly (or publicly) love Billy Joel? "The Longest Time", "Uptown Girl" and "She's Got a Way" are my real favorites, but since I'm not currently in a committed relationship, "Vienna" works better for me. As an occasional perfectionist, this song remembers me to chill out.
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse (52 plays)
I looooove Amy, but like Billy Joel's "Vienna", this isn't at all her best. But definitely the most catchy.
"Black Cadillacs" by Modest Mouse (58 plays)
OK, so this one fits my typical M.O. for music. But it still perplexes me as to why I appreciate this song so much. (I promise that it's not because they say "f***" a lot.) Mostly likely because it has a few really good lyrics:
I didn't die and I ain't complaining, I ain't blaming you
I didn't know that the words you said to me
Meant more to me than they ever could you
I didn't lie and I ain't saying I told the whole truth
I didn't know that this game we were playing
Even had a set of rules
"Flavor of the Weak" by American Hi-Fi (62 plays)
Ah, this one brings me back to my summer camp days. This song had just come out and we'd blast it in our cabin. I was eleven or so years old and my hair was so sunbleached it was white. I had poofy bangs and a crooked ponytail.
"Happy Together" by The Turtles (64 plays)
I know, this song has become cheesy, being overused in television commercials and movies. But that little build-up in the intro followed by such pure, joyous song? It's as irresistible as baby kitties. Watch the video!
"Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson (85 plays)
Jack Johnson is mostly just good music to study with or fall asleep to, so I probably just stuck one of his albums on repeat while engaging in one of these activities.
Other popular songs on my iTunes include "Something" by The Beatles, "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" by Peter Sarstedt, "Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5 (yes, it's pathetic) and "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears (yes, even more pathetic). Are there any embarrassing songs you listen to a bit too much?
Monday, August 11, 2008
Camille is really cute, especially if you're into a really minimalist aesthetic.
A bunny dolled up in the chicest fashions? Even more adorable than it sounds.
Karl Lagerfield's Guide to Life
Hilarious, but you might tire of it quickly unless you're really fashion-obsessed. I'd like to see more funny fake celebrity blogs on the web.
Stuff White People Like
A usually funny commentary on white, middle-class America.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The only Olympic-related thing I've watched so far was a bit of a women's volleyball game. Hopefully this does not make me terribly un-American. I love the Olympics, but there have just been better things to do...going on dates, exploring Chicago's suburbs and eating too much cheesecake, for example.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I had a date last night, and two separate guys asked me for my number on my way to meet my date. Red heels can work wonders!
Any fashion advice for dates? Any bad first date stories?
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Not only did she have good taste in artists (the overrated but still AMAZING Warhol), but she also rocked the short blonde hair. Holla! Tomorrow I'm getting my hair cut, hallelujah. It's been way longer than 6-8 weeks. I currently looked like a drugged-out Kurt Cobain or greasy-haired Paris Hilton. Thinking of getting the Anna-style hair below, but I might keep with my current trend of getting it super-short in back and longer in the front. Think Victoria Beckham (without the fake boobs and sexy husband).
Thursday, July 31, 2008
OK, so I would never have the guts. But it did remind me of how much I’m looking forward to getting my hair cut nice and short next week. Something can be so feminine about short hair, as it really brings the focus on your features and curves; you have to be flawless to pull it off. I’m a conformist in loving the boyish blonde crop of Agyness Dean.
There is this whole rumor, though, that guys don’t dig the pixie do’s. I think it’s just like a lot of other things- a matter of preference. Some guys like curvy girls; some like waifs. I’ve had plenty of guys in love with my hair. There are guys who’ve told me I would be even cuter if I grew it out, but when I refuse they don’t seem to mind much. As a blonde, no matter what I do strangers come up to me and touch my hair. When it’s more cropped, I feel like it has more of a style- I feel glam even in a t-shirt. My hair is just so straight that it takes to short styles well; once it gets long it looks completely flat.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
structuralism with foot cleavage. These Yves Saint Laurent
Folies Sandals are flying off the shelves at Saks for good
reason. As a journalism student I can't quite cough up
$895.00, but with shoes as great as these I don't know that
a cheap version can be found.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Pamela’s chest may be enviable, but here fashion sense isn’t always. Keep it classy, girls!
