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Remember how I said that 2013 is going to be my year? As cliched as that is and sounds- because everyone says that after the new year- I think I was right.

Big announcement. After working as a full-time graphic designer/communications ninja for over 3 years, this is my last week of full-time employment in the non-profit industry. Next Monday, I’m starting an internship with Oscar de la Renta‘s art department. Oscar de la Renta, who dressed two of the funniest women on television for the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night. Needless to say, I am more than thrilled and nervous and excited to get started.

As someone who never, ever takes a big risk- I’ve had the same haircut since I was 7- this is certainly a huge thing for me to jump in to. Everything just seemed to fall into place, and I found myself without a reason to say “no.” I’m hoping that it pays off in the long run, even though the next 3 months are going to be pretty crazy, busy, and exciting.

Once this new schedule starts, I will be working THREE jobs and I’m not really sure what the future holds for this blog. I just read Court + Hudson‘s last post and truly identified with her, and admired her for her honesty and transparency. I want to be honest and transparent with you all, too. For the last few months, I’ve felt a bit uninspired and found it difficult to keep up with posts, especially since I didn’t do personal style posts. Now, the next few months are going to be about me and getting my career and life in order and straightened out.

With that said, I thank you all for your support, loyalty, friendship, and readership. I’ve been blogging in fashion for 3 years, and over 2 at this very place, and I wouldn’t have had any success without each and every one of you. I met many of you through blogger-only events, one that took me all the way across the country.

Please stay in touch (links to the right) and let me know when you’ll be in New York City, since starting on Monday, I’ll be spending 3 out of 7 days there!

January 28, 2013   8 Comments

first lady doubles down on jason wu

For last night’s inaugural ball, First Lady Michelle Obama chose to wear a custom gown by Jason Wu. She famously put Jason Wu on the map in 2009 when she wore the up-and-coming designer’s creation to the first inaugural ball, and Wu has since become a household name.

President Obama And first lady Attend Inaugural Balls

DC Celebrates Inauguration With Gala Balls

Per the White House, “The first lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown, shoes by Jimmy Choo, and a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. At the end of the inaugural festivities, the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.”

I think she absolutely killed it. I love everything about this dress- the cut, the material, the way it flows. I saw many people say on Twitter that the First Lady should have picked another designed, one who was lesser known so she could’ve launched them into stardom, like she did for Wu. While that certainly would’ve been nice, the most important thing is for the First Lady to be happy and comfortable. She did her job by promoting America, its fashion industry, and by looking radiant.

(And, to be fair, she did wear some lesser known American designers for some inaugural activities, including Thom Browne (who is just launching a women’s line) and Naeem Khan.)

I also saw many tweets wondering why we spend so much time talking about the First Family and what they are wearing. This article in The Atlantic does a good job at summing up why their fashion is important. Not even a full hour after the First Lady arrived at the inaugural ball, Kimberly McDonald’s site crashed because of how interested everyone was in the custom piece Ms. McDonald did. When the First Lady wears something universally appealing and moderately priced, the women of this country go out and buy it. Until it’s sold out. Like the so called “Kate Effect”.

What do you think about the First Lady’s inauguration wardrobe and her responsibility (if any) to the American fashion industry?

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January 23, 2013   No Comments

guest post: spring trends from london fashion week

This guest post was submitted by Mollie O’Grady. Mollie loves shopping, skinny-tinis, high heels and Macy’s.

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London Fashion Week, September 14-18, was an explosion of wearable confetti and tantalizing trends. Spring/ summer 2013 collections showcased fresh new looks from established pillars of the fashion world as they collided gracefully with the head-turning designs of newcomers.

From ready-to-wear feminine frills to avant-garde costume influenced dazzlers, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a fashion school hopeful, be sure to keep an eye out for these sultans of design this season.

Uma Wang

Ms. Wang had been dubbed “China’s hottest emerging designer” by the esteemed Business of Fashion journal. This pint-sized powerhouse has also been the lucky subject of features in Italian Vogue and other notable publications. From the birth of her label in 2005, the Shanghai based designer has carved a groove for herself with layered minimalist designs, rich fabrics, and sculptural, almost architectural shapes. Look for Wang’s designs worldwide, from Moscow to London and beyond. She has also been collaborating with Swatch on a recent project, get ready world!

Michael van der Ham

Michael van der Ham has been hailed by many as one of the shining stars of London Fashion Week. His bold, yet, ladylike textiles have delighted critics and bloggers across the board. Van der Ham’s decision to team up with the cashmere label Brora has garnered him rounds of applause across the board. The 12 piece collection features cardigans, beanies, slim jumpers and dresses, and scarves- deliciously drenched in his signature bold and alluring color palette.

Philip Treacy

The great hat designer from Australia made his triumphant return this year after a 12 year hiatus, and did so with a grand entrance, creating for some of the most prolific design houses in the world- McQueen, Chanel and Givenchy. Treacy’s “sculptural, innovative and directional” designs have donned some of the most famous catwalks in today’s fashion scape.

This year, Treacy’s reach extends far beyond his personal contributions to the fashion world. He will be judging the Women’s Racewear Daily Final on AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Women’s Racewear Millinery Award and National Final on Crown Oaks Day, rubbing elbows with fashion royalty as he makes another mark on the industry.

VRC Chairman Mr. Michael Burn remarks “The name Philip Treacy is one of the most recognisable in the fashion world, and is synonymous with innovation and style. Millinery plays such an integral role in racing fashion, and as we mark 50 years of Fashions on the Field at Flemington, it is only fitting that our style ambassador is one of the world’s most celebrated hat designers.”

