Friday, December 30, 2011

Style Profile: The Best of 2011

We're in the final moments of 2011, can you believe it?! To cap off this crazy year, this week's Style Profile will feature the best of the best of 2011. 

Over the course of the year, we’ve had the opportunity to learn about some of the country’s hottest fashion blogger. To round out 2011, we’re recapping the best of the best responses to learn about where they get their inspiration, the best advice they were ever given, and what looks they can live without (hint, legging and UGGs make many a mention). Plus so much more!

Who are your style/beauty icons?


Blair from the blog Atlantic Pacific, Olivia Palermo and Rachel Bilson, and often swoon over what the ladies on Gossip Girl are wearing!







Audrey Hepburn; I turn to classic, timeless pieces again and again, and Audrey was just the pinnacle of that aesthetic.






That's quite a long list, but right now I find myself most inspired by Atlantic Pacific's Blair Eadie. Her personal style is beyond measure, and I've never been more consistently amazed by one person than I am by her.






Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.












I must say Blake Lively. I also love Lauren Conrad and Audrey Hepburn.






I love Rachel Bilson’s feminine style and Emma Watson’s edgy clothing.











I love looking back at pictures of Ali McGraw, Sophia Loren and Bridget Bardot. I don't really look to any current "style icons", although I usually love what Diane Kruger and Rachel Bilson are wearing.







Francoise Hardy, Hanneli Mustaparta, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Viviana Volpicella, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Charlotte Casiraghi for her style too, but especially for her beauty - I'm a big believer that makeup should always be natural, and that girl is so stunning and usually bare-faced.



Audrey Hepburn and Iris Apfel.





Right now, the list includes: Audrey Hepburn. Lady Gaga. Most pop stars. My mom & sister. Countless other fashion bloggers. There are many different people I look up to for fashion inspiration. A lot of the time, the person I will think of depends on my mood and environment.


Audrey Hepburn, Zooey Deschanel, Rory Gilmore from the TV show Gilmore Girls, Anne Hathaway's character post-makeover in The Devil Wears Prada, and Cher Horowitz in Clueless.





I adore everything about Natalia Vodianova, the casual styling of Hanneli Mustaparta and the clean femininity Diane Kruger and Camilla Belle. And Camilla Belle has killer eyebrows.








I'm actually loving Kate Middleton's style right now. As for beauty icons, I have always loved Christy Turlington. 






I love the ladies who go nuts when it comes to style, like Gaga, Nicki [Minaj], and Rhianna, but I can't relate to them. My ultimate style icon (slash LIFE icon) is Carrie Bradshaw. Whenever I go shopping my motto is WWCW: what would Carrie wear?






Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O.







Denise Basso, Jimmy Webb of Trash & Vaudeville, Charlie by Matthew Zink, Karl Lagerfeld, Cynthia Rowley and Zac Posen only to name a few.







Hugh Hefner. I love me a good loafer and I would wear a bathrobe all day too if I could.











Describe your personal style.

My style is a cross between girlie vintage, preppy and rocker chic... I'm basically all over the place!

I would describe my style as simple, classic and very feminine! I tend to be drawn to things that are girlie & pretty!




If a gypsy caravan collided with a well-heeled Parisian. 





Original and chameleon-like. 








Feminin-chic.
  




It's quite chaotic.
  




"Modern classicism"  - Eclectic, feminine, and yes, classic with a modern twist.
  
Very eclectic, some might say random.
  
Experimental. 
  
Bright and Happy, mixed with Dainty and Feminine, and a touch of classic.
  
I prefer classic, feminine pieces with a fresh twist.
  
I'd say preppy, feminine and somewhat adventurous. 
  
I'm a huge old movie buff and right now I'm buying a lot of classic pieces. Tea-length skirts, black capes, wrist-length gloves... I like monochromatic pieces with eclectic accessories that are just this side of wild.
  
A little bit preppy, a little bit laid back.
  
Shameless (I don’t care if people think I look crazy), comfortable (excluding footwear, of course) and fun!
  
What was the best style/beauty advice you were given?

Less is more.
  
To dress for your body, not for trends.
  
Take risks. They usually pay off when you truly love something and are passionate about it.
  

Be confident in what you're wearing. When you're confident, you feel good; when you feel good, you look good.
  








A girlfriend once said of out-there outfits: "You've just got to rock them." I've taken that to heart.
  
Less is more. I think this works for both style and beauty.
  
Always look confident!

 Be bold with your make-up and wear a bright color on your lips.
  
Just do it! (Thank you, Nike). Have fun and take risks: wear whatever you want and try whatever beauty trends you want! Hair grows, make-up comes off and you can always untag yourself on Facebook.
  
 Style/Beauty Pet Peeve?

Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s and flatforms! 
  
White girls in feather head dresses. 
  
Trying to be something/someone you're not... It shows!
  
I can't understand shredded anything (i.e., jeans, tights, leggings, t-shirts, etc.) Also stirrup pants, mom jeans, and UGGS - not a fan! Oh, also: Leggings as pants. This is NOT a good look.
  
Details, details, details! It's all in the details. 
  
I hate seeing women wearing Lululemons to the bar…
  
People who wear workout clothes on a daily basis. Workout clothes can be cute, but only when you're actually working out!
  
Super mini-skirts, UGGS and Crocs. 
  
My biggest beauty pet peeve is unpainted fingernails/toenails. My style pet peeves are tights as pants, Uggs and Crocs (there’s never an excuse!)
  
Poorly fitted clothing and girls who wear leggings as pants.
  
