December 10, 2012

Spotlight - Forever 21

What:  The highlighting of a particular store and a popular article of clothing
Where:  Why, here of course!
When:  Riiight now

Style:  Crew neck sweaters, which are very much "in" at the moment

There's girly...
Forever 21

And sporty...
Forever 21

The Basics...
Forever 21

And all manner of fun patterns...
Forever 21

Which one suits you?

Cheers from 775 Fashion Avenue.

December 2, 2012

Keep a Lookout

A few nights ago I finished watching The September Issue, which is a documentary about the making of the most important issue of American Vogue in 2007...the month of September. September's slated as the start of fashion for the year...the January of fashion, as it were.

I feel like I should have seen this film ages ago, just for the inside look into the world of fashion and magazine editing. Amid the blur of stunning photography and insanely creative designs, one moment really stood out to me. 

Grace Coddington (Creative Director at Vogue) shared some advice given to her from a photographer she had worked with in the past. He told her to always keep your eyes open (never sleep in the car, for instance) and always observe what's right outside your window because you never know what may inspire you.

I don't know this man but I want to give him a high five! Or something equally as cheesy as it is appreciative. This simple advice, taken literally or figuratively, is what drives imagination and discovery. Both are invaluable aspects of fashion as well as every day life. To me, it was a reminder to drive out complacency and to see the world anew.

Yes, the film was all about Vogue fashion which may or may not be your cup of tea. But I guess I'd just like to encourage you to find the thing that makes your imagination run wild. Find out your passions and see the amazing places they can lead you. And always keep a lookout for inspiration. 

Cheers from 775 Fashion Avenue.

November 27, 2012

Cardboard Carnage

Happy Tuesday!

Hopefully none of you were trampled if you went out shopping over the Black Friday weekend.

I was crazy enough to go to Walmart at midnight on Thursday with my sister, and so experienced the madness of the DVD sale section. There was a surprising amount of "Could you hand me that?"s and "Thank you"s...but let's just say I'm glad I'm not a cardboard DVD shelf...because they were literally torn to bits.

For this post I figured everyone would be fed up with shopping considering that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are lined up like a lovely bunch of coconuts standing in a I'll just share some Pinterest goodies today.

If you're not already on Pinterest, and you're a lady, it's alot of fun and you should sign up. If you're not already on Pinterest, and you're a guy, it's alot of fun for ladies...and maybe some guys. :)

For those of you who don't know, Pinterest is an online pin board. You have the entire internet full of beautiful photos, fantastic ideas, and mouth-watering recipes at your disposal. It's lovely.

So without further ado...

Oscar Wilde

You can check out the rest of my shtuff at've got fashion, recipes, party ideas, far-away places, home decor, and more. :)


November 11, 2012

Apple Cider for Breakfast

To all you summer-lovers out there, I'm sorry but I'm so very happy it's fall! I love the gorgeous colors...the chilly, grab-a-blanket weather...the smell of apple cider drifting through the house...and the promise that Christmas is just around the corner. Love. I really could go on and on.

But there's fashion stuffs to be posted! And so I won't.

Thanksgiving's almost here! Hopefully you get to spend it eating exorbitant amounts of food with a group of people you enjoy.

Question...Do you know what you're going to wear? You could pick any old thing from your closet the night before. Maybe that sweater you wore last year? OR you can choose one of these fabulous styles...just a thought. :)

Lace dress with a high neckline...

Urban Outfitters $19.99

This trend is particularly classy and, for those with more modest inclinations, very wearable. Pair it with black opaque tights and boots/close-toed heels.

Wearing a thin belt will draw attention to the slimmest part of your waist and break up the one-pattern-one-color look.

Where you can find it: 
I've seen teal, fuchsia, and black at Ross for $18.99 (3/4 length sleeves), Forever 21, Macy's, Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, and Urban Outfitters (link to the left)

I'm dying to try this style just to see if the ruffle will look absolutely horrendous or great on me...It goes without saying that some people will look amazing in it while others might not. I do however think it's a lovely trend, hailing from the 1940's with delicate wrist-length gloves and hair scarves. Give it a try! 

Where you can find it: Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Maurices has a few...mostly tops, Styles for Less, Ross has a few dress styles, Macy's, and Dillard's

This outfit...

You like how incredibly vague that title is? :) But really you can't beat a darker pair of jeans, boots, a fancy, billowy top, and an infinity scarf. I love the pop of color that the scarf gives to the look, as well as the fun, chunky earrings that coordinate oh so well. Check out your closet to see if you can make a combo similar this; It doesn't have to be identical.

Enjoy dressing! And stuffing your face! 

Cheers from 775 Fashion Avenue.

November 6, 2012

Long Live the King


I'd pondered many ways to start off this blog...a store review perhaps? A trend report? Tips and tricks?

All in good time I think.

I want to firstly introduce you to Louis XIV, painted so wonderfully by Rigaud in 1701.

(Louis XIV was King of France from 1643 to 1715...the longest reign in European history.)

What, you may ask, does this have to do with fashion?'re looking at the man who invented high heels.

Yep. This man's rocking a wig made of fine horse hair, an elaborate coat of weasel fur (a.k.a. ermine, which only royalty or the very wealthy could afford), and a delicate-looking pair of high heels. Look at how nice those little red numebrs make his legs look. Regal and stylish. During this time, it was all the rage, thanks to the King, for the trendy, 17th century man to make his legs look the best they could.

Oh how times change!

The irony in all this is, of course, that one of the most defining aspects of a modern woman's wardrobe was invented by a short-statured, trendsetting man. (May we all bless him and curse him equally.) Men, in fact, are lucky that over the 19th century their clothing style became less and less decorated else they'd all know the meaning of the phrase "beauty is pain".

This is what is so fascinating, to me, about fashion.

I find it fascinating that certain trends in fashion can last and evolve over hundreds of years. And yet, other trends go out of style faster than you can say "Fanny packs anyone?". That's what ultimately draws me in. I find it exciting to sit back and watch the style world turn and change.

And whether you like it or not, every single one of us is a part of it.

Even if you claim to have no fashion sense at all, we all have our opinions on what's hideous, what's pretty, what's needed in order to fit in, what's seasonal, and what's "way out there". I applaud anyone and everyone...from the basic to the bodacious.

Budding beginners and bold bloomers alike, I say let's enjoy the art of fashion! You've come to the right address.

Cheers from 775 Fashion Avenue.