…On the playground where I spent most of my days.

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. When someone hears those words they immediately think of laughter, good times and for the most part, the 90’s. It is one of the best comedic series to date and each and every character has a big part as to why. From Will’s crazy Philly attitude, to Carlton’s dancing (which I don’t want to brag, but I imitate it exceptionally well), to Jeffrey’s cold antics, everyone played a pivotal role in the series. One character in particular was a handful with her signature line “Daddy, can I have $500?”. You guessed correctly: Hilary Banks (played by Karyn Parsons). Hilary was classy, sophisticated and well a tad snobby, but with that she was also always well dressed. One thing she was not known for is her humility as per this photo shows.

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However, we loved her nonetheless. The show ended in 1996 and therefore the fashion may be outdated but there are definitely pieces and looks that Hilary sported that we can definitely appreciate in this day and age. Time to take a look at Hilary’s upper class style that caught our attention over the years!

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Hilary was a huge fan of hats and matching. This is no exception. Sure this look may be a bit over the top, however, this pattern is very popular even today, and pearls will never go out of style.

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As far as color combinations go, black and white is the most classic of them all. Chanel showed us why, and Hilary is doing a pretty good job at demonstrating how classy it can be. This 2 piece skirt suit is sophisticated and would be fashionable even today.

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Even in the early 90’s Hilary knew the importance of the LBD (Little Black Dress). The sheer sleeves adds unique detailing to the dress which makes it stand out even more. And hey, isn’t that Dr.Huxtable’s son Theo? (Did I mention how much I love 90s television?).

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Would we be seen in this suit today? Nope. But is this color combination of pink and grey just fabulous? Yes. The rare color combination gives off a clean and sweet look with the pink making the color grey more feminine and the grey making the pink more classic.

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As the season progressed, Hilary became more beautiful and her style more fashionable. This bold navy dress was a show stopper and caught our attention. Anything cut-out is very popular today and this dress would do well at any classy event.

It wouldn’t be right to write about Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and not give a little lime light to Carlton Banks (played by Alfonso Ribeiro). He was almost everyone’s favorite character and who can blame them. Between his dancing and all of the snoty remarks he would make, Carlton made sure to get quite a few laughs out of us. He also considered himself to be very fashion froward with his polos and khaki pants. He was a perfect fit for any country club because he dressed about 15 years too old for his age. Nonetheless, he was classy and cool (in his own way of course) and we loved every minute of it.

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So for those of you who think just because a show is from another time and therefore we cannot allow ourselves to get inspired by, I hope this post made you think differently. One of the amazing characteristics of the fashion scene today is that inspiration from different decades is key. So make sure to inspire yourself from these looks, and update them to make them your own!

 

In West Philadelphia born and raised…

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You know you want to complete that sentence. For the most part, when someone hears that sline, they have the undeniable urge to finish it off with “On the playground where I spent most of my days…”. Or at least I know I do. If you do recognize these lyrics, then you were definitely a fan of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was THE show of the 90’s and in my opinion, still one of the best comedy series to have aired til this day. You know how sometimes you catch an episode of a show you once found hilarious and you realize “huh…it isn’t that funny”? Well this never happens with Fresh Prince. It is still funny til this day because Will Smith and the whole gang brought us a countless number of timeless jokes.

Since it was a show from the 90’s you can imagine the style is a tad….outdated. However, that does not mean we cannot still admire the flashy and colorful outfits sported by our favorite characters. This post can technically go on forever, however, to narrow it down to a realistic length, I have decided to focus on the two most fashion oriented characters of the series: Will Smith and Miss Hilary Banks. Today Will be the main focus with his colorful and expressive attire.

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When Will got to Bel-Air Academy and realized he had to wear a uniform that screamed out boring, he decided to spice things up and turn the school jacket inside out for the lining to appear. Caught the attention of quite a few classmates. He showed us that sometimes even if you are “supposed” to wear something a certain way, doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own.

