Thursday, March 29, 2007

Being Fashion while Protecting the Environment

When buying clothes, many people may not think about where the material, which is mainly cotton, comes from. Recently, organic clothings become popular because they, unlike the tradition clothings, are harmless to the environment.

Reported by the Pesticide Action Network, conventional cotton farming uses only about 3 percent of total farmland but consumes 25 percent of the insecticides and 10 percent of the pesticides used globally. This affects the environment and also the farmers, their families and the communities who live and work surrounded by chemicals and who must find the money to pay for them.

However, organic cotton is grown by using just natural methods without these chemical inputs and without using genetically modified seeds. The cotton is rotated with other, mainly food, crops both replenishing the soil and making the farmers less dependent on one crop. Certified organic textiles also restrict the addition of further chemicals as cotton fibre is processed and turned into fabric and clothes.

Although made of different materials, the style of organic clothings is just the same as that of traditional clothings. Many retailers begin to provide organic clothings to the public.

Levi's is one of the fashion retailers who establish a line called Capital E™ to promote organic clothes.

Levi's® eco organic skinny, $65.00,

Gap is another mainstream boutique which provides organic clothing. According to a Gap press release, Gap offers this Khaki Looks line because of the increasing demand from its customers.

Military anorak, $69.99 and V-neck dress, $59.99, all from Gap

Sleeveless marled turtleneck sweater, $29.99; Clean Bermuda shorts, $39.50 and Leather fitted ballet flat, $39.50, all from Gap

Recently, H&M also launches a line for organic fashion. Being environmental concerned does not mean you need to give up your taste and waste much money, with more and more retailers willing to offer organic clothes, green world and trendy style are able to co-exist.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Business Dressing Code

May and gradation are approaching. Two months later I will be out of college and will look for jobs like crazy. But how does this related to this fashion blog?

Well, if I have been granted a chance to do the interview with my future employers, I may need to consider what kind of clothes I should put on at the interview. My look may be the first impression I give to my future employers and can't be ignored.

Recently, I surf different bontiques' websites and look for suits. Most of my resumes are mailed to style magazines, so I may not need to put on very formal suits. The followings are what I am considering now (Hope I don't need to spend much, I am poor...)

Mini Shift Dress, $49, Victoria's Secret

I really like this dress. But will it be too catchy to put on a red dress to an interview...? But I thinks matching it with a black or white cardigan and a think patent belt will be awesome.

Cotton Flutter-sleeve Sweater Dress, $69.00, Banana Republic

I like this dress because I can put on it for work and weekend. Plus, which woman can reject a little white dress?

Merona Shift Dress, $27.99,

This dress's cutting fix the wristline very much and can make you look slim. Besides, the price is really adorable. I love Target!

T-Tahari Belted Birch Dress, $114.99, Norstrom

I love this dress's belt and its A-line shape. But because of the price, I need to think about it...

I recently fall in love with dresses and have no interest on skirt, pants and suits. But before I buy my working dress, I should worry about whether I can find a job or not...

WSU Students Street Style

WSU students always complain they are unable to buy nice clothes because there are no trendy and big shopping malls around the campus. But I do see some really chic students and I have done interviews with them. Enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2007

What Luxury Means?

YSL recently releases a lip gloss which design which shocks me. What makes this lip gloss so special is that it includes two lip colors, a small mirror and a shift brush in a shining gold tube.

This design is impressive for me because of its convenience. First, the mirror included is really useful for women who put on their lip colors. With this lip gloss, ladies do not need to search through their messy handbags for the mirror. The two colors it includes are coordinating colors, which means ladies can't get wrong by putting this two colors on their lips.

My advice (also a common sense) for this lip gloss is first put the darker color on the whole lip, then the lighter one on the center.

Lips Twins, $30.00, Yves Saint Laurent

YSL offers 12 shades for this lip glosses.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Burning Red Lips

After several seasons of nude and natural lips, recently, red lips take the lead. Cosmetic and fashion advertisements and celebrities appear with red lips. When doing with red lip, I suggest keeping the rest of the face clean. In this way, the redness can pop up the face by itself and makes the person like hot and sexy.

The latest advertisement on the Lancome website frontpage. The model puts on red lip gloss with a clean face.

Reese Witherspoon shot for Bazarr. Again, red lips are paired with neutral cheek and eyes.

Those who want to present an elegant look should learn from Liv Tyler. Red Lips with little black satin dress always work.

Hilary Duff brightened up her dark clothes with her red lips.

The following lip products are my recommendations.

Rouge Absolu Desir Reshaping Replenishing Lipcolor, $15.00, Lancome

Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color, $30.00, Chanel

Wet Shine Diamonds Lipstick, $6.99, Maybelline

SuperLustrous - Creme Lipstick, $7.99, Relvon

One last advice. If you are afraid lipstick will show all the lines of your lips, you can first wear a lip balm, then before it drys out, put on your lipstick. In this way, your lips will look healthy and attractive.

