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Hi From Dublin!

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My mind is buzzing. Always. I constantly feels like a Fiat 500 is doing a crash test that is happening in my brain. On my mind lately is how my style is evolving. I don't want to make this dramatic or a post about *~FiNDiNG MySeLF~*; but the way I dress has always been a reflection of my identity. I recently moved; I left Los Angeles and moved to Dublin, Ireland. When I told people I was moving, many people asked what I was running away from. And to tell the absolute truth: nothing. My life in Los Angeles was an absolute dream. And sometimes being too comfortable is uncomfortable, especially for a person who's mind is buzzing faster than she can even comprehend. That's kind of my problem- I get distracted so easily. And I know that an attention disorder sounds like a total millennial disease but I've got it pretty severely. So I'm here, on the other side of the world and I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing but at least I have the time to sit and write rather than attending another chicken wing special happy hour. And I hope while I'm here I start to write more. 

Before I get completely off topic, here is what has been buzzing in my mind lately style-wise. So much plaid, mixing prints, sneakers (haha coming from me), off-the-shoulder jackets, lob-like hair, crochet sweaters, peachy lipstick, oversized coats, nude colors, and fairytale-like shimmery highlighter. 

A few styles on Tumblr that I love rn. I'm not sure if this at all makes sense and/or correlates with my above description; that'll just help you understand the mess in my mind. I'd love if you'd share your fav styles rn with me too. 

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Living Room Chic

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My newest project has been to put my vintage hoarding to use, and give my living room a makeover. Every piece in this space was a result of an impulse purchase that was hand-picked, hand-carried (except the couch, I needed like 7 people's help to get it in here), and curated by me. I have absolutely no formal training in interior design; I always wanted to take a class in college but those were the classes that always had extreme wait lists and had no beneficial graduating credits. So here I am: self-taught by Pinterest and inspired by Tumblr. The first piece I purchased was the 12 foot long couch. One piece, solid wood, from the 1970's. She was hoisted thru my 3rd story balcony. Then everything else from coffee table books to vintage barware, was added to compliment her piece-by-piece. 

Where did I find all this stuff? I dig. Thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, Craigslist, selling apps. I have mastered it all. Every piece I find is a treasure and has a good story. I bought all my plants off a man moving to Portland on Letgo for $25. I named all the plants after characters on Big Little Lies; Ronada is now on my balcony because she got too tall. I carried my magazine stand after purchasing half a mile to my car that I left in a free parking lot. My red goblets I found in a Goodwill and bargained with a man who also wanted the set, so I let him have half. I only have 6 glasses instead of 12. Later I realized the glasses were numbered for the set, I have glasses 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 11. 

My inspiration behind this room: 1970's Los Angeles, my interest in *wanting* to believe in crystal healing and a romantic charm. 

Enjoy photos below! I hope you love it as much as I do. For questions about redecorating, feedback or consultation on how to revamp your space. Feel free to email me fiona@tealkitty.com, I'd love that. 

xx

2017

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Hi! I'm back! And it's been so long that I hope to never leave this long ever again. It's been a lengthy cat nap and some sort of writer's block. I have been extremely busy with exciting and not-so exciting things this past year. Also, I became slightly discouraged to write; I felt like I was contending against others on the internet that are ~brand ambassadors~ for teeth whiteners and ugly watches. Which obviously I can't even compete with. I have spent this time trying to get inspired. Stopping at every newsstand I pass by to flip through Vogue Italia without paying $14.95, watching Gucci runway shows while virtually foaming at the mouth, and going to Barney's to touch absolutely everything. So stepping into 2017 I have a few tips to share with all of you xx

