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Oct 21 0 Comments

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  What’s the one accessory that transcends time itself? A watch, silly! Okay, bad fashion joke, however what’s not bad is sporting a killer timepiece that can transcend your look from average to awe-worthy. A recent study from Business Insider shows that the first (of nine) things that a person judges another person by is their handshake. And what does one notice when shaking hands? A watch! Forbes also impresses the importance of the watch in their article “5 Ways to Make a Killer First Impression,” stating that “Clothes, make-up, jewelry, watches and shoes are all types of ornamentation and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments… For many men, they do not realize that their watch can say a lot about them. For women, purses and large earrings or jewelry *(such as watches) can also indicate a lot to a new person they are meeting. Make sure that what you are wearing…says what you want it to say to the people you are meeting for the first time.”

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Watches as we know them (those worn on the body) were first invented in the late 1400’s by Peter Henlein of Germany, though many believe the origin of the word “watch” comes from England because it was used for watchmen to keep track of their shifts. The watches worn during this period were  powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears and then moved the hands, thus keeping time with a rotating wheel known as a “balance wheel.”

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The 1960s was a revolutionary time as the “Quartz” watch was invented. Instead of keeping time on a balance wheel it ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

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Below I have compiled a wide variety of watches, some old, some new, some yellow, some blue, that are categorized into appropriation of gender and generation. Per usual, I always try to include a wide spectrum of price ranges so there is usually something affordable for every budget. As they say “time heels all wounds and time wounds all heels,” so kick up your shoes and shop for a watch!

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7 Days of CARAcatures

Oct 13 0 Comments

Love her or hate her, Cara Delevingne is undisputedly the model of the moment. Those eyebrows, that walk, her style – everything about her screams supermodel.

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What I like most about Cara, and makes me believe there is more than two years of longevity in her career, is her multifaceted talents that expand beyond the catwalk. Cara is a consummate music fanatic; herself a drum player and singer (prepare yourselves for the upcoming duet of Cara and Pharell in the latest Chanel ad campaign!), as well as a contributing designer for brands such as DKNY. Whatever she does, you can tell that this saucy Brit truly walks to the beat of her own drum  (excuse the drum pun).

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At 5’7, when most models are at least 5’9, Cara owns every inch of her presence when she walks into a room, almost like a modern day Kate Moss. Unlike the other girls who show up to castings in black shirts and jeans, Cara has a style so uniquely her own that she makes jaunting around Le Carrousel du Louvre look like a fashion show in and of itself.

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Born into an aristocratic family in Hammersmith, London, Cara was one of three sisters (including model Poppy). Fashion and success were almost fortuitously fateful as her paternal grandfather is the renowned Condé Nast executive Nicholas Coleridge, and her maternal grandfather was executive and English Heritage chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens. Being immersed in such a high brow fashion world at an early age led Cara to her first official assignment at age eleven in an editorial shot by Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia. After a break from the modeling world, in 2009 Cara was once again discovered by Sarah Doukas of Storm Management (the scout who ironically was responsible for discovering Kate Moss). Since then Cara has walked the runways and landed the campaigns of companies such as Burberry, Chanel, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.

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So, like any stylist, I thought I would have a little fun and dress Cara up for a Chicago Fall week. Where she’s going – I have no idea, but I tried to remain true to both her own unique style as well as mine. AND, to make things just a little bit sweeter, I tried to replicate her outfits at an affordable cost. Have some fun with my CARAcatures and be sure to comment and let me know which ones are your favorites!

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SIGN up for Fall

Oct 12 1 Comments

By now, if you are a reader of my blog you invariably share at least some common interests with me, namely fashion and astrology. If you have followed my blog over the past few years, you will note that from time to time I always like to throw in a post about astrology and how the colors behind the astrological signs relate to our present lives. Since the seasons are changing and Fall is at our doorstep, I thought it befitting to provide you with a guide, sign by sign, of what you should be flaunting, favoriting, and fixating upon as you step outside this Fall.

Author Spring Liao presents us with a table that matches sign by sign your specific color for Fall 2015, as well as some other interesting tid bits about what to expect from your spirit, body, and mind these next few months.

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