Tie the Perfect Bow

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve tied a bow and then had a friend retie it. Honestly (*nods head). I’m not even upset by it, just slightly befuddled. Until now (*valiantly thrusts arm into the air)!

Thank you Modcloth for showing me how to be a better woman (*hint of sarcasm there – did you catch the whiff?)! Favorite part of the video: the awkward shuffle-away at 0:45 sec. Second favorite part: learning to tie a bow.


Game plan: What to Wear

Packing is such an ordeal now that I am trying to match my clothes and look presentable on a regular basis. I am sure at some point it will get easier, but as of right now, I still have to try on clothes, put together outfits, and see what I can combine with what. Guh….more work than necessary, and I am slow because I get easily side tracked (like now….I am blogging instead of packing).

I am heading to Europe tomorrow and I’ll be visiting Cologne, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; and Gothenborg, Sweden. Luckily I’ve previously taught in all of these cities at all of these camps so I have general idea of what to expect. It’s going to be a good bit colder than it’s been the past few weeks and there are beaucoup performances I have to prepare for which translates to “beaucoup de luggage.” I decided I wanted to write out what I was bringing in hopes that it would detour me from over packing (I’ll keep you posted on that). So here’s what I think I am bringing, what days I think I will wear it, performance info, and weather:

jeans + blue silk shirt (+ long sleeve shirt) + belt
knee socks + boots

high waisted jeans + BCBG shirt (+ long sleeve shirt)
Tuxedo jacket

gray dress + 2 pairs tights
knee socks + boots

leggings + white sweater + tank top
(OR blue shirt with jewels + long sleeve shirt)
knee socks + boots
night: gray skirt + white top
tights + scarf
black shoes

jeans + blue/white striped shirt + tank top
Tuxedo jacket
night: red twirly dress (+ long sleeve shirt)
VS tights + white shoes

brown skirt + red/purple/long sleeve white shirt
scarf + belt
black shoes
night: dress (white check & black) + scarf + tights

blue dress + black shirts
footless tights + black shoes
night: purple dress + tights

additional items:
work out pants + 4 shirts + running shoes
pjs + shirt + flip flops

Stratosphere: dress, knickers, hat, goggles, boots
Puttin’ on the Ritz: red lingerie
Group number: black & red dress / gold skirt

Barcelona:    weather: 45-61 degrees
Fan Dance

Dublin:        weather: 39-53 degrees
Intro #
Fan Dance/PotR

Gothenborg:       weather: 36-50 degrees
Fan Dance

EEEEEk!! lots of stuff.

More to come!

Does anyone else do this or is it just me? Hahha, it might be.

Gown Wishlist

I’ll admit it. I have almost no place to wear these bad boys, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to own them! Here are some gowns that are on the top of my list!




Oscar de la Renta


Michale Kors


Giambattista Valli pre-fall


Donna Karen

Alexander McQueen committed suicide

News of this story broke on Thursday, February 11, 2010.

Lee Alexander McQueen , born in March 16th 1969 in Hackney, London. He started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a fashion designer.McQueen attended Rokeby School, also he stayed as apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and later the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans.

In 1994, he applied to London’s most prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He received his Master degree in Fashion design and his graduation collection was completely influenced by fashion stylist Isabella Blow (she committed suicide in May 2007). For years she was his best friend and she was responsible for McQueen to change his name, from Lee to Alexander, his middle name.

McQueen was known for his extravagant, avant-garde runway shows. He became “the hooligan of English fashion” and earning the title “l’enfant terrible”. However, he was elected in 1996 to be the designer of Givenchy.
His run through the house of Givenchy was not very successful, caused controversy, as a step in Autumn 1998, which showed on the catwalk car-robots spraying paint over white cotton dresses, and the model Aimee Mullins, double amputee, striding down the show on intricately carved wooden legs. He finished his days at Givenchy in March 2001.

For his enormous creativity, he was the youngest designer to win the title of “British Designer of the Year”.

The collection, McQueen, was released on 11 October 2007. He opened boutiques in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan, and Las Vegas. Many celebrities have used his clothes in large events such as Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and lately we have seen his collection worn by Lady Gaga in her videos and live shows.

McQueen’s death comes days after the death of his mother, Joyce, and almost three years after the May 2007 suicide of his close friend Isabella Blow, who discovered the designer and helped launch his career. The designer was so upset at his friend’s death, that he dedicated his spring-summer show at Paris Fashion Week 2008 to the late Blow.