1. Don't wear a band tee that you can't name at least 5 top hits from

Okay, so maybe I'm telling you to grow up and not shop at Brandy Melville. If you're older than age 17 it is time to broaden your horizons past 'one size fits most'. But also don't be wearing a Joy Division shirt if you can't tell me who Ian Curtis is. And don't be that girl when a guy comes up to you trying to start small talk before offering to buy your tequlia soda and you're wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt and you recite that your fav LZ song is 'Stairway to Heaven'. I'm just trying to help you out. Solution to this: if you like the vintage t-shirt look try to thrift store hunt for old shirts with fun graphics on them. Wash, dry, and cut them appropriately so they have a more worn-in look. I'm trying to find a photo reference but can't find a good example, I'll add one if I find one or take one of myself. ~stay tuned 

2. Stop wearing black everything

I'm guilty of this for maybe 300 days out of the year. Which isn't how I used to dress at all but I got in the habit of it. When wearing all black it is like you wear the same thing everyday. It kind of reminds me of the dress code during my days (actually, years) as a waitress when I worked at an Italian restaurant and permanently smelled like garlic bread. Dark times. But at the same time I'm not telling you to buy other colors if they're just going to sit in your closet.  If you're most comfortable in black, try changing it up with wear it with a floral scarf and fun lipstick shade. Or just wear something over-the-top like the photo above. 

3. Oversized Jackets

Okay, so Rihanna might have something to do with this one. I really do love this look with skinny jeans and booties. Makes it look like you maybe tried but really didn't.

4. Throw out your 5 inch heels

Yes it is time to take my Steve Madden ratchet pumps from Freshman year homecoming to Goodwill. They shouldn't have even made the lifespan of  making it to a Hollywood nightclub at age 18 with a fake ID.  Unless you have the closet space ( lol I don't), there is no need to hang onto these. Shorter heels are in. Invest in a cute pair of mules or sandal slides to wear everyday with denim. 

5. Mansur Gavriel 

So this might be a more personal one because lately I've been OBSESSED with Mansur Gavriel. The designers debuted in 2012, New York designed handbags made in Italy. They also make shoes as well (I'm size 39 if anyone wants to sponsor me). They're moderately priced so maybe I can afford one if I stop getting parking tickets and become okay with drinking wells vodka. The bucket bag is their signature look. I see one in my future for 2017.

 

Alexander McQueen Comes Home

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The designer took the Chunnel back to London from Paris this season. I hope they enjoyed a few croissants while showing in Paris Fashion Week for the past 15 years. The dreamscape embroidery-drooling designer finally made it back home to London Fashion Week for the Fall 16 collection. And I'm so overjoyed that I honestly want to buy them  like a spiced vanilla candle as a house warming gift or something.

Ruffles, lace, bedazzling on amphetamines. I'll take it all. Everything about this collection is a dream. Not to mention the creative director, Sarah Burton, presented the collection and was backstage during the show being a bo$$ all while being two weeks away from being due with her third child. Can you say mom goals? Here's a few pictures of my favorites, but honestly it's worth checking out the entire collection xx

Fashion Inspiration for 2016

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London, Dublin, Miami, New York, Mexico twice (Cozumel and Punta Mita), Las Vegas twice, Denver twice and San Francisco six times all within 2015. To say I am living in a never-ending state of exhaustion is an understatement, but I wouldn't have it any other way. According to my dad, I'm hard to keep track of. In 2016, I'll need a leash. Here is a few things I deem semi-important in fashion this coming year. 

1. Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Most importantly in the world of fashion 2016 is a HUGE year because for the first time ever ever, Pantone has chosen TWO colors for Color of the Year. Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919. So I guess having lavender locks like Kelly Osbourne won't go out of style, and having Coachella-esque hair year round is totally acceptable.   With these two colors, I would suggest color blocking when wanting to wear together. A baby blue coat can be paired perfectly with a sheer pink gloss. Or a pale pink crossbody worn with a light blue pair of jeans. 

