Monday, November 28, 2011

More Than One "New Look"

H&M top/ J. Crew orange pencil leg cords/ Blowfish boots (these boots, of course)

Earrings from Chico's Outlet

The best detail of all?  Pearly buttons.

Photo Credit: Mekenzie Brow(^this girl... she's wonderful!)

Nothing says fall like orange corduroy! When I went to New York, I was on a mission to find a top to go with these pants and I did! What do you think?  This is probably one of my favorite outfits yet!

Also, I want your opinion.  Maybe you noticed that I have changed/rearranged some things on my blog, so the title picture needs a change as well. I figure I've accumulated enough photos that I can stop ripping photos off of Free People's blog to use for my blog title.  I came up with these.... which one should I use?  

Option #1

Option #2

Option #3

Option #4

Option #5

Tell me what you think!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gaga for Gaga's Holiday Workshop!

 I about forgot.  I was just watching E! News and I was reminded that Lady Gaga opened her holiday workshop at Barney's on Monday!  And why do I find this blog-worthy?

Because...... see these pink tables?

Well, when I was in NYC we went to the Barney's workshop (where they do all the big displays for the flagship store on Madison Ave) and they were working on Gaga's stuff.  We asked what these pink things were and they explained that they were display tables for the Gaga holiday workshop and that we couldn't take pictures, because the look wasn't going to debut til this past Monday (so about a months difference).   So of course I had to oh-so-discretely take a picture with my phone.  I can at least say I haven't shown it to anyone til today... only because I feel like Lady Gaga has a good lawyer..... but I definitely struggled with not tweeting this picture.

Gaga sure didn't skimp out on the details. I wish I could go see it in person!

Yes, a Lady Gaga snow globe.  Love her or hate her--you know you've made it to the top when you can sell snow globes with your face on them.

Get the whole story here or shop the holiday workshop here!
Personally, I'm pretty crazy about this python cuff... plus, look at the tribal print inside!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cute and Comfy

H&M dress/ Tights from Lucky Penny/ Blowfish boots
Photo credit: Mekenzie Brow

Hair pin also from Lucky Penny

Every girl should own a sweater dress. You look like you're trying.... but you're really just trying to be comfortable.  However, don't settle for the first sweater dress you see.... fit is pretty crucial.  The right one is the perfect combination of fit (in the right places) and wiggle room.  I got this dress from H&M while I was on my New York trip.  Believe it or not, that was my first ever H&M experience.  I racked up with two sweaters, this dress, and a long sleeve top all for $70.  Pretty darn good, if you ask me.

PS: Sorry for the lack of pictures.... we were getting rained on!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bragging Rights

J.Crew sweater/ earrings from Farmer's Hardware-Boone, NC

Silver jeans/ Tony Llama boots

Photo credit: my sweet, wonderful grandparents

Clearly, these earrings are what makes the outfit; and if the looks of them wasn't enough to sell me on them.... the $5 price tag WAS.  Deal of the day!  And when I thought it couldn't get any better..... they are super light. Win.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Warm Wishes

Cropped cardigan from Belk/ Dress from Lucky Penny/ Corral boots

Photo credit: my sweet, wonderful grandparents

I wore this outfit probably two weeks ago, thinking that I was going to say goodbye to warm weather. Wrong-o.  It just refuses to get cold and stay cold......which is fine with me.  So since we are pretty close to making out our Christmas wish lists, can I just ask that we skip winter all together?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

HNC goes to NYC

My first trip to NYC was a great experience.  I feel really fortunate that my family saw to it that I went on this trip! Now, where to begin....

On Thurday, we went to professional visits.... first stop: Tommy Hilfiger flagship store on 5th avenue.  This is me (in my Anthropologie "heritage raincoat", courtesy of my wonderful boyfriend, Austin) in front of THE Tommy Hilfiger flag.... a red, white, and blue collection of all things American--cowboy boots, Ford logo, part of a car, an indian headdress, typewriter, varsity jacket--you name it.  This store had four levels, decked out to match the "Meet the Hilfigers" marketing theme... it even had an antique case for ties that Tommy himself found at an antique show!

Next stop: Carlisle.  Carlisle is kind of like Avon or Partylite in that they have women selling their product, as opposed to having a store.  It sounded like these women had to have a certain social status (and a beautiful home to host in) to be able to sell Carlisle.  This is in one of the show rooms.

I love the purple!

The closet in Carlisle... which is only a fraction of the closet that I aspire to have.  I am wearing a Free People blazer, an American Eagle tank, a skirt from Mast General Store and my Lucchese gray goatskin boots.  We went on two other professional visits, one being Stylesight, which is a trend forecasting company.  I didn't even know this was something people did until this trip.  Apparently, they are able to pick out the color palettes, patterns, and silhouettes of future fashions 18 MONTHS before they are in stores.  Pretty cool, but there wasn't much for us to take pictures of.  The last stop was the Barney's workshop.  They make the window displays for the Madison Ave store.  We weren't able to take pictures there because apparently, Lady Gaga and Barney's are collaborating for the holidays and we got to see the display tables (made specially for Gaga's line) but the look wasn't going to debut til Nov. 20th. I'll be interested to see how it all turns out!

Friday morning we went to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and saw the Daphne Guinness exhibit.  If you don't know her, you need to Google her, she is incredible.  They had a database of 3,000 pieces of clothing and there was ohhhh... about.... 100 pieces in this exhibit.  But it absolutely amazing, I wish we were able to take pictures.

Later on Friday afternoon, we went on a Grayline tour and stopped in SoHo.... this was in Free People... I loved their displays!

My friend Jordan and I near Chelsea Market.
Vogue sunglasses/ top from Lucky Penny/ black skinny jeans from Belk/ Rocketdog flats

Saturday morning we got to go to Mood Designer Fabrics.  In case you don't know, Mood is the place were Project Runway contestants get their fabric!  I loved this store!

Any girly-girl would have been drawn to this.

Me, standing all proud with my vintage-printed suede (which you will see once I make it into something.... it's too pretty to spoil so soon).

Back to SoHo! Not like I could afford anything, but I had to go into AllSaints Spitalfields and just drool. Their clothes were beautiful, that was no surprise; but I was surprised at their giant wall of old sewing machines! No picture could do it justice--it was awesome!

A few close ups!

Glad I am able to share my trip with you all! It was absolutely inspiring!