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One thing Will did not shy away from is colors. Would you be caught dead wearing this on any other day than Halloween in today? Hell no. But at the time, did Will look bad ass sporting this outfit? Hell yes.

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Will was the definition of goofy (although he hated when his girl Lisa described him as that), but when he dressed up, he was as debonair as they come. He proves why a man looks so sophisticated in a suit.

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Speaking of men in suits, have you ever seen anyone else wear a cummerbund on their chest? Also Will may have started the look of wearing a blazer with a casual shirt from under. Sure one normally wouldn’t wear a beach tank top under a suit jacket, but no one can disgree that it is different.

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As the years went by, Will’s style matured and became more manly. He often wore a t-shirt under an open long sleeve shirt which is a casual syle many can sport today.

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Will was no stranger to fluorescent colors and that is definitely one thing that has taken the fashion world by storm in the last few yrs. From tops to pants to nail color, highlighter shades is the way to go and Will’s old school zip up jacket demonstrates why.

Will has had his ups and down, and his style has changed throughout the seasons, but one thing is for sure, he tried to make the best of any situation, but it was proven to be extremely difficult when he was stuck in a basement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kNUDTyEgj4). I wouldn’t normally put hair extensions on the top of my head, but the patterned suspenders are definitely unique.

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Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on Hilary Banks’ very posh and sophisticated style review.

Suit Up. Part 2.

Jessica Pearson from the TV series Suits is one fiesty lawyer. You do not want to get on her bad side, but one thing I would like to do is go to the store where she shops from. She has shown that women can be powerful and successful and most certainly dress the part. She proves that corporate wear does not have to be boring. In fact, every single one of her outfits is better than the next. While keeping her professional attire, she ensures her wardrobe is feminine simultaneously.

Since I am planning a career move, a new wardrobe is a must, and who else to better inspire myself from? I am a firm believer that no matter what clothes you wear you must stay true to yourself. Therefore I will need a closet full of  coporate attire with a little pazazz  Jessica’s classic yet chic looks are going to help guide me to a more professional, put-together wardrobe that is also fun! Let’s continue taking a look through her awesome closet.

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A woman should be classy and sophisticated in the workplace, and that is exactly what Jessica Pearson successfully executes with this skirt suit, that has ruffling detailing at the waist area.

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Lace is not uncommon in today’s fashion world, however, we don’t see it very often (or should I say often enough) around the office. The reason for that is probably because lace tends to be black, and that usually oozes a bit too much sex appeal. However, in this scene Jessica decided to wear a light grey lace and all of a sudden it is perfectly appropriate for the corporate world!

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This color is all the rage this season. Anything plum related can be seen on the runways and for all the right reasons: it suits every skin tone and hair color! You can’t go wrong with this rich color for this cooler season, and Jessica shows us why!

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You can’t do corporate without a couple of blazers in your closet. What I love about Jessica’s choices is that they are never your plain blazer. This lightly golden metallic blazer proves that you can be corporate looking and still maintain a little funk.

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This long sleeve grey fitted dress with assymetrical neckline is perfect for the office. It is professional and extremely stylish all at once. Not to mention, classic. Something like this will never go out of style!

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My absolute favroite Jessica Pearson blazer. It is edgy wish it’s severe shoulder pads and slight peplum accent at the waist. It can be worn in and out of the office and with pants as well as a dress.

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Naturally this would be one of my favorite outfits of the series. Why you ask? Simple: it’s vibrant beautiful color. The office isn’t a place for you to hide away your personality. Don’t shy away from bold colors. If anything, it will grasp the attention of others in only a positive light.

Now that I have analyzed all of Jessica Pearson’s outfits, I am ready for my mini shopping spree of the perfect office wardrobe! Remember only a few key pieces are necessary to maintain a sophisticated and stylish look!

