Do you hate my hair?

Do you hate my hair?

My relationship with my hair is a very messy, complicated one. We fight a lot. One day I wake up wanting an icy blonde bob, and the next day I envy those who have long, dark luscious locks. In short, my hair causes me much grief.

But this blog post isn’t about my hair. It’s about my ability to make everything more dramatic than it needs to be. Kidding! (Kind of.)

In May 2018, I made a promise to myself: I refused to cut my hair again until I graduated. In my extreme unrest and desire for change, I kept it long but dyed it blonde. Then, a mere five days after graduation came the chop.

I remember complaining endlessly to my friends about my hair. But the second I chopped it, I wondered if I had made a mistake. All your progress is gone! What did you just do?!

The whole soap-opera drama involving my hair revealed much more about myself than I realized at the time. My hair was growing, just as that season of my life was one of growth. After being run down and emotionally exhausted for far too long, it’s what I needed. It may not have been want I wanted, but it is what I needed.

As silly as it seems, I do feel like God was teaching me something through that process of waiting. Just the other day, I listened to a sermon about the power of God’s working in the waiting. (It’s like my pastor knew that my hair was driving me insane.)

I actually laughed at myself when I decided to stick with my decision to let my hair grow–that awkward stage of growth in which so many people give up can also be an outlet for some of the most beautiful outcomes.

So sure, I might have complained (and still complain) a lot about my hair. But ultimately, waiting it out and keeping my promise to myself was more important to me. And God is showing me that I need to be faithful to Him and wait on His perfect timing.

Advertisements

USA brand brings European style to the West Coast

USA brand brings European style to the West Coast

If you look at her Instagram, you might think she’s a travel blogger. But she’s actually at every fashion week to get inspiration for her newest collections. From Portugal to Paris, fashion designer Brittany Correy is always on-the-go.

unnamed (2)

Correy is the name and face behind the lady & the sailor, a simple clothing collection based on a solid fashion philosophy. “Good basics are the foundation to creating beautifully uncomplicated style.” With three boutiques in L.A., her brand is bringing European fashion to the U.S. one classic piece at a time. 

How did you become interested in fashion?

“I wouldn’t say there was one pivotal moment. I come from creative roots; that was my upbringing, art. It was just the natural progression. Fashion is just a daily form of art to me. It’s unique to the person. Each day you choose colors and textures. It’s like everyday you wake up and say, “Who am I today?” Such a fun form of expression.”

How did you start the lady & the sailor?

“With a set of ideas and long hours! I built the idea for the collection initially on my need for certain things. I would get dressed and feel like I was missing certain “building pieces.” For example, a tee refined enough to wear to a nice dinner. Or a tank long enough to layer under a specific sweater. The brand was built on the five pieces I always thought I was missing to complete an outfit.”

How would you describe your brand?

“Feminine with a nod to boy.”

What’s your favorite accessory?

“Hands down my favorite vintage Levis! I wear them endlessly, and they seem to fit the bill for almost any occasion in LA. Daytime with a sweatshirt or striped tee. Nighttime with a perfect leather jacket, black tee and heels.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

“I usually start my day at the office and check in with the 3 boutiques. Once they are all situated, I move on to design and production. There’s daily design, playing with color palettes and fabrics. And then fittings several times a week. Fashion moves fast; there’s never down time.”

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

“All my favorite hobbies are not fashion related. This business is so consuming for me, when I get free time, truly the last thing I want to do is fashion related. Sometimes I need to rest my mind so I can be inspired when it counts. I love travel, yoga and it sounds crazy, but organizing! There’s nothing more enjoyable for me than a quiet evening at home organizing my closet or bathroom drawers.”

What inspires you?

“Travel, always. I can’t get enough. I love to see what people are wearing, men and women both. There’s also so much inspiration found in cityscapes, food, everything. I was in St. Tropez this summer and came across this incredible street of pink buildings: each had a different color trim. I wrote down every color combo there was!”

What’s it like constantly traveling? Are there things from home you miss while you are gone?

“First and foremost, my French bulldog, Clyde. After a day, I miss him so much it hurts! Then, of course, my husband and my family. Then it’s the little things, like my favorite coffee and my bed. Also just the luxury of having down time between travels. There’s nothing better than being home on a Saturday afternoon with literally nothing to do. No deadlines, no pressure. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

What tops your bucket list?

“I wouldn’t say it’s a single destination or experience. Rather, I would love to get to a place in the future where I could spend a full summer abroad. Relocate for May or June until August. I’d pick a place that I find the most inspiring at the time. I’d spend the summer absorbing the culture and then of course designing and sourcing. The summer would culminate with shooting our spring campaign, which we shoot every August. It’s our biggest and most important lookbook of the year. The campaign would likely be inspired by my summer.”

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

“I’ve always envisioned the lady & the sailor as a lifestyle brand, comprised of more than just clothing. We’re currently working on branching into accessories, bags, shoes and things of that nature. During my travels, I’ve seen so many beautiful things made by international artisans! There’s so many of these things I’d like to infuse into this realm of the brand.”

