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KARL LAGERFELD FUNNY QUOTES

“What I’ve done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it.”

“I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed.”

“Life is not a beauty contest, some [ugly people] are great. What I hate is nasty, ugly people… the worst is ugly, short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life… they are mean and they want to kill you.”

“They are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly”.

“I remember a designer who said that intelligent women don’t wear her dresses. Obviously, she went bankrupt.”

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

“Normally, I don’t recommend me for wedding dresses - they all get a divorce.”

“I have no human feelings.”

“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.”

“Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke myself.”

WHY I WANT TO WORK IN FASHION

During my teen years, I used to dream about living in a big city with an amazing life. I used to fantasize about my own apartment decorated with vintage furniture, going out with my best friends for drinks, and work in an incredible place for an incredible company.

For many years I was in denial about what influenced my mind into doing all these amazing things. Now that I am just starting to work in the industry I love, I can finally admit the real reason why. It was simply because of…reality TV, and I am sure you know what I am talking about.

Fashion-themed reality television was started almost 10 years ago with What Not to Wear. I remember watching the show with my sister every summer afternoon; I was thirteen years old. My favorite part was the 360 mirror.

 

There are around 53 television shows that revolve around the world of beauty and fashion in general, according to Wikipedia. My generation can’t deny the fact we are heavily influenced by these shows. Some people more than others, though. I consider myself inside the “more influenced” category.

Reality TV opened the windows for everyone to see the secret industry that used to be for few people in the past. By watching any fashion related show, you felt part of it as if you were the stylist helping out.

During high school, the show that really influenced me was The Hills. I loved the show because I felt identified with Lauren Conrad, she was the “cool girl” with “cool dreams” and I wanted something like that. It was not until college when I decided that fashion was my passion. My motivation was that someday, I was going to live in the Big Apple to work in something fashion-related.

 

Another show that I am crazy about is The Rachel Zoe Project. Rachel Zoe represents for me a super woman. She is not only a stylist, she has her own line, The Zoe Report, she co-wrote a book called Style A to Zoe, and many things more that she manages to do looking fabulous all the time. How can she do that? I love watching her show because, besides that she makes me laugh, she makes me think that if she can do all of that, so can I.

Maybe it is silly what made me choose this career path, or maybe it was the best thing that could happen to me. Truth is that, without a doubt, those shows gave me a sneak peak to this wonderful world.   

So, thank you Stacy London and Lauren Conrad. Without you guys, I probably will not be writing this post from New York City today.

NEW YORK AND THE COLOR BLACK

When I was a little girl my mom didn’t like clothes in color black for me. She used to tell me it was a sad color and a girl should not wear it. So I went through my childhood wearing bright and fun colors. Now that I buy my own clothes, I still can hear my mom at the back of my head telling me that I should choose another color instead of black.

When I moved to New York City, the first thing that I noticed was how many people wear black from bottom to top. Even if they wear pastel colors on a dress, New Yorkers manage to make their looks edgy with a black blazer and black boots. I wanted to resist to all black everything uniform, but black looks amazing on the streets of New York!

The color black is secretive and unknown; it creates an air of mystery. Color psychology says black keeps things bottled up inside hidden from the world, and it is also protection from external emotional stress. Black creates a barrier between itself and the outside world, giving comfort while protecting emotions and feelings.

Without knowing it, maybe people wear color black to hide from the external world. After all, New York it’s one of the fastest cities in the world. People need to feel protected, and what an amazing way of doing it than with your clothes.

Black is elegant, chic, sophisticated and it goes with almost everything. Black is the color of fashion. As Karl Lagerfeld said “One is never over or under dressed with a little black dress”.

 I really have to admit that my wardrobe is going to have more black options in the future.

