December 23, 2010


So this shadow box has been used for the same few old pictures for the past couple of years and today inspiration struck while I was cleaning my room. From now on I'm going to use it to house mood boards that will hopefully rotate with my current obsessions and DIY ideas. So as they change I will be sharing them for you my loyal readers to see and maybe get inspired by as well.

Sorry about the weird lighting, my camera made it super yellowy, so I tried to correct it as best as I could, luckily most of the pieces are pretty neutral so it doesn't affect it too much.


P.S. who else thinks that manicure on the jeweled hand is killer?! Obsessed.

December 20, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is my lil ol' blogs first birthday!! And even though I just started a new blog, Heavy Fashion, I haven't forgotten about my first born. I'm still really trying to work on how I write because there are a lot of things I would like to do that I'm not. I promise I'm funny in real life, so my New Years Resolution for this blog is to bring more of that to my readers, and less of my long winded explanations (like this!).


Editors Note: I wrote this entire post yesterday (the 19th) but for some reason never submitted it to be published. So this celebration is coming a day late. oops!

December 18, 2010

Kingdom Come

So as I've mentioned before, I'm the UF campus rep for Akira, a chicago based retailer who is hoping to expand their online presence through interns, like me, located around the US. One of our assignments was to style these killer Chinese Laundry Kingdom boots and here is my result. I didn't go too crazy, but then again I only had what was in my suitcase for the holiday. Check out Akira's stuff (they have House of Harlow and Jeffrey Campbell!) here, and use my code SJM15 to get 15% off your order!!!


December 12, 2010

Your Christmas Wish Come True

Am I the only one who thinks that its practically a requirement to own a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes to be a successful fashion blogger these days? Maybe I'm being dramatic but after 11 days of entering the Solestruck 12 days of JC shoes I'm pretty much ready to give up! But then on the 12th day, they unveiled THE JC shoe of the blogosphere. That's right, the LITA. Want in? Get in line behind me! and hope your christmas wish is worthy of this prize. I'm partial to the taupe suede because I know I would get a lot of use out of it, but something about the glitter just KILLS me. I mean if you're going to go all out in a huge platform, why not make it sparkle?

I may not be Rumi Neely yet, but I'd love to celebrate my blog's 1 yr anniversary with some Litas!!


November 7, 2010


Florida had a cold front this past weekend and the weather was absolutely perfect. To celebrate: a perfect example of layering.


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Happy Monday

Just Because

Gorgeous dress I had in my photo archives, feel free to let me know if you know who its by. I have a good idea but I'd rather just leave it nameless until I know for sure. In the meantime, enjoy the beauty of it.


Editors Note: Big thanks to reader Mel who identified this dress as Valentino!

October 28, 2010

Fight Cancer!

If you actually read my posts, you'll know that I am the Campus Rep at the University of Florida for Akira. So if you are looking to buy some amazing clothes including Sam Edelman, Jeffrey Campbell, Jessica Simpson, House of Harlow, and their very own amazing AKIRA Black Label, look no further then here, where I am giving you my EXCLUSIVE 10% discount code which includes SALE items!!!!! Also, a portion of proceeds go to help fight breast cancer!

Check out their clothes at Shop Akira!


Enjoy!! But hurry! It expires on Sunday October 31st!!



Shoe Break

I've been studying nonstop lately (well that is besides the tv and internet breaks, sue me) but I just had to take a moment out of my life to blog this Ruthie Davis shoe preview that she shared via twitter. This whole Ruthie Davis thing is clearly going to become a trend. She fascinates me as a person, and makes amazing shoes that I could never afford (which is pretty much my criteria for liking something in the fashion world). Anyway, less talk, more shoes!


Courtesy of Twitter.

October 18, 2010

Future DIY?

While watching Gossip Girl last week I became fascinating by this necklace that Blake Lively's character wore. It also appears to be somewhat simple, once the chain-link pattern is mastered. Anyway, I really hope to make my own version once I have the time. Maybe over Christmas break.


October 14, 2010

A Day at the Zoo

When I first saw these shoes I was unsure about them. Strange was the first thing to come to mind. But after a minute I decided they were more whimsical and fun, as I'm sure they were meant to be, then I'm used to. A break from the clunky black wedges I usually lust after. Of course these aren't shoes I would wear exactly. But I think they could definitely make any outfit interesting. Who knows, maybe the design will trickle down the retail chains and in a year we'll all want a pair of animal heels. But for now I'll just enjoy this delicate and intricate design.


Courtesy of Jak and Jil.

October 8, 2010

Rainbow Brite

I have a feeling that I'm going to be using this picture as a pick-me-up during the winter season. Super colorful Ruthie Davis shoes. Amazing.


Courtesy of Twitter.

October 5, 2010


These are the kinds of shoes I've always wanted to design. Mostly just because of the heel. I love interesting heels. Although something about these in particular looks incredibly painful. Either way, Jil Sander is a genius.


Courtesy of Sea of Shoes.

