Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Lady Goes To The Gym...

So...workout gear. Exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and proper apparel is essential. Activewear is extremely versatile and fun. Instead of going out in public in pjs and a nasty wife beater, the beauty of a good sports jackets and yoga pants is that it actually tricks people into thinking you are on your way to or from the gym. Even though you really were just too lazy to put on a pair of pants. Using Athleta.com and Target.com, I've created four looks that are fun and colorful that is sure to perk you up during your working.

Target 1:

Target 2:

Athleta 1:

$49.99 Lap Short

Athleta 2:

$64.99 On Sale!! Salutation Pant

Here is a complimentary workout video that I use often. The trainer's name is Rumi and her workouts, if done consistently, are very effective. Enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fashion Haul by Cassandra Bankson

Here's a video about fashion from a girl I listen to often. Here name is Cassandra Bankson and she does a lot of videos on makeup as well as fashion. Subscribe to her channel! She's amazing!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Little Island Dressing

Many of you don't know this but I'll be heading to Jamaica pretty soon for a funeral. My grandmother died, unfortunately. The last time I went to Jamaica, I was three and that was for my great-grandmother's funeral. It seems that only death can bring me back to my ancestral home. 

In any case, I have nothing to wear. So my mother and I are planning a little excursion to the outlet malls to see what we can buy for the occasion. Inspired by Jamaica and its famed tropical atmosphere, below are some dresses and jewelry that I found that I'll be considering as I go shopping.

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds by universalmusicenterprises

Friday, June 15, 2012

Isaac Mizrahi on Fashion and Creativity

TED.com is an awesome place to find inspiring and informative videos. It has a variety of topics from pop culture to technology and even fashion. Below is a video from the amazing Isaac Mizrahi on how he finds inspiration for his fashion.

New Layout!

Hey everyone! You may have noticed that I changed the layout of The Confidante! I've decided to change everything because the layout before wasn't really working out for me. This new look I think totally represents the direction I'm taking this blog.

I haven't really been posting lately but I promise that won't be so for long. I'm debating with myself as to the new ideas that I will be incorporating into the blog. You all know that I am a bit of a rookie with this so please bear with me as I try to figure it all out.

I said in the beginning of creating this blog that it would be educational to a degree. What I'm planning to do, along with my regular posting of fashion ideas, is to also incorporate media like videos that feature topics relevant to our fashion dialogue. I hope you all stay tuned in to the Confidante because it's gonna get good!

And just for kicks, listen to one of my favorite songs:

Spectrum (Calvin Harris remix) by Florence and the Machine

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fashion Spotlight: Saks Fifth Avenue

Since I've been talking about retail fashion in my last few posts, I think it's only fair I take a look at the high fashion of one of the most amazing stores out there: SAKS!!!! 

Once in your life, even if you cannot afford to look at anything for fear that it will somehow magically break and leave you footing the bill, you MUST step into a Saks Fifth Avenue Store. The feeling of being surrounded by millions of dollars of exquisite merchandise is simply surreal.

Anywhoo, if you do decide to visit Saks soon, here are some items you might see.

$1345 Christian Louboutin Mixed-Media Patent Leather and Python Platform Sandals

$495 Alexander Wang Lina Leather and Suede Colorblock Pumps

$556.50 On Sale!! Yves Saint Laurent Floral Canvas Platform Wedge Pumps

 $2990 Akris Wool Tree Print Dress

$1550 Oscar de la Renta Printed Dress

$595 Boy. by Band of Outsiders Belted Shirtdress

$1450 Prada Vitello Daino Top Handle Bag

$528 Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot Tote Bag

 $2680 Bottega Veneta Medium Tote Bag

$1350 Georg Jensen 18K Yellow Gold & Diamond Drop Earrings

$4900 David Yurman Diamond Accented 18K Gold Drop Earrings

 $4950 David Yurman 18K Yellow Gold Link Necklace

 $3995 GURHAN Sterling Silver & 24K Gold Multi-Stand Necklace

 $353 Aurélie Bidermann Multi-Pikes Ring

$825 Gucci 18K Gold Ring

Obviously some of these pieces are really Avante-Garde but fashion is nothing if not fun and I swear, those Yves Saint Laurent shoes are calling my name! Let me know what you think of this Spotlight and comment below!

~Renee B.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Target Fabulous

Target may not be recited in fashion magazines as a go-to store for shopping, but it does carry many hidden gems in its clothing racks. Once again, I've created three looks from gorgeous pieces that I stumbled upon. The only thing I would caution you with are the jeans. When it comes to the jeans featured in today's post, I would just use the cut of the leg and the wash as reference points for finding the perfect pair for yourself.

Look 1- A day at the Beach

$29.99 Webster Sleeveless Jersey Dress
$29.99 Cabochon Prehnite Ring
$15 Merona Esma Braided Shoes
$29.99 Cubic Zirconia Key Necklace
$12.99 On Sale!! Merona Wide Brim Floppy Hat
$34.99 Pink Straw Stripe Tote

Look 2- Casual Day Look

$22.99 Merona Womens Core Bootcut Jeans
$28-29.99 Women's Mossimo Perri Shoes
$22.99 Converse One Star Sport Shirt
$13.98 On Sale!! Pink Agate Gold Ring
$24.99 Webster Long Necklace with Castings 
$29.99 Merona Yellow Scarf Tote Bag
$19.99 Tube Hoop Earrings

Look 3- Boho

$12.99 Mossimo Gemma Mirrored Gold Sandal
$29.99 14K Gold Over Silver Matte Hoop
$14.99 Gold Over 14K Gold Plated Filigree Dome Ring
$19.99 Bueno Bronze Mini Bag
$22.99 Merona Core Fit Denim Jeans (Dark Wash)
$24.99 Webster Ruffle Trim Tank
$17.99 Bangle Bracelets With Stone

All these items are fashionable as well as inexpensive and no item is over $35. As I've said before, Target is filled to the brim with fashionable options for everyone. All you need is a little bravery to get out of your comfort zone and try something brand new.

~ Renee B.