Seeing Spots

Fall/Winter 2011 seems like a collaboration of very diverse trends into one huge, fashion overload (in a great way). First we saw jewel-toned hues, then the eclectic mixture of suede with leather, and of course combination of textured patterns everywhere. Now, designers all over are seeing spots! Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Stella McCartney is implementing polka-dots into their collections. Although we’ve seen it on the runways, it may be a little much for your daily ensemble to contain all pieces polka-dot; but add one dotted statement piece for a very well-rounded (pun intended) wardrobe!

1. Long spot clutch, $37, Asos. 2. Stella McCartney vita polka-dot tulle blouse, $1,195, Net-a-Porter. 3. Marc Jacobs polka-dot wool fleece pencil skirt, $995, Net-a-Porter. 4. Marc Jacobs spotted teddies shearling hobo bag, $1,495, Net-a-Porter. 5. Free People staying cool skort, $58 $29, Shopbop. 6. Diane von Furstenberg markie fine-jersey tunic, $225, Net-a-Porter. 7. MinkPink stop and stare polka-dot chiffon blouse, $82, Asos. 8. Yves Saint Laurent arty dot ring, $250, SSENSE. 9. Commando polka dot tights, $32, Shopbop. 10. Marc Jacobs polka-dot cashmere and silk-blend scarf, $450, Net-a-Porter. 11. Stella McCartney lucia stretch cotton-blend and tulle dress, $2,155, Net-a-Porter.


The Lovely Bones

As much as I am a fan of The Lovely Bones, this post is appropriately about the ongoing infatuation with skulls and skeletons in the fashion world, not the story about a pedophile. I began my love affair with skeletons in a high school art class, when I realized they were probably one of the best things I could draw, keeping it semi-realistic looking. There is something about the natural beauty of a skull, which is inevitably found in all of us, that mixes a rough exterior with an enchanting beauty. Thinking “skull“, of course the first designer that comes to mind is Alexander McQueen, but this boney masterpiece is becoming more and more prevalent throughout each season’s trends. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. DSQUARED2 skull t-shirt, $190, Shopbop. 2. Juicy Couture skull stud earrings, $45, Bloomingdales. 3. Rebecca Minkoff skull ipad case, $125, Shopbop. 4. Alexander McQueen black leather skull clutch, $1,195, My Theresa5. Your Eyes Lie floral skull tee, $34, Urban Outfitters. 6. Tokyo Milk skull shea butter soap, $11, Beauty.com. 7. Ilena Makri skull chevalier rose gold diamond ring, $3,735, Net-a-Porter8. Kosta Boda still life skull votive, $35, Bloomingdales. 9. Alexander McQueen leather and brass skull keyfob, $275, Net-a-Porter. 10. Alexander McQueen skull-print silk-chiffon scarf, $295, Net-a-Porter.


Daily Jackpot

Metallic, structured accessories are making quite the comeback this season. A clutch that doubles as a last-minute-emergency mirror ensures you’re getting full value of this fashionable fall handbag. Return of the Jetsons? Back to the Future? Whichever you may call it, I am totally onboard this fashion space agePyramid metal tip clutch, $27.44 , ASOS.

If you’re willing to splurge on the ultimate metallic-meets-structured-meets-textured-accessory-all-fall-trends-in-one handbag, in Alexander Wang I trust.

Alexander Wang devere satchel, $855, Shopbop.


Rainy Daze

In spite of this unusually rainy, August, New Jersey weather – I figured today’s post could only be appropriate for rain-wear. As the cooler, fall months approach, the following items are definitely appearing more and more on college student shopping lists. I must add, that a good umbrella and fabulous pair of rain boots are definitely worth the investment. Stick to something basic and classic that you can wear throughout all seasons and you definitely will make great use out of your purchases!
1. Jimmy Choo chesire flat rainboots, $375, Saks Fifth Avenue. 2. Dolce & Gabbana leopard print pvc wellington boots, $325, Net-a-Porter3. Adidas by Stella McCartney run animal print shell jacket, $325, Net-a-Porter. 4. DiorShow waterproof mascara, $40, CosmeticMall.  4. American Apparel the unisex circle scarf, $28, American Apparel. 6. Felix Ray vintage dot print umbrella, $80, Shopbop. 7. Hunter Boot welly socks solid, $40, Zappos. 8. Alexander McQueen umbrella with gold skull handle, $850 $595, Net-a-Porter. 9. Marc by Marc Jacobs jungle umbrella, $60, Net-a-Porter.


Animal Instincts

1. Motel summer leopard celeste long line shirt dress, ASOS 2. Alexander Wang alice rabbit heels, SSENSE 3. Jimmy Choo leopard ipad case, Net-a-Porter 4. Jezebel ant ring, catbirdnyc.com 5. Mr. Kate worm cuff in gold, mrkate.com 6. Asos leopard print pony skin purse, ASOS 7. Leopard print sheer blouse, Mikkat Market 8. House of Harlow 1960 “kye” smoking flats, Shopbop 9. Valentino rockstud python tote, Net-a-Porter 10. Marc by Marc Jacobs doe brass stud earrings, Net-a-Porter 11. Christian Louboutin Decollete 100 python pumps, Shop Savannahs 12.Pamela Love porcupine needle earrings, SSENSE


Lovely Leotards

The two main things on my wish list right now are high-waisted leather and/or suedeshorts and fun bodysuits! They’re both perfect transitional pieces for fall to pair with tights, sheer maxi skirts, sweaters, blazers, and tons of accessories. It seems ASOS is definitely the place to shop for affordable yet fashionable bargains, including each and every one of these bodysuits.
From Top Right: Pie Crust bodysuit, $43. Chiffon Sleeve wrap bodysuit, $43. Wiggle Mesh body suit, $52. Lurex Fringed body suit$43 $24. Raasta cotton cashmere sleeveless bodysuit$155 $69. Motel Josephine Colorblock bodysuit, $48.

Oh Look, An Arm Totem Pole

Or arm party, whichever you prefer. Arm parties have been quite the trending topic for a while now, so this post was definitely a long time coming. Here are some of my current favorite bracelets; all affordable and definitely part of my birthday list. I could have got a lot crazier here, like oh I don’t know, the Cartier lurve bracelet. How cliche of me. Let me see your arm parties ladies (and gentlemen)! @Brittany_Ziemba

From Top: Mathiaz Chaize Bonnie & Clyde bracelet, Net-a-Porter / Alexander McQueen Swarovski crystal double skull braceletNet-a-Porter / Whistles Chunky Chain & Suede bracelet, Asos / Jennifer Zeuner integrated number bracelet in 13, ShopBop / Mr. Kate Worm cuff in rose gold, MrKate.com / DANNIJO Jaimere bracelet in ‘BJZ’, Dannijo.com.