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 “Don’t dress for the job you have, but the job you want.” This is a saying that I have heard many times over, and after years of working in the Marketing industry, I find this to be more and more true. I have recently been given the opportunity to change jobs, and alongside many exciting and nervous thoughts rushing through my mind, one thing I know for sure is that I need a new wardrobe! The job I have currently I can get away with a more laid back wardrobe, however, the new company I will be working for is more corporate and I want to make sure I have a wardrobe that shows my professionalism and dedication. I am sure my boyfriend is reading this wide-eyed, frightened of the massive shopping spree I am planning. He needn’t worry though. The great thing about corporate attire is that you just need a few classic invesment pieces that you can mix and match and you’re set!

The show Suits is about lawyers, and as you can imagine, they are extremely well dressed. Jessica Pearson is a talented, big-shot lawyer who dresses the part in every episode. She proves that dressing corporate doesn’t have to be boring. A woman can be successful but look feminine all at once. She proves that woman can make it to the top, and look amazing while doing it. Let’s take a look at Jessica’s fierce outfits throughout the seasons.

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I found it only suitable to start off the blog with your “typical” suit. Jessica looks extremely corporate with this 3-piece dark grey suit. However, her necklace definitely adds feminity to the whole look.

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Office wear doesn’t only entail wearing suits on a daily basis. It is also very common to wear fitted (but not too fitted) dresses that usually are knee-length. This dress is not just a grey plain dress. The criss cross pattern in the front gives it that extra twist.

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A taupe blazer is a wise investment to make simply because it can go with everything. In this scene, Jessica sported an entirely neutral palette look, with a cream top and black skirt, however this blazer can laso have been easilypaired with a fuscia pink shirt with navy pants (just giving an exmaple of many different options).

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The LBD (Little Black Dress) isn’t only a must-have for a night out, but the right dress is also perfect for the office. It is subtle but forever classic. And don’t even get me started on that beautiful taupe purse. Great color for summer as well as winter.  

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An outfit like this screams out sophistication and power. This houndstooth patterned blazer will definitely catch the eye of everyone in your office. What I love about Jessica’s outfits is that there is always a slight twist to the typical office wear. Instead of sporting the classic buttoned down blouse, she wore a scoop neck grey shirt from under to make it different.

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This is a difficult color to pull off, however, if you can, this blush pink is a great asset to any wardrobe. It is soft and elegant on your skin and rosy cheeks and lips are the perfect balance for that pop of color.

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You cannot dress like a corporate business woman and not have an appropriate jacket to match. Jessica’s nicely fitted black coat with gorgeous neckline is professional and beautiful all at once.

Stay tuned for the continuation on Wednesday of how to pull off that sophisticated corpoate look like Jessica Pearson does so flawlessly!

Witchy Woman. Part 2.

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Halloween is tomorrow and if you have yet to figure out your costu me, why not go for the all-time classic witch? I know what you are thinking: Boring! Wrong. Being a witch is anything but boring because you don’t have to be just some regular witch, but get inspired by one of many inspirational witches that have graced (or frightened) our small and big screens. Some are obviously more realitic as a Halloween costume because of their distinct look, but no matter. And don’t let your persona of the typical witch fool you. Long gone are the days of big curvy noses, warts and pointy hats. Although that look is still great for the costume, most witches portrayed in movies and tv shows today look nothing of the such! Time to keep on looking at some of the awesome witches we have met over the years from movie and tv shows.

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I remember when Charmed first came out I wished I was a witch and that my name started with a P. Modern, beautiful girls with each having an individual power. Definitely didn’t lead boring lives!

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As modern day witches go, the evil Queen Narissa (played by Susan Sarandon) from Enchanted wasn’t so modern. Her look reminds me of a real life version of the evil witch Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Regardless, it’s an awesome get up and screams witchcraft (and that is some beautifully done makeup!).

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Vampire Diaries is in my opinion one of the most exciting shows on tv today. Not only are the men beautiful to look at but the storyline is amazing. Although it first started with only vampires, warewolves and witches have taken over and one of the main and most powerful ones is Bonnie Bonnett (played by Kat Graham). Although not a favorite character of mine, even I can admit she’s pretty bad ass.

