Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Roadtesting Trends: The High Waist

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You and I both know that the high waist is all over the runways, but you and I also know that we'd rather not see them all over, you know, each other. The fact is, almost no one but the absurdly tall and the tragically skinny can pull this look off without looking like a half exploded sausage left in its casing. If you eat more that lettuce, Diet Coke, Kleenex and cocaine, expect to see that little pooch of your stomache turn into a mountain of a pooch. But then again, we were all pretty skep of skinny jeans too. Pros of the high waist: they make your legs look super long, they kind of act as a control top (damnit I couldn't fit that third egg McMuffin in this morning), and there's no possible way plumber's crack can strike. Final verdict: eeennh. I got a kick out of zipping up my foot long fly, but it wasn't exactly comfortable to move around in. I'd do it again, but I'm sticking to my low rises for at least a season longer.

Thomas Pink button up
Vintage denim skirt
Target flats
Old Navy belt

Monday, February 26, 2007

Fresh Junk: Heavy Metal Metallics

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How badass is it to show up at the premiere black tie event of the year dressed like a disco-balled Liberace groupie? Who did it best: Cate Blancett, Emily Blunt, or Anika Noni Rose?

Check the Hotties: The Oscars

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Don't even get me started on how I didn't get a chance to watch the Oscars tonight (but I did get In N Out, which is almost worth it). Flipping through the official Oscars website did help some, and got me all twitchy with love over these dresses. Dark jewel tones, mermaid cuts, feminine necklines --- drool drool drool. And can we talk about how cute Reese's hair is? I've got new inspiration to liven up my bangs now.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Fresh Junk: Spring Seperates by Twinkle

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I've been caught in a rainy sort of funk that makes me gravitate to anything pinkish and floraly and nauseatingly springtime cutesy-poo. The SS07 line from Wenlan Chia's Twinkle line is the perfect thing to look forward to wearing. I'm loving the swingy knee-length skirts, candycolored patterns and Heidi-on-an-acid-trip aesthetics. Accessories? All you need are some flat sandals, gold chain, and peroxide drenched hair. So, until May, Twinkle. Until May.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Mad Delusions: JCrew swimsuit

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It's not so much that the swimsuit is mad expensive (at only $88, it's actually pretty reasonable), it's more that Cali weather is not participating. All I could think about as I trudged to our dorms with Tee (through horizontal rain, nonetheless) was how much I just wanted to don a cute swimsuit and just chill on some lawn with a good book. JCrew satiated some of that hunger with this adorable madras number, but I figure that I just have to wait until the rain subsides, and I can finally work on getting rid of this pasty white that I call my skin.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Pretty Bottles

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I have over ten bottles of perfume to my name. Call me a scent whore, call me whatever you'd like, but it's not even the fact that I like smelling differently all the time, it's more that I just like looking at my perfumes lined up in a row. I've got tall skinny ones, and short fattish ones. Ones that look like they were dug out from Titanic ruins and ones that look like they were designed by four year olds. So, let Sephora's online collection inspire you to start your own menagerie.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fresh Junk: Pink Nails

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After ten minutes of consecutive studying, I decided that I needed a break, so I went to go paint my nails. I reached for my trusty go-to dark plum color and stopped short. Could it be? Was I getting sick of dark nail polish? It just didn't feel right---with the day all sunshiney and OK Go blasting from my headphones, I felt like something less broody. Inspired by this image on cobrasnake, I borrowed a friend's collection of nail polishes and picked the pinkest shade I could find. I'm still getting used to my Barbie nails, but it's a refreshing change from all that plum.

(tip: to avoid actually having Barbie nails, keep them short and chip them after they dry with some sandpaper or a nail filer---if you aren't ready to go all femme at once, try white, I hear it's the new black)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Prep the Themester: Mardis Gras Party

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This Catholic holiday is celebrated in dozens of countries around the world, but the US (or more specifically, Lousianan) version is one of a kind. Brought to the states in the 17th century, it was first celebrated as a masked ball, then as a parade. Nowadays thousands pay homage to this ancient holiday by getting shit faced and showing their boobs. If you find yourself standing in front of your closet before a carnival party, just think jester transvestite and you should be pretty much on par. And for the beads? If you must, give them out sparingly fellow tarty readers. Remember, some traditions just don't work outside of their natural environment ;)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Current Threads: Road Trip to Santa Cruz

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Nevermind that it's only an hour and a half away, a road trip is a road trip. I've got my tub of red vines and a mess of gatorade packed up in Tee's jeep, and I'm itching to go. With the sun shining and my homework done, I've never looked more forward to a stretch of empty(ish) roads in my life. The knit dress keeps my comfortable, and the hoodie keeps me warm. How are you spending your president's day weekend?

