Monday, February 3, 2014

Best Bet: Comme Des Garçons Embossed Stitch Small Wallet

Comme Des Garçons Embossed Stitch Small Wallet in Grey, $90
Keeping the whole new year new me thing in mind, my sartorial goal this year is to invest in pieces that I know I'll have forever, starting with this Comme Des Garçons wallet. I've been on the hunt for a small and simple wallet and when I saw the understated offerings from CDG I knew that I had to head over to Dover Street Market to check them out in person. This wallet is a bare essentials kind of deal, but that's what I love about it. For the girl that hates change, this wallet is even more of an incentive to drop my leftover pennies in someone else's tip jar and earn some good karma.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Hey Hey everyone, hope the holiday season is treating you well so far (if you are interested it's killing me.) Lately I've been bogged down with the usual combo of school+work+internship with a dash of finals thrown in. With that said it's my favorite time of year which entails me getting to shop for all of the important people in my life. Last year I made a gift guide on this blog (check it out here: http://bit.ly/1dmgdsN) but I have been a little short on free time as of late so I decided to create my gift guide on Pinterest (http://bit.ly/197t2na) this year. As I find cool stuff I'll be updating the board, aka check back often! 

Season's Greetings, 

Callia

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Check out Meet the Mavens!



As much as I love blabbing about my favorite products and obsessions, I'm a true storyteller at heart. Please check out my other blog at meetthemavens.com, where I interview editors and entrepreneurs from the fashion industry. I promise it's a good read!

x Callia

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rosebud Salve: My Be-All End-All

Smith's Rosebud Salve, $3.89, drugstore.com

Winter is pretty close to gracing us with its presence in NYC (if you take your cues from cold temps and darkness at 4pm like I do). With that said, so are chapped lips and rough cuticles. I'm not a fan of either, so that's where this stuff comes in. Whether in a tin or a squirty tube, this stuff is bomb. Fall to me is prime lipstick and lip stain season, in which I reach for my darkest hues, putting added stress on my lips. Whether I'm going au natural or rocking an almost black purple, the slight tint of this salve gives any of my lip looks a boost. For less than 4 bucks a pop, this multitasker will always have a place in my heart and my bag.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Meet the Maven: Sari Azout of Bib + Tuck


Sari Azout, The Mercer Hotel,  @sariazout

As someone who is equally interested in both fashion and tech, I often find interesting new companies springing up on the daily. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for bold people who bloom a small idea into something meaningful that changes the way people consume things. When my friend Kaitlin put me on to +Bib and Tuck I was instantly down with the site's concept of shopping without spending money. By bib-ing the items in your closet that you've grown out of, you get "bucks" to tuck amazing items from someone else's. Think recycling, but chicer.
I sat down with Sari Azout- one half of team Bib + Tuck to get the back story on the rising company, details on breaking into the fashion industry without connections and how getting your hands dirty is essential to becoming successful in the world of startups.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

I'm a girl, and in my opinion the boys are trumping the girls this NYFW.

Images via Four Pins/George Elder

Let's be real here, NYFW is just as much about the street style as it is about the collections. Girls and guys from meticulously plan out their outfits months in advance with the hopes of getting snapped outside of Lincoln Center and becoming the street style star of the season with their pics emblazoned on all of the big name fashion blog-sites. Hell, even little Aila Wang has become a street style staple at the ripe age of 5. With the best looks on display, I'm usually glued to my phone, hitting update constantly while simultaneously pinning/bookmarking my favorite looks.

To me, last year's street style was gold. With unseasonably cold weather and the storm of all storms, getting to Lincoln Center became an Amazing Race of sorts. Mother Nature set out the ultimate sartorial challenge, forcing everyone to switch up their looks last-minute and come up with weather-appropriate replacements. Trousers replaced skirts and dresses, boots replaced quintessential heels and coats of all varieties and textures stole the show. The true creative aspect of fashion was brought out, separating the men from the boys.

Fast forward to this fashion week. In the past three days of NYFW, I'm sad to say that I find that the ladies are dressing pretty predictably. I can honestly count on one hand the number of interesting looks that I've seen so far. Dissapointed with what's on the usual sites, I logged onto Four Pins this morning in a last ditch effort.

I can appreciate menswear just as much as the next person, but I have to admit that it's not usually something that I keep tabs on, especially during fashion week. I always figured that fashion week wasn't as big of a deal for the guys as it is for the ladies. I know, it's a bit sexist, my bad. Four Pins did a 180 on my brain and by the end of its 3 street style slideshows, Team Boys 2013 was trumping Team Girls, 3-0.

Even though most of the pieces that made up the outfits were classics, these guys jazzed them up with unexpected layering, dope accessories, and some unusual fabrics. It's safe to say that I'll never look at a suit the same, and might even pick up a girl-approved version. It's amazing what happens when you stick to classic lines and focus on personal style instead of trying to re-create what the fashion world deems as cool. It's so much more exciting when people stick to what they know rather than pretending. If you're looking for something fresh and exciting this week, I'd suggest sticking with the boys. Check out all of Four Pins's NYFW street style coverage here

Friday, September 6, 2013

The List: Totebags, NYFW and Drake

One of my new favorites: Madewell Transport Tote in English Saddle

As of late I've been struggling with what to do with this blog. I really want to get back to basics and focus on what I love-- blabbing about things that I'm into at the moment. I'm also working on a little project that I'm sososo excited about, but I think I'll keep it under wraps until it's definitely a go. Like most fashion girls I'm a slave to my iPhone and always glued to what's going on on Twitter, FB, Insta etc, etc. I love hearing and reading about what other people like, so I figure why not do my part and share what I've been loving as of late:

-Finally purchasing a Transport Tote to schlep all my school stuff, and delving into the goodness that is the Madewell blog

-Reading through all of the Style Guru Bio's on CollegeFashionista (I'm repping FIT's campus) and bookmarking its latest venture--CollegeDormista.

-Stalking Eva Chen via Instagram to provide my Fashion Week Fix since I'm taking this season off.

-Cheating on the East Coast and marathoning AnnaLee and Jesse's vlogs--this it-couple has me wanting to move to LA.

-Plotting out a bunch of food spots to try after catching up on my friend Stephanie's blog FashionTea.

-Moving into my new apartment on the UES and pinning decorating ideas from web-- lots from ShelterBlack

-Baking delish homemade cupcakes (and frosting) at ButterLane during their super informative DIY decorating class.

-Achieving the perfect Fall mani with Essie's luxedo

-Fangirling over Drake's tracklist for Nothing Was The Same-- I've had 'Hold On, We're Going Home'
stuck in my head for the past month

-Realizing the possibilities of Twitter via this sit-down with Aliza aka the DKNY PR Girl