Thursday, July 17

Articles + Updates

Image courtesy of Little Baby's Ice Cream

If you know me - or have been in the same room as me for about five minutes - then you know that I love ice cream. Not just love ice cream; I adore ice cream. From it's ooey-gooey consistency to its creamy deliciousness, to the fact that I can top it with pretty much any hard candy, soft candy or liquid candy I desire, I think ice cream is the best kind of sweet treat. In fact, I so love ice cream that my very first job was as a soda jerk at an ice cream parlor. So naturally, as a resident of the City of Brotherly Love for the past few years, I've scoured every inch of Philadelphia in search of the perfect scoop. See my favorites in my latest post for Girl Around Town

And in other exciting news, BELLA NYC magazine just released the digital version of their July/August summer issue featuring cover girl Laura Prepon. See my work as the magazine's Fashion Director in the issue's fashion spreads and "Style Report".

I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, July 16

Safari Style, Part II

Earlier this week, I chronicled the history of safari-inspired clothes and accessories. Today, I'm showing you how to rock the safari trend the 2014 way.

This season, safari-inspired clothes are casual yet polished, made of luxurious, lightly-colored fabrics that will help keep you the cool in the hot summer sun. Add some punch to these neutral garments with jewelry and accessories in rich earth tones. Whether you're going on a month-long quest or just a journey through your backyard, you'll look effortlessly stylish and chic -- just like the safari-wearing fashionistas of yore.

Safari Style

S.S.W. Asks: Will YOU rock safari-inspired styles this summer?


Monday, July 14

Safari Style, Part I

Last week, when proudly sporting my new-ish khaki coat dress around the house, my husband playfully asked me, “Are you going on safari?” (See the outfit on my Instagram handle and judge for yourself.) At first, I was a bit miffed at his joke, but quickly decided to take it in stride. After all, safari-inspired styles have had a long history in fashion. 

It all began in 1836, when William Cornwallis Harris led an expedition to record wildlife and landscapes in Africa. The trip's format consisted of light walking in the morning followed by energetic day walking, a restful afternoon, and a formal dinner with time for drinks, tobacco and stories in the evening. Thus, the first safari was born.

New clothes were needed for this new form of travel. According to the Dictionary of Fashion History, the clothes that were created for cross-country expeditions in the nineteenth century, especially those in East Africa, had "to be both sturdy and lightweight." They typically included, "a pith-helmet-style hat… a shirt, jacket and trousers of sturdy cotton, often pale coloured, boots and puttees, strips of protective leather or fabric wrapped around the legs. The style of jacket [has a] belt, vented back, pleated outside pockets with flaps and buttoned fronts.” 

 By the early twentieth century, when Vogue featured a safari outfit on its 1902 cover, the clothes were not just intended for practical use, but were items of fashionable dress. See how safari styles have changed throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the slideshow below. Check back this week for part II of this post – how to rock safari style the 2014 way!