Thifted hoodie
Knit dress (from TJMaxx?)
Black tights
Adidas sneaks

Friday, February 16, 2007

Fresh Junk: Tom's Shoes

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After wobbling through campus on another pair of shoes I'm trying to break in, I realized that my shoe wardrobe is desperately lacking comfortable shoes. Toms Shoes is not only the most comfortable looking pair of kicks that I've ever seen, but it's also for a good cause. For every pair Blake Mycoskie (the creater of Toms shoes) sells, he donates a pair to an Argentinian child in need. So pick up your own (and for $38, buy like, five?).

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Channeling: Lolita

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Nabokov's Lolita may be one of my favorite reads of all time. Disregarding the less than kosher topic it focuses around, Lolita contains some of the most genius wordsmithing on the face of the planet. Channel your inner nymphet with saddle shoes (Payless --- get them for cheap), dainty dresses and cuffed jean shorts. Top it off with heart shaped stunnas.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Celebrate Good Times: V-Day

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V-day's one of the most dreaded yet looked forward to holidays ever created by corporate machismos (fuck you Hallmark). That said, Valentine's day is pretty bomb if you have a significant other, but it doesn't have to suck if you don't. Just remember to acknowledge all the people you do love (New Kids on the Block? I love you most?). And if you have to wear sweats, look cute by wearing it in the form of a trapeze dress. Just make sure you're wearing some hot underthings under your, ahem, things, in case someone makes a move (you listening, hotboy in my poli sci class?). Who knows? Valentine's day's a day of surprises --- anything could happen ;)

(PS - a little chocolate liquor doesn't hurt either)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mad Delusions: Ksubi Eye

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I'm pretty hesitant in embracing the whole space-cadet fad that's in the works for spring, but one facet that I can get excited about is eyewear. Ksubi (originally Tsubi) has come out with a gnarly collection of futuristic sunglasses, ranging from Wayfarer inspired red rims, to grampa-brown square frames. I'd pick one up for myself, but I'm not willing to shell out a couple hundred dollars, unless, you'd like to beam me up some?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Current Threads: KALX evening news

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I woke up this morning to my body being slowly baked from the sun coming through the windows. I took this rare opportunity of sunlight to take a break from my rainboots and stick on my grey suede peeptoes. However, I report the Monday evening news for my college radio on Mondays after class in the basement of a large concrete building and didn't realize until I was reporting the weather that it was raining outside? Lo and behold, Mother Nature was being fickle (again) and I walked - nay, swam - back to my dorm. Needless to say, I'm checking google weather before I get dressed now.

Vintage beater (I know, don't ask)
H&M mustard yellow sweater
Black leggings
Thrifted shoes (Buffalo Exchange)
Express wood cuff

Sunday, February 11, 2007

From a Dude's View: Shoe Trends

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Meet Brett: he's a supreme basketball player, self-described Phantom of the Opera enthusiast, and knows all the words to every rap song every played on any top fifty radio station. Brett helps us kick off a new feature here at prettylegit, every once in a while, we ask an average (or not so average) Joe to help us decipher the new fashion trends by filling out a simple template: I'd ____ her ____ (wipe those dirty thoughts from your heads, readers). This spring's shoe trends are calling for athletic kicks, futuristic heels (think metallic and lucite) and bright poppy colors (like mustard yellow). Check Brett's wordsmithing and delve into the heads of what dudes think.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Really Obsessed With: Rainy Day Gear

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I'm pretty ok with Norcal's climate, but the constant rain during the winter is starting to bog me down. I wear my rainboots more than I wear any other shoes, and my umbrella is ALWAYS drying outside my door. But, just like Lau Lau told me as we stood dripping in the DC, she likes rainy days because she gets to check out all the different styles of rainboots and umbrellas. I'm pretty torn between which style I'm more down with: equestrian inspired Jeffrey Campbells, or the froggy Western Chief ones that my mom never let me have? The Burberry script umbrella, of the clear Marc Jacobs one (with that creepy-ass girl face that I'm in a kind of love/hate relationship with)? Decisions, decisions.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Just Purchased: Minnetonka Moccasins

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If there's anything that I'd spend my money on, it's going to be on a sick pair of shoes. So, while shopping today, I tried to force myself to look at everything else first, but kept falling back to those racks and racks of shoooes. Coming from Minnesota, I saw Minnetonka Moccasins absolutely everywhere, but couldn't really justify paying fifty bucks for something everyone and their mothers had. However, I saw this beaut just chilling on the bottom rack for $15, and I had to pick them up. Since they're white, they go with basically everything, and they're comfortable enough to walk everywhere in.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Check the Hottie: Fashion Week's Cat People