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Glenda The Good Witch is the perfect example that not all witches are scary looking. In the film “The Great and Powerful Oz” that was a huge hit last year in the box office, Michelle Williams portrayed this character beautifully. It is a great Halloween costume for she is dressed all in white and has blond hair.

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 To finish off, I thought it was only right to talk about my all-time favorite witches: Mary, Winifred and Sarah (played by Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker). These sisters scared the bejeezus of the people of Salem years ago. Not only is it a great movie, but it is the perfect Halloween ritual! Dress up and watch Hocus Pocus! You definitely won’t regret it. 20 years later and these sisters are still my favorite witches! I have always wanted to dress up with 2 of my friends and be these witches for Halloween. Maybe one year!  

Witches may be all sorts of colors and have different kind of personalities, and styles, but at the end of the day don’t forget they are people too. If Wicked taught us anything, is that witches are greatly misunderstood! All of these women I have talked about this week may have been born with magical powers, but their biggest power of all is no doubt their fierceness. Happy Halloween to all, and make sure to not get spooked!

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Witchy Woman.

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Do you smell that? Cause I sure do. That’s right, it smells like Halloween. It’s a bit chilly, the leaves are falling and chocolat is constantly in or around my mouth. There’s something special about this holiday. For the most part I am always really into Halloween. I take my costumes very seirously. I try to be creative and either do something film or pop culture related. However the classic Halloween costumes are based on the goons or goblins from when we were young: vampires, zombies, mummies, monsters, ghosts and of course, witches. I for one have never dressed as a witch for Halloween but there is something cool about it. In my opinion, they’re simply bad-ass. I have always wished I can be a witch, or at least have some kind of powers. Not to mention, witches have come a long way from looking like this:

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The days of big pointy noses and warts are done for witches. They said, we are here and we want to look beautiful. From TV shows to movies, witches have been a prominent topic for the longest time. Whether they are good witches or evil, you can’t help but think they are cool. Unlike other supernatural beings (like vampires) a witch is born with her powers. But enough about the supernatural talk because I can go on all day on this topic! Hollywood has introduced us to many unforgettable witches that have enough personality and spunk that can last a lifetime. Sure some may not have much style, but there was definitely something about them. Let’s go down witchy memory lane and revisit some of my favorite past (and present) witches on the small and big screen.

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Let’s start off with a girl that most late 20’s-early 30’s young adults know very well: Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Was she a bit annoying? Yes. Was she a bit dramatic? Yes. Did you make sure to stay in that Friday night to watch her? Yes (and don’t you dare try to deny it). Every young girl wish they had the power to zap a new outfit in mere seconds like Sabrina always did. Her style was cute and just what a teenage girl would wear. We all wish we could have her powers, have a cat like Salem and a crush like Harvey (sigh).

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The Craft. If you haven’t watched it, definitely make sure you do. A film full of suspence, of 4 high school girls toying with magic. They made their school uniforms their own and each one had a different style. Kind of made me want to go to a private high school (until I did and realized that the movie lied to me and I could not change up my uniform as I see pleased). Still, they made witchcraft seem so cool and if you have watched it, I am sure you tried the spell “Light as a feather, stiff as a board” on one of your friends (or was that just my group of friends?).

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If The Witches of Eastwick taught us anything is do NOT mess with a scorn woman. Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer lured us in and most importantly made us want to have big puffy out-of-control hair.????????????????????????????????????????

Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series is a modern day witch with exceptional talents and a fierce personality. She dresses just right for a girl her age. Sweaters and jeans are her go-to look when she’s not running around in her black cloak around Hogwarts hallways. This british beauty mustn’t be messed with for she will stupify you with a whisk of her wand!     

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Although most people’s favorite is in fact Hermione, I am a HUGE Minerva Mcgonagall fan from the Harry Potter series. She is a stern professor but with a warm heart and the head of the Griffindor house, How can one not love her? (this is when my boyfriend would be making fun of my extensive knowledge and love of Harry Potter books/movies).

