5 Favorites From Milan Fashion Week

I’ve been so late in the game with this Milan round up. I’ve been keeping up with the collections pretty well for Paris Fashion Week, but Milan flew by me! Milan hosted some seriously dreamy collections, so without further adieu, here are my favorites from the beloved Italian city’s fashion week.

Francesco Scognamiglio

The 70’s have been all over the runway, but this collection takes the sweet and sexy side of the decade and updates it. Luxurious satin and sheer, skin exposing pieces ruled this collection, creating a sexy and chic take on classic hippie style. Flower Power was another motif for the Spring, whether flowers were embossed or used as a pattern, the result was the same; sexy, strong pieces suited for the woman who is free from her inhibitions, a la 70’s.


With strong graphic motifs throughout this collection,Fendi wasn’t afraid to spice it up for Spring. Fendi sent look after look of elegant ease down the runway, with looks that seemed to be aimed at a younger audience than that of collections past. Sharp collars, bright prints,feathers and sexy strappy details all came along nicely in this collection. One of the best of the season, Fendi didn’t disappoint.


Spring for Agnona was all about silhouettes. Sculptural elements, like slashed and paneled skirts, really helped to define this collection,  which also featured sleek metallic dresses in muted jewel tones. There’s a sort of mythological vibe to many of these looks; think an updated uniform for a Greek goddess or warrior. Gold arm cuffs and chunky heels in black, wood, and gold all create a strong visual statement for a collection composed of visually stimulating pieces. Wrap skirts and dresses were done in variations of the classic, and perfect tailoring really took this collection to the top. Agnona aced this season.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana really know all about the dolce vita. Baroque style detailing was present per usual, on pieces ranging from hot pant and cropped military jacket sets to all lace dresses. This collection was very sexy, with some serious Matador chic looks. Spanish style was clearly an influence for the designers who presented a collection that was ornate in the all right ways.

Luisa Beccaria

This collection was absolutely breathtaking.Sweet florals were paired with loose gowns in the lightest and sheerest fabrics. Plunging necklines and sheer dresses sans lining made this feminine collection sexy and ethereal. Luisca Beccaria really packed a punch with this collection, which was elegant in its approach, and young and free with it’s details.

Breathing Fashion X Victoria Secret Pink USC

I think that there are certain people, things and experiences that are meant to come into our lives; whether they’re meant to shape us, help us grow and teach us, there’s a reason they show up. Yoga is one of those things for me. Yoga is the counterpart to my love for fashion; it addresses who I am inside, while my love for style addresses that in a physical way.1516 Interestingly enough, I don’t really think about what I wear to yoga, it’s the one time during the day that I don’t care how I look. I tend to buy my yoga clothes from TJ Maxx since they have really great, inexpensive active wear. I like colorful sports bras, black yoga leggings and soft, dreamy pullovers. I don’t spend much time thinking about how I look which is refreshing. Sometimes, however, I have to go somewhere after class and I don’t have time to grab extra clothes or change. For those moments, I like to make sure I look halfway decent.14Thanks to PINK by Victoria’s Secret here at University of South Carolina, I’ve just received my new favorite yoga pants. I’m not even going to deny that I love fitted yoga leggings because they show off my butt and do their job while doing so. This is tricky territory if, like me, you wear your yoga leggings to yoga and not around; they have to hug you in the right places and they definitely have to be thick enough. I’ve worn super cute leggings to class and felt like death because they’re not stretchy or aren’t breathable and I’ve worn leggings that are too big and gap way too much in the back. The Ultimate Yoga Legging are the perfect fabric; they breathe, they’re stretchy, they don’t lose their fit throughout class as you sweat. For someone who doesn’t spend a lot on their yoga clothes, I’ll definitely be investing in more of these pants. They’re comfy, they’re adorable and they make your butt look good. I hate being in public in my yoga clothes, but when I wear these babies, I don’t mind at all. 111128910 7 5 4 3 26I tried the leggings out and they’re  perfect. Thank you so much to PINK at USC for letting me play around and feel awesome while doing it. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for giveaways and updates!

