My little sister Sarah (who takes after me and takes all my clothes) has started a blog about her own style! Here is an intro and her blog at http://thefinestthings1.blogspot.com/!!!!!!
Sarah posing at my University's Free Expression Tunnel

Sarah posing at my University's Free Expression Tunnel

Hi guys! So I was overcome with the urge to create a blog since I’ve been following Scott Schuman’s “The Sartorialist” and watching The Rachel Zoe Project online, which I’m totally in love with. Both of my sisters have been blogging for a while now, and I have finally joined the ranks.

Title explanation: My friends Angela, Bobby, Mo and I started a club called the “Finest Things Club” after viewing The Office’s “Finer Things Club”. It is a highly cultured book club featuring works of author’s around the world. Bored with the few hangout options the Raleigh/Cary area offered, we started a similar club, but instead of reading, we do “cultured activities” on the weekends such as outdoor movies at the museum, tea parties, and street painting festivals.

I’ve found a new respect to the idea of, “everything in excess and nothing in moderation.” To flaunt extreme style is to create a buzz. So let them talk!

Lost and Found New Yorkers

James Stevenson reflects on the life of Morris Lapidus, a New York architect with Russian roots, whose famous creations include the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Hotels in Miami.

New York Times’ Screen Test – Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Thank goodness for Lanvin for the world would be filled with mere trends and no innovation.

Say what?

Ever wonder how to say some of those designer names? No Ralph Lauren is American… here is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. Enjoy!

Q: I felt pretty out of it when I asked a saleswoman about the handbags of “Bottega Veneta” — and she promptly corrected my pronunciation — to VEN-e-ta instead of ven-ETT-a. Can you give us a little glossary on how to say foreign fashion names like Nicolas Ghesquière? And how about Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan — are their surnames stressed on the first or last syllable?

A: I remember when American consumers in the 1970s routinely butchered the names of their imported cars — blithely unaware of the correct pronunciation of Renault (ruh-NO) and Peugeot (puh-ZHO). We’ve come a long way since then, saying foreign car names like Hyundai with ease. But these days, there are a host of new designer names tripping us up, as globalization and the democratization of fashion bring brands from all over the world — once limited to the couture cognoscenti — to regular folk.

Most of the first French names to appear in the U.S. were a cinch, like Dior and Chanel. But a lot of the names in play today need to be spoken with a real lilt , like Jean Paul Gaultier (zhan paul GO-tee-AY), Alber Elbaz for Lanvin (al-BEAR el-BAHZ for lon-VAN), and Nicolas Ghesquière (NEE-ko-la guess-KYAIR).

Mamma mia! The Italian names can play tricks on you, too — such as Bulgari (BOOL-ga-ree), Ungaro (OON-ga-ro), Versace (ver-SAH-chay) and Zegna (ZANE-ya). And from Spain comes the tricky Loewe (LO-ee-VAY). (To hear every last nuance of pronunciation, check out the audio tutorial at WSJ.com/Fashion.)

Even some American designers can leave you tongue-tied. Last year, Target shoppers were faced with the challenge of pronouncing Proenza Schouler (pro-EN-za SCHOOL-er), when the American duo sold a collection that included $49 bustier tops there.

Don’t worry that you’ll sound affected. Why not try to get it right? The more syllables, the more delicious it sounds: I just love to say the name of Swiss watch maker Vacheron Constantin (va-sha-RON con-ston-TAN).

But don’t force a fashion-y flourish on American designers whose names sound just like they look: It’s Ralph Lauren (rhymes with “foreign”) and Donna Karan (sounds like “Karen”).

Full Article Here

Check out Lykke Li’s song Little Bit. Uber cute!

Past the mundane everyday existence of each person’s life, is there a hidden layer that passionately seeks more? I think about myself more and more as the days get shorter and shorter and the air slowly smells like the spices of winter. Sometimes I unconsciously feel extreme in order to maintain my sense of creativity and longing for beauty. As I see life to be in layers of thought and appreciation of amazing talent in concoctions of words, theory of color, fabric manipulation, I want to push myself to learn more. I want to hear the story of a genius, I want to travel to a world where art proceeds structure, where life is lived beyond the boundaries, and sense is the only thing that moves the heart.

What is on my iPod!

Here are some of my fav artists on my iPod!







Lupe Fiasco

The Duke Spirit

The Smashing Pumpkins

Paco de Lucia

Red Hot Chili Peppers