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One of my all-time favorite movies (and my sister’s): Practical Magic. Sally and Gillian Owens (played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) are sisters born from a long line of witches. Sounds great right? Wrong. Unfortunately for these beautiful women, any man to fall in love with an Owens woman is cursed to die an unfortunate and early death. The fashion of this film is absolutely great and I am bound to talk about it some other time as well. However let me just say for now the 2 things I learned from this movie is: there is almost nothing stronger than a sister’s bond, and really long hair is absolutely beautiful and definitely a good look for a witch. 

If you are still unsure about your Halloween costume, inspire yourself from one of these powerful women. Or wait until Wednesday to see even more powerful witches from the past and present who have made quite the impact on our view of witches today!

Xoxo. Part 2.

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Having only 2 posts about Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) from Gossip Girl has proven to be very difficult. Not only has she previously appeared in other posts like “Dot.Me.Crazy.” and “Here Comes The Bride“, but having only 2 posts about her this week is nearly impossible considering the amount of outfits I had to choose from. This simply means I will have to write about her again some other time because there is just so much fashion inspiration flowing from her images! It makes me want to just go out and refresh my wardrobe and fill it up with colorful patterns, and buy a different headband for every outfit I own!

At first glance you think between her and Serena Van Der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively) she’s the one with the preppier style. This may be true, but throughout the seasons, a burst of patterns and colors overload came forth and it came to the point that we sometimes forgot we were watching a tv show, and not a fashion show. Each outfit was a surprise and you never knew what to expect. Needless to say, the outfits we will review here are definitely unique and note-worthy.

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We all know how much I love a good coat, and this one is no exception. A cream coat is something I would love to own one day, but due to my extreme clumsiness I am not sure how quite feasible that is because I will probably dirty it within a week! Regardless, it oozes sophistication and I love that she matched it with a white scarf. Instead of going the colorful route, she chose to stay monochromatic and classy.

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This is the colorful Blair we know. This floral pink dress is adorable and her fuscia pink head accessory is something that we all can’t pull off, but definitely worth the try because the results would be unforgettable!

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As I mentioned previously, she was also reviewed in my post about polka dots, but not for this dress. Clearly, the girl like her dots. Considering she gears towards the preppy side it is no surprise that she would. This elegant under-the-knees dress sinched at the waist is ideal for a number of occasions. It’s simplicity is classic, but not boring because the polka dots add a bit of personality to it.

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One of my favorite Blair outfits is one I can’t pull off, unfortunately. Her slender legs looks amazing in this patterned stocking and short dress. The little poncho is the sweetest touch to this boho chic look.

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This may be a little tropic for your taste, but we all know she looks adorable. The cut of the dress is something I would wear 100%, whereas the pattern I feel like I would be a tad out of place in Montreal. However, if I were in a warmer climate, on vacation, I could definitely see myself sporting it! Sometimes it’s not so much what event, but also, what area!

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Navy and red is one of my favorite color combinations and this sailor-esque outfit of Blair’s is an eye catcher. I love the headband (no surprise there) and the preppiness of it all!

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Is this black dress gorgeous? Yes. Are the eccentric sleeve detailings unique? Yes. But what really stands out the most for me is the amazing broach Blair decided to add onto her dress. We don’t see broaches enough on younger women and it is because they have been labelled as an older woman’s accessory. Let’s band together and get rid of this stereotype! Broaches are cool and classy and add that perfect amount of bling to a relatively simple outfit. Broach lovers unite!

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This coat is one of my favorites. It is sophisticated and timeless and the color is something we don’t see often enough. And the fact that she wore ruffle socks make her look like a sweet young girl.

From cute to sexy, modern to timeless, Blair Waldorf has done it all and it is time for all of us to get inspired! She may have the means to purchase herself these items of clothing, but it is her fierceness and confidence that makes them look as good as they do on her! A tip we can all learn from. xoxo