Friday, November 30, 2012

an open letter: council of fashion designers of america (CFDA)

dear cfda,

today millions of fashion-obsessed fans are plotting target takeovers in order to snag pieces from your target+neiman marcus holiday line.  unfortunately, i will not be one of them.  while i obsessively hit refresh in order to horde missioni cardigans and jason wu dresses, i will not be burning the midnight oil in anticipation your line.

when i imagined what iconic american designers like oscar de la renta and carolina herrera would be contributing,  pet bowls and notebooks were absolutely on my list.  of course the highly creative mulleavy sisters from rodarte should be designing wrapping paper.   naturally, a marchesa dress for children makes much more sense than a dress for grown women.  TOTALLY.

there are certainly going to be people who swoon over this collection.  while there are some highlights (rag+bone sweaters, tracy reese tops), this collection has done a disservice to those who admire many of your designers, but can't afford to purchase their work.

the purpose of diffusion lines is to make fashion accessible and show that it shouldn't be reserved for a select few.  for me, this collaboration simply screams that the members of the cfda couldn't be bothered to translate high fashion into affordable pieces for the average consumer.  keep this squandered opportunity in mind the next time you rail against "fast fashion" brands like h&m, zara, and forever21 copying your work.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

wednesday wish list: holiday gifts < $100

with the holidays quickly approaching, i'll be replacing my regular (or not-so-regular) wednesday wish lists with some suggested holiday gifts.  this week's edition: fab finds for your favorite fashionista that are $100 or less!

holiday gifts &lt; $100

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

happy diwali!


dear ash,

it's diwali, so i'm going to let this one slide.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

halloween dirt cake

in planning for a post-sandy halloween party, i picked dirt cake for a quick no-bake treat.  while there are several variations, the basic recipe is pretty simple: one package chocolate or vanilla pudding, one package softened cream cheese, one tub of cool whip, and crushed oreos.  mix  together the pudding, cream cheese, and  cool whip; pour in large glass pan; and top with crushed oreos.  you can top with candy or gummy worms to decorate the cake.  i decided to make a skull and crossbones using oreos and white chocolate chips.  cute and easy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

wednesday wish list

it was 81 degrees yesterday, which makes me sad because you can't do fall layers when it's summer in october. global warming: 1, priyanka: 0.

zara dress, $99.90