When wearing serenity, you can dress it with a pair of dark blue jeans without being totally monochromatic. Think a light-shaded chambray worn with rich indigo denim. You probably have this outfit already living in your closet. My favorite chambray is by Rag and Bone, and favorite denim brands are Paige, Current/Elliot, Mother and Levi's

For rose quartz, a perfect go-to is any shade of grey. For men, I love a rose-colored button down with a grey cashmere sweater or sports coat. To be completely honest I've never been a pink kind of girl, I'm actually almost kind of anti-pink. I don't know if I own any pink in my closet. So I'll get my rose quartz through lip colors or blush. My favorite would be Gaiety or New Order by Nars

2. Havana, Cuba

With all political views aside, Havana is becoming a trendy hip destination spot for 2016. With recent change in policy with the United States, you can get there easily on a number of different American airlines. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler are taking inspiration from this beautiful Caribbean country. Think bold colors, loud prints, sugar canes, ruffles, and banana empanadas. 

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photos of Proenza Schouler SS16

3. Half-Moon Bag

 I didn't even commit to the 'bucket bag' of 2015 even though Rebecca Minkoff named hers the 'Fiona' bag. So I guess I've been holding out for this 2016 trend, the half-moon bag. Brooklyn Beckham's mom (Victoria) presented this style in her last season's runway, and I'm into anything that has to do with Brooklyn Beckham. I absolutely ADORE (x 100)  this one made by APC; I'll put this one's on my list for my birthday from my non-existent boyfriend. 

4. Pleats

Dress pleats, skirt pleats, blouse pleats, skirt pleats. It's back. And you don't look totally preppy school girl wearing them; they actually look semi-elegant and not totally terrible. I recently bought a leather jacket with pleats on it that I've been drooling over by Burning Torch. 

5. Fancy Pajamas

The roll-out-of-bed look just went one step further. Anything and everything you would wear to bed is totally acceptable in 2016. Silky two piece sets, dolled up in jewels topped with a blazer or fur coat. Knowing me, I probably won't brush my hair with this look either just to really fit the part. 

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Dolce and Gabbana

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Winter in Los Angeles

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I can't really say that it is winter here, but like most basic Southern California girls I'm going to pretend that there is some significant seasonal change to make an excuse to buy another slouchy sweater. Lately, i've been really into a 70's style. I have every intention to bring back the biggest flared jeans matched with a cable knit over-sized sweater. I saw an old friend recently and he noticed how I was wearing a black dress and said that I never used to wear black and said "LA did that to you." Well yiiiiiikes, that sounds a little bit morbid. But really, I think I've just finally learned that black is a good investment. So actually, I'm just getting smart.  I used to buy anything except for black, but now I just find it more convenient. My life is non-stop. Like I don't think a normal human could relate to how fast-paced my life is sometimes.  I do so many outfit changes in my car that my trunk has eternally turned into another closet and I have fully accepted that strangers have watched me switch shirts at a red light.  I'll wear a black dress to work, and be able to throw on a leather jacket and meet for happy hour later. It's always important too to have extra shoe options too. This winter my staple style pieces are a long sleeve black turtle neck, neutral faux furs, high-waisted vintage denim, over-the-knee boots, layered costume jewelry and baggy sweaters. Anyways, here's a few inspiration pictures that have been on my mind lately. Enjoy xx


Favorite Editorial: US Vogue June 2008

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Everyone who knows me knows that my birthday is the biggest event of the year. And it's five weeks away and I'm already starting to mentally prepare myself. It's October 2nd, and I tell everyone that I celebrate for the entire month but to be completely honest I think last year I celebrated until it was Christmas. So anyways, the number one thing on my birthday list this year is semi-complicated so I decided to give my father plenty of notice. The thing that flipped a switch for my love for fashion was an editorial from Vogue that I saw my freshman year in high school. That same editorial is the reason why Patagonia, Argentina is on the top of my travel list as well. The editorial is shot by Patrick Desmarchelier and has model Caroline Trentini doing her signature pose of never having her feet on the ground. 

Does anyone remember this editorial? Does anyone know where you can buy back issues of Vogue? Please contact me !! 

 

I Love You, Mom!

