Monday, September 16, 2013

Phillip Lim x Target

The Phillip Lim x Target collection has finally arrived! After days and days of waiting, speculating, and perusing we were rewarded with an incredible line. I realize I say this with every designer line Target comes out with, but this is probably my favorite. It also helped that the Target I frequent the most had an astounding number of options to choose from (which was fantastic because girls can be vicious). What really got me was the fact that the quality is unparalleled. The fabrics are luxurious, making me feel like I paid way more than I actually did (that's the ticket!). Speaking of prices, I was shocked at how low they were. I knew the prices would not break the bank, but the items were highly affordable. Perfect for those fashionistas on a budget (like myself). The pieces can easily pull double duty, working well with casual pieces as well as more formal items. Most of the pieces in the collection can effortlessly be worn as work wear while still keeping that model-off-duty kind of look. Literally perfection. Below are the pieces I snagged:

The "Boom" sweatshirt is probably the piece I coveted most while scanning the look book. As most of you already know, a fashion sweatshirt is my weakness. It brilliantly captures the comic rage happening at the moment and is comfortable to boot. At the launch party, Jessica Alba was spotted wearing the sweatshirt with a sleek pair of pants from the collection and red heels. I wanted to take the same route with my look and paired my sweater with a Forever 21 pencil skirt and Aldo heels. The sweatshirt is by nature supposed to be a more relaxed piece, but when paired with structured pieces it changes into something breathtaking. 

When I picked this sweater off the rack I didn't pay attention to much except the detail on the neckline. As I slipped into this navy masterpiece I realized it is probably one of the best purchases I have ever made. I have never owned a sweater as soft as this. The material feels like the softest fleece has been sewn right into the knitting. The embellishment at the neck really takes the piece up a notch from cozy to classic. I paired the sweater with a Kardashian Kollection skirt and Aldo flats.

And finally we come to this wonderful top. The sleeves and back are silky and the front is another soft sweater material. Navy and green are two of my favorite pairings. I especially adored the way the caramel hue of this Forever 21 (fake) leather skirt brought out the colors. Like the sweater above I was surprised by how plush the fabric felt. It is no surprise that this beauty will become one of my favorites. 

I am amazed and thrilled how well the Phillip Lim x Target collection came out. Each piece is exquisite and worthy of your time and money (if there is anything left). Of course I expected great things and I was given so much more. I cannot wait to wear these pieces and have them become staples in my wardrobe. Applause. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Favoring Flats

While I may not be one of the lucky few who are able to attend the glorious shows at New York Fashion Week, I can still be a part of the "front row". Streaming the live videos gives me a chance to see the beautiful pieces created by some of the greatest fashion minds from the comfort of my own office couch. 

Perusing the videos and flipping through pictures of each model, I noticed more than the brilliant colors, prints, and silhouettes. Of course everyone has their eyes glued to the pieces of clothing the models are wearing. But occasionally the accessories draw the attention. The particular accessories I am talking about are the shoes. Most models stomp the runway in heels - stilettos, wedges, chunky heels. Any heel. However, this season there have been an astounding number of flats. Yes, I said flats. 

A few wonderful examples of the upcoming flat trends are Honor, Peter Som, Kate Spade, and Nicholas K. And the week is still young! Heels may be the epitome of high fashion, but the more laid back and ultimate cool girl looks bring with them a chicer and more stunning flat than ever before. 

Honor S/S 2014

Kate Spade S/S 2014

Nicholas K S/S 2014

Peter Som S/S 2014

From Oxfords, to pointy toes, to ankle booties, flats are coming back in a big way. The many different colors and prints and styles are enough to get this girl excited. What flat trend will you be trying?