Thanks to my twin, Alexandra, for the photos, find her on Instagram for some cool photos. 13

PS guys- yoga isn’t about being perfect, or achieving perfection in a pose. You have your entire life to work on yoga; the asanas, or physical postures, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. I know that I’m not “perfect” in any of these postures. I think it’s a good reminder to let go of ego when you see a pose you’re not perfect in.



6 Favorites From London Fashion Week

There’s a special place in my heart for British fashion, and Britain in general, and there’s always a special excitement during London Fashion Week for me. London Fashion Week is always a little bit more eccentric than its fashion capital counterparts, and there’s always a promise of the unexpected as well. London is known for being a springboard for up-and-coming designers and there’s always a promise of a designer who’s sure to be the next big thing.

Here are my top 6 favorites from London Fashion Week.

Antonia Berardi

Sweet watercolor florals were touched with a graphic twist, and satin and silks ruled throughout the whole collection. Structure was key, and a mastery of tailoring was evident from looks which ranged from kimono style dresses and tops to an origami style shrug. Silohuettes in this collection were almost as decadent as the fabric and details that treated each piece. Iridescent fabrics also made an appearance, adding yet another dimension to each look. A stunning collection that’s crafted exceptionally well

Mother of Pearl

60’s and 70’s sweetness is back, and Mother of Pearl clearly draws inspiration from the decades in their latest collection. Silky, baby doll dresses and sets feel grown up in mixed patters that are demure in their sweetness. Patterns were small and geometric, a perfect match with the a line sheath dresses that owned the runway. This collection is mod dressing done modern and it’s absolute perfection.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams features the sort of urban eccentric and graphic designs you’d expect from a British fashion house. Bras were worn outside of shirts and cartoon style patterns paired together to create a sort of high fashion vibe that’s childish in an adult way. This collection feels  like a goth pin up fashion fantasy, something that’s sure to be a hit with the fashion crowd.

Georgie Hardinge

This collection is sweet, prim and proper. 60’s silhouette are revisited with just the right amount of structure and graphic inspiration to create something a little edgier. Peter pan collars and pops of burnt orange help to ground this minimalist collection, aiding in a sweetness that still feels simple. Mary Jane shoes add the perfect finishing touch to this collection that feels incredibly British.


With a name like Shrimps, you know you’re in for something a little bit..different. This collection offered fur in sweet brights, all paired with silk pajama style pieces. The 60’s are back and with a vengeance, especially in this collection that features mod dressing with an edge. Cheetah print isn’t necessarily classic 60’s fair, so there’s a sense of refreshment to this collection with its prints and straight cut silhouettes. This collection is the perfect mix of mod style and innerwear as outterwear; sexy, inspired and mod-ern.


Marchesa always delivers, and this season is no different. Silhouettes were loose and bohemian and structured and sexy, in this collection that was as intricate as it was stunning. The attention to detail in Marchesa’s latest is unparalleled, florals, lace and bead work all own the collection and create the perfect wardrobe for a grown up flower child.This collection is easily my favorite from London Fashion Week, its both romantic and grown up and absolutely stunning. It’s clear that Marchesa knows what it takes to make a woman look, and most definitely feel, beautiful.

Inspired by Hannibal

One of my absolute favorite things to do after a long day during the week is curl up in my bed and watch some tv. I had a friend suggest Hannibal and after watching the first episode I was addicted. The television show follows forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and his relationship with FBI investigator Will Graham, who has an uncanny ability to empathize with, and catch, serial killers. The show is based on the novel Red Dragon, a precursor to The Silence of the Lambs, and it features vivid characters, intense murder scenes and extreme plot twists. 

The show had me obsessed from the first episode. I finished the first two seasons, 13 episodes each, in what felt like a week. I couldn’t stop watching. From the very beginning of the series you’re taken into every dark and twisted crevice of Will Graham’s mind. Lecter becomes his psychiatrist and the series unfolds from there. The show is gorgeous to watch, and even the stylization of the episodes evolves as the plot does. If you love Horror Movies, SVU and psychological thrillers, you will be as addicted to this show as I was. The series isn’t on Netflix but you can find the first two seasons HERE. PS- Season 3 starts in 2015.