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Happy Mother's Day! I have had this photo of Sasha Pivovarova on my wall since it was the August 2013 issue of US Vogue. Since 2013, I've moved to a new apartment and this picture came with me from one bedroom wall to another. I absolutely adore it; It is eye level when I'm sitting at my desk and I never can get over how perfect this photo is with her swinging her baby wearing the most chic outfit.

I'm also totally obsessed with these pictures of Kate and her daughter Lila. I came across the black and white picture on Tumblr this morning and I verbally screamed at my computer from being semi-offended about how insanely amazing this is. 

I hope everyone has a lovely day with their mothers today. My mother is the most caring, strongest, thoughtful, and self-less person I have ever met.  She has traveled the world with me: we've crossed the border to Cambodia by foot, ziplined through the jungles in Costa Rica, climbed the volcanic rocks in Hawaii, took me to the hospital when I got attacked by a monkey in Thailand, took me on my first trip to Washington DC, berry picking in Canada, horseback riding in Santa Barbara.....just to name a few. I don't tell her enough how much I appreciate everything she has done for me. Or if I've ever truly apologized for being a terror in my teen years and breaking the refrigerator during a house party when she was out of town and for her to come home to the entire house smelling of rotten food (I'm so so sorry Mom.)  

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have my Mom. I don't know if she ever reads my blog but I love you mom! xoxo

 

Coachella Desert Gyspy

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It's festivallllllllllll season. More is more. If you're not wearing 10+ bracelets, you're doing it wrong. And if you're planning on wearing a flower crown,check your calendar because it's not 2013. These are a few favorites I've come up with to wear while playing under the sun out in the desert. I've been to many music festivals and I've learned a few tips from experience on what not to wear to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. 

1. Don't wear a dress. Or a skirt. You will end up on some shirtless guys shoulders at some point, and that will be no bueno. Rompers are so perfect for this! Lately I've been obsessing over this Australian line: Spell and The Gypsy Collective. If you haven't heard of them, you HAVE to check them out!! They sell at Revolve too, so you don't have to worry about international shipping (my worst enemy). 

2. DON'T bring your favorite sunglasses. If you bring then lose your Tom Fords, I will shed a tear for you. I love love love the newest styles that Toms just came out with. They're a good price point and won't fall apart. The reflective lenses are so festival-esque. 

3. Guaranteed compliments if you accessorize yourself with anything from Waffles and Honey. These pieces are timeless and dazzling. And they're handmade in San Francisco! AND if you use the promo code 'tealkitty20' you get 20% off !!!!!! #dreamz

4. I swear on Nars matte lip liners. I have one in all of my purses. They're game changers, life changers, new best friends. Color stays on all day. My favorite color is Walkyrie

5. Don't wear sandals. They will break, you will get blisters and your feet will be so dirty by the end of the day. Wear cute booties or sneakers, you'll be on your feet all day!

Recap of FW15 Fashion Weeks

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Fashion weeks have come to a close for the season, and I'm assuming that you didn't sacrifice your life responsibilities like I did to lay in bed and appreciate my high speed internet with live streamings. I put my Netflix binge watching of Gilmore Girls on hold and would fall asleep watching Ralph Lauren in hopes of  dreaming about attending a polo match wearing a chiffon skirt and a floppy hat while bumping into Carter Baizen.   I try to lay low during this time of year since I rather go to bed early to wake up on EST to watch Zimmermann before heading to class. I watched some of New York, Paris, Milan and then attended some shows myself in Los Angeles.   After watching various shows this Spring, I've sifted out my personal favorites and the most important aspects to look out for this Fall:

1. Zac Posen

I've actually put a lot of thought into this and came to one conclusion. While Zac Posen's collection was nothing short of glamorous (as always), everyone knows what really stole the show. Naomi Campbell walking the finale in a full-volume gleaming ruby blush ball gown. I have been brainstorming theories of this how someone/something could look so perfect, and this the only sane settlement I came up with. I truly believe that Naomi Campbell was living in a Barbie box and they had her limbs wrapped up in zip ties and then they untwisted all the wires and unleashed her onto the runway. 

