The Intern Movie: Unexpected Inspiration

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The Intern Movie: Unexpected Inspiration

If you haven’t checked it out yet, please watch the movie, The Intern. I saw it on the big screen a few months ago and again as soon as it was available to watch at home. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a film about a 70 year old retired widower named Ben, played by Robert Deniro who takes an internship in a hip fashion ecommerce company headed by a smart 30-something entrepreneur named Jules Ostin, played by Anne Hathaway. Although Deniro steals the show, and actually acts in this film instead of just making faces, Hathaway did her thing too. It’s funny and motivational and one of those films you should see when you’re sitting alone thinking, “What am I doing with my life?”

Overall it was a great story about generations, wisdom and confidence. Not to be shallow, but the fashion and interior design were also so on-point that I was actually smiling at the screen. Have you ever experienced that? When something is so visually pleasing that you want to scream out, Yaasss! But you know that it’s not pleasing to fellow movie goers, so you just hold it in? I know I’m not alone in this, but that scene in the Devil Wears Prada with the Channel boots? Yaasssss!!!

Ok, back to the Intern! Besides echoing all of the things that ring true in my life as a hustling mom who finds herself stuck between guilt and ambition, Deniro’s character was the epitome of gentlemanly grace. Kinda reminded me of my own dad, and my late great uncle and the way they could be supportive without making you feel needy or incapable and protective in a way that never made you feel weak.  For these men, being a gentleman was more than a classic suit, although they knew how to wear them well. Men like these would gladly wrap their designer coat around your shoulders if you’d so much as shiver.

In one scene, Deniro’s character explains to a younger man, why he should carry a handkerchief, “because women cry.” To some this may sound sexist, but to a woman who grew up with her tears being wiped by the soft endearing handkerchiefs of the first leading men in my life, I can tell you a tissue fails miserably in comparison.

Dear Men, if you’re reading…..

Why you Should Carry a Hankie:

  1. Its sophistimicated, especially when you’re dressed up. It looks better than a wad of tissues in your pocket
  2. It’s a signature move, especially for a single guy if he hands a lady his embroidered handkerchief, it’s a total boss act
  3. It’s good for the environment, male or female- think Wash and Reuse
  4. It’s neater for when you don’t want to have little tissue pills all over your clothes and beard
  5. It’s a sweet vestige of gentlemanlier times, and many women appreciate that

Side note: you got to check out Jules Ostin’s wardrobe in this film! It encapsulates the hip, boss-lady, casual, professional tone that is right up my style alley. So, of course I created some wear-to-work outfit idea sets inspired by the movie.Check ’em out:

Here’s a feature from The Window on the costume designer, Jacqueline Demeterio

Holiday, Stocking Stuffers & Small Gifts

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I’m over all the toys, but I love these pretty little gifts. I’ve been a semi-good girl, too! So, hurry down the chimney cause I don’t know how long I can counteract my Resting Bitch Face & attitude Santa!
Santa Baby


Adorable gifts for a special lady…oh, who are you kidding? You’ll keep these!
A Lot Like Christmas


Happy Holidays!

Office Holiday Party 2015

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Just in case you were looking for some holiday office party outfit ideas, here are a few festive, yet work appropriate ensembles to take you from the desk to the holiday party in style. This is for the non-Christmas sweater wearing crowd!Office Holiday Party-Rose Gold & Red
Holiday Party Wear, Black, White & Wine


Balmaination-Who, What and Why?

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Balmaination a term from the brand Balmain, basically broke the internet yesterday for fashionista’s and pop-culture followers. Why do I care? Balmain and the brand’s new fashion director have the potential to open doors and raise awareness regarding the blatant lack of diversity in the fashion industry and the recent disappearance of non-white models. I mean, really? Where are they?

Balmain is a Haute Couture fashion house started by the French fashion designer, Pierre Balmain (1914-1921) who entered the world of fashion in 1945, joining post World War II fashion icons like Balenciaga and Dior. The brand’s style aesthetic is glitzy yet structured and opulent.. Then, Balmain lost popularity and fell off for a few decades before making a big comeback around 2008-2010, including being part of Paris fashion week 2010. This is around the time I first noticed and fell in love with Balmain couture however, like many others could not afford to splurge on such high-end duds! A girl could dream though! That is until Olivier Rousteing stepped on the Balmain scene and changed the game!

Who is Olivier Rousteing?

Balmain, Courtesy of

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Mixed Prints, The Fall Plaid Edition

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How I Wear Plaid

I have to admit that I wasn’t always a fan of plaid. It probably had to do with the 9 years of my life spent in a catholic school uniform. For many years, I could not even touch plaid clothing and accessories without experiencing PTSD. But now that I discovered the joy of mixing prints, I’ve found a new love for plaids.  When I can mix prints using plaids, I feel less like the obedient catholic school girl and more like a rebel, with a cause, though. My cause, self-expression through fashion…..

Check out some of the mixed print outfits I created:

Mixed Prints, The Fall Plaid Edition


Plaid blouse

Topshop black print pants
$24 –

Proenza Schouler black straight leg pants
$295 –

Christian Louboutin stiletto pumps
$795 –

Bionda Castana mesh pumps
What say you? How do you feel about mixing prints in fashion?

Carry on-Handbag Psychology

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Your Purse-onality

What and how a lady carries, says a lot about her, and I’m not talking about pregnancies. I mean your handbag, purse, pocket book, whatever you call that thing that you stuff half your life into and can’t do without. One of the perks of being a woman is our ability to carry stuff. From babies to lotion and mirrors, carrying is our thing. Yeah, there’s the man-purse, but it’s much like the man-bun- only a select few can pull it off, or even want to, for that matter.

Whether you carry light or load enough crap into your bag to get through an apocalypse, there’s a bag for every purse-onality. Bags are not only functional, they are one of the most important elements of style and personal expression.

What does your bag say about you?

“An accessory is merely a piece of iconography used to express individual identity” -Nigel, The Devil Wears Prada

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The tote: she holds on to everything, so she’s always prepared, usually over-prepared and complaining of back-pain. If you’re a toter,  as I was once, think about what you’re carrying around with you and why. I mean take each item out of your bag and evaluate it’s usefulness. Marie Kondo, the creator of the KonMari Method of de-cluttering,  offers instructions on purse purging, as well as other organization tips in her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, click here to see where to purchase her book. Side note: When I finally cleaned out my Longchamp this summer, I found an old dusty pacifier and a fossil I have yet to identify.Read More »»»