 

To shop, visit the website.

Photos courtesy of Brittany.

 

Fashion Flashback: ’90s Sitcom Edition

Fashion Flashback: ’90s Sitcom Edition

Happy Friday et joyeux 14 juillet à tous!!! 🇫🇷

The end of another week means the beginning of another fashion flashback post. Today we are exploring the wonderfully bizarre decade known as the 1990s.

Ahhh, the ’90s. Since the turn of the century, people have been reminiscing on the nostalgic beauty (and horror) of the 1990s.

The style of the ’90s is definitely in a category of its own. From Friends to Fresh Prince, the style encapsulated in the classic 90s sitcoms is enduring even today. While each one of these TV series could realistically have their own separate blog post, I am going to attempt to briefly show you a few of my favorite ’90s sitcom looks.

  1. Saved by the Bell
    3fcfaf28a63dcd9bc038f8f924e98ffdd7ce76974b857e0a20d6ce330a9d7b34f36fd6d29450525b28d0b8703880c6b1

    I am not even lying when I said I spent my entire freshman year of high school trying to be Kelly Kapowski. And I constantly crushed over Zack Morris (yes, I know it’s kind of weird if you think about it. I mean, he’s like 25 years older than me). When it comes to the crazy fashion of this even crazier TV series, all of them have a distinct yet somehow relatable style. Whether it’s Kelly’s matching floral pieces, Jessie doubling up on denim, or Slater’s muscle shirts, there is something everyone can enjoy.

  2. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    15a84a8135c62194894ed4b159e60329c0650558d1c685f7c1e90be6e9678ba2fb8f497359d810d534decbfa7c56b026

    Just hearing the name of this show makes me want to sing the theme song. Not only is the show itself so amazing, but it also has some great fashion cameos. See: Carlton’s preppy cardigans and plaid shorts, Will’s patterned everything outfits, and Hillary’s blazers with absolutely gigantic shoulder pads.
  3. The Nanny
    ef06c50b9633fc83192b8847b1d38ec153e19ae6d5d324f86b37caeac319b19121fe5be76e2b75b81a3fb81600e42238
    Even if you had never before watched this show (and I’ll admit, I hardly have), you will automatically recognize two things about The Nanny: Fran Drescher’s distinct voice and absurd outfits. Yet somehow I’m still insanely jealous of her wardrobe.
  4. Full House
    e22439d202511957c5d1d025ce0e8811ebed5a7ad6c598d1b7890cf97a3f57a3bc06a3600aff7ba374a72e656d4278ba12a8cd3994fdabd5863286aebab3d584

    What. A. Classic. This show has such a variety of stereotypical 90s looks! I mean, really, the list goes on and on. DJ and Stephanie Tanner kept up the trend of floral and denim everything. Kimmy Gibbler made sure that scrunchies didn’t go out of style. Uncle Jesse was the cool (and extremely good-looking) uncle. Danny Tanner is, like, the ultimate dad. He has the dad jeans, the dad hair, and the dad jokes. And, like all other ’90s babies, Michelle rocked those overalls.

  5. Seinfeld
    6e81b222423f4301c0d1d4c91f51be8b10fd874ff25bd4a2275d0982a0bb5450bb31c0b2d06e37638e87d65628479e51

    By far one of the funniest/best sitcoms ever made, Seinfeld definitely has some iconic fashion moments, including Kramer’s weird button up shirts and Jerry sporting all the Nike merchandise. Truth be told, Elaine Benes is actually one of my style icons. Her persona is so business casual/cool (maybe it’s just wishful thinking that I can pull off blazers with shoulder pads).

  6. F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
    1f089d74ba51c8cfcfcda274d10eb9466e5e2686619dbb74a41d1e36da120fb4571ef1887a6937470285e15ed60499f883f712295a121a8a48f897f092a96ae14df713e3504b07786bdf5e0d7b3541a3cc92e5378f309ceb2ea59462154f9477

    It’s no secret that the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. craze has been vamped up yet again with all the ’00s babies now watching it on Netflix. I can’t deny that I’m super jealous of how well Rachel and Monica pull off those mom jeans. I pretty much want their wardrobes. Even Ross has some killer looks in this series! And don’t get me started on the weird matching cast photos. This show is honestly probably one of the most well-known sitcoms ever, and it’s style is just a reflection of how iconic it was.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite looks from such an interesting era in TV history. So tell me, what are YOUR favorite ’90s sitcom looks? Are there any that aren’t on this list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

KV

Fashion Flashback: La Nouvelle Vague.

Fashion Flashback: La Nouvelle Vague.

Welcome to a new segment of my blog called Fashion Flashback! Considering how much I appreciate the art of alliteration, I think it only appropriate that these posts are to be published on Fridays.

Today I’m talking about a wonderful era still freshly imprinted upon my mind: The French New Wave. Known as La Nouvelle Vague, The French New Wave was a 60s cinematic revolution that continues to inspire and intrigue audiences today. Its influence can be seen in many modern movies, in the realms of both cinema and style. As a fashion fanatic, the style of the French New Wave is absolutely impeccable. And it is perfect for a summer look book.

