Wednesday, May 22, 2013

all that glitters is gold (& silver): baublebar top necklace picks for may

May BaubleBar Necklace Obsessions

Kathryn and I both agree that as we grow older, we're starting to invest in higher quality items (although only one of us has the big girl job to be able to make such a decision...hahah). Higher quality jewelry is one particular group of items that I am starting to adapt into my wardrobe. Shockingly enough, the mysterious blue and green stains left all over my skin by cheaper jewelry after the second wear is starting to aggravate me. Enter my relatively recent addiction that I can't seem to kick: BaubleBar. With better quality jewelry at reasonable prices, I can't help but drool over my keyboard every time I peruse their website. I've been looking to add shorter necklaces in varying lengths to my wardrobe to layer on top of each other for a bold statement look and I've narrowed it down to these. wallet... Which ones do you guys like the best? (Click on the collage for prices :) ).

xo Rita

Friday, April 12, 2013

and the days blur into one

With Coachella kicking off today, I SHOULD write about music festival garb. But I've never been one to conform to what's expected so I'm going to take this post in a different direction. If you find yourself really wanting to know my top picks for music festivals fashion feel free to refer to this article I wrote for my school's newspaper last year. :)

So what am I writing about? The third installment of fashion inspired by art series, obviously! I decided to choose "Cassie thinking about Cubism" by Philip Absolon. While cubism isn't my favorite art movement, I find myself intrigued by cubist artists' attempts to break up and rearrange the subject of a piece to try and depict it from a variety of viewpoints. With sharp edges and a mix of bold colors, I knew this piece would be perfect for our fashion inspired by art series!

Fashion Inspired by Art- Round 3

Have a great weekend!
xox Rita

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

and half an hour later we packed up our things: brazil

It's been over two months. What can we say? Life gets in the way of plans, and so we've neglected you again. We'e sorry. We really are! But we're back and ready to be more consistent with posting and here to give a little life update as well.

Kathryn's been crazy busy with tax season, and I severely underestimated the different demands of being a second semester senior. But let's get to the good stuff already!

This spring break, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with my friend Ximena and her boyfriend, Erick (yes, I was a third wheel AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE! I'd like to think of it more as a mom, dad, and daughter scenario but hey either way.)

It was a rather exhilarating spur of the moment decision that perfectly satisfied my feeling of wanderlust that was building in the past few months. Traveling to Brazil was definitely the trip of a lifetime. I'd never been to South America before, and it was amazing to experience such unique and carefree culture. The Cristo Redentor was breathtaking and the views from the top provided an awe-inspiring view of Rio.

From the delicious hearty Brazilian food down to my inexplicably awkward tanlines, I loved every minute of the trip. Brazil was absolutely gorgeous, and I'd jump at the opportunity to explore more in Latin America. Have you ever been to South or Central America?
Ximena and I at Ipanema beach
Copacabana sidewalks
Ximena and Erick during a walk along the ocean 
Ipanema beach
Cristo Redentor
¡Venga!  tapas bar 
historic Lapa district
bartender swag at Miroir Club
BuzĂ­os photoshoot commences

xox Rita

Friday, January 11, 2013

dress me I'm your mannequin

Last week, I mentioned that I was particularly jazzed about one of my Christmas gifts, and it ended up being one of the most unexpected. My parents gave me Decades: A Century of Fashion by Cameron Silver, but I know my mom had carefully picked out this golden nugget for me. My mom really is the best gift giver I know. She takes your interests and amps them up to a ridiculous level that you didn't even know you needed in your life (but definitely do.)

Enter this book. It breaks down each decade of fashion with a plethora of editorial shots and crowns each "designer of the decade" at the end of each section. Inspiring photographs of high fashion ladies grace the pages and walk you through the transition of fashion trends throughout the past century. Definitely a must have for any history buff, fashion enthusiast, or curious person. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from the book.

Rita Hayworth

Jamie Lee Curtis
all images via: Decades: A Century of Fashion
Thanks Mom and Dad!
xo Rita

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

simply having a wonderful christmas (and new year) time

{sweater: Forever21 cami: Nordstrom leather skirt: Urban Outfitters pearl necklace: gifted Judith Jack bracelets: gift from Mexico, Macy's, Target Tights: Target Shoes: Aldo}
Christmas came and went so ridiculously fast this year that I was still reeling from the excitement when New Years popped up. My concept of time is obciously rather poor haha. Below I took a snapshot of just a few of my favorite Christmas gifts, and there's one that I'm particularly excited about that I'll explain more later :). One of my resolutions this year is to put more time into the blog, and I'm excited to see where it goes this year! I've really enjoyed this Christmas break with lots of time with family and friends and much needed lounging. And hey, with the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale starting in stores today; it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

{cranberry vodka cocktail for Christmas courtesy of our Aunt Donna}
{jacket:Urban Outfitters elbow patch sweater: Urban Outfitters chambray shirt: Nordstrom bowl: Anthropologie bracelet: gifted from my Aunt Donna from Paris eye shadow palette: Urban Decay glasses: Anthropologie & Decades; A Century of Fashion by Cameron Silver}
xo Rita

Saturday, December 22, 2012

then I heard your voice as clear as day, and you told me I should concentrate

It's been almost seven weeks since our last post. We've been a little preoccupied. But as John Lennon said, "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans," and this time was no exception. This semester wrapped up with constant chaos through November and December and although the blog clearly took a spot on the back burner, Kathryn and I both want to get back to the blog and give a more structured set-up and more regular posts to our readers (all two of you that are left that is!)

I recently got my wisdom teeth out and so I've been able to live it up during Christmas break so far (think: finishing the whole sixth season of Dexter and watching countless movies as I cuddle with my dog and attempt to eat solid foods).

Here are a few snapshot pictures of what life has been like the past few weeks, you know, while we completely disappeared from the blogosphere and such.

The Thanksgiving outfit:
Shirt: Forever21 Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft Coat: Forever21 Shoes: Aldo Bird Ring: Forever21

A snapshot of the German Santa on our brand new fake Christmas tree, which was initially much resisted by the kids in the family.
Hot apple cider brewed with cinnamon sticks that left a delicious smell wafting through the house.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!

Friday, November 2, 2012

now you're just somebody that i used to know

shirt: J. Crew Factory, vest: Topshop, pants: Gap, shoes: Aldo, necklace: Bauble Bar, bag: Zara {prices here}

It's here- the second installment of our fashion inspired by art series! I chose the painting "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper because it is a piece that has always intrigued me. It portrays four people in a corner diner late at night. The bright interior lighting illuminates not only the diner, but also the sidewalk outside. I can't help but wonder if the man and woman at the counter have just met or if there is more to their story. Maybe they are ex-lovers who have just happened to run into each other again! Whatever the story may be behind the painting, its colors are so rich and perfect for fall. I chose pieces that reflected the deep red, forest green, and browns in the painting. I also added a statement necklace, pointy shoes, and fur vest to pump up the glam factor.