More pictures:

McQueen’s Ballerina Pump

Met Dress from 2003


Pre-Fall 2009 Collection

Alexander Mcqueen Spring-Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Best Models of All Time

This came from April 2009 Harper’s Bazaar which has a spread with their picks of the greatest models of all time (and I have to agree with the list). For what it’s worth, my grandmother was a dead ringer for Lauren Hutton.

Dorian Leigh
Before informing Eileen Ford she would sign with Ford Models if the agency took her little sister Suzy Parker sight unseen, Leigh landed the cover of Bazaar at age 27 in 1944, after telling Diana Vreeland she was 19. Her wistful femininity — and five marriages — made some claim she was the real Holly Golightly.
The quintessential swan was a Queens housewife until she was discovered outside a Manhattan Automat. Described by Avedon as the “last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties,” she created the perfect fashion storm when she posed with elephants for him at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris in 1955. The resulting images have long been among the world’s best-loved fashion photographs.
Sunny Harvett
Avedon’s 1954 picture of Harnett wearing a Grès gown at a casino was jet-set long before 007 ever spun a roulette wheel.
Lisa Fonssagrives
The face of the ’40s and ’50s (and Mrs. Irving Penn) called herself “a good clothes hanger.”
Suzy Parker
The first model to earn more than $100 an hour, Parker was the face of postwar American glamour and inspired Audrey Hepburn’s character in the 1957 film Funny Face. Her bright insouciance was beloved by Avedon, who called her “my most challenging and complicated of muses.”
Jean Shrimpton
One of the original gamines, “the Shrimp” (winking for Avedon in 1965) embodied the London youthquake in her photos and free-spirited lifestyle.
Following on the go-go heels of Shrimpton, Twiggy’s doe-eyed charm and leggy, androgynous looks made her the ideal mannequin for the mod looks of the mid-’60s.
Once considered too tall, at more than six feet, to be a model, the German knockout played up her exoticism and Valkyrie proportions by occasionally appearing in nothing but body paint and favoring far-flung locations.
Marisa Berenson
Elsa Schiaparelli’s granddaughter’s golden glow made YSL call her the “girl of the ’70s.”
Lauren Hutton
The first model to sign an exclusive cosmetics contract (with Revlon in ’73), Hutton was an antidote to ’70s excess.
Jerry Hall
The glossy Texan was fittingly discovered on a beach in Saint-Tropez. She is the mother of four of Mick Jagger’s children.
Patti Hansen
A favorite of Albert Watson and Francesco Scavullo, Hansen married Keith Richards, with whom she has two daughters, Theodora and Alexandra.
The stunning Somalian transcended color barriers, becoming one of the top models of the ’70s. Now married to David Bowie, she is founder of Iman Cosmetics.
Cheryl Tiegs
Best known for her swimsuit work, the quintessential California girl was the first to ride in on the wave that also brought Christie Brinkley to fame.
Paulina Porizkova
Czech-born Porizkova’s sultry pout, captured here by Scavullo in 1987, was sought after in the early MTV era. A gig in a Cars video led to her marriage to Ric Ocasek.
Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, and Stephanie Seymour
In contrast to the colorful glitz of the previous decades, the rise of fresh-faced supermodels and stark photography coincided with the clean, pared-down minimalism that became the hallmark of the ’90s.
Linda Evangelista
A closely cropped haircut, encouraged by Peter Lindbergh, catapulted Evangelista from the ranks to supermodel status. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, she graced the cover of Liz Tilberis’s first issue of Bazaar in 1992. Together Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell were called “the Trinity,” who, Evangelista once said, didn’t “wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”
Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell
Lensmen loved Turlington’s squeaky-clean professionalism and Campbell’s saucy swagger.
Nadja Auerman
The long-legged blonde was a Helmut Newton fantasy come to life. She also stared down the lenses of Avedon and Patrick Demarchelier.
Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta
Often photographed together, Harlow and Valletta were best friends.
Kate Moss
At five foot eight, Moss was the antisupermodel. Her arrival on the scene in 1990 heralded the waif look and changed fashion’s aesthetic.
Stella Tenant
Nobly born Tennant was the go-to for English eccentricity.
Gisele Bündchen
The first of the curvy Brazilians, she rang in Glenda Bailey’s editorship of Bazaar in 2002 and is a reigning supermodel of the decade.
Natalia Vodianova
Vodianova led a Russian-model invasion and is a mother of three.
Daria Werbowy
The Canadian’s feline gaze is instantly recognizable, as she has been the face of many top luxury brands.
Lily Donaldson
The 21-year-old Brit is a favorite of photographers for her easy 21st-century beauty.

Photos: Various sources

From Tom & Lorenzo – Fabulous and Opinionated. For the original article, click here.