October 3, 2010


There is a reason I typically avoid commenting on clothes, and focus mainly on shoes. When I read people's assessment of the latest lines and designers I am simply awestruck by the knowledge they have of not only the history of the designer or fashion in general, but also their ability to dissect specific inspirations and fabrics. To me, clothes in the fashion industry are this huge ridiculously complicated entity that I don't think I have even begun to appreciate or understand yet. Because of this I stick to accessories and shoes, which in my mind are more independent in that people don't focus on their history as much. It is true that there are still those people out there who know and appreciate them as much, or even more so, then the clothes, but this is my rationalization.

That being said, when I saw this dress I knew I had to attempt to do it justice in a post. I am just obsessed with the combination of the tulle and lace, the sexiness that comes from the sheer lace being covered seemingly haphazardly by sheer tulle, and the structure that comes from the lines on the chest and the shoulders. It doesn't hurt that Blake Lively is wearing it, and she happens to be a fashion favorite of mine.

I'm not a fan of the shoes she paired with it, but I respect the attempt at the correlation with the sheer. But maybe I over think things.


Courtesy of Coco Perez.

September 28, 2010

Akira Akira!!!

Sooo I am officially the campus rep for AKIRA, an awesome store in Chicago. I just got my first task and I'd love for you guys to help me out. All you have to do is "Like" them on Facebook and then comment on their page's wall saying "gators" so that they know I am the one who sent you! You can also follow them on Twitter and tweet "gators" @ them if that is more your speed. I can really use all the help you guys can give me!

And if you don't remember, AKIRA is responsible for this post I did awhile ago of these stunners.


September 25, 2010


Had my first exam this past week and my second is on Monday. I have absolutely no time to do anything that isn't academic related. Or even finish looking at articles and clothes from NYFW. Soon.


September 13, 2010

Sneak Pump!

Ruthie Davis tweeted this teaser of her S2011 collection and it has definitely gotten me super excited to see what more she has up her sleeve! Such a departure from the dark and tough heels I posted here, but you can still tell they're from the same designer, an amazing feat. I'm loving the combination of neutrals with metallic, and of course the hot pink sole! Also of course, the exposed heel, made a little more interesting with the combo of wooden and traditional materials. Killer! Can't wait to see the rest of the collection.


September 7, 2010


A little midweek eye candy.


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September 6, 2010

It Gets Better

I am completely in love with everything about Miroslava Duma. She seems to have everything in life and is now pregnant and still looking amazing. This post was put into the works back in July when I first found out who The Ideal was. I could add hundreds of more photos of her perfection but I'll leave it at this for now. She's rich, has amazing style, is a talented editor and writer, and is charitable, turns out the ideal extends beyond the skin.


Courtesy of Google Images.

September 5, 2010


I watched the documentary "Seamless" last night, which followed the participants and judges of the first CFDA award. Which happened to go to Proenza Schouler, deservedly so. It was a really interesting look at some very important people in the fashion industry and I loved watching the two creators of this iconic brand. They seemed so lovable and genuine, I hope they haven't changed their personalities. As for their fashions, ever changing and amazing.


Courtesy of Textbook and Unknown.


This bracelet almost makes me want to switch my major to pre-med. Too bad I could never survive the chemistry!


Uknown source.

September 3, 2010

Piled On

Killer back detail. Love.


Courtesy of Akira.

August 27, 2010


Lame title I know, but what is really important is that Gossip Girl released pictures from their upcoming season and I am so ridiculously excited! Who needs storylines when everyone is dressed like this?! Amazing.


Courtesy of Facebook.

August 26, 2010

Kolor me Khaki

(As much as it irritates the academic in me to spell things falsely for symmetry, I couldn't pass the opportunity up.) I guess we're seeing a theme today. Another coveted thing that I slacked on blogging and then decided it was a neccesity. These nail polishes have been making the rounds for a bit and are definitely highly anticipated. Between me, my mother, and my sister we have a small fortune invested in nail polish, which is rather odd since I'm not the best at keeping up with my nails. But anyway, back to the point, when I first saw these I thought, wow pretty but not anything new or inherently eye-catching, yet I would still buy one if I happened upon it. Then I saw Garance Dore's most recent illustration and I knew right away it was from the exciting collection. Seeing it on fingernails (even if they are of the fictional kind!) made me truly realize the potential of these awesomely neutral shades. My favorite is definitely Khaki Vert, but by a tiny margin.

Now I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope that they don't sell out too quickly!


Courtesy of StyleList.

Book it

So in this case I'm not actually late to the game with these clutches. I was just reading an informative article about Kindles and was all of a sudden inspired to look them up again because I remembered how much I love reading. And well I just had to document them on my blog because they truly are right up my alley. I kind of wish they used the original cover art, thats the nerd in me, but the fashion part of my brain loves the fun whimsical takes on the classics. My favorite design is The Great Gatsby, but I've never actually read it! My favorite book out of the selection is definitely The Importance of being Earnest. Such a good read. Anyway, for just $325 you can look smart and fashionable in a truly unique way.


Courtesy of google images.


I found out this morning on twitter that Rebecca Minkoff is launching their first shoe collection! Not only that, but they're awesome. Thankfully, the announcement was accompanied by shots of the shoes, rather then making us anticipate for months, and they will be a part of their Spring 2011 line. Here are my favorites:


Courtesy of Minkette.
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