By showing a little more neckline your chest can look perkier. A scoop neck does this without showing any cleavage. American Apparel.
Halters will help lift your bust. Just be sure you buy a good bra to go underneath. The one below is by Baby Phat- usually I find the brand kind of gaudy, but this dress is sweet and simple.
Agent Provocateur is my favorite place for lingerie, even though it gets expensive. But if you have money to spend, why not spend it on quality undergarments? The bra below comes in up to an F cup!
Listening to: “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” by She & Him
Reading: “Wonderful Tonight” by Pattie Boyd (I’m a sucker for biographies!)
Watching: Season 2 of “House” on DVD
Wearing: sweatpants from Victoria’s Secret and a Catwoman shirt from UO…my Sunday afternoon blogging uniform! Don’t worry, kids, I look fashionable in public ;)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Articles on eating disorders flood the media. This allow people to be more informed and help those who need it, but also tends to glamorize a very scary mental illness. I could discuss this for several more paragraphs, but in this post I'm instead going to focus on something the media doesn't always focus on: the frequency of anorexia and bulimia in males.
Ever since entering college, I've noticed more and more of my guy friends commenting on their own eating habits. It's great ti be concerned about your health, but in some cases I feel like they're not just concerned, they're obsessive. A lot of them still have super-fast metabolisms, exercise often and are already very slim, but will make multiple comments about the calories in their meals. While I am attracted to slim guys, I'm just as (if not more so) attracted to the heftier guys who have no qualms about polishing off several burgers in one go. I like feeling protected and weighing less than my boyfriend!
What's your opinion: Do you think eating disorders will become more of a problem among guys?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Right now I really like Selma Blair's asymetrical bob in "Hellboy II". My mom has always told me "you can't have bangs- your forehead is too nice"...but right now I have a zit right in the middle of it that some bangs would cover up perfectly.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Currently I’m coveting Stila Crème Bouquet, but it’s been sold out whenever I’ve visited Sephora and I’m too lazy to get on the waiting list. Plus, if everyone else is wearing it, I’m not sure that I want to. But when I received a small sample bottle I got so many compliments, and I feel like the mixture of florals and vanilla tones fits my personality. It’s sweet but not too sweet, perfect for daytime wear.
In the meantime, it’s Burberry Weekend for Men for me. I got a 30 ml. bottle for only $15 from TJ Maxx and I love it. When I first smelled it I didn’t realize it was for men, but the simple navy blue box looked a bit masculine so I checked the label, not seeing anything man-specific. I bought it and found the “For Men” written in tiny letters on the way home. Several guys tried to get me to give it to them, but I loved the scent enough to keep it. So far I haven’t worn it much and therefore haven’t received any comments, but we’ll see what happens when I wear it this weekend. It’s a rather subtle scent. Now that I’ve realized I can wear men’s fragrance, I want some LaCoste Pour Homme too. Who knew I could be so preppy?
If you're clueless as to what fragrance would work for you, I'd try Sephora's Fragrance Finder. The site divides scents into nice little categories.
Fresh- citrus, green leaves, marine notes
Floral- jasmine, rose, white flowers
Oriental- spices, vanilla, patchouli
Woody- citrus, warm woods, moss
Fresh- citrus, green leaves, marine notes
Aromatic- citrus, lavender, geranium
Woody- vetiver, agarwood, cedar
Sephora also offers these nifty gift boxes with samples of tons of popular scents, including a gift certificate for a full-sized bottle of any of the samples after you've selected your favorite. If you want to buy fragrance for your girl or guy, this is often the easiest way to go!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Remember that scene in the film "Annie Hall" where Woody Allen considers what all of his former classmates grew up to do? And that one innocent-looking girl says "I'm into leather"? Little known fact, but that was me as a little girl. (OK, not really. And just to clarify, my interest in the material is purely for fashion's sake.)
[And P.S....all of you vegans/vegetarians/consumer-conscious...what's your opinion on leather? I've been a vegetarian before in terms of my eating habits, but never managed to give up leather or fur.]
- Frye Engineer Boots at Urban Outfitters
- Frye makes the perfect leather boot. I love the Engineer Boot because it's tough but simple. I'm not much of a 'goth'/'punk' fashion person, although I could see someone taking this boot in that direction. I'd probably pair it with jeans, a really girly top and a bunch of gold charmed necklaces.