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Erdem Spring 2015 RTW Collection Review

Erdem’s latest offering is a tropical and sultry take on a garden party. From the very first look, it was clear that this collection takes a note from the tropics, ditching inhibitions in lieu of something a little sexier. Silhouettes were more demure, leaving texture and textiles to do all the talking in this collection that put a new twist on vacation dressing. Oversize floral prints, feathers and lace all play their part too, even tweed makes an appearance.

This collection is sweetly nostalgic; long sleeves pair with skirts and dresses that hit mid calf, to create a classic style that’s juxtaposed with ultra sexy looks.There’s a sort of Valentino style elegance present in many of the looks as well, crafting a very Erdem take on the dolce vita. Dresses and skirts seemed to be embossed with florals, and keyhole cutouts at the sternum feel just right on cropped shirts paired with the perfect a-line midi skirt. Texture plays a big part in making this collection so elegant; collage style floral prints pop off skirts and blouses, while feathers are meticulously crafted onto a blouse and skirt set and a dress to create an iridescent moment in lapis and jade. Nicholas Kirkwood even crafted the perfect vine-like sandal that add another dimension to this collection. Last but not least, Erdem sent sheer, tiered gowns down the runway to close the show; this was a collection defined by paradise, and that is really no surprise at all.

All photos via Style.com

FIG Columbia

I have two new blog posts over at FIG Columbia. The first is all about dressing for your tomorrow, today. It’s a fashion lesson with some law of attraction chemistry mixed in, what more do you need for the start of a new week?! The next is all about dressing in your own sort of comfort blanket and wearing what makes you feel like you can take on the world.



“The idea of “dressing the part” has been playing into my fashion philosophy as of late, and it’s been helping me be present while looking toward the future…I’ve always dressed for myself while living here in Columbia, but really being able to pinpoint the mindset of my style is something that I’ve really liked doing. I’m leaving little room for the “what if’s” and the little nagging doubts that can make themselves at home in the corners of my mind. I love fashion, I love style and I love that it can help me shape my future.  Today, I am dressing for my tomorrow.” – Dress the Part


“There’s nothing wrong with taking a “me” day, but there’s also a sense of strength to be found when challenges are taken head on with a deep breath and a smile…Take life one day at a time. Breathe. Remind yourself it will be okay and wear something that makes you feel capable. Be your own safety net. Give yourself a pep talk. You are capable.” – Breathing


Photos by Alexandra Herstik


5 New York Fashion Week Favorites

I haven’t had time to catch up with all the New York shows, but I’m doing my best to keep up. I’ve picked five collections I really, really love to feature on here, and I’ll be updating throughout fashion month. I’m excited to see what designers send down the runway, and I’m even more excited that some of the trends so far are so good! Here are a few favorites…


Milly was all about the sheer layers and patterns.Skirts and tops leave little to the imagination, and although some of the silhouettes and pieces have been done before, there’s a lot that feels new. This collection is sexy, revealing, artistic and elegant. It’s for a confident woman, but it will sure make her feel beautiful.


Assembly is the clothing equivalent to the cool older sister of your best friend who you always wanted to be friends with. This collection is minimal in a cool, sort of grungy way. It’s easy, it’s simple, but it’s not boring. Whites on whites and blacks on blacks are perfect for spring especially in easy breezy silhouettes. Definitely a favorite.


The Mulleavy  sisters sent out a collection of 70’s pirates and ethereal mermaids. This collection is incredible, and the intricate detailing in some of the gowns is amazing. Lace up boots and netted overlay were some noteworthy details, and jackets with oversized pockets and straps were a personal favorite. Can Rodarte do any wrong? I’m beginning to think the answer is no.

Thom Browne

Thom Browne sent look after look of eccentricity down the runway. Oversized hats that seemed more like sculptures were paired with suits and skirt sets in over the top prints. This collection isn’t for the faint of heart or for the timid, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thom Browne’s latest is for the loud personality who knows how to make a statement in a put together sort of way.PS.. check out that clear raincoat!

