As much of a fashion history buff as I purport myself to be, I am ashamed to say I didn't know anything about Diana Vreeland (other than her name) before I watched the documentary about her life, The Eye Has to Travel
. I happened upon it while scanning Netflix. And yeah, it IS on Netflix, so you have no excuse not to watch it! I know your old roommate or your mom will let you log into their account if you don't have one yourself...
Diana was a French ex-pat plucked out of New York society by Carmel Snow
to write a fashion column in Harper's Bazaar,
and before long she became the fashion editor. She did some of her best work there
, I mean absolutely incredible stuff. (Follow the link for evidence!) Eventually she made the move to American Vogue
in 1962, and she discovered Edie Sedgwick while there. So top that, Anna!
Diana represents everything I love about the fashion industry; the pure magic of it. The way you can create images that make your heart beat fast, because it just jumpstarted a new idea. Whether it's an idea about a painting you'd like to do, a color of lipstick you'd like to own, or a specific shape of skirt you now have to search every thrift store for until you find it. She understood that fashion was a subtext of culture and art, not just a commercial system of fabric.
Above all, Diana is my kind of woman because she was never afraid to assert herself. She believed in her vision, and she didn't care if other people agreed or disagreed with her. No matter what facet of the fashion industry you find yourself involved in, that sense of confidence and direction is so imperative. It's what separates an assistant designer from someone who helms a heritage brand. It separates Taylor Tomasi Hill from the all of the accessory editors you've never heard of.
“I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”
Your homework for the week is to watch the documentary, and then tell me what your favorite quote from it is, because there are loads of perfect ones.
I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t have any plaid in my closet. Yes, even in elementary school…I wore it under my overalls #proud. Clearly, plaid has always been a favorite of mine, especially in the fall and winter. What I am drooling over so much lately is that it is going beyond the typical shirt or scarf. I am seeing it everywhere. People are wearing plaid pants, skirts, blazers, suits, tights, even shoes! Hell, you can even mix different plaids in a single outfit and it can look awesome.
Since I look at plaid and immediately think of the holidays I stick with dark reds, greens and blues. You can't go wrong with the always classic black and white either. Here are some of my favorite looks Ive stumbled upon recently.
This is how I would sport some plaid pants ->
Pick up some plaid pieces for your own closet:ZARANasty GalTop Shop
Stay UGLY my friends,
Well, it finally happened. Snow is on the roof of my car, turning into rock solid ice as we speak. I've lived in Salt Lake City (or close by) my whole life, so you'd think I'd be used to it by now. Or at least to the point where I'm not totally crippled by anger when I see a fresh layer of powder on the ground. Spoiler alert: I'm not at that point!
There's only one reason I'm able to make it to any of my classes on time in the winter, and that is my collection of beanies. Sorry, but I can't be bothered to put dry shampoo and tousle my hair in that perfect way that looks like "I didn't do anything, but in reality I actually spent 45 minutes with no less than three styling tools" when it's 30 degrees outside and I can choose to stay underneath my blankets for proportionately longer. So, "collection" might be a bit of an overstatement; I only have three beanies. BUT STILL. I wear the shit out of those three beanies. If you're looking to add to your collection like I am, here's a list of the ones you should strongly consider. And by consider, I obviously mean purchase immediately.
These are my current favorites, and it's taking all of my will power to not add that "MEOW" beanie to my shopping cart. Considering its absurdly reasonable price point, I predict that beauty will appear on my Instagram feed
in the not so distant future...
The internet is a gigantic place, so I am bound to have missed a few gems. Link to possibly even BETTER beanies in the comments, please.