I have been following personal style blog Sea of Shoes for the past four or five years now and I will admit that although Jane Aldridge’s, the founder and blogger, creative wardrobe and fiery red hair makes me jealous beyond comprehension I’ve always wondered more about her life and how she affords vintage Chanel and Prada. The blog launched in 2007 when she was just a young high schooler growing up in Texas documenting her one day a week casual outfits on her blog. I’ve never had to wear a uniform so I can imagine it had to be hard and only getting one day a week to experiment with style and clothes probably was hard. Fast forward five years later and she has had her own shoe collection with Urban Outfitters, many major fashion magazine interviews and editorial shoots under her belt.
Jane Aldridge, Blogger and Owner of Sea of Shoes Blog
She mixes her quirky high-end fashion pieces with vintage finds (still high-end nonetheless) and has her mom, Judy, take pictures of her from her bedroom to the fairytale forest in her old Dallas backyard. I admit part of the reason why I read her short blog pieces each week is purely to view the artistically taken pictures of her oddly paired outfit pieces. I will say however, that most of the clothes are so expensive that I could only dream of wearing let alone owning them myself.
Okay I’m going to do things a little different this week, I am posting about all things food and blogging. As much as I am obsessed with clothes and fashion, I am probably just as much, maybe more, obsessed with food and cooking. Below I have compiled a list of six of the top food blogs I follow religiously and I hope you love them as much as I do… Now try not to drool when looking at these sites and the pictures posted.. I dare you.
- Not Without Salt
Not Without Salt is pastry proprietor Ashley Rodriguez’s love child. Formerly working for a top name pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s famous L.A. restaurant Spago, she fell in love with all things food. Since moving to Washington and settling down with her husband and three kids, she invites her followers into her home with “a collection of well-seasoned recipes,” inspiring stories and stunning photography. Debuting on the blogosphere in 2009, NWS got its name after Rodriguez came across a quote from James Beard stating, “Where would we be without salt?” A lover of salt and cringing at the thought of life without it, Rodriguez had to name her blog after it. You’ll find recipes from how to make bacon caramel and Greek nachos to heartfelt stories about struggling with postpartum depression after having her third child. Not Without Salt is a blog that is as delicious in its content as it is in the recipes that are posted weekly.
Okay, well, everyone has their own opinions on the Oscars between the movies featured, the actors and actresses honored to probably the most favorite to criticize.. what people wore. While people like editors of fashion magazines, the official Fashion Police show on E Television and “Todays Professionals” on The Today Show gave their opinions, I am about to give mine. I enjoy the show each year not only because I am a movie enthusiast but also because I am so blatantly obsessed with fashion.
There were some obvious trends in the various gowns that showed up on the red carpet. Many gowns were in white, ivory or nude colors such as Gwyneth Paltrow in her self-dubbed “Jackie O moment” as well as the standout color of red or coral as well. There also was a similar theme of a fuller than normal skirt or peplum detailing as in the dress Tina Fey wore that was exclusively designed by Carolina Herrera for the big night. There was another recurring theme of embellishments from heavily beaded dresses to embroidered golden gowns from McQueen worn by Jessica Chastain, and I don’t care if you were or weren’t watching the awards show, we all saw the leg, thee leg, c’mon you know what I’m talking about. But enough about the details of the dresses, lets move on to some actual pictures and my top 3 best of the 2012 Oscars..
Top Three Best Dressed:
1. Natalie Portman: The new mother not only wore an amazing red and black polka dotted Dior Haute Couture dress but also debuted a new wedding ring and secret married status to hubby Benjamin Millepied. She was all that was talked about last year after starring in the Black Swan and winning an Academy Award for her role as an overly uptight, neurotic ballet dancer and this year proved no different. See for yourself below.
Natalie Portman Oscars 2012 Dior Haute Couture
So last week was New York Fashion Week or for the purposes of this post, NYFW for short. Designers from all backgrounds, major fashion houses and some small, displayed their Fall 2012 Ready to Wear, or RTW, collections. Here are some of my thoughts and my top five of last weeks showing..
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta has been in the game for his fair share of time and is known to be a legend in the fashion industry. He knows just how to perfect an evening wear look and how to make a woman feel like the most glamorous woman in the room. This season he not only presented his collection to a small group of only 22 editors and photographers but he displayed some of the most airy and girly looks in a long time. Here are three of my top looks:
Last look of the showing.. doesn't it look like she's floating down the runway?
When Targets 400+ designer collection with Italian fashion house Missoni launched last September the collection sent their stores and online commerce website into a hurricane of craziness. For months the collab was kept under wraps. Only a certain amount of highly important fashion gurus and magazine editors were allowed to preview it, and when that happened they were still only able to see a small group of items. The anticipation was killing the public when more and more pieces were revealed in commercial and magazine editorials and the wait for September seemed like it would never come.
Now Targets in cities like East Lansing, where I currently reside, or Westland, where my permanent home is, only carry a few items from each designer collaboration that is revealed every four to five months, so it makes people like me, the fashion obsessed, slightly depressed when I walk in the store and nothing is there. This leaves Target.com my only option, unless I want to travel to a bigger city somewhere completely out of my gas tanks and my way.
When I went online to targets website almost every Missoni piece was either off the website and sold out or was left in only random sizes that don’t fit me. Then shortly after there were articles upon articles about all of the people who bought all of Missoni’s pieces and then turned around and sold them on eBay for upwards of three or four times the original price. What Target didn’t realize was that if they would have capped each prospective buyers amount of merchandise that they were able to purchase there wouldn’t have been that problem, or at least not at that magnitude. But it never occurred to them that would happen. Continue reading