Wendy Nichol

Easily my favorite collection thus far into fashion month, Wendy Nichol has crafted a collection that is western, gothic and romantic all in one. This collection has been taken the dark and Victorian themes we’ve been seeing for Fall and updated them for spring. Lace, silk, satin and the perfect all black and white color palette define this dreamy collection.

What are your favorites?





A Little Fashion Alien


There’s something special about dressing in something that makes you feel a little bit different from your usual self. Fashion Week is in full swing and although Columbia doesn’t really constitute the sort of fashion playground that NYC does, I still decided to wear something a little different. I put my hair up in my alien mini buns and wore my favorite super structured skirt. I felt out of place in these pieces, like a fashion alien exploring a new and unfamiliar city. It was a good kind of different. Alex and I went to an old antique store and took some photos, and it was perfect, standing among the remains of forgotten objects that were probably important to someone at some point in the past.


My favorite piece had to be the vintage phone booth we found. Standing in it made me feel like a Death Queen Barbie, ready to be shipped off to a foreign planet where I’d have an all black closet and the highest of high heels. It was fun playing a little with my sister, who no matter what, always puts a smile on my face.

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Top: Zara/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters.

All photos by Alexandra Herstik,@alexyael

What makes you feel like a fashion alien?



Melitta Baumeister CC: The Fashion Law

I’ve mentioned The Fashion Law on here before, but I don’t think I’ve announced that I’m writing a weekly column on emerging designers on TFL now! Check out my second post on Melitta Baumeister, who’s creating incredible designs out of silicon. Check it out HERE!

“Melitta Baumeister, who earned her MA in fashion from Parsons: The New School for Design last fall, is helping to jump-start a fashion revolution. The 27-year-old German-born, New York-based designer began climbing the ranks after sending her designs down the runway this past February as part of VFILES MADE FASHION show, which uses its online platform to allow designers to submit their work for a chance to show at New York Fashion Week. Since Baumeister’s NYFW premier, the designer’s sculptured and modern aesthetic has been quite the rage. Her use of unorthodox textiles helps to create her unique design style, which ranges from clean and sleek to oversized and structured. Baumesiter’s philosophical view of fashion helps to inform her designs and her design process, as well. Whether it was a “’real-fake’ black banana cast” that she utilizes to represent a certain moment in time and evolution, in this instance a rotting banana, Baumeister’s evolutionary approach to fashion and dressing help to tell her young, yet, evolving story on the runway and beyond (think: in a recent spread in Vogue Japan and in stores at Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, just to name a couple).”


Photo via The Fashion Law

A Step In The Right Direction

Sometimes when you go 100 miles a minute it feels scary to slow down, even if it’s only for a second. It’s really easy to tie our worth into how much we’re doing or getting accomplished, and I know I’m guilty of feeling useless when I’m not being productive. Things are kicking into high gear again, and the idea of not doing anything seems absolutely impossible. I get overwhelmed and stressed and I forget to breathe. I rush. I walk fast, I talk fast, I don’t stay in one place for too long. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to do what you love and do what you have to do, but  if you’re anything like me, it can become very easy to forget that it’s important to be here now.  Today, after  a weekend trip to Harry Potter World, a phone call with my mom, a planner filled with an overwhelming amount of things to do and deep breath, I took some photos with my sister. 10I let go a little bit. I took time to remind myself that yes, contrary to my own beliefs, I have enough time to do what I need to do and yes, I can do it with a smile on my face. It’s a new month and what better time to make a couple of new goals than now? I’m going to do my best to breathe more, read more and create more. i’m going to do my best to SLOW DOWN and ENJOY life. It’s important to look toward the future but it’s also important to enjoy what’s going on right now. Today, I am taking a step towards balance. 6Today called for a more casual outfit.

Shirt: American Threads/ Skirt: H&M/ Socks and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Purse: Zara/ Necklace: Topshop98754321Photos were all taken by my wonderful sister, Alexandra. @alexyael on Instagram.

What are you learning on this labor day?