Without further ado, here are some signature French New Wave looks.

  1. Black Turtleneck, Black Pants (Les Quatre Cent Coups, 1959.)
    tumblr_lqlzokS8yz1qg4j6yo1_500

    I know, I know. It might seem unrealistic to wear this in the summer (even though this is my go-to outfit in every season), but it’s time to take some style advice from a pre-teen. This kid is ridiculously cool, even with his one outfit throughout the entire film.P.S. Check out his style evolution that came with the usage of technicolor film! Still super rad.

    doinel-fashion

  2. Stripes. (À Bout de Souffle, 1960.)
    7806c476a1903e9a9fbe48940541b6a3
    165f8b2e40586176bfb127f90f5572eeJean Seberg captures the essence of vintage chic in this stunning dress. It is perfectly shaped and fitted. (And her adorable pixie cut only adds to the luxe of this look!)

    Seberg wasn’t the only French kitten (actually, she’s American..) to sport a nice striped something. Check out this trio in Jules et Jim (1962).

    386456dc6ca5a602a5dc616cfdedcc67

  3. Effortless Cool. (À Bout de Souffle, 1960.)
    d51750f6048169d567e175daa1306d23cf0a538f4041dac3ca4d13e17f385ff8I would be completely amiss if I didn’t also credit Jean-Paul Belmondo for his trop stylé attire in this film. Attempting to mimic American actor Humphrey Bogart, Belmondo seems to put an irresistible French twist on an American classic.
  4. Rouge et Bleu. (Pierrot Le Fou, 1961.)f5f44d9582b1e0fff96694b56eb5cf311682753e3acbbd418b07700e2256c3ea36457db7cbe2ed47267db4a9097abb6fLet’s just take a moment and appreciate the costume designer for this film because all of their outfits are absolutely sublime. Karina and Belmondo compliment each other so well in these gorgeous nautical colors. (Not to mention the essential French colors!) The poppy reds and baby blues blend perfectly together for the spring/summer season.

 

While these outfits are decades old, they still hold with strong resonance today. Hopefully these 60s babes could inspire you to stylistically stretch yourself this summer. If you have any cute summer outfits, send them my way! I want to see what you come up with.

P.S. Stay tuned for next week’s exciting post. (Hint: Apocalyptic signs.)

 

À bientôt!

KV

 

Yellow.

Yellow.

With the gentle rays of sun peeking through my window

and the aroma of fresh coffee swirling in my room,

I bask in the glory of clean sheets and the beginning of spring.

 

Mornings like these

fill my heart with all the radiance of a sunflower

and all the warmth of a soft morning sun.

 

Si tu pouvais lire dans mon coeur, vous verriez la couleur jaune.

 

KV

 

Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.

Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.

Although autumn and winter are my favorite seasons, I cannot help but get spring fever as I walk outside on a beautifully sunny day. I figured I would share my fashion inspiration for this season. It might not be what you expect for such a bright season, but I am working on branching out. (This is something that is stylistically different from my typical all black outfits.)

 

1. Minimal.

I know that’s such a hip catchphrase nowadays, hence the reason I’m using it. This season is all about keeping it minimal! My personal look this spring is going to be grey + white (and black accents, of course).

2. Denim.

I can already tell denim is going to be HUGE this spring and summer! 1970s inspired jumpsuits are everywhere, and I can’t say I’m complaining. (Actually, the only thing I am complaining about is not being tall enough to wear them.)

3. Pastels

Light pinks, baby blues, and soft yellows. What a perfect way to welcome spring. Wes Anderson must be so proud.

 

I cannot wait for this season’s fashion! Let me know what YOUR favorite (or least favorite!) style trends for Spring ’16 are!

Until next time,

KV

 

P.S. All pictures are from Pinterest. Credit where credit is due.

Winter Weather Essentials.

“It’s a marshmallow world in the winter!” Today I am showing you five must-have pieces for your closet this snowy season.

 

1. Big Overcoats

These come in many shapes and sizes. They are extremely cozy and versatile. Also, fluffy. You can never go wrong with a neutral toned duster. Or spice it up with a pale pink furry coat!

2. Hats

Static-y, unkempt hair day? Grab a cute hat and you’re on your way! For this season, I personally am wearing a black wool floppy hat.

b3b0e366c2dc4acf511859f10591d96e

3. Pointed Heels

You can never go wrong with a pair of these! They are classic and timeless. Grab a few pairs of neutral pointy heels to style with any outfit. They can provide a elegant or edgy look, depending on how you style them.

4. Turtlenecks

Yes, mom. They are back in style. Pair a ’90s turtleneck with your favorite overcoat!b9972b995b131fa7410dc2b57377f972

5. Vampy Lips

Last but certainly not least, a makeup trend. Dramatize your look this season with deep reds and plums. If you’re not into that but want to something on your lips, try mauve and taupe colors!

 

Comment below and let me know YOUR favorite winter fashion trends!!!

XO, KV

(P.S. All photos are from Pinterest. Credit where credit is due.)