Into the Woods

Last week I finally saw Into the Woods and although I’m a huge fan of musicals and classic fairy tales, I didn’t love it. It was charming and funny at parts, but I suspect it works much better on stage than on film.

Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt are as lovely as can be, Meryl Streep is excellent as always, but Johnny Depp is borderline annoying as the Wolf, a creepy child predator.

As much as I wish it were the songs, the true highlight of the film is the costume design. The clothing, especially worn by the women, is truly stunning. Just look at those dresses!

Warby Parker’s Palm Canyon Collection

I’m a sucker for a good pair of glasses. Everyone’s favorite online glasses shop Warby Parker just released their new Palm Canyon Collection. It features their coolest frames with a charming textural update. The details on the frames are made by “melding sheets of woodwork-inspired acetate and tortoise acetate together” and each pair is unique, just like you. Check out the entire collection at

Best of Project Runway: Seasons 11 and 12

Even more Project Runway! I’m finally caught up with all the past episodes. These last two seasons were so fun. I especially loved the addition of Zac Posen. I wasn’t sure he’d be able to replace Michael Kors, but he’s awesome! Here are a few of my favorite looks from these two seasons.

Also check out my favorite looks from: Seasons 1 and 2, Seasons 3 and 4, Seasons 5 and 6, Seasons 7 and 8, Seasons 9 and 10, and All Stars 1 and 2.

Patricia Michaels – Episode There is No ‘I’ in Team

Kate Pankoke, Layana Aguilar – Episode Surprise Me

Layana Aguilar – Episode The Ultimate Hard and Soft

Michelle Lesniak Franklin, Stanley Hudson – Episode Senior Fling

Michelle Lesniak Franklin – Episode He Said, She Said

Michelle Lesniak Franklin, Stanley Hudson – Episode The Art of Fashion

Michelle Lesniak Franklin – Episode Finale Collection

Kate Pankoke, Helen Castillo – Episode An Unconventional Coney Island

Justin LeBlanc – Episode Shoes First!

Dom Streater – Episode Butterfly Effect

Justin LeBlanc – Episode Butterfly Effect

Dom Streater – Episode Finale Collection

Justin LeBlanc – Episode Finale Collection

Catching Fire

Catching Fire is amazing. It’s everything it should have been. It incorporates a cool, fantastic sense of style the first film lacked. As these couture promo shots hinted, the fashion in the film is just as exciting as the victory tour and the arena. Go see it. Immediately.

Best of Project Runway: All Stars 1 and 2

On my down time I’ve been catching up on the past few seasons of Project Runway. I loved the first two seasons of All Stars. It’s cool to see how the designers have changed (or not changed) and fun to see more from old favorites. Love Mondo of course; I’m so glad he won. I wish Andrae could have made it further. Although he isn’t quite as fun without Santino. Here are some of my favorite looks from these two seasons!

You may also want to see my favorite looks from: Seasons 1 and 2, Seasons 3 and 4, Seasons 5 and 6, Seasons 7 and 8, and Seasons 9 and 10.

Rami Kashou – episode Return to the Runway

Michael Costello – episode A Night at the Opera

Mila Hermanovski – episode Clothes Off Your Back

Jerell Scott – episode Fashion Face-Off

Mondo Guerra – episode Let’s Get Down To Business

Mondo Guerra – episode Finale Collection

Anthony Ryan Auld – episode Up Your Aerosol

Emilio Sosa, Uli Herzner – episode You’ve Got Male

Uli Herzner – episode An Unconventional Nightmare before Christmas

Anthony Ryan Auld – episode Flapper Fashion Face-Off

Anthony Ryan Auld, Emilio Sosa – episode Couture de France

Best of Project Runway: Seasons 9 and 10

With another season of Project Runway wrapped up, here are my favorite looks from seasons 9 and 10. I loved both of these seasons, especially the drama. In season 9, Anya was the clear favorite, while Bert and Becky competed for most annoying. With season 10, I loved Christopher and Gunnar, but hated Ven’s monotone voice and bad attitude in the makeover challenge. All I can say is that I can’t wait for the next season to start.

You may also want to see my favorite looks from: Seasons 1 and 2, Seasons 3 and 4, Seasons 5 and 6, and Seasons 7 and 8.

Anthony Ryan Auld – episode My Pet Project

Oliver Green – episode My Pet Project

Anya Ayoung-Chee – episode All About Nina

Anthony Ryan Auld – episode The Art of the Matter

Viktor Luna – episode What Women Want

Anya Ayoung-Chee – episode Sew 70s

Anya Ayoung-Chee – episode Finale Collection

Joshua McKinley – episode Finale Collection

Alicia Hardesty – episode A Times Square Anniversary Party

Alicia Hardesty – episode A Times Square Anniversary Party

Christopher Palu – episode A Times Square Anniversary Party

Dmitry Sholokhov, Ven Budhu – episode Candy Couture

Fabio Costa – episode Fix My Friend

Christopher Palu, Gunnar Deatherage – episode Starving Artist

Christopher Palu, Dmitry Sholokhov – episode I Get a Kick Out of Fashion

Christopher Palu – episode Finale Collection

Melissa Fleis – episode Finale Collection

Finding My Fashion Style in Four Words

With my desire to dress nicer more frequently, I find myself with the dreaded task of shopping for new clothes. I quickly turned to my sister-in-law, Vanessa, who has a love and keen eye for everyday and affordable fashion. She questioned what style I wanted to achieve and if I had anyone in mind as fashion inspiration. I really didn’t have any idea. The only person that came to mind was Charlyne Yi; we not only look alike, but dress alike too.

Vanessa encouraged me to look at some fashion blogs and to find outfits I’m drawn to. After several viewings and some image saving, I managed to narrow my style down to four words. I’m hoping this will make my new clothing search easier and more focused.

Consistently, I love looks with multiple layers. I’m a warm weather girl, so I get cold much more easily than most. You’ll seldom see me without a hoodie or jacket and I almost always have a long tank top underneath my t-shirts. I contribute my love of layers with my love of feeling swaddled; it just looks so comfortable. Plus, you never want to be stuck in a freezing office building or movie theatre without a couple extra layers.

Along the same comfort lines, I’m also drawn to more sporty looks. Jeans and sneakers, t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies: I love them all. I was a big tomboy growing up, always wanting to be one of the guys. I played sports and didn’t want to fuss with dresses or makeup. Even still, I like androgynous fashion and sporty looks that don’t look frumpy.

I know that good fit is one of the most important factors in clothing selection (I watch Project Runway too). However, I kept coming back to the outfits where the fit was just a little bit off. The jeans are a little bit big in the legs, the sweaters hang a little too loose, and the shirts are a bit too long. Most of my jeans and t-shirts don’t fit appropriately, but that’s due to weight fluctuation and general laziness. I think what I like most about it is how it looks so casual and effortless.

Yes, I do wear thick-rimmed glasses. While I definitely need them to see anything past the tip of my nose, I do love the nerd factor they bring to pretty much any outfit. Cute summer dress and heels? Casual business suit? T-shirt and jeans? Add a pair of black-rimmed glasses and some messy hair and you’ve got yourself some nerd chic fashion. While I can go to the extreme sometimes (think Buzz Lightyear and Star Wars t-shirts), I still want to keep this aspect of my personality even when dressing up.