Lipstick is something which is worthwhile to invest in. A good lipstick not only should have a beautiful color, but also can moisture your lips at the same time. Red lipstick can bring out our character effortlessly, which we can see how it works on the French women (they are famous of good at using red lips as their signature.)

Thursday, March 8, 2007

What I Lust for Now

Spring is coming. New fashion items are coming. And my money is flying.... Here are some items which I am really thirst for. (But I absolutely believe it is impossible for me to buy all of them.)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Dentelle, $2795.00
It is just my fantasy. I am a poor student. I absolutely have no money to buy this. But it is really cute and I love it:)

Jeffrey Campbell Leather Jazz Shoe, $88.00, Urban Outfitters
I have searched this kind of Oxford shoes for years. Now I finally see one. It is cute if you pair it with cropped wide pants or a flowry dress.

Damsal Solid One Piece, $88.00, Urban Outfitters
When everybody is putting on bikini, isn't it cool to wear a black one-piece? But the place I live now is a freezing town, so I don't have much chance to go to the beach. (I even suspect is there a beach around?)

Shift Embossed Beach Dress, $125.00, J-Crew
I always think a white dress is a must-have item. It is convenient because you can pair almost everything with it. And it is economic because one single dress can go with you for the whole year.

All about Metallic!

When I read through different fashion magazines in March, I found out most of them are promoting a metallic trend - Gold, Silver and Copper. During these two months, I saw designers are also following this trend. Metallic is a big hit now, and celebrities are following this trend too. However, this cyber style needs to be handled with great care. Putting metallic items from head to toe will be too much and too outdated.

Here are some works shown in the fashion weeks during these two months.

Louis Vuitton from Paris Fashion Week F/W07

Gorgio Armani from Milan Fashion Week F/W07

Chloe from Paris Fashion Week F/W07

And the followings are how some celebrities handle their metallic.

Cate Blanchett in Giogio Armani in her Oscar red carpet.

Hilary Duff in Dolce & Gabbana.

Rachel Weisz in Vera Wang gown in the Oscar red carpet this year.

Putting on metallic clothes in informal days sometimes will be too over. Therefore, I think using metallic accessories will be more appropriated. Moreover, if you really want to put on metallic color clothes, pair them with black or white items to keep your look balance.

Frame Clutch - Gold, Target, $14.99
Clutch is a big hit right now. In addition to ballroom, it is now popular in informal daytime activities.

Xhilaration Seascape Staked Bangle Bracelet, Target, $7.99
If you wear this kind of silver bracelet, then avoid putting on big necklace and ear rings because that will make you look too shinny and heavy.

Bandolino "Cattail" Pump, Macy's, $69.00
Pair it with a deep blue or black skinny jeans. Than you can be elegant but not over at the same time.

Monday, March 5, 2007


Except for special occasions, I usually prefer not to put on heels. Yes, I admit they can prolong your legs and make you look sexy, they can also kill my toes and my legs. Try to imagine, you go shopping with your girlfriends with those three-inch heels for several hours, what will you feel? So normally, when I am not attending a formal or important events, I choose a pair of flats.

However, sometimes flats can be tricky, it can make you 10 centimeters less shorter. So if you plan to put on flats, try to avoid baggy pants (skinny jeans are perfect,) and try to highline your waist by a belt. In this way, you can still own long legs without heels and pain.

Kate Moss pairs her flats with cropped skinny jeans. To get her look:

Moonunit for Pre-Order $69.00 (Nine West)

Well, her dress is a hate-it or love-it one. But she is really an expert of handling her proportion. Her high-waist dress makes her model-liked even with flats. To get her look,

Ankle Strap Skimmer $29.00 (Urban Outfitters)

Lindsay Lohan presents us how to dress on a informal day. Large handbag, jeans, flats, t-shirt. Simple but looks good! To get her style,

Lace Skimmer $19.99 (Urban Outfitters)

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Contradictary Items....

There are some items which I think really look cool when they are put on others but I dare not to wear. It is not because they are ugly, but... I just lack of that courage.

Here are some of them:

You see, Lindsay Lohan really looks cute when she was wearing her high-waist pants. I like it, but I am afraid my proportion will look strange because this kind of pants is hard to handle.

I really love Keira, and I think she looks good almost in every kind of clothes because she is tall and has a very good proportion. But, well, I am short (5'3" or 5'4"...) and if I really need to put on such pants, I need to think a lot about its length.

Leopard print is always one of my secret favor. But I am always afraid of looking too old, odd, or over if I put on clothes like the above one. Sorry, I am conservative...

I am ok with these kinds of colorful clothes, but my friends are not... I still want to hang out with them,

Belt that wide...I don't know how to handle it.