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Dubbed "The Cat People" by other Fashion Week Go-ers, two Romanian socialites that call themsevles "Elisabeta and Nicolae Petrescu" have caused mad frenzy from people speculating that they might be Sasha Baron Cohen's newest characters. Toting around a tabby and being followed by a personal violinist and a rose petal tossing lackey, the two have been bombarded by press. Why are they Prettylegit's picks for hotties? Uh, what's hotter than being linked to the blockbuster comedian, literarally having your own private monologuing soundtrack, and creating a hailstorm of chatter wherever you walk? International men of mystery or not, the cat people are definately on my list of people to watch during fashion week.

Pictures from Radar and Gawker

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Channeling: OK Go

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I'm all about metamorphosis. Howevs, my favorite of all time has to belong to my favorite band, OK Go. When I first fell for the Go in the 7th grade, they were your typical beer-T and jeans band, but with a couple minor successes (duuudes, "You're So Damn Hot" was the theme song for The Real Spring Break), I guess that beerTandjeans didn't cut it anymore. Now, they look like pyschedelic nancy's, with crazy tie-broaches, paisleys, and trousers so tight you'd be able to tell what religion they are. Try it yourself by rocking (ha) blazers from boys' uniform stores and drape a longish scarf around your neck. For sure, you'll be OK to Go (oh my).

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Fresh Junk: Mike and Chris Leather Hoodie

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I know that this has been blogged approximentally a thousand times before, but I am still in a bit of love with this Mike and Chris leather hoodie. Why? Because it is a fatty oxymoron: leather jacket + hoodie, badass cuffs + cute buttons, cropped + uh, cropped is just cute. I saw a girl with a cuffed fitted leather zip up today on campus and neither tore it off of her. I'm ransacking the local thrift stores this weekend to look for one. Keep your fingers crossed, I'm wanting this one preeeety bad.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Fresh Junk: Christopher Brosius

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I was looking through Nylon on Sproul the other day. Usually, I read Nylon with a pinch of salt --- no magazine has the ability to find those tiny-ass esoteric fashion/beauty brands (some which still advertise on geocities domains, trust me, I checked). But Christopher Brosius' I Hate Perfume, perfume brand caught my eye. With locations all over the nation, Brosius strives to remind us that "Scent is Life." Nevermind the cheese, Brosius is intensely dedicated to creating quality, unique scents that are sure to set you apart from the Clinique Happy-wearing masses.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Article Vol 1: Dress Your Age

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Every month I'll be writing a long article delving into the depths of fashion, your psyche, and my closet. In the first edition, prettylegit explores why kids are dressing like adults and adults are dressing like kids. It could be that we're all just caught in the throes of fashion amnesia, but I'd like to think that it's something more.

Read:

Friday, February 2, 2007

Current Threads: Staying In

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Oh em geee, communists really know how to party. I'm still experiencing the aftershocks of such a crazy night, so the last thing I want to do is dress up for the day. Instead, I'm staying in my pajamas and am planning on puttering around the ol' dorm room and watch some documentaries (woohoooooo).

Lacoste pullover
Victoria Secret leggings
Laura Ashley Booties
Vintage headscarf

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Just Purchased: Wayfarer Knockoffs

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I usually stick to my aviaters (or my ridiculous Yoko Ono pair), but I was accompanying Tee to Longs today to stock up on Airbourne when I saw a pair of knockoff Wayfarer's for $10. Usually, sunglasses trends are over before you can say, "I need some sunglasses" (or something like that?), but such a cheap thrill couldn't be passed up. These were better than the pair being sold at Forever 21 (the lenses are a bit longer, so they don't make my face look like such a football) and the hinges are a bit sturdier. They're perfect for this coming Spring's resurrection of 90's grunge and Holly Golightly class, and definately won't damage my bank account like a real pair would.

Prep the Themester: Communist Party

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At a school where those registered as Communist outnumber Republicans, it's kind of fitting that a Communist Party would take place. Also, I'm a fan for puns, and the Communist Party (Party) is one of the better ones I've heard all year. On the invite? Dress in red, or as your favorite communist leader (which for us girls, included Gloria Steinem and Patty Hearst and if you have no shame, Helen Keller). Be expected to be hit on by Castro's, Mao's, Stalin's --- and if you're lucky, a smarmy Che might just revolutionize your culture ;)

(Take this post with a grain of salt? It's all in good fun)