2. Chanel

Lagerfeld back at it again. He sets the bar high for himself season after season; last spring he had my jaw dropped when he transformed the runway into a full on grocery store and had the models strutting down the aisles with shopping baskets as if they were just casually strolling looking for whole wheat tortillas. This time around he took you to a Parisian cafe. Cappuccinos on the house, handsome dapper waiters, wooden oak furnishings and elaborate tile floorings. He named his faux cafe Brasserie Gabrielle after Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel herself. Lagerfeld talked about his collection and explained: "This is really what I would love to see someone wearing for dinner, lunch or breakfast...But not ladies who lunch, huh? That's another era." Yeah Karl, I'd love to go out for buttermilk pancakes wearing head to toe Chanel too. 

3. Anna Sui

The 70's are back! And it's so boho breezy chic vibe I can't even handle it. Of course, it's Anna Sui so her floral patterns are to die for in every shape or form. I loved the mixed textures with the brightly colored fur shearing vests and accents on shoes. I wish I could style myself to dress this chic everyday. She is the queen of interbreeding patterns. 

4. Valentino 

OH MY GOD. As if Valentino couldn't already be more perfect, they ended their show with a finale having Derek Zoolander and Hansel close out the catwalk. I was at school and when I saw this I actually made a scene by jumping out of my seat from shock and excitement. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson ILYSM!

5. Oscar de la Renta

I watched the live streaming of this, and as the camera panned the audience as everyone took their seats and celebrities were being interviewed...I was just sitting here s w e a t i n g. Completely ruined my fresh manicure with my excessive nail bitting prior to the show starting. Nervous. Excited. Worried. Sad. I was going through all possible emotions. Oscar de la Renta passed away last October, and this was the first show that was in the hands of the new appointed creative director, Peter Copping. I had my fingers crossed, legs crossed, arms crossed just praying for Peter to be able to live up to the fashion icon's legacy. And he so did. This show was so spectacular. The gowns were stunning as they flocked down the runway. All together, an amazing tribute and collection to start off a new chapter of the brand. SO well done, Peter. 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Kate!

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Forever my queen, Kate Moss turns 41 today. Here is a small collection of some of my favorite photos of her. Kate has always been such an inspiration to me. I first fell in love with fashion through an Yves Saint Laurent ad back in 2008 that she was in. Ever since I always have to reblog every photo I come across of her on Tumblr and I buy every magazine that she graces the cover of. In the March 2013 issue of Vogue, one of my favorite writers Jonathan Van Meter wrote a piece named Follow Me about how social media has changed the model industry and models such as Kate Upton (not to be confused with Moss) were discovered by selfies. Van Meter closed the article with this, and it has always stuck with me:

"But even in this social media–besotted world of ours, mystique still has value, doesn’t it? If, when it comes to models, Kate Upton is the bodacious—and gravity-defying—Marilyn Monroe and Cara Delevingne is the let-it-all-hang-out Lena Dunham, Kate Moss is the never-let-’em-see-you-sweat Greta Garbo. She has not once tweeted or “liked” a single thing in her fabulous life, and yet she is, arguably, the most intriguing person modeling has ever known. “Kate is Kate,” as one fashion person put it to me. “She can do whatever she wants.” Like that pitch-perfect cover of Playboy that seemed to sell out on New York newsstands in one day. When I took my seat at Marc Jacobs’s Louis Vuitton farewell show back in October, I picked up the requisite folder off my chair and flipped through the list of models and looks. Included among the sheaf of exquisite black stationery was a letter from Jacobs. Its theme: “the showgirl in all of us.” Among the list of the 34 women who inspire him, Kate Moss was the only model who made the cut."

Read the entire article here. Anyways, happy birthday Kate! You are a style icon forever.