Bao Bao Wan

Bao Bao Wan has some very interesting foot steps to follow, as she is the granddaughter of Wan Li, once the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress- and she’s definitely not shy about her connections. Wan has emerged on the fashion scene as the self-proclaimed “First Socialite” of China. She’s inciting quite a bit of buzz for the fine jewelry she has been designing and marketing since ’06. Her look has been described as delicate and feminine, as well as heavy with references to Chinese culture. This can be seen in pieces like her teapot charms in diamonds, and others. Her brand has extended outside of China recently, being stocked at Matches in London, with features in Vogue.

Whether you’re new to the fashion world or a seasoned connoisseur, be sure to keep an eye on these movers and shakers as the upcoming seasons unfurl.

January 22, 2013   No Comments

color of the year

It thrills me that Pantone named Emerald 17-5641 as 2013′s color of the year. Not only is green one of my favorite colors, but emerald is also my birthstone (May baby here!). I can’t wait to see this rich, deep hue everywhere.

Here are a few different ways to incorporate emerald into your life right now.

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Lab created emerald 6mm gold stud earringsColorblock capris | Nail polish in Trophy Wife | Silk charmeuse shirt | Suede platform pumps | Green dew drop bib

January 7, 2013   2 Comments

cheers

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Today was my first day back at the office since December 21. Since I had all of that nice time off, I took a little hiatus from blogging between Christmas and, well, now. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a very happy (and safe) new year celebration.

My goal for 2013 is to do things for myself this year. I spent most of 2012 learning how to juggle a new dog and a new (second) job, which didn’t leave much room for anything else. This year, I plan on traveling and seeing my friends a whole lot more. I turn 26 this year- 2013 is the year that I get my life in order.

I also hope to get a more consistent posting schedule for fresh squeezed and would welcome anyone who wants to contribute regularly. If you’re interested, please contact me!

Here’s to 2013.

January 2, 2013   1 Comment

my grown up christmas [play]list

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Well, it’s the day before the day before Christmas, and I finally feel like it’s Christmas. Nothing helps that feeling more than baking some Christmas cookies and a really great holiday playlist. I’ll be rocking out to this playlist (on Spotify)- anyone know what movie that quote is from?- while making these cookies (here and here) for Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house and Christmas day at my house.

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! In the comments, let me know what your favorite Christmas songs and cookie recipes are.

December 23, 2012   No Comments

’tis the season for christmas cards

I don’t feel like I can start any post in good conscience without acknowledging the horrific events that took place in Newtown, CT, on Friday morning. My heart is still very, very heavy and I hope that this will help fuel a serious discussion on how to prevent massacres like this in the future. This, combined with the loss of my great-aunt on Friday night, has brought with it a few gloomy days and a few more to come, I’m sure. In case you are wondering, here are some ways you can help the Newtown community in the wake of this tragedy.

Now, on to today’s regularly scheduled post…

Once a year, I try to make a special effort to send out snail-mail correspondence to my closest friends. Usually, this time is around now- I mean, what’s better than opening up a bunch of Christmas cards after work, when it’s pitch black out? That usually puts a smile on my face.

That said, I was very happy to receive an email from Rikki at Minted.com offering me a credit to stock up on my Christmas cards this season [FTC disclaimer: I was given the credit in exchange for this review]. In case you haven’t heard of it, Minted.com is an online community of independent graphic designers and provide and print various custom card designs. As a graphic designer myself, I think this is a great way to get your name out there as a designer, so I had to check it out.

I had been thinking about doing custom photo cards this year and showing off my pride and joy, Lily, so the timing of Rikki’s email couldn’t have been better. We had a photo shoot in November so I could get working on the photos and get them out in time for Christmas delivery- after all, I have some friends who live half way across the world!

The site even has a category for pet-themed cards, which is great for someone like me, who’s daughter is actually a 2 year old rescue pup. I found the whole process of designing, uploading, approving and receiving my cards to be smooth and seamless. I chose to try out some upgrades, too: envelope liners with the paw prints, envelope stickers and return address labels, and the same paw prints pattern on the back of the card.

It took about one and a half days to receive my proof, and once I approved it, I received the cards two days later. Can’t beat that, right? I will definitely be visiting Minted again and suggest you check them out, too!

Below are some outtakes from Lily’s Christmas photo shoot and a few photos of the items I received from Minted.

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December 18, 2012   No Comments

[gift guide] for the home + more

December 10, 2012   No Comments

one year ago…

This girl came into my life.

Happy adoption anniversary, Lily!

This year has been one of the best and most difficult of my life. Having this dog around has changed everything forever and I can’t wait for many more years with her.

When I got Lily, she had just been rescued by an animal welfare group in Alabama a few weeks earlier. She was a stray and her foster mom believed that she was abused, mostly likely by men, and chased by some dogs before she was found. It has been so amazing to watch Lily grow from a scared, timid baby pup to the confident, friendly, outgoing dog she is now.

After a year with this sweet, lovable pup, I have to ask: who rescued who?

December 10, 2012   2 Comments

[gift guide] sparkle & shine

December 5, 2012   No Comments

[gift guide] animal lover

December 3, 2012   No Comments

Christmas Cheer

With Christmas just around the corner (scary, but true), it’s time for me to start getting my Christmas card list ready. While I already bought Christmas cards, I’m hoping to get custom ones made with Lily looking like this or this or this. We’ll see how that goes.

If you’re not as insane as I am and didn’t buy your cards in October (to be fair, I had a coupon), here are some good options to check out. Each gives you the option to customize cards, in case you’re looking to decorate your pet (like me) or children…

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Minted

Etsy

Where do you get your Christmas/holiday cards?

November 27, 2012   No Comments