Why are you wearing UGGs in the summer? Why are you wearing salt stain covered, misshapen UGGs at any time of the year?!
  
Too much makeup/bronzer/self-tanner. I also get annoyed when it seems like a girl is a slave to trends without considering what looks best and suits her personality.
  
Leggings as pants, yoga pants as pants, wide-brimmed floppy hats, socks with high-heeled sandals, flared denim that is too short and a lot of cleavage. *Shudder*
  
When people live in yoga pants, and consider their outfit dressed up when they wear jeans.
  
Style pet peeves, I have a few. One is when girls wear leggings as pants, without their shirts covering their bums. Another is when pants are so low I can see your underwear, or worse your thong.
  
Style: Refusal to wear one's actual size.
Beauty: A visible line of concealer at the jaw.
  
Wearing socks with sandals will always bother me lol.
  
Leggings as pants.
  
What are your five essential items that you think every woman should own?

A classic pair of pumps (in black and nude), a black blazer, a chambray shirt, a well-fitted pair of dark skinny jeans, a knitted infinity scarf, and lots of plain, over-sized t-shirts.
  
A great pair of jeans, a perfect nude pump tailored blazer, a great handbag, and a hot leather boot.
  
A good moisturizer, a well-made handbag, ballet flats, red lipstick, a pretty dress in a solid colour.
  
Obviously a little black dress, at least one pair of black heels, red lipstick, cute underwear, and a great designer bag.
  
A trench, a striped shirt, a pair of skinny dark wash blue jeans, ballet flats, and a ladylike purse with a chain strap.
  
Oh gosh, this is tough. A day dress you feel great in and can wear anywhere. A really great fitting pair of jeans. A pair of GORGEOUS shoes you love and don’t have to save for special occasions. A favorite go-to nail polish. And good quality black opaque tights.
  
A casually chic grey pullover sweatshirt style sweater, aviators, a red wool coat, nude heels and a subtle, nude-ish lipstick - it goes with everything and balances out a dramatic eye.
  
Blazer, great jeans, heels that you feel great in AND are comfortable, perfume, and a pink hued top (it just brings so much life and attention to your face)

   Style: black flats, huge statment necklace/ring, something made entirely of sequins, flowy skirt (I swear they make you walk more delicately), cigarette pants
  
A well-fitted, structured blazer;  A classic pair of heels; A pencil skirt; A cute button-down top; The perfect pair of jeans. 
  
Black boots, a chic coat, good jeans, pretty dresses and red lipstick.
  
A tailored blazer, dark denim jeans, hot pair of shades, a large stylish purse that can translate from day/night and a cute pair of booties for the fall.
  
Badass shoes. Because if you’re feeling sartorially unenthusiastic or challenged, you can throw on a plain black dress, or jeans and a tee and your shoes will kick your outfit up a notch, no prob; Cute flats (for when you just can’t take those badass shoes); A go-to black dress. Cliché, yes. Essential, also; “Statement” jewelry. I love big, bold, costumey pieces that can instantly pull a look together; A tailor. 
  
Tell Petite Adventures readers something random about yourself.

I have some of the weirdest phobias - I have a fear of falling down stairs, of having someone walk close behind me as I walk up stairs, I can't touch cotton balls... the list goes on and on!
  
I have a notebook filled with book titles and page numbers where I've found spelling/grammatical errors.
  
I’m a secret frat boy. I can beer pong and flip cup the s**t out of anyone.
  
Where do you see yourself and your site in five years?

Writing a book and perhaps hosting a TV show. Not joking! Those are my ambitions; besides, we need a new Oprah ;) 
  
I'm gonna be like a superhero. By day, I'll be out in the typical workforce (maybe marketing?). By night, I'll be a fashion-blogger-event-hopper extraordinare!
  
Lounging in Chanel SS16 in the Hampton’s with my gold Speedo-clad poolboy serving me Dom. Just kidding. I really don’t know where I’ll be in five years and what I’ll be doing, but here’s hoping it’s something good.
  
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Adventures in Pinterest, rd. 3

My third attempt at cooking based on Pinterest finds is a lot like attempt number one.

I am a huge fan of jalapeno poppers, so when I saw this recipe I was a little too excited. Again, I cheated and used Pillsbury dough, but the results were delicious!

So delicious that I may have eaten them all instead of dinner :s But it was worth it.







Who says holiday baking needs to be reserved for cookies?!


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas: I Did It My Way

My family has only one tradition. I'm not sure if it's a family tradition or a Czech cultural tradition, but on Christmas eve we all get dressed up, eat fried fish and open presents.

Growing up celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve made believing in Santa a little bit difficult, but it's honestly a tradition that I love. And to this day, I protest when someone tries to change things in the slightest. I know it's something I'll have to compromise on when I have a family of my own - but until that day, I'll do it my way (imagine me singing this a la Frank Sinatra - arms spread wide... you get the idea).

And, that thought was my approach to dressing for Christmas this year.


I stuck with the tradition colours, but spiced it up by introducing the dogs.




Shirt - unknown from Barefoot Contessa; Skirt - Jacob; Heels, Ring & Earrings - Aldo

Surprisingly, my Babi (aka: Bubs) LOVED the look, but she is quite fashion forward for an 82-year-old Czech lady. She's ditched the gold shoes (seriously, go to Prague, they ALL wear gold shoes), but not her keen eye.

I'm home for one more week and I intend to make the most of the lack-of-snow by walking the dogs in the forest, and having tea with my beloved Bubs.

How are you rounding out the last few days of 2011?

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