ENJOY THE SMALL THINGS

Since I moved to New York, partying is not exactly what I have been doing. I had only dress-up in a black dress with my high heels and ironed hair once, ONCE. I must say, wearing heels (not even heels they were wedges) was a horrible experience. I have to admit that now I rather go out early during the day to enjoy a nice meal, maybe with a drink or two, with a nice conversation with a friend. Is this what growing up is about? Am I turning into a boring person? Honestly, I don’t care if the answer is “yes” to those questions. I definitely don’t think of myself as a boring person; I am just enjoying different things right now.

In this phase of my life, that I am going to call “Enjoying the small things” I LOVE to eat in cute little restaurants around New York, and this weekend I visited Alice Tea Cup.

I went there with very high expectations and they were definitely fulfilled. I ordered The Nibble because I was “A lil’ bit hungry.” Their scones are the best, and they offer different flavors every day. The tea is served in cute teapots with beautiful porcelain figures.

We enjoyed the meal so much, eating cookies and drinking tea with a great conversation, and it really got me thinking about what I enjoy doing now. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want to go out any more, it’s just that now I don’t feel the urgency of partying every single weekend, or maybe it’s because all my friends are not here. Either way, I am a happy girl eating cute food and I can’t wait for the next weekend to eat in another cute place. Lame? Don’t care… 

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NEVER SAY NEVER: BIRKENSTOCK TREND

There are some trends that get a little too crazy for some, and some of us might say, “No, I will never wear that”. When something new appears every season, we all get a little bit shaky about how to wear it. If it goes with our style, what colors will be good, what hairstyle will be appropriate etc, etc… Once something new pops-up, it gets one influencer to wear it and everyone else will follow, and we will all be wondering if we are ever going to try it.

Yes, I am talking about Birkenstocks. The shoe that once was associated with our grandparents is now becoming the favorite shoe among the most stylish girls. I have personally seen girls rocking those black Birkenstocks like there is no tomorrow, with their super-chic outfits around NYC, and they look so damn cool.

Leandra Medine and Eva Chen are two girls that are becoming faithful to these type of shoes, and I don’t blame them. Walking around NYC in heels all day, can be exhausting! So, why don’t we go with this trend and at the same time prevent our feet to have some serious injuries?

I don’t know if I will ever wear Birkenstocks-this season though. Now, I really need to find some snow boots, but for next spring I am really looking forward to see if I am gonna go for it.

So Never Say Never to any trend, because you never know.

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MY TAKE ON... THE VMAs RED CARPET 2013

I did not want to write about the MTV Video Music Awards, I only watched the red carpet actually. I had to do laundry, so I decided to follow the show on Twitter. I am happy of my choice now, because I was not disturbed with Miley’s performance. I did saw a couple of gifs, just for fun:

That was enough for me.

But after having a serious conversation with my boyfriend about the VMA’s, I thought to myself, why not!? So I decided to pick my favorite looks for my first post ever! There were not a lot of options, so I chose to be away of the ugly part and focus on the good part only.

First we have two ladies that impressed me. Selena Gomez has not lose her mind about growing up and having to act like crazy in order for people to know that she is not longer a Disney star. She looks chic, elegant, young and fun in Atelier Versace. She makes me want to be her.

The second lady is Lady Gaga. She impressed everyone not because of a crazy outfit, but because how normal she looked! She makes me want to respect her; it was impossible back in 2010 with her meat dress. She looks edgy, modern and sophisticated in Prabal Gurung.

Next we have the Nervo sisters. Besides the fact that I love their music, I definitely think these girls dressed like rock stars. I don’t even know which dress I love more. I would wear both if I had the choice, and if I had an event like this to attend.

Finally, we have two girls with pixie hair that decided to wear jeans! I think Rihanna is wearing a t-shirt with her face on it? Anyway, I love how relaxed she looks. Kind of thinking, “I don’t have to worry, is Miley’s turn to have all the attention”.

On the other hand, we have one of my favorite models rocking the red carpet. Coco Rocha decided to wear supper ultra skinny jeans with a killer jacket by Fausto Puglisi. Just fierce.

Here was My Take on the VMA’s